Entrance gates HBP

The Entrance Gates leading to Hogwarts Castle

"Harry looked behind him and saw a wrought-iron archway where the barrier had been, with the words Platform Nine and Three-Quarters on it. He had done it."
—Description of Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.[src]

Iron (chemical symbol: Fe) is a chemical element, and a transition metal. Pure iron is soft, but the material is significantly hardened and strengthened by impurities from the smelting process, such as carbon.[1] A magical form of iron can be produced by goblins, and is used to make the metal parts of the Firebolt.[2]

The exit of Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, a wizarding train platform hidden from the eyes of Muggles at King's Cross Station, is made of a wrought-iron archway bearing the words Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.[3] There was an iron chandelier at Classroom 3C, on which Pixies hung Neville Longbottom during a Defence Against the Dark Arts class gone wrong with Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in 1992.[4] In the summer of 1993, the copies of The Monster Book of Monsters at Flourish and Blotts bookshop were kept in a large iron cage at the bookshop window.[5] The Entrance Gates to Hogwarts Castle were "magnificent wrought-iron gates", flanked with stone columns topped with winged boars.[6] The gates to Malfoy Manor were wrought-iron as well.[7] The dragons used in the First Task of the 1994-1995 Triwizard Tournament were temporarily held in the Forbidden Forest, fastened securely to iron pegs.[8] Heavy iron pots and pans hung from the dark ceiling of the basement kitchen of 12 Grimmauld Place. There was also a iron flagon of Butterbeer, which Fred and George Weasley bewitched, accidentally letting it crash and spill its contents everywhere.[9] The doors leading into the courtrooms on Level Ten of the Ministry of Magic Headquarters in London were heavy wooden ones with iron bolts and keyholes.[10] When Dolores Umbridge, Headmistress of Hogwarts, confiscated Harry Potter's Firebolt and Fred and George Weasley's Cleansweep Fives, she stored them in her office, chained and padlocked to a stout iron peg in the wall.[11] Molly Weasley owned a large iron pot, which she used to brew onion soup in the summer of 1996.[12] The gates leading into the courtyard in front of the grim Wool's Orphanage in London in the 1930s were made of iron, as were the bedsteads in the orphans' rooms.[13] The door leading from the top of the Astronomy Tower into the Castle below had an iron ring.[14] The front door of Lovegood House was studded with iron nails, and the spiral staircase leading into the upper floors was wrought-iron.[15]

In Quidditch, early Bludgers were made of lead. This soft metal, however, was easily dented by Beater's bats and as such, future Bludgers were made of iron.[16]


Notes and references

  1. "Iron" at Wikipedia
  2. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Firebolt" at Pottermore
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 6 (Gilderoy Lockhart)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 1 (The Dark Lord Ascending)
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 19 (The Hungarian Horntail)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 5 (The Order of the Phoenix)
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 5 (An Excess of Phlegm)
  13. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13 (The Secret Riddle)
  14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 27 (The Lightning-Struck Tower)
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 20 (Xenophilius Lovegood)
  16. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 6 (Changes in Quidditch since the Fourteenth Century)
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