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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 (Latin for "Dragon's Head")
  • Pig Snout
1992
  • Wattlebird
1993
  • Fortuna Major (Latin for "greater luck")
  • Flibbertigibbet
  • Oddsbodikins
  • Scurvy Cur
1994
  • Balderdash
  • Banana Fritters
  • Fairy Lights
1995
1996
  • Abstinence
  • Baubles
  • Dilligrout
  • Tapeworm
  • Quid Agis (Latin for "How are you")

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

1992

Headmaster's Office

19
Minerva McGonagall using "Sherbet lemon" in 1992.
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1992
1994
1996
1997
Unknown

Prefects' bathroom

1994
  • Pine-fresh

One-Eyed Witch Passage

Chamber of Secrets and Salazar Slytherin's Locket

Elizabeth Burke's portrait

  • Slytherins are Supreme
  • Facta, non verba[2] (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[3]

Giffard Abbott's portrait

  • Dragon's Egg
  • Light against Darkness[3]

Damara Dodderidge's portrait

  • Chops and Gravy
  • Dashing Cadogan[3]

Boris the Bewildered's portrait

  • Forget-Me-Never

Old Posh Baron's portrait

  • Fizzy Pop

(Grounds portrait)

  • Catweazle

(Dungeons portrait)

  • Wanglewort

(Upper Castle portrait)

Marauder's Map

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

Potterwatch

Appearances

Notes and references

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