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Dolo re s U m brid ge
CH APT ER T W O
Min is te rs f o r M agic
Azk ab an
CH APT ER T H REE
Hora ce S lu gho rn
Poti o ns
Poly ju ic e P oti o n
Cauld ro ns
CH APT ER F O UR
Quir in us Q uir re ll
CH APT ER F IV E
Peev es th e P olte rg eis t

FR O M T H E P O TTER M ORE E D IT O R:
Every w itc h o r w iz a rd w ith a w and h as h eld i n h is o r h er h ands m ore p ow er t h an w e w ill e ver
kn ow . W ith t h e r ig ht s p ell o r p otio n, t h ey c a n f a bric a te l o ve, t r a vel t h ro ugh t im e, c h ange
physic a l f o rm a nd e ven e xtin guis h l ife .
In t h e w ro ng h ands, p ow er a nd m agic c a n b e d ark , l e th al, a nd c o nsu m in g. L ord V old em ort
sh ow ed u s t h at; h e s o ught p ow er s o v ic io usly t h at h e t o re a part t h e f a bric o f h is s o ul a nd l o st
every th in g t h at m ade h im h um an. H e i s t h e u ltim ate v illa in , m otiv a te d b y a n i c e-c o ld d esir e
fo r p ow er a nd d estr u ctio n.
Obvio usly f e w p eo ple c o uld m atc h V old em ort i n g en era l e vil i n te n t ( th ough B ella tr ix
Lestr a nge a nd D olo re s U mbrid ge i n deed t r y ), b ut t h ere a re c erta in ly o th er c h ara cte rs
attr a cte d t o p ow er. H ere , w e’v e c o lle cte d w ritin g b y J .K . R ow lin g o n p ow er a nd p olitic s…
And j u st f o r f u n, p olte rg eis ts , t o o.





Dolo re s U mbrid ge m ay h ave l o oked l ik e a n i c ed c u pca ke, b ut s h e w as a nyth in g b ut s w eet.
She w as s a va ge, s a dis tic a nd r e m orse le ss. W hen s h e d are d t a ke c o ntr o l o f H ogw arts f r o m
Alb us D um ble d ore , s h e c o m mitte d a ll s o rts o f s in is te r a cts . U nder t h e n ew ly c re a te d t itle o f
‘H ig h I n quis ito r’ s h e s in gle -h anded ly ( w ell, w ith a l ittle h elp f r o m F ilc h ) s u cked t h e b elo ved
sc h ool o f a ll i ts j o y, p ut e very s tu den t i n g ra ve d anger, a nd t o rtu re d H arry P otte r. A s f a r a s
we’re c o ncern ed , s h e m ore t h an d ese rv ed h er f a te a t t h e h ands ( h ooves? ) o f c en ta urs.
Here ’s a m uch -n eed ed g lim pse i n to h er d ark p ast, b y J .K . R ow lin g.


DO LO RES U M BRID G E
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
26th A ugust
WAND:
Bir c h a nd d ra go n h earts tr in g, e ig ht i n ches l o ng
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Sly th erin
SP E C IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Her p unis h m ent q uill i s o f h er o w n i n v enti o n
PA REN TA GE:
Muggle m oth er, w iz a rd f a th er
FA M IL Y:
Unm arrie d , n o c hild re n
HOBBIE S:
Colle cti n g th e ‘ F ro lic so m e F elin e’ o rn am enta l p la te r a nge, a d din g f lo unces to f a b ric a nd f r ills
to s ta ti o nary o bje cts , i n v enti n g i n str u m ents o f to rtu re
D olo re s J a ne U m brid ge w as th e e ld est c hild a nd o nly d aughte r o f O rfo rd U m brid ge, a w iz a rd , a nd E lle n
C ra cknell, a M uggle , w ho a ls o h ad a S quib s o n. D olo re s’s p are nts w ere u nhap pily m arrie d , a nd D olo re s
s e cre tl y d esp is e d b oth o f th em : O rfo rd f o r h is l a ck o f a m biti o n ( h e h ad n ev er b een p ro m ote d , a nd w ork ed
i n th e D ep artm ent o f M agic al M ain te nance a t th e M in is tr y o f M agic ), a nd h er m oth er, E lle n, f o r h er
f lig hti n ess, u nti d in ess, a nd M uggle l in eage. B oth O rfo rd a nd h is d aughte r b la m ed E lle n f o r D olo re s’s
b ro th er’s l a ck o f m agic al a b ility , w ith th e r e su lt th at w hen D olo re s w as f ifte en, th e f a m ily s p lit d ow n th e
m id dle , O rfo rd a nd D olo re s r e m ain in g to geth er, a nd E lle n v anis h in g b ack i n to th e M uggle w orld w ith h er
s o n. D olo re s n ev er s a w h er m oth er o r b ro th er a gain , n ev er s p oke o f e ith er o f th em , a nd h encefo rth
p re te nd ed to a ll s h e m et th at s h e w as a p ure -b lo od.
An a cco m plis h ed w itc h, D olo re s j o in ed th e M in is tr y o f M agic d ir e ctl y a fte r s h e l e ft H ogw arts ,
t a kin g a j o b a s a l o w ly i n te rn i n th e I m pro per U se o f M agic O ffic e. E ven a t s e v ente en, D olo re s w as
j u d gem enta l, p re ju d ic ed a nd s a d is ti c , a lth o ugh h er c o nsc ie nti o us a tti tu d e, h er s a ccharin e m anner to w ard s
h er s u p erio rs , a nd th e r u th le ssn ess a nd s te alth w ith w hic h s h e to ok c re d it f o r o th er p eo ple ’s w ork s o on
g ain ed h er a d vancem ent. B efo re s h e w as th ir ty , D olo re s h ad b een p ro m ote d to h ead o f th e o ffic e, a nd i t
w as b ut a s h o rt s te p f r o m th ere to e v er m ore s e nio r p ositi o ns i n th e m anagem ent o f th e D ep artm ent o f

Magic al L aw E nfo rc em ent. B y th is ti m e, s h e h ad p ers u ad ed h er f a th er to ta ke e arly r e ti r e m ent, a nd b y
makin g h im a s m all f in ancia l a llo w ance, s h e e nsu re d th at h e d ro pped q uie tl y o ut o f s ig ht. W henev er s h e
was a sk ed ( u su ally b y w ork m ate s w ho d id n o t l ik e h er) ‘ a re y o u r e la te d to th at U m brid ge w ho u se d to
mop th e f lo ors h ere ?’ s h e w ould s m ile h er s w eete st, l a ugh, a nd d eny a ny c o nnecti o n w hats o ev er, c la im in g
th at h er d ecease d f a th er h ad b een a d is ti n guis h ed m em ber o f th e W iz e ngam ot. N asty th in gs te nd ed to
hap pen to p eo ple w ho a sk ed a b out O rfo rd , o r a nyth in g th at D olo re s d id n o t l ik e ta lk in g a b out, a nd p eo ple
who w ante d to r e m ain o n h er g o od s id e p re te nd ed to b elie v e h er v ers io n o f h er a ncestr y .
In s p ite o f h er b est e ffo rts to s e cure th e a ffe cti o ns o f o ne o f h er s u p erio rs ( s h e n ev er c are d
parti c ula rly w hic h o f th em i t w as, b ut k new th at h er o w n s ta tu s a nd s e curity w ould b e a d vanced w ith a
pow erfu l h usb and ), D olo re s n ev er s u cceed ed i n m arry in g. W hile th ey v alu ed h er h ard w ork a nd a m biti o n,
th o se w ho g o t to k no w h er b est f o und i t d iffic ult to l ik e h er v ery m uch. A fte r a g la ss o f s w eet s h erry ,
Dolo re s w as a lw ays p ro ne to s p out v ery u ncharita b le v ie w s, a nd e v en th o se w ho w ere a nti - M uggle f o und
th em se lv es s h o cked b y s o m e o f D olo re s’s s u ggesti o ns, b ehin d c lo se d d oors , o f th e tr e atm ent th at th e n o n-
magic al c o m munity d ese rv ed .
As s h e g re w o ld er a nd h ard er, a nd r o se h ig her w ith in th e M in is tr y , D olo re s’s ta ste i n l ittl e g ir lis h
accesso rie s g re w m ore a nd m ore p ro no unced ; h er o ffic e b ecam e a p la ce o f f r ills a nd f u rb elo w s, a nd s h e
lik ed a nyth in g d eco ra te d w ith k itte ns ( th o ugh f o und th e r e al th in g i n co nv enie ntl y m essy ). A s th e M in is te r
fo r M agic C orn eliu s F ud ge b ecam e i n cre asin gly a nxio us a nd p ara no id th at A lb us D um ble d ore h ad
am biti o ns to s u p ers e d e h im , D olo re s m anaged to c la w h er w ay to th e v ery h eart o f p ow er, b y s to kin g b oth
Fud ge’s v anity a nd h is f e ars , a nd p re se nti n g h ers e lf a s o ne o f th e f e w h e c o uld tr u st.
Dolo re s’s a p poin tm ent a s I n q uis ito r a t H ogw arts g av e f u ll s c o pe, f o r th e f ir s t ti m e i n h er l ife , f o r h er
pre ju d ic es a nd h er c ru elty . S he h ad n o t e njo yed h er ti m e a t s c ho ol, w here s h e h ad b een o verlo oked f o r a ll
positi o ns o f r e sp onsib ility , a nd s h e r e lis h ed th e c hance to r e tu rn a nd w ie ld p ow er o ver th o se w ho h ad n o t
(a s s h e s a w i t) g iv en h er h er d ue.
Dolo re s h as w hat a m ounts to a p ho bia o f b ein gs th at a re n o t q uite , o r w ho lly , h um an. H er d is ta ste f o r
th e h alf- g ia nt H agrid , a nd h er te rro r o f c enta urs , r e v eal a te rro r o f th e u nkno w n a nd th e w ild . S he i s a n
im mense ly c o ntr o llin g p ers o n, a nd a ll w ho c halle nge h er a uth o rity a nd w orld -v ie w m ust, i n h er o pin io n,
be p unis h ed . S he a cti v ely e njo ys s u b ju gati n g a nd h um ilia ti n g o th ers , a nd e xcep t i n th eir d ecla re d
alle gia nces, th ere i s l ittl e to c ho ose b etw een h er a nd B ella tr ix L estr a nge.
Dolo re s’s ti m e a t H ogw arts e nd ed d is a str o usly , b ecause s h e o verre ached th e r e m it F ud ge h ad g iv en
her, s te p pin g o uts id e th e b ound s o f h er o w n a uth o rity , c arrie d a w ay w ith a f a nati c al s e nse o f s e lf- p urp ose .
Shaken b ut u nre p enta nt a fte r a c ata str o phic e nd to h er H ogw arts c are er, s h e r e tu rn ed to a M in is tr y , w hic h
had b een p lu nged i n to tu rm oil d ue to th e r e tu rn o f L ord V old em ort.
In th e c hange o f r e gim es th at f o llo w ed F ud ge’s f o rc ed r e sig nati o n, D olo re s w as a b le to s lip b ack
in to h er f o rm er p ositi o n a t th e M in is tr y . T he n ew M in is te r, R ufu s S crim geo ur, h ad m ore i m med ia te
pro ble m s p re ssin g i n o n h im th an D olo re s U m brid ge. S crim geo ur w as l a te r p unis h ed f o r th is o vers ig ht,
because th e f a ct th at th e M in is tr y h ad n ev er p unis h ed D olo re s f o r h er m any a b use s o f p ow er s e em ed to
Harry P otte r to r e v eal b oth i ts c o m pla cency a nd i ts c are le ssn ess. H arry c o nsid ere d D olo re s’s c o nti n uin g
em plo ym ent, a nd th e l a ck o f a ny r e p erc ussio ns f o r h er b ehav io ur a t H ogw arts , a s ig n o f th e M in is tr y ’s
esse nti a l c o rru p ti o n, a nd r e fu se d to c o opera te w ith th e n ew M in is te r b ecause o f i t ( D olo re s i s th e o nly
pers o n, o th er th an L ord V old em ort, to l e av e a p erm anent p hysic al s c ar o n H arry , h av in g f o rc ed h im to c ut
th e w ord s ‘ I m ust n o t te ll l ie s’ o n th e b ack o f h is o w n h and d urin g d ete nti o n).
Dolo re s w as s o on e njo yin g l ife a t th e M in is tr y m ore th an e v er. W hen th e M in is tr y w as ta ken o ver b y
th e p up pet M in is te r P iu s T hic knesse , a nd i n filtr a te d b y th e D ark L ord ’s f o llo w ers , D olo re s w as i n h er
tr u e e le m ent a t l a st. C orre ctl y j u d ged , b y s e nio r D eath E ate rs , to h av e m uch m ore i n c o m mon w ith th em
th an s h e e v er h ad w ith A lb us D um ble d ore , s h e n o t o nly r e ta in ed h er p ost b ut w as g iv en e xtr a a uth o rity ,
beco m in g H ead o f th e M uggle -b orn R egis tr a ti o n C om mis sio n, w hic h w as i n e ffe ct a k angaro o c o urt th at

im pris o ned a ll M uggle -b orn s o n th e b asis th at th ey h ad ‘ s to le n’ th eir w and s a nd th eir m agic .
It w as a s s h e s a t i n j u d gem ent o f a no th er i n no cent w om an th at H arry P otte r f in ally a tta cked D olo re s
in th e v ery h eart o f th e M in is tr y , a nd s to le f r o m h er th e H orc ru x s h e h ad u nw itti n gly b een w earin g.
With th e f a ll o f L ord V old em ort, D olo re s U m brid ge w as p ut o n tr ia l f o r h er e nth usia sti c c o -o pera ti o n
with h is r e gim e, a nd c o nv ic te d o f th e to rtu re , i m pris o nm ent a nd d eath s o f s e v era l p eo ple ( s o m e o f th e
in no cent M uggle -b orn s s h e s e nte nced to A zk ab an d id n o t s u rv iv e th eir o rd eal) .

J.K . R ow lin g’s t h ough ts
O nce, l o ng a go , I to ok i n str u cti o n i n a c erta in s k ill o r s u b je ct ( I a m b ein g v ague a s v ague c an b e, f o r
r e aso ns th at a re a b out to b eco m e o bvio us), a nd i n d oin g s o , c am e i n to c o nta ct w ith a te acher o r i n str u cto r
w ho m I d is lik ed i n te nse ly o n s ig ht.
The w om an i n q uesti o n r e tu rn ed m y a nti p ath y w ith i n te re st. W hy w e to ok a gain st e ach o th er s o
i n sta ntl y , h earti ly a nd ( o n m y s id e, a t l e ast) i r ra ti o nally , I h o nestl y c anno t s a y. W hat s ti c ks i n m y m in d i s
h er p ro no unced ta ste f o r tw ee a ccesso rie s. I p arti c ula rly r e call a ti n y l ittl e p la sti c b ow s lid e, p ale l e m on
i n c o lo ur th at s h e w ore i n h er s h o rt c urly h air. I u se d to s ta re a t th at l ittl e s lid e, w hic h w ould h av e b een
a p pro pria te to a g ir l o f th re e, a s th o ugh i t w as s o m e k in d o f r e p elle nt p hysic al g ro w th . S he w as q uite a
s to cky w om an, a nd n o t i n th e f ir s t f lu sh o f y o uth , a nd h er te nd ency to w ear f r ills w here ( I f e lt) f r ills h ad
n o b usin ess to b e, a nd to c arry u nd ers iz e d h and bags, a gain a s th o ugh th ey h ad b een b orro w ed f r o m a
c hild ’s d re ssin g-u p b ox, j a rre d , I f e lt, w ith a p ers o nality th at I f o und th e r e v ers e o f s w eet, i n no cent a nd
i n genuo us.
I a m a lw ays a l ittl e w ary w hen ta lk in g a b out th ese k in d s o f s o urc es o f i n sp ir a ti o n, b ecause i t i s
i n fu ria ti n g to h ear y o urs e lf m is in te rp re te d i n w ays th at c an c ause o th er p eo ple a g re at d eal o f h urt. T his
w om an w as N OT ‘ th e r e al D olo re s U m brid ge’. S he d id n o t l o ok l ik e a to ad , s h e w as n ev er s a d is ti c o r
v ic io us to m e o r a nyo ne e ls e , a nd I n ev er h eard h er e xp re ss a s in gle v ie w i n c o m mon w ith U m brid ge
( in d eed , I n ev er k new h er w ell e no ugh to k no w m uch a b out h er v ie w s o r p re fe re nces, w hic h m akes m y
d is lik e o f h er e v en l e ss j u sti fia b le ). H ow ev er, i t i s tr u e to s a y th at I b orro w ed f r o m h er, th en g ro ssly
e xaggera te d , a ta ste f o r th e s ic kly s w eet a nd g ir lis h i n d re ss, a nd i t w as th at ti n y l ittl e p ale l e m on p la sti c
b ow th at I w as r e m em berin g w hen I p erc hed th e f ly -lik e o rn am ent o n D olo re s U m brid ge’s h ead .
I h av e n o ti c ed m ore th an o nce i n l ife th at a ta ste f o r th e i n effa b ly tw ee c an g o h and -in -h and w ith a
d is ti n ctl y u ncharita b le o utl o ok o n th e w orld . I o nce s h are d a n o ffic e w ith a w om an w ho h ad c o vere d th e
w all s p ace b ehin d h er d esk w ith p ic tu re s o f f lu ffy k itti e s; s h e w as th e m ost b ig o te d , s p ite fu l c ham pio n o f
t h e d eath p enalty w ith w ho m i t h as e v er b een m y m is fo rtu ne to s h are a k ettl e . A l o ve o f a ll th in gs
s a ccharin e o fte n s e em s p re se nt w here th ere i s a l a ck o f r e al w arm th o r c harity .
So D olo re s, w ho i s o ne o f th e c hara cte rs f o r w ho m I f e el p ure st d is lik e, b ecam e a n a m alg am o f tr a its
t a ken f r o m th ese , a nd a v arie ty o f s o urc es. H er d esir e to c o ntr o l, to p unis h a nd to i n flic t p ain , a ll i n th e
n am e o f l a w a nd o rd er, a re , I th in k, e v ery b it a s r e p re hensib le a s L ord V old em ort’ s u nv arn is h ed e sp ousa l
o f e v il.
Um brid ge’s n am es w ere c are fu lly c ho se n. ‘ D olo re s’ m eans s o rro w , s o m eth in g s h e u nd oub te d ly
i n flic ts o n a ll a ro und h er. ‘ U m brid ge’ i s a p la y o n ‘ u m bra ge’ f r o m th e B riti s h e xp re ssio n ‘ to ta ke
u m bra ge’, m eanin g o ffe nce. D olo re s i s o ffe nd ed b y a ny c halle nge to h er l im ite d w orld -v ie w ; I f e lt h er
s u rn am e c o nv eyed th e p etti n ess a nd r ig id ity o f h er c hara cte r. I t i s h ard er to e xp la in ‘ J a ne’; i t s im ply f e lt
r a th er s m ug a nd n eat b etw een h er o th er tw o n am es.

Dolo re s U mbrid ge h ad t w o o ffic es – o ne a t H ogw arts , t h e o th er a t t h e M in is tr y o f M agic –
but b oth w ere d eco ra te d w ith f o ul m eo w in g k itte n p la te s. N ow , s h e m ay n ever h ave b een
appoin te d M in is te r f o r M agic h erse lf, b ut s h e d id k n ow h ow t o i n flu en ce a nyo ne w ho w as.
Ju st t h in k h ow d ia bolic a lly w ell s h e w ork ed w ith C orn eliu s F udge t o s p re a d r u m ours a bout
Harry P otte r, d en y t h e r e tu rn o f V old em ort, a nd d ep ose D um ble d ore .
If y o u w ant t o u ndersta nd a nyth in g a bout w iz a rd in g w orld p olitic s, y o u’d b ette r l o ok a t
exa ctly w ho h as h eld t h e p ositio n o f M in is te r. A nd k eep a n e ye o ut, a s t h ere ’s a f a m ilia r
su rn am e o r t w o a m ongst t h em .


MIN IS T E R S F O R M AG IC
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T he M in is tr y o f M agic w as f o rm ally e sta b lis h ed i n 1 707 w ith th e a p poin tm ent o f th e v ery f ir s t m an to
h o ld th e ti tl e ‘ M in is te r f o r M agic ’, U lic k G am p.
* T he M in is te r f o r M agic i s d em ocra ti c ally e le cte d ,
a lth o ugh th ere h av e b een ti m es o f c ris is i n w hic h th e p ost h as s im ply b een o ffe re d to a n i n d iv id ual w ith o ut
a p ub lic v ote ( A lb us D um ble d ore w as m ad e s u ch a n o ffe r, a nd tu rn ed i t d ow n r e p eate d ly ). T here i s n o
f ix ed l im it to a M in is te r’s te rm o f o ffic e, b ut h e o r s h e i s o blig ed to h o ld r e gula r e le cti o ns a t a m axim um
i n te rv al o f s e v en y ears . M in is te rs f o r M agic te nd to l a st m uch l o nger th an M uggle m in is te rs . G enera lly
s p eakin g, a nd d esp ite m any a m oan a nd g ru m ble , th eir c o m munity i s b ehin d th em i n a w ay th at i s r a re ly
s e en i n th e M uggle w orld . T his i s p erh ap s d ue to a f e elin g, o n th e p art o f w iz a rd s, th at u nle ss th ey a re
s e en to m anage th em se lv es c o m pete ntl y , th e M uggle s m ig ht tr y to i n te rfe re .
The M uggle P rim e M in is te r h as n o p art i n a p poin ti n g th e M in is te r f o r M agic , w ho se e le cti o n i s a
m atte r o nly f o r th e m agic al c o m munity th em se lv es. A ll m atte rs r e la ti n g to th e m agic al c o m munity i n
B rita in a re m anaged s o le ly b y th e M in is te r f o r M agic , a nd h e h as s o le j u ris d ic ti o n o ver h is M in is tr y .
E m erg ency v is its to th e M uggle P rim e M in is te r b y th e M in is te r f o r M agic a re a nno unced b y a p ortr a it o f
U lic k G am p ( fir s t M in is te r f o r M agic ) th at h angs i n th e M uggle P rim e M in is te r’s s tu d y i n N um ber 1 0
D ow nin g S tr e et.
No M uggle P rim e M in is te r h as e v er s e t f o ot i n th e M in is tr y o f M agic , f o r r e aso ns m ost s u ccin ctl y
s u m med u p b y e x-M in is te r D ugald M cP hail ( te rm o f o ffic e 1 858 – 1 865): ‘ th eir p uir w ee b ra in es
c o uld nae c o pe w i’ i t.’
M IN IS T ER :
U lic k G am p
T ER M O F O FFIC E:
1 707 – 1 718
P re v io usly h ead o f th e W iz e ngam ot, G am p h ad th e o nero us j o b o f p olic in g a f r a cti o us a nd f r ig hte ned
c o m munity a d ju sti n g to th e i m positi o n o f th e I n te rn ati o nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy. H is g re ate st l e gacy w as to
f o und th e D ep artm ent o f M agic al L aw E nfo rc em ent.
D am ocle s R ow le
1 718
– 1 726
R ow le w as e le cte d o n a p la tf o rm o f b ein g ‘ to ugh o n M uggle s’. C ensu re d b y th e I n te rn ati o nal
C onfe d era ti o n o f W iz a rd s, h e w as e v entu ally f o rc ed to s te p d ow n.

Perse us P ark in so n
1726

1733
Atte m pte d to p ass a b ill m akin g i t i lle gal to m arry a M uggle . M is re ad th e p ub lic m ood; th e w iz a rd in g
co m munity , ti r e d o f a nti - M uggle s e nti m ent a nd w anti n g p eace, v ote d h im o ut a t th e f ir s t o pportu nity .
Eld rit c h D ig gory
1733
– 1 747
Popula r M in is te r w ho f ir s t e sta b lis h ed a n A uro r r e cru itm ent p ro gra m me. D ie d i n o ffic e ( d ra go n p ox).
Alb ert B oot
1747
– 1 752
Lik eab le , b ut i n ep t. R esig ned a fte r a m is m anaged g o blin r e b ellio n.
Basil F la ck
1752
– 1 752
Sho rte st s e rv in g M in is te r. L aste d tw o m onth s; r e sig ned a fte r th e g o blin s j o in ed f o rc es w ith w ere w olv es.
Hesp haestu s G ore
1752
– 1 770
Gore w as o ne o f th e e arlie st A uro rs . S uccessfu lly p ut d ow n a n um ber o f r e v olts b y m agic al b ein gs,
alth o ugh h is to ria ns f e el h is r e fu sa l to c o nte m pla te r e hab ilita ti o n p ro gra m mes f o r w ere w olv es u lti m ate ly
le d to m ore a tta cks. R eno vate d a nd r e in fo rc ed th e p ris o n o f A zk ab an.
Maxim ilia n C ro w dy
1770
– 1 781
Fath er-o f- n in e C ro w dy w as a c haris m ati c l e ad er w ho r o ute d o ut s e v era l e xtr e m is t p ure -b lo od g ro up s
pla nnin g M uggle a tta cks. H is m yste rio us d eath i n o ffic e h as b een th e s u b je ct o f n um ero us b ooks a nd
co nsp ir a cy th eo rie s.
Porte us K natc h bull
1781
– 1 789
Was c alle d i n c o nfid enti a lly i n 1 782 b y th e M uggle P rim e M in is te r o f th e d ay, L ord N orth , to s e e w heth er
he c o uld h elp w ith K in g G eo rg e I II’s e m erg in g m enta l i n sta b ility . W ord l e aked o ut th at L ord N orth
belie v ed i n w iz a rd s, a nd h e w as f o rc ed to r e sig n a fte r a m oti o n o f n o c o nfid ence.
Unctu ous O sb ert

1789
– 1 798
Wid ely s e en a s to o m uch i n flu enced b y p ure -b lo ods o f w ealth a nd s ta tu s.
Arte m is ia L ufk in
1798
– 1 811
Fir s t f e m ale M in is te r f o r M agic . E sta b lis h ed D ep artm ent o f I n te rn ati o nal M agic al C o-o pera ti o n a nd
lo bbie d h ard a nd s u ccessfu lly to h av e a Q uid ditc h W orld C up to urn am ent h eld i n B rita in d urin g h er te rm .
Gro gan S tu m p
1811
– 1 819
Very p opula r M in is te r f o r M agic , a p assio nate Q uid ditc h f a n ( T uts h ill T orn ad os), e sta b lis h ed th e
Dep artm ent o f M agic al G am es a nd S ports a nd m anaged to s te er th ro ugh l e gis la ti o n o n m agic al b easts a nd
bein gs th at h ad l o ng b een a s o urc e o f c o nte nti o n.
Jose phin a F lin t
1819
– 1 827
Rev eale d a n u nhealth y a nti - M uggle b ia s i n o ffic e; d is lik ed n ew M uggle te chno lo gy s u ch a s th e te le gra p h,
whic h s h e c la im ed i n te rfe re d w ith p ro per w and f u ncti o n.
Otta lin e G am bol
1827
– 1 835
A m uch m ore f o rw ard -lo okin g M in is te r, G am bol e sta b lis h ed c o m mitte es to i n v esti g ate M uggle
bra in p ow er, w hic h s e em ed , d urin g th is p erio d o f th e B riti s h E m pir e , to b e g re ate r th an s o m e w iz a rd s h ad
cre d ite d .
Radolp hus L estr a nge
1835
– 1 841
Reacti o nary w ho a tte m pte d to c lo se d ow n th e D ep artm ent o f M yste rie s, w hic h i g no re d h im . E ventu ally
re sig ned d ue to i ll h ealth , w hic h w as w id ely r u m oure d to b e i n ab ility to c o pe w ith th e s tr a in s o f o ffic e.
Horte nsia M illip hutt
1841
– 1 849
In tr o duced m ore l e gis la ti o n th an a ny o th er s itti n g M in is te r, m uch o f i t u se fu l, b ut s o m e w earis o m e ( h at
poin ti n ess a nd s o o n), w hic h u lti m ate ly r e su lte d i n h er p oliti c al d ow nfa ll.
Evangelin e O rp in gto n

1849 – 1 855
A g o od f r ie nd o f Q ueen V ic to ria ’s , w ho n ev er r e alis e d s h e w as a w itc h, l e t a lo ne M in is te r f o r M agic .
Orp in gto n i s b elie v ed to h av e i n te rv ened m agic ally ( a nd i lle gally ) i n th e C rim ean W ar.
Pris c illa D upont
1855
– 1 858
Conceiv ed a n i r ra ti o nal l o ath in g o f th e M uggle P rim e M in is te r L ord P alm ers to n, to a n e xte nt th at c ause d
su ch tr o ub le ( c o in s tu rn in g to f r o gsp aw n i n h is c o at p ockets , e tc ) th at s h e w as f o rc ed to s te p d ow n.
Ir o nic ally , P alm ers to n w as f o rc ed to r e sig n b y th e M uggle s tw o d ays l a te r.
Dugald M cP hail
1858
– 1 865
A s a fe p air o f h and s. W hile th e M uggle p arlia m ent u nd erw ent a p erio d o f m ark ed u p heav al, th e M in is tr y
of M agic k new a p erio d o f w elc o m e c alm .
Faris ‘ S pout-h ole ’ S pavin
1865
– 1 903
Longest- e v er s e rv in g M in is te r f o r M agic , a nd a ls o th e m ost l o ng-w in d ed , h e s u rv iv ed a n ‘ a ssa ssin ati o n
atte m pt’ ( k ic kin g) f r o m a c enta ur w ho r e se nte d th e p unchlin e o f S pav in ’s i n fa m ous ‘ a c enta ur, a g ho st a nd
a d w arf w alk i n to a b ar’ j o ke. A tte nd ed Q ueen V ic to ria ’s f u nera l i n a n a d m ir a l’s h at a nd s p ats , a t w hic h
poin t th e W iz e ngam ot s u ggeste d g entl y th at i t w as ti m e h e m ove a sid e ( S pav in w as 1 47 w hen h e l e ft
offic e).
Venusia C ric k erly
1903
– 1 912
Seco nd e x-A uro r to ta ke o ffic e a nd c o nsid ere d b oth c o m pete nt a nd l ik eab le , C ric kerly d ie d i n a f r e ak
gard enin g a ccid ent ( m and ra ke r e la te d ).
Arc h er E verm onde
1912
– 1 923
In p ost d urin g th e M uggle F ir s t W orld W ar, E verm ond e p asse d e m erg ency l e gis la ti o n f o rb id din g w itc hes
and w iz a rd s to g et i n v olv ed , l e st th ey r is k m ass i n fr a cti o ns o f th e I n te rn ati o nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy.
Tho usa nd s d efie d h im , a id in g M uggle s w here th ey c o uld .
Lorc a n M cL air d
1923
– 1 925
A g ifte d w iz a rd , b ut a n u nlik ely p oliti c ia n, M cL air d w as a n e xcep ti o nally ta citu rn m an w ho p re fe rre d to

co m munic ate i n m ono sy lla b le s a nd e xp re ssiv e p uffs o f s m oke th at h e p ro duced th ro ugh th e e nd o f h is
wand . F orc ed f r o m o ffic e o ut o f s h eer i r rita ti o n a t h is e ccentr ic iti e s.
Hecto r F aw le y
1925
– 1 939
Und oub te d ly v ote d i n b ecause o f h is m ark ed d iffe re nce to M cL air d , th e e b ullie nt a nd f la m boyant F aw le y
did n o t ta ke s u ffic ie ntl y s e rio usly th e th re at p re se nte d to th e w orld w iz a rd in g c o m munity b y G elle rt
Grin d elw ald . H e p aid w ith h is j o b.
Leonard S pence r-M oon
1939
– 1 948
A s o und M in is te r w ho r o se th ro ugh th e r a nks f r o m b ein g te a-b oy i n th e D ep artm ent o f M agic al A ccid ents
and C ata str o phes. O vers a w a g re at p erio d o f i n te rn ati o nal w iz a rd in g a nd M uggle c o nflic t. E njo yed a g o od
work in g r e la ti o nsh ip w ith W in sto n C hurc hill.
Wilh elm in a T uft
1948
– 1 959
Cheery w itc h w ho p re sid ed o ver a p erio d o f w elc o m e p eace a nd p ro sp erity . D ie d i n o ffic e a fte r
dis c o verin g, to o l a te , h er a lle rg y to A lih o ts y -fla v oure d f u d ge.
Ig natiu s T uft
1959
– 1 962
Son o f th e a b ove. A h ard -lin er w ho c ap ita lis e d o n h is m oth er’s p opula rity to g ain e le cti o n. P ro m is e d to
in sti tu te a c o ntr o vers ia l a nd d angero us D em ento r b re ed in g p ro gra m a nd w as f o rc ed f r o m o ffic e.
Nobby L each
1962
– 1 968
Fir s t M uggle -b orn M in is te r f o r M agic , h is a p poin tm ent c ause d c o nste rn ati o n a m ong th e o ld ( p ure -b lo od)
guard , m any o f w ho m r e sig ned g o vern m ent p osts i n p ro te st. H as a lw ays d enie d h av in g a nyth in g to d o w ith
Engla nd ’s 1 966 W orld C up W in . L eft o ffic e a fte r c o ntr a cti n g a m yste rio us i lln ess ( c o nsp ir a cy th eo rie s
ab ound ).
Eugenia J enk in s
1968
– 1 975
Je nkin s d ealt c o m pete ntl y w ith p ure -b lo od r io ts d urin g S quib R ig hts m arc hes i n th e l a te s ix ti e s, b ut w as
so on c o nfr o nte d w ith th e f ir s t r is e o f L ord V old em ort. J e nkin s w as s o on o uste d f r o m o ffic e a s i n ad eq uate
to th e c halle nge.

Haro ld M in ch um
1975
– 1 980
Seen a s a h ard -lin er, h e p la ced e v en m ore D em ento rs a ro und A zk ab an, b ut w as u nab le to c o nta in w hat
lo oked l ik e V old em ort’ s u nsto ppab le r is e to p ow er.
Millic e nt B agnold
1980
– 1 990
A h ig hly a b le M in is te r. H ad to a nsw er to th e I n te rn ati o nal C onfe d era ti o n o f W iz a rd s f o r th e n um ber o f
bre aches o f th e I n te rn ati o nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy o n th e d ay a nd n ig ht f o llo w in g H arry P otte r’s s u rv iv al o f
Lord V old em ort’ s a tta ck. A cq uitte d h ers e lf m agnific entl y w ith th e n o w i n fa m ous w ord s: ‘ I a sse rt o ur
in alie nab le r ig ht to p arty ’, w hic h d re w c heers f r o m a ll p re se nt.
Corn eliu s F udge
1990
– 1 996
A c are er p oliti c ia n o verly f o nd o f th e o ld g uard . P ers is te nt d enia l o f th e c o nti n uin g th re at o f L ord
Vold em ort u lti m ate ly c o st h im h is j o b.
Rufu s S crim geour
1996
– 1 997
The th ir d e x-A uro r to g ain o ffic e, S crim geo ur d ie d i n o ffic e a t th e h and s o f L ord V old em ort.
Piu s T hic k nesse
1997
– 1 998
Omitte d f r o m m ost o ffic ia l r e co rd s, a s h e w as u nd er th e I m periu s C urs e f o r h is e nti r e te rm o f o ffic e, a nd
unco nsc io us o f a nyth in g th at h e w as d oin g.
Kin gsle y S hack le bolt
1998
– p re se nt
Overs a w th e c ap tu re o f D eath E ate rs a nd V old em ort s u p porte rs f o llo w in g th e d eath o f L ord V old em ort.
In iti a lly n am ed a s ‘ c are ta ker M in is te r’, S hackle b olt w as s u b se q uentl y e le cte d to th e o ffic e.
* P rio r to 1 707, th e W iz a rd s’ C ouncil w as th e lo ngest s e rv in g ( th ough n ot th e o nly ) b ody to g overn th e m agic al c om munit y in B rit a in . A fte r th e
im posit io n o f th e I n te rn atio nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy in 1 692, h ow ever, th e w iz a rd in g c om munit y n eeded a m ore h ig hly s tr u ctu re d, o rg anis e d
and m ore c om ple x g overn in g s tr u ctu re th an th ey h ad h it h erto u se d, to s u pport, r e gula te a nd c om munic ate w it h a c om munit y in h id in g. O nly
wit c hes a nd w iz a rd s w ho e njo yed th e tit le o f ‘ M in is te r f o r M agic ’ a re in clu ded in th is e ntr y .

How g re a t w ould i t h ave b een t o s h are a f o am in g p in t o f B utte rb eer w ith F aris ‘ S pout- h ole ’
Spavin ? B ut t h ere a re a f e w i n t h at l is t w e’d a vo id a lto geth er – D am ocle s R ow le , f o r
in sta nce, t h e M in is te r w ho f ir st b eg an s e n din g c rim in als t o A zk a ban.
Even b efo re i t b eca m e a n oto rio us p ris o n, t h e i s la nd f o rtr e ss w as n ot e xa ctly s o m ew here
yo u’d g o o n a f a m ily h olid ay. Y o u m ig ht w ant t o g et a v ery h appy m em ory a nd a f e rv en t
‘E xp ecto P atr o num !’ a t t h e r e a dy…


​AZK ABAN
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
A zk ab an h as e xis te d s in ce th e f ifte enth c entu ry a nd w as n o t o rig in ally a p ris o n a t a ll. T he i s la nd i n th e
N orth S ea u p on w hic h th e f ir s t f o rtr e ss w as b uilt n ev er a p peare d o n a ny m ap , M uggle o r w iz a rd in g, a nd i s
b elie v ed to h av e b een c re ate d , o r e nla rg ed , b y m agic al m eans.
The f o rtr e ss u p on i t w as o rig in ally h o m e to a l ittl e -k no w n s o rc ere r w ho c alle d h im se lf E kriz d is .
E vid entl y e xtr e m ely p ow erfu l, b ut o f u nkno w n n ati o nality , E kriz d is , w ho i s b elie v ed to h av e b een i n sa ne,
w as a p ra cti ti o ner o f th e w ors t k in d s o f D ark A rts . A lo ne i n th e m id dle o f th e o cean, h e l u re d , to rtu re d
a nd k ille d M uggle s a ilo rs , a p pare ntl y f o r p le asu re , a nd o nly w hen h e d ie d , a nd th e c o ncealm ent c harm s h e
h ad c ast f a d ed a w ay, d id th e M in is tr y o f M agic r e alis e th at e ith er i s la nd o r b uild in g e xis te d . T ho se w ho
e nte re d to i n v esti g ate r e fu se d a fte rw ard s to ta lk o f w hat th ey h ad f o und i n sid e, b ut th e l e ast f r ig hte nin g
p art o f i t w as th at th e p la ce w as i n fe ste d w ith D em ento rs .
Many i n a uth o rity th o ught A zk ab an a n e v il p la ce th at w as b est d estr o yed . O th ers w ere a fr a id o f w hat
m ig ht h ap pen to th e D em ento rs i n fe sti n g th e b uild in g i f th ey d ep riv ed th em o f th eir h o m e. T he c re atu re s
w ere a lr e ad y s tr o ng a nd i m possib le to k ill; m any f e are d a h o rrib le r e v enge i f th ey to ok a w ay a h ab ita t
w here th ey a p peare d to th riv e. T he v ery w alls o f th e b uild in g s e em ed s te ep ed i n m is e ry a nd p ain , a nd th e
D em ento rs w ere d ete rm in ed to c lin g to i t. E xp erts w ho h ad s tu d ie d b uild in gs b uilt w ith a nd a ro und D ark
m agic c o nte nd ed th at A zk ab an m ig ht w re ak i ts o w n r e v enge u p on a nyb ody a tte m pti n g to d estr o y i t. T he
f o rtr e ss w as th ere fo re l e ft a b and oned f o r m any y ears , a h o m e to c o nti n ually b re ed in g D em ento rs .
Once th e I n te rn ati o nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy h ad b een i m pose d , th e M in is tr y o f M agic f e lt th at th e s m all
w iz a rd in g p ris o ns th at e xis te d u p a nd d ow n th e c o untr y i n v ario us to w ns a nd v illa ges p ose d a s e curity
r is k , b ecause a tte m pts b y i n carc era te d w itc hes a nd w iz a rd s to b re ak o ut o fte n l e d to u nd esir a b le b angs,
s m ells a nd l ig ht s h o w s. A p urp ose -b uilt p ris o n, l o cate d o n s o m e r e m ote H eb rid ean i s la nd , w as p re fe rre d ,
a nd p la ns h ad b een d ra w n u p w hen D am ocle s R ow le b ecam e M in is te r f o r M agic .
Row le w as a n a uth o rita ria n w ho h ad r is e n to p ow er o n a n a nti - M uggle a gend a, c ap ita lis in g o n th e
a nger f e lt b y m uch o f th e w iz a rd in g c o m munity a t b ein g f o rc ed to g o u nd erg ro und . S ad is ti c b y n atu re ,
R ow le s c ra p ped th e p la ns f o r th e n ew p ris o n a t o nce a nd i n sis te d o n u sin g A zk ab an. H e c la im ed th at th e
D em ento rs l iv in g th ere w ere a n a d vanta ge: th ey c o uld b e h arn esse d a s g uard s, s a v in g th e M in is tr y ti m e,
t r o ub le a nd e xp ense .
In s p ite o f o ppositi o n f r o m m any w iz a rd s, a m ong th em e xp erts o n b oth D em ento rs a nd b uild in gs w ith
A zk ab an’s k in d o f D ark h is to ry , R ow le c arrie d o ut h is p la n a nd s o on a s te ad y tr ic kle o f p ris o ners h ad
b een p la ced th ere . N one e v er e m erg ed . I f th ey w ere n o t m ad a nd d angero us b efo re b ein g p la ced i n
A zk ab an, th ey s w iftl y b ecam e s o .
Row le w as s u cceed ed b y P ers e us P ark in so n, w ho w as l ik ew is e p ro -A zk ab an. B y th e ti m e th at
E ld ritc h D ig go ry to ok o ver a s M in is te r f o r M agic , th e p ris o n h ad b een o pera ti n g f o r f ifte en y ears . T here
h ad b een n o b re ako uts a nd n o b re aches o f s e curity . T he n ew p ris o n s e em ed to b e w ork in g w ell. I t w as
o nly w hen D ig go ry w ent to v is it th at h e r e alis e d e xactl y w hat c o nd iti o ns i n sid e w ere l ik e. P ris o ners w ere

mostl y i n sa ne a nd a g ra v eyard h ad b een e sta b lis h ed to a cco m modate th o se th at d ie d o f d esp air.
Back i n L ond on, D ig go ry e sta b lis h ed a c o m mitte e to e xp lo re a lte rn ati v es to A zk ab an, o r a t l e ast to
re m ove th e D em ento rs a s g uard s. E xp erts e xp la in ed to h im th at th e o nly r e aso n th e D em ento rs w ere
(m ostl y ) c o nfin ed to th e i s la nd w as th at th ey w ere b ein g p ro vid ed w ith a c o nsta nt s u p ply o f s o uls o n
whic h to f e ed . I f d ep riv ed o f p ris o ners , th ey w ere l ik ely to a b and on th e p ris o n a nd h ead f o r th e m ain la nd .
This a d vic e n o tw ith sta nd in g, D ig go ry h ad b een s o h o rrifie d b y w hat h e h ad s e en i n sid e A zk ab an th at
he p re sse d th e c o m mitte e to f in d a lte rn ati v es. B efo re th ey c o uld r e ach a ny d ecis io n, h o w ev er, D ig go ry
caught d ra go n p ox a nd d ie d . F ro m th at ti m e u nti l th e a d vent o f K in gsle y S hackle b olt, n o M in is te r e v er
se rio usly c o nsid ere d c lo sin g A zk ab an. T hey tu rn ed a b lin d e ye to th e i n hum ane c o nd iti o ns i n sid e th e
fo rtr e ss, p erm itte d i t to b e m agic ally e nla rg ed a nd e xp and ed a nd r a re ly v is ite d , d ue to th e a w fu l e ffe cts o f
ente rin g a b uild in g p opula te d b y th o usa nd s o f D em ento rs . M ost j u sti fie d th eir a tti tu d e b y p oin ti n g to th e
pris o n’s p erfe ct r e co rd a t k eep in g p ris o ners l o cked u p .
Nearly th re e c entu rie s p asse d b efo re th at r e co rd w as b ro ken. A y o ung m an w as s u ccessfu lly
sm uggle d o ut o f th e p ris o n w hen h is v is iti n g m oth er e xchanged p la ces w ith h im , s o m eth in g th at th e b lin d
and l o vele ss D em ento rs c o uld n o t d ete ct a nd w ould h av e n ev er e xp ecte d . T his e sc ap e w as f o llo w ed b y
ano th er, s ti ll m ore i n genio us a nd i m pre ssiv e, w hen S ir iu s B la ck m anaged to e v ad e th e D em ento rs s in gle -
hand ed .
The w eakness o f th e p ris o n w as d em onstr a te d a m ply o ver th e n ext f e w y ears , w hen tw o m ass
bre ako uts o ccurre d , b oth i n v olv in g D eath E ate rs . B y th is ti m e th e D em ento rs h ad g iv en th eir a lle gia nce to
Lord V old em ort, w ho c o uld g uara nte e th em s c o pe a nd f r e ed om h ith erto u nta ste d . A lb us D um ble d ore w as
one w ho h ad l o ng d is a p pro ved o f th e u se o f D em ento rs a s g uard s, n o t o nly b ecause o f th e i n hum ane
tr e atm ent o f th e p ris o ners i n th eir p ow er, b ut b ecause h e f o re sa w th e p ossib le s h ift i n l o yalti e s o f s u ch
Dark c re atu re s.
Und er K in gsle y S hackle b olt, A zk ab an w as p urg ed o f D em ento rs . W hile i t r e m ain s i n u se a s a p ris o n,
th e g uard s a re n o w A uro rs , w ho a re r e gula rly r o ta te d f r o m th e m ain la nd . T here h as b een n o b re ako ut
sin ce th is n ew s y ste m w as i n tr o duced .

J.K . R ow lin g’s t h ough ts
T he n am e ‘ A zk ab an’ d eriv es f r o m a m ix tu re o f th e p ris o n ‘ A lc atr a z’, w hic h i s i ts c lo se st M uggle
e q uiv ale nt, b ein g s e t o n a n i s la nd , a nd ‘ A bad don’, w hic h i s a H eb re w w ord m eanin g ‘ p la ce o f
d estr u cti o n’ o r ‘ d ep th s o f h ell’ .


HORACE S L U G HORN
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
28th A pril
WAND:
Ced ar a nd d ra go n h earts tr in g, te n a nd a q uarte r i n ches, f a ir ly f le xib le
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Sly th erin
SP E C IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Acco m plis h ed O cclu m ens, e xp ert P oti o neer, a d vanced s e lf- tr a nsfig ura ti o n
PA REN TA GE:
Wiz a rd f a th er, w itc h m oth er ( fa m ily o ne o f th e s o -c alle d ‘ S acre d T w enty -E ig ht’ )
FA M IL Y:
Nev er m arrie d , n o c hild re n ( a lth o ugh th e S lu gho rn f a m ily c o nti n ues th ro ugh a c o lla te ra l l in e)
HOBBIE S:
The S lu g C lu b , c o rre sp ond in g w ith f a m ous e x-s tu d ents , f in e w in es a nd c o nfe cti o nery
Child hood
H ora ce E ugene F la ccus S lu gho rn w as b orn i n to a n a ncie nt w iz a rd in g f a m ily , th e o nly s o n o f d oti n g a nd
w ealth y p are nts . A lth o ugh a f u nd am enta lly g o od-te m pere d b oy, h e w as e d ucate d to b elie v e i n th e v alu e o f
t h e o ld b oys’ n etw ork ( h is f a th er w as a h ig h-ra nkin g M in is tr y o ffic ia l i n th e D ep artm ent o f I n te rn ati o nal
M agic al C o-o pera ti o n), a nd e nco ura ged to m ake f r ie nd s ‘ o f th e r ig ht s o rt’ o nce h e a rriv ed a t H ogw arts .
T he S lu gho rn f a m ily i s o ne o f th e s o -c alle d ‘ S acre d T w enty -E ig ht’ , ( a s e le ct l is t o f th e o nly f a m ilie s
d esig nate d ‘ p ure -b lo oded ’ b y a n a no nym ous a uth o r i n th e 1 930s) a nd w hile S lu gho rn ’s p are nts w ere
n ev er m ilita nt i n th eir p ure -b lo od b elie fs , th ey e nco ura ged a q uie t b elie f i n th e f a m ily ’s i n nate s u p erio rity .

Hora ce w as s o rte d i n sta ntl y i n to S ly th erin u p on a rriv al a t H ogw arts . H e p ro ved h im se lf a n
outs ta nd in g s tu d ent, a nd w hile h e d id n o t f o llo w h is p are nts ’ i m plie d i n str u cti o ns to th e l e tte r ( n um berin g
am ong h is f r ie nd s s e v era l ta le nte d M uggle -b orn s), h e p ra cti s e d h is o w n b ra nd o f e liti s m . H ora ce w as
dra w n to th o se w ho se ta le nts o r b ackgro und s m ad e th em i n a ny w ay d is ti n cti v e, r e v ellin g i n r e fle cte d
glo ry , a nd d azzle d b y c ele b rity o f a ny d esc rip ti o n. E ven a s a b oy h e w as a n e m barra ssin gly l o ud n am e-
dro pper, a nd w ould o fte n r e fe r to th e M in is te r f o r M agic b y h is C hris ti a n n am e, h ap py to i m ply th at th e
fa m ily w ere o n c lo se r te rm s w ith h im th an w as r e ally th e c ase .

Early T each in g C are er
I n s p ite o f h is c o nsid era b le a b iliti e s, h is a d m ir a ti o n o f th o se w ho e njo yed th e l im elig ht a nd h is p are nts ’
a m biti o ns f o r h im a t th e M in is tr y , H ora ce S lu gho rn w as n ev er d ra w n to th e c ut a nd th ru st o f p oliti c s. H e
e njo yed h is c re atu re c o m fo rts a nd r e v elle d i n th e v ic ario us d elig hts o f h av in g h ig h-a chie v in g f r ie nd s,
w ith o ut m uch w anti n g to e m ula te a ny o f th em . P erh ap s h e k new i n h is h eart o f h earts th at h e w as n o t th e
s tu ff o f w hic h g re at M in is te rs a re m ad e, a w are th at h e p re fe rre d a l e ss ta xin g a nd m ore c o m fo rta b le
e xis te nce. W hen o ffe re d th e j o b o f P oti o ns m aste r a t H ogw arts h e w as d elig hte d to a ccep t, h av in g a g re at
f la ir f o r te achin g a nd a d eep f o nd ness f o r th e o ld s c ho ol.
Sub se q uentl y p ro m ote d to H ead o f S ly th erin h o use , S lu gho rn r e m ain ed a g o od-te m pere d a nd e asy -
g o in g m an. H e h ad w eaknesse s – v anity , s n o bbery a nd a c erta in l a ck o f j u d gem ent w hen i t c am e to th e
g o od-lo okin g a nd ta le nte d – a nd y et h e w as d ev oid o f c ru elty o r m alic e. T he w ors t o f w hic h h e c o uld b e
a ccuse d d urin g h is te achin g c are er i s th at h e m ad e f a r to o g re at a d is ti n cti o n b etw een th o se s tu d ents w ho m
h e f o und a m usin g a nd p ro m is in g, a nd th o se i n w ho m h e s a w n o f lic ker o f f u tu re g re atn ess. T he i n sti tu ti o n
o f th e ‘ S lu g C lu b ’ – a n o ut- o f- h o urs d in in g a nd s o cia l c lu b f o r h is s e le cte d f a v ourite s – d id n o th in g to
a ssu age th e f e elin gs o f th o se w ho w ere n ev er i n v ite d .
Slu gho rn u nd oub te d ly h ad a g o od e ye f o r l a te nt ta le nt; o ver a f ifty -y ear p erio d n um ero us m em bers o f
t h e S lu g C lu b , h and -p ic ked b y h im , s u b se q uentl y h ad d azzlin g c are ers i n th e w iz a rd in g w orld , i n f ie ld s a s
d iv ers e a s Q uid ditc h, p oliti c s, b usin ess a nd j o urn alis m .

Rela tio nsh ip w ith V old em ort
U nfo rtu nate ly f o r S lu gho rn , o ne o f h is v ery f a v ourite s tu d ents , a h and so m e a nd e xcep ti o nally ta le nte d b oy
c alle d T om M arv olo R id dle , h ad a m biti o ns th at w ere f a r r e m oved f r o m th e l ik es o f th e M in is tr y o r
p ro prie to rs h ip o f th e
Daily P ro phet
. M anip ula ti v e a nd c harm in g w hen h e c ho se , R id dle k new e xactl y
h o w to f la tte r a nd c ajo le h is d oti n g P oti o ns m aste r a nd H ead o f H ouse i n to p arti n g w ith f o rb id den
i n fo rm ati o n: h o w to c re ate H orc ru xes. M ost i ll- a d vis e d ly , S lu gho rn g av e h is p ro té gé th e k no w le d ge h e
h ad b een l a ckin g.
Alth o ugh i t i s n o t s h o w n i n th e n o vels , w e m ay d ed uce, f r o m w hat P ro fe sso r D um ble d ore te lls H arry
P otte r a b out h is o w n s u sp ic io ns a b out T om R id dle d urin g th e l a tte r’s s c ho ol d ays, th at D um ble d ore w ould
h av e w arn ed h is c o lle ague S lu gho rn a gain st a llo w in g h im se lf to b e u se d b y th e b oy. S lu gho rn , s e cure i n
h is o w n j u d gem ent ( w hic h h ad b een v in d ic ate d s o m any ti m es), b ru sh ed o ff s u ch w arn in gs a s p ara no ia o n
D um ble d ore ’s p art, b elie v in g th e T ra nsfig ura ti o n te acher to h av e ta ken a n u nacco unta b le d is lik e to T om
f r o m th e m om ent h e h ad f e tc hed th e b oy f r o m th e o rp hanage i n w hic h h e h ad b een b ro ught u p .
Slu gho rn r e m ain ed i n th ra ll to R id dle r ig ht u p u nti l th e l a tte r’s d ep artu re f r o m th e s c ho ol, w hen
S lu gho rn w as d is a p poin te d to d is c o ver th at h is p riz e p up il h ad n o t o nly tu rn ed d ow n e v ery w ond erfu l j o b
o ffe r m ad e to h im , b ut v anis h ed , s h o w in g n o d esir e to k eep i n to uch w ith th e m aste r w ith w ho m h e h ad
s e em ed to f e el s u ch a n a ffin ity . S lo w ly , o ver th e e nsu in g m onth s, S lu gho rn h ad to a d m it to h im se lf th at th e
a ffe cti o n T om R id dle h ad s e em ed to f e el f o r h im m ig ht, a fte r a ll, h av e b een a p re te nce. S lu gho rn ’s g uilty
f e elin gs a b out h av in g s h are d a p ie ce o f d angero us m agic al k no w le d ge w ith th e b oy i n te nsifie d , b ut h e
s u p pre sse d th em m ore d ete rm in ed ly th an e v er, c o nfid in g i n n o o ne.
When, a f e w y ears a fte r R id dle ’s d ep artu re f r o m th e s c ho ol, a D ark w iz a rd o f i m mense p ow er c alle d
L ord V old em ort b ecam e a cti v e i n th e w iz a rd in g w orld , S lu gho rn d id n o t i m med ia te ly r e co gnis e h im a s h is
o ld p up il. H e h ad n ev er b een p riv y to th e p riv ate n am e th at R id dle w as a lr e ad y u sin g to h is c ro nie s a t
H ogw arts , a nd V old em ort h ad u nd erg o ne s e v era l p hysic al tr a nsfo rm ati o ns s in ce l a st th ey m et. W hen
S lu gho rn r e alis e d th at th is f r ig hte nin g w iz a rd w as, i n d eed , T om R id dle , h e w as h o rrifie d , a nd o n th e n ig ht
t h at V old em ort r e tu rn ed to H ogw arts , s e ekin g a te achin g p ost, S lu gho rn h id i n h is o ffic e, f r ig hte ned th at th e
v is ito r w ould c o m e a nd c la im a cq uain ta nce. V old em ort d id n o t tr o ub le to g re et h is f o rm er P oti o ns m aste r
o n th at o ccasio n, b ut S lu gho rn ’s r e lie f w as s h o rt- liv ed .
When th e w iz a rd in g w orld f e ll i n to w ar, a nd r u m ours s w ir le d th at V old em ort h ad , s o m eho w , m ad e
h im se lf i m morta l, S lu gho rn w as s u re th at i t w as h e w ho h ad m ad e V old em ort i n v in cib le , b y te achin g h im
a b out H orc ru xes ( th is g uilt w as m is p la ced , a s R id dle a lr e ad y k new h o w to m ake a H orc ru x, a nd h ad
f e ig ned i n no cence i n o rd er to f in d o ut w hat m ig ht h ap pen i f a w iz a rd m ad e m ore th an o ne). S lu gho rn
b ecam e i ll w ith g uilt a nd f r ig ht. A lb us D um ble d ore , n o w H ead m aste r, tr e ate d h is c o lle ague w ith
p arti c ula r k in d ness a t th is ti m e, w hic h h ad th e p ara d oxic al e ffe ct o f i n cre asin g S lu gho rn ’s g uilt,
r e in fo rc in g h is d ete rm in ati o n n ev er to te ll a l iv in g s o ul w hat a d re ad fu l m is ta ke h e h ad m ad e.
Lord V old em ort m ad e n o a tte m pt to s e iz e H ogw arts o n h is f ir s t a sc ent to p ow er. S lu gho rn b elie v ed ,
c o rre ctl y , th at h e w as s a fe st r e m ain in g i n h is p ost r a th er th an r is k in g th e o uts id e w orld w hile V old em ort
w as a t l a rg e. W hen V old em ort m et h is m atc h u p on a tta ckin g th e i n fa nt H arry P otte r, S lu gho rn w as e v en
m ore j u b ila nt th an m ost o f th e w iz a rd in g p opula ti o n. I f V old em ort h ad b een k ille d , S lu gho rn r e aso ned ,
t h en h e c o uld n o t h av e m ad e a H orc ru x, w hic h m eant th at h e, S lu gho rn , w as i n no cent a fte r a ll. I t w as

Slu gho rn ’s e xtr e m ity o f r e lie f, a nd th e d is jo in te d p hra se s h e l e t f a ll i n th e f ir s t r u sh o f e m oti o n a fte r
hearin g o f V old em ort’ s d efe at, th at f ir s t a le rte d D um ble d ore to th e p ossib ility th at S lu gho rn h ad s h are d
Dark s e cre ts w ith T om R id dle . D um ble d ore ’s g entl e a tte m pts to q uesti o n S lu gho rn , h o w ev er, c ause d h im
to c la m u p . A f e w d ays l a te r, S lu gho rn ( w ho h ad n o w c o m ple te d a h alf c entu ry o f s e rv ic e to th e s c ho ol)
te nd ere d h is r e sig nati o n.

Retir e m en t
H ora ce i n te nd ed to e njo y a d elig htf u l r e ti r e m ent, f r e e f r o m th e c are s o f te achin g a nd th e b urd en o f g uilt
a nd f e ar th at h ad b een w ith h im f o r y ears . H e r e tu rn ed to th e c o m fo rta b le h o m e o f h is p are nts ( n o w d ead ),
w here h e h ad e njo yed s c ho ol h o lid ays, n o w ta kin g u p p erm anent r e sid ence.
For n early a d ecad e, S lu gho rn e njo yed h is w ell- s to cked c ella r a nd l ib ra ry , p ayin g o ccasio nal v is its
t o o ld m em bers o f th e S lu g C lu b , a nd h o sti n g r e unio n f e asts a t h is h o m e. H e m is se d te achin g, h o w ev er,
a nd o ccasio nally f e lt a s a d c hill a t th e th o ught th at th e f a m ous f a ces o f to m orro w w ere n o w p assin g
t h ro ugh H ogw arts w ith o ut th e s lig hte st k no w le d ge o f w ho h e w as.
About a d ecad e i n to S lu gho rn ’s r e ti r e m ent, w ord r e ached h im th ro ugh h is e xte nsiv e c o nta cts th at
L ord V old em ort w as s ti ll a liv e, a lth o ugh i n s o m e d is e m bodie d f o rm . T his , o f a ll th e n ew s i n th e w orld ,
w as w hat S lu gho rn m ost f e are d , f o r i t s u ggeste d th at h is d eep est d re ad h ad b een w ell f o und ed ; th at
V old em ort l iv ed o n, i n s o m e f r a gm ente d s p ectr a l f o rm , b ecause h is y o unger s e lf h ad s u ccessfu lly c re ate d
o ne o r m ore H orc ru xes.
Slu gho rn ’s r e ti r e m ent n o w b ecam e a f r a ught a ffa ir. S le ep le ss a nd f r ig hte ned , h e a sk ed h im se lf
w heth er h e h ad b een w is e to l e av e H ogw arts , w here V old em ort h ad p re v io usly f e are d to i n v ad e, a nd
w here D um ble d ore w ould s u re ly b e w ell i n fo rm ed a b out w hat w as g o in g o n.

Hid in g
S ho rtl y a fte r th e c o nclu sio n o f th e T riw iz a rd T ourn am ent a t H ogw arts ( w hic h S lu gho rn h ad b een
f o llo w in g w ith r a p t a tte nti o n i n th e p re ss), th e w iz a rd in g w orld e ru p te d w ith f r e sh r u m ours . H arry P otte r
h ad s u rv iv ed th e c o m peti ti o n u nd er d ub io us c ir c um sta nces, r e tu rn in g to th e H ogw arts g ro und s c lu tc hin g
t h e b ody o f a f e llo w c o m peti to r, w ho m h e c la im ed h ad b een k ille d b y a r e b orn V old em ort.
While H arry ’s s to ry w as w id ely d is m is se d b y b oth th e M in is tr y o f M agic a nd th e w iz a rd in g p re ss,
H ora ce S lu gho rn b elie v ed i t. C onfir m ati o n c am e th re e n ig hts a fte r th e d eath o f C ed ric D ig go ry , w hen th e
D eath E ate r C orb an Y axle y a rriv ed a t S lu gho rn ’s h o use u nd er c o ver o f n ig ht, c le arly i n te nd in g to r e cru it
h im , o r ta ke h im b y f o rc e to V old em ort.
Slu gho rn r e acte d w ith a s p eed th at w ould h av e a sto und ed th o se w ho h ad w atc hed h im g ro w s lo w er
a nd f a tte r th ro ugh th e y ears o f h is r e ti r e m ent. T ra nsfig urin g h im se lf i n to a n a rm chair, h e s u ccessfu lly
e v ad ed Y axle y’s d ete cti o n. O nce th e D eath E ate r h ad l e ft, S lu gho rn p acked a f e w n ecessiti e s i n to a b ag,
l o cked u p h is h o use b ehin d h im , a nd w ent o n th e r u n.
For o ver a y ear, S lu gho rn m oved f r o m h o use to h o use , o fte n s q uatti n g i n M uggle d w ellin gs w hen th e
o w ners w ere a w ay, b ecause h e d id n o t d are s ta y w ith f r ie nd s w ho m ig ht s u b se q uentl y b etr a y – w heth er
w illin gly o r u nd er d ure ss – h is w here ab outs . I t w as a m is e ra b le e xis te nce, m ad e s ti ll m ore w re tc hed b y
t h e f a ct th at h e d id n o t k no w p re cis e ly w hat V old em ort w ante d f r o m h im . H e th o ught i t m ost l ik ely th at h is
o ld s tu d ent s im ply w ante d to r e cru it h im to h is a rm y, w hic h w as s ti ll s m all c o m pare d to w hat i t h ad b een
a t th e h eig ht o f h is p re v io us p ow er; i n h is d ark est m om ents , h o w ev er, S lu gho rn w ond ere d w heth er
V old em ort d id w ant to k ill h im , to p re v ent h im e v er b etr a yin g th e s o urc e o f th e l a tte r’s c o nti n uin g
i n v uln era b ility .

Late r T each in g C are er
T ho ugh S lu gho rn ’s c harm s a nd h exes k ep t h im a f e w s te p s a head o f th e D eath E ate rs , th ey w ere
i n su ffic ie nt to k eep h im c o nceale d f r o m A lb us D um ble d ore , w ho f in ally r a n h im to g ro und i n th e v illa ge
o f B ud le ig h B ab berto n, w here S lu gho rn h ad c o m mand eere d a M uggle d w ellin g. T he H ead m aste r w as n o t
f o ole d b y th e d is g uis e th at h ad h o odw in ked Y axle y, a nd a sk ed S lu gho rn to r e tu rn to H ogw arts a s a
t e acher. A s a n a d ded i n d ucem ent, D um ble d ore h ad b ro ught a lo ng H arry P otte r, w ho m S lu gho rn n o w m et
f o r th e f ir s t ti m e: th e m ost f a m ous s tu d ent H ogw arts h ad e v er s e en, h e w as a ls o th e s o n o f o ne o f
S lu gho rn ’s a ll- ti m e f a v ourite s tu d ents , L ily E vans.
Alth o ugh i n iti a lly r e sis ta nt, S lu gho rn c o uld n o t r e sis t th e c o m bin ed a llu re o f a s a fe p la ce o f
r e sid ence a nd o f H arry h im se lf, w ho h ad a g la m our th at e xceed ed e v en T om R id dle ’s . S lu gho rn s u sp ecte d
t h at D um ble d ore m ig ht h av e a f u rth er m oti v e, b ut w as c o nfid ent th at h e c o uld r e sis t D um ble d ore ’s
a tte m pts to w heed le o ut o f h im a ny a ssis ta nce h e m ig ht h av e g iv en L ord V old em ort. H e a rm ed h im se lf
a gain st th is e v entu ality b y p re p arin g a f a ke ‘ m em ory ’ o f th e n ig ht th at R id dle h ad a p pro ached h im w ith a
r e q uest to b e ta ught a b out H orc ru xes.
Slu gho rn r e su m ed h is p ost a s P oti o ns m aste r a t H ogw arts w ith g usto , o nce a gain i n sti tu ti n g th e S lu g
C lu b a nd a tte m pti n g to c o lle ct a ll th e m ost ta le nte d o r w ell- c o nnecte d s tu d ents o f th e d ay. A s D um ble d ore
h ad e xp ecte d a nd i n te nd ed , S lu gho rn w as c ap ti v ate d b y H arry P otte r, w ho m h e b elie v ed ( e rro neo usly ) to
b e s u p re m ely ta le nte d i n h is o w n s u b je ct. H arry f in ally s u cceed ed i n p ris in g f r o m S lu gho rn th e tr u e
m em ory o f h is H orc ru x c o nv ers a ti o n w ith R id dle , a fte r u sin g S lu gho rn ’s o w n p oti o n a gain st h im : F elix
F elic is , w hic h m ad e H arry i r re sis ti b ly l u cky.

Hogw arts u nder D eath E ate r R ule
O nce th e s c ho ol h ad b een ta ken o ver b y L ord V old em ort, w ith S ev eru s S nap e a s H ead m aste r a nd th e
D eath E ate r C arro w s ta kin g k ey r o le s i n s u b ju gati n g s ta ff a nd p up ils , S lu gho rn l e arn ed th at V old em ort h ad
n o th in g w ors e i n s to re f o r h im th an to r e m ain i n p ost a nd te ach p ure - a nd h alf- b lo ods. T his h e d id , k eep in g
h is p ro file a s l o w a s h e d are d , th o ugh n ev er e nfo rc in g th e v io le nt d is c ip lin e a d vocate d b y th e C arro w s,
a nd a tte m pti n g to l o ok a fte r th e s tu d ents i n h is c are a s b est h e c o uld .

The B attle o f H ogw arts
S lu gho rn ’s b ehav io ur d urin g th e m ost d angero us n ig ht o f h is l ife r e v eals th e w orth o f th e m an. I n iti a lly h e
a p peare d to h av e e sc ap ed th e f ig ht, h av in g l e d th e S ly th erin s o ut o f th e c astl e to s a fe ty . O nce i n
H ogsm ead e, h o w ev er, h e h elp ed to r o use a nd m obilis e th e v illa gers , r e tu rn in g w ith C harlie W easle y a t th e
h ead o f r e in fo rc em ents a t a c ru cia l p oin t i n th e b attl e . W hat i s m ore , h e w as o ne o f th e l a st th re e ( w ith
M in erv a M cG onagall a nd K in gsle y S hackle b olt) to d uel V old em ort b efo re th e l a tte r’s f in al c o nfr o nta ti o n
w ith H arry . S lu gho rn s o ught r e d em pti o n i n th ese s e lfle ss a cts o f c o ura ge, r is k in g h is l ife a gain st h is
e rs tw hile p up il.
Slu gho rn ’s g enuin e r e m ors e f o r th e d am age h e h ad d one i n te llin g R id dle w hat h e w ante d to k no w i s
c o nclu siv e p ro of th at h e i s n o t, a nd n ev er w as, D eath E ate r m ate ria l. A l ittl e w eak, a l ittl e l a zy a nd
c erta in ly s n o bbis h , S lu gho rn i s n ev erth ele ss k in d -h earte d , w ith a f u lly f u ncti o nal c o nsc ie nce. I n h is f in al
t e st, S lu gho rn r e v eale d h im se lf to b e i m pla cab ly o ppose d to th e D ark A rts . W hen h is b ra v ery a t th e B attl e
o f H ogw arts w as p ub lic is e d , h is a cti o ns ( a lo ng w ith th o se o f R egulu s B la ck, w hic h g ain ed a tte nti o n i n th e
a fte rm ath o f V old em ort’ s d em is e ) r e m oved m uch o f th e s ti g m a th at h ad b een a tta ched to S ly th erin h o use
f o r h und re d s o f y ears p ast. T ho ugh n o w ( p erm anentl y ) r e ti r e d , h is p ortr a it h as a p la ce o f h o no ur i n th e
S ly th erin c o m mon r o om .

J.K . R ow lin g’s t h ough ts
Q uin tu s H ora ti u s F la ccus w as o ne o f th e g re ate st R om an P oets , m ore c o m monly k no w n a s H ora ce. H e
g av e S lu gho rn tw o o f h is C hris ti a n n am es. T he n am e ‘ S lu gho rn ’ d eriv es f r o m th e ( S co ts ) G aelic f o r ‘ w ar
c ry ’: s lu agh-g hair m , w hic h l a te r g av e r is e to ‘ s lu gho rn ’, a b attl e tr u m pet. I l o ved th e w ord f o r i ts l o ok a nd
s o und , b ut a ls o f o r i ts m any a sso cia ti o ns. T he o rig in al G aelic s u ggests a h id den f e ro city , w here as th e
c o rru p te d w ord s e em s to a llu d e to th e f e ele r o f th e A rio n d is ti n ctu s ( o r c o m mon l a nd s lu g), w hic h w ork s
w ell f o r s u ch a s e em in gly s e d enta ry , p la cid m an. ‘ H orn ’ a ls o h in ts a t h is tr u m peti n g o f f a m ous n am es a nd
i llu str io us a sso cia ti o ns.

Hora ce S lu ghorn w as o ne o f t h e m ost g ifte d P otio n m akers t h at H ogw arts h ad e ver s e en .
Lik e S everu s S nape, h e h ad t h e p ow er t o b ottle f a m e, b re w g lo ry, a nd e ven s to pper d ea th , b ut
what m akes a t r u ly t a le n te d P otio ns m aste r? A cco rd in g t o J .K . R ow lin g, y o u n eed m ore t h an
ju st a c a uld ro n a nd t h e r ig ht i n gre d ie n ts t o w hip u p a w in nin g c o nco ctio n.


​PO TIO NS
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
I t i s o fte n a sk ed w heth er a M uggle c o uld c re ate a m agic p oti o n, g iv en a P oti o ns b ook a nd th e r ig ht
i n gre d ie nts . T he a nsw er, u nfo rtu nate ly , i s n o . T here i s a lw ays s o m e e le m ent o f w and w ork n ecessa ry to
m ake a p oti o n ( m ere ly a d din g d ead f lie s a nd a sp ho del to a p ot h angin g o ver a f ir e w ill g iv e y o u n o th in g
b ut n asty -ta sti n g, n o t to m enti o n p ois o no us, s o up ).
Som e p oti o ns d up lic ate th e e ffe cts o f s p ells a nd c harm s, b ut a f e w ( fo r i n sta nce, th e P oly ju ic e P oti o n
a nd F elix F elic is ) h av e e ffe cts i m possib le to a chie v e a ny o th er w ay. G enera lly s p eakin g, w itc hes a nd
w iz a rd s f a v our w hic hev er m eth o d th ey f in d e asie st, o r m ost s a ti s fy in g, to p ro duce th eir c ho se n e nd .
Poti o ns a re n o t f o r th e i m pati e nt, b ut th eir e ffe cts a re u su ally d iffic ult to u nd o b y a ny b ut a no th er
s k ille d p oti o neer. T his b ra nch o f m agic c arrie s a c erta in m ysti q ue a nd th ere fo re s ta tu s. T here i s a ls o th e
d ark c achet o f h and lin g s u b sta nces th at a re h ig hly d angero us. T he p opula r i d ea o f a P oti o ns e xp ert w ith in
t h e w iz a rd in g c o m munity i s o f a b ro odin g, s lo w -b urn in g p ers o nality : S nap e, i n f a ct, c o nfo rm s p erfe ctl y to
t h e s te re o ty p e.

J.K . R ow lin g’s t h ough ts
C hem is tr y w as m y l e ast f a v ourite s u b je ct a t s c ho ol, a nd I g av e i t u p a s s o on a s I c o uld . N atu ra lly , w hen I
w as tr y in g to d ecid e w hic h s u b je ct H arry ’s a rc h-e nem y, S ev eru s S nap e, s h o uld te ach, i t h ad to b e th e
w iz a rd in g e q uiv ale nt. T his m akes i t a ll th e s tr a nger th at I f o und S nap e’s i n tr o ducti o n to h is s u b je ct q uite
c o m pellin g ( ‘I c an te ach y o u to b ottl e f a m e, b re w g lo ry , e v en s to pper d eath … ’), a p pare ntl y p art o f m e
f o und P oti o ns q uite a s i n te re sti n g a s S nap e d id ; a nd i n d eed I a lw ays e njo yed c re ati n g p oti o ns i n th e
b ooks, a nd r e se arc hin g i n gre d ie nts f o r th em .
Many o f th e c o m ponents o f th e v ario us d ra ughts a nd l ib ati o ns th at H arry c re ate s f o r S nap e e xis t ( o r
w ere o nce b elie v ed to e xis t) a nd h av e ( o r w ere b elie v ed to h av e) th e p ro perti e s I g av e th em . D itta ny, f o r
i n sta nce, r e ally d oes h av e h ealin g p ro perti e s ( it i s a n a nti - in fla m mato ry , a lth o ugh I w ould n o t a d vis e
S plin chin g y o urs e lf to te st i t) ; a b ezo ar r e ally i s a m ass ta ken f r o m th e i n te sti n es o f a n a nim al, a nd i t r e ally
w as o nce b elie v ed th at d rin kin g w ate r i n w hic h a b ezo ar w as p la ced c o uld c ure y o u o f p ois o nin g.

Yo u c a n h unt d ow n d itta ny o r f in d a b ezo ar i n t h e r e a l w orld , b ut y o u’d b e h ard p re sse d t o
tr a ck d ow n a B ic o rn h orn – o ne o f t h e k ey i n gre d ie n ts i n P oly ju ic e P otio n. T his a ppea ra nce-
alte rin g p otio n i s u nden ia bly p ow erfu l, w heth er u se d f o r g ood o r e vil; b ut w hat i s t h e
mea nin g b eh in d e a ch o f t h e i n gre d ie n ts i n t h e m ix tu re , a nd w hy i s H erm io ne’s a bility t o b re w
it a s a s e co nd-y ea r s tu den t s o r e m ark a ble ?


PO LY JU IC E P O TIO N
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T he P oly ju ic e P oti o n, w hic h i s a c o m ple x a nd ti m e-c o nsu m in g c o nco cti o n, i s b est l e ft to h ig hly s k ille d
w itc hes a nd w iz a rd s. I t e nab le s th e c o nsu m er to a ssu m e th e p hysic al a p peara nce o f a no th er p ers o n, a s
l o ng a s th ey h av e f ir s t p ro cure d p art o f th at i n d iv id ual’s b ody to a d d to th e b re w ( th is m ay b e a nyth in g –
t o enail c lip pin gs, d and ru ff o r w ors e – b ut i t i s m ost u su al to u se h air ). T he i d ea th at a w itc h o r w iz a rd
m ig ht m ake e v il u se o f p arts o f th e b ody i s a n a ncie nt o ne, a nd e xis ts i n th e f o lk lo re a nd s u p ers ti ti o ns o f
m any c ultu re s.
The e ffe ct o f th e p oti o n i s o nly te m pora ry , a nd d ep end in g o n h o w w ell i t h as b een b re w ed , m ay l a st
a nyth in g f r o m b etw een te n m in ute s a nd tw elv e h o urs . Y ou c an c hange a ge, s e x a nd r a ce b y ta kin g th e
P oly ju ic e P oti o n, b ut n o t s p ecie s.
The f a ct th at H erm io ne i s a b le to m ake a c o m pete nt P oly ju ic e P oti o n a t th e a ge o f tw elv e i s
t e sti m ony to h er o uts ta nd in g m agic al a b ility , b ecause i t i s a p oti o n th at m any a d ult w itc hes a nd w iz a rd s
f e ar to a tte m pt.

J.K . R ow lin g’s t h ough ts
I r e m em ber c re ati n g th e f u ll l is t o f i n gre d ie nts f o r th e P oly ju ic e P oti o n. E ach o ne w as c are fu lly s e le cte d .
L acew in g f lie s ( th e f ir s t p art o f th e n am e s u ggeste d a n i n te rtw in in g o r b in d in g to geth er o f tw o i d enti ti e s);
l e eches ( to s u ck th e e sse nce o ut o f o ne a nd i n to th e o th er); h o rn o f a B ic o rn ( th e i d ea o f d uality ); k no tg ra ss
( a no th er h in t o f b ein g ti e d to a no th er p ers o n); f lu xw eed ( th e m uta b ility o f th e b ody a s i t c hanged i n to
a no th er) a nd B oom sla ng s k in ( a s h ed ded o ute r b ody a nd a n ew i n ner).
The n am e P oly ju ic e w as s u p pose d to m ake s e v era l a llu sio ns. ‘ P oly ’, m eanin g ‘ m any’, g av e th e i d ea
t h at th e p oti o n c o uld tu rn y o u i n to l o ts o f d iffe re nt p eo ple ; b ut ‘ P oly ju ic e’ i s a ls o v ery n ear ‘ P oly d euces’,
w ho w as a tw in i n G re ek m yth o lo gy.

If y o u’re g oin g t o c o ok u p a g oble t f u ll o f P oly ju ic e, o r a ny o th er v ile -ta stin g b ut p ow erfu l
bre w , y o u’re g oin g t o n eed a c a uld ro n. H ere ’s a l ittle h is to ry o f t h is v ita l p ie ce o f m agic a l
eq uip m en t.


​CAULD RO NS
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
C auld ro ns w ere o nce u se d b y M uggle s a nd w iz a rd s a lik e, b ein g l a rg e m eta l c o okin g p ots th at c o uld b e
s u sp end ed o ver f ir e s. I n ti m e, m agic al a nd n o n-m agic al p eo ple a lik e m oved o n to s to ves; s a ucep ans
b ecam e m ore c o nv enie nt a nd c auld ro ns b ecam e th e s o le p ro vin ce o f w itc hes a nd w iz a rd s, w ho c o nti n ued
t o b re w p oti o ns i n th em . A n aked f la m e i s e sse nti a l f o r th e m akin g o f p oti o ns, w hic h m akes c auld ro ns th e
m ost p ra cti c al p ot o f a ll.
All c auld ro ns a re e nchante d to m ake th em l ig hte r to c arry , a s th ey a re m ost c o m monly m ad e o f
p ew te r o r i r o n. M odern i n v enti o ns i n clu d e th e s e lf- s ti r rin g a nd c o lla p sib le v arie ti e s o f c auld ro n, a nd p ots
o f p re cio us m eta l a re a ls o a v aila b le f o r th e s p ecia lis t, o r th e s h o w -o ff.

J.K . R ow lin g’s t h ough ts
C auld ro ns h av e h ad a m agic al a sso cia ti o n f o r c entu rie s. T hey a p pear i n h und re d s o f y ears ’ w orth o f
p ic tu re s o f w itc hes, a nd a re a ls o s u p pose d to b e w here l e p re chauns k eep tr e asu re . M any f o lk a nd f a ir y
t a le s m ake m enti o n o f c auld ro ns w ith s p ecia l p ow ers , b ut i n th e H arry P otte r b ooks th ey a re a f a ir ly
m und ane to ol. I d id c o nsid er m akin g H elg a H uffle p uff ’s h allo w a c auld ro n, b ut th ere w as s o m eth in g
s lig htl y c o m ic al a nd i n co ngru o us a b out h av in g s u ch a l a rg e a nd h eav y H orc ru x; I w ante d th e o bje cts H arry
h ad to f in d to b e s m alle r a nd m ore p orta b le . H ow ev er, a c auld ro n a p pears b oth i n th e f o ur m yth ic al
j e w els o f I r e la nd ( its m agic al p ow er w as th at n o body e v er w ent a w ay f r o m i t u nsa ti s fie d ) a nd i n th e
l e gend o f T he T hir te en T re asu re s o f B rita in ( th e c auld ro n o f D yrn w ch th e g ia nt w ould c o ok m eat f o r
b ra v e m en, b ut n o t f o r c o w ard s).

The j o b o f P otio ns m aste r i s n ot w ith out r is k s, b ut i t i s t h e D efe n ce A gain st t h e D ark A rts
post t h at i s t h e m ost d angero us. O f a ll t h e m em ora ble D AD A t e a ch ers w ho p asse d t h ro ugh
Hogw arts , i t m ig ht h ave b een e a sy t o f o rg et q uie t P ro fe sso r Q uir in us Q uir re ll, w ere i t n ot f o r
th e f a ct t h at h e t u rn ed o ut t o h ave V old em ort o n t h e b ack o f h is h ea d. H ere ’s a l ittle e xtr a
in fo rm atio n o n t h e m an w ho m ade a r a th er u nco nven tio nal e xit f r o m h is p ositio n a t
Hogw arts .


QUIR IN US Q UIR RELL
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
26th S ep te m ber
WAND:
Ald er a nd u nic o rn h air, n in e i n ches l o ng, b end y
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Rav encla w
SP E C IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Learn ed i n th e th eo ry o f D efe nsiv e M agic , l e ss a d ep t i n th e p ra cti c e
PA REN TA GE:
Half- b lo od
FA M IL Y:
Unm arrie d , n o c hild re n
HOBBIE S:
Tra v el, p re ssin g w ild f lo w ers
H arry ’s f ir s t D efe nce A gain st th e D ark A rts te acher i s a c le v er y o ung w iz a rd w ho to ok a ‘ G ra nd T our’
a ro und th e w orld b efo re ta kin g u p h is te achin g p ost a t H ogw arts . W hen H arry f ir s t m eets Q uir re ll, h e h as
a d opte d a tu rb an f o r e v ery d ay w ear. H is n erv es, e xp re sse d m ost o bvio usly i n h is s ta m mer, a re s o
p ro no unced th at i t i s r u m oure d th e tu rb an i s s tu ffe d f u ll o f g arlic , to w ard o ff v am pir e s.
I s a w Q uir re ll a s a g ifte d b ut d elic ate b oy, w ho w ould p ro bab ly h av e b een te ase d f o r h is ti m id ity
a nd n erv es d urin g h is s c ho ol l ife . F eelin g i n ad eq uate a nd w is h in g to p ro ve h im se lf, h e d ev elo ped a n
( in iti a lly th eo re ti c al) i n te re st i n th e D ark A rts . L ik e m any p eo ple w ho f e el th em se lv es to b e i n sig nific ant,
e v en l a ughab le , Q uir re ll h ad a l a te nt d esir e to m ake th e w orld s it u p a nd n o ti c e h im .
Quir re ll s e t o ut d elib era te ly to f in d w hate v er r e m ain ed o f th e D ark w iz a rd , p artl y o ut o f c urio sity ,
p artl y o ut o f th at u nackno w le d ged d esir e f o r i m porta nce. A t th e v ery l e ast, Q uir re ll f a nta sis e d th at h e
c o uld b e th e m an w ho tr a cked V old em ort d ow n, b ut a t b est, m ig ht l e arn s k ills f r o m V old em ort th at w ould
e nsu re h e w as n ev er l a ughed a t a gain .
Tho ugh H agrid w as c o rre ct i n s a yin g th at Q uir re ll h ad a ‘ b rillia nt m in d ’, th e H ogw arts te acher w as
b oth n aiv e a nd a rro gant i n th in kin g th at h e w ould b e a b le to c o ntr o l a n e nco unte r w ith V old em ort, e v en i n
t h e D ark w iz a rd ’s w eakened s ta te . W hen V old em ort r e alis e d th at th e y o ung m an h ad a p ositi o n a t
H ogw arts , h e to ok i m med ia te p osse ssio n o f Q uir re ll, w ho w as i n cap ab le o f r e sis ti n g.

While Q uir re ll d id n o t l o se h is s o ul, h e b ecam e c o m ple te ly s u b ju gate d b y V old em ort, w ho c ause d a
fr ig htf u l m uta ti o n o f Q uir re ll’s b ody: n o w V old em ort l o oked o ut o f th e b ack o f Q uir re ll’s h ead a nd
dir e cte d h is m ovem ents , e v en f o rc in g h im to a tte m pt m urd er. Q uir re ll tr ie d to p ut u p f e eb le r e sis ta nce o n
occasio n, b ut V old em ort w as f a r to o s tr o ng f o r h im .
Quir re ll i s , i n e ffe ct, tu rn ed i n to a te m pora ry H orc ru x b y V old em ort. H e i s g re atl y d ep le te d b y th e
physic al s tr a in o f f ig hti n g th e f a r s tr o nger, e v il s o ul i n sid e h im . Q uir re ll’s b ody m anife sts b urn s a nd
blis te rs d urin g h is f ig ht w ith H arry d ue to th e p ro te cti v e p ow er H arry ’s m oth er l e ft i n h is s k in w hen s h e
die d f o r h im . W hen th e b ody V old em ort a nd Q uir re ll a re s h arin g i s h o rrib ly b urn ed b y c o nta ct w ith H arry ,
th e f o rm er f le es j u st i n ti m e to s a v e h im se lf, l e av in g th e d am aged a nd e nfe eb le d Q uir re ll to c o lla p se a nd
die .

J.K . R ow lin g’s t h ough ts
Q uir in us w as a R om an G od a b out w ho m th ere i s n o t m uch i n fo rm ati o n, a lth o ugh h e i s c o m monly
a sso cia te d w ith w ar – a c lu e th at Q uir re ll i s n o t q uite a s m eek a s h e a p pears . ‘ Q uir re ll’ , w hic h i s s o
n early ‘ s q uir re l’ – s m all, c ute a nd h arm le ss – a ls o s u ggeste d ‘ q uiv er,’ a n o d to th e c hara cte r’s i n nate
n erv ousn ess.

We’v e c o vere d p ow er a nd p olitic s i n t h e w iz a rd in g w orld s e n sib ly a nd t h oro ughly . B ut t o e n d
on s o m eth in g a lto geth er m ore u pliftin g, l e t’s t a ke a l o ok a t t h e p ote n t p re se n ce o f P eeves t h e
polte rg eis t. I f t h ere w ere a n u npopula rity c o nte st a m ong t h e s ta ff a nd s tu den ts o f H ogw arts ,
su re ly P eeves w ould a t l e a st b e a f in alis t i n t h e ‘ n uis a nce’ c a te g ory ?


PE EV ES T H E P O LT E R G EIS T
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T he n am e ‘ p olte rg eis t’ i s G erm an i n o rig in , a nd r o ughly tr a nsla te s a s ‘ n o is y g ho st’ , a lth o ugh i t i s n o t,
s tr ic tl y s p eakin g, a g ho st a t a ll. T he p olte rg eis t i s a n i n v is ib le e nti ty th at m oves o bje cts , s la m s d oors a nd
c re ate s o th er a ud ib le , k in eti c d is tu rb ances. I t h as b een r e p orte d i n m any c ultu re s a nd th ere i s a s tr o ng
a sso cia ti o n w ith th e p la ces w here y o ung p eo ple , e sp ecia lly a d ole sc ents , a re l iv in g. E xp la nati o ns f o r th e
p heno m eno n v ary a ll th e w ay f r o m s u p ern atu ra l to s c ie nti fic .
It w as i n ev ita b le th at, i n a b uild in g b urs ti n g w ith te enage w itc hes a nd w iz a rd s, a p olte rg eis t w ould
b e g enera te d ; i t w as l ik ew is e to b e e xp ecte d th at s u ch a p olte rg eis t w ould b e n o is ie r, m ore d estr u cti v e
a nd h ard er to e xp el th an th o se th at o ccasio nally f r e q uent M uggle h o use s. S ure e no ugh, P eev es i s th e m ost
n o to rio us a nd tr o ub le so m e p olte rg eis t i n B riti s h h is to ry . U nlik e th e o verw helm in g m ajo rity o f h is
c o lle agues, P eev es h as a p hysic al f o rm , th o ugh h e i s a b le to b eco m e i n v is ib le a t w ill. H is l o oks r e fle ct
h is n atu re , w hic h th o se w ho k no w h im w ould a gre e i s a s e am le ss b le nd o f h um our a nd m alic e.
Peev es i s w ell- n am ed , f o r h e h as b een a p et p eev e o f e v ery H ogw arts c are ta ker f r o m H ankerto n
H um ble ( a p poin te d b y th e f o ur f o und ers ) o nw ard s. T ho ugh m any s tu d ents a nd e v en te achers h av e a
s o m ew hat p erv ers e f o nd ness f o r P eev es ( h e u nd oub te d ly a d ds a c erta in z e st to s c ho ol l ife ), h e i s
i n cura b ly d is ru p ti v e, a nd i t g enera lly f a lls to th e c are ta ker o f th e d ay to c le an u p h is m any d elib era te
m esse s: v ase s s m ash ed , p oti o ns u p -e nd ed , b ookcase s to pple d a nd s o o n. T ho se w ith w eak n erv es d ep lo re
P eev es’s f o nd ness f o r s u d denly m ate ria lis in g a n i n ch f r o m th e e nd o f th eir n o se s, h id in g i n s u its o f a rm our
o r d ro ppin g s o lid o bje cts o n th eir h ead s a s th ey m ove b etw een c la sse s.
Sev era l c o ncerte d e ffo rts to r e m ove P eev es f r o m th e c astl e h av e r e su lte d i n f a ilu re . T he l a st a nd
m ost d is a str o us w as m ad e i n 1 876 b y c are ta ker R anco ro us C arp e, w ho d ev is e d a n e la b ora te tr a p , b aite d
w ith a n a sso rtm ent o f w eap ons h e b elie v ed w ould b e i r re sis ti b le to P eev es, a nd a v ast e nchante d b ell j a r,
r e in fo rc ed b y v ario us C onta in m ent C harm s, w hic h h e i n te nd ed to d ro p o ver th e p olte rg eis t o nce h e w as i n
p la ce. N ot o nly d id P eev es b re ak e asily th ro ugh th e g ia nt b ell j a r, s h o w erin g a n e nti r e c o rrid or w ith
b ro ken g la ss, h e a ls o e sc ap ed th e tr a p a rm ed w ith s e v era l c utl a sse s, c ro ssb ow s, a b lu nd erb uss a nd a
m in ia tu re c anno n. T he c astl e w as e v acuate d w hile P eev es a m use d h im se lf b y f ir in g r a nd om ly o ut o f th e
w in d ow s a nd th re ate nin g a ll a nd s u nd ry w ith d eath . A th re e-d ay s ta nd off w as e nd ed w hen th e
H ead m is tr e ss o f th e d ay, E up ra xia M ole , a gre ed to s ig n a c o ntr a ct a llo w in g P eev es a d diti o nal p riv ile ges,
s u ch a s a o nce-w eekly s w im i n th e b oys’ to ile ts o n th e g ro und f lo or, f ir s t r e fu sa l o n s ta le b re ad f r o m th e
k itc hen f o r th ro w in g p urp ose s, a nd a n ew h at – to b e c usto m -m ad e b y M ad am e B onhab ille o f P aris .
R anco ro us C arp e to ok e arly r e ti r e m ent f o r h ealth r e aso ns, a nd n o s u b se q uent a tte m pt h as e v er b een m ad e
t o r id th e c astl e o f i ts m ost i ll- d is c ip lin ed i n hab ita nt.
Peev es d oes r e co gnis e a uth o rity o f a s o rt. T ho ugh g enera lly u nim pre sse d b y ti tl e s a nd b ad ges, h e i s
g enera lly a m enab le to th e s tr ic tu re s o f th e te achers , a gre ein g to s ta y o ut o f th eir c la ssro om s w hile th ey
t e ach. H e h as a ls o b een k no w n to s h o w a n a ffin ity f o r r a re s tu d ents ( n o ta b ly F re d a nd G eo rg e W easle y),
a nd i s c erta in ly a fr a id o f th e g ho st o f S ly th erin , th e B lo ody B aro n. H is tr u e l o yalti e s, h o w ev er, w ere

re v eale d i n th e G re at B attl e o f H ogw arts .

So t h ere y o u h ave i t. Y o u’v e d is c o vere d w hat h appen s w hen p ow er g oes t o s o m eo ne’s h ea d
(q uite l ite ra lly , i n P ro fe sso r Q uir re ll’s c a se ), w hic h w itc h c la w ed h er w ay t o p ow er w hile
sim ulta neo usly c o lle ctin g F ro lic so m e F elin e p la te s, a nd w here t h e p ow er-h ungry a nd
co rru pt e n d u p w hen c a ught.
We h ope y o u’v e e n jo yed t h is c o lle ctio n o f J .K . R ow lin g’s w ritin g, p re se n te d b y P otte rm ore .

Dig ita l E diti o ns a ls o p ub lis h ed b y P otte rm ore
Harry P otte r a nd th e P hilo so pher’s S to ne
Harry P otte r a nd th e C ham ber o f S ecre ts
Harry P otte r a nd th e P ris o ner o f A zk ab an
Harry P otte r a nd th e G oble t o f F ir e
Harry P otte r a nd th e O rd er o f th e P ho enix
Harry P otte r a nd th e H alf- B lo od P rin ce
Harry P otte r a nd th e D eath ly H allo w s
Harry P otte r a nd th e C urs e d C hild P arts O ne a nd T w o
Base d o n a n o rig in al n ew s to ry b y J .K . R ow lin g, J o hn T if fa ny a nd J a ck T horn e
A n ew p la y b y J a ck T horn e
Sho rt S to rie s f r o m H ogw arts o f H ero is m , H ard sh ip a nd D angero us H obbie s
Sho rt S to rie s f r o m H ogw arts o f P ow er, P oliti c s a nd P esk y P olte rg eis ts
Hogw arts : A n I n co m ple te a nd U nre lia b le G uid e

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