Mischief Managed: Discovering Harry Potter’s Rooms And Secrets – Double double toil and trouble, fire burn, and cauldron bubble, something wicked this way comes! The Modern Chandeliers blog is dedicating the month of October to Halloween and all things spooky. We solemnly swear that we’re up to no good, so in today’s article, we visit the most iconic and haunting sets of the Harry Potter universe. Grab your broom, put your wands up, and join us on this trip through the wizarding world.
Discovering Harry Potter’s Rooms And Secrets
The Great Hall
When we think of Harry Potter we think of Hogwarts, and when we think of Hogwarts we think of the great hall. Filled with long tables that accommodate the students from the different houses, it is the location of many important events throughout the story. Thousands and thousands of candles float on the enchanted ceiling, providing the perfect lighting for the school of witchcraft and wizardry. During the Hallowe’en feast, the great hall was decorated appropriately.
Gryffindor Common Room
Probably the second most famous location inside the castle, the Gryffindor common room is hidden behind the portrait of The Fat Lady. Decorated in scarlet tapestries and many portraits of ancient wizards, the room has a cozy atmosphere. The fireplace is one of its key elements since it is connected to the Floo Network, allowing students to go from the common room to other places.
The Chamber Of Secrets
One of the scariest locations at Hogwarts, the Chamber Of Secrets is associated with even more frightening events and a creature that haunted our nightmares for quite some time. A long corridor sided by snakeheads led to a poorly illuminated hall decorated with Salazar Slytherin’s face. The absence of lighting fixtures contributes to the sinister atmosphere of the room.
Hagrid was one of the most beloved characters and his house was also one of our favourites. According to the book where we are first introduced to this place “There was only one room inside. Hams and pheasants were hanging from the ceiling, a copper kettle was boiling on the open fire, and in the corner stood a massive bed with a patchwork quilt over it.” It was a small hut full of personality and uniqueness that so easily related to its owner.
Professor McGonagall’s Classroom
Who doesn’t remember that iconic scene in which Professor McGonagall turns from a cat to her human form? Ah, the good old Transfiguration classroom was a personal favourite because it feels so nostalgic. It was described as being big, surrounded by windows that allowed a lot of natural light, with four rows of three desks and enough room for cages and bookshelves. At the end of the room stood McGonagall’s desk with multiple candlesticks illuminating it.
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We all hated professor Umbridge but we couldn’t go through this article without taking a look at her iconic pink office, filled with cat imagery. It pained us all to see a room that had previously belonged to other fan-favourite professors, such as Professor Lupin, go through such a radical and kitsch redecoration.
The Headmaster’s Office
The Headmaster’s office was a spacious, circular room with numerous windows and numerous pictures of previous Headmasters and Headmistresses. It was home to some iconic artifacts such as the Sorting Hat and the Pensive, and Dumbledore’s beloved phoenix, Fawkes, which makes it one of the most mysterious and magical rooms in the entire castle.
The Ministry Of Magic
The headquarters of the Ministry Of Magic served as the stage for one of the saddest events in the Harry Potter saga. Its most famous room, the Atrium, was located on level 8 and included a large hall with fireplaces that served as arriving points for witches and wizards. The floor was made of polished black wood, while golden symbols moved across a peacock-blue ceiling. Halfway along the Atrium, there was the Fountain of Magical Brethren. A collection of golden statues, including those of a wizard, a witch, a centaur, a goblin, and a house-elf, spat water into the watery area. A set of golden gates and a security booth can be found at the end of the Atrium.
Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place
Number Twelve Grimmauld Place served not only as the ancestral home of the noble house of Black but also as the headquarters of the Order Of The Phoenix. The house has an overall gloomy atmosphere, with a heavy decor style. In the picture above we can see the drawing room where the famous tapestry of the Black family tree could be found.
The Weasleys’ family home is one of the most beloved locations in the world of Harry Potter. The kitchen of the house served as the location for family gatherings. Located at the back of the house and with a passage to the gardens, it was decorated with a big wooden table to fit all of the Weasleys, mismatched chairs, and lamp-like suspensions. There, one could also find the famous Weasley clock which individually monitored each of their whereabouts.
The Malfoy Manor was a beautiful but dark house, surrounded by gardens that included a fountain. The drawing room was described as having 30 feet ceilings, a pipe organ, and a long table where Death Eaters and Voldemort himself gathered around in their meetings. The decor elements that stand out the most are the ornate marble mantelpiece and the two chandeliers that hang in the center of the room.
Number 4 Privet Drive
Number 4 Privet Drive is where it all began. It was the street address to the Dursleys’ house and where Harry lived on the famous cupboard under the stairs before being moved to a bedroom. Despite the house being described as immaculately clean, the cupboard was filled with spiders and barely large enough for Harry to sleep in.
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