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Sirius Black's break-in of Hogwarts Castle (1994)
Event information
Location

Boys' Dormitory, Gryffindor Tower, Hogwarts Castle, Scotland, Great Britain

Date(s)

1994

Participant(s)
Description

Sirius Black broke into Gryffindor Tower and ripped Ron's bed hangings

This break-in took place in 1994 in the Gryffindor Tower which was infiltrated by then-suspected mass-murderer Sirius Black in his search for Peter Pettigrew.[1]

Break-in

This was, in point of fact, Sirius Black's second attempt in that school year to reach Peter Pettigrew, the first having culminated in failure when, in frustration at her refusal to grant him access to the Gryffindor Tower, he had slashed the portrait of the Fat Lady several weeks previously.[2] This had led to the Fat Lady refusing to serve as portal keeper for the Tower any longer, the sole volunteer to replace her being Sir Cadogan. Due to his abysmal memory, Neville Longbottom had written a list of passwords that would be used, at the insistence of Sir Cadogan, to gain entrance to the Gryffindor Tower. Crookshanks had stolen this list from Neville's table in the Gryffindor Boys' Dormitory and gave it to Sirius Black, who used them all on Sir Cadogan, the replacement to the Fat Lady, who then allowed him to enter to the Tower.[3]

Attack

Sirius broke into the Boys' Dormitory and walked towards Ronald Weasley's bed in his search for Peter Pettigrew, who had, for a dozen years, disguised himself as Ron's pet rat, Scabbers. Ron woke up, hearing some scratching noises and saw Sirius leaned over him with a knife in his hand. When Ron began to scream, Sirius fled to avoid being seen by the other sleeping boys, who woke instantly.[3]

Aftermath

When Ron had woken up the entire Gryffindor House they all gathered in the Gryffindor Common Room to discuss the events and Professor Minerva McGonagall, Head of House, was called. Ron explained his story and added that Black must've taken the wrong bed, going for Harry Potter. McGonagall then asked Sir Cadogan about it and he told her the events.

Another search of the castle takes place, but Black evades discovery again. The Fat Lady resumes her duty guarding Gryffindor Tower on the condition her portrait is to be guarded. Neville, on the other hand, is stripped of his visitation rights to Hogsmeade for the rest of the school year, recieves a howler from his grandmother, and the other Gryffindors are forbidden to tell him the password.[4]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 8 (Flight of the Fat Lady)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 13 (Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 14 (Snape's Grudge)
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