Hello Wizards and Witches,
Can you believe that you have been accepted for studies at Hogwarts despite your non-magical roots? (Well, as far as I know you're non-magical. Actually, I suppose your mum could be a witch or your great-grandfather COULD be a wizard. ) Anyway, the point is, you HAVE been accepted and that is great news for you AND me! You'll report for your fourth year with me, Prof. Brigham, on August 30th. You'll have Prof. Cote for potions though. This is a little bonus for you! She is fantastic. Don't worry if the world of Harry Potter is all new to you and don't feel like your year will be a dud because you've already read one or more of J.K. Rowling's books. The year will be MAGICAL regardless. How do I know this? I know this because I have 23 years of experience. I've learned a lot over the course of those years. Most importantly, I've learned that children, all on their own, are magical beings. Your magic, paired with my enthusiasm and experience , will surely make your fourth year at Clough...ahem, Hogwarts, magical!
You might be thinking, "Harry Potter? Didn't they do that last year?" You might be interested to know that this team of teachers has taken on LOTS of themes. From nautical to culinary, from broadway to superheroes. we've enjoyed each and every one too. But, we have NEVER repeated a theme. NEVER. NOT ONCE...until this year. Why are we repeating the Harry Potter theme? For one, it is AWESOME! Secondly, we are repeating to continue a full year celebration of the 20th Anniversary of J.K. Rowling's first Potter book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It was first published in 1997. I fell in love with this book series shortly thereafter when one of my fifth grade students gave me the book as an end of school year present. What a gift that was! I remember having to wait nearly a year until the next book was published. You witches and wizards are so lucky beause you can just pick up the next book as soon as you finish one! Over the course of this magical year, you will read the first two books, you'll write to Harry, learn to play chess, or continue your study of the game, learn to play Quidditch, and if you're lucky, win a house cup or two and taste some sweet butterbeer. I know you'll be a Potterhead in no time, if you're not one already!
There are a few things you should do to prepare for your fourth year at Hogwarts.
Remember: King's Cross Station, Plattform 9 3/4, Howgwart's Express - August 30, 9:00 AM sharp! Don't be late!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
4th Year Instructor
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (AKA: Clough)