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{{Quote|People ask me what it's like being a gargoyle... well, to be honest, most of the time you have a very cold bottom.|[[Lonely Male Gargoyle]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)}}
 
{{Quote|People ask me what it's like being a gargoyle... well, to be honest, most of the time you have a very cold bottom.|[[Lonely Male Gargoyle]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)}}
   
'''Gargoyle''' refers to a carved stone or statue with an ugly monstrous design. Since [[Wikipedia:Medieval|medieval]] times, gargoyle statues have been commonly seen in many structures and buildings, including the [[Hogwarts Castle]].
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'''Gargoyle''' refers to a carved stone or statue with an ugly monstrous design. Since [[Wikipedia:Middle Ages|medieval]] times, gargoyle statues have been commonly seen in many structures and buildings, including the [[Hogwarts Castle]].
   
 
==Nature==
 
==Nature==
Architecturally, two distinctions are made between gargoyles: functional ones, whose purpose is to direct water away from the sides of a building through their spouts; and aesthetic garoyles, whose appearance is said by the superstitious to add to their ability to ward off evil. It is unknown if the latter ability is preserved with gargoyles in the wizarding world.
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Architecturally, two distinctions are made between gargoyles: functional ones, whose purpose is to direct [[water]] away from the sides of a building through their spouts; and aesthetic gargoyles, whose appearance is said by the superstitious to add to their ability to ward off evil. It is unknown if the latter ability is preserved with gargoyles in the wizarding world.
   
 
It should be noted that, whilst some gargoyles, like the [[Lonely Male Gargoyle]], do seem to have some degree of sentience, this is not known to be an innate ability and any noted animation is likely due to magic, such as a [[charm]].
 
It should be noted that, whilst some gargoyles, like the [[Lonely Male Gargoyle]], do seem to have some degree of sentience, this is not known to be an innate ability and any noted animation is likely due to magic, such as a [[charm]].
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*[[Gargoyles at the staffroom entrance|Staffroom Gargoyles]]
 
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*[[Headmaster's office]] Gargoyle<ref name="DH31">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 31</ref>
<ref name="DH31">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Chapter 31]]''</ref>
 
 
*The [[Comedic Female Gargoyle]]
 
*The [[Comedic Female Gargoyle]]
 
*The [[Barking Mad Male Gargoyle]]
 
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
[[File:Gargoyle statue 1995.jpg|thumb|right|A gargoyle statue in [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]' [[Middle Courtyard]].]]
 
[[File:Gargoyle statue 1995.jpg|thumb|right|A gargoyle statue in [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]' [[Middle Courtyard]].]]
*In the PC video game adaption of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone|Philosopher's Stone]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|Chamber of Secrets]]'', and ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban|Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', they are used as targets to cast Lumos and when done so, they will make a small movement.
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*In the PC video game adaption of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone|Philosopher's Stone]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|Chamber of Secrets]]'', and ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban|Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', they are used as targets to cast ''[[Wand-Lighting Charm|Lumos]]'' and when done so, they will make a small movement.
*In the ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]'', the Gargoyle statue that stood in the second floor entrance to the Headmaster's office was moved to the [[Entrance Courtyard]].
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*In the ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)|video game adaptation]]'' of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', the Gargoyle statue that stood in the second floor entrance to the Headmaster's office was moved to the [[Entrance Courtyard]].
*One of the [[Wizarding idioms|sayings]] of [[wizards]] is "Galloping gargoyles".
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*One of the [[Wizarding idioms|sayings]] of [[Wizardkind|wizards]] is "Gulpin' gargoyles".
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*A scene cut from ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]'' depicted a [[Gargoyle Strike of 1911]].
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*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'' a Gargoyle that looks like a dragon-creature can be seen in the [[Room of Requirement]] near a photo of a [[Wizardkind|wizard]] in [[Egypt]]. Later on, a real [[dragon]] Gargoyle can actually be seen, which the player destroy.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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Gargoyle
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Native range

Great Britain

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Magical statue

"People ask me what it's like being a gargoyle... well, to be honest, most of the time you have a very cold bottom."
Lonely Male Gargoyle[src]

Gargoyle refers to a carved stone or statue with an ugly monstrous design. Since medieval times, gargoyle statues have been commonly seen in many structures and buildings, including the Hogwarts Castle.

NatureEdit

Architecturally, two distinctions are made between gargoyles: functional ones, whose purpose is to direct water away from the sides of a building through their spouts; and aesthetic gargoyles, whose appearance is said by the superstitious to add to their ability to ward off evil. It is unknown if the latter ability is preserved with gargoyles in the wizarding world.

It should be noted that, whilst some gargoyles, like the Lonely Male Gargoyle, do seem to have some degree of sentience, this is not known to be an innate ability and any noted animation is likely due to magic, such as a charm.

Known GargoylesEdit

Sentient Hogwarts GargoylesEdit

Gargoyle statue Chamber of secret (film) pic2

A gargoyle statue outside the Headmaster's office in Hogwarts

A number of Hogwarts gargoyles have the ability to talk and posess personality, such as:

Other GargoylesEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the French gargouille, meaning "throat" or "gullet". In Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from the root gar, meaning "to swallow", which represented the gurgling sound of water.

Behind the scenesEdit

Gargoyle statue 1995

A gargoyle statue in Hogwarts' Middle Courtyard.

See alsoEdit

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