"The Muggles who own this place are in the Canary Islands."
Horace Slughorn[src]

During his time on the run from the Death Eaters, Horace Slughorn stayed in this house in the village of Budleigh Babberton. The Muggle occupants of the house were on holiday in the Canary Islands during his stay in their home, so Slughorn simply used a Freezing Charm on the burglar alarm and ensured that the neighbours did not notice him moving the piano into the house. It was here that Albus Dumbledore, accompanied by Harry Potter, managed to persuade Horace to return to Hogwarts in order to restore his previous role of Potions Master. Prior to the visit, Slughorn trashed the place to make it look like Death Eaters attacked, to prevent Dumbledore from recruiting him, though this failed as he missed the Dark Mark and the two wizards repaired the house afterwards.

The house was stuffy and cluttered, but in no way can be said uncomfortable: there were soft chairs and footstools, drinks and books, boxes of chocolates and plump cushions. Harry would have thought a rich, fussy old lady lived here had he not know it was Slughorn's residence.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Horace Slughorn actually said that he did not stay in a house more than a week. He did this so Death Eaters were not able to find him. He gave regret that he would have to leave this one as he rather liked it.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)