In the fifth year at Hogwarts, students are required to attend a meeting with their Head of House to discuss future careers. But never mind Harry, Ron and Hermione – which wizarding career would be right for you?

Auror: for the brave-hearted dueller

Notable Aurors: Mad-Eye Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Harry Potter

Main responsibility: To protect the wizarding world from Dark forces

Auror would be the right wizarding career for you if…

the only thing you fear is fear itself. We’re kidding, but you do have to be very brave in this line of work. You’d be on the front-line, duelling and catching Dark wizards, in order to protect the wizarding world no matter what. But it’s not all brawn over brains, McGonagall advises Harry that he’d need at least five NEWTs and nothing under “Exceeds Expectations” grade to have a chance of working at the Auror office. For this career, we think you’d also need perseverance (we hear the training programme is gruelling), as well as a strong sense of justice and loyalty.

Hogwarts Professor: for the school-loving over-achiever

Notable professors: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape

Main responsibility: Passing on your knowledge to the next generation of witches and wizards

Hogwarts professor would be the right wizarding career for you if…

you’re the kind of person who likes to specialise and then learn as much as you can about a particular topic. You’d need to have patience, especially if you had students in your class like troublemakers in chief, Fred and George Weasley. You would also REALLY need to love your subject, whether it be Charms, Transfiguration or Defence Against the Dark Arts – otherwise you’d have a pretty rubbish time and so would your wizarding students. The professors at Hogwarts are all experts in their field, but you’d also need to be able to take that knowledge outside of the classroom and use it to, for example, defend the school in times of peril.

Shop owner: for the creative entrepreneur

Notable shop owners: Fred & George Weasley, Florean Fortescue, Mr Borgin & Mr Burke

Main responsibility: Selling magical wares to the wizarding masses

Shop owner would be the right wizarding career for you if…

you’re an extrovert who likes chatting to strangers and enjoys the hustle and bustle of a busy shopping street. You’d need to be savvy about how many Knuts to a Sickle there are, as well as being a creative type who can come up with innovative ways of presenting your magical goods. You’d have to decide what you’d sell of course, but you’d need to stand out from the crowd if you set up shop in Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade. So if the spectacle of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes fills you with ideas and artistic spirit then this might be the wizarding career for you.

Healer: for the responsible all-rounder

Notable Healers: Dilys Derwent, Poppy Pomfrey, Hippocrates Smethwyck.

Main responsibility: Dealing with magical injuries and illnesses

Healer would be the right wizarding career for you if…

you’re a high achiever across the board. To be Healer in the wizarding world you would need at least an “E” at NEWT level in Potions, Herbology, Transfiguration, Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts. But that’s not all, you have to have a pretty strong stomach when faced with magical injuries – Madam Pomfrey saw some pretty gruesome ones throughout her time, including Harry’s boneless arm! A strong constitution and an excellent mind are a must for this career, but so is a kind and caring heart.

Wandmaker: for the secretive forager

Notable Wandmakers: Ollivander, Gregorovitch

Main responsibility: Making wands and selling them to witches and wizards

Wandmaker would be the right wizarding career for you if…

you’ve got an eye for detail and don’t settle for less than perfection. You’d need to be good at crafts and working with materials – wands don’t make themselves! You’d also need to be a relentless forager, searching for the exact woods and core materials you’d need to make each individual wand. We feel like this career would also suit someone a little mysterious – the wand chooses the wizard after all…

Curse-Breaker: for the adventure-seeking intellectual

Notable Curse-Breakers: Bill Weasley

Main responsibility: Finding treasure for Gringott’s bank

Curse-Breaker would be the right wizarding career for you if…

you’re interested in a ‘challenging career involving travel, adventure and substantial, danger-related treasure bonuses’ – or at least that’s what is said on the pamphlet. Bill Weasley was a curse-breaker and it sounds like you’d need to be pretty smart – he got twelve OWLs. Judging by his example, this career would suit you if you’re into Arithmancy, and you’re cool in a crisis as well as interested in travelling the world. Oh, and you should probably be okay with risk taking – it doesn’t sound like the safest career option out there…

Wizarding writer: for the curious wordsmith

Notable writers: Rita Skeeter, Gilderoy Lockhart, Bathilda Bagshot

Main responsibility: Sharing wizarding stories, knowledge and gossip with quill and ink

Writer would be the right wizarding career for you if…

you just can’t stop scribbling. You would likely be an expressive person who loves to get their thoughts down on paper and has a way with words. If you like investigating and talking to people you might be more suited to the journalistic route like Rita Skeeter. If telling stories is more your cup of Pumpkin Juice then it might be that magical books are your calling – though make sure you avoid presenting fiction as fact like the once-famous Lockhart.

Professional Quidditch player: for the competitive sports-lover

Notable Professional Quidditch Players: Viktor Krum, Ginny Weasley, Oliver Wood

Main responsibility: Playing the glorious game of Quidditch for a living and entertaining the masses

Professional Quidditch Player would be the right wizarding career for you if…

you’re competitive and courageous. Quidditch isn’t for the faint-hearted so you’d need to be fine with the danger of soaring Bludgers and dizzying falls off moving broomsticks. You’d need to be a team player as well as motivated as an individual – particularly if you’re playing a position like Seeker. Fame can come with being a professional player – as Viktor Krum knew very well – so you’d need to be okay with celebrity status and attention too.

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