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|sender=[[Minerva McGonagall]] (1990s)
 
|addressee=Young British [[Wizardkind|wizards and witches]]
 
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|date=Around the wizard's eleventh birthday
 
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{{Dialogue a-b|Lily Evans|It is real, isn't it? It's not a joke? Petunia says you're lying to me. Petunia says there isn't a Hogwarts. It is real, isn't it?|Severus Snape|It's real for us, not for her. But we'll get the letter, you and me.|[[Lily Evans|Lily]] and [[Severus Snape|Severus]] discussing Hogwarts.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Lily Evans|It is real, isn't it? It's not a joke? Petunia says you're lying to me. Petunia says there isn't a Hogwarts. It is real, isn't it?|Severus Snape|It's real for us, not for her. But we'll get the letter, you and me.|[[Lily Evans|Lily]] and [[Severus Snape|Severus]] discussing Hogwarts.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
The '''Hogwarts letter''' is a letter of acceptance to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] sent to [[Great Britain|British]] [[Wizards|wizards and witches]] prior to their [[first year]] at Hogwarts. A [[Magical Quill|special quill]] exists which writes down the name of every magical child in [[Great Britain|Britain]] at the time of their birth, allowing Hogwarts letters to be sent to all magical children at the appropriate time, even those who are [[Muggle-born]]. The Hogwarts letter consists of a note of acceptance from the Deputy Headmaster or Headmistress of Hogwarts and a list of required textbooks and materials for the school year.
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The '''Hogwarts letter''' is a letter of acceptance to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] sent to [[Great Britain|British]] [[Wizards|wizards and witches]] prior to their [[first year]] at Hogwarts. A [[Quill of Acceptance|special quill]] exists which writes down the name of every magical child in [[Great Britain|Britain]] at the time of their birth, allowing Hogwarts letters to be sent to all magical children at the appropriate time, even those who are [[Muggle-born]]. The Hogwarts letter consists of a note of acceptance from the Deputy Headmaster or Headmistress of Hogwarts and a list of required textbooks and materials for the school year.
   
 
==Deliverance of the letter==
 
==Deliverance of the letter==
[[File:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - The letters from no one|thumb|250px|Multiple letters are delivered to Harry Potter.]]
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[[File:HarryPooter.PNG|thumb|300px|Harry snatches a letter from a veritable deluge.]]
The letter is written on parchment paper and delivered to the recipient by [[owl]], except in the case of Muggle-borns and magical children living with [[Muggle]]s (such as [[Harry Potter]]), where the initial acceptance letter is delivered by the regular Muggle post. Hogwarts is able to magically tell whether or not a child has read his or her Hogwarts letter, as evidenced by the bombardment of [[4 Privet Drive]] with letters, despite at least one of them having been opened and read by [[Vernon Dursley|Vernon]] and [[Petunia Dursley]].
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The letter is written on parchment paper and delivered to the recipient by [[owl]], except in the case of Muggle-borns, where the acceptance letter is delivered in person by a member of the [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] faculty, a [[Special messenger|special messenger]], who explains everything to the student and parents. [[Harry Potter]]'s initial acceptance letter was delivered by regular [[Muggle Mail|Muggle post]], as [[Vernon Dursley|Vernon]] and [[Petunia Dursley]] are aware of the existence of the [[wizarding world]] and Hogwarts. Hogwarts is able to magically tell whether or not a child has read his or her Hogwarts letter, as evidenced by the bombardment of [[4 Privet Drive]] with letters, despite at least one of them having been opened and read by Vernon and Petunia Dursley.
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==History==
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Harry Potter first received one during the summer holidays of 1991. He was stunned at receiving such a letter, as he normally never received any correspondence, and held on to it, causing Vernon Dursley to joke that he might be checking for [[letter bomb]]s. Upon Dudley's noticing that Harry had the letter and realising what it was, Vernon's face was said to have gone "from red to green faster than a set of [[traffic light]]s." He then seized the letter, burned it, and then moved Harry to [[The Smallest Bedroom]]. He went to increasingly elaborate measures to try to stop the delivery of the letters, eventually resulting in [[Rubeus Hagrid]] personally visiting the [[Hut-on-the-Rock]] to deliver the letter.
   
 
==Contents==
 
==Contents==
 
===First page===
 
===First page===
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<center>HOGWARTS SCHOOL ''of'' WITCHCRAFT ''and'' WIZARDRY</center><br />
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<center>Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore</center>
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<center>''(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock,<br />Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)''</center>
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:Dear Mr Potter,
   
<p style="text-align: center;">HOGWARTS SCHOOL ''of'' WITCHCRAFT ''and'' WIZARDRY</p>
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:We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.
   
<p style="text-align: center;">Headmaster: ALBUS DUMBLEDORE</p>
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:Term begins on [[1 September]]. We await your owl by no later than [[31 July]].
   
<p style="text-align: center;">''(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock,''</p>
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:Yours sincerely,
<p style="text-align: center;">''Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)''</p>
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[[File:Minerva McGonagall sig.png|250px]]
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:Minerva McGonagall
   
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:Deputy Headmistress
 
Dear [Student Name Here],
 
 
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.
 
 
Term begins on [[1 September]]. We await your owl by no later than [[31 July]].
 
 
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
[[File:Minerva McGonagall sig.png|250px|left]]<br />
 
 
 
 
 
 
[[Minerva McGonagall]]<br />
 
 
Deputy Headmistress
 
   
 
===Second page===
 
===Second page===
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<p style="text-align: center;">HOGWARTS SCHOOL ''of ''WITCHCRAFT ''and'' WIZARDRY</p>
 
<p style="text-align: center;">HOGWARTS SCHOOL ''of ''WITCHCRAFT ''and'' WIZARDRY</p>
   
UNIFORM
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:UNIFORM
   
First-year students will require:
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:First-year students will require:
:1. Three sets of plain work [[robes]] (black)<br />
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::1. Three sets of plain work [[robes]] (black)<br />
:2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear<br />
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::2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear<br />
:3. One pair of protective gloves ([[dragon]] hide or similar)<br />
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::3. One pair of protective gloves ([[dragon]] hide or similar)<br />
:4. One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings)
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::4. One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings)
   
Please note that all pupil's clothes should carry name tags.
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:Please note that all pupil's clothes should carry name tags.
   
COURSE BOOKS
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:COURSE BOOKS
   
All students should have a copy of each of the following:
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:All students should have a copy of each of the following:
   
 
:''[[The Standard Book of Spells]] (Grade 1)''
 
:''[[The Standard Book of Spells]] (Grade 1)''
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::by [[Miranda Goshawk]]
by [[Miranda Goshawk]]
 
   
 
:''[[A History of Magic]]''
 
:''[[A History of Magic]]''
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::''by [[Bathilda Bagshot]]''
''by [[Bathilda Bagshot]]''
 
   
 
:''[[Magical Theory]] ''
 
:''[[Magical Theory]] ''
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::''by [[Adalbert Waffling]]''
''by [[Adalbert Waffling]]''
 
   
 
:''[[A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration]]''
 
:''[[A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration]]''
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::''by [[Emeric Switch]]''
''by [[Emeric Switch]]''
 
   
 
:''[[One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi]]''
 
:''[[One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi]]''
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::''by [[Phyllida Spore]]''
''by [[Phyllida Spore]]''
 
   
 
:''[[Magical Drafts and Potions]]''
 
:''[[Magical Drafts and Potions]]''
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::''by [[Arsenius Jigger]]''
''by [[Arsenius Jigger]]''
 
   
 
:''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''
 
:''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''
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::''by [[Newton Scamander|Newt Scamander]]''
''by [[Newton Scamander|Newt Scamander]]''
 
   
 
:''[[The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection]]''
 
:''[[The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection]]''
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::''by [[Quentin Trimble]]''
   
''by [[Quentin Trimble]]''
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:OTHER EQUIPMENT
   
OTHER EQUIPMENT
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::1 [[wand]]
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::1 [[cauldron]] (pewter, standard size 2)
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::1 set glass or crystal phials
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::1 [[telescope]]
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::1 set [[brass scales]]
   
:1 [[wand]]<br />
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:Students may also bring, if they desire, an [[owl]] OR a [[cat]] OR a [[toad]].
:1 [[cauldron]] (pewter, standard size 2)<br />
 
:1 set glass or crystal phials<br />
 
:1 [[telescope]]<br />
 
:1 set [[brass scales]]<br />
 
 
Students may also bring, if they desire, an [[owl]] OR a [[cat]] OR a [[toad]].
 
   
 
<p style="text-align: center;">PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS</p>
 
<p style="text-align: center;">PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS</p>
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<p style="text-align: center;">ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN [[Broomstick|BROOMSTICK]]</p>
 
<p style="text-align: center;">ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN [[Broomstick|BROOMSTICK]]</p>
   
Yours sincerely,
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:Yours sincerely,
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[[File:Lucinda Thomsonicle-Pocus sig.png|250px]]
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:[[Lucinda Thomsonicle-Pocus]]
   
[[File:Lucinda Thomsonicle-Pocus sig.png|250px|left]]<br />
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:[[Chief Attendant of Witchcraft Provisions]]
 
 
 
 
 
 
[[Lucinda Thomsonicle-Pocus]]<br />
 
 
[[Chief Attendant of Witchcraft Provisions]]
 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:HarryPooter.PNG|thumb|300px|Harry snatches a letter from a veritable deluge.]]
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[[File:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - The letters from no one|thumb|250px|Multiple letters are delivered to Harry Potter.]]
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'', the letters come from additional places like the [[toaster]], [[washing machine]] and in between the windshield wipers on the way to the beach.
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'', the letters come from additional places like the [[toaster]], [[washing machine]] and in between the windshield wipers on the way to the beach.
*[[Muggle-born]] children receive their letters in person from a member of the [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] faculty, a [[Special messenger]], who explains everything to the student and parents.
 
 
*In [[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]], customizable Hogwarts Acceptance Letters are sold, with the individual's name printed, along with a list of school supplies.
 
*In [[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]], customizable Hogwarts Acceptance Letters are sold, with the individual's name printed, along with a list of school supplies.
 
*On [[Pottermore]], the user is able to view Harry's Acceptance Letter in Chapter 4 (Keeper of the Keys), Moment 2 (Harry receives his Letter at last). Also, the Shopping List is viewable during the user's first encounter at [[Diagon Alley]] and is then placed in the user's trunk.
 
*On [[Pottermore]], the user is able to view Harry's Acceptance Letter in Chapter 4 (Keeper of the Keys), Moment 2 (Harry receives his Letter at last). Also, the Shopping List is viewable during the user's first encounter at [[Diagon Alley]] and is then placed in the user's trunk.
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|GBC version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]],'' the letter is written by Dumbledore and goes like this:
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*In the European Portuguese translation of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', ''Harry Potter e a Pedra Filosofal'', "''[[caduceus|one caduceus]]''" is added to the list of required equipment.
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|GBC version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]],'' the letter is written as follows by Dumbledore:
   
''Dear Mr Potter,''
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::''Dear Mr Potter, [[File:Screenshot_850.png|thumb|In the game]]''
   
''You have been accepted to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]].''
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::''You have been accepted to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]].''
   
''Yours sincerely,''
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::''Yours sincerely,''
   
''[[Albus Dumbledore]]''
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::''Albus Dumbledore''
   
''[[Headmaster]]''
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::''Headmaster''
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==

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HogwartsAcceptanceLetter
Hogwarts acceptence letter
Letter information
Sender

Minerva McGonagall (1990s)

Addressee

Young British wizards and witches

Date of writing

Around the wizard's eleventh birthday

Subject

Confirms a student's acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Delivered via

Owl Post (special messengers or Muggle post in exceptional cases)

Lily Evans: "It is real, isn't it? It's not a joke? Petunia says you're lying to me. Petunia says there isn't a Hogwarts. It is real, isn't it?"
Severus Snape: "It's real for us, not for her. But we'll get the letter, you and me."
Lily and Severus discussing Hogwarts.[src]

The Hogwarts letter is a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry sent to British wizards and witches prior to their first year at Hogwarts. A special quill exists which writes down the name of every magical child in Britain at the time of their birth, allowing Hogwarts letters to be sent to all magical children at the appropriate time, even those who are Muggle-born. The Hogwarts letter consists of a note of acceptance from the Deputy Headmaster or Headmistress of Hogwarts and a list of required textbooks and materials for the school year.

Deliverance of the letterEdit

HarryPooter

Harry snatches a letter from a veritable deluge.

The letter is written on parchment paper and delivered to the recipient by owl, except in the case of Muggle-borns, where the acceptance letter is delivered in person by a member of the Hogwarts faculty, a special messenger, who explains everything to the student and parents. Harry Potter's initial acceptance letter was delivered by regular Muggle post, as Vernon and Petunia Dursley are aware of the existence of the wizarding world and Hogwarts. Hogwarts is able to magically tell whether or not a child has read his or her Hogwarts letter, as evidenced by the bombardment of 4 Privet Drive with letters, despite at least one of them having been opened and read by Vernon and Petunia Dursley.

HistoryEdit

Harry Potter first received one during the summer holidays of 1991. He was stunned at receiving such a letter, as he normally never received any correspondence, and held on to it, causing Vernon Dursley to joke that he might be checking for letter bombs. Upon Dudley's noticing that Harry had the letter and realising what it was, Vernon's face was said to have gone "from red to green faster than a set of traffic lights." He then seized the letter, burned it, and then moved Harry to The Smallest Bedroom. He went to increasingly elaborate measures to try to stop the delivery of the letters, eventually resulting in Rubeus Hagrid personally visiting the Hut-on-the-Rock to deliver the letter.

ContentsEdit

First pageEdit

HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY

Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock,
Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)
Dear Mr Potter,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Please find enclosed a list of all necessary books and equipment.
Term begins on 1 September. We await your owl by no later than 31 July.
Yours sincerely,

Minerva McGonagall sig

Minerva McGonagall
Deputy Headmistress

Second pageEdit

HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY

UNIFORM
First-year students will require:
1. Three sets of plain work robes (black)
2. One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear
3. One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar)
4. One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings)
Please note that all pupil's clothes should carry name tags.
COURSE BOOKS
All students should have a copy of each of the following:
The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1)
by Miranda Goshawk
A History of Magic
by Bathilda Bagshot
Magical Theory
by Adalbert Waffling
A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration
by Emeric Switch
One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi
by Phyllida Spore
Magical Drafts and Potions
by Arsenius Jigger
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
by Newt Scamander
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection
by Quentin Trimble
OTHER EQUIPMENT
1 wand
1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
1 set glass or crystal phials
1 telescope
1 set brass scales
Students may also bring, if they desire, an owl OR a cat OR a toad.

PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS

ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICK

Yours sincerely,

Lucinda Thomsonicle-Pocus sig

Lucinda Thomsonicle-Pocus
Chief Attendant of Witchcraft Provisions

Behind the scenesEdit

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - The letters from no one01:59

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - The letters from no one

Multiple letters are delivered to Harry Potter.

Dear Mr Potter, 
Screenshot 850

In the game

You have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Yours sincerely,
Albus Dumbledore
Headmaster

AppearancesEdit

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