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Suits of armour come in all shapes and sizes, and can be bewitched to move and speak. There were many suits of armour at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. During the Second Wizarding War, Professor McGonagall animated several suits of armour to defend Hogwarts against the oncoming Death Eaters. The shields of those suits of armour in the front row were immune to spells, making them ideal for castle protection. During the Second Wizarding War the Death Eaters tried to destroy the armour by using the Killing Curse, but their shields deflected all oncoming spells. The Death Eaters could not defeat them easily, and they maintained the defensive lines of Hogwarts.
Peeves once hid inside a suit of armour over Christmas break during the Triwizard Tournament. As the armours were singing Christmas Carols, Peeves began to fill the gaps between lyrics with crude phrases and words. Argus Filch had to extract Peeves from the suits on occasion.
Severus Snape was forced to take refuge behind one during his duel with Minerva McGonagall when she transfigured his fiery serpent into daggers. At this point he could do nothing but force a suit of armour in front of him.
Some participated in the Battle of Hogwarts after being animated via the charm Piertotum Locomotor cast by Professor Minerva McGonagall. It is unknown if they survived the Battle of Hogwarts. If the suits were destroyed in the Battle, it is possible that they were rebuilt.
Types of armours
Behind the scenes
- The suits of armour seem to have a degree of sentience, as a suit's head turned to follow Harry when he was going to Umbridge's Office, and another suit laughed as Neville tripped on the stairs.
- While the suits of armour are harmless in the books/films, in some of the video games the Knights also serve as obstacles. In some versions, they attempt to attack Harry with their swords. In the home console version of the Prisoner of Azkaban, the player must sneak past them and avoid their line of vision, else they will stomp and creak loudly on detection.
- The knights that appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 are not, indeed, suits of armour; they appear to be either stone or terracotta statues and do not come in shapes and sizes like gargoyles and different animals in the books. However, they have different helmets and it is possible that some of them are suits because in the book, statues also protected the castle.
- The soundtrack in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 that is used to present the Suits of Armour is called Statues.
- In Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the shields of the suits of armour in the front row have the House crests and Hogwarts crests on them: the far left a Gryffindor Crest, the second from the left a Hufflepuff Crest, the middle knight the Hogwarts Crest, the second from the right a Ravenclaw Crest, and the far right a Slytherin Crest.
- In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Suits can be summoned to kill anything, including Giants and, despite what we see in the films, they are invincible.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)
- Wizarding World
- LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- LEGO Harry Potter
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 30 (The Sacking of Severus Snape)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, "The Trials of Sir Cadogan" Achievement
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) PS1 version
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) PS1 version
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23 (The Yule Ball)