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Azkaban is a fortress on an island in the middle of the North Sea. It serves the magical community of Great Britain as a prison for convicted criminals. It was built in the 15th century and it has been in use as a detention facility since 1718. Using certain Charms, Azkaban is hidden from the Muggle world, and is Unplottable.

Etymology

The name Azkaban is inspired by the Hebrew word Abaddon, meaning 'place of destruction' or 'depths of hell' and also draws inspiration from the Prison of Alcatraz off the coast of San Francisco. It may also derive from the name of the Russian town Abakan, which has historically been occupied by various groups of exiles.

Appearances

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First mentioned)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (First appearance)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game) (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play) (Mentioned only)
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World (Mentioned only)
  • LEGO Harry Potter (Mentioned only)
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Mentioned only)
  • Pottermore
  • Harry Potter: The Character Vault (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter: The Creature Vault (Mentioned only)

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