A common room is a shared lounge area in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There is one for each house. The common rooms feature fireplaces and sitting areas and are decorated in house colours. They are often used to do homework and to socialize with housemates. The boys' and girls' dormitories are also attached to the common rooms, with spells in place to prevent male students from entering the girls' dorms.
The four houses each have a protective measure to prevent students from other houses entering. To enter the Gryffindor Tower and the Slytherin Dungeon , one requires a password. The Ravenclaw Tower requires the answer to a riddle in order to enter, and the Hufflepuff Basement requires tapping the barrel 'two from the bottom, middle of the second row' in the stack of barrels near the kitchen corridor, in the rhythm of Helga Hufflepuff.
It can be said that the methods of gaining entry to each house's common room mirrors the perceived intellectual reputation of each house. Hufflepuff, often stereotyped as a house for "duffers", has a very simple method of entry that never changes. On the other end of the spectrum, Ravenclaw, a house prizing intelligence, provides a new intellectual challenge with each attempted entry.
The only common room Harry Potter hasn't visited is the Hufflepuff.
- "Why are they called Common [sic] rooms when only people from a certain house can go into them? Doesn't that make them uncommon rooms?"
- —A Ravenclaw student reflects on the name "common room".[src]
- Gryffindor common room — located in Gryffindor Tower, through the Fat Lady's portrait.
- Hufflepuff common room — located in Hufflepuff Basement, below ground level behind a stack of barrels near the kitchens.
- Ravenclaw common room — located in Ravenclaw Tower, beyond a bronze eagle-shaped knocker that poses a riddle.
- Slytherin common room — located in Slytherin Dungeon, below ground level beyond a stone wall.
Behind the scenes
- The Hufflepuffs are the only house to have a defence mechanism for their common room. If someone taps the wrong barrel or the wrong rhythm, they are doused in vinegar.
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