"They make a fuss about Hogsmeade,
but I assure you, Harry, it's not all it's cracked up to be. All right,
the sweetshop's rather good, and Zonko's Joke Shop's frankly dangerous,
and yes, the Shrieking Shack's always worth a visit, but really, Harry,
apart from that, you're not missing anything."
-- Percy Weasley, PA8
Index to this page
- Introduction & History
- The shops of Hogsmeade:
- Secret Passageways to Hogwarts
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Hogsmeade is the only entirely wizarding village in Britain (PA5). According to tradition it was founded over a thousand years ago, around the same time as Hogwarts, by Hengist of Woodcroft as he was fleeing persecution by Muggles (fw, Pm). It's a picturesque little village of thatched cottages and shops, with enchanted candles hanging in the trees during the holidays (PA10).
As Hogsmeade is located just down the road from Hogwarts, the school and the village have always shared a special relationship. On select Saturdays throughout the school year the village is filled with Hogwarts students, who are allowed to visit beginning in their third year (GF12); some of the Hogwarts teachers, including Hagrid (PS14) and Dumbledore (HBP25), visit more frequently. The railway station that serves the village is actually on the other side of Hogwarts (map by JKR), and this is where the Hogwarts Express drops students off at the beginning of each school year (GF11).
A "tiny, dark platform" where the Hogwarts Express ends its journey north from Platform Nine-And-Three-Quarters(PS6). The station is located near the lake, and from there a road extends around the lake to Hogwarts Castle (PA5, GF11). The station is actually quite a distance from the town itself, being on the opposite side of the Hogwarts grounds (map by JKR on the PA/dvd).
A sweetshop, owned by Ambrosius Flume (HBP4) and his wife, which is filled with "shelves upon shelves of the most succulent-looking sweets imaginable" (PA10). In addition to the standard wizarding candy that is sold there, the owners also make their own fudge (PA8) and chocolate (PA12). For obvious reasons, the shop is quite a popular destination for Hogwarts students when visiting Hogsmeade on the weekends (HBP12).
Down in the cellar of the shop, amidst the boxes and wooden crates and known to only a select few people, is a trap door in the dusty floor - which opens to reveal a secret passageway to Hogwarts.
A small, cramped tea shop with decor on the tacky side of frilly (such as floating golden cherubs throwing pink confetti), located ust off High Street. The only Hogwarts students who seem to patronize the place are trysting couples. Cho Chang suggests it for her Valentine's Day date with Harry; somehow, he never seems to develop a desire to return (OP25).
The only wizarding post office we ever hear of, where at least three hundred owls, from Great Grays to tiny Scops ("Local Deliveries Only"), wait to carry messages. They sit on shelves that are color-coded, depending on how fast you want your letter to get to its destination (PA8). It is also referred to as an "owl office" (PA22).
quills & stationary
Falsely rumored to be "the most haunted building in Britain," the Shrieking Shack is a favorite stop on any Hogsmeade visit (PA8). However, the wails that were once heard emanating from this creepy building were not in fact ghosts, but rather Remus Lupin transformed into a werewolf. The shack, in fact, was built when he came to Hogwarts, allowing him to transform a safe distance away from the other students (PA18). The shack cannot be broken into from the outside, though Fred and George have tried (PA14); it must be entered instead through a secret passageway, the mouth of which lies under the Whomping Willow (PA17). It was in this building that Harry first met and learned the identity of Sirius Black (PA18), and also where he later watched Voldemort kill Severus Snape (DH32).
A well-known inn and a frequent haunt of Hogwarts students. It's warm and comfortable, is packed every time Harry goes in, and is a great spot to drink butterbeer (PA10), although they also serve firewhisky (GF25), gillywater, mulled mead, red currant rum, and even cherry syrup and soda with ice and an umbrella (PA10). The owner of the bar is Madam Rosmerta, who Ron enjoys watching (HBP12, at least when she's not under an Imperius Curse (HBP27).
Zonko's is a favourite place for Hogwarts students to shop. They carry "jokes and tricks to fulfill even Fred's and George's wildest dreams," including Dungbombs, Hiccup Sweets, Frog Spawn Soap, and Nose-Biting Teacups (PA14). During the dark time of 1996 and 1997, Zonko's closed and was boarded up. Fred and George visited Hogsmeade with an eye toward possibly buying the premises and turning it into a Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes (HBP18), though at least right away, this didn't happen.
Hogsmeade and Hogwarts have a shared history, as well. There are at least eight secret passages that run between the school and Hogsmeade (PA10), all but two of which were built for reasons unknown (PA18, DH29). It's possible that some were used during major historical events, such as the 1612 goblin rebellion that centered in Hogsmeade (PA5); more recently we've seen at least two used in the final battle to defeat Voldemort (DH30).
We actually know a fair amount about the eight passageways:
Hogwarts third-floor corridor to
To enter this passage from Hogwarts, one needs to tap on the statue of the one-eyed witch in the third floor corridor and say "Dissendium." It leads to a trap door in the floor of the Honeydukes cellar. Unknown to Filch, this passage was discovered somehow by James, Sirius, Lupin, and Pettigrew, who included it on the Marauder's Map; Fred and George then used it extensively, and eventually taught Harry how to get through it as well (PA10).
Whomping Willow to the
When Remus Lupin came to Hogwarts as a werewolf, this passageway was built (and the Whomping Willow planted) to give him a place to go when he transformed every full moon. The tunnel is accessed by prodding a knot on the trunk of the Whomping Willow, and it leads to the basement of the Shrieking Shack (PA21).
The Room of Requirement to the
Hog's Head Inn
A secret passage that "opened" in 1998 to allow renegade Hogwarts students who were in hiding to access food. Though the door is in plain sight in the Room of Requirement, the passageway can only be accessed from the Hog's Head through the portrait of Ariana Dumbledore on the second floor of the inn (DH28, DH29).
A secret passageway behind the mirror on the fourth floor
Fred and George used this passageway, also unknown to Filch, extensively until it caved in c. winter 1992 (PA10).
Four secret passageways that Filch knows about
Not all of these passages necessarily lead to Hogsmeade, though "most of them" probably do. Regardless, nobody can use them, because Filch keeps watch over them (PA10). One of these is behind a statue of Gregory the Smarmy"> (PS9).
Primary editor: John Kearns.
Original artwork of Madam Puddifoot's © Marta T., used by permission.
Original artwork of Shrieking Shack © 1999 Mary GrandPre´, used by permission.
Original artwork of the Three Broomsticks © F.W. Arbacette, used by permission.
Original page date 21 December, 2000; Last page update March 18, 2012 SVA.