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Hogwarts Should Really Have Been Shut Down Years Ago

List RulesVote up the dangerous deal-breakers that would have you yanking your young witch or wizard out of Hogwarts.

Even if you've only skimmed a Harry Potter book or watched one or two of the films, it only takes a moment to realize Hogwarts should be shut down. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is easily the most dangerous fictional school to ever exist.The magic school poses too many risks to its students, and it does very little to prepare them for life after their education. Hogwarts's inherent danger has never been properly addressed by J.K. Rowling, and it opens up all kinds of plot holes in the Harry Potter universe about why parents send their kids to Hogwarts in the first place. So, although it may seem like a fun place to visit, the likelihood of attending Hogwarts and making it out unscathed is pretty minimal.

Maybe you don't actually want your Hogwarts letter as much as you think you did.

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    Teachers' Punishments Can Be Completely Savage

    Photo: Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix / Warner Bros.

    All schools have some sort of disciplinary regime that aims to punish unruly students. These usually revolve around giving out detentions or, in serious cases, suspension or expulsion. 

    Things get a little more extreme at Hogwarts. Students who receive detention are expected to carry out difficult or labor-intensive tasks for hours on end, and the punishments are doled out completely on professorial whims. Students can even be sent to dangerous, out-of-bounds locations, such as the Forbidden Forest, that are full of murderous creatures. These types of punishments aren't the sort of thing you would expect from a school. Worst of all, anyone who is expelled from Hogwarts is essentially shut out from the entire wizarding world.

    Is this a deal-breaker?
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    Teachers Don’t Appear To Be Screened Before They Start Work

    Photo: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros.

    One of the main responsibilities of any school is to ensure that their teachers are suitable for the job. This is because they are not only molding young minds, but they must also keep the students safe at all times. The staff at Hogwarts, however, is another story. Despite being one of the greatest wizards to ever live, Dumbledore makes a number of bizarre hiring decisions, especially when it comes to finding someone to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts.

    He willingly hired a werewolf, who – despite being good – can easily transform into a killing machine if he doesn't take the right potion. He hired an extremely dangerous wizard impersonating Mad-Eye Moody because the school doesn't test for polyjuice. He hired the incompetent Gilderoy Lockhart. Perhaps the worst hire of all was Professor Quirrell – the man literally carrying Voldemort around on the back of his head. 

    Is this a deal-breaker?
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    Children Are Killed Or Seriously Injured All The Time

    Photo: Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince / Warner Bros.

    The sheer amount of children who get seriously hurt – or killed – at Hogwarts makes it bizarre that parents still choose to send their children there. Moaning Myrtle and Cedric Diggory have both been killed on the premises, among others. And Quidditch, the school athletic favorite, when combined with inept professors like Gilderoy Lockhart, can leave you in pretty horrific shape. The problem is so severe the school even has its own hospital wing, which has treated students for all kinds of problems, from broken bones to deadly curses.

    Is this a deal-breaker?
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    Students Regularly Die In The Triwizard Tournament

    Photo: Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire / Warner Bros.

    Hogwarts is one of the three schools that take part in the Triwizard Tournament. This competition sees students battling against each other as they take on deadly challenges that can range from fighting dragons to navigating mazes filled with lethal traps. Somehow, the competition gets resurrected in the series after having been canceled because too many champions were being killed. Despite the obvious danger, absolutely no parental permission is needed for the students to compete. These students need a signed slip just to go on a day trip to Hogsmeade but can take part in a deadly tournament without their parents even knowing about it.

    Is this a deal-breaker?