• Cities Famous for its seventeenth-century hysteria over witchcraft and witch trials, Salem is today a typical suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. There is still a witches’ institute in Salem, which Harry Potter saw when he walked by their tent at the Quidditch World Cup (GF7). Read More
• Wizarding villages Hogsmeade is the only entirely wizarding village in Britain (PA5). According to tradition it was founded over a thousand years ago, around the same time as Hogwarts, by Hengist of Woodcroft as he was fleeing persecution by Muggles (FW, Pm). It’s a picturesque little village of thatched cottages and… Read More
• Caves and vaults Inaccessible except by magic, this cave complex on the coast was visited by young Tom Riddle while he was on an outing to the coast with children from the orphanage (circa 1930). While there he terrorized two of his classmates, Amy Benson and Dennis Bishop (HBP13). Many years later,… Read More
• Houses and addresses Introduction Home to the Weasley family, the Burrow is a house just outside the village of Ottery St. Catchpole (GF6), and is built so crazily that it must certainly be held up by magic. It is likely to have once been a farmhouse (though it looks more like it… Read More
• Mysterious places • Rooms, chambers, and floors The level of the Ministry of Magic housing the Department of Mysteries (OP7). The Department of Mysteries is accessed via the lifts from the Atrium. A simple, bare corridor leads to a plain black door. This door opens into the circular room with twelve plain, black, handleless doors all… Read More
• Caves and vaults The “top security” vault underneath Gringotts Bank where Dumbledore kept the Philosopher’s Stone (PS5). Read More
• Pubs and inns The Leaky Cauldron is a wizarding pub located on Charing Cross Road in London. Introduction Built by Daisy Dodderidge around 1500 “to serve as a gateway between the non-wizarding world and Diagon Alley” (FW), the Leaky Cauldron has remained a famous and popular place for five hundred years (PS5). Read More
• Houses and addresses “A lonely and beautiful place,” Shell Cottage is a quaint seaside home to Bill and Fleur Weasley. It sits on a cliffside with a view of the sea and an airy backyard, and the sound of waves pulsate through the house (DH25). Located on the outskirts of Tinworth in… 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
• Businesses, merchants, and shops • Streets, alleys, and lanes • Wizarding places Diagon Alley is a magically-hidden, wizarding shopping street located behind the Leaky Cauldron in central London, just off Charing Cross Road. Read More