- "If you are seventeen years of age, or will turn seventeen on or before the 31st of August next, you are eligible for a twelve-week course of Apparition Lessons from a Ministry of Magic Apparition instructor. Please sign below if you woulds like to participate. Cost 12 Galleons."
- —the large sign in the Gryffindor common room[src]
The class was offered shortly after the Christmas holidays for students who are seventeen, or who will turn seventeen during the school year. The course costs 12 Galleons. The class takes place in the Great Hall if the weather was unsuitable for it to be taught on the school grounds. The Anti-Apparition Charm would be removed for the hour on the section of the school where the class will be held. The class was for twelve weeks.
In 1997, it was taught by Ministry of Magic employee Wilkie Twycross on every Saturday morning. Twycross taught the "Three D's of Apparition": Destination, Determination, and Deliberation. The student needed to apparate into a hoop by focusing their mind on the hoop and then spin around with the intention of appearing in the hoop.
At the end of the class, anyone who had turned seventeen by the day of the exam, could take the exam and if they passed, they received a licence to Apparate. Those who splinched themselves, even in a minor way, would be forced to retake the test. Anyone who was yet to turn seventeen would attend a class for the hour while the exam took place.
In 1997, the exam took place on 21 April. The opportunity for extra practise classes were held in a heavily supervised Hogsmeade in the build up to the exam. The children were provided a leaflet named "Common Apparition Mistakes and How to Avoid Them" before the afternoon of the exam, when they would gather in the Entrance Hall and wait their turn.
Charlie Weasley apparated 5 miles south from where he was supposed to go and landed on an old lady doing her shopping the first time. Fred and George Weasley are known to have passed their apparition test "with distinction".
In the 1997 class, Ron Weasley failed his initial test for splinching his eyebrow, while Hermione Granger passed flawlessly. Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy and Ernie Macmillan were unable to take the exam on the same day of their entire year, because they were yet to turn seventeen.
Behind the scenes
- Receiving an Apparition licence can be compared to receiving a driver's licence in the Muggle world. Both are privileges reserved for those who are overage, and dangerous if done improperly or inattentively. The same can be said for the course, which is reminiscent of Driver's Ed.
- Unlike the other Hogwarts classes, taking part in Apparition lessons costs money. It's probably because it is not a regular class, but a course offered by the Ministry of Magic.
Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 18 (Birthday Surprises)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 21 (The Unknowable Room)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 22 (After the Burial)
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