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Fat Lady Character Analysis: Gryffindor Tower Portrait

Fat Lady Character Analysis: Gryffindor Tower Portrait

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The portrait of the Fat Lady was hung at the entrance to Gryffindor Tower at Hogwarts, and she acted as a gatekeeper.

Everyone had to provide her with the correct password before she would open up and let them pass through the portrait hole.

About the Fat Lady

BornPre 1890s
Blood StatusPortrait
OccupationGryffindor Tower Gatekeeper
PatronusNA
HouseGryffindor
WandNA
Zodiac SignTaurus (speculative)

Fat Lady Biography           

Almost nothing is known about the Fat Lady when she was alive, and her true identity seems to have been lost to time.

But she must have been a witch to have an animated portrait, and she was probably a member of Gryffindor house at some point to have her portrait hung there.

Her portrait was hung at the entrance to Gryffindor Tower, leading into the Gryffindor Common Room.

She was strict in requiring the password for anyone to enter, even if she recognized them. She also occasionally rebuked students for returning late.

The Fat Lady spent most of her time in her portrait due to her responsibilities but did sometimes leave and go wandering.

In their first year, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Neville Longbottom were stuck outside late at night due to her absence.

She was also sometimes visited by her friend Violet, and the two were seen drinking together on more than one occasion.

When Sirius Black was on the prowl, she ran away and hid when her portrait was attacked and slashed. She said that Sirius Black did this after she refused him entry.

Sir Cadogan briefly took over her responsibilities while she was being restored. She only agreed to return with Black was still on the loose with the protection of several Security Trolls.

She presumably continued to hang at the entrance to Gryffindor Tower when the school was taken over by Death Eaters briefly in 1997/8 and after the conclusion of the war.

Fat Lady Personality Type & Traits

The Fat Lady was known for being quite self-indulgent. On more than one occasion she was spotted drinking excessively, and once changed the password to Abstinence when she had a hangover.

But, while she would sometimes threaten to make students wait in the corridor, she never did.

She enjoyed a good gossip, and was delighted when her friend Violet told her that Harry had been chosen as a second Triwizard Champion for Hogwarts.

She enjoyed knowing when students would face something interesting or unexpected when they entered the common room.

Fat Lady Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We know very little about the Fat Lady, including her birthday. But her personality suggests that her zodiac sign could be Taurus.

People born under this sign like the finer things in life and can tend to overindulge.

They tend to be gossips, but they are always reliable and trustworthy.