A Whomping Willow is a very valuable, very violent sentient species of magical plant.[1]


Whomping Willows will attack anyone and anything that comes within range of its branches. A deciduous plant, its limbs function as arms and any damage to them must be treated in much the same way.[1]

Known Whomping Willows

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The Hogwarts Whomping Willow

Whomping willow

A plant pot containing a young Whomping Willow

The most famous Whomping Willow is the one planted on the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[1] The Whomping Willow was planted around the year 1971 to cover up the opening of a secret passage leading from the Hogwarts grounds to the Shrieking Shack in the village of Hogsmeade.[4]

It had a small knot near the base. Pressing the knot caused the tree to become immobilised.[5] This allowed Remus Lupin to travel unnoticed to and from the Shrieking Shack, where he was able to undergo his transformation into a werewolf in privacy. To access the tunnel, Lupin's friend Peter Pettigrew would transform into his rat animagus form, becoming small enough to easily avoid the willow's branches and press the knot.[6]

The willow's movements afterwards prevented Lupin from leaving while in his feral state.[6]

Students would challenge each other to get as close as possible to the tree's trunk until the tree nearly took the eye of student Davey Gudgeon.[4]

During the 1989–1990 school year, Professor Pomona Sprout taught her sixth year Herbology students about how to care for young Whomping Willows.[3]

Behind the scenes


  • Albanian: Shelgu Godites ("Willow that hits")
  • Bulgarian: Плашещата върба (Plasheshtata v"rba) ("The frightful willow", "The willow that scares")
  • Catalan: Pi Cabaralla (Pi "pine tree"; Picabaralla "fight" or "quarrel")
  • Chinese (PRC): 打人柳 (Da ren liu) ("Willow that hits people")
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 渾拚柳
  • Croatian: Napadačka vrba (napad "attack"; vrba "willow")
  • Czech: Vrba mlátička (Vrba mlátivá in formal Czech) (Beating, more than whomping)
  • Danish: Slagpoppel (slag "hit"; poppel "poplar")
  • Dutch: Beukwilg ("Batterwillow", though beuk is a pun as it can also be translated to beech)
  • Estonian: Peksja Paju
  • Faroese: Pílurin Armalangi
  • Finnish: Tällipaju
  • French: Saule Cogneur ("Knocker-Willow")
  • German: Peitschende Weide ("Whipping Willow")
  • Greek, Modern: Ιτιά Που Δέρνει (it was mistakenly translated as "Ιτιά που Kλαίει" ("the Willow that cries,") in the 7th book. The translator might have confused it with "Μυρτιά που κλαίει" ("Myrtle that cries," Moaning Myrtle)
  • Hebrew: הערבה המפליקה ("The Flicking Willow")
  • Hungarian: fúriafűz ("Fury Willow"; 'fury' as in the Furies)
  • Icelandic: eikin armalanga
  • Indonesian: Dedalu Perkasa
  • Italian: Platano picchiatore ("Whomping plane tree")
  • Japanese: 暴れ柳 (Abare Yanagi) (lit. "Violent Willow")
  • Norwegian: Prylepilen
  • Latvian: Vālējošais vītols
  • Polish: wierzba bijąca (pun on wierzba płacząca "weeping willow")
  • Portuguese: Salgueiro Zurzidor ("The willow that whips")
  • Portuguese (Brazil): Salgueiro Lutador ("Fighter willow")
  • Romanian: Salcia Bătăuşă ("The Fighter Willow")
  • Russian: Гремучая Ива
  • Serbian: Млатарајућа Врба (Mlatarajuća Vrba) ("The thrashing Willow")
  • Slovak: Zúrivá vŕba
  • Slovenian: Vrba Mesarica
  • Spanish: El sauce boxeador ("The boxing willow")
  • Swedish: Piskande pilträdet ("Whipping willow")
  • Turkish: Şamarcı Söğüt
  • Ukrainian: Войовнича Верба (Voyovnycha Verba) ("Bellicose Willow")
  • Vietnamese: (Cây) liễu roi ("Whip-willow")
  • Thai: ต้นวิลโลว์จอมหวด


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A Whomping Willow as seen in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 5 (The Whomping Willow)
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 24 (Return to the Forest) - Herbology Lesson "Whomping Willow"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 17 (Cat, Rat and Dog)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 18 (Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs)

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