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Classroom 3C
Location information

Serpentine Corridor,[1] third-floor,[2][3][4][5] Hogwarts Turris Magnus[1]


Hogwarts School

Classroom 3C[6], also known as the Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom,[7] is where Defence Against the Dark Arts class is taught. It is located off of the Serpentine Corridor[1] on the third-floor.[2][3][4][5] An iron chandelier hung from the ceiling, as well as a dragon's skeleton. On one end of the classroom stands a projector that is activated by magic. Several desks and tables can be found in the classroom as well as some sets of large windows. The classroom decoration had several changes over the years, spanning from lots of pictures of Gilderoy Lockhart to tons of skeletons and Shrunken Heads.


1991–1992 school year

While Quirinus Quirrell worked as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, the room smelt strongly of garlic. His students believed that the smell was to ward off a vampire that he met in Romania and feared would be coming after him.[8]

1992–1993 school year


Gilderoy Lockhart's pictures in the classroom.

When Gilderoy Lockhart was the professor, during the 1992–1993 school year, he decorated the room with his own pictures. During the first lesson, he gave a quiz completely irrelevant to the subject and then released a group of boisterous Cornish Pixies for the class to practice. However, due to his ineptitude and the students' inexperience, Lockhart lost control of them, leading the classroom to be demolished, and Lockhart ultimately fled the room with the rest of the students while irresponsibly ordering Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger to clear up his mess. After this one fiasco, Lockhart simply read aloud his supposedly great deeds from his textbooks, sometimes reenacting them and usually dragging Harry to play certain degrading roles. Due to this, the students did not learn anything about defence.

1993–1994 school year

Remus Lupin taught in the 1993–1994 school year. They studied various Dark Creatures. The first class was hands-on as they battled a Boggart. He also brought a Grindylow to class so that they could observe it. They covered Hinkypunks, Kappas, Red Caps, Vampires and Werewolves in the year. Their final exam was a practical one, an obstacle course with some of the creatures they had studied throughout the year.

1994–1995 school year

The 1994–1995 school year brought yet another teacher, Barty Crouch Jr. (impersonating Alastor Moody). Although they were only supposed to be learning counter-curses (per Ministry of Magic regulations), Moody covered the Unforgivable Curses, demonstrating with spiders. He put the Imperius Curse on each of them in turn until they could fight it off. Crouch also had a metal jar of worms, as well as a glass container full of bees.

1995–1996 school year

In the 1995–1996 school year, Harry and his fellow students were taught by Dolores Umbridge, who taught theory only with no practical training whatsoever. The book used was Defensive Magical Theory and it discourages anyone from ever using any form of offensive magic spells. The chapters of the book instead focus on negotiation and states that there is no good use for a jinx. Umbridge did not allow the students to discuss the material and certainly not to disagree with it. She also forbade any talking without raising hands, and always requested wands to be put away. As one of the methods of retaliation against her tyranny, the moment she enters the classroom she would be greeted by students with ill-coated symptoms of "Umbridge-itis", much to her chagrin.

1996–1997 school year

The 1996–1997 school year brought another teacher, Severus Snape. The class learned about counter-curses, the Patronus Charm, the Unforgivable Curses and Nonverbal Magic.

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Marauder's Map replica by the Noble Collection
  2. 2.0 2.1 "An hour later they reluctantly left the sunlit common room for the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom four floors below [the seventh-floor]." (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 9)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - PS2 version
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) - PS2 version
  8. "His classroom smelled strongly of garlic, which everyone said was to ward off a vampire he'd met in Romania and was afraid would be coming back to get him one of these days." (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 8)

Third-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Advanced Arithmancy Studies classroom · Class 34 · Class 72 · Classroom 2E · Classroom 3C · Classroom 3D · Classroom 7A · Classroom off of the Charms corridor · Classroom off of the Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Ghoul Studies classroom
Charms corridor · Third-floor corridor · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Serpentine Corridor
Halls and rooms
Armoury · Clock Tower Entrance · Hesperius Hall · Storeroom · Trophy Room · Vastus Vestibule
Other locations
Trophy Secret Passage · Turret Stairwell
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Damara Dodderidge · Drunk Monks · Google Flange · Basil Fronsac · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Merwyn the Malicious · Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington · Valeria Myriadd · Helena Ravenclaw · Brutus Scrimgeour · Temeritus Shanks · Shepherdess · Witch in green · Witch in Pompadour hairstyle · Wizard in black · Wizard in red
Staircase to the courtyard corridor · Staircase to the first-floor corridor · Staircase to the second-floor arcade

Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
Professors: Galatea Merrythought · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Barty Crouch Jr. (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape ·
Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
Textbooks: The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls ·
Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless · Magical Drafts and Potions
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts: Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Hogwarts Turris Magnus · Professor's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Spells covered under the subject: Curse of the Bogies · Knockback Jinx · Verdimillious Charm · Verdimillious Duo Spell · Verdimillious Tria · Wand-Lighting Charm · Freezing Spell · Seize and Pull Charm · Patronus Charm · Killing Curse · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse · Impediment Jinx · Reductor Curse · Stunning Spell · Shield Charm · Nonverbal spells · Hex-deflection ·
Hex-Breaker · Hex Zapper
Creatures covered under the subject: Vampire bats · Iguanas · Cornish Pixies · Werewolves · Vampires · Hinkypunks · Boggarts · Red Caps · Kappas · Grindylows · Inferius

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