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{{Quote|It's ideal for Headquarters, of course. My father put every security measure known to [[wizardkind]] on it when he lived here. It's [[Unplottability|unplottable]], so [[Muggle]]s could never come and call - as if they'd ever have wanted to - and now [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]]'s added his protection, you'd be hard put to find a safer house anywhere.|Sirius Black|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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{{Quote|It's ideal for Headquarters, of course. My father put every security measure known to [[wizardkind]] on it when he lived here. It's [[Unplottability|unplottable]], so [[Muggle]]s could never come and call — as if they'd ever have wanted to — and now [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]]'s added his protection, you'd be hard put to find a safer house anywhere.|Sirius Black|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
 
'''12 Grimmauld Place''' was the ancestral home of the [[House of Black|Black family]]. It was located in the [[London Borough of Islington|Borough of Islington]], [[London]], in a [[Grimmauld Place|Muggle neighbourhood]], and the location was protected by a [[Fidelius Charm]]. As the house was invisible to the neighbourhood residents, the local [[Muggle]]s have long since accepted the mistake in numbering which landed [[13 Grimmauld Place|number 13]] next to [[11 Grimmauld Place|number 11]].
 
'''12 Grimmauld Place''' was the ancestral home of the [[House of Black|Black family]]. It was located in the [[London Borough of Islington|Borough of Islington]], [[London]], in a [[Grimmauld Place|Muggle neighbourhood]], and the location was protected by a [[Fidelius Charm]]. As the house was invisible to the neighbourhood residents, the local [[Muggle]]s have long since accepted the mistake in numbering which landed [[13 Grimmauld Place|number 13]] next to [[11 Grimmauld Place|number 11]].
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==History==
 
==History==
 
===Under Walburga Black===
 
===Under Walburga Black===
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Number 12, Grimmauld Place was the ancestral home of the [[House of Black]] for many generations and most likely a formerly handsome townhouse. The previous matron, [[Walburga Black]], made it clear through her disgust of having anyone less than [[pure-blood]] in her home through the hostile shrieks of [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|her portrait]], which was affixed to the wall of the home with a [[Permanent Sticking Charm]]. For years, the house was home exclusively to the Black family [[house-elf]], [[Kreacher]], who wandered around the building still remaining faithful to his [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|old mistress' portrait]], muttering insults about the "[[blood traitor]]s" and "[[mudblood]]s" which had displeased his mistress so.<ref name="OOTP" />
   
Number 12, Grimmauld Place was the ancestral home of the [[House of Black]] for many generations. The previous matron, [[Walburga Black]], made it clear through her disgust of having anyone less than [[pure-blood]] in her home through the hostile shrieks of [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|her portrait]], which was affixed to the wall of the home with a [[Permanent Sticking Charm]]. For years, the house was home exclusively to the Black family [[house-elf]], [[Kreacher]], who wandered around the building still remaining faithful to his [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|old mistress' portrait]], muttering insults about the "[[blood traitor]]s" and "[[mudblood]]s" which had displeased his mistress so.<ref name="OOTP" />
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Although [[Sirius Black]] stated that the house was unoccupied after the death of his mother Walburga in [[1985]], the [[House of Black#Family Tree|Black family tree]] shows that both of Sirius's grandfathers, [[Arcturus Black III]] and [[Pollux Black]], were in fact alive until at least [[1990]], as was his great-aunt Cassiopeia and Callidora Longbottom. It is unclear why none of them would have lived in the house, given that it was the ancestral home of the Black family.
 
Although [[Sirius Black]] stated that the house was unoccupied after the death of his mother Walburga in [[1985]], the [[House of Black#Family Tree|Black family tree]] shows that both of Sirius's grandfathers, [[Arcturus Black III]] and [[Pollux Black]], were in fact alive until at least [[1990]]. It is unclear why neither of them would have lived in the house, given that it was the ancestral home of the Black family.
 
   
 
===Under Sirius Black===
 
===Under Sirius Black===
[[File:BlackTapestryHarrySirius.jpg|thumb|right|Sirius Black and Harry Potter in front of the Black family tree tapestry in the drawing room.]]
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[[File:BlackTapestryHarrySirius.jpg|thumb|left|223px|Sirius Black and Harry Potter in front of the Black family tree tapestry in the drawing room.]]
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[[Sirius Black]], Walburga's son, hated number 12 Grimmauld Place, and left when he was sixteen. He never imagined he would have to return to his family's home.<ref name="OOTP" /> During Sirius's imprisonment in [[Azkaban]], wrongly convicted for the crime of murdering several Muggles ([[Peter Pettigrew]] being the real perpetrator), the house was unoccupied. After his escape in [[1993]],<ref name="POA">{{POA}}</ref> Sirius gave the home over to the [[Order of the Phoenix]] to be used as a headquarters. The home required an arduous cleaning up to make it even remotely habitable. Much of this work fell to [[Molly Weasley]] and her children. The home was in such disrepair that [[doxy|doxies]] and [[boggart]]s had made themselves quite at home.<ref name="OOTP" />
 
[[Sirius Black]], Walburga's son, hated number 12 Grimmauld Place, and left when he was sixteen. He never imagined he would have to return to his family's home.<ref name="OOTP" /> During Sirius's imprisonment in [[Azkaban]], wrongly convicted for the crime of murdering several Muggles ([[Peter Pettigrew]] being the real perpetrator), the house was unoccupied. After his escape in [[1993]],<ref name="POA">{{POA}}</ref> Sirius gave the home over to the [[Order of the Phoenix]] to be used as a headquarters. The home required an arduous cleaning up to make it even remotely habitable. Much of this work fell to [[Molly Weasley]] and her children. The home was in such disrepair that [[doxy|doxies]] and [[boggart]]s had made themselves quite at home.<ref name="OOTP" />
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Some point before his death, Sirius wrote in his will that Harry was to inherit the house after his death by using the magical equivalent of the English Common Law concept of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fee_tail Entailed Estate.] Under this type of arrangement, the inheritance of the covered property by the designated heir ("down the direct line, to the next male with the name of 'Black") cannot be prevented by disinheritance or any other legal means. The only way the entail breaks is if there is no living descendant who matches the conditions of the entail. When the entail breaks, the property in question can be disposed of by any legal means, including being willed to any person the current holder so chooses. This legal mechanism matches the known circumstances of the inheritance, where the property was inherited by Sirius despite the fact that he was "disowned", and then could be successfully left to Harry Potter once there was no "direct line, male descendant."
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===Under Harry Potter===
   
 
====The Order of the Phoenix====
 
====The Order of the Phoenix====
 
After Sirius Black was killed by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] in [[1996]] during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]],<ref name="OOTP" /> the house was inherited by his godson, [[Harry Potter]]. He continued to allow the Order of the Phoenix to use it as a safe house. After the death of [[Albus Dumbledore]], Grimmauld Place's [[Secret-Keeper]] in [[1997]],<ref name="HBP">{{HBP}}</ref> each of the members of the order to whom the secret had been imparted became Secret-Keepers themselves, giving them the power to reveal the house to others.<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref>
 
After Sirius Black was killed by [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] in [[1996]] during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]],<ref name="OOTP" /> the house was inherited by his godson, [[Harry Potter]]. He continued to allow the Order of the Phoenix to use it as a safe house. After the death of [[Albus Dumbledore]], Grimmauld Place's [[Secret-Keeper]] in [[1997]],<ref name="HBP">{{HBP}}</ref> each of the members of the order to whom the secret had been imparted became Secret-Keepers themselves, giving them the power to reveal the house to others.<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref>
   
===Under Harry Potter===
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[[File:HPDH1-1435.jpg|thumb|240px|A dust-formed Albus Dumbledore defence set up by Alastor Moody]]
[[File:Dustdumbledore.jpg|thumb|The dust Dumbledore forming from the ground]]
 
The Secret-Keepers included [[Severus Snape]], who had killed Dumbledore<ref name="HBP" /> and was believed to be in Lord Voldemort's employ and therefore would allow [[Death Eaters]] into the Order's headquarters. [[Alastor Moody]] placed a number of enchantments on the house to keep Snape from entering.
 
   
[[File:Albusdust.jpg|thumb|left|A dust-formed Albus Dumbledore defence set up by Alastor Moody.]]
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The Secret-Keepers included [[Severus Snape]], who had killed Dumbledore<ref name="HBP" /> and was believed to be in Lord Voldemort's employ and therefore would allow [[Death Eaters]] into the Order's headquarters. [[Alastor Moody]] placed a number of enchantments on the house to keep Snape from entering.
   
 
These were a [[Tongue-Tying Curse]] to prevent him from telling others of the place and a dust-composed form of Dumbledore, which disintegrated when the person it advanced upon said the word ''kill'' or a variant, the point of this being that Moody believed that Snape would be too overrun with guilt to say that he had killed Albus, forcing him to retreat. However, the Order did not know that [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s death was prearranged with [[Severus Snape]]. Despite these enchantments, the Order ceased use of the house as headquarters as they still could not risk being ambushed by [[Death Eaters]].<ref name="DH" />
 
These were a [[Tongue-Tying Curse]] to prevent him from telling others of the place and a dust-composed form of Dumbledore, which disintegrated when the person it advanced upon said the word ''kill'' or a variant, the point of this being that Moody believed that Snape would be too overrun with guilt to say that he had killed Albus, forcing him to retreat. However, the Order did not know that [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s death was prearranged with [[Severus Snape]]. Despite these enchantments, the Order ceased use of the house as headquarters as they still could not risk being ambushed by [[Death Eaters]].<ref name="DH" />
   
 
====Use as a hide-out====
 
====Use as a hide-out====
[[File:Trioingrimmauldplace.jpg|thumb|250px|The trio in the doorway of Grimmauld Place.]]
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[[File:Death_Eaters_outside_12_Grimmauld_Place.jpg|thumb|left|240px|Death Eaters trying to locate Number 12 Grimmauld Place.]]
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When Harry Potter, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], and [[Hermione Granger]] escaped from the [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] attack on [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] and [[Fleur Delacour]]'s [[Wedding of William Weasley and Fleur Delacour|wedding ceremony]] on [[1 August]], [[1997]], they hid at Grimmauld Place. They were able to remain hidden there for a month, though Death Eaters, who were staking out locations linked to the Order, skulked about the street outside, unable to see the secret location.<ref name="DH" />
 
When Harry Potter, [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], and [[Hermione Granger]] escaped from the [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] attack on [[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] and [[Fleur Delacour]]'s [[Wedding of William Weasley and Fleur Delacour|wedding ceremony]] on [[1 August]], [[1997]], they hid at Grimmauld Place. They were able to remain hidden there for a month, though Death Eaters, who were staking out locations linked to the Order, skulked about the street outside, unable to see the secret location.<ref name="DH" />
   
[[File:Harry asks Kreacher about the real Horcrux.png|thumb|left|194px|Harry asks Kreacher about the location of the real Horcrux.]]
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While at Grimmauld Place, the trio learned that Kreacher had attempted to destroy [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]]&mdash; one of several [[Horcrux]]es created by Lord Voldemort&mdash; at the request of his master, [[Regulus Black]]. Kreacher revealed that the horcrux was stolen by [[Mundungus Fletcher]] during a looting of 12 Grimmauld Place. After presenting Kreacher with [[Regulus Black's locket]], Harry asked Kreacher to track down Mundungus.
While at Grimmauld Place, the trio learned that Kreacher had attempted to destroy [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]]&mdash;one of several [[Horcrux]]es created by Lord Voldemort&mdash;at the request of his master, [[Regulus Black]]. Kreacher revealed that the horcrux was stolen by [[Mundungus Fletcher]] during a looting of 12 Grimmauld Place. After presenting Kreacher with [[Regulus Black's locket]], Harry asked Kreacher to track down Mundungus.
 
   
[[File:Death Eaters outside 12 Grimmauld Place.jpg|thumb|right|Death Eaters trying to locate Number 12 Grimmauld Place.]]
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[[File:Tumblr_mzzopjUZkE1qkz0a3o4_250.gif|frame|The Trio planning to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic|235x235px]]
   
 
Kreacher returned days later with Mundungus, who revealed that the locket was taken by [[Dolores Umbridge]] in [[Diagon Alley]]. The trio hatched a plan to infiltrate the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]. While performing four weeks of stakeouts at the Ministry entrance, they spent some of their free time cleaning up 12 Grimmauld Place.<ref name="DH" />
 
Kreacher returned days later with Mundungus, who revealed that the locket was taken by [[Dolores Umbridge]] in [[Diagon Alley]]. The trio hatched a plan to infiltrate the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]]. While performing four weeks of stakeouts at the Ministry entrance, they spent some of their free time cleaning up 12 Grimmauld Place.<ref name="DH" />
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==Layout==
 
==Layout==
 
===Ground floor===
 
===Ground floor===
[[File:12Stairwell.jpg|left|thumb|Molly Weasley and Harry Potter at the bottom of the stairwell.]]
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[[File:12 Grim Place.jpg|thumb|235x235px|left|The ground floor of 12 Grimmauld Place in [[1997]]]]
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The front door opened into a long hallway, lit by a large chandelier and gas lamps. By [[1995]], its wallpaper was peeling and the carpet had been worn thin. [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|Walburga Black's portrait]] hung in this hallway. There was also a [[troll-leg umbrella stand]], which, on numerous occasions, [[Nymphadora Tonks]] tripped up over, usually causing the portrait of Walburga Black to awaken and start screaming.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Ch. 4</ref>
 
The front door opened into a long hallway, lit by a large chandelier and gas lamps. By [[1995]], its wallpaper was peeling and the carpet had been worn thin. [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|Walburga Black's portrait]] hung in this hallway. There was also a [[troll-leg umbrella stand]], which, on numerous occasions, [[Nymphadora Tonks]] tripped up over, usually causing the portrait of Walburga Black to awaken and start screaming.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Ch. 4</ref>
   
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===Kitchen===
 
===Kitchen===
[[File:Normal HP7 Bastidores (2).jpg|thumb|right|The kitchen]]
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[[File:Kitchen.jpg|thumb|220x220px|The kitchen]]
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The kitchen was below the ground floor and accessed through a narrow staircase at the end of the entry hallway. The kitchen was a cavernous room with a large fireplace at one end and a large wooden table in the centre.<ref>''Order of the Phoenix'', Ch. 5</ref> There was also a large pantry and a small room used by [[Kreacher]] as a bedroom.
 
The kitchen was below the ground floor and accessed through a narrow staircase at the end of the entry hallway. The kitchen was a cavernous room with a large fireplace at one end and a large wooden table in the centre.<ref>''Order of the Phoenix'', Ch. 5</ref> There was also a large pantry and a small room used by [[Kreacher]] as a bedroom.
   
 
===First floor===
 
===First floor===
[[File:12GrimmauldPlaceElfHeads.jpg|thumb|left|House-elves]]
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[[File:12GrimmauldPlaceElfHeads.jpg|thumb|left|210px|House-elves]]
The wall of the staircase leading to the first upper floor was decorated with the heads of house-elves mounted on plaques. On the first landing, there were at least three rooms: a drawing room, a bedroom once shared by [[Hermione Granger]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]],<ref name="OP6"/> and a bathroom. The drawing room had long windows facing the street in front of the house, a large fireplace, and the tapestry of the [[House of Black|Black family tree]].
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The wall of the staircase leading to the first upper floor was decorated with the heads of house-elves mounted on plaques. On the first landing, there were at least three rooms: a drawing room, a bedroom once shared by [[Hermione Granger]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]],<ref name="OP6" /> and a bathroom. The drawing room had long windows facing the street in front of the house, a large fireplace, and the tapestry of the [[House of Black|Black family tree]].
   
 
===Upper floors===
 
===Upper floors===
[[File:Upstairsgrimmauldplace.jpg|thumb|Harry walking up the stairs of Grimmauld Place to Sirius's bedroom]]The second floor featured at least one bedroom, which was shared by Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in the summer of [[1995]]. It featured a portrait of [[Phineas Nigellus Black]] until Hermione removed it to take on her, Harry, and Ron's journey.<ref name="DH12">''Deathly Hallows'', Ch. 12</ref>
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The second floor featured at least one bedroom, which was shared by Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in the summer of [[1995]]. It featured a portrait of [[Phineas Nigellus Black]] until Hermione removed it to take on her, Harry, and Ron's journey.<ref name="DH12">''Deathly Hallows'', Ch. 12</ref>
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[[File:Living_room1.jpg|thumb|220x220px|The drawing room]]
   
[[File:Normal HP7 Bastidores (8).jpg|thumb|left|The living room.]]
 
 
It is unknown what is on the third floor, but it is likely filled with bedrooms, given that [[Arthur Weasley|Arthur]], [[Molly Weasley|Molly]], and [[Fred and George Weasley|Fred and George]] all slept a floor above Harry and Ron in [[1995]], and the topmost landing features only two bedrooms. These were the bedrooms of Sirius and Regulus. The former was decorated with [[Gryffindor]] colours and banners and posters of [[Muggle|bikini-clad Muggle]] women and muggle motorbikes, while the latter was decorated in [[Slytherin]] green, with the Black family crest over the bed and newspaper clippings about Lord Voldemort on the walls. Both were once ornate, but had decayed by the late [[1990s]].<ref name="DH10">''Deathly Hallows'', Ch. 10</ref> The master bedroom where [[Buckbeak]] stayed may have been on the third floor as well.
 
It is unknown what is on the third floor, but it is likely filled with bedrooms, given that [[Arthur Weasley|Arthur]], [[Molly Weasley|Molly]], and [[Fred and George Weasley|Fred and George]] all slept a floor above Harry and Ron in [[1995]], and the topmost landing features only two bedrooms. These were the bedrooms of Sirius and Regulus. The former was decorated with [[Gryffindor]] colours and banners and posters of [[Muggle|bikini-clad Muggle]] women and muggle motorbikes, while the latter was decorated in [[Slytherin]] green, with the Black family crest over the bed and newspaper clippings about Lord Voldemort on the walls. Both were once ornate, but had decayed by the late [[1990s]].<ref name="DH10">''Deathly Hallows'', Ch. 10</ref> The master bedroom where [[Buckbeak]] stayed may have been on the third floor as well.
   
 
==Contents==
 
==Contents==
[[File:LocketDH.PNG|thumb|left|Salazar Slytherin's Locket, once in the possession of Regulus Black.]]
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[[File:LocketDH.PNG|thumb|left|195px|Salazar Slytherin's Locket, once in the possession of Regulus Black.]]
Number 12, Grimmauld Place held many Black family heirlooms and possessions, such as a [[Enchanted music box|music box]] that played a sickly tune and attempted to put the listener to sleep, crested goblets, a biting silver box containing [[Wartcap Powder]], and an unopenable locket which turned out to be Salazar Slytherin's Locket, one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. This was where [[Kreacher]] put the object after he drove himself mad not being able to complete his master's orders to destroy the locket due to the fact that it had to be damaged past the point of repair which was beyond the capabilities and understanding of the [[house-elf]].
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Number 12, Grimmauld Place held many Black family heirlooms and possessions, such as a [[Enchanted music box|music box]] that played a sickly tune and tried to put the listener to sleep, crested goblets, a biting silver box containing [[Wartcap Powder]], and an unopenable locket which turned out to be Salazar Slytherin's Locket, one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. This was where [[Kreacher]] put the object after he drove himself mad not being able to complete his master's orders to destroy the locket because it had to be damaged past the point of repair, which was beyond the capabilities and understanding of the [[house-elf]].
   
 
Another object of note was the [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|Portrait of Walburga Black]], which has an unpleasant habit of loudly screaming about the "[[Mudblood]]s" and "[[blood traitor]]s" of the Order of the Phoenix members that inhabited the house, due to Walburga's prejudice against such people. The portrait was usually closed off with curtains, which aimed to keep the portrait quiet, but are not very effective; any loud noise in the vicinity would cause the curtains to fly open, and Walburga to start raging and howling again until someone forces the curtains shut.
 
Another object of note was the [[Portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place|Portrait of Walburga Black]], which has an unpleasant habit of loudly screaming about the "[[Mudblood]]s" and "[[blood traitor]]s" of the Order of the Phoenix members that inhabited the house, due to Walburga's prejudice against such people. The portrait was usually closed off with curtains, which aimed to keep the portrait quiet, but are not very effective; any loud noise in the vicinity would cause the curtains to fly open, and Walburga to start raging and howling again until someone forces the curtains shut.
   
[[File:Harry deathlyhallows.PNG|thumb|right|Harry Potter searching one of the bedrooms for the locket.]]
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[[File:HPDH1-1475.jpg|thumb|240px|Harry Potter searching one of the bedrooms for the locket]]
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Many of these family heirlooms were stolen and peddled by Mundungus Fletcher, including Salazar Slytherin's Locket, which the thief was forced to give to none other than Dolores Umbridge to avoid prosecution for trading without a licence, she used the locket to enforce her [[pure-blood]] credentials, claiming that the 'S' stood for [[Selwyn family|Selwyn]], which she claimed was a [[pure-blood]] family to whom she was related. In fact, the locket was an heirloom of [[Salazar Slytherin]] as well as one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes, which Regulus Black stole when he abandoned the [[Death Eaters]].
 
Many of these family heirlooms were stolen and peddled by Mundungus Fletcher, including Salazar Slytherin's Locket, which the thief was forced to give to none other than Dolores Umbridge to avoid prosecution for trading without a licence, she used the locket to enforce her [[pure-blood]] credentials, claiming that the 'S' stood for [[Selwyn family|Selwyn]], which she claimed was a [[pure-blood]] family to whom she was related. In fact, the locket was an heirloom of [[Salazar Slytherin]] as well as one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes, which Regulus Black stole when he abandoned the [[Death Eaters]].
   
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
[[File:12 Grim Place.jpg|thumb|250px|The ground floor of 12 Grimmauld Place in [[1997]].]]
 
 
The name is another of [[J. K. Rowling]]'s puns: Grimmauld Place can be taken as ''"grim, old place"'' or ''"grim mould place."''
 
The name is another of [[J. K. Rowling]]'s puns: Grimmauld Place can be taken as ''"grim, old place"'' or ''"grim mould place."''
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*The inheritance of the property by [[Sirius Black]] is almost certainly governed by the magical equivalent of the English Common Law concept of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fee_tail Entailed Estate.] Under this type of arrangement, the inheritance of the covered property by the designated heir ("down the direct line, to the next male with the name of 'Black'") cannot be prevented by disinheritance or any other legal means. The only way the entail breaks is if there is no living descendant who matches the conditions of the entail. When the entail breaks, the property in question can be disposed of by any legal means, including being willed to any person the current holder so chooses. This legal mechanism matches the known circumstances of the inheritance, where the property was inherited by Sirius despite the fact that he was "disowned", and then could be successfully left to Harry Potter once there was no "direct line, male descendant."
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*The inheritance of the property by [[Sirius Black]] is almost certainly governed by the magical equivalent of the English Common Law concept of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fee_tail Entailed Estate.] Under this type of arrangement, the inheritance of the covered property by the designated heir ("down the direct line, to the next male with the name of 'Black'") cannot be prevented by disinheritance or any other legal means. The only way the entail breaks is if there is no living descendant who matches the conditions of the entail. When the entail breaks, the property in question can be disposed of by any legal means, including being willed to any person the current holder so chooses. This legal mechanism matches the known circumstances of the inheritance, where the property was inherited by Sirius although he was "disowned", and then could be successfully left to Harry Potter once there was no "direct line, male descendant."
*It is possible that the house wasn't abandoned until 1992, the year both [[Cygnus Black III|Cygnus]] and [[Cassiopeia Black]], died.
 
 
*In the films, Harry's inheritance of the house is omitted.
 
*In the films, Harry's inheritance of the house is omitted.
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*If Harry decided to live in Grimmauld Place with his family, it could said that Harry would have changed it to make it more family friendly.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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12 Grimmauld Place
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Grimmauld Place, Islington, London, England[1]

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"It's ideal for Headquarters, of course. My father put every security measure known to wizardkind on it when he lived here. It's unplottable, so Muggles could never come and call — as if they'd ever have wanted to — and now Dumbledore's added his protection, you'd be hard put to find a safer house anywhere."
—Sirius Black[src]

12 Grimmauld Place was the ancestral home of the Black family. It was located in the Borough of Islington, London, in a Muggle neighbourhood, and the location was protected by a Fidelius Charm. As the house was invisible to the neighbourhood residents, the local Muggles have long since accepted the mistake in numbering which landed number 13 next to number 11.

In 1995, the home became the headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix with the consent of Sirius Black, with Albus Dumbledore becoming Secret-Keeper. After Dumbledore's death in 1997, everyone in whom he confided the location of 12 Grimmauld Place to became a Secret-Keeper.

HistoryEdit

Under Walburga BlackEdit

Number 12, Grimmauld Place was the ancestral home of the House of Black for many generations and most likely a formerly handsome townhouse. The previous matron, Walburga Black, made it clear through her disgust of having anyone less than pure-blood in her home through the hostile shrieks of her portrait, which was affixed to the wall of the home with a Permanent Sticking Charm. For years, the house was home exclusively to the Black family house-elf, Kreacher, who wandered around the building still remaining faithful to his old mistress' portrait, muttering insults about the "blood traitors" and "mudbloods" which had displeased his mistress so.[1]

Although Sirius Black stated that the house was unoccupied after the death of his mother Walburga in 1985, the Black family tree shows that both of Sirius's grandfathers, Arcturus Black III and Pollux Black, were in fact alive until at least 1990, as was his great-aunt Cassiopeia and Callidora Longbottom. It is unclear why none of them would have lived in the house, given that it was the ancestral home of the Black family.

Under Sirius BlackEdit

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Sirius Black and Harry Potter in front of the Black family tree tapestry in the drawing room.

Sirius Black, Walburga's son, hated number 12 Grimmauld Place, and left when he was sixteen. He never imagined he would have to return to his family's home.[1] During Sirius's imprisonment in Azkaban, wrongly convicted for the crime of murdering several Muggles (Peter Pettigrew being the real perpetrator), the house was unoccupied. After his escape in 1993,[2] Sirius gave the home over to the Order of the Phoenix to be used as a headquarters. The home required an arduous cleaning up to make it even remotely habitable. Much of this work fell to Molly Weasley and her children. The home was in such disrepair that doxies and boggarts had made themselves quite at home.[1]

Some point before his death, Sirius wrote in his will that Harry was to inherit the house after his death by using the magical equivalent of the English Common Law concept of the Entailed Estate. Under this type of arrangement, the inheritance of the covered property by the designated heir ("down the direct line, to the next male with the name of 'Black") cannot be prevented by disinheritance or any other legal means. The only way the entail breaks is if there is no living descendant who matches the conditions of the entail. When the entail breaks, the property in question can be disposed of by any legal means, including being willed to any person the current holder so chooses. This legal mechanism matches the known circumstances of the inheritance, where the property was inherited by Sirius despite the fact that he was "disowned", and then could be successfully left to Harry Potter once there was no "direct line, male descendant."

Under Harry PotterEdit

The Order of the PhoenixEdit

After Sirius Black was killed by Bellatrix Lestrange in 1996 during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries,[1] the house was inherited by his godson, Harry Potter. He continued to allow the Order of the Phoenix to use it as a safe house. After the death of Albus Dumbledore, Grimmauld Place's Secret-Keeper in 1997,[3] each of the members of the order to whom the secret had been imparted became Secret-Keepers themselves, giving them the power to reveal the house to others.[4]

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A dust-formed Albus Dumbledore defence set up by Alastor Moody

The Secret-Keepers included Severus Snape, who had killed Dumbledore[3] and was believed to be in Lord Voldemort's employ and therefore would allow Death Eaters into the Order's headquarters. Alastor Moody placed a number of enchantments on the house to keep Snape from entering.

These were a Tongue-Tying Curse to prevent him from telling others of the place and a dust-composed form of Dumbledore, which disintegrated when the person it advanced upon said the word kill or a variant, the point of this being that Moody believed that Snape would be too overrun with guilt to say that he had killed Albus, forcing him to retreat. However, the Order did not know that Albus Dumbledore's death was prearranged with Severus Snape. Despite these enchantments, the Order ceased use of the house as headquarters as they still could not risk being ambushed by Death Eaters.[4]

Use as a hide-outEdit

Harry: "Grimmauld Place"
Hermione: "Don't be silly, Harry, Snape can get in there!"
Harry: "Ron's dad said they've put up jinxes against him — and even if they haven't worked... So what? I swear, I'd like nothing better than to meet Snape!"
— Harry and Hermione arguing over a safe place to hide[src]
Death Eaters outside 12 Grimmauld Place

Death Eaters trying to locate Number 12 Grimmauld Place.

When Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger escaped from the Death Eater attack on Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding ceremony on 1 August, 1997, they hid at Grimmauld Place. They were able to remain hidden there for a month, though Death Eaters, who were staking out locations linked to the Order, skulked about the street outside, unable to see the secret location.[4]

While at Grimmauld Place, the trio learned that Kreacher had attempted to destroy Salazar Slytherin's Locket— one of several Horcruxes created by Lord Voldemort— at the request of his master, Regulus Black. Kreacher revealed that the horcrux was stolen by Mundungus Fletcher during a looting of 12 Grimmauld Place. After presenting Kreacher with Regulus Black's locket, Harry asked Kreacher to track down Mundungus.

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The Trio planning to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic

Kreacher returned days later with Mundungus, who revealed that the locket was taken by Dolores Umbridge in Diagon Alley. The trio hatched a plan to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic. While performing four weeks of stakeouts at the Ministry entrance, they spent some of their free time cleaning up 12 Grimmauld Place.[4]

After retrieving Salazar Slytherin's Locket from Umbridge, they Apparated back to Grimmauld Place, but Yaxley grabbed Hermione's arm in the process. She struck him with a Revulsion Jinx and Disapparated away with Harry and Ron, but the house's location had been revealed to Yaxley, and they were forced to abandon it.[4]

It is unknown if Harry came to live in the house with his family or left it abandoned.

LayoutEdit

Ground floorEdit

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The ground floor of 12 Grimmauld Place in 1997

The front door opened into a long hallway, lit by a large chandelier and gas lamps. By 1995, its wallpaper was peeling and the carpet had been worn thin. Walburga Black's portrait hung in this hallway. There was also a troll-leg umbrella stand, which, on numerous occasions, Nymphadora Tonks tripped up over, usually causing the portrait of Walburga Black to awaken and start screaming.[5]

On one side of the hallway was the dining room, which featured a dresser holding the Black family crest and china. It became filled with spiders when the house was abandoned. At the end of the hallway were the stairs to the upper floors, decorated with a row of shrunken House-elf heads, mounted on the wall on plaques.[6]

KitchenEdit

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The kitchen

The kitchen was below the ground floor and accessed through a narrow staircase at the end of the entry hallway. The kitchen was a cavernous room with a large fireplace at one end and a large wooden table in the centre.[7] There was also a large pantry and a small room used by Kreacher as a bedroom.

First floorEdit

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House-elves

The wall of the staircase leading to the first upper floor was decorated with the heads of house-elves mounted on plaques. On the first landing, there were at least three rooms: a drawing room, a bedroom once shared by Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley,[6] and a bathroom. The drawing room had long windows facing the street in front of the house, a large fireplace, and the tapestry of the Black family tree.

Upper floorsEdit

The second floor featured at least one bedroom, which was shared by Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in the summer of 1995. It featured a portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black until Hermione removed it to take on her, Harry, and Ron's journey.[8]

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The drawing room

It is unknown what is on the third floor, but it is likely filled with bedrooms, given that Arthur, Molly, and Fred and George all slept a floor above Harry and Ron in 1995, and the topmost landing features only two bedrooms. These were the bedrooms of Sirius and Regulus. The former was decorated with Gryffindor colours and banners and posters of bikini-clad Muggle women and muggle motorbikes, while the latter was decorated in Slytherin green, with the Black family crest over the bed and newspaper clippings about Lord Voldemort on the walls. Both were once ornate, but had decayed by the late 1990s.[9] The master bedroom where Buckbeak stayed may have been on the third floor as well.

ContentsEdit

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Salazar Slytherin's Locket, once in the possession of Regulus Black.

Number 12, Grimmauld Place held many Black family heirlooms and possessions, such as a music box that played a sickly tune and tried to put the listener to sleep, crested goblets, a biting silver box containing Wartcap Powder, and an unopenable locket which turned out to be Salazar Slytherin's Locket, one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. This was where Kreacher put the object after he drove himself mad not being able to complete his master's orders to destroy the locket because it had to be damaged past the point of repair, which was beyond the capabilities and understanding of the house-elf.

Another object of note was the Portrait of Walburga Black, which has an unpleasant habit of loudly screaming about the "Mudbloods" and "blood traitors" of the Order of the Phoenix members that inhabited the house, due to Walburga's prejudice against such people. The portrait was usually closed off with curtains, which aimed to keep the portrait quiet, but are not very effective; any loud noise in the vicinity would cause the curtains to fly open, and Walburga to start raging and howling again until someone forces the curtains shut.

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Harry Potter searching one of the bedrooms for the locket

Many of these family heirlooms were stolen and peddled by Mundungus Fletcher, including Salazar Slytherin's Locket, which the thief was forced to give to none other than Dolores Umbridge to avoid prosecution for trading without a licence, she used the locket to enforce her pure-blood credentials, claiming that the 'S' stood for Selwyn, which she claimed was a pure-blood family to whom she was related. In fact, the locket was an heirloom of Salazar Slytherin as well as one of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes, which Regulus Black stole when he abandoned the Death Eaters.

Known objectsEdit

  • An ornate crystal bottle with a large opal set into the stopper, full of what appeared to be blood.
  • Boxes, made of tarnished silver and inscribed with languages Harry did not understand.
  • A dusty box containing Sirius's grandfather's Order of Merlin First Class.
  • China with the Black family crest and motto.
  • Rusty daggers
  • Family photos in silver frames.
  • A grandfather clock that shot heavy bolts at whomever passed by.
  • A spidery instrument, rather like a many-legged pair of tweezers, which scurried away and tried to puncture Harry's skin.
  • An unopenable locket which turned out to be Salazar Slytherin's Locket.
  • A music box that played a faintly sinister, tinkling tune that when wound nearly knocked everyone out.
  • A large and golden ring bearing the Black family crest.
  • An ancient set of purple robes that tried to strangle Ron when they were removed from their wardrobe.
  • Several ancient seals.
  • Mounted House-elf heads
  • Coiled snakeskin
  • A snuffbox
  • A nest of dead puffskeins under a sofa
  • A piano, on which Hermione Granger taught Ron Weasley how to play "Für Elise".

EtymologyEdit

The name is another of J. K. Rowling's puns: Grimmauld Place can be taken as "grim, old place" or "grim mould place."

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The inheritance of the property by Sirius Black is almost certainly governed by the magical equivalent of the English Common Law concept of the Entailed Estate. Under this type of arrangement, the inheritance of the covered property by the designated heir ("down the direct line, to the next male with the name of 'Black'") cannot be prevented by disinheritance or any other legal means. The only way the entail breaks is if there is no living descendant who matches the conditions of the entail. When the entail breaks, the property in question can be disposed of by any legal means, including being willed to any person the current holder so chooses. This legal mechanism matches the known circumstances of the inheritance, where the property was inherited by Sirius although he was "disowned", and then could be successfully left to Harry Potter once there was no "direct line, male descendant."
  • In the films, Harry's inheritance of the house is omitted.
  • If Harry decided to live in Grimmauld Place with his family, it could said that Harry would have changed it to make it more family friendly.

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