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"And unless Harry’s ears were deceiving him, the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was “Witching Hour, with the popular singing sorceress, Celestina Warbeck."
— The Wizarding Wireless Network playing at the Burrow[src]

The Wizarding Wireless Network (usually abbreviated to WWN) was a popular generalist wizarding wireless station. It featured music programmes, such as Witching Hour[2] (hosted by Glenda Chittock),[3] interactive programmes like Toots, Shoots 'n' Roots[4] (hosted by Tilden Toots)[4], and news bulletins like the Wizarding Wireless Network News.[5]

Most wizard-born children grew up listening to the station.[6] The radio station was based in Hogsmeade village, the only all-wizard settlement in Great Britain.[1]

Celestina Warbeck (a popular singer among middle aged people) was often featured on the Wizarding Wireless Network, on the show Witching Hour.[2] One of the most popular musical group among teenagers, the Weird Sisters, were featured on this station too.[6]



The WWN reported a massive electrical storm during the school year, which provided the opportunity Jacob's sibling needed to drink the Animagus potion and become an Animagus.[7]


"Security has been and will remain the Ministry's top priority. Furthermore, we have convincing evidence that these disappearances are the work of notorious mass murderer Sirius Black."
— A segment from the Wizarding Wireless Network News[src]

One popular programme on the WWN is the "Witching Hour," with the popular singing sorceress, Celestina Warbeck. Warbeck is a particular favourite of Molly Weasley's. Molly was seen listening to the Witching Hour in 1992, during Harry Potter's first visit to the Burrow.[2][8] Another popular musical group on the WWN is the Weird Sisters, their music being especially popular during early 1995.[6]

In 1995 Cornelius Fudge, still denying the rebirth of Lord Voldemort gave interviews to the Wizarding Wireless Network regarding the disappearances of several witches and wizards. Sirius Black was blamed for the happenings.[9]


"But before we hear from Royal and Romulus let's take a moment to report those deaths that the Wizarding Wireless Network News and Daily Prophet don't think important enough to mention. It is with great regret that we inform our listeners of the murders of Ted Tonks and Dirk Cresswell."

Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley trying to tune into Potterwatch

The Ministry of Magic was taken over by Lord Voldemort's Death Eaters on 1 August, 1997. As such, the Wizarding Wireless Network news broadcasts stopped reporting murders committed by the Death Eaters and Snatchers.[5] The network was also used by Voldemort to spread lies about Harry Potter.

Potterwatch, a wireless programme performed by members of the Order of the Phoenix and graduated members of Dumbledore's Army using aliases, served as the only alternative programming for listeners who wanted the truth during Voldemort's second reign of terror.

The show attempted to boost the morale of the allies involved in the anti-Voldemort movement by broadcasting supportive messages to Harry Potter and everyone else resisting the Death Eaters. In this sense, Potterwatch emulated the underground radio broadcasts that were transmitted in occupied countries during wartime in the Muggle world.


Wizarding Wireless Network at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Notes and references

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Scotland, Great Britain
Founder: Hengist of Woodcroft
Shops and other businesses
Baby Witch · Batworthy Junk · Brews and Stews Café · Ceridwen's Cauldrons · Dervish and Banges · Dogweed and Deathcap · Dominic Maestro's · Gladrags Wizardwear · Hayden family shop · Hog's Head Inn · Hogsmeade Post Office · Honeydukes · J. Pippin's Potions · Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop · The Magic Neep · McBloom & McMuck · McHavelock's Wizarding Headgear · Ollivanders · Pedrus Pridgeon · Rosa Lee Teabag · Scribbulus Writing Implements · Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop · Spintwitches · Three Broomsticks Inn · Tomes and Scrolls · Vladimir Plot Plumbing Supplies · Wizarding hairdressing salon · Zonko's Joke Shop
Other locations
Cave near Hogsmeade · Elphinstone Urquart and Minerva McGonagall's Hogsmeade cottage · Hogsmeade station · Merge Publications · Office 323 · Shrieking Shack · Silvanus Kettleburn's house · Wizarding Wireless Network Headquarters
Known residents and shop employees
Madam Rosmerta · Aberforth Dumbledore · Madam Puddifoot · Ambrosius Flume · Ambrosius Flume's wife · Dominic Maestro · Unidentified Ollivander's associate · Employee of the Hogsmeade Post Office · Archibald Bennett · Three Broomsticks waiter · Horace · J. Pippin · McHavelock · Scrivenshaft · Vladimir Plot · Zonko · Bilton Bilmes · Gwendoline Babcocke · Gwendoline Babcocke's mother · Silvanus Kettleburn · Lucy Lanyon · Betty Huxley · Agnes Nutt · Wally Wimbles · Mopsy Fleabert · Corey Hayden's parents