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Staircase between the ground-floor and second-floor corridor

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"He crept along the corridor below, pushed aside a tapestry about halfway along, and proceeded down a narrower staircase, a shortcut that would take him down two floors."

The ground-floor[1] and the second-floor corridor[2] are connected by a narrow staircase hidden behind a pair of tapestries, with a suit of armour stood at the top. It has a trick step halfway up that most students remember to jump, and the staircase itself seems to be common knowledge. Gryffindors use it to shorten their route to Gryffindor Tower.[3] Harry Potter used the staircase when heading to Severus Snape's office in 1995, but stepped on the trick step and dropped his golden egg, attracting Argus Filch, Snape and Bartemius Crouch Jr. (disguised as Alastor Moody).[4] Harry again used the passageway when chasing Amycus and Alecto Carrow.[5]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 The staircase goes down two floors. As the top floor is the second-floor corridor, this means that the bottom is the ground-floor.
  2. 2.0 2.1 After Harry and "Moody's" discussion, "Moody" goes straight into his office, which is on the second-floor.
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 12
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 25
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 28

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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 Eleven · 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 · Side Chamber · Staffroom · Staffroom corridor · Storage Cupboard · Storeroom · Storeroom courtyard · Suspension Bridge · Temporary Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom · Transfiguration department · Viaduct Courtyard · Viaduct Entrance · Viaduct · Viaduct Courtyard Gatehouses · 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

Second-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Class 31
Gargoyle Corridor · Second-floor corridor
Halls and rooms
Potions storeroom · Second-floor arcade · Second-floor foyer · Second-floor hall · Second-floor secret storeroom
Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher's office
Other locations
No entry due to flooding - Mr. Filch
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Anne Boleyn · Bust of a medieval wizard · Basil Fronsac · Map of Argyllshire · Painting of apples · Temeritus Shanks ·Wizarding family
Staircase to the ground-floor · Staircase between the first and second-floor corridors · Staircase to the library corridor · Staircase to the third-floor

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