Places in Harry Potter

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Azkaban Fortress -- The wizarding prison, located on a remote island and guarded by Dementors, who drive most of the prisoners mad with dispair. Sirius Black was the first person to escape from it.

Burrow, The -- The Weasley's home, located near the wizarding village of Ottery St. Catchpole. It looks 'as though it had once been a large stone pigsty, but extra rooms had been added heree and there until it was several storeys high and so crooked it looked as though it was held up by magic...' (CoS, Ch3)

Chamber of Secrets, The -- A hidden chamber in Hogwarts, built by co-founder Salazar Slytherin. According to legend, the Chamber was sealed in such a way that only Slytherin's true heir would be able to ope it, to 'unleash the horror within, and use it to purge the school of all who were unworthy to study magic.' (CoS, Ch9) (Slytherin believed that Muggleborns should not be accepted at Hogwarts). In Harry's second year at Hogwarts, Ginny Weasley opened the Chamber, under the influence of an enchanted diary created by Tom Riddle (later known as Voldemort). The creature within was a Basilisk, which Harry succeeded in vanquishing.

Diagon Alley -- A wizard street full of shops, hidden in London. The shops include an Apothecary, a cauldron shop, Eeylops Owl Emporium, Flourish and Blotts (a bookstore), Gringotts, Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions, Ollivanders (the wand shop), and Quality Quidditch Supplies.

Divination Classroom, The -- Under Professor Trelawney, the Divination classes were taught in an isolated room at the top of the North Tower, which looked 'like a cross between someone's attic and an old-fashioned tea shop.' (PoA, Ch75). The students sat at small circular tables, and the lights were covered with dark red scarves, making the room very dim. The fire made the room stiflingly warm, and gave off 'a heavy, sickly sort of perfume' which makes Harry feel slow and stupid. In Harry's fifth year, Trelawney was sacked by High Inquistor Umbridge, and replaced by a centaur, Firenze, Divinations is taught in a ground floor classroom (the ladder to Trelawney's room being impassable to a centaur). The classroom is filled with a forest clearing, whose ceiling can be made to show the night sky, allowing the students to observe astrological patterns.

Dumbledore's Office -- A large, beautiful circular room, filled with '[a] number of curious silver instruments... whirring and emitting little puffs of smoke.' (CoS, Ch12). The walls are covered with portraits of previous Hogwarts headmasters and headmistresses, who are duty-bound to give advice and aid to the current headmaster. Home to Dumbledore's phoenix, Fawkes, and the Sorting Hat.

Forbidden Forest, The -- The forest surrounding Hogwarts, so called because students are forbidden to enter it. The Forbidden Forest is home to various dangerous (and less dangerous) beasts, including Aragog, centaurs, thestrals, unicorns, and werewolves.

Godric's Hollow -- The town where Harry's parents, James and Lily, lived.

Great Hall, The -- A large hall in Hogwarts, typically furnished with four long tables (one for each House), with a separate table at the top of the hall for the staff, although the layout can be magically changed to suit the occasion. The ceiling is enchanted to resemble the sky outside.

Gringotts -- The one wizards' bank, located in Diagon Alley. An impressive building of snow-white marble, which towers over the shops and is staffed entirely by goblins. The money (and various treasures) are kept in subterranean vaults protected by various enchantments. According to Hagrid, 'Gringotts is the safest place in the world fer anything yeh want ter keep safe--'cept maybe Hogwarts.' (PS/SS, Ch5)

Hogsmeade -- The closest town to Hogwarts, the only entirely non-Muggle settlement in Britain, full of thatched cottages. Attractions include Dervish and Banges (magical instruments shop), Honeydukes, the Shrieking Shack, the Three Broomsticks, and Zonko's Joke Shop.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry -- 'The finest school of witchcraft and wizardry in the world' (at least, according to Hagrid) (PS/SS, Ch4) Hogwarts is housed in 'a vast castle with many turrets and towers' (PS/SS Ch 6) on the side of a lake inhabited by a giant squid. The students are sorted (by the Sorting Hat) into four 'houses': Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Navigating Hogwarts can be difficult not only because it is so large but because the staircases can move to different locations. As well as the staff and students, Hogwarts is home to a number of ghosts, and a troublesome poltergeist, Peeves. See also: the Chamber of Secrets, the Divination Classroom, Dumbledore's office, the Forbidden Forest, the Great Hall, the Potions dungeon.

Honeydukes -- A popular sweetshop located in Hogsmeade, which sells an extensive line of sweets including Pepper Imps, Chocoballs, Droobles Best Blowing Gum, sugar quills, and Toothflossing Stringmints.

Hogwarts Library -- A popular studying location for Hogwarts students, despite the persnickety librarian, Madam Pince. See also: Restricted Section.

Knockturn Alley -- A dark, narrow street near Diagon Alley, which Harry visits by accident after his first attempt to travel by Floo Powder. The shops cater to Dark wizards and witches, with merchandise such as poisons, shrunken heads, gigantic spiders, and 'what looked horribly like whole human fingernails.' (CoS, Ch4)

Leaky Cauldron, The -- 'A tiny, grubby-looking pub' (PS/SS, Ch5) in London, frequented by witches and wizards but apparently invisible to Muggles. Walking through the bar leads to a small courtyard, a wall of which can be magically opened to enter Diagon Alley.

London -- This predominantly Muggle City is also home to Number 12, Grimmauld Place, The Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, the Ministry of Magic, Platform Nine and Three Quarters, St Mungo's Hospital.

Ministry of Magic -- Hidden underground in the heart of London, the Ministry can be reached through a certain red telephone box, by dialling 62552 ('MAGIC'), or through the Floo network (the lobby has many gilt fireplaces for this purpose). The fountain in the lobby features a group of golden statues, of a witch, a wizard, a centaur, and a house elf, supposedly showing the unity of magical peoples. The Ministry is home to teh Department of Magical Games and Sports, Department of Magical Transportation, Department of International Magical Co-operation, Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes, Department of Magcial Law Enforcement, the Department of Mysteries, and the Wizengamot.

Number 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey -- The home of the Dursleys (Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and Dudley) and of Harry. Although there are four bedrooms, Harry slept in a cupboard under the stairs until, anxious after receiving letters from Hogwarts addressed to 'Mr H. Potter, The Cupboard Under the Stairs', the Dursleys decided to let Harry have Dudley's second bedroom. The living room is decorated with numerous photographs of Dudley, but there is no sign (outside of his room) that Harry lives there too.

Number 12 Grimmauld Place -- A rundown house in London, and headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix. The ancestral home of Sirius Black, and decorated in the Dark fashion that his family, proud Purebloods, preferred. Served by a house elf, Kreacher, and decorated with a talking portrait of Sirius's virulently anti-Muggle mother.

Platform Nine and Three Quarters -- Located in the Muggle train station, King's Cross, in London, Platform Nine and Three Quarters is where the Hogwarts Express picks up and drops off Hogwarts students each year. Witches and wizards can reach it by walking (or running) straight at the barrier between platforms nine and ten.

Potions Dungeon, The -- A creepy dungeon, colder than the rest of the castle with 'pickled animals floating in glass jars all around the walls.' (PS/SS, Ch8). See also: Professor Snape.

Quidditch World Cup Stadium -- At the beginning of Harry's fourth year, located in an isolated moor, and protected by anti-Muggle enchantments. The golden stadium was so large 'ten cathedrals would fit comfortably inside it' (GoF, Ch 8), and could seat 100,000 witches and wizards.

Railview Hotel, Cokeworth -- 'A gloomy-looking hotel on the outskirts of a big city' (PS/SS, Ch3) where the Dursleys and Harry spend a night in a futile attempt to escape the Hogwarts letters.

Restricted Section -- A section of the library where books about Dark Arts are kept, for use of older students studying Advanced Defence Against the Dark Arts. Students may read the books therein only with a signed permission slip from a teacher. It was in the Restricted Section (in a book called Moste Potente Potions) that Hermione found the recipe for Polyjuice Potion.

St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries -- Located in London, St Mungo's outwardly appears as a rundown shop, Purge & Dowse Ltd., which is 'Closed for Refurbishment' (OotP, Ch22). Witches and wizards enter through the front window (with permission of 'a particularly ugly female dummy'). It was founded by Dilys Derwent in 1722. The Hospital treats (when possible) Artefact Accidents, Creature-Induced Injuries, Magical Bugs, Potion and Plant Poisoning, and Spell Damage. The Hospital also provides long term care to incurable patients, including Gilderoy Lockhart (botched memory modification) and Frank and Alice Longbottom (driven insane by the Cruciatus Curse).

Shrieking Shack, The -- Reputed to be 'the most severely haunted building in Britain' (PoA, Ch5), the shrieks actually came from Remus Lupin's painful adolescent werewolf transformations.

Smeltings -- Dudley's school, which Uncle Vernon also attended in his youth. Their uniform consists of 'maroon tailcoats, orange knickerbockers and flat straw hats called boaters. They also carried knobbly sticks, used for hitting each other while the teachers weren't looking. This was supposed to be good training for later life.' (PS/SS, Ch3)

Stonewall High -- The local (Muggle) comprehensive, which Harry would have attended had he not been accepted at Hogwarts. According to Dudley, 'They stuff people's heads down the toilet first day at Stonewall.' (PS/SS, Ch3)

The Three Broomsticks -- A 'crowded, noisy, warm, and smoky' (PoA, Ch10) pub in Hogsmeade, popular among Hogwarts students as well as adults.
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