Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

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CO NTEN TS
CH APT ER O NE
Min erv a M cG onagall
Anim agi
CH APT ER T W O
Rem us L up in
Were w olv es
CH APT ER T H REE
Syb ill T re la w ney
Nam in g S eers
CH APT ER F O UR
Silv anus K ettl e b urn

FR O M T H E P O TTER M ORE E D IT O R:
The w iz a rd in g w orld c a n b e a d ark a nd d angero us p la ce. T here a re s p ells t h at c a n k ill i n s ix
sy lla ble s, p otio ns t h at c a n r o b s o m eo ne o f f r e e w ill a nd m agic a l b ea sts t h at c a n t e a r e ven t h e
bra vest w iz a rd l im b f r o m l im b. T hat’s w hat m akes v a lia nt a cts o f h ero is m m ore p ow erfu l a nd
more n ecessa ry.
Havin g a w and i n h and c a n i n stil c o ura ge, b ut m agic i s n ’t t h e o nly t h in g y o u n eed i n t h e
wiz a rd in g w orld t o m ake b ra ve c h oic es. I n t h is c o lle ctio n o f w ritin g b y J .K . R ow lin g, y o u
will r e a d a bout t h e l o ve, g rie f a nd e n durin g d ig nity o f M in erv a M cG onagall, t h e t r a gic f a te
of R em us L upin , t h e r e ckle ss b eh avio ur o f o ne S ilv a nus K ettle b urn , a nd s o m uch m ore .

Min erv a M cG onagall i s m any t h in gs: g ifte d w itc h , s te rn H ogw arts p ro fe sso r, l ife lo ng
Quid ditc h e n th usia st a nd o cca sio nal t a bby c a t. I f t h ere ’s o ne t h in g s h e’s n ot, i t’s a n o pen
book. T here ’s r e a lly n o b ette r w ay t o g et t o k n ow s o m eo ne t h an h ea rin g a bout t h eir p are n ts ,
th eir c h ild hood, t h eir f ir st l o ve, a nd t h eir s tu bborn ly h eld g ru dges. S o i t’s w ith g re a t j o y w e
fo llo w J .K . R ow lin g’s w ritin g b ack t o t h e S co ttis h H ig hla nds, w here w e c a n g lim pse
McG onagall’s l ife a s s h e f o und j o y, f r ie n dsh ip , m agic a nd a j o b a t H ogw arts .

MIN ERVA M CG ONAG ALL
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
4th O cto ber
WAND:
Fir a nd d ra go n h earts tr in g, n in e a nd a h alf i n ches, s ti ff
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Gry ffin d or
SP E C IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Anim agus ( d is ti n cti v ely m ark ed s ilv er ta b by c at)
PA REN TA GE:
Muggle f a th er, w itc h m oth er
FA M IL Y:
Husb and E lp hin sto ne U rq uart, d ecease d , n o c hild re n
HOBBIE S:
N eed le w ork , c o rre cti n g a rti c le s i n
Tra nsfig ura tio n T o day
, w atc hin g Q uid ditc h, s u p porti n g th e M ontr o se
Magp ie s
Child hood
M in erv a M cG onagall w as th e f ir s t c hild , a nd o nly d aughte r, o f a S co tti s h P re sb yte ria n m in is te r a nd a
H ogw arts -e d ucate d w itc h. S he g re w u p i n th e H ig hla nd s o f S co tl a nd i n th e e arly tw enti e th c entu ry , a nd
o nly g ra d ually b ecam e a w are th at th ere w as s o m eth in g s tr a nge, b oth a b out h er o w n a b iliti e s, a nd h er
p are nts ’ m arria ge.
Min erv a’s f a th er, th e R ev ere nd R obert M cG onagall, h ad b eco m e c ap ti v ate d b y th e h ig h-s p ir ite d
I s o bel R oss, w ho l iv ed i n th e s a m e v illa ge. L ik e h is n eig hb ours , R obert b elie v ed th at I s o bel a tte nd ed a
s e le ct l a d ie s’ b oard in g s c ho ol i n E ngla nd . I n f a ct, w hen I s o bel v anis h ed f r o m h er h o m e f o r m onth s a t a
t i m e, i t w as to H ogw arts S cho ol o f W itc hcra ft a nd W iz a rd ry th at s h e w ent.

Aw are th at h er p are nts ( a w itc h a nd w iz a rd ) w ould f r o w n o n a c o nnecti o n w ith th e s e rio us y o ung
Muggle , I s o bel k ep t th eir b urg eo nin g r e la ti o nsh ip a s e cre t. B y th e ti m e s h e w as e ig hte en, s h e h ad f a lle n i n
lo ve w ith R obert. U nfo rtu nate ly , s h e h ad n o t f o und th e c o ura ge to te ll h im w hat s h e w as.
The c o up le e lo ped , to th e f u ry o f b oth s e ts o f p are nts . N ow e str a nged f r o m h er f a m ily , I s o bel c o uld
no t b rin g h ers e lf to m ar th e b lis s o f th e h o neym oon b y te llin g h er s m itte n n ew h usb and th at s h e h ad
gra d uate d to p o f h er c la ss i n C harm s a t H ogw arts , n o r th at s h e h ad b een C ap ta in o f th e s c ho ol Q uid ditc h
te am . I s o bel a nd R obert m oved i n to a m anse ( m in is te r’s h o use ) o n th e o uts k ir ts o f C aith ness, w here th e
beauti fu l I s o bel p ro ved s u rp ris in gly a d ep t a t m akin g th e m ost o f th e m in is te r’s ti n y s a la ry .
The b ir th o f th e y o ung c o up le ’s f ir s t c hild , M in erv a, p ro ved b oth a j o y a nd a c ris is . M is sin g h er
fa m ily , a nd th e m agic al c o m munity s h e h ad g iv en u p f o r l o ve, I s o bel i n sis te d o n n am in g h er n ew born
daughte r a fte r h er o w n g ra nd m oth er, a n i m mense ly ta le nte d w itc h. T he o utl a nd is h n am e r a is e d e yeb ro w s
in th e c o m munity i n w hic h s h e l iv ed , a nd th e R ev ere nd R obert M cG onagall f o und i t d iffic ult to e xp la in h is
wife ’s c ho ic e to h is p aris h io ners . F urth erm ore , h e w as a la rm ed b y h is w ife ’s m oodin ess. F rie nd s a ssu re d
him th at w om en w ere o fte n e m oti o nal a fte r th e b ir th o f a b ab y, a nd th at I s o bel w ould s o on b e h ers e lf
again .
Is o bel, h o w ev er, b ecam e m ore a nd m ore w ith d ra w n, o fte n s e clu d in g h ers e lf w ith M in erv a f o r d ays
at a ti m e. I s o bel l a te r to ld h er d aughte r th at s h e h ad d is p la yed s m all, b ut u nm is ta kab le , s ig ns o f m agic
fr o m h er e arlie st h o urs . T oys th at h ad b een l e ft o n u p per s h elv es w ere f o und i n h er c o t. T he f a m ily c at
ap peare d to d o h er b id din g b efo re s h e c o uld ta lk . H er f a th er’s b agp ip es w ere o ccasio nally h eard to p la y
th em se lv es f r o m d is ta nt r o om s, a p heno m eno n th at m ad e th e i n fa nt M in erv a c huckle .
Is o bel w as to rn b etw een p rid e a nd f e ar. S he k new th at s h e m ust c o nfe ss th e tr u th to R obert b efo re h e
witn esse d s o m eth in g th at w ould a la rm h im . A t l a st, i n r e sp onse to R obert’ s p ati e nt q uesti o nin g, I s o bel
burs t i n to te ars , r e tr ie v ed h er w and f r o m th e l o cked b ox u nd er h er b ed , a nd s h o w ed h im w hat s h e w as.
Alth o ugh M in erv a w as to o y o ung to r e m em ber th at n ig ht, i ts a fte rm ath l e ft h er w ith a b itte r
und ers ta nd in g o f th e c o m plic ati o ns o f g ro w in g u p w ith m agic i n a M uggle w orld . A lth o ugh R obert
McG onagall l o ved h is w ife n o l e ss u p on d is c o verin g th at s h e w as a w itc h, h e w as p ro fo und ly s h o cked b y
her r e v ela ti o n, a nd b y th e f a ct th at s h e h ad k ep t s u ch a s e cre t f r o m h im f o r s o l o ng. W hat w as m ore , h e,
who p rid ed h im se lf o n b ein g a n u p rig ht a nd h o nest m an, w as n o w d ra w n i n to a l ife o f s e cre cy th at w as
quite f o re ig n to h is n atu re . I s o bel e xp la in ed , th ro ugh h er s o bs, th at s h e ( a nd th eir d aughte r) w ere b ound b y
th e I n te rn ati o nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy, a nd th at th ey m ust c o nceal th e tr u th a b out th em se lv es, o r f a ce th e f u ry
of th e M in is tr y o f M agic . R obert a ls o q uaile d a t th e th o ught o f h o w th e l o cals – i n th e m ain , a n a uste re ,
str a ig ht- la ced a nd c o nv enti o nal b re ed – w ould f e el a b out h av in g a w itc h a s th eir m in is te r’s w ife .
Love e nd ure d , b ut tr u st h ad b een b ro ken b etw een h er p are nts , a nd M in erv a, a c le v er a nd o bse rv ant
child , s a w th is w ith s a d ness. T w o m ore c hild re n, b oth s o ns, w ere b orn to th e M cG onagalls , a nd b oth , i n
due c o urs e , r e v eale d m agic al a b ility . M in erv a h elp ed h er m oth er e xp la in to M alc o lm a nd R obert J u nio r
th at th ey m ust n o t f la unt th eir m agic , a nd a id ed h er m oth er i n c o ncealin g f r o m th eir f a th er th e a ccid ents a nd
em barra ssm ents th eir m agic s o m eti m es c ause d .
Min erv a w as v ery c lo se to h er M uggle f a th er, w ho m i n te m pera m ent s h e r e se m ble d m ore th an h er
moth er. S he s a w w ith p ain h o w m uch h e s tr u ggle d w ith th e f a m ily ’s s tr a nge s itu ati o n. S he s e nse d , to o,
ho w m uch o f a s tr a in i t w as f o r h er m oth er to f it i n w ith th e a ll- M uggle v illa ge, a nd h o w m uch s h e m is se d
th e f r e ed om o f b ein g w ith h er k in d , a nd o f e xerc is in g h er c o nsid era b le ta le nts . M in erv a n ev er f o rg o t h o w
much h er m oth er c rie d , w hen th e l e tte r o f a d m itta nce i n to H ogw arts S cho ol o f W itc hcra ft a nd W iz a rd ry
arriv ed o n M in erv a’s e le v enth b ir th d ay; s h e k new th at I s o bel w as s o bbin g, n o t o nly o ut o f p rid e, b ut a ls o
out o f e nv y.

Sch ool C are er
A s i s o fte n th e c ase w here th e y o ung w itc h o r w iz a rd c o m es f r o m a f a m ily w ho h as s tr u ggle d w ith i ts
m agic al i d enti ty , H ogw arts w as, f o r M in erv a M cG onagall, a p la ce o f j o yfu l r e le ase a nd f r e ed om .
Min erv a d re w u nusu al a tte nti o n to h ers e lf o n h er v ery f ir s t e v enin g, w hen s h e w as r e v eale d to b e a
H ats ta ll. A fte r f iv e a nd a h alf m in ute s, th e S orti n g H at, w hic h h ad b een v acilla ti n g b etw een th e h o use s o f
R av encla w a nd G ry ffin d or, p la ced M in erv a i n th e l a tte r. ( In l a te r y ears , th is c ir c um sta nce w as a s u b je ct
o f g entl e h um our b etw een M in erv a a nd h er c o lle ague F iliu s F litw ic k, o ver w ho m th e S orti n g H at s u ffe re d
t h e s a m e c o nfu sio n, b ut r e ached th e o pposite c o nclu sio n. T he tw o H ead s o f H ouse w ere a m use d to th in k
t h at th ey m ig ht, b ut f o r th o se c ru cia l m om ents i n th eir y o uth s, h av e e xchanged p ositi o ns).
Min erv a w as q uic kly r e co gnis e d a s th e m ost o uts ta nd in g s tu d ent o f h er y ear, w ith a p arti c ula r ta le nt
f o r T ra nsfig ura ti o n. A s s h e p ro gre sse d th ro ugh th e s c ho ol, s h e d em onstr a te d th at s h e h ad i n herite d b oth
h er m oth er’s ta le nts a nd h er f a th er’s c ast- ir o n m ora l s e nse . M in erv a’s s c ho ol c are er o verla p ped b y tw o
y ears w ith th at o f P om ona S pro ut, l a te r H ead o f H uffle p uff H ouse , a nd th e tw o w om en e njo yed a n
e xcelle nt r e la ti o nsh ip b oth th en, a nd i n l a te r y ears .
By th e e nd o f h er e d ucati o n a t H ogw arts , M in erv a M cG onagall h ad a chie v ed a n i m pre ssiv e r e co rd :
t o p g ra d es i n O .W .L .s a nd N .E .W .T .s , P re fe ct, H ead G ir l, a nd w in ner o f th e
Tra nsfig ura tio n T o day
M ost
P ro m is in g N ew co m er a w ard . U nd er th e g uid ance o f h er i n sp ir a ti o nal T ra nsfig ura ti o n te acher, A lb us
D um ble d ore , s h e h ad m anaged to b eco m e a n A nim agus; h er a nim al f o rm , w ith i ts d is ti n cti v e m ark in gs
( ta b by c at, s q uare s p ecta cle s m ark in gs a ro und e yes) w ere d uly l o gged i n th e M in is tr y o f M agic ’s
A nim agus R egis tr y . M in erv a w as a ls o , l ik e h er m oth er, a g ifte d Q uid ditc h p la yer, a lth o ugh a n asty f a ll i n
h er f in al y ear ( a f o ul d urin g th e G ry ffin d or v ers u s S ly th erin g am e w hic h w ould d ecid e th e C up w in ner)
l e ft h er w ith c o ncussio n, s e v era l b ro ken r ib s a nd a l ife lo ng d esir e to s e e S ly th erin c ru sh ed o n th e
Q uid ditc h p itc h. T ho ugh s h e g av e u p Q uid ditc h o n l e av in g H ogw arts , th e i n nate ly c o m peti ti v e P ro fe sso r
M cG onagall l a te r to ok a k een i n te re st i n th e f o rtu nes o f h er h o use te am , a nd r e ta in ed a k een e ye f o r
Q uid ditc h ta le nt.

Early H eartb re ak
U pon g ra d uati o n f r o m H ogw arts , M in erv a r e tu rn ed to th e m anse to e njo y o ne l a st s u m mer w ith h er f a m ily
b efo re s e tti n g o ut f o r L ond on, w here s h e h ad b een o ffe re d a p ositi o n a t th e M in is tr y o f M agic ( D ep artm ent
o f M agic al L aw E nfo rc em ent) . T hese m onth s w ere to p ro ve s o m e o f th e m ost d iffic ult o f M in erv a’s l ife ,
f o r i t w as th en, a ged o nly e ig hte en, th at s h e p ro ved h ers e lf tr u ly h er m oth er’s d aughte r, b y f a llin g h ead -
o ver-h eels i n l o ve w ith a M uggle b oy.
It w as th e f ir s t a nd o nly ti m e i n M in erv a M cG onagall’s l ife th at s h e m ig ht h av e b een s a id to l o se h er
h ead . D ougal M cG re go r w as th e h and so m e, c le v er a nd f u nny s o n o f a l o cal f a rm er. T ho ugh l e ss b eauti fu l
t h an I s o bel, M in erv a w as c le v er a nd w itty . D ougal a nd M in erv a s h are d a s e nse o f h um our, a rg ued
f ie rc ely , a nd s u sp ecte d m yste rio us d ep th s i n e ach o th er. B efo re e ith er o f th em k new i t, D ougal w as o n o ne
k nee i n a p lo ughed f ie ld , p ro posin g, a nd M in erv a w as a ccep ti n g h im .
She w ent h o m e, i n te nd in g to te ll h er p are nts o f h er e ngagem ent, y et f o und h ers e lf u nab le to d o s o . A ll
t h at n ig ht s h e l a y a w ake, th in kin g a b out h er f u tu re . D ougal d id n o t k no w w hat s h e, M in erv a, tr u ly w as, a ny
m ore th an h er f a th er h ad k no w n th e tr u th a b out I s o bel b efo re th ey h ad m arrie d . M in erv a h ad w itn esse d a t
c lo se q uarte rs th e k in d o f m arria ge s h e m ig ht h av e i f s h e w ed D ougal. I t w ould b e th e e nd o f a ll h er
a m biti o ns; i t w ould m ean a w and l o cked a w ay, a nd c hild re n ta ught to l ie , p erh ap s e v en to th eir o w n
f a th er. S he d id n o t f o ol h ers e lf th at D ougal M cG re go r w ould a cco m pany h er to L ond on, w hile s h e w ent to
w ork e v ery d ay a t th e M in is tr y . H e w as l o okin g f o rw ard to i n heriti n g h is f a th er’s f a rm .
Early n ext m orn in g, M in erv a s lip ped f r o m h er p are nts ’ h o use a nd w ent to te ll D ougal th at s h e h ad
c hanged h er m in d , a nd c o uld n o t m arry h im . M in d fu l o f th e f a ct th at i f s h e b ro ke th e I n te rn ati o nal S ta tu te
o f S ecre cy, s h e w ould l o se th e j o b a t th e M in is tr y f o r w hic h s h e w as g iv in g h im u p , s h e c o uld g iv e h im n o
g o od r e aso n f o r h er c hange o f h eart. S he l e ft h im d ev asta te d , a nd s e t o ut f o r L ond on th re e d ays l a te r.

Min is tr y C are er
T ho ugh u nd oub te d ly h er f e elin gs f o r th e M in is tr y o f M agic w ere c o lo ure d b y th e f a ct th at s h e h ad r e centl y
s u ffe re d a n e m oti o nal c ris is , M in erv a M cG onagall d id n o t m uch e njo y h er n ew h o m e a nd w ork p la ce.
S om e o f h er c o -w ork ers h ad a n e ngra in ed a nti - M uggle b ia s th at, g iv en h er a d ora ti o n o f h er M uggle f a th er,
a nd h er c o nti n uin g l o ve f o r D ougal M cG re go r, s h e d ep lo re d . T ho ugh a m ost e ffic ie nt a nd g ifte d e m plo yee,
a nd f o nd o f h er m uch o ld er b oss, E lp hin sto ne U rq uart, M in erv a w as u nhap py i n L ond on, a nd f o und th at
s h e m is se d S co tl a nd . F in ally , a fte r tw o y ears a t th e M in is tr y , s h e w as o ffe re d a p re sti g io us p ro m oti o n, y et
f o und h ers e lf tu rn in g i t d ow n. S he s e nt a n o w l to H ogw arts , a sk in g w heth er s h e m ig ht b e c o nsid ere d f o r a
t e achin g p ost. T he o w l r e tu rn ed w ith in h o urs , o ffe rin g h er a j o b i n th e T ra nsfig ura ti o n d ep artm ent, u nd er
H ead o f D ep artm ent, A lb us D um ble d ore .

Frie n dsh ip w ith A lb us D um ble d ore
T he s c ho ol g re ete d M in erv a M cG onagall’s r e tu rn w ith d elig ht. M in erv a th re w h ers e lf i n to h er w ork ,
p ro vin g h ers e lf a s tr ic t b ut i n sp ir a ti o nal te acher. I f s h e k ep t l e tte rs f r o m D ougal M cG re go r l o cked i n a b ox
u nd er h er b ed , th is w as ( s h e to ld h ers e lf f ir m ly ) b ette r th an k eep in g h er w and l o cked th ere . N ev erth ele ss,
i t w as a s h o ck to l e arn f r o m th e o bliv io us I s o bel ( in th e m id dle o f a c hatty l e tte r o f l o cal n ew s) th at
D ougal h ad m arrie d th e d aughte r o f a no th er f a rm er.
Alb us D um ble d ore d is c o vere d M in erv a i n te ars i n h er c la ssro om , l a te th at e v enin g, a nd s h e
c o nfe sse d th e w ho le s to ry to h im . A lb us D um ble d ore o ffe re d b oth c o m fo rt a nd w is d om , a nd to ld M in erv a
s o m e o f h is o w n f a m ily h is to ry , p re v io usly u nkno w n to h er. T he c o nfid ences e xchanged th at n ig ht b etw een
t w o i n te nse ly p riv ate a nd r e se rv ed c hara cte rs w ere to f o rm th e b asis o f a l a sti n g m utu al e ste em a nd
f r ie nd sh ip .
Min erv a M cG onagall w as o ne o f o nly a h and fu l o f p eo ple w ho k new , o r s u sp ecte d , h o w d re ad fu l a
m om ent i t w as f o r A lb us D um ble d ore w hen, i n 1 945, h e m ad e th e d ecis io n to c o nfr o nt a nd d efe at th e
D ark w iz a rd G elle rt G rin d elw ald .

Vold em ort’s F ir s t R is e
M in erv a M cG onagall d id n o t te ach th e y o ung T om R id dle , b ut s h e w as p riv y to D um ble d ore ’s f e ars a nd
s u sp ic io ns a b out h im . M in erv a w as n o t i n d ucte d i n to th e O rd er o f th e P ho enix d urin g V old em ort’ s f ir s t
c lim b to p ow er ( a t th at ti m e th e O rd er o f th e P ho enix w as s e en a s a r e negad e o utf it b y th e M in is tr y ;
s u ccessiv e M in is te rs f e are d D um ble d ore ’s c haris m a a nd m agic al ta le nt, a nd w ere i n clin ed to h arb our
f e ars th at h e w is h ed to s u cceed th em ). M in erv a’s a b iliti e s a s a n A nim agus w ere to p ro ve u se fu l i n th ese
d ark p erio ds o f w iz a rd in g h is to ry , h o w ev er, a nd u nb ekno w nst to h er s tu d ents s h e s p ent m any n ig hts s p yin g
f o r th e M in is tr y i n th e g uis e o f a ta b by c at, b rin gin g th e A uro rs c ru cia l i n fo rm ati o n o n th e a cti v iti e s o f
V old em ort’ s f o llo w ers .
Lik e m ost o f th e m agic al c o m munity s h e s u ffe re d p ers o nal b ere av em ents d urin g th e f ir s t p erio d o f
V old em ort’ s p ow er. A mong th e w ors t w ere th e l o ss o f h er b ro th er, R obert; tw o o f h er f a v ourite s tu d ents ,
L ily E vans a nd J a m es P otte r; a nd D ougal M cG re go r, w ho w as m urd ere d , a lo ng w ith h is w ife a nd
c hild re n, i n a r a nd om a nti - M uggle a tta ck b y th e D eath E ate rs . T his l a st n ew s w as a te rrib le b lo w to
M in erv a, w ho a sk ed h ers e lf w heth er s h e m ig ht n o t h av e b een a b le to s a v e D ougal’s l ife h ad s h e m arrie d
h im .

Marria g e
T hro ugh a ll h er e arly y ears a t H ogw arts , M in erv a M cG onagall r e m ain ed o n te rm s o f f r ie nd sh ip w ith h er
o ld b oss a t th e M in is tr y , E lp hin sto ne U rq uart. H e c am e to v is it h er w hile o n h o lid ay to S co tl a nd , a nd to
h er g re at s u rp ris e a nd e m barra ssm ent, p ro pose d m arria ge i n M ad am P ud difo ot’ s te ash o p. S ti ll i n l o ve
w ith D ougal M cG re go r, M in erv a tu rn ed h im d ow n.
Elp hin sto ne, h o w ev er, h ad n ev er c ease d to l o ve h er, n o r to p ro pose e v ery n o w a nd th en, e v en th o ugh
s h e c o nti n ued to r e fu se h im . T he d eath o f D ougal M cG re go r, h o w ev er, a lth o ugh tr a um ati c , s e em ed to f r e e
M in erv a. S ho rtl y a fte r V old em ort’ s f ir s t d efe at, E lp hin sto ne, n o w w hite -h air e d , p ro pose d a gain d urin g a
s u m merti m e s tr o ll a ro und th e l a ke i n th e H ogw arts g ro und s. T his ti m e M in erv a a ccep te d . E lp hin sto ne,
n o w r e ti r e d , w as b esid e h im se lf w ith j o y, a nd p urc hase d a s m all c o tta ge i n H ogsm ead e f o r th e p air o f
t h em , w hence M in erv a c o uld tr a v el e asily to w ork e v ery d ay.
Kno w n to s u ccessiv e g enera ti o ns o f s tu d ents a s ‘ P ro fe sso r M cG onagall,’ M in erv a – a lw ays
s o m eth in g o f a f e m in is t – a nno unced th at s h e w ould b e k eep in g h er o w n n am e u p on m arria ge.
T ra d iti o nalis ts s n iffe d – w hy w as M in erv a r e fu sin g to a ccep t a p ure -b lo od n am e, a nd k eep in g th at o f h er
M uggle f a th er?
The m arria ge ( c ut tr a gic ally s h o rt, th o ugh i t w as d esti n ed to b e) w as a v ery h ap py o ne. T ho ugh th ey
h ad n o c hild re n o f th eir o w n, M in erv a’s n ie ces a nd n ep hew s ( c hild re n o f h er b ro th ers M alc o lm a nd
R obert) w ere f r e q uent v is ito rs to th eir h o m e. T his w as a p erio d o f g re at f u lfillm ent f o r M in erv a.
The a ccid enta l d eath o f E lp hin sto ne f r o m a V eno m ous T enta cula b ite , th re e y ears i n to th eir m arria ge,
w as a n e no rm ous s o rro w to a ll w ho k new th e c o up le . M in erv a c o uld n o t b ear to r e m ain a lo ne i n th eir
c o tta ge, b ut p acked h er th in gs a fte r E lp hin sto ne’s f u nera l a nd r e tu rn ed to h er s p ars e s to ne-flo ore d
b ed ro om i n H ogw arts C astl e , a ccessib le th ro ugh a c o nceale d d oor i n th e w all o f h er f ir s t- flo or s tu d y.
A lw ays a v ery b ra v e a nd p riv ate p ers o n, s h e p oure d a ll h er e nerg ie s i n to h er w ork , a nd f e w p eo ple –
e xcep ti n g p erh ap s A lb us D um ble d ore – e v er r e alis e d h o w m uch s h e s u ffe re d .

Seco nd W iz ard in g W ar
B y th e ti m e o f th e s e co nd w iz a rd in g w ar, M in erv a w as n o l o nger p re p are d to a ct a s a s p y f o r a M in is tr y
s h e b elie v ed h ad b eco m e c o rru p t a nd d angero us. H er a tti tu d e w as u nd oub te d ly h ard ened b y th e i n tr u sio n
a t H ogw arts o f D olo re s J a ne U m brid ge, a M in is tr y i n sp ecto r a nd D efe nce A gain st th e D ark A rts te acher,
w ith w ho m M in erv a c la sh ed m ore v io le ntl y th an w ith a ny o th er c o lle ague i n h er l o ng a nd v arie d c are er.
F ollo w in g th e c o nfr o nta ti o n w ith th e D eath E ate rs w ho h ad i n v ad ed H ogw arts a t th e ti m e o f A lb us
D um ble d ore ’s d eath , M in erv a b ecam e a f u lly f le d ged m em ber o f th e O rd er o f th e P ho enix , w hic h w as
n o w , m ore th an e v er, s e en a s a n o utl a w o rg anis a ti o n.
Follo w in g th e p ro m oti o n o f S ev eru s S nap e to H ead m aste r, a fte r h er te m pora ry s te w ard sh ip o f th e
s c ho ol, M in erv a M cG onagall r e m ain ed i n p ost to p ro te ct th e s tu d ents a s b est s h e c o uld f r o m th e m alic io us
a tte nti o ns o f th e C arro w s, th e D eath E ate r te achers i m pose d u p on th e s c ho ol b y L ord V old em ort. I n s p ite
o f h er w ell- k no w n l o yalty to P ro fe sso r D um ble d ore , V old em ort a nd h is f o llo w ers b elie v ed th at M in erv a
w as b oth to o g ifte d to l o se , a nd to o s e nsib le n o t to j o in th em f u lly o nce th eir v ic to ry w as a ssu re d .
In th is , h o w ev er, th ey w ere q uite m is ta ken, a nd M in erv a M cG onagall’s a cti o ns d urin g th e f a m ous
B attl e o f H ogw arts p ro ved th at h er a lle gia nce to th e O rd er o f th e P ho enix h ad n ev er w av ere d . S he w as
o ne o f th e l a st to d uel V old em ort b efo re h is d eath , a n e nco unte r s h e s u rv iv ed , a nd s h e s u b se q uentl y
b ecam e a s u ccessfu l a nd i n sp ir a ti o nal H ead m is tr e ss o f th e s c ho ol s h e h ad s e rv ed s o l o ng a nd w ell.
M in erv a M cG onagall w as l a te r a w ard ed th e O rd er o f M erlin , F ir s t C la ss, b y th e n ew M in is te r f o r M agic ,
K in gsle y S hackle b olt, a nd s h o rtl y a fte rw ard s a p peare d o n a c ard i n th e C ho co la te F ro g F am ous W itc hes
a nd W iz a rd s s e rie s, a n a cco la d e s h e a d m itte d s h e h ad n ev er i m agin ed r e ceiv in g.

Rela tio nsh ip w ith H arry P otte r
M in erv a M cG onagall w as n o t i m mune to a s e cre t a m use m ent a t th e a nti c s o f r u le -b re akers . N ev erth ele ss,
s h e f r e q uentl y q uesti o ned D um ble d ore ’s p olic y o f a llo w in g H arry to r u n e xtr e m e r is k s, a nd b end m any
s c ho ol r u le s, d urin g h is a d ole sc ence, o fte n s h o w in g h ers e lf to b e m ore p ro te cti v e o f H arry th an th e th en
H ead m aste r. H arry h ad a c la im o n M in erv a’s a ffe cti o ns, n o t o nly b ecause h e w as th e s o n o f tw o o f h er
a ll- ti m e f a v ourite s tu d ents , b ut b ecause h e, l ik e h ers e lf, h ad s u ffe re d s e rio us b ere av em ents . A lth o ugh s h e
n eith er s p oile d n o r f a v oure d H arry w hen h e w as h er s tu d ent, s h e r e v eale d th e d ep th o f h er tr u st i n h im
d urin g th e B attl e o f H ogw arts , a t w hic h ti m e s h e s u p porte d h im u neq uiv ocally e v en th o ugh s h e h ad n ev er
b een f u lly i n h is o r D um ble d ore ’s c o nfid ence.
Follo w in g a p riv ate c o nv ers a ti o n w ith H arry , M in erv a M cG onagall l a te r to ok th e c o ntr o vers ia l
d ecis io n to a d d a p ortr a it o f S ev eru s S nap e to th e g alle ry o f o ld h ead m aste rs a nd h ead m is tr e sse s i n h er
t o w er o ffic e.

J.K . R ow lin g’s t h ough ts
M in erv a w as th e R om an g o ddess o f w arrio rs a nd w is d om . W illia m M cG onagall i s c ele b ra te d a s th e
w ors t p oet i n B riti s h h is to ry . T here w as s o m eth in g i r re sis ti b le to m e a b out h is n am e, a nd th e i d ea th at
s u ch a b rillia nt w om an m ig ht b e a d is ta nt r e la ti v e o f th e b uffo onis h M cG onagall.
A s m all s a m ple o f h is w ork w ill g iv e a f la v our o f i ts u nin te nti o nal c o m ed ic v alu e. T he f o llo w in g
w as w ritte n a s p art o f a p oem c o m mem ora ti n g a V ic to ria n r a ilw ay d is a ste r:
Bea utifu l R ailw ay B rid ge o f t h e S il’ v ry T a y!
Ala s! I a m v ery s o rry t o s a y
That n in ety l iv es h ave b een t a ken a w ay
On t h e l a st S abbath d ay o f 1 879,
Whic h w ill b e r e m em ber’d f o r a v ery l o ng t im e.

The f ir st t im e w e m eet P ro fe sso r M cG onagall, s h e’s a t t h e c o rn er o f P riv et D riv e i n t h e f o rm
of a t a bby c a t, r e a din g a m ap. I t’s o nly w hen D um ble d ore a rriv es t h at s h e T ra nsfig ure s b ack
in to h er h um an f o rm . T his r a re a bility t o s w itc h b etw een f e lin e a nd h um an f o rm m akes
McG onagall a n A nim agus. E xa ctly h ow a rd uous a nd p artic u la r i s t h is t y p e o f m agic ? L et’s
fin d o ut.


ANIM AG I
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
A n A nim agus i s a w itc h o r w iz a rd w ho c an tr a nsfo rm a t w ill i n to a n a nim al. W hile i n th eir a nim al f o rm ,
t h ey r e ta in m ost o f th eir a b ility to th in k a s a h um an, th eir o w n s e nse o f i d enti ty a nd th eir m em orie s. T hey
w ill a ls o r e ta in n o rm al h um an l ife e xp ecta ncy, e v en i f th ey ta ke th eir a nim al f o rm f o r l o ng p erio ds o f ti m e.
H ow ev er, f e elin gs a nd e m oti o ns a re s im plifie d a nd th ey w ill h av e m any a nim al d esir e s, f e ed in g o ff
w hate v er th eir a nim al b ody c ra v es, r a th er th an d em and in g h um an f o od.
It i s i m mense ly d iffic ult to c hange o nese lf i n to a n A nim agus a nd th e p ro cess, w hic h i s c o m ple x a nd
t i m e-c o nsu m in g, c an g o d ra m ati c ally w ro ng. A s a r e su lt, i t i s b elie v ed th at f e w er th an o ne i n a th o usa nd
w itc hes o r w iz a rd s a re A nim agi.
An A nim agus h as a g re at p ote nti a l a d vanta ge i n th e s p here s o f e sp io nage a nd c rim e. F or th is r e aso n,
a n A nim agus R egis tr y e xis ts o n w hic h a ll A nim agi a re e xp ecte d to l o g th eir p ers o nal d eta ils a nd th e
p re cis e a p peara nce o f th eir tr a nsfo rm ed s e lf. I t i s u su ally th e c ase th at d is ti n cti v e m ark in gs o r d is a b iliti e s
b elo ngin g to th e h um an b ody w ill tr a nsfe r to th e a nim al s e lf. F ailu re to e nte r o nese lf o nto th e R egis tr y m ay
r e su lt i n a s tr e tc h i n A zk ab an.
When th e p ro cess o f b eco m in g a n A nim agus g o es w ro ng, i t o fte n g o es s e rio usly w ro ng. I m pati e nce
w ith th e l o ng a nd c o m plic ate d p ro cess i s g enera lly a t th e r o ot o f s u ch d is a ste rs , w hic h u su ally ta ke th e
f o rm o f h o rrib le h alf- h um an, h alf- a nim al m uta ti o ns. T here i s n o k no w n c ure f o r s u ch m is ta kes a nd th o se
w ho m ake th em a re o fte n f o rc ed to l iv e o ut th eir d ays i n th eir p iti a b le c o nd iti o n, b ein g u nab le to b eco m e
f u lly a nim al o r f u lly h um an.
Tale nt i n b oth T ra nsfig ura ti o n a nd P oti o ns i s n ecessa ry to b eco m e a n A nim agus. N o r e sp onsib ility
c an b e ta ken f o r a ny p hysic al o r m enta l p ro ble m s r e su lti n g f r o m f o llo w in g th ese i n str u cti o ns.
1 .
F or th e s p ace o f o ne e nti r e m onth ( fr o m f u ll m oon to f u ll m oon), a s in gle l e af f r o m a M and ra ke m ust b e
c arrie d c o nsta ntl y i n th e m outh . T he l e af m ust n o t b e s w allo w ed o r ta ken o ut o f th e m outh a t a ny p oin t. I f
t h e l e af i s r e m oved f r o m th e m outh , th e p ro cess m ust b e s ta rte d a gain .
2 .
R em ove th e l e af a t th e f u ll m oon a nd p la ce i t, s te ep ed i n y o ur s a liv a, i n a s m all c ry sta l p hia l th at
r e ceiv es th e p ure r a ys o f th e m oon ( if th e n ig ht i s c lo ud y, y o u w ill h av e to f in d a n ew M and ra ke l e af a nd
b egin th e w ho le p ro cess a gain ). T o th e m oon-s tr u ck c ry sta l p hia l, a d d o ne o f y o ur o w n h air s , a s ilv er
t e asp oon o f d ew c o lle cte d f r o m a p la ce th at n eith er s u nlig ht n o r h um an f e et h av e to uched f o r a f u ll s e v en
d ays, a nd th e c hry sa lis o f a D eath ’s -h ead H aw k M oth . P ut th is m ix tu re i n a q uie t, d ark p la ce a nd d o n o t
l o ok a t i t o r o th erw is e d is tu rb i t u nti l th e n ext e le ctr ic al s to rm .
3 .
W hile w aiti n g f o r th e s to rm , th e f o llo w in g p ro ced ure s h o uld b e f o llo w ed a t s u nris e a nd s u nd ow n. T he
t i p o f th e w and s h o uld b e p la ced o ver th e h eart a nd th e f o llo w in g i n canta ti o n s p oken: ‘ A mato A nim o
A nim ato A nim agus.’

4.
T he w ait f o r a s to rm m ay ta ke w eeks, m onth s o r e v en y ears . D urin g th is ti m e, th e c ry sta l p hia l s h o uld
re m ain c o m ple te ly u nd is tu rb ed a nd u nto uched b y s u nlig ht. C onta m in ati o n b y s u nlig ht g iv es r is e to th e
wors t m uta ti o ns. R esis t th e te m pta ti o n to l o ok a t y o ur p oti o n u nti l l ig htn in g o ccurs . I f y o u c o nti n ue to
re p eat y o ur i n canta ti o n a t s u nris e a nd s u nse t th ere w ill c o m e a ti m e w hen, w ith th e to uch o f th e w and -ti p
to th e c hest, a s e co nd h eartb eat m ay b e s e nse d , s o m eti m es m ore p ow erfu l th an th e f ir s t, s o m eti m es l e ss
so . N oth in g s h o uld b e c hanged . T he i n canta ti o n s h o uld b e u tte re d w ith o ut f a il a t th e c o rre ct ti m es, n ev er
om itti n g a s in gle o ccasio n.
5.
I m med ia te ly u p on th e a p peara nce o f l ig htn in g i n th e s k y, p ro ceed d ir e ctl y to th e p la ce w here y o ur
cry sta l p hia l i s h id den. I f y o u h av e f o llo w ed a ll th e p re ced in g s te p s c o rre ctl y , y o u w ill d is c o ver a
mouth fu l o f b lo od-re d p oti o n i n sid e i t.
6.
I t i s e sse nti a l to m ove, a t o nce, to a l a rg e, s e cure p la ce w here y o ur tr a nsfo rm ati o n c anno t c ause a la rm
or p la ce y o u i n p hysic al d anger. P la ce y o ur w and -ti p a gain st y o ur h eart, s p eak th e i n canta ti o n ‘ A mato
Anim o A nim ato A nim agus,’ a nd th en d rin k th e p oti o n.
7.
I f a ll h as g o ne c o rre ctl y , y o u w ill f e el a f ie ry p ain a nd a n i n te nse d oub le h eartb eat. I n to y o ur m in d w ill
co m e th e s h ap e o f th e c re atu re i n to w hic h y o u a re s h o rtl y to tr a nsfo rm . Y ou m ust s h o w n o f e ar. I t i s to o
la te , n o w , to e sc ap e th e c hange y o u h av e w ille d .
8.
T he f ir s t tr a nsfo rm ati o n i s u su ally u nco m fo rta b le a nd f r ig hte nin g. C lo th in g a nd i te m s s u ch a s g la sse s o r
je w elle ry m eld to th e s k in a nd b eco m e o ne w ith f u r, s c ale s o r s p ik es. D o n o t r e sis t a nd d o n o t p anic o r th e
anim al m in d m ay g ain th e a sc end ancy a nd y o u c o uld d o s o m eth in g f o olis h , s u ch a s tr y to e sc ap e th ro ugh a
win d ow o r c harg e a w all.
9.
W hen y o ur tr a nsfo rm ati o n i s c o m ple te y o u s h o uld f in d y o urs e lf p hysic ally c o m fo rta b le . Y ou a re
str o ngly a d vis e d to p ic k u p y o ur w and a t o nce, a nd h id e i t i n a p la ce o f s a fe keep in g, w here y o u w ill b e
ab le to f in d i t w hen y o u r e gain a h um an f o rm .
10.
T o r e tu rn to a h um an f o rm , v is u alis e y o ur h um an s e lf a s c le arly a s y o u c an. T his s h o uld b e s u ffic ie nt,
but d o n o t p anic i f th e tr a nsfo rm ati o n d oes n o t o ccur i m med ia te ly . W ith p ra cti c e, y o u w ill b e a b le to s lip
in a nd o ut o f y o ur a nim al f o rm a t w ill, s im ply b y v is u alis in g th e c re atu re . A dvanced A nim agi c an
tr a nsfo rm w ith o ut w and s.
Genera lly w iz a rd s p re fe r to h av e th eir c lo th es T ra nsfig ure w ith th em , to e sc ap e th e e m barra ssm ent o f
re ap pearin g n aked . H ow ev er, i t i s p ossib le to l e av e c lo th es b ehin d i f o ne w is h es to g iv e th e i m pre ssio n
of h av in g g o ne f o r a b ath o r s o m eth in g s im ila r. T he l o nger a w itc h o r w iz a rd h as b een a n A nim agus, th e
bette r th ey w ill b eco m e a t c ho osin g th e p re cis e f o rm o f th eir tr a nsfo rm ati o ns.
The a nim al i n to w hic h o ne tu rn s, i f a n A nim agus, s e em s a lw ays to b e th at w hic h b eco m es th e
Patr o nus. T here i s n o k no w n i n sta nce o f th e A nim agus f o rm c hangin g to m atc h th e P atr o nus i f th e l a tte r
changes, b ut th e A nim agus w ho c an a ls o p ro duce a P atr o nus i s h ig hly u nusu al a nd n o s tu d y h as e v er b een
done o n s u ffic ie nt n um bers to d ra w f ir m c o nclu sio ns.

Bein g a n A nim agus i s a p riv ile g e – o ne t h at r e q uir e s i m men se s k ill a nd h ard w ork . B ein g a
were w olf, o n t h e o th er h and, i s s o m eth in g t h at h appen s t o w itc h es a nd w iz a rd s a gain st t h eir
will. T he l ife o f a w ere w olf c a n b e t o rtu ro us a nd o fte n l o nely , a s w e l e a rn ed f r o m R em us
Lupin .
Fin d o ut a bout L upin ’s c h ild hood, h is l o ve f o r N ym phadora T o nks a nd t h e d ay h e w as b itte n
by F en rir G re yb ack, a nd d is c o ver w hy w ritin g h is b io gra phy s a dden ed J .K . R ow lin g a ll o ver
again .


REM US L U PIN
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
10th M arc h
WAND:
Cyp re ss a nd u nic o rn h air, te n a nd a q uarte r i n ches, p lia b le
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Gry ffin d or
SP E C IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Excep ti o nally g ifte d i n D efe nce A gain st th e D ark A rts , w ere w olf
PA TR O NUS:
Wolf
PA REN TA GE:
Wiz a rd f a th er, M uggle m oth er
FA M IL Y:
Wife N ym phad ora T onks, s o n E dw ard R em us ( T ed dy) L up in
Pare n ts
R em us L up in w as th e o nly c hild o f th e w iz a rd L yall L up in a nd h is M uggle w ife H ope H ow ell.
Lyall L up in w as a v ery c le v er, r a th er s h y y o ung m an w ho , b y th e ti m e h e w as th ir ty , h ad b eco m e a
w orld -re no w ned a uth o rity o n N on-H um an S pir ito us A ppariti o ns. T hese i n clu d e p olte rg eis ts , B oggarts
a nd o th er s tr a nge c re atu re s th at, w hile s o m eti m es g ho stl ik e i n a p peara nce a nd b ehav io ur, h av e n ev er b een
t r u ly a liv e a nd r e m ain s o m eth in g o f a m yste ry e v en to th e w iz a rd in g w orld .
On a n i n v esti g ati v e tr ip i n to a d ense W els h f o re st i n w hic h a p arti c ula rly v ic io us B oggart w as
s u p pose d to b e l u rk in g, L yall r a n a cro ss h is f u tu re w ife . H ope H ow ell, a b eauti fu l M uggle g ir l w ho
w ork ed i n a n i n su ra nce o ffic e i n C ard iff, h ad ta ken a n i ll- a d vis e d w alk th ro ugh w hat s h e b elie v ed to b e
i n no cent w oodla nd . B oggarts a nd p olte rg eis ts m ay b e s e nse d b y M uggle s, a nd H ope, a p arti c ula rly

im agin ati v e a nd s e nsiti v e p ers o n, h ad b eco m e c o nv in ced th at s o m eth in g w as w atc hin g h er f r o m b etw een
th e d ark tr e es. E ventu ally , h er i m agin ati o n b ecam e s o o vera cti v e th at th e B oggart a ssu m ed a f o rm : th at o f
a l a rg e, e v il- lo okin g m an, b earin g d ow n o n h er w ith a s n arl a nd o uts tr e tc hed h and s i n th e g lo om . H earin g
her s c re am , y o ung L yall c am e s p rin ti n g th ro ugh th e tr e es, c ausin g th e a p pariti o n to s h rin k i n to a f ie ld
mush ro om w ith o ne w av e o f h is w and . T he te rrifie d H ope th o ught, i n h er c o nfu sio n, th at h e h ad d riv en h er
would -b e a tta cker a w ay, a nd h is f ir s t w ord s to h er – ‘ it’ s a ll r ig ht, i t w as o nly a B oggart’ – m ad e n o
im pre ssio n o n h er. N oti c in g h o w v ery b eauti fu l s h e w as, L yall m ad e th e w is e d ecis io n n o t to ta lk a b out
Boggarts a ny m ore , b ut i n ste ad a gre ed th at th e m an h ad b een v ery b ig a nd s c ary , a nd th at th e o nly s e nsib le
th in g to d o w as f o r h im to a cco m pany H ope h o m e to p ro te ct h er.
The y o ung c o up le f e ll i n l o ve, a nd n o t e v en L yall’s s h am efa ced a d m is sio n, s o m e m onth s l a te r, th at
Hope h ad n ev er r e ally b een i n d anger, d ente d h er e nth usia sm f o r h im . T o L yall’s d elig ht, H ope a ccep te d
his p ro posa l o f m arria ge a nd th re w h ers e lf e nth usia sti c ally i n to p re p ara ti o ns f o r th e w ed din g, c o m ple te
with a B oggart- to pped c ake.
Lyall a nd H ope’s f ir s t a nd o nly c hild , R em us J o hn, w as b orn a fte r a y ear o f m arria ge. A h ap py,
health y l ittl e b oy, h e s h o w ed e arly s ig ns o f m agic a nd b oth p are nts i m agin ed th at h e w ould f o llo w i n h is
fa th er’s f o ots te p s, a tte nd in g H ogw arts S cho ol o f W itc hcra ft a nd W iz a rd ry i n d ue c o urs e .

Bitte n
B y th e ti m e th at R em us w as f o ur y ears o ld , th e a m ount o f D ark m agic al a cti v ity a cro ss th e c o untr y w as
i n cre asin g s te ad ily . W hile f e w y et k new w hat l a y b ehin d th e m ounti n g a tta cks a nd s ig hti n gs, L ord
V old em ort’ s f ir s t a sc ent to p ow er w as i n p ro gre ss a nd D eath E ate rs w ere r e cru iti n g a ll k in d s o f D ark
c re atu re s to j o in th em i n th eir q uest to o verth ro w th e M in is tr y o f M agic . T he M in is tr y c alle d i n th e
s e rv ic es o f a uth o riti e s o n D ark c re atu re s – e v en th o se a s m in o r a s B oggarts a nd p olte rg eis ts – to h elp i t
u nd ers ta nd a nd c o nta in th e th re at. L yall L up in w as a m ong th o se a sk ed to j o in th e D ep artm ent f o r th e
R egula ti o n a nd C ontr o l o f M agic al C re atu re s, w hic h h e d id g la d ly . I t w as h ere th at L yall c am e f a ce-to -
f a ce w ith a w ere w olf c alle d F enrir G re yb ack, w ho h ad b een b ro ught i n f o r q uesti o nin g a b out th e d eath o f
t w o M uggle c hild re n.
The W ere w olf R egis tr y w as b ad ly m ain ta in ed . W ere w olv es w ere s o s h unned b y w iz a rd in g s o cie ty
t h at th ey g enera lly a v oid ed c o nta ct w ith o th er p eo ple ; th ey l iv ed i n s e lf- d esc rib ed ‘ p acks’ a nd d id a ll th ey
c o uld to a v oid b ein g r e gis te re d . G re yb ack, w ho m th e M in is tr y d id n o t k no w to b e a w ere w olf, c la im ed to
b e n o th in g m ore th an a M uggle tr a m p w ho w as u tte rly a m aze d a t f in d in g h im se lf i n a r o om f u ll o f w iz a rd s,
a nd h o rrifie d b y th e ta lk a b out th e p oor, d ead c hild re n.
Gre yb ack’s f ilth y c lo th in g a nd l a ck o f w and w ere s u ffic ie nt to p ers u ad e tw o o verw ork ed a nd
i g no ra nt m em bers o f th e q uesti o nin g c o m mitte e th at h e w as te llin g th e tr u th , b ut L yall L up in w as n o t s o
e asily f o ole d . H e r e co gnis e d c erta in te llta le s ig ns i n G re yb ack’s a p peara nce a nd b ehav io ur a nd to ld th e
c o m mitte e th at G re yb ack o ught to b e k ep t i n d ete nti o n u nti l th e n ext f u ll m oon, a m ere tw enty -fo ur h o urs
l a te r.
Gre yb ack s a t i n s ile nce w hile L yall w as l a ughed a t b y h is f e llo w c o m mitte e m em bers ( ‘L yall, y o u
j u st s ti c k to W els h B oggarts , th at’ s w hat y o u’re g o od a t’ ). L yall, g enera lly a m ild -m annere d m an, g re w
a ngry . H e d esc rib ed w ere w olv es a s ‘ s o ulle ss, e v il, d ese rv in g n o th in g b ut d eath ’. T he c o m mitte e o rd ere d
L yall o ut o f th e r o om , th e h ead o f th e c o m mitte e a p olo gis e d to th e M uggle tr a m p a nd G re yb ack w as
r e le ase d .
The w iz a rd w ho e sc o rte d G re yb ack o ut o f th e i n q uir y w as i n te nd in g to p la ce a M em ory C harm u p on
h im , s o th at h e w ould f o rg et h av in g b een i n sid e th e M in is tr y . B efo re h e h ad a c hance to d o s o , h e w as
o verp ow ere d b y G re yb ack a nd tw o a cco m plic es w ho h ad b een l u rk in g a t th e e ntr a nce, a nd th e th re e
w ere w olv es f le d .
Gre yb ack l o st n o ti m e i n s h arin g w ith h is f r ie nd s h o w L yall L up in h ad j u st d esc rib ed th em . T heir
r e v enge o n th e w iz a rd w ho th o ught th at w ere w olv es d ese rv ed n o th in g b ut d eath w ould b e s w ift a nd
t e rrib le .
Sho rtl y b efo re R em us L up in ’s f ifth b ir th d ay, a s h e s le p t p eacefu lly i n h is b ed , F enrir G re yb ack
f o rc ed o pen th e b oy’s w in d ow a nd a tta cked h im . L yall r e ached th e b ed ro om i n ti m e to s a v e h is s o n’s l ife ,
d riv in g G re yb ack o ut o f th e h o use w ith a n um ber o f p ow erfu l c urs e s. H ow ev er, h encefo rth , R em us w ould
b e a f u lly f le d ged w ere w olf.
Lyall L up in n ev er f o rg av e h im se lf f o r th e w ord s h e h ad s p oken i n f r o nt o f G re yb ack a t th e i n q uir y :
‘ s o ulle ss, e v il, d ese rv in g n o th in g b ut d eath ’. H e h ad p arro te d w hat w as th e c o m mon v ie w o f w ere w olv es
i n h is c o m munity , b ut h is s o n w as w hat h e h ad a lw ays b een – l o veab le a nd c le v er – e xcep t f o r th at
t e rrib le p erio d a t th e f u ll m oon w hen h e s u ffe re d a n e xcru cia ti n g tr a nsfo rm ati o n a nd b ecam e a d anger to

ev ery o ne a ro und h im . F or m any y ears , L yall k ep t th e tr u th a b out th e a tta ck, i n clu d in g th e i d enti ty o f th e
atta cker, f r o m h is s o n, f e arin g R em us’s r e crim in ati o ns.

Child hood
L yall d id a ll h e c o uld to f in d a c ure , b ut n eith er p oti o ns n o r s p ells c o uld h elp h is s o n. F ro m th is ti m e
o nw ard s, th e f a m ily ’s l iv es w ere d om in ate d b y th e n eed to h id e R em us’s c o nd iti o n. T hey u p ro ote d
t h em se lv es f r o m v illa ge to to w n, l e av in g th e i n sta nt th at r u m ours o f th e b oy’s o dd b ehav io ur s ta rte d .
F ello w w itc hes a nd w iz a rd s n o ti c ed h o w p eaky R em us b ecam e a s n ew m oon a p pro ached , n o t to m enti o n
h is m onth ly d is a p peara nces. R em us w as n o t a llo w ed to p la y w ith o th er c hild re n, i n c ase h e l e t s lip th e
t r u th o f h is c o nd iti o n. I n c o nse q uence, a nd i n s p ite o f h is l o vin g p are nts , h e w as a v ery l o nely b oy.
While R em us w as s m all, h is c o nta in m ent d urin g h is tr a nsfo rm ati o n w as n o t d iffic ult; a l o cked r o om
a nd p le nty o f s ile ncin g s p ells u su ally s u ffic ed . H ow ev er, a s h e g re w , s o d id h is w olfis h s e lf, a nd b y th e
t i m e h e w as te n y ears o ld , h e w as c ap ab le o f p ound in g d ow n d oors a nd s m ash in g w in d ow s. E ver m ore
p ow erfu l s p ells w ere n eed ed to c o nta in h im a nd b oth H ope a nd L yall g re w th in w ith w orry a nd f e ar. T hey
a d ore d th eir s o n, b ut th ey k new th at th eir c o m munity – a lr e ad y b ese t w ith f e ars a t th e m ounti n g D ark
a cti v ity a ro und th em – w ould n o t b e l e nie nt o n a n u nco ntr o lle d w ere w olf. T he h o pes th at th ey h ad o nce
h ad f o r th eir s o n s e em ed i n r u in s, a nd L yall e d ucate d R em us a t h o m e, c erta in th at h e w ould n ev er b e a b le
t o s e t f o ot i n s c ho ol.
Sho rtl y b efo re R em us’s e le v enth b ir th d ay, n o l e ss a p ers o n th an A lb us D um ble d ore , H ead m aste r o f
H ogw arts , a rriv ed u nin v ite d o n th e L up in s’ d oors te p . F lu ste re d a nd f r ig hte ned , L yall a nd H ope tr ie d to
b lo ck h is e ntr a nce, b ut s o m eho w , f iv e m in ute s l a te r, D um ble d ore w as s itti n g a t th e f ir e sid e, e ati n g
c ru m pets a nd p la yin g G obsto nes w ith R em us.
Dum ble d ore e xp la in ed to th e L up in s th at h e k new w hat h ad h ap pened to th eir s o n. G re yb ack h ad
b oaste d o f w hat h e h ad d one a nd D um ble d ore h ad s p ie s a m ong D ark c re atu re s. H ow ev er, D um ble d ore
t o ld th e L up in s th at h e s a w n o r e aso n w hy R em us s h o uld n o t c o m e to s c ho ol, a nd d esc rib ed th e
a rra ngem ents th at h e h ad m ad e to g iv e th e b oy a s a fe a nd s e cure p la ce f o r h is tr a nsfo rm ati o ns. D ue to th e
w id esp re ad p re ju d ic e a ro und w ere w olv es, D um ble d ore a gre ed th at f o r R em us’s o w n s a ke h is c o nd iti o n
s h o uld n o t b e b ro ad cast. O nce a m onth , h e w ould l e av e f o r a s e cure a nd c o m fo rta b le h o use i n th e v illa ge
o f H ogsm ead e, g uard ed b y m any s p ells a nd r e ached o nly b y a n u nd erg ro und p assa ge f r o m th e H ogw arts
g ro und s, w here h e c o uld tr a nsfo rm i n p eace.
Rem us’s e xcite m ent w as b eyo nd a nyth in g h e h ad k no w n b efo re . I t w as th e d re am o f h is l ife to m eet
o th er c hild re n a nd h av e, f o r th e f ir s t ti m e, f r ie nd s a nd p la ym ate s.

Sch ool
S orte d i n to G ry ffin d or h o use , R em us L up in w as s w iftl y b efr ie nd ed b y tw o c heerfu l, c o nfid ent a nd
r e b ellio us b oys, J a m es P otte r a nd S ir iu s B la ck. T hey w ere a ttr a cte d b y R em us’s q uie t s e nse o f h um our
a nd a k in d ness th at th ey v alu ed , e v en i f th ey d id n o t a lw ays p osse ss i t th em se lv es. R em us, a lw ays th e
u nd erd og’s f r ie nd , w as k in d to s h o rt a nd r a th er s lo w P ete r P etti g re w , a f e llo w G ry ffin d or, w ho m J a m es
a nd S ir iu s m ig ht n o t h av e th o ught w orth y o f th eir a tte nti o n w ith o ut R em us’s p ers u asio n. S oon, th ese f o ur
b ecam e i n se p ara b le .
Rem us f u ncti o ned a s th e c o nsc ie nce o f th is g ro up , b ut i t w as a n o ccasio nally f a ulty c o nsc ie nce. H e
d id n o t a p pro ve o f th eir r e le ntl e ss b ully in g o f S ev eru s S nap e, b ut h e l o ved J a m es a nd S ir iu s s o m uch, a nd
w as s o g ra te fu l f o r th eir a ccep ta nce, th at h e d id n o t a lw ays s ta nd u p to th em a s m uch a s h e k new h e
s h o uld .
In ev ita b ly , h is th re e b est f r ie nd s s o on b ecam e c urio us a s to w hy R em us h ad to v anis h o nce a m onth .
C onv in ced b y h is l o nely c hild ho od th at h is f r ie nd s w ould d ese rt h im i f th ey k new th at h e w as a w ere w olf,
R em us m ad e u p e v er m ore e la b ora te l ie s to a cco unt f o r h is a b se nces. J a m es a nd S ir iu s g uesse d th e tr u th
i n th eir s e co nd y ear. T o R em us’s a sto nis h ed g ra ti tu d e, th ey n o t o nly r e m ain ed h is f r ie nd s b ut th o ught u p a n
i n genio us m eth o d o f e asin g h is m onth ly i s o la ti o n. T hey a ls o g av e h im a n ic knam e th at w ould f o llo w h im
a ll th ro ugh s c ho ol: ‘ M oony’. R em us f in is h ed h is s c ho ol c are er a s a P re fe ct.

The O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix
B y th e ti m e th e f o ur f r ie nd s l e ft s c ho ol, L ord V old em ort’ s a sc end ancy w as a lm ost c o m ple te . T ru e
r e sis ta nce to h im w as c o ncentr a te d i n th e u nd erg ro und o rg anis a ti o n c alle d th e O rd er o f th e P ho enix ,
w hic h a ll f o ur y o ung m en j o in ed .
The d eath o f J a m es P otte r, a lo ng w ith h is w ife L ily , a t th e h and s o f L ord V old em ort, w as o ne o f th e
m ost tr a um ati c e v ents o f R em us’s a lr e ad y tr o ub le d l ife . H is f r ie nd s m eant e v en m ore to h im th an to o th er
p eo ple , b ecause h e h ad l o ng s in ce a ccep te d th e f a ct th at m ost p eo ple w ould tr e at h im a s u nto uchab le , a nd
t h at th ere c o uld b e n o p ossib ility o f m arry in g a nd h av in g c hild re n. E ven w ors e , w ith in tw enty -fo ur h o urs
h e h ad a ls o l o st h is tw o o th er b est f r ie nd s. R em us w as i n th e n o rth o f th e c o untr y o n O rd er o f th e P ho enix
b usin ess w hen h e h eard th e h o rrib le n ew s th at o ne o f th em h ad m urd ere d th e o th er, a nd w as n o w i n
A zk ab an, a tr a ito r to th e O rd er a nd to L ily a nd J a m es th em se lv es.
The d ow nfa ll o f V old em ort, s u ch a s o urc e o f j u b ila ti o n to th e r e st o f th e w iz a rd in g c o m munity ,
m ark ed th e b egin nin g o f a l o ng s tr e tc h o f l o nelin ess a nd u nhap pin ess f o r R em us. H e h ad l o st h is th re e
c lo se f r ie nd s a nd , w ith th e O rd er d is b and ed , h is p re v io us c o m ra d es r e tu rn ed to b usy l iv es w ith f a m ilie s.
H is m oth er w as n o w d ead , a nd w hile L yall, h is f a th er, w as a lw ays d elig hte d to s e e h is s o n, R em us
r e fu se d to e nd anger h is f a th er’s p eacefu l e xis te nce b y r e tu rn in g to l iv e w ith h im .
Rem us n o w l iv ed a h and -to -m outh e xis te nce, ta kin g j o bs th at w ere f a r b elo w h is l e v el o f a b ility ,
a lw ays k no w in g th at h e w ould h av e to l e av e th em b efo re h is p atte rn o f g ro w in g s ic k o nce a m onth a t th e
f u ll m oon w as n o ti c ed b y h is w ork m ate s.

The W olf s b an e P otio n
O ne d ev elo pm ent i n th e w iz a rd in g c o m munity g av e R em us h o pe: th e d is c o very o f th e W olfs b ane P oti o n.
W hile th is d id n o t p re v ent a w ere w olf l o sin g h is h um an f o rm o nce a m onth , i t r e str ic te d h is tr a nsfo rm ati o n
t o th at o f a n o rd in ary a nd s le ep y w olf. I t h ad a lw ays b een R em us’s w ors t f e ar th at h e w ould k ill w hile o ut
o f h is r ig ht m in d . H ow ev er, th e W olfs b ane P oti o n w as c o m ple x a nd th e i n gre d ie nts v ery e xp ensiv e.
R em us h ad n o c hance to s a m ple i t w ith o ut a d m itti n g w hat h e w as a nd s o h e c o nti n ued h is l o nely , i ti n era nt
e xis te nce.

Retu rn t o H ogw arts
O nce a gain , A lb us D um ble d ore c hanged th e c o urs e o f R em us L up in ’s l ife w hen h e tr a cked h im d ow n to a
t u m ble d ow n, s e m i- d ere lic t c o tta ge i n Y ork sh ir e . D elig hte d to s e e th e H ead m aste r, R em us w as a m aze d
w hen D um ble d ore o ffe re d h im th e p ost o f D efe nce A gain st th e D ark A rts te acher. H e w as o nly p ers u ad ed
t o a ccep t w hen D um ble d ore e xp la in ed th at th ere w ould b e a l im itl e ss s u p ply o f W olfs b ane P oti o n,
c o urte sy o f th e P oti o ns m aste r, S ev eru s S nap e.
At H ogw arts , R em us r e v eale d h im se lf to b e a g ifte d te acher, w ith a r a re f la ir f o r h is o w n s u b je ct a nd
a p ro fo und u nd ers ta nd in g o f h is p up ils . H e w as, a s e v er, p arti c ula rly d ra w n to th e u nd erd og, a nd b oth
N ev ille L ongb otto m a nd H arry P otte r b enefite d f r o m h is w is d om a nd k in d ness.
How ev er, R em us’s o ld f la w w as a t w ork . H e h ad g ra v e s u sp ic io ns a b out o ne o f h is o ld f r ie nd s, a
k no w n f u giti v e, b ut d id n o t s h are th em w ith a nyo ne a t H ogw arts . H is d esp era te d esir e to b elo ng a nd to b e
l ik ed m eant th at h e w as n eith er a s b ra v e n o r a s h o nest a s h e o ught to h av e b een.
An u nfo rtu nate c o m bin ati o n o f c ir c um sta nces a ro se th at r e su lte d i n R em us u nd erg o in g a tr u e
w ere w olf ’s tr a nsfo rm ati o n o n th e g ro und s o f th e s c ho ol. S ev eru s S nap e’s r e se ntm ent, n ev er a b ate d b y
R em us’s s u b se q uent r e sp ectf u l p olite ness, m ad e s u re th at i t w as w id ely k no w n w hat th e D efe nce A gain st
t h e D ark A rts te acher w as. R em us f e lt o blig ed to r e sig n a nd d ep arte d H ogw arts o nce m ore .

Marria g e
A s L ord V old em ort o nce a gain g ain ed a sc end ancy, th e o ld r e sis ta nce r e gro up ed a nd R em us f o und h im se lf
o nce m ore p art o f th e O rd er o f th e P ho enix .
This ti m e, th e g ro up i n clu d ed a n A uro r w ho h ad b een to o y o ung to b elo ng to th e O rd er d urin g i ts f ir s t
i n carn ati o n. C le v er, b ra v e a nd f u nny, p in k-h air e d N ym phad ora T onks w as a p ro té gée o f A la sto r ‘ M ad -
E ye’ M oody, th e to ughest a nd m ost g riz zle d A uro r o f th em a ll.
Rem us, s o o fte n m ela ncho ly a nd l o nely , w as f ir s t a m use d , th en i m pre sse d , th en s e rio usly s m itte n b y
t h e y o ung w itc h. H e h ad n ev er f a lle n i n l o ve b efo re . I f i t h ad h ap pened i n p eaceti m e, R em us w ould h av e
s im ply ta ken h im se lf o ff to a n ew p la ce a nd a n ew j o b, s o th at h e d id n o t h av e to e nd ure th e p ain o f
w atc hin g T onks f a ll i n l o ve w ith a h and so m e, y o ung w iz a rd i n th e A uro r o ffic e, w hic h w as w hat h e
e xp ecte d to h ap pen. H ow ev er, th is w as w ar; th ey w ere b oth n eed ed i n th e O rd er o f th e P ho enix , a nd
n o body k new w hat th e n ext d ay w ould b rin g. R em us f e lt j u sti fie d i n r e m ain in g e xactl y w here h e w as,
k eep in g h is f e elin gs to h im se lf b ut s e cre tl y r e jo ic in g e v ery ti m e s o m eb ody p air e d h im w ith T onks o n s o m e
o vern ig ht m is sio n.
It h ad n ev er o ccurre d to R em us th at T onks c o uld r e tu rn h is f e elin gs b ecause h e h ad b eco m e s o u se d
t o c o nsid erin g h im se lf u ncle an a nd u nw orth y. O ne n ig ht w hen th ey l a y i n h id in g o uts id e a k no w n D eath
E ate r’s h o use , a fte r a y ear o f i n cre asin gly w arm f r ie nd sh ip , T onks m ad e a n i d le r e m ark a b out o ne o f th eir
f e llo w O rd er m em bers ( ‘H e’s s ti ll h and so m e, i s n ’t h e, e v en a fte r A zk ab an?’). B efo re h e c o uld s to p
h im se lf, R em us h ad r e p lie d b itte rly th at h e s u p pose d s h e h ad f a lle n f o r h is o ld f r ie nd ( ‘H e a lw ays g o t th e
w om en.’ ). A t th is , T onks b ecam e s u d denly a ngry . ‘ Y ou’d k no w p erfe ctl y w ell w ho I ’ v e f a lle n f o r, i f y o u
w ere n’t to o b usy f e elin g s o rry f o r y o urs e lf to n o ti c e.’
Rem us’s i m med ia te r e sp onse w as a h ap pin ess h e h ad n ev er e xp erie nced i n h is l ife , b ut th is w as
e xti n guis h ed a lm ost a t o nce b y a s e nse o f c ru sh in g d uty . H e h ad a lw ays k no w n th at h e c o uld n o t m arry a nd
r u n th e r is k o f p assin g o n h is p ain fu l, s h am efu l c o nd iti o n. H e th ere fo re p re te nd ed n o t to u nd ers ta nd T onks,
w hic h d id n o t f o ol h er a t a ll. W is e r th an R em us, s h e w as s u re th at h e l o ved h er, b ut th at h e w as r e fu sin g to
a d m it i t o ut o f m is ta ken n o bility . H ow ev er, h e a v oid ed a ny f u rth er e xcurs io ns w ith h er, b are ly ta lk ed to
h er, a nd s ta rte d v olu nte erin g f o r th e m ost d angero us m is sio ns. T onks b ecam e d esp era te ly u nhap py,
c o nv in ced n o t o nly th at th e m an s h e l o ved w ould n ev er w illin gly s p end ti m e w ith h er a gain , b ut a ls o th at
h e m ig ht w alk to h is d eath r a th er th an a d m it h is f e elin gs.
Rem us a nd T onks b oth f o ught L ord V old em ort a nd h is D eath E ate rs i n th e D ep artm ent o f M yste rie s, a
b attl e th at r e su lte d i n th e p ub lic e xp osu re o f V old em ort’ s r e tu rn . T he l o ss o f th e l a st o f h is s c ho ol f r ie nd s
d urin g th is b attl e d id n o th in g to s o fte n R em us’s i n cre asin gly s e lf- d estr u cti v e a tti tu d e. T onks c o uld o nly
w atc h i n d esp air a s h e v olu nte ere d to s p y f o r th e O rd er, l e av in g to l iv e a m ong f e llo w w ere w olv es to tr y
t o p ers u ad e th em to D um ble d ore ’s s id e. I n d oin g th is , h e w as e xp osin g h im se lf to th e p ossib le r e p ris a ls o f
t h e w ere w olf w ho h ad c hanged h is l ife f o re v er, F enrir G re yb ack.
Rem us c am e f a ce-to -fa ce w ith b oth G re yb ack a nd T onks a t H ogw arts b are ly a y ear l a te r, w hen th e
O rd er c la sh ed w ith D eath E ate rs w ith in th e c astl e . D urin g th is b attl e , R em us l o st y et a no th er p ers o n h e
h ad l o ved : A lb us D um ble d ore . D um ble d ore h ad b een a d ore d b y e v ery m em ber o f th e O rd er o f th e
P ho enix , b ut to R em us, h e h ad r e p re se nte d th e s o rt o f k in d ness, to le ra nce a nd u nd ers ta nd in g th at h e h ad
r e ceiv ed f r o m n o body i n th e w orld o uts id e h is p are nts a nd h is th re e b est f r ie nd s, a nd h ad b een th e o nly

man e v er to o ffe r h im a p ositi o n w ith in n o rm al w iz a rd in g s o cie ty .
In th e a fte rm ath o f th e b lo ody f ig ht, i n sp ir e d b y F le ur D ela co ur’s p ro te sta ti o n o f e nd urin g l o ve f o r
Bill W easle y, w ho h ad b een s a v aged b y G re yb ack, T onks m ad e a b ra v e, p ub lic d ecla ra ti o n o f h er f e elin gs
fo r R em us, w ho w as f o rc ed to a d m it th e s tr e ngth o f h is l o ve f o r h er. I n s p ite o f c o nti n uin g m is g iv in gs th at
he w as a cti n g s e lfis h ly , R em us m arrie d T onks q uie tl y i n th e n o rth o f S co tl a nd , w ith w itn esse s ta ken f r o m
th e l o cal w iz a rd in g ta v ern . H e c o nti n ued to f e ar th at th e s ti g m a a tta ched to h im w ould i n fe ct h is w ife a nd
wis h ed f o r n o f a nfa re a ro und th eir u nio n; h e s w ung c o nsta ntl y b etw een e la ti o n th at h e w as m arrie d to th e
wom an o f h is d re am s a nd te rro r o f w hat h e m ig ht h av e b ro ught u p on th em b oth .

Pare n th ood
W ith in a f e w w eeks o f th eir m arria ge, R em us r e alis e d th at T onks w as p re gnant a nd e v ery f e ar h e h ad e v er
h ad s u rfa ced . H e w as c o nv in ced th at h e h ad p asse d o n h is c o nd iti o n to a n i n no cent c hild a nd th at h e h ad
c o nd em ned T onks to th e s a m e l ife a s h is m oth er, f o re v er m ovin g a ro und , u nab le to s e ttl e , h av in g to h id e
h er i n cre asin gly v io le nt c hild f r o m s ig ht. F ull o f r e m ors e a nd s e lf- re crim in ati o n, R em us f le d , l e av in g th e
p re gnant T onks, s e ekin g o ut H arry a nd o ffe rin g to a cco m pany h im o n w hate v er d eath -d efy in g a d ventu re
a w aite d .
To R em us’s s h o ck a nd d is p le asu re , th e s e v ente en-y ear-o ld H arry n o t o nly d eclin ed h is o ffe r b ut
b ecam e a ngry a nd i n su lti n g. H e to ld h is e x-te acher th at h e w as a cti n g s e lfis h ly a nd i r re sp onsib ly . R em us
r e sp ond ed w ith u nchara cte ris ti c v io le nce a nd s to rm ed o ut o f th e h o use , ta kin g r e fu ge i n a c o rn er o f th e
L eaky C auld ro n, w here h e s a t d rin kin g a nd f u m in g.
How ev er, a fte r a f e w h o urs ’ r e fle cti o n, R em us w as f o rc ed to a ccep t th at h is e x-p up il h ad j u st ta ught
h im a v alu ab le l e sso n. J a m es a nd L ily , R em us r e fle cte d , h ad s tu ck w ith H arry e v en u nto th eir o w n d eath s.
H is o w n p are nts , L yall a nd H ope, h ad s a crific ed th eir p eace a nd s e curity to k eep th e f a m ily to geth er.
B itte rly a sh am ed , R em us l e ft th e i n n a nd r e tu rn ed to h is w ife , w here h e b egged h er f o rg iv eness a nd
a ssu re d h er th at, c o m e w hat m ay, h e w ould n ev er l e av e h er a gain . F or th e r e st o f T onks’s p re gnancy,
R em us e sc hew ed m is sio ns f o r th e O rd er o f th e P ho enix a nd m ad e i t h is f ir s t p rio rity to p ro te ct h is w ife
a nd u nb orn c hild .
The L up in s’ s o n, E dw ard R em us ( ‘T ed dy’), w as n am ed f o r R em us’s r e centl y d ecease d f a th er-in -la w .
T o b oth p are nts ’ r e lie f a nd d elig ht, h e s h o w ed n o s ig n o f l y canth ro py w hen b orn , b ut i n herite d h is
m oth er’s a b ility to c hange h is a p peara nce a t w ill. O n th e n ig ht o f T ed dy’s b ir th , R em us b rie fly l e ft T onks
a nd h is s o n i n th e c harg e o f h is m oth er-in -la w , s o th at h e c o uld g o a nd f in d H arry f o r th e f ir s t ti m e s in ce
t h eir a ngry c o nfr o nta ti o n. H ere , h e a sk ed H arry to b e T ed dy’s g o dfa th er, f e elin g n o th in g b ut f o rg iv eness
a nd g ra ti tu d e to w ard s th e p ers o n w ho h ad s e nt h im h o m e to th e f a m ily th at g av e h im h is g re ate st
h ap pin ess.

Death
B oth R em us a nd T onks r e tu rn ed to H ogw arts f o r th e f in al b attl e a gain st V old em ort, l e av in g th eir ti n y s o n
i n th e c are o f h is g ra nd m oth er. T he c o up le k new th at i f V old em ort w on th is b attl e , th eir f a m ily w as s u re to
b e e lim in ate d : b oth w ere n o to rio us m em bers o f th e O rd er o f th e P ho enix . T onks w as a m ark ed w om an i n
t h e e yes o f h er D eath E ate r a unt, B ella tr ix L estr a nge, a nd th eir s o n w as th e v ery a nti th esis o f a p ure -
b lo od, h av in g m any M uggle r e la ti v es a nd a d ash o f w ere w olf.
Hav in g s u rv iv ed n um ero us e nco unte rs w ith D eath E ate rs a nd f o ught h is w ay s k ilfu lly a nd b ra v ely o ut
o f m any ti g ht c o rn ers , R em us L up in m et h is e nd a t th e h and s o f A nto nin D olo ho v, o ne o f th e l o ngest-
s e rv in g, m ost d ev ote d a nd s a d is ti c o f a ll V old em ort’ s D eath E ate rs . R em us w as n o l o nger i n p rim e
f ig hti n g c o nd iti o n w hen h e r u sh ed to j o in th e f ig ht. M onth s o f i n acti v ity , u sin g m ostl y s p ells o f
c o ncealm ent a nd p ro te cti o n, h ad b lu nte d h is d uellin g c ap ab iliti e s, a nd w hen h e r a n u p a gain st a d uelle r o f
D olo ho v’s s k ill, n o w b attl e -h ard ened a fte r m onth s o f k illin g a nd m aim in g, h is r e acti o ns w ere to o s lo w .
Rem us L up in w as p osth um ously a w ard ed th e O rd er o f M erlin , F ir s t C la ss, th e f ir s t w ere w olf e v er to
b e a cco rd ed th is h o no ur. T he e xam ple o f h is l ife a nd d eath d id m uch to l ift th e s ti g m a o n w ere w olv es. H e
w as n ev er f o rg o tte n b y a nyo ne w ho k new h im : a b ra v e, k in d m an w ho d id th e b est h e c o uld i n v ery
d iffic ult c ir c um sta nces a nd w ho h elp ed m any m ore th an h e e v er r e alis e d .

J.K . R ow lin g’s t h ough ts
R em us L up in w as o ne o f m y f a v ourite c hara cte rs i n th e e nti r e P otte r s e rie s. I m ad e m yse lf c ry a ll o ver
a gain w hile w riti n g th is e ntr y , b ecause I h ate d k illin g h im .
Lup in ’s c o nd iti o n o f l y canth ro py ( b ein g a w ere w olf) w as a m eta p ho r f o r th o se i lln esse s th at c arry a
s ti g m a, l ik e H IV a nd A ID S. A ll k in d s o f s u p ers ti ti o ns s e em to s u rro und b lo od-b orn e c o nd iti o ns, p ro bab ly
d ue to ta b oos s u rro und in g b lo od i ts e lf. T he w iz a rd in g c o m munity i s a s p ro ne to h yste ria a nd p re ju d ic e a s
t h e M uggle o ne, a nd th e c hara cte r o f L up in g av e m e a c hance to e xam in e th o se a tti tu d es.
Rem us’s P atr o nus i s n ev er r e v eale d i n th e P otte r b ooks, e v en th o ugh i t i s h e w ho te aches H arry th e
d iffic ult a nd u nusu al a rt o f p ro ducin g o ne. I t i s , i n f a ct, a w olf – a n o rd in ary w olf, n o t a w ere w olf. W olv es
a re f a m ily -o rie nta te d a nd n o n-a ggre ssiv e, b ut R em us d is lik es th e f o rm o f h is P atr o nus, w hic h i s a c o nsta nt
r e m in d er o f h is a fflic ti o n. E very th in g w olfis h d is g usts h im , a nd h e o fte n p ro duces a n o n-c o rp ore al
P atr o nus d elib era te ly , e sp ecia lly w hen o th ers a re w atc hin g.

Lyca nth ro py d oesn ’t m ake f o r a n e a sy l ife . I n t h is n ext p ie ce o f w ritin g o n w ere w olv es, w e
le a rn w hy i t’s b een s o d iffic u lt f o r R em us a nd h is k in d t o i n te g ra te i n to t h e r e st o f s o cie ty .


WER EW OLV ES
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T here a re w ere w olv es w orld w id e a nd th ey h av e tr a d iti o nally b een p aria hs i n th e w iz a rd in g c o m muniti e s
f r o m w hic h th ey o fte n s p rin g; w itc hes a nd w iz a rd s w ho a re f r e q uentl y i n v olv ed i n h unti n g o r s tu d yin g
s u ch c re atu re s a re e xp ose d to a h ig her r is k o f a tta ck th an th e a v era ge M uggle . I n th e l a te n in ete enth c entu ry
t h e g re at E nglis h a uth o rity o n w ere w olv es, P ro fe sso r M arlo w e F orfa ng, u nd erto ok th e f ir s t
c o m pre hensiv e s tu d y o f th eir h ab its . H e f o und th at n early a ll th o se h e m anaged to s tu d y a nd q uesti o n h ad
b een w iz a rd s b efo re b ein g b itte n. H e a ls o l e arn ed f r o m th e w ere w olv es th at M uggle s ‘ ta ste ’ d iffe re nt to
w iz a rd s a nd th at th ey a re m uch m ore l ik ely to d ie o f th eir w ound s, w here as w itc hes a nd w iz a rd s s u rv iv e
t o b eco m e w ere w olv es.
The M in is tr y o f M agic ’s p olic ie s o n w ere w olv es h av e a lw ays b een m ud dle d a nd i n effic ie nt. A
W ere w olf C ode o f C ond uct w as d ev elo ped i n 1 637, w hic h w ere w olv es w ere s u p pose d to s ig n,
p ro m is in g n o t to a tta ck a nyo ne b ut to l o ck th em se lv es u p s e cure ly e v ery m onth . U nsu rp ris in gly , n o body
s ig ned th e C ode, a s n o body w as p re p are d to w alk i n to th e M in is tr y a nd a d m it to b ein g a w ere w olf, a
p ro ble m f r o m w hic h th e l a te r W ere w olf R egis tr y a ls o s u ffe re d . F or y ears , th is W ere w olf R egis tr y , o n
w hic h e v ery w ere w olf w as s u p pose d to e nte r th eir n am e a nd p ers o nal d eta ils , h as r e m ain ed i n co m ple te
a nd u nre lia b le , b ecause s o m any o f th e n ew ly -b itte n s o ught to c o nceal th eir c o nd iti o n a nd e sc ap e th e
i n ev ita b le s h am e a nd e xile . W ere w olv es h av e b een s h unte d b etw een th e B east a nd B ein g d iv is io ns o f th e
D ep artm ent f o r th e R egula ti o n a nd C ontr o l o f M agic al C re atu re s f o r y ears , b ecause n o body c o uld m ake
u p th eir m in d s w heth er a w ere w olf s h o uld b e c la ssifie d a s h um an o r b esti a l. A t o ne p oin t, th e W ere w olf
R egis tr y a nd W ere w olf C ap tu re U nit w ere b oth i n th e B east D iv is io n, w hile a t th e s a m e ti m e a n o ffic e f o r
W ere w olf S up port S erv ic es w as e sta b lis h ed i n th e B ein g D iv is io n. N obody e v er p re se nte d th em se lv es
f o r S up port S erv ic es, f o r th e s a m e r e aso ns th at v ery f e w e v er s ig ned th e R egis tr y , a nd i t w as e v entu ally
c lo se d d ow n.
To b eco m e a w ere w olf, i t i s n ecessa ry to b e b itte n b y a w ere w olf i n th eir w olfis h f o rm a t th e ti m e o f
t h e f u ll m oon. W hen th e w ere w olf ’s s a liv a m in gle s w ith th e v ic ti m ’s b lo od, c o nta m in ati o n w ill o ccur.
The m any M uggle m yth s a nd l e gend s s u rro und in g w ere w olv es a re , i n th e m ain , f a ls e , a lth o ugh s o m e
c o nta in n uggets o f tr u th . S ilv er b ulle ts d o n o t k ill w ere w olv es, b ut a m ix tu re o f p ow dere d s ilv er a nd
d itta ny a p plie d to a f r e sh b ite w ill ‘ s e al’ th e w ound a nd p re v ent th e v ic ti m b le ed in g to d eath ( a lth o ugh
t r a gic ta le s a re to ld o f v ic ti m s w ho b eg to b e a llo w ed to d ie r a th er th an to l iv e o n a s w ere w olv es).
In th e s e co nd h alf o f th e tw enti e th c entu ry , s e v era l p oti o ns w ere d ev is e d to s o fte n th e e ffe cts o f
l y canth ro py. T he m ost s u ccessfu l w as th e W olfs b ane P oti o n.
The m onth ly tr a nsfo rm ati o n o f a w ere w olf i s e xtr e m ely p ain fu l i f u ntr e ate d a nd i s u su ally p re ced ed
a nd s u cceed ed b y a f e w d ays o f p allo r a nd i ll h ealth . W hile i n h is o r h er w olfis h f o rm , th e w ere w olf
l o se s e nti r e ly i ts h um an s e nse o f r ig ht o r w ro ng. H ow ev er, i t i s i n co rre ct to s ta te ( a s s o m e a uth o riti e s
h av e, n o ta b ly P ro fe sso r E m ere tt P ic ard y i n h is b ook
Lupin e L aw le ssn ess: W hy L yca nth ro pes D on’t
D ese rv e t o L iv e
) th at th ey s u ffe r f r o m a p erm anent l o ss o f m ora l s e nse . W hile h um an, th e w ere w olf m ay

be a s g o od o r k in d a s th e n ext p ers o n. A lte rn ati v ely , th ey m ay b e d angero us e v en w hile h um an, a s i n th e
case o f F enrir G re yb ack, w ho a tte m pts to b ite a nd m aim a s a m an a nd k eep s h is n ails s h arp ened i n to
cla w -lik e p oin ts f o r th e p urp ose .
If a tta cked b y a w ere w olf th at i s s ti ll i n h um an f o rm , th e v ic ti m m ay d ev elo p c erta in m ild , w olfis h
chara cte ris ti c s s u ch a s a f o nd ness f o r r a re m eat, b ut o th erw is e s h o uld n o t b e tr o ub le d b y l o ng-te rm i ll
effe cts . H ow ev er, a ny b ite o r s c ra tc h g iv en b y a w ere w olf w ill l e av e l a sti n g s c ars , w heth er o r n o t h e o r
sh e w as i n a w olf ’s f o rm a t th e ti m e o f th e a tta ck.
While i n i ts a nim al f o rm , th e w ere w olf i s a lm ost i n d is ti n guis h ab le i n a p peara nce f r o m th e tr u e w olf,
alth o ugh th e s n o ut m ay b e s lig htl y s h o rte r a nd th e p up ils s m alle r ( in b oth c ase s m ore ‘ h um an’) a nd th e ta il
tu fte d r a th er th an f u ll a nd b ush y. T he r e al d iffe re nce i s i n b ehav io ur. G enuin e w olv es a re n o t v ery
aggre ssiv e, a nd th e v ast n um ber o f f o lk ta le s r e p re se nti n g th em a s m in d le ss p re d ato rs a re n o w b elie v ed
by w iz a rd in g a uth o riti e s to r e fe r to w ere w olv es, n o t tr u e w olv es. A w olf i s u nlik ely to a tta ck a h um an
excep t u nd er e xcep ti o nal c ir c um sta nces. T he w ere w olf, h o w ev er, ta rg ets h um ans a lm ost e xclu siv ely a nd
pose s v ery l ittl e d anger to a ny o th er c re atu re .
Were w olv es g enera lly r e p ro duce b y a tta ckin g n o n-w ere w olv es. T he s ti g m a s u rro und in g w ere w olv es
has b een s o e xtr e m e f o r c entu rie s th at v ery f e w h av e m arrie d a nd h ad c hild re n. H ow ev er, w here
were w olv es h av e m arrie d h um an p artn ers , th ere h as b een n o s ig n o f th eir l y canth ro py b ein g p asse d to
th eir o ffs p rin g.
One c urio us f e atu re o f th e c o nd iti o n i s th at i f tw o w ere w olv es m eet a nd m ate a t th e f u ll m oon ( a
hig hly u nlik ely c o nti n gency, w hic h i s k no w n to h av e o ccurre d o nly tw ic e) th e r e su lt o f th e m ati n g w ill b e
wolf c ub s w hic h r e se m ble tr u e w olv es i n e v ery th in g e xcep t th eir a b no rm ally h ig h i n te llig ence. T hey a re
no t m ore a ggre ssiv e th an n o rm al w olv es a nd d o n o t s in gle o ut h um ans f o r a tta ck. S uch a l itte r w as o nce
se t f r e e, u nd er c o nd iti o ns o f e xtr e m e s e cre cy, i n th e F orb id den F ore st a t H ogw arts , w ith th e k in d
perm is sio n o f A lb us D um ble d ore . T he c ub s g re w i n to b eauti fu l a nd u nusu ally i n te llig ent w olv es a nd s o m e
of th em l iv e th ere s ti ll, w hic h h as g iv en r is e to th e s to rie s a b out ‘ w ere w olv es’ i n th e F ore st – s to rie s n o ne
of th e te achers , o r th e g am ekeep er, h as d one m uch to d is p el b ecause k eep in g s tu d ents o ut o f th e F ore st i s ,
in th eir v ie w , h ig hly d esir a b le .

Fro m M cG onagall’s g rie f t o L upin ’s l ife lo ng b ea stly a fflic tio n, w e’v e h ea rd a bout h ero is m
and h ard sh ip . N ow w e h ea d i n to d iffe re n t t e rrito ry, r id dle d w ith o m in ous p ro phecie s ( o nly
tw o o f w hic h a re g en uin e), o m en s a nd d angero us h obbie s.
Dis c o ver m ore a bout t h e H ogw arts D iv in atio n t e a ch er a nd r e sid en t d oom sa yer S yb ill
Tre la w ney, t h e o nly p ro fe sso r l ik ely t o p re d ic t y o ur g ris ly d em is e f r o m a c u p o f t e a .

SY BIL L T R ELAW NEY
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
9th M arc h
WAND:
Haze l a nd u nic o rn h air, n in e a nd a h alf i n ches l o ng, v ery f le xib le
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Rav encla w
SP E C IA L A BIL IT IE S:
A S eer, th o ugh th e g ift i s u np re d ic ta b le a nd u nco nsc io us
PA REN TA GE:
Muggle m oth er, w iz a rd f a th er
FA M IL Y:
Early m arria ge e nd ed i n u nfo re se en r u p tu re w hen s h e r e fu se d to a d opt th e s u rn am e ‘ H ig gle b otto m ’, n o
child re n
HOBBIE S:
Pra cti s in g m akin g d oom -la d en p ro phecie s i n f r o nt o f th e m ir ro r, s h erry
S yb ill i s th e g re at- g re at g ra nd daughte r o f a g enuin e S eer, C assa nd ra T re la w ney. C assa nd ra ’s g ift h ad b een
m uch d ilu te d o ver e nsu in g g enera ti o ns, a lth o ugh S yb ill i n herite d m ore th an s h e k new . H alf- b elie v in g i n
h er o w n f ib s a b out h er ta le nt ( fo r s h e i s a t l e ast n in ety p er c ent f r a ud ), S yb ill c ulti v ate d a d ra m ati c m anner
a nd e njo ys i m pre ssin g h er m ore g ullib le s tu d ents w ith p re d ic ti o ns o f d oom a nd d is a ste r. S he i s g ifte d i n
t h e f o rtu ne te lle r’s tr ic ks; s h e a ccura te ly r e ad s N ev ille ’s n erv ousn ess a nd s u ggesti b ility i n h is f ir s t c la ss,
a nd te lls h im h e i s a b out to b re ak a c up , w hic h h e d oes. O n o th er o ccasio ns, g ullib le s tu d ents d o h er w ork
f o r h er. P ro fe sso r T re la w ney te lls L av end er B ro w n th at s o m eth in g s h e i s d re ad in g w ill h ap pen to h er o n
t h e s ix te enth o f O cto ber; w hen L av end er r e ceiv es n ew s o n th at d ay th at h er p et r a b bit h as d ie d , s h e
c o nnects i t i n sta ntl y w ith th e p re d ic ti o n. A ll o f H erm io ne’s l o gic a nd g o od s e nse ( L av end er w as n o t
d re ad in g th e d eath o f th e r a b bit, w hic h w as v ery y o ung; th e r a b bit d id n o t d ie o n th e s ix te enth , b ut th e
p re v io us d ay) a re l o st: L av end er w ants to b elie v e h er u nhap pin ess w as f o re to ld . B y th e l a w o f a v era ges,
P ro fe sso r T re la w ney’s r a p id -fir e p re d ic ti o ns s o m eti m es h it th e m ark , b ut m ost o f th e ti m e s h e i s f u ll o f h o t
a ir a nd s e lf- im porta nce.
Nev erth ele ss, S yb ill d oes e xp erie nce v ery r a re f la sh es o f g enuin e c la ir v oyance, w hic h s h e c an n ev er
r e m em ber a fte rw ard s. S he s e cure d h er p ost a t H ogw arts b ecause s h e r e v eale d , d urin g h er i n te rv ie w w ith

Dum ble d ore , th at s h e w as th e u nco nsc io us p osse sso r o f i m porta nt k no w le d ge. D um ble d ore g av e h er
sa nctu ary a t th e s c ho ol, p artl y to p ro te ct h er, p artl y i n th e h o pe th at m ore g enuin e p re d ic ti o ns w ould b e
fo rth co m in g ( h e h ad to w ait m any y ears f o r th e n ext) .
Consc io us o f h er l o w s ta tu s o n th e s ta ff, w ho a re a lm ost a ll m ore ta le nte d th an s h e i s , S yb ill s p end s
most o f h er ti m e a p art f r o m h er c o lle agues, u p i n h er s tu ffy a nd o verc ro w ded to w er o ffic e. U nsu rp ris in gly ,
perh ap s, s h e h as d ev elo ped a n o ver-re lia nce o n a lc o ho l.

J.K . R ow lin g’s t h ough ts
P ro fe sso rs T re la w ney a nd M cG onagall a re p ola r o pposite s; th e o ne s o m eth in g o f a c harla ta n,
m anip ula ti v e a nd g ra nd io se , th e o th er f ie rc ely i n te llig ent, s te rn a nd u p rig ht. I k new , h o w ev er, th at w hen
t h e c o nsu m mate o uts id er a nd n o n-H ogw arti a n D olo re s U m brid ge a tte m pte d to o ust S yb ill f r o m th e s c ho ol,
M in erv a M cG onagall, w ho h ad b een c riti c al o f T re la w ney o n m any o ccasio ns, w ould s h o w th e tr u e
k in d ness o f h er c hara cte r a nd r a lly to h er d efe nce. T here i s a p ath o s a b out P ro fe sso r T re la w ney,
i n fu ria ti n g th o ugh I w ould f in d h er i n r e al l ife , a nd I th in k th at M in erv a s e nse d h er u nd erly in g f e elin g o f
i n ad eq uacy.
I c re ate d d eta ile d h is to rie s f o r m any o f th e H ogw arts s ta ff ( s u ch a s A lb us D um ble d ore , M in erv a
M cG onagall a nd R ub eus H agrid ), s o m e o f w hic h w ere u se d i n th e b ooks, a nd s o m e o f w hic h w ere n o t. I t
i s i n s o m e w ays f itti n g th at I o nly e v er h ad a v ague i d ea o f w hat h ad h ap pened to th e D iv in ati o n te acher
b efo re s h e w ash ed u p a t H ogw arts . I i m agin e th at S yb ill’s p re -H ogw arts e xis te nce c o nsis te d o f d rifti n g
t h ro ugh th e w iz a rd in g w orld , tr y in g to tr a d e o n h er a ncestr y to s e cure e m plo ym ent, b ut s c o rn in g a ny th at
d id n o t o ffe r w hat s h e f e els i s th e s ta tu s d ue to a S eer.
I l o ve C orn is h s u rn am es, a nd h ad n ev er u se d o ne u nti l th e th ir d b ook i n th e s e rie s, s o th at i s h o w
P ro fe sso r T re la w ney g o t h er f a m ily n am e. I d id n o t w ant to c all h er a nyth in g c o m ic al, o r w hic h s u ggeste d
c hic anery , b ut s o m eth in g i m pre ssiv e a nd a ttr a cti v e. ‘ T re la w ney’ i s a v ery o ld n am e, s u ggesti v e o f S yb ill’s
o ver-re lia nce o n h er a ncestr y w hen s e ekin g to i m pre ss. T here i s a b eauti fu l o ld C orn is h s o ng f e atu rin g th e
n am e ( ‘T he S ong o f th e W este rn M en’). S yb ill’s f ir s t n am e i s a h o m onym o f ‘ S ib yl’ , w hic h w as a f e m ale
c la ir v oyant i n a ncie nt ti m es. M y A meric an e d ito r w ante d m e to u se ‘ S ib yl’ , b ut I p re fe rre d m y v ers io n,
b ecause w hile i t k eep s th e r e fe re nce to th e a ugust c la ir v oyants o f o ld , i t i s r e ally n o m ore th an a v aria nt
o n th e u nfa sh io nab le f e m ale n am e ‘ S yb il’ . P ro fe sso r T re la w ney, I f e lt, d id n o t r e ally q ualify a s a ‘ S ib yl’ .

J.K . R ow lin g m ay h ave o nly a v a gue i d ea o f S yb ill T re la w ney’s p re -H ogw arts l ife , b ut s h e h as
defin ite i d ea s a bout S eers, p artic u la rly t h e p ra ctic e o f c o nsu ltin g a N am in g S eer.


NAM IN G S E ER S
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
A v ery g re at v arie ty o f f ir s t n am es a re g iv en to c hild re n b y th eir w iz a rd p are nts , s o m e o f th em b ein g w hat
w e m ig ht th in k o f a s M uggle n am es ( e .g . J a m es, H arry , R onald ), o th ers g iv in g a d is ti n ct f la v our o f th e
p ers o nality o r d esti n y o f th e b eare r ( e .g . X eno philiu s, R em us, A le cto ).
Som e w iz a rd s h av e a f a m ily tr a d iti o n o f n am es. T he B la ck f a m ily , f o r i n sta nce, l ik e to n am e th eir
o ffs p rin g a fte r s ta rs a nd c o nste lla ti o ns ( w hic h m any w ould s a y s u its th eir l o fty a m biti o n a nd p rid e). O th er
w iz a rd in g f a m ilie s ( lik e th e P otte rs a nd th e W easle ys) s im ply p ic k th eir f a v ourite n am es f o r th eir
c hild re n, a nd l e av e i t a t th at.
A c erta in s e cto r o f m agic al s o cie ty , h o w ev er, f o llo w s th e a ncie nt w iz a rd in g p ra cti c e o f c o nsu lti n g a
N am in g S eer, w ho ( u su ally f o r a h efty p aym ent o f g o ld ) w ill p re d ic t th e c hild ’s f u tu re a nd s u ggest a n
a p pro pria te m onik er.
This p ra cti c e i s b eco m in g i n cre asin gly r a re . M any p are nts p re fe r to ‘ le t h im /h er f in d h is /h er o w n
w ay’, a nd d is lik e ( w ith g o od r e aso n) r e ceiv in g p re m atu re h in ts o f a p ti tu d e, l im ita ti o ns o r, a t w ors t,
c ata str o phe. M oth ers a nd f a th ers h av e o fte n f r e tte d th em se lv es s illy o n th e w ay h o m e f r o m th e N am in g
S eer, w is h in g th at th ey h ad n o t h eard th e S eer’s p re d ic ti o ns a b out th eir c hild ’s p ers o nality o r f u tu re .

If S yb ill T re la w ney’s p ost a s D iv in atio n t e a ch er r e q uir e d h er t o p re d ic t d anger, e m plo ym en t
as t h e C are o f M agic a l C re a tu re s t e a ch er p ut y o u r ig ht i n t h e m id dle o f i t. R ubeu s H agrid
adore d t h e b ea sts i n h is c a re , f r o m h is f o rb id den d ra gon t o h is a ra ch nid f r ie n d A ra gog. T he
man i n t h e j o b b efo re H agrid – S ilv a nus K ettle b urn – a ls o l o ved m agic a l b ea sts . H e a ls o ,
pre su m ably , l o ved h avin g t h e f u ll u se o f a ll h is l im bs – s o m eth in g h e c erta in ly d id n ot h ave
by t h e t im e h e r e tir e d .

SIL VA NUS K ETTL EB URN
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
22nd N ovem ber
WAND:
Chestn ut a nd p ho enix f e ath er, e le v en a nd a h alf i n ches, w hip py
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Huffle p uff
SP E C IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Encyclo ped ic k no w le d ge o f m agic al c re atu re s, f e arle ssn ess
PA REN TA GE:
Magic al f a th er, m agic al m oth er
FA M IL Y:
No w ife , n o c hild re n
HOBBIE S:
Dangero us c re atu re s a re b oth h is w ork a nd h is h o bby
S ilv anus K ettl e b urn w as th e C are o f M agic al C re atu re s te acher a t H ogw arts u nti l H arry ’s th ir d y ear, w hen
h e w as r e p la ced b y R ub eus H agrid .
Kettl e b urn w as a n e nth usia sti c a nd o ccasio nally r e ckle ss m an w ho se g re at l o ve o f th e o fte n
d angero us c re atu re s h e s tu d ie d a nd l o oked a fte r l e d to s e rio us i n ju rie s to h im se lf a nd , o ccasio nally ,
o th ers . T his f a ct l e d to n o f e w er th an s ix ty -tw o p erio ds o f p ro bati o n d urin g h is ti m e o f e m plo ym ent a t th e
s c ho ol ( a r e co rd th at s ti ll s ta nd s). L ik e H agrid a fte r h im , h e w as p ro ne to u nd ere sti m ati n g th e r is k s
i n v olv ed i n c arin g f o r c re atu re s s u ch a s O ccam ys, G rin d ylo w s a nd F ir e C ra b s, a nd o nce f a m ously c ause d
t h e G re at H all to c atc h f ir e a fte r e nchanti n g a n A sh w in d er to p la y th e W orm i n a p la y o f ‘ T he F ounta in o f
F air F ortu ne’.
Kettl e b urn w as a l o veab le i f e ccentr ic m an a nd h is c o nti n uin g e m plo ym ent a t th e s c ho ol w as
e v id ence o f th e g re at a ffe cti o n i n w hic h s ta ff a nd s tu d ents h eld h im . H e f in is h ed h is c are er w ith o nly o ne
a rm a nd h alf a l e g. A lb us D um ble d ore p re se nte d h im w ith a f u ll s e t o f e nchante d w ooden l im bs o n h is
r e ti r e m ent, a g ift th at h ad to b e r e p la ced r e gula rly s in ce, b ecause K ettl e b urn ’s h ab it o f v is iti n g d ra go n
s a nctu arie s i n h is s p are ti m e m eant th at h is p ro sth eti c s w ere f r e q uentl y s e t o n f ir e .
Kettl e b urn r e ti r e d to H ogsm ead e b ut w as u nab le , d ue to h is p hysic al i n fir m iti e s, to ta ke p art i n th e
B attl e o f H ogw arts . D ete rm in ed to p la y h is p art, h e c la m bere d i n to h is a tti c a nd th re w h is e nti r e s to ck o f

Flo bberw orm s o ut o f th e s k ylig ht a t p assin g D eath E ate rs . W hile th is m ay n o t h av e h ad m uch e ffe ct o n th e
outc o m e o f th e b attl e , i t w as g enera lly f e lt to s h o w th e r ig ht s p ir it.

If t h ere ’s o ne t h in g t h ese s to rie s p ro ve, i t’s t h at h ero is m c o m es i n a ll s h apes, s iz e s a nd
va rie tie s – w heth er i t’s R em us L upin g iv in g h is l ife t o s a ve t h e w iz a rd in g w orld o r S ilv a nus
Kettle b urn h urlin g F lo bberw orm s a t D ea th E ate rs f r o m h is a ttic . A fte r a ll, y o u d on’t h ave t o
be a s w ord -w ie ld in g G ry ffin dor t o b e a h ero ; s o m etim es, a ll i t t a kes i s h avin g y o ur h ea rt i n
th e r ig ht p la ce.
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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