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The Viaduct Courtyard[1] (also known as the Entrance Courtyard) is a quadrangle in Hogwarts Castle located in front of the Viaduct. A popular hang-out spot for students of all Houses, this courtyard is where some students spend their spare time playing Gobstones.[2]


A covered stone cloister with an open colonnade runs around it, and two checkpoint towers flank its entryway via the Viaduct. There is a stone walkway leading from this courtyard into The Quad, and into the Viaduct Entrance. The courtyard is partially paved, in a cross pattern.[3]



Albus walking through the courtyard

In 1927, Albus Dumbledore walked through the courtyard when Newt Scamander and his allies travelled to Hogwarts to meet with him.

1994–1995 school year

A view into the Courtyard from above

Hogwarts students watched from the courtyard the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic carriage and the Durmstrang Institute ship arrived at Hogwarts for the Triwizard Tournament.

At the end of the tournament students from all three schools socialised in the courtyard before the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang departed.

1995-1996 school year

Dolores Umbridge attempted to sack Sybill Trelawney. Matthew Kettletoft could often be found playing Gobstones in the courtyard.

1997–1998 school year

Onslaught in the courtyard

On 1 September, 1997, Hogwarts students marched through this Courtyard under the supervision of Death Eaters Alecto and Amycus Carrow and Headmaster Severus Snape as they were led into the Castle.

During the Battle of Hogwarts, the courtyard was heavily damaged.

Behind the scenes

The final duel


The Viaduct Courtyard in four Harry Potter films

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