At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article.
- "He had one brief glimpse of an enormous, high-ceilinged room, large as the Great Hall above it, with mounds of glittering brass pots and pans heaped around the stone walls, and a great brick fireplace at the other end..."
- — Description[src]
The Hogwarts kitchens was a room located in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It was where all the food for Hogwarts students and staff is prepared. House-elves inhabited this room and were responsible for preparing meals.
The school kitchens were accessible by going through a door in the entrance hall and taking the stairs downwards. Downstairs, in a broad stone basement corridor, brightly lit and decorated with food-themed paintings, one could tickle a pear on a painting of a bowl of fruit. The pear would giggle and turned into a large green door handle, revealing the entrance to the Hogwarts kitchens.
In 1993, Headmaster Albus Dumbledore decided, upon the rescue of Ginny Weasley from the Chamber of Secrets, that the students of Hogwarts needed a feast. Hence, he sent Minerva McGonagall to the kitchens to persuade the house-elves to hold such a banquet.
In 1994, before the welcoming feast in the entrance hall, Peeves had caused havoc and mayhem in the kitchens, terrorising the house-elves. After Harry Potter impressive performance in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament, Fred and George Weasley brought tons of snacks from the kitchens to the Gryffindor Common Room, in order to hold a surprise party for Harry. The rest of the House were amazed at this accomplishment; however, as long as the students were kind and polite to them, the house-elves of the kitchens were more than glad to give away the food to them. After asking the twins how to access the kitchens, Hermione Granger discovered the kitchens, and although initially she attempted to convince the house-elves employed there to accept pay and holidays, upon seeing Dobby, she instead brought her friends Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley to visit Dobby.
In 1996, Harry ordered Kreacher to work in the kitchens, after he inherited him from Sirius Black. In the final part of the Battle of Hogwarts against Voldemort and his Death Eaters, Kreacher led the house-elves into battle from the kitchens.
The kitchen was a gigantic, high-ceilinged room with five tables identical to the ones in the Great Hall above; they were also in the exact same position. There were large quantities of pots and pans heaped around the stone walls, presumably on counter-tops or stoves, and a large brick fireplace at the other end of the hall from the door.
All of the meals served at Hogwarts are prepared in the kitchen by the Hogwarts house-elves. The five tables in the kitchen were magically linked to the tables in the Great Hall, and dishes placed upon the tables would be transported to their counterparts in the Great Hall.
During the Triwizard Tournament there were a few changes made to the kitchen system. The addition of the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students demanded a greater variety of dishes to better suit foreign tastes. In addition, during the Yule Ball, dining was accomplished through guests selecting their meal choices through menus.
Over a hundred house-elves worked in the Hogwarts's kitchens.
- Hogwarts house-elves
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 21 (The House-Elf Liberation Front)
- J.K. Rowling PotterCast Interview - "Yeah, it's a complicated issue. I would say that Hufflepuff gave — Hufflepuff did what was the most moral thing to do at that time, and we are talking about over a thousand years ago. So that would be to give them good conditions of work."
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 17 (The Man with Two Faces)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 3 (Detention Before Extension)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 13 (Nicolas Flamel)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 18 (Dobby's Reward)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 12 (The Triwizard Tournament)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 3 (Will and Won't)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 36 (The Flaw in the Plan)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23 (The Yule Ball)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 18 (Legilimency and Occlumency)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery