A painting of a hippopotamus hung at Hogwarts Castle in one of the topmost levels of the Grand Staircase.[2]



The Fat Lady, hiding in this painting

On 31 October, 1993, Sirius Black attacked Fat Lady's portrait in a vain attempt to gain entrance to Gryffindor Tower. Scared, the Fat Lady ran away hiding in other paintings, including this one, where she hid behind the hippopotamus.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • During the production stages of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, director Alfonso Cuaron was having difficulty deciding on a final design for this painting and its interaction with the Fat Lady. In order to "provoke" him into making a final decision, concept artist Dermot Power jokingly drew a piece of concept art depicting the Fat Lady lying in bed with a smoking hippopotamus that was strongly suggestive that the pair had just had sex.


Notes and references

Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the seventh floor

Attic · Bean Challenge rooms · Classroom 7A · Classroom 7B · Classroom 7C · Dark Tower topmost cell · Disused bathroom · Divination Classroom · Fat Lady's Corridor · Filius Flitwick's office · Grumpy Staircase · Gryffindor Tower reading room · Gryffindor girls' staircase · Gryffindor Boys' Dormitory · Hall of Hexes · Knights' Room · North Wing · Porticus Olidus · Pungent Passage · Room of Requirement · Runic Corridor · Seventh Floor Corridor · Sybill Trelawney's office · Divination corridor · Staircase to the seventh-floor corridor

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the seventh floor

A Young Professor McGonagall · Barnabas the Barmy · 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 · Mother and baby · Oraclitus Spheer · Staring Portrait · Three young ladies · Tiger · 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

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