After his death, Harry Potter talks with Professor Dumbledore at King's Cross in the spiritual world. 4:58



The four houses correspond roughly to the four elements. Gryffindor is fire, Ravenclaw is air, Hufflepuff is earth, and Slytherin is water. They refer to the Archangel Stars in astrology. There are at least twenty ghosts at Hogwarts including the four ghosts that oversee each of the four houses at the school. Hogwarts ghosts are pearly white and glow - see more about the full white spectrum here and at the aura page. Professor Binns is the only Hogwarts teacher who is a ghost. Easily the most boring class was History of Magic, which was the only one taught by Professor Binns. He had been very old indeed when he had fallen asleep in front of the staff room fire and got up next morning to teach, leaving his body behind him. Binns droned on and on while they scribbled down names and dates, and got Emeric the Evil and Uric the Oddball mixed up.

Peeves is a poltergeist and agitator, not a ghost nor a house deva. He is a little man dressed in loud, outlandish clothes including a bell-covered hat and an orange bow tie. Peeves is essentially an embodiment of disorder, and is constantly causing it, with varying amounts of mischievousness and malice. It is widely known that Argus Filch would love nothing more than to get rid of Peeves, but unfortunately for him Peeves "comes with the building", like a reverse-deva at Hogwarts school. Filch is usually responsible for restoring order at Hogwarts after Peeves decides its time to stir things up. Compared to the Hogwarts ghosts, Peeves appears semi-firm or solid rather than transparent. He's capable of flight and intangibility, like ghosts, but can also affect solid objects and when it suits him, make himself entirely invisible. He will only listen to Dumbledore and the Bloody Baron.

"It was always a nasty shock when one of them glided suddenly through a door you were trying to open. Nearly Headless Nick was always happy to point new Gryffindors in the right direction, but Peeves the Poltergeist was worth two locked doors and a trick staircase if you met him when you were late for class. He would drop wastepaper baskets on your head, pull rugs from under your feet, pelt you with bits of chalk, or sneak up behind you, invisible, grab your nose, and screech, 'GOT YOUR CONK!'"


Hogwarts Ghosts


Gryffindor values courage, daring, nerve and chivalry above all else. The colours red and gold are associated with the Spring Equinox, when the Sun [gold] enters the first zodiacal sign Aries [red].

Colours: Scarlet and Gold
Ghost: Nearly Headless Nick
Head of House: Professor Minerva McGonagall, Transfiguration Teacher
Entrance: The Fat Lady Picture. The Gryffindor common room is located in one of the castle's highest towers, the entrance to which is located on the seventh floor in the east wing of the castle and is guarded by a painting of The Fat Lady, who is garbed in a pink gown. She permits entry only after being given the correct password, except for one moment in the sixth book when she allows Harry to enter after he tells her that Dumbledore has died.
Ron Weasley and his family are in Gryffindor House. Ron said, "Mom and Dad were in it [Gryffindor] too. I don't know what they'll say if I'm not. I don't suppose Ravenclaw would be too bad, but imagine if they put me in Slytherin."

House Animal: Lion
Named After: Godric Gryffindor

Nearly Headless Nick celebrated his 500th Deathday with an unforgetable Deathday Party, convened in one of the roomier Hogwarts dungeons. Harry, Ron, and Hermione were invited, with other special guests that included the entire Headless Hunt, and hundreds of ghosts, including all the Hogwarts ghosts.




Hufflepuff values hard work, loyalty, tolerance, and fair play above all else.

Colours: Yellow and Black
Ghost: The Fat Friar
Head of House: Professor Pomona Sprout, Herbology Teacher
Entrance: Off the Main Hall, and down the staircase. The Hufflepuff dormitories and common room are located in the basement, their entrance found through a still-life painting that is somewhere near the kitchens. Students must give a password to the painting to enter. The Hufflepuff common room is filled with yellow hangings and fat armchairs and it has little underground tunnels leading to the dormitories, all of which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops.
In nature Badgers are known to retreat to their homes, known as setts, at daybreak. They come out again at dusk. In cold regions, setts are dug below the level at which the ground freezes, and all members of the clan sleep in the same chamber, possibly to share body heat.

House Animal: Badger
Named After: Helga Hugglepuff

The Fat Friar was once a Hufflepuff, now resident ghost of Hufflepuff House. He is a socially mutable fellow, jolly, friendly, and 'tolerant' of Peeves, Hogwarts resident prankster poltergeist. Even as a ghost, he is well known for his "forgiving nature". The Friar checks in for the annual sorting rites so he can wish first years good luck on membership in Hufflepuff.




Ravenclaw values intelligence, creativity, wit, and wisdom. "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure" is an oft-repeated Ravenclaw proverb.

Colours: Blue and Silver, changed from Blue and Bronze in the books
Ghost: The Grey Lady
Head of House: Professor Filius Flitwick, Charms Teacher
Entrance: The Knight. The dormitories are located in Ravenclaw Tower on the west side of the school. The common room, which went undescribed in the series until the climax of Deathly Hallows, is round and filled with blue hangings and fat armchairs, has a domed ceiling painted with stars, and also features a statue of Rowena Ravenclaw wearing her diadem. Harry also notes that, by day, the Ravenclaws 'would have a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains'. A logical riddle must be solved in order to gain entry, whereas the Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin common rooms only require a password.

House Animal: Eagle
Named After: Rowena Ravenclaw

The Grey Lady, in keeping with her name, is rather elusive with an evasive personality. She is very tall and glides easily through the castle hallway. There may be an indirect reference to 'The Grey Lady' in Scotland, a well known haunting ghost. She can be clearly seen in the first film sitting at a desk in MacGonagall's classroom when Harry, Ron, and Hermione burst in, demanding to talk to Dumbledore.

The location and name of Hogwarts were chosen by Rowena Ravenclaw,
who dreamed that a warty hog was leading her to the cliff by the lake.




Slytherin house values ambition, cunning, resourcefulness. The book also suggests that the hunger for power is a characteristic of Slytherins.

Colours: Green and Silver
Ghost: The Bloody Baron
Head of House: Professor Severus Snape, Potions Teacher,
Horace Slughorn reassumes authority of the house at the end of
the sixth book
Entrance to Dungeon: The Slytherin dormitories and common room are reached through a bare stone wall in the dungeons. The Slytherin common room is a long, low, dungeon-style room, located under the Hogwarts Lake, furnished with green lamps and carved armchairs.

Mascot: Serpent
Named After: Salazar Slytherinn

Most ghosts give the Bloody Baron a cold shoulder; he is a grim, silent, terrifying vision covered with silvery bloodstains.
He is the only one besides Dumbledore who can exert any control over the poltergeist Peeves, given how Peeves is terrified of him for some unknown reason. Peeves refers to him as "Your Bloodiness" and "Mr. Baron." He never speaks, although Harry can impersonate him in a hoarse whisper.
In the first book, we learn You-Know-Who was in Slytherin House, but Slytherin itself is not evil; it is just that having ambition as a core quality results in a disproportionate amount of self-important, competitive students. There are some good Slytherins such as Horace Slughorn, Andromeda Tonks, and Severus Snape (although his loyalties are unclear until the Deathly Hallows).



In the early day of Hogwarts, the four founders handpicked students for their Houses. When the founders worried how students would be selected after their deaths, Godric Gryffindor took his hat off and they each added knowledge in it, allowing the Sorting Hat to choose the students by judging each student's qualities and placing them in the most appropriate house. The student's own choices may affect the decision: the clearest example is the Hat telling Harry that he would do well in Slytherin in the first book, but ultimately selecting Gryffindor after Harry asks it not to put him in Slytherin.



The Patronus Charm


Harry Potter HBP behind the magic 44:14

Dumbledore's Army in The Room of Requirement


Ghosts v Portraits

JKR spoke about the Patronus with Harry Potter fans: the outstanding spell is 'Expecto Patronum', and you know what that does don't you? It creates the Patronus, it creates a kind of spirit guardian in a way. And that's partly because of what it does. It's the protector, and you could protect yourself and other people that you cared about with a Patronus, but it's also because it's such a beautiful spell. You know, the image of the silver Patronus emerging from a wand. I really like that.

JKR said wizard portraits are not living or thinking entities, they are only a "distillation" of the real person. This "aura" can give advice or repeat catchphrases* but not much more. Ghosts can communicate more effectively with people than the portraits.

If a teacher is head of a Hogwarts house, we can assume they were in that house; that goes for ghosts as well.


Dolores Umbridge and Patronus at Ministry of Magic
How could Umbridge conjure a patronus when wearing the locket?
JKR said, "Because she is a very nasty piece of work. She has an affinity
for this horrible object, which would help rather than hinder her."

In an interview, JKR was asked the following about the portraits at Hogwarts:

All the paintings we have seen at Hogwarts are of dead people. They seem to be living through their portraits. How is this so? If there was a painting of Harry’s parents, would he be able to obtain advice from them?

JKR: That is a very good question. They are all of dead people; they are not as fully realised as ghosts, as you have probably noticed. The place where you see them really talk is in Dumbledore’s office, primarily; the idea is that the previous headmasters and headmistresses leave behind a faint imprint of themselves. They leave their aura, almost, in the office and they can give some counsel to the present occupant, but it is not like being a ghost. They repeat catchphrases, almost. The portrait of Sirius’ mother is not a very 3D personality; she is not very fully realised. She repeats catchphrases that she had when she was alive. If Harry had a portrait of his parents it would not help him a great deal. If he could meet them as ghosts, that would be a much more meaningful interaction, but as Nick explained at the end of Phoenix—I am straying into dangerous territory, but I think you probably know what he explained—there are some people who would not come back as ghosts because they are unafraid, or less afraid, of death.

go original text of the interview here

JKR told Alfonso Cuaron that there is a graveyard at Hogwarts, over near the other side of the castle to where Hermione punched Draco. The graveyard will play an important part in book 6 or 7. The founders of Hogwarts will also play a role in Book 7.
She also said that a sundial would make perfect sense because when the castle was built it was on an ancient Celtic site. see map



Myrtle aka Moaning Myrtle

She is a ghost who haunts the second floor girls' lavatory at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Her knowledge of some less-visible-goings-on at Hogwarts since June 13th, 1943 has proved invaluable to Harry Potter. She is instrumental is providing help to the trio during the search for the Chamber of Secrets. But, true to her nickname, Myrtle has a problem with rejection and feels unloved. Her tendency to sob, whine, wail and complain makes it difficult, according to Hermione, for most people to spend any time at all in "her" lavatory. She also has an adverse effect on the plumbing.

Unlike the other Hogwarts ghosts, Myrtle is not very sociable, and is sensitive about the fact that she is dead. She has a crush on Harry and helps him in the middle of the Triwizard Tournament. It is Myrtle who tells Harry how to solve the puzzle of the golden egg that he retrieved in the first task, by opening the egg underwater.



* The shell, in traditional metaphysical terminology. go to article from my journal, In The Field With Dowsers for more about 'the shell' or 'the Deva' [sounds like DAVE-a].


House System - the Sacred Tarot, special place for house ghosts defined by properties, pattern and theme of Trump VI, The Chapel, & linked to the Ministry of Magic

Line of Intuition



The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black


The Tower House

Irish actor Richard Harris paid £75,000 for the Tower House in 1968, after discovering that the American entertainer Liberace had bought the house but not yet put down a deposit. Harris employed the original decorators, Campbell Smith & Company Ltd. to carry out extensive restoration work on the interior. In 1972 Jimmy Page bought the London home from Richard Harris, successfully outbidding David Bowie.
Coordinates: 51 29’59’’N 0 12’9’’W Tower House

The Tower House is a late-Victorian town house, built between 1876 and 1878 in the 13th century French gothic style, by the Victorian art-architect William Burges for himself. The architectural design resembles the private rooms and office of Professor Dumbledore at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harris always claimed that he was meant to own The Tower House, since he had awakened on the lawn of the home early one morning when he was 24 years of age. He purchased the mansion nearly a decade and a half later. Many of the decorative items designed by Burges for Tower House could have appeared in any Harry Potter movie - the Narcissus washstand and wardrobe, some of the items are in the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) including Burges's washstand and Golden bed. His furniture is characterised by its historical style, its mythological iconography, and vibrant painting. The painting of his furniture was central to Burges's views on its purpose.

Describing his ideal medieval chamber in the lecture on furniture, delivered as part of the Art Applied to Industry series, he writes of its fittings being "covered with paintings; it not only did its duty as furniture, but spoke and told a story." The designs were frequently collaborative, with artists from Burges's circle completing the painted panels that they mostly comprise. The contributors were often notable, Vost's sales catalogue for the Mirrored Sideboard suggesting that some of its panels were by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. Much of his early furniture, such as the Great Bookcase and the Zodiac Settle, were designed for his offices at Buckingham Street and subsequently moved to the Tower House. The Great Bookcase was also part of Burges's contribution to the Medieval Court at the Great Exhibition. Later pieces, such as the Crocker Dressing Table and the Golden Bed and its accompanying Vita Nuova washstand, were specifically made for suites of rooms at the Tower House. John Betjeman, later Poet Laureate and a leading champion of the art and architecture of the Victorian Gothic Revival, was left the remaining lease on the Tower House, including some of the furniture, by E.R.B. Graham in 1961. He gave the washstand to the novelist Evelyn Waugh who made it the centrepiece of his novel, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, in which Pinfold is haunted by the stand. In fact, Tower House has long been haunted by the spirit of an eight year old child who had been buried under the tower. Harris formed a long standing relationship relationship with the little boy after a slightly bumpy start. At first, the nocturnal lifestyle of the boy kept Harris from his regular sleep at night... a new meaning to the phrase, "the patter of little feet." Finally, after the boy continually ignored the actor, Harris made peace with the little fellow by constructing a nursery at the top of the stairs to the tower and filled it with amusing toys and games.

The vision of Tower House is, nonetheless, quite unique. As was usual with William Burges, many elements of earlier designs were adapted and included, the street frontage from the McConnochie House, the cylindrical tower and conical roof from Castell Coch and the interiors from Cardiff Castle. Of red brick, and in an L plan, the exterior is plain. The house is not large, its floor-plan being little more than 50 feet square. Each room has a complex iconographic scheme of decoration: that of the hall is Time, in the drawing room, Love, in Burges's bedroom, the Sea. Massive fireplaces with elaborate overmantels were carved and installed, a castle in the Library and mermaids and sea-monsters of the deep in his own bedroom.

The Tower House, which remains a private home, owned by Jimmy Page [Led Zeppelin] for many years, retains much of its internal structural decoration, but the furniture and contents that Burges designed for his home have been dispersed. Page bought Burges' London residence in the mid-seventies, later commenting in an interview, "I was still finding things 20 years after being there - a little beetle on the wall or something like that, it's Burges' attention to detail that is so fascinating."
see also
Dowser 2, journal notes including The Tower House
Behaving Badly: Richard Harris, by Cliff Goodwin - Ebury Publishing


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Do you know Hogwarts School Song?
The school song is not sung every year. In times of crisis, Dumbledore does not include the song in the opening festivities. With the rise of Voldemort in the mid-1990s [c. Y15], the song has not been sung recently (JKR).

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A silvery-white, conjured creature created by using the Patronus Charm. The Patronus is used against Dementors and Lethifolds. A Patronus often mutates to take the image of the love of one's life (because they so often become the 'happy thought' that generates a Patronus).

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Primroses have the power to reveal the invisible. Consume them to see the fairies. Touch a fairy rock with a posy make up of the correct number of Primroses and the way to Fairyland will be open to you.
The Cloak of Invisibility appears throughout the history within every sophisticated culture that features mysticism. Albus Dumbledore, who could perform magic without needing to say the incantation aloud, could recognize the Cloak of Invisibility, and those veiled, by using 'homenum revelio' - the human-presence-revealing spell Hermione makes use of in Deathly Hallows.




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