Every Password Used in Harry Potter From the Chamber of Secrets to the Room of Requirement

Whispered secrets, hidden passageways, and the enchantment of concealed chambers – the Harry Potter series is as much a tapestry of mysterious access points as it is of magical adventures. From the hallowed corridors of Hogwarts to the shifting staircases and the enigmatic Room of Requirement, each enchanted entrance is guarded by a password or a unique method, known only to those who are meant to pass. This collection of passwords and access methods serves as a master key to unlocking the hidden folds of the wizarding world, where the right word can open pathways to untold secrets, and the proper method can reveal rooms that aren’t always there.

Each table lists the specific passwords or methods required to gain access to the various secure locations in the Harry Potter series, along with the first instance they are mentioned in the books.

Chamber of Secrets

The Chamber of Secrets is a legendary and hidden chamber within the depths of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, built by one of the school’s founders, Salazar Slytherin, without the knowledge of the other founders. It is said to be home to a monster that only the Heir of Slytherin can control, with the purpose of purging the school of all students deemed unworthy to study magic—those who are not of pure-blood descent. Throughout much of Hogwarts’ history, the chamber was thought to be a myth; however, its existence and the peril it contained were proven to be very real during the events that unfolded in Harry Potter’s second year, as detailed in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. Its opening was marked by attacks on Muggle-born students and the ominous message left on the walls, foretelling that the chamber’s secrets would lead to deadly consequences.

Open up {In parseltongue}CoS, pg. 222

Dumbledore’s Office

Dumbledore’s Office, also known as the Headmaster’s Office, is a significant location within Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, serving as the private study and workspace for the presiding Headmaster or Headmistress, notably Professor Albus Dumbledore. This circular room is a repository of magical artifacts, books, and memories, guarded by a gargoyle and accessible only through the use of a specific password. The office holds various portraits of former Headmasters and Headmistresses, who continue to offer counsel and watch over the school’s affairs even in death. It also houses the Sorting Hat and, during Dumbledore’s tenure, the Pensieve, which is used to view memories. The office is not only a command center for school operations but also a place of refuge and critical decision-making, especially during times of crisis that the wizarding world encounters.

Lemon DropCoS, p. 204 A. Ed.
Cockroach ClusterGoF p. 579 A. Ed.
Fizzing WhisbeeOotP pp. 466, 609 A. Ed.
Acid PopHBP, pg 185
Toffee ÉclairsHBP pg 461
Sherbert LemonCoS the movie

Grimmauld Place

Number 12, Grimmauld Place, is a stately townhouse in London that serves as the ancestral home of the Black family, a prominent pure-blood lineage in the wizarding world. Concealed from Muggle eyes by a Fidelius Charm, this building’s gloomy and slightly sinister exterior belies its significance as both a sanctuary and a strategic meeting place. It was bequeathed to Sirius Black, who in turn lent it to the Order of the Phoenix as their headquarters during the height of Voldemort’s resurgence. Within its walls, laden with dark magical artifacts and the remnants of Black family history, members of the Order planned their resistance against the Dark forces, making it a pivotal location in the struggle for the future of the wizarding community.

“We didn’t kill you/It was not I who killed you”DH pg 171, 203

Gryffindor Common Room

The Gryffindor Common Room serves as the communal living area for all students sorted into Gryffindor House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Situated in one of the castle’s highest towers, it is accessed through a portrait of the Fat Lady on the seventh floor, who guards the entrance and permits entry only after being given the correct password. The common room is a warm and inviting space with a large fireplace, plush armchairs, and walls festooned with tapestries. It functions as a social hub, study area, and a home-away-from-home for Gryffindor students, including Harry Potter and his friends, and often buzzes with the lively spirit of camaraderie and bravery that defines the house.

Caput DraconisSS p. 130
Pig SnoutSS pp. 156, 161, 179
WattlebirdCoS p. 84 A Ed.
Fortuna MajorPoA pp. 94, 152 A. Ed.
Scurvy CurPoA p. 230 A. Ed.
OddisbodikinsPoA p. 249 A. Ed.
FlibbertigibbetPoA p. 295 A. Ed.
BalderdashGoF pp. 191, 220, 284, 330, 373 A. Ed.
Fairy LightsGoF pp. 398, 411, 432 A. Ed.
Banana FrittersGoF p. 459 A. Ed.
Mimbulus MimbletoniaOotP pp. 216, 251, 275, 383 A. Ed.
DilligroutHBP, pg 241
BaublesHBP pg 289
AbstinenceHBP pg 329
TapewormHBP pg461
Quid AgisHBP pg 499

Ravenclaw Common Room

The Ravenclaw Common Room is a serene and airy space located in a tower on the west side of Hogwarts Castle, mirroring the scholarly and ethereal ambiance of Ravenclaw House. The entrance is marked by a door with an enchanted knocker in the shape of an eagle, which poses a riddle rather than requiring a password, challenging students to enter by their wit alone. Decorated in hues of blue and bronze with star-sprinkled ceilings and ornate, book-filled shelves, it’s a haven for contemplation, intellectual debate, and the pursuit of knowledge.

“A circle has no beginning”DH, pg 587
“Into nonbeing, which is to say, everything.”DH, pg 591

Slytherin Common Room

Nestled deep within the dungeons of Hogwarts Castle, the Slytherin Common Room is a dungeon-like chamber that reflects the characteristics of Slytherin House. With its location under the Black Lake, the room has a greenish glow and features windows that give students the unique opportunity to watch the aquatic life swimming by. It’s accessible only to Slytherins, who can enter through a concealed entrance in the castle’s stone walls, using a password known only to their House.

PurebloodCoS p. 221 A. Ed.

Hogwarts Kitchens

The Hogwarts Kitchens are a bustling hub of culinary activity, located directly beneath the Great Hall and mirroring its layout with four long tables where the house-elves busily prepare feasts for the student body. Access to the kitchens is cleverly concealed behind a portrait of a fruit bowl in a corridor off the main castle; a tickle of the pear in the painting swings it open to reveal the entrance.

Tickle the green pear in the portrait of a bowl of fruitGoF pg 320, 327

Marauder’s Map

The Marauder’s Map is a magical document that reveals all of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, not just the architecture of the building, but the movements of every person within the walls, in real time. Created by the mischievous quartet known as the Marauders — James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew — during their school years, the map is a masterpiece of magical innovation. The parchment is enchanted to display a detailed layout of the castle’s corridors, secret passages, and hidden nooks, all annotated with witty commentary. It’s activated by the incantation “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” and can be rendered blank once more with the phrase “Mischief managed.”

I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No GoodPoA 143
Mischief Managed!PoA 144

Ministry of Magic Entrance

The Ministry of Magic Entrance for witches and wizards is a unique gateway that lies in the heart of London, artfully concealed from the non-magical population. The most common entrance used during the series is an abandoned red telephone box, where one must dial the magical code ‘62442’ (which spells out ‘MAGIC’ on the phone keypad) to gain access. Upon entering the correct code, visitors are transported down to the atrium of the Ministry, the sprawling governmental center for the magical community in Britain.

62442 {Phone booth}OotP pg 116

One-Eyed Witch Statue

The One-Eyed Witch Statue is a covert passageway within Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, an unassuming stone sculpture that stands as a silent guardian of secrets. Located on the third-floor corridor, the statue can be activated with the spell “Dissendium,” a cue for the humpbacked witch to reveal a hidden chute that leads to the Honeydukes sweet shop in the village of Hogsmeade.

Dissendium (with wand)PoA pg 145

Prefect’s Bathroom

The Prefect’s Bathroom at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is an exclusive facility on the fifth floor, a lavish and spacious room designated for the use of school prefects, Head Boys and Girls, and Quidditch captains. This opulent bathroom is known for its large, ornate, swimming pool-sized bathtub, which is ideal for a luxurious soak and is equipped with a multitude of magical taps that release bubbles, scents, and water in various temperatures and colors. The walls are lined with paintings of mermaids, and the atmosphere is one of tranquility and indulgence. The entrance is concealed behind a portrait, requiring the password “Pine Fresh” to gain access.

Pine FreshGoF pg375

Room of Requirement

The Room of Requirement, also known as the Come and Go Room, is one of Hogwarts Castle’s most enigmatic and magical locations. This chameleon-like space on the seventh floor morphs into whatever the seeker needs at the time, accessible only when a person walks past its hidden entrance three times while concentrating on their necessity. The room can transform into anything from a simple storage area to a fully equipped training space, as it did for Dumbledore’s Army.

Walk past tapestry of Barnabas the Barmy three timesGoF pg 363
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