• Hogwarts • Wizarding culture Hallowe’en at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a special occasion at the school, with a magnificent feast and amazing decorations in the Great Hall. Hallowe’en Year One Where: Great Hall; to be continued later in the common rooms (PS10) Who: Hogwarts students & staff… Read More
• Hogwarts The list of new books for Harry’s second year: The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 by Miranda Goshawk Break with a Banshee by Gilderoy Lockhart Gadding with Ghouls by Gilderoy Lockhart Holidays with Hags by Gilderoy Lockhart Travels with Trolls by Gilderoy Lockhart Voyages with Vampires by Gilderoy Lockhart… 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
• 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 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
• 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
• 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 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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 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