Harry Potter: The 10 Most Dangerous Locations | ScreenRant

There are many fictional universes that are perilous, mysterious, and frightening, but if any universe has proven to be the most dangerous, it is undoubtedly Harry Potter's Wizarding World. From buildings that house dragons to truly abhorrent prison complexes, this fantastical environment has not always been as wondrous as it seems.

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In Harry Potter, danger can feel as though it lurks around every corner, with witches and wizards having to be constantly on their guard to avoid serious injury, or in some cases, even death. Some settings - like Hogwarts' Great Lake or the Defence Against The Dark Arts classroom - are more hazardous than others in the series and provide an extra challenge for those unfortunate enough to be present.

10 Nurmengard Castle

Located in Austria, Murmengard Castle is the prison site run by the wizarding dictator Gellert Grindelwald, who's said to be one of the series' most overpowered characters. Described in the books as "a grim fortress," the magical institution was used by Grindelwald to house his most feared enemies during the First Wizarding War.

What makes this an especially deadly environment, however, is how it was frequently used as a base for Grindelwald and his followers to plan their next move. This continued presence of dark wizards, who could easily kill a particularly unfortunate prisoner without a moment's hesitation, means that no individual would be truly safe within these four walls unless they happen to be on Grindelwald's side.

9 Hogwarts' Quidditch Pitch

Any Quidditch pitch poses its fair share of danger to players who choose to mount their brooms, but Hogwarts' Quidditch pitch, in particular, is an especially hazardous sporting environment. Whilst broomstick flying and bludgers whizzing around on a reoccurring basis already poses a great threat to players, it's the added presence of some especially powerful magical beings that make this a particularly risky setting.

Over the years, these strong fantastical characters have been able to influence the outcomes of many of the school's Quidditch matches, undetected. Dobby's own meddling in The Chamber Of Secrets, for instance, resulted in Harry breaking his arm, whilst the appearance of Dementors in The Prisoner Of Azkaban led to Harry's horrific fall from his broom, and even Voldemort himself managed to interfere, coercing Professor Quirrell - whose body Voldemort was currently inhabiting - into jinxing Harry's broomstick.

8 The Crystal Cave

In The Half Blood Prince, Harry and Dumbledore visit this cave on a mission to locate one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, and it proves to be one of the deadliest locations in the series' history. With an enchantment placed over the cave that prohibits apparition, the only means of accessing it is by making a blood sacrifice.

The cave is guarded by a vicious army of Inferi, who drown any trespassers in the surrounding sea and can only be repelled by fire. The Crystal Cave is also home to the Emerald Potion, which when consumed, causes the drinker to hallucinate "terrible things," experience immense thirst, and undergo an intense burning sensation, posing both a physical and mental danger to any visitor.

7 Knockturn Alley

Diagon Alley may be one of the most charming locations in Harry Potter, with many hidden details and things to know about it that have been spotted by viewers, but Knockturn Alley is a far from pleasant setting. Featuring a variety of shops related to the Dark Arts, Knockturn Alley is a particularly sinister side street located close to Harry Potter's signature shopping area.

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It is frequented by many of the Wizarding World's more dangerous individuals, including one of Voldemort's most devoted followers, Lucius Malfoy. It's also home to the shop Borgin and Burkes, which sells some of the universe's dodgiest goods, including a cursed opal necklace that caused the deaths of many Muggles. Only the most courageous would traverse a place like this.

6 The Chamber Of Secrets

Situated directly underneath Moaning Myrtle's bathroom, the Chamber of Secrets is one of the most treacherous hidden locations in Hogwarts Castle. The chamber was conceived by one of Hogwarts' founding fathers, Salazar Slytherin, as a means of eliminating all muggle-borns from the school premises, and was first opened by a young Tom Riddle in 1942.

It is most known for containing a fearsome basilisk that is so deadly by nature that even spiders fear its presence, one of the many hidden details about the Chamber of Secrets that fans might have missed. However, the Chamber Of Secrets videogame also suggests that it is populated by other menacing creatures, such as small trolls, giant slugs, and sentient suits of armor, suggesting that even the most powerful wizard would be lucky to leave this place alive.

5 Hagrid's Hut

Hagrid's hut may have been portrayed in the series as one of Harry's favorite places to visit at Hogwarts, but it also happens to be one of the most dangerous. The home of Rubeus Hagrid has also been home to a variety of magical creatures, some of who prove to be considerably more monstrous than Hagrid implied.

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On one occasion, Hagrid's hut harbored a baby Norwegian Ridgeback dragon called Norbet, a species considered so deadly that the gamekeeper was forced to send him to Romania with Charlie Weasley. Two years later, Hagrid is caught keeping Buckbeak, who proved his potential threat level when he kicked Draco Malfoy and sent him straight to the Hospital Wing with a broken arm.

4 Gringotts

Banks may not seem like places that would be dangerous, but Gringotts is far from a typical banking institution. Located in Diagon Alley, Gringotts was founded in 1474 and is the UK's only wizarding bank. Its vaults can only be accessed via mine carts so fast that they even make Hagrid feel a little queasy.

With many enchantments and magical beings guarding the vaults, Gringott's poses a significant threat to any who dare to steal from it. One enchantment known as the "Thief's Downfall" causes suspected criminal's minecart to crash and derail, whilst other security features involved the use of creatures like dragons and sphinxes, who will stop at nothing to protect the wealth contained within.

3 The Third Floor

For a school said to be one of the safest places around, Hogwarts is home to some of the deadliest locations in the Wizarding World, with one of the most noteworthy examples being the school's third floor. Appearing in The Sorcerer's Stone, this part of Hogwarts is considered so dangerous that students were banned from visiting unless they wanted to "die a very painful death."

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Among the many terrors located within the vicinity are a three-headed dog named Fluffy, a mountain troll, and a giant chess board populated by sentient playing pieces. Perhaps the biggest hazard posed by the third floor, however, is the Devil's Snare, an especially ferocious plant enchanted to suffocate intruders before they could make it any further.

2 The Forbidden Forest

Also known as the "Dark Forest," the Forbidden Forest is one of the oldest locations at Hogwarts, having been around since the 19th Century. As its name suggests, the forest clearing is considered out of bounds for most students, due to the many dangers it poses for those who set foot within its grounds.

The Forbidden Forest is inhabited by some of the Wizarding World's most fearsome creatures, such as centaurs, Blast-Ended Skrewts and Blood-Sucking Bugbears. It's also the residence of the giant spider Aragog and his colony of Acromantula, formidable predators who prey on unsuspecting humans who dare to enter their domain.

1 Azkaban

Established in the 15th century, Azkaban is situated on a mysterious island in the middle of the North Sea. Its founder, the dark wizard Ekridis, used the fortress to attract, torture, and kill innocent muggle sailors lost at sea, and it was later repurposed as a prison to house some of the magical community's most nefarious wizards.

Azkaban has proven such a horrifying place that it has led to the deaths of many of its occupants, and on some occasions, the horrific experiences have even driven a few of its inhabitants insane. The prison complex is constantly guarded by Dementors, who suck the souls of the prisoners and leave them with only their most terrible memories, posing a considerable danger to the mental wellbeing of the inmates contained inside.

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