• Wizarding places A secret “enchanted edifice” was built in the Appalachian Mountains of North America as a meeting place for the Magical Congress of the United States (MACUSA). It became less convenient over time due to the remote location as witches and wizards preferred to live in the cities (Pm:MACUSA). Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors Up a wide staircase from the entrance to the Woolworth Building, this is a large space with very high, vaulted ceilings. High in the air is a giant dial with multiple clock-like faces and hands pointing to the present threat-level to the secrecy of the wizarding world. When Newt Scamander first… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Quidditch places • Rooms, chambers, and floors Madam Hooch’s office is somewhere within the grounds of Hogwarts, possibly in the castle itself. It is only mentioned in CS when the bludger, which was supposedly kept safe in her office, was jinxed. Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops A small, cramped tea shop with decor on the tacky side of frilly (such as floating golden cherubs throwing pink confetti), located just off Hogsmeade High Street. The only Hogwarts students who seem to patronize the place are trysting couples. Cho Chang suggests it for her Valentine’s Day date with Harry;… Read More
• Businesses, merchants, and shops A very crowded pet store in Diagon Alley, noisy with the sounds of all the animals, where Hermione bought Crookshanks. The proprietor is a witch who wears heavy black spectacles. She offers advice and sells things like rat tonic. Other creatures for sale included: enormous purple toads gigantic tortoise… Read More
• Muggle places • Streets, alleys, and lanes “Several streets away” from Privet Drive (PA3), Magnolia Crescent is a street on which several of Dudley’s friends probably live, as he bade them goodbye “at the entrance to Magnolia Crescent” when they were all walking home (OP1). It is probably also fairly long; Harry at one point… Read More
• Place Also found in Little Whinging, Magnolia Road is on the opposite side of Magnolia Crescent from Privet Drive (OP1). On this street is a playground, where Dudley and his gang have broken all but one of the swings, and where Harry once sat thinking about Sirius and Cedric (… Read More
• Place In a Daily Prophet story about out-of-control Hallowe’en celebrations, a Maidenhead barbecue is mentioned as an example of a wizarding party gone awry, as there were several loud explosions and a vampire came, “showed an alarming interest in the neighboring Muggles’ daughter, and was only persuaded back over the fence… Read More
• Islands Majorca (or Mallorca) is an island in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain and a European vacationing hot spot, where the Dursleys wanted to buy a vacation home (CS1) and where Petunia’s friend Yvonne once vacationed (PS2). Both of these events, of course, caused frustration for the… Read More
• Houses and addresses Located in southwestern England in Wiltshire (OP15), the Malfoy Mansion is a “handsome manor house” with extensive grounds (DH1). Draco Malfoy grew up here with his parents, Lucius and Narcissa, and their house-elf Dobby. Dobby was freed in 1993, and we know of no other family members or… Read More
• Cities A large industrial city in North-West England and headquarters of the Thunderbolt broom manufacturer (Pm). Read More
• Place The outskirts of this town was one of the places where Harry, Ron, and Hermione hid while on the run from the Death Eaters, and was a place where they stopped in hopes of finding food. However, this didn’t go as planned, as dementors loomed over the town, and as… Read More
• Place One of the many places that Harry and Hermione camped while searching for Voldemort’s Horcruxes, though it proved not to be a very good idea as their tent flooded with cold water during the night (DH16). Read More
• Regions, counties, and territories A state in the Eastern U.S. on the coast of the North Atlantic. Part of the original Thirteen Colonies. Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors The matron’s office is located just off of the Hospital Wing so that she may easily and quickly service patients. Read More
• Countries Mauritius is a tiny island nation found east of Madagascar in the southern Indian Ocean, and is famous both in the Muggle world and the wizarding world as the home of the Diricawl, which Muggles refer to as the dodo. Though Muggles believe that the bird died out over a… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors McGongall’s office is decorated with a lot of tartan plaid. She keeps a tin of biscuits on her desk and usually, the Quidditch Cup on her shelf. Her office has a fireplace with a mantelpiece, and the entrance is evidently within easy walking distance of Myrtle’s bathroom (… Read More
• Rooms, chambers, and floors This part of McGonagall’s quarters is located on the first floor (PS15). Read More
• Oceans and seas Sandwiched between Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean has for centuries been one of the most trafficked bodies of water in the world. Yet somehow merpeople (including the Greek Sirens), the hippocampus and the sea serpent have managed to live in the sea undetected. The Mediterranean Sea is also a natural… Read More
• Place In the fourteenth century, this was the site of a Wizards’ Council (precursor to the Ministry of Magic) meeting with all creatures that had been classified as “beings,” which according to Burdock Muldoon’s calculations was all creatures with two legs. The meeting didn’t go very well, or indeed take place… Read More
• Creatures' homes, lairs, and territories • Hogwarts castle and grounds • Towns The merpeople’s village is located in the center of the lake, a quarter of a mile from Hogwarts castle. The edge of the village is marked by a large rock with paintings of merpeople on it; they are carrying spears and chasing the giant squid. The village consists of clusters… Read More
• Place A river famous for running through the port of Liverpool on England’s west coast, there was a three-way broom crash over this river involving wizards racing to get to a Celestina Warbeck concert (DP). Read More
• Countries A Spanish-speaking country in North America just to the south of the United States. Read More
• Place A business that Molly Weasley describes as “very good,” that she hired to erect the large marquee at Bill and Fleur’s wedding in 1997 (DH6). Read More
• Place Though Dorset is a real county on the southern coast of England, Millburn is a fictitious town. At number 17 Lanes End, it is the home of Stuart Jones, a Muggle fan of J.K. Rowling who writes to her in the FAQ – Other Stuff section of her website. Read More
• Buildings • Wizarding places The headquarters of the Ministry of Magic is located in the heart of London. The actual structure is all underground, although magical windows show whatever weather Magical Maintenance has chosen for the day, from bright sunshine to hurricanes. Visitors’ Entrance A visitor to the Ministry of Magic comes to a… Read More
• Cities Hagrid and Madame Maxime passed through Minsk on their way to meet the giants in the mountains, and in fact while there Hagrid “had a sligh’ disagreement with a vampire” (OP20). Minsk is the capital of Belarus, a nation that was formerly part of the Soviet Union. The fact… Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds • Rooms, chambers, and floors • Wizarding places An out-of-order girls’ bathroom on the second floor; entrance to the Chamber of Secrets and home to Moaning Myrtle. Read More
• Place Established in the fourteenth century in Somerset to protect a dwindling population of Golden Snidgets (dwindling because they were being hunted for sport as well as killed in Quidditch matches), the Reservation was named for Modesty Rabnott, who famously saved a Snidget from a Quidditch match in 1269 (QA4). Read More
• Place Mongolia is mentioned in QA8 as a country where flying carpets are the norm and Quidditch is treated largely with “some suspicion.” Also, when Snape took over Defence Against the Dark Arts for Lupin during Harry’s third year, he ruffled through papers and criticized a student for an incorrect answer,… Read More
• Place Montrose is a small port town with about 10,000 residents found on the eastern shores of Scotland, between Aberdeen and Dundee. More importantly, however, it is home of the Montrose Magpies, the most successful team in the history of the British and Irish Quidditch League. It was also the origin… Read More
• Place Though we don’t know where Mad-Eye-Moody lives, we do know that on August 30, 1994, he was ambushed at home by Barty Crouch, Jr., Stunned, then put under the Imperius Curse (GF35). The only part of Moody’s house that seemed to be damaged in the encounter were his rubbish… Read More
• Place A moor is a broad tract of open land, often high but poorly drained, with patches of heath and peat bogs. Of the heather moorland in the United Kingdom, most of it lies in North Yorkshire, Wales, Cumbria, and Dartmoor (with some moorlands in the far West Country in the… Read More
• Cities Home of the Moose Jaw Meteorites, one of the most accomplished Quidditch teams in the modern world, and famous for flying around with sparks flying from their brooms after a victory. Moose Jaw is a relatively small town in southern Saskatchewan (south-central Canada), but is fairly well known due to… Read More
• Place A town that was once the home of the Dumbledore family, and where Ariana Dumbledore was tortured by Muggle children. After her father Percival retaliated and was arrested, the family moved instead to Godric’s Hollow. Mould-on-the-Wold’s location is uncertain, but it is home to a number of wizarding families (… Read More
• Place Some of the many places that Harry, Ron, and Hermione camp while searching for Horcruxes are “gorse-covered mountainsides” (DH15), including one where they were pounded all night by sleet (DH16). Read More
• Place A misty-covered, tall mountain range in Africa, written of in antiquity as being the source of the Nile River. Muggle geographers are unsure of which mountains were being described by these ancient writers. One of the more probable locations is the Rwenzori Mountain Range in Uganda and the Democratic Republic… Read More
• Place The cyclops, according to legend, lived in a cave in the foothills of Mount Etna (fw). Etna is an active volcano, the largest in Europe, and is located in eastern Sicily. Read More
• Mountains, hills, and landforms Mount Greylock is a mountain in western Massachusetts in the U.S. whose highest peak is where Ilvermony School of Witchcraft and Wizardry stands. It is also where the Steward family lived in the 1600s (Pm). Read More
• Islands Moutohora is home of the Moutohora Macaws, New Zealand’s most famous professional Quidditch team (QA8). Read More
• Place Hogwarts has a library of course, but it isn’t the only one that Hermione visits. While searching for Horcruxes, she, Harry, and Ron come to London in search of Tom Riddle’s orphanage. There, Hermione sneaks into a Muggle library, where she discovers that the orphanage has been demolished (DH15). Read More
• Place Nearly all of the locations in the books exist in the Muggle world as well, so how is a ‘Muggle place’ defined? The places below are locations that are mentioned as Muggle places in the books, and that have little or no importance to the wizarding world (so they are… Read More
• Buildings Though we don’t know its exact location, the Museum of Quidditch is located in London and features among its exhibits: a medieval broomstick predating the development of the Cushioning Charm (QA1) The diary of Gertie Keddle, who lived on the edge of Queerditch Marsh in the eleventh century (QA3) A… Read More
• Place Mykonos is a small island off the southeast coast of Greece, in the Aegean Sea. It was at one point home to the Chimaera (Dai Llewellyn was eaten by one while on holiday in Mykonos – FB), though today it is a popular upscale resort island, making it unlikely that… Read More