Hogwarts is arguably the most beautiful and recognizable fictional castle in pop culture. Its grand design, and the myriad of atmospheric and magical rooms within it, have continually been the highlights throughout all eight Harry Potter movies.
Founded in year 993 by the four greatest wizards of their age – Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw, Godric Gryffindor, and Helga Hufflepuff – it has withstood the test of time, housing numerous secrets and mysteries of the magical world. And today, we rank and explain the most beautiful, interesting, and awe-inspiring rooms found within the Hogwarts castle. Enjoy!
10 Gryffindor Common Room
The good old Gryffindor Common Room occupies a special place in every Harry Potter fan for the amount of beautiful and significant moments it housed over the course of the 8 movies. Themes of red and gold persist throughout the room, with a portrait of a lion hanging above the large stone fireplace that keeps the room warm.
Other than that, there are also multiple red armchairs that have been there to provide a comfortable seat for our protagonists from the very first book and movie.
9 Prefect's bathroom
In Hogwarts, school Prefects, Quidditch Captains, Head Boys, and Head Girls received special treatment, having access to their own luxury bathroom. Protected by a password, the Prefect's Bathroom is located on the fifth floor of Hogwarts castle. And apart from all the baths and stalls, there's also a ridiculously massive in-ground swimming pool surrounded by many golden taps in various shapes and sizes, each providing a different scented soap.
In the movie, the room is beautiful and well lit, with large stained-glass windows depicting sirens.
8 The Hogwarts Library
Located on the first floor of the castle, the Hogwarts Library is one of the most significant rooms that has received quite a lot of screen time in the movies as well. It's made even more interesting by the mysterious Restricted Section that presumably contains books on the darkest and most evil magic.
This is the place where, in the 1940s, young Tom Riddle gained knowledge about Horcruxes and how to make himself immortal. In the first movie, the section of the library is showcased as Harry searches for intel about Nicolas Flamel, only to open a book with a screaming face in it.
7 Snape's office
Snape's the type of guy to prefer having his office in the dungeons. Though, the room itself is actually cool. It has that dimly-lit, creepy vibe, augmented by the hundreds of slimy things floating inside various vials on the shelves.
And though the office has a fireplace that would make the place seem cozier, Snape never uses it. It may also be the same room used for Potions classes in Half-Blood Prince.
6 The Astronomy Room
Hogwarts castle is massive, decorated by dozens of gothic-looking towers spanning hundreds of feet in height, yet the Astronomy tower is the tallest among them all. Located inside it is a beautiful circular room with a spiral staircase that leads to the highest point in the Hogwarts castle.
The Astronomy room itself is gorgeous, adorned by planetary models of spun glass that circle one another. Unfortunately, the beauty of this room is tainted by the awful fate of Dumbledore, who sacrificed himself to see through his plan to end the Dark Lord's reign.
5 Defense against the dark arts classroom
Of all the classrooms in Hogwarts, this one sticks out as the most significant. In fact, the very position of the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts held special meaning throughout the series, being occupied by a different character and used as an important plot element in every book.
This is, of course, because this teaching position was cursed by none other than young Tom Riddle, after being himself rejected for the position by then headmaster Dippet. The room is so significant that it has made an appearance even outside the Harry Potter movies, in Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald, showcasing young Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law) teaching the subject himself. As for the classroom, we all know full well what it looks like: a wide-open space supported by wooden arcs, large windows, and a beautiful stone staircase behind the teacher's desk that leads to his personal office.
4 The Great Hall
One of the biggest and structurally most impressive rooms within Hogwarts, the Great Hall is the main dining and O.W.L and N.E.W.T. examination room of the castle. It is at least a hundred feet tall with massive windows and four long tables.
The ceiling has been enchanted to look like the sky, while hundreds of lit candles float above the students seated at four long tables (one for each house). The room is especially beautiful when it appears to be snowing inside. But, the best part: unlimited amounts of food can instantly materialize on the tables.
3 The Chamber of Secrets
There is no room in Hogwarts that is as eerie as the Chamber of Secrets. Created in the middle ages by one of the school's founding fathers, Salazar Slytherin (a firm believer in wizarding blood purity), its purpose was to someday be discovered by the heir of Slytherin who would release a monster that would purge the school of any muggle-borns.
We can say that the movie did a great job of making this room every bit as creepy and grand as it was described in the book, with the blood-curdling Basilisk residing in the mouth of Salazar Slytherin's statue.
2 The Headmaster's office
The headmaster's office is the crowning jewel of all the rooms in the Hogwarts castle. It's located in the Headmaster's tower, comprised of three consecutive turret towers resting one on another. But the weirdness only starts there.
Inside the tower, the Headmaster's office is brimming with intriguing magical details to the point where it seems alive. The entrance to the room is guarded by a stone gargoyle that can talk, and it will only grant access to the Headmaster it deems worthy of the position. This circular room itself is surrounded by beautiful medieval windows, while the walls are decorated with the portraits of the previous Hogwarts headmasters, snoozing. On a shelf behind the claw-legged headmaster's desk lies a peculiar rugged old hat - The Sorting Hat.
1 The Room Of Requirement
The Room of Requirement is the most mysterious place in the entire Hogwarts castle. Although it's located on the seventh floor, in place of an entrance lay a brick wall. But, walk past this wall three times focusing on your need and a door will appear with exactly what you're looking for behind it. Because it's not a physical room but a magical one, it's unplottable and doesn't even appear on the Marauder's Map.
Throughout the franchise, the Room of Requirement has been used on multiple occasions: it was headquarters of Dumbledore's Army, and the storage place for the Mirror of Erised. However, its most notable use was as a hiding place for students' items. For this reason, when Harry was looking for a place to hide Snape's Advanced Potion-Making book, he found a room the size of a small city with tall windows, brimming with items stashed by Hogwarts students through centuries. It is also the place where young Tom Riddle decided to stash one of his Horcruxes, the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw.