During an interview back in 2000, Harry Potter creator, J.K. Rowling, revealed that there are 1000 students at Hogwarts during the school year every year, which seemed like a fairly straightforward answer. That is, until you watch the movies and realize that there aren’t nearly enough kids in Harry’s class for there to be 1,000 students at Hogwarts at the time, leading many fans to wonder why Harry’s class seemed smaller.
In fact, Buzzfeed crunched the numbers and realized that in order for there to be 1000 students, then there would have to be 35 students in each house in each year at one time for there to be that many kids, but in the films, there’s only about 18 kids in the Gryffindor house it looks like.
Well, a new fan theory on Tumblr may explain why the class is smaller than usual, and it’s a pretty sad explanation at that:
It makes sense. If the Wizarding World was in a war, then the number of babies being born at that time would probably have decreased slightly, while the years immediately afterwards would probably have experienced a boom similar to the one we had following WWII. Which means that the years before Harry would probably be smaller as well, while the years after him would likely grow in size.
Until Voldemort came back that is, in which case the size of classes may experience another drop until Harry defeated him at the end of Deathly Hallows.
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