Are muggles able to see and/or enter Hogwarts?

Has anything been said or implied in any of the books or films or any of their supporting materials that would support or conflict with Muggles being able to see or enter Hogwarts?

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    That suggests that he might be a Squib Commented Dec 13, 2021 at 19:48
  • going soley from the trailer, and how Jacob clearly has no idea how to hold the thing, my initial guess is this is just a 'yes, I'm a wizard card' for him to have, since Grindlewald is declaring war on Muggles
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Dec 13, 2021 at 20:23
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    Why did you edit your question to close it as a dupe? The answer to your original film-specific question doesn't exist at the dupe target.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Dec 14, 2021 at 16:47
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    @Randal'Thor - Please don't do that. The answers here are currently focused on the books, and it thus makes a lot more sense to leave this question about the books. If you want a question that's movie specific you're welcome to ask your own instead of invalidating the existing answers.
    – ibid
    Commented Dec 16, 2021 at 5:48
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    No, it's better to leave the existing movie-specific question instead of vandalising it into a duplicate. It's not "invalidating existing answers" to put the question into the same form it was in when those answers were posted.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Dec 16, 2021 at 8:36

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Throughout the books we're repeatedly told that Muggles cannot visit Hogwarts, in its place they'd see nothing but a derelict ruin with DANGER - DO NOT ENTER signs around it. Presumably its inhabitants would also be hidden from view.

However, there's one instance - albeit only a mention - where we know for a fact that Muggles were able to go to the castle. In Chamber of Secrets, while revisiting Riddle's memory of the night Moaning Myrtle was killed, the then-headmaster Professor Dippet mentions that 'the girl's parents will arrive in the morning'.

In the film it is Riddle who says the line:

Hagrid. The dead girl's parents will be here tomorrow. The least Hogwarts can do is make sure the thing that killed their daughter is slaughtered.

We know that Myrtle is Muggle-born, her parents are Muggles. How could they visit the castle? It stands to reason that the anti-Muggle enchantments around the school can be modified to allow specific Muggles to enter, or perhaps a spell can be cast on the Muggles themselves to allow them to see through the enchantment.

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    A derelict building with "do not enter" signs? Challenge accepted!
    – Peter M
    Commented Dec 13, 2021 at 20:56
  • Or the enchantment only applies outside some radius. Once you actually go inside then you can see everything.
    – OrangeDog
    Commented Dec 14, 2021 at 12:13
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    Cooper, there's been some dispute over whether TheLethalCarrot's edit to your answer is too far from your own original post which didn't mention the films at all. You are free to roll back such an edit, if you wish, although note that the question (as originally asked) is specifically looking for a film-based answer, not one just based on the books.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 22:10
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    Note also that both of these events happened well before the events of the main series—there's no indication that the anti-muggle charms have been there for Hogwarts' entire history.
    – Milo P
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 22:22
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    @Randal'Thor No, I think it's a good addition coupled with the film clip. I'd have added it myself if I had thought of it.
    – Cooper
    Commented Dec 17, 2021 at 0:28

Hogwarts is protected by layers and layers of charms laid by generations of wizards teaching there. So it is quite well protected by a number of them, but in this case there is one specifically designed for the purpose: Muggle-Repelling Charm

It is quite ingenious in how it works:

Every time Muggles have got anywhere near here all year, they've suddenly remembered urgent appointments and had to dash away again.

I think Hermione mentions the specific case of the charm use by Hogwarts when discussing her tent in Deathly Hallows, but this may be the memoriam fragilis est case.

There are also other charms (as mentioned in other answer), that hides Hogwarts under the illusion of desolate ruin and probably more, but Muggle-repelling charm is probably used all around the perimeter, which I assume is quite large to encompass not only castle but large area nearby, including part of the Forest (if not all, for Muggle protection).


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