The Entrance Hall is the first moment of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7, The Sorting Hat.


Harry could hear the drone of hundreds of voices from a doorway to the right — the rest of the school must already be here — but Professor McGonagall showed the first-years into a small empty chamber off the hall. They crowded in, standing rather closer together than they would usually have done, peering about nervously…


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  • There is a Galleon on the fourth step of the grand staircase.

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  • Professor McGonagall is standing to the right of the doors to the Great Hall. Click on her to unlock information on her.
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There is nothing of interest here.


The drone of the hundreds of students in the Great Hall can be heard. The torches are crackling merrily.

See also

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Diagon Alley
Arriving at Diagon Alley
Harry and Hagrid Visit Gringotts
The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
The Hogwarts Express
The Journey to Hogwarts
The Sorting Hat
The Entrance Hall
The Sorting Ceremony
The Sorting Hat
The Potions Master
Harry's Early Days at Hogwarts
Harry's First Potions Lesson
Hagrid's Wooden House
The Midnight Duel
Flying Lesson
The Trophy Room
The Forbidden Corridor
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