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'''London''' is the capital of [[England]] and the United Kingdom. Located in southeastern England, London is the centre of British commerce and government for both [[Muggle]]s and [[Wizards|wizards and witches]].
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'''London''' is the capital of [[England]] and the United Kingdom. Located in southeastern England, London is the centre of British commerce and government for both [[Muggle]]s and [[Wizardkind|wizards and witches]].
 
==History==
 
==History==
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==="The Spectral Thief of Old London Town"===
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[[File:Eldon_Elsrickle.png|thumb|left|170px|[[Eldon Elsrickle]], the "Spectral Thief of Old London Town".]]
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In the early [[17th century]], [[Wizardkind|wizard]] thief [[Eldon Elsrickle]] returned to London after having fled to [[Africa]] for a time to evade imprisonment. In [[Africa]], he learnt about the [[Unlocking Charm]] (which was, at the time, an unheard of spell in the western world) from an [[ancient African sorcerer]].<ref name="WBoS">''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''</ref>
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Elsrickle terrorised London with his new spell, burgling [[Muggle]] and [[Wizardkind|wizarding]] homes alike. It was only when fellow Londoner [[Blagdon Blay]] invented the [[Anti-Alohomora Charm]] (in response to having his house broken-into nineteen times in the course of two weeks) that Londoners found safety again, and a frustrated Elsrickle stopped.<ref name="WBoS"/>
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===The Great Fire of London===
 
===The Great Fire of London===
 
The [[Great Fire of London]] was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the City of London, beginning on Sunday, 2 September, [[1660s|1666]]. The [[Muggle]]s say the Great Fire of London started in [[Bakery (Pudding Lane)|a bakery]] on [[Pudding Lane]], but there is debate among the wizarding community whether it began in the bakery or in the basement of the house next door, where legend has it a young [[Common Welsh Green|Welsh Green]] was being kept. <ref name="WOMBAT">Fifth question of the third [[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]] at [[J.K.Rowling Official Site|J.K. Rowling's Official Site]]</ref>
 
The [[Great Fire of London]] was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the City of London, beginning on Sunday, 2 September, [[1660s|1666]]. The [[Muggle]]s say the Great Fire of London started in [[Bakery (Pudding Lane)|a bakery]] on [[Pudding Lane]], but there is debate among the wizarding community whether it began in the bakery or in the basement of the house next door, where legend has it a young [[Common Welsh Green|Welsh Green]] was being kept. <ref name="WOMBAT">Fifth question of the third [[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]] at [[J.K.Rowling Official Site|J.K. Rowling's Official Site]]</ref>
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===19th century===
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[[File:SirHerbertVarney.png|thumb|140px|[[Herbert Varney|Sir Herbert Varney]].]]
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In the late [[19th century]], the conditions on the relatively impoverished neighbourhoods of London worsened: robbery, violence, prostitution, social disturbance and alcohol dependency were commonplace.<ref name="Wikipedia19thcentury">[[Wikipedia:19th century London|19th century London]], on [[Wikipedia:Main page|Wikipedia]]</ref>
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As a climate of crime and fear flourished in the [[1880s]], [[Herbert Varney|Sir Herbert Varney]], a [[vampire]], started to prey on London women. He was eventually hunted down and killed by a specially-assigned task-force from the [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures]].<ref name="PAg">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]'' {{FWC mention}}</ref> Around the same time, a [[Boggart]], popularly known as the [[Bludgeoning Boggart of Old London Town]], prowled the back streets of London and, feeding on people's fears, took on the form of a "murderous thug", before having been reduced to a hamster with one simple incantation<ref name="Pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book3/chapter7/moment1/boggart New from J.K. Rowling: "Boggart"]</ref> — these two seem to account for the "serial killer" that Muggles dubbed "[[Wikipedia:Jack the Ripper|Jack the Ripper]]".
   
 
===Caractacus Phelps's prank===
 
===Caractacus Phelps's prank===
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==Important locations==
 
==Important locations==
 
===Governmental locations===
 
===Governmental locations===
[[File:Ministry Visitors Entrance.JPG|thumb|250px|right|The visitors' entrance to the Headquarters of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] on a London street.]]
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[[File:Ministry_Visitors_Entrance.JPG|thumb|235px|The visitors' entrance to the Headquarters of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] on a London street.]]
 
London is an important city because it is where the Government of the whole United Kingdom is located. Some of its governmental locations include:
 
London is an important city because it is where the Government of the whole United Kingdom is located. Some of its governmental locations include:
 
*[[Prime Minister's office|10 Downing Street]] <ref name="HBP1" /> (the official residence and office of the [[Prime Minister|Muggle Prime Minister of the United Kingdom]])
 
*[[Prime Minister's office|10 Downing Street]] <ref name="HBP1" /> (the official residence and office of the [[Prime Minister|Muggle Prime Minister of the United Kingdom]])
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London is the location of many important institutions, including:
 
London is the location of many important institutions, including:
 
*The main offices of [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts Bank]] <ref name="PS5"/> (the wizards' bank; located at [[Diagon Alley]])
 
*The main offices of [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts Bank]] <ref name="PS5"/> (the wizards' bank; located at [[Diagon Alley]])
[[File:Gringotts bank.jpg|thumb|250px|right|[[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]]'s main offices.]]
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[[File:Gringotts_bank.jpg|thumb|230px|[[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]]'s main offices.]]
 
*[[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] (a wizarding hospital, concealed on a [[Purge and Dowse, Ltd|unused department shop]])
 
*[[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] (a wizarding hospital, concealed on a [[Purge and Dowse, Ltd|unused department shop]])
 
*[[12 Grimmauld Place]] (first used as the main residence of the [[House of Black]]; it was once used as headquarters of the [[Order of the Phoenix]])
 
*[[12 Grimmauld Place]] (first used as the main residence of the [[House of Black]]; it was once used as headquarters of the [[Order of the Phoenix]])
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*London is a location that the films are often filmed in; the heart of London has been used in various scenes throughout the [[Harry Potter films|films]], including taking Harry from his home to the [[12 Grimmauld Place|Headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix]], in which scene he and the [[Advance Guard|others]] flew across the River Thames. The shots of the [[Millennium Bridge]] moments prior to its destruction were also filmed in London, on the real-life bridge.
 
*London is a location that the films are often filmed in; the heart of London has been used in various scenes throughout the [[Harry Potter films|films]], including taking Harry from his home to the [[12 Grimmauld Place|Headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix]], in which scene he and the [[Advance Guard|others]] flew across the River Thames. The shots of the [[Millennium Bridge]] moments prior to its destruction were also filmed in London, on the real-life bridge.
 
*London has held premières of the [[Harry Potter films|films]].
 
*London has held premières of the [[Harry Potter films|films]].
*The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_eye London Eye] appears in the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|second part of the film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', in the year [[1997]] despite the fact that the wheel was only erected in [[1999]].
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*The [[wikipedia:London Eye|London Eye]] appears in the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|second part of the film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', in the year [[1997]] despite the fact that the wheel was only erected in [[1999]].
   
 
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London
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England, Britain

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London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom. Located in southeastern England, London is the centre of British commerce and government for both Muggles and wizards and witches.

HistoryEdit

"The Spectral Thief of Old London Town"Edit

Eldon Elsrickle
Eldon Elsrickle, the "Spectral Thief of Old London Town".
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In the early 17th century, wizard thief Eldon Elsrickle returned to London after having fled to Africa for a time to evade imprisonment. In Africa, he learnt about the Unlocking Charm (which was, at the time, an unheard of spell in the western world) from an ancient African sorcerer.[1]

Elsrickle terrorised London with his new spell, burgling Muggle and wizarding homes alike. It was only when fellow Londoner Blagdon Blay invented the Anti-Alohomora Charm (in response to having his house broken-into nineteen times in the course of two weeks) that Londoners found safety again, and a frustrated Elsrickle stopped.[1]

The Great Fire of LondonEdit

The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the City of London, beginning on Sunday, 2 September, 1666. The Muggles say the Great Fire of London started in a bakery on Pudding Lane, but there is debate among the wizarding community whether it began in the bakery or in the basement of the house next door, where legend has it a young Welsh Green was being kept. [2]

19th centuryEdit

SirHerbertVarney
Sir Herbert Varney.
Seth CooperAdded by Seth Cooper

In the late 19th century, the conditions on the relatively impoverished neighbourhoods of London worsened: robbery, violence, prostitution, social disturbance and alcohol dependency were commonplace.[3]

As a climate of crime and fear flourished in the 1880s, Sir Herbert Varney, a vampire, started to prey on London women. He was eventually hunted down and killed by a specially-assigned task-force from the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures.[4] Around the same time, a Boggart, popularly known as the Bludgeoning Boggart of Old London Town, prowled the back streets of London and, feeding on people's fears, took on the form of a "murderous thug", before having been reduced to a hamster with one simple incantation[5] — these two seem to account for the "serial killer" that Muggles dubbed "Jack the Ripper".

Caractacus Phelps's prankEdit

On 1 April, 1979, Caractacus Phelps exploded no less than eight-hundred Stink Pellets, by dropping them en-masse from the roof of the Daily Prophet building in Diagon Alley. The resultant gas cloud caused untold discomfort throughout London, and approximately five-hundred cases of Stinkitus were reported. The Muggle authorities explained the stinking cloud away as an unpleasant emission from a nearby factory.[6]

Dark Mark Over London
The Dark Mark towering over London, shortly after the destruction of the Millennium Bridge.
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Second Wizarding WarEdit

London felt the effects of the Second Wizarding War severely. Many buildings and homes were destroyed or ransacked, and many people were attacked within the City during Lord Voldemort's rise of power: a crowded Millennium Bridge was brought down by a group of Death Eaters,[7] Emmeline Vance was found dead near 10 Downing Street,[8] Diagon Alley was attacked, leading to Garrick Ollivander's kidnapping and Florean Fortescue's murder.[8]

Important locationsEdit

Governmental locationsEdit

Ministry Visitors Entrance
The visitors' entrance to the Headquarters of the Ministry of Magic on a London street.
Seth CooperAdded by Seth Cooper

London is an important city because it is where the Government of the whole United Kingdom is located. Some of its governmental locations include:

Commercial locationsEdit

London is a centre of commerce for both the Muggle and the Wizarding community. Some of its commercial sites include:

InstitutionsEdit

London is the location of many important institutions, including:

Gringotts bank
Gringotts Wizarding Bank's main offices.
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Other locationsEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

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Death Eaters attacked London and kidnapped Ollivander
The Dark Mark and Death Eaters apparating appeared in the sky over London.
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