"But I didn't think it a good idea for Lord Voldemort to materialize in the staffroom. I imagined that people would panic."
-- Professor Lupin (PA8)


Staff room

The staff room, or staffroom, is a long panelled room with mismatched, dark wooden chairs and a large wardrobe where teachers keep their spare robes (CS16), sometimes inhabited by a boggart (PA7). The staff room is located on the ground floor (PS16). The doorway is flanked by two sarcastic stone gargoyles which are known to challenge students trying to enter the room (OP17).

The staff room is where, long ago, History of Magic professor, Cuthbert Binns, sat in front of the fire and fell asleep. He simply got up to give his next class, leaving his body behind. There is some debate as to whether or not Professor Binns realizes he is dead.


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  • DARKastheRAIN

    I’m confused by the claim that the staff room is off the entrance hall. All chapter 16 of the Philosopher’s Stone says is that Snape “strode off in the direction of the staff room” from the entrance hall. The staff room doesn’t have to be off the entrance hall just for Snape to head in its direction, and there are several indications in later books that the staff room is off a corridor. Chapter seven of the Prisoner of Azkaban would seem to indicate that it’s on the same floor as the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, down one corridor, around a corner, and down another.

    • I agree! I don’t think that the entry was well phrased — and I wrote it. I didn’t mean to imply that the staff room was connected to the Entrance Hall, just that it was nearby. I’ll edit it to correct that misstatement. Thanks for catching it.


    • It’s also not on the first floor, which in the UK would be not the ground floor but the one above! I fixed that as well.

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