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I mean, like hurricanes, meteors, volcanic eruptions, etc.? I guess you could say that the protection of Hogwarts can withstand strong wind (actually I wasn't sure about this when I wrote this post and I still am not sure if that's possible) but what about volcanoes? And what about meteors?

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    Scotland has surpringly few active volcanoes. Almost none, in fact, if memory serves. – Valorum Mar 12 '17 at 18:44
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    Same goes for hurricanes - and meteors haven't been particularly reaching the surface of our planet since 4000000000 BC (give or take 1 billion years) – Gallifreyan Mar 12 '17 at 18:45
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    Then everyone dies. – Valorum Mar 12 '17 at 18:46
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    @TheDarkLord - Pfft. Ye call that a breeze? When I was a wee lad we had winds that'd strip the skin off yer fish. – Valorum Mar 12 '17 at 22:03
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Signs point to “no”

I don’t think we can reach any conclusions with complete certainty, but the evidence suggests not:

  1. Hogwarts is not protected against natural low temperatures:

    The skies and the ceiling of the Great Hall turned a pale, pearly gray, the mountains around Hogwarts became snowcapped, and the temperature in the castle dropped so far that many students wore their thick protective dragon skin gloves in the corridors between lessons.

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  2. It doesn’t appear to be safe from breezes, either:

    The start of December brought wind and sleet to Hogwarts. Drafty though the castle always was in winter, Harry was glad of its fires and thick walls every time he passed the Durmstrang ship on the lake, which was pitching in the high winds, its black sails billowing against the dark skies.

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    That the castle is “drafty” suggests that cold air is coming in from the outside.

It would seem that the only protection Hogwarts has from ordinary atmospheric conditions is that which is normal for a building of its size and materials.

It’s also perhaps worth noting that the protections around the castle put up no resistance to having a large object (Hagrid) hurled through a window:

Lost in desperate speculation, Harry turned a corner, but he had taken only a few steps down the new corridor when the window to his left broke open with a deafening, shattering crash. As he leapt aside, a gigantic body flew in through the window and hit the opposite wall. Something large and furry detached itself, whimpering, from the new arrival and flung itself at Harry.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Now, is it possible that Hogwarts is protected from more violent natural phenomena (as opposed to magical attacks)? Is it possible, for example, that while the protections would not prevent Hagrid from being thrown through a window, they would deflect a meteor? Is it possible that while they did not protect against winter weather, they would repel the heat of lava?

Certainly, but I don’t believe we’ve seen any evidence to suggest this is the case.


It’s also worth noting that:

  • Maybe a worry about meteor strikes is the reason they spend so much time looking at the stars, given that there's no other obvious reason. – Valorum Mar 12 '17 at 22:04
  • @Dominic - That isn't generally how we do things. When you delete your account, your posts will be anonymized, but the positive score of both question and answer means that the community found it useful. Thus we should not delete it. – Adamant Jul 18 '17 at 16:11
  • @Dominic - Probably not. Please post on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Meta if you want more explanation, though I expect the answer will be the same. – Adamant Jul 19 '17 at 18:01
  • Ok then. Thank you for the response about my deletion requests. – Dominic Aug 3 '17 at 23:37

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