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A “secretive wizard” about whom little is known (fw). There is a bust of him in a Hogwarts corridor that Peeves has been known to drop on people’s heads (OP14). Pronounced par-a-SELL-sus. Famous wizard, Chocolate Frog trading card number 1 (PS6, CS/g)
Probably the same person as Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Paracelsus.
Wizarding butcher whose four sons and three daughters were the original Wigtown Wanderers Quidditch team; Walter would stand on the sidelines with a wand on one hand and a meat cleaver in the other, which intimidated the opposing team (QA7).
(b. circa 1980)
A pansy is a kind of violet.
(b. circa 1980)
(b. circa 1980)
(1677 - 1761)
(b. circa 1983)
Wrote back and forth with Bill Weasley years and years ago, got quite upset when the Weasleys couldn't afford an exchange trip and sent Bill a cursed hat that made his ears shrivel up (GF7).
Professor Penrose headed a committee for the Ministry of Magic which produced a report entitled "A Study into Muggle Suspicions About Magic." Professor Penrose contends in that report that "Muggles are more observant than we might like to think." For example, entrants into the Annual International Wizard Gardening Competition's Contorting Cereals competition have been spotted by Muggles, who call them "crop circles." The report also discusses the fact that Muggles have spotted escaped Quaffles (calling them UFOs) as well as the ongoing problem of how to hide the kelpie in Loch Ness (DP).
Professor Penrose's surname may be a reference to the distinguished physicist Roger Penrose.
A “stooped, timid-looking old wizard with fluffy white hair” who works with Arthur Weasley at the Ministry (CS4). Perkins lent a couple of tents to Arthur for the Quidditch World Cup. Perkins doesn't camp much any more because of his lumbago (GF7).
Hogwarts student 1991 -
Sally-Anne seems to have disappeared between Harry's first year and Harry's fifth year. Although she was sorted just before him (PS7), when the names were read off for O.W.L.s, the list skipped over Miss Perks (OP31). It is possible that she has left Hogwarts.
Marvolo Gaunt wore a gold "Peverell" ring with a glyph carved into its black stone. He implied to Bob Ogden that the ring was additional proof that the Gaunts were purebloods and descendents of Salazar Slytherin (HBP10). Gaunt thought the glyph was the Peverell coat of arms, but in fact it was the sign of the Deathly Hallows. Most prominent wizarding families count the Peverells among their ancestors.
(d. "long before" 1899 -DH20)
Though the extent to which the story is factually accurate is unknown, these are the three brothers in the wizarding fairly tale, “The Tale of Three Brothers.” Legend (and, it seems, fact) holds that they were the original owners of the Deathly Hallows: Antioch of the Elder Wand, Cadmus of the Resurrection Stone, and Ignotus of the Cloak of Invisibility. Their story is not widely known among wizards, but to Hallows seekers ("Questers"), they are revered (DH21).
Though the Elder Wand changed hands through bloody battles, the Resurrection Stone and Cloak of Invisibility were handed down through the generations, allowing us to trace at least a piece of the lineage of the Peverells; Cadmus’s Stone was eventually owned by the Gaunts (HBP10), and Ignotus’s cloak by Harry Potter (DH35). Thus, Cadmus was likely a distant ancestor of Voldemort, and Ignotus’s only current remaining heirs, Harry and his children. Ignotus is buried in the Godric's Hollow graveyard (DH16).
(1862 - 1953)
"Justus" = is a homonym (sound-alike) for the word "justice."
Hogwarts librarian. (More ...)
Pince=French for "pinch," as in "pince-nez" glasses, an old-fashioned type that stay on by pinching the nose at the bridge.
JKR's Wizard of the Month for November 2005.
"pips" = fruit seeds.
JKR's Wizard of the Month for February 2006 (JKR).
(1889 – 1987)
Seeker for the England National Team and the Tutshill Tornados. Holds British record for fastest capture of Golden Snitch during game: three and a half seconds. This happened in 1921 and the move he used to make the catch is now called the Plumpton Pass. Plumpton maintains the catch was totally intentional and not sheer dumb luck (fw71, QA10).
Quidditch referee for the match between the Pride of Portree and the Appleby Arrows during which one Seeker transfigured the other’s head into a cabbage. The excuse given to Plunkett, apparently, was that the cabbage-headed Seeker had cast a Jelly-Fingers curse on the first Seeker during their race for the Snitch, so he deserved to be “cabbaged” (DP3).
Podmore, Sir Patrick Delaney; SEE Delaney-Podmore, Sir Patrick.
Square-jawed wizard with thick straw-colored hair. Member of the Order of the Phoenix and part of the Advance Guard that helped Harry escape from number four Privet Drive (OP3). Podmore was on guard duty at entrance of the Department of Mysteries on August 31, 1995 when he was apprehended by the Ministry and sent to Azkaban for six months (OP10).
One of the representatives of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures at a meeting with the Brotherhood of Goblins in Chipping Clodbury that erupted into a riot. Poke was quoted in the next day's Daily Prophet as saying "Don't ask me what started it. I thought we were getting along fine until I heard the first explosion" (DP).
Male student from Durmstrang, treated with disdain by Karkaroff despite the fact that he must have been a rather talented wizard to make the Durmstrang short list for the Triwizard Tournament. Karkaroff only paid attention to his star pupil, Viktor Krum (GF16).
Hogwarts school nurse (More...).
Porpington, Sir Nicholas de Mimsy- SEE Nearly Headless Nick.
- Albus Severus (b. 2006)
Middle son of Harry and Ginny Potter.
- Charlus, husband of Dorea
It is doubtful that Charlus is Harry's grandfather because Jo has told us that "James's parents were elderly, were getting on a little when he was born, which explains the only child, very pampered, had-him-late-in-life-so-he's-an-extra-treasure, as often happens, I think. They were old in wizarding terms, and they died." (TLC)
- Dorea (Black) (1920-1977)
Wife of Charlus Potter.
- Ginevra "Ginny" (Weasley)
- Harry James (b. 1980)
See: Quick facts about Harry | Profile | Quotes from the books
- James "Prongs" (1960-1981)
- James Sirius (b. circa 2005)
Oldest son of Harry and Ginny Potter.
- Lily (Evans) (1960-1981)
- Lily Luna (b. 2008)
Youngest daughter of Harry and Ginny Potter.
"Ernie" refers to J.K. Rowling's grandfather, Ernie Rowling.
"prang" = British slang: "wreck, as in an automobile crash."
Brothers of Molly (Prewett) Weasley (JKR, OP9), they were among the "best witches and wizards of the age" who were killed during the Voldemort years (PS4). It took five Death Eaters, including Antonin Dolohov, to kill Fabian and Gideon (OP25). Moody said they died like heroes (OP9).
Prewett, Molly, SEE Weasley, Molly
Named in honour of Rowling's friend Jill Prewett.
Prewett, Muriel? SEE Muriel, Great Auntie
Molly's aunt, referred to as "Great Auntie Muriel." (HBP14, 29, DH4).
As Molly's aunt, Muriel could be either the sister or the sister-in-law of Molly's parents. Even if Muriel is a connection through Molly's father, a Prewett, that doesn't necessarily mean that Muriel's adult surname was Prewett. The only thing that is certain is that Muriel is not a Weasley. Many thanks to Yvonne B. who pointed this out.
Witch who produces a line of Beautifying Potions from Diagon Alley (DP).
Her husband was Tobias Snape, a Muggle (HBP30). We catch glimpses of Severus's family life in the pensieve scenes, and it appears to have been unhappy and possibly abusive. When Lily askes Severus about his father, he replies “He doesn’t like anything, much.”
Both of Severus's parents seem to have been neglectful. On the playground with Lily and Petunia, Snape is always seen wearing mis-matched clothes that seem to be too large for him (DH33).
Caretaker at Hogwarts when Arthur and Molly Weasley attended (1960s), preceding Argus Filch. He punished Arthur (for being caught out at night with Molly) in a way that left permanent scars (GF31).
The name Apollyon appears in the Bible in the book of Revelations as "the angel of the bottomless pit." (Ency. Mythica).
Warlock living in Didsbury who was excited about the Kwikspell course. In a testimonial for Kwikspell, he wrote, "My wife used to sneer at my feeble charms, but one month into your fabulous Kwikspell course and I succeeded in turning her into a yak! Thank you, Kwikspell!" (CS8). Probably the same person as the late Demetrius J. Prod.
James Potter’s nickname among his closest friends.
Slytherin c.1989 -
1996 or 1990 - 1997; Quidditch team, Chaser (PS11, CS10, OP19).
Since he was on the Slytherin team during Harry's first year (PS11), he was at least a year ahead of Harry; since he was still there during Harry's fifth year (OP19), he's no more than two years ahead of Harry, assuming he's up to scratch academically.
The owner of a small tea shop in Hogsmeade, she is described as a "very stout woman with a shiny black bun" (OP25) who likes to decorate with doilies. Madam Puddifoot's is apparently a popular place to go for a romantic date; Cho took Harry there for Valentine's Day, 1996 (OP25).
Inventor of the Self-Soaping Dishcloth, and derided because of it by the Slytherins (Pm).
Pupp, see Neville Longbottom name meanings
In the summer of 1995, The Quibbler printed an interview with Doris Purkiss, who claimed that Sirius Black was really Stubby Boardman, and that Stubby had been enjoying a romantic dinner with her the day of the murder of the Potters and therefore had an alibi (OP10).
Trainee Healer on the Dai Llewellyn Ward of St. Mungo's who tried to heal Arthur Weasley's snakebite in December 1995. He was very interested in "complementary medicine" (using Muggle techniques along with the magical approaches). He and Arthur decided to give stitches a try, but something in the wound kept dissolving them, so they didn't work (OP23). Molly was not impressed.
A servant of Voldemort, quite a dandy wearing white silk gloves.
This character is not canon because he was edited out of the books, but in a very early version of Book 1 he is mentioned as the author of Alchemy, Ancient Art and Science (JKR scrapbook extra).