The Owl Lecturn[1] was an owl-shaped magical podium located in the Great Hall at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that dated back to at least the late 1800s.[2]


It was often used by the Headmaster or Headmistress of the day while addressing the student population such as at the Start-of-Term Feast. A sheet of parchment would sometimes be clipped to the podium with the list of announcements he or she would say during their welcoming speeches or other occasions. From the podium, the Head of the school would take their place behind the lectern while welcoming the students, introducing new additions to the Hogwarts staff, informing of any new rules, as well as reminding of old ones, and notifying of special events that would be occurring during the course of the school year.[3][4][5][6]

Many visitors would also use the lectern while addressing the students: Rita Skeeter when informing the student body of her contest where a lucky student would be able to get their story printed in the Daily Prophet, Patricia Rakepick when introducing herself as a curse-breaker contracted by the school to help with the Cursed Vaults, Professor Tofty when explaining how the O.W.L. examinations would be conducted, and Minerva McGonagall when she addressed the students in Dumbledore's absence.[7]



After the Sorting ceremony was concluded in 1984–1985 school year, Professor Dumbledore took place behind the lectern and held the customary welcoming speech; addressing the first-years in particular, he informed them of how Harry Potter, the "Boy Who Lived", who had been indirectly responsible for the Lord Voldemort's downfall and the end of the wizarding war, was safe and well, but before his own attendance, it was now the current first years who had the chance to shine. He briefly explained the rules of the House Cup before the Welcoming Feast formally began.[8]

1985 and 1986

At the Start-of-Term Feasts for the 1985–1986 school year and 1986–1987 school year, Dumbledore took the podium and recalled major events related to the Cursed Vaults in the last year, and asked students to leave the investigation to the faculty rather than doing it themselves.[9][10]


The lecturn was once again used by Dumbledore at the start of the 1987–1988 school year. Dumbledore introduced Patricia Rakepick, who also stepped to the podium to tell the students to stay away from her research of the Cursed Vaults.[11]

Behind the scenes

Albus Dumbledore speaking at this podium in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Notes and references

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