Gryffindor Tower, also known as the Gryffindor Common Room , serves as the common room for students in  Gryffindor House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The portrait hole from inside the Gryffindor common room, as seen in PlayStation®Home's Pottermore
The entrance to the common room is located behind the
on the Seventh Floor of
is required to enter it. A circular hole is behind the painting leading to the
Known Passwords Edit
Caput Draconis (Latin for "Dragon's Head")
Fortuna Major (Latin for "greater luck")
Quid Agis (Latin for "How are you")
Common Room Edit
is a circular room where
students can relax after a long day of studying. It is full of squashy armchairs, tables, and a
where school notices, ads, lost posters, etc. can be posted. A window looks out onto the grounds of the
, and a large fireplace dominates one wall. The walls are decorated with scarlet tapestries that depict witches and wizards, but also various animals. It is usually where celebration
The cozy, circular Gryffindor common room
parties are held after Gryffindor
victories, or when
completed a task for the
. It was also the location for
first kiss following
fireplace was used on several occasions by
to contact Harry while he was on the run from the
Ministry of Magic
Dormitories Edit The entryways to the dormitories
dormitories are also located in the Tower, with two doors leading off from the
that open to spiral staircases. One of them leads to the girls dormitory, the other to the boys. The stairs to the girls dormitories are enchanted to become a slide if any boy attempts to climb them, but not vice versa, since it was deemed that girls were more trustworthy than boys, and
went into the boys' room on several occasions.
Behind the scenes Edit
When Ron Weasley and Lavender Brown began dating, one chapter of described them as being "in a prominent corner of the common room". However, the Common Room is circular. It is possible that there are nooks or alcoves in various areas around the wall.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince The charm used to make the Girls' Dormitory stairs into a slide may be the Glisseo charm. It is never stated if similar enchantments are placed on the entrances to the Girls' Domitories in other houses, but is highly likely, as Hermione identifies the Founders collectively as the ones responsible for the charm.
In the video game adaptation of , after going through the portrait-hole, there is a short stone hallway leading to the actual common room. This hallway also leads to an old room behind a tapestry, a quiet study area for Gryffindor students, frequently used by Percy, and a secret bathroom used by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Fred and George Weasley as an in-school joke shop.
The Chamber of Secrets video game is also the only place in the games or the films where the common room is accessed by crawling through an actual hole (albeit a square-shaped one). All other adaptations depict a doorway.
In the film adaptation of , the entrance is on one end of a hallway. Whereas in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone film adaptation of and the video game adaptations of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , it is located on the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Seventh Floor of the Grand Staircase Tower. As the shape of the common room doesn't change, one explanation of this change of location may be that these particular stairs were not there in the first movie, and were built to replace the corridor during the summer of 1992, before Harry's third year started.
Gryffindor Tower at one corner of the Quad
The Gryffindor Tower as a LEGO set.
Notes and references Edit