Hang out in Hogsmeade shops with these virtual versions of Three Broomsticks, Madame Puddifoot’s, and the Shrieking Shack


Everyone wants to go to Hogsmeade and since we can’t really go there, we can now visit these wonderful virtual versions of our favorite shops!

Do you need some time away from studying, dungeon classrooms, and Peeve’s? You’ve earned a Hogsmeade weekend. Visit quiet shops, a haunted room, and listen to the rain falling through the mountains. There is usually a cat around to keep you company as you read and daydream.

The Three Broomsticks

Are you looking for a warm, quiet spot to read and have a butterbeer? You have Hogsmeade’s favorite pub all to yourself since the Hogwarts students have gone back to the castle for dinner. The afternoon sunlight pours in through a high window, glowing on the wooden bars and tables. Madame Rosmerta’s cat has woken up and is prowling around like a little sentinel. A cauldron of hot butterbeer steams in the corner. With your book and your foaming mug, life could not be better.

The Shrieking Shack

This abandoned room is oddly comforting. It has been ripped apart, but the dust shows this happened long ago and there is nothing to fear. The wind howls, but does not reach you. You’ve brought along a book, and one of Hermione’s warming flames in a jam jar.

It’s hard to read, though, when this place provokes imaginings of pain long past, with whispers that may be a ghost, or may just be a living breeze. Is that the moon or a house elf peering through the window? Enjoy your private, somewhat creepy, time here before getting back to the bustle of the Hogsmeade lanes.

Madam Puddifoot’s

A lace and ruffle lover’s dream come true, Madam Puddifoot’s tea shop is not for the faint of heart. If your loved one insists that you hold hands in this explosion of flowers and hearts and you just cannot bear fine china, tea sandwiches, or the color pink, gird yourself in martyrdom, like a gallant knight going into battle.

And be warned: Professor Umbridge has been known to slip into this blush-hued shop to make sure the students don’t kiss. But you will probably be left alone to drink confetti-filled tea, since Professor Umbridge usually avoids this shop out of envy.

It has a level of overwrought daintiness she can only aspire to. You may as well make the best of being here, since it’s storming outside. Actually, this is a virtual room – just hightail it back to the Three Broomsticks.

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So go out and enjoy Hogsmeade in the way we’ve always dreamt of.