One of the most intriguing parts of Harry Potter's Wizarding World is how deep the lore goes. Each aspect of the universe is filled with so many details, they couldn't even be fit into over seven books and 10 films. While casual fans can easily tell a Snitch from a Quaffle, there are fascinating facts about the series that still remain hidden to even the most dedicated. The enchanted castle, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has been educating its students for countless years of magical history, and it still holds more than its fair share of mysteries.
Throughout the series, its many hidden chambers and forgotten mysteries are explored, but it is said that even the headmasters don't know all of its secrets. How many of these obscure facts about Hogwarts lore do you know, and which do you find the most interesting?
An Enchanted Book And Quill Decide Which Students Are Accepted Into HogwartsPhoto: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures
Ever wondered how students are actually admitted to Hogwarts? Hidden away in a secret part of the castle is the dynamic pair of magical objects known as the Quill of Acceptance and the Book of Admittance. The enchanted artifacts were created in the time of the founders to detect children with magical talent from all over Britain. Together, the Book and Quill decide which young witches and wizards are worthy to study at Hogwarts. The Quill's function is to sense any magical inclination or burgeoning ability at spellcraft in a child. When it picks up on any magical activity a child produces, either on accident or deliberately, it will spring to life and attempt to record the name in the book.
However, the Book is not as easily convinced and will sometimes snap shut to prevent any mistakes from occurring. Once the Book has been satisfied that the child in question displays enough magical talent to train in the magical arts, it will, at last, allow the Quill to write down the child's name. In the entirety of Hogwarts's long history, no student whose name did not appear in the book has ever been admitted into the school.Interesting detail?
Pureblood Parents Protested When The Hogwarts Express Was IntroducedPhoto: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures
Students at Hogwarts did not always arrive by train. It was once the custom to travel to the school by any means the witch or wizard saw fit, including riding atop magical creatures, broomsticks, or enchanted carts. However, this process became much too difficult and dangerous after the International Statute of Secrecy was passed in 1692. To avoid being spotted by Muggles as they travel in droves to the school, a system of Portkeys was set up to get children safely to school. This, however, also proved disastrous, as it left many of the young travelers sick and disoriented.
Finally, a Minister of Magic known as Ottaline Gambol suggested a solution to use Muggle technology in the form of a steam engine. Though many of the pureblood families were outraged by this choice, saying the train was unclean, dangerous, and humiliating to wizardkind, the plan still went into action. The Hogwarts Express was built by a team of 167 Muggles, who later had their memories altered to forget all about the incident.Interesting detail?
Helga Hufflepuff Originally Took In The Hogwarts House-ElvesPhoto: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures
In the time before Hogwarts, house-elves were treated even more terribly than during the present day. When one of the Hogwarts founders, Helga Hufflepuff, first opened the doors of Hogwarts to students, she also invited the mistreated elves to join them in the castle and stay under her protection. It was her idea to offer them positions as kitchen workers and caretakers to the inhabitants of Hogwarts.
This was a safer alternative to living at the mercy of the cruel wizards and witches who treated them like pests. It seems that her kind and caring nature, as well as her love of cooking and feasts, led Helga Hufflepuff to offer a safe haven to the elves in the kitchens of Hogwarts. Some of the recipes Helga handed down to the original staff of house-elves are still used in the present day.Interesting detail?
The Great Lake Is A Nature Reserve For Magical Creatures Who Can't Survive In Muggle WatersPhoto: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures
Harry and his friends often spend time relaxing by the Great Lake on the Hogwarts grounds, and in his 4th year, he journeys to its icy depths as part of the Triwizard Tournament. Living in the immense, land-locked body of water are a variety of strange magical creatures, including merpeople, grindylows, and the well-loved giant squid. But all these fantastical creatures didn't end up there by mere chance; the lake is actually a magical wildlife reserve for beings that could not survive in the Muggle world.
Whether they need protecting from the Muggles or vice versa, the expansive waters were intentionally selected to house these rare and sometimes dangerous lifeforms. On the warmer days, it's not uncommon to spot the giant squid sunning itself in the Scottish lake's shallow spots, or even allowing the students to playfully tickle its tentacles.Interesting detail?