The Three Broomsticks was a popular inn and pub in the all wizarding village of Hogsmeade, which was often frequented by students from the neighbouring Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The inn was often warm, crowded, and a bit smoky, but clean and welcoming.
A mirror behind the bar reflected the cosy atmosphere, and popular drinks such as Butterbeer and Firewhisky were served in glasses and in foaming pewter tankards, as well as gillywater, Mulled Mead, red currant rum, and even cherry syrup and soda with ice and an umbrella. The Three Broomsticks was owned and operated by Madam Rosmerta.
The Three Broomsticks was allegedly as old as Hogsmeade itself; popular rumour suggested that the village founder, Hengist of Woodcroft, lived there during medieval times. It can be suggested that the village grew over time, as it was so near Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
According to Hermione Granger, in Sites of Historical Sorcery it was mentioned that the inn at Hogsmeade served as human headquarters for the 1612 goblin rebellion. It is unknown if this inn was the Three Broomsticks though.
At the end of this school year at Hogwarts, a Hogwarts party was held at the Three Broomsticks Inn, which was organised by students at Hogwarts in order to celebrate school life. The Weird Sisters were booked as performers, and the party was attended by many staff and students.
Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger enjoyed drinking butterbeer at the inn, where they frequently encountered Rubeus Hagrid and other regulars as well. During the 1993–1994 school year, Harry was unable to go to Hogsmeade because of the events surrounding Sirius Black's escape from Azkaban. However, Harry sneaked into Hogsmeade to have butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks with Ron and Hermione. There they overheard a group of Hogwarts professors talking with Cornelius Fudge about Sirius Black, thus unknowingly revealing to Harry the secret that Sirius was his godfather while Harry hid under their table to avoid being seen.
During this school year, owing to the escape of Sirius Black from Azkaban, a number of Dementors were assigned to patrol Hogsmeade Village. This caused a certain amount of trouble for Madam Rosmerta, as it discouraged visitors due to the grim atmosphere that followed the Dementors.
- "The Three Broomsticks was packed, mainly with Hogwarts students enjoying their free afternoon, but also with a variety of magical people Harry rarely saw anywhere else. Harry supposed that as Hogsmeade was the only all-wizard village in Britain, it was a bit of a haven for creatures like hags, who were not as adept as wizards at disguising themselves."
- — Harry Potter entering the inn in 1994[src]
During the 1994–1995 school year, it was in this pub that Harry was invited by Hagrid to come and see the dragons that will make up the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament; at the same time, it was learned that Alastor Moody's magical eye could see through Harry's Invisibility Cloak. Later in the same year, Harry was offered information on beating the Second Task by Ludo Bagman, which he refused, and Hermione told off Rita Skeeter, an action that resulted in Rita writing a scurrilous story for Witch Weekly about Hermione.
- "You should have said it was really annoying, but I’d made you promise to come along to the Three Broomsticks, and you really didn’t want to go, you’d much rather spend the whole day with her, but unfortunately you thought you really ought to meet me and would she please, please come along with you and hopefully you’d be able to get away more quickly."
- — Harry meeting up with Hermione in the Three Broomsticks[src]
During the 1995–1996 school year, Harry's fifth year, needing a place to meet with other students who would later form Dumbledore's Army, Hermione chose to meet at the Hog's Head, rather than the Three Broomsticks, believing it would provide more privacy. This hope proved illusory, which may be why Hermione chose the Three Broomsticks for a later meeting with Harry, Luna Lovegood, and Rita Skeeter.
At this meeting, Harry talked briefly with a morose Hagrid, who was thinking about his family, then was interviewed by Rita for The Quibbler about his experience the previous year when Voldemort had returned; the main wizarding newspaper, the Daily Prophet, was heavily influenced by the Ministry of Magic and refused to print the truth about Voldemort's return.
Whilst Harry, Hermione, and Ron did visit the Three Broomsticks in the 1996–1997 school year, Harry's sixth year, it was a cheerless visit, as it culminated in the trio seeing Katie Bell being cursed by a package she had apparently received there. As a result, Hogsmeade weekends are cancelled for the rest of the year.
Harry did pass the Three Broomsticks later in the year, with Professor Dumbledore, but they did not enter: Dumbledore told Madam Rosmerta that he fancied a quieter drink, and headed towards the Hog's Head. Returning from that trip, which had been cover for retrieval of one of Voldemort's Horcruxes from a mysterious cave, Harry and a greatly weakened Dumbledore return to Hogsmeade, where they were met by Madam Rosmerta who warned them of the Dark Mark floating over Hogwarts. She lent them two brooms, and Harry and Dumbledore flew to the school, where the Battle of the Astronomy Tower soon began.
It turned out that Harry's suspicions were right and Draco Malfoy, who had become a Death Eater, had been given the mission of killing Dumbledore by Voldemort himself. Malfoy had placed Madam Rosmerta under the Imperius Curse, and thus had been aware of Dumbledore's absences. It had been Madam Rosmerta, under Draco's control, who had given the cursed necklace to Katie Bell earlier in the year.
Harry, Ron and Hermione did not attend Hogwarts for their seventh year in the 1997–1998 school year, but they did return there to hunt down a final Horcrux. Apparating into Hogsmeade, Harry, Ron and Hermione triggered the Caterwauling Charm, bringing Death Eaters out of the Three Broomsticks. Luckily, they were given sanctuary from Aberforth Dumbledore, the barman of the Hog's Head and Albus Dumbledore's brother.
Behind the scenes
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, several Shrunken Heads rudely tell Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley that underage wizards weren't allowed in the pub that day. This may or may not be standard limitation, but is never mentioned in the books.
- Because Ron and Hermione were forbidden to enter that day in the Prisoner of Azkaban film, Harry, who had his Invisibility Cloak with him, was the only one to overhear Fudge's conversation with the Hogwarts’ Professors about Sirius Black. Also for the film their conversation was moved to a private room with both Rubeus Hagrid and Filius Flitwick being absent.
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, we learn that Madam Rosmerta kept broomsticks behind her bar.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Madam Rosmerta had hired a waiter and a barman.
- Also, in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Horace Slughorn mentioned that he remembered when the inn was once called "One Broomstick," although it is implied that he was intoxicated while he said this and may have intended the statement as a joke.
- There is a recreation of Three Broomsticks located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The set of Three Broomsticks that appeared in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is actually based on that part of the park.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (Exterior only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) (DS version only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Wizarding World
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 44 (The Perfect Party)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 19 (The Hungarian Horntail)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 16 (In The Hog's Head)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 12 (Silver and Opals)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 18 (Birthday Surprises)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 26 (The Cave)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 27 (The Lightning-Struck Tower)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 28 (The Missing Mirror)