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CO NTEN TS
Sh ort S to rie s f r o m H ogw arts o f H ero is m , H ard sh ip a n d D an gero us H obbie s
Sh ort S to rie s f r o m H ogw arts o f P ow er, P olit ic s a n d P esk y P olt e rg eis ts
Hogw arts : A n I n co m ple te a n d U nre lia b le G uid e

CO NTEN TS
CH APT ER O N E
Min erv a M cG onag all
Anim ag i
CH APT ER T W O
Rem us L upin
Were w olv es
CH APT ER T H REE
Sybill T re la w ney
Nam in g S eers
CH APT ER F O UR
Silv an us K ettle b u rn

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 n d d an gero u s 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 n s t h at c a n r o b s o m eo n e o f f r ee w ill a n d m agic a l b ea sts t h at c a n t e a r e v en t h e
bra vest w iz a rd li m b f r o m li m b. T hat’s w hat m akes v ali a n t a cts o f h ero is m m ore p ow erfu l
an d m ore n ecessa ry .
Havin g a w an d i n h an d c a n i n stil c o u ra ge, b u t m agic i s n ’t t h e o n ly t h in g y ou 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 li n g, y ou w ill
rea d a bou t t h e lo v e, g rie f a n d e n du rin g d ig n ity o f M in erv a M cG on aga ll, t h e t r a gic f a te o f
Rem us L upin , t h e r eck le ss b eh avio u r o f o n e S ilv an us K ettle b u rn , a n d s o m uch m ore.

Min erv a M cG on aga ll i s m an y t h in gs: g if te d w itc h , s te rn H ogw arts p ro fe sso r, li f e lo n g
Quid ditc h e n th u sia st a n d o cca sio n al t a bby c a t. I f t h ere’s o n e t h in g s h e’s n ot, i t’s a n o p en b ook .
There’s r ea lly n o b ette r w ay t o g et t o k n ow s o m eo n e t h an h ea rin g a bou t t h eir p aren ts , t h eir
ch ild hood , t h eir f ir st lo v e, a n d t h eir s tu bborn ly h eld g ru dges. S o i t’s w ith g rea t j o y w e f o llo w
J.K . R ow li n g’s w ritin g b ack t o t h e S co ttis h H ig h la n ds, w here w e c a n g li m pse M cG on aga ll’s
li f e a s s h e f o u nd j o y , f r ie n dsh ip , m agic a n d a j o b a t H ogw arts .

MIN ER VA M CG O NAG ALL
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
4th O cto ber
WAN D:
Fir a n d d ra g o n h earts tr in g, n in e a n d a h alf i n ch es, s tif f
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Gry ffin dor
SP EC IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Anim ag u s ( d is tin ctiv ely m ark ed s ilv er t a b by c at)
PA REN TA G E:
Muggle f a th er, w it c h m oth er
FA M IL Y :
Husb an d E lp hin sto ne U rq u art, d ecease d , n o c h ild re n
HOBBIE S:
N eed le w ork , c o rre ctin g a rtic le s i n
Tra n sfig u ra tio n T od ay
, w atc h in g Q uid dit c h , s u pportin g
th e M ontr o se M ag p ie s

Child hood
M in erv a M cG onag all w as t h e f ir st c h ild , a n d o nly d au gh te r, o f a S co ttis h P re sb yte ria n
m in is te r a n d a H ogw arts - e d ucate d w it c h . S h e g re w u p i n t h e H ig h la n ds o f S co tla n d i n t h e
e arly t w en tie th c en tu ry , a n d o nly g ra d ually b ecam e a w are t h at t h ere w as s o m eth in g
s tr a n ge, b o th a b o ut h er o w n a b ilit ie s, a n d h er p are n ts ’ m arria g e.
Min erv a’s f a th er, t h e R ev ere n d R obert M cG onag all, h ad b eco m e c ap tiv ate d b y t h e
h ig h -sp ir it e d I s o bel R oss, w ho l iv ed i n t h e s a m e v illa g e. L ik e h is n eig h bo urs, R obert
b elie v ed t h at I s o bel a tte n ded a s e le ct l a d ie s’ b o ard in g s c h ool i n E ngla n d. I n f a ct, w hen
I s o bel v an is h ed f r o m h er h om e f o r m onth s a t a t im e, i t w as t o H ogw arts S ch ool o f
W it c h cra ft a n d W iz ard ry t h at s h e w en t.

Aw are t h at h er p are n ts ( a w it c h a n d w iz ard ) w ould f r o w n o n a c o nnectio n w it h t h e
se rio us y o ung M uggle , I s o bel k ep t t h eir b u rg eo nin g r e la tio nsh ip a s e cre t. B y t h e t im e s h e
was e ig h te en , s h e h ad f a lle n i n l o ve w it h R obert. U nfo rtu nate ly , s h e h ad n ot f o und t h e
co ura g e t o t e ll h im w hat s h e w as.
The c o uple e lo ped , t o t h e f u ry o f b o th s e ts o f p are n ts . N ow e str a n ged f r o m h er f a m ily ,
Is o bel c o uld n ot b rin g h erse lf t o m ar t h e b lis s o f t h e h oney m oon b y t e llin g h er s m it te n n ew
husb an d t h at s h e h ad g ra d uate d t o p o f h er c la ss i n C harm s a t H ogw arts , n or t h at s h e h ad
been C ap ta in o f t h e s c h ool Q uid dit c h t e am . I s o bel a n d R obert m oved i n to a m an se
(m in is te r’s h ouse ) o n t h e o uts k ir ts o f C ait h ness, w here t h e b eau tif u l I s o bel p ro ved
su rp ris in gly a d ep t a t m ak in g t h e m ost o f t h e m in is te r’s t in y s a la ry .
The b ir th o f t h e y o ung c o uple ’s f ir st c h ild , M in erv a, p ro ved b o th a jo y a n d a c ris is .
Mis sin g h er f a m ily , a n d t h e m ag ic al c o m munit y 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
on n am in g h er n ew bo rn d au gh te r a fte r h er o w n g ra n dm oth er, a n i m men se ly t a le n te d
wit c h . T he o utla n dis h n am e r a is e d e y eb ro w s i n t h e c o m munit y i n w hic h s h e l iv ed , a n d t h e
Rev ere n d R obert M cG onag all f o und i t d if fic u lt t o e x p la in h is w if e ’s c h oic e t o h is
paris h io ners. F urth erm ore , h e w as a la rm ed b y h is w if e ’s m oodin ess. F rie n ds a ssu re d h im
th at w om en w ere o fte n e m otio nal a fte r t h e b ir th o f a b ab y, a n d t h at I s o bel w ould s o on b e
herse lf a g ain .
Is o bel, h ow ev er, b ecam e m ore a n d m ore w it h dra w n, o fte n s e clu din g h erse lf w it h
Min erv a f o r d ay s a t a t im e. I s o bel l a te r t o ld h er d au gh te r t h at s h e h ad d is p la y ed s m all, b u t
unm is ta k ab le , s ig n s o f m ag ic f r o m h er e arlie st h ours. T oys t h at h ad b een l e ft o n u pper
sh elv es w ere f o und i n h er c o t. T he f a m ily c at a p peare d t o 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 ag p ip es w ere o ccasio nally h eard t o p la y t h em se lv es f r o m d is ta n t r o om s,
a p hen om en on t h at m ad e t h e i n fa n t M in erv a c h uck le .
Is o bel w as t o rn b etw een p rid e a n d f e ar. S h e k new t h at s h e m ust c o nfe ss t h e t r u th t o
Robert b efo re h e w it n esse d s o m eth in g t h at w ould a la rm h im . A t l a st, i n r e sp onse t o
Robert’s p atie n t q u estio nin g, I s o bel b u rst i n to t e ars, r e tr ie v ed h er w an d f r o m t h e l o ck ed
bo x u nder h er b ed , a n d s h ow ed h im w hat s h e w as.
Alt h ough M in erv a w as t o o y o ung t o r e m em ber t h at n ig h t, i t s a fte rm ath l e ft h er w it h a
bit te r u ndersta n din g o f t h e c o m plic atio ns o f g ro w in g u p w it h m ag ic i n a M uggle w orld .
Alt h ough R obert M cG onag all l o ved h is w if e n o l e ss u pon d is c o verin g t h at s h e w as a w it c h ,
he w as p ro fo undly s h ock ed b y h er r e v ela tio n, a n d b y t h e f a ct t h at s h e h ad k ep t s u ch a
se cre t f r o m h im f o r s o l o ng. W hat w as m ore , h e, w ho p rid ed h im se lf o n b ein g a n u prig h t
an d h onest m an , w as n ow d ra w n i n to a l if e o f s e cre cy t h at w as q u it e f o re ig n t o h is n atu re .
Is o bel e x p la in ed , t h ro ugh h er s o bs, t h at s h e ( a n d t h eir d au gh te r) w ere b o und b y t h e
In te rn atio nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy , a n d t h at t h ey m ust c o nceal t h e t r u th a b o ut t h em se lv es, o r
fa ce t h e f u ry o f t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic . R obert a ls o q u aile d a t t h e t h ough t o f h ow t h e l o cals
– i n t h e m ain , a n a u ste re , s tr a ig h t- la ced a n d c o nven tio nal b re ed – w ould f e el a b o ut h av in g
a w it c h a s t h eir m in is te r’s w if e .
Love e n dure d , b u t t r u st h ad b een b ro ken b etw een h er p are n ts , a n d M in erv a, a c le v er
an d o bse rv an t c h ild , s a w t h is w it h s a d ness. T w o m ore c h ild re n , b o th s o ns, w ere b o rn t o t h e
McG onag alls , a n d b o th , i n d ue c o urse , r e v eale d m ag ic al a b ilit y . M in erv a h elp ed h er
moth er e x p la in t o M alc o lm a n d R obert J u nio r t h at t h ey m ust n ot f la u nt t h eir m ag ic , a n d

aid ed h er m oth er i n c o ncealin g f r o m t h eir f a th er t h e a ccid en ts a n d e m barra ssm en ts t h eir
mag ic s o m etim es c au se d .
Min erv a w as v ery c lo se t o h er M uggle f a th er, w hom i n t e m pera m en t s h e r e se m ble d
more t h an h er m oth er. S h e s a w w it h p ain h ow m uch h e s tr u ggle d w it h t h e f a m ily ’s s tr a n ge
sit u atio n. S h e s e n se d , t o o, h ow m uch o f a s tr a in i t w as f o r h er m oth er t o f it i n w it h t h e a ll-
Muggle v illa g e, a n d h ow m uch s h e m is se d t h e f r e ed om o f b ein g w it h h er k in d, a n d o f
ex erc is in g h er c o nsid era b le t a le n ts . M in erv a n ev er f o rg o t h ow m uch h er m oth er c rie d ,
when t h e l e tte r o f a d m it ta n ce i n to H ogw arts S ch ool o f W it c h cra ft a n d W iz ard ry a rriv ed o n
Min erv a’s e le v en th b ir th day ; s h e k new t h at I s o bel w as s o bbin g, n ot o nly o ut o f p rid e, b u t
als o o ut o f e n vy.

Sch ool C are er
A s i s o fte n t h e c ase w here t h e y o ung w it c h o r w iz ard c o m es f r o m a f a m ily w ho h as
s tr u ggle d w it h i t s m ag ic al i d en tit y , H ogw arts w as, f o r M in erv a M cG onag all, a p la ce o f
j o yfu l r e le ase a n d f r e ed om .
Min erv a d re w u nusu al a tte n tio n t o h erse lf o n h er v ery f ir st e v en in g, w hen s h e w as
r e v eale d t o b e a H ats ta ll. A fte r f iv e a n d a h alf m in ute s, t h e S o rtin g H at, w hic h h ad b een
v acilla tin g b etw een t h e h ouse s o f R av en cla w a n d G ry ffin dor, p la ced M in erv a i n t h e l a tte r.
( I n l a te r y ears, t h is c ir c u m sta n ce w as a s u bje ct o f g en tle h um our b etw een M in erv a a n d h er
c o lle ag u e F iliu s F lit w ic k , o ver w hom t h e S o rtin g H at s u ffe re d t h e s a m e c o nfu sio n, b u t
r e ach ed t h e o pposit e c o nclu sio n. T he t w o H ead s o f H ouse w ere a m use d t o t h in k t h at t h ey
m ig h t, b u t f o r t h ose c ru cia l m om en ts i n t h eir y o uth s, h av e e x ch an ged p osit io ns).
Min erv a w as q u ic k ly r e co gn is e d a s t h e m ost o uts ta n din g s tu den t o f h er y ear, w it h a
p artic u la r t a le n t f o r T ra n sfig u ra tio n. A s s h e p ro gre sse d t h ro ugh t h e s c h ool, s h e
d em onstr a te d t h at s h e h ad i n herit e d b o th h er m oth er’s t a le n ts a n d h er f a th er’s c ast- ir o n
m ora l s e n se . M in erv a’s s c h ool c are er o verla p ped b y t w o y ears w it h t h at o f P om ona S p ro ut,
l a te r H ead o f H uffle p uff H ouse , a n d t h e t w o w om en e n jo yed a n e x celle n t r e la tio nsh ip b o th
t h en , a n d i n l a te r y ears.
By t h e e n d o f h er e d ucatio n a t H ogw arts , M in erv a M cG onag all h ad a ch ie 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 n d N .E .W .T .s , P re fe ct, H ead G ir l, a n d w in ner o f
t h e
Tra n sfig u ra tio n T od ay
M ost P ro m is in g N ew co m er a w ard . U nder t h e g u id an ce o f h er
i n sp ir a tio nal T ra n sfig u ra tio n t e ach er, A lb u s D um ble d ore , s h e h ad m an ag ed t o b eco m e a n
A nim ag u s; h er a n im al f o rm , w it h i t s d is tin ctiv e m ark in gs ( t a b by c at, s q u are s p ecta cle s
m ark in gs a ro und e y es) w ere d uly l o gged i n t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic ’s A nim ag u s R eg is tr y .
M in erv a w as a ls o , l ik e h er m oth er, a g if te d Q uid dit c h p la y er, a lt h ough a n asty f a ll i n h er
f in al y ear ( a f o ul d urin g t h e G ry ffin dor v ersu s S ly th erin g am e w hic h w ould d ecid e t h e C up
w in ner) l e ft h er w it h c o ncu ssio n, s e v era l b ro ken r ib s a n d a l if e lo ng d esir e t o s e e S ly th erin
c ru sh ed o n t h e Q uid dit c h p it c h . T hough s h e g av e u p Q uid dit c h o n l e av in g H ogw arts , t h e
i n nate ly c o m petit iv e P ro fe sso r M cG onag all l a te r t o ok a k een i n te re st i n t h e f o rtu nes o f h er
h ouse t e am , a n d r e ta in ed a k een e y e f o r Q uid dit c h t a le n t.

Early H eartb re ak
U pon g ra d uatio n f r o m H ogw arts , M in erv a r e tu rn ed t o t h e m an se t o e n jo y o ne l a st s u m mer
w it h h er f a m ily b efo re s e ttin g o ut f o r L ondon, w here s h e h ad b een o ffe re d a p osit io n a t t h e
M in is tr y o f M ag ic ( D ep artm en t o f M ag ic al L aw E nfo rc em en t). T hese m onth s w ere t o
p ro ve s o m e o f t h e m ost d if fic u lt o f M in erv a’s l if e , f o r i t w as t h en , a g ed o nly e ig h te en , t h at
s h e p ro ved h erse lf t r u ly h er m oth er’s d au gh te r, b y f a llin g h ead -o ver-h eels i n l o ve w it h a
M uggle b o y.
It w as t h e f ir st a n d o nly t im e i n M in erv a M cG onag all’s l if e t h at s h e m ig h t h av e b een
s a id t o l o se h er h ead . D ougal M cG re g o r w as t h e h an dso m e, c le v er a n d f u nny s o n o f a l o cal
f a rm er. T hough l e ss b eau tif u l t h an I s o bel, M in erv a w as c le v er a n d w it ty . D ougal a n d
M in erv a s h are d a s e n se o f h um our, a rg u ed f ie rc ely , a n d s u sp ecte d m yste rio us d ep th s i n
e ach o th er. B efo re e it h er o f t h em k new i t , D ougal w as o n o ne k nee i n a p lo ugh ed f ie ld ,
p ro posin g, a n d M in erv a w as a ccep tin g h im .
Sh e w en t h om e, i n te n din g t o t e ll h er p are n ts o f h er e n gag em en t, y et f o und h erse lf
u nab le t o d o s o . A ll t h at n ig h t s h e l a y a w ak e, t h in kin g a b o ut h er f u tu re . D ougal d id n ot
k now w hat s h e, M in erv a, t r u ly w as, a n y m ore t h an h er f a th er h ad k now n t h e t r u th a b o ut
I s o bel b efo re t h ey h ad m arrie d . M in erv a h ad w it n esse d a t c lo se q u arte rs t h e k in d o f
m arria g e s h e m ig h t h av e i f s h e w ed D ougal. I t w ould b e t h e e n d o f a ll h er a m bit io ns; i t
w ould m ean a w an d l o ck ed a w ay , a n d c h ild re n t a u gh t t o l ie , p erh ap s e v en t o t h eir o w n
f a th er. S h e d id n ot f o ol h erse lf t h at D ougal M cG re g o r w ould a cco m pan y h er t o L ondon,
w hile s h e w en t t o w ork e v ery d ay a t t h e M in is tr y . H e w as l o okin g f o rw ard t o i n herit in g h is
f a th er’s f a rm .
Early n ex t m orn in g, M in erv a s lip ped f r o m h er p are n ts ’ h ouse a n d w en t t o t e ll D ougal
t h at s h e h ad c h an ged h er m in d, a n d c o uld n ot m arry h im . M in dfu l o f t h e f a ct t h at i f s h e
b ro ke t h e I n te rn atio nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy , s h e w ould l o se t h e jo b a t t h 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 h an ge o f h eart. S h e l e ft
h im d ev asta te d , a n d s e t o ut f o r L ondon t h re e d ay s l a te r.

Min is tr y C are er
T hough u ndoubte d ly h er f e elin gs f o r t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic w ere c o lo ure d b y t h e f a ct t h at
s h e h ad r e cen tly s u ffe re d a n e m otio nal c ris is , M in erv a M cG onag all d id n ot m uch e n jo y h er
n ew h om e a n d w ork pla ce. S o m e o f h er c o -w ork ers h ad a n e n gra in ed a n ti- M uggle b ia s
t h at, g iv en h er a d ora tio n o f h er M uggle f a th er, a n d h er c o ntin uin g l o ve f o r D ougal
M cG re g o r, s h e d ep lo re d . T hough a m ost e ffic ie n t a n d g if te d e m plo yee, a n d f o nd o f h er
m uch o ld er b o ss, E lp hin sto ne U rq u art, M in erv a w as u nhap py i n L ondon, a n d f o und t h at
s h e m is se d S co tla n d. F in ally , a fte r t w o y ears a t t h e M in is tr y , s h e w as o ffe re d a p re stig io us
p ro m otio n, y et f o und h erse lf t u rn in g i t d ow n. S h e s e n t a n o w l t o H ogw arts , a sk in g w heth er
s h e m ig h t b e c o nsid ere d f o r a t e ach in g p ost. T he o w l r e tu rn ed w it h in h ours, o ffe rin g h er a
j o b i n t h e T ra n sfig u ra tio n d ep artm en t, u nder H ead o f D ep artm en t, A lb u s D um ble d ore .

Frie n dsh ip w it h A lb us D um ble d ore
T he s c h ool g re ete d M in erv a M cG onag all’s r e tu rn w it h d elig h t. M in erv a t h re w h erse lf i n to
h er w ork , p ro vin g h erse lf a s tr ic t b u t i n sp ir a tio nal t e ach er. I f s h e k ep t l e tte rs f r o m D ougal
M cG re g o r l o ck ed i n a b o x u nder h er b ed , t h is w as ( s h e t o ld h erse lf f ir m ly ) b ette r t h an
k eep in g h er w an d l o ck ed t h ere . N ev erth ele ss, i t w as a s h ock t o l e arn f r o m t h e o bliv io us
I s o bel ( in t h e m id dle o f a c h atty l e tte r o f l o cal n ew s) t h at D ougal h ad m arrie d t h e d au gh te r
o f a n oth er f a rm er.
Alb u s D um ble d ore d is c o vere d M in erv a i n t e ars i n h er c la ssr o om , l a te t h at e v en in g, a n d
s h e c o nfe sse d t h e w hole s to ry t o h im . A lb u s D um ble d ore o ffe re d b o th c o m fo rt a n d
w is d om , a n d t o 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 nknow n t o h er. T he
c o nfid en ces e x ch an ged t h at n ig h t b etw een t w o i n te n se ly p riv ate a n d r e se rv ed c h ara cte rs
w ere t o f o rm t h e b asis o f a l a stin g m utu al e ste em a n d f r ie n dsh ip .
Min erv a M cG onag all w as o ne o f o nly a h an dfu l o f p eo ple w ho k new , o r s u sp ecte d ,
h ow d re ad fu l a m om en t i t w as f o r A lb u s D um ble d ore w hen , i n 1 945, h e m ad e t h e d ecis io n
t o c o nfr o nt a n d d efe at t h e D ark w iz ard G elle rt G rin delw ald .

Vold em ort’s F ir st R is e
M in erv a M cG onag all d id n ot t e ach t h e y o ung T om R id dle , b u t s h e w as p riv y t o
D um ble d ore ’s f e ars a n d s u sp ic io ns a b o ut h im . M in erv a w as n ot i n ducte d i n to t h e O rd er o f
t h e P hoen ix d urin g V old em ort’s f ir st c lim b t o p ow er ( a t t h at t im e t h e O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix
w as s e en a s a r e n eg ad e o utfit b y t h 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 h aris m a a n d m ag ic al t a le n t, a n d w ere i n clin ed t o h arb o ur f e ars t h at h e w is h ed t o s u cceed
t h em ). M in erv a’s a b ilit ie s a s a n A nim ag u s w ere t o p ro ve u se fu l i n t h ese d ark p erio ds o f
w iz ard in g h is to ry , h ow ev er, a n d u nbek now nst t o h er s tu den ts s h e s p en t m an y n ig h ts
s p yin g f o r t h e M in is tr y i n t h e g u is e o f a t a b by c at, b rin gin g t h e A uro rs c ru cia l i n fo rm atio n
o n t h e a ctiv it ie s o f V old em ort’s f o llo w ers.
Lik e m ost o f t h e m ag ic al c o m munit y s h e s u ffe re d p erso nal b ere av em en ts d urin g t h e
f ir st p erio d o f V old em ort’s p ow er. A m ong t h e w orst w ere t h e l o ss o f h er b ro th er, R obert;
t w o o f h er f a v o urit e s tu den ts , L ily E van s a n d J a m es P otte r; a n d D ougal M cG re g o r, w ho
w as m urd ere d , a lo ng w it h h is w if e a n d c h ild re n , i n a r a n dom a n ti- M uggle a tta ck b y t h e
D eath E ate rs. T his l a st n ew s w as a t e rrib le b lo w t o M in erv a, w ho a sk ed h erse lf w heth er s h e
m ig h t n ot h av e b een a b le t o s a v e D ougal’s l if e 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 onag all r e m ain ed o n t e rm s o f
f r ie n dsh ip w it h h er o ld b o ss a t t h e M in is tr y , E lp hin sto ne U rq u art. H e c am e t o v is it h er
w hile o n h olid ay t o S co tla n d, a n d t o h er g re at s u rp ris e a n d e m barra ssm en t, p ro pose d
m arria g e i n M ad am P uddif o ot’s t e ash op. S till i n l o ve w it h D ougal M cG re g o r, M in erv a
t u rn ed h im d ow n.
Elp hin sto ne, h ow ev er, h ad n ev er c ease d t o l o ve h er, n or t o p ro pose e v ery n ow a n d
t h en , e v en t h ough s h e c o ntin ued t o r e fu se h im . T he d eath o f D ougal M cG re g o r, h ow ev er,
a lt h ough t r a u m atic , s e em ed t o f r e e M in erv a. S h ortly a fte r V old em ort’s f ir st d efe at,
E lp hin sto ne, n ow w hit e -h air e d , p ro pose d a g ain d urin g a s u m mertim e s tr o ll a ro und t h e
l a k e i n t h e H ogw arts g ro unds. T his t im e M in erv a a ccep te d . E lp hin sto ne, n ow r e tir e d , w as
b esid e h im se lf w it h jo y, a n d p urc h ase d a s m all c o tta g e i n H ogsm ead e f o r t h e p air o f t h em ,
w hen ce M in erv a c o uld t r a v el e asily t o w ork e v ery d ay .
Know n t o s u ccessiv e g en era tio ns o f s tu den ts a s ‘P ro fe sso r M cG onag all,’ M in erv a –
a lw ay s s o m eth in g o f a f e m in is t – a n nounced t h at s h e w ould b e k eep in g h er o w n n am e
u pon m arria g e. T ra d it io nalis ts s n if fe d – w hy w as M in erv a r e fu sin g t o a ccep t a p ure -b lo od
n am e, a n d k eep in g t h at o f h er M uggle f a th er?
The m arria g e ( c u t t r a g ic ally s h ort, t h ough i t w as d estin ed t o b e) w as a v ery h ap py o ne.
T hough t h ey h ad n o c h ild re n o f t h eir o w n, M in erv a’s n ie ces a n d n ep hew s ( c h ild re n o f h er
b ro th ers M alc o lm a n d R obert) w ere f r e q u en t v is it o rs t o t h eir h om e. T his w as a p erio d o f
g re at f u lf illm en t f o r M in erv a.
The a ccid en ta l d eath o f E lp hin sto ne f r o m a V en om ous T en ta cu la b it e , t h re e y ears i n to
t h eir m arria g e, w as a n e n orm ous s o rro w t o a ll w ho k new t h e c o uple . M in erv a c o uld n ot
b ear t o r e m ain a lo ne i n t h eir c o tta g e, b u t p ack ed h er t h in gs a fte r E lp hin sto ne’s f u nera l a n d
r e tu rn ed t o h er s p arse s to ne-flo ore d b ed ro om i n H ogw arts C astle , a ccessib le t h ro ugh a
c o nceale d d oor i n t h e w all o f h er f ir st- flo or s tu dy. A lw ay s a v ery b ra v e a n d p riv ate p erso n,
s h e p oure d a ll h er e n erg ie s i n to h er w ork , a n d f e w p eo ple – e x cep tin g p erh ap s A lb u s
D um ble d ore – e v er r e alis e d h ow m uch s h e s u ffe re d .

Seco n d W iz ard in g W ar
B y t h e t im e o f t h e s e co nd w iz ard in g w ar, M in erv a w as n o l o nger p re p are d t o 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 pt a n d d an gero us. H er a ttit u de w as
u ndoubte d ly h ard en ed b y t h e i n tr u sio n a t H ogw arts o f D olo re s J a n e U m brid ge, a M in is tr y
i n sp ecto r a n d D efe n ce A gain st t h e D ark A rts t e ach er, w it h w hom M in erv a c la sh ed m ore
v io le n tly t h an w it h a n y o th er c o lle ag u e i n h er l o ng a n d v arie d c are er. F ollo w in g t h e
c o nfr o nta tio n w it h t h e D eath E ate rs w ho h ad i n vad ed H ogw arts a t t h e t im e o f A lb u s
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 t h e O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix ,
w hic h w as n ow , m ore t h an e v er, s e en a s a n o utla w o rg an is a tio n.
Follo w in g t h e p ro m otio n o f S ev eru s S n ap e t o H ead m aste r, a fte r h er t e m pora ry
s te w ard sh ip o f t h e s c h ool, M in erv a M cG onag all r e m ain ed i n p ost t o p ro te ct t h e s tu den ts a s
b est s h e c o uld f r o m t h e m alic io us a tte n tio ns o f t h e C arro w s, t h e D eath E ate r t e ach ers
i m pose d u pon t h e s c h ool b y L ord V old em ort. I n s p it e o f h er w ell- k now n l o yalt y t o
P ro fe sso r D um ble d ore , V old em ort a n d h is f o llo w ers b elie v ed t h at M in erv a w as b o th t o o
g if te d t o l o se , a n d t o o s e n sib le n ot t o jo in t h em f u lly o nce t h eir v ic to ry w as a ssu re d .
In t h is , h ow ev er, t h ey w ere q u it e m is ta k en , a n d M in erv a M cG onag all’s a ctio ns d urin g
t h e f a m ous B attle o f H ogw arts p ro ved t h at h er a lle g ia n ce t o t h e O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix h ad
n ev er w av ere d . S h e w as o ne o f t h e l a st t o d uel V old em ort b efo re h is d eath , a n e n co unte r
s h e s u rv iv ed , a n d s h e s u bse q u en tly b ecam e a s u ccessfu l a n d i n sp ir a tio nal H ead m is tr e ss o f
t h e s c h ool s h e h ad s e rv ed s o l o ng a n d w ell. M in erv a M cG onag all w as l a te r a w ard ed t h e
O rd er o f M erlin , F ir st C la ss, b y t h e n ew M in is te r f o r M ag ic , K in gsle y S h ack le b o lt , a n d
s h ortly a fte rw ard s a p peare d o n a c ard i n t h e C hoco la te F ro g F am ous W it c h es a n d W iz ard s
s e rie s, a n a cco la d e s h e a d m it te d s h e h ad n ev er i m ag in ed r e ceiv in g.

Rela tio n sh ip w it h H arry P otte r
M in erv a M cG onag all w as n ot i m mune t o a s e cre t a m use m en t a t t h e a n tic s o f r u le -b re ak ers.
N ev erth ele ss, s h e f r e q u en tly q u estio ned D um ble d ore ’s p olic y o f a llo w in g H arry t o r u n
e x tr e m e r is k s, a n d b en d m an y s c h ool r u le s, d urin g h is a d ole sc en ce, o fte n s h ow in g h erse lf
t o b e m ore p ro te ctiv e o f H arry t h an t h e t h en H ead m aste r. H arry h ad a c la im o n M in erv a’s
a ffe ctio ns, n ot o nly b ecau se h e w as t h e s o n o f t w o o f h er a ll- tim e f a v o urit e s tu den ts , b u t
b ecau se h e, l ik e h erse lf , h ad s u ffe re d s e rio us b ere av em en ts . A lt h ough s h e n eit h er s p oile d
n or f a v o ure d H arry w hen h e w as h er s tu den t, s h e r e v eale d t h e d ep th o f h er t r u st i n h im
d urin g t h e B attle o f H ogw arts , a t w hic h t im e s h e s u pporte d h im u neq u iv o cally e v en t h ough
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 en ce.
Follo w in g a p riv ate c o nversa tio n w it h H arry , M in erv a M cG onag all l a te r t o ok t h e
c o ntr o versia l d ecis io n t o a d d a p ortr a it o f S ev eru s S n ap e t o t h e g alle ry o f o ld h ead m aste rs
a n d h ead m is tr e sse s i n h er t o w er o ffic e.

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
M in erv a w as t h e R om an g o ddess o f w arrio rs a n d w is d om . W illia m M cG onag all i s
c ele b ra te d a s t h e w orst p oet i n B rit is h h is to ry . T here w as s o m eth in g i r re sis tib le t o m e a b o ut
h is n am e, a n d t h e i d ea t h at s u ch a b rillia n t w om an m ig h t b e a d is ta n t r e la tiv e o f t h e
b u ffo onis h M cG onag all.
A s m all s a m ple o f h is w ork w ill g iv e a f la v o ur o f i t s u nin te n tio nal c o m ed ic v alu e. T he
f o llo w in g w as w rit te n a s p art o f a p oem c o m mem ora tin g a V ic to ria n r a ilw ay d is a ste r:
Bea u tif u l R ailw ay B rid ge o f t h e S il’v ry T ay!
Ala s! I a m v ery s o rry t o s a y
That n in ety li v es h ave b een t a ken a w ay
On t h e la st S abbath d ay o f 1 879,
Whic h w ill b e r em em ber’d f o r a v ery lo n g t im e.

The f ir st t im e w e m eet P ro fe sso r M cG on aga ll, 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 ea din g a m ap. I t’s o n ly w hen D um ble d ore a rriv es t h at s h e T ra n sfig u res b ack
in to h er h u m an f o rm . T his r a re a bili ty t o s w itc h b etw een f e li n e a n d h u m an f o rm m akes
McG on aga ll a n A nim agu s. E xactly h ow a rd u ou s a n d p artic u la r i s t h is t y pe o f m agic ? L et’s
fin d o u t.


AN IM AG I
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
A n A nim ag u s i s a w it c h o r w iz ard w ho c an t r a n sfo rm a t w ill i n to a n a n im al. W hile i n t h eir
a n im al f o rm , t h ey r e ta in m ost o f t h eir a b ilit y t o t h in k a s a h um an , t h eir o w n s e n se o f
i d en tit y a n d t h eir m em orie s. T hey w ill a ls o r e ta in n orm al h um an l if e e x p ecta n cy , e v en i f
t h ey t a k e t h eir a n im al f o rm f o r l o ng p erio ds o f t im e. H ow ev er, f e elin gs a n d e m otio ns a re
s im plif ie d a n d t h ey w ill h av e m an y a n im al d esir e s, f e ed in g o ff w hate v er t h eir a n im al b o dy
c ra v es, r a th er t h an d em an din g h um an f o od.
It i s i m men se ly d if fic u lt t o c h an ge o nese lf i n to a n A nim ag u s a n d t h e p ro cess, w hic h i s
c o m ple x a n d t im e-c o nsu m in g, c an g o d ra m atic ally w ro ng. A s a r e su lt , i t i s b elie v ed t h at
f e w er t h an o ne i n a t h ousa n d w it c h es o r w iz ard s a re A nim ag i.
An A nim ag u s h as a g re at p ote n tia l a d van ta g e i n t h e s p here s o f e sp io nag e a n d c rim e.
F or t h is r e aso n, a n A nim ag u s R eg is tr y e x is ts o n w hic h a ll A nim ag i a re e x p ecte d t o l o g t h eir
p erso nal d eta ils a n d t h e p re cis e a p peara n ce o f t h eir t r a n sfo rm ed s e lf . I t i s u su ally t h e c ase
t h at d is tin ctiv e m ark in gs o r d is a b ilit ie s b elo ngin g t o t h e h um an b o dy w ill t r a n sfe r t o t h e
a n im al s e lf . F ailu re t o e n te r o nese lf o nto t h e R eg is tr y m ay r e su lt i n a s tr e tc h i n A zk ab an .
When t h e p ro cess o f b eco m in g a n A nim ag u s g o es w ro ng, i t o fte n g o es s e rio usly w ro ng.
I m patie n ce w it h t h e l o ng a n d c o m plic ate d p ro cess i s g en era lly a t t h e r o ot o f s u ch d is a ste rs,
w hic h u su ally t a k e t h e f o rm o f h orrib le h alf - h um an , h alf - a n im al m uta tio ns. T here i s n o
k now n c u re f o r s u ch m is ta k es a n d t h ose w ho m ak e t h em a re o fte n f o rc ed t o l iv e o ut t h eir
d ay s i n t h eir p it ia b le c o ndit io n, b ein g u nab le t o b eco m e f u lly a n im al o r f u lly h um an .
Tale n t i n b o th T ra n sfig u ra tio n a n d P otio ns i s n ecessa ry t o b eco m e a n A nim ag u s. N o
r e sp onsib ilit y c an b e t a k en f o r a n y p hysic al o r m en ta l p ro ble m s r e su lt in g f r o m f o llo w in g
t h ese i n str u ctio ns.
1 .
F or t h e s p ace o f o ne e n tir e m onth ( f r o m f u ll m oon t o f u ll m oon), a s in gle l e af f r o m a
M an dra k e m ust b e c arrie d c o nsta n tly i n t h e m outh . T he l e af m ust n ot b e s w allo w ed o r
t a k en o ut o f t h e m outh a t a n y p oin t. I f t h e l e af i s r e m oved f r o m t h e m outh , t h e p ro cess
m ust b e s ta rte d a g ain .
2 .
R em ove t h e l e af a t t h e f u ll m oon a n d 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 t h at r e ceiv es t h e p ure r a y s o f t h e m oon ( if t h e n ig h t i s c lo udy, y o u w ill h av e t o f in d a
n ew M an dra k e l e af a n d b eg in t h e w hole p ro cess a g ain ). T o t h e m oon-str 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 t h at n eit h er

su nlig h t n or h um an f e et h av e t o uch ed f o r a f u ll s e v en d ay s, a n d t h e c h ry sa lis o f a D eath ’s -
head H aw k M oth . P ut t h is m ix tu re i n a q u ie t, d ark p la ce a n d d o n ot l o ok a t i t o r o th erw is e
dis tu rb i t u ntil t h e n ex t e le ctr ic al s to rm .
3.
W hile w ait in g f o r t h e s to rm , t h e f o llo w in g p ro ced ure s h ould b e f o llo w ed a t s u nris e a n d
su ndow n. T he t ip o f t h e w an d s h ould b e p la ced o ver t h e h eart a n d t h e f o llo w in g
in can ta tio n s p oken : ‘A m ato A nim o A nim ato A nim ag u s.’
4.
T he w ait f o r a s to rm m ay t a k e w eek s, m onth s o r e v en y ears. D urin g t h is t im e, t h e c ry sta l
phia l s h ould r e m ain c o m ple te ly u ndis tu rb ed a n d u nto uch ed b y s u nlig h t. C onta m in atio n b y
su nlig h t g iv es r is e t o t h e w orst m uta tio ns. R esis t t h e t e m pta tio n t o l o ok a t y o ur p otio n u ntil
lig h tn in g o ccu rs. I f y o u c o ntin ue t o r e p eat y o ur i n can ta tio n a t s u nris e a n d s u nse t t h ere w ill
co m e a t im e w hen , w it h t h e t o uch o f t h e w an d-tip t o t h e c h est, a s e co nd h eartb eat m ay b e
se n se d , s o m etim es m ore p ow erfu l t h an t h e f ir st, s o m etim es l e ss s o . N oth in g s h ould b e
ch an ged . T he i n can ta tio n s h ould b e u tte re d w it h out f a il a t t h e c o rre ct t im es, n ev er o m it tin g
a s in gle o ccasio n.
5.
I m med ia te ly u pon t h e a p peara n ce o f l ig h tn in g i n t h e s k y, p ro ceed d ir e ctly t o t h e p la ce
where y o ur c ry 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 t h e p re ced in g s te p s c o rre ctly ,
yo u w ill d is c o ver a m outh fu l o f b lo od-re d p otio n i n sid e i t .
6.
I t i s e sse n tia l t o m ove, a t o nce, t o a l a rg e, s e cu re p la ce w here y o ur t r a n sfo rm atio n c an not
cau se a la rm o r p la ce y o u i n p hysic al d an ger. P la ce y o ur w an d-tip a g ain st y o ur h eart, s p eak
th e i n can ta tio n ‘A m ato A nim o A nim ato A nim ag u s,’ a n d t h en d rin k t h e p otio n.
7.
I f a ll h as g o ne c o rre ctly , y o u w ill f e el a f ie ry p ain a n d a n i n te n se d ouble h eartb eat. I n to
yo ur m in d w ill c o m e t h e s h ap e o f t h e c re atu re i n to w hic h y o u a re s h ortly t o t r a n sfo rm .
You m ust s h ow n o f e ar. I t i s t o o l a te , n ow , t o e sc ap e t h e c h an ge y o u h av e w ille d .
8.
T he f ir st t r a n sfo rm atio n i s u su ally u nco m fo rta b le a n d f r ig h te n in g. C lo th in g a n d i t e m s
su ch a s g la sse s o r je w elle ry m eld t o t h e s k in a n d b eco m e o ne w it h f u r, s c ale s o r s p ik es. D o
not r e sis t a n d d o n ot p an ic o r t h e a n im al m in d m ay g ain t h e a sc en dan cy a n d y o u c o uld d o
so m eth in g f o olis h , s u ch a s t r y t o e sc ap e t h ro ugh a w in dow o r c h arg e a w all.
9.
W hen y o ur t r a n sfo rm atio n i s c o m ple te y o u s h ould f in d y o urse lf p hysic ally c o m fo rta b le .
You a re s tr o ngly a d vis e d t o p ic k u p y o ur w an d a t o nce, a n d h id e i t i n a p la ce o f
sa fe k eep in g, w here y o u w ill b e a b le t o f in d i t w hen y o u r e g ain a h um an f o rm .
10.
T o r e tu rn t o 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 ould
be s u ffic ie n t, b u t d o n ot p an ic i f t h e t r a n sfo rm atio n d oes n ot o ccu r i m med ia te ly . W it h
pra ctic e, y o u w ill b e a b le t o s lip i n a n d o ut o f y o ur a n im 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 dvan ced A nim ag i c an t r a n sfo rm w it h out w an ds.
Gen era lly w iz ard s p re fe r t o h av e t h eir c lo th es T ra n sfig u re w it h t h em , t o e sc ap e t h e
em barra ssm en t o f r e ap pearin g n ak ed . H ow ev er, i t i s p ossib le t o l e av e c lo th es b eh in d i f o ne

wis h es t o g iv e t h e i m pre ssio n o f 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
wit c h o r w iz ard h as b een a n A nim ag u s, t h e b ette r t h ey w ill b eco m e a t c h oosin g t h e p re cis e
fo rm o f t h eir t r a n sfo rm atio ns.
The a n im al i n to w hic h o ne t u rn s, i f a n A nim ag u s, s e em s a lw ay s t o b e t h at w hic h
beco m es t h e P atr o nus. T here i s n o k now n i n sta n ce o f t h e A nim ag u s f o rm c h an gin g t o
matc h t h e P atr o nus i f t h e l a tte r c h an ges, b u t t h e A nim ag u s w ho c an a ls o p ro duce a
Patr o nus i s h ig h ly u nusu al a n d n o s tu dy h as e v er b een d one o n s u ffic ie n t n um bers t o d ra w
fir m c o nclu sio ns.

Bein g a n A nim agu s i s a p riv ile g e – o n e t h at r eq u ir es i m men se s k ill a n d h ard w ork . B ein g a
werew olf , o n t h e o th er h an d, i s s o m eth in g t h at h appen s t o w itc h es a n d w iz a rd s a ga in st t h eir
will. T he li f e o f a w erew olf c a n b e t o rtu ro u s a n d o fte n lo n ely , a s w e le a rn ed f r o m R em us
Lupin .
Fin d o u t a bou t L upin ’s c h ild hood , h is lo v e f o r N ym phadora T on ks a n d t h e d ay h e w as b itte n
by F en rir G rey back , a n d d is c o v er w hy w ritin g h is b io gra phy s a dden ed J .K . R ow li n g a ll o v er
aga in .


REM US L U PIN
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
10th M arc h
WAN D:
Cyp re ss a n d u nic o rn h air , t e n a n d a q u arte r i n ch es, p lia b le
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Gry ffin dor
SP EC IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Excep tio nally g if te d i n D efe n ce A gain st t h e D ark A rts , w ere w olf
PA TR O NUS:
Wolf
PA REN TA G E:
Wiz ard f a th er, M uggle m oth er
FA M IL Y :
Wif e N ym phad ora T onks, s o n E dw ard R em us ( T ed dy) L upin

Pare n ts
R em us L upin w as t h e o nly c h ild o f t h e w iz ard L yall L upin a n d h is M uggle w if e H ope
H ow ell.
Lyall L upin 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 t h e t im e h e w as t h ir ty ,
h ad b eco m e a w orld -re n ow ned a u th orit y o n N on-H um an S p ir it o us A pparit io ns. T hese
i n clu de p olt e rg eis ts , B oggarts a n d o th er s tr a n ge c re atu re s t h at, w hile s o m etim es g h ostlik e
i n a p peara n ce a n d b eh av io ur, h av e n ev er b een t r u ly a liv e a n d r e m ain s o m eth in g o f a
m yste ry e v en t o t h e w iz ard in g w orld .
On a n i n vestig ativ e t r ip i n to a d en se W els h f o re st i n w hic h a p artic u la rly v ic io us
B oggart w as s u ppose d t o b e l u rk in g, L yall r a n a cro ss h is f u tu re w if e . H ope H ow ell, a
b eau tif u l M uggle g ir l w ho w ork ed i n a n i n su ra n ce o ffic e i n C ard if f, h ad t a k en a n i ll-

ad vis e d w alk t h ro ugh w hat s h e b elie v ed t o b e i n nocen t w oodla n d. B oggarts a n d
polt e rg eis ts m ay b e s e n se d b y M uggle s, a n d H ope, a p artic u la rly i m ag in ativ e a n d s e n sit iv e
perso n, h ad b eco m e c o nvin ced t h at s o m eth in g w as w atc h in g h er f r o m b etw een t h e d ark
tr e es. E ven tu ally , h er i m ag in atio n b ecam e s o o vera ctiv e t h at t h 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 it h a s n arl a n d o uts tr e tc h ed h an ds
in t h e g lo om . H earin g h er s c re am , y o ung L yall c am e s p rin tin g t h ro ugh t h e t r e es, c au sin g
th e a p parit io n t o s h rin k i n to a f ie ld m ush ro om w it h o ne w av e o f h is w an d. T he t e rrif ie d
Hope t h ough t, i n h er c o nfu sio n, t h at h e h ad d riv en h er w ould -b e a tta ck er a w ay , a n d h is
fir st w ord s t o h er – ‘i t ’s a ll r ig h t, i t w as o nly a B oggart’ – m ad e n o i m pre ssio n o n h er.
Notic in g h ow v ery b eau tif u l s h e w as, L yall m ad e t h e w is e d ecis io n n ot t o t a lk a b o ut
Boggarts a n y m ore , b u t i n ste ad a g re ed t h at t h e m an h ad b een v ery b ig a n d s c ary , a n d t h at
th e o nly s e n sib le t h in g t o d o w as f o r h im t o a cco m pan y H ope h om e t o p ro te ct h er.
The y o ung c o uple f e ll i n l o ve, a n d n ot e v en L yall’s s h am efa ced a d m is sio n, s o m e
month s l a te r, t h at H ope h ad n ev er r e ally b een i n d an ger, d en te d h er e n th usia sm f o r h im .
To L yall’s d elig h t, H ope a ccep te d h is p ro posa l o f m arria g e a n d t h re w h erse lf
en th usia stic ally i n to p re p ara tio ns f o r t h e w ed din g, c o m ple te w it h a B oggart- to pped c ak e.
Lyall a n d H ope’s f ir st a n d o nly c h ild , R em us J o hn, w as b o rn a fte r a y ear o f m arria g e. A
hap py, h ealt h y l it tle b o y, h e s h ow ed e arly s ig n s o f m ag ic a n d b o th p are n ts i m ag in ed t h at h e
would f o llo w i n h is f a th er’s f o ots te p s, a tte n din g H ogw arts S ch ool o f W it c h cra ft a n d
Wiz ard ry i n d ue c o urse .

Bit te n
B y t h e t im e t h at R em us w as f o ur y ears o ld , t h e a m ount o f D ark m ag ic al a ctiv it y a cro ss t h 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 eh in d t h e m ountin g a tta ck s
a n d s ig h tin gs, L ord V old em ort’s f ir st a sc en t t o p ow er w as i n p ro gre ss a n d D eath E ate rs
w ere r e cru it in g a ll k in ds o f D ark c re atu re s t o jo in t h em i n t h eir q u est t o o verth ro w t h e
M in is tr y o f M ag ic . T he M in is tr y c alle d i n t h e s e rv ic es o f a u th orit ie s o n D ark c re atu re s –
e v en t h ose a s m in or a s B oggarts a n d p olt e rg eis ts – t o h elp i t u ndersta n d a n d c o nta in t h e
t h re at. L yall L upin w as a m ong t h ose a sk ed t o jo in t h e D ep artm en t f o r t h e R eg u la tio n a n d
C ontr o l o f M ag ic al C re atu re s, w hic h h e d id g la d ly . I t w as h ere t h at L yall c am e f a ce-to -fa ce
w it h a w ere w olf c alle d F en rir G re y back , w ho h ad b een b ro ugh t i n f o r q u estio nin g a b o ut
t h e d eath o f t w o M uggle c h ild re n .
The W ere w olf R eg is 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 ard in g s o cie ty t h at t h ey g en era lly a v o id ed c o nta ct w it h o th er p eo ple ; t h ey l iv ed i n s e lf -
d esc rib ed ‘p ack s’ a n d d id a ll t h ey c o uld t o a v o id b ein g r e g is te re d . G re y back , w hom t h e
M in is tr y d id n ot k now t o b e a w ere w olf , c la im ed t o b e n oth in g m ore t h an a M uggle t r a m p
w ho w as u tte rly a m azed a t f in din g h im se lf i n a r o om f u ll o f w iz ard s, a n d h orrif ie d b y t h e
t a lk a b o ut t h e p oor, d ead c h ild re n .
Gre y back ’s f ilt h y c lo th in g a n d l a ck o f w an d w ere s u ffic ie n t t o p ersu ad e t w o
o verw ork ed a n d i g n ora n t m em bers o f t h e q u estio nin g c o m mit te e t h at h e w as t e llin g t h e
t r u th , b u t L yall L upin w as n ot s o e asily f o ole d . H e r e co gn is e d c erta in t e llt a le s ig n s i n
G re y back ’s a p peara n ce a n d b eh av io ur a n d t o ld t h e c o m mit te e t h at G re y back o ugh t t o b e
k ep t i n d ete n tio n u ntil t h e n ex t f u ll m oon, a m ere t w en ty -fo ur h ours l a te r.
Gre y back s a t i n s ile n ce w hile L yall w as l a u gh ed a t b y h is f e llo w c o m mit te e m em bers
( ‘L yall, y o u ju st s tic k t o W els h B oggarts , t h at’s w hat y o u’r e g o od a t’) . L yall, g en era lly a m ild -
m an nere d m an , g re w a n gry . 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 oth in g
b u t d eath ’. T he c o m mit te e o rd ere d L yall o ut o f t h e r o om , t h e h ead o f t h e c o m mit te e
a p olo gis e d t o t h e M uggle t r a m p a n d G re y back w as r e le ase d .
The w iz ard w ho e sc o rte d G re y back o ut o f t h e i n qu ir y w as i n te n din g t o p la ce a
M em ory C harm u pon h im , s o t h at h e w ould f o rg et h av in g b een i n sid e t h e M in is tr y . B efo re
h e h ad a c h an ce t o d o s o , h e w as o verp ow ere d b y G re y back a n d t w o a cco m plic es w ho h ad
b een l u rk in g a t t h e e n tr a n ce, a n d t h e t h re e w ere w olv es f le d .
Gre y back l o st n o t im e i n s h arin g w it h h is f r ie n ds h ow L yall L upin h ad ju st d esc rib ed
t h em . T heir r e v en ge o n t h e w iz ard w ho t h ough t t h at w ere w olv es d ese rv ed n oth in g b u t
d eath w ould b e s w if t a n d t e rrib le .
Sh ortly b efo re R em us L upin ’s f if th b ir th day , a s h e s le p t p eacefu lly i n h is b ed , F en rir
G re y back f o rc ed o pen t h e b o y’s w in dow a n d a tta ck ed h im . L yall r e ach ed t h e b ed ro om i n
t im e t o s a v e h is s o n’s l if e , d riv in g G re y back o ut o f t h e h ouse w it h a n um ber o f p ow erfu l

cu rse s. H ow ev er, h en cefo rth , R em us w ould b e a f u lly f le d ged w ere w olf .
Lyall L upin n ev er f o rg av e h im se lf f o r t h e w ord s h e h ad s p oken i n f r o nt o f G re y back a t
th e i n qu ir y : ‘s o ulle ss, e v il, d ese rv in g n oth in g b u t d eath ’. H e h ad p arro te d w hat w as t h e
co m mon v ie w o f w ere w olv es i n h is c o m munit y , b u t h is s o n w as w hat h e h ad a lw ay s b een –
lo veab le a n d c le v er – e x cep t f o r t h at t e rrib le p erio d a t t h e f u ll m oon w hen h e s u ffe re d a n
ex cru cia tin g t r a n sfo rm atio n a n d b ecam e a d an ger t o e v ery o ne a ro und h im . F or m an y
years, L yall k ep t t h e t r u th a b o ut t h e a tta ck , i n clu din g t h e i d en tit y o f t h e a tta ck er, f r o m h is
so n, f e arin g R em us’s r e crim in atio ns.

Child hood
L yall d id a ll h e c o uld t o f in d a c u re , b u t n eit h er p otio ns n or s p ells c o uld h elp h is s o n. F ro m
t h is t im e o nw ard s, t h e f a m ily ’s l iv es w ere d om in ate d b y t h e n eed t o h id e R em us’s c o ndit io n.
T hey u pro ote d t h em se lv es f r o m v illa g e t o t o w n, l e av in g t h e i n sta n t t h at r u m ours o f t h e
b o y’s o dd b eh av io ur s ta rte d . F ello w w it c h es a n d w iz ard s n otic ed h ow p eak y R em us b ecam e
a s n ew m oon a p pro ach ed , n ot t o m en tio n h is m onth ly d is a p peara n ces. R em us w as n ot
a llo w ed t o p la y w it h o th er c h ild re n , i n c ase h e l e t s lip t h e t r u th o f h is c o ndit io n. I n
c o nse q u en ce, a n d i n s p it e o f h is l o vin g p are n ts , h e w as a v ery l o nely b o y.
While R em us w as s m all, h is c o nta in m en t d urin g h is t r a n sfo rm atio n w as n ot d if fic u lt ; a
l o ck ed r o om a n d p le n ty o f s ile n cin 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 olf is h s e lf , a n d b y t h e t im e h e w as t e n y ears o ld , h e w as c ap ab le o f p oundin g d ow n d oors
a n d s m ash in g w in dow s. E ver m ore p ow erfu l s p ells w ere n eed ed t o c o nta in h im a n d b o th
H ope a n d L yall g re w t h in w it h w orry a n d f e ar. T hey a d ore d t h eir s o n, b u t t h ey k new t h at
t h eir c o m munit y – a lr e ad y b ese t w it h f e ars a t t h e m ountin g D ark a ctiv it y a ro und t h em –
w ould n ot b e l e n ie n t o n a n u nco ntr o lle d w ere w olf . T he h opes t h at t h ey h ad o nce h ad f o r
t h eir s o n s e em ed i n r u in s, a n d L yall e d ucate d R em us a t h om e, c erta in t h 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 h ool.
Sh ortly b efo re R em us’s e le v en th b ir th day , n o l e ss a p erso n t h an A lb u s D um ble d ore ,
H ead m aste r o f H ogw arts , a rriv ed u nin vit e d o n t h e L upin s’ d oorste p . F lu ste re d a n d
f r ig h te n ed , L yall a n d H ope t r ie d t o b lo ck h is e n tr a n ce, b u t s o m eh ow , f iv e m in ute s l a te r,
D um ble d ore w as s it tin g a t t h e f ir e sid e, e atin g c ru m pets a n d p la y in g G obsto nes w it h R em us.
Dum ble d ore e x p la in ed t o t h e L upin s t h at h e k new w hat h ad h ap pen ed t o t h eir s o n.
G re y back h ad b o aste d o f w hat h e h ad d one a n d 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 t h e L upin s t h at h e s a w n o r e aso n w hy R em us s h ould
n ot c o m e t o s c h ool, a n d d esc rib ed t h e a rra n gem en ts t h at h e h ad m ad e t o g iv e t h e b o y a s a fe
a n d s e cu re p la ce f o r h is t r a n sfo rm atio ns. D ue t o t h e w id esp re ad p re ju dic e a ro und
w ere w olv es, D um ble d ore a g re ed t h at f o r R em us’s o w n s a k e h is c o ndit io n s h ould n ot 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 cu re a n d c o m fo rta b le h ouse i n t h e v illa g e
o f H ogsm ead e, g u ard ed b y m an y s p ells a n d r e ach ed o nly b y a n u nderg ro und p assa g e f r o m
t h e H ogw arts g ro unds, w here h e c o uld t r a n sfo rm i n p eace.
Rem us’s e x cit e m en t w as b ey o nd a n yth in g h e h ad k now n b efo re . I t w as t h e d re am o f h is
l if e t o m eet o th er c h ild re n a n d h av e, f o r t h e f ir st t im e, f r ie n ds a n d p la y m ate s.

Sch ool
S o rte d i n to G ry ffin dor h ouse , R em us L upin w as s w if tly b efr ie n ded b y t w o c h eerfu l,
c o nfid en t a n d r e b ellio us b o ys, J a m es P otte r a n d S ir iu s B la ck . T hey w ere a ttr a cte d b y
R em us’s q u ie t s e n se o f h um our a n d a k in dness t h at t h ey v alu ed , e v en i f t h ey d id n ot a lw ay s
p osse ss i t t h em se lv es. R em us, a lw ay s t h e u nderd og’s f r ie n d, w as k in d t o s h ort a n d r a th er
s lo w P ete r P ettig re w , a f e llo w G ry ffin dor, w hom J a m es a n d S ir iu s m ig h t n ot h av e t h ough t
w orth y o f t h eir a tte n tio n w it h out R em us’s p ersu asio n. S o on, t h ese f o ur b ecam e i n se p ara b le .
Rem us f u nctio ned a s t h e c o nsc ie n ce o f t h is g ro up, b u t i t w as a n o ccasio nally f a u lt y
c o nsc ie n ce. H e d id n ot a p pro ve o f t h eir r e le n tle ss b u lly in g o f S ev eru s S n ap e, b u t h e l o ved
J a m es a n d S ir iu s s o m uch , a n d w as s o g ra te fu l f o r t h eir a ccep ta n ce, t h at h e d id n ot a lw ay s
s ta n d u p t o t h em a s m uch a s h e k new h e s h ould .
In ev it a b ly , h is t h re e b est f r ie n ds s o on b ecam e c u rio us a s t o w hy R em us h ad t o v an is h
o nce a m onth . C onvin ced b y h is l o nely c h ild hood t h at h is f r ie n ds w ould d ese rt h im i f t h ey
k new t h 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 o ra te l ie s t o a cco unt f o r h is
a b se n ces. J a m es a n d S ir iu s g u esse d t h e t r u th i n t h eir s e co nd y ear. T o R em us’s a sto nis h ed
g ra tit u de, t h ey n ot o nly r e m ain ed h is f r ie n ds b u t t h ough t u p a n i n gen io us m eth od o f e asin g
h is m onth ly i s o la tio n. T hey a ls o g av e h im a n ic k nam e t h at w ould f o llo w h im a ll t h ro ugh
s c h ool: ‘M oony’. R em us f in is h ed h is s c h ool c are er a s a P re fe ct.

The O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix
B y t h e t im e t h e f o ur f r ie n ds l e ft s c h ool, L ord V old em ort’s a sc en dan cy w as a lm ost c o m ple te .
T ru e r e sis ta n ce t o h im w as c o ncen tr a te d i n t h e u nderg ro und o rg an is a tio n c alle d t h e O rd er
o f t h e P hoen ix , w hic h a ll f o ur y o ung m en jo in ed .
The d eath o f J a m es P otte r, a lo ng w it h h is w if e L ily , a t t h e h an ds o f L ord V old em ort,
w as o ne o f t h e m ost t r a u m atic e v en ts o f R em us’s a lr e ad y t r o uble d l if e . H is f r ie n ds m ean t
e v en m ore t o h im t h an t o o th er p eo ple , b ecau se h e h ad l o ng s in ce a ccep te d t h e f a ct t h at
m ost p eo ple w ould t r e at h im a s u nto uch ab le , a n d t h at t h ere c o uld b e n o p ossib ilit y o f
m arry in g a n d h av in g c h ild re n . E ven w orse , w it h in t w en ty -fo ur h ours h e h ad a ls o l o st h is
t w o o th er b est f r ie n ds. R em us w as i n t h e n orth o f t h e c o untr y o n O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix
b u sin ess w hen h e h eard t h e h orrib le n ew s t h at o ne o f t h em h ad m urd ere d t h e o th er, a n d
w as n ow i n A zk ab an , a t r a it o r t o t h e O rd er a n d t o L ily a n d J a m es t h 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 ju bila tio n t o t h e r e st o f t h e w iz ard in g
c o m munit y , m ark ed t h e b eg in nin g o f a l o ng s tr e tc h o f l o nelin ess a n d u nhap pin ess f o r
R em us. H e h ad l o st h is t h re e c lo se f r ie n ds a n d, w it h t h e O rd er d is b an ded , h is p re v io us
c o m ra d es r e tu rn ed t o b u sy l iv es w it h f a m ilie s. H is m oth er w as n ow d ead , a n d w hile L yall,
h is f a th er, w as a lw ay s d elig h te d t o s e e h is s o n, R em us r e fu se d t o e n dan ger h is f a th er’s
p eacefu l e x is te n ce b y r e tu rn in g t o l iv e w it h h im .
Rem us n ow l iv ed a h an d-to -m outh e x is te n ce, t a k in g jo bs t h at w ere f a r b elo w h is l e v el
o f a b ilit y , a lw ay s k now in g t h at h e w ould h av e t o l e av e t h 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 t h e f u ll m oon w as n otic 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 en t i n t h e w iz ard in g c o m munit y g av e R em us h ope: t h e d is c o very o f t h e
W olf s b an e P otio n. W hile t h is d id n ot p re v en t 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 t r a n sfo rm atio n t o t h at o f a n o rd in ary a n d s le ep y w olf . I t h ad a lw ay s
b een R em us’s w orst f e ar t h at h e w ould k ill w hile o ut o f h is r ig h t m in d. H ow ev er, t h e
W olf s b an e P otio n w as c o m ple x a n d t h e i n gre d ie n ts v ery e x p en siv e. R em us h ad n o c h an ce
t o s a m ple i t w it h out a d m it tin g w hat h e w as a n d s o h e c o ntin ued h is l o nely , i t in era n t
e x is te n ce.

Retu rn t o H ogw arts
O nce a g ain , A lb u s D um ble d ore c h an ged t h e c o urse o f R em us L upin ’s l if e w hen h e t r a ck ed
h im d ow n t o a t u m ble d ow n, s e m i- d ere lic t c o tta g e i n Y ork sh ir e . D elig h te d t o s e e t h e
H ead m aste r, R em us w as a m azed w hen D um ble d ore o ffe re d h im t h e p ost o f D efe n ce
A gain st t h e D ark A rts t e ach er. H e w as o nly p ersu ad ed t o a ccep t w hen D um ble d ore
e x p la in ed t h at t h ere w ould b e a l im it le ss s u pply o f W olf s b an e P otio n, c o urte sy o f t h e
P otio ns m aste r, S ev eru s S n ap e.
At H ogw arts , R em us r e v eale d h im se lf t o b e a g if te d t e ach er, w it h a r a re f la ir f o r h is
o w n s u bje ct a n d a p ro fo und u ndersta n din g o f h is p upils . H e w as, a s e v er, p artic u la rly
d ra w n t o t h e u nderd og, a n d b o th N ev ille L ongbo tto m a n d H arry P otte r b en efit e d f r o m h is
w is d om a n d k in dness.
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 o ut o ne o f h is o ld
f r ie n ds, a k now n f u git iv e, b u t d id n ot s h are t h em w it h a n yo ne a t H ogw arts . H is d esp era te
d esir e t o b elo ng a n d t o b e l ik ed m ean t t h at h e w as n eit h er a s b ra v e n or a s h onest a s h e
o ugh t t o h av e b een .
An u nfo rtu nate c o m bin atio n o f c ir c u m sta n ces a ro se t h at r e su lt e d i n R em us
u nderg o in g a t r u e w ere w olf ’s t r a n sfo rm atio n o n t h e g ro unds o f t h e s c h ool. S ev eru s S n ap e’s
r e se n tm en t, n ev er a b ate d b y R em us’s s u bse q u en t r e sp ectfu l p olit e n ess, m ad e s u re t h at i t w as
w id ely k now n w hat t h e D efe n ce A gain st t h e D ark A rts t e ach er w as. R em us f e lt o blig ed t o
r e sig n a n d 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 g ain g ain ed a sc en dan cy , t h e o ld r e sis ta n ce r e g ro uped a n d R em us
f o und h im se lf o nce m ore p art o f t h e O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix .
This t im e, t h e g ro up i n clu ded a n A uro r w ho h ad b een t o o y o ung t o b elo ng t o t h e
O rd er d urin g i t s f ir st i n carn atio n. C le v er, b ra v e a n d f u nny, p in k-h air e d N ym phad ora
T onks w as a p ro té g ée o f A la sto r ‘M ad -E ye’ M oody, t h e t o ugh est a n d m ost g riz zle d A uro r
o f t h em a ll.
Rem us, s o o fte n m ela n ch oly a n d l o nely , w as f ir st a m use d , t h en i m pre sse d , t h en
s e rio usly s m it te n b y t h e y o ung w it c 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 pen ed
i n p eacetim e, R em us w ould h av e s im ply t a k en h im se lf o ff t o a n ew p la ce a n d a n ew jo b, s o
t h at h e d id n ot h av e t o e n dure t h e p ain o f w atc h in g T onks f a ll i n l o ve w it h a h an dso m e,
y o ung w iz ard i n t h e A uro r o ffic e, w hic h w as w hat h e e x p ecte d t o h ap pen . H ow ev er, t h is
w as w ar; t h ey w ere b o th n eed ed i n t h e O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix , a n d n obo dy k new w hat t h e
n ex t d ay w ould b rin g. R em us f e lt ju stif ie d i n r e m ain in g e x actly w here h e w as, k eep in g h is
f e elin gs t o h im se lf b u t s e cre tly r e jo ic in g e v ery t im e s o m eb o dy p air e d h im w it h T onks o n
s o m e o vern ig h t m is sio n.
It h ad n ev er o ccu rre d t o R em us t h at T onks c o uld r e tu rn h is f e elin gs b ecau se 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 n d u nw orth y. O ne n ig h t w hen t h ey l a y i n
h id in g o uts id e a k now n D eath E ate r’s h ouse , a fte r a y ear o f i n cre asin gly w arm f r ie n dsh ip ,
T onks m ad e a n i d le r e m ark a b o ut o ne o f t h eir f e llo w O rd er m em bers ( ‘H e’s s till h an dso 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 it te rly t h at
h e s u ppose d s h e h ad f a lle n f o r h is o ld f r ie n d ( ‘H e a lw ay s g o t t h e w om en .’) . A t t h is , T onks
b ecam e s u dden ly a n gry . ‘Y ou’d k now p erfe ctly w ell w ho I ’v e f a lle n f o r, i f y o u w ere n ’t t o o
b u sy f e elin g s o rry f o r y o urse lf t o n otic 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 x p erie n ced i n h is l if e , b u t
t h is w as e x tin gu is h ed a lm ost a t o nce b y a s e n se o f c ru sh in g d uty . H e h ad a lw ay s k now n t h at
h e c o uld n ot m arry a n d r u n t h e r is k o f p assin g o n h is p ain fu l, s h am efu l c o ndit io n. H e
t h ere fo re p re te n ded n ot t o u ndersta n d T onks, w hic h d id n ot f o ol h er a t a ll. W is e r t h an
R em us, s h e w as s u re t h at h e l o ved h er, b u t t h at h e w as r e fu sin g t o a d m it i t o ut o f m is ta k en
n obilit y . H ow ev er, h e a v o id ed a n y f u rth er e x cu rsio ns w it h h er, b are ly t a lk ed t o h er, a n d
s ta rte d v o lu nte erin g f o r t h e m ost d an gero us m is sio ns. T onks b ecam e d esp era te ly u nhap py,
c o nvin ced n ot o nly t h at t h e m an s h e l o ved w ould n ev er w illin gly s p en d t im e w it h h er
a g ain , b u t a ls o t h at h e m ig h t w alk t o h is d eath r a th er t h an a d m it h is f e elin gs.
Rem us a n d T onks b o th f o ugh t L ord V old em ort a n d h is D eath E ate rs i n t h e
D ep artm en t o f M yste rie s, a b attle t h at r e su lt e d i n t h e p ublic e x p osu re o f V old em ort’s
r e tu rn . T he l o ss o f t h e l a st o f h is s c h ool f r ie n ds d urin g t h is b attle d id n oth in g t o s o fte n
R em us’s i n cre asin gly s e lf - d estr u ctiv e a ttit u de. T onks c o uld o nly w atc h i n d esp air a s h e

vo lu nte ere d t o s p y f o r t h e O rd er, l e av in g t o l iv e a m ong f e llo w w ere w olv es t o t r y t o
persu ad e t h em t o D um ble d ore ’s s id e. I n d oin g t h is , h e w as e x p osin g h im se lf t o t h e p ossib le
re p ris a ls o f t h e w ere w olf w ho h ad c h an ged h is l if e f o re v er, F en rir G re y back .
Rem us c am e f a ce-to -fa ce w it h b o th G re y back a n d T onks a t H ogw arts b are ly a y ear
la te r, w hen t h e O rd er c la sh ed w it h D eath E ate rs w it h in t h e c astle . D urin g t h is b attle , R em us
lo st y et a n oth er p erso n h e h ad l o ved : A lb u s D um ble d ore . D um ble d ore h ad b een a d ore d b y
ev ery m em ber o f t h e O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix , b u t t o R em us, h e h ad r e p re se n te d t h e s o rt o f
kin dness, t o le ra n ce a n d u ndersta n din g t h at h e h ad r e ceiv ed f r o m n obo dy i n t h e w orld
outs id e h is p are n ts a n d h is t h re e b est f r ie n ds, a n d h ad b een t h e o nly m an e v er t o o ffe r h im a
posit io n w it h in n orm al w iz ard in g s o cie ty .
In t h e a fte rm ath o f t h e b lo ody f ig h t, i n sp ir e d b y F le u r D ela co ur’s p ro te sta tio n o f
en durin g l o ve f o r B ill W easle y , w ho h ad b een s a v ag ed b y G re y back , T onks m ad e a b ra v e,
public d ecla ra tio n o f h er f e elin gs f o r R em us, w ho w as f o rc ed t o a d m it t h e s tr e n gth o f h is
lo ve f o r h er. I n s p it e o f c o ntin uin g m is g iv in gs t h at h e w as a ctin g s e lf is h ly , R em us m arrie d
Tonks q u ie tly i n t h e n orth o f S co tla n d, w it h w it n esse s t a k en f r o m t h e l o cal w iz ard in g
ta v ern . H e c o ntin ued t o f e ar t h at t h e s tig m a a tta ch ed t o h im w ould i n fe ct h is w if e a n d
wis h ed f o r n o f a n fa re a ro und t h eir u nio n; h e s w ung c o nsta n tly b etw een e la tio n t h at h e w as
marrie d t o t h e w om an o f h is d re am s a n d t e rro r o f w hat h e m ig h t h av e b ro ugh t u pon t h em
bo th .

Pare n th ood
W it h in a f e w w eek s o f t h eir m arria g e, R em us r e alis e d t h at T onks w as p re g n an t a n d 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 nvin ced t h at h e h ad p asse d o n h is c o ndit io n t o a n
i n nocen t c h ild a n d t h at h e h ad c o ndem ned T onks t o t h e s a m e l if e a s h is m oth er, f o re v er
m ovin g a ro und, u nab le t o s e ttle , h av in g t o h id e h er i n cre asin gly v io le n t c h ild f r o m s ig h t.
F ull o f r e m orse a n d s e lf - re crim in atio n, R em us f le d , l e av in g t h e p re g n an t T onks, s e ek in g
o ut H arry a n d o ffe rin g t o a cco m pan y h im o n w hate v er d eath -d efy in g a d ven tu re a w ait e d .
To R em us’s s h ock a n d d is p le asu re , t h e s e v en te en -y ear-o ld H arry n ot o nly d eclin ed h is
o ffe r b u t b ecam e a n gry a n d i n su lt in g. H e t o ld h is e x -te ach er t h at h e w as a ctin g s e lf is h ly a n d
i r re sp onsib ly . R em us r e sp onded w it h u nch ara cte ris tic v io le n ce a n d s to rm ed o ut o f t h e
h ouse , t a k in g r e fu ge i n a c o rn er o f t h e L eak y C au ld ro n, w here h e s a t d rin kin g a n d f u m in g.
How ev er, a fte r a f e w h ours’ r e fle ctio n, R em us w as f o rc ed t o a ccep t t h at h is e x -p upil
h ad ju st t a u gh t h im a v alu ab le l e sso n. J a m es a n d L ily , R em us r e fle cte d , h ad s tu ck w it h
H arry e v en u nto t h eir o w n d eath s. H is o w n p are n ts , L yall a n d H ope, h ad s a crif ic ed t h eir
p eace a n d s e cu rit y t o k eep t h e f a m ily t o geth er. B it te rly a sh am ed , R em us l e ft t h e i n n a n d
r e tu rn ed t o h is w if e , w here h e b eg ged h er f o rg iv en ess a n d a ssu re d h er t h at, c o m e w hat
m ay , h e w ould n ev er l e av e h er a g ain . F or t h e r e st o f T onks’s p re g n an cy , R em us e sc h ew ed
m is sio ns f o r t h e O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix a n d m ad e i t h is f ir st p rio rit y t o p ro te ct h is w if e a n d
u nbo rn c h ild .
The L upin 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 cen tly d ecease d
f a th er-in -la w . T o b o th p are n ts ’ r e lie f a n d d elig h t, h e s h ow ed n o s ig n o f l y can th ro py w hen
b o rn , b u t i n herit e d h is m oth er’s a b ilit y t o c h an ge h is a p peara n ce a t w ill. O n t h e n ig h t o f
T ed dy’s b ir th , R em us b rie fly l e ft T onks a n d h is s o n i n t h e c h arg e o f h is m oth er-in -la w , s o
t h at h e c o uld g o a n d f in d H arry f o r t h e f ir st t im e s in ce t h eir a n gry c o nfr o nta tio n. H ere , h e
a sk ed H arry t o b e T ed dy’s g o dfa th er, f e elin g n oth in g b u t f o rg iv en ess a n d g ra tit u de t o w ard s
t h e p erso n w ho h ad s e n t h im h om e t o t h e f a m ily t h at g av e h im h is g re ate st h ap pin ess.

Death
B oth R em us a n d T onks r e tu rn ed t o H ogw arts f o r t h e f in al b attle a g ain st V old em ort,
l e av in g t h eir t in y s o n i n t h e c are o f h is g ra n dm oth er. T he c o uple k new t h at i f V old em ort
w on t h is b attle , t h eir f a m ily w as s u re t o b e e lim in ate d : b o th w ere n oto rio us m em bers o f t h e
O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix . T onks w as a m ark ed w om an i n t h e e y es o f h er D eath E ate r a u nt,
B ella tr ix L estr a n ge, a n d t h eir s o n w as t h e v ery a n tit h esis o f a p ure -b lo od, h av in g m an y
M uggle r e la tiv es a n d a d ash o f w ere w olf .
Hav in g s u rv iv ed n um ero us e n co unte rs w it h D eath E ate rs a n d f o ugh t h is w ay s k ilf u lly
a n d b ra v ely o ut o f m an y t ig h t c o rn ers, R em us L upin m et h is e n d a t t h e h an ds o f A nto nin
D olo hov, o ne o f t h e l o ngest- se rv in g, m ost d ev o te d a n d s a d is tic 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 h tin g c o ndit io n w hen h e r u sh ed t o jo in t h e f ig h t.
M onth s o f i n activ it y , u sin g m ostly s p ells o f c o ncealm en t a n d p ro te ctio n, h ad b lu nte d h is
d uellin g c ap ab ilit ie s, a n d w hen h e r a n u p a g ain st a d uelle r o f D olo hov’s s k ill, n ow b attle -
h ard en ed a fte r m onth s o f k illin g a n d m aim in g, h is r e actio ns w ere t o o s lo w .
Rem us L upin w as p osth um ously a w ard ed t h e O rd er o f M erlin , F ir st C la ss, t h e f ir st
w ere w olf e v er t o b e a cco rd ed t h is h onour. T he e x am ple o f h is l if e a n d d eath d id m uch t o
l if t t h e s tig 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 n yo ne w ho k new h im : a b ra v e,
k in d m an w ho d id t h e b est h e c o uld i n v ery d if fic u lt c ir c u m sta n ces a n d w ho h elp ed m an y
m ore t h an h e e v er r e alis e d .

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
R em us L upin w as o ne o f m y f a v o urit e c h ara cte rs i n t h e e n tir e P otte r s e rie s. I m ad e m yse lf
c ry a ll o ver a g ain w hile w rit in g t h is e n tr y , b ecau se I h ate d k illin g h im .
Lupin ’s c o ndit io n o f l y can th ro py ( b ein g a w ere w olf ) w as a m eta p hor f o r t h ose i lln esse s
t h at c arry a s tig m a, l ik e H IV a n d A ID S. A ll k in ds o f s u perstit io ns s e em t o s u rro und b lo od-
b o rn e c o ndit io ns, p ro bab ly d ue t o t a b o os s u rro undin g b lo od i t s e lf . T he w iz ard in g
c o m munit y i s a s p ro ne t o h yste ria a n d p re ju dic e a s t h e M uggle o ne, a n d t h e c h ara cte r o f
L upin g av e m e a c h an ce t o e x am in e t h ose a ttit u des.
Rem us’s P atr o nus i s n ev er r e v eale d i n t h e P otte r b o oks, e v en t h ough i t i s h e w ho
t e ach es H arry t h e d if fic u lt a n d 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 ot a w ere w olf . W olv es a re f a m ily -o rie n ta te d a n d n on-a g gre ssiv e, b u t
R em us d is lik es t h e f o rm o f h is P atr o nus, w hic h i s a c o nsta n t r e m in der o f h is a fflic tio n.
E very th in g w olf is h d is g u sts h im , a n d h e o fte n p ro duces a n on-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 h in g.

Lyca n th ro p y d oesn ’t m ake f o r a n e a sy li f e . I n t h is n ex t p ie ce o f w ritin g o n w erew olv es, w e
le a rn w hy i t’s b een s o d if fic u lt f o r R em us a n d h is k in d t o i n te g ra te i n to t h e r est 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 n d t h ey h av e t r a d it io nally b een p aria h s i n t h e w iz ard in g
c o m munit ie s f r o m w hic h t h ey o fte n s p rin g; w it c h es a n d w iz ard s w ho a re f r e q u en tly
i n vo lv ed i n h untin g o r s tu dyin g s u ch c re atu re s a re e x p ose d t o a h ig h er r is k o f a tta ck t h an
t h e a v era g e M uggle . I n t h e l a te n in ete en th c en tu ry t h e g re at E nglis h a u th orit y o n
w ere w olv es, P ro fe sso r M arlo w e F orfa n g, u nderto ok t h e f ir st c o m pre h en siv e s tu dy o f t h eir
h ab it s . H e f o und t h at n early a ll t h ose h e m an ag ed t o s tu dy a n d q u estio n h ad b een w iz ard s
b efo re b ein g b it te n . H e a ls o l e arn ed f r o m t h e w ere w olv es t h at M uggle s ‘t a ste ’ d if fe re n t t o
w iz ard s a n d t h at t h ey a re m uch m ore l ik ely t o d ie o f t h eir w ounds, w here as w it c h es a n d
w iz ard 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 ag ic ’s p olic ie s o n w ere w olv es h av e a lw ay s b een m uddle d a n d
i n effic ie n t. A W ere w olf C ode o f C onduct w as d ev elo ped i n 1 637, w hic h w ere w olv es w ere
s u ppose d t o s ig n , p ro m is in g n ot t o a tta ck a n yo ne b u t t o l o ck t h em se lv es u p s e cu re ly e v ery
m onth . U nsu rp ris in gly , n obo dy s ig n ed t h e C ode, a s n obo dy w as p re p are d t o w alk i n to t h e
M in is tr y a n d a d m it t o b ein g a w ere w olf , a p ro ble m f r o m w hic h t h e l a te r W ere w olf R eg is tr y
a ls o s u ffe re d . F or y ears, t h is W ere w olf R eg is tr y , o n w hic h e v ery w ere w olf w as s u ppose d t o
e n te r t h eir n am e a n d p erso nal d eta ils , h as r e m ain ed i n co m ple te a n d u nre lia b le , b ecau se s o
m an y o f t h e n ew ly -b it te n s o ugh t t o c o nceal t h eir c o ndit io n a n d e sc ap e t h e i n ev it a b le s h am e
a n d e x ile . W ere w olv es h av e b een s h unte d b etw een t h e B east a n d B ein g d iv is io ns o f t h e
D ep artm en t f o r t h e R eg u la tio n a n d C ontr o l o f M ag ic al C re atu re s f o r y ears, b ecau se
n obo dy c o uld m ak e u p t h eir m in ds w heth er a w ere w olf s h ould b e c la ssif ie d a s h um an o r
b estia l. A t o ne p oin t, t h e W ere w olf R eg is tr y a n d W ere w olf C ap tu re U nit w ere b o th i n t h e
B east D iv is io n, w hile a t t h e s a m e t im e a n o ffic e f o r W ere w olf S u pport S erv ic es w as
e sta b lis h ed i n t h e B ein g D iv is io n. N obo dy e v er p re se n te d t h em se lv es f o r S u pport S erv ic es,
f o r t h e s a m e r e aso ns t h at v ery f e w e v er s ig n ed t h e R eg is tr y , a n d i t w as e v en tu 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 t o b e b it te n b y a w ere w olf i n t h eir w olf is h f o rm
a t t h e t im e o f t h e f u ll m oon. W hen t h e w ere w olf ’s s a liv a m in gle s w it h t h e v ic tim ’s b lo od,
c o nta m in atio n w ill o ccu r.
The m an y M uggle m yth s a n d l e g en ds s u rro undin g w ere w olv es a re , i n t h e m ain , f a ls e ,
a lt h ough s o m e c o nta in n uggets o f t r u th . S ilv er b u lle ts d o n ot k ill w ere w olv es, b u t a m ix tu re
o f p ow dere d s ilv er a n d d it ta n y a p plie d t o a f r e sh b it e w ill ‘s e al’ t h e w ound a n d p re v en t t h e

vic tim b le ed in g t o d eath ( a lt h ough t r a g ic t a le s a re t o ld o f v ic tim s w ho b eg t o b e a llo w ed t o
die r a th er t h an t o l iv e o n a s w ere w olv es).
In t h e s e co nd h alf o f t h e t w en tie th c en tu ry , s e v era l p otio ns w ere d ev is e d t o s o fte n t h e
effe cts o f l y can th ro py. T he m ost s u ccessfu l w as t h e W olf s b an e P otio n.
The m onth ly t r a n sfo rm atio n o f a w ere w olf i s e x tr e m ely p ain fu l i f u ntr e ate d a n d i s
usu ally p re ced ed a n d s u cceed ed b y a f e w d ay s o f p allo r a n d i ll h ealt h . W hile i n h is o r h er
wolf is h f o rm , t h e w ere w olf l o se s e n tir e ly i t s h um an s e n se o f r ig h t o r w ro ng. H ow ev er, i t i s
in co rre ct t o s ta te ( a s s o m e a u th orit ie s h av e, n ota b ly P ro fe sso r E m ere tt P ic ard y i n h is b o ok
Lupin e L aw le ssn ess: W hy L yca n th ro p es D on ’t D ese rv e t o L iv e
) t h at t h ey s u ffe r f r o m a p erm an en t
lo ss o f m ora l s e n se . W hile h um an , t h e w ere w olf m ay b e a s g o od o r k in d a s t h e n ex t p erso n.
Alt e rn ativ ely , t h ey m ay b e d an gero us e v en w hile h um an , a s i n t h e c ase o f F en rir G re y back ,
who a tte m pts t o b it e a n d m aim a s a m an a n d k eep s h is n ails s h arp en ed i n to c la w -lik e p oin ts
fo r t h e p urp ose .
If a tta ck ed b y a w ere w olf t h at i s s till i n h um an f o rm , t h e v ic tim m ay d ev elo p c erta in
mild , w olf is h c h ara cte ris tic s s u ch a s a f o ndness f o r r a re m eat, b u t o th erw is e s h ould n ot b e
tr o uble d b y l o ng-te rm i ll e ffe cts . H ow ev er, a n y b it e o r s c ra tc h g iv en b y a w ere w olf w ill
le av e l a stin g s c ars, w heth er o r n ot h e o r s h e w as i n a w olf ’s f o rm a t t h e t im e o f t h e a tta ck .
While i n i t s a n im al f o rm , t h e w ere w olf i s a lm ost i n dis tin gu is h ab le i n a p peara n ce f r o m
th e t r u e w olf , a lt h ough t h e s n out m ay b e s lig h tly s h orte r a n d t h e p upils s m alle r ( in b o th
case s m ore ‘h um an ’) a n d t h e t a il t u fte d r a th er t h an f u ll a n d b u sh y. T he r e al d if fe re n ce i s i n
beh av io ur. G en uin e w olv es a re n ot v ery a g gre ssiv e, a n d t h e v ast n um ber o f f o lk t a le s
re p re se n tin g t h em a s m in dle ss p re d ato rs a re n ow b elie v ed b y w iz ard in g a u th orit ie s t o r e fe r
to w ere w olv es, n ot t r u e w olv es. A w olf i s u nlik ely t o a tta ck a h um an e x cep t u nder
ex cep tio nal c ir c u m sta n ces. T he w ere w olf , h ow ev er, t a rg ets h um an s a lm ost e x clu siv ely a n d
pose s v ery l it tle d an ger t o a n y o th er c re atu re .
Were w olv es g en era lly r e p ro duce b y a tta ck in g n on-w ere w olv es. T he s tig m a
su rro undin g w ere w olv es h as b een s o e x tr e m e f o r c en tu rie s t h at v ery f e w h av e m arrie d a n d
had c h ild re n . H ow ev er, w here w ere w olv es h av e m arrie d h um an p artn ers, t h ere h as b een
no s ig n o f t h eir l y can th ro py b ein g p asse d t o t h eir o ffs p rin g.
One c u rio us f e atu re o f t h e c o ndit io n i s t h at i f t w o w ere w olv es m eet a n d m ate a t t h e
fu ll m oon ( a h ig h ly u nlik ely c o ntin gen cy , w hic h i s k now n t o h av e o ccu rre d o nly t w ic e) t h e
re su lt o f t h e m atin g w ill b e w olf c u bs w hic h r e se m ble t r u e w olv es i n e v ery th in g e x cep t t h eir
ab n orm ally h ig h i n te llig en ce. T hey a re n ot m ore a g gre ssiv e t h an n orm al w olv es a n d d o n ot
sin gle o ut h um an s f o r a tta ck . S u ch a l it te r w as o nce s e t f r e e, u nder c o ndit io ns o f e x tr e m e
se cre cy , i n t h e F orb id den F ore st a t H ogw arts , w it h t h e k in d p erm is sio n o f A lb u s
Dum ble d ore . T he c u bs g re w i n to b eau tif u l a n d u nusu ally i n te llig en t w olv es a n d s o m e o f
th em l iv e t h ere s till, w hic h h as g iv en r is e t o t h e s to rie s a b o ut ‘w ere w olv es’ i n t h e F ore st –
sto rie s n one o f t h e t e ach ers, o r t h e g am ek eep er, h as d one m uch t o d is p el b ecau se k eep in g
stu den ts o ut o f t h e F ore st i s , i n t h eir v ie w , h ig h ly d esir a b le .

Fro m M cG on aga ll’s g rie f t o L upin ’s li f e lo n g b ea stly a ffli c tio n , w e’v e h ea rd a bou t h ero is m
an d h ard sh ip . N ow w e h ea d i n to d if fe ren t t e rrito ry , r id dle d w ith o m in ou s p ro p hecie s ( o n ly
tw o o f w hic h a re g en uin e), o m en s a n d d an gero u s h ob bie s.
Dis c o v er m ore a bou t t h e H ogw arts D iv in atio n t e a ch er a n d r esid en t d oom sa yer S ybill
Trela w ney , t h e o n ly p ro fe sso r li k ely t o p red ic t y ou r 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 ELA W NEY
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
9th M arc h
WAN D:
Hazel a n d u nic o rn h air , n in e a n d a h alf i n ch es l o ng, v ery f le x ib le
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Rav en cla w
SP EC IA L A BIL IT IE S:
A S eer, t h ough t h e g if t i s u npre d ic ta b le a n d u nco nsc io us
PA REN TA G E:
Muggle m oth er, w iz ard f a th er
FA M IL Y :
Early m arria g e e n ded i n u nfo re se en r u ptu re w hen s h e r e fu se d t o a d opt t h e s u rn am e
‘H ig gle b o tto m ’, n o c h ild re n
HOBBIE S:
Pra ctis in g m ak in g d oom -la d en p ro phecie s i n f r o nt o f t h e m ir ro r, s h erry

S ybill i s t h e g re at- g re at g ra n ddau gh te r o f a g en uin e S eer, C assa n dra T re la w ney .
C assa n dra ’s g if t h ad b een m uch d ilu te d o ver e n su in g g en era tio ns, a lt h ough S ybill i n herit e d
m ore t h 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 o ut h er t a le n t ( f o r s h e i s a t l e ast
n in ety p er c en t f r a u d), S ybill c u lt iv ate d a d ra m atic m an ner a n d e n jo ys i m pre ssin g h er m ore
g u llib le s tu den ts w it h p re d ic tio ns o f d oom a n d d is a ste r. S h e i s g if te d i n t h e f o rtu ne t e lle r’s
t r ic k s; s h e a ccu ra te ly r e ad s N ev ille ’s n erv o usn ess a n d s u ggestib ilit y i n h is f ir st c la ss, a n d
t e lls h im h e i s a b o ut t o b re ak a c u p, w hic h h e d oes. O n o th er o ccasio ns, g u llib le s tu den ts d o
h er w ork f o r h er. P ro fe sso r T re la w ney t e lls L av en der B ro w n t h at s o m eth in g s h e i s
d re ad in g w ill h ap pen t o h er o n t h e s ix te en th o f O cto ber; w hen L av en der r e ceiv es n ew s o n
t h at d ay t h 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 n tly w it h t h e p re d ic tio n. A ll o f
H erm io ne’s l o gic a n d g o od s e n se ( L av en der w as n ot d re ad in g t h e d eath o f t h e r a b bit , w hic h
w as v ery y o ung; t h e r a b bit d id n ot d ie o n t h e s ix te en th , b u t t h e p re v io us d ay ) a re l o st:

Lav en der w an ts t o b elie v e h er u nhap pin ess w as f o re to ld . B y t h e l a w o f a v era g es, P ro fe sso r
Tre la w ney ’s r a p id -fir e p re d ic tio ns s o m etim es h it t h e m ark , b u t m ost o f t h e t im e s h e i s f u ll
of h ot a ir a n d s e lf - im porta n ce.
Nev erth ele ss, S ybill d oes e x p erie n ce v ery r a re f la sh es o f g en uin e c la ir v o yan ce, w hic h
sh e c an n ev er r e m em ber a fte rw ard s. S h e s e cu re d h er p ost a t H ogw arts b ecau se s h e
re v eale d , d urin g h er i n te rv ie w w it h D um ble d ore , t h at s h e w as t h e u nco nsc io us p osse sso r o f
im porta n t k now le d ge. D um ble d ore g av e h er s a n ctu ary a t t h e s c h ool, p artly t o p ro te ct h er,
partly i n t h e h ope t h at m ore g en uin e p re d ic tio ns w ould b e f o rth co m in g ( h e h ad t o w ait
man y y ears f o r t h e n ex t).
Consc io us o f h er l o w s ta tu s o n t h e s ta ff, w ho a re a lm ost a ll m ore t a le n te d t h an s h e i s ,
Sybill s p en ds m ost o f h er t im e a p art f r o m h er c o lle ag u es, u p i n h er s tu ffy a n d o verc ro w ded
to w er o ffic e. U nsu rp ris in gly , p erh ap s, s h e h as d ev elo ped a n o ver-re lia n ce o n a lc o hol.

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
P ro fe sso rs T re la w ney a n d M cG onag all a re p ola r o pposit e s; t h e o ne s o m eth in g o f a
c h arla ta n , m an ip ula tiv e a n d g ra n dio se , t h e o th er f ie rc ely i n te llig en t, s te rn a n d u prig h t. I
k new , h ow ev er, t h at w hen t h e c o nsu m mate o uts id er a n d n on-H ogw artia n D olo re s
U m brid ge a tte m pte d t o o ust S ybill f r o m t h e s c h ool, M in erv a M cG onag all, w ho h ad b een
c rit ic al o f T re la w ney o n m an y o ccasio ns, w ould s h ow t h e t r u e k in dness o f h er c h ara cte r
a n d r a lly t o h er d efe n ce. T here i s a p ath os a b o ut P ro fe sso r T re la w ney , i n fu ria tin g t h ough I
w ould f in d h er i n r e al l if e , a n d I t h in k t h at M in erv a s e n se d h er u nderly in g f e elin g o f
i n ad eq u acy .
I c re ate d d eta ile d h is to rie s f o r m an y o f t h e H ogw arts s ta ff ( s u ch a s A lb u s D um ble d ore ,
M in erv a M cG onag all a n d R ubeu s H ag rid ), s o m e o f w hic h w ere u se d i n t h e b o oks, a n d
s o m e o f w hic h w ere n ot. I t i s i n s o m e w ay s f it tin g t h at I o nly e v er h ad a v ag u e i d ea o f w hat
h ad h ap pen ed t o t h e D iv in atio n t e ach er b efo re s h e w ash ed u p a t H ogw arts . I i m ag in e t h at
S ybill’s p re -H ogw arts e x is te n ce c o nsis te d o f d rif tin g t h ro ugh t h e w iz ard in g w orld , t r y in g t o
t r a d e o n h er a n cestr y t o s e cu re e m plo ym en t, b u t s c o rn in g a n y t h at d id n ot o ffe r w hat s h e
f e els i s t h e s ta tu s d ue t o a S eer.
I l o ve C orn is h s u rn am es, a n d h ad n ev er u se d o ne u ntil t h e t h ir d b o ok i n t h e s e rie s, s o
t h at i s h ow 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 ot w an t t o c all h er a n yth in g
c o m ic al, o r w hic h s u ggeste d c h ic an ery , b u t s o m eth in g i m pre ssiv e a n d a ttr a ctiv e.
‘ T re la w ney ’ i s a v ery o ld n am e, s u ggestiv e o f S ybill’s o ver-re lia n ce o n h er a n cestr y w hen
s e ek in g t o i m pre ss. T here i s a b eau tif u l o ld C orn is h s o ng f e atu rin g t h e n am e ( ‘T he S o ng o f
t h e W este rn M en ’) . S ybill’s f ir st n am e i s a h om onym o f ‘S ib yl’, w hic h w as a f e m ale
c la ir v o yan t i n a n cie n t t im es. M y A m eric an e d it o r w an te d m e t o u se ‘S ib yl’, b u t I p re fe rre d
m y v ersio n, b ecau se w hile i t k eep s t h e r e fe re n ce t o t h e a u gu st c la ir v o yan ts o f o ld , i t i s
r e ally n o m ore t h an a v aria n t o n t h e u nfa sh io nab le f e m ale n am e ‘S ybil’. P ro fe sso r
T re la w ney , I f e lt , d id n ot r e ally q u alif y a s a ‘S ib yl’.

J.K . R ow li n g m ay h ave o n ly a v agu e i d ea o f S ybill T rela w ney ’s p re-H ogw arts li f e , b u t s h e h as
defin ite i d ea s a bou t S eers, p artic u la rly t h e p ra ctic e o f c o n su lt in 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 st n am es a re g iv en t o c h ild re n b y t h eir w iz ard p are n ts , s o m e o f
t h em b ein g w hat w e m ig h t t h 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 tin ct f la v o ur o f t h e p erso nalit y o r d estin y o f t h e b eare r ( e .g . X en ophiliu s,
R em us, A le cto ).
So m e w iz ard s h av e a f a m ily t r a d it io n o f n am es. T he B la ck f a m ily , f o r i n sta n ce, l ik e t o
n am e t h eir o ffs p rin g a fte r s ta rs a n d c o nste lla tio ns ( w hic h m an y w ould s a y s u it s t h eir l o fty
a m bit io n a n d p rid e). O th er w iz ard in g f a m ilie s ( lik e t h e P otte rs a n d t h e W easle y s) s im ply
p ic k t h eir f a v o urit e n am es f o r t h eir c h ild re n , a n d l e av e i t a t t h at.
A c erta in s e cto r o f m ag ic al s o cie ty , h ow ev er, f o llo w s t h e a n cie n t w iz ard in g p ra ctic e o f
c o nsu lt in g a N am in g S eer, w ho ( u su ally f o r a h efty p ay m en t o f g o ld ) w ill p re d ic t t h e c h ild ’s
f u tu re a n d s u ggest a n a p pro pria te m onik er.
This p ra ctic e i s b eco m in g i n cre asin gly r a re . M an y p are n ts p re fe r t o ‘l e t h im /h er f in d
h is / h er o w n w ay ’, a n d d is lik e ( w it h g o od r e aso n) r e ceiv in g p re m atu re h in ts o f a p tit u de,
l im it a tio ns o r, a t w orst, c ata str o phe. M oth ers a n d f a th ers h av e o fte n f r e tte d t h em se lv es s illy
o n t h e w ay h om e f r o m t h e N am in g S eer, w is h in g t h at t h ey h ad n ot h eard t h e S eer’s
p re d ic tio ns a b o ut t h eir c h ild ’s p erso nalit y o r f u tu re .

If S ybill T rela w ney ’s p ost a s D iv in atio n t e a ch er r eq u ir ed h er t o p red ic t d an ger, e m plo y m en t
as t h e C are o f M agic a l C rea tu res t e a ch er p u t y ou r ig h t i n t h e m id dle o f i t. R ubeu s H agrid
adored 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 n id 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 an us K ettle b u rn – a ls o lo v ed m agic a l b ea sts . H e a ls o ,
presu m ably , lo v ed h avin g t h e f u ll u se o f a ll h is li m 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 etir ed .

SIL V AN US K ET TLEB U RN
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
22n d N ovem ber
WAN D:
Chestn ut a n d p hoen ix f e ath er, e le v en a n d a h alf i n ch es, w hip py
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Huffle p uff
SP EC IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Ency clo ped ic k now le d ge o f m ag ic al c re atu re s, f e arle ssn ess
PA REN TA G E:
Mag ic al f a th er, m ag ic al m oth er
FA M IL Y :
No w if e , n o c h ild re n
HOBBIE S:
Dan gero us c re atu re s a re b o th h is w ork a n d h is h obby

S ilv an us K ettle b u rn w as t h e C are o f M ag ic al C re atu re s t e ach er a t H ogw arts u ntil H arry ’s
t h ir d y ear, w hen h e w as r e p la ced b y R ubeu s H ag rid .
Kettle b u rn w as a n e n th usia stic a n d o ccasio nally r e ck le ss m an w hose g re at l o ve o f t h e
o fte n d an gero us c re atu re s h e s tu die d a n d l o oked a fte r l e d t o s e rio us i n ju rie s t o h im se lf a n d,
o ccasio nally , o th ers. T his f a ct l e d t o n o f e w er t h an s ix ty -tw o p erio ds o f p ro batio n d urin g
h is t im e o f e m plo ym en t a t t h e s c h ool ( a r e co rd t h at s till s ta n ds). L ik e H ag rid a fte r h im , h e
w as p ro ne t o u ndere stim atin g t h e r is k s i n vo lv ed i n c arin g f o r c re atu re s s u ch a s O ccam ys,
G rin dylo w s a n d F ir e C ra b s, a n d o nce f a m ously c au se d t h e G re at H all t o c atc h f ir e a fte r
e n ch an tin g a n A sh w in der t o p la y t h e W orm i n a p la y o f ‘T he F ounta in o f F air F ortu ne’.
Kettle b u rn w as a l o veab le i f e ccen tr ic m an a n d h is c o ntin uin g e m plo ym en t a t t h e
s c h ool w as e v id en ce o f t h e g re at a ffe ctio n i n w hic h s ta ff a n d s tu den ts h eld h im . H e f in is h ed
h is c are er w it h o nly o ne a rm a n d h alf a l e g . A lb u s D um ble d ore p re se n te d h im w it h a f u ll s e t
o f e n ch an te d w ooden l im bs o n h is r e tir e m en t, a g if t t h at h ad t o b e r e p la ced r e g u la rly s in ce,

becau se K ettle b u rn ’s h ab it o f v is it in g d ra g o n s a n ctu arie s i n h is s p are t im e m ean t t h at h is
pro sth etic s w ere f r e q u en tly s e t o n f ir e .
Kettle b u rn r e tir e d t o H ogsm ead e b u t w as u nab le , d ue t o h is p hysic al i n fir m it ie s, t o t a k e
part i n t h e B attle o f H ogw arts . D ete rm in ed t o p la y h is p art, h e c la m bere d i n to h is a ttic a n d
th re w h is e n tir e s to ck o f F lo bberw orm s o ut o f t h e s k ylig h t a t p assin g D eath E ate rs. W hile
th is m ay n ot h av e h ad m uch e ffe ct o n t h e o utc o m e o f t h e b attle , i t w as g en era lly f e lt t o
sh ow t h e r ig h t s p ir it .

If t h ere’s o n e t h in g t h ese s to rie s p ro v e, i t’s t h at h ero is m c o m es i n a ll s h apes, s iz es a n d v arie tie s
– w heth er i t’s R em us L upin g iv in g h is li f e t o s a ve t h e w iz a rd in g w orld o r S ilv an us
Kettle b u rn h u rli n g F lo b berw orm s a t D ea th E ate rs f r o m h is a ttic . A fte r a ll, y ou 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 ou r h ea rt i n
th e r ig h t p la ce.
We h op e y ou ’v e e n jo y ed t h is c o lle ctio n o f
J.K . R ow li n g’s w ritin g, p rese n te d b y P otte rm ore.

CO NTEN TS
CH APT ER O N E
Dolo re s U m brid ge
CH APT ER T W O
Min is te rs f o r M ag ic
Azk ab an
CH APT ER T H REE
Hora ce S lu gh orn
Potio ns
Poly ju ic e P otio n
Cau ld ro ns
CH APT ER F O UR
Quir in us Q uir re ll
CH APT ER F IV E
Peev es t h e P olt e 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 an d h as h eld i n h is o r h er h an ds m ore p ow er t h an w e w ill e v er
kn ow . W ith t h e r ig h t s p ell o r p otio n , t h ey c a n f a bric a te lo v e, t r a vel t h ro u gh t im e, c h an ge
physic a l f o rm a n d e v en e x tin gu is h li f e .
In t h e w ro n g h an ds, p ow er a n d m agic c a n b e d ark , le th al, a n d c o n su m in g. L ord V old em ort
sh ow ed u s t h at; h e s o u gh t p ow er s o v ic io u sly t h at h e t o re a part t h e f a bric o f h is s o u l a n d lo st
ev ery th in g t h at m ade h im h u m an . H e i s t h e u lt im ate v illa in , m otiv ate d b y a n i c e-co ld d esir e
fo r p ow er a n d d estr u ctio n .
Obvio u sly f e w p eo p le c o u ld m atc h V old em ort i n g en era l e v il i n te n t ( th ou gh B ella tr ix
Lestr a n ge a n d D olo res U m brid ge i n deed t r y ), b u t 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 li n g o n p ow er a n d p oli tic s… A nd
ju st f o r f u n, p olt e rg eis ts , t o o.

Dolo res U m brid ge m ay h ave lo ok ed li k e a n i c ed c u pca ke, b u t s h e w as a n yth in g b u t s w eet. S he
was s a vage, s a dis tic a n d r em orse le ss. W hen s h e d ared t a ke c o n tr o l o f H ogw arts f r o m A lb u s
Dum 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 rea te d t itle o f ‘H ig h
In qu is ito r’ s h e s in gle -h an ded ly ( w ell, w ith a li ttle h elp f r o m F ilc h ) s u ck ed t h e b elo v ed s c h ool o f
all i ts j o y , p u t e v ery s tu den t i n g ra ve d an ger, a n d t o rtu red H arry P otte r. A s f a r a s w e’r e
co n cern ed , s h e m ore t h an d ese rv ed h er f a te a t t h e h an ds ( h oov es?) o f c en ta u rs.
Here’s a m uch -n eed ed g li m pse i n to h er d ark p ast, b y J .K . R ow li n g.


DOLO RES U M BR ID GE
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
26th A ugu st
WAN D:
Bir c h a n d d ra g o n h earts tr in g, e ig h t i n ch es l o ng
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Sly th erin
SP EC IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Her p unis h m en t q u ill i s o f h er o w n i n ven tio n
PA REN TA G E:
Muggle m oth er, w iz ard f a th er
FA M IL Y :
Unm arrie d , n o c h ild re n
HOBBIE S:
Colle ctin g t h e ‘F ro lic so m e F elin e’ o rn am en ta l p la te r a n ge, a d din g f lo unces t o
fa b ric a n d f r ills t o s ta tio nary o bje cts , i n ven tin g i n str u m en ts o f t o rtu re

D olo re s J a n e U m brid ge w as t h e e ld est c h ild a n d o nly d au gh te r o f O rfo rd U m brid ge, a
w iz ard , a n d E lle n C ra ck nell, a M uggle , w ho a ls o h ad a S qu ib s o n. D olo re s’s p are n ts w ere
u nhap pily m arrie d , a n d D olo re s s e cre tly d esp is e d b o th o f t h em : O rfo rd f o r h is l a ck o f
a m bit io n ( h e h ad n ev er b een p ro m ote d , a n d w ork ed i n t h e D ep artm en t o f M ag ic al
M ain te n an ce a t t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic ), a n d h er m oth er, E lle n , f o r h er f lig h tin ess,
u ntid in ess, a n d M uggle l in eag e. B oth O rfo rd a n d h is d au gh te 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 ag ic al a b ilit y , w it h t h e r e su lt t h at w hen D olo re s w as f if te en , t h e f a m ily
s p lit d ow n t h e m id dle , O rfo rd a n d D olo re s r e m ain in g t o geth er, a n d E lle n v an is h in g b ack
i n to t h e M uggle w orld w it h 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 g ain , n ev er
s p oke o f e it h er o f t h em , a n d h en cefo rth p re te n ded t o a ll s h e m et t h at s h e w as a p ure -b lo od.
An a cco m plis h ed w it c h , D olo re s jo in ed t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic d ir e ctly a fte r s h e l e ft

Hogw arts , t a k in g a jo b a s a l o w ly i n te rn i n t h e I m pro per U se o f M ag ic O ffic e. E ven a t
se v en te en , D olo re s w as ju dgem en ta l, p re ju dic ed a n d s a d is tic , a lt h ough h er c o nsc ie n tio us
attit u de, h er s a cch arin e m an ner t o w ard s h er s u perio rs, a n d t h e r u th le ssn ess a n d s te alt h
wit h w hic h s h e t o 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 van cem en t. B efo re
sh e w as t h ir ty , D olo re s h ad b een p ro m ote d t o h ead o f t h e o ffic e, a n d i t w as b u t a s h ort s te p
fr o m t h ere t o e v er m ore s e n io r p osit io ns i n t h e m an ag em en t o f t h e D ep artm en t o f M ag ic al
Law E nfo rc em en t. B y t h is t im e, s h e h ad p ersu ad ed h er f a th er t o t a k e e arly r e tir e m en t, a n d
by m ak in g h im a s m all f in an cia l a llo w an ce, s h e e n su re d t h at h e d ro pped q u ie tly o ut o f
sig h t. W hen ev er s h e w as a sk ed ( u su ally b y w ork m ate s w ho d id n ot l ik e h er) ‘a re y o u r e la te d
to t h at U m brid ge w ho u se d t o m op t h e f lo ors h ere ?’ s h e w ould s m ile h er s w eete st, l a u gh ,
an d d en y a n y c o nnectio n w hats o ev er, c la im in g t h at h er d ecease d f a th er h ad b een a
dis tin gu is h ed m em ber o f t h e W iz en gam ot. N asty t h in gs t e n ded t o h ap pen t o p eo ple w ho
ask ed a b o ut O rfo rd , o r a n yth in g t h at D olo re s d id n ot l ik e t a lk in g a b o ut, a n d p eo ple w ho
wan te d t o r e m ain o n h er g o od s id e p re te n ded t o b elie v e h er v ersio n o f h er a n cestr y .
In s p it e o f h er b est e ffo rts t o s e cu re t h e a ffe ctio ns o f o ne o f h er s u perio rs ( s h e n ev er
care d p artic u la rly w hic h o f t h em i t w as, b u t k new t h at h er o w n s ta tu s a n d s e cu rit y w ould
be a d van ced w it h a p ow erfu l h usb an d), D olo re s n ev er s u cceed ed i n m arry in g. W hile t h ey
valu ed h er h ard w ork a n d a m bit io n, t h ose w ho g o t t o k now h er b est f o und i t d if fic u lt t o
lik e h er v ery m uch . A fte r a g la ss o f s w eet s h erry , D olo re s w as a lw ay s p ro ne t o s p out v ery
unch arit a b le v ie w s, a n d e v en t h ose w ho w ere a n ti- M uggle f o und t h em se lv es s h ock ed b y
so m e o f D olo re s’s s u ggestio ns, b eh in d c lo se d d oors, o f t h e t r e atm en t t h at t h e n on-m ag ic al
co m munit y d ese rv ed .
As s h e g re w o ld er a n d h ard er, a n d r o se h ig h er w it h in t h e M in is tr y , D olo re s’s t a ste i n
lit tle g ir lis h a ccesso rie s g re w m ore a n d m ore p ro nounced ; h er o ffic e b ecam e a p la ce o f
fr ills a n d f u rb elo w s, a n d s h e l ik ed a n yth in g d eco ra te d w it h k it te n s ( t h ough f o und t h e r e al
th in g i n co nven ie n tly m essy ). A s t h e M in is te r f o r M ag ic C orn eliu s F udge b ecam e
in cre asin gly a n xio us a n d p ara n oid t h at A lb u s D um ble d ore h ad a m bit io ns t o s u perse d e h im ,
Dolo re s m an ag ed t o c la w h er w ay t o t h e v ery h eart o f p ow er, b y s to kin g b o th F udge’s
van it y a n d h is f e ars, a n d p re se n tin g h erse lf a s o ne o f t h e f e w h e c o uld t r u st.
Dolo re s’s a p poin tm en t a s I n qu is it o r a t H ogw arts g av e f u ll s c o pe, f o r t h e f ir st t im e i n
her l if e , f o r h er p re ju dic es a n d h er c ru elt y . S h e h ad n ot e n jo yed h er t im e a t s c h ool, w here
sh e h ad b een o verlo oked f o r a ll p osit io ns o f r e sp onsib ilit y , a n d s h e r e lis h ed t h e c h an ce t o
re tu rn a n d w ie ld p ow er o ver t h ose w ho h ad n ot ( 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 t o a p hobia o f b ein gs t h at a re n ot q u it e , o r w holly , h um an .
Her d is ta ste f o r t h e h alf - g ia n t H ag rid , a n d h er t e rro r o f c en ta u rs, r e v eal a t e rro r o f t h e
unknow n a n d t h e w ild . S h e i s a n i m men se ly c o ntr o llin g p erso n, a n d a ll w ho c h alle n ge h er
au th orit y a n d w orld -v ie w m ust, i n h er o pin io n, b e p unis h ed . S h e a ctiv ely e n jo ys
su bju gatin g a n d h um ilia tin g o th ers, a n d e x cep t i n t h eir d ecla re d a lle g ia n ces, t h ere i s l it tle t o
ch oose b etw een h er a n d B ella tr ix L estr a n ge.
Dolo re s’s t im e a t H ogw arts e n ded d is a str o usly , b ecau se s h e o verre ach ed t h e r e m it
Fudge h ad g iv en h er, s te p pin g o uts id e t h e b o unds o f h er o w n a u th orit y , c arrie d a w ay w it h
a f a n atic al s e n se o f s e lf - p urp ose . S h ak en b u t u nre p en ta n t a fte r a c ata str o phic e n d t o h er
Hogw arts c are er, s h e r e tu rn ed t o a M in is tr y , w hic h h ad b een p lu nged i n to t u rm oil d ue t o

th e r e tu rn o f L ord V old em ort.
In t h e c h an ge o f r e g im es t h at f o llo w ed F udge’s f o rc ed r e sig n atio n, D olo re s w as a b le t o
slip b ack i n to h er f o rm er p osit io n a t t h e M in is tr y . T he n ew M in is te r, R ufu s S crim geo ur,
had m ore i m med ia te p ro ble m s p re ssin g i n o n h im t h an D olo re s U m brid ge. S crim geo ur w as
la te r p unis h ed f o r t h is o versig h t, b ecau se t h e f a ct t h at t h e M in is tr y h ad n ev er p unis h ed
Dolo re s f o r h er m an y a b u se s o f p ow er s e em ed t o H arry P otte r t o r e v eal b o th i t s
co m pla cen cy a n d i t s c are le ssn ess. H arry c o nsid ere d D olo re s’s c o ntin uin g e m plo ym en t, a n d
th e l a ck o f a n y r e p erc u ssio ns f o r h er b eh av io ur a t H ogw arts , a s ig n o f t h e M in is tr y ’s
esse n tia l c o rru ptio n, a n d r e fu se d t o c o opera te w it h t h e n ew M in is te r b ecau se o f i t ( D olo re s
is t h e o nly p erso n, o th er t h an L ord V old em ort, t o l e av e a p erm an en t p hysic al s c ar o n
Harry , h av in g f o rc ed h im t o c u t t h e w ord s ‘I m ust n ot t e ll l ie s’ o n t h e b ack o f h is o w n h an d
durin g d ete n tio n).
Dolo re s w as s o on e n jo yin g l if e a t t h e M in is tr y m ore t h an e v er. W hen t h e M in is tr y w as
ta k en o ver b y t h e p uppet M in is te r P iu s T hic k nesse , a n d i n filt r a te d b y t h e D ark L ord ’s
fo llo w ers, D olo re s w as i n h er t r u e e le m en t a t l a st. C orre ctly ju dged , b y s e n io r D eath E ate rs,
to h av e m uch m ore i n c o m mon w it h t h em t h an s h e e v er h ad w it h A lb u s D um ble d ore , s h e
not o nly r e ta in ed h er p ost b u t w as g iv en e x tr a a u th orit y , b eco m in g H ead o f t h e M uggle -
bo rn R eg is tr a tio n C om mis sio n, w hic h w as i n e ffe ct a k an garo o c o urt t h at i m pris o ned a ll
Muggle -b o rn s o n t h e b asis t h at t h ey h ad ‘s to le n ’ t h eir w an ds a n d t h eir m ag ic .
It w as a s s h e s a t i n ju dgem en t o f a n oth er i n nocen t w om an t h at H arry P otte r f in ally
atta ck ed D olo re s i n t h e v ery h eart o f t h e M in is tr y , a n d s to le f r o m h er t h e H orc ru x s h e h ad
unw it tin gly b een w earin g.
Wit h t h 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 t r ia l f o r h er
en th usia stic c o -o pera tio n w it h h is r e g im e, a n d c o nvic te d o f t h e t o rtu re , i m pris o nm en t a n d
death s o f s e v era l p eo ple ( s o m e o f t h e i n nocen t M uggle -b o rn s s h e s e n te n ced t o A zk ab an d id
not s u rv iv e t h eir o rd eal).

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
O nce, l o ng a g o , I t o ok i n str u ctio n i n a c erta in s k ill o r s u bje ct ( I a m b ein g v ag u e a s v ag u e
c an b e, f o r r e aso ns t h at a re a b o ut t o b eco m e o bvio us), a n d i n d oin g s o , c am e i n to c o nta ct
w it h a t e ach er o r i n str u cto r w hom I d is lik ed i n te n se ly o n s ig h t.
The w om an i n q u estio n r e tu rn ed m y a n tip ath y w it h i n te re st. W hy w e t o ok a g ain st e ach
o th er s o i n sta n tly , h eartily a n d ( o n m y s id e, a t l e ast) i r ra tio nally , I h onestly c an not s a y .
W hat s tic k s i n m y m in d i s h er p ro nounced t a ste f o r t w ee a ccesso rie s. I p artic u la rly r e call a
t in y l it tle p la stic b o w s lid e, p ale l e m on i n c o lo ur t h at s h e w ore i n h er s h ort c u rly h air . I
u se d t o s ta re a t t h at l it tle s lid e, w hic h w ould h av e b een a p pro pria te t o a g ir l o f t h re e, a s
t h ough i t w as s o m e k in d o f r e p elle n t p hysic al g ro w th . S h e w as q u it e a s to ck y w om an , a n d
n ot i n t h e f ir st f lu sh o f y o uth , a n d h er t e n den cy t o w ear f r ills w here ( I f e lt ) f r ills h ad n o
b u sin ess t o b e, a n d t o c arry u ndersiz ed h an dbag s, a g ain a s t h ough t h ey h ad b een b o rro w ed
f r o m a c h ild ’s d re ssin g-u p b o x, ja rre d , I f e lt , w it h a p erso nalit y t h at I f o und t h e r e v erse o f
s w eet, i n nocen t a n d i n gen uous.
I a m a lw ay s a l it tle w ary w hen t a lk in g a b o ut t h ese k in ds o f s o urc es o f i n sp ir a tio n,
b ecau se i t i s i n fu ria tin g t o h ear y o urse lf m is in te rp re te d i n w ay s t h at c an c au se 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 ‘t h e r e al D olo re s U m brid ge’. S h e d id n ot l o ok
l ik e a t o ad , s h e w as n ev er s a d is tic o r v ic io us t o m e o r a n yo ne e ls e , a n d I n ev er h eard h er
e x p re ss a s in gle v ie w i n c o m mon w it h U m brid ge ( in deed , I n ev er k new h er w ell e n ough t o
k now m uch a b o ut h er v ie w s o r p re fe re n ces, w hic h m ak es m y d is lik e o f h er e v en l e ss
j u stif ia b le ). H ow ev er, i t i s t r u e t o s a y t h at I b o rro w ed f r o m h er, t h en g ro ssly e x ag gera te d , a
t a ste f o r t h e s ic k ly s w eet a n d g ir lis h i n d re ss, a n d i t w as t h at t in y l it tle p ale l e m on p la stic
b o w t h at I w as r e m em berin g w hen I p erc h ed t h e f ly -lik e o rn am en t o n D olo re s U m brid ge’s
h ead .
I h av e n otic ed m ore t h an o nce i n l if e t h at a t a ste f o r t h e i n effa b ly t w ee c an g o h an d-in -
h an d w it h a d is tin ctly u nch arit a b le o utlo ok o n t h e w orld . I o nce s h are d a n o ffic e w it h a
w om an w ho h ad c o vere d t h e w all s p ace b eh in d h er d esk w it h p ic tu re s o f f lu ffy k it tie s; s h e
w as t h e m ost b ig o te d , s p it e fu l c h am pio n o f t h e d eath p en alt y w it h w hom i t h as e v er b een
m y m is fo rtu ne t o s h are a k ettle . A l o ve o f a ll t h in gs s a cch arin e o fte n s e em s p re se n t w here
t h ere i s a l a ck o f r e al w arm th o r c h arit y .
So D olo re s, w ho i s o ne o f t h e c h ara cte rs f o r w hom I f e el p ure st d is lik e, b ecam e a n
a m alg am o f t r a it s t a k en f r o m t h ese , a n d a v arie ty o f s o urc es. H er d esir e t o c o ntr o l, t o
p unis h a n d t o i n flic t p ain , a ll i n t h e n am e o f l a w a n d o rd er, a re , I t h in k, e v ery b it a s
r e p re h en sib le a s L ord V old em ort’s u nvarn 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 h ose n . ‘D olo re s’ m ean s s o rro w , s o m eth in g s h e
u ndoubte 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 g e’ f r o m t h e B rit is h
e x p re ssio n ‘t o t a k e u m bra g e’, m ean in g o ffe n ce. D olo re s i s o ffe n ded b y a n y c h alle n ge t o h er

lim it e d w orld -v ie w ; I f e lt h er s u rn am e c o nvey ed t h e p ettin ess a n d r ig id it y o f h er c h ara cte r.
It i s h ard er t o e x p la in ‘J a n e’; i t s im ply f e lt r a th er s m ug a n d n eat b etw een h er o th er t w o
nam es.

Dolo res U m brid ge h ad t w o o ffic es – o n e 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 –
bu t b oth w ere d eco ra te d w ith f o u l m eo w in g k itte n p la te s. N ow , s h e m ay n ev er h ave b een
appoin te d M in is te r f o r M agic h erse lf , b u t s h e d id k n ow h ow t o i n flu en ce a n yon e w ho w as.
Ju st t h in k h ow d ia boli c a lly w ell s h e w ork ed w ith C orn eli u s F udge t o s p rea d r u m ou rs a bou t
Harry P otte r, d en y t h e r etu rn o f V old em ort, a n d d ep ose D um ble d ore.
If y ou w an t t o u ndersta n d a n yth in g a bou t w iz a rd in g w orld p oli tic s, y ou ’d b ette r lo ok a t
ex actly 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 y e o u t, a s t h ere’s a f a m ili a r
su rn am e o r t w o a m on gst t h em .


MIN IS T ER 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 ag ic w as f o rm ally e sta b lis h ed i n 1 707 w it h t h e a p poin tm en t o f t h e v ery
f ir st m an t o h old t h e t it le ‘M in is te r f o r M ag ic ’, U lic k G am p.
* T he M in is te r f o r M ag ic i s
d em ocra tic ally e le cte d , a lt h ough t h ere h av e b een t im es o f c ris is i n w hic h t h e p ost h as
s im ply b een o ffe re d t o a n i n div id ual w it h out a p ublic v o te ( A lb u s D um ble d ore w as m ad e
s u ch a n o ffe r, a n d t u 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 t o a M in is te r’s t e rm o f
o ffic e, b u t h e o r s h e i s o blig ed t o h old r e g u la r e le ctio ns a t a m ax im um i n te rv al o f s e v en
y ears. M in is te rs f o r M ag ic t e n d t o l a st m uch l o nger t h an M uggle m in is te rs. G en era lly
s p eak in g, a n d d esp it e m an y a m oan a n d g ru m ble , t h eir c o m munit y i s b eh in d t h em i n a w ay
t h at i s r a re ly s e en i n t h e M uggle w orld . T his i s p erh ap s d ue t o a f e elin g, o n t h e p art o f
w iz ard s, t h at u nle ss t h ey a re s e en t o m an ag e t h em se lv es c o m pete n tly , t h e M uggle s m ig h t
t r y t o 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 tin g t h e M in is te r f o r M ag ic , w hose
e le ctio n i s a m atte r o nly f o r t h e m ag ic al c o m munit y t h em se lv es. A ll m atte rs r e la tin g t o t h e
m ag ic al c o m munit y i n B rit a in a re m an ag ed s o le ly b y t h e M in is te r f o r M ag ic , a n d h e h as
s o le ju ris d ic tio n o ver h is M in is tr y . E m erg en cy v is it s t o t h e M uggle P rim e M in is te r b y t h e
M in is te r f o r M ag ic a re a n nounced b y a p ortr a it o f U lic k G am p ( f ir st M in is te r f o r M ag ic )
t h at h an gs i n t h e M uggle P rim e M in is te r’s s tu dy 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 t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic , f o r r e aso ns m ost
s u ccin ctly s u m med u p b y e x -M in is te r D ugald M cP hail ( t e rm o f o ffic e 1 858 – 1 865): ‘t h 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 t h e W iz en gam ot, G am p h ad t h e o nero us jo b o f p olic in g a f r a ctio us a n d
f r ig h te n ed c o m munit y a d ju stin g t o t h e i m posit io n o f t h e I n te rn atio nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy .
H is g re ate st l e g acy w as t o f o und t h e D ep artm en t o f M ag ic al L aw E nfo rc em en t.
D am ocle s R ow le
1 718
– 1 726

Row le w as e le cte d o n a p la tfo rm o f b ein g ‘t o ugh o n M uggle s’. C en su re d b y t h e
In te rn atio nal C onfe d era tio n o f W iz ard s, h e w as e v en tu ally f o rc ed t o s te p d ow n.
Perse u s P ark in so n
1726

1733
Atte m pte d t o p ass a b ill m ak in g i t i lle g al t o m arry a M uggle . M is r e ad t h e p ublic m ood; t h e
wiz ard in g c o m munit y , t ir e d o f a n ti- M uggle s e n tim en t a n d w an tin g p eace, v o te d h im o ut a t
th e f ir st o pportu nit y .
Eld ritc h D ig go ry
1733
– 1 747
Popula r M in is te r w ho f ir st e sta b lis h ed a n A uro r r e cru it m en t p ro gra m me. D ie d i n o ffic e
(d ra g o n p ox).
Alb ert B oot
1747
– 1 752
Lik eab le , b u t i n ep t. R esig n ed a fte r a m is m an ag ed g o blin r e b ellio n.
Basil F la ck
1752
– 1 752
Sh orte st s e rv in g M in is te r. L aste d t w o m onth s; r e sig n ed a fte r t h e g o blin s jo in ed f o rc es w it h
were w olv es.
Hesp h aestu s G ore
1752
– 1 770
Gore w as o ne o f t h e e arlie st A uro rs. S u ccessfu lly p ut d ow n a n um ber o f r e v o lt s b y m ag ic al
bein gs, a lt h ough h is to ria n s f e el h is r e fu sa l t o c o nte m pla te r e h ab ilit a tio n p ro gra m mes f o r
were w olv es u lt im ate ly l e d t o m ore a tta ck s. R en ovate d a n d r e in fo rc ed t h e p ris o n o f
Azk ab an .
Max im ilia n C ro w dy
1770
– 1 781
Fath er-o f- n in e C ro w dy w as a c h aris m atic l e ad er w ho r o ute d o ut s e v era l e x tr e m is t p ure -
blo od g ro ups p la n nin g M uggle a tta ck s. H is m yste rio us d eath i n o ffic e h as b een t h e s u bje ct
of n um ero us b o oks a n d c o nsp ir a cy t h eo rie s.

Porte u s K natc h bull
1781
– 1 789
Was c alle d i n c o nfid en tia lly i n 1 782 b y t h e M uggle P rim e M in is te r o f t h e d ay , L ord N orth ,
to s e e w heth er h e c o uld h elp w it h K in g G eo rg e I II’s e m erg in g m en ta l i n sta b ilit y . W ord
le ak ed o ut t h at L ord N orth b elie v ed i n w iz ard s, a n d h e w as f o rc ed t o r e sig n a fte r a m otio n
of n o c o nfid en ce.
Unctu ous O sb ert
1789
– 1 798
Wid ely s e en a s t o o m uch i n flu en ced b y p ure -b lo ods o f w ealt h a n d s ta tu s.
Arte m is ia L ufk in
1798
– 1 811
Fir st f e m ale M in is te r f o r M ag ic . E sta b lis h ed D ep artm en t o f I n te rn atio nal M ag ic al C o-
opera tio n a n d l o bbie d h ard a n d s u ccessfu lly t o h av e a Q uid dit c h W orld C up t o urn am en t
held i n B rit a in d urin g h er t e rm .
Gro gan S tu m p
1811
– 1 819
Very p opula r M in is te r f o r M ag ic , a p assio nate Q uid dit c h f a n ( T uts h ill T orn ad os),
esta b lis h ed t h e D ep artm en t o f M ag ic al G am es a n d S p orts a n d m an ag ed t o s te er t h ro ugh
le g is la tio n o n m ag ic al b easts a n d b ein gs t h at h ad l o ng b een a s o urc e o f c o nte n tio n.
Jo se p h in a F lin t
1819
– 1 827
Rev eale d a n u nhealt h y a n ti- M uggle b ia s i n o ffic e; d is lik ed n ew M uggle t e ch nolo gy s u ch a s
th e t e le g ra p h, w hic h s h e c la im ed i n te rfe re d w it h p ro per w an d f u nctio 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 bo l e sta b lis h ed c o m mit te es t o i n vestig ate
Muggle b ra in pow er, w hic h s e em ed , d urin g t h is p erio d o f t h e B rit is h E m pir e , t o b e g re ate r
th an s o m e w iz ard s h ad c re d it e d .
Rad olp h us L estr an ge

1835
– 1 841
Reactio nary w ho a tte m pte d t o c lo se d ow n t h e D ep artm en t o f M yste rie s, w hic h i g n ore d
him . E ven tu ally r e sig n ed d ue t o i ll h ealt h , w hic h w as w id ely r u m oure d t o b e i n ab ilit y t o
co pe w it h t h e s tr a in s o f o ffic e.
Horte n sia M illip h utt
1841
– 1 849
In tr o duced m ore l e g is la tio n t h an a n y o th er s it tin g M in is te r, m uch o f i t u se fu l, b u t s o m e
wearis o m e ( h at p oin tin ess a n d s o o n), w hic h u lt im ate ly r e su lt e d i n h er p olit ic al d ow nfa ll.
Evan gelin e O rp in gto n
1849 – 1 855
A g o od f r ie n d 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 it c h , l e t a lo ne M in is te r
fo r M ag ic . O rp in gto n i s b elie v ed t o h av e i n te rv en ed m ag ic ally ( a n d i lle g ally ) i n t h e
Crim ean W ar.
Pris c illa D upon t
1855
– 1 858
Conceiv ed a n i r ra tio nal l o ath in g o f t h e M uggle P rim e M in is te r L ord P alm ersto n, t o a n
ex te n t t h at c au se d s u ch t r o uble ( c o in s t u rn in g t o f r o gsp aw n i n h is c o at p ock ets , e tc ) t h at s h e
was f o rc ed t o s te p d ow n. I r o nic ally , P alm ersto n w as f o rc ed t o r e sig n b y t h e M uggle s t w o
day s l a te r.
Dugald M cP hail
1858
– 1 865
A s a fe p air o f h an ds. W hile t h e M uggle p arlia m en t u nderw en t a p erio d o f m ark ed
upheav al, t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic k new a p erio d o f w elc o m e c alm .
Faris ‘S p out- h ole ’ S p av in
1865
– 1 903
Longest- e v er s e rv in g M in is te r f o r M ag ic , a n d a ls o t h e m ost l o ng-w in ded , h e s u rv iv ed a n
‘a ssa ssin atio n a tte m pt’ ( k ic k in g) f r o m a c en ta u r w ho r e se n te d t h e p unch lin e o f S p av in ’s
in fa m ous ‘a c en ta u r, a g h ost a n d a d w arf w alk i n to a b ar’ jo ke. A tte n ded Q ueen V ic to ria ’s
fu nera l i n a n a d m ir a l’s h at a n d s p ats , a t w hic h p oin t t h e W iz en gam ot s u ggeste d g en tly t h at
it w as t im e h e m ove a sid e ( S p av in w as 1 47 w hen h e l e ft o ffic e).

Ven usia C ric k erly
1903
– 1 912
Seco nd e x -A uro r t o t a k e o ffic e a n d c o nsid ere d b o th c o m pete n t a n d l ik eab le , C ric k erly d ie d
in a f r e ak g ard en in g a ccid en t ( m an dra k e r e la te d ).
Arch er E verm on de
1912
– 1 923
In p ost d urin g t h e M uggle F ir st W orld W ar, E verm onde p asse d e m erg en cy l e g is la tio n
fo rb id din g w it c h es a n d w iz ard s t o g et i n vo lv ed , l e st t h ey r is k m ass i n fr a ctio ns o f t h e
In te rn atio nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy . T housa n ds d efie d h im , a id in g M uggle s w here t h ey c o uld .
Lorcan M cL air d
1923
– 1 925
A g if te d w iz ard , b u t a n u nlik ely p olit ic ia n , M cL air d w as a n e x cep tio nally t a cit u rn m an w ho
pre fe rre d t o c o m munic ate i n m onosy lla b le s a n d e x p re ssiv e p uffs o f s m oke t h at h e
pro duced t h ro ugh t h e e n d o f h is w an d. F orc ed f r o m o ffic e o ut o f s h eer i r rit a tio n a t h is
eccen tr ic it ie s.
Hecto r F aw le y
1925
– 1 939
Undoubte d ly v o te d i n b ecau se o f h is m ark ed d if fe re n ce t o M cL air d , t h e e b u llie n t a n d
fla m bo yan t F aw le y d id n ot t a k e s u ffic ie n tly s e rio usly t h e t h re at p re se n te d t o t h e w orld
wiz ard in g c o m munit y b y G elle rt G rin delw ald . H e p aid w it h h is jo b.
Leo n ard S p en cer-M oon
1939
– 1 948
A s o und M in is te r w ho r o se t h ro ugh t h e r a n ks f r o m b ein g t e a-b o y i n t h e D ep artm en t o f
Mag ic al A ccid en ts a n d C ata str o phes. O versa w a g re at p erio d o f i n te rn atio nal w iz ard in g
an d M uggle c o nflic t. E njo yed a g o od w ork in g r e la tio nsh ip w it h W in sto n C hurc h ill.
Wilh elm in a T uft
1948
– 1 959
Cheery w it c h w ho p re sid ed o ver a p erio d o f w elc o m e p eace a n d p ro sp erit y . D ie d i n o ffic e
afte r d is c o verin g, t o o l a te , h er a lle rg y t o A lih ots y -fla v o ure d f u dge.

Ig n atiu s T uft
1959
– 1 962
So n o f t h e a b o ve. A h ard -lin er w ho c ap it a lis e d o n h is m oth er’s p opula rit y t o g ain e le ctio n.
Pro m is e d t o i n stit u te a c o ntr o versia l a n d d an gero us D em en to r b re ed in g p ro gra m a n d w as
fo rc ed f r o m o ffic e.
Nobby L each
1962
– 1 968
Fir st M uggle -b o rn M in is te r f o r M ag ic , h is a p poin tm en t c au se d c o nste rn atio n a m ong t h e
old ( p ure -b lo od) g u ard , m an y o f w hom r e sig n ed g o vern m en t p osts i n p ro te st. H as a lw ay s
den ie d h av in g a n yth in g t o d o w it h E ngla n d’s 1 966 W orld C up W in . L eft o ffic e a fte r
co ntr a ctin g a m yste rio us i lln ess ( c o nsp ir a cy t h eo rie s a b o und).
Eugen ia J e n kin s
1968
– 1 975
Je n kin s d ealt c o m pete n tly w it h p ure -b lo od r io ts d urin g S qu ib R ig h ts m arc h es i n t h e l a te
six tie s, b u t w as s o on c o nfr o nte d w it h t h e f ir st r is e o f L ord V old em ort. J e n kin s w as s o on
ouste d f r o m o ffic e a s i n ad eq u ate t o t h e c h alle n ge.
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 en to rs a ro und A zk ab an , b u t w as u nab le t o
co nta in w hat l o oked l ik e V old em ort’s u nsto ppab le r is e t o p ow er.
Millic en t B agn old
1980
– 1 990
A h ig h ly a b le M in is te r. H ad t o a n sw er t o t h e I n te rn atio nal C onfe d era tio n o f W iz ard s f o r
th e n um ber o f b re ach es o f t h e I n te rn atio nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy o n t h e d ay a n d n ig h t
fo llo w in g H arry P otte r’s s u rv iv al o f L ord V old em ort’s a tta ck . A cq u it te d h erse lf
mag n if ic en tly w it h t h e n ow i n fa m ous w ord s: ‘I a sse rt o ur i n alie n ab le r ig h t t o p arty ’, w hic h
dre w c h eers f r o m a ll p re se n t.
Corn eliu s F udge
1990
– 1 996
A c are er p olit ic ia n o verly f o nd o f t h e o ld g u ard . P ersis te n t d en ia l o f t h e c o ntin uin g t h re at
of L ord V old em ort u lt im ate ly c o st h im h is jo b.

Rufu s S crim geo ur
1996
– 1 997
The t h ir d e x -A uro r t o g ain o ffic e, S crim geo ur d ie d i n o ffic e a t t h e h an ds o f L ord
Vold em ort.
Piu s T hic k nesse
1997
– 1 998
Om it te d f r o m m ost o ffic ia l r e co rd s, a s h e w as u nder t h e I m periu s C urse f o r h is e n tir e t e rm
of o ffic e, a n d u nco nsc io us o f a n yth in g t h at h e w as d oin g.
Kin gsle y S h ack le b olt
1998
– p rese n t
Oversa w t h e c ap tu re o f D eath E ate rs a n d V old em ort s u pporte rs f o llo w in g t h e d eath o f
Lord V old em ort. I n it ia lly n am ed a s ‘c are ta k er M in is te r’, S h ack le b o lt w as s u bse q u en tly
ele cte d t o t h e o ffic e.
* P rio r t o 1 707, t h e W iz ard s’ C ouncil w as t h e lo ngest s e rv in g (t h ough n ot t h e o nly ) b o dy t o g o vern t h e m ag ic al c o m munity
in B rita in . A fte r t h e i m positio n o f t h e I n te rn atio nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy i n 1 692, h ow ev er, t h e w iz ard in g c o m munity
need ed a m ore h ig h ly s tr u ctu re d , o rg an is e d a n d m ore c o m ple x g o vern in g s tr u ctu re t h an t h ey h ad h ith erto u se d , t o
su pport, r e g u la te a n d c o m munic ate w ith a c o m munity i n h id in g. O nly w itc h es a n d w iz ard s w ho e n jo yed t h e t itle o f
‘M in is te r f o r M ag ic ’ a re i n clu ded i n t h is e n tr y .

How g rea t w ou ld i t h ave b een t o s h are a f o a m in g p in t o f B utte rb eer w ith F aris ‘S pou t- h ole ’
Spavin ? B ut t h ere a re a f e w i n t h at li s t w e’d a void a lt o geth er – D am ocle s R ow le , f o r i n sta n ce,
th e M in is te r w ho f ir st b eg a n s e n din g c rim in als t o A zk aban .
Even b efo re i t b eca m e a n oto rio u s p ris o n , t h e i s la n d f o rtr ess w as n ot e x actly s o m ew here y ou ’d
go o n a f a m ily h oli d ay. Y ou m ig h t w an t t o g et a v ery h appy m em ory a n d a f e rv en t ‘E xpecto
Patr o n um !’ a t t h e r ea dy…


​AZK ABA N
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
A zk ab an h as e x is te d s in ce t h e f if te en th c en tu ry a n d w as n ot o rig in ally a p ris o n a t a ll. T he
i s la n d i n t h e N orth S ea u pon w hic h t h e f ir st f o rtr e ss w as b u ilt n ev er a p peare d o n a n y m ap ,
M uggle o r w iz ard in g, a n d i s b elie v ed t o h av e b een c re ate d , o r e n la rg ed , b y m ag ic al m ean s.
The f o rtr e ss u pon i t w as o rig in ally h om e t o a l it tle -k now n s o rc ere r w ho c alle d h im se lf
E kriz d is . E vid en tly e x tr e m ely p ow erfu l, b u t o f u nknow n n atio nalit y , E kriz d is , w ho i s
b elie v ed t o h av e b een i n sa n e, w as a p ra ctit io ner o f t h e w orst k in ds o f D ark A rts . A lo ne i n
t h e m id dle o f t h e o cean , h e l u re d , t o rtu re d a n d k ille d M uggle s a ilo rs, a p pare n tly f o r
p le asu re , a n d o nly w hen h e d ie d , a n d t h e c o ncealm en t c h arm s h e h ad c ast f a d ed a w ay , d id
t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic r e alis e t h at e it h er i s la n d o r b u ild in g e x is te d . T hose w ho e n te re d t o
i n vestig ate r e fu se d a fte rw ard s t o t a lk o f w hat t h ey h ad f o und i n sid e, b u t t h e l e ast
f r ig h te n in g p art o f i t w as t h at t h e p la ce w as i n fe ste d w it h D em en to rs.
Man y i n a u th orit y t h ough t A zk ab an a n e v il p la ce t h at w as b est d estr o yed . O th ers w ere
a fr a id o f w hat m ig h t h ap pen t o t h e D em en to rs i n fe stin g t h e b u ild in g i f t h ey d ep riv ed t h em
o f t h eir h om e. T he c re atu re s w ere a lr e ad y s tr o ng a n d i m possib le t o k ill; m an y f e are d a
h orrib le r e v en ge i f t h ey t o ok a w ay a h ab it a t w here t h ey a p peare d t o t h riv e. T he v ery w alls
o f t h e b u ild in g s e em ed s te ep ed i n m is e ry a n d p ain , a n d t h e D em en to rs w ere d ete rm in ed t o
c lin g t o i t . E xp erts w ho h ad s tu die d b u ild in gs b u ilt w it h a n d a ro und D ark m ag ic c o nte n ded
t h at A zk ab an m ig h t w re ak i t s o w n r e v en ge u pon a n ybo dy a tte m ptin g t o d estr o y i t . T he
f o rtr e ss w as t h ere fo re l e ft a b an doned f o r m an y y ears, a h om e t o c o ntin ually b re ed in g
D em en to rs.
Once t h e I n te rn atio nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy h ad b een i m pose d , t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic f e lt
t h at t h e s m all w iz ard in g p ris o ns t h at e x is te d u p a n d d ow n t h e c o untr y i n v ario us t o w ns a n d
v illa g es p ose d a s e cu rit y r is k , b ecau se a tte m pts b y i n carc era te d w it c h es a n d w iz ard s t o
b re ak o ut o fte n l e d t o u ndesir a b le b an gs, s m ells a n d l ig h t s h ow s. A p urp ose -b u ilt 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 n d, w as p re fe rre d , a n d p la n s 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 ag ic .
Row le w as a n a u th orit a ria n w ho h ad r is e n t o p ow er o n a n a n ti- M uggle a g en da,
c ap it a lis in g o n t h e a n ger f e lt b y m uch o f t h e w iz ard in g c o m munit y a t b ein g f o rc ed t o g o
u nderg ro und. S ad is tic b y n atu re , R ow le s c ra p ped t h e p la n s f o r t h e n ew p ris o n a t o nce a n d
i n sis te d o n u sin g A zk ab an . H e c la im ed t h at t h e D em en to rs l iv in g t h ere w ere a n a d van ta g e:
t h ey c o uld b e h arn esse d a s g u ard s, s a v in g t h e M in is tr y t im e, t r o uble a n d e x p en se .

In s p it e o f o pposit io n f r o m m an y w iz ard s, a m ong t h em e x p erts o n b o th D em en to rs
an d b u ild in gs w it h 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 n d s o on a
ste ad y t r ic k le o f p ris o ners h ad b een p la ced t h ere . N one e v er e m erg ed . I f t h ey w ere n ot m ad
an d d an gero us b efo re b ein g p la ced i n A zk ab an , t h ey s w if tly b ecam e s o .
Row le w as s u cceed ed b y P erse u s P ark in so n, w ho w as l ik ew is e p ro -A zk ab an . B y t h e
tim e t h at E ld rit c h D ig go ry t o ok o ver a s M in is te r f o r M ag ic , t h e p ris o n h ad b een o pera tin g
fo r f if te en y ears. T here h ad b een n o b re ak outs a n d n o b re ach es o f s e cu rit y . T he n ew p ris o n
se em ed t o b e w ork in g w ell. I t w as o nly w hen D ig go ry w en t t o v is it t h at h e r e alis e d e x actly
what c o ndit io ns i n sid e w ere l ik e. P ris o ners w ere m ostly i n sa n e a n d a g ra v ey ard h ad b een
esta b lis h ed t o a cco m modate t h ose t h at d ie d o f d esp air .
Back i n L ondon, D ig go ry e sta b lis h ed a c o m mit te e t o e x p lo re a lt e rn ativ es t o A zk ab an ,
or a t l e ast t o r e m ove t h e D em en to rs a s g u ard s. E xp erts e x p la in ed t o h im t h at t h e o nly
re aso n t h e D em en to rs w ere ( m ostly ) c o nfin ed t o t h e i s la n d w as t h at t h ey w ere b ein g
pro vid ed w it h a c o nsta n t s u pply o f s o uls o n w hic h t o f e ed . I f d ep riv ed o f p ris o ners, t h ey
were l ik ely t o a b an don t h e p ris o n a n d h ead f o r t h e m ain la n d.
This a d vic e n otw it h sta n din g, D ig go ry h ad b een s o h orrif ie d b y w hat h e h ad s e en i n sid e
Azk ab an t h at h e p re sse d t h e c o m mit te e t o f in d a lt e rn ativ es. B efo re t h ey c o uld r e ach a n y
decis io n, h ow ev er, D ig go ry c au gh t d ra g o n p ox a n d d ie d . F ro m t h at t im e u ntil t h e a d ven t o f
Kin gsle y S h ack le b o lt , n o M in is te r e v er s e rio usly c o nsid ere d c lo sin g A zk ab an . T hey t u rn ed
a b lin d e y e t o t h e i n hum an e c o ndit io ns i n sid e t h e f o rtr e ss, p erm it te d i t t o b e m ag ic ally
en la rg ed a n d e x p an ded a n d r a re ly v is it e d , d ue t o t h e a w fu l e ffe cts o f e n te rin g a b u ild in g
popula te d b y t h ousa n ds o f D em en to rs. M ost ju stif ie d t h eir a ttit u de b y p oin tin g t o t h e
pris o n’s p erfe ct r e co rd a t k eep in g p ris o ners l o ck ed u p.
Nearly t h re e c en tu rie s p asse d b efo re t h at r e co rd w as b ro ken . A y o ung m an w as
su ccessfu lly s m uggle d o ut o f t h e p ris o n w hen h is v is it in g m oth er e x ch an ged p la ces w it h
him , s o m eth in g t h at t h e b lin d a n d l o vele ss D em en to rs c o uld n ot d ete ct a n d w ould h av e
nev er e x p ecte d . T his e sc ap e w as f o llo w ed b y a n oth er, s till m ore i n gen io us a n d i m pre ssiv e,
when S ir iu s B la ck m an ag ed t o e v ad e t h e D em en to rs s in gle -h an ded .
The w eak ness o f t h e p ris o n w as d em onstr a te d a m ply o ver t h e n ex t f e w y ears, w hen
tw o m ass b re ak outs o ccu rre d , b o th i n vo lv in g D eath E ate rs. B y t h is t im e t h e D em en to rs h ad
giv en t h eir a lle g ia n ce t o L ord V old em ort, w ho c o uld g u ara n te e t h em s c o pe a n d f r e ed om
hit h erto u nta ste d . A lb u s D um ble d ore w as o ne w ho h ad l o ng d is a p pro ved o f t h e u se o f
Dem en to rs a s g u ard s, n ot o nly b ecau se o f t h e i n hum an e t r e atm en t o f t h e p ris o ners i n t h eir
pow er, b u t b ecau se h e f o re sa w t h e p ossib le s h if t i n l o yalt ie s o f s u ch D ark c re atu re s.
Under K in gsle y S h ack le b o lt , A zk ab an w as p urg ed o f D em en to rs. W hile i t r e m ain s i n
use a s a p ris o n, t h e g u ard s a re n ow A uro rs, w ho a re r e g u la rly r o ta te d f r o m t h e m ain la n d.
There h as b een n o b re ak out s in ce t h is n ew s y ste m w as i n tr o duced .

J.K . R ow li n 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 t h e p ris o n ‘A lc atr a z’, w hic h i s i t s c lo se st
M uggle e q u iv ale n t, b ein g s e t o n a n i s la n d, a n d ‘A bad don’, w hic h i s a H eb re w w ord m ean in g
‘ p la ce o f d estr u ctio n’ o r ‘d ep th s o f h ell’.


HORACE S L U GH ORN
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
28th A pril
WAN D:
Ced ar a n d d ra g o n h earts tr in g, t e n a n d a q u arte r i n ch es, f a ir ly f le x ib le
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Sly th erin
SP EC IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Acco m plis h ed O cclu m en s, e x p ert P otio neer, a d van ced s e lf - tr a n sfig u ra tio n
PA REN TA G E:
Wiz ard f a th er, w it c h m oth er ( f a m ily o ne o f t h e s o -c alle d ‘S acre d T w en ty -E ig h t’)
FA M IL Y :
Nev er m arrie d , n o c h ild re n ( a lt h ough t h e S lu gh orn f a m ily c o ntin ues t h ro ugh a
co lla te ra l l in e)
HOBBIE S:
The S lu g C lu b, c o rre sp ondin g w it h f a m ous e x -stu den ts , f in e w in es a n d
co nfe ctio nery

Child hood
H ora ce E ugen e F la ccu s S lu gh orn w as b o rn i n to a n a n cie n t w iz ard in g f a m ily , t h e o nly s o n
o f d otin g a n d w ealt h y p are n ts . A lt h ough a f u ndam en ta lly g o od-te m pere d b o y, h e w as
e d ucate d t o b elie v e i n t h e v alu e o f t h e o ld b o ys’ n etw ork ( h is f a th er w as a h ig h -ra n kin g
M in is tr y o ffic ia l i n t h e D ep artm en t o f I n te rn atio nal M ag ic al C o-o pera tio n), a n d
e n co ura g ed t o m ak e f r ie n ds ‘o f t h e r ig h t s o rt’ o nce h e a rriv ed a t H ogw arts . T he S lu gh orn
f a m ily i s o ne o f t h e s o -c alle d ‘S acre d T w en ty -E ig h t’, ( a s e le ct l is t o f t h e o nly f a m ilie s
d esig n ate d ‘p ure -b lo oded ’ b y a n a n onym ous a u th or i n t h e 1 930s) a n d w hile S lu gh orn ’s

pare n ts w ere n ev er m ilit a n t i n t h eir p ure -b lo od b elie fs , t h ey e n co ura g ed a q u ie t b elie f i n
th e f a m ily ’s i n nate s u perio rit y .
Hora ce w as s o rte d i n sta n tly i n to S ly th erin u pon a rriv al a t H ogw arts . H e p ro ved
him se lf a n o uts ta n din g s tu den t, a n d w hile h e d id n ot f o llo w h is p are n ts ’ i m plie d
in str u ctio ns t o t h e l e tte r ( n um berin g a m ong h is f r ie n ds s e v era l t a le n te d M uggle -b o rn s), h e
pra ctis e d h is o w n b ra n d o f e lit is m . H ora ce w as d ra w n t o t h ose w hose t a le n ts o r
back gro unds m ad e t h em i n a n y w ay d is tin ctiv e, r e v ellin g i n r e fle cte d g lo ry , a n d d azzle d b y
cele b rit y o f a n y d esc rip tio n. E ven a s a b o y h e w as a n e m barra ssin gly l o ud n am e-d ro pper,
an d w ould o fte n r e fe r t o t h e M in is te r f o r M ag ic b y h is C hris tia n n am e, h ap py t o i m ply t h at
th e f a m ily w ere o n c lo se r t e rm s w it h h im t h an w as r e ally t h e c ase .

Early T each in g C are er
I n s p it e o f h is c o nsid era b le a b ilit ie s, h is a d m ir a tio n o f t h ose w ho e n jo yed t h e l im elig h t a n d
h is p are n ts ’ a m bit io ns f o r h im a t t h e M in is tr y , H ora ce S lu gh orn w as n ev er d ra w n t o t h e c u t
a n d t h ru st o f p olit ic s. H e e n jo yed h is c re atu re c o m fo rts a n d r e v elle d i n t h e v ic ario us
d elig h ts o f h av in g h ig h -a ch ie v in g f r ie n ds, w it h out m uch w an tin g t o e m ula te a n y o f t h em .
P erh ap s h e k new i n h is h eart o f h earts t h at h e w as n ot t h 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 t h at h e p re fe rre d a l e ss t a x in g a n d m ore c o m fo rta b le e x is te n ce. W hen o ffe re d
t h e jo b o f P otio ns m aste r a t H ogw arts h e w as d elig h te d t o a ccep t, h av in g a g re at f la ir f o r
t e ach in g a n d a d eep f o ndness f o r t h e o ld s c h ool.
Su bse q u en tly p ro m ote d t o H ead o f S ly th erin h ouse , S lu gh orn r e m ain ed a g o od-
t e m pere d a n d e asy -g o in g m an . H e h ad w eak nesse s – v an it y , s n obbery a n d a c erta in l a ck o f
j u dgem en t w hen i t c am e t o t h e g o od-lo okin g a n d t a le n te d – a n d y et h e w as d ev o id o f
c ru elt y o r m alic e. T he w orst o f w hic h h e c o uld b e a ccu se d d urin g h is t e ach in g c are er i s t h at
h e m ad e f a r t o o g re at a d is tin ctio n b etw een t h ose s tu den ts w hom h e f o und a m usin g a n d
p ro m is in g, a n d t h ose i n w hom h e s a w n o f lic k er o f f u tu re g re atn ess. T he i n stit u tio n o f t h e
‘ S lu g C lu b’ – a n o ut- o f- h ours d in in g a n d s o cia l c lu b f o r h is s e le cte d f a v o urit e s – d id
n oth in g t o a ssu ag e t h e f e elin gs o f t h ose w ho w ere n ev er i n vit e d .
Slu gh orn u ndoubte d ly h ad a g o od e y e f o r l a te n t t a le n t; o ver a f if ty -y ear p erio d
n um ero us m em bers o f t h e S lu g C lu b, h an d-p ic k ed b y h im , s u bse q u en tly h ad d azzlin g
c are ers i n t h e w iz ard in g w orld , i n f ie ld s a s d iv erse a s Q uid dit c h , p olit ic s, b u sin ess a n d
j o urn alis m .

Rela tio n sh ip w it h V old em ort
U nfo rtu nate ly f o r S lu gh orn , o ne o f h is v ery f a v o urit e s tu den ts , a h an dso m e a n d
e x cep tio nally t a le n te d b o y c alle d T om M arv o lo R id dle , h ad a m bit io ns t h at w ere f a r
r e m oved f r o m t h e l ik es o f t h e M in is tr y o r p ro prie to rsh ip o f t h e
Daily P ro p het
. M an ip ula tiv e
a n d c h arm in g w hen h e c h ose , R id dle k new e x actly h ow t o f la tte r a n d c ajo le h is d otin g
P otio ns m aste r a n d H ead o f H ouse i n to p artin g w it h f o rb id den i n fo rm atio n: h ow t o c re ate
H orc ru xes. M ost i ll- a d vis e d ly , S lu gh orn g av e h is p ro té g é t h e k now le d ge h e h ad b een
l a ck in g.
Alt h ough i t i s n ot s h ow n i n t h e n ovels , w e m ay d ed uce, f r o m w hat P ro fe sso r
D um ble d ore t e lls H arry P otte r a b o ut h is o w n s u sp ic io ns a b o ut T om R id dle d urin g t h e
l a tte r’s s c h ool d ay s, t h at D um ble d ore w ould h av e w arn ed h is c o lle ag u e S lu gh orn a g ain st
a llo w in g h im se lf t o b e u se d b y t h e b o y. S lu gh orn , s e cu re i n h is o w n ju dgem en t ( w hic h h ad
b een v in dic ate d s o m an y t im es), b ru sh ed o ff s u ch w arn in gs a s p ara n oia o n D um ble d ore ’s
p art, b elie v in g t h e T ra n sfig u ra tio n t e ach er t o h av e t a k en a n u nacco unta b le d is lik e t o T om
f r o m t h e m om en t h e h ad f e tc h ed t h e b o y f r o m t h e o rp han ag e i n w hic h h e h ad b een
b ro ugh t u p.
Slu gh orn r e m ain ed i n t h ra ll t o R id dle r ig h t u p u ntil t h e l a tte r’s d ep artu re f r o m t h e
s c h ool, w hen S lu gh orn w as d is a p poin te d t o d is c o ver t h at h is p riz e p upil h ad n ot o nly
t u rn ed d ow n e v ery w onderfu l jo b o ffe r m ad e t o h im , b u t v an is h ed , s h ow in g n o d esir e t o
k eep i n t o uch w it h t h e m aste r w it h w hom h e h ad s e em ed t o f e el s u ch a n a ffin it y . S lo w ly ,
o ver t h e e n su in g m onth s, S lu gh orn h ad t o a d m it t o h im se lf t h at t h e a ffe ctio n T om R id dle
h ad s e em ed t o f e el f o r h im m ig h t, a fte r a ll, h av e b een a p re te n ce. S lu gh orn ’s g u ilt y f e elin gs
a b o ut h av in g s h are d a p ie ce o f d an gero us m ag ic al k now le d ge w it h t h e b o y i n te n sif ie d , b u t
h e s u ppre sse d t h em m ore d ete rm in ed ly t h 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 t h e s c h ool, a D ark w iz ard o f i m men se
p ow er c alle d L ord V old em ort b ecam e a ctiv e i n t h e w iz ard in g w orld , S lu gh orn d id n ot
i m med ia te ly r e co gn is e h im a s h is o ld p upil. H e h ad n ev er b een p riv y t o t h e p riv ate n am e
t h at R id dle w as a lr e ad y u sin g t o h is c ro nie s a t H ogw arts , a n d V old em ort h ad u nderg o ne
s e v era l p hysic al t r a n sfo rm atio ns s in ce l a st t h ey m et. W hen S lu gh orn r e alis e d t h at t h is
f r ig h te n in g w iz ard w as, i n deed , T om R id dle , h e w as h orrif ie d , a n d o n t h e n ig h t t h at
V old em ort r e tu rn ed t o H ogw arts , s e ek in g a t e ach in g p ost, S lu gh orn h id i n h is o ffic e,
f r ig h te n ed t h at t h e v is it o r w ould c o m e a n d c la im a cq u ain ta n ce. V old em ort d id n ot t r o uble
t o g re et h is f o rm er P otio ns m aste r o n t h at o ccasio n, b u t S lu gh orn ’s r e lie f w as s h ort- liv ed .
When t h e w iz ard in g w orld f e ll i n to w ar, a n d r u m ours s w ir le d t h at V old em ort h ad ,
s o m eh ow , m ad e h im se lf i m morta l, S lu gh orn w as s u re t h at i t w as h e w ho h ad m ad e
V old em ort i n vin cib le , b y t e ach in g h im a b o ut H orc ru xes ( t h is g u ilt w as m is p la ced , a s R id dle
a lr e ad y k new h ow t o m ak e a H orc ru x, a n d h ad f e ig n ed i n nocen ce i n o rd er t o f in d o ut w hat

mig h t h ap pen i f a w iz ard m ad e m ore t h an o ne). S lu gh orn b ecam e i ll w it h g u ilt a n d f r ig h t.
Alb u s D um ble d ore , n ow H ead m aste r, t r e ate d h is c o lle ag u e w it h p artic u la r k in dness a t t h is
tim e, w hic h h ad t h e p ara d oxic al e ffe ct o f i n cre asin g S lu gh orn ’s g u ilt , r e in fo rc in g h is
dete rm in atio n n ev er t o t e ll a l iv in g s o ul w hat a d re ad fu l m is ta k e h e h ad m ad e.
Lord V old em ort m ad e n o a tte m pt t o s e iz e H ogw arts o n h is f ir st a sc en t t o p ow er.
Slu gh orn b elie v ed , c o rre ctly , t h 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 t h an r is k in g t h e
outs 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 pon
atta ck in g t h e i n fa n t H arry P otte r, S lu gh orn w as e v en m ore ju bila n t t h an m ost o f t h e
wiz ard in g p opula tio n. I f V old em ort h ad b een k ille d , S lu gh orn r e aso ned , t h en h e c o uld n ot
hav e m ad e a H orc ru x, w hic h m ean t t h at h e, S lu gh orn , w as i n nocen t a fte r a ll. I t w as
Slu gh orn ’s e x tr e m it y o f r e lie f, a n d t h e d is jo in te d p hra se s h e l e t f a ll i n t h e f ir st r u sh o f
em otio n a fte r h earin g o f V old em ort’s d efe at, t h at f ir st a le rte d D um ble d ore t o t h e p ossib ilit y
th at S lu gh orn h ad s h are d D ark s e cre ts w it h T om R id dle . D um ble d ore ’s g en tle a tte m pts t o
qu estio n S lu gh orn , h ow ev er, c au se d h im t o c la m u p. A f e w d ay s l a te r, S lu gh orn ( w ho h ad
now c o m ple te d a h alf c en tu ry o f s e rv ic e t o t h e s c h ool) t e n dere d h is r e sig n atio n.

Retir e m en t
H ora ce i n te n ded t o e n jo y a d elig h tfu l r e tir e m en t, f r e e f r o m t h e c are s o f t e ach in g a n d t h e
b u rd en o f g u ilt a n d f e ar t h at h ad b een w it h h im f o r y ears. H e r e tu rn ed t o t h e c o m fo rta b le
h om e o f h is p are n ts ( n ow d ead ), w here h e h ad e n jo yed s c h ool h olid ay s, n ow t a k in g u p
p erm an en t r e sid en ce.
For n early a d ecad e, S lu gh orn e n jo yed h is w ell- sto ck ed c ella r a n d l ib ra ry , p ay in g
o ccasio nal v is it s t o o ld m em bers o f t h e S lu g C lu b, a n d h ostin g r e u nio n f e asts a t h is h om e.
H e m is se d t e ach in g, h ow ev er, a n d o ccasio nally f e lt a s a d c h ill a t t h e t h ough t t h at t h e
f a m ous f a ces o f t o m orro w w ere n ow p assin g t h ro ugh H ogw arts w it h out t h e s lig h te st
k now le d ge o f w ho h e w as.
Abo ut a d ecad e i n to S lu gh orn ’s r e tir e m en t, w ord r e ach ed h im t h ro ugh h is e x te n siv e
c o nta cts t h at L ord V old em ort w as s till a liv e, a lt h ough i n s o m e d is e m bo die d f o rm . T his , o f
a ll t h e n ew s i n t h e w orld , w as w hat S lu gh orn m ost f e are d , f o r i t s u ggeste d t h at h is d eep est
d re ad h ad b een w ell f o unded ; t h at V old em ort l iv ed o n, i n s o m e f r a g m en te d s p ectr a l f o rm ,
b ecau se 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 gh orn ’s r e tir e m en t n ow b ecam e a f r a u gh t a ffa ir . S le ep le ss a n d f r ig h te n ed , h e a sk ed
h im se lf w heth er h e h ad b een w is e t o l e av e H ogw arts , w here V old em ort h ad p re v io usly
f e are d t o i n vad e, a n d w here D um ble d ore w ould s u re ly b e w ell i n fo rm ed a b o ut w hat w as
g o in g o n.

Hid in g
S h ortly a fte r t h e c o nclu sio n o f t h e T riw iz ard T ourn am en t a t H ogw arts ( w hic h S lu gh orn
h ad b een f o llo w in g w it h r a p t a tte n tio n i n t h e p re ss), t h e w iz ard in g w orld e ru pte d w it h
f r e sh r u m ours. H arry P otte r h ad s u rv iv ed t h e c o m petit io n u nder d ubio us c ir c u m sta n ces,
r e tu rn in g t o t h e H ogw arts g ro unds c lu tc h in g t h e b o dy o f a f e llo w c o m petit o r, w hom h e
c la im ed h ad b een k ille d b y a r e b o rn 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 o th t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic a n d t h e
w iz ard in g p re ss, H ora ce S lu gh orn b elie v ed i t . C onfir m atio n c am e t h re e n ig h ts a fte r t h e
d eath o f C ed ric D ig go ry , w hen t h e D eath E ate r C orb an Y ax le y a rriv ed a t S lu gh orn ’s h ouse
u nder c o ver o f n ig h t, c le arly i n te n din g t o r e cru it h im , o r t a k e h im b y f o rc e t o V old em ort.
Slu gh orn r e acte d w it h a s p eed t h at w ould h av e a sto unded t h ose w ho h ad w atc h ed h im
g ro w s lo w er a n d f a tte r t h ro ugh t h e y ears o f h is r e tir e m en t. T ra n sfig u rin g h im se lf i n to a n
a rm ch air , h e s u ccessfu lly e v ad ed Y ax le y ’s d ete ctio n. O nce t h e D eath E ate r h ad l e ft,
S lu gh orn p ack ed a f e w n ecessit ie s i n to a b ag , l o ck ed u p h is h ouse b eh in d h im , a n d w en t o n
t h e r u n.
For o ver a y ear, S lu gh orn m oved f r o m h ouse t o h ouse , o fte n s q u attin g i n M uggle
d w ellin gs w hen t h e o w ners w ere a w ay , b ecau se h e d id n ot d are s ta y w it h f r ie n ds w ho m ig h t
s u bse q u en tly b etr a y – w heth er w illin gly o r u nder d ure ss – h is w here ab o uts . I t w as a
m is e ra b le e x is te n ce, m ad e s till m ore w re tc h ed b y t h e f a ct t h at h e d id n ot k now p re cis e ly
w hat V old em ort w an te d f r o m h im . H e t h ough t i t m ost l ik ely t h at h is o ld s tu den t s im ply
w an te d t o r e cru it h im t o h is a rm y, w hic h w as s till s m all c o m pare d t o w hat i t h ad b een a t
t h e h eig h t o f h is p re v io us p ow er; i n h is d ark est m om en ts , h ow ev er, S lu gh orn w ondere d
w heth er V old em ort d id w an t t o k ill h im , t o p re v en t h im e v er b etr a y in g t h e s o urc e o f t h e
l a tte r’s c o ntin uin g i n vu ln era b ilit y .

Late r T each in g C are er
T hough S lu gh orn ’s c h arm s a n d h ex es k ep t h im a f e w s te p s a h ead o f t h e D eath E ate rs, t h ey
w ere i n su ffic ie n t t o k eep h im c o nceale d f r o m A lb u s D um ble d ore , w ho f in ally r a n h im t o
g ro und i n t h e v illa g e o f B udle ig h B ab berto n, w here S lu gh orn h ad c o m man deere d a
M uggle d w ellin g. T he H ead m aste r w as n ot f o ole d b y t h e d is g u is e t h at h ad h oodw in ked
Y ax le y , a n d a sk ed S lu gh orn t o r e tu rn t o H ogw arts a s a t e ach er. A s a n a d ded i n ducem en t,
D um ble d ore h ad b ro ugh t a lo ng H arry P otte r, w hom S lu gh orn n ow m et f o r t h e f ir st t im e:
t h e m ost f a m ous s tu den t H ogw arts h ad e v er s e en , h e w as a ls o t h e s o n o f o ne o f S lu gh orn ’s
a ll- tim e f a v o urit e s tu den ts , L ily E van s.
Alt h ough i n it ia lly r e sis ta n t, S lu gh orn c o uld n ot r e sis t t h e c o m bin ed a llu re o f a s a fe
p la ce o f r e sid en ce a n d o f H arry h im se lf , w ho h ad a g la m our t h at e x ceed ed e v en T om
R id dle ’s . S lu gh orn s u sp ecte d t h at D um ble d ore m ig h t h av e a f u rth er m otiv e, b u t w as
c o nfid en t t h at h e c o uld r e sis t D um ble d ore ’s a tte m pts t o w heed le o ut o f h im a n y a ssis ta n ce
h e m ig h t h av e g iv en L ord V old em ort. H e a rm ed h im se lf a g ain st t h is e v en tu alit y b y
p re p arin g a f a k e ‘m em ory ’ o f t h e n ig h t t h at R id dle h ad a p pro ach ed h im w it h a r e q u est t o b e
t a u gh t a b o ut H orc ru xes.
Slu gh orn r e su m ed h is p ost a s P otio ns m aste r a t H ogw arts w it h g u sto , o nce a g ain
i n stit u tin g t h e S lu g C lu b a n d a tte m ptin g t o c o lle ct a ll t h e m ost t a le n te d o r w ell- c o nnecte d
s tu den ts o f t h e d ay . A s D um ble d ore h ad e x p ecte d a n d i n te n ded , S lu gh orn w as c ap tiv ate d
b y H arry P otte r, w hom h e b elie v ed ( e rro neo usly ) t o b e s u pre m ely t a le n te d i n h is o w n
s u bje ct. H arry f in ally s u cceed ed i n p ris in g f r o m S lu gh orn t h e t r u e m em ory o f h is H orc ru x
c o nversa tio n w it h R id dle , a fte r u sin g S lu gh orn ’s o w n p otio n a g ain st h im : F elix F elic is ,
w hic h m ad e H arry i r re sis tib ly l u ck y.

Hogw arts u n der D eath E ate r R ule
O nce t h e s c h ool h ad b een t a k en o ver b y L ord V old em ort, w it h S ev eru s S n ap e a s
H ead m aste r a n d t h e D eath E ate r C arro w s t a k in g k ey r o le s i n s u bju gatin g s ta ff a n d p upils ,
S lu gh orn l e arn ed t h at V old em ort h ad n oth in g w orse i n s to re f o r h im t h an t o r e m ain i n p ost
a n d t e ach p ure - a n d 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 , t h ough
n ev er e n fo rc in g t h e v io le n t d is c ip lin e a d vo cate d b y t h e C arro w s, a n d a tte m ptin g t o l o ok
a fte r t h e s tu den ts 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 gh orn ’s b eh av io ur d urin g t h e m ost d an gero us n ig h t o f h is l if e r e v eals t h e w orth o f t h e
m an . I n it ia lly h e a p peare d t o h av e e sc ap ed t h e f ig h t, h av in g l e d t h e S ly th erin s o ut o f t h e
c astle t o s a fe ty . O nce i n H ogsm ead e, h ow ev er, h e h elp ed t o r o use a n d m obilis e t h e
v illa g ers, r e tu rn in g w it h C harlie W easle y a t t h e h ead o f r e in fo rc em en ts a t a c ru cia l p oin t i n
t h e b attle . W hat i s m ore , h e w as o ne o f t h e l a st t h re e ( w it h M in erv a M cG onag all a n d
K in gsle y S h ack le b o lt ) t o d uel V old em ort b efo re t h e l a tte r’s f in al c o nfr o nta tio n w it h H arry .
S lu gh orn s o ugh t r e d em ptio n i n t h ese s e lf le ss a cts o f c o ura g e, r is k in g h is l if e a g ain st h is
e rstw hile p upil.
Slu gh orn ’s g en uin e r e m orse f o r t h e d am ag e h e h ad d one i n t e llin g R id dle w hat h e
w an te d t o k now i s c o nclu siv e p ro of t h at h e i s n ot, a n d n ev er w as, D eath E ate r m ate ria l. A
l it tle w eak , a l it tle l a zy a n d c erta in ly s n obbis h , S lu gh orn i s n ev erth ele ss k in d-h earte d , w it h
a f u lly f u nctio nal c o nsc ie n ce. I n h is f in al t e st, S lu gh orn r e v eale d h im se lf t o b e i m pla cab ly
o ppose d t o t h e D ark A rts . W hen h is b ra v ery a t t h e B attle o f H ogw arts w as p ublic is e d , h is
a ctio ns ( a lo ng w it h t h ose o f R eg u lu s B la ck , w hic h g ain ed a tte n tio n i n t h e a fte rm ath o f
V old em ort’s d em is e ) r e m oved m uch o f t h e s tig m a t h at h ad b een a tta ch ed t o S ly th erin
h ouse f o r h undre d s o f y ears p ast. T hough n ow ( p erm an en tly ) r e tir e d , h is p ortr a it h as a
p la ce o f h onour i n t h e S ly th erin c o m mon r o om .

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
Q uin tu s H ora tiu s F la ccu s w as o ne o f t h e g re ate st R om an P oets , m ore c o m monly k now n a s
H ora ce. H e g av e S lu gh orn t w o o f h is C hris tia n n am es. T he n am e ‘S lu gh orn ’ d eriv es f r o m
t h e ( S co ts ) G aelic f o r ‘w ar c ry ’: s lu ag h -g h air m , w hic h l a te r g av e r is e t o ‘s lu gh orn ’, a b attle
t r u m pet. I l o ved t h e w ord f o r i t s l o ok a n d s o und, b u t a ls o f o r i t s m an y a sso cia tio ns. T he
o rig in al G aelic s u ggests a h id den f e ro cit y , w here as t h e c o rru pte d w ord s e em s t o a llu de t o
t h e f e ele r o f t h e A rio n d is tin ctu s ( o r c o m mon l a n d 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 en ta ry , p la cid m an . ‘H orn ’ a ls o h in ts a t h is t r u m petin g o f f a m ous n am es a n d
i llu str io us a sso cia tio ns.

Hora ce S lu gh orn w as o n e o f t h e m ost g if te d P otio n m akers t h at H ogw arts h ad e v er s e en . L ik e
Sev eru s S nape, h e h ad t h e p ow er t o b ottle f a m e, b rew g lo ry , a n d e v en s to p per d ea th , b u t w hat
makes a t r u ly t a le n te d P otio n s m aste r? A cco rd in g t o J .K . R ow li n g, y ou n eed m ore t h an j u st a
ca u ld ro n a n d t h e r ig h t i n gred ie n ts t o w hip u p a w in nin g c o n co 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 ag ic p otio n, g iv en a P otio ns b o ok a n d
t h e r ig h t i n gre d ie n ts . T he a n sw er, u nfo rtu nate ly , i s n o. T here i s a lw ay s s o m e e le m en t o f
w an dw ork n ecessa ry t o m ak e a p otio n ( m ere ly a d din g d ead f lie s a n d a sp hodel t o a p ot
h an gin g o ver a f ir e w ill g iv e y o u n oth in g b u t n asty -ta stin g, n ot t o m en tio n p ois o nous,
s o up).
So m e p otio ns d uplic ate t h e e ffe cts o f s p ells a n d c h arm s, b u t a f e w ( f o r i n sta n ce, t h e
P oly ju ic e P otio n a n d F elix F elic is ) h av e e ffe cts i m possib le t o a ch ie v e a n y o th er w ay .
G en era lly s p eak in g, w it c h es a n d w iz ard s f a v o ur w hic h ev er m eth od t h ey f in d e asie st, o r
m ost s a tis fy in g, t o p ro duce t h eir c h ose n e n d.
Potio ns a re n ot f o r t h e i m patie n t, b u t t h eir e ffe cts a re u su ally d if fic u lt t o u ndo b y a n y
b u t a n oth er s k ille d p otio neer. T his b ra n ch o f m ag ic c arrie s a c erta in m ystiq u e a n d
t h ere fo re s ta tu s. T here i s a ls o t h e d ark c ach et o f h an dlin g s u bsta n ces t h at a re h ig h ly
d an gero us. T he p opula r i d ea o f a P otio ns e x p ert w it h in t h e w iz ard in g c o m munit y i s o f a
b ro odin g, s lo w -b u rn in g p erso nalit y : S n ap e, i n f a ct, c o nfo rm s p erfe ctly t o t h e s te re o ty p e.

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
C hem is tr y w as m y l e ast f a v o urit e s u bje ct a t s c h ool, a n d 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 t r y in g t o d ecid e w hic h s u bje ct H arry ’s a rc h -e n em y, S ev eru s S n ap e,
s h ould t e ach , i t h ad t o b e t h e w iz ard in g e q u iv ale n t. T his m ak es i t a ll t h e s tr a n ger t h at I
f o und S n ap e’s i n tr o ductio n t o h is s u bje ct q u it e c o m pellin g ( ‘I c an t e ach y o u t o b o ttle f a m e,
b re w g lo ry , e v en s to pper d eath … ’) , a p pare n tly p art o f m e f o und P otio ns q u it e a s i n te re stin g
a s S n ap e d id ; a n d i n deed I a lw ay s e n jo yed c re atin g p otio ns i n t h e b o oks, a n d r e se arc h in g
i n gre d ie n ts f o r t h em .
Man y o f t h e c o m ponen ts o f t h e v ario us d ra u gh ts a n d l ib atio ns t h at H arry c re ate s f o r
S n ap e e x is t ( o r w ere o nce b elie v ed t o e x is t) a n d h av e ( o r w ere b elie v ed t o h av e) t h e
p ro pertie s I g av e t h em . D it ta n y, f o r i n sta n ce, r e ally d oes h av e h ealin g p ro pertie s ( it i s a n
a n ti- in fla m mato ry , a lt h ough I w ould n ot a d vis e S p lin ch in g y o urse lf t o t e st i t ); a b ezo ar
r e ally i s a m ass t a k en f r o m t h e i n te stin es o f a n a n im al, a n d i t r e ally w as o nce b elie v ed t h 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 u re y o u o f p ois o nin g.

You c a n h u nt d ow n d itta n y o r f in d a b ez oa r i n t h e r ea l w orld , b u t y ou ’d b e h ard p resse d t o
tr a ck d ow n a B ic o rn h orn – o n e o f t h e k ey i n gred ie n ts i n P oly ju ic e P otio n . T his a ppea ra n ce-
alt e 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 v il; b u t w hat i s t h e
mea n in g b eh in d e a ch o f t h e i n gred ie n ts i n t h e m ix tu re, a n d w hy i s H erm io n e’s a bili ty t o b rew
it a s a s e co n d-y ea r s tu den t s o r em ark able ?


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 otio n, w hic h i s a c o m ple x a n d t im e-c o nsu m in g c o nco ctio n, i s b est l e ft t o
h ig h ly s k ille d w it c h es a n d w iz ard s. I t e n ab le s t h e c o nsu m er t o a ssu m e t h e p hysic al
a p peara n ce o f a n oth er p erso n, a s l o ng a s t h ey h av e f ir st p ro cu re d p art o f t h at i n div id ual’s
b o dy t o a d d t o t h e b re w ( t h is m ay b e a n yth in g – t o en ail c lip pin gs, d an dru ff o r w orse – b u t
i t i s m ost u su al t o u se h air ). T he i d ea t h at a w it c h o r w iz ard m ig h t m ak e e v il u se o f p arts o f
t h e b o dy i s a n a n cie n t o ne, a n d e x is ts i n t h e f o lk lo re a n d s u perstit io ns o f m an y c u lt u re s.
The e ffe ct o f t h e p otio n i s o nly t e m pora ry , a n d d ep en din g o n h ow w ell i t h as b een
b re w ed , m ay l a st a n yth in g f r o m b etw een t e n m in ute s a n d t w elv e h ours. Y ou c an c h an ge
a g e, s e x a n d r a ce b y t a k in g t h e P oly ju ic e P otio n, b u t n ot s p ecie s.
The f a ct t h at H erm io ne i s a b le t o m ak e a c o m pete n t P oly ju ic e P otio n a t t h e a g e o f
t w elv e i s t e stim ony t o h er o uts ta n din g m ag ic al a b ilit y , b ecau se i t i s a p otio n t h at m an y a d ult
w it c h es a n d w iz ard s f e ar t o a tte m pt.

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
I r e m em ber c re atin g t h e f u ll l is t o f i n gre d ie n ts f o r t h e P oly ju ic e P otio n. E ach o ne w as
c are fu lly s e le cte d . L acew in g f lie s ( t h e f ir st p art o f t h e n am e s u ggeste d a n i n te rtw in in g o r
b in din g t o geth er o f t w o i d en tit ie s); l e ech es ( t o s u ck t h e e sse n ce o ut o f o ne a n d i n to t h e
o th er); h orn o f a B ic o rn ( t h e i d ea o f d ualit y ); k notg ra ss ( a n oth er h in t o f b ein g t ie d t o
a n oth er p erso n); f lu xw eed ( t h e m uta b ilit y o f t h e b o dy a s i t c h an ged i n to a n oth er) a n d
B oom sla n g s k in ( a s h ed ded o ute r b o dy a n d a n ew i n ner).
The n am e P oly ju ic e w as s u ppose d t o m ak e s e v era l a llu sio ns. ‘P oly ’, m ean in g ‘m an y’,
g av e t h e i d ea t h at t h e p otio n c o uld t u rn y o u i n to l o ts o f d if fe re n t p eo ple ; b u t ‘P oly ju ic e’ i s
a ls o v ery n ear ‘P oly d eu ces’, w ho w as a t w in i n G re ek m yth olo gy.

If y ou ’r e g oin g t o c o ok u p a g ob le t f u ll o f P oly ju ic e, o r a n y o th er v ile -ta stin g b u t p ow erfu l
brew , y ou ’r e g oin g t o n eed a c a u ld ro n . H ere’s a li ttle h is to ry o f t h is v ita l p ie ce o f m agic a l
eq u ip m en t.


​CAU LD RO NS
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
C au ld ro ns w ere o nce u se d b y M uggle s a n d w iz ard s a lik e, b ein g l a rg e m eta l c o okin g p ots
t h at c o uld b e s u sp en ded o ver f ir e s. I n t im e, m ag ic al a n d n on-m ag ic al p eo ple a lik e m oved
o n t o s to ves; s a u cep an s b ecam e m ore c o nven ie n t a n d c au ld ro ns b ecam e t h e s o le p ro vin ce
o f w it c h es a n d w iz ard s, w ho c o ntin ued t o b re w p otio ns i n t h em . A n ak ed f la m e i s e sse n tia l
f o r t h e m ak in g o f p otio ns, w hic h m ak es c au ld ro ns t h e m ost p ra ctic al p ot o f a ll.
All c au ld ro ns a re e n ch an te d t o m ak e t h em l ig h te r t o c arry , a s t h 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 ven tio ns i n clu de t h e s e lf - stir rin g a n d c o lla p sib le
v arie tie s o f c au ld ro n, a n d p ots o f p re cio us m eta l a re a ls o a v aila b le f o r t h e s p ecia lis t, o r t h e
s h ow -o ff.

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
C au ld ro ns h av e h ad a m ag ic al a sso cia tio n f o r c en tu rie s. T hey a p pear i n h undre d s o f y ears’
w orth o f p ic tu re s o f w it c h es, a n d a re a ls o s u ppose d t o b e w here l e p re ch au ns k eep t r e asu re .
M an y f o lk a n d f a ir y t a le s m ak e m en tio n o f c au ld ro ns w it h s p ecia l p ow ers, b u t i n t h e H arry
P otte r b o oks t h ey a re a f a ir ly m undan e t o ol. I d id c o nsid er m ak in g H elg a H uffle p uff’s
h allo w a c au ld ro n, b u t t h ere w as s o m eth in g s lig h tly c o m ic al a n d i n co ngru ous a b o ut h av in g
s u ch a l a rg e a n d h eav y H orc ru x; I w an te d t h e o bje cts H arry h ad t o f in d t o b e s m alle r a n d
m ore p orta b le . H ow ev er, a c au ld ro n a p pears b o th i n t h e f o ur m yth ic al je w els o f I r e la n d ( it s
m ag ic al p ow er w as t h at n obo dy e v er w en t a w ay f r o m i t u nsa tis fie d ) a n d i n t h e l e g en d o f
T he T hir te en T re asu re s o f B rit a in ( t h e c au ld ro n o f D yrn w ch t h e g ia n t w ould c o ok m eat f o r
b ra v e m en , b u t n ot f o r c o w ard s).

The j o b o f P otio n s m aste r i s n ot w ith ou t r is k s, b u t i t i s t h e D efe n ce A ga in st t h e D ark A rts p ost
th at i s t h e m ost d an gero u s. 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 u gh
Hogw arts , i t m ig h t h ave b een e a sy t o f o rg et q u ie t P ro fe sso r Q uir in us Q uir rell, w ere i t n ot f o r
th e f a ct t h at h e t u rn ed o u t 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 li ttle e x tr a
in fo rm atio n o n t h e m an w ho m ade a r a th er u nco n ven tio n al e x it 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
WAN D:
Ald er a n d u nic o rn h air , n in e i n ch es l o ng, b en dy
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Rav en cla w
SP EC IA L A BIL IT IE S:
Learn ed i n t h e t h eo ry o f D efe n siv e M ag ic , l e ss a d ep t i n t h e p ra ctic e
PA REN TA G E:
Half - b lo od
FA M IL Y :
Unm arrie d , n o c h ild re n
HOBBIE S:
Tra v el, p re ssin g w ild f lo w ers

H arry ’s f ir st D efe n ce A gain st t h e D ark A rts t e ach er i s a c le v er y o ung w iz ard w ho t o ok a
‘ G ra n d T our’ a ro und t h e w orld b efo re t a k in g u p h is t e ach in g p ost a t H ogw arts . W hen
H arry f ir st m eets Q uir re ll, h e h as a d opte d a t u rb an f o r e v ery d ay w ear. H is n erv es,
e x p re sse d m ost o bvio usly i n h is s ta m mer, a re s o p ro nounced t h at i t i s r u m oure d t h e t u rb an
i s s tu ffe d f u ll o f g arlic , t o w ard o ff v am pir e s.
I s a w Q uir re ll a s a g if te d b u t d elic ate b o y, w ho w ould p ro bab ly h av e b een t e ase d f o r h is
t im id it y a n d n erv es d urin g h is s c h ool l if e . F eelin g i n ad eq u ate a n d w is h in g t o p ro ve h im se lf ,
h e d ev elo ped a n ( in it ia lly t h eo re tic al) i n te re st i n t h e D ark A rts . L ik e m an y p eo ple w ho f e el
t h em se lv es t o b e i n sig n if ic an t, e v en l a u gh ab le , Q uir re ll h ad a l a te n t d esir e t o m ak e t h e
w orld s it u p a n d n otic e h im .
Quir re ll s e t o ut d elib era te ly t o f in d w hate v er r e m ain ed o f t h e D ark w iz ard , p artly o ut
o f c u rio sit y , p artly o ut o f t h at u nack now le d ged d esir e f o r i m porta n ce. A t t h e v ery l e ast,

Quir re ll f a n ta sis e d t h at h e c o uld b e t h e m an w ho t r a ck ed V old em ort d ow n, b u t a t b est,
mig h t l e arn s k ills f r o m V old em ort t h at w ould e n su re h e w as n ev er l a u gh ed a t a g ain .
Though H ag rid w as c o rre ct i n s a y in g t h at Q uir re ll h ad a ‘b rillia n t m in d’, t h e H ogw arts
te ach er w as b o th n aiv e a n d a rro gan t i n t h in kin g t h at h e w ould b e a b le t o c o ntr o l a n
en co unte r w it h V old em ort, e v en i n t h e D ark w iz ard ’s w eak en ed s ta te . W hen V old em ort
re alis e d t h at t h e y o ung m an h ad a p osit io n a t H ogw arts , h e t o ok i m med ia te p osse ssio n o f
Quir re ll, w ho w as i n cap ab le o f r e sis tin g.
While Q uir re ll d id n ot l o se h is s o ul, h e b ecam e c o m ple te ly s u bju gate d b y V old em ort,
who c au se d a f r ig h tfu l m uta tio n o f Q uir re ll’s b o dy: n ow V old em ort l o oked o ut o f t h e b ack
of Q uir re ll’s h ead a n d d ir e cte d h is m ovem en ts , e v en f o rc in g h im t o a tte m pt m urd er.
Quir re ll t r ie d t o p ut u p f e eb le r e sis ta n ce o n o ccasio n, b u t V old em ort w as f a r t o o s tr o ng f o r
him .
Quir re ll i s , i n e ffe ct, t u rn ed i n to a t e m pora ry H orc ru x b y V old em ort. H e i s g re atly
dep le te d b y t h e p hysic al s tr a in o f f ig h tin g t h 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
bo dy m an if e sts b u rn s a n d b lis te rs d urin g h is f ig h t w it h H arry d ue t o t h e p ro te ctiv e p ow er
Harry ’s m oth er l e ft i n h is s k in w hen s h e d ie d f o r h im . W hen t h e b o dy V old em ort a n d
Quir re ll a re s h arin g i s h orrib ly b u rn ed b y c o nta ct w it h H arry , t h e f o rm er f le es ju st i n t im e
to s a v e h im se lf , l e av in g t h e d am ag ed a n d e n fe eb le d Q uir re ll t o c o lla p se a n d d ie .

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
Q uir in us w as a R om an G od a b o ut w hom t h ere i s n ot m uch i n fo rm atio n, a lt h ough h e i s
c o m monly a sso cia te d w it h w ar – a c lu e t h at Q uir re ll i s n ot q u it e 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 u ir re l’ – s m all, c u te a n d h arm le ss – a ls o s u ggeste d ‘q u iv er,’ a
n od t o t h e c h ara cte r’s i n nate n erv o usn ess.

We’v e c o v ered p ow er a n d p oli tic s i n t h e w iz a rd in g w orld s e n sib ly a n d t h oro u gh ly . B ut t o e n d
on s o m eth in g a lt o geth er m ore u pli f tin g, le t’s t a ke a lo ok a t t h e p ote n t p rese n ce o f P eev es t h e
polt e rg eis t. I f t h ere w ere a n u npop u la rity c o n te st a m on g t h e s ta ff a n d s tu den ts o f H ogw arts ,
su rely P eev es w ou ld a t le a st b e a f in ali s t i n t h e ‘n uis a n ce’ c a te g ory ?


PEEV ES T H E P O LT ER G EIS T
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T he n am e ‘p olt e rg eis t’ i s G erm an i n o rig in , a n d r o ugh ly t r a n sla te s a s ‘n ois y g h ost’, a lt h ough
i t i s n ot, s tr ic tly s p eak in g, a g h ost a t a ll. T he p olt e rg eis t i s a n i n vis ib le e n tit y t h at m oves
o bje cts , s la m s d oors a n d c re ate s o th er a u dib le , k in etic d is tu rb an ces. I t h as b een r e p orte d i n
m an y c u lt u re s a n d t h ere i s a s tr o ng a sso cia tio n w it h t h e p la ces w here y o ung p eo ple ,
e sp ecia lly a d ole sc en ts , a re l iv in g. E xp la n atio ns f o r t h e p hen om en on v ary a ll t h e w ay f r o m
s u pern atu ra l t o s c ie n tif ic .
It w as i n ev it a b le t h at, i n a b u ild in g b u rstin g w it h t e en ag e w it c h es a n d w iz ard s, a
p olt e rg eis t w ould b e g en era te d ; i t w as l ik ew is e t o b e e x p ecte d t h at s u ch a p olt e rg eis t w ould
b e n ois ie r, m ore d estr u ctiv e a n d h ard er t o e x p el t h an t h ose t h at o ccasio nally f r e q u en t
M uggle h ouse s. S u re e n ough , P eev es i s t h e m ost n oto rio us a n d t r o uble so m e p olt e rg eis t i n
B rit is h h is to ry . U nlik e t h e o verw helm in g m ajo rit y o f h is c o lle ag u es, P eev es h as a p hysic al
f o rm , t h ough h e i s a b le t o b eco m e i n vis ib le a t w ill. H is l o oks r e fle ct h is n atu re , w hic h t h ose
w ho k now h im w ould a g re e i s a s e am le ss b le n d o f h um our a n d 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 k er f r o m
H an kerto n H um ble ( a p poin te d b y t h e f o ur f o unders) o nw ard s. T hough m an y s tu den ts a n d
e v en t e ach ers h av e a s o m ew hat p erv erse f o ndness f o r P eev es ( h e u ndoubte d ly a d ds a
c erta in z est t o s c h ool l if e ), h e i s i n cu ra b ly d is r u ptiv e, a n d i t g en era lly f a lls t o t h e c are ta k er
o f t h e d ay t o c le an u p h is m an y d elib era te m esse s: v ase s s m ash ed , p otio ns u p-e n ded ,
b o okcase s t o pple d a n d s o o n. T hose w it h w eak n erv es d ep lo re P eev es’s f o ndness f o r
s u dden ly m ate ria lis in g a n i n ch f r o m t h e e n d o f t h eir n ose s, h id in g i n s u it s o f a rm our o r
d ro ppin g s o lid o bje cts o n t h eir h ead s a s t h ey m ove b etw een c la sse s.
Sev era l c o ncerte d e ffo rts t o r e m ove P eev es f r o m t h e c astle h av e r e su lt e d i n f a ilu re . T he
l a st a n d m ost d is a str o us w as m ad e i n 1 876 b y c are ta k er R an co ro us C arp e, w ho d ev is e d a n
e la b o ra te t r a p , b ait e d w it h a n a sso rtm en t o f w eap ons h e b elie v ed w ould b e i r re sis tib le t o
P eev es, a n d a v ast e n ch an te d b ell ja r, r e in fo rc ed b y v ario us C onta in m en t C harm s, w hic h h e
i n te n ded t o d ro p o ver t h e p olt e 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 t h ro ugh t h e g ia n t b ell ja r, s h ow erin g a n e n tir e c o rrid or w it h b ro ken g la ss, h e a ls o
e sc ap ed t h e t r a p a rm ed w it h s e v era l c u tla sse s, c ro ssb o w s, a b lu nderb u ss a n d a m in ia tu re
c an non. T he c astle w as e v acu ate d w hile P eev es a m use d h im se lf b y f ir in g r a n dom ly o ut o f
t h e w in dow s a n d t h re ate n in g a ll a n d s u ndry w it h d eath . A t h re e-d ay s ta n doff w as e n ded
w hen t h e H ead m is tr e ss o f t h e d ay , E upra x ia M ole , a g re ed t o s ig n a c o ntr a ct a llo w in g

Peev es a d dit io nal p riv ile g es, s u ch a s a o nce-w eek ly s w im i n t h e b o ys’ t o ile ts o n t h e g ro und
flo or, f ir st r e fu sa l o n s ta le b re ad f r o m t h e k it c h en f o r t h ro w in g p urp ose s, a n d a n ew h at –
to b e c u sto m -m ad e b y M ad am e B onhab ille o f P aris . R an co ro us C arp e t o ok e arly
re tir e m en t f o r h ealt h r e aso ns, a n d n o s u bse q u en t a tte m pt h as e v er b een m ad e t o r id t h e
castle o f i t s m ost i ll- d is c ip lin ed i n hab it a n t.
Peev es d oes r e co gn is e a u th orit y o f a s o rt. T hough g en era lly u nim pre sse d b y t it le s a n d
bad ges, h e i s g en era lly a m en ab le t o t h e s tr ic tu re s o f t h e t e ach ers, a g re ein g t o s ta y o ut o f
th eir c la ssr o om s w hile t h ey t e ach . H e h as a ls o b een k now n t o s h ow a n a ffin it y f o r r a re
stu den ts ( n ota b ly F re d a n d G eo rg e W easle y ), a n d i s c erta in ly a fr a id o f t h e g h ost o f
Sly th erin , t h e B lo ody B aro n. H is t r u e l o yalt ie s, h ow ev er, w ere r e v eale d i n t h e G re at B attle
of H ogw arts .

So t h ere y ou h ave i t. Y ou ’v e d is c o v ered w hat h appen s w hen p ow er g oes t o s o m eo n e’s h ea d
(q u ite li te ra lly , i n P ro fe sso r Q uir rell’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 ult a n eo u sly c o lle ctin g F ro li c so m e F eli n e p la te s, a n d w here t h e p ow er-h u ngry a n d c o rru pt
en d u p w hen c a u gh t.
We h op e y ou ’v e e n jo y ed t h is c o lle ctio n o f J .K . R ow li n g’s w ritin g, p rese n te d b y P otte rm ore.

CO NTEN TS
CH APT ER O N E: T H E J O URN EY T O H O GW ARTS
Kin g’s C ro ss S ta tio n
Pla tfo rm N in e a n d T hre e-Q uarte rs
The H ogw arts E xp re ss
CH APT ER T W O: T H E S O RTIN G
The S o rtin g H at
Hats ta ll
CH APT ER T H REE: T H E C AST LE A N D G RO UN DS
Huffle p uff C om mon R oom
The M ara u der’s M ap
The G re at L ak e
CH APT ER F O UR: L ESSO N S A T H O GW ARTS
Hogw arts S ch ool S u bje cts
Tim e-T urn er
CH APT ER F IV E: C AST LE R ESID EN TS
Hogw arts G hosts
Ghosts
The B alla d o f N early H ead le ss N ic k
Hogw arts P ortr a it s
Sir C ad ogan
CH APT ER S IX : S E C RET S O F T H E C AST LE
Mir ro r o f E ris e d
Pen sie v e
The P hilo so pher’s S to ne

The S w ord o f G ry ffin dor
The C ham ber o f S ecre ts

FR O M T H E P O TTER M ORE E D IT O R:
We k n ow q u ite a lo t a bou t H ogw arts . I t’s a s c h ool f o r w itc h es a n d w iz a rd s, w ho a re i n vite d t o
atte n d b y a n o w l- d eli v ered le tte r. I t h as a h u ndred a n d f o rty -tw o s ta ir ca se s, w hic h m ov e a s
th ou gh t h ey h ave m in ds o f t h eir o w n. I t w as f o u nded b y G od ric G ry ffin dor, R ow en a
Raven cla w , H elg a H uffle p u ff a n d S ala za r S ly th erin , a fte r w hom t h e s c h ool’s h ou se s w ere
nam ed .
There’s e v en a s e cret p assa gew ay u nder a o n e-ey ed w itc h s ta tu e t h at a llo w s a f a ir ly t h in
perso n t o e sc a pe i n to t h e c ella r o f H on ey du kes. B ut i f P ro fe sso r A lb u s P erciv al W ulf r ic B ria n
Dum ble d ore s a ys e v en h e d oesn ’t k n ow a ll o f H ogw arts ’ s e crets , w ell, n eith er d o w e.
There’s o n ly o n e p erso n w ho k n ow s e v ery th in g a bou t H ogw arts . I n t h is c o lle ctio n o f w ritin g,
J.K . R ow li n g d iv u lg es h id den s e crets a n d s tr a n ge lo re f r o m B rita in ’s s c h ool f o r w itc h cra ft a n d
wiz a rd ry .





We b eg in j u st a s a n y w itc h o r w iz a rd o n h is o r h er w ay t o H ogw arts w ou ld – a t L on don ’s
Kin g’s C ro ss. I t’s a b u stli n g, c a vern ou s t r a in s ta tio n f ille d w ith b u sy c o m mute rs – s o b u sy
th at t h ey d on ’t n otic e p eo p le la den w ith t r u nks, o w ls , c a ts a n d r o b es r u n a t a t ic k et b arrie r
an d d is a ppea r.


KIN G’S C RO SS S T A TIO N
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
W hen O tta lin e G am bo l c o m man deere d a M uggle t r a in t o s e rv e a s t h e n ew m ode o f
t r a n sp ort f o r H ogw arts s tu den ts , s h e a ls o h ad c o nstr u cte d a s m all s ta tio n i n t h e w iz ard in g
v illa g e o f H ogsm ead e: a n ecessa ry a d ju nct t o t h e t r a in . T he M in is tr y o f M ag ic f e lt s tr o ngly ,
h ow ev er, t h at t o c o nstr u ct a n a d dit io nal w iz ard in g s ta tio n i n t h e m id dle o f L ondon w ould
s tr e tc h e v en t h e M uggle s’ n oto rio us d ete rm in atio n n ot t o n otic e m ag ic w hen i t w as
e x p lo din g i n f r o nt o f t h eir f a ces.
It w as E van gelin e O rp in gto n, M in is te r f r o m 1 849– 1855, w ho h it u pon t h e s o lu tio n o f
a d din g a c o nceale d p la tfo rm a t t h e n ew ly ( M uggle ) b u ilt K in g’s C ro ss s ta tio n, w hic h w ould
b e a ccessib le o nly t o w it c h es a n d w iz ard s. O n t h e w hole , t h is h as w ork ed w ell, a lt h ough
t h ere h av e b een m in or p ro ble m s o ver t h e e n su in g y ears, s u ch a s w it c h es a n d w iz ard s w ho
h av e d ro pped s u it c ase s f u ll o f b it in g s p ellb o oks o r n ew t s p le en s a ll o ver t h e p olis h ed s ta tio n
f lo or, o r e ls e d is a p peare d t h ro ugh t h e s o lid b arrie r a l it tle t o o l o udly . T here a re u su ally a
n um ber o f p la in -c lo th ed M in is tr y o f M ag ic e m plo yees o n h an d t o d eal w it h a n y
i n co nven ie n t M uggle m em orie s t h at m ay n eed a lt e rin g a t t h e s ta rt a n d e n d o f e ach
H ogw arts t e rm .

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
K in g’s C ro ss, w hic h i s o ne o f L ondon’s m ain r a ilw ay s ta tio ns, h as a v ery p erso nal
s ig n if ic an ce f o r m e, b ecau se m y p are n ts m et o n a t r a in t o S co tla n d w hic h d ep arte d f r o m
K in g’s C ro ss s ta tio n. F or t h is r e aso n, a n d b ecau se i t h as s u ch a n e v o cativ e a n d s y m bo lic
n am e, a n d b ecau se i t i s a ctu ally t h e r ig h t s ta tio n t o l e av e f r o m i f y o u w ere h ead in g t o
C ale d onia , I n ev er k new t h e s lig h te st i n decis io n a b o ut t h e l o catio n o f t h e p orta l t h at w ould
t a k e H arry t o H ogw arts , o r t h e m ean s o f t r a n sp ort t h at w ould t a k e h im t h ere .
It i s s a id ( t h ough w here t h e s to ry o rig in ate d I c o uld n ot t e ll y o u; i t i s s u sp ic io usly
v ag u e) t h at K in g’s C ro ss S ta tio n w as b u ilt e it h er o n t h e s it e o f B oudic ca’s l a st b attle
( B oudic ca w as a n a n cie n t B rit is h q u een w ho l e d a r e b ellio n a g ain st t h e R om an s) o r o n t h e
s it e o f h er t o m b. L eg en d h as i t t h at h er g ra v e i s s it u ate d s o m ew here i n t h e r e g io n o f
p la tfo rm s e ig h t t o t e n . I d id n ot k now t h is w hen I g av e t h e w iz ard s’ p la tfo rm i t s n um ber.
K in g’s C ro ss s ta tio n t a k es i t s n am e f r o m a n ow -d em olis h ed m onum en t t o K in g G eo rg e I V .
There i s a r e al t r o lle y s tu ck h alf w ay o ut o f a w all i n K in g’s C ro ss n ow , a n d i t m ak es m e
b eam p ro udly e v ery t im e I p ass...

There i s n o d ou bt t h at a t r a in f r o m K in g’s C ro ss i s t h e m ost r eli a ble w ay t o g et a y ou ng w itc h
or w iz a rd t o H ogw arts ( f ly in g c a rs a re s tr o n gly d is c o u ra ged ). B ut w hy p la tf o rm n in e a n d
th ree-q u arte rs? A nd w hat o th er h id den p la tf o rm s m ig h t b e t u ck ed a w ay b eh in d t h ose w alls ?


PLA TFO RM N IN E
AN D T H REE-Q UARTER S
J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
I n c h oosin g t h e n um ber o f t h e c o nceale d p la tfo rm t h at w ould t a k e y o ung w it c h es a n d
w iz ard s t o b o ard in g s c h ool, I d ecid ed t h at i t w ould h av e t o b e a n um ber b etw een t h ose o f
t h e M uggle p la tfo rm s – t h ere fo re , i t w as c le arly a f r a ctio n. T his r a is e d t h e i n te re stin g
q u estio n o f h ow m an y o th er f r a ctio nal p la tfo rm s l a y b etw een t h e w hole -n um bere d
p la tfo rm s a t K in g’s C ro ss, a n d I c o nclu ded t h at t h ere w ere p ro bab ly q u it e a f e w . A lt h ough
t h ese a re n ev er m en tio ned i n t h e b o ok, I l ik e t o t h in k t h at i t i s p ossib le t o t a k e a v ersio n o f
t h e O rie n t E xp re ss o ff t o w iz ard -o nly v illa g es i n c o ntin en ta l E uro pe ( t r y p la tfo rm s e v en
a n d a h alf ), a n d t h at o th er p la tfo rm s m ay b e o pen ed o n a n a s- re q u ir e d -b asis , f o r i n sta n ce
f o r l a rg e, o ne-o ff e v en ts s u ch a s C ele stin a W arb eck c o ncerts ( s e e y o ur t ic k et f o r d eta ils ).
The n um ber n in e a n d t h re e-q u arte rs p re se n te d i t s e lf w it h out m uch c o nsc io us t h ough t,
a n d I l ik ed i t s o m uch t h at I t o ok i t a t o nce. I t i s t h e ‘t h re e-q u arte rs’ t h at m ak es i t , o f c o urse .

Nex t, i t’s o n ly lo gic a l t o j u m p o n to t h e H ogw arts E xpress, w hic h f ills w ith n ew a n d r etu rn in g
stu den ts o f w itc h cra ft a n d w iz a rd ry e a ch y ea r a n d d ro p s t h em o ff a t s c h ool.


TH E H OGW ARTS E X PR ESS
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
A s w e k now f r o m e arly h is to ric al a cco unts , a n d f r o m t h e e v id en ce o f e arly w oodcu ts a n d
e n gra v in gs, H ogw arts s tu den ts u se d t o a rriv e a t s c h ool i n a n y m an ner t h at c au gh t t h eir
f a n cy . S o m e r o de b ro om stic k s ( a d if fic u lt f e at w hen c arry in g t r u nks a n d p ets ); o th ers
c o m man deere d e n ch an te d c arts a n d, l a te r, c arria g es; s o m e a tte m pte d t o A ppara te ( o fte n
w it h d is a str o us e ffe cts , a s t h e c astle a n d g ro unds h av e a lw ay s b een p ro te cte d w it h A nti-
A pparit io n C harm s); o th ers r o de a v arie ty o f m ag ic al c re atu re s.
(I n deed , i t i s b elie v ed t h at t h e T hestr a ls c u rre n tly l iv in g i n t h e F orb id den F ore st, a n d
t r a in ed t o p ull t h e s c h ool c arria g es f r o m H ogsm ead e S ta tio n, a re d esc en dan ts o f t h ose
r id den b y s tu den ts t o s c h ool l o ng a g o .)
In s p it e o f t h e a ccid en ts a tte n dan t o n t h ese v ario us m odes o f m ag ic al t r a n sp ort, n ot t o
m en tio n t h e a n nual M uggle s ig h tin gs o f v ast n um bers o f a ir b o rn e w iz ard s t r a v ellin g
n orth w ard s, i t r e m ain ed t h e r e sp onsib ilit y o f p are n ts t o c o nvey t h eir c h ild re n t o s c h ool,
r ig h t u p u ntil t h e i m posit io n o f t h e I n te rn atio nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy i n 1 692. A t t h is p oin t, i t
b ecam e a m atte r o f u rg en cy t o f in d s o m e m ore d is c re et m eth od o f t r a n sp ortin g h undre d s
o f w iz ard in g c h ild re n f r o m a ll o ver B rit a in t o t h eir s e cre t s c h ool i n t h e H ig h la n ds o f
S co tla n d.
Portk ey s w ere t h ere fo re a rra n ged a t c o lle ctin g p oin ts a ll o ver B rit a in . T he l o gis tic s
c au se d p ro ble m s f r o m t h e s ta rt. U p t o a t h ir d o f s tu den ts w ould f a il t o a rriv e e v ery y ear,
h av in g m is se d t h eir t im e s lo t, o r b een u nab le t o f in d t h e u nobtr u siv e e n ch an te d o bje ct t h at
w ould t r a n sp ort t h em t o t h eir s c h ool. T here w as a ls o t h e u nfo rtu nate f a ct t h at m an y
c h ild re n w ere ( a n d a re ) ‘P ortk ey -sic k ’, a n d t h e h osp it a l w in g w as f r e q u en tly f u ll t o b u rstin g
f o r t h e f ir st f e w d ay s o f e v ery y ear, w hile s u sc ep tib le s tu den ts o verc am e t h eir h yste ric s a n d
n au se a.
While a d m it tin g t h at P ortk ey s w ere n ot a n i d eal s o lu tio n t o t h e p ro ble m o f s c h ool
t r a n sp orta tio n, t h e M in is tr y o f M ag ic f a ile d t o f in d a n a ccep ta b le a lt e rn ativ e. A r e tu rn t o
t h e u nre g u la te d t r a v el o f t h e p ast w as i m possib le , a n d y et a m ore s e cu re r o ute i n to t h e
s c h ool ( f o r i n sta n ce, p erm it tin g a f ir e p la ce t h at m ig h t b e o ffic ia lly e n te re d b y F lo o p ow der)
w as s tr o ngly r e sis te d b y s u ccessiv e H ead m aste rs, w ho d id n ot w is h t h e s e cu rit y o f t h e c astle
t o b e b re ach ed .
A d arin g a n d c o ntr o versia l s o lu tio n t o t h e t h orn y p ro ble m w as f in ally s u ggeste d b y
M in is te r f o r M ag ic O tta lin e G am bo l, w ho w as m uch i n tr ig u ed b y M uggle i n ven tio ns a n d

sa w t h e p ote n tia l i n t r a in s. W here e x actly t h e H ogw arts E xp re ss c am e f r o m h as n ev er b een
co nclu siv ely p ro ven , a lt h ough i t i s a f a ct t h at t h ere a re s e cre t r e co rd s a t t h e M in is tr y o f
Mag ic d eta ilin g a m ass o pera tio n i n vo lv in g o ne h undre d a n d s ix ty -se v en M em ory C harm s
an d t h e l a rg est e v er m ass C oncealm en t C harm p erfo rm ed i n B rit a in . T he m orn in g a fte r
th ese a lle g ed c rim es, a g le am in g s c arle t s te am e n gin e a n d c arria g es a sto unded t h e v illa g ers
of H ogsm ead e ( w ho h ad a ls o n ot r e alis e d t h ey h ad a r a ilw ay s ta tio n), w hile s e v era l b em use d
Muggle r a ilw ay w ork ers d ow n i n C re w e s p en t t h e r e st o f t h e y ear g ra p plin g w it h t h e
unco m fo rta b le f e elin g t h at t h ey h ad m is la id s o m eth in g i m porta n t.
The H ogw arts E xp re ss u nderw en t s e v era l m ag ic al m odif ic atio ns b efo re t h e M in is tr y
ap pro ved i t f o r s c h ool u se . M an y p ure -b lo od f a m ilie s w ere o utr a g ed a t t h e i d ea o f t h eir
ch ild re n u sin g M uggle t r a n sp ort, w hic h t h ey c la im ed w as u nsa fe , i n sa n it a ry a n d
dem ean in g; h ow ev er, a s t h e M in is tr y d ecre ed t h at s tu den ts e it h er r o de t h e t r a in o r d id n ot
atte n d s c h ool, t h e o bje ctio ns w ere s w if tly s ile n ced .





Fir st- y ea r H ogw arts s tu den ts a re h u stle d i n to t h e G rea t H all f o r t h e w iz a rd in g w orld ’s m ost
dis c ern in g p erso n ali ty t e st. A s e a ch y ou ng w itc h a n d w iz a rd i s c a lle d f o rw ard , a n i n fin ite ly
wis e t a lk in g h at i s p la ced o n h is o r h er h ea d. W e k n ow w hat t h e S ortin g H at d oes, b u t h ow
much d o w e k n ow a bou t h ow i t w as c rea te d ?


TH E S O RTIN G H AT
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T he f a m ous H ogw arts S o rtin g H at g iv es a n a cco unt o f i t s o w n g en esis i n a s e rie s o f s o ngs
s u ng a t t h e b eg in nin g o f e ach s c h ool y ear. L eg en d h as i t t h at t h e h at o nce b elo nged t o o ne
o f t h e f o ur f o unders, G odric G ry ffin dor, a n d t h at i t w as jo in tly e n ch an te d b y a ll f o ur
f o unders t o e n su re t h at s tu den ts w ould b e s o rte d i n to t h eir e p onym ous h ouse s, w hic h
w ould b e s e le cte d a cco rd in g t o e ach f o under’s p artic u la r p re fe re n ces i n s tu den ts .
The S o rtin g H at i s o ne o f t h e c le v ere st e n ch an te d o bje cts m ost w it c h es a n d w iz ard s w ill
e v er m eet. I t l it e ra lly c o nta in s t h e i n te llig en ce o f t h e f o ur f o unders, c an s p eak ( t h ro ugh a
r ip n ear i t s b rim ) a n d i s s k ille d a t L eg ilim en cy , w hic h e n ab le s i t t o l o ok i n to t h e w eare r’s
h ead a n d d iv in e h is o r h er c ap ab ilit ie s o r m ood. I t c an e v en r e sp ond t o t h e t h ough ts o f t h e
w eare r.
The S o rtin g H at h as a n oth er a b ilit y , w hic h h as r a re ly b een r e v eale d t o a n yo ne a t
H ogw arts .
It i s a m ag ic al p orta l, b y w hic h a n oth er o f G odric G ry ffin dor’s p osse ssio ns m ay
b e a ccesse d : t h e s w ord o f G ry ffin dor.
This s w ord w as e n ch an te d b y G odric t o a p pear
w hen ev er a m em ber o f h is h ouse a sk s f o r h elp w hile w earin g t h e H at. T w ic e, i n t h e c o urse
o f t h e H arry P otte r s e rie s, t h e s w ord i s t r a n sp orte d f r o m a t e m pora ry o w ner t o a id a
G ry ffin dor w ho n eed s a w eap on.
The S o rtin g H at i s n oto rio us f o r r e fu sin g t o a d m it i t h as m ad e a m is ta k e i n i t s s o rtin g
o f a s tu den t. O n t h ose o ccasio ns w hen S ly th erin s b eh av e a lt r u is tic ally o r s e lf le ssly , w hen
R av en cla w s f lu nk a ll t h eir e x am s, w hen H uffle p uffs p ro ve l a zy y et a cad em ic ally g if te d a n d
w hen G ry ffin dors e x h ib it c o w ard ic e, t h e H at s te ad fa stly b ack s i t s o rig in al d ecis io n. O n
b ala n ce, h ow ev er, t h e H at h as m ad e r e m ark ab ly f e w e rro rs o f ju dgem en t o ver t h e m an y
c en tu rie s i t h as b een a t w ork .

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
T he S o rtin g H at d oes n ot a p pear i n m y e arlie st p la n s f o r H ogw arts . I d eb ate d s e v era l
d if fe re n t m eth ods f o r s o rtin g s tu den ts ( b ecau se I k new f r o m e arly o n t h at t h ere w ould b e
f o ur h ouse s, a ll w it h v ery d if fe re n t q u alit ie s). T he f ir st w as a n e la b o ra te , H eath R obin so n-
i s h m ach in e t h at d id a ll k in ds o f m ag ic al t h in gs b efo re r e ach in g a d ecis io n, b u t I d id n ot l ik e
i t : i t f e lt a t o nce t o o c o m plic ate d a n d t o o e asy . N ex t I p la ced f o ur s ta tu es o f t h e f o ur
f o unders i n t h e E ntr a n ce H all, w hic h c am e a liv e a n d s e le cte d s tu den ts f r o m t h e t h ro ng i n
f r o nt o f t h em w hile t h e s c h ool w atc h ed . T his w as b ette r, b u t s till n ot q u it e r ig h t. F in ally , I
w ro te a l is t o f t h e w ay s i n w hic h p eo ple c an b e c h ose n : e en y m een y m in y m o, s h ort s tr a w s,
c h ose n b y t e am c ap ta in s, n am es o ut o f a h at – n am es o ut o f a t a lk in g h at – p uttin g o n a h at
– t h e S o rtin g H at.

The S ortin g H at i s v ery w is e . B ut d iv id in g t h e m agic a l s tu den t p op u la tio n o f H ogw arts i n to
fo u r h ou se s i s a d if fic u lt t a sk . S om etim es t h e S ortin g H at g ets s tu m ped . I t’s r a re f o r t h e H at t o
rea lly t a ke i ts t im e d ecid in g w here a s tu den t b elo n gs, b u t t h ere i s a t e rm f o r w hen i t h appen s.


​HATST A LL
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
A n a rc h aic H ogw arts t e rm f o r a n y n ew s tu den t w hose S o rtin g t a k es l o nger t h an f iv e
m in ute s. T his i s a n e x cep tio nally l o ng t im e f o r t h e S o rtin g H at t o d elib era te , a n d o ccu rs
r a re ly , p erh ap s o nce e v ery f if ty y ears.
Of H arry P otte r’s c o nte m pora rie s, H erm io ne G ra n ger a n d N ev ille L ongbo tto m c am e
c lo se st t o b ein g H ats ta lls . T he S o rtin g H at s p en t n early f o ur m in ute s t r y in g t o d ecid e
w heth er i t s h ould p la ce H erm io ne i n R av en cla w o r G ry ffin dor. I n N ev ille ’s c ase , t h e H at
w as d ete rm in ed t o p la ce h im i n G ry ffin dor: N ev ille , i n tim id ate d b y t h at h ouse ’s r e p uta tio n
f o r b ra v ery , r e q u este d a p la cin g i n H uffle p uff. T heir s ile n t w ra n glin g r e su lt e d i n t r iu m ph
f o r t h e H at.
The o nly t r u e H ats ta lls k now n p erso nally t o H arry P otte r w ere M in erv a M cG onag all
a n d P ete r P ettig re w . T he f o rm er c au se d t h e H at t o a g o nis e f o r f iv e a n d a h alf m in ute s a s t o
w heth er M in erv a o ugh t t o g o t o R av en cla w o r G ry ffin dor; t h e l a tte r w as p la ced i n
G ry ffin dor a fte r a l o ng d elib era tio n b etw een t h at h ouse a n d S ly th erin . T he S o rtin g H at,
w hic h i s i n fa m ously s tu bbo rn , s till r e fu se s t o a ccep t t h at i t s d ecis io n i n t h e c ase o f t h e l a tte r
m ay h av e b een e rro neo us, c it in g t h e m an ner i n w hic h P ettig re w d ie d a s ( d ubio us) e v id en ce.





Hogw arts i s a m agic a l, e n ch an tin g a n d g ra n d la byrin th w ith d u ngeo n s a n d t o w ers, a f o u l-
te m pered t r ee, a s p ra w li n g la ke f u ll o f m erp eo p le , a n d g ro u nds t h at a re h om e t o m agic a l
crea tu res. L et’s s ta rt w ith a p la ce H arry P otte r n ev er v is ite d h im se lf : t h e H uffle p u ff C om mon
Room , w here t h e k in d a t h ea rt r est t h eir h ard -w ork in g h ea ds.


HUFFL EPU FF C O M MON R O OM
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T he H uffle p uff c o m mon r o om i s e n te re d f r o m t h e s a m e c o rrid or a s t h e H ogw arts k it c h en s.
P ro ceed in g p ast t h e l a rg e s till l if e t h at f o rm s t h e e n tr a n ce t o t h e l a tte r, a p ile o f l a rg e b arre ls
i s t o b e f o und s ta ck ed i n a s h ad ow y s to ne r e cess o n t h e r ig h t- h an d s id e o f t h e c o rrid or. T he
b arre l t w o f r o m t h e b o tto m , m id dle o f t h e s e co nd r o w , w ill o pen i f t a p ped i n t h e r h yth m o f
‘ H elg a H uffle p uff’.
* A s a s e cu rit y d ev ic e t o r e p el n on-H uffle p uffs , t a p pin g o n t h e w ro ng
b arre l, o r t a p pin g t h e i n co rre ct n um ber o f t im es, r e su lt s i n o ne o f t h e o th er l id s b u rstin g o ff
a n d d re n ch in g t h e i n te rlo per i n v in eg ar.
A s lo pin g, e arth y p assa g e i n sid e t h e b arre l t r a v els u pw ard s a l it tle w ay u ntil a c o sy ,
r o und, l o w -c eilin ged r o om i s r e v eale d , r e m in is c en t o f a b ad ger’s s e t. T he r o om i s d eco ra te d
i n t h e c h eerfu l, b ee-lik e c o lo urs o f y ello w a n d b la ck , e m phasis e d b y t h e u se o f h ig h ly
p olis h ed , h oney -c o lo ure d w ood f o r t h e t a b le s a n d t h e r o und d oors t h at l e ad t o t h e b o ys’
a n d g ir ls ’ d orm it o rie s ( f u rn is h ed w it h c o m fo rta b le w ooden b ed ste ad s, a ll c o vere d i n
p atc h w ork q u ilt s ).
A c o lo urfu l p ro fu sio n o f p la n ts a n d f lo w ers s e em t o r e lis h t h e a tm osp here o f t h e
H uffle p uff c o m mon r o om : v ario us c acti s ta n d o n w ooden c ir c u la r s h elv es ( c u rv ed t o f it t h e
w alls ), m an y o f t h em w av in g a n d d an cin g a t p asse rs- b y, w hile c o pper-b o tto m ed p la n t
h old ers d an glin g a m id t h e c eilin g c au se t e n drils o f f e rn s a n d i v ie s t o b ru sh y o ur h air a s y o u
p ass u nder t h em .
A p ortr a it o ver t h e w ooden m an te lp ie ce ( c arv ed a ll o ver w it h d eco ra tiv e d an cin g
b ad gers) s h ow s H elg a H uffle p uff, o ne o f t h e f o ur f o unders o f H ogw arts S ch ool, t o astin g h er
s tu den ts w it h a t in y, t w o-h an dle d g o ld en c u p. S m all, r o und w in dow s ju st l e v el w it h t h e
g ro und a t t h e f o ot o f t h e c astle s h ow a p le asa n t v ie w o f r ip plin g g ra ss a n d d an delio ns, a n d,
o ccasio nally , p assin g f e et. T hese l o w w in dow s n otw it h sta n din g, t h e r o om f e els p ere n nia lly
s u nny.
* T he c o m ple x ity o r o th erw is e o f t h e e n tr a n ce t o t h e c o m mon r o om s m ig h t b e s a id t o g iv e a v ery r o ugh i d ea o f t h e
in te lle ctu al r e p uta tio n o f e ach h ouse : H uffle p uff h as a n u nch an gin g p orta l a n d r e q u ir e s r h yth m ic t a p pin g; S ly th erin a n d
Gry ffin dor h av e d oorw ay s t h at c h alle n ge t h e w ould -b e e n tr a n t a b o ut e q u ally , t h e f o rm er h av in g a n a lm ost i m perc ep tib le
hid den e n tr a n ce a n d a v ary in g p assw ord , t h e la tte r h av in g a c ap ric io us g u ard ia n a n d f r e q u en tly c h an gin g p assw ord s. I n
keep in g w ith i ts r e p uta tio n a s t h e h ouse o f t h e m ost a g ile m in ds a t H ogw arts , t h e d oor t o t h e R av en cla w c o m mon r o om
pre se n ts a f r e sh i n te lle ctu al o r p hilo so phic al c h alle n ge e v ery t im e a p erso n k nock s o n i t.
Nev erth ele ss, i t o ugh t n ot t o b e c o nclu ded f r o m t h e a b o ve t h at H uffle p uffs a re d im wits o r d uffe rs, t h ough t h ey h av e b een
cru elly c aric atu re d t h at w ay o n o ccasio n. S ev era l o uts ta n din g b ra in s h av e e m erg ed f r o m H uffle p uff H ouse o ver t h e

cen tu rie s; t h ese f in e m in ds s im ply h ap pen ed t o b e a lli e d t o o uts ta n din g q u ali tie s o f p atie n ce, a s tr o ng w ork e th ic a n d
co nsta n cy , a ll t r a d itio nal h allm ark s o f H uffle p uff H ouse .

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
W hen I f ir st p la n ned t h e s e rie s, I e x p ecte d H arry t o v is it a ll f o ur h ouse c o m mon r o om s
d urin g h is t im e a t H ogw arts . T here c am e a p oin t w hen I r e alis e d t h at t h ere w as n ev er g o in g
t o b e a v alid r e aso n t o e n te r t h e H uffle p uff r o om . N ev erth ele ss, i t i s q u it e a s r e al t o m e a s
t h e o th er t h re e, a n d I a lw ay s k new e x actly w here t h ose H uffle p uffs w ere g o in g w hen t h ey
h ead ed o ff t o w ard s t h e k it c h en s a fte r l e sso ns.

Harry m ay n ev er h ave b een t o t h e H uffle p u ff c o m mon r o om , b u t h e d id e n d u p i n p osse ssio n
of a f o olp ro of w ay o f f in din g h is w ay a ro u nd t h e r est o f t h e c a stle . F red a n d G eo rg e W ea sle y
ga ve h im s o m eth in g J a m es P otte r a n d h is f r ie n ds m ade w hen t h ey w ere a t s c h ool – t h e
Mara u der’s M ap. ‘I s o le m nly s w ea r t h at I a m u p t o n o g ood ’.


TH E M ARAU D ER ’S M AP
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
P erh ap s n o s tu den ts ( e v en i n clu din g H arry P otte r, R on W easle y , H erm io ne G ra n ger a n d
T om R id dle ) h av e e v er e x p lo re d t h e c astle a n d g ro unds o f H ogw arts a s t h oro ugh ly a n d
i llic it ly a s t h e f o ur c re ato rs a n d c o ntr ib u to rs t o t h e M ara u der’s M ap : J a m es P otte r, S ir iu s
B la ck , R em us L upin a n d P ete r P ettig re w .
Ja m es, S ir iu s a n d P ete r w ere n ot i n it ia lly i m pelle d t o e x p lo re t h e s c h ool g ro unds b y
n ig h t o ut o f d ev ilm en t a lo ne ( t h ough t h at p la y ed i t s p art), b u t b y t h eir d esir e t o h elp t h eir
d ear f r ie n d R em us L upin t o b ear h is l y can th ro py. P rio r t o t h e i n ven tio n o f t h e W olf s b an e
P otio n, L upin w as c o m pelle d t o u nderg o a n e x cru cia tin g t r a n sfo rm atio n e v ery f u ll m oon.
O nce h is c o ndit io n w as d is c o vere d b y h is t h re e b est f r ie n ds, t h ey s o ugh t a w ay t o r e n der h is
t r a n sfo rm atio ns l e ss s o lit a ry a n d p ain fu l, w hic h l e d t o t h em l e arn in g t o b eco m e
( u nre g is te re d ) A nim ag i, s o t h at t h ey c o uld k eep h im c o m pan y w it h out h arm t o t h em se lv es.
T he a b ilit y o f S ir iu s B la ck , P ete r P ettig re w a n d J a m es P otte r t o b eco m e, r e sp ectiv ely , a d og,
a r a t a n d a s ta g , e n ab le d t h em t o e x p lo re t h e c astle g ro unds b y n ig h t u ndete cte d . T he
i n te rio r o f t h e c astle , m ean w hile , w as m ap ped o ver t im e w it h t h e h elp o f J a m es P otte r’s
I n vis ib ilit y C lo ak .
The M ara u der’s M ap i s l a stin g t e stim ony t o t h e a d van ced m ag ic al a b ilit y o f t h e f o ur
f r ie n ds w ho i n clu ded H arry P otte r’s f a th er, g o dfa th er a n d f a v o urit e t e ach er. T he m ap t h ey
c re ate d d urin g t h eir t im e a t H ogw arts a p pears t o b e a b la n k p ie ce o f p arc h m en t u nle ss
a ctiv ate d b y t h e p hra se : ‘I s o le m nly s w ear t h at I a m u p t o n o g o od’, a p hra se t h at, i n t h e c ase
o f t h re e o f t h e f o ur m ak ers, s h ould b e u ndersto od a s a jo ke. T he ‘n o g o od’ o f w hic h t h ey
w ro te n ev er d en ote d D ark m ag ic , b u t s c h ool r u le -b re ak in g; s im ila r b ra v ad o i s e v in ced b y
t h eir u se o f t h eir o w n n ic k nam es o n t h e m ap ( ‘M essr s M oony, W orm ta il, P ad fo ot a n d
P ro ngs’) .
The m ag ic u se d i n t h e m ap ’s c re atio n i s a d van ced a n d i m pre ssiv e; i t i n clu des t h e
H om oncu lo us C harm , e n ab lin g t h e p osse sso r o f t h e m ap t o t r a ck t h e m ovem en ts o f e v ery
p erso n i n t h e c astle , a n d i t w as a ls o e n ch an te d t o f o re v er r e p el ( a s i n su lt in gly a s p ossib le )
t h e c u rio sit y o f t h eir n em esis , S ev eru s S n ap e.
Alt h ough t h e p re cis e c ir c u m sta n ces s u rro undin g t h e m ak ers’ l o ss o f t h eir m ap a re n ot
g iv en i n t h e H arry P otte r n ovels , i t i s e asy t o c o nclu de t h at t h ey e v en tu ally o ver-re ach ed
t h em se lv es a n d w ere c o rn ere d b y A rg u s F ilc h , p ro bab ly o n a t ip -o ff f r o m S n ap e, w hose
o bse ssio n i t h ad b eco m e t o e x p ose h is a rc h -riv al, J a m es P otte r, i n w ro ng-d oin g. T he

maste rp ie ce o f a m ap w as c o nfis c ate d i n S ir iu s, J a m es, R em us a n d P ete r’s f in al y ear, a n d
none o f t h em w ere a b le t o s te al i t b ack f r o m a w ell- p re p are d a n d s u sp ic io us F ilc h . I n a n y
case , t h eir p rio rit ie s c h an ged i n t h eir f in al m onth s a t s c h ool, b eco m in g f a r m ore s e rio us
an d f o cu se d o n t h e w orld b ey o nd H ogw arts , w here L ord V old em ort w as s u ccessfu lly r is in g
to p ow er. A ll f o ur o f t h e m ap ’s c re ato rs w ould s h ortly b e i n ducte d i n to t h e r e n eg ad e
org an is a tio n h ead ed b y A lb u s D um ble d ore , t h e O rd er o f t h e P hoen ix , a n d a m ap o f t h eir
old s c h ool – n o m atte r h ow i n gen io us – w ould n o l o nger b e o f u se t o t h em e x cep t a s a
pie ce o f n osta lg ia .
The M ara u der’s M ap w as, h ow ev er, o f i m men se u se t o t h e y o ung W easle y t w in s. T he
sto ry o f F re d a n d G eo rg e’s a cq u is it io n o f t h e m ap i s t o ld i n
Harry P otte r a n d t h e P ris o n er o f
Azk aban
. I t w as a m ark o f t h eir h ig h e ste em f o r H arry P otte r, a n d t h eir b elie f t h at h e s to od
in n eed o f a ssis ta n ce w it h a d estin y n one o f t h em y et f u lly u ndersto od, t h at t h ey l a te r g if te d
th e m ap t o h im , u nw it tin gly p assin g i t o n t o t h e c h ild o f o ne o f t h e c re ato rs.
The m ap w as s u bse q u en tly c o nfis c ate d f r o m H arry P otte r b y a D eath E ate r i n d is g u is e
at t h e s c h ool, w ho r e co gn is e d i t a s a l ik ely s o urc e o f h is o w n d is c o very .

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
T he M ara u der’s M ap s u bse q u en tly b ecam e s o m eth in g o f a b an e t o i t s t r u e o rig in ato r ( m e),
b ecau se i t a llo w ed H arry a l it tle t o o m uch f r e ed om o f i n fo rm atio n. I n ev er s h ow ed H arry
t a k in g t h e m ap b ack f r o m t h e e m pty o ffic e o f ( t h e s u ppose d ) M ad -E ye M oody, a n d I
s o m etim es r e g re tte d t h at I h ad n ot c ap it a lis e d o n t h is m is ta k e t o l e av e i t t h ere . H ow ev er, I
l ik e t h e m om en t w hen H arry w atc h es G in ny’s d ot m ovin g a ro und t h e s c h ool i n
Dea th ly
H allo w s
, s o o n b ala n ce I a m g la d I l e t H arry r e cla im h is r ig h tfu l p ro perty .

The M ara u der’s M ap c o u ld h elp s tu den ts e sc a pe t o H on ey du kes, lo ca te e n em ie s i n t h e
Hogw arts h allw ays, a n d i n su lt S ev eru s S nape, b u t i t p ro b ably w ou ld n ’t b e m uch h elp i n t h e
Grea t L ake. W ith i ts m urk y d ep th s a n d m agic a l r esid en ts , t h e G rea t L ake i s o n e o f t h e
ca stle ’s m ore m yste rio u s lo ca le s; t h e s ite o f t h e s e co n d t a sk i n t h e T riw iz a rd T ou rn am en t a n d
th e h au nt o f a h ost o f w ate r-d w elli n g m agic a l c rea tu res, f r o m G rin dylo w s t o t h e g ia n t s q u id .


​TH E G REA T L A K E
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T he g ro unds o f H ogw arts f u nctio n p artly a s a n atu re r e se rv e f o r m ag ic al c re atu re s w hic h
h av e d if fic u lt y e x is tin g i n M uggle -in hab it e d a re as.
The l a k e i s f u ll o f c re atu re s t h at w ould m ak e a M uggle n atu ra lis t s w oon w it h d elig h t –
i f t e rro r d id n ot s e iz e t h em f ir st. T here a re G rin dylo w s ( v ic io us l it tle w ate r d em ons),
m erp eo ple ( o f a h ard y S co ttis h s tr a in ) a n d a g ia n t s q u id , w hic h i s s e m i- d om estic ate d a n d
p erm it s s tu den ts t o t ic k le i t s t e n ta cle s o n s u nny d ay s, w hen i t b ask s i n t h e s h allo w s.
Gia n t s q u id g en uin ely e x is t, t h ough t h ey a re m ost m yste rio us c re atu re s. A lt h ough t h eir
e x tr a o rd in ary b o die s h av e b een w ash ed u p a ll o ver t h e w orld , i t w as n ot u ntil 2 006 t h at a
l iv e g ia n t s q u id w as c ap tu re d o n f ilm b y M uggle s. I s tr o ngly s u sp ect t h em o f h av in g m ag ic al
p ow ers.

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
T he l a k e i s t h e s e ttin g f o r t h e s e co nd t a sk t h at t h e T riw iz ard c o m petit o rs m ust f a ce i n
G ob le t o f F ir e
, w hic h i s a ls o m y f a v o urit e t a sk . I f in d i t s a tis fy in gly c re ep y; I l ik e t h e d iv ersit y
o f t h e m eth ods e m plo yed b y t h e c o m petit o rs t o b re ath e u nderw ate r, a n d I e n jo yed
p lu m bin g t h e d ep th s o f a p art o f t h e g ro unds t h at h ad n ev er b een s e en b efo re . I n t h e
o rig in al d ra ft o f
Cham ber o f S ecrets
, I h ad H arry a n d R on c ra sh i n to t h e l a k e i n M r W easle y ’s
F ord A nglia , a n d m eet t h e m erp eo ple t h ere f o r t h e f ir st t im e.
At t h at t im e I h ad a v ag u e n otio n t h at t h e l a k e m ig h t l e ad t o o th er p la ces, a n d t h at t h e
m erp eo ple m ig h t p la y a l a rg er r o le i n t h e l a te r b o oks t h an t h ey d id , s o I t h ough t t h at H arry
o ugh t t o b e i n tr o duced t o b o th a t t h is s ta g e. H ow ev er, t h e W hom pin g W illo w p ro vid ed a
m ore s a tis fy in g, l e ss d is tr a ctin g c ra sh , a n d s e rv ed a l a te r p urp ose i n
Pris o n er o f A zk aban
, t o o.
T he G re at L ak e ( w hic h i s r e ally a S co ttis h l o ch , a p pare n tly f r e sh w ate r a n d l a n dlo ck ed )
n ev er d id d ev elo p a s a p orta l t o o th er s e as o r r iv ers, a lt h ough t h e a p peara n ce o f t h e
D urm str a n g s h ip f r o m i t s d ep th s i n
Gob le t o f F ir e
h in ts a t t h e f a ct t h at i f y o u a re t r a v ellin g
b y a n e n ch an te d c ra ft, y o u m ig h t b e a b le t o t a k e a m ag ic al s h ortc u t t o o th er w ate rw ay s.





It’s t im e t o g et d ow n t o t h e r ea l b u sin ess o f H ogw arts : le sso n s. Y ou w on ’t f in d c h em is tr y a n d
math em atic s o n t h e c u rric u lu m , b u t t h en y ou w ou ld n ’t e x pect t o s e e P otio n s a n d A rith m an cy
on a M uggle t im eta ble .


HOGW ARTS S C H OOL S U BJE C TS
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
A ll f ir st- y ears a t H ogw arts m ust t a k e s e v en s u bje cts : T ra n sfig u ra tio n, C harm s, P otio ns,
H is to ry o f M ag ic , D efe n ce A gain st t h e D ark A rts , A str o nom y a n d H erb o lo gy. F ly in g l e sso ns
( o n b ro om stic k s) a re a ls o c o m puls o ry .
At t h e e n d o f t h eir s e co nd y ear a t H ogw arts , s tu den ts a re r e q u ir e d t o c h oose a
m in im um o f t w o m ore s u bje cts f r o m t h e f o llo w in g l is t: A rit h m an cy , M uggle S tu die s,
D iv in atio n, S tu dy o f A ncie n t R unes a n d C are o f M ag ic al C re atu re s.
Very s p ecia lis e d s u bje cts s u ch a s A lc h em y a re s o m etim es o ffe re d i n t h e f in al t w o y ears,
i f t h ere i s s u ffic ie n t d em an d.

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
A s lig h tly d if fe re n t l is t o f s c h ool s u bje cts a p pears i n m y e arlie st n ote s. H erb o lo gy i s c alle d
‘ H erb alis m ’, D iv in atio n i s c o m puls o ry f r o m t h e f ir st y ear, a s a re A lc h em y a n d a s u bje ct
c alle d s im ply ‘B easts ’, w here as T ra n sfig u ra tio n i s c alle d ‘T ra n sfig u ra tio n/M eta m orp hosis ’.

If, li k e H erm io n e, n ea rly a ll o f t h ese s u bje cts s o u nd e sse n tia l t o y ou , t h en a c erta in m agic a l
ob je ct m ig h t c o m e i n h an dy. I n
Harry P otte r a n d t h e P ris o ner o f A zk ab an
, H erm io n e
man aged t o d ou ble h er w ork lo a d b y s e cu rin g t h e u se o f a T im e-T urn er, a m agic a l d ev ic e
th at e n able s t h e w ea rer t o t r a vel b ack i n t im e. H ow ev er, u sin g a T im e-T urn er c a n h ave g ra ve
co n se q u en ces.


​TIM E-T U RN ER
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
I n s p it e o f t h e m an y M uggle f a n ta sie s a ro und t h e s u bje ct, t im e t r a v el i s p ossib le i n o nly a
l im it e d s e n se e v en i n t h e m ag ic al w orld . W hile t h e s u bje ct i s s h ro uded i n g re at s e cre cy –
i n vestig atio ns a re o ngo in g i n t h e D ep artm en t o f M yste rie s – i t a p pears t h at m ag ic c an t a k e
y o u o nly s o f a r.
Acco rd in g t o P ro fe sso r S au l C ro ak er, w ho h as s p en t h is e n tir e c are er i n t h e
D ep artm en t o f M yste rie s s tu dyin g t im e-m ag ic :
‘A s o ur i n vestig atio ns c u rre n tly s ta n d, t h e l o ngest p erio d t h at m ay b e r e liv ed w it h out
t h e p ossib ilit y o f s e rio us h arm t o t h e t r a v elle r o r t o t im e i t s e lf i s a ro und f iv e h ours.
We
h av e b een a b le t o e n case s in gle H our-R ev ersa l C harm s, w hic h a re u nsta b le a n d b en efit
f r o m c o nta in m en t, i n s m all, e n ch an te d h our-g la sse s t h at m ay b e w orn a ro und a w it c h o r
w iz ard ’s n eck a n d r e v o lv ed a cco rd in g t o t h e n um ber o f h ours t h e u se r w is h es t o r e liv e.
‘A ll a tte m pts t o t r a v el b ack f u rth er t h an a f e w h ours h av e r e su lt e d i n c ata str o phic h arm
t o t h e w it c h o r w iz ard i n vo lv ed . I t w as n ot r e alis e d f o r m an y y ears w hy t im e t r a v elle rs o ver
g re at d is ta n ces n ev er s u rv iv ed t h eir jo urn ey s. A ll s u ch e x p erim en ts h av e b een a b an doned
s in ce 1 899, w hen E lo is e M in tu m ble b ecam e t r a p ped , f o r a p erio d o f f iv e d ay s, i n t h e y ear
1 402. N ow w e u ndersta n d t h at h er b o dy h ad a g ed f iv e c en tu rie s i n i t s r e tu rn t o t h e p re se n t
a n d, i r re p ara b ly d am ag ed , s h e d ie d i n S t M ungo ’s H osp it a l f o r M ag ic al M ala d ie s a n d
I n ju rie s s h ortly a fte r w e m an ag ed t o r e tr ie v e h er. W hat i s m ore , h er f iv e d ay s i n t h e d is ta n t
p ast c au se d g re at d is tu rb an ce t o t h e l if e p ath s o f a ll t h ose s h e m et, c h an gin g t h e c o urse o f
t h eir l iv es s o d ra m atic ally t h at n o f e w er t h an t w en ty -fiv e o f t h eir d esc en dan ts v an is h ed i n
t h e p re se n t, h av in g b een “ u n-b o rn ”.
‘F in ally , t h ere w ere a la rm in g s ig n s, d urin g t h e d ay s f o llo w in g M ad am M in tu m ble ’s
r e co very , t h at t im e i t s e lf h ad b een d is tu rb ed b y s u ch a s e rio us b re ach o f i t s l a w s. T uesd ay
f o llo w in g h er r e ap peara n ce l a ste d t w o a n d a h alf f u ll d ay s, w here as T hursd ay s h ot b y i n t h e
s p ace o f f o ur h ours. T he M in is tr y o f M ag ic h ad a g re at d eal o f t r o uble i n c o verin g t h is u p
a n d s in ce t h at t im e, t h e m ost s tr in gen t l a w s a n d p en alt ie s h av e b een p la ced a ro und t h ose
s tu dyin g t im e t r a v el.’
Even t h e u se o f t h e v ery l im it e d a m ount o f T im e-T urn ers a t t h e M in is tr y ’s d is p osa l i s
h ed ged a ro und w it h h undre d s o f l a w s. W hile n ot a s p ote n tia lly d an gero us a s s k ip pin g f iv e
c en tu rie s, t h e r e -u se o f a s in gle h our c an s till h av e d ra m atic c o nse q u en ces a n d t h e M in is tr y
o f M ag ic s e ek s t h e s tr ic te st g u ara n te es i f i t p erm it s t h e u se o f t h ese r a re a n d p ow erfu l

obje cts . I t w ould s u rp ris e m ost o f t h e m ag ic al c o m munit y t o k now t h at T im e-T urn ers a re
gen era lly o nly u se d t o s o lv e t h e m ost t r iv ia l p ro ble m s o f t im e-m an ag em en t a n d n ev er f o r
gre ate r o r m ore i m porta n t p urp ose s, b ecau se , a s S au l C ro ak er t e lls u s, ‘j u st a s t h e h um an
min d c an not c o m pre h en d t im e, s o i t c an not c o m pre h en d t h e d am ag e t h at w ill e n su e i f w e
pre su m e t o t a m per w it h i t s l a w s.’
The M in is tr y ’s e n tir e s to ck o f T im e-T urn ers w as d estr o yed d urin g a f ig h t i n t h e
Dep artm en t o f M yste rie s a b o ut t h re e y ears a fte r H erm io ne G ra n ger w as g ra n te d
perm is sio n t o u se o ne a t H ogw arts .

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
I w en t f a r t o o l ig h t- h earte d ly i n to t h e s u bje ct o f t im e t r a v el i n
Harry P otte r a n d t h e P ris o n er o f
A zk aban
. W hile I d o n ot r e g re t i t (
Pris o n er o f A zk aban
i s o ne o f m y f a v o urit e b o oks i n t h e
s e rie s), i t o pen ed u p a v ast n um ber o f p ro ble m s f o r m e, b ecau se a fte r a ll, i f w iz ard s c o uld g o
b ack a n d u ndo p ro ble m s, w here w ere m y f u tu re p lo ts ?
I s o lv ed t h e p ro ble m t o m y o w n s a tis fa ctio n i n s ta g es. F ir stly , I h ad D um ble d ore a n d
H erm io ne e m phasis e h ow d an gero us i t w ould b e t o b e s e en i n t h e p ast, t o r e m in d t h e
r e ad er t h at t h ere m ig h t b e u nfo re se en a n d d an gero us c o nse q u en ces a s w ell a s s o lu tio ns i n
t im e t r a v el. S eco ndly , I h ad H erm io ne g iv e b ack t h e o nly T im e-T urn er e v er t o e n te r
H ogw arts . T hir d ly , I s m ash ed a ll r e m ain in g T im e-T urn ers d urin g t h e b attle i n t h e
D ep artm en t o f M yste rie s, r e m ovin g t h e p ossib ilit y o f r e liv in g e v en s h ort p erio ds i n t h e
f u tu re .
This i s ju st o ne e x am ple o f t h e w ay s i n w hic h , w hen w rit in g f a n ta sy n ovels , o ne m ust b e
c are fu l w hat o ne i n ven ts . F or e v ery b en efit , t h ere i s u su ally a d ra w back .





It i s n ’t j u st s tu den ts a n d t e a ch ers w ho li v e a t t h e s c h ool. H ogw arts i s h om e t o m an y o th ers
asid e f r o m t h e li v in g – a n d t h ese s p ir its h ave n oth in g b u t t im e. A m on g H ogw arts ’ p erm an en t
resid en ts a re a c o lo u rfu l c o lle ctio n o f o th erw orld ly i n habita n ts .


HOGW ARTS G H OST S
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
I n s p it e o f t h e u nfo unded r u m ours s u rro undin g t h e S h rie k in g S h ack , w hic h w as n ev er
h au nte d a t a ll, H ogw arts i s t h e m ost h eav ily h au nte d d w ellin g p la ce i n B rit a in ( a n d t h is i s
a g ain st s tif f c o m petit io n, a s t h ere a re m ore r e p orte d g h ost s ig h tin gs/ se n sin gs o n t h ese
d am p i s la n ds t h an a n yw here e ls e i n t h e w orld ). T he c astle i s a c o ngen ia l p la ce f o r g h osts ,
b ecau se t h e l iv in g i n hab it a n ts t r e at t h eir d ead f r ie n ds w it h t o le ra n ce a n d e v en a ffe ctio n, n o
m atte r h ow m an y t im es t h ey h av e h eard t h e s a m e o ld r e m in is c en ces.
Each o f t h e f o ur H ogw arts h ouse s h as i t s o w n g h ost. S ly th erin b o asts t h e B lo ody
B aro n, w ho i s c o vere d i n s ilv er b lo odsta in s. T he l e ast t a lk ativ e o f t h e h ouse g h osts i s t h e
G re y L ad y, w ho i s l o ng-h air e d a n d b eau tif u l.
Huffle p uff H ouse i s h au nte d b y t h e F at F ria r, w ho w as e x ecu te d b ecau se s e n io r
c h urc h m en g re w s u sp ic io us o f h is a b ilit y t o c u re t h e p ox m ere ly b y p okin g p easa n ts w it h a
s tic k , a n d h is i ll- a d vis e d h ab it o f p ullin g r a b bit s o ut o f t h e c o m munio n c u p. T hough a
g en ia l c h ara cte r i n g en era l, t h e F at F ria r s till r e se n ts t h e f a ct t h at h e w as n ev er m ad e a
c ard in al.
Gry ffin dor h ouse i s h om e t o N early H ead le ss N ic k , w ho i n l if e w as S ir N ic h ola s d e
M im sy -P orp in gto n. S o m eth in g o f a s n ob, a n d a l e ss a cco m plis h ed w iz ard t h an h e b elie v ed ,
S ir N ic h ola s l o unged a ro und t h e c o urt o f H en ry V II i n l if e , u ntil h is f o olis h a tte m pt t o
b eau tif y a l a d y-in -w ait in g b y m ag ic c au se d t h e u nfo rtu nate w om an t o s p ro ut t u sk s. S ir
N ic h ola s w as s tr ip ped o f h is w an d a n d i n ex p ertly e x ecu te d , l e av in g h is h ead h an gin g o ff b y
a s in gle f la p o f s k in a n d s in ew . H e r e ta in s a f e elin g o f i n ad eq u acy w it h r e g ard t o t r u ly
h ead le ss g h osts .
Anoth er n ota b le H ogw arts g h ost i s M oan in g M yrtle , w ho h au nts a n u npopula r g ir ls ’
t o ile t. M yrtle w as a s tu den t a t H ogw arts w hen s h e d ie d , a n d s h e c h ose t o r e tu rn t o s c h ool i n
p erp etu it y , w it h t h e s h ort- te rm a im o f h au ntin g h er a rc h -riv al a n d b u lly , O liv e H orn by. A s
t h e d ecad es h av e r o lle d b y, M yrtle h as m ad e a n am e f o r h erse lf a s t h e m ost m is e ra b le g h ost
i n s c h ool, u su ally t o b e f o und l u rk in g i n sid e o ne o f t h e t o ile ts a n d f illin g t h e t ile d s p ace
w it h h er m oan s a n d h ow ls .

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
T he i n sp ir a tio n f o r M oan in g M yrtle w as t h e f r e q u en t p re se n ce o f a c ry in g g ir l i n
c o m munal b ath ro om s, e sp ecia lly a t t h e p artie s a n d d is c o s o f m y y o uth . T his d oes n ot s e em
t o h ap pen i n m ale b ath ro om s, s o I e n jo yed p la cin g H arry a n d R on i n s u ch u nco m fo rta b le
a n d u nfa m ilia r t e rrit o ry i n
Harry P otte r a n d t h e C ham ber o f S ecrets
a n d
Harry P otte r a n d t h e
H alf - B lo od P rin ce
.
The m ost p ro ductiv e g h ost a t H ogw arts i s , o f c o urse , P ro fe sso r B in ns, t h e o ld H is to ry
o f M ag ic t e ach er w ho f e ll a sle ep i n f r o nt o f t h e s ta ff- ro om f ir e o ne d ay a n d s im ply g o t u p
t o g iv e h is n ex t c la ss, l e av in g h is b o dy b eh in d. T here i s s o m e d eb ate a s t o w heth er o r n ot
P ro fe sso r B in ns r e alis e s h e i s d ead . W hile h is e n tr a n ce t o l e sso ns t h ro ugh t h e b la ck bo ard i s
v ag u ely a m usin g t h e f ir st t im e s tu den ts s e e i t , h e i s n ot t h e m ost s tim ula tin g t e ach er.
The i n sp ir a tio n f o r P ro fe sso r B in ns w as a n o ld p ro fe sso r a t m y u niv ersit y , w ho g av e
e v ery l e ctu re w it h h is e y es c lo se d , r o ck in g b ack w ard s a n d f o rw ard s s lig h tly o n h is t o es.
W hile h e w as a b rillia n t m an , w ho d is g o rg ed a n i m men se a m ount o f v alu ab le i n fo rm atio n
a t e v ery l e ctu re , h is d is c o nnect w it h h is s tu den ts w as t o ta l. P ro fe sso r B in ns i s o nly d im ly
a w are o f h is l iv in g s tu den ts , a n d i s a sto nis h ed w hen t h ey b eg in a sk in g h im q u estio ns.
In t h e v ery e arlie st l is t o f g h osts I e v er w ro te f o r H ogw arts , I i n clu ded M yrtle ( in it ia lly
n am ed ‘W ailin g W an da’) , P ro fe sso r B in ns, t h e G re y L ad y ( t h en c alle d ‘t h e W his p erin g
L ad y’) a n d t h e B lo ody B aro n. T here w as a ls o a B la ck K nig h t, T he T oad ( w hic h l e ft
e cto pla sm a ll o ver i t s c la ssr o om ), a n d a g h ost I r a th er r e g re t n ot u sin g: h is n am e w as
E dm und G ru bb, a n d t h e n ote s b esid e h is n am e s a y : E xp ir e d i n t h e d oorw ay o f t h e D in in g
H all. S o m etim es s to ps p eo ple g ettin g i n , o ut o f s p it e . F at V ic to ria n g h ost. ( A te p ois o nous
b errie s).

Ghosts a re s u ch a n orm al s ig h t t o b eh old a t H ogw arts t h at i t’s e a sy t o f o rg et y ou d on ’t o fte n
se e t h em o u t i n t h e M uggle w orld . O f c o u rse , t h ere’s a g ood e x pla n atio n f o r t h at.


​GH OST S
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
I n t h e w orld o f H arry P otte r, a g h ost i s t h e t r a n sp are n t, t h re e-d im en sio nal i m prin t o f a
d ecease d w it c h o r w iz ard , w hic h c o ntin ues t o e x is t i n t h e m orta l w orld . M uggle s c an not
c o m e b ack a s g h osts , a n d t h e w is e st w it c h es a n d w iz ard s c h oose n ot t o . I t i s t h ose w it h
‘ u nfin is h ed b u sin ess’, w heth er i n t h e f o rm o f f e ar, g u ilt , r e g re ts o r o vert a tta ch m en t t o t h e
m ate ria l w orld , w ho r e fu se t o m ove o n t o t h e n ex t d im en sio n.
Hav in g c h ose n a f e eb le s im ula cru m o f m orta l l if e , g h osts a re l im it e d i n w hat t h ey c an
e x p erie n ce. N o p hysic al p le asu re r e m ain s t o t h em , a n d t h eir k now le d ge a n d o utlo ok
r e m ain s a t t h e l e v el i t h ad a tta in ed d urin g l if e , s o t h at o ld r e se n tm en ts ( f o r i n sta n ce, a t
h av in g a n i n co m ple te ly s e v ere d n eck ) c o ntin ue t o r a n kle a fte r s e v era l c en tu rie s. F or t h is
r e aso n, g h osts t e n d t o b e p oor c o m pan y, o n t h e w hole . T hey a re e sp ecia lly d is a p poin tin g
o n t h e o ne s u bje ct t h at f a sc in ate s m ost p eo ple : g h osts c an not r e tu rn a v ery s e n sib le a n sw er
o n w hat i t i s l ik e t o d ie , b ecau se t h ey h av e c h ose n a n i m poveris h ed v ersio n o f l if e i n ste ad .
Ghosts c an p ass t h ro ugh s o lid o bje cts w it h out c au sin g d am ag e t o t h em se lv es o r t h e
m ate ria l, b u t c re ate d is tu rb an ces i n w ate r, f ir e a n d a ir . T he t e m pera tu re d ro ps i n t h e
i m med ia te v ic in it y o f a g h ost, a n e ffe ct i n te n sif ie d i f m an y c o ngre g ate i n t h e s a m e p la ce.
T heir a p peara n ce c an a ls o t u rn f la m es b lu e. S h ould p art o r a ll o f a g h ost p ass t h ro ugh a
l iv in g c re atu re , t h e l a tte r w ill e x p erie n ce a f r e ezin g s e n sa tio n a s t h ough t h ey h av e b een
p lu nged i n to i c e-c o ld w ate r.
Wit c h es a n d w iz ard s a re m uch m ore s u sc ep tib le t o w hat M uggle s c all p ara n orm al
a ctiv it y , a n d w ill s e e ( a n d h ear) g h osts p la in ly , w here a M uggle m ig h t o nly f e el t h at a
h au nte d p la ce i s c o ld o r ‘c re ep y’. M uggle s w ho i n sis t t h at t h ey s e e g h osts i n p erfe ct f o cu s
a re e it h er a ) l y in g o r b ) w iz ard s s h ow in g o ff – a n d i n f la g ra n t b re ach o f t h e I n te rn atio nal
S ta tu te o f S ecre cy .

The c ir cu m sta n ces a ro u nd N ea rly H ea dle ss N ic k ’s b otc h ed b eh ea din g w ere n ev er e x pla in ed
in t h e H arry P otte r s e rie s, b u t t h ey ’r e a m yste ry n o lo n ger. Y ou ’l l f in d o u t e x actly w hat
happen ed t o t h e a ggrie v ed g h ost ( s tr a ig h t f r o m N ic k h im se lf ) i n t h e f o llo w in g b alla d, w hic h
was a x ed f r o m a n e a rly d ra ft o f
Harry P otte r a n d t h e C ham ber o f S ecre ts
.


TH E B A LLA D O F N EA RLY H EA D LESS N IC K
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
It w as a m is ta ke a n y w iz a rd c o u ld m ake
Who w as t ir ed a n d c a u gh t o n t h e h op
One p if fli n g e rro r, a n d t h en , t o m y t e rro r,
I f o u nd m yse lf f a cin g t h e c h op .
Ala s f o r t h e e v e w hen I m et L ady G rie v e
A-str o lli n g t h e p ark i n t h e d u sk !
She w as o f t h e b eli e f I c o u ld s tr a ig h te n h er t e eth
Nex t m om en t s h e’d s p ro u te d a t u sk .
I c rie d t h ro u gh t h e n ig h t t h at I ’d s o on p u t h er r ig h t
But t h e p ro cess o f j u stic e w as la x ;
They ’d b ro u gh t o u t t h e b lo ck , t h ou gh t h ey ’d m is la id t h e r o ck
Where t h ey u su ally s h arp en ed t h e a x e.
Nex t m orn in g a t d aw n, w ith a f a ce m ost f o rlo rn ,
The p rie st s a id t o t r y n ot t o c ry ,
‘Y ou c a n c o m e j u st li k e t h at, n o, y ou w on ’t n eed a h at,’
And I k n ew t h at m y e n d m ust b e n ig h .
The m an i n t h e m ask w ho w ou ld h ave t h e s a d t a sk
Of c le a vin g m y h ea d f r o m m y n eck ,
Said ‘N ic k , i f y ou p le a se , w ill y ou g et t o y ou r k n ees,’
And I t u rn ed t o a g ib berin g w reck .
‘T his m ay s tin g a b it’ s a id t h e c a ck -h an ded t w it
As h e s w ung t h e a x e u p i n t h e a ir ,
But o h t h e b lu nt b la de! N o d if fe ren ce i t m ade,
My h ea d w as s till d efin ite ly t h ere.
The a x em an h e h ack ed a n d h e w hack ed a n d h e t h w ack ed ,
‘W on ’t b e t o o lo n g’, h e a ssu red m e,

But q u ic k i t w as n ot, a n d t h e b on e-h ea ded c lo t
Took f o rty -fiv e g oes ’t il h e f lo ored m e.
And s o I w as d ea d, b u t m y f a ith fu l o ld h ea d
It n ev er s a w f it t o d ese rt m e,
It s till li n gers o n , t h at’s t h e e n d o f m y s o n g,
And n ow , p le a se a ppla u d, o r y ou ’l l h u rt m e.

Nea rly H ea dle ss N ic k a n d M oa n in g M yrtle a ren ’t t h e o n ly p erm an en t r esid en ts o f H ogw arts .
The c a stle w alls a re li n ed w ith p ortr a its w hose s u bje cts c a n m ov e, s p ea k a n d i n te ra ct w ith
stu den ts – i n clu din g t h e F at L ady, w ho g u ard s t h e e n tr a n ce t o G ry ffin dor T ow er, a n d t h e
man y p rev io u s h ea dm aste rs w ho a re m ore t h an r ea dy t o o ffe r a dvic e t o t h eir s u ccesso rs.


HOGW ARTS P O RTR AIT S
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
H ogw arts p ortr a it s a re a b le t o t a lk a n d m ove a ro und f r o m p ic tu re t o p ic tu re . T hey b eh av e
l ik e t h eir s u bje cts . H ow ev er, t h e d eg re e t o w hic h t h ey c an i n te ra ct w it h t h e p eo ple l o okin g
a t t h em d ep en ds n ot o n t h e s k ill o f t h e p ain te r, b u t o n t h e p ow er o f t h e w it c h o r w iz ard
p ain te d .
When a m ag ic al p ortr a it i s t a k en , t h e w it c h o r w iz ard a rtis t w ill n atu ra lly u se
e n ch an tm en ts t o e n su re t h at t h e p ain tin g w ill b e a b le t o m ove i n t h e u su al w ay . T he p ortr a it
w ill b e a b le t o u se s o m e o f t h e s u bje ct’s f a v o urit e p hra se s a n d i m it a te t h eir g en era l
d em ean our. T hus, S ir C ad ogan ’s p ortr a it i s f o re v er c h alle n gin g p eo ple t o a f ig h t, f a llin g o ff
i t s h orse a n d b eh av in g i n a f a ir ly u nbala n ced w ay , w hic h i s h ow t h e s u bje ct a p peare d t o t h e
p oor w iz ard w ho h ad t o p ain t h im , w hile t h e p ortr a it o f t h e F at L ad y c o ntin ues t o i n dulg e
h er l o ve o f g o od f o od, d rin k a n d t ip -to p s e cu rit y l o ng a fte r h er l iv in g m odel p asse d a w ay .
How ev er, n eit h er o f t h ese p ortr a it s w ould b e c ap ab le o f h av in g a p artic u la rly i n -d ep th
d is c u ssio n a b o ut m ore c o m ple x a sp ects o f t h eir l iv es: t h ey a re l it e ra lly a n d m eta p horic ally
t w o-d im en sio nal.
They a re o nly r e p re se n ta tio ns o f t h e l iv in g s u bje cts a s s e en b y t h e a rtis t.
So m e m ag ic al p ortr a it s a re c ap ab le o f c o nsid era b ly m ore i n te ra ctio n w it h t h e l iv in g
w orld .
Tra d it io nally , a h ead m aste r o r h ead m is tr e ss i s p ain te d b efo re t h eir d eath . O nce t h e
p ortr a it i s c o m ple te d , t h e h ead m aste r o r h ead m is tr e ss i n q u estio n k eep s i t u nder l o ck a n d
k ey , r e g u la rly v is it in g i t i n i t s c u pbo ard ( if s o d esir e d ) t o t e ach i t t o a ct a n d b eh av e e x actly
l ik e t h em se lv es, a n d i m partin g a ll k in ds o f u se fu l m em orie s a n d p ie ces o f k now le d ge t h at
m ay t h en b e s h are d t h ro ugh t h e c en tu rie s w it h t h eir s u ccesso rs i n o ffic e.
The d ep th o f k now le d ge a n d i n sig h t c o nta in ed i n s o m e o f t h e h ead m aste rs’ a n d
h ead m is tr e sse s’ p ortr a it s i s u nknow n t o a n y b u t t h e i n cu m ben ts o f t h e o ffic e a n d t h e f e w
s tu den ts w ho h av e r e alis e d , o ver t h e c en tu rie s, t h at t h e p ortr a it s ’ a p pare n t s le ep in ess w hen
v is it o rs a rriv e i n t h e o ffic e i s n ot n ecessa rily g en uin e.

Perh aps t h e m ost o u ts p ok en p ortr a it t o g ra ce t h e c a stle w alls i s S ir C adoga n , w ho H arry , R on
an d H erm io n e e n co u nte red i n t h eir t h ir d y ea r a t H ogw arts . O fte n s e en c h asin g a fte r h is f a t
pon y, S ir C adoga n i s a b oa stf u l k n ig h t w ho c h alle n ges p asse rs- b y t o d u els w hen ev er h e i s
giv en t h e o p portu nity . L eg en d h as i t t h at S ir C adoga n w as a s b ra sh a n d b ra ve i n li f e a s h e
appea rs t o b e i n h is p ortr a it.


​SIR C AD OGAN
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
BIR TH DAY:
Unknow n
WAN D:
(A cco rd in g t o l e g en d) B la ck th orn a n d t r o ll w his k er, n in e i n ch es, c o m bu stib le
HOGW ARTS H OUSE :
Gry ffin dor
SP EC IA L A BIL IT IE S:
In sa n e b ra v ery
PA REN TA G E:
Wiz ard f a th er, w it c h m oth er
FA M IL Y :
T hre e w iv es a re b elie v ed t o h av e l e ft h im , r u m oure d t o h av e h ad s e v en te en k now n c h ild re n

B efo re t h e w iz ard in g c o m munit y w as f o rc ed i n to h id in g, i t w as n ot u nusu al f o r a w iz ard t o
l iv e i n t h e M uggle c o m munit y a n d h old d ow n w hat w e w ould n ow t h in k o f a s a M uggle
j o b.
It i s w id ely b elie v ed i n w iz ard in g c ir c le s t h at S ir C ad ogan w as o ne o f t h e f a m ous
K nig h ts o f t h e R ound T ab le , a lb eit a l it tle -k now n o ne, a n d t h at h e a ch ie v ed t h is p osit io n
t h ro ugh h is f r ie n dsh ip w it h M erlin . H e h as c erta in ly b een e x cis e d f r o m a ll M uggle v o lu m es
o f K in g A rth ur’s s to ry , b u t w iz ard in g v ersio ns o f t h e t a le s i n clu de S ir C ad ogan a lo ngsid e S ir
L an celo t, S ir B ed iv ere a n d S ir P erc iv ale . T hese t a le s r e v eal h im t o b e h ot- h ead ed a n d
p ep pery , a n d b ra v e t o t h e p oin t o f f o olh ard in ess, b u t a g o od m an i n a c o rn er.
Sir C ad ogan ’s m ost f a m ous e n co unte r w as w it h t h e W yvern o f W ye, a d ra g o nis h
c re atu re t h at w as t e rro riz in g t h e W est C ountr y . A t t h eir f ir st e n co unte r, t h e b east a te S ir
C ad ogan ’s h an dso m e s te ed , b it h is w an d i n h alf a n d m elt e d h is s w ord a n d v is o r. U nab le t o
s e e t h ro ugh t h e s te am r is in g f r o m h is m elt in g h elm et, S ir C ad ogan b are ly e sc ap ed w it h h is
l if e . H ow ev er, r a th er t h an r u nnin g a w ay , h e s ta g gere d i n to a n earb y m ead ow , g ra b bed a
s m all, f a t p ony g ra zin g t h ere , l e ap t u pon i t a n d g allo ped b ack t o w ard s t h e w yvern w it h

noth in g b u t h is b ro ken w an d i n h is h an d, p re p are d t o m eet a v alia n t d eath . T he c re atu re
lo w ere d i t s f e arso m e h ead t o s w allo w S ir C ad ogan a n d t h e p ony w hole , b u t t h e s p lin te re d
an d m is fir in g w an d p ie rc ed i t s t o ngu e, i g n it in g t h e g assy f u m es r is in g f r o m i t s s to m ach a n d
cau sin g t h e w yvern t o e x p lo de.
Eld erly w it c h es a n d w iz ard s s till u se t h e s a y in g ‘I ’l l t a k e C ad ogan ’s p ony’ t o m ean , ‘I ’l l
sa lv ag e t h e b est I c an f r o m a t r ic k y s it u atio n’.
Sir C ad ogan ’s p ortr a it , w hic h h an gs o n t h e s e v en th f lo or o f H ogw arts C astle , s h ow s
him w it h t h e p ony h e r o de f o re v er m ore ( w hic h , u ndersta n dab ly p erh ap s, n ev er m uch
lik ed h im ) a n d a ccu ra te ly d ep ic ts h is h ot t e m per, h is l o ve o f a f o olh ard y c h alle n ge a n d h is
dete rm in atio n t o b eat t h e e n em y, c o m e w hat m ay .





Hogw arts i s t e em in g w ith s e crets . I t s e em s f r o m H arry ’s e x plo ra tio n s t h at e v ery lo ck ed d oor
an d e m pty c la ssr o om c o n cea ls a r a re m agic a l o b je ct o r f e a rso m e m on ste r o f s o m e k in d. L et’s
sta rt w ith o n e o f t h e m ost t e m ptin g b u t p ote n tia lly d ev asta tin g o b je cts h id den i n t h e g ro u nds:
th e M ir ro r o f E ris e d .


MIR RO R O F E R IS E D
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T he M ir ro r o f E ris e d i s a v ery o ld d ev ic e. N obo dy k now s w ho c re ate d i t , o r h ow i t c am e t o
b e a t H ogw arts S ch ool. A s u ccessio n o f t e ach ers h av e b ro ugh t b ack i n te re stin g a rte fa cts
f r o m t h eir t r a v els , s o i t m ig h t h av e a rriv ed a t t h e c astle i n t h is c asu al m an ner, e it h er
b ecau se t h e t e ach er k new h ow i t w ork ed a n d w as i n tr ig u ed b y i t , o r b ecau se t h ey d id n ot
u ndersta n d i t a n d w is h ed t o a sk t h eir c o lle ag u es’ o pin io ns.
The M ir ro r o f E ris e d i s o ne o f t h ose m ag ic al a rte fa cts t h at s e em s t o h av e b een c re ate d
i n a s p ir it o f f u n ( w heth er i n nocen t o r m ale v o le n t i s a m atte r o f o pin io n), b ecau se w hile i t i s
m uch m ore r e v ealin g t h an a n orm al m ir ro r, i t i s i n te re stin g r a th er t h an u se fu l. O nly a fte r
P ro fe sso r D um ble d ore m ak es k ey m odif ic atio ns t o t h e m ir ro r ( w hic h h as b een l a n gu is h in g
i n t h e R oom o f R eq u ir e m en t f o r a c en tu ry o r s o b efo re h e b rin gs i t o ut a n d p uts i t t o w ork )
d oes i t b eco m e a s u perb h id in g p la ce, a n d t h e f in al t e st f o r t h e i m pure o f h eart.
The m ir ro r’s i n sc rip tio n ( ‘e ris e d s tr a e h ru o yt u be c afr u o yt o n w ohsi’) m ust b e r e ad
b ack w ard s t o s h ow i t s t r u e p urp ose .
Alb u s D um ble d ore , w ho b rin gs i t o ut o f h id in g, p uts i t b ack w here h e f o und i t w hen i t
h as a ch ie v ed h is p urp ose i n
Philo so p her’s S to n e
. W e m ust c o nclu de, t h ere fo re , t h at t h e m ir ro r
w as d estr o yed , a lo ng w it h a ll t h e o th er c o nte n ts o f t h e R oom o f R eq u ir e m en t, d urin g t h e
B attle o f H ogw arts .

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
A lb u s D um ble d ore ’s w ord s o f c au tio n t o H arry w hen d is c u ssin g t h e M ir ro r o f E ris e d
e x p re ss m y o w n v ie w s. T he a d vic e t o ‘h old o n t o y o ur d re am s’ i s a ll w ell a n d g o od, b u t
t h ere c o m es a p oin t w hen h old in g o n t o y o ur d re am s b eco m es u nhelp fu l a n d e v en
u nhealt h y. D um ble d ore k now s t h at l if e c an p ass y o u b y w hile y o u a re c lin gin g o n t o a w is h
t h at c an n ev er b e – o r o ugh t n ev er t o b e – f u lf ille d . H arry ’s d eep est y earn in g i s f o r
s o m eth in g i m possib le : t h e r e tu rn o f h is p are n ts . D esp era te ly s a d t h ough i t i s t h at h e h as
b een d ep riv ed o f h is f a m ily , D um ble d ore k now s t h at t o s it g azin g o n a v is io n o f w hat h e
c an n ev er h av e, w ill o nly d am ag e H arry . T he m ir ro r i s b ew it c h in g a n d t a n ta lis in g, b u t i t
d oes n ot n ecessa rily b rin g h ap pin ess.

Dum ble d ore m ay h ave c o n cea le d w hat h e t r u ly s a w w hen lo ok in g i n t h e M ir ro r o f E ris e d , b u t
th e H ea dm aste r d id n ’t h id e a ll o f h is m em orie s. O ver t h e y ea rs, t h e p ow erfu l P en sie v e i n t h e
Hea dm aste r’s o ffic e w as u se d t o le t H arry e x plo re T om R id dle ’s m yste rio u s p ast, t h e C ro u ch
fa m ily ’s t e rrib le h is to ry , a n d S lu gh orn ’s g rea te st m is ta ke. L ik e m an y i te m s i n t h e
Hea dm aste r’s o ffic e, a P en sie v e i s h ard t o c o m e b y a n d t r ic k y t o u se .


​PEN SIE V E
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
A P en sie v e i s a w id e a n d s h allo w d is h m ad e o f m eta l o r s to ne, o fte n e la b o ra te ly d eco ra te d
o r i n la id w it h p re cio us s to nes, a n d c arry in g p ow erfu l a n d c o m ple x e n ch an tm en ts .
P en sie v es a re r a re , b ecau se o nly t h e m ost a d van ced w iz ard s e v er u se t h em , a n d b ecau se t h e
m ajo rit y o f w iz ard kin d i s a fr a id o f d oin g s o .
The p erc eiv ed d an gers o f t h e P en sie v e r e la te t o i t s p ow er o ver m em ory o r t h ough t.
T he P en sie v e i s e n ch an te d t o r e cre ate m em orie s s o t h at t h ey b eco m e r e -liv eab le , t a k in g
e v ery d eta il s to re d i n t h e s u bco nsc io us a n d r e cre atin g i t f a it h fu lly , s o t h at e it h er t h e o w ner,
o r ( a n d h ere in l ie s t h e d an ger) a s e co nd p arty , i s a b le t o e n te r t h e m em orie s a n d m ove
a ro und w it h in t h em .
In ev it a b ly , t h ose w it h t h in gs t o h id e, t h ose a sh am ed o f t h eir p asts ,
t h ose e ag er t o k eep h old o f t h eir s e cre ts , o r p ro te ctiv e o f t h eir p riv acy , w ill b e w ary o f a n
o bje ct l ik e t h e P en sie v e.
Even m ore d if fic u lt t h an t h e r e cre atio n o f m em orie s i s t h e u se o f a P en sie v e t o e x am in e
a n d s o rt t h ough ts a n d i d eas, a n d v ery f e w w iz ard s h av e t h e a b ilit y t o d o s o . A lb u s
D um ble d ore i s s e en u sin g t h e H ogw arts P en sie v e i n t h is w ay , n ota b ly i n C hap te r T hir ty o f
H arry P otte r a n d t h e G ob le t o f F ir e
, w hen h e a d ds t h ough ts t o t h e P en sie v e a n d H arry ’s f a ce
t u rn s i n to S n ap e’s ; D um ble d ore i s r e m in din g h im se lf o f t h e h id den c o nnectio n b etw een
S n ap e a n d H arry ( t h at S n ap e w as i n l o ve w it h H arry ’s m oth er, a n d i s n ow – t h ough
i m men se ly g ru dgin gly – h onour-b o und t o p ro te ct h im ).
Tra d it io nally , a w it c h o r w iz ard ’s P en sie v e, l ik e t h eir w an d, i s b u rie d w it h t h em , a s i t i s
c o nsid ere d a n i n te n se ly p erso nal a rte fa ct; a n y t h ough ts o r m em orie s l e ft i n sid e t h e
P en sie v e a re l ik ew is e i n te rre d w it h t h eir o w ner, u nle ss h e o r s h e h as r e q u este d o th erw is e .
T he H ogw arts P en sie v e, h ow ev er, b elo ngs n ot t o a n y i n div id ual b u t t o t h e s c h ool. I t h as
b een u se d b y a l o ng l in e o f h ead m aste rs a n d h ead m is tr e sse s, w ho h av e a ls o l e ft b eh in d t h eir
l if e e x p erie n ce i n t h e f o rm o f m em orie s. T his f o rm s a n i n valu ab le l ib ra ry o f r e fe re n ce f o r
t h e h ead m aste r o r h ead m is tr e ss o f t h e d ay .
The H ogw arts P en sie v e i s m ad e o f o rn ate ly c arv ed s to ne a n d i s e n gra v ed w it h
m odif ie d S ax o n r u nes, w hic h m ark i t a s a n a rte fa ct o f i m men se a n tiq u it y t h at p re -d ate s t h e
c re atio n o f t h e s c h ool.
One ( u nsu bsta n tia te d ) l e g en d s a y s t h at t h e f o unders d is c o vere d t h e
P en sie v e h alf - b u rie d i n t h e g ro und o n t h e v ery s p ot w here t h ey d ecid ed t o e re ct t h eir
s c h ool.
The n am e ‘P en sie v e’ i s a h om onym o f ‘p en siv e’, m ean in g d eep ly , s e rio usly t h ough tfu l;

bu t i t a ls o a p un, t h e ‘s ie v e’ p art o f t h e w ord a llu din g t o t h e o bje ct’s f u nctio n o f s o rtin g
mean in gs f r o m a m ass o f t h ough ts o r m em orie s.

If y ou w an te d t o e x plo re t h e c a stle f o rev er a n d e v er, y ou ’d n eed t o g et h old o f t h e P hilo so p her’s
Sto n e. B efo re i t w as d estr o y ed , o b vio u sly . B ut d id y ou k n ow t h at t h e s to n e h as a h is to ry
ou ts id e t h e w iz a rd in g w orld ?


TH E P H IL O SO PH ER ’S S T O NE
J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
I d id n ot i n ven t t h e c o ncep t o f t h e P hilo so pher’s S to ne, w hic h i s a l e g en dary s u bsta n ce t h at
w as o nce b elie v ed t o b e r e al, a n d t h e t r u e g o al o f a lc h em y.
The p ro pertie s o f ‘m y’ P hilo so pher’s S to ne c o nfo rm t o m ost o f t h e a ttr ib u te s t h e
a n cie n ts a sc rib ed t o i t . T he S to ne w as b elie v ed t o t u rn b ase m eta ls i n to g o ld , a n d a ls o t o
p ro duce t h e E lix ir o f L if e , w hic h c o uld m ak e y o u i m morta l. ‘G en uin e’ a lc h em is ts – t h e
f o re ru nners o f c h em is ts a n d p hysic is ts – s u ch a s S ir I s a ac N ew to n a n d ( t h e r e al) N ic o la s
F la m el, s o ugh t, s o m etim es o ver l if e tim es, t o d is c o ver t h e s e cre t o f i t s c re atio n.
The S to ne i s v ario usly d esc rib ed a s r e d a n d w hit e i n t h e m an y o ld t e x ts i n w hic h i t
a p pears. T hese c o lo urs a re i m porta n t i n m ost a cco unts o f a lc h em y, a n d a re o fte n
i n te rp re te d a s h av in g s y m bo lic m ean in g.

The P hilo so p her’s S to n e i s n ’t t h e o n ly m yste rio u s a rte fa ct t o a ppea r t o H arry i n h is h ou r o f
need . T he s w ord o f G ry ffin dor w as g ob li n -m ade a n d s tu dded w ith r u bie s, a n d w as o n ce
ow ned b y H ogw arts f o u nder G od ric G ry ffin dor. I t w as t h e a ppea ra n ce o f t h e s w ord t h at
appea se d H arry ’s d ou bts a s t o w heth er h e w as a t r u e G ry ffin dor o r n ot – a s D um ble d ore
poin te d o u t, ‘O nly a t r u e G ry ffin dor c o u ld h ave p u lle d t h at o u t o f t h e H at, H arry .’


TH E S W ORD O F G RYFFIN DOR
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T he s w ord o f G ry ffin dor w as m ad e a t h ousa n d y ears a g o b y g o blin s, t h e m ag ic al w orld ’s
m ost s k ille d m eta lw ork ers, a n d i s t h ere fo re e n ch an te d . F ash io ned f r o m p ure s ilv er, i t i s
i n se t w it h r u bie s, t h e s to ne t h at r e p re se n ts G ry ffin dor i n t h e h our-g la sse s t h at c o unt t h e
h ouse p oin ts a t H ogw arts . G odric G ry ffin dor’s n am e i s e n gra v ed ju st b en eath t h e h ilt .
The s w ord w as m ad e t o G odric G ry ffin dor’s s p ecif ic atio ns b y R ag n uk t h e F ir st, f in est
o f t h e g o blin s ilv ersm it h s, a n d t h ere fo re K in g ( in g o blin c u lt u re , t h e r u le r d oes n ot w ork
l e ss t h an t h e o th ers, b u t m ore s k illf u lly ). W hen i t w as f in is h ed , R ag n uk c o vete d i t s o m uch
t h at h e p re te n ded t h at G ry ffin dor h ad s to le n i t f r o m h im , a n d s e n t m in io ns t o s te al i t b ack .
G ry ffin dor d efe n ded h im se lf w it h h is w an d, b u t d id n ot k ill h is a tta ck ers. I n ste ad h e s e n t
t h em b ack t o t h eir k in g b ew it c h ed , t o d eliv er t h e t h re at t h at i f h e e v er t r ie d t o s te al f r o m
G ry ffin dor a g ain , G ry ffin dor w ould u nsh eath e t h e s w ord a g ain st t h em a ll.
The g o blin k in g t o ok t h e t h re at s e rio usly a n d l e ft G ry ffin dor i n p osse ssio n o f h is
r ig h tfu l p ro perty , b u t r e m ain ed r e se n tfu l u ntil h e d ie d . T his w as t h e f o undatio n f o r t h e
f a ls e l e g en d o f G ry ffin dor’s t h eft t h at p ersis ts , i n s o m e s e ctio ns o f t h e g o blin c o m munit y , t o
t h is d ay .
The q u estio n o f w hy a w iz ard w ould n eed a s w ord , t h ough o fte n a sk ed , i s e asily
a n sw ere d . I n t h e d ay s b efo re t h e I n te rn atio nal S ta tu te o f S ecre cy , w hen w iz ard s m in gle d
f r e ely w it h M uggle s, t h ey w ould u se s w ord s t o d efe n d t h em se lv es ju st a s o fte n a s w an ds.
I n deed , i t w as c o nsid ere d u nsp ortin g t o u se a w an d a g ain st a M uggle s w ord ( w hic h i s n ot t o
s a y i t w as n ev er d one). M an y g if te d w iz ard s w ere a ls o a cco m plis h ed d uellis ts i n t h e
c o nven tio nal s e n se , G ry ffin dor a m ong t h em .
Much l ik e a m ag ic w an d, t h e s w ord o f G ry ffin dor a p pears t o b e a lm ost s e n tie n t,
r e sp ondin g t o a p peals f o r h elp b y G ry ffin dor’s c h ose n s u ccesso rs; a n d, s im ila r t o a w an d,
p art o f i t s m ag ic i s t h at i t i m bib es t h at w hic h s tr e n gth en s i t , w hic h c an t h en b e u se d a g ain st
e n em ie s.

J.K . R ow li n g’s t h ough ts
T here h av e b een m an y e n ch an te d s w ord s i n f o lk lo re . T he S w ord o f N uad u, p art o f t h e f o ur
l e g en dary t r e asu re s o f T uath a D é D an an n, w as i n vin cib le w hen d ra w n. G ry ffin dor’s s w ord
o w es s o m eth in g t o t h e l e g en d o f E xcalib u r, t h e s w ord o f K in g A rth ur, w hic h i n s o m e
l e g en ds m ust b e d ra w n f r o m a s to ne b y t h e r ig h tfu l k in g. T he i d ea o f f it n ess t o c arry t h e
s w ord i s e ch oed i n t h e s w ord o f G ry ffin dor’s r e tu rn t o w orth y m em bers o f i t s t r u e o w ner’s
h ouse .
There i s a f u rth er a llu sio n t o E xcalib u r e m erg in g f r o m t h e l a k e w hen H arry m ust d iv e
i n to a f r o zen f o re st p ool t o r e tr ie v e t h e s w ord i n
Dea th ly H allo w s
( t h ough t h e l o catio n o f t h e
s w ord w as r e ally d ue t o a s p it e fu l i m puls e o f S n ap e’s t o p la ce i t t h ere ), f o r i n o th er v ersio ns
o f t h e l e g en d, E xcalib u r w as g iv en t o A rth ur b y t h e L ad y o f t h e L ak e, a n d w as r e tu rn ed t o
t h e l a k e w hen h e d ie d .
Wit h in t h e m ag ic al w orld , p hysic al p osse ssio n i s n ot n ecessa rily a g u ara n te e o f
o w nersh ip .
This c o ncep t a p plie s t o t h e t h re e D eath ly H allo w s, a n d a ls o t o G ry ffin dor’s
s w ord .
I a m i n te re ste d i n w hat h ap pen s w hen c u lt u ra l b elie fs c o llid e. I n t h e H arry P otte r
b o oks, t h e m ost m ilit a n t o f t h e g o blin r a ce c o nsid er a ll g o blin -m ad e o bje cts t o b e t h eir s b y
r ig h t, a lt h ough a s p ecif ic o bje ct m ig h t b e m ad e o ver t o a w iz ard f o r h is l if e sp an u pon a
p ay m en t o f g o ld . W it c h es a n d w iz ard s, l ik e M uggle s, b elie v e t h at o nce p ay m en t h as b een
m ad e, t h e o bje ct b elo ngs t o t h em a n d t h eir d esc en dan ts o r l e g ate es i n p erp etu it y . T his i s a
c la sh o f v alu es w it h out a s o lu tio n, b ecau se e ach s id e h as a d if fe re n t c o ncep t o f w hat i s r ig h t.
I t t h ere fo re p re se n ts H arry w it h a d if fic u lt m ora l d ile m ma w hen G rip hook d em an ds t h e
s w ord a s p ay m en t f o r h is s e rv ic es i n
Dea th ly H allo w s
.

Perh aps H ogw arts ’ m ost e n du rin g a n d s in is te r e n ig m a i s t h at o f t h e C ham ber o f S ecrets , a
hid den a rea o f t h e s c h ool c rea te d b y t h e a m bitio u s H ogw arts f o u nder S ala za r S ly th erin .
When T om R id dle ’s m yste rio u s d ia ry le d H arry t o d is c o v er t h e C ham ber’s d ark s e crets i n h is
se co n d y ea r, t h e le g en d w as a w aken ed o n ce a ga in . A lt h ou gh f e w h ave a ctu ally e n te red t h e
su bte rra n ea n c h am ber, i ts e x is te n ce w asn ’t k ep t e n tir ely s e cret – a fte r a ll, s o m eb od y h ad t o
adapt t h e h id den e n tr a n ce o n ce t h e s c h ool d ecid ed t o b u ild a b ath ro om o n t o p o f i t.


TH E C H AM BER O F S E C RET S
BY J .K . R O W LIN G
T he s u bte rra n ean C ham ber o f S ecre ts w as c re ate d b y S ala zar S ly th erin w it h out t h e
k now le d ge o f h is t h re e f e llo w f o unders o f H ogw arts . T he C ham ber w as, f o r m an y
c en tu rie s, b elie v ed t o b e a m yth ; h ow ev er, t h e f a ct t h at r u m ours o f i t s e x is te n ce p ersis te d
f o r s o l o ng r e v eals t h at S ly th erin s p oke o f i t s c re atio n a n d t h at o th ers b elie v ed h im , o r e ls e
h ad b een p erm it te d , b y h im , t o e n te r.
There i s n o d oubt t h at e ach o f t h e f o ur f o unders s o ugh t t o s ta m p t h eir o w n m ark u pon
t h e s c h ool o f w it c h cra ft a n d w iz ard ry t h at t h ey i n te n ded w ould b e t h e f in est i n t h e w orld . I t
w as a g re ed t h at e ach w ould c o nstr u ct t h eir o w n h ouse s, f o r e x am ple , c h oosin g t h e l o catio n
o f c o m mon r o om s a n d d orm it o rie s. H ow ev er, o nly S ly th erin w en t f u rth er, a n d b u ilt w hat
w as i n e ffe ct a p erso nal, s e cre t h ead qu arte rs w it h in t h e s c h ool, a ccessib le o nly b y h im se lf o r
b y t h ose h e a llo w ed t o e n te r.
Perh ap s, w hen h e f ir st c o nstr u cte d t h e C ham ber, S ly th erin w an te d n o m ore t h an a
p la ce i n w hic h t o i n str u ct h is s tu den ts i n s p ells o f w hic h t h e o th er t h re e f o unders m ay h av e
d is a p pro ved ( d is a g re em en ts s p ru ng u p e arly a ro und t h e t e ach in g o f t h e D ark A rts ).
H ow ev er, i t i s c le ar b y t h e v ery d eco ra tio n o f t h e C ham ber t h at b y t h e t im e S ly th erin
f in is h ed i t h e h ad d ev elo ped g ra n dio se i d eas o f h is o w n i m porta n ce t o t h e s c h ool. N o o th er
f o under l e ft b eh in d t h em a g ig an tic s ta tu e o f t h em se lv es o r d ra p ed t h e s c h ool i n e m ble m s
o f t h eir o w n p erso nal p ow ers ( t h e s n ak es c arv ed a ro und t h e C ham ber o f S ecre ts b ein g a
r e fe re n ce t o S ly th erin ’s p ow ers a s a P arse lm outh ).
What i s c erta in i s t h at b y t h e t im e S ly th erin w as f o rc ed o ut o f t h e s c h ool b y t h e o th er
t h re e f o unders, h e h ad d ecid ed t h at h en cefo rth , t h e C ham ber h e h ad b u ilt w ould b e t h e l a ir
o f a m onste r t h at h e a lo ne – o r h is d esc en dan ts – w ould b e a b le t o c o ntr o l: a B asilis k .
M ore o ver, o nly a P arse lm outh w ould b e a b le t o e n te r t h e C ham ber. T his , h e k new , w ould
k eep o ut a ll t h re e f o unders a n d e v ery o th er m em ber o f s ta ff.
The e x is te n ce o f t h e C ham ber w as k now n t o S ly th erin ’s d esc en dan ts a n d t h ose w it h
w hom t h ey c h ose t o s h are t h e i n fo rm atio n. T hus t h e r u m our s ta y ed a liv e t h ro ugh t h e
c en tu rie s.
There i s c le ar e v id en ce t h at t h e C ham ber w as o pen ed m ore t h an o nce b etw een t h e
d eath o f S ly th erin a n d t h e e n tr a n ce o f T om R id dle i n t h e t w en tie th c en tu ry . W hen f ir st
c re ate d , t h e C ham ber w as a ccesse d t h ro ugh a c o nceale d t r a p door a n d a s e rie s o f m ag ic al
t u nnels . H ow ev er, w hen H ogw arts ’ p lu m bin g b ecam e m ore e la b o ra te i n t h e e ig h te en th

cen tu ry ( t h is w as a r a re i n sta n ce o f w iz ard s c o pyin g M uggle s, b ecau se h it h erto t h ey s im ply
re lie v ed t h em se lv es w here v er t h ey s to od, a n d v an is h ed t h e e v id en ce), t h e e n tr a n ce t o t h e
Cham ber w as t h re ate n ed , b ein g l o cate d o n t h e s it e o f a p ro pose d b ath ro om . T he p re se n ce
in s c h ool a t t h e t im e o f a s tu den t c alle d C orv in us G au nt – d ir e ct d esc en dan t o f S ly th erin ,
an d a n te ced en t o f T om R id dle – e x p la in s h ow t h e s im ple t r a p door w as s e cre tly p ro te cte d ,
so t h at t h ose w ho k new h ow c o uld s till a ccess t h e e n tr a n ce t o t h e C ham ber e v en a fte r
new fa n gle d p lu m bin g h ad b een p la ced o n t o p o f i t .
Whis p ers t h at a m onste r l iv ed i n t h e d ep th s o f t h e c astle w ere a ls o p re v ale n t f o r
cen tu rie s. A gain , t h is i s b ecau se t h ose w ho c o uld h ear a n d s p eak t o i t w ere n ot a lw ay s a s
dis c re et a s t h ey m ig h t h av e b een : t h e G au nt f a m ily c o uld n ot r e sis t b o astin g o f t h eir
know le d ge. A s n obo dy e ls e c o uld h ear t h e c re atu re s lid in g b en eath f lo orb o ard s o r, l a tte rly ,
th ro ugh t h e p lu m bin g, t h ey d id n ot h av e m an y b elie v ers, a n d n one, u ntil R id dle , d are d
unle ash t h e m onste r o n t h e c astle .
Su ccessiv e h ead m aste rs a n d m is tr e sse s, n ot t o m en tio n a n um ber o f h is to ria n s,
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