November 23, 2011
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
This is the second of 12 pages in my Wizarding World scrapbook. Description from Wikipedia:
The Hog’s Head is another pub, which often attracts a more disreputable clientele than the Three Broomsticks, and many of the customers hide their faces out of a desire not to be recognised. The hanging sign on the front of the pub has a severed boar’s head, leaking blood onto the white cloth around it. The pub itself is filthy, with the floor covered with layers of dirt, and the windows smeared with so much grime that little light gets through. The main floor is a single room, but there are additional rooms on the upper floors. Harry notes that the pub smells strongly of goats. The barman and owner is Aberforth Dumbledore, the brother of Hogwarts Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, although this is not revealed until the final book.
Despite its seedy reputation, the Hog’s Head pub has been host to several important events in the world of Harry Potter. The inn was the headquarters of the 1612 Goblin Rebellion. A few months before Harry was born, it was here that the seer Sybill Trelawney revealed the prophecy connecting Voldemort and Harry during an interview with Dumbledore for the position of Divination teacher at Hogwarts, while Snape listens to the first part of the prophecy. It is also where Hagrid wins an illegal dragon egg (Norbert) while gambling with a disguised servant of Voldemort. In Order of the Phoenix, the first meeting of Dumbledore’s Army is secretly held at the Hog’s Head.
During Deathly Hallows, Aberforth reveals a secret passage that leads into Hogwarts’ Room of Requirement, where Dumbledore’s Army has set up headquarters. The Hog’s Head entrance is hidden behind a portrait of Ariana Dumbledore, the younger sister of Albus and Aberforth. Before the Battle of Hogwarts begins, the passage is used to evacuate underage students from the school. The remaining members of Dumbledore’s Army and the Order of the Phoenix gather at the Hog’s Head, then enter the castle through this passage to fight Voldemort and his Death Eaters.