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"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. Since medieval times, gargoyle statues have been commonly seen in many structures and buildings, including the Hogwarts Castle.

Nature

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 garoyles, 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, this is not known to be an innate ability and any noted animation is likely due to magic, such as a charm.

Known Gargoyles

Hogwarts

Hogwarts is home to many gargoyles, such as the one placed in the entrance to the Headmaster's office located in the second floor, which is described as an extremely ugly statue and comes to life when the correct password is spoken.[1] Other gargoyle statues are seen in Hogwarts' Paved Courtyard as well as the one in the Clock Tower Courtyard.

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A gargoyle statue outside the Headmaster's office in Hogwarts.

Sentient Gargoyles

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

Etymology

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.

Behind the scenes

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A gargoyle statue in Hogwarts' Middle Courtyard.

See also

Appearances

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