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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 send Rubeus Hagrid's pet dragon, Norbert, to Charlie Weasley in Romania.

1993

After Sirius Black tried to break-in the Gryffindor Tower on the evening of October 31st, 1993, all the staff was to search the Castle for any signs of Black. Argus Filch searched the Astronomy Tower and found nothing. [2]

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 O.W.L.s.

1997

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Harry and 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.[3]

Structure

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The tower as seen from above.

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 view of the starry sky.

Behind the scenes

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The tower as seen in 1993, very similar to the Headmaster's office.

Appearances

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Interior of the tower as seen in the 1996.

Notes and references

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