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Floating candles
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Hogwarts Professors (possibly)


At least before 1991


Light up place


Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

The Great Hall floating candles[1] are sticks of wax floating and covering the entire ceiling of the Great Hall to give the Hogwarts students light while their eating during a feast, breakfast, lunch or dinner.


The candles serves as light while the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are eating food. They also serves as a protection from rain or snow.

Being put out

In 1997 after the death of Albus Dumbledore, Bellatrix Lestrange was walking on a House table and kicking all the food, forks, knives and cups away. In the end Bellatrix used a spell to smash all the windows and put out the light out in the Great Hall.

Behind the scenes

  • The candles used for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone were originally real candles suspended from tungsten wires that would be edited out in post-production. However, during the first days of filming, the candles burned through their wires and fell onto the tables. For the safety of the actors, the filmmakers switched to a digital effect instead.[1]


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