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Hogwarts Portraits

Apparition lessons on the Great Hall

Enchanted paintings, the subjects of which can talk and flit between frames

Sir Cadogan runs through pictures while on his quest through Hogwarts.

Sir Cadogan

By J.K. Rowling

‘I’m putting the Elder Wand,’ he told Dumbledore, who was watching him with enormous affection and admiration, ‘back where it came from...


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J.K. Rowling

Apparition lessons on the Great Hall

Hogwarts Portraits

By J.K. Rowling

Student and teachers find the slashed Fat lady

Vandalism in Gryffindor Tower

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Visit my other portrait? Oh, no, Dumbledore, I am too tired tonight.

Phineas Nigellus
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Come back! All right, I lied! I was annoyed you woke me up! The password's still ‘tapeworm’!

The Fat Lady
Dumbledore escapes from Professor Umbridge and Cornelius Fudge.

Dumbledore's escape

Hogwarts Portraits fact file

Magical properties

The ability to speak to people - both real and in other portraits


To commemorate important witches, wizards and events; to offer advice to those within Hogwarts