A favourite cosy hangout of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s, Gryffindor common room had to be on our list. A ‘cosy circular tower room full of dilapidated squashy armchairs and rickety old tables’ often with a fire ‘crackling merrily in the grate’ we can understand why the golden trio spent so much time there studying or more often than not… scheming!
If you were to avoid the Restricted Section and Madam Pince’s eagle eye, we reckon the Hogwarts library would be a cosy (and peaceful!) place to be. It would be so easy to settle down and lose yourself amongst the ‘thousands of books; thousands of shelves; hundreds of narrow rows’ – though you might have to leave the Chocolate Frogs back in your common room. And if you like to read books as fast as Hermione, you wouldn’t even need to leave the room to start on the next one!
Also known as the 'Come and Go Room', Dobby explained to Harry in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that the Room of Requirement ‘is a room that a person can only enter… when they have real need of it. Sometimes it is there, and sometimes it is not, but when it appears, it is always equipped for the seeker’s needs’. Throughout the Harry Potter series, we saw the room in different iterations: training room for Dumbledore’s Army, the Room of Hidden Things, a base for rebels during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Given that it’s unplottable and it would make all your cosy wishes come true – we think the Room of Requirement would be an excellent choice.
The Hufflepuff common room gets off to a flying start because it's entered from the same corridor as the Hogwarts kitchens and we all know food is one of the most comforting things of all! Inside the common room is ‘low-ceilinged’ and ‘reminiscent of a badger’s sett’, and ‘decorated in the cheerful, bee-like colours of yellow and black’. The room is also blooming with colourful plants and flowers, and ‘small, round windows just level with the ground at the foot of the castle show a pleasant view of rippling grass and dandelions’. J.K. Rowling tells us that despite the low windows, ‘the room feels perennially sunny’. Ahhh. We feel relaxed just thinking about it. Find J.K. Rowling's writing on this common room here.
We couldn’t possibly miss out Hagrid’s hut from our list of the cosiest places at Hogwarts. Hagrid did have some rather unusual hut-mates during Harry’s time at Hogwarts, from Norbert the dragon to Buckbeak the Hippogriff, but we don’t think we’d have minded! Hagrid was always ready with a strong cup of tea and a bit of advice – although perhaps we’d avoid his rock cakes. The hut might have been small but you just can’t beat a copper kettle boiling on an open fire and a patchwork quilt. Oh, and let’s not forget Fang! We’d love to flick through a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or discuss the latest Quidditch match, with that loveable boarhound snoozing at our feet.
Harry only visited the Ravenclaw common room once, and it wasn’t exactly a relaxing experience. However, on your average Hogwarts school day, we think the Ravenclaw common room sounds very cosy indeed. ‘Graceful arched windows punctuated the walls, which were hung with blue and bronze silks’ and the Ravenclaws were lucky enough to ‘a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains’. We particularly like the sound of the ceiling which ‘was domed and painted with stars, which were echoed in the midnight-blue carpet’. This being Ravenclaw common room, there are of course, chairs, tables and bookcases to pick out your next fascinating read. Sitting under the stars, with a view of the mountains, now that sounds pretty cosy to us.
This ‘large and beautiful circular room’ might not be the first cosy place you think of, but here’s our take on it. We love the idea of reading a good book whilst ‘curious silver instruments stood on spindle- legged tables, whirring and emitting little puffs of smoke.’ And what about all the portraits of old headmasters and headmistresses snoozing on the walls? We reckon being surrounded by all that knowledge and wisdom would feel pretty comforting – as long as Phineas Nigellus stayed asleep!
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