"The trouble was, it was very hard to know where to begin, not knowing what Flamel might have done to get himself into a book. He wasn't in Great Wizards of the Twentieth Century, or Notable Magical Names of Our Time; he was missing, too, from Important Modern Magical Discoveries, and A Study of Recent Developments in Wizardry. And then, of course, there was the sheer size of the library; tens of thousands of books; thousands of shelves; hundreds of narrow rows."
- Unknown Source
When one entered through the double wooden doors that lead through to the library, they would become overwhelmed with the number of books that are before them. Enchanted, the library would provide some students a safe sanctuary for those who call it a haven.
Walking ahead through its corridor, students would find hundreds of narrow rows, shelvings thicker than the trunk of a Whomping Willow. Each shelf is categorized among Wizarding World events and subjects, available for students to find. The further back of the library a student walked, the older the books became. Books become dustier and dustier, as no student thinks of ever touching them. Perhaps, it is good that the older books are forgotten, as ancient literature is not as safely promising as the most recent.
In the middle of the room would lay the library’s corridor. Wooden, elegant tables would be placed accordingly to provide students with the best studying environment. Books among books would be piled up on these tables by studious students. Next to every table would be Victorian-style chairs, waiting to be sat on by a student or professor.
Walking towards the left side of the library, one would be able to find subjects in the Divine arts such as Divination, Astrology, Arithmancy, and books on them. Those books would fill every single shelf to maximum capacity, leaving no room for anything more. The abundance of reading material could be overwhelming to one who did not favor books, but to one who enjoyed reading, this could be their favorite place in Hogwarts. On the right side of the library contained everything from Muggle/Wizard nonfiction, to Muggle/Wizard fiction novels, lining even more shelves.
Tucked away in one corner of the library would be a particular section, labeled by the name ‘Restricted Section’. This area would only be accessible to staff members, strictly prohibited to curious students’ gaze due to the sensitive material hidden away there. It is increasingly difficult to sneak into this section without being caught by the Librarian, or by another staff member. Very few have succeeded in doing so.
The lighting would be provided by chandeliers and candles, oftentimes dimmed in the nighttime, considering the curfew that is set in place for all students. The Librarian’s desk would be only one of the desks with an electric lamp, for late nights and darker days, when a little extra light would be needed. At the back end of the library, a single window could be seen through the large aisle between the rows of books that shone natural light onto students that would be sitting at tables in the said aisle, working on homework, or something of their own leisure. That would not be the only window, though, as the entire left wall of the library was also lined with windows, of which looked out onto the Hogwarts grounds, and the marvelous Great Lake.
During times of need, like the O.W.L.s or N.E.W.T.s, students would flood the library as though books were air, and they were in need of oxygen. Otherwise, the library would be close to empty, or sparsely crowded, depending on the time of the year.
- Credit to Bloom Silverton and Reid Kovacs for assistance.
- 𝑀𝒶𝓉𝒾𝓁𝒹𝒶 𝐵𝒶𝓇𝓇𝑜𝓌𝓈, 𝒟𝒾𝓋𝒾𝓃𝒶𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃 𝒫𝓇𝑜𝒻𝑒𝓈𝓈𝑜𝓇.