"People ask me what it's like being a gargoyle... well, to be honest, most of the time you have a very cold bottom."
Lonely Male Gargoyle[src]

Gargoyle refers to a carved stone or statue with an ugly monstrous design.[1] Since medieval times, gargoyle statues have been commonly seen in many structures and buildings, including the Hogwarts Castle, and like many other statues in the wizarding world, most wizarding gargoyles are enchanted to be animate and, oftentimes, even sentient.[2]


Architecturally, two distinctions are made between gargoyles: functional ones, whose purpose is to direct water away from the sides of a building through their spouts; and aesthetic gargoyles, whose appearance is said by the superstitious to add to their ability to ward off evil. It is unknown if the latter ability is preserved with gargoyles in the wizarding world.

It should be noted that, whilst some gargoyles, like the Lonely Male Gargoyle, do seem to have some degree of sentience,[2] this is not known to be an innate ability and any noted animation is likely due to magic, such as a charm.

In 1911, there was a strike held by Gargoyles. It is unknown what this historical event was about exactly.[3]

Known Gargoyles

Sentient Hogwarts Gargoyles

A gargoyle statue in the Middle Courtyard at Hogwarts

A number of Hogwarts gargoyles have the ability to talk and possess personality, such as:

Other Gargoyles


From the French gargouille, meaning "throat" or "gullet". In Latin gurgulio, gula, and similar words derived from the root gar, meaning "to swallow", which represented the gurgling sound of water.

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Notes and references

  1. WP favicon.PNG Gargoyle on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 18 (Into the Forest) - History of Magic Lesson "Gargoyle Strike of 1911"
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
  5. Harry Potter Trading Card Game
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