• Source Harry, Ron and Hermione start back to the castle, Crookshanks chases Scabbers, and a big black dog drags Ron into a tunnel under the Whomping Willow. Crookshanks stops the tree from attacking Harry and Hermione, and they follow the cat down the tunnel to… Read More
• Source Harry tries to decide what to do, the Knight Bus arrives, and he asks to be taken to London. En route Harry learns about Sirius Black. He is met by Cornelius Fudge at Diagon Alley and installed in a room at the Leaky… Read More
• Source Harry enjoys his new-found freedom in Diagon Alley, purchases his school supplies, and meets with Hermione and Ron. Hermione buys Crookshanks after the cat goes after Ron’s pet Scabbers. Back at the Leaky Cauldron, Harry overhears Mr and Mrs Weasley talking… Read More
• Buildings • Businesses, merchants, and shops • City places • Monuments • Pubs and inns • Wizarding places Place Cachée is the Parisian version of London’s Diagon Alley.  Unlike Diagon Alley which is a separate entity, Place Cachée is two places in one. Non-Magiques see it as a normal street in Paris while the wizarding street, which takes up the same space, is accessed through a tall… Read More
• Source Essay: Number Four, Privet Drive Rowling discusses the terms ‘privet’ and ‘whinging,’ the number four, and the similarity between the house in the books and her childhood home in Winterbourne. Read More
• Source Three essays: The Hogwarts Express Platform Nine and Three-Quarters Toads… Read More
• Place Though located in Great Hangleton, this ‘dark and dingy’ police station also serves Little Hangleton, and was the place Frank Bryce was taken for questioning after the Riddles were found dead. Frank was later released, of course, when the coroner could find no cause of death for the family members… Read More
• Place We have run into a number of post offices, both wizarding and Muggle: A Muggle post office on the town square in Godric’s Hollow, that is darkened when Harry and Hermione walk by on Christmas Eve, 1997 (DH16) The only wizarding post office we ever hear of is in Hogsmeade where… Read More
• Place   Aside from train stations, this funny-looking London icon, now known as the London Telecom Tower, is the only real-life Muggle building specifically mentioned in the books. Harry and Ron probably didn’t have any idea what the building was when they flew over in the flying Ford Anglia (CS5), though… Read More
• Houses and addresses Found in Godric’s Hollow and once home to James, Lily, and Harry Potter, this cottage was destroyed in 1981 when Voldemort, after killing James and Lily, attempted to kill Harry as well and his Killing Curse rebounded, destroying his body and blasting off the corner of the building. Today the… Read More
• Place We know of at least two wizarding prisons: Azkaban, where the Ministry of Magic keeps its outlaws, and Nurmengard, which was built by Gellert Grindelwald to hold his enemies during his rise to power. Read More
• Place Though its location is unknown, this private hospital is where the Dursleys took Dudley to have his tail removed. We do know that the hospital was in London, because this was the excuse Vernon gave for being willing to take Harry to King’s Cross Station to begin his first year… Read More
• Place We know of a number of pubs in the wizarding world: The Green Dragon The Hanged Man, a Muggle pub in Little Hangleton The Hog’s Head, in Hogsmeade The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade A Muggle pub near the visitors’ entrance to the Ministry of Magic… Read More
• Place An old abandoned department store in Muggle London, Purge and Dowse Ltd. is actually a false front that prevents Muggles from seeing St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries (OP22). This department store must have sat abandoned for years, with people disappearing into it all the time. St. Read More
• Monuments The famous pyramids in Egypt were protected largely by spells cast by ancient wizards – the Weasley family toured some of them when they visited the country in the summer of 1994, where they saw, among other things, mutant skeletons of Muggles who had broken in and “grown extra heads… Read More