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"He then climbed out of the portrait hole, up through the silent castle (held up only briefly by Peeves, who tried to overturn a large vase on him halfway along the fourth-floor corridor), finally arriving at the Owlery, which was situated at the top of West Tower."
—Narrative[src]

The West Tower, also known as the Owlery Tower,[1] is one of the towers of Hogwarts Castle, located thirteen windows to the left of Filius Flitwick's office,[2] accessible from the fourth-floor corridor.[3] At the top of the tower is the Owlery,[3] a circular stone room which is cold and drafty due to the glassless windows.[4] During the winter months, the tower is very cold, to the point that one has to be careful with ice on the higher landings.[5] From one corridor, a tightly spiralling staircase leads up to a door leading out onto the battlements.[6][7] It also overlooks a courtyard.[8]

Behind the scenes

  • In the films, the West Tower is depicted as a remote tower separate from the main castle, whereas the books speak of the tower being connected directly to the main building.

Appearances

West Tower and the courtyard

The tower and its courtyard

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  2. Albus Dumbledore: Sirius is locked in Professor Flitwick's office on the seventh floor. Thirteenth window from the right of the West Tower. (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 21)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "He then climbed out of the portrait hole, up through the silent castle (held up only briefly by Peeves, who tried to overturn a large vase on him halfway along the fourth-floor corridor), finally arriving at the Owlery, which was situated at the top of West Tower." (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 15)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 15
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 21
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 22 (Owl Post Again)
  8. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4


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