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railway stations Building

The British railway system plays a large role in Harry's world. Stations mentioned specifically include:

In addition to these, Harry has used underground stations in London several times as well.

Railview Hotel Building Merchant Muggles

Cokeworth - England - United Kingdom

The Railview Hotel is a gloomy-looking Muggle establishment to which Vernon Dursley took his family while attempting to avoid Harry's Hogwarts letters (PS3). Of course, the letters found him there anyway - when the family woke up in the morning, the woman behind the desk told them she'd received about a hundred of the letters overnight.

While there, Dudley and Harry shared room 17, which had twin beds and damp, musty sheets. Breakfast in the dining room consisted of stale cornflakes and cold tinned tomatoes on toast (PS3).

reptile house Building Muggles Magical Creatures

zoo - Surrey - England - United Kingdom

Not really a house, of course, but a building in a zoo near Little Whinging. While visiting in celebration of Dudley's eleventh birthday, Harry discovered here that he could talk to the boa constrictor. He then unwittingly vanished the glass in front of the cage, freeing the snake and making Dudley fall into the water.

reservations Magical Creatures

Though it's implied that there are a number of magical reservations worldwide, we only know of four specifically:

restaurants Building Merchant

Though wizards do have restaurants, we never really see wizards going out to eat the way Muggles do, though there's plenty of going out for drinks. There is only one occasion in which we do specifically see wizards eating away from home - Harry's weeks spent in Diagon Alley in PA4. Here are the restaurants we know of:

Wizarding restaurants:

Muggle restaurants:

Riddle House Building History Witches & Wizards

Little Hangleton - England - United Kingdom
"It stood on a hill overlooking the village, some of its windows boarded, tiles missing from its roof, and ivy spreading unchecked over its face. Once a fine-looking manor, and easily the largest and grandest building for miles around, the Riddle House was now damp, derelict, and unoccupied" (GF1).

Though few wizards realize it, the Riddle House holds an important place in wizarding history. Located on a hill overlooking Little Hangleton, it was the home of Voldemort's grandparents, and the place where his father, Tom Riddle, lived both before and after Voldemort's birth c. 1926.

The summer after Tom Marvolo Riddle's fifth year at Hogwarts (c. 1943), he discovered that his mother's family - the Gaunts - lived in a house across town; upon arriving there he learned of his father and grandparents and murdered them in their drawing room. Their bodies were soon discovered by the family maid. Frank Bryce was originally implicated in the crime by Muggle police (GF1) while wizarding authorities blamed Morfin Gaunt (HBP17)., though of course both were innocent.

Ownership of the house changed hands several times in the following years, but nobody stayed for long as they all agreed it had "a nasty feeling about it," and we don't know who owns it now, though the Muggles in town believe the owner is a wealthy man who keeps it "for tax reasons." Whether the owner is a Muggle, a Death Eater, or Voldemort himself, it has been sitting abandoned for years; the inside now has a "smell of decay" and a layer of "dust that lay thick upon the stone" (GF1).

In the summer of 1994, Voldemort returned to the house with Wormtail and Nagini to use it as a makeshift headquarters. The night they entered the house, Frank Bryce saw light on inside and came to investigate; it was then that Voldemort murdered him (GF1). Voldemort probably remained there for some time but we don't know for sure. When he regained his body the following year, it was in the nearby town graveyard (GF32).


Wales - United Kingdom

This riverbank was one of the places that Harry, Ron, and Hermione stopped to camp while on the run from Death Eaters in 1997. This was where they overheard a conversation between Dirk Cresswell, Ted Tonks, Dean Thomas, and two goblins, Griphook and Gornuk. It was there that they learned that Gryffindor's sword could destroy Horcruxes, and it was there also that Ron got fed up with the quest, and left Harry and Hermione behind (DH15).


We know of only two rivers by name: the Mersey River and the Wye River. A third, the Otter River, is assumed to be near the Burrow and therefore serve as the namesake of the nearby town - Ottery St. Catchpole. Harry, Ron, and Hermione also spend nights by the banks of unknown rivers while searching for Horcruxes, though they are never named (DH22).

There are certainly other rivers - the Brockdale Bridge spanned a river somewhere, and the Leaky Cauldron is very close to the River Thames in London - but these have never been specifically mentioned.

See also: lochs, oceans, seas

Romania Magical Creatures


A former communist country in eastern Europe, WEB LINKRomania is a rapidly growing country that will soon join the European Union. In the meantime, however, it is an important country for dragon enthusiasts - it is home to the Romanian Longhorn, and Charlie Weasley works there tending dragons on a reservation (PS14). Transylvania is also located in Romania.

Location: Map of Dragons of the World

Romanian Longhorn Dragon Reservation Magical Creatures

Romania - Europe

Somewhere in Romania, presumably in the mountains, is a reservation where Charlie Weasley works, and where his parents once visited him. It doesn't seem to just be home to Romanian Longhorns, as Charlie's crew brought at least one dragon for the Triwizard Tournament in 1994, and none of the dragons were Longhorns (GF19). We also know that Norbert, a Norwegian Ridgeback, was sent there as a baby when Hagrid realized he could no longer handle raising her (PS14).

See also WEB LINK

Location: Map of Dragons of the World

Russia Quidditch Magical Creatures

St. Petersburg, Russia

The largest country in the world, WEB LINKRussia spans two continents and features geography ranging from mountains (where giants probably live) to frigid Siberia. It is home to the Nogtail and Pogrebin (FB), as well as to at least one Quidditch team for which Petrova Porskoff played (QA10).

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