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What are the Hogwarts common rooms like?

The Hogwarts common rooms are shared areas where students relax after a long day of learning magic. Each common room is located next to the house dormitories where the students live during term time! There are four common rooms at Hogwarts, one for each house. Let’s take a look at them all...


The Gryffindor common room is located in Gryffindor Tower and is guarded by the portrait of the Fat Lady. A password is required to enter but it changes regularly. Previous passwords include “Pig snout” and “Caput Draconis” which means "dragon's head" in Latin. The common room has a large fireplace where students can warm up in winter, and it's a rather cosy place, full of squashy armchairs.


The Hufflepuff common room is located next to the kitchens, so there’s always a lovely smell coming from down the hall! To enter, students must knock on a large wooden barrel near the entrance to the rhythm of “Helga Hufflepuff”. If students get the rhythm wrong, another barrel bursts and they are drenched in vinegar. The common room is a welcoming space for all Hufflepuff students and is filled with a variety of plants.


The Ravenclaw common room is in Ravenclaw Tower, the tallest tower in Hogwarts. That means Ravenclaws are treated to excellent views of the nearby mountains! To enter, Ravenclaw students must answer a riddle asked by an eagle-shaped door knocker. The common room itself is decorated with blue and bronze, the colours of the house.


The Slytherin common room can be found in the dungeons of Hogwarts. Not only is it underground – it’s underwater too! It has large windows that look out into the lake, and give the room a dark green glow, complemented by green lanterns throughout. The common room is decorated with green and silver, which reflects the Slytherin house colours.