"Harry dropped his gaze to the chair in the centre of the room, the arms of which were covered in chains. He had seen those chains spring to life and bind whoever sat between them."
—Harry observes the chair during his hearing[src]

This was a special chair that was in the centre of a dais at Courtroom Ten, where the accused would sit during a trial before the Council of Magical Law and in later years the Wizengamot, a section of the Ministry of Magic.



Harry Potter sitting in the chair

The chair had magical chains that would bind its occupant, if the occupant was accused of serious criminal charges. They did not bind Harry Potter during his disciplinary hearing, but did clink threateningly when he sat down.[1] If more than one are accused, more than one chair will be set up. It was later moved to a courtroom used by the Muggle-Born Registration Commission to interrogate Muggle-borns The chains are immune to the Severing Charm.[2]

Muggle-Born Commission Courtroom

Mary Cattermole sitting in the chair

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 8 (The Hearing)
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
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