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"There were a hundred and forty-two staircases at Hogwarts: wide, sweeping ones; narrow, rickety ones; some that led somewhere different on a Friday; some with a vanishing step halfway up that you had to remember to jump."
— Description[src]

The Grand Staircase was a massive stairway in Hogwarts Castle, the structure was mainly used to access each floor of the castle, including the dungeons.[1] Rowena Ravenclaw was the Hogwarts founder who invented the concept of moving stairs.[2]

Description[]

Moving stairs

The ever-changing staircases

The staircases led from platform to platform and went as high as the seventh floor, where they came to an end. The stairs also had a knack for moving around the staircase chamber, usually when a student was walking up one of them. There were also many trick stairs that caused the victim to sink through a step and required another person to pull them out. However, it was second nature to most of the older students to jump them.[3]

"Can you believe he preferred such a dreary place to the Grand Stairwell? Oh, I would very much like to return myself. Hung on high among Hogwarts finest!"
Basil Aurelius III describing the Grand Staircase[src]

There were hundreds of portraits covering the walls in this tower, and it was considered an honour for the painted likeness of a witch or wizard to be mounted on the walls of the Grand Staircase; which was reserved for the four Hogwarts founders[4] and the most distinguished alumni of in the history of the school.[5] Some of these also concealed secret passages to other areas within the school.[6]

Behind the scenes[]

Grand Staircase 1 - PAS

Grand Staircase as seen in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells

Grand Staircase 2 - PAS

Bottom of Grand Staircase as seen in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells

  • The Fat Lady's portrait is on the seventh floor landing in the later films, making it entirely visible to passers-by; however, in the first film, her portrait is shown in a corridor somewhere else in the Castle.
  • In the third film, it's shown that Grand Staircase travel upward to more than ten stories.
  • In the first two films the stairs are shown to have door to corridor at every landing. But in the next films, one floor is equal to two floors in the first two films.
Hogwart Grand Staircase

The Grand Staircase in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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Below the ground floor of Hogwarts Castle
Classrooms
Alchemy Class · Defence Against the Dark Arts dungeon · Potion-Mixing Room · Potions Classroom
Common Rooms
Hufflepuff Basement · Hufflepuff Boys' Dormitory · Hufflepuff common room · Hufflepuff Girls' Dormitory · Slytherin Boys' Dormitory · Slytherin common room · Slytherin Dungeon · Slytherin Girls' Dormitory
Corridors
Boathouse passageway · Corridor of Secrets · Dungeon cave · Dungeon Corridor · Forgotten Cavern · Hidden Herbology Corridor · Hieroglyphic Hall · Kitchen corridor · Lost Tunnel · Lower Chambers Corridor North-East · Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor · Lower Chambers Corridor West · Poltergeist Passage · Porticus Circumscriptus · Porticus Periculum · Porticus Imago · Porticus Medius · Prowling Passage · Quidditch cave · Secret way to Slytherin common room · Slytherin Corridors · Undercover route to the Kitchens · Unexplored passage to Hogsmeade · Way to Courtyard · Way to the Forbidden Forest
Halls and rooms
Athenaeum · Bottom of the Well · Campaign Room · Cauldron Room · Chamber of Secrets · Conical Crypt · Dark Hall · Deathday Ballroom · Deathday Party Hall · Duelling Room · Dungeons · Dungeon Chamber · Dungeon Five · Dungeon foyer · Dungeon hall · Dungeon Pit · Dungeon Portrait Room · Forgotten Dungeons · Grate Chamber · Kitchens · Map Chamber · Potions Classroom adjoining room · Potions Classroom dungeons · Room of Doom · Room of Runes · Shop · Slug Pit · Slytherin Duelling Dungeon · Undercroft · Vestibule of Mischief · Werewolf Saga Tapestries room
Offices
Secret study beneath Greenhouse One · Severus Snape's office · Slytherin's Scriptorium
Other locations
Boathouse · Dungeons cell · House-Elf Living Quarters · Lever Rooms · Lower Hogwarts Castle · Keepers' Caverns · Troll Bedroom · Underground Chambers
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Basil Fronsac · Bearded man with book · Bloody Baron · Cecilia Gallerani · Charles Rookwood · Emily · Elizabeth Burke · Hooky · Horace Slughorn · Howard · Mad old man · Mopsus · Niamh Fitzgerald · Old man · Percival Pratt · Percival Rackham · San Bakar · Salazar Slytherin · Sleeping Dragon Statue · Sleeping hermit · Slytherin Dungeon tapestries · Urn of Ashes
Staircases
Detention Escape Route · Dungeon foyer exit · Dungeon Staircase · Grand Staircase · Slughorn's Staircase · Slughorn's Stairs · Staircase to the Quad
Storerooms
Basement · Firefly Room · Neville Longbottom's storeroom · Potions basement · Store Room · Troll Storeroom
Ground floor of Hogwarts Castle
Bathrooms
Boys' toilets · Haunted Toilets
Classrooms
Classroom Eleven · Classroom 1B · Temporary Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom · Transfiguration department
Corridors & Bridges
Corridor off the Entrance Hall · Courtyard corridor · Great Hall balcony · Ground-floor corridor · Herbology corridor · Musical corridor · Owl Corridor · Oxford Corridor · Quad balcony · Staffroom passage · Suspension Bridge · Terrace · Tracery Hall · Viaduct
Courtyards
Astronomy Tower courtyard · Central tower courtyard · Courtyard · Middle Courtyard · Northern Courtyard · Northern Courtyard Annex · North Tower courtyard · Paved grounds · The Quad · Storeroom courtyard · Viaduct Courtyard · West Tower courtyard
Halls and rooms
Bean Bonus Room · Bell Tower Entrance Hall · Central Hall · Chamber off the Great Hall · Chamber of Reception · Duelling Club room · Entrance Hall · Great Foyer · Great Hall · Ground-floor green room · Hall of Herodiana · House Point Ceremony chamber · Link Building · Out Of Bounds · Portrait Room · Resting chamber of Lord Voldemort · Side chamber · Staffroom · Suspension Bridge entrance · Training Grounds Entrance · Viaduct Entrance · Suspension Bridge foyer
Offices
Room 234-00
Other locations
Keep Out! · Secret student sweetshop · Viaduct Courtyard Gatehouses · West Well
Portraits, statues, and other artwork
Architect of Hogwarts · Brian Gagwilde · Broken Broom · Circe · First Headmaster of Hogwarts · Gargoyles at the staff room entrance · George von Rheticus · Giffard Abbott · Girl with flowers · Glanmore Peakes · Godric Gryffindor · Google Stump · Greta Catchlove · Heath Heatherton · Henry Bumblepuft · Jocunda Sykes · Kelpie Statue · Lonely Male Gargoyle · Lonely Male Gargoyle's friend · Medieval couple · Merwyn the Malicious · Mirabella Plunkett · Miserable Female Gargoyle · Norvel Twonk · Pangur Donn · Old Posh Baron · People watching Quidditch · Sarcastic Male Gargoyle · Staring Portrait · Statue symbolising heartbreak · Professor Swoopstikes · Sylvia Pembroke · Temeritus Shanks · Three Sisters Bells · Timothy the Timid · Violet · Wizard with a walrus moustache · Wyvern Fountain · The Yawning Gargoyle
Staircases
Boathouse Steps · Faculty Tower staircase · Grand Staircase · Marble Staircase · Slughorn's Stairs · Staircase to the Entrance Dungeon · Staircase to the Serpentine corridor · Staircase to the second-floor corridor · Staircase to the third-floor corridor · Turris Magnus staircase
Storerooms
Artefact Room · Broom cupboard (Entrance Hall) · Broom cupboard (ground floor) · Herbology Store · Storage Cupboard · Storeroom
First-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Bathrooms
First-Floor Girls' Toilets
Classrooms
Advanced Arithmancy Studies classroom · Class 1 · Classroom 1A · Classroom 1C · Classroom 1D · Classroom 1E · Classroom 4F · Classroom used for storage · Classroom with maps of Great Britain and Ireland · Muggle Studies Classroom
Corridors
First-floor corridor · Library corridor · Passage of the Fouls · Tapestry Corridor
Halls and rooms
Detention Chamber · East Wing · Great Hall gallery · Hospital Wing · Library · Hogwarts Library secret room · North Hall · Portrait Hall · Rear Hall · Restricted Section · Torture room
Offices
Matilda Weasley's office · Minerva McGonagall's office · Poppy Pomfrey's office
Other locations
Minerva McGonagall's bedroom · Stone Bridge · Vault of Fear
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Affpuddle of the Cheerful Countenance · Bearded man · Elizabeth Burke · Count · Fat Friar · Female nurse · Male nurse · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Hengist Rawkes · Scholar · Sleeping dragon mural · Google Stump
Staircases
Faculty Tower staircase · Grand Staircase · Secret shortcut to the third floor · Staircase to the second-floor corridor · Staircase to the Serpentine Corridor · Staircase to the library corridor · Turris Magnus staircase
Storerooms
Hospital Wing stores · Potions Storeroom
Second-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Bathrooms
Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom
Classrooms
Class 31 · Classroom 22b
Corridors
Gargoyle Corridor · Second-floor corridor
Halls and rooms
Portrait hall · Second-floor arcade · Second-floor foyer · Second-floor hall · Faculty Tower entrance hall
Offices
Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher's office
Other locations
No entry due to flooding - Mr Filch · Eleazar Fig's quarters · Mirabel Garlick's quarters
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Anne Boleyn · Bust of a medieval wizard · Basil Fronsac · Map of Argyllshire · Painting of apples · Temeritus Shanks · The Old Librarian · Wizarding family
Staircases
Faculty Tower staircase · Grand Staircase · Staircase to the ground-floor · Staircase between the first and second-floor corridors · Staircase to the library corridor · Staircase to the third-floor · Turris Magnus staircase
Storerooms
Defence Against the Dark Arts Professors' office storage room · Defence Against Dark Art's Store Room · Potions storeroom · Secret storeroom · Warning! Keep Out! Dangerous Creatures Inside!
Third-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Classrooms
Class 34 · Class 72 · Classroom 2E · Classroom 3C · Classroom 3C backrooms · Classroom 3D · Classroom 7A · Classroom off of the Charms corridor · Classroom off of the Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Ghoul Studies classroom
Corridors
Charms corridor · Gallery · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · One-Eyed Witch Passage · Serpentine Corridor · Third-floor corridor · Trophy Secret Passage
Halls and rooms
Abraham Ronen's quarters · Armoury · Clock Tower Entrance · Hesperius Hall · Mudiwa Onai's quarters · Trophy Room · Vastus Vestibule
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Damara Dodderidge · Dinah Hecat's Hebridean Black skeleton · Drunk Monks · Google Flange · Basil Fronsac · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Merwyn the Malicious · Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington · Valeria Myriadd · Helena Ravenclaw · Brutus Scrimgeour · Temeritus Shanks · Shepherdess · Winged horse · Witch in green · Witch in Pompadour hairstyle · Wizard in black · Wizard in red
Staircases
Clock Tower staircase · Grand Staircase · Secret shortcut to the first floor · Staircase to the courtyard corridor · Staircase to the first-floor corridor · Staicase to the fourth-floor landing · Staircase to the ground-floor · Staircase to the second-floor arcade · Turret Stairwell · Turris Magnus staircase
Storerooms
Lost Wands · Storeroom
Fourth-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Bathrooms
Bathroom · Washroom
Classrooms
Alchemy Rooms · Class 67 · Disused classroom · Music Room · Mycology
Corridors
Fourth-floor corridor · Hall of Mirrors · Hospital tower corridor · Incubation passage · Magical Theory hallway · Mirror passage · The West Bridge
Halls and rooms
Aesop Sharp's quarters · Amulet Collection · The Dark Room · Drying Rooms · The Great Stove · Guest Rooms · Herbarium · Map Room · Mounting Room · Museum · The Old Theatre · Reptile House · Room overrun with mice · Skeleton Hall · Study Area
Offices
Cuthbert Binns's office · Eleazar Fig's office
Other locations
Balcony
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Barking Mad Male Gargoyle · Brutus Scrimgeour · Edward Rabnott · Famous Stuffed Owls · Hengist of Woodcroft · Landscape with trees · Temeritus Shanks
Staircases
Clock Tower staircase · Main Landing · Grand Staircase · Hospital tower staircase · Secret stairway to the seventh floor · Turris Magnus staircase
Storerooms
Bedpan Room · Old Wax Seals · Parchment Room · Parchment storage room · Scrying Stones · Seed Store · Spirit Collection
Fifth-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Bathrooms
Boys' restroom · Prefects' Bathroom
Classrooms
Abandoned classroom · Art Classroom · Classroom 5B · Music Classroom
Corridors
Astronomy Corridor · Cursed Corridor · Fifth-floor corridor · Hospital tower corridor · Icy Corridor
Halls and rooms
Secret attic · Astronomy reading room · Fifth-floor hall · Floor 5 Bonus · Locked Room · Muggle Studies showroom · Satyavati Shah's bedroom · Secret Muggle Room · Upper Hall
Other locations
Vault of Ice · Weasley Candy Emporium · Weasley Supplies Bargain Basement
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Boris the Bewildered · Norvel Twonk · Timothy the Timid
Staircases
Clock Tower staircase · Grand Staircase · Ravenclaw Tower staircase · Staircase to the fourth-floor landing · Turris Magnus staircase · Vanished Stairs
Storerooms
Storeroom
Sixth-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Bathrooms
Boys' bathroom · Disused Bathroom
Classrooms
Classroom 6A · Classroom 6B · Empty classroom
Corridors
Glanmore Peakes' Corridor · Secret Hallway · Sixth-floor corridor
Halls and rooms
East Wing · Floor 6 Bonus · Frog Choir hall · Room of Rewards · Trophy Room
Offices
Horace Slughorn's office
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Damara Dodderidge · Edessa Sakndenberg · Edgar Stroulger · Glanmore Peakes · Portrait at the Storeroom · Selina Sapworthy · Skeleton in a top hat · Temeritus Shanks · Vindictus Viridian · Wendelin the Weird
Staircases
Grand Staircase · Ravenclaw Tower staircase · Slughorn's Staircase · Staircase to the seventh-floor corridor · Turris Magnus staircase
Storerooms
Storeroom · Writing Supplies Room
Seventh-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Bathrooms
Disused bathroom
Classrooms
Classroom 7B · Classroom 7C · Divination Classroom · Seventh-floor classroom
Common rooms
Gryffindor Boys' Dormitory · Gryffindor common room · Gryffindor Girls' Dormitory
Corridors
Divination corridor · Fat Lady's Corridor · Hall of Hexes · Porticus Olidus · Pungent Passage · Runic Corridor · Seventh-floor corridor
Halls and rooms
Bean Challenge rooms · Gryffindor Tower reading room · Knights' Room · North Wing
Offices
Filius Flitwick's office · Sybill Trelawney's office
Other locations
Dark Tower topmost cell · Room of Requirement · Vivarium
Portraits, statues, and other artwork
A Young Professor McGonagall · Bridget Wenlock · Sir Cadogan · Caged monkey · Edward Rabnott · Elephant · Elizabeth Burke · Fat Lady · Flowering almond trees · George von Rheticus · Giraffe · Godric Gryffindor · Healers · Hippopotamus · Journeying wizards · Lachlan the Lanky · Man in a chair · Mother and baby · Oraclitus Spheer · Staring Portrait · The Lady and the Unicorn · Three young ladies · Tiger · Troll Tapestry · Two lovers in a graveyard · Valeria Myriadd · Wailing Egyptians · Witch flying to the moon · Wizard in black flowing robes · Wizard in blue · Wizard with a broomstick · Wolfhound
Staircases
Detention Escape Route · Divination Stairwell · Grand Staircase · Grumpy Staircase · Ravenclaw Tower staircase · Secret stairway to the fourth floor · Slughorn's Staircase · Staircase to the sixth-floor corridor · Turris Magnus staircase
Storerooms
Attic
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