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Harry: "What's the matter?"
Ron: "Can't go in there. That's a girl's toilet."
Hermione: "Oh, Ron, there won't be anyone in there. That's Moaning Myrtle's place. Come on, let's have a look."
— The Trio enters Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom for the first time[src]

The First floor girls' lavatory, more commonly known as Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom[1] is situated on the first floor of Hogwarts Castle, just above the Great Hall.[1] It has been out of order ever since a student named Myrtle Warren was killed there. Myrtle has haunted the bathroom ever since the Ministry of Magic stopped her from haunting Olive Hornby who had been teasing Myrtle just before her death, leading it to be a place most students do not want to enter. This bathroom holds the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets. To get in the Chamber, a person needs to say "open" in Parseltongue. This will cause the tap with a snake on the side (a tap which incidentally, never worked) to move into the floor, revealing a tunnel which leads downwards into the Chamber.


Founding of HogwartsEdit

First floor bathroom
Hogwarts Castle and this bathroom were built by Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff and Salazar Slytherin. It was built inside a turret.[2] According to an ancient legend, Salazar Slytherin was responsible for the construction of the Chamber of Secrets beneath Hogwarts dungeons. The Chamber contained a Basilisk which could only be controlled by Slytherin's true heir, and use it to purge the school of all muggle-born students. Before being forced out of Hogwarts by the other founders, Slytherin hid the entrance to the Chamber. Several centuries later in the 1700s, a direct of descendant of Slytherin, Corvinus Gaunt, further concealed the passageway behind bewitched sinks that could be only opened by someone who spoke Parseltongue.[3] For centuries, the Castle was thoroughly searched and no such Chamber was found until one of Slytherin's descendents set foot in the Castle in the late 1930s.

1943 Chamber of Secrets openingEdit

Moaning Myrtle haunting the bathroom

In 1938, Tom Riddle (best known by the alias "Lord Voldemort") started his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In his fifth year, he learned of his Slytherin ancestry and discovered the existence and entrance to the Chamber of Secrets and tamed the Basilisk which dwelt within. As the Heir of Slytherin through his mother's family, Tom was able to open the Chamber of Secrets and started purging the school "of all those who were unworthy of study magic" - in Riddle and Slytherin's eyes those were Muggle-born students. Many students were attacked in 1943. The attacks eventually stopped with the murder of a student named Myrtle Warren inside this bathroom.

Myrtle's ghostEdit

After her death, Myrtle's ghost (or Moaning Myrtle, as the students usually call her) haunted Olive Hornby, the fellow student who caused her to be in the bathroom that evening. When the Ministry of Magic refrained her from doing so, Moaning Myrtle returned to the bathroom, haunting it from that day on.

1992-1993 Chamber of Secrets openingsEdit

Brewing potions

Hermione Granger brewing Polyjuice Potion in 1992

On Hallowe'en night, 1992, Tom Riddle's Diary (one of Voldemort's Horcruxes), possessed student Ginny Weasley and forced her to open the Chamber of Secrets (which had been closed since 1943).

Hermione Granger brewed Polyjuice Potion there in her Second year, in 1992. She, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley used it as part of their unsuccessful plan to question Draco Malfoy about the opening of the Chamber of Secrets. Later in the school year, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley discovered where the entrance to the Chamber was and they, along with Gilderoy Lockhart, then-Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor, entered the Chamber of Secrets via this bathroom.

Behind the scenesEdit




The bathroom in films and video games

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pottermore - From the story: Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom
  2. See this image.
  3. Pottermore - Writing by JK Rowling: Chamber of Secrets chamber-of-secrets Writing by JK Rowling: Chamber of Secrets
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party) "She (Moaning Myrtle) haunts one of the toilets in the girls’ bathroom on the first floor,” said Hermione.
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party) “This way,” he shouted, and he began to run, up the stairs, into the entrance hall. It was no good hoping to hear anything here, the babble of talk from the Halloween feast was echoing out of the Great Hall. Harry sprinted up the marble staircase to the first floor, Ron and Hermione clattering behind him. “It’s going to kill someone!” he shouted, and ignoring Ron’s and Hermione’s bewildered faces, he ran up the next flight of steps three at a time, trying to listen over his own pounding footsteps — Harry hurtled around the whole of the second floor, Ron and Hermione panting behind him, not stopping until they turned a corner into the last, deserted passage.
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 22 (The Unexpected Task) “I suppose there’s always Moaning Myrtle,” he said gloomily, referring to the ghost who haunted the girls’ toilets on the second floor.
  7. Despite it's locked, there is a doorway on the second floor with pavement around it and is flooded. The same doorway serves as the entrance to Myrtle's Bathroom in the next instalment.

First-floor of Hogwarts Castle
First-floor girls' toilets · Moaning Myrtle's bathroom
Class 1 · Classroom 1A · Classroom 1C · Classroom 1D · Classroom 1E · Classroom 4F · Classroom used for storage · Classroom with maps of Great Britain and Ireland · Muggle Studies Classroom
First-floor corridor · Library corridor · Passage of the Fouls · Tapestry Corridor
Halls and rooms
Detention Chamber · East Wing · Hospital wing · Library · · Rear Hall · Severus Snape's storeroom
Minerva McGonagall's office · Poppy Pomfrey's office
Other locations
Stone Bridge
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Bearded man · Elizabeth Burke · Count · Fat Friar · Female nurse · Male nurse · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Hengist Rawkes · Scholar · Google Stump
Staircase to the second-floor corridor · Staircase to the Serpentine Corridor · Staircase to the library corridor

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