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The '''West Country''' is a region of south-western [[England]], typically defined as including the counties of [[Cornwall]], [[Devon]], [[Dorset]], and [[Somerset]], although Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire are often included.<ref>"[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Country West Country]" on Wikipedia</ref>
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The '''West Country''' is a region of south-western [[England]], typically defined as including the counties of [[Cornwall]], [[Devon]], [[Dorset]], and [[Somerset]], although [[Wiltshire]], Gloucestershire and [[Herefordshire]] are often included.<ref>"[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Country West Country]" on Wikipedia</ref>
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This region of England also plays home to many wizarding families, including the [[Weasleys]], [[Lovegood family|Lovegoods]], [[Diggory family|Diggories]], [[Newt Scamander|Scamanders]], and once the [[Potters]]. This area is also the birthplace of [[Godric Gryffindor]], a founder of [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]].
   
 
==Residents==
 
==Residents==
 
The West Country appears to have a particularly heavy concentration of wizarding families, perhaps because it is considered a remote area of the United Kingdom by [[Muggle]] standards, allowing for easier adherence to the [[Statute of Secrecy]].
 
The West Country appears to have a particularly heavy concentration of wizarding families, perhaps because it is considered a remote area of the United Kingdom by [[Muggle]] standards, allowing for easier adherence to the [[Statute of Secrecy]].
   
The village of [[Tinworth]] is located somewhere along the coast of [[Cornwall]]. A number of wizarding families live there, including [[William Weasley|Bill]] and [[Fleur Delacour|Fleur Weasley]], who reside in a house called [[Shell Cottage]] on the outskirts of town.
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[[File:The Burrow 02.png|left|thumb|235x235px|The[[The Burrow| Burrow]], home of the Weasley family located in [[Devon]]]]
[[File:Theburrowlongshot.jpg|210px|thumb|left|[[The Burrow]], home of the [[Weasley family]], located in [[Ottery St. Catchpole]], [[Devon]].]]
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The village of [[Ottery St. Catchpole]] is located in [[Devon]]. It is home to several wizarding families, including the [[Diggory family|Diggories]], the [[Fawcett family|Fawcetts]], the [[Lovegood family|Lovegoods]], and the [[Weasley family|Weasleys]].
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The village of [[Tinworth]] is located somewhere along the coast of [[Cornwall]]. A number of wizarding families live there, including [[William Weasley|Bill]] and [[Fleur Delacour|Fleur Weasley]], who reside in a house called [[Shell Cottage]] on the outskirts of town. The village of [[Ottery St. Catchpole]] is located in [[Devon]]. It is home to several wizarding families, including the [[Diggory family|Diggories]], [[Fawcett family|Fawcetts]], [[Lovegood family|Lovegoods]], and [[Weasley family|Weasleys]].
   
 
[[Rubeus Hagrid]] was born in Gloucestershire (one of the counties that make up the West Country) near the [[Forest of Dean]].<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/0199-scotlandsunday-goring.html 1999 ''Scotland on Sunday'' article]</ref><ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1099-connectiontransc2.htm 1999 WBUR interview]</ref><ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2001/0301-bluepeter.htm 2000 Blue Peter interview]</ref><ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/1205-bbc-fry.html 2005 BBC Radio 4 interview]</ref> After his expulsion from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], Hagrid became [[Keeper of Keys and Grounds|gamekeeper]] at the school and moved into a [[Rubeus Hagrid's cabin|hut]] on its grounds.
 
[[Rubeus Hagrid]] was born in Gloucestershire (one of the counties that make up the West Country) near the [[Forest of Dean]].<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/0199-scotlandsunday-goring.html 1999 ''Scotland on Sunday'' article]</ref><ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/1099-connectiontransc2.htm 1999 WBUR interview]</ref><ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2001/0301-bluepeter.htm 2000 Blue Peter interview]</ref><ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2005/1205-bbc-fry.html 2005 BBC Radio 4 interview]</ref> After his expulsion from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], Hagrid became [[Keeper of Keys and Grounds|gamekeeper]] at the school and moved into a [[Rubeus Hagrid's cabin|hut]] on its grounds.
   
[[Godric's Hollow]] with its large wizarding population is in the West Country, meaning the area was home to the [[Dumbledore family]], the [[Peverell family]], the [[Potter family]], [[Bathilda Bagshot]], and many others. It is also the birthplace of [[Godric Gryffindor]]. As the Sorting Hat once stated that Godric Gryffindor was from wild moor, Godric's Hollow is likely to be located in either Devon or Cornwall.
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[[File:GodricHollow.gif|thumb|250x250px|[[Godric's Hollow]], home to many wizarding families and the birthplace of [[Godric Gryffindor]]]]
   
On his [[Chocolate Frog Card]], [[Nicolas Flamel]] and his wife [[Perenelle Flamel|Perenelle]] are said to be enjoying a quiet life in [[Devon]], in the West Country.
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[[Godric's Hollow]] with its large wizarding population is in the West Country, meaning the area was home to the [[Dumbledore family|Dumbledores]], [[Peverell family|Peverells]], [[Potter family|Potters]], [[Bathilda Bagshot]], and many others. It is also the birthplace of [[Godric Gryffindor]]. As the [[Sorting Hat]] once stated that Godric Gryffindor was from wild moor, Godric's Hollow is likely to be located in either Devon or Cornwall.
   
The large number of wizarding residents has caused the West Country to be home to most of England's [[Quidditch]] teams; its wizarding population is large enough to require professional [[Quidditch]] pitches at both [[Bodmin Moor]] and [[Exmoor]]. The [[Falmouth Falcons]], [[Chudley Cannons]], [[Wimbourne Wasps]], [[Puddlemere United]], and [[Tutshill Tornados]] are West Country Quidditch teams -- the only English Quidditch team not located in the West Country is the [[Appleby Arrows]]. All other British teams are in [[Scotland]] or [[Ireland]].
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On his [[Chocolate Frog Card]], [[Nicolas Flamel]] and his wife [[Perenelle Flamel|Perenelle]] are said to be enjoying a quiet life in [[Devon]], in the West Country. In the mid-[[1990s|nineties]], [[Magizoologist]] [[Newton Scamander|Newt Scamander]] and his wife, [[Porpentina Scamander|Porpentina]] retired to [[Dorset]], also in the West Country. The hiding place where [[Albus Dumbledore]] and [[Harry Potter]] find [[Horace Slughorn]], a village called [[Budleigh Babberton]], is in the West Country as well.
   
The hiding place where [[Albus Dumbledore]] and [[Harry Potter]] find [[Horace Slughorn]], a village called [[Budleigh Babberton]], is also in the West Country.
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The large number of wizarding residents may be the reason why the West Country is home to most of England's [[Quidditch]] teams; its wizarding population is large enough to require professional Quidditch pitches at both [[Bodmin Moor]] and [[Exmoor]]. The [[Falmouth Falcons]], [[Chudley Cannons]], [[Wimbourne Wasps]], [[Puddlemere United]], and [[Tutshill Tornados]] are West Country Quidditch teams — the only English Quidditch team not located in the West Country is the [[Appleby Arrows]]. All other British teams are in [[Scotland]], [[Ireland]], or [[Wales]].
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
[[File:Silverdoe.jpg|190px|right|thumb|[[Severus Snape]]'s [[Patronus]] guides [[Harry Potter]] to the location of [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword|Gryffindor's sword]] in the [[Forest of Dean]].]]
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The most famous episode in the life of [[Sir Cadogan]] — a friend of [[Merlin]], wizard member of King Arthur's Round Table, and current resident of a [[Hogwarts]] painting — took place in the West Country during the Dark Ages. Sir Cadogan fought and barely defeated the [[Wyvern of Wye]], leading to a West Country proverb still popular among elderly wizards, "''I'll take Cadogan's pony,''" which means, "''I'll salvage the best I can from a tricky situation''."<ref>''Pottermore'', Book 3, Chapter 6, Moment 1</ref>
   
The most famous episode in the life of [[Sir Cadogan]] a friend of [[Merlin]], wizard member of King Arthur's Round Table, and current resident of a [[Hogwarts]] painting took place in the West Country during the Dark Ages. [[Sir Cadogan]] fought and barely defeated the [[Wyvern of Wye]], leading to a West Country proverb still popular among elderly wizards, "I'll take Cadogan's pony," which means, "I'll salvage the best I can from a tricky situation."<ref>''Pottermore'', Book 3, Chapter 6, Moment 1</ref>
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In 1996, [[Death Eaters]], with the help of one or more [[giant|giants]], devastated a wide area of the West Country, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs, and seriously injuring people. Initially, the [[Muggle]] [[Prime Minister]] attributed this damage to a hurricane, but he was later told its true cause during a meeting with recently ousted [[Minister for Magic]], [[Cornelius Fudge]]. In the aftermath of the disaster, the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] tried to bring the situation under control by having [[Obliviator|Obliviators]] [[Memory Charm|modify]] the memories of Muggle eyewitnesses, The Office of Misinformation circulate cover stories (presumably to the Muggle media), and members of the [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures]] search [[Somerset]] for the giant.<ref>''Half-Blood Prince'', Ch. 1</ref>
   
In [[1996]], [[Death Eaters]], with the help of one or more [[giant]]s, devastated a wide area of the West Country, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs, and seriously injuring people. Initially, the [[Muggle]] [[Prime Minister]] attributed this damage to a hurricane, but he was later told its true cause during a meeting with recently ousted [[Minister for Magic]], [[Cornelius Fudge]]. In the aftermath of the disaster, the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] tried to bring the situation under control by having [[Obliviator]]s [[Memory Charm|modify]] the memories of Muggle eyewitnesses, The Office of Misinformation circulate cover stories (presumably to the Muggle media), and members of the [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures]] search [[Somerset]] for the giant.<ref>''Half-Blood Prince'', Ch. 1</ref>
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[[File:Patronus doe.gif|left|thumb|245x245px|Severus Snape's Patronus guides Harry Potter to the location of [[Sword of Gryffindor|Gryffindor's Sword]] in the [[Forest of Dean]]]]
   
In December [[1997]], during their hunt for [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es, [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] camped in the [[Forest of Dean]]. [[Severus Snape]] anonymously delivered [[Godric Gryffindor's Sword]] to Harry by placing it in a frozen lake in the forest and then using his [[Patronus]] to guide Harry to it. [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], who had previously left Harry and Hermione, returned to them in the forest by way of his [[Deluminator]]. He pulled Harry from the lake, and then used the sword to destroy a Horcrux, [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]].
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In December 1997, during their hunt for [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux|Horcruxes]], [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] camped in the Forest of Dean. [[Severus Snape]] anonymously delivered Godric Gryffindor's Sword to Harry by placing it in a frozen lake in the forest and then using his [[Patronus]] to guide Harry to it. [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], who had previously left Harry and Hermione, returned to them in the forest by way of his [[Deluminator]]. He pulled Harry from the lake, and then used the sword to destroy a Horcrux, [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]].
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*[[J. K. Rowling]] based the character of [[Rubeus Hagrid]] on a [[Wikipedia:Hell's Angels|Hell's Angel]] that she knew from this area.<ref name="pts29>''[[Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey]]'', Page 29</ref>
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*[[J. K. Rowling]] based the character of [[Rubeus Hagrid]] on a [[Wikipedia:Hell's Angels|Hell's Angel]] that she knew from this area.<nowiki><ref name="pts29"></nowiki>''[[Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey]]'', Page 29</ref>
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] lived in the West Country as a child and teenager, in the towns of Winterbourne and Tutshill.
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] lived in the West Country as a child and teenager, in the towns of Winterbourne and Tutshill.
 
*Interestingly, in the movie adaptations, none of the scenes set in the West Country was actually filmed in West Country locations. The [[Shell Cottage]] scenes were filmed in Pembrokeshire, Wales;<ref>"[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926084/locations]" IMDB for ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1''</ref> the [[Budleigh Babberton]] scenes were filmed in Lacock, Wiltshire;<ref>"[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417741/locations]" IMDB for ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince''</ref> the [[Godric's Hollow]] scenes were filmed in Lavenham, Suffolk;<ref>"[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926084/locations]" IMDB for ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1''</ref> and all scenes around [[Ottery St. Catchpole]] and [[The Burrow]] were filmed either in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, or in Leavesden Studios outside London.<ref>"[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/The_Burrow#Behind_the_scenes]" see Harry Potter Wiki entry for The Burrow</ref>
 
*Interestingly, in the movie adaptations, none of the scenes set in the West Country was actually filmed in West Country locations. The [[Shell Cottage]] scenes were filmed in Pembrokeshire, Wales;<ref>"[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926084/locations]" IMDB for ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1''</ref> the [[Budleigh Babberton]] scenes were filmed in Lacock, Wiltshire;<ref>"[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417741/locations]" IMDB for ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince''</ref> the [[Godric's Hollow]] scenes were filmed in Lavenham, Suffolk;<ref>"[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926084/locations]" IMDB for ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1''</ref> and all scenes around [[Ottery St. Catchpole]] and [[The Burrow]] were filmed either in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, or in Leavesden Studios outside London.<ref>"[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/The_Burrow#Behind_the_scenes]" see Harry Potter Wiki entry for The Burrow</ref>
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West Country
Location information
Location

Southwestern England, Great Britain

Permanent residents

The West Country is a region of south-western England, typically defined as including the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, and Somerset, although Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire are often included.[1]

This region of England also plays home to many wizarding families, including the Weasleys, Lovegoods, Diggories, Scamanders, and once the Potters. This area is also the birthplace of Godric Gryffindor, a founder of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

ResidentsEdit

The West Country appears to have a particularly heavy concentration of wizarding families, perhaps because it is considered a remote area of the United Kingdom by Muggle standards, allowing for easier adherence to the Statute of Secrecy.

The Burrow 02

The Burrow, home of the Weasley family located in Devon

The village of Tinworth is located somewhere along the coast of Cornwall. A number of wizarding families live there, including Bill and Fleur Weasley, who reside in a house called Shell Cottage on the outskirts of town. The village of Ottery St. Catchpole is located in Devon. It is home to several wizarding families, including the Diggories, Fawcetts, Lovegoods, and Weasleys.

Rubeus Hagrid was born in Gloucestershire (one of the counties that make up the West Country) near the Forest of Dean.[2][3][4][5] After his expulsion from Hogwarts, Hagrid became gamekeeper at the school and moved into a hut on its grounds.

GodricHollow

Godric's Hollow, home to many wizarding families and the birthplace of Godric Gryffindor

Godric's Hollow with its large wizarding population is in the West Country, meaning the area was home to the Dumbledores, Peverells, Potters, Bathilda Bagshot, and many others. It is also the birthplace of Godric Gryffindor. As the Sorting Hat once stated that Godric Gryffindor was from wild moor, Godric's Hollow is likely to be located in either Devon or Cornwall.

On his Chocolate Frog Card, Nicolas Flamel and his wife Perenelle are said to be enjoying a quiet life in Devon, in the West Country. In the mid-nineties, Magizoologist Newt Scamander and his wife, Porpentina retired to Dorset, also in the West Country. The hiding place where Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter find Horace Slughorn, a village called Budleigh Babberton, is in the West Country as well.

The large number of wizarding residents may be the reason why the West Country is home to most of England's Quidditch teams; its wizarding population is large enough to require professional Quidditch pitches at both Bodmin Moor and Exmoor. The Falmouth Falcons, Chudley Cannons, Wimbourne Wasps, Puddlemere United, and Tutshill Tornados are West Country Quidditch teams — the only English Quidditch team not located in the West Country is the Appleby Arrows. All other British teams are in Scotland, Ireland, or Wales.

HistoryEdit

The most famous episode in the life of Sir Cadogan — a friend of Merlin, wizard member of King Arthur's Round Table, and current resident of a Hogwarts painting — took place in the West Country during the Dark Ages. Sir Cadogan fought and barely defeated the Wyvern of Wye, leading to a West Country proverb still popular among elderly wizards, "I'll take Cadogan's pony," which means, "I'll salvage the best I can from a tricky situation."[6]

In 1996, Death Eaters, with the help of one or more giants, devastated a wide area of the West Country, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs, and seriously injuring people. Initially, the Muggle Prime Minister attributed this damage to a hurricane, but he was later told its true cause during a meeting with recently ousted Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge. In the aftermath of the disaster, the Ministry of Magic tried to bring the situation under control by having Obliviators modify the memories of Muggle eyewitnesses, The Office of Misinformation circulate cover stories (presumably to the Muggle media), and members of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures search Somerset for the giant.[7]

Patronus doe

Severus Snape's Patronus guides Harry Potter to the location of Gryffindor's Sword in the Forest of Dean

In December 1997, during their hunt for Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger camped in the Forest of Dean. Severus Snape anonymously delivered Godric Gryffindor's Sword to Harry by placing it in a frozen lake in the forest and then using his Patronus to guide Harry to it. Ron Weasley, who had previously left Harry and Hermione, returned to them in the forest by way of his Deluminator. He pulled Harry from the lake, and then used the sword to destroy a Horcrux, Salazar Slytherin's Locket.

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. "West Country" on Wikipedia
  2. 1999 Scotland on Sunday article
  3. 1999 WBUR interview
  4. 2000 Blue Peter interview
  5. 2005 BBC Radio 4 interview
  6. Pottermore, Book 3, Chapter 6, Moment 1
  7. Half-Blood Prince, Ch. 1
  8. "[1]" IMDB for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  9. "[2]" IMDB for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  10. "[3]" IMDB for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  11. "[4]" see Harry Potter Wiki entry for The Burrow
  12. PS1 version.

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