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Post December 6th, 2016, 9:06 am

How did the teachers know?

That it was Ginny Weasley who was taken into the Chamber?
Hogwarts is a big school, so many female students. Only four students were petrified from the Basilisk.
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Post December 6th, 2016, 10:23 am

Re: How did the teachers know?

It's never answered, as far as I can see, and it's actually a good question.

You can only assume that McGonagall saw the message, checked class registers from that morning to see if a female student was missing, rushed to Gryffindor tower to see if Ginny was there, and then arrived at that conclusion. After all, she did immediately demand all students return to their dormitories/common room.

It depends on how big Hogwarts is, in terms of students who attend. If there's a great deal more than we're introduced to, it might not be so easy to check.
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Post May 19th, 2017, 3:36 am

Re: How did the teachers know?

She's the head of Gryffindor House.. so it's not that hard to notice she was missing.
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Post May 19th, 2017, 10:21 am

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Ryan Owling wrote:She's the head of Gryffindor House.. so it's not that hard to notice she was missing.


She wouldn't know where all her students were at all times. She had no idea Harry and Ron were hiding in the cabinet in the room she was in at that time.
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Post May 20th, 2017, 6:10 am

Re: How did the teachers know?

Thats actually a good question.
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Post June 21st, 2017, 12:33 pm

Re: How did the teachers know?

Yet another mistake, aka Author Fail, in the books.
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Post June 21st, 2017, 11:54 pm

Re: How did the teachers know?

The Fifth Marauder gives a pretty simple and apt explanation to the question, which seems to have been skipped over: McGonagall checked with the other teachers.

McGonagall reads: Her body will... blah blah blah.
McGonagall thinks: Hmm a female has been taken.
McGonagall calls a meeting of all the faculty: Has any student been missing from multiple classes?
Flitwick: Ginny Weasley missed Charms.
Sprout: Ginny Weasley missed Herbology, Colin Creevey was late.
Snape: Michael Corner did not show up for my Potions exam, thankfully I did not have to deal with
Gryffindors today.
Sprout: Corner was in Herbology.
Binns: zzzzz... huh, what?.. Weastly lost what?.. zzzz
Sinstra: Hey thanks for inviting me to the meeting! No one has missed any astronomy, but Ginny was at breakfast this morning. Perhaps she has been in the library?
Pince: She hasn't been there all day.
McGonagall: Filch, have you seen Ginny Weasley?
Filch: No.
McGonagall: (Sonorus) All students report to your house common rooms. (Quietus)Heads of House, please go check your houses.
Everyone leaves.
Everyone returns.
Sprout, Flitwick and Snape: Everyone is accounted for.
McGonagall: Potter and Ron Weasley are missing, and Ginny Weasley. Ginny was taken.

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Post July 10th, 2017, 10:37 am

Re: How did the teachers know?

I think Bucko is right. If a student is missing for 1 hr, it's really hard to see who he/she is. But if the student was not seen anywhere after breakfast, it can easily be revealed.

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