Entering the Gryffindor common room

Harry and his fellow Gryffindors enter the common room for the first time

Extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J.K. Rowling

At the very end of the corridor hung a portrait of a very fat woman in a pink silk dress.

‘Password?’ she said.

‘Caput Draconis,’ said Percy, and the portrait swung forward to reveal a round hole in the wall. They all scrambled through it – Neville needed a leg up – and found themselves in the Gryffindor common room, a cosy, round room full of squashy armchairs.

Percy directed the girls through one door to their dormitory and the boys through another. At the top of a spiral staircase – they were obviously in one of the towers – they found their beds at last: five four-posters hung with deep-red velvet curtains. Their trunks had already been brought up. Too tired to talk much, they pulled on their pyjamas and fell into bed.

‘Great food, isn’t it?’ Ron muttered to Harry through the hangings. ‘Get off, Scabbers! He’s chewing my sheets.’

Harry was going to ask Ron if he’d had any of the treacle tart, but he fell asleep almost at once.


Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

By J.K. Rowling