• Event The three-headed dog that guarded the Philosopher’s Stone was bought by Hagrid from a Greek “chappie” in the pub in Hogsmeade. Read More
• Houses and addresses Hagrid’s hut is a small wooden house on the edge of the forbidden forest. There was a crossbow and a pair of galoshes outside the front door the first time Harry and Ron visited. “There was only one room inside. Hams and pheasants were hanging from the ceiling, a copper… Read More
• Event The feast is interrupted by a Mountain Troll who almost kills Hermione Granger; she is saved by Harry and Ron, after which they become friends. Meanwhile, Quirrell, who let the troll in, heads for the Philosopher’s Stone – but is stopped by Snape. Read More
• Hogwarts • Wizarding culture A special occasion at the school, with a magnificent feast and amazing decorations in the Great Hall. Read More
• Character Hankerton Humble was the first Hogwarts caretaker, appointed to the task by the founders (Pm). Read More
• Event Just before they begin their fifth year at Hogwarts, Hannah Abbott and Ernie MacMillan learn that they have been chosen as the two Hufflepuff prefects for their year (OP10). Read More
• Character Harold Dingle was a student at Hogwarts in the 1990s. He tried to sell what he claimed was powdered dragon claw to other students as a study aid; Hermione confiscated and destroyed them because they were really dried Doxy droppings (OP31). He also offered to sell Firewhiskey to Seamus… Read More
• Event This is the worst birthday that Harry can remember. The Dursleys have completely forgotten that today is Harry’s birthday, and he ends up having to spend it doing chores in preparation for a very important dinner party hosting one of Uncle Vernon’s clients, Mr. Mason, and his wife, Mrs. Mason. Harry is… Read More
• Event Harry’s first Christmas dinner at Hogwarts is a memorable affair, involving mountains of delicious food, Dumbledore wearing a bonnet, magical Christmas crackers, and the rare vision of tipsy Hagrid kissing the cheek of a blushing McGonagall (PS12). Read More
• Event Harry’s classmates sit their end-of-term exams in June, finishing them on the day of the third task of the Triwizard Tournament (GF31). The Triwizard Champions are exempt from exams. Up until the day of the task, while his classmates are being tested, Harry sits in the back of the room… Read More
• Event Harry and his classmates go to Divination class, now in classroom eleven on the ground floor – to accommodate their new teacher, Firenze. The room has been transformed to resemble a forest and display a starry sky on the ceiling. Firenze introduces his students to the astronomy-based Divination practiced by centaurs (… Read More
• Event When Professor McGonagall finds Harry in the hallway near the petrified Justin Finch-Fletchly and Nearly Headless Nick (CS11), she takes him to Dumbledore’s Office, using the password “Sherbet Lemon” (CS12). While waiting, Harry looks around at the many sleeping Headmaster portraits on the wall, as well as Dumbledore’s… Read More
• Event Harry, Ron, and Professor Lockhart open the entrance to the underground Chamber. Along the way, Lockhart uses Ron’s broken wand and blasts himself with permanent Memory Spell damage and bringing down a section of the ceiling. Harry, cut off from the others, proceeds to the Chamber on his own where… Read More
• Event Harry, who has spent the last ten years of his life being rather poorly fed, is astonished to see a vast display of delicious food appear on the golden plates after the Sorting: Harry’s mouth fell open. The dishes in front of him were now piled with food. He had… Read More
• Event Following Cedric’s hint, Harry takes his golden egg with him to the Prefects’ bathroom and – with some nudging from Moaning Myrtle – figures out that he can make out the words to a cryptic merpeople song about the second task and the Hogwarts lake when he listens to the… Read More
• Event After getting the message about the lesson from Luna Harry arrives at his lesson with Dumbledore – having forgotten to do his homework and get the full memory from Slughorn. They watch two memories. In the first, Riddle visits Hepzibah Smith and sees what will become one of his horcruxes days before… Read More
• Event First, Harry and Dumbledore briefly discuss Mundungus and Draco, and Dumbledore discusses Merope Gaunt with Harry again. Together, they then view a memory of Dumbledore’s, in which he visits Tom Riddle’s childhood orphanage to invite him to Hogwarts. Dumbledore learns Riddle’s history and discovers that he has already been using magic, hates… Read More
• Event Harry discovers that Professor Snape actively dislikes him when he embarrasses Harry in front of the rest of the class. However, some of the information Snape gives him was valuable later on, such as the ingredients for Wolfsbane Potion and the proper use of a bezoar to avoid poisoning. Read More
• Event At the Sorting Ceremony, Harry is worried that he won’t be accepted, that the Hat will tell him he has to go back to the Dursleys. He thinks, “The hat seemed to be asking rather a lot; [he] didn’t feel brave or quick-witted or any of it at the moment. If… Read More
• Event For this important Gryffindor v Slytherin Quidditch match – Harry Potter’s first ever, Harry’s friends in the audience support him with a banner reading “Potter for President” and cheer him on. From the stands, Professor Quirrell tries to knock Harry off his broom with magic during the… Read More
• Event Harry and Ron learn that Ginny has been taken into the Chamber and go to offer their knowledge to Professor Lockhart. When they discover he’s trying to take off (and that the things he claimed to have done in his books were actually done by other people), they instead disarm him… Read More
• Event Harry takes Ron to visit Hagrid in his hut near the forbidden forest. While Fang slobbers all over him, Harry tells Hagrid about his classes and that he thinks Snape hates him. Harry reads a Daily Prophet article about the break-in at Gringotts which had happened on July 31. Read More
• Event After emerging from the pensieve and realizing that he is a Horcrux and must be killed (DH33), Harry starts walking towards the forest. He is at once terrified and numb. He reflects on how precious life is. He has his Invisibility Cloak on as he passes by the Great… Read More
• Glossary Archaic term referring to a person who takes more than five minutes to be sorted by the Sorting Hat (Pm). Read More
• Source Harry discovers his newfound popularity, learns that Stan Shunpike has been arrested, and holds a frustratingly massive Quidditch tryout that includes a run-in with Cormac McLaggen. They visit Hagrid and learn that Aragog is dying, Harry confronts Hermione about having confunded McLaggen during the tryout, and Slughorn invites Harry and… Read More
• Source Hermione and Ron discuss the Slug Club in Herbology and Harry notices an attraction between them. Dean takes Katie’s place on the Quidditch team, and Harry and Ron run into Ginny and Dean kissing. Ron gets upset and Ginny tells him off, but Harry starts thinking of kissing Ginny himself. Read More
• Source After arriving back at Hogwarts, Harry chats with Hermione about Ron and Malfoy. He learns that apparition lessons are coming, and finds that both Ron and Ginny seem disenchanted with their relationships. He then has a lesson with Dumbledore, where they discuss Scrimgeour and see two memories; In the first one,… Read More
• Source Harry gives Slughorn a bezoar instead of an antidote in Potions class, then asks him unsuccessfully about Horcruxes. The sixth-years then have their first apparition lesson, where Harry overhears Malfoy saying Crabbe has been acting as his lookout, and Harry starts watching him using the Marauder’s Map. Then, on Ron’s… Read More
• Source Harry discusses Ron’s poisioning with the Weasleys, Hagrid tells Harry that he overheard Dumbledore and Snape arguing. McLaggen accosts Harry to ensure he can play in Ron’s place in the upcoming Quidditch match, and Harry finds that Ron has been avoiding Lavender. At the Quidditch match (with Luna commentating!), McLaggen… Read More
• Source Ginny fights with Dean and Ron with Lavender. Luna delivers a message to Harry of a lesson with Dumbledore, and Harry arrives at the lesson to find Trelawney being asked to leave. Dumbledore makes Harry feel guilty for not procuring Slughorn’s memory, but they view two new memories: in the first,… Read More
• Source Harry talks with Ron and Hermione about Apparition, Slughorn’s memory, and Lavender. Kreacher and Dobby show up to report on Malfoy, making Harry realize Draco’s been using the Room of Requirement with Polyjuiced Crabbe and Goyle as lookouts. Harry spends some time trying to get into the Room of Requirement… Read More
• Source Hermione finds out about Eileen Prince in the library and she thinks Eileen may be connected to the Half-Blood Prince. Dumbledore asks Harry to come to his office immediately. On the way there, Harry runs into Trelawney, learning from her both that Malfoy is incredibly happy and that Snape was the one… Read More
• Source Harry and Dumbledore return to Hogsmeade and see the Dark Mark over Hogwarts. They fly to the top of the Astronomy Tower, where Draco appears and disarms Dumbledore, but can’t bring himself to kill him. Dumbledore tries to convince Draco to come to the good side.  Before Malfoy can decide… Read More
• Source Snape, Malfoy and the Death Eaters flee, and Harry gives chase. He runs through a raging battle involving the Order and tries unsuccessfully to curse Snape. Snape reveals that he is the Half-Blood Prince. Hagrid’s hut is set ablaze and the Death Eaters escape. Harry and Hagrid then put out the… Read More
• Source Ginny leads Harry to the hospital wing, where the Order discusses Bill, Dumbledore, Snape, and the events of the evening. We also learn that Fleur still wants to marry a disfigured Bill, and Tonks is in love with Lupin. McGonagall takes Harry to her office (formerly Dumbledore’s) and asks where… Read More
• Source The majority of students remain at Hogwarts for Dumbledore’s funeral, as wizards from across the country flood in to pay their last respects. Hermione discovers that Eileen Prince was Snape’s mother while Harry ponders the Horcruxes. The funeral takes place, after which Harry breaks up with Ginny. As Harry then walks off on… Read More
• Source Harry and Dumbledore apparate to Budleigh Babberton – discussing Voldemort, Inferi, and Dumbledore’s injured hand along the way – and meet Slughorn, shortly after he has faked his own demise. Dumbledore asks Slughorn, to teach at Hogwarts, and Harry convinces him to while Dumbledore is out of the room. Dumbledore… Read More
• Source Harry speaks with Mrs. Weasley (and later Mr. Weasley) about the Ministry. We see Fleur, who was nicknamed Phlegm by Ginny, and learn that she and Bill are engaged, to his family’s dismay. Harry tells Ron and Hermione about Slughorn, his private lessons with Dumbledore and the prophecy, while they tell him… Read More
• Source Harry thinks Malfoy might be a Death Eater, everyone departs for King’s Cross, and before getting on the train Harry tells Mr. Weasley his suspicions. On the train, Harry finds he is more famous than ever, but sits with Neville and Luna until Slughorn invites him to tea. After hours… Read More
• Source Before the Hogwarts Express leaves, Tonks rescues Harry from the Full-Body Bind Curse put on him by Malfoy. She escorts him to the castle, but Snape come to collect him and he leads Harry into the feast, criticizing Harry all the way.  Once inside, Harry discusses his status as ‘The Chosen One’ with… Read More
• Source Gryffindors get their course schedules. Harry, Ron and Hermione discuss Malfoy and Quidditch trials, then go to their first day of classes.  In Defence Against the Dark Arts Harry fights back against Snape’s attempt to jinx him and gets detention, during break he hears his first lesson with Dumbledore will… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Many secondary (12-18) schools have a Head Boy and Head Girl. These students are sometimes chosen, by the teachers, for their excellence, but they could also be elected by their peers. The Head Boy and Girl represent the school externally and head up the prefects. Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Many secondary (12-18) schools have a Head Boy and Head Girl. These students are sometimes chosen by the teachers for their excellence, but they could also be elected by their peers. The Head Boy and Girl represent the school externally and head up the prefects. Read More
• Hogwarts Each of the four Hogwarts Houses has a Head, a staff member who is responsible for the students in that house. During Harry’s years at Hogwarts, the Heads were: Slytherin – Severus Snape Gryffindor – Minerva McGonagall Ravenclaw – Filius Flitwick Hufflepuff – Pomona Sprout In what… Read More
• Character Nearly Headless Nick is the nickname of the ghost of Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington, a wizard who died in a botched execution on October 31, 1492. He was hit forty-five times in the neck with a blunt axe, but a half-inch of skin and sinew remained connecting his head… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors • Wizarding places The entrance to the headmaster’s (or headmistress’s, depending on the era in question) office at Hogwarts is behind a statue of a gargoyle on the seventh floor. When given the proper password, the gargoyle will leap aside, and the wall behind it will split in two to reveal a spiral… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Only the “Heir of Slytherin” could open the Chamber of Secrets and control the Basilisk inside (CS9). Read More
• Character More commonly known as “The Grey Lady,” the Ravenclaw ghost. Harry and Ron first encounter this tall ghost as she glided past in the corridor while out looking for the Mirror of Erised (PS12). Harry eventually discovers that The Grey Lady is Helena, the daughter of Hogwarts founder Rowena… Read More
• Event Helena, the daughter of Hogwarts founder Rowena Ravenclaw, stole her mother’s diadem and ran off to Albania. Her mother became deathly ill soon after and sent Helena’s estranged fiance, a baron, to find her and bring her back (DH31). Read More
• Character Hengist of Woodcroft was a Scottish wizard who founded Hogsmeade, near Hogwarts, and possibly lived in what is now the Three Broomsticks (FW). He must have attended Hogwarts because he is listed as a famous Hufflepuff (Pm).  Harry collected his Chocolate Frog Card during… Read More
• Character Herbert Beery was the Herbology Professor sometime during Armando Dippet’s tenure as Headmaster.  He was a theatre enthusiast, and was responsible for Hogwarts’s only attempt at a pantomime.  Beery attempted to put on an adaptation of “Fountain of Fair Fortune,” with himself as director, but the evening ended in disaster… Read More
• Event Hermione is outraged by the treatment of house-elves in the Wizarding World, so she starts an organization called the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare or S.P.E.W. It doesn’t exactly catch on with her classmates. Read More
• Historical events • Hogwarts Over a thousand years ago, the four greatest witches and wizards of the age shared a dream, to create a school where young people of the wizarding world could study and be trained in the magical arts they needed to become skilled, fully-trained wizards. These four great wizards each founded… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Consists of lectures on various aspects of magical history. It is extremely boring, but this is due to the teacher, Professor Binns’, teaching style, not the material itself, which seems to emphasize vicious goblin riots, goblin rebellions, and giant wars. Read More
• Creature A hog is a type of wild pig and is the animal for which both Hogwarts and Hogsmeade are named. Read More
• Public places • Railway places • Wizarding places The railway station that serves both the town of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts School. A “tiny, dark platform” where the Hogwarts Express ends its journey north from Platform Nine-And-Three-Quarters (PS6). The station is located near the lake, and from there a road extends around the lake to Hogwarts Castle (PA5,… Read More
• Event Hermione invites interested students to the Hog’s Head, and twenty-eight people show up. In the dirty, seedy Hog’s Head pub, where many of the more typical patrons keep their faces covered, students gather who are interested in going around Umbridge and learning more than just theory of Defense Against… Read More
• Hogwarts Bathrooms were installed in Hogwarts after Muggles invented modern plumbing (Pm). There appear to be a boys’ bathroom and a girls’ bathroom on each floor, although the girls’ bathroom on the second floor is out of order and avoiding because it is where Moaning Myrtle spends most of her time… Read More
• Hogwarts The “booming” Hogwarts bell sounds to indicate the start and end of classes at Hogwarts. It also sounds to indicate the start of break time and to signal when break is over and classes are about to resume (GF13). It is heard in classrooms (CS6, CS10,… Read More
• Hogwarts • Organizations A group of twelve wizards charged with overseeing the running of Hogwarts.  They have the power to suspend or fire Headmasters (CS14), and can decide to shut down Hogwarts if the school is deemed unsafe – a situation that arises when the Chamber of Secrets is opened (both times), when… Read More
• Hogwarts • Transportation The arriving first-years travel across the Lake to the castle in a flotilla of small boats, propelled by magic and escorted by Hagrid (PS6).  … Read More
• Hogwarts • Sentient objects The names of future Hogwarts students are written down at birth in the Book of Admittance, a special parchment book bound with dragon hide kept in a locked tower. When a magical child is born, the Quill of Acceptance floats out of a silver ink pot nearby to write the… Read More
• Schools Hogwarts Castle is a wondrous, magical building with many towers and turrets. It is home to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. If Muggles approach the castle, all they will see is a mouldering ruin with a sign warning them to keep out, that it’s unsafe (SN). Hogwarts is built… Read More
• Atlas of the Wizarding World • Hogwarts castle and grounds These floor plans of every level of Hogwarts castle, researched and created by Harper Robinson, take the the tiniest of details from the books into account — read Harper’s notes below and be amazed — as well as the standard structure and architecture of castles over the centuries. While not canon,… Read More
• Art and Culture Well, there isn’t a Hogwarts choir, really. But in the third film, director Alfonso Cuarón created one for the Welcoming Feast. The choir members are inexplicably holding very large toads as they sing. The director is Professor Flitwick. The music that the choir sings was written for the film version… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Students at Hogwarts all take the same basic classes their first and second year. Before summer term in their second year, they choose several elective courses which they will study through fifth year. The results of the O.W.L. exams and the careers advice given toward the end of fifth year determine… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors The corridors of Hogwarts have seen plenty of weird and wonderful things in the past thousand years. They are inhabited not just by hundreds of students but also by statues, paintings, tapestries, and suits of armor. The use of magic is forbidden in the corridors, not that this has stopped… Read More
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There is much we don’t know about wizarding education. How do younger wizards and witches get educated in basic skills like reading and writing? We see very little of this in the books, although obviously the kids entering Hogwarts have been trained in some of these basic skills or they wouldn’t be… Read More
• Atlas of the Wizarding World This map was drawn before JKR’s sketch map was published, so some elements are incorrectly placed. However, it is a beautiful map which contains many details not found on other maps. It was created by Charles J. Mize with his niece. Read More
• Food and drinks • Hogwarts • Wizarding culture Hogwarts treats its students to large feasts to mark the beginning (PS7, CS5, PA5, GF12, OP11, HBP8) and end of the school term (PS17, PA22, GF37, OP38), plus Halloween (PS10, CS8, PA8, GF16) and Christmas (PS12, CS12, PA11,… Read More
• Hogwarts There are fireplaces located throughout Hogwarts; they are in the Great Hall, the common rooms, the Professors’ offices, the Divination classroom etc. The fireplaces at Hogwarts are not usually connected, but they can be (Pm). For example, Snape is able to use his fireplace to contact Lupin (PA14). The… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors Found on the third floor of Hogwarts castle: The statue of humpbacked witch with secret passage to Hogsmeade accessed through a hidden door in her hump The forbidden corridor where Fluffy guarded the trapdoor to the hiding place of the Philosopher’s Stone Umbridge’soffice (OP13) Trophy Room An armor gallery… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors The first floor (which would be called the second floor in the United States) contains a number of classrooms, including those for Defense Against the Dark Arts and History of Magic. It is directly accessed by students using the marble staircase leading up from the Entrance Hall on the ground floor. McGonagall’s… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors The second floor of Hogwarts is the location several bathrooms, including the girls’ bathroom haunted by Moaning Myrtle. The Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher’s office is also located on the second floor (although Umbridge’s office was on the third floor, not the second (OP13)). A map of Argyllshire hangs… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors The Prefects’ bathroom is located on the fifth floor, fourth door to the left of a statue of Boris the Bewildered (GF23). Fred and George created a magical swamp in the east wing corridor of the fifth floor (OP30). Read More
• Place The Hogwarts library is located on the fourth floor. Dumbledore stored the Mirror of Erised in an unused classroom on this floor as well. A painting of a landscape hangs in the fourth floor (PA8). A very roomy secret passage to Hogsmeade was located behind a big mirror on… Read More
• Magical identities There are at least twenty ghosts that reside at Hogwarts (PS7). Each of the four houses has their own house ghost; Nearly-Headless Nick is Gryffindor’s ghost, the Bloody Baron is Slytherin’s, the Fat Friar is Hufflepuff’s and the Grey Lady is Ravenclaw’s. When ghost-related decisions must be made, they… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors Upon entering through the huge oak front doors of the castle, students find themselves in the vast Entrance Hall, which is dominated by a marble staircase leading up to the first floor. The giant hourglasses which mark the house points are located in the Entrance Hall. To the right is… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Wizarding places Hogwarts castle is located atop a cliff overlooking a lake. The lake is to the south of the castle (PA6) and the front doors face north (see commentary below). There is a small underground inlet, it’s entrance covered with hanging ivy, that leads to a stony beach below the… Read More
• Titles, nicknames, and honorifics Dolores Umbridge was made the first Hogwarts High Inquisitor in history when the Ministry passed Educational Decree Number Twenty-three (OP15). She was given the authority to inspect her fellow teachers and, should they prove lacking, have them sacked. She took the job with relish and clearly enjoyed bullying others. Read More
• Books and Literature Hogwarts: A History is a one-thousand-page book about the thousand-year history of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The book describes such things as the enchanted ceiling of the Great Hall (PS7), the fact that the Founders thought boys were less trustworthy than girls (OP17), and other facts. One… Read More
• Hogwarts Four giant hourglasses – one for each house – stand in niches in a corner opposite the main doors in Hogwarts’ Entrance Hall; they automatically track house points (PS15). Read More
• Hogwarts Students at Hogwarts are grouped into four houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors The Hogwarts kitchens are situated exactly beneath the Great Hall, with four wooden tables matching the tables above. It is a huge, high-ceilinged room, with a stone-flagged floor, pots and pans on the stone walls, and a great brick fireplace (GF21, GF28). Read More
• Atlas of the Wizarding World This image appeared as a jigsaw puzzle in the early days of Harry Potter merchandising circa 2001, before film images took over all the merchandise. Read More
• Hogwarts Students who accept some responsibility for maintaining order and discipline at Hogwarts. There are a number of Prefects from each house: two from each house, chosen in August before the start of their fifth year. They are under the jurisdiction of the Head Boy and Girl. Prefects have some special privileges,… Read More
• Event Once and only once, Hogwarts staff and students put on a production of the story from Tales of Beedle the Bard. The play was directed by Professor Herbert Beery. The infamous performance resulted in a duel between actors and a huge fire caused by the ashwinder Kettleburn brought in for… Read More
• Sentient objects The Hogwarts Quill of Acceptance is a magical quill at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry which detects the birth of each magical child, then writes his or her name down in a large parchment tome bound with dragon hide, known as the Book of Admittance. Both are… Read More
• Clothing Hogwarts students are required to have three sets of plain black work robes. All pupils’ clothes should carry name tags (PS5). Read More
• Headlines and advertisements Hogwarts School Increases Security is a headline from a magical newspaper in 1926. Hogwarts School needed better security because evil Wizard Gellert Grindelwald, an old friend of Albus Dumbledore, was on a rampage in Europe (WFT). Read More
• Hogwarts The Hogwarts School Song is a short anthem praising Hogwarts which is sung by the entire student body and staff on special occasions. Dumbledore directed the school song at the end of the start-of-term feast when he felt in a particularly festive mood. The last time the song was known to… Read More
• Schools Hogwarts is one of the world’s finest wizarding schools, located in a massive castle in Scotland. Hogwarts takes students from all over Great Britain, starting at the age of 11. The students leave school after their seventh year. The students at Hogwarts are sorted at the beginning of their first… Read More
• Event Growing distrust on the part of Muggles for wizards and witches compels the four greatest witches and wizards of the age – Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin – to found Hogwarts. Ravenclaw is said to have dreamed of a warty hog leading her to a particular cliff… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors The seventh floor is home to the head’s office as well as the Room of Requirement, opposite a tapestry of Barnabas the Barmy trying to teach trolls to dance the ballet (OP18, OP27, HBP21). Flitwick’s office is also located on the seventh floor (PA21). The Fat Lady’s… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds One of the upper levels of Hogwarts castle. A boys’ bathroom is located on this floor (HBP24). There is also a trophy room on this floor (GF25). Read More
• Hogwarts At Hogwarts, a staff of about fourteen teachers apparently handles classes for hundreds of students. These teachers tend to remain at Hogwarts for many years as masters of their subject area. They have quarters in the castle, although some do live off school grounds at least part of the year. Read More
• Hogwarts Hogwarts students come from across the United Kingdom and Ireland. They are sorted into one of four houses and spend most of their time with their fellow house members for the seven years they attend Hogwarts. All British and Irish wizarding children are invited to attend Hogwarts and most do,… Read More
• Occupations At Hogwarts, a staff of about fourteen teachers apparently handles classes for hundreds of students. Any way you look at it, that’s a lot of classes for a few staff members. Read More
• Furniture and household items Hogwarts’ tea towels bear the school crest and are used in place of clothes by the unfree elves who work there (GF21). Read More
• Common items Hogwarts trunks are large, portable receptacles that Hogwarts students use to store their clothing and other possessions. Read More
• Atlas of the Wizarding World The map shown below was created for the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban video game. It shows Hogwarts and the surrounding grounds as seen in the film with specific details added from the game. Many of the details on this map are not canon. Read More
• Architecture • Hogwarts Hogwarts walls tend to allow more coming and going than non-magical walls. To make the Room of Requirement appear, a person has to walk past the section of blank wall three times concentrating hard on what is needed, for instance, and when the gargoyle guarding the head’s office is given the… Read More
• Glossary • Plants A small plant typically found in the southern United States. Rowling saw hogwort at Kew Gardens circa 1992 and the name stuck in her mind. Read More
• Hogwarts academics Homework, schoolwork assigned to be completed outside of class time, is part of the students’ lives at Hogwarts. Teachers assign essays, research, and other tasks which must be completed before the next time the class meets. Details of homework assignment can be found in the entries for individual classes. Read More
• Spells Effect: tracks the movements of anyone within a certain area through the use of dots on a parchment. Read More
• Character Madam Hooch is the Quidditch coach and flying instructor at Hogwarts. She teaches basic broom skills to First Years and referees the Quidditch matches between the House teams. Hair: gray, cut short. Eyes: yellow, hawk-like. Expertise: Quidditch coach and Referee, Flying teacher (PS9, CS10,… Read More
• Character Horace Slughorn is a teacher at Hogwarts. He served as Potions Master until 1981, then again from 1996. He was also Head of Slytherin house for the school year 1997-1998. At the beginning of Harry’s 6th year at Hogwarts, Dumbledore and Harry convince a genial wizard named Horace Slughorn to come… Read More
• Character Olive Hornby was a Hogwarts student in the early 1940s. She teased Myrtle about her glasses, but regretted it later when Myrtle was killed and came back to haunt her (CS16). Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Hospitals The hospital wing is where Hogwarts residents go to have their medical needs met, anything from basic first aid after rough Quidditch matches to treatment for serious medical conditions like petrification from a Basilisk. The hospital wing is the domain of the school matron (U.S.: nurse), Madam Pomfrey. It is located on… Read More
• Hogwarts The House Cup is awarded at the end of each academic year at Hogwarts. The House with the most House points at the end of the year wins the House Cup. Points are given or taken away by professors and prefects. Read More
• Magical effects House-elves have a very powerful magic all their own, magic which requires none of the types of focusing tools (wands or words) that Wizard magic requires. Dobby used his magic to enchant a Bludger, to close the magic portal that leads to platform nine-and-three-quarters, to interfere with Owl Post and… Read More
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When did House Ghosts become a recognized part of life at Hogwarts? Nearly-Headless Nick celebrates the 500th anniversary of his death in Chapter 8 of Chamber of Secrets. In the following chapter, Professor Binns states that Hogwarts was founded more than a thousand years… Read More
• Hogwarts • Hogwarts academics Points are given or taken away to reward or punish the behavior of students. Points are accumulated over the course of the school year, at the end of which a House Cup is awarded to the house with the most. Giant hourglasses set in niches along one wall in a… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Who, When, Why, and How Many… student: Harry teacher: Snape points taken: -1 reason: “cheek” notes: When asked a question by Snape, who was intentionally provoking him, he responded, “I don’t know. I think Hermione does, though, why don’t you try her?” ref: PS8… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Who, When, Why, and How Many… student: Hermione teacher: Sprout points given: +10 reason: knowing the properties of the mandrake notes: introduces the mandrake ref: CS6 student: Hermione teacher: Sprout points given: +10 reason: knowing why mandrakes are dangerous notes:… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Who, When, Why, and How Many… student: Hermione teacher: Snape points taken: -5 reason: she’d helped Neville with his Shrinking Solution when Snape had told her not to notes: Hermione got distracted and was a little sloppy with the Time-Turner ref: PA7 student: Neville… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Who, When, Why, and How Many… student: Harry, Ron teacher: Snape points taken: -50 reason: yelling at Snape for his cruelty toward Hermione over the misfired Densaugeo notes: Snape also gave them detention, but did nothing to Draco for his part in the fight. ref:… Read More
• Hogwarts academics Who, When, Why, and How Many… student: Harry teacher: Umbridge points taken: -10 reason: “Hmmm, let’s think…maybe Lord Voldemort?” notes: Hermione had started an argument by pointing out that the course aims didn’t cover application of the theory, and the rest of the class joined in. Read More
• Hogwarts academics Who, When, Why, and How Many… student: Harry teacher: Snape points taken: -50 reason: “lateness” notes: Snape was having fun here… ref: HBP8 student: Harry teacher: Snape points taken: -20 reason: “Muggle attire” notes: Having been immobilized on the Hogwarts… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors The Hufflepuff common room is round and has a low ceiling, somewhat like a badger’s home. There are little round windows at at ground level. As we have seen in the other common rooms, it is decorated in House colours, which in this case means that there are lots of… Read More
• Character Helga Hufflepuff was the founder of Hufflepuff House and one of the co-founders of Hogwarts, described as one of “the four greatest witches and wizards of the age” (along with the other three founders) (CS9). She was much more accepting than the other founders, advocating for accepting… Read More
• Hogwarts Hufflepuff House is the Hogwarts house of founder Helga Hufflepuff. Hufflepuff House values character traits such as dedication, fair play, and hard work. Hufflepuffs are often unjustly characterized as unintelligent or as losers not good enough for any of the other houses. Basic Facts Head: Professor Pomona Sprout (1990s)… Read More