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PostSubject: Professor Dumbledore's Office   Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:21 pm

The entrance to the headmaster's (or headmistress', depending on the era in question) office at Hogwarts is behind a statue of a gargoyle on the seventh floor. When given the proper password, the gargoyle will leap aside, and the wall behind it will split in two to reveal a spiral stone staircase that moves like an escalator. Dumbledore's password for the gargoyle always seems to have been the name of a sweet, and to have been known to the various staff members though not to the student body at large. However, the office can be sealed so that none can enter save the rightful Headmaster or Headmistress, and also can be sealed so that someone already inside cannot leave without the Head's permission.

Once in the door, visitors ride on a spiral stone staircase that moves slowly upward as the gargoyle's entrance closes behind them. The staircase leads to a highly polished oak door with a brass knocker in the shape of a griffin. The door is not sound-proof; a visitor standing on the staircase can hear anyone speaking in the room inside, although not necessarily distinctly unless the speakers' voices are raised.

The oak door opens into a large and beautiful circular room with windows, at least one of which faces east with a view of some of the mountains surrounding the castle. The windows also afford a view of the Quidditch pitch. Although the windows had curtains back in Armando Dippet's day, Dumbledore does not seem to have ever been in the habit of drawing them, even on snowy winter days or at night. By day the office is sunlit, while at night it is illuminated by candlelight and lamplight.

The walls of the office are covered with portraits of previous Headmasters and Headmistresses. The wall immediately behind the Headmaster's desk has a shelf holding the Sorting Hat. Another wall of the office holds a fireplace that can be connected to the Floo Network when needed.

The Headmaster's desk is an enormous, claw-footed affair that apparently goes with the room, since it was in use in Armando Dippet's day. The surface is highly polished, though naturally it is sometimes covered with papers. Dumbledore also kept a silver ink pot with a handsome scarlet quill (possibly a phoenix feather) on the desk. The desk faces the door leading up from the gargoyle; a visitor standing with his back to the Headmaster's chair (which is particularly high-backed) will find himself or herself staring out at the Quidditch pitch. The Headmaster keeps a visitor's chair but sometimes has to conjure more when several visitors arrive suddenly.

In Dumbledore's day (although not in Armando Dippet's), the office contained a number of spindly-legged tables supporting various "curious silver instruments", the function of which Harry did not know as of his sixth year, that seem to whir and emit little puffs of smoke day and night regardless of whether the Headmaster was actively consulting them, present, or even in residence.

Behind the door in Dumbledore's day (though again, not in Armando Dippet's) a golden perch for Fawkes stood. Beside the perch was a black cabinet which Dumbledore at one time used as a drinks cabinet, although by Harry's time at Hogwarts the Headmaster kept a Pensieve there instead.
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PostSubject: Re: Professor Dumbledore's Office   Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:48 pm

*Enters and sits down to request a meeting with the Minister of Magic. "Those Dementors could have killed him," said the Professor furiously.
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PostSubject: Re: Professor Dumbledore's Office   Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:46 am

McGonagall entered in a hury, this matter had to be straighten out.

"Albus! We can not allow those dementors to remain. They could have killed him. What are we going to do?"
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PostSubject: Re: Professor Dumbledore's Office   Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:45 am

Cedric was heading up to the headmaster’s office. Seeing he was prefect, he knew the password to the statue.
“Lemondrop” He said – and it jumped away, the stairs started moving up. He jumped on, and before he knew it – he was standing outside the door. Nervously, he bit his lip, and knocked. Dumbledore spoke, and he entered.
“Headmaster.” Cedric smiled, and took a couple of steps into the room, taking in his surroundings. All the weird silvery stuff, the phoenix… Then he turned to look at Dumbledore, who was looking at him over his glasses.
Cedric’s jaw tightened – he needed to stay focused and strong.
“You might have heard about Isabella’s father. He’s in Azkaban… I’m asking for your permission to take her there on Saturday.”
If I don’t get it, I’ll be going anyways Cedric added mentally.
“I think it’s a good idea for her to see him, to get closure on the matter. She has been suffering…” Cedric sighed, and ran his fingers through his hair, waiting for the headmaster to answer.

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PostSubject: Re: Professor Dumbledore's Office   Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:22 am

*Professor Dumbledore stands up, and says, "I've talked to the Minister about it. The Dementors have been given explicit instructions to remain at the boundaries of the property. I'm as furious as you are, Minerva."

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*Professor Dumbledore listens to Cedric. He could sense that he wasn't telling the whole thing. "My Dear-boy...you're planning on going, even if I say no, are you?," he asked slightly tilting his head looking at Cedric. "It probably is something that she needs, though I would wish you both be joined by a faculty member."

<<not sure who should join them, though we can decide something I'm sure :-)>>
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PostSubject: Re: Professor Dumbledore's Office   Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:44 pm

Dumbledore seem to get that he would be going anyways, this startled him – so he answered honestly.
“Yes, I will take her anyways. She needs to see her father. She wouldn’t admit it if I asked her – but…” It seemed like Dumbledore was agreeing. This was good. No, this was great. He wouldn’t have to break school rules to take her.
”Faculty member?” Cedric frowned. “But I’m prefect, wouldn’t that be enough?”

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PostSubject: Re: Professor Dumbledore's Office   Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:38 pm

"My Dear-Cedric. I'm merely hoping to keep you protected. That's all...you probably are capable, though Azkaban can be a very fearful place, considering some that reside there," said Professor Dumbledore kindly.
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