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"Everybody finished the song at different times. At last, only the Weasley twins were left singing along to a very slow funeral march. Dumbledore conducted their last few lines with his wand, and when they had finished, he was one of those who clapped loudest."
— How the Hogwarts song finished in Harry Potter's first year[src]

"Hoggy Warty Hogwarts"[2] was the school song of Hogwarts. It was typically performed by students at the Start-of-Term Feast at the start of a new school year.[1]


The Hogwarts staff singing the song

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 slow funeral march", were the very last to finish.[1]

Dumbledore called for the school song when he was "feeling particularly buoyant". It was not performed after Harry Potter's first year due to times becoming darker.[3]


"Hoggy Warty Hogwarts" lyric sheet

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.[1]

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  2. Pottermore - Features: "The wizarding songbook: a guide to Hogwarts greatest hits"
  3. F.A.Q. question] on J. K. Rowling's official site (archived here via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine])
  4. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, "Howling Hallowe'en" Achievement