"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."

The Grand Staircase is a massive stairway in Hogwarts Castle, the structure is 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]


Moving stairs

The ever changing staircases

There are hundreds of Portraits covering the walls in this tower, some of which conceal secret passages to other areas within the school. The multiple staircases in the Grand Staircase lead from platform to platform and go as high as the seventh floor where they come to an end. The stairs also have a knack for moving around the staircase chamber, usually when a student is walking up one of them. There are also many trick stairs that cause the victim to sink through a step and require another person to pull them out. However, it is second nature to most of the older students to jump them.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • 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 movie, 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 1998


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