Quote Originally Posted by Caretaker Argus Filch
"Approval for Whipping ... Approval for Whipping ... I can do it at last ... they've had it coming to them for years ..."
So, in 1995, you couldn't physically hurt students, or at least, with a whip. But do you think you ever could have? Maybe before Filch began working there? Even, say, 200 years ago?

Corporal punishment at school (eg. the cane, the strap), at least over in Australia, wasn't banished that long ago. Victoria, where I'm from, had it prohibited in 1983, according to my English teacher. Just checked Wikipedia, and that says it was completely banned in the UK by 2003. That is not a long time ago.

So I'm wondering, do you ever think it was around at Hogwarts?