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"It's not real, the ceiling. It's just bewitched to look like the night sky. I read about it in Hogwarts: A History."
Hermione Granger[src]

The Enchanted Ceiling is the high ceiling that covers the huge Great Hall of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Enchanted Ceiling is bewitched to look like the sky outside, and to mirror the weather. It is said that the mimicry of the sky outside is so exact that, at first glance, one would believe that there is no ceiling at all, and that the hall simply opens upon the heavens.[1]

History

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The Ceiling at night

Whilst entering the Great Hall for the first time in 1991 for the Sorting ceremony, Harry Potter heard Hermione Granger whispered to a fellow first year that the ceiling is, in fact, bewitched and that she read and learnt about it in Hogwarts: A History.[1]

There was also an Enchanted Ceiling in Classroom Eleven, the classroom that was converted to resemble the forest while Firenze was teaching Divination, but unlike the Great Hall, it was only enchanted to show the night sky, rather than the current weather.[2]

The ceiling of the Atrium in the British Ministry of Magic also seems to be enchanted to resemble the sky outside. Golden symbols continually move across it "like some enormous heavenly noticeboard"; it appears peacock blue early in the morning, and dark blue in the evening.[3]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
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