Hogwarts, the sequel

Well, people, Amigo is settled into his apartment and we are trying to get used to life as empty nest types. It’ll be easier when we’re sure that Amigo is successfully settled into his uptown apartment and actually feeding himself regular meals. Meanwhile, you can review the internal evidence that Hogwarts does, indeed, exist in Minnesota.

A few days ago, you saw the outside and the entrance to Minnesota’s answer to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Now lets follow Amigo and his parents (Daisy and Chuck) as they scope out the fascinating place.

Conveniently located for floo powder travel

The director has a huge working fireplace in her office. Many other rooms have fireplaces, but none are this big.

Speaking of rooms, when I asked to use the rest room, they showed me to the hidden door in the wall.

Myrtle? Are you in there?

To get to the second floor, we had to go up the ancient wooden steps. Luckily, these stayed in place; none of that bad habit of changing directions every other Tuesday. Or was it Thursday?

How many staircases are in the Hogwarts castle?

On the second floor we were certain that this was a division of Hogwarts, U.S.A. Could these lampholders exist anywhere else?

Holder of the Light

There’s more to behold – later. For now, the answer to the above question. How many staircases are in the Hogwarts castle? Well?

142, of course. “…wide, sweeping ones; narrow, rickety ones; some that led somewhere different on a Friday…”

Oh, the white thing in the top picture? I honestly don’t remember. Maybe it’s the mansion’s ghost, Mrs. Pillsbury. She’s supposed to be friendly.

Readers, Amigo is enrolled at this historic mansion now. Given his outgoing and friendly nature, Mrs. Pillsbury is probably giving him tours of all the secret passageways. 

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