I am making a fanfiction story about Harry Potter set in the 19th century. The main character lives in London, attends Hogwarts, and returns home during Christmas and whenever they let them go home.

How far is Hogwarts from London, and how many days would it take to return home?

  • If you travel by thestral-drawn carriage, zero days – Valorum Nov 30 '18 at 21:39
  • @Valorum Thestral all the way from Scotland? Your carriage is either driven by a monster, or by an invisible force, and it might even be flying - Muggles are out with torches and forks way before you've left Scotland – Jenayah Nov 30 '18 at 21:42
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    @Jenayah - hence why you use a Disillusionment Charm – Valorum Nov 30 '18 at 21:43
  • @Valorum if it's fanfic, I vouch for Thestral-carriage-sized Invisibility Cloak. Waaaay cooler. – Jenayah Nov 30 '18 at 21:44
  • For large-scale transport, I'd vote for connecting the nation's destructors to the floo network. – Gaultheria Dec 3 '18 at 9:25

The exact location of Hogwarts isn't specifically known, but we do know that it's in Scotland. If we take the most likely location, (near Argyll and Bute) that places it some 500(ish) miles from your destination in London.

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Assuming your carriage is drawn by mundane horses, replenished en-route and you don't mind getting up early, you'll make about 30ish miles in a day or a total journey time of about 15(ish) days.

Since that means an effective round-trip of a month (excluding any time spent at home), I'm at a loss why you wouldn't use one of the many faster alternatives available to wizards.

Wizards who cannot Apparate (dematerialise and reappear at will), who wish to travel by daylight (meaning that broomsticks, Thestrals, flying cars and dragons are inappropriate), or whose destination has no fireplace (rendering Floo powder useless) will have to resort to the use of a Portkey.

Portkeys By J.K. Rowling

If you're desperate to have your character in a carriage for some reason, there are also better options than horses.

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And a muggle train on the newly opened Caledonian line (available after 1850) would take you just 13 hours to get from Scotland to London at a much cheaper ticket price than a carriage.

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