Back-to-school season is a stressful time. For you, for us, for oak-leaves who sense the icy specter of death awaiting them (not with a bang, but with a crinkle)... But just imagine how nerve-wracking going off to Hogwarts for the first time must be! Okay, we're sure you've spent an unsavory amount of time picturing the day your acceptance letter arrived, or all the meals you'd have under the enchanted ceiling in the Great Hall. But what about the quotidian details of your first day at Hogwarts? Did you ever think about the appropriate footwear to bring, how to hack the Sorting Hat, or which bed you should claim?
Read on, for this wonderfully useful, exceedingly practical (not to mention absurdly adorable) guide to NAILING your first day at Hogwarts!—eds
This slideshow was originally published in August 2015