The Viaduct Courtyard (also known as the Entrance Courtyard) is a quadrangle in Hogwarts Castle. A covered stone cloister with an open colonnade runs around it, and two checkpoint towers flank its entryway via the Viaduct. There is a stone walkway leading from this courtyard into The Quad, and into the Viaduct Entrance. The courtyard is partially paved, in a cross pattern.
At the end of the tournament students from all three school socialised in the courtyard before the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang departed.
During the Battle of Hogwarts, the courtyard was heavily damaged.
Behind the scenes
- The Viaduct Courtyard is never mentioned in any of the Harry Potter books. It features only in the films and video games.
- This courtyard first appeared in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Chamber of Reception stood in its place in the previous films and games instead; however, in the games it is a paved entrance that is used when outside.
- In the novels, the Entrance Hall opens to a sloping lawn, and not to a courtyard.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 the cloister walls can be seen. It is unknown whether these cloister walls can be seen in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban or not, as the exterior of Hogwarts Castle can only be seen from far away in these films. But most likely appears in the latter as the castle changed to the better as the films went.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, this courtyard was where most students witnessed the departure of Fred and George Weasley and where Dolores Umbridge sacked Sybill Trelawney as Divination Professor of Hogwarts which was witnessed by many students and staff, as opposed to the Entrance Hall as in the novel.
- Throughout the films the Viaduct Courtyard, after letting go of the Chamber of Reception, grows larger and larger and reached its largest point in the second film adaption of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was fully enlarged in the last film to be suitable for the Battle of Hogwarts. The enlarging change can be seen in a picture below.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the final duel between Voldemort and Harry takes place in this courtyard.
- In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the entrance to the Headmaster's office is located here. Whereas, in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the entrance was located in the Middle Courtyard, as the Viaduct Courtyard had not been built yet. Likewise in the second PC and PS2 video game it is located on the Third Floor next to the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom.
- This was one of the two courtyards built at Leavesden Studios, the other being the Middle Courtyard. The set used for the Clock Tower Courtyard was renovated into the Viaduct Courtyard after Prisoner of Azkaban.
- The original, smaller version of this courtyard was built at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It is the only Hogwarts courtyard featured in the park.
- The courtyard was considerably damaged in the Battle of Hogwarts. Most of the damage seemed to occur around this area of the castle considering the large amounts of debris it held.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the Viaduct was moved from connecting the Viaduct Courtyard to the Viaduct Entrance to connecting the Courtyard to some nearby hills, part of the Forbidden Forest.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (First appearance)
- 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)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game) (First identified as Viaduct Courtyard)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
Notes and references
- ↑ Mentioned as such in the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 game files.
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)