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The Stone Circle (alternatively known as Sundial Garden[1]) is a circle of giant stones within the grounds of Hogwarts just outside of the Wooden Bridge. The stones form a sundial.[2]

Within the 1993–1994 school year, the Stone Circle allowed the activity of Owl Racing between Hogwarts students.[3]


Behind the scenes

  • The Sundial Garden is known simply as the Stone Circle in the Prisoner of Azkaban, Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince video games.
  • Inspiration for Stone Circle came from Stonehenge in the English County Wiltshire, as well as other stone circles, such as Avebury.[2]
  • In recalling the first time the young actors in the films first saw the stones, art director Alan Gilmore commented "I heard they asked Alfonso if the stones were why he chose the location. It's always gratifying when your work is mistaken for the real thing!"[2]
  • Since the circle is a sundial[2], it is possible it was used to adjust the time shown on the Clock Tower's dial should the clock become out of sequence with the actual time of day.
  • As the Stone Circle appears to be the oldest parts of the grounds it's is possible that this is the spot where the founders of the school found the Hogwarts Pensieve and decided to erect the school here.
  • The stones are not present in The deathly Hallows: Part 2 when the Snatchers run through the Wooden Bridge.


Notes and references

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Exterior Walkway · Training Grounds · Secret room near the Training Grounds · Hagrid's Hut · Hagrid's pumpkin patch · Hagrid's Garden · Secret Garden · Forbidden Forest · Hogwarts greenhouses · Sundial Garden · Gatehouse · Quidditch Pitch · Incendio Challenge · Quidditch Gate · Quidditch viaduct · Broomshed · Entrance Gates · Entrance footpath · Pixie water well · Clock Tower Courtyard · Wooden Bridge · Road to Hogwarts · Ravenclaw Duelling Arena · Quidditch Training Pitch · Gargoyle Gate · White Tomb · Great Lake · Bowtruckle Island · Ravine · Road to Hogsmeade · Lawn by Forbidden Forest · Path to Owlery · Path to the Whomping Willow · Quidditch Changing Rooms
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