"The chilly mist... drifted over a dirty river that wound between overgrown, rubbish-strewn banks. An immense chimney, relic of a disused mil, reared up, shadowy and ominous. There was no sounds apart from the whisper of the black water and no sign of life apart from a scrawny fox that had slunk down the bank to nose hopefully at some old fish-and-chip wrappings in the tall grass."
—Description of the neighbourhood[src]

Cokeworth is a large town located in the midlands of England[1], Great Britain. It is a town with several streets of identical brick, terraced, houses. It is located near a dirty river, the bank of which is strewn with litter. There is a disused mill with a tall chimney in this town.


Severus Snape lived in this town, on a street called Spinner's End.[2] Lily and Petunia Evans lived in walking distance from Spinner's End during their childhood, with their mother and father.[3][4]

The Railview Hotel, where Harry Potter and the Dursleys stayed while attempting to outrun Harry's letters from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991, is located on the outskirts of this city.[5] Vernon Dursley chose to flee to this town when trying to evade the letters from Hogwarts because he felt the town was too distinctly unmagical for the letters to follow them there.[1]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Cokeworth" at Pottermore
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 2 (Spinner's End)
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Identified in a YouTube video of the Pottermore press conference on June 23, 2011
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  6. Identified on the Half-Blood Prince script released on the Warner Bros. Awards website