- "... holly hung around every doorway, and shining white Christmas trees covered in magical snow and icicles glittered in every corner, each topped with a gleaming gold star."
- —The trees at St Mungo's in 1995
Christmas tree refers to a decorated tree normally placed in the home to celebrate Christmas. In the muggle world, the tree is normally decorated with baubles and tinsel but in the magic world, they may have a magical twist.
In 1993, Hogsmeade decorated their trees with candles hanging in the trees. The Three Broomsticks also placed a tree in their pub, which was levitated a few inches from the ground by Hermione Granger to hide her and her friends from the view of teachers on a nearby table.
In 1995, St Mungo's was decked with shining white Christmas trees with magical snow and glittering icicles topped with a golden star, while Grimmauld Place was decorated with a great Christmas tree with live fairies.
In 1996, Harry Potter and Ron, Fred and George Weasley decorated their tree at The Burrow with a garden gnome instead of an angel, which they had stupefied, painted gold and put in a dress with small wings glued on, in revenge for biting Fred on the ankle. The gnome was said to be very ugly and angrily stared at them.
Every year at Hogwarts, twelve fir Christmas trees are placed in the Great Hall in mid-December. The Keeper of Keys and Grounds normally chops the trees down and brings them to the Great Hall where they are decorated by the teachers. Rubeus Hagrid had the job from at least 1991 until 1997. They were very tall compared to normal trees and were adorned with spectacular ornaments.
In 1991, Professor McGonagall and Professor Flitwick decorated the trees with sparkling tiny icicles and hundreds of glittering candles. In 1992, the trees were frost-covered. In 1993, the trees were decked with glittering gold stars and in 1994, Hogwarts wanted to impress their guests and went above and beyond, decking the tree with holly berries and real, golden owls that hooted.
Behind the scenes
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Professor Flitwick is seen levitating decorations onto one of the Christmas tree's in the Great Hall.
- Though never stated to happen in the books, the films placed one Christmas tree in the Gryffindor common room every year. There was also one in the Slytherin room in the second film.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 16 (A Very Frosty Christmas)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 16 (Godric's Hollow)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 22 (The Unexpected Task)