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" No Password, no entry!"
—The Fat Lady in 1995[src]

Passwords are used throughout Hogwarts Castle to restrict entry to certain areas such as house common rooms and teacher offices. Passwords in Hogwarts appear to change on a frequent basis.

During Sir Cadogan's period of guarding the Gryffindor common room, he changed passwords so frequently that Neville Longbottom had to write them down. This list was snatched by Crookshanks and was given to Sirius Black, allowing him entrance.

Passwords were also used as a way to gain to access to the radio programme Potterwatch, as a way to protect it from Death Eaters possibly listening. New passwords were introduced at the end of each broadcast, and could be used to listen to the next one.

List of previously used passwords

Hogwarts

Gryffindor Tower

  • 1991
    • Caput Draconis[1]
      (Latin for "Dragon's Head")
    • Pig Snout[2]
  • 1992
  • 1993
    • Fortuna Major[4] (Latin for "greater luck")
    • Flibbertigibbet[5]
    • Oddsbodikins[6]
    • Scurvy Cur[7]

Hufflepuff Basement

Instead of a password, one must tap the correct barrel with their wand, in the rhythm of "Helga Hufflepuff".[18]

Ravenclaw Tower

Instead of a password, a conundrum is posed:

  • Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?
    • Answer: A circle has no beginning.
  • Where do Vanished objects go?
    • Answer: Into nonbeing, which is to say, everything.

Slytherin Dungeon

Hogwarts Kitchens

  • (Instead of a password, one must tickle the pear in the portrait.)

Headmaster's Office

19

Minerva McGonagall using "Sherbet lemon" in 1992

Prefects' bathroom

  • 1994

One-Eyed Witch Passage

Chamber of Secrets and Salazar Slytherin's Locket

Portraits

Marauder's Map

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good" to reveal the map, and "Mischief managed" to hide it.

Potterwatch

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 9 (The Midnight Duel)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 5 (The Whomping Willow)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 15 (The Quidditch Final)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 12 (The Patronus)
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11 (The Firebolt)
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 12 (The Triwizard Tournament)
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 25 (The Egg and the Eye)
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 22 (The Unexpected Task)
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 11 (The Sorting Hat's New Song)
  12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) - Handheld versions
  13. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)
  14. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 15 (The Unbreakable Vow)
  15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 12 (Silver and Opals)
  16. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 23 (Horcruxes)
  17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 24 (Sectumsempra)
  18. Transcription of the old Pottermore Introductions to Hogwarts Houses
  19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  20. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 10 (The Vault of Ice)
  21. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
  22. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 29 (The Dream)
  23. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
  24. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  25. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 23 (Horcruxes)
  26. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23 (The Yule Ball)
  27. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
  28. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 (The Chamber of Secrets)
  29. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17 (The Heir of Slytherin)
  30. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) GBA Version
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
  32. 32.0 32.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 22 (The Deathly Hallows)