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Mad old man: "Watch it there boy."
Sleeping hermit: "We're trying to sleep here!"
Mad old man: "Yes we are."
— This portrait and another to Harry Potter.[src]

This portrait depicted a mad old man, and it was hung at Hogwarts Castle, in the Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor, next to a portrait of a sleeping hermit.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • This portrait is depicted wearing an upside-down funnel as a hat. The inverted funnel has, since the Middle Ages, been used to represent the mad. It has, therefore, appeared in several artistic depictions of mad men through the centuries such as Hieronymus Bosch's The Ship of Fools and Allegory of Gluttony and Lust, and, more recently and perhaps more notably, is present in many depictions of the Tin Woodman of L. Frank Baum's classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, although that is never specifically mentioned in the story - it stemmed from W.W. Denslow's original illustrations for the book.


Notes and references

Hogwarts Castle
Locations below ground floor

Boathouse · Chamber of Secrets · Conical Crypt · Dark Hall · Deathday Party Hall · Defence Against the Dark Arts dungeon · Dungeons · Dungeon cave · Dungeon Five · Dungeon hall · Dungeon Pit · Entrance Dungeon · Forgotten Cavern · Hieroglyphic Hall · Hogwarts Basement · Hufflepuff Basement · Kitchens · Lever Rooms · Porticus Circumscriptus · Porticus Periculum · Porticus Imago · Porticus Medius · Potion-Mixing Room · Potions basement · Potions Classroom · Quidditch cave · Room of Doom · Room of Runes · Severus Snape's office · Shop · Slug Pit · Slytherin Boys' Dormitory · Slytherin Duelling Dungeon · Slytherin Dungeon · Slytherin Girls' Dormitory · Underground Chambers · Vestibule of Mischief

Paths and staircases

Boathouse passageway · Corridor of Secrets · Detention escape route · Dungeon Corridor · Dungeon Staircase · Lost Tunnel · Lower Chambers Corridor North-East · Lower Chambers Corridor West · Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor · Poltergeist Passage · Prowling Passage · Slughorn's Stairs · Undercover route to the Kitchens · Way to Courtyard

Portraits, statues and other artwork located below ground floor

Basil Fronsac · Bloody Baron · Cecilia Gallerani · Elizabeth Burke · Hooky · Mad old man · Mopsus · Old man · Percival Pratt · Salazar Slytherin · Sleeping hermit · Bearded man with book