This is a place where Harry, Ron and Hermione have all spent a considerable
amount of time. It is located on the first floor of the castle, and within its
realms the authority of Madam Pomfrey – the nurse – is absolute.
Not only does she have full authority over her patients, she also calls the
shots with the teachers over hospital matters, and has even been known to call
rank over Professor Dumbledore. As such, Madam Pomfrey is not to be trifled
with – when it comes to medicine she knows what’s best for her patients
and will not take “no” for an answers. On the other hand she is
far from being a dragon: she is kind and caring, and as far as Harry is concerned
she doesn’t ask too many awkward questions if a student is brought in
having been half-transformed into a cat.
The hospital wing itself consists of a large room which has beds lined right
down two sides of the walls, along with Madam Pomfrey’s office which is
also in the area. Students who have received injuries in or around the castle
(which seems to happen far more often than at a normal school), or who are ill,
will be sent to the hospital wing for magical healing. There aren’t many
things Madam Pomfrey can’t fix, though for serious, more long-term injuries
or illness, it is likely that a student would be sent to St. Mungo’s.
Still, in Harry’s short time at Hogwarts, she has already:
Re-grown Harry’s arm bones after Professor Lockhart accidentally removed
Tended Harry’s wound from a dragon, inflicted during the Triwizard Tournament.
Cured Ron when his hand swelled up and went green – another dragon injury.
Un-petrified Hermione, Colin Creevey, Penelope Clearwater, Justin Finch-Fletchley,
and Mrs Norris. It’s unclear if she helped with Nearly-Headless Nick in
Cured Hermione when she half-turned herself into a cat with Polyjuice Potion.
Returned Hermione’s teeth to normal size following an accident with a