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"The Barn Owl is common in Europe and has an acute sense of hearing."
— Advert at Eeylops Owl Emporium[src]

The barn owl is a species of owl, common in Europe, distinct for its acute sense of hearing.[1]

The barn owl was one of several species of owls sold at Eeylops Owl Emporium. One could purchase it for 10 Galleons.[1]


Augusta Longbottom owned a barn owl, which she used to send her grandson Neville a Remembrall in 1991,[2] and a Howler in 1994,[3] though by the start of the 1994-1995 school year, she was using a Tawny Owl instead.[4]

At least four barn owls were amongst the owls that delivered hate mail to Hermione Granger in February 1995 following the publication of the article "Harry Potter's Secret Heartache" in Witch Weekly.[5]

During the summer holidays of 1995, a barn owl delivered Harry Potter a letter from Arthur Weasley telling him that Albus Dumbledore was trying to sort things out with the British Ministry of Magic regarding his usage of underage magic and to not do any more magic or leave 4 Privet Drive.[6]

On 2 September of that year, Hermione received her copy of the morning's Daily Prophet from a barn owl.[7]

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  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 9 (The Midnight Duel)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 14 (Snape's Grudge)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13 (Mad-Eye Moody)
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28 (The Madness of Mr Crouch)
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 2 (A Peck of Owls)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12 (Professor Umbridge)