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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. [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

  • In videogame 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.
  • In the film adaption of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince the tower is directly over the Transfiguration courtyard this is the reason for the transfiguration courtyard to have changed shape for the film and video game adaption of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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Notes and references

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