Swinegnarl students are divided into four elements. Each element has its own noble history, and each has produced outstanding witches and wizards.
The four elements are called Fire, the brave and chivalrous. Earth, the kind and diligent. Air, the witty and wise. And Water, the cunning and ambitious.

While at Swinegnarl, triumphs will produce Element Points, while rule-breaking will lose Element Points. At the end of the year, the element with the most points is awarded the Element Totem, a great honour.