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The '''Astronomy Tower''' is the tallest tower at [[Hogwarts Castle]] surrounded by a parapet and turret. It is where students study the stars and planets through their telescopes in [[Astronomy]] lessons with [[Professor]] [[Aurora Sinistra]]. This is usually done at midnight where the stars are best seen. <ref name="PS">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' (Chapter 8 - ''The Potions Master'')</ref> The tower is usually out-of-bounds except for classes. <ref name="PS"></ref>
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The '''Astronomy Tower''' is the tallest tower at [[Hogwarts Castle]] surrounded by a parapet and turret. It is where students study the stars and planets through their telescopes in [[Astronomy]] lessons with [[Professor]] [[Aurora Sinistra]]. This is usually done at midnight where the stars are best seen. <ref name="PS">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' (Chapter 8 - ''The Potions Master'')</ref> The tower is usually out-of-bounds except for classes. <ref name="PS"/>
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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===1996===
 
===1996===
The Astronomy practical exam took place here for the [[O.W.L.]]s. Under supervision of [[Tofty|Professor Tofty]], students were required to fill out a [[star chart]]. However, [[Dolores Umbridge]], [[John Dawlish]] and several other [[Ministry of Magic]] officials attacked [[Rubeus Hagrid]] during this practical, and the resulting skirmish caused several [[Aurors]] and Professor [[Minerva McGonagall]] to be severely injured, [[Fang]] to become incapacitated, and Hagrid to flee the school. All of this was witnessed by the Fifth years taking the Astronomy [[Ordinary Wizarding Level]].
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The Astronomy practical exam took place here for the [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.]]s. Under supervision of [[Tofty|Professor Tofty]], students were required to fill out a [[star chart]]. However, [[Dolores Umbridge]], [[John Dawlish]] and several other [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] officials attacked [[Rubeus Hagrid]] during this practical, and the resulting skirmish caused several [[Aurors]] and Professor [[Minerva McGonagall]] to be severely injured, [[Fang]] to become incapacitated, and Hagrid to flee the school. All of this was witnessed by the Fifth years taking the Astronomy [[Ordinary Wizarding Level]].
   
 
====1997====
 
====1997====
 
[[File:Harry and Dumbledore at the Astronomy Tower HBP.jpg|thumb|left|Harry and Prof. Dumbledore at the Astronomy Tower in [[1997]].]]
 
[[File:Harry and Dumbledore at the Astronomy Tower HBP.jpg|thumb|left|Harry and Prof. Dumbledore at the Astronomy Tower in [[1997]].]]
The [[Death Eater]]s arrived at [[Hogwarts]], most of the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]] between the opposing sides took place in this tower, and in the corridor below. [[Death Eaters]] set off the [[Dark Mark]] above this tower; [[Albus Dumbledore]] was blasted from the tower's ramparts by a [[Killing Curse]] cast by [[Severus Snape]]. This was where Dumbledore met his death.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
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The [[Death Eaters]] arrived at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], most of the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]] between the opposing sides took place in this tower, and in the corridor below. [[Death Eaters]] set off the [[Dark Mark]] above this tower; [[Albus Dumbledore]] was blasted from the tower's ramparts by a [[Killing Curse]] cast by [[Severus Snape]]. This was where Dumbledore met his death.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
   
 
==Structure==
 
==Structure==
The tower is the tallest in [[Hogwarts]], it lies almost directly above the front doors of the castle. The tower is also surrounded by a parapet and is tall enough to have a perfect site of the starry sky.
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The tower is the tallest in [[Hogwarts School of WItchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], it lies almost directly above the front doors of the castle. The tower is also surrounded by a parapet and is tall enough to have a perfect site of the starry sky.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*In videogame ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' (PC version), the [[Hogwarts Library]] is inside the Tower, on the lower floors.
 
*In videogame ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' (PC version), the [[Hogwarts Library]] is inside the Tower, on the lower floors.
*The [[Bloody Baron]] likes to groan and clank up on the Astronomy Tower according to [[Nearly Headless Nick]].
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*The [[Bloody Baron]] likes to groan and clank up on the Astronomy Tower according to [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington|Nearly Headless Nick]].
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' the tower is directly over the [[Transfiguration Courtyard]] this is the reason for the courtyard to have changed shape in both the film and the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)|video game]].
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' the tower is directly over the [[Transfiguration Courtyard]] this is the reason for the courtyard to have changed shape in both the film and the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)|video game]].
   

Revision as of 18:02, August 20, 2009

The Astronomy Tower is the tallest tower at Hogwarts Castle surrounded by a parapet and turret. It is where students study the stars and planets through their telescopes in Astronomy lessons with Professor Aurora Sinistra. This is usually done at midnight where the stars are best seen. [1] The tower is usually out-of-bounds except for classes. [1]

History

1991

In Harry Potter's first year, he and Hermione Granger climbed to the top of the Astronomy Tower to give Rubeus Hagrid's pet dragon, Norbert, to Charlie Weasley to take care of in Romania.

1996

The Astronomy practical exam took place here for the O.W.L.s. Under supervision of Professor Tofty, students were required to fill out a star chart. However, Dolores Umbridge, John Dawlish and several other Ministry of Magic officials attacked Rubeus Hagrid during this practical, and the resulting skirmish caused several Aurors and Professor Minerva McGonagall to be severely injured, Fang to become incapacitated, and Hagrid to flee the school. All of this was witnessed by the Fifth years taking the Astronomy Ordinary Wizarding Level.

1997

Harry and Dumbledore at the Astronomy Tower HBP

Harry and Prof. Dumbledore at the Astronomy Tower in 1997.

The Death Eaters arrived at Hogwarts, most of the Battle of the Astronomy Tower between the opposing sides took place in this tower, and in the corridor below. Death Eaters set off the Dark Mark above this tower; Albus Dumbledore was blasted from the tower's ramparts by a Killing Curse cast by Severus Snape. This was where Dumbledore met his death.[2]

Structure

The tower is the tallest in Hogwarts, it lies almost directly above the front doors of the castle. The tower is also surrounded by a parapet and is tall enough to have a perfect site of the starry sky.

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

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