When the current Head is
indisposed or absent, an Acting Headmaster or Headmistress is appointed.
Typically this would be the Assistant Head, but this is not always the
case. When Dumbledore was forced to leave Hogwarts after taking the blame
for the student organization "Dumbledore's Army," the Acting Headmistress
was not McGonagall, who is the Assistant Head, but Dolores Umbridge. Her
position of High Inquisitor apparently outranked the Asssistant position.
An antechamber is a small side room connected to a larger one. There
are several small antechambers mentioned. One is connected to the Entrance
Hall, across from the Great Hall. In this room the new first year
students waited nervously before being sorted into their houses at the
Welcoming Feast. Another antechamber mentioned is off the Great Hall beyond
the staff table. Here hang portraits of the Fat Lady's friend Vi and of
a wizard with a walrus mustache. After being chosen as champions by the
Goblet of Fire, Fleur, Krum, Diggory, and Harry met in this room with the
officials of the Tournament.
Easter holidays are usually in April, giving the students two weeks
off. This marks the end of the spring term and the start of the summer
one. The weather can be quite rainy in April, but the temperatures are
rising and spring is in the air.
Important Events that Happened in April:
1992 - Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback hatches
1994 - Gryffindor finally wins the Quidditch Cup after seven years
of Slytherin victories
1996 - Dumbledore is replaced as Head by Umbridge. The Weasley twins
set off vast numbers of enchanted fireworks against her.
The Gryffindor common room is filled with comfortable, squashy armchairs.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione have their favorite ones, right near the fire.
Suits of armor are all over
the place in Hogwarts. Some of them are animated to some extent and they
will turn their helmets to "watch" someone passing by. During the Christmas
season, the suits of armor are enchanted to sing Christmas carols, at which
time Peeves enjoys hiding inside and adding rude lyrics of his own to the
songs. He has also been known to shut Mrs. Norris up in suits of armor.
While we do not know if
this is typical of Heads of the school, we do know that Dumbledore appointed
an Assistant Headmistress to help him manage Hogwarts and to take charge
when he was away. McGonagall filled that role and took over when Dumbledore
was replaced during the 1992-1993 school year and again after Dumbledore's
death at the end of the 1996-1997 school year.
Subject taught at Hogwarts
by Professor Sinistra. Classes take place at midnight. The first years
had their Astronomy classes on Wednesday. [more...]
The tallest tower of Hogwarts
castle is the Astronomy Tower. It is located near the front door of the
castle (since Harry could see the front door open and people walking out
toward Hagrid's hut during his Astronomy OWL. Students are not allowed
up in that tower except for classes. Harry and Hermione got in trouble
for being in that tower when they had gone up to give Norbert to some of
Charlie's friends for a trip to Romania.
Various types of artwork
are displayed in the halls of Hogwarts, including paintings and sculpture.
Many if not all of these are magical and are animated in some way. Apparently
there are no art classes at Hogwarts, although Dean Thomas is known for
being a good artist.
Rather boring month at Hogwarts.
No teachers are present. Filch alone wanders the halls, cleaning up from
the previous school year and getting things ready for the next. During
August, Dumbledore selects the new Prefects and Head Boy and Girl. He also
hires new teachers if any are needed. McGonagall oversees the sending out
of letters to the students after Dumbledore has finalized these things
(if this hasn't already been done in July).