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"There will be no floral arrangements at this dance. No sugary refreshments either… and the only sounds I want to hear that evening are a lonely classical fortepiano."
Madam Irma Pince regarding her original plans of the Valentine's Day Ball[src]

The piano, or fortepiano,[4] is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard which both Muggles and wizards keep. It is in the board zither chordophone family and it is one of the most popular instruments in the world. Widely used in classical music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music and accompaniment, the piano is also very popular as an aid to composing and rehearsal. Although not portable and often expensive, the piano's versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the world's most familiar musical instruments. C. J. Gebauhr was a known piano maker in the nineteenth century.[1]

History

The piano in The Burrow

A goblin was playing a piano at The Blind Pig in New York in the 1920s.[5]

Madam Irma Pince, the organiser of the Valentine's Day Ball during the 1988–1989 school year, originally visioned the sounds of a piano as the only sounds she would like to hear that night.[4]

There was an old rusty-sounding piano in the Shrieking Shack.[6]

The music players used a piano at Hogwarts during the Yule Ball.[7]

The Grangers had a piano in their house, on which Hermione apparently learned to play.[1]

Ron and Hermione playing the piano at 12 Grimmauld Place

There was also a grand piano at 12 Grimmauld Place, under the possession of the House of Black and, in the late 1990s, of Harry Potter. Shortly after the Fall of the Ministry of Magic in 1997, Hermione Granger, Ronald Weasley and Harry Potter hid at 12 Grimmauld Place. While in there Hermione tried to teach Ron how to play Für Elise, however he did not play well.[1]

Albus Dumbledore: "Are you really telling me that [the Death Eaters] haven't come recruiting yet?"
Horace Slughorn: "I haven't given them the chance. I've been on the move for a year. Never stay in one place more than a week. Move from Muggle house to Muggle house — the owners of this place are on holiday in the Canary Islands — it's been very pleasant, I'll be sorry to leave. It's quite easy once you know how, one simple Freezing Charm on these absurd burglar alarms they use instead of Sneakoscopes and make sure the neighbours don't spot you bringing in the piano."
Albus Dumbledore and Horace Slughorn discuss the latter moving from Muggle house to Muggle house[src]

Horace Slughorn also kept a piano, which, according to him, was the hardest thing to conceal from the neighbours when he moved from Muggle house to Muggle house in the 1990s. When Harry and Dumbledore first arrived at the Muggle house, the piano was on its side with its keys strewn across the floor, part of Slughorn's ruse that he had been attacked.[3]

There was a grand piano at Hogwarts Castle, placed inside the Music Classroom on the fifth floor.[8]

Several pianos were located in the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts Castle in 1998 during the Battle of Hogwarts.[2]

The Weasley family also kept a piano in their home The Burrow.[1]

Behind the scenes

Appearances

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