How Many Students Sleep in a Hogwarts Dormitory?

I am sure there are many Hogwarts enthusiasts out here that can answer this question in a heartbeat. But, what is the question really?

How many students sleep in a Hogwarts dormitory because you would like to apply to Hogwarts?

The author of Harry Potter, JK Rowling says the answer is 5. Harry, Ron, Neville, Dean, Seamus. In the book, there is a reference to Hermione sharing with Lavender about whether Harry is lying in the 5th book about Voldemort being back.

It seems rather a small number, don’t you think? But read on…

JK Rowling

Like colleges and boarding schools across the country, the level of borders tends to vary from year to year. JK Rowling seems to imply that the total occupancy of Hogwarts is between six hundred and one thousand students.

The whole Hogwarts series is full of mysteries, like the number of beds in each dormitory.

How many beds are in a Hogwarts dorm?

One would have to assume that each student has a bed, so the answer is 5.

Who were Hermione Granger’s bunkmates in the Gryffindor dormitory at Hogwarts?

There are four other girls in Hermione’s dormitory: Lavender, Parvati, and two others whose names are unknown

Hermione never states who she lives within any of the books. With Harry and Ron being prevented from entering the girl’s dormitory, we never get an accurate picture of what goes on and any real confirmation.

When Hermione is not with Harry and Ron, she does appear to be alone and somewhat friendless when with her dormitory fellows.

At one point, she was locked in with a troll by her so-called girlfriends.

Hogwarts has how many students per year? Are boys and girls equally represented?

The answer is unclear to this question. It appears from history that each year has around 40 new students.

Most of the classes Harry attends with his friends are combined with two or more classes. Both genders attend the classes making the class sizes an even mix of boys and girls.

There is a suggestion that the whole school houses around six hundred students, which makes Harry’s year group smaller than in previous years.

It is hard to give precise numbers, and extrapolation is the only way to come up with a reasonable answer.

Is there more than one boy and girl dormitory in Hogwarts? Are they separated by years?

We have established that both boys and girls dormitories sleep 5, if there are 40 students in Harry Potter’s year group, assuming an even split of boys and girls that would equate to 4 dorms for each gender group.

From explanations by Rowling, there could be up to 1000 students. We came up with a total of 600 students for the whole of Hogwarts. It would be safe to assume all the students are boarding, leaving 120 dormitories split evenly between them.

Does that seem like a lot of dormitories?

We know that Hogwarts is a magical castle full of surprises, and the castle can reconfigure its outlay to accommodate the wizards and witches of all ages.

It appears that gender is separated with strict intent to prevent fraternising with the opposite sex.

Does Hogwarts prohibit or even prevent its students from engaging in underage sex?

Teenagers are always ready to explore. However, I don’t feel sex is on the agenda at Hogwarts for the students.

Old oil paintings are hanging on the walls in every corridor. What’s worse is the paintings come to like and follow your every movement.

It’s very likely that if a painting witnesses something untoward, the incident is reported to a master resulting in trouble for all concerned.

I didn’t mention the ghosts that haunt Hogwarts. They can come and go freely through walls and doors. Any inappropriate actions would be found out almost immediately if you were to try and entertain the opposite sex.

At least one member patrolling the hallways at night and curfews in place after a specific time would make any liaison almost impossible.

There are only two invisibility cloaks, Harry has one, and the other is with Ron. The invisibility cloaks are expensive items, hence only two in the school as we know of.

The Hogwarts castle is a maze, and with its ability to reconfigure itself, it would be a foolhardy attempt to leave the dorm alone to meet with your girlfriend.

With dormitories being gender-specific, it would be pretty difficult to sneak your boyfriend or girlfriend into a shared dormitory.

Given the number of hurdles a student would need to cross, it looks like sexual relationships are off the cards for most wizards.

If it was Possible, Would You Join Hogwarts as a Wizard or Witch?

Attending classes at Hogwarts, you could learn how to mix potions and prepare spells Under the all-seeing critical eye of Professor Snape. Master transfiguration and all things aspiring wizards and witches would like to be able to achieve.

What house would you choose?

What’s your personality? Are you a loyal Hufflepuff or a treacherous ambitious Slytherin? So many options and choices. 

How do you see yourself developing? Are you a witty character who likes to be popular? You could join Ravenclaw.

The Harry Potter Hogwarts Mysteries is undoubtedly a game to keep you entertained and your brain occupied with all of its intrigues and mysteries.

Throughout your time at Hogwarts, you will make long-lasting friendships that may serve you well in the future.

Do you think you will be friends with Bill Weasley? He is quite a character. I’m sure he would be loyal to you.

You will recognise so many friendly faces but beware some are not as friendly as you thought.