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Original Hogwarts Map

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This map, created 17 January 2001 long before Rowling's sketch map became public, shows one possible arrangement for Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade. The general relationships are most likely correct--for example, we know that the Lake is located to the south of the castle and that the Hogwarts front doors face more or less to the west. We are also told that the Quidditch Pitch and the Forbidden Forest are on opposite sides of the castle from each other, and since Harry sees the setting sun shining on the windows of Hogwarts as he leaves the stadium in PS, I put the stadium to the west. The location of various shops in Hogsmeade is based simply on which order Harry, Ron, and Hermione visited them, which admittedly isn't all the much to go on. The exception to this is Dervish and Banges, which we know is pretty much the last one down the High Street before it runs out into the country.

While not accurate on all counts, this map does match Rowling's own drawing remarkably well. This is a testament to how clearly she imagines her world and how vividly and consistently she describes it in the books.

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