Atlas & Gazetteer Updated for Deathly Hallows

St. Mungo's Hospital
for Magical Maladies and Injuries

"Doctors? Those Muggle nutters that cut people up? Nah, they're Healers."
    --  Ron Weasley, OP22


Founded in late 1500s or early 1600s by Mungo Bonham (fw), St. Mungo's Hospital is the primary (and likely only) wizarding hospital in Britain. Located in an abandoned department store in London, the hospital's Healers treat wizards for all sorts of magic-related illnesses and injuries (OP22), and in extreme circumstances has been known to treat Muggles as well (HBP1). The hospital's logo is a wand and a bone, crossed (OP29), and donations are welcome.

The entrance to St. Mungo's is concealed behind an abandoned red-brick London department store called Purge and Dowse, Ltd. on a Muggle street. Unlike, say, the Leaky Cauldron, St. Mungo's is visible to passing Muggles, who merely believe the sign on the front that the store is "Closed for Refurbishment." In the front window, a dummy dressed in outdated styles serves as the gatekeeper; wizards wanting to enter do so by talking to the dummy, and then walking straight through the window (OP22).

Inside, in a reception area filled with rickety wooden chairs and outdated issues of Witch Weekly, visitors are greeted by the Welcome Witch, though her demeanor (at least on busy days) is less than welcoming. This reception area seems to double as a visitors' entrance and an emergency room waiting area, as it is often filled with wizards facing strange ailments, such as hands sprouting out of their chests or steam pouring from their mouths, and Healers clad in uniform lime green robes hurry busily through the room (OP22).

Beyond the reception area, St. Mungo's includes six floors:

Floor Guide

Ground Floor: Artifact Accidents
(Cauldron explosion, wand-backfiring, broom crashes, etc.)

First Floor: Creature-Induced Injuries
(Bites, stings, burns, embedded spiders, etc.)

After suffering a snake bite in 1995 (OP21), Arthur Weasley stayed in the "Dangerous" Dai Llewellyn Ward for Serious Bites. This ward is small and dingy and has only one window, which lies opposite the door. It is mainly illuminated by shining crystal bubbles clustered in the middle of the ceiling (OP22). The ward is named for Dai Llewellyn, an extremely famous Quidditch player who was eaten by a Chimaera (QA7). It is unknown whether this incident was the one that led the ward to be named for him, or whether there might be some other reason.

The staff in the "Dangerous" Dai Llewellyn ward includes Hippocrates Smethwyck (Healer-in-Charge) and Augustus Pye (Trainee Healer) (OP22). Pye is interested in complementary medicine and attempted to help Arthur by using stitches on his wounds, though of course they didn't work (OP23). There were two other patients in the ward during this visit; one was a wizard who had been bitten by a werewolf (who Lupin talked to during the Christmas visit), and the other was a witch who wouldn't reveal what she was handling when she sustained her injuries (OP22, OP23).

Second Floor: Magical Bugs
(Contagious maladies, e.g., dragon pox, vanishing sickness, scrofungulus)

Third Floor: Potion and Plant Poisoning
(Rashes, regurgitation, uncontrollable giggling, etc.)

Fourth Floor: Spell Damage
(Unliftable jinxes, hexes, and incorrectly applied charms, etc.)

Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny inadvertently visited this floor on Christmas day, 1995, when they encountered Gilderoy Lockhart on the stairs and accompanied him to the Janus Thickey Ward (a.k.a. ward 49), where he was staying. There - in the long-term residents' ward - a motherly-looking Healer oversaw patients whose brains had been permanently affected by magic. Other residents of this ward included Broderick Bode and a witch named Agnes, as well as - to the kids' surprise - Frank and Alice Longbottom. During their visit, they ran into Neville and his grandmother, visiting Neville's parents, and learned for the first time what had happened to them (OP23).

Fifth Floor: Visitor's Tearoom and Hospital Shop

Staff Members, past and present

Patients at St. Mungo's - past and present

Donors to St. Mungo's Hospital

  • Malfoy, Lucius
    Gave a very public "generous contribution" to the hospital, which led Cornelius Fudge to invite the Malfoy family to the top box at the Quidditch World Cup (GF8)

  • Potter, Harry
    In stark contrast to Lucius Malfoy's donation, Harry also donated a significant amount of money - well over ten Galleons, at least - by dumping his money anonymously into the Fountain of Magical Brethren at the Ministry of Magic, the proceeds from which were donated to the hospital (OP7, OP9)

  • Warbeck, Celestina
    Recorded the Puddlemere United team anthem, "Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here," and sold copies as a fundraiser for the hospital (QA7)
Primary editor: John Kearns.
Original page date 23 June, 2003; Last page update March 18, 2012 SVA.