Hogwarts Castle
Location Details
Address: Unplottable, Hogsmeade, Scottland, United Kingdom
Coordinates: Q,5
Owner: Board of Governors
Type: Educational
Wealth:

Dungeons & Subterranean

Hufflepuff Burrow

The Hufflepuff House common room is a cosy and welcoming place. The large, earthy room is built in a circle, and rests almost entirely below ground. Near the ceiling, about nine feet up, are round windows set at exterior ground level so the grass and plants outside can be seen, with the Hogwarts Greenhouse just beyond. The outdoors makes its way indoors as many nooks, shelves and other surfaces house potted plants. Alternating rows of yellow and black bricks make up the circular walls, giving the chamber a striped appearance.

The room's entrance is a round tunnel extending from the cask lid door. Gold bricks with black mortar circle the doors that lead into the Girls and Boys Dormitories, the Head of House Chambers, and the two rooms reserved for Head Boy and Head Girl when they are Hufflepuffs. Cosy black-and-yellow patterned sofas and chairs are mostly gathered about the elliptical fireplace. Above the hearth is a portrait of Helga Hufflepuff toasting her students with a two-handled golden cup. The frame is highly polished honey-colored wood carved with a plethora of dancing, playful badgers. The dancing badger carved wood theme continues on over to a curved buffet table the Hogwarts House-elves keep stocked with enough drinks, snacks and treats that could stuff an elephant.

++Hufflepuff Boys' Dormitory
The Hufflepuff Boy's Dormitory is a cosy and welcoming place. The large, earthy room is built in a circle, and rests almost entirely below ground. Near the ceiling, about nine feet up, are round windows set at exterior ground level so the grass and plants outside can be seen. The outdoors makes its way indoors as many nooks, shelves and other surfaces house potted plants. Alternating rows of yellow and black bricks make up the circular walls, giving the chamber a striped appearance.

The large circular hub of the Boys Dormitory has many round doors set into its walls. Each of the Years get their own room to share. So there are seven doors at least, with extra rooms for a Head of House if they so happen to be male and a few private rooms for Prefects as well. Lastly is the entrance to a communal bathroom with the same decore as the rest of the dorms. Gold bricks with black mortar circle about the door and windows. Within each room are cosy black-and-yellow patterned sofas and chairs which are mostly gathered about central iron room heater. Along the walls are round beds for the students made out of ebony wood with buttery velvet yellow comforters. Each bed has a canopy of black semi-transparent sheer fabric with golden hooks in the bead posts to hold the curtains open. Beside each bed is a small desk on one side and a nightstand and belongings trunk on the other.

++Hufflepuff Girls' Dormitory
The Hufflepuff Girl's Dormitory is a cosy and welcoming place. The large, earthy room is built in a circle, and rests almost entirely below ground. Near the ceiling, about nine feet up, are round windows set at exterior ground level so the grass and plants outside can be seen. The outdoors makes its way indoors as many nooks, shelves and other surfaces house potted plants. Alternating rows of yellow and black bricks make up the circular walls, giving the chamber a striped appearance.

The large circular hub of the Girls Dormitory has many round doors set into its walls. Each of the Years get their own room to share. So there are seven doors at least, with extra rooms for a Head of House if they so happen to be female and a few private rooms for Prefects as well. Lastly is the entrance to a communal bathroom with the same decore as the rest of the dorms. Gold bricks with black mortar circle about the door and windows. Within each room are cosy black-and-yellow patterned sofas and chairs which are mostly gathered about central iron room heater. Along the walls are round beds for the students made out of ebony wood with buttery velvet yellow comforters. Each bed has a canopy of black semi-transparent sheer fabric with golden hooks in the bead posts to hold the curtains open. Beside each bed is a small desk on one side and a nightstand and belongings trunk on the other.

Kitchen

Students are NOT allowed in the Kitchen. ICA=ICC.

Sitting directly under the Great Hall the Hogwarts kitchen is a large open room. In the middle of the room sit four long tables that are directly linked to the tables in the Great Hall. As soon as one of the hundreds of house elves that work in the kitchens places anything on one of these tables it magically disappears to appear up above at the corresponding house table. The large room is windowless but it is cheerfully lit with floating candle mimicking the ones in the Great Hall and comfortably warmed by the large stoves and brick ovens where the cooking takes place. There activity in this room never stops, merely waning slightly between meals and at night. But there is always something to be prepared or something to be cleaned so there is always a multitude of house elves to be found here.

Kitchen Passage

Brightly lit with torches along the walls, this wide stone corridor is much too cheery to lead to anyplace scary. Most of the pictures along the walls depict some sort of food, giving one the idea that the kitchens must be around here somewhere. Or, it could just mean that the cheerful, sugary abode of the Hufflepuff lurks somewhere here as well. But where oh where could they be? The corridor doesn't have a single doorway in it. Just a long corridor with stairs at the northeast end that lead back up to the Entry Hall. The hall seems to also be used for storage, it seems, as there is a stack of vinegar barrels piled in a triangle like arrangement against the western most wall.

Labyrinthine Hall

The transition between to the above ground world of the school and the dungeons below is striking. The area below Hogwarts might as well belong to a completely different building. Dark Stone makes up the floor, walls, and ceiling, the oily, flickering light provided by torches in the tarnished bronze sconces along the wall seems to be sucked away by the lurking darkness. Some corridors seem to have collapsed some time in the past, dead ending in rubble and dirt. Down others, the torches have gone out for good, forcing any adventurous student to explore by wand light. In contrast, the main corridor is well maintained, the floor slightly worn by the tread of generations of students to and from potions class.

Potions Classroom

The Potions classroom is a windowless classroom with stone arches running along its walls holding up a low ceiling. Within each arch are shelves that hold glass jars with pickled animal remains, both mundane and magical. Under the shelves are cabinets that stand open during class times to give students access to all of the potion making materials they might need. The room itself is a big square filled with a double row of long tables with enough space for four or five students to have a cauldron set up and books open at each one. At the end of the room is a stone dais with a desk set upon it from which the Potions Master can survey the entirety of the room. Behind the desk is a doorway that leads to the Professor's Office. During classes the entire room is illuminated by guttering torches and the burners underneath the students cauldron making for a rather gloomy atmosphere. Through a trapdoor in the floor by the Professor's Desk is a large storage basement that is used to store the necessary potion supplies.

Serpentine Maze

Past the Potions classroom, the corridor turns and splits, passages twisting and undulating into shadow and doubling back in complex patterns that seem to turn ever inward. Any soul not in full possession of the labyrinth's secrets might well find themselves back where they started. Damp and chilly, the way is dimly illuminated, bathed in guttering torchlight that makes the elaborately carved depictions of snakes in the stonework seem to slither. There are many false turns, but at one particular dead-end, the wall features in bas-relief the image of a medievally robed man with a pointy goatee and bald pate. His other features have been worn to nothing by the touch of a thousand reverent hands.

Slytherin Dungeons

The Slytherin commons room is a low-ceilinged, dungeon-like affair illuminated during the day by a multitude of greenish lamps and a roaring fire which also works to partially ward of the perpetual chill of the dungeons. The common room is filled with low-backed, black and dark green leather sofas and armchairs accented with buttons that create dimples deep in the upholstery. For the decorative carvings of the dark wood cupboards, the columns, the mantelpiece, and other architectural details of the room run strongly towards snakes and skulls motif. All these details combine to create a quite grand atmosphere with a touch of spooky and cold.

Day or night the enchanted windows are filled with an eerie green glow from the water on the other side. Occasionally the Giant Squid and other residents of the Black Lake will swim by the portals. Over all the common room has a sunken ship feel, though is oddly enough also gives a strange cozy sense as well.

++Slytherin Girls' Dormitory
The Girl's Dormitory has the same low ceilinged, dungeon-like atmosphere as the common room. Each Year shares a room, with private rooms for Prefects and the Head of House, if they should be female. Within every room are ancient four poster beds that creak and moan even when empty at times. Spaced out quite a bit, ancient tapestry curtains hangs between every bed, many of which depict adventures of Slytherins of old. Within these tapestry cubicles besides the bed is a writing desk, low dresser and above each desk a display case and shelves are mounted for the resident's achievements to be displayed. Silver lanterns provide cool illumination. A communal bathroom can also be found behind a door in the dormitory.

++Slytherin Boys' Dormitory
The Boy's Dormitory has the same low ceilinged, dungeon-like atmosphere as the common room. Each Year shares a room, with private rooms for Prefects and the Head of House, if they should be male. Within every room are ancient four poster beds that creak and moan even when empty at times. Spaced out quite a bit, ancient tapestry curtains hangs between every bed, many of which depict adventures of Slytherins of old. Within these tapestry cubicles besides the bed is a writing desk, low dresser and above each desk a display case and shelves are mounted for the resident's achievements to be displayed. Silver lanterns provide cool illumination. A communal bathroom can also be found behind a door in the dormitory.

Ground Floor

Broom Closet

The brooms and mops are arranged neatly on hooks against the wall, with buckets on the floor below. Shelves lined with cleaners and sponges and other tricks of the cleaning trade cramp the already tiny closet even more. There's just about enough room for two people to stand really close in here, but other than that, something will have to be removed. Interesting, the fact that there is room for two people, no matter how old or what their size.

Caretaker's Office

Detention seems to be a thrill for the current Caretaker. Chains hang from the ceiling, some with vice like clamps for manacles for hanging someone by the thumbs. Ledgers overflow the one bookcase, as there is room for only one among the file cabinets holding the records of all detected misdeeds within the walls of Hogwarts, along with confiscated items. Behind the small desk is a piece of black parchment that is written in red ink, rumoured to be the blood of the student who's name is written. Caretaker Pringle's infamous 'List' of n'er-do-wells that don't get much of a second chance if there's even a wiff of trouble.

Chamber Of Reception

This small, square room off the Entry Hall has been tucked into a corner, out of the way and rarely used. The first years first make it here from their climb up from their boat ride across Black Lake at the beginning of term. The smooth stone walls are lit by a lamp hanging overhead, with two sconces on each wall. There's barely even any furniture here, a few padded chairs and small, polished tables scattered around the edges where students sometimes meet to chat or study out of the way of the castle's bustle. Within the eastern wall of the Ante-chamber is a well fortified door that leads out to a large courtyard that acts as an exit to the eastern portion of the campus grounds.

Classroom 1 & 2

The burn-marks across the walls suggest that this was either a dragon-taming chamber at a time before the beasts became illegal, or more likely the wizarding equivalent of the practice area for those held back in Charms. Desks are positioned in no particular order throughout the room, probably arranged the way they are by whomever last used the place for some secret club or clandestine group meeting. A prominent bookshelf along one wall is filled, instead of books, with all manner of leftovers gathered from throughout the school: empty beakers, containers and tubes in boxes; what looks like the skeleton of a small bird with razor-sharp teeth in a glass container about the size of a small jewelry box; and the like.

Club Room

This large room has a variety of uses, and can be setup differently for each club that uses it. Large storage doors around the room each hold a different club's equipment, to be setup with the wave of a wand. When the Athletics Club is here, for example, the room is full of gymnastics, weight, and other sports equipment. When the Domestics Club is here, however, stoves and cauldrons and workstations are more likely to be found here.

Entry Hall

The marble base of the grand staircase stands directly opposite a massive pair of oaken doors and flagstone courtyard beyond. Though the movement of the walkways from one landing to another may be glimpsed above, the heavy gloom shrouding the uppermost floors obscures the true height of the space. Braziers burning upon the walls cast their thin golden illumination upon glinting suits of armor that flank almost every oddly-spaced portal— even a broom closet. The feature of greatest interest (at least to students) are the four enormous hourglasses housed in niches to either side of the courtyard doors.

Grand Stairwell

White stone stairwells look peaceful and majestic for a whole minute. Once those sixty seconds have expired the whole stairwell, all seven stories of it come to life. Steps swivel from one landing to another. The figures in the numerous paintings of all shapes and sizes that cover the castle stone walls look on to the ever entertaining hussle and bustle the moving stairs create.

A newer addition to the stairwell chamber is a private elevator for those who are unable to make it up the stairs. A touch of a wand to the panel beside the elevator acts as a key to the locked device. Built into the stairwell walls the lift goes up, down, left, right and/or diagonal to get those in the elevator to the appropriate landing.

Great Hall

Braziers that hang by chains from the beaks of griffin gargoyles that line the walls where they meet the high vaulted enchanted ceiling offer warm illuminating blazes. Four long tables are evenly spaced with the heads of the table at the north and south of the room. Each table has a cloth runner down the center and a plush rug underneath of the different House colors indicating to which house the table belongs.

The most westerly table is the Slytherin table. Beside them is the Ravenclaw table. The Gryffindor table is then between the Ravenclaw table to the west and the Hufflepuff table which is the most easterly table. One other table along the northern wall up on a dais for the Professors to sit at and look over all four of the other tables. Also on the dais is one lectern gilded in gold with an owl spreading it's wings at the top of the lectern. Candles line the tops of the owl's wings to illuminate anyone speaking at the lectern. A stool like protrusion comes out of the lectern as well as that's where the first years sit when they are sorted.

There are three sets of doors in the Great Hall. The main exit and entrance that leads to the Entry Hall is a large set of double wooden doors carved with vines and flanked by high stone pedestals each set with a small brazier above the stony 'H' carved in the pedestal. On the eastern wall is a much smaller door just next to the dais that's attached to the antechamber the first years come up from the lake through. Lastly one other door is set into the northwest corner behind the High Table.

As always high above within the obscured stone and wood cathedral like buttresses and crockets the outside weather is reflected in an illusion with all the sound and visuals of the weather, just without the actual effects of it.

Staff Room

Like most rooms on the ground floor, the staff room has high ceilings, and tall windows down one side to illuminate the room, and keep an eye on the courtyard. Comfortable chairs line the dark wood panelled walls, with a grouping around the fireplace for staff conversation. The wardrobe in the corner shakes on occasion with the boggart that resides inside. Just outside the Staff Room, two gargoyles flank the door keeping students out when the room is empty.

Workshop

Long, heavily shielded windows lining one side of the workshop are designed to guard against even the more forceful projectiles that often spiral out of control from heavy tables that serve as work surfaces. The walls are scarred with burn-marks of many a project gone awry, and even the ceiling is scorched here and there by past misfires. Those familiar with the history of this room might even know that some of those "accidents" were anything but a mishap, and were even sometimes carefully planned. Shelves line the far wall from the entryway, stacked with models and manuals of wizarding innovations, as well as the students' current attempts-in-progress to duplicate those innovations.

First Floor

The noises of students clattering up and down the staircases mingle with the grinding of staircases as they rotate up and down to different landings. First-Years suffer the sting of their peers' laughter as they miss making their appointed position and are left stranded on stairwells suddenly disconnected from the whole. At times, confetti drifts lazily through sunbeams after someone sets off a firecracker or other magical gimmickry on a higher level. Students should be mindful to skip the third stair from the top - it squeaks, and has an appetite for sucking in the legs of the unwary.

Boys Bathroom

Diffuse light fills the rest room as it filters in through the frosted glass of its windows. To each side of the entrance there are three stalls, forming a corridor that leads to a wider, square area. In the middle of the square is a large half column with a basin around its middle that at first glance seem to be an octagonal fountain. A second glance reveals that it is actually a collection of eight ornate sinks, each with its own small mirror mounted right above the tap. The floors and walls are finishes in small blue-gray tiles that shimmer slightly in the diffuse light.

History Of Magic Classroom

Maps and charts cover every square inch of wallspace, making it impossible to tell the color of the walls beneath. Across the maps and charts, lines and graphs and figures slip into one pattern or another, articulating the tide of ancient battles, armies and territories - the walls themselves bleeding history into the minds of those who enter whether they wish it or not. Pictures of famous persons stand out in noble detal while infamous villains' seem to depict themselves as their faces come into view with sneers of contempt or the ambivalence of disdain. A particulary nasty-looking goblin cracks its knuckles in a gesture of open hostility for the unfortunate student who wanders too close to its depiction. Timelines cross over each other, blend together and tumble apart - they circle the room to the bottom of the clerestory window, close to the ceiling that lets in the ambient light. In the History of Magic classroom, the founders of the school were truly merciful - yes, even Salazaar Slytherin - sparing the students an actual view of the often more-appealing outside world during the tedium so many feel at journeying herre, the droning of seemingly-endless names and dates and facts and figures. Facing the large front teacher's desk, a rising semi-circle of study desks lay out a lecture style of seating, complete with excellent room acoustics to make sure everyone in the room experiences every detail of every fact and figure and name and date in perfect detail and little comfort. Not only can the History Professor be heard to the last row in this arrangement, of course .. but any snoring or the rustle of love notes can be heard by the Professor, and the entire class.

Hospital

Rows of like cast-iron beds flank a long center aisle that leads from the entryway door to a stained glass window at the end of the room. Each bed is accompanied by basic furnishings; a bedside table, an eating table, a chair and a screen to be pulled around that area when someone is in need of more privacy than is normally afforded. Medicine cabinets - perpetually restocked with all the basic necessities and remedies such as bandages, cough potions and the like, are positioned between large window that reflects any light against the glass cabinet doors. The opposite wall to the window is punctuated by a series of doorways leading to the Nurses' offices and private rooms for isolation cases.

Muggle Studies Classroom

While instructional pictures lining a classroom's walls are commonplace in Hogwarts, there is something inherently different about this place. Unlike so many other classrooms, some of these pictures simply aren't moving - at all. These, students will soon learn, are muggle inventors … people who have created gadgets to help muggles make do in their world - a world without detectable magic at work. Other stationary pictures represent their creations. The general leading the charge of a muggle battle sits forever frozen in portrait on the back of a rearing horse in front of an army poised on the edge of demolition. Some of the pureblood students - unused to such things - may find it a little unnerving at first. The students' desks - two chairs each - are wide and battle-scrarred from years of experimentation - and, likely, failure - involving muggle appliances.

Second Floor

The flood of activity from the floor below blossoms into a full-blown wave, a cascading tide of humanity - and sometimes others as well - moving across the second tier of mobile staircases present on every floor of the stairwell. Dignity isn't always the top priority here, as people are often jostled and shoved back and forth as they try to get out of the main body of the mass of come-and-go individuals processing themselves through the arteries of Hogwarts' many floors of goings-on. The haughty Slytherins are challenged to maintain their airs of social grace and propriety here, but some do manage to pass through the crowd and make it move for them, as opposed to the other way around as is more common.

Arcade

In Hogwarts nothing is truly as it seems, as the walls of this particular corridor prove. There are bookcases, a couple groupings of chairs and a thick carpet that covers the floor. Only this hallway has windows on both sides streaming light inside, and there is never a cloudy day to obscure the sun. A person trying to open the doors that line the walls might be lucky enough to find one that opens, but not lucky enough to escape a bloody chin or a broken nose on the wall behind it should they try to enter with more speed than attentiveness. Excepting the door that likes to jump out from under the hand of anyone attempting to grasp the accompanying knob, the other doors simply snicker at one's attempts; one even raspeberries as you turn the knob and tug.

Headmaster's Office

This three tiered tower houses the Headmaster's Office and living quarters. The headmaster's office itself is a large circular room lined with solid mahogany bookshelves crammed to bursting with books and scrolls and interrupted from time to time by one of the many windows that give light to the office. The only break in the books that does not contain a window is created by a fancily carved niche in which rests a battered old leather hat with a floppy brim, its folds and crevices bearing a suspicious resemblance to a scowling face.

Two flights of stairs, one running along each side wall, meet at an unseen point in the middle which leads to the tower's living quarters. The stairs' landing is hidden behind a wide expanse of wall defined by a triple set of Doric columns on each side that meet in a peaked decorative arch. On this wall reside the portraits of past headmistresses and headmasters of Hogwarts with the biggest portrait of them all belonging to the immediate predecessor of the current Head and always occupying a place of honor right above the office's throne-like chair. In front of the portraits' wall lives a large gothic desk carved out of mahogany to match the shelves on the walls and always crammed with paperwork.

Secret Storage Room

An empty storage room.
Students are prohibitted from being in here at all times.

Boys' Bathroom

Diffuse light fills the rest room as it filters in through the frosted glass of its windows. To each side of the entrance there are three stalls, forming a corridor that leads to a wider, square area. In the middle of the square is a large half column with a basin around its middle that at first glance seem to be an octagonal fountain. A second glance reveals that it is actually a collection of eight ornate sinks, each with its own small mirror mounted right above the tap. The floors and walls are finishes in small blue-gray tiles that shimmer slightly in the diffuse light.

Girls' Bathroom

Diffuse light fills the rest room as it filters in through the frosted glass of its windows. To each side of the entrance there are three stalls, a few of them featuring doorways that go all the way to the floor, forming a corridor that leads to a wider, square area. In the middle of the square is a large half column with a basin around its middle that at first glance seem to be an octagonal fountain. A second glance reveals that it is actually a collection of eight ornate sinks, each with its own small mirror mounted right above the tap, all of them chipped and stained with age and disuse. The ancient pipes of the Hogwarts Girls' Bathroom rattle and moan with age. Theres an occasional clang as if from a far distance, sounding as though a bell has been struck behind the castle walls. The floors and walls are finished in small blue-gray tiles that shimmer slightly in the diffuse light in the areas that are not covered in dust.

Charmitorium

An enormous chamber that changes it's lay-out quite frequently. Obstacle courses and other such challenges occur here in the Charmitorum to aid in practicing ones Charms Spells and lessons. Blocks of all sizes and density are available to create said courses and challenges. A prefect or Professor must be present for a student to use the Charmitorium outside of class.

Examination Room

The large cathedral-like windows in this room provide plenty of illumination to work by at the rows of old fashioned wooden desks. Unlike the desks in most other classrooms in the castle the desks in the examination room only seat one person each. The rooms itself has low, wooden beamed ceiling but still feels open and spacious thanks to the ample lighting and the large size of the space. Towards one end of the room an open space has been left for the proctor's desk, which is raised slightly to provide a clear view of the entire room.

Third Floor

Here the stairwell bears with it the weight of everything going on above it, and the depth of activity on the lower floors. The noise here might drive even stalwart Gryffindors to distraction, and much courage may be required to make sure one doesn't miss one's floor with the rush of activity going on in this level. Besides the twisting pathways of the stairs, there are waves of students from the floors above hurrying at various times to get down to the main floor, and the rushes of students hurrying upward toward their classes or research. This is a floor where traffic jams are not uncommon, though for the most part students will give way to civility - if a teacher or House Boy is close-by enough to earn good behavior.

Armour Gallery

Empty suits of medieval European armor stand guard along every wall here, polished to a shine and proudly displayed upon low pedestals. Though ages have passed since any of these suits has been worn, there is something strangely lifelike about them, as if they could step down from their displays at any moment and start marching about the castle.

Charms Classroom

The set up of this room is slightly unusual in that there are only four long desks, two lined along each side wall with the back desk on each side raised higher than the front one, creating a stair-like formation and leaving a long corridor open along the middle of the room. The large cathedral-like windows that form most of the back wall provide plenty of illumination to work by the massive wooden desks. Another unusual aspect of the room is the higher than normal vaulted ceilings, soaring up almost 12 feet. The space in front of the windows has been left open, with the exception of the teacher's desk, placed off at an angle in one corner. Next to the Desk in front of the windows close to the wall is a trap door that when opened leads down a spiral stairwell into the Charmitorium a level below the Classroom.

Clock Tower Entry Hall

The clicking, ticking, rotating, and swinging of many gears and wheels provides this room with an unusual charm. A giant pendulum, about three feet wide and at least two stories tall, swings in the center of the room, counting the seconds, while the stones that line the floor and wall echo faintly.

The massive doors to the clock tower are typically left open during the day, and closed during the evening, so that students may use it to pass in and out of the castle. The floors near the massive, wooden doors are usually marked with mud, but the remainder of the room is kept quite clean. A single stained glass window, which stretches nearly all the way to the clock's face near the top of the tower, provides most of the light for the room. Although, when light is needed, the walls bear several candelabra sconces.

A covered stairway, to the right of the front doors, leads up to the clock's face and its many gears. The door to it, however, is usually locked and barred.

Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom

The large cathedral-like windows in this room provide plenty of illumination to work by at the rows of old fashioned wooden desks, which seat two people each. The rooms itself has low, wooden beamed ceiling but still feels open and spacious thanks to the ample lighting and the large size of the space. Towards one end of the room an open space has been left for the instructor to walk about in, a blackboard covering most of the wall in that section of the room. In a corner of the instructor's area there is a small spiral staircase carved out of white marble that ends in a small balcony from which the instructor can observe the whole room without impediment as well as serving as the entrance to the D.A.D.A. office.

Library

The Hogwarts Library consists of books filling shelf after shelf in a large sequence of twisting corridors that culminate at the hallowed Restricted Section. Books that cover a variety of topics no muggle could ever dream of, from Potions to Magical History to all manner of obscure, fantastical and abstract magical disciplines and creatures. Amazing as all these are, what knowledge is held in the restricted section is only spoken of in whispers. Books float across from one shelf to another, rearranging themselves back to where they belong as students never return them properly. Tables are positioned at reasonable intervals to provide students with a place to consume the vast knowledge found here, or to study whatever assignment they've waited until the last minute to complete.

Trophy Room

If there were a trophy for managing wizarding space, it would be in this room. There is no such trophy here, of course, but this normal looking chamber nevertheless collects every trophy ever earned by a Hogwarts student during his time at school. Closer inspection, and perhaps a knowledge of the finer points of artifice, reveal that the trophy cases themselves are the enchanted element here, bewitched as they are to hold so many shiny examples of the manifold definitions of success on display among the Hogwarts classes: accomplishments in Quidditch, victory in Gobstones, exceptional achievements in Transfiguration and Potions and many more deeds are remembered here in silver and gold … and other sorts of materials, as well. Of course, all the House Cup winners from the very first year of the award all the way to the present day are present here, as well.

For a closer look at the awards visit Hogwarts Awards & Trophies.

Fourth Floor

Here Hogwarts' stairwell is a grinding, twisting mass of controlled pandemonium. Stairs are visible above and below swinging past, students holding on stairways waiting for the arrival of their stair steps, lifting up onto a moving stairway, dropping down onto the floor below. With this orderly chaos comes noise, a cacophony of students, teachers and even ghosts milling throughout the stairwell, each in their own world of conversation and activity. Ravenclaws are most hard-pressed to maintain concentration here - though some manage, lost in their books even as the mount the stairs towards their next class.

Balcony

This rectangular marble balcony is bordered by a thick stone railing on all sides, and both floor and railing are covered in carvings of leaves, trees and mystical creatures. Two cushioned lounge chairs face outwards from the castle, a small table placed between them, a splendid spot to sit down and take in the grand view of the Forbidden Forest and Black Lake as well as the railroad station and docks across the lake to the southwest.

Library - The Restricted Section

Past a tall, wrought iron gate, which rests at the very end of a twisting corridor of shelves, is Hogwarts' Library Restricted Section. The corridor is not very long, quite narrow, and runs perpendicular to the library's other shelves. The lighting is traditionally poor, and shadows seem to cling and loom where they have no business being. The restricted section's shelves are much darker and older than their public counterparts, and they are a good bit stranger, too. The bookcases frequently change appearance, opting to house faces of gargoyles, or sprout dark-scaled ridges and spines that undulate beneath a patron's touch. Each bookcase has been stained a blackish brown, and centuries of dust has been allowed to collect on most of the shelves. Many of the shelves also have glass panels with small, ornately designed handles that allow them to be pulled open.

The restricted sections' cataloguing is not arranged logically. Finding a book can be a rather daunting task, and is usually best achieved through magical means as patrons have a habit of being lead astray, and many students often fail quite disastrously to find what they are looking for.

This room is only allowed to students with writs of permission.

Storage Room

Study Area

A very small library that can be used as a place to study that is both out of the main library and also not the Great Hall that usually acts as the home for study hall. The walls are all stone and the floor is oak hardwood that is designed to the wood looks like interlocking open books. Cheeky students in the past have scratched stories onto these books. Several throw rugs are placed here and there over some of the more inappropriate stories. Of course as well wood fill was used as a censor here and there as well. There are a few bookshelves in the room. Each bookshelf is dedicated to a Hogwarts Subject and every shelf is divided up by year with first year on the bottom and seventh year on the top. All the books in the study area are donated by students so they are in varying degrees of disrepair. Flanking each shelf is a couple of large tables. Every table is centered with a book holder and simple quills rest in black ink wells ready to be used by a studying student.

Fifth Floor

The noise begins to subside here as students get closer to the top of the stairwell. Looking up, one will usually see a few errant students dropping sparklers or stink-bombs directly down onto students on the lower levels, but it's not uncommon to be victimized by such trickery on this floor if one is especially unwary - say, a particularly distracted Hufflepuff with contraband candy. The scrape of the floors below and above create a contrast, as there is only one floor grinding above a person here, but many floors below, and the echoes of these sounds blend together uniquely here, giving a sense of a strange echo in the ears.

The trickery lessens substantially once someone has stepped further away from the stairwell. Mostly this is due to the fact that this floor is where the Prefect Bathroom and Ravenclaw Tower is. A large stained glass door leads to the bathroom in the northern wall. On the western wall there is a strange door, thick and sturdy, but with no handle or keyhole. Mounted on the knobless door is a bronze eagle knocker. When approached the Knocker gives a riddle and the door to the Ravenclaw Common room can only be opened with a correct answer to the riddle.

Auditorium

A steep flight of stairs, each of which doubles as a long row lined with a maximum of fifteen chairs crafted from pine, leads down to a small stage and dais at the room's bottom. The auditorium has no natural lighting, instead relying on candlelight, and the walls have been crafted from stone blocks, though most have been covered by intricately-designed tapestries whose fabrics shift and change shape depending on the production. The floor, meanwhile, is made from a hard, rough, black wood. The stage and dais are made from the same material as the floor. Enchanted silver megaphones that point from the stage outward makes even a whisper on the stage quite audible to the audience.

Art Gallery

In stark contrast to the plethora of grey and dull stone blocks that comprise the majority of the castle, the gallery is fashioned primarily from alabaster and a grey-speckled white granite. The room is rather long and narrow, but can easily accommodate a small crowd. The floors are made from highly-polished pine that is quite nearly a cream color. The speckled granite walls are always adorned by works of art crafted from the students, and occasionally the professors, of Hogwarts. Alabaster columns, which have been crafted into pentagonal-cylinders, run the length of the room at its center, and near each column is an alabaster bench. The room is lit from above, as light is allowed to enter from a rather sizeable glass ceiling along with sconces of bright light on every angle of the pentagon columns.

In each of the four corners of the room stands a suit of armor holding a halberd. Though very few have actually seen the suits move, they are known to shift in posture and position - particularly if a work of art is in jeopardy.

Prefect Bathroom

This bathroom seems to have been created by an architect that wanted to combine a Roman bath house with a Catholic Church. On one side of the room there are stalls made of grey marble with white veins. Opposite the toilets is a large bay window flanked by marble columns and composed of three individually vaulted windows. The middle window is made out of stained glass depicting a constantly changing but always peaceful scene that matches the taste of anyone in the tub. The tub itself is directly under the windows and is reached by way of three semi-circular marble steps. Its large, swimming pool-like circumference is surrounded by a multitude of taps each of which runs a differently-coloured water, bubbles, or foam. Looking at the tub, one would imagine it would take quite some time to fill, but it actually fills remarkably fast, considering its size.

Ravenclaw Tower

The Ravenclaw Common Room is one of the most airy rooms at Hogwarts. This wide, circular room's floor is covered in a deep, midnight blue carpet and the arched windows are hung with soft blue silk curtains. The high, domed ceiling carries a charm similar to the one in the Great Hall making stars glitter and move about on it reflecting the proper placements of the constellations according to the seasons. During the day, the Ravenclaw students have an excellent view of the surrounding mountains. The room is furnished with comfortable tables and chair upholstered in midnight blue with white pinstripes and bookcases stand along the walls.

Ravenclaw Boys' Dormitory

In a turret off of the main Ravenclaw Tower is another tower for the Boy's Dormitory. Of all the towers in the castle those of the Ravenclaw House are the most 'out there' so to speak so there is a soft and constant whistle of wind through the shingles and cracks in the windows and doors. 'Rowena's Lullaby' is what the wind has affectionately been named by those sorted into her house. Each of the years have their own shared room. There are also private chambers for Prefects and Head of House should they be male. Plus of course a communal bathroom for all the Ravenclaw boys. Within each room are bronze four poster bedframes that are outfited with a lamp in the head board so that night reading can be done with ease. Each bed also comes with a 'back rest' pillow to also keep the studying student comfortable. Sky blue silk is the fabric and colour that drapes each student bed. Between each bed there is a large desk with a bookshelf in the wall above it. Also a small low dresser doubles as a night stand on the other side of each bed from the desk.

Ravenclaw Girls' Dormitory

In a turret off of the main Ravenclaw Tower is another tower for the Girl's Dormitory. Of all the towers in the castle those of the Ravenclaw House are the most 'out there' so to speak so there is a soft and constant whistle of wind through the shingles and cracks in the windows and doors. 'Rowena's Lullaby' is what the wind has affectionately been named by those sorted into her house. Each of the years have their own shared room. There are also private chambers for Prefects and Head of House should they be female. Plus of course a communal bathroom for all the Ravenclaw girls. Within each room are bronze four poster bedframes that are outfited with a lamp in the head board so that night reading can be done with ease. Each bed also comes with a 'back rest' pillow to also keep the studying student comfortable. Sky blue silk is the fabric and colour that drapes each student bed. Between each bed there is a large desk with a bookshelf in the wall above it. Also a small low dresser doubles as a night stand on the other side of each bed from the desk.

Sixth Floor

Relative quiet prevails this near the top of the stairwell. Since there is only one thoroughfare under consideration here, only the rhythmic scraping of the lower stairway reaching the top floor's connective steps as far as the architectural sounds of Hogwarts reach the ears. Fewer students tend to wander all the way up to the top of the stairs unless it's necessary, or unless they are up to mischief. The latter causing the silence to be broken with the occasional cries of students who've become victims of stink-bombs thrown over the railing rising from below calling out the gross unfairness of their treatment.

Study of Ancient Runes Classroom

East Wing

Storage Room

Massive in size, and reachable only through a small flight of stairs that curve and lead downward into the room, the room's height, length, and width are something of a paradox considering the size of the corridor outside and the space between classrooms. Regardless, the room is well over four hundred meters wide, and at least two stories tall. Candelabras, fashioned in the image of lion, raven, serpent, and badger motifs, line the walls; they light when people draw near, and fade as they move away. Similarly, there are two chandeliers which keep most the room lit when it is occupied.

The room's size is fortunate because it is filled with a wide assortment of objects. There are dozens of chairs, tables, chalkboards, desks, wardrobes, posts, and cupboards of many makes, fashions, and in various states of disrepair. The most curious object is a tree whose roots appear to have melded into the stone floor beneath it; its bark is porous, dark grey, and cool to the touch, and along its numerous outstretched limbs grow thick, pale candles of various sizes, though none have been lit.

This room is only allowed to students with writs of permission.

Transfiguration Classroom

This large oval classroom is lined with small marble columns that end in decorative arches supporting a large domed roof. The sides of the room are lined with many large cages containing a variety of different animals and birds that the more advanced students can use as examples while practicing their skills. Three rows of old fashioned wooden desks, each sitting two people, fill the middle of the room. At one end of the room there is a small stone platform that holds the professor's desk and two medium sized blackboards housed in rolling wooden frames. The whole room is illuminated by four plain, round hanging chandeliers that look very much like metal wagon wheels turned on their side and fitted with lamps.

This room is open only during class time.

Writing Supplies Room

The room is a rather long, narrow, near-closet sort of place that is situated behind a rather thick wooden door and fashioned from the grey, smooth stone that much of Hogwarts Castle is built from; most noticeable, however, is its sheer volume of writing supplies. It is primarily occupied by sizeable stacks of parchment that reach five meters in height from the floor, wobbling ink wells that have been meticulously stacked in cascading rows that shake and threaten to topple beneath the slightest of gusts, and a rather precisely staked row of feathers. At the back of the room is a window pane, crossed with wooden supports, that looks out over the grounds of Hogwarts. To its left is a narrow, but looming, desk, along with a stool, built for a house elf or goblin.

This room is only allowed to students with writs of permission.

Seventh Floor

There's almost a hush here at the top of the stairwell, all the bustle of students and grinding of gears going on below muted by the total silence above. Occasionally a particularly loud clang of staircase connecting to its landing, or a spike in laughter will reach the ears, but it fades and is quickly forgotten. It's never too silent here in the corridor because very often a stuffed lion's head will look left, then right and then give a thunderous roar before being chided by those in their portraits for startling them.

Arithmancy Classroom

Covered from floor to ceiling in blackboards, the Arithmancy classroom measures taller than its width or length by a wide margin. The boards themselves are matte black, rectangular, thin, and dusted with decades of chalk dust that frequently flutters to the floor. Accompanying the boards are long, ancient ladders that are made to rise into the air and travel, at the user's discretion, to a chosen board; collisions are rare.

The room's floor is made of polished wooden planks that bare scars from years of scraping desks, falling books, and other unfortunate mishaps. The desks are arranged in the center of the room, much like an island, though students are frequently called to perform their work at the blackboards. The professor's desk, meanwhile, rests at the front of the room. The professor's chair, much like the ladders, often floats around the classroom. A skylight in the ceiling and numerous floating candles and braziers provide light for the students and professor.

Divination Classroom

At least twenty small, circular tables are crammed inside this round room. Each table is surrounded by chintz armchairs and fat little pouffes. The curtains at the windows are typically kept closed, the room lit instead by many small lamps scattered around the room. During the day it can get stiflingly warm thanks to the fire which is kept burning under a crowded mantelpiece and is frequently used to heat a large copper kettle that hangs on a swinging arm attached to the side of the fireplace itself. The shelves running around the circular walls are crammed with dusty-looking feathers, stubs of candles, bowls of all types, many packs of tattered playing cards, countless silvery crystal balls and a huge array of teacups.

Gryffindor Tower

The big, round common room of Gryffindor Tower is full of squashy stuffed armchairs and couches upholstered in rich red fabric. Tables are placed in useful spots around the room and a bulletin board is up on one wall, where school notices, ads, lost posters, etc. can be posted. The wooden floors are covered by old Persian rugs and the walls are covered in burgundy wallpaper that depict various mystical animals in golden silhouettes. Illumination is provided by a large window that looks out onto the castle grounds and is supplemented by a fireplace that dominates one large section of the wall providing not only light but also warmth.

Gryffindor Boys' Dormitory

Up a spiral stairwell from the common room is the Gryffindor Boy's Dormitory. The stone walls are practically wallpapered with scarlet and gold themed tapestries of legendary Gryffindor deeds, either that or a lot of lions depicted in many a different pose. Each Year shares a room, with private rooms available for Prefects and the Head of House should they be male. A communal bathroom is also located off the spiral stairwell. Lowest on the stairwell is the Head of House Chambers, then the prefect rooms, then first year through seventh year which is at the top of the dormitory tower. Each round room is decorated with large wooden four-poster beds dangling with red drapes for privacy and matching red blankets, positioned in a circle around the room, and windows between each bed give a view of the grounds below. Beside each bed is a space for each student's trunk to store their belongings. In the middle of the room is a small stove, which gives enough heat to keep students warm on the coldest of nights.

Gryffindor Girls' Dormitory

Up a spiral stairwell from the common room is the Gryffindor Girl's Dormitory. The stone walls are practically wallpapered with scarlet and gold themed tapestries of legendary Gryffindor deeds, either that or a lot of lions depicted in many a different pose. Each Year shares a room, with private rooms available for Prefects and the Head of House should they be female. A communal bathroom is also located off the spiral stairwell. Lowest on the stairwell is the Head of House Chambers, then the prefect rooms, then first year through seventh year which is at the top of the dormitory tower. Each round room is decorated with large wooden four-poster beds dangling with red drapes for privacy and matching red blankets, positioned in a circle around the room, and windows between each bed give a view of the grounds below. Beside each bed is a space for each student's trunk to store their belongings. In the middle of the room is a small stove, which gives enough heat to keep students warm on the coldest of nights.

North Wing


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