The Great Lake 黑湖

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By J.K. Rowling Originally published on

on Aug 10th 2015

J.K.罗琳 原载于 2015年8月10日

The grounds of Hogwarts function partly as a nature reserve for magical creatures which have difficulty existing in Muggle-inhabited areas. The lake is full of creatures that would make a Muggle naturalist swoon with delight – if terror did not seize them first. There are Grindylows (vicious little water demons), merpeople (of a hardy Scottish strain) and a giant squid, which is semi-domesticated and permits students to tickle its tentacles on sunny days, when it basks in the shallows. Giant squid genuinely exist, though they are most mysterious creatures. Although their extraordinary bodies have been washed up all over the world, it was not until 2006 that a live giant squid was captured on film by Muggles. I strongly suspect them of having magical powers.

霍格沃兹学院的部分功能是为在麻瓜居住区难以生存的魔法生物提供自然保护区。 湖中充满了生物,如果不是恐怖先抓住了它们,这些生物会让麻瓜博物学家欣喜若狂。这里有格林迪洛(一种凶猛的小水妖)、人鱼(属于耐寒的苏格兰品种)和一只巨型乌贼,它是半驯化的,当它在浅滩晒太阳时,学生们可以在阳光明媚的日子里挠它的触角。 巨型乌贼确实存在,尽管它们是最神秘的生物。虽然他们非凡的身体已经被冲到了世界各地,但直到2006年,一只活的巨型乌贼才被麻瓜拍成电影。我强烈怀疑他们有魔力。

J.K. Rowling’s thoughts


The lake is the setting for the second task that the Triwizard competitors must face in Goblet of Fire, which is also my favourite task. I find it satisfyingly creepy; I like the diversity of the methods employed by the competitors to breathe underwater, and I enjoyed plumbing the depths of a part of the grounds that had never been seen before. In the original draft of Chamber of Secrets, I had Harry and Ron crash into the lake in Mr Weasley’s Ford Anglia, and meet the merpeople there for the first time. At that time I had a vague notion that the lake might lead to other places, and that the merpeople might play a larger role in the later books than they did, so I thought that Harry ought to be introduced to both at this stage. However, the Whomping Willow provided a more satisfying, less distracting crash, and served a later purpose in Prisoner of Azkaban, too. The Great Lake (which is really a Scottish loch, apparently freshwater and landlocked) never did develop as a portal to other seas or rivers, although the appearance of the Durmstrang ship from its depths in Goblet of Fire hints at the fact that if you are travelling by an enchanted craft, you might be able to take a magical shortcut to other waterways.