Ask someone under 30 if they’ve read the Harry Potter books and, most likely, you’ll get yes for an answer. It’s no surprise then that last week’s company lunch was full of talk about the upcoming seventh movie (to be released on 11/19). In fact, we got so excited that we decided to try something new: create a fictional map of the Hogwarts Castle. It took some time and extra imagination, but as of tonight, Hogwarts stands to be explored in the Micello Maps application (iOS/Android), somewhere in the reaches of Scotland, bordering the shores of an icy loch. It’s like a Marauder’s Map for your smartphone (which I’m sure Harry would have appreciated.)
This is not only our first fictional map — it’s also our first published map in Europe. We’ve added navigation, but trust it at your own risk – the walls and staircases of Hogwarts are subject to random shifts. There are 10 castle levels filled with your favorite places and complete with nifty descriptions:
Snape’s Private Potion Store:
“Monkswood and wolfsbane, bezoars galore
Veritaserum and liquid luck in store
Rat tail, beetle eye, sopophorous bean
For any elixir or concoction you please
Gather your ingredients before class begins
Just don’t let Snape catch you breaking in!”
The Divination Tower:
“To sense more than just stars deep into the night
To decipher tea leaves and possess the Sight
Broaden your mind, you must look beyond
No use for textbooks or tricks of the wand
Does your Inner Eye See? Are you gifted inside?
Divination will lift you and open your eyes”
Here’s a screenshot of the ground floor as seen on an iPad:
We do want give credit to DeviantArt user Hogwarts-Castle for fabulous drawings of Hogwarts and the Harry Potter Wiki for many of the room descriptions. We also want to thank Anita Subramanyam, Chitra Subramanyam and Roma Parekh for helping us come up with a number of hidden gems.
Be sure to send us any feedback or ideas for room names! We would love to continue updating the map. And, finally, if you want your own Marauders Map, we’d love to map out your school for you!