Before talking about Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, we need to understand what is all about the novel Harry Potter. Harry Potter is a series of fictional novel which is written by author J.K. Rowling and available in seventy-three languages. There are eight series of Harry Potter and all of them are bestselling book series in the history. The stories in these series of novel encircling around the life of a young wizard Harry Potter and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, where Harry Potter along with his friends struggles for his life from the Lord Voldemort, a character of an evil wizard and how he won the battle. Not only the novel but the movie “Harry Potter” also become very much popular. The series of movies are also the biggest hit of all time.
In Harry Potter’s film series, the main character of Harry Potter is played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger. They are the students of the British school, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hogwarts is described as the magical coeducational secondary boarding school for the students of age eleven to eighteen where they learn about the magical mystery and techniques and introduced to the wizardly world. Hogwarts is only visible to witches and wizards and so invisible to the Muggle (a non-magical person who lacks magical skills and not have magical blood in them), where they only see ruins all over and several warnings of dangers which keep them away from the Hogwarts. Hogwarts is shown to have magical charm in it and so the staircases and some of the rooms move around by themselves. The pictures on the wall tend to move and speak, many magical props move themselves etc. There are thestrals, the creatures to pull the carts and many other magical creatures can be encountered.
Hogwarts does not allow electronic devices and electricity in the school due to its high power magic. Students cannot apparate or disapparate without Headmaster’s enchantments. The education system is completely based on magical powers. Albus Dumbledore is the first Headmaster of the Hogwarts, who is an old wizard with super magical powers. And the children with magical ability are chosen by the magical quill at Hogwarts to get admission in the Hogwarts. All the Professors in the school are experts in their magical subjects who teach the magical course books, both theory and practical, to the students.
Hogwarts is British school which is located in Scotland, near Dufftown, on the shore of Black Lake. The school is portrayed as a huge old castle with towers and battlements and given a scary and mysterious look with full of thrill, spells and magical power within it. Hogwarts is surrounded by sloping lawns, vegetable patches, several greenhouses, Quidditch pitch, The Black Lake, Forbidden Forest, Owlery where the owls of school as well as students are kept. And there is a transport named Hogwarts Express, a train arranged for students to arrive at the school and they can board the train at King’s Cross station in London. This station is also shown hidden from the muggle. After arriving near the Hogwarts at around nightfall, students are taken to small boats to reach the school.
After arriving at the school, the sorting ceremony of students is conducted in the Great Hall by the Shorting Hat to assign them in different four houses arranged in the school i.e. Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff, by determining the preferences of students in line with their personality and abilities. Houses in the novels described as the communities or families for the Hogwarts’ students where they can live and learn the different skills and manners of magic. The head of the house is responsible to lead and guide the house members in every aspect. The students of one house can’t get access to the other houses without the permission. The houses collect the points from different competitions and performances throughout the year and the highest scoring house wins. The colors of winning house are displayed in the Great Hall for the following school year which is considered to be the pride of the house as well as the school.
So, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is not real, but a fictional magical school portrayed in the series of the novel and movie Harry Potter where everything seems imaginary and thrilling. In fact, Hogwarts is a composition of different locations and many of them being real in Oxford. Harry Potter was filmed in a set designed in London at Warner Bros. Studio. Some of the other real places where Harry Potter series were filmed are London, Scotland, Wales, Durham and Northeast England, Southeast England, Northwest England, Near Bath (50 miles north of Bath) etc.
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