" 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


Gryffindor Tower

  • Caput Draconis (Latin for "Dragon's Head")
  • Pig Snout
  • Wattlebird
  • Fortuna Major (Latin for "greater luck")
  • Flibbertigibbet
  • Oddsbodikins
  • Scurvy Cur
  • Balderdash
  • Banana Fritters
  • Fairy Lights
  • Abstinence
  • Baubles
  • Dilligrout
  • Tapeworm
  • Quid Agis (Latin for "How are you")

Hufflepuff Basement

  • (Instead of a password, one must tap the correct barrel with their wand, in the rhythm of "Helga Hufflepuff".)

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


Minerva McGonagall using "Sherbet lemon" in 1992

1985-1986 school year

Prefects' bathroom

  • Pine-fresh

One-Eyed Witch Passage

Chamber of Secrets and Salazar Slytherin's Locket

Elizabeth Burke's portrait

  • Slytherins are Supreme
  • Facta, non verba[3] (Latin for Deeds, not words)

Glanmore Peakes's portraits

  • Sea Serpent

Percival Pratt's portrait

  • This Password is Absurd

Basil Fronsac's portrait

  • Studious Success
  • Libraries Liberate[4]

Giffard Abbott's portrait

  • Dragon's Egg
  • Light against Darkness[4]

Damara Dodderidge's portrait

  • Chops and Gravy
  • Dashing Cadogan[4]

Boris the Bewildered's portrait

  • Forget-Me-Never

Old Posh Baron's portrait

  • Fizzy Pop

Hesper Starky's portrait

  • Lunartickle

Edgar Stroulger's portrait

  • Surreptitiousness

(Grounds portrait)

  • Catweazle

(Dungeons portrait)

  • Wanglewort

(Upper Castle portrait)

Marauder's Map

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



Notes and references