The most boring subject ever devised

Professor Binns bores the masses in History of Magic

Extract from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling

History of Magic was by common consent the most boring subject ever devised by wizardkind. Professor Binns, their ghost teacher, had a wheezy, droning voice that was almost guaranteed to cause severe drowsiness within ten minutes, five in warm weather. He never varied the form of their lessons, but lectured them without pausing while they took notes, or rather, gazed sleepily into space. Harry and Ron had so far managed to scrape passes in this subject only by copying Hermione’s notes before exams; she alone seemed able to resist the soporific power of Binns’s voice.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling