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    Unregistered_Animagi
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    Hogwarts Pets

    Alrighty, here are a few questions on students bringing pets to Hogwarts:

    ~According to the Hogwarts book list, students may bring an owl OR a cat OR a toad. No mention of rats- but both Percy and Ron have brought Scabbers to school. Is this the sort of pet thats just "assumed" to be allowed in Hogwarts? Obviously its not that big of a deal, up until POA no one remotely cares that Ron has a rat even though he quite often talks about him within earshot of someone who could get him in trouble and brings him out in the open.

    Also, Lee Jordan decides to bring a tarantula in his third (Harry's first) year. Correct me if I'm wrong, but we have no knowledge of him getting caught for this. So...

    What other sorts of animmals do you think commonly get smuggled into Hogwarts? How would school staff go about finding these illegal animals? What is the punishment if said animals are found out?

    ~In PS/SS, when Ron and Harry are changing into their Hogwarts robes, a voice comes over the intercom asking all students to leave luggage on the train- it will be taken up to the school separately. But in OotP, Luna offers to carry Pig for Ron as they are getting off the train. When they are attempting to get a carriage up to the school, Ron insists he fing Pig and get him back from Luna before they go. Is he planning on bringing Pig to the sorting?

    What sort of provisions do you think there are for pets at Hogwarts? Obviously owls are perfectly capable of fending for themselves, but what about cats? Do the houselves prepare meals for them? I think its safe to assume that students do not have to pack food for them, so how are they being fed?
    And who is in charge of keeping track of pets at Hogwarts? Who would you go to if your pet suddenly went missing?

    Just a few Q's that've been running around in my head

    ~Unregistered_Animagi

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    FireAndIce
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    Hmnn...

    I think the rule about pets is one of those frowned upon, but not enforced strictly kind of rules.

    As for what kind of animals, I think you can take complete liberty with this one. In HPB we see a skeleton in a cage with 5 legs. Either a spell gone wrong, or some weird mutated animal brought in by a student. Almost anything could be smuggled into Hogwarts, just look at Hagrid and Aragog.

    In Hagrid's case, he was expelled, but that was a very extreme case (seeing as they thought Aragog was killing the students). I think the punishment can range from a detention to a letter home, but in any case, it'll probably be pretty mild.

    As for the food, there was never any canon evidence of Hermione having to pack food for Crookshanks. We see him wandering the grounds so I think it's fair to say that you're responsible if your pet goes missing. I can't see the house-elves feeding EVERY pet at Hogwarts so I'm guessing they all sort of fend for themselves.

    Hope I helped.

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    thegirllikeme
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    As for the food, there was never any canon evidence of Hermione having to pack food for Crookshanks. We see him wandering the grounds so I think it's fair to say that you're responsible if your pet goes missing. I can't see the house-elves feeding EVERY pet at Hogwarts so I'm guessing they all sort of fend for themselves.
    I have to disagree, simply because a thousand animals cannot just fend for themselves. Having had countless animals of different variaties, I'm speaking from experience. I can see you getting away with owls providing for themselves, because they can travel pretty far for their food. But there are other options too? They nest in the Owlery, correct? Same place where the school birds are. It's not unreasonable to say that a house elf or perhaps Hagrid is in charge of taking meal to these animals.

    Dealing with rats and toads and cats are trickier. As you said, if people allowed their animals to go free they are very much dealing with the fact that the animal might not comeback - whether it gets lost, injury, kidnapped by some bully, or eaten by some beast in the Forbidden Forest. Some people would not simply want to take that chance.

    Cooped up in a room with no where to go, how would a cat provide for itself? On mice. Paulsable on the surface, but not when you dig deeper not so logical. First you have to look at the fact that not all cats are hunters. I've had cats who would look at a mouse for a few minutes then simply fall back asleep, and I've known cats that would hunt at simply the smell or sound of a mouse. It all depends on the personality. Besides, in one room, there is simply not enough mice to feed one cat. Even if the the cats were allowed free-range, with some 200 cats in the school, I'd say Hogwarts would be far from having a rat problem. In short, there is no way these animals find enough food to fend for themselves.

    Now for the rats and frogs -- they are easily provided for. Rats will eat bread crumbs and pratically anything that the owner brings from dinner. And frogs eat insects that the owners would obviously have to catch (or take from their potions kit ). It wouldn't be hard to keep a jar of such things about.

    About the house elves: It seems logical that the house elves would feed animals -- after all they feed thousand students, why not their animals? Another possibility is that Hogwarts stocks a pantry full of cat food and other items that the students can take to feed their animals.

    If an animal went missing, it would be up to the owner and whoever they could convince to look for it. Remember Ron in POA?

    Also, about Scabbers. I think it is highly likely that Percy got written permission to bring the rat. After all, Percy was never the sort who would do things without permission. I sure it's possible to get written permission for something. I'm sure, however, that anyone who doesn't as their pet shipped home and detention, but it would be something not too terribly hard to hide.

    I don't know about the luggage though. Truthfully, I'm not sure what you're asking.

    Anyways, I hoped this helped.

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