Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Flying

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Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Magic
Flying lessons
Type Class
First Appearance Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


The subject of flying is taught by Madam Hooch to the first-years at Hogwarts.

Extended Description[edit]

Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

Flying is done using brooms; we are led to believe that it is not possible for a wizard to fly without a broom or some other charmed device (e.g. a flying carpet, though those are currently not allowed in England) or animal (e.g. a Thestral).

One of the rules at Hogwarts is that first-years aren't allowed to posess brooms. This rule was bent for Harry, though: in his first-ever flying lesson, Professor McGonagall sees that he is a natural flier. As a result, Harry was recruited to the Gryffindor Quidditch Team, as Seeker, and was given a Nimbus 2000.

Once his natural ability has been discovered, there is little that Madam Hooch can teach him; his flying lessons are taken over by Oliver Wood, the captain of the Quidditch team, and Harry has no further lessons with Madam Hooch. We must assume that lessons continue for the other students, however.



Study questions are meant to be left for each student to answer; please don't answer them here.

  1. We are led to believe that flying is only possible with the use of an object (broom, Sirius' flying motorcycle, Mr. Weasley's flying Ford Anglia), or with the assistance of a flying creature (Thestral, Hippogriff, Dragon). How is it that Voldemort, and later Snape, seem to be capable of unassisted flight in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

Greater Picture[edit]

Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.