“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”— J. K. Rowling
Hogwarts Castle is the large, seven story building that houses the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is Britain’s magical school for young witches and wizards aged eleven to eighteen. Built in 993 AD by a wizard architect and the four most celebrated wizards of the age, it served as the primary setting for every book in the Harry Potter series. Considered to be the “finest school of witchcraft and wizardry in the world,” it’s located in the Highlands of Scotland, and takes students from Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Here we’ll talk about 10 fascinating facts about Hogwarts-The wizard school!
10) VAGUE COORDINATES
While it’s known that Hogwarts School is somewhere in Scotland, the exact location is hidden with various charms and spells that make it impossible to discover.
If anyone does come across it, all they see is the ruins of a castle with a warning to keep out.
9) PLATFORM 9 ¾
Students attending Hogwarts Academy must board the Hogwarts Express train on platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross station. The train leaves precisely at 11 am on September 1 each year, and it can be accessed by walking through the solid barrier between platforms 9 and 10.
8) SORTING CEREMONY
Once all of the students have arrived, first-years are led into the Great Hall for the Sorting Ceremony. The Sorting Hat then decides which of the four houses each student will be assigned to—Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. The houses are named after the four founding wizards of Hogwarts, and students are sorted according to the different personalities of the founders.
7) BOOK OF ATTENDANCE/QUILL OF ACCEPTANCE
The Book of Admittance is an ancient book bound by peeling-black dragon hide that sits locked in a small tower, and no human hands have touched it since its placement there by the founders. Beside the book is a small silver inkpot with a long quill called the Quill of Acceptance. The quill writes down the birth of every magical child in the book, as well as non-magical children who display magical ability. Few wizards even know of the book’s existence, and fewer still have ever witnessed it in action. This is the only system that has ever existed for admitting children into Hogwarts—if their name is in the book, they are accepted.
6) WHERE THEY STOP, NOBODY KNOWS
The different staircases in the Grand Staircase reach up to the seventh floor and have a tendency to move within the chamber, often when someone is on them. Certain trick stairs cause the student to sink through them, at which point another person will need to rescue them. First-year students are the most common “victims” of the stairs, as the older students tend to know where the trick ones are and simply jump over them.
5) MAGICAL MAP
James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew (known as the Marauders) created the Marauders Map while they were students at Hogwarts. The map is a magical document which exposes every part of Hogwarts, including the secret passages, as well as the location of every person on the grounds, indicated by a dot and their name (though in the movies footsteps were used as indicators instead).
The map can’t be fooled by invisibility cloaks or any kind of potion or spell, and can even detect the castle ghosts. The only flaws of the map are that it’s unable to discern the identities of people with similar names (like Barty Crouch Jr./Sr.), and it doesn’t show rooms that are unable to be plotted on a map (like the Room of Requirement).
4) TECH FREE ENVIRONMENT
Many have wondered why muggle electronics, such as computers or phones, aren’t present at Hogwarts. After all, the series takes place in the 90s—such devices should be common. What few people realize, though, is that this is because high levels of magic make muggle devices such as computers, radar, and other electronics go haywire around the school.
Wizard “radios” do work, but only because they are a magical imitation of regular muggle radios.
3) SCHOOL MOTTO
The school’s motto is Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus. If translated from Latin it means “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” When asked how she arrived at the motto, J. K. Rowling explained that she’d always found traditional school slogans about perseverance and nobility boring. It amused her to use a “practical” piece of advice as the school motto.
2) REVIEWING MEMORIES
A Pensieve is an object which allows for the sorting and reviewing of memories. The Pensive of Hogwarts is used by the headmasters to review specific memories. Not much is known about its creation except that it is made of stone, carved with Saxon runes. Also,it is older than the school itself. Moreover, according to legend, the Pensieve was found by the school’s founders half buried in the ground. Now, it has become an invaluable tool for headmasters and headmistresses.
1) HAUNTED CASTLE
Like any good magic castle, Hogwarts is highly haunted.
Each house has its own ghost, with different features and personalities. Slytherin has the Bloody Baron (who is covered in sliver bloodstains), Hufflepuff has the Fat Friar. Whereas Ravenclaw the Grey Lady, and Gryffindor Nearly Headless Nick.
The most useful of Hogwarts’ ghosts is Professor Binns, the school’s History of Magic teacher. One day, he simply fell asleep in front of the fire in the teacher’s quarters. However. when he got up to teach his class the next day, leaving his body behind. He may or may not realize that he’s dead, and enters his lessons through the blackboard.
WELL! These were pretty fascinating.In addition to this..
The Battle of Hogwarts took place in May 1998 within the castle and on the grounds of Hogwarts. It was responsible for ending the Second Wizarding War.
After the battle, Hogwarts castle was nearly destroyed. However, it seemed to have a self-regeneration process and it managed to recover.