Students wear their own socks and shoes. There is also a painting of a large fruit bowl in front of the Hogwarts kitchen, which will swing open if the pear is tickled to reveal a hidden door.

Myrtle was a student at Hogwarts when she died, and she chose to return to school in perpetuity, with the short-term aim of haunting her arch-rival and bully, Olive Hornby. The other cabinet resides in Borgin and Burkes.

In the Harry Potter series the subjects of magical portraits even those of characters that are dead can move, interact with living observers, speak and demonstrate apparent emotion and personality. This insight is usually accompanied by pain in the scar on Harry's forehead.