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The class list shown by J.K. Rowling in the 2001 television documentary Harry Potter and Me is generally not considered canon due to the number of points at which it conflicts with information from the books. However, according to a transcript of the program, Rowling described the list as such:

"So this is the name of everyone in Harry's year and all these little symbols mean what house they're in, how magical they are, what their parentage is, because I needed this later for the Death Eaters and so on, and the various allegiances that will be set up within the school."

She doesn't say "this is the name of everyone who was going to be in Harry's year," so I'm wondering if information from the class list should be considered canonical, as long as it doesn't directly contradict information from a newer source (e.g., Queenie Greengrass, Trevor Boot, Michael Corner and Anthony Goldstein in Hufflepuff)? Starstuff (Owl me!) 22:41, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

As long as it doesn't directly contradict information from a book, yes, I would say that it should be considered canon. -- Seth Cooper Moon (Owl Post) 22:45, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
According to the canon policy, as this is an "interview" with JK, it is considered canon. Some portions may be conflicted with higher canon (ex: the books), in which those portions are not considered canon. But I think that everything that doesn't disagree with the books should be considered canon.--Matoro183 (Talk) 22:51, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
The crucial thing is how JKR presents the list as "everyone in Harry's year." She doesn't describe the list as an early draft, or admit to cutting any of the characters on it, as she did in the cases of Mafalda, Pyrites, Mopsy, and Mopsus. If we take this as proof of the list's canonicity, then it would mean removing the {{Cut content}} tag from articles on characters like Wayne Hopkins, Su Li, and Tracey Davis. Starstuff (Owl me!) 00:48, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
There's still no consensus on this matter; should the {{Cut content}} tags be removed from Wayne Hopkins, Su Li, etc.? --Hunnie Bunn 00:05, March 17, 2013 (UTC)

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