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The song apparently had no set tune, tempo, or duration. In 1991, Albus Dumbledore instructed students to simply "pick their favourite tune", conjuring an animated ribbon from the tip of his wand to write the lyrics in the air. This led to everyone finishing at different times.Fred and George Weasley, who chose to sing the song as a "a slow funeral march", were the very last to finish.
In 1984, when asking Rowan Khanna to distract Severus Snape, Jacob's sibling could choose a way Rowan distracted him, one of which was singing a song. If Jacob's sibling chose this way, Rowan pointed out that the school song was the only song they knew, to which Jacob's sibling said it was perfect. Rowan proceeded to sing the song in front of Snape, and the latter said he liked the part about students' heads being full of air.
Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts,
Teach us something please,
Whether we be old and bald,
Or young with scabby knees,
Our heads could do with filling,
With some interesting stuff,
For now they're bare and full of air,
Dead flies and bits of fluff,
So teach us things worth knowing,
Bring back what we've forgot,
Just do your best, we'll do the rest,
And learn until our brains all rot.
Behind the scenes
- The song first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. However, it was not included in the book's film adaptation.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, after Rubeus Hagrid says Harry Potter is soon to be "the youngest Triwizard champion there's ever been!", he, Ron Weasley and Hermione sing the Hogwarts school song, just before Harry finds Barty Crouch Snr's dead body. The song is also featured in an earlier deleted scene where the students of Hogwarts sing it in order to welcome their guest from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute. As depicted in the deleted scene, Harry, Hermione and, bizarrely, Vincent Crabbe appear to enjoy singing it, while the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students appear uncomfortable.
- Despite the song not having a specific tune in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in the deleted scene from the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the students seem to sing it as a canon in two, all in the same tune.
- The tune that the song is sung to in the the Goblet of Fire film was written by director Mike Newell.
- The last shot of the song in the Goblet of Fire film shows the lyrics "So we bid..." being sung, which were not in the original novel.
- One of the achievements for Wonderbook: Book of Spells is "Teach us something please," obtained after beating the Chapter 1 test.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Cut from final edit)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (Sung in the final edit and a cut scene)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
- Pottermore - Features: "The wizarding songbook: a guide to Hogwarts greatest hits"
- F.A.Q. question] on J. K. Rowling's official site (archived here via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine])
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, "Howling Hallowe'en" Achievement