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Visitor's Guide to Hogwarts finished through book seven

Inside Hogwarts Castle

"Oh I would never dream of assuming I know all Hogwarts' secrets..."
     -- Albus Dumbledore

I haven't drawn [a floorplan of Hogwarts], because it would be difficult for the most skilled architect to draw, owing to the fact that the staircases and the rooms keep moving. However, I have a very vivid mental image of what it looks like.
     -- J.K. Rowling

It is not possible to create an accurate floorplan or map of Hogwarts (Sch1) because rooms and staircases move around a lot.

There were a hundred and forty-two staircases at Hogwarts: wide, sweeping ones; narrow, rickety ones; some that led somewhere different on a Friday; some with a vanishing step halfway up that you had to remember to jump 1. Then there were doors that wouldn't open unless you asked politely, or tickled them in exactly the right place 2, and doors that weren't really doors at all, but solid walls just pretending. It was also very hard to remember where anything was, because it all seemed to move around a lot. The people in the portraits kept going to visit each other, and Harry was sure the coats of armor could walk (PS8).

But it is possible to list and describe almost all of the rooms and indicate where they seem to be found most often.

Dungeons and sub-levels

Ground Floor

First floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

Fourth Floor

Fifth Floor

Sixth Floor

Seventh Floor



Third Floor Fourth Floor Fifth Floor Sixth Floor Seventh Floor Towers Other rooms: (locations uncertain) NOTES
  1. Harry found himself stuck in just such a staircase on his way back from the prefects' bathroom. He was almost caught by Snape and Filch but he was rescued by the fake Moody (GF25). Neville kept forgetting this particular step and had to be pulled out of it more than once.

    Neville's foot had sunk right through a step halfway up the staircase. There were many of these trick stairs at Hogwarts; it was second nature to most of the older students to jump this particular step, but Neville's memory was notoriously poor. Harry and Ron seized him under the armpits and pulled him out, while a suit of armor at the top of the stairs creaked and clanked, laughing wheezily (GF12).
  2. The door to the kitchens is an example of this. It's hidden behind a large painting of a bowl of fruit.

    (Hermione) seized his arm again, pulled him in front of the picture of the giant fruit bowl, stretched out her forefinger, and tickled the huge green pear.  It began to squirm, chuckling, and suddenly turned into a large green door handle. Hermione seized it, pulled the door open, and pushed Harry hard in the back, forcing him inside (GF21).
  3. Harry leaves the hospital wing, intending to go up to the seventh floor and the Gryffindor common room. He gets to the floor above the hospital wing and he is at Moaning Myrtle's bathroom. Later in that chapter it states that they go up the marble staircase to get to the hospital wing (CS13).

  4. Harry ran into the castle to find Dumbledore when Mr. Crouch accosted him and Viktor near the forest. He was clearly heading for the second floor:

    Harry tore up the stone steps, through the oak front doors, and off up the marble staircase, toward the second floor.
    Five minutes later he was hurtling toward a stone gargoyle standing halfway along an empty corridor (GF28)
    This presented a question of how Dumbledore that year could have wound up in the Room of Requirement early in the morning when in urgent need of a bathroom, since the Room of Requirement was on the seventh floor in Harry's fifth and sixth years. In book 6 the entrance to the Headmaster's office was relocated to the seventh floor.

  5. Harry runs from the Entrance Hall to the hospital wing and clearly goes up farther than the first floor:

    The second that the old man's heels disappeared over the threshold into the Great Hall, Harry ran up the marble staircase, hurtled along the corridors so fast the portraits he passed muttered reproaches, up more flights of stairs, and finally burst like a hurricane through the double doors of the hospital wing, causing Madam Pomfrey - who had been spooning some bright blue liquid into Montague's open mouth - to shriek in alarm (OP32)
    Then later he leaves the hospital wing, goes down two floors, and ends up on the first floor:
    He wheeled around and strode blindly from the hospital wing into the teeming corridor where he stood, buffeted by the crowd, panic expanding inside him like poison gas so that his head swam and he could not think what to do...

    Ron and Hermione, said a voice in his head

    He was running again, pushing students out of the way, oblivious to their angry protests. He sprinted back down two floors and was at the top of the marble staircase when he saw them hurrying towards him.

  6. Harry leaves the library, runs around for a while on that floor, then realizes he's lost:

    [Harry] streaked off up the corridor, the book's shrieks still ringing in his ears. He came to a sudden halt in front of a tall suit of armor. He had been so busy getting away from the library, he hadn't paid attention to where he was going. Perhaps because it was dark, he didn't recognize where he was at all. There was a suit of armor near the kitchens, he knew, but he must be five floors above there.
    The kitchens are one floor below the ground floor, so Harry must be on the fourth floor. He discovers the room with the Mirror of Erised on this floor immediately thereafter, just down a narrow corridor.

  7. Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave the History of Magic classroom, talk to Colin Creevey, then go up a flight of stairs to find themselves on the second floor, where Moaning Myrtle's bathroom is:

    As they were shunted along in the throng, Colin Creevey went past.

    But Colin was so small he couldn't fight against the tide of people bearing him toward the Great Hall; they heard him squeak, "See you, Harry!" and he was gone.

    The crowd thinned and they were able to climb the next staircase without difficulty...

    ...they turned a corner and found themselves at the end of the very corridor where the attack had happened. (CS9).

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