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The highlight of the table is the throne-like chair in the centre of the table where the current [[Headmaster]] or [[Headmaster|Headmistress]] sits. The Great Hall, as well as serving as the area for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the students and staff, was also the place in which many important events took place, such as the traditional [[Sorting Ceremony]] each year and the [[Duel in the Great Hall|defeat]] of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], which signified the close of the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] and the climatic end of the [[Second Wizarding War]]. To the left of the table is a door which leads to [[Chamber off the Great Hall|a chamber with portraits]].
 
The highlight of the table is the throne-like chair in the centre of the table where the current [[Headmaster]] or [[Headmaster|Headmistress]] sits. The Great Hall, as well as serving as the area for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the students and staff, was also the place in which many important events took place, such as the traditional [[Sorting Ceremony]] each year and the [[Duel in the Great Hall|defeat]] of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], which signified the close of the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] and the climatic end of the [[Second Wizarding War]]. To the left of the table is a door which leads to [[Chamber off the Great Hall|a chamber with portraits]].
 
==Description==
 
==Description==
[[File:Great_hall.jpg|thumb|276px|Interior of the Great Hall]]
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[[File:Great hall.jpg|thumb|276px|Interior of the Great Hall]]
   
The Great Hall is a large hall with four long tables where students of each [[Hogwarts House|House]] sit at during mealtimes, as well as the staff table at the front, where the entire Hogwarts staff sits. There is a throne-like chair in the centre of the table where the current [[Headmaster]] or [[Headmaster|Headmistress]] sits. The ceiling of the Great Hall is covered with [[Great Hall floating candles|candles]] and it is [[Enchanted Ceiling|enchanted to look like the sky above]].[[File:Copy_of_11_hoqwarts_summer_establisher-lg.jpg|left|thumb|196px|Exterior of the Hall]]
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The Great Hall is a large hall with four long tables where students of each [[Hogwarts House|House]] sit at during mealtimes, as well as the staff table at the front, where the entire Hogwarts staff sits. There is a throne-like chair in the centre of the table where the current [[Headmaster]] or [[Headmaster|Headmistress]] sits. The ceiling of the Great Hall is covered with [[Great Hall floating candles|candles]] and it is [[Enchanted Ceiling|enchanted to look like the sky above]].[[File:Copy of 11 hoqwarts summer establisher-lg.jpg|left|thumb|196px|Exterior of the Hall]]
   
 
To the left of the table is a door which leads to [[Chamber off the Great Hall|a chamber with portraits]]. During the [[Hallowe'en]] feast, the hall festooned with sweets-filled [[pumpkin]]s, [[bat]]s, orange streamers, [[water]] [[snake]]s and all sorts of Hallowe'en-related decorations, and during the [[Christmas]] holidays the hall has [[Twelve Christmas Trees|twelve large Christmas trees]]. There is also a large window behind the staff table at the front of the hall where light shines through, and a podium carved with an owl right in front of the Headmaster's chair where the Headmaster makes his announcements for the school year.
 
To the left of the table is a door which leads to [[Chamber off the Great Hall|a chamber with portraits]]. During the [[Hallowe'en]] feast, the hall festooned with sweets-filled [[pumpkin]]s, [[bat]]s, orange streamers, [[water]] [[snake]]s and all sorts of Hallowe'en-related decorations, and during the [[Christmas]] holidays the hall has [[Twelve Christmas Trees|twelve large Christmas trees]]. There is also a large window behind the staff table at the front of the hall where light shines through, and a podium carved with an owl right in front of the Headmaster's chair where the Headmaster makes his announcements for the school year.
   
 
==Gatherings in the Great Hall==
 
==Gatherings in the Great Hall==
[[File:Choir_SWTWC.jpg|thumb|The [[1993]] Start-of-Term Feast; the [[Hogwarts choir]] performing "[[Double Trouble]]".]]
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[[File:Choir SWTWC.jpg|thumb|The [[1993]] Start-of-Term Feast; the [[Hogwarts choir]] performing "[[Double Trouble]]".]]
 
===Start-of-Term Feast===
 
===Start-of-Term Feast===
 
{{Main|Start-of-Term Feast}}
 
{{Main|Start-of-Term Feast}}
 
The Start-of-Term Feast is a traditional part of the school year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], held in the Great Hall. It is on the [[1 September|first]] night following the arrival of the students from the [[Hogwarts Express]], the Start-of-Term Feast is notable for including the [[Sorting ceremony|sorting]] of all new students into their [[Hogwarts Houses|houses]].
 
The Start-of-Term Feast is a traditional part of the school year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], held in the Great Hall. It is on the [[1 September|first]] night following the arrival of the students from the [[Hogwarts Express]], the Start-of-Term Feast is notable for including the [[Sorting ceremony|sorting]] of all new students into their [[Hogwarts Houses|houses]].
   
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[[File:Dueling_Club.jpg|thumb|Dueling Club - 1992]]
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[[File:Dueling_Club.jpg|thumb|left|220px|Dueling Club - 1992]]
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===Duelling Club===
 
===Duelling Club===
 
{{Main|Duelling Club}}
 
{{Main|Duelling Club}}
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===Hallowe'en feast===
 
===Hallowe'en feast===
[[File:Halloween_Feast_Food.jpg|thumb|right|The [[1991]] Hallowe'en feast]]
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[[File:Halloween_Feast_Food.png|thumb|250px|The [[1991]] Hallowe'en feast]]
 
{{Main|Hallowe'en feast}}
 
{{Main|Hallowe'en feast}}
The Hallowe'en Feast at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] occurs on the 31st October every year. Usually the Hallowe'en Feast is festooned with sweets-filled pumpkins, bats, orange streamers, water snakes and all sorts of Hallowe'en-related decorations. There is usually some entertainment at the end, this may be by the Hogwarts Ghosts who pop out of the walls and do formation gliding. It's an highly anticipated feast which most Hogwarts students look forward to every year.
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The Hallowe'en Feast at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] occurs on the 31st October every year. Usually the Hallowe'en Feast is festooned with sweets-filled pumpkins, bats, orange streamers, water snakes and all sorts of Hallowe'en-related decorations. There is usually some entertainment at the end, this may be by the Hogwarts Ghosts who pop out of the walls and do formation gliding. It's a highly anticipated feast which most Hogwarts students look forward to every year.
   
 
===Yule Ball===
 
===Yule Ball===
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===Christmas Feast===
 
===Christmas Feast===
[[File:Christmas_1992.jpg|thumb|right|The Christmas feast, [[1992]].]] {{Main|Christmas feast}}
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[[File:Christmas 1992.jpg|thumb|right|The Christmas feast, [[1992]].]] {{Main|Christmas feast}}
The [[Christmas]] Feast is held on Christmas Day. It is attended by the teachers and any students that have chosen to remain at Hogwarts over the Christmas Holidays. The feast is prepared by the [[House-elf|House-elves]] in the [[Hogwarts kitchen|kitchens]], and consisted of a hundred fat, roast [[Turkey (food)|turkeys]], mountains of roasted and boiled [[potato]]es, platters of fat [[chipolata]]s, tureens of buttered [[pea]]s, silver boats of thick, rich [[gravy]] and cranberry sauce. For dessert flaming [[Christmas pudding]]s were served, with silver [[sickle]]s hidden within the pudding. There are also suprise firecrackers, which, when popped, give forth a gift.
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The [[Christmas]] Feast is held on Christmas Day. It is attended by the teachers and any students that have chosen to remain at Hogwarts over the Christmas Holidays. The feast is prepared by the [[House-elf|House-elves]] in the [[Hogwarts kitchen|kitchens]], and consisted of a hundred fat, roast [[Turkey (food)|turkeys]], mountains of roasted and boiled [[potato]]es, platters of fat [[chipolata]]s, tureens of buttered [[pea]]s, silver boats of thick, rich [[gravy]] and cranberry sauce. For dessert flaming [[Christmas pudding]]s were served, with silver [[sickle]]s hidden within the pudding. There are also surprise firecrackers, which, when popped, give forth a gift.
   
 
===Apparition Lessons===
 
===Apparition Lessons===
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During these examinations a giant clock face and a huge swinging pendulum are placed at the far end of the hall in order for students and examiners to keep an eye on the time.<ref>Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)</ref>
 
During these examinations a giant clock face and a huge swinging pendulum are placed at the far end of the hall in order for students and examiners to keep an eye on the time.<ref>Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)</ref>
[[File:42845379 exams 416.jpg|thumb|Dolores Umbridge During the Charms O.W.L. exam in 1996 standing in front of a giant pendulum]]
 
   
 
===Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests===
 
===Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests===
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==Other uses==
 
==Other uses==
Over the years it has had many other uses including:[[File:Great_Hall_1998.png|thumb|left]]
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Over the years it has had many other uses including:[[File:Great Hall 1998.png|thumb|left]]
   
 
*Sometime in the early [[20th century]], when [[Armando Dippet|Professor Dippet]] was [[Headmaster]], the hall was used to host a play version of ''[[The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]''. Since it ended in disastrous results, the staff decided never to put on a play ever again.
 
*Sometime in the early [[20th century]], when [[Armando Dippet|Professor Dippet]] was [[Headmaster]], the hall was used to host a play version of ''[[The Fountain of Fair Fortune]]''. Since it ended in disastrous results, the staff decided never to put on a play ever again.
*[[File:Copy_of_HPDH2-3768.jpg|thumb|218px|The Great Hall destroyed after the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]]]In [[1993]] the students were forced to sleep there over night in sleeping bags after [[Sirius Black]] broke in.
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*[[File:Copy of HPDH2-3768.jpg|thumb|218px|The Great Hall destroyed after the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]]]In [[1993]] the students were forced to sleep there over night in sleeping bags after [[Sirius Black]] broke in.
 
*On [[2 May]], [[1998]] the [[Duel in the Great Hall|final battle]] between [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and [[Harry Potter]] took place here as the conclusion to the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] and the [[Second Wizarding War]], and became Voldemort's death-place. It also served as a holding area for the dead and injured from the battle.
 
*On [[2 May]], [[1998]] the [[Duel in the Great Hall|final battle]] between [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and [[Harry Potter]] took place here as the conclusion to the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] and the [[Second Wizarding War]], and became Voldemort's death-place. It also served as a holding area for the dead and injured from the battle.
 
*The [[Divination Workshop]] is held in the Great Hall at 12:45. This suggests that lunch in the hall is to be finished by that time.
 
*The [[Divination Workshop]] is held in the Great Hall at 12:45. This suggests that lunch in the hall is to be finished by that time.
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==Battle of Hogwarts==
 
==Battle of Hogwarts==
 
In the second part film adaption of ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'', half of the Great Hall was blown up due to the battle. Because of this, instead of three towers at the top of the Great Hall, there were only two left.
 
In the second part film adaption of ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'', half of the Great Hall was blown up due to the battle. Because of this, instead of three towers at the top of the Great Hall, there were only two left.
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==In the films==
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The Great Hall as seen in the films is for the most part consistent with its description in the books. However, the layout of the tables as seen in the films contrasts with that of the books, which suggests that the tables run parallel to the main doors. In both the books and the movies, the layout of the tables changes. At first it is supposedly Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff (described left-to-right from the perspective of the teachers and first years during Harry's Sorting), with Hufflepuff's on the right, closest to the side doors to the Entrance Hall. Later during the Triwizard Tournament, Harry walked between the tables of Gryffindor and Hufflepuff, [[Fleur Delacour]] walked between the tables of Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, while Slytherin table is closest to the doors. Throughout the films the layout changes every year but never followed either book order. And in the books, it's implied that there are multiple doors in the Great Hall which lead into various side chambers, though in the films there is only one behind the staff table which leads into the [[Trophy Room]].
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The Great Hall set is arguably the most recognizable set from the Harry Potter films and has a rare distinction in the film industry of being in use for nearly a decade.<ref>[[Harry Potter Film Wizardry]]</ref> In those years the set has undergone relatively few changes:
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*In the third film, Dumbledore's [[Owl Lecturn]] has been added, and there are more floating candles of various shapes and sizes.
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*The fourth film sees the most noticeable change to the set in that a second, higher section has been added to the raised wooden platform on which the staff table sits, allowing for the addition of an additional table (presumably for the faculty of [[Beauxbatons Academy of Magic|Beauxbatons]] and [[Durmstrang Institute|Durmstrang]] and the judges for the [[Triwizard Tournament]] to sit). Though the second table disappears following the fourth film the second section of the platform remains.
   
 
== Behind the Scenes==
 
== Behind the Scenes==
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*The design for the Great Hall set in the [[Harry Potter films|films]] was based on the dining hall at Christ Church, Oxford.
 
*The design for the Great Hall set in the [[Harry Potter films|films]] was based on the dining hall at Christ Church, Oxford.
 
*The enchanted ceiling is only seen once during the daytime in the films (the majority of the time it simply being absent), however in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, during the 5th Year OWL exams the sky can be clearly be seen to be blue with a few clouds as Fred and George's fireworks go off.[[File:Bellatrix-lestrange-hogwarts-wip00.jpg|thumb|350px|Bellatrix walking insanely over the Gryffindor table.]]
 
*The enchanted ceiling is only seen once during the daytime in the films (the majority of the time it simply being absent), however in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, during the 5th Year OWL exams the sky can be clearly be seen to be blue with a few clouds as Fred and George's fireworks go off.[[File:Bellatrix-lestrange-hogwarts-wip00.jpg|thumb|350px|Bellatrix walking insanely over the Gryffindor table.]]
*Bellatrix Lestrange also wrecked the Great Hall in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]], ''but this must have been a detour as [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Severus Snape]], [[Fenrir Grayback]] and [[Thorfinn Rowle]] walked from the [[Astronomy Tower]] to [[Rubeus Hagrid's cabin|Hagrid's Hut]], the Great Hall is not between these two locations, and from the way they were exiting means they must have either come from the back of the Great [[File:Bella..png|thumb|350px|Bellatrix uses a powerful confringo curse to break the Great Hall windows]]Hall or the [[Trophy Room]]. This most likely is an error in the film.
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*Bellatrix Lestrange also wrecked the Great Hall in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]], ''but this must have been a detour as [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Severus Snape]], [[Fenrir Grayback]], [[Amycus Carrow]], [[Alecto Carrow]]  and [[Thorfinn Rowle]] walked from the [[Astronomy Tower]] to [[Rubeus Hagrid's cabin|Hagrid's Hut]], the Great Hall is not between these two locations, and from the way they were exiting means they must have either come from the back of the Great [[File:Bella..png|thumb|350px|Bellatrix uses a powerful confringo curse to break the Great Hall windows]]Hall or the [[Trophy Room]]. This most likely is an error in the film or that the production decided to include another secret passage.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', Harry and Voldemort duel at the [[Entrance Courtyard]] instead of the Great Hall, although the duel between [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] and [[Molly Weasley]] still takes place here.
 
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', Harry and Voldemort duel at the [[Entrance Courtyard]] instead of the Great Hall, although the duel between [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] and [[Molly Weasley]] still takes place here.
*The film layout of the tables contrasts with that of the books, which suggests that the tables run parallel to the main doors.
 
 
*In [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]], Headmaster Severus Snape held a spontaneous assembly, to which all Hogwarts students attended, to inform the students that [[Harry Potter]] had recently been sighted in [[Hogsmeade]], and that helping him enter the castle would result in severe punishment. To this, Harry himself stepped forward from the crowd, accusing Professor Snape of murdering [[Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore|Albus Dumbledore]]. This ultimately resulted in the duel between Professors Snape and [[Professor McGonagall|McGonagall]], and then in the sacking of Professor Snape.
 
*In [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]], Headmaster Severus Snape held a spontaneous assembly, to which all Hogwarts students attended, to inform the students that [[Harry Potter]] had recently been sighted in [[Hogsmeade]], and that helping him enter the castle would result in severe punishment. To this, Harry himself stepped forward from the crowd, accusing Professor Snape of murdering [[Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore|Albus Dumbledore]]. This ultimately resulted in the duel between Professors Snape and [[Professor McGonagall|McGonagall]], and then in the sacking of Professor Snape.
*PopCo, a toy company, has made a Great Hall playset available in stores in 2007. The figures that go with this set are all 3.75 inch tall. The figures are [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], [[Hermione Granger]], [[Neville Longbottom]], [[Cho Chang]], [[Luna Lovegood]], [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Fred Weasley]], [[George Weasley]], [[Albus Dumbledore]], [[Rubeus Hagrid]], [[Severus Snape]], [[Dolores Umbridge]], [[Argus Filch]], [[Minerva McGonagall]], [[Alastor Moody|Mad-Eye Moody]] , [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]], [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], [[Fenrir Greyback]], Young [[Tom Riddle]], [[Dementor]]s, [[Death Eaters]], [[Sirius Black]] , [[Grawp]], [[Magorian]] , [[Bane]] , [[Thestral]], [[Kreacher]], Death Eater dummy, [[Fang]], [[Mrs Norris]], [[Hedwig]], [[Sorting Hat]], [[Patronus]], [[Nagini]] and many, many more accessories."
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*PopCo, a toy company, has made a Great Hall playset available in stores in 2007. The figures that go with this set are all 3.75 inch tall. The figures are [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], [[Hermione Granger]], [[Neville Longbottom]], [[Cho Chang]], [[Luna Lovegood]], [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Fred Weasley]], [[George Weasley]], [[Albus Dumbledore]], [[Rubeus Hagrid]], [[Severus Snape]], [[Dolores Umbridge]], [[Argus Filch]], [[Minerva McGonagall]], [[Alastor Moody|Mad-Eye Moody]], [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]], [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], [[Fenrir Greyback]], Young [[Tom Riddle]], [[Dementor]]s, [[Death Eaters]], [[Sirius Black]], [[Grawp]], [[Magorian]], [[Bane]], [[Thestral]], [[Kreacher]], Death Eater dummy, [[Fang]], [[Mrs Norris]], [[Hedwig]], [[Sorting Hat]], [[Patronus]], [[Nagini]] and many, many more accessories."
*In the books, the layout of the tables is supposedly Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin (from the main doors looking in). Throughout the films the layout changes every year but never followed the book order.
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
[[File:Lego_Great_Hall.jpg|thumb|[[LEGO Harry Potter|LEGO]] Great Hall.]]
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[[File:Lego Great Hall.jpg|thumb|[[LEGO Harry Potter|LEGO]] Great Hall.]]
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''
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Great Hall
Location information
Location

Ground floor, Hogwarts Castle, Scotland, Great Britain

Permanent residents
  • Hogwarts Students
  • Hogwarts Staff
  • Hogwarts Ghosts
"Harry had never even imagined such a strange and splendid place. It was lit by thousands and thousands of candles that were floating in midair over four long tables, where the rest of the students were sitting. These tables were laid with glittering golden plates and goblets. At the top of the hall was another long table where the teachers were sitting [...] The hundreds of faces staring at them looked like pale lanterns in the flickering candlelight [..] Harry looked upward and saw a velvety black ceiling dotted with stars. He heard Hermione whisper, "It's bewitched to look like the sky outside. I read about it in Hogwarts, A History" It was hard to believe there was a ceiling there at all, and that the Great Hall didn't simply open on to the heavens."
—Description of the Great Hall.[src]

The Great Hall in Hogwarts Castle is the main gathering area in the school located off the Entrance Hall. Students eat their meals, receive daily owl post, and have certain special events here. The Great Hall is a large hall that can easily hold all of the school's students, staff, and guests. It has tall walls that reach up to the ceiling, which is covered with candles and enchanted to look like the sky above. At the front of the hall, is the staff table, also known as the High Table, which is designed to house the entire Hogwarts staff.

The highlight of the table is the throne-like chair in the centre of the table where the current Headmaster or Headmistress sits. The Great Hall, as well as serving as the area for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the students and staff, was also the place in which many important events took place, such as the traditional Sorting Ceremony each year and the defeat of Lord Voldemort, which signified the close of the Battle of Hogwarts and the climatic end of the Second Wizarding War. To the left of the table is a door which leads to a chamber with portraits.

DescriptionEdit

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Interior of the Great Hall
The Great Hall is a large hall with four long tables where students of each House sit at during mealtimes, as well as the staff table at the front, where the entire Hogwarts staff sits. There is a throne-like chair in the centre of the table where the current Headmaster or Headmistress sits. The ceiling of the Great Hall is covered with candles and it is enchanted to look like the sky above.
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Exterior of the Hall

To the left of the table is a door which leads to a chamber with portraits. During the Hallowe'en feast, the hall festooned with sweets-filled pumpkins, bats, orange streamers, water snakes and all sorts of Hallowe'en-related decorations, and during the Christmas holidays the hall has twelve large Christmas trees. There is also a large window behind the staff table at the front of the hall where light shines through, and a podium carved with an owl right in front of the Headmaster's chair where the Headmaster makes his announcements for the school year.

Gatherings in the Great HallEdit

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The 1993 Start-of-Term Feast; the Hogwarts choir performing "Double Trouble".
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Start-of-Term FeastEdit

Main article: Start-of-Term Feast

The Start-of-Term Feast is a traditional part of the school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, held in the Great Hall. It is on the first night following the arrival of the students from the Hogwarts Express, the Start-of-Term Feast is notable for including the sorting of all new students into their houses.


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Dueling Club - 1992
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Duelling ClubEdit

Main article: Duelling Club

A Duelling Club was started by Professor Lockhart when the Chamber of Secrets was opened, during the 1992–1993 school year. He was given permission to teach students how to duel, in an attempt to help them learn to protect themselves. Lockhart was joined by Professor Snape, who worked as his assistant. In 1996, it was used again as the Gryffindor Duelling Club location.

Hallowe'en feastEdit

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The 1991 Hallowe'en feast
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Main article: Hallowe'en feast

The Hallowe'en Feast at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry occurs on the 31st October every year. Usually the Hallowe'en Feast is festooned with sweets-filled pumpkins, bats, orange streamers, water snakes and all sorts of Hallowe'en-related decorations. There is usually some entertainment at the end, this may be by the Hogwarts Ghosts who pop out of the walls and do formation gliding. It's a highly anticipated feast which most Hogwarts students look forward to every year.

Yule BallEdit

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The Yule Ball
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Main article: Yule Ball

The Yule Ball is a tradition of the Triwizard Tournament, though not regularly held at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is a formal dance held on Christmas night of a tournament year, and is opened by the tournament champions and their partners. At Hogwarts, where the Yule Ball was held in 1994, only students of fourth year or above were permitted to attend, though younger students could also go if an older student invited them to accompany them. The ball began at 8:00 p.m. and ended at midnight. The hall served several purposes that night; as a socialsing area, a stage for the performing band, and a dance floor for all attendants of the ball.

Christmas FeastEdit

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The Christmas feast, 1992.
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Main article: Christmas feast

The Christmas Feast is held on Christmas Day. It is attended by the teachers and any students that have chosen to remain at Hogwarts over the Christmas Holidays. The feast is prepared by the House-elves in the kitchens, and consisted of a hundred fat, roast turkeys, mountains of roasted and boiled potatoes, platters of fat chipolatas, tureens of buttered peas, silver boats of thick, rich gravy and cranberry sauce. For dessert flaming Christmas puddings were served, with silver sickles hidden within the pudding. There are also surprise firecrackers, which, when popped, give forth a gift.

Apparition LessonsEdit

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Apparition class
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Main article: Apparition (class)

Apparition is an optional twelve-week class offered at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for, as its name suggests, learning how to Apparate. The class begins shortly after the Christmas Holidays and is offered to students who are seventeen, or who will turn seventeen during the school year, and costs twelve Galleons. It was taught by Ministry of Magic employee Wilkie Twycross in 1997 when the sixth year students that signed up for lessons had to begin in the Great Hall due to weather conditions, before moving the class to the grounds.

Ordinary Wizarding Level ExaminationsEdit

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Students taking their O.W.L.s.
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An O.W.L. (Ordinary Wizarding Level) is a subject-specific test taken during Hogwarts students' Fifth year, administrated by the Wizarding Examinations Authority. The score made by a student on a particular O.W.L. determines whether or not he or she will be allowed to continue taking that subject in subsequent school years.

During these examinations a giant clock face and a huge swinging pendulum are placed at the far end of the hall in order for students and examiners to keep an eye on the time.[1]

Nastily Exhausting Wizarding TestsEdit

N.E.W.T.s (Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests) are subject-specific exams that seventh year wizards and witches at Hogwarts take to help place them in a position at the Ministry of Magic. As not all wizards pass or even take the N.E.W.T.s, they can find other jobs using their O.W.L. results.

End-of-Term FeastEdit

Main article: End-of-Term Feast

The End-of-Term Feast (or Leaving Feast) is a traditional part of the school year at Hogwarts, held in the Great Hall. It occurs on the last night of the term; the Feast is notable for including the awarding of the House Cup to the house with the highest points.

Other usesEdit

Over the years it has had many other uses including:
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Battle of HogwartsEdit

In the second part film adaption of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, half of the Great Hall was blown up due to the battle. Because of this, instead of three towers at the top of the Great Hall, there were only two left.

In the filmsEdit

The Great Hall as seen in the films is for the most part consistent with its description in the books. However, the layout of the tables as seen in the films contrasts with that of the books, which suggests that the tables run parallel to the main doors. In both the books and the movies, the layout of the tables changes. At first it is supposedly Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff (described left-to-right from the perspective of the teachers and first years during Harry's Sorting), with Hufflepuff's on the right, closest to the side doors to the Entrance Hall. Later during the Triwizard Tournament, Harry walked between the tables of Gryffindor and Hufflepuff, Fleur Delacour walked between the tables of Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw, while Slytherin table is closest to the doors. Throughout the films the layout changes every year but never followed either book order. And in the books, it's implied that there are multiple doors in the Great Hall which lead into various side chambers, though in the films there is only one behind the staff table which leads into the Trophy Room.

The Great Hall set is arguably the most recognizable set from the Harry Potter films and has a rare distinction in the film industry of being in use for nearly a decade.[2] In those years the set has undergone relatively few changes:

  • In the third film, Dumbledore's Owl Lecturn has been added, and there are more floating candles of various shapes and sizes.
  • The fourth film sees the most noticeable change to the set in that a second, higher section has been added to the raised wooden platform on which the staff table sits, allowing for the addition of an additional table (presumably for the faculty of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang and the judges for the Triwizard Tournament to sit). Though the second table disappears following the fourth film the second section of the platform remains.

Behind the ScenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Lego Great Hall
LEGO Great Hall.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
  2. Harry Potter Film Wizardry


Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the ground floor

Astronomy Tower courtyard · Balcony around the Great Hall · Bean Bonus Room · Boys' toilets · Caretaker's office · Central tower courtyard · Chamber off the Great Hall · Chamber of Reception · Classroom 11 · Classroom 1B · Corridor off the Entrance Hall · Entrance Hall · Great Hall · Ground Floor Corridor · Herbology Store · House Point Ceremony Chamber · Marble Staircase · Middle Courtyard · Northern Courtyard · Northern Courtyard Annex · North Tower courtyard · Out Of Bounds · Oxford Corridor · Paved grounds · Portrait Room · Staffroom · Storage Cupboard · Storeroom · Storeroom courtyard · Suspension Bridge · Temporary Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom · Transfiguration department · Viaduct Courtyard · Viaduct Entrance · Viaduct · Viaduct Courtyard checkpoint towers · West Tower courtyard · Suspension Bridge foyer · The Quad

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the ground floor

Brian Gagwilde · Circe · Gargoyles at the staff room entrance · George von Rheticus · Giffard Abbott · Glanmore Peakes · Godric Gryffindor · Google Stump · Greta Catchlove · Henry Bumblepuft · Lonely Male Gargoyle · Lonely Male Gargoyle's friend · Medieval couple · Merwyn the Malicious · Mirabella Plunkett · Miserable Female Gargoyle · Norvel Twonk · Old Posh Baron · People watching Quidditch · Staring Portrait · Professor Swoopstikes · Temeritus Shanks · Timothy the Timid · Violet · Architect of Hogwarts · First Headmaster of Hogwarts · Jocunda Sykes · Sarcastic Male Gargoyle · Portrait of a girl with flowers · Wizard with a walrus moustache



Hogwarts Duelling Club
Duelling Trophy
Duelling Club Captains
Hogwarts: Gilderoy Lockhart · Severus Snape
Gryffindor: Angus Matlock
Hufflepuff: Duelling Club Captain
Ravenclaw: Alannis
Slytherin: Duelling Club Captain
Duelling Club Members
Gryffindor: Edward · Emily · Harry Potter · Hermione Granger · Neil Randall · Neville Longbottom · Romilda Vane · Ronald Weasley · Seamus Finnigan · Stewart
Hufflepuff: Anthony Otterburn · Heather · Justin Finch-Fletchley · Karl Limpley · Kouta Ohnishi · Rhonda Fladbury
Ravenclaw: Andrew · Helen Dawlish · Rebecca · Shoma Ichikawa · Trevor Birch
Slytherin: Bridget · Draco Malfoy · Fergus Cowley · Irfan Mustaq · Maynard Hatton · Millicent Bulstrode · Peter · Rachel · Roy
Badges
Crossfire Badge · Defender Badge · Duelling Beginner's Luck Badge · Duelling Club Champion Badge · Duelling Veteran Badge · Keen Duellist Badge · Master Duellist Badge · Nine Lives Badge · Persistence Badge · Reflex Badge
Duelling Club locations
Great Hall · Middle Courtyard · The Quad · Training Grounds

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