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Questions about Muggle parents getting onto Platform 9¾ are addressed Who gets Muggleborn students onto Platform 9¾, where it's verified that Muggle parents and siblings can indeed get onto the platform, so are able to cross that magical barrier (DH). I cannot find a canon reference to any known Muggle parents visiting Hogwarts. It seems unfathomable that any parent would send their child(ren) off to a boarding school — a magical one no less — without reassurance they would have access to their child(ren) as needed. A few things:

In Goblet of Fire, Hermione explains that Muggles cannot see Hogwarts:

‘[Hogwarts is] bewitched,’ said Hermione. ‘If a Muggle looks at it, all they see is a mouldering old ruin with a sign over the entrance saying DANGER, DO NOT ENTER, UNSAFE.’

Goblet of Fire — page 148 — Bloomsbury — chapter 11, Aboard the Hogwarts Express

Does this mean Muggle parents simply cannot see the outside of Hogwarts, or does it mean Muggle parents, if somehow led inside Hogwarts, wouldn't be able to see anything or the interior of Hogwarts would appear as a ruin?

It's not against the rules for Hogwarts parents to visit their child(ren). Arthur and Molly Weasley make quite a few appearances at Hogwarts (CoS, GoF, HBP). Various sets of parents show up to collect students after Dumbledore is killed, such as the Patil twins, Zacharias Smith, and Seamus Finnigan (HBP). Of course Lucius Malfoy makes his appearances at Hogwarts (CoS), and Slytherin student Graham Montague's parents come to Hogwarts after Montague Apparates out from the broken Vanishing Cabinet where he had been trapped by Fred and George Weasley (OotP).

Finally, Petunia managed to send a letter to Dumbledore when she was still a child (DH), so the barrier between the Muggle World and Hogwarts must have some flexibility.

Or am I wrong and all the parents of Muggleborn students are just plain out of luck when it comes to visiting their child during the school year? Do Muggle parents visit their Muggleborn children at Hogwarts, or are they totally excluded?

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    Hermione's parents accompany her to Diagon Alley on more than one occasion, and would no doubt have entered the same way that Harry did in his first year. However, the Leaky Cauldron is supposedly invisible to Muggles, so I'm not sure if the standard rules apply to parents and siblings of witches and wizards - perhaps they're more like Squibs, they know of the wizarding world and can therefore see things that are normally hidden from Muggles, but have no magical ability themselves. – Anthony Grist Jun 15 '12 at 8:37
  • I could have sworn that Myrtle's parents came to the castle (I know they were going to in the film but I thought in the book too.. perhaps not?). And I want to say that some parents came to pick up their children after Dumbledore's death (whether any were Muggles I don't recall). And yet even if they are I am curious about how it works exactly because of what Hermione says. – Pryftan Sep 22 '17 at 21:11
  • @AnthonyGrist Good point. That answers my curiosity I'm sure. – Pryftan Sep 22 '17 at 21:12
  • @AnthonyGrist - good observation. I always interpreted it as the "accompanying" made things work, though. i.e., Hermionie's parents could get in because Hermione could see the Leaky Cauldron, and she was with them to guide them in. No canon way to be sure though. – Mary7678 Sep 24 '18 at 21:13
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I'm unaware of any canon answers so I will hazard a reasonable guess.

It seems exceptionally unlikely that Dumbledore would allow any policy or circumstance which made it impossible for a parent to visit with their child. Parents are, after all, the child's first teacher/protector/champion/consoler/cheering section and in times of triumph/stress/trauma, most children will turn to their parent. Dumbledore has consistently shown that the welfare of his students is a primary concern and so he would insure that all of his students could avail themselves of whatever parents/guardians they had.

On the other hand, I think that muggle parents would feel exceptionally uncomfortable traveling to Hogwarts under most circumstances. I can just imagine one of Hermione's dentist parents doing side-along-apparation with Dumbledore.

Generally, I think that the comment by Anthony Grist is probably correct (families of witches and wizards are more like squibs) and thus they could travel to Hogwarts. I think it's fairly rare though and that's why we don't see any instances of it in the books.

  • I think you're right about Dumbledore -- he would never deny a child access to their parents. I can see Muggle parents being relatively comfortable on the Hogwarts Express, as it's a Muggle train, but then again it doesn't run regularly. It would indeed be hard for them to side Apparate or Floo. :) – Slytherincess Oct 7 '12 at 17:18
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    Just wondering - how do we know the Hogwarts Express doesn't run regularly? Is it a special service that only runs to the school twice each term, or could it be a (maybe) weekly service? Is this stated anywhere? – NiceOrc Nov 13 '12 at 2:17
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    What would Muggles see when brought into Hogwarts? A Marsh? Abandoned building? Or would the charms not work on them only; or wear off once they are inside? – Möoz May 1 '14 at 22:40
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    On the other other hand, I would high-five the muggle parent who is cool enough to travel to Hogwarts with their wizard kid to make sure it's safe for their child. – Zibbobz Jun 10 '14 at 15:16
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  • Moaning Myrtle parents (who were Muggles, as she was a victim of the Heir of Slytherin because of that) came to Hogwarts to pick up her body. Therefore, it's technically possible.

    "Come on, Rubeus," said Riddle, moving yet closer. “The dead girl’s parents will be here tomorrow..." - Chamber of Secrets, CHAPTER THIRTEEN, The Very Secret Diary

  • Weasley's were at Hogwarts both during HBP, and, more importantly, CoS when Ginny was taken to the Chamber:

    ... moments later, found themselves outside Professor McGonagall’s office. ... It was Mrs. Weasley, who had been sitting crying in front of the fire. She leapt to her feet, closely followed by Mr. Weasley, and both of them flung themselves on their daughter. - Chamber of Secrets, CHAPTER EIGHTEEN, Dobby’s Reward

  • Montague's parents picked him up after being stuck in the Vanishing Cabinet.

    To cap matters, Montague had still not recovered from his sojourn in the toilet; he remained confused and disorientated and his par-ents were to be observed one Tuesday morning striding up the front drive, looking extremely angry (OotP)

  • I'm sure some of the parents (Cedric's for sure) were spectators for the Tri-Wizard in GoF.


While there's no canon info about parents visiting in regular circumstances, it's clear that (1) parents COULD visit, and (2) Muggle parents COULD get in.

So, the actual answer is two-fer:

  1. We don't know if parent visits were allowed as part of regular school routine in the first place. Based on my experience with American schools, that seems highly discouraged, and I guess Brit schools would be the same.

  2. However, IF such visits were allowed for Wizard parents, it's 100% clear Muggle ones could be included in that (and, under a Headmaster like Dumbledore or Minerva, WOULD be included).

  • It has been a while since I was in school, but American schools did have at least one Parent-Teacher night during the school year that I remember. – Xantec Nov 12 '12 at 18:37
  • @Xantec- yes, precisely. 1 night a year. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Nov 12 '12 at 18:38
  • True, but I don't think parents are generally discouraged from arranging meeting with teachers or support faculty (principals, counselors etc). Although in the case of a Muggle parent wanting to speak to a teacher from Hogwarts, I bet for logistical reasons the teacher would visit them and not visa versa. – Xantec Nov 12 '12 at 18:40
  • @Xantec - they are in our school. The ONLY 3 meetings with teachers in this year were/are/will be before 1st day of classes party; a common "everyone" parent teacher meeting, and a December one-on-ones with teachers. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Nov 12 '12 at 20:33
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    ... Heck, most of the time the teacher feel it beneath them to answer an owl... errr...an email from parent – DVK-on-Ahch-To Nov 12 '12 at 20:34

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