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"The little boats carried them through a curtain of ivy which hid a wide opening in the cliff face. They were carried along a dark tunnel, which seemed to be taking them right underneath the castle, until they reached a kind of under-ground harbour, where they clambered out onto the rocks."
— The first-year students' boat journey to Hogwarts[src]

The Boathouse was an underground harbour at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where the boats were stored and where they docked when the first-years arrived at Hogwarts Castle every 1 September.[1]


The boathouse in 1927

In 1927, when Newt Scamander and his allies travelled to Hogwarts to meet with Dumbledore, while walking on the Viaduct, the boathouse could be seen down below.

Until 1995 a portrait of Percival Pratt hung on one of the walls, concealing a shortcut to the Grand Staircase There are some rafters in the ceiling, that are used to store the small wooden boats. Seagulls can be seen around the area of the boathouse.[2]

After Pratt's portrait was taken away from the Boathouse, there were only three entrances to this building: The path outside The Quad, the stairs going down from the Entrance Courtyard and the Lake. For Horace Slughorn's Slug Club Christmas party in December 1996, fireworks were set from the Boathouse exterior, to signal the start of said party.[3]

The boathouse was the site of a fire involving Eustace Fawley during his third year. The scene was investigated by Mathilda Grimblehawk and her partner as well as Jeremiah Garnet, a reporter for the Wizarding Wireless Network who believed a dragon was responsible.[4]

Behind the scenes

Snape and Voldemort in the boathouse in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2


Notes and references

Hogwarts Castle
Locations below ground floor

Boathouse · Chamber of Secrets · Conical Crypt · Dark Hall · Deathday Party Hall · Defence Against the Dark Arts dungeon · Dungeons · Dungeon cave · Dungeon Five · Dungeon hall · Dungeon Pit · Entrance Dungeon · Forgotten Cavern · Hieroglyphic Hall · Hogwarts Basement · Hufflepuff Basement · Kitchens · Lever Rooms · Porticus Circumscriptus · Porticus Periculum · Porticus Imago · Porticus Medius · Potion-Mixing Room · Potions basement · Potions Classroom · Quidditch cave · Room of Doom · Room of Runes · Severus Snape's office · Shop · Slug Pit · Slytherin Boys' Dormitory · Slytherin Duelling Dungeon · Slytherin Dungeon · Slytherin Girls' Dormitory · Underground Chambers · Vestibule of Mischief

Paths and staircases

Boathouse passageway · Corridor of Secrets · Detention escape route · Dungeon Corridor · Dungeon Staircase · Lost Tunnel · Lower Chambers Corridor North-East · Lower Chambers Corridor West · Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor · Poltergeist Passage · Prowling Passage · Slughorn's Stairs · Undercover route to the Kitchens · Way to Courtyard

Portraits, statues and other artwork located below ground floor

Basil Fronsac · Bloody Baron · Cecilia Gallerani · Elizabeth Burke · Hooky · Mad old man · Mopsus · Old man · Percival Pratt · Salazar Slytherin · Sleeping hermit · Bearded man with book