On July 27-Aug. 1, 2015, Pages Unbound is hosting a week-long celebration of Harry Potter! The event leads readers on an interactive journey through their time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and features a variety of activities, quizzes, reflections, and guest posts. You’ll want to read the posts in order, so if you’re ever lost, you can head back to the event introduction post, where you will find a schedule and links to all the event activities.
Welcome, witches and wizards! It’s your sixth year of schooling and time to start thinking about what you would like to do after graduation. Today Hogwarts is hosting a career fair, and several Hogwarts alumni have stopped by to tell you about their magical careers. Be sure to stop by all their booths, and when you’re done you can also check out their blogs. You can also let us know who has the most convincing career pitch in the comments below!
Enter the Great Hall
Daily Prophet Reporter (Mel @ The Daily Prophecy, Ravenclaw)
“Gossip, gossip and more gossip. Who doesn’t like a good rumor? This is the best way to be the first one to know anything about everything! No secret is safe with us and it is our duty to share them with our people. So, if you have writing ambitions that you want to use for the benefit of our Wizard world, you are the one we are looking for.”
Charter School for Elementary Wizard Education (Zita @ Pages Unbound, Hufflepuff)
“Greetings, young witches and wizards! Now, I saw many of you stopping by the ‘professor; table just a moment ago. Truly, being a Hogwarts professor must be one of the most rewarding and exciting careers available. But the key word there is ‘available.’ If you plan on living in Britain, Hogwarts is your only chance at a professorship. And the slots are limited. But what if your only dream is to be a teacher? Don’t worry! I’m here to tell you about an alternative.
“Most of you from Muggle families attended public schools in your days before Hogwarts. You learned reading, math, and a dash of history. But how do young wizards learn to read? All of you from magical families know that your parents taught you. In rare cases, you may have had a tutor. But there are currently no magical grammar schools! This has been a long-standing problem in the magical world. We send you off to Hogwarts at the age of eleven with no concept of homework or classroom courtesy – and more often than not poor reading skills – and expect you to thrive. Furthermore, families with two hard-working parents struggle to educate their children themselves. No more!
“I come to you as a founding member of the First Charter Schools for Magical Children. We need enthusiastic young witches and wizards to join our ranks. Our schools cannot teach magic, of course, but we will be instructing young magical folk in the arts of reading, writing, math, science, and history. We also plan to offer electives in Muggle studies, taught exclusively by the Muggle-born. We are partnering with respected Half-Bloods who have experienced Muggle teacher training, and work with an advisory board that includes some of your respected professors. Further schooling will be necessary if you choose to pursue this career, but scholarships are available. Come join the future of wizarding education!”
Curse Breaker (Kate @ The Owl and the Reader, Ravenclaw)
Do you hate the idea of spending all your life behind a desk?
Do you want to travel to exotic locations and be able to see the results of your work first-hand?
Do you enjoy a challenge and an adventure with a little bit of danger?
If yes, a career as a curse breaker could be for you!
There is no such thing as a “typical day” in the life of a curse-breaker. They travel to places like Egypt, China and Greece and we disable curses and hexes placed on ancient tombs and burial sites, some are as old as 6,000 years. They bring the treasure they find on those sites to Gringotts.
Curse breakers have a genuine interest in what they do. It’s a very exciting and rewarding profession, and travelling is a big part of the job. However, it can also be dangerous – ancient curses are not to be taken lightly. Therefore, a curse breaker needs to be very skilled in charms, jinxes and hexes, as well as Arithmancy. Knowledge of Ancient Runes is an advantage.
If you believe you have what it takes to be a curse breaker, please come talk to a representative from Gringotts at the careers fair to learn more!
Marketing & Advertising for the Department of Magical Games & Sports (Author Michael Mullin @ Gemiknight Press, Ravenclaw)
Disclaimer: Harry Potter and Hogwarts belong to J. K. Rowling. This event is a fan-created adventure meant to celebrate Rowling’s wizarding world and is in no way endorsed by her.