Gudgeon nearly lost his eye trying to get close enough to the Whomping Willow to touch its trunk as part of a game. Ever since the incident, students were forbidden to go near the tree for their own safety, and possibly for the tree's own safety as well.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First mentioned)
Notes and references
- "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)