• Cities Aberdeen is a city of about 100,000 people on the eastern coast of Scotland, about 85 miles northeast of Hogwarts School. Modesty Rabnott’s sister Prudence lived in Aberdeen c. 1200s, according to a thirteenth-century letter on display in the Museum of Quidditch (QA4). During Harry’s first trip on… Read More
• Towns Located in southeastern Wales on the English border, Abergavenny is a market town that was once home to fortresses for the Roman and, later, Norman empires. This is where the Knight Bus dropped Madam Marsh off the first time Harry rode it (PA3). Podcast:… Read More
• Historical places Abyssinia is the historical name for Ethiopia, and presumably the home of the Abyssinian Shrivelfig. Also home to the Gimbi Giant-Slayers Quidditch team, who have twice won the All-Africa Cup (QA8). Podcast: Play… Read More
• Houses and addresses • Streets, alleys, and lanes A street in Little Norton, and – at number eighteen – home of Doris Purkiss, the witch who told The Quibbler that Sirius Black was actually Stubby Boardman (OP10). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Buildings • Public places This town hall was the site of a concert which included the final performance of the unfinished Wizarding Suite, composed by Musidora Barkwith. The exploding tuba featured in this concert blew the roof off the Ackerly Town Hall in 1902, and the piece has been banned from performance ever since… Read More
• Islands • Mythological and legendary places Aeaea was a legendary island during ancient Greek times. It was the home of the famous sorceress Circe (FW). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:53 — 3.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Continents Africa is a large continent which has many different cultures, climates, forms of wildlife, and ethnic groups, both magical and non-magical. The history of magic in Africa dates back to the ancient kingdoms of Egypt. Many of the continent's 54 nations have Ministries of Magic and one of the world's eleven elite wizarding schools, Uagadou, is located in Africa. Read More
• Furniture and household items • Glossary An airing cupboard is a cupboard for airing linen and clothing (NSOED). Similar to U.S. “linen closet.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:53 — 3.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Countries Albania is a European country located along the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Not long after Hogwarts was founded, the country inadvertently played a part in wizarding history when Rowena Ravenclaw’s daughter Helena stole her mother’s diadem and ran away to Albania. Though she later returned to Britain, the diadem… Read More
• Event 31 October 1981 Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy arrive in Godric’s Hollow. Albus has never visited previously, although his father Harry had offered several times to take him there. Scorpius shows him some highlights and they see his grandparents Lily and James Potter with baby Harry… Read More
• Streets, alleys, and lanes Though nondescript, this alley is one of the primary gateways in Britain from the Muggle world into the wizarding world. It has rarely been mentioned since Harry’s first time through, but presumably wizards need to pass through it any time they travel between the Leaky Cauldron and the rest of… Read More
• Streets, alleys, and lanes Located in Little Whinging a block or two from number four, Privet Drive, this alley has been the scene of two of the biggest collisions between Harry’s Muggle home and the wizarding world. First it was where Harry fled after blowing up Aunt Marge, saw Sirius in his Animagus form,… Read More
• Countries Located in the mountains between Spain and France, tiny  Andorra is one of the smallest countries in the world. However, it has a Ministry of Magic (GF28) and participates in international affairs. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Islands Anglesey is an island off the west coast of Wales, almost due east across the Irish Sea from Dublin. It is one of the places the Knight Bus visited the first time Harry rode it (PA3) though the Knight Bus then moved abruptly to Aberdeen, on the other side… Read More
• Sports and competitions The Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition is a yearly competition held for wizards worldwide to show off their Herbology skills (DP1). This includes an event entry for Contorting Cereals, which has caused confusion for Muggles who see the results, calling them ‘crop circles‘. A report from a… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors The antechamber is a small room connected to the Great Hall, door behind the teachers’ table, with a fireplace and many portraits, including that of the Fat Lady‘s friend Violet (GF17). Podcast: Play in… Read More
• Islands Another name for the south Pacific region that includes Australia and New Zealand. It is presumably the home of the Antipodean Opaleye dragon (FB). Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:53… Read More
• Source AOL.com, 19 October 2000: AOL Live presented an exclusive live chat with “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:53 — 3.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A division of the Department of Magical Transportation, with responsibility for administering the Apparition Test to witches and wizards. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:53 — 3.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Towns Appleby is a small town in Lincolnshire, located in the northeast of England (southeast of Yorkshire). Appleby has been home since 1612 to the Appleby Arrows Quidditch team, a member of the British and Irish Quidditch League (QA7). Podcast:… Read More
• Towns A town on the east coast of Scotland. Guthrie Lochrin flew a splintery broomstick from Montrose to Arbroath (a distance of approximately 13 miles) in 1107 (QA1).   Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Countries Argentina is the second largest country in South America and features a little bit of everything, from mountains to coastline. Its national Quidditch team reached the World Cup quarterfinals within the last century (QA8). The Patagonian Desert region was also host to the 2014 Quidditch World Cup (Pm). Read More
• Regions, counties, and territories Argyllshire is a county in western Scotland. A map of Argyllshire hangs on the second floor of Hogwarts. This map is where the Fat Lady hid after Sirius Black attacked her (PA9). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Creatures' homes, lairs, and territories • Regions, counties, and territories Arizona is a state in the American southwest. Much of the land is beautiful, arid desert. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:53 — 3.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Place A small city in the foothills of the mountains in northern Sweden, Arjeplog has for over a millenium been the location of the finishing line for the annual broom race of Sweden (QA2). It is also less than three hundred miles away from a Swedish Short Snout dragon reservation, which… Read More
• Place One of the United States of America, located in the south just west of the Mississippi River. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:53 — 3.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops All we know about this shop is that JKR would recommend it to a wizard whose Nimbus 2000 “has a terrible knack of veering left,” according to her online chat (BLC). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Countries Armenia is a small country just east of Turkey, where a warlock once saved a village from werewolves, though Gilderoy Lockhart took credit for it (CS16). Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors A long gallery filled with suits of armour on the Third Floor, adjacent to the Trophy Room. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:53 — 3.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Event The Daily Prophet runs a small article announcing the winner. In it we find out that the Weasleys will use the gold to travel to Egypt where Bill Weasley works as a curse breaker for Gringotts. They will be in Egypt for a month, returning to England a week before… Read More
• Continents Asia is the Earth’s largest and most populous continent, comprising a large number of countries, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. Asia has a rich magical history and culture, as well as a large number of fascinating native magical creatures. Podcast:… Read More
• Historical places Assyria is a region in the Middle East mainly including modern-day Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon – though the Assyrian empire once stretched well into Iran, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt as well. Whether Neville uses the term to describe the region or whether wizarding governments recognize different borders and country names… Read More
• Magical objects Miniature version of stars and planets, useful for studying astronomy. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:53 — 3.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts… Read More
• Oceans and seas Just as with Muggles in aeroplanes, the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by broomstick was an important milestone for wizards, as the distance is too great for safely Apparating. Jocunda Sykes first accomplished this feat in 1935, riding an Oakshaft 79 (QA9). Isolt Sayre crossed the Atlantic in… Read More
• Atlas of the Wizarding World Here in the Atlas of Hogwarts we’ve collected a variety of maps and other artwork which depicts the castle and the area around it. With the exception of Rowling’s own map, none of these maps can be considered canon. Some of them predate the revelation of Rowling’s own sketch map… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors Taking up most of level eight, the Atrium is a large and splendid area that functions as the entrance and exit point for traffic in and out of the Ministry of Magic. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Event The Irish witch Gormlaith Gaunt attacks Ilvermorny School to take revenge on her niece, Isolt Sayre, who had stolen the family heirloom wand once belonging to Salazar Slytherin from Gormlaith and fled to America. The witch was also furious that Isolt married James Steward, a No-Maj, and was running a… Read More
• Quidditch The Attack of the Killer Forest, which took place at the final of the Quidditch World Cup in 1809, is considered to be one of the worst exhibitions of unsportsmanlike conduct in history (Pm). The match between Romania and New Spain (now Mexico) ended in a… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A division of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement in the Ministry of Magic. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:53 — 3.5MB)Subscribe:… Read More
• Countries Australia is both the smallest continent and its own country, located on a large island entirely in the southern hemisphere. Hermione sent her parents to Australia during the height of the war against Voldemort, to protect them from Death Eaters. She also modified their memories so they… Read More
• Islands • Mythological and legendary places Avalon is a legendary island somewhere off the coast of England, which during the time of King Arthur was ruled by Morgan le Fay – a queen, a dark sorceress, and Merlin’s half-sister and enemy (fw8). Podcast: Play… Read More
• Muggle places • Railway places Aviemore Train Station is a muggle location in Scottish Highlands, about 45 miles from Hogwarts, where Scorpius and Albus get sent back to in 1981 by Delphi. Podcast: Play in new window |… Read More
• Islands • Mysterious places Far out in the icy waters of the North Sea lies a tiny island that is home to one of the most terrible places on earth: Azkaban, the wizarding prison (PA3, Sch1, Pm). History The fortress has existed since the 15th century, and never appeared on any Muggle map. The… Read More