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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 Hogwarts boats were traditionally used to transport the first-year students, accompanied by Hogwarts gamekeeper Hagrid across the Black Lake from Hogsmeade station to the castle at the start of the school year.[1] At the end of the school year, first-years took the boats back across the lake to Hogsmeade Station.[2]

During the Hogwarts graduation ceremony, the seventh-years rode the boats back across the lake as they left the school for the last time.[3]


During the start of term journey across the lake in 1994, Dennis Creevey fell out of his boat, but was rescued by the Giant Squid.[4]

At the start of the 1995–1996 school year, the first-years were accompanied across the lake by Professor Grubbly-Plank, as Hagrid had gone on a mission for Professor Dumbledore.[5]

During the same school year, Fred and George Weasley and their friend Lee Jordan asked Harry Potter to assist them in hiding some packages of fireworks in the boats.[6]


The boats disembarked at a boat dock under the castle, but stairs led to the lawn, while entry to the castle proper was made through the front doors. Each boat could hold up to four students, while Hagrid got a boat to himself. The boats only transported first years to the school, as second- to seventh-years travelled in carriages. The boats moved without the aid of paddles, seemingly at Hagrid's command.[1]

See also

Behind the scenes


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A Hogwarts boat as seen in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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