Even though Hogwarts is located in Scotland, the world of Valesco has created characters from many parts of the world.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was founded over a thousand years ago by Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Slytherin. They desired a place to properly teach young wizards and witches magic, and combined their great knowledge into the school.
Hogsmeade is the only entirely wizarding village in Britain. It's a picturesque village of little thatched cottages and shops. During the holiday season, enchanted candles hang in the trees. Hogwarts is located quite near the village; a road runs around the school grounds to Hogsmeade Station, where the Hogwarts Express stops to disembark the students at the start of term. According to tradition, Hogsmeade was founded about the same time as Hogwarts by Hengist of Woodcroft, who was fleeing persecution by Muggles (CS/g). (source The Harry Potter Lexicon)
- Currently Residing in Hogsmeade
Shops in Hogsmeade
*Eye to Eye
Eye to Eye: The leading private practice optician in the Wizarding world turned his parlour into an eyeglass store and takes patients by appointment only. If you’ve misplaced or broken your glasses, he’s the man to go to. His sons make the glasses while he’s the medi-wizard.
- Current Employees of Gladrags Wizardwear
Are you into Herbology? Taking care of your aunt’s plants for the summer? This is the place to go for all your gardening needs. Whether you’re just the occasional potter or seriously into greenhouses, Greener Pastures has all sorts of gardening supplies ranging from seeds and seedlings to trowels and plant food. They also offer a garden planting and landscaing service during the early spring and summer months for a pretty pence.
- Current Employees of The Hog's Head
- Aberforth Dumbledore - owner
- Current Employees of Honeydukes Sweetshop
- Audrey Hewett - Manager
Firmly geared towards the "fun end" of the beauty market, Lush's range is derived not only from essential oils, but fruits, chocolate and vegetables. And, while most of the company's range sounds good enough to eat, they also happen to be ideal for long soaks in the tub, adding scent to your home, or supplementing face, body or hair care regimes. What's more products are reasonably priced, suitable for vegetarians and 100% cruelty-free.
- Current Employees of Madam Puddifoot's
A high end motel in Hogsmeade. Rarely used by any of the locals because of it's price range. Mostly frequented by honeymooners and those looking for a weekend in the country. Top of the line and modern amenities include a concierge suite, as well as an indoor pool, health facilities and a small day spa that's perfect for a solo retreat or for a long weekend away with the girls.
*Penhaligon’s Perfume and Beauty Supplies
Penhaligon's is an upmarket perfumery with a deserved reputation for quality and first-class customer service. As well as offering classic ladies fragrances such as Lily of the Valley, there are perfumes include the uplifting, spring influenced Bluebell, while for non-gender specific scents look no further than the refreshing citrus tones of Quercus. In addition, the company offers a good selection of beauty products including their excellent avocado face cream, while for the home, fragrances such as Samarkand and Lavandula introduce subtle freshness to any room.
*The Tattered Cover
Hogsmeade’s own little bookshop. They carry a variety of books, both muggle and wizard alike. The owner is independently wealthy and leaves all the decisions up to his manager, who lives above the shop. There are so many books, they’ve had to open the basement as a part of the shop.
- Current Employees of The Tattered Cover
- Macon Carmichael - Manager
*The Third Eye
A divination shop, run by a pair of elderly twins who claim to possess ‘the sight’. Often seen peddling their services of palm and aura reading on the street in front of the shop, the sisters sell star charts and other divination supplies to students of the craft as well as the curious passerby.
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Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley
An all wizarding few blocks of road and shops in the middle of London. Diagon Alley is reached from muggle London by tapping a brick outside of The Leaky Cauldron. Knockturn Alley is where the, ah, more questionable wizards spend their time.
Shops in Diagon/Knockturn Alley
If Slug & Jiggers only carries reasonable and legal items, Agrippa's is the place to go to get the things on your list that you don't want the ministry finding out about. They stock anything and everything, but just be careful of their prices! If they're willing to get it for you, you'd better be willing to hand over the quid.
*Bharti Vyas Holistic Therapy and Beauty Centre
Working on the proviso that "well-being comes from within", Bharti Vyas offers holistic therapy treatments, together with a range of beauty products to help cleanse, moisturize and tone your skin. The centre offers a whole host of services including facials, skin peels, body wraps, massages, scalp therapy and hair removal. And, while it's undoubtedly cheaper to use Bharti's home based products, nothing beats a one to one consultation and the pampered luxury of personalised treatment.
The cauldron shop. You can get cauldrons and scales of all types and sizes. They even have a sale rack, but you better check the width of the bottom because the proprietor is known for letting faulty equipment find its way to the sales floor.
*The Camera Clinic
A highly likeable and professional business which, as well as selling hi-end equipment to paparazzi and studio photographers, caters for lesser mortals after compact and APS cameras. It has s a good line of new and second-hand equipment, with plenty of accessories to boot. Whether you're just after a photo album or the latest the technology, The Clinic offers a wide selection of goods including some nifty specialist compacts. Binoculars, tripods, bags and flashguns also available. It's a great place to head if you're after quality photographic equipment.
- Employees of the Daily Prophet
If you have a kid or are a kid at heart, surely you remember this store! Enchanted Tots carries toys of all kinds for every age! They specialize in magical, enchanted toys, but also carry more muggleborn friendly gifts as well! Enchanted Tots has a new line of potions kits; instead of making hair-raising and dangerous potions, your little one can concoct drinkable potions-that can fizz and change color-in a variety of yummy flavors. Accessories include a cauldron, self-stirring wand, and mixing cup. Along with their potions, kids can create and petrify edible creatures with the Snake Bites Edible Activity Set. When the snake bites down, prey is injected with a lime-flavored candy. A bath in the petrifying potion creates a hard candy shell.
Are you a pack rat? Do you like finding nifty odds and ends? Foyle's is the shop for you! The owner
digs through rubbish seeks out only the most interesting tidbits to sell! It's like a perpetual garage sale and he's not against doing trades if you've got something unique to give up.
- Employees of Flourish & Blotts
- Maddox Dodderidge - Manager
A lovely Italian bakery and café run by Marie DeLuca. Exquisite cakes and pastries are supplemented by breakfast and lunch selections and the shop also doubles up as a popular sandwich bar/café, so it's also perfect for lunchtimes on the go!
- Employees of the Fratelli Camisa
*The Furniture Cave
Definitely one for those with a few quid in the bank, The Furniture Cave is home to twenty or so dealers, each with a specialist field such as Roman sculpture, objet d'rt or English furniture. The Cave also carries decorative lighting, furniture, wall friezes, vases and architectural heads/busts, internal/external brass furniture, knobs and handles. All very fashionable, very tasteful and very expensive. If you're looking for cheaper or Merlin forbid, secondhand items this place is not for you..
- Employees of the Gringotts Wizarding Bank
*Hair Today Beauty Salon
Wishing you were a metamorphamagus and could change your hair style with a scrunch of your nose? Well you've come to the right place! Hair Today specializes in the extremes---extremely boring hairstyle? You've got it! Extremely outrageous nails? No problem! Take a seat and shut your eyes because you will be dazzled by the time your stylist is done with you! Almost all species are welcome, so long as you only have two feet and a head of luscious hair we can turn into a masterpiece (or a boring thesis!)!
- Employees of Hair Today Beauty Salon
It has a vast selection of vodkas, including home-made flavoured vodkas, all served in a shot glass resting in a bowl of ice. Their Russian kitchen specialises in beef stroganoff, borscht, salads, smoked salmon, blinis and soups. They have a dance floor and are often cited by the MLE for playing their music way too loud.
- Employees of Madam Malkin's Robes For All Occasions
The largest provider of scales, potion vials, storage units and other instruments of a magical nature. Run by a part-genie, so it’s best not to make any sort of deals with him that don’t involve straight instrument/coin transaction.
*The Mane Place
A hair salon and barber shop, cursed with a horrible location site. They’re located just off the main strip in Knockturn Alley, but still visible to the passerby. They service mainly males, but if a witch were in dire need of an emergency cut or dye job, The Mane Place would suit just fine.
*Marks & Spencer
The department store of un-high-fashion. M&S has loads of clothing for wizards and witches of all ages and household wares for any budget. A more modern store, it has a muggle counterpart in London.
Obscurus Books A large, wizard owned but muggle bookstore. It’s is entirely on the muggle side of things, but serves as one of the largest publishers of books in the Wizarding world.
- Employees of Ollivanders
- Employees of Quality Quidditch Supplies
*Racks to Riches
Diagon Alley's secondhand clothing shop, though the owner prefers to call it 'vintage'. In addition to buying you can sell your gently used hand-me-downs for a bit of pocket money.
*Rainbow Music and Books
A muggle record shop on the other side of The Leaky Cauldron. Quiet and unassuming, carries a wide range or records, mostly used and is known for hiring teenagers that like playing music very loud to draw customers in (or scare them away?).
- Employees of the Slug & Jiggers Apothecary
*The Starky Planetarium of Lower London for Wizards and Witches
Better known as S.P.L.L.W.W (or Spleewwwww to some of it's employees), the Starky Planetarium is located at the far end of Diagon Alley, nearest to the apparation centre and Foyle's Junk Shop. It's an amazing piece of the universe, right in Lower London! It's exhibits are out of this world and they offer a lecture series, as well as star shows for all to enjoy.
- Employees of the Starky Planetarium of Lower London for Wizards and Witches
Diagon Alley's premier footwear store. They have wall to wall racks of shoes, carrying the latest styles and trends as well as some of the more old fashioned stuff. For every sized pocket book and frequently has sales (about once every couple of months).
Originally built to be a bookstore, the owners converted it into a lending library early last century. You can come and check books out, if you have a library card, though they're easy to get. Waterstone's carries a wide variety of research materials as well as for pleasure reading. Not as extensive as the library at Hogwarts, but perfect for the casual reader or the occasional researcher.
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Ministry of Magic
The Ministry of Magic is where the laws of the wizarding world are upheld, changed, and challenged. Currently under a lot of criticism over its handling of You-Know-Who and its followers, the Ministry strongly urges you to keep the faith, and to follow along with the rules they create---they're only doing what's best for you.
Departments in the Ministry of Magic
Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Levels One and Two
• Auror Headquarters
- Currently Working in the Auror Headquarters
- Tomas Booth - Auror
- Corner Conways - Auror
- Nate Dawlish - Auror
- Erin Jugson - Magical Invesitgaions
- Will Jugson - Auror Trainee
- Christopher Loftus - Auror
- Alice Longbottom - Auror Trainee
- Frank Longbottom - Auror Trainee
- Dorcas Meadows - Auror
- Alastor Moody - Auror
- Avis Tremaine - Magical Investigations
• Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office
- Currently Working in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office
• Wizengamot Administration Service
- Currently Working in the Wizengamot Administration Service
Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes
• Accidental Magic Reversal Squad
• Obliviator Headquarters
- Currently Working in the Obliviator Headquarters
- John Mulciber - Obliviator
• Muggle-Worthy Excuse Committee
Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
• Beast, Being, and Spirit Divisions
• Goblin Liaison Office
• Pest Advisory Board
Department of International Magical Cooperation
• International Confederation of Wizards, British Seats
• International Relations
- Currently Working in International Relations
• International Magical Office of Law
- Currently Working in International Magical Office of Law
• International Magical Trading Standards Body
- Currently Working in International Magical Trading Standards Body
Department of Magical Transportation
• Apparition Test Center
• Broom Regulatory Control
• Floo Network Authority
• Portkey Office
Department of Magical Games and Sports
• British and Irish Quidditch League Headquarters
• Official Gobstones Club
• Ludicrous Patents Office
Department of Mysteries
- Currently Working in the Department of Mysteries
- Rabastan Lestrange - Archives
St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries
Any magical related injuries are cured here at St. Mungo's, where the finest witches and wizards of the age work tirelessly to fix up their patients. The healers are very dedicated, and deal with a wide variety of magical medicine, insuring their patients are in the best of hands.
Wards in St. Mungo's
- Healers in Ward
- Mark Wood - Head
Creature Induced Injuries
Potion and Plant Poisoning
- Healers in Ward
Though a Muggle village, Godric's Hollow has a storied wizarding history. For over a thousand years it has been home to notable wizards and witches, and has been most famous as the birthplace of Hogwarts founder Godric Gryffindor. More recently, however, it has become renowned instead as the site of Voldemort's first downfall. Voldemort came to the village in 1981, in the midst of an open war on the wizarding world, intending to kill one-year-old Harry Potter after overhearing a prophecy predicting Harry's power. Instead his Killing Curse rebounded, blowing apart the house and destroying him. Today there are memorials to this event throughout the village, which Harry and Hermione discover when they visit on Christmas Eve, 1997 (DH16, DH17). (source The Harry Potter Lexicon)
- Attractions in Godric's Hollow
Outside the United Kingdom
- Characters from France
Portugal's wizarding world is currently very oppressive against halfblood and muggleborn wizards and witches. Muggleborns are not allowed to attend school there, and are often ostracized when they enter wizarding areas.
- Characters from Puerto Rico