The Shrieking Shack

“The Shrieking Shack was never haunted… the screams and howls the villagers used to hear were made by me.”

This abandoned, boarded-up house stands alone on the hillside above Hogsmeade. Creepy, yes – but haunted?

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After all this time?

Ladies and gentlemen! What an extraordinary moment this is! The perfect moment for me to make a little announcement I’ve been sitting on for some time … I have great pleasure and pride in announcing that today marks the hundredth Harry Potter Sims 3 character added to the blog.

Ministers for Magic

“You’ve got my vote for Minister of Magic if we ever get out of this mess.”

The three Ministers for Magic who took on the weighty job of leading the magical society through the Second Wizarding War, with varying degress of success.

4, Privet Drive

Privet Drive looked exactly as a respectable suburban street would be expected to look

Number 4, Privet Drive is one of many identical large, square houses with large, square owners in the suburb of Little Whinging. Everything here is perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Percy Weasley

~ “I was a fool! I was an idiot, I was a pompous prat, I was a – a -”
~ “Ministry-loving, family-disowning, power-hungry moron.”
~ “Yes, I was!”

After leaving Hogwarts, Percy’s ambition blinded him to some of the failings of his Ministry bosses – such as spreading fake news, blatant propaganda campaigns or, say, being controlled by Voldemort. You know, just the slight oversights that anybody could make when they’re new to the job.

Filch & Mrs Norris

“Guilty conscience, eh?”

Filch is the embittered, unlovely, cantankerous old Hogwarts caretaker. Along with his beloved Mrs Norris, Filch patrols the school corridors looking for rule-breakers. Filch is a squib and deeply resents Hogwarts students for their magical abilities. In his downtime, Filch’s hobbies include oiling old torture instruments, writing lists of banned items and plotting the expulsion of Peeves.

Professor Binns

The most exciting thing that ever happened in Binns’ classes was his entering the room through the blackboard.

Professor Binns teaches History of Magic, which in his hands becomes the most boring subject ever devised by wizardkind. He is unable to remember the names of any of his students, and renders even the most dramatic episodes of wizarding history desperately dull. Binns is, at least, very dedicated to his post – even his own death didn’t prevent him from teaching.

Moaning Myrtle

“No one wants to upset me! That’s a good one! My life was nothing but misery at this place and now people come along ruining my death!”

Moaning Myrtle haunts the girls’ toilets on the first floor, howling and wailing and being generally melodramatic. After her sudden and mysterious death, she chose to use her after-life to haunt anyone who had laughed at her glasses.

Hogwarts House Ghosts

“About twenty ghosts had just streamed through the back wall, pearly-white and slightly transparent…”

After a thousand years of magical inhabitation, Hogwarts is the most heavily haunted building in Britain. Among the various has-beens of Hogwarts, there are four ghosts who have the distinction of representing each of the school houses.

Crookshanks

“It was either a very big cat or quite a small tiger”

Crookshanks is Hermione’s highly intelligent, bandy-legged, gnome-chasing cat. Crookshanks is actually part-Kneazle, and as Sirius notes he’s therefore the most intelligent of his kind you’re ever likely to meet.  Crookshanks is highly handy to have around for tackling anything from undercover animagi to violent flora.

The Hogwarts Founders

“Bold Gryffindor, from wild moor,
Fair Ravenclaw, from glen,
Sweet Hufflepuff, from valley broad,
Shrewd Slytherin, from fen”

The renowned founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over a thousand years ago, Rowena Ravenclaw dreamt of following a warted hog to a mountainside loch. The rest as they say, is history…

Hagrid’s Cabin

There was only one room inside. Hams and pheasants were hanging from the ceiling, a copper kettle was boiling on the open fire, and in the corner stood a massive bed with a patchwork quilt over it.

The little wooden cabin at the edge of the Forbidden Forest where Hagrid lives with his faithful dog Fang. Occasional other beastly inhabitants include Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback and Buckbeak the fugitive hippogriff.