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The trio in their second year

"The second years were given something new to think about during their Easter holidays. The time had come to choose their subjects for third year..."
—Second years select elective classes for third year[src]

A second year is a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who is in their second year of magical education. Second years are typically 12 to 13 years of age. The second year is the first year in which students ride up to the castle in carriages pulled by Thestrals.

During the second year


1992 Herbology

A second year Herbology lesson

Second year students must take: Transfiguration, Charms, Potions, History of Magic, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Astronomy and Herbology.[1]

The second year is the first time when students are allowed to try out for their house Quidditch teams. The one exception to this was when Harry Potter was allowed to join the house Quidditch team during his first year due to his exceptional skills. Like first years, second years aren't allowed to accompany those in the third year or above to Hogsmeade village for the weekend trips, however, they are allowed to have their own broom inside the school grounds.


Period Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
First Transfiguration Double Herbology Defence Against the Dark Arts (?) Herbology

Transfiguration (formerly)


Third Potions

Defence Against the Dark Arts (formerly)

History of Magic

Double Potions (?) Transfiguration
Fourth Herbology
Fifth Defence Against the Dark Arts


Defence Against the Dark Arts




History of Magic

Required textbooks


Notes and references

Hogwarts years
First - Second - Third - Fourth - Fifth - Sixth - Seventh