The office used by the Defence Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is located off of the second-floor corridor of Hogwarts Castle, near a staircase to the first-floor corridor. It changed much according to the Professor who used it.
It's unknown when Professors began to occupy this office, as it was not in use during the tenure of former Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor Galatea Merrythought, who retired in 1945, who occupied an office on the sixth floor, although this may be from choice, rather than need..
Professor Quirinus Quirrell used this office during the 1991–1992 school year. He had African tribal masks hung on the walls, alongside a large bookshelf with not only books, but what appeared to be skulls. He had a telescope facing the window, and turbans and cushions strewn on the floor.
Gilderoy Lockhart used this office during the 1992–1993 school year. He decorated it with pictures of himself, and offered its usage to Dumbledore for examining the petrified Mrs Norris. He also held a detention session with Harry Potter in the room. He vacated the office when he was pressured by his colleagues to enter the Chamber of Secrets, to save Ginny Weasley. At this time he stripped down his own office in an attempt to escape, only to wind up in St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries after a Memory Charm backfired on him from Ron Weasley's first wand, that was broken.
During Remus Lupin's time at the school, he filled this office with an assortment of creatures, including, on one occasion, a grindylow in a tank, which was the same day he invited Harry to have tea with him. Four years later, Lupin would use this as a security question against Harry.
In 1994, Bartemius Crouch Jr, disguised as Alastor Moody, used this office to store Moody's many Dark Detectors and his magical trunk. When Harry was caught giving a hint to Cedric Diggory, Crouch invited Harry to the office to give him more pointers in dealing with the first task. After Harry returned from Little Hangleton, Barty brought him here to assassinate him, only to be caught by Albus Dumbledore, and ultimately received the Dementor's Kiss in this office.
- "The surfaces had all been draped in lacy covers and cloths. There were several vases full of dried flowers, each one residing on its own doily, and on one of the walls was a collection of ornamental plates, each decorated with a large technicolour kitten wearing a different bow around its neck. These were so foul that Harry stared at them, transfixed, until Professor Umbridge spoke again."
Dolores Umbridge changed the office nearly beyond recognition, going so far as to paint it pink and completely remodel it in a frilly fashion. Her detentions with Harry took place here, making him cut his own hand open until past midnight every day for a week. During the rebellion of the students, Lee Jordan slipped Nifflers into the office, causing the entire place to be wrecked. When Umbridge became headmistress, since the gargoyle of Dumbledore's office refused to let her in, she was forced to remain here. Due to the Ministry of Magic's interference with Hogwarts, Umbridge's fireplace in this office was the only one in the entire school not being watched by the Floo Network Authority. Harry broke in here twice in order to use it to contact Sirius Black. The office's design was the same as the theme in her office in the Ministry, while Harry found Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop somewhat similar.
In 1998 and after
Behind the scenes
- Although in the books the Defence Against the Dark Arts professor's office is located on the second floor, in the movies and in the video games it is connected to the Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom by a small stairway.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (GBC or GBA version) (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Door only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game) (Door only (Interior appears in GBA version only))
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (Door only) (Flashback on Disc 2)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Harry Potter
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- LEGO Harry Potter
- Harry Potter: The Character Vault
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