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Lachlan the Lanky portrait, tapestry, sculpture

A statue of this wizard stands on the seventh floor of Hogwarts Castle, just to the right of the top of the stairs leading down to the floor below, between the stairs and the Fat Lady's portrait (OP13).

Fifi Lafolle, copyright Lightmaker.LaFolle, Fifi Author

(1888 - 1971)

Author of the Enchanted Encounters series (JKR).

J.K. Rowling's Wizard of the Month for October 2005, This was the first new character not featured on a Famous Wizard card (JKR). LaFolle's image on Jo's website (click image on right) bears a striking resemblence to British romance writer Barbara Cartland.

Lancelot Magical medicine.

Cousin of Ron Weasley's Aunt Muriel, he was a Healer at St. Mungo's around 1900 when Ariana Dumbledore was young. He told Muriel that the Dumbledores never brought Ariana into the hospital, which naturally made Muriel suspect the worst. After all, not going to the hospital certainly suggests that someone is sick, doesn’t it (DH8).

Hopefully his name doesn't indicate his favorite healing method.

"landlady of the Green Dragon"

In 1973, proprietor of the Green Dragon, who shacked up with a certain Janus Thickey after the latter faked his own death via Lethifold (FB).

le Fay, see Morgan le Fey

Lawson, Artemius magical creatures

Outspoken notorious campaigner for the suppression of trolls. He objects to letting them wander free, referring to trolls as creature who weigh a ton and have brains the size of a bogey. He has a point (DP2).

Leach, Nobby Ministry of Magic

Minister of Magic from 1962-1968. Leach was the first Muggle-born Minister for Magic, whose appointment caused a number of traditionalists to resign their government posts in protest (JKR, Pm: Ministers for Magic).

Mentioned in the third W.O.M.B.A.T. test posted on (JKR).
nobby=fashionable, stylish
Leach=To empty; drain. Synonymous with 'ooze.'


Hogwarts student, 1990s.
Friend of Katie Bell's (HBP12). Leanne was with Katie in October 1996 when she touched the cursed opal necklace while visiting Hogsmeade.

In the film of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the role of Leanne was played by Isabella Laughland.

Lestrange family


A very old pure-blood family, one of the 'Sacred Twenty-Eight' listed in the Pure-Blood Directory published in the 1930s. The family includes a Minister for Magic, Radolphus Lestrange, but also a number of Death Eaters (Pm).

'Lestrange' could refer to Roger L'Estrange, an aristocratic 17th-century English journalist who was very much against religious tolerance (Cambridge History of English and American Literature).

From the Surname Database: "Recorded in various spellings as shown below, this is a confusing surname of great antiquity. It can probably be best described as of French origins from the time after the Norman Conquest of 1066, when for three centuries French was the language of England, and in effect this surname like the surname Newman, was a nickname for a comer-in to an area. The early recordings of the name are found in the county of Norfolk, and later in Yorkshire. It should not be assumed that these necessarily described Frenchmen, although this is likely."

LestrangeDeath Eater

(b. late 1920s)

One of the earliest (c.1955) members of the Death Eaters (HBP20); attended Hogwarts with Tom Riddle (HBP17). Probably related (father/sons?) to Rabastan and Rodolphus Lestrange who attended Hogwarts with Severus Snape.

Bellatrix Lestrange, copyright Red Scharlach.Lestrange, Bellatrix (Black) Slytherin Death Eater

(1951 - May 2, 1998)

Slytherin (GF27), c. 1962 (BFT).
Death Eater and sadist; sister of Narcissa Malfoy. (More...)

'Bellatrix' is Latin for "female warrior;" also the name of a brilliant star in the constellation Orion that is sometimes called "the Amazon star."

Lestrange, Rabastan Slytherin Death Eater

Slytherin, early 1970s (deduction from GF27). Strictly speaking, the book only specifies that Rabastan's brother and sister-in-law were Slytherins, since Sirius was speaking of the Lestranges as "a married couple." - MLW

A Death Eater; brother of Rodolphus Lestrange (GF30, OP6). Rabastan and his brother Rodolphus were captured by the Ministry of Magic after their attack on the Longbottoms (November or December 1981) and given a life sentence in Azkaban (GF27, GF33); however, they escaped when the Dementors turned against the Ministry in January 1996 (OP25) .

Rastaban = from an Arabic phrase meaning "the serpent's head;" a name of Beta Draconis, one of the stars in the constellation Draco that is visible in Earth's night sky but relatively dim, just as this Death Eater tends to be overshadowed by his formidable sister-in-law.

Lestrange, Radolphus Ministry of Magic.

(fl 1800s)
Radolphus Lestrange was Minister for Magic from 1835-1841. He tried to close down the Department of Mysteries, which ignored him. Lestrange resigned due to ill health, thought by some to the result of the stress of the office (Pm: Ministers for Magic).

Lestrange, Rodolphus Slytherin Death Eater

Slytherin, early 1970s (GF27).
A Death Eater, brother of Rabastan, husband of Bellatrix (GF27, GF30, OP6). Rodolphus and his brother Rabastan were captured by the Ministry of Magic after their attack on the Longbottoms (November or December 1981) and given a life sentence in Azkaban (GF27, GF33); however, they escaped when the Dementors turned against the Ministry in January 1996 (OP25) .

Levski Quidditch

Bulgarian National Team Chaser for the 1994 World Cup (GF8).

Li, Su Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw? 1991 - 1998.

Su'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 classlist she is half-blood. Su has never appeared in canon, but her name is listed here because she apparently existed in early plans for the books. [Essay on the classlist]


One of two wizards who, according to history, might have taken the Elder Wand from Loxias (DH21).

Roman family name which may be related to either Latin liveo "to envy" or lividus "blue, envious".

Llewellyn, "Dangerous" Dai Quidditch Magical medicine. magical creatures

Famous Quidditch player for the Caerphilly Catapults known for his reckless and foolhardy style of play. His biography was written by Kennilworthy Whisp (QA). Tragically, he was eaten by a chimaera while on holiday in Mykonos, Greece. The St. Mungo's ward for treating magical bites is named for him (OP22).

Dai (Welsh) = "shines, " a nickname for David.
Llewellyn (Welsh) = from llwy "leader" + eilun "image" Llew is also Welsh for "lion," appropriate for such a bold player.

Lochrin, Guthrie Quidditch

Scottish wizard who, in 1107, talked about suffering "splinter-filled buttocks and bulging piles" as a result of riding a broomstick (QA1).

Lockhart, Gilderoy AuthorHogwarts staff Magical medicine.

Celebrity wizard and author, on staff for a year at Hogwarts. Lockhart is currently a resident of the Janus Thickey ward (a closed, longterm ward for patients with permanent spell damage) at St. Mungo's Hospital, where he tends to wander off and get lost (OP23). (More...)

Longbottom family

Longbottom is a comical name, but could also indicate someone with "bottom," an old word for staying power. In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings cycle, 'Longbottom leaf' is a type of fine tobacco.

Lovegood, Pandora

(d. circa 1990)

Married to the editor of The Quibbler, mother of Luna, who says she was 'a quite extraordinary witch' who liked to experiment. Killed when one of her spells went badly wrong; Luna, who saw the accident happen, was 9 years old at the time (OP38). Pandora Lovegood looked something like her daughter (DH21). (First name - Pm: Illness and Disability)

Pandora = Greek for "all-giving" - Pandora was the first human woman created by the gods. According to myth, she opened a jar which released all evil into the world. (Wikipedia)

Lovegood, Luna Ravenclaw Dumbledore's Army magical creatures

(b. circa 1981)

Ravenclaw, 1992 - 1999 (OP10)
Witch in Ginny's year at Hogwarts, a member of Dumbledore's Army who fought at the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. (More...)

Luna = Latin for "moon."
"loony" = Eng. slang for 'crazy,' from "lunatic", which is from Latin "luna" derived from the belief that sanity is affected by the phase of the moon (just ask Professor Lupin).

Lovegood, Xenophilius Author magical creatures

Editor of The Quibbler, father of Luna Lovegood; widower since c. 1990. (More...)


A dreadful fellow, Loxias once owned the Elder Wand after killing Barnabas Deverill. He was defeated by one of two wizards, Arcus or Livius, and the bloody history of the wand stops there (DH21).

Artemisia Lufkin, copyright Lightmaker.Lufkin, Artemisia Ministry of MagicChocolate Frog CardHufflepuff

(1754 - 1825)

First witch to become Minister of Magic, serving from 1798-1811 (JKR). Lufkin established the Department of International Magical Cooperation and lobbied hard and successfully to have a Quidditch World Cup tournament held in Britain during her term in office (Pm: Ministers for Magic).

Lufkin was JKR's "Wizard of the Month" for February 2005 (JKR).
Artemisia=a large family of herbs with common names like Wormwood, Mugwort, Absinthe, Tarragon and Sagewort. It may also refer to Artemisia Gentelleschi (1593–c.1653), an Italian painter influenced by Caravaggio. She is famous for a ferocious painting of Judith beheading Holofernes, and worked for a while in England, in the Court of Charles I.

Lupin, Nymphadora, see Tonks, Nymphadora.

Lupin, Remus John magical creatures Gryffindor Hogwarts staff Order of the Phoenix

(March 10, 1960 - May 2, 1998)

Gryffindor, 1971; Prefect, 1975.

Friend of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew, attended Hogwarts with them in the 1970s. Remus was bitten by Fenrir Greyback as a young boy and despaired of being allowed to attend Hogwarts. Became Defence Against the Dark Arts professor for the 1993 - 1994 school year. Remus is a member of the Order of the Phoenix (OP3). Married Nymphadora Tonks summer 1997 and they had a son named "Teddy." (More...)

"Remus" = one of the legendary twin boys who founded the city of Rome; as children they were raised by a she-wolf.
Lupus = Latin for "wolf."

Lupin, Ted "Teddy" Remus

(b. April 1998)

Attended Hogwarts 2009 - 2016.
The son of Remus and Nymphadora Lupin, Teddy is a Metamorphmagus like his mother (DH25, BLC). He was named for his grandfather Ted Tonks, and is the godson of Harry Potter (DH25). Orphaned in the Battle of Hogwarts (DH33) and raised by his grandmother, Andromeda Tonks, though he often stops by Harry and Ginny Potter’s for dinner. Later becomes romantically involved with Bill and Fleur Weasley’s daughter, Victoire (DH/e).

The month of Teddy's birth is calculated using the time period for Lupin's visit to Shell Cottage where told everyone the good news. Harry and his friends left Shell Cottage shortly after Lupin announced Teddy's birth; the Battle of Hogwarts was fought several days later on May 2, 1998 (DH25, YL).

Lynch, Aidan Quidditch

Irish National Quidditch Team Seeker for the 1994 World Cup (GF8).


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