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Cadogan, Sir portrait, tapestry, sculpture Hogwarts staff

A little knight in a painting that hangs in a seventh floor corridor near the South Tower. He is a silly fellow whose bravura outshines his commons sense and who glories in quests and challenges (PA, GF, OP).

Sir Cadogan spent some time guarding the Gryffindor common room after Sirius Black attacked the Fat Lady (he was the only painting brave enough to take the job). He thought up ridiculous passwords and changed them on a daily basis. Sir Cadogan has a huge sword and a little fat pony (PA6, PA9, OP12). During the Battle of Hogwarts, he ran along the paintings, shouting encouragement to the defenders of the castle (DH31).

A cadogan = a kind of lidless teapot, after William Cadogan, 1st Earl of Cadogan (1675-1726), who was said to be the first Englishman to own such a pot. The name is fitting for a fellow who is covered head to toe with plate armor. Cadogan is most likely derived from the surname Cadwagan, which means ''glory in battle.''

Cadwallader HufflepuffQuidditch

Hufflepuff, 1990s.
A burly Quidditch player who Luna misidentified during the match with Gryffindor. She thought his name might be Bibble or Buggins (HBP19).

Campbell, Angus Quidditch

Catapults replacement Chaser, and a pretty darn good one, so who needs Alasdair Maddock anyway? (DP3).

Campbell, Lennox Quidditch

Seeker for the Montrose Magpies, who understandably missed a Snitch kicked at him by one of his Chasers (DP2).

Capper, S.

Hogwarts student, 1990s.
Checked Quidditch Through The Ages out of the Hogwarts library (QA).

Carmichael, Eddie Ravenclaw

(b. circa 1979)

Ravenclaw, 1990 - 1997 (OP31)
Earned nine "Outstanding" O.W.L.s the year before Harry, Ron, and Hermione took theirs. He assured Harry and Ron that the credit belonged solely to Baruffio's Brain Elixir, but Hermione confiscated it before the boys could buy any -- quite possibly saving them a trip to the hospital wing in the process, considering the general quality of brain stimulants circulating that year.

Carrow, Alecto Death Eater Hogwarts staff

The sister of Amycus Carrow. Death Eater and Hogwarts professor. (More...)

Alecto was one of the three Furies in Greek mythology. Her name means 'unceasing in anger.' (EM)

Carrow, Amycus Death Eater Hogwarts staff

Alecto Carrow's brother, a squat, "lumpy" looking wizard with a lopsided leer and a wheezy giggle. Death Eater and Hogwarts professor. (More...)

Amycus was the son of Poseidon and the nymph Melia. He became the king of the Bebryces (a mythical people in Bithynia), and was very skilled in boxing. (EM) Curiously, 'Amicus' (note the different spelling) is Latin for 'friend.'

Wizard card for Greta Catchlove.Catchlove, Greta AuthorChocolate Frog Card

(b. 1960)

Author of Charm Your Own Cheese (CS3, fw).

On Rowling's website, in an advertisement on the Rumors page, the author of the book is listed as Gerta Curd. Apparently this author uses a penname which is more cheese related (JKR).

Cattermole Family

Cauldwell, Owen Hufflepuff

(b. circa 1983)

Hufflepuff, 1994 - 2001 (GF12).

Cephalopos, Arturo


Wandmaker of poor reputation, a contemporary of Gerbold Ollivander. Garrick Ollivander, Gerbold's grandson, called Arturo "a slipshod wandmaker and an ignoramus" and stated the "nobody ... was surprised when he went out of business" (Pm: Wand woods).

"cephalopos" from Gr. "head-foot"

Chambers RavenclawQuidditch

Ravenclaw, 1990s.
Ravenclaw Chaser whose attempt at goal in the Quidditch final was deflected by Ron (OP31).

Chang, Cho RavenclawQuidditchDumbledore's Army

(b. circa 1979)

Ravenclaw, 1990 - 1997
Quidditch Seeker since 1993 but initially had problems with injuries.

Extremely pretty with long black hair, about a head shorter than Harry during his third year, and very popular. Harry had a crush on her, and they dated for some time during Harry's fifth year, but it didn't work out (PA13, GF, OP). (More...)

Wanda Chittock, copyright Lightmaker. Chittock, GlendaChocolate Frog Card

(b. 1964)

Popular presenter of the W.W.N. (Wizarding Wireless Network) program Witching Hour (fw89). Glenda appeared as the Wizard of the Month on for October, 2004 (JKR).

Chubb, Agatha

Expert in ancient wizarding artifacts who found twelve lead Bludgers from the early sixteenth century in peat bogs and marshes (QA6).

Wizard Card for Circe.Circe Chocolate Frog card

A famous enchantress of ancient Greece who appears on a Chocolate Frog trading card (PS6), Circe lived on the island of Aeaea and was famous for transfiguring lost sailors into pigs (fw3). Circe figures in the Greek tale of The Odyssey; she turned Odysseus' men into swine. Odysseus, with the help of the god Hermes, avoided the same fate and impressed Circe so much that she fell in love with him.

Pronounced "SEER-see" in English.

Elfrida Clagg, copyright Lightmaker. Clagg, Elfrida Ministry of MagicQuidditchChocolate Frog Cardportrait, tapestry, sculpture

(1612 - 1687*) (fw/42; JKR)

Chieftainess of Warlock’s Council (JKR's website), Clagg made the Golden Snidget a protected species, and set up the Modesty Rabnott Snidget Reservation in Somerset (QA4). Clagg was the "Wizard of the Month" for June 2005 on Rowling's website (JKR).

Frida was the name of one of Rowling's grandmothers.
*The dates given on Clagg’s Chocolate Frog card conflict with information from QA4 which says she was the "Chief of the Wizard's Council" in the mid-1300s.

Clearwater, Penelope Ravenclaw

(b. circa 1976)

Ravenclaw, 1987 - 1994, prefect 1992 - 1994
Penelope was the girlfriend of Percy Weasley while he was at Hogwarts. She has long curly hair (CS12).

Penelope was Petrified by Slytherin's basilisk on May 8, 1993 and was cured with Mandrake potion on May 30th (CS14).

She seems to be able to appreciate the Firebolt as a first-class broomstick, and is serious enough about Quidditch to have bet Percy 10 Galleons on the 1993 - 1994. Gryffindor-Ravenclaw match (PA13).

Note: Official corrections (2004) place Penelope in the same year as Percy:

In The Odyssey, Penelope was the wife of Odysseus, who very cleverly managed to avoid being forced to remarry during his long absence. Consequently, the poetic sense of the name is that of a faithful, clever woman, particularly a wife -- and of a woman who is good at stringing suitors along without committing to anything.

Cliodna Wizard Card. Cliodna Animagus icon. Chocolate Frog card

Famous Irish druidess, appears on a Chocolate Frog trading card (PS6; fw/6). Cliodna had three magical birds that used song to heal the sick. She was an Animagus who could take the form of a bird (CF). Cliodna discovered the properties of Moondew (fw/6).

Pronounced "CLEEV-nah;" also written as Cliodne.

Clogg, Edgar Quidditchghost

Ghost who has been hanging around the Hogwarts Quidditch pitch as long as anyone can remember. Edgar was obviously a pretty good player in his day (Quidditch World Cup/g).

Magenta Comstock, copyright Lightmaker.Comstock, Magenta portrait, tapestry, sculpture

(1895 - 1991)

Experimental artist whose portraits' eyes not only follow the viewer around the room, but also follow them home. JKR's Wizard of the Month for April 2007 (JKR).

Name origin: Magenta is a shade of violet-pink; Comstock may refer to the American offsiteComstock "decency" law of 1873.

Connolly Quidditch

Irish National Side Quidditch team, Beater (GF8).

Cooper, Buckley

Wrote a letter to the Daily Prophet asking for legal advice in the running feud he's been having with his brother. He wonders if the Ministry would "turn a blind eye" if he kidnapped his brother's children and turning them into blood-sucking ferrets. In his response, Dempster Wiggleworth of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement strongly advised against it (DP3).

Coopey, Howland Magical medicine.

Wrote a letter to the Daily Prophet's Problem Page, asking for medical advice. He described his symptoms -- green and purple rash between his toes and sparks from his nostrils when he sneezes -- and wondered if it's anything to be concerned about. Professor Spleen responded that was a simple case of Dragon Pox (DP3).

Coote, Ritchie Gryffindor Quidditch

Gryffindor 1990s; Quidditch team, Beater 1996-7 .

Coote is a “weedy-looking” fellow, but he “aims well.” Harry put him on the team playing Beater along with Peakes (HBP11).

Corner, Michael RavenclawDumbledore's Army

(b. circa 1980)

Ravenclaw, 1991 - 1998
Michael is a dark-haired boy who met Ginny Weasley at the Yule Ball and began dating her at the end of the 1994 - 1995 school year; through Ginny, Michael and his friends joined the DA (OP16). Michael sulked so much after Gryffindor defeated Ravenclaw in 1996 that Ginny dumped him, after which he took up with Cho Chang (OP38).

Michael Corner appeared on JKR's list of students in Harry's year (HPM) but was noted as a Hufflepuff on that paper. This list contradicts books in many places and cannot be considered canon.

Cornfoot, Stephen Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw 1991 -

Stephen's name appears in the draft of the classlist of Harry's year that Jo displayed during the "Harry Potter and Me" TV interview (HPM). According to the list he is Pure-blood. Stephen has never appeared in canon, but his name is listed here because he apparently existed in early plans for the books. [Essay on the classlist]

Cotton, Gregory Quidditch

Appleby Arrows Seeker who managed to come out of a scuffle with the Portee Seeker with the Snitch in his hand, only to have his head transfigured into a cabbage by his irate opposite number. There’s nothing like some good healthy competition, is there? (DP3).

Crabbe, Irma

Wife of Pollux Black, and grandmother to Sirius and Regulus Black, along with Bellatrix Lestrange, Andromeda Tonks, and Narcissa Malfoy (BFT).

Crabbe=“Krabben” Low Ger. ‘to scratch, claw.’ To be crabby is to be bad-tempered and combative, or to complain irritably (OED).

Crabbe, Mr. Death Eater

A Death Eater, the father of Vincent Crabbe. Like his son, Mr. Crabbe is a large fellow -- one of the two largest Death Eaters to attend Voldemort's 'rebirthing party' -- and a bit dim (GF33, OP26).

Crabbe=“Krabben” Low Ger. ‘to scratch, claw.’ To be crabby is to be bad-tempered and combative, or to complain irritably (OED).

Crabbe, Vincent Slytherin Quidditch Inquisitorial Squad member.

(b. circa 1980-May 1, 1998)

Slytherin, 1991 - 1998 (PS7), Quidditch team Beater 1995 - 1998.
Thuggish friend of Draco Malfoy (More...)

Crabbe=“Krabben” Low Ger. ‘to scratch, claw.’ To be crabby is to be bad-tempered and combative, or to complain irritably (OED).

Cragg, Elfrida Magical medicine. portrait, tapestry, sculpture

Someone whose portrait hangs in St. Mungo's; Everard ran into her portrait to watch what happened to Arthur Weasley after he had been injured.

This is probably a misprint for Elfrida Clagg (OP22), the famous Chiefteness of the Wizard’s Council in the 1600s.

Frida was the name of one of Rowling's grandmothers.

Creevey, Colin Gryffindor Dumbledore's Army

(c. 1981 - May 2, 1998) (DH32)

Gryffindor, 1992 - 1998
Colin Creevey is a very excitable, rather short boy with mousy brown hair who was just tickled to death to discover that he was a wizard and to find out about Hogwarts (his father is a Muggle milkman, so Colin is Muggle-born). Colin is very excited to know the famous Harry Potter and in his first year took a lot of pictures of his idol. He even asked Harry to sign one, but Harry refused (CS5, CS6). Colin has been known to follow Harry around or to say "All right, Harry?" every time he sees him, just to hear Harry respond. Colin's heart is in the right place, certainly, but he does tend to get run over once in a while in the rush of events. He was Petrified by the basilisk in November of his first year, and wasn't cured until late May (CS). Colin and his little brother Dennis both joined Dumbledore's Army in October 1995, and learned to do defensive and some offensive magic from Harry (OP16).

When it was time to set up defense of the castle in the Battle of Hogwarts, Colin snuck into the castle with the rest of the DA, intent on fighting (BLC). However, when he tried to stay even though he was a sixth year and underage, McGonagall made him leave. He snuck back in and joined the fighting anyway. Colin was killed on the lawn outside the front door of the castle. Neville and Oliver Wood carried his body into the Great Hall during a lull in the fighting (DH34).

The Creeveys appear to be a close family. Colin took a lot of pictures in his first year because he was sending them home to his father, to show him what it was like (CS5, CS6). As soon as Dennis arrived at Hogwarts, the two brothers became very much a double act, rather than Colin treating Dennis as a two-year-younger tagalong (GF12).

Note: Rowling was asked how Colin was allowed to attend Hogwarts in 1997, as he was a Muggle-born. She responded:

"Colin wasn't a student. He sneaked back with the rest of the DA, along with Fred, George and the rest. He ought not to have stayed behind when McGonagall told him to leave, but alas - he did." (BLC)

"Creeve" ="to burst," suggesting the Creevey brothers' excitability.

Creevey, Dennis © Laura FreemanCreevey, Dennis GryffindorDumbledore's Army

(b. circa 1983)

Gryffindor, 1994 - 2001
The younger brother of Colin, and like Colin having "mousy" brown hair and Muggle-born, Dennis was the smallest kid in his year when he arrived, and thus almost certainly the smallest kid in Hogwarts; he needed to stand on his seat in the Great Hall to be able to see the Goblet of Fire properly, and still only just came up to everyone else's eye-level (GF12, GF16). However, Dennis is another example of the Weasley twins' saying that "size is no guarantee of power" (OP6), in that he seems to know no fear.

On his first-year journey across the lake in a storm, Dennis fell in and was rescued by the giant squid, which seemed to him to be all good fun (GF12). Dennis and Colin tried to modify a stack of magical Support Cedric Diggory! / Potter Stinks badges to say Support Harry Potter! instead, but all they could manage was to get them stuck saying "Potter Really Stinks" (GF19). Dennis, along with his brother, joined Dumbledore's Army in October 1995, and learned to do defensive and some offensive magic from Harry (OP16).

Dennis was in his second year during the 1995 - 1996 school year, but somehow managed to get into Hogsmeade and attend the initial meeting of Dumbledore's Army at the Hog's Head. He shouldn't have been allowed into Hogsmeade until his third year, unless they changed the rules at some point. Or possibly the Creevey parents, who must be much-tried people, felt they'd save themselves a lot of stress if they just did both brothers' permission forms at once.

Cresswell family

(b. circa 1960)

Hogwarts 1971-1979 (HBP4)
Muggle-born; A gifted student while at Hogwarts, Cresswell went on to become the Head of the Goblin Liaison Office (HBP4). Cresswell was sent to Azkaban by the Muggle-born Registration Commission but escaped halfway to the prison by Stunning the Auror Dawlish. Cresswell met up with the goblins Griphook and Gornuk, and then with Ted Tonks and Dean Thomas, who were also in hiding (DH15). Cresswell was eventually caught and murdered, along with Ted Tonks and the goblin Gornuk, probably by Death Eaters.

Croaker, Professor Saul Ministry of Magic

Arthur Weasley identified this wizard as being an Unspeakable, someone who works for the Department of Mysteries (GF7). Croaker spent his entire Ministry career studying time-magic (Pm).

"Croaker"= someone who habitually predicts evil; it has that sense because croaking is a noise made by crows and ravens, who are considered by some to be death omens because they are carrion eaters.

Crockford, Doris

A witch in the Leaky Cauldron on July 31, 1991, who was just so delighted to meet Harry Potter that she came back more than once to shake his hand (PS5).

Wizard card for Crispin Cronk. Cronk, Crispin magical creatures Chocolate Frog Card

(1795 - 1872)

Famous for keeping sphinxes in his backyard despite repeated warnings from the Ministry of Magic. The Ministry had the last laugh, as they eventually gave up and sent Cronk to Azkaban. He appears on a Famous Wizard card (fw/60).

"Cronk" = Australian slang for "fraudulent," particularly in talking about running racehorses (NSOED).

Crook, Glinda

Works for the Campaign for Greater Freedom for Wizards. Quoted in the Daily Prophet decrying the actions of the Ministry of Magic designed to reign in the actions of wizard-kind on Hallowe'en (DP4).

Crouch Family

Wizard card for Gideon Crumb. Crumb, Gideon music, rhymes, and dance Chocolate Frog Card

(b. 1975)

Plays bagpipes with the popular wizarding band The Weird Sisters (fw).

Cuffe, Barnabas Member of the "Slug Club." Author

Editor of the Daily Prophet (HBP4).

Curd, Gerta AuthorChocolate Frog Card

Author of Charm Your Own Cheese (possibly a penname, since the author's name on the famous wizard card is Greta Catchlove) (JKR).

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