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This Is The Real Meaning Behind “Azkaban”

J.K. Rowling has shed new light on one of the many questions fans still have about the magical world she created almost 20 years ago.

Rowling writes that the word "Azkaban" is derived from a combination of the institution's Muggle equivalent and the Hebrew language. San Francisco Bay's Alacatraz is Azkaban's "closest Muggle equivalent, being set on an island," Rowling writes, according to Time. Rowling was also inspired by the Hebrew word "Abbadon," which means “‘place of destruction’ or ‘depths of hell,'” she writes. Pretty perfect for a prison guarded by Dementors, right?You can read the new e-books, including the other two collections — Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide, and Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies — by purchasing them over on Pottermore.

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