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Harry: "Hi, er, we're looking for talking Gargoyles? Can you, er, talk?"
Gargoyle: "Yes."
Harry: "Great."
Gargoyle: "Glad you think so."
Hermione: "Can I ask you a question? Are you happy with your position in life?"
Gargoyle: "No, I'm not. I'd much rather be south-facing."
Harry: "Let's go."
Hermione: "Maybe I should talk to someone, see about getting him moved."
Ron: "Yeah, we could stick him in Umbridge's office. That'd serve her right. Might be a bit cruel to the gargoyle though..."
— Finding one of the five talking gargoyles[src]

The Sarcastic Male Gargoyle was one of the talking gargoyles in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[1]


It was located in the Paved Courtyard of the castle. It tended to be a bit sardonic with anyone who talks to it.[1]

During the 1995–1996 school year, Professor Binns assigned his fifth-year students the task of listing five talking gargoyles as a homework assignment. Harry Potter located the gargoyles as a favour to Dean Thomas so that he could attend the first meeting of Dumbledore's Army in the Room of Requirement.[1]

Like the others, casting the Fire-Making Spell on the gargoyle would cause it to breathe fire.[1]

Other statements this gargoyle often made included:

"I don't really have time for chit-chat right now."
— This gargoyle speaking[src]
"Oh good. I'm really glad you decided to talk to me. That's really improved my day."
— This gargoyle speaking[src]

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the ground floor

Astronomy Tower courtyard · Bean Bonus Room · Boys' toilets · Room 234-00 · Central tower courtyard · Chamber off the Great Hall · Chamber of Reception · Classroom Eleven · Classroom 1B · Corridor off the Entrance Hall · Entrance Hall · Great Hall · Great Hall balcony · Ground Floor Corridor · Herbology Store · House Point Ceremony Chamber · Link Building · Marble Staircase · Middle Courtyard · Northern Courtyard · Northern Courtyard Annex · North Tower courtyard · Out Of Bounds · Oxford Corridor · Paved grounds · Portrait Room · Side chamber · Staffroom · Staffroom corridor · Storage Cupboard · Storeroom · Storeroom courtyard · Suspension Bridge · Temporary Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom · Transfiguration department · Viaduct Courtyard · Viaduct Entrance · Viaduct · Viaduct Courtyard Gatehouses · West Tower courtyard · West Well · Suspension Bridge foyer · The Quad

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the ground floor

Brian Gagwilde · Circe · Gargoyles at the staff room entrance · George von Rheticus · Giffard Abbott · Glanmore Peakes · Godric Gryffindor · Google Stump · Greta Catchlove · Henry Bumblepuft · Lonely Male Gargoyle · Lonely Male Gargoyle's friend · Medieval couple · Merwyn the Malicious · Mirabella Plunkett · Miserable Female Gargoyle · Norvel Twonk · Old Posh Baron · People watching Quidditch · Staring Portrait · Professor Swoopstikes · Temeritus Shanks · Timothy the Timid · Violet · Architect of Hogwarts · First Headmaster of Hogwarts · Jocunda Sykes · Sarcastic Male Gargoyle · Portrait of a girl with flowers · Wizard with a walrus moustache