Harry Potter: "Well, it'll be hard work, pretending to Aunt Marge I go to that St Whatsits--"
Vernon Dursley: "St Brutus's Secure Centre for Incurably Criminal Boys!"
Harry Potter: ".... But if you sign my permission form, I swear I'll remember where I'm supposed to go to school, and I'll act like a Mug--like I'm normal and everything."
— Exchange between Harry Potter and Vernon Dursley[src]

A form was required to be signed by a third year student's parent or guardian in order for that student to take part on the weekend trips to Hogsmeade Village, an all-wizarding village near Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[1] Harry Potter was unable to get Vernon Dursley to sign his copy of this form,[2] but eventually received a separate signed note of permission from his godfather Sirius Black, which was considered "good enough for Dumbledore."[3]

It was possible for a Head of House to deny a student permission to enter Hogsmeade even if they had a permission form. This was the case with Jacob's sibling in 1986. Their Head of House did not allow them to go to Hogsmeade due to breaking the rules, but allowed them to go after they studied hard.[4]

The text

The text of the Hogsmeade permission form is the following:


...(Student name)...

This document hereby serves to state the aforementioned
Third-year student of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
is permitted to visit the village of Hogsmeade at such a time
That the school arranges, and with the signature of the undersigned
parent or guardian.
The student shall abide by all such rules & regulations relevant
to such expeditions and set by the school as per article 528/Z
of the 1714 Edict.
Print Name ...................
Relation .......................
Signature .....................


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1 (Owl Post)
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 2 (Aunt Marge's Big Mistake)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 22 (Owl Post Again)
  4. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 2 (Boggarts and Butterbeer)
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