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Suits of armour come in all shapes and sizes and are bewitched to move and talk. There are many suits of armour at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. During the Second Wizarding War, Professor McGonagall animated these armour to defend Hogwarts against oncoming Death Eaters. The shields of the suits of armour in the front row are immuned to magic spells. During the war, the Death Eaters tried to destroy these armour by simply using the Killing Curse, but their shields deflected all oncoming spells, therefore the Death Eaters could not defeat them easily.


During the 1991-1992 school year and 1992-1993 school year some of them were bewitched by Quirinus Quirrell and Dobby (respectively) to be evil and attack Harry Potter.[1][2]

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A suit of Armour preparing for battle in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Peeves once hidden inside some during the Christmas during the Triwizard Tournament, when the armours are singing Christmas carols with gaps in between their lyrics, which Peeves filled in with his own very rude inventions; Argus Filch had to extract Peeves on these occasions.
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They all participated in the Battle of Hogwarts after being animated via Piertotum Locomotor by Professor Minerva McGonagall. Their fate is unknown if they ever survive the Battle of Hogwarts or were all destroyed in battle. If all were destroyed in battle, it's unknown, however likely, if they were rebuilt.

Types of Armours

Behind the scenes

  • The suits of armour seem to have a degree of sentience, as a suits head turned to watch Harry go to Umbridge's office, and another suit laughed when Neville tripped on the stairs.
  • The knights that appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are not, indeed, suits of armour; they appear to be either stone or terracotta statues and do not come in shapes and sizes such as gargoyles and different animals as in the book. However they have different helmets, and it is possible that 'some of them' are suits as in the book some statues also protected the castle.
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    Molly Weasley and Minerva McGonagall with the suits of armour.

    • The soundtrack in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 that is used to present the Suits of Armour is called Statues.
    • In Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the shields of the suits of armour in the front row have the House crests and Hogwarts crests on them: The far left a Gryffindor crest, the second from the left a Hufflepuff crest, the middle knight the Hogwarts crest, the second from the right a Ravenclaw crest, and the far right a Slytherin Crest.
    • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, they can be ridden to kill anything including Giants and, in spite of what we see in the movie, they are invincible.


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