Return to White Hound fan-fiction
This multi-part essay, nine years in the making as at 2014 and still not entirely complete, is divided into the following sections, which should ideally be read in order:
including an examination of JK Rowling's own map of Hogwarts; an explanation of the basis for this essay; and references.
whereabouts in Britain is Hogwarts?
the basic compass-orientation of the castle and grounds and of the mountains around them (these two things are intimately linked, since most of what we know about the castle's orientation is derived from the timing and position on the horizon of sunrise and sunset).
The castle grounds:
what we know about the scale and layout of the castle grounds; a suggested plan which fits everything which we are told in the books, whilst remaining reasonably close to JK Rowling's own sketch.
an overview of what we know about the style and layout of the castle, and one possible ground-plan which would fit what we know.
what we know or can surmise about the scale, position and layout of Hogsmeade village.
The Forbidden Forest:
the scale of the Forest, and a suggested chart showing the probable locations of Acromantula, Thestrals etc..
Routes around the castle:
shows possible locations and routes for various events which took place in Hogwarts castle during the course of the books, using the approximate, possible floor-plan worked out in the castle section.
Journeys around the grounds:
shows possible locations and routes for various events which took place in the grounds of Hogwarts during the course of the books, using the fairly definite map worked out in the grounds section.