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… and we have a new Wizard of the Month.
Lorcan d’Eath
1964 – present
Heartthrob singer, part vampire, nineteen weeks at number 1 with hit song ‘Necks to You.’


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  • Reader2

    So, where are you listing this one?
    Wizards or beings?
    I always said you need a separate list for half-breeds.
    Although, it’s interesting to know that there is such thing as part-vampire in the Potterverse.

    Happy Halloween, everyone!

  • “part vampire”? Son of vampire? :-s

  • John D.

    how can you be part-vampire? Is it inheritable? I thought u had to be biten to become one.

  • Styx

    There are pure-blood vampires and others who were bitten, which do not have the same statis as pure-bloods. So what can’t there be a half-breed.

  • Reader2

    Part-vampire might mean “partially transformed”.
    Remeber, there was a question on WOMBAT, whether vampire bites are curable.
    This might be related.

  • Lisa

    I’m putting him in with the beings until he’s cured =)

  • Reader2

    I knew you will run into a controversy here.
    If you put a part vampire with vampires, shouldn’t you also put part giants with giants and the part goblin with goblins?

  • As far as half-and-halfs go, we’ve seen a ton. Hagrid and Madame Maxime are both half giant, and Seamus and Tonks, among others, are half-Muggles. But they’re all solidly under wizards because we’ve seen them all do magic; being a wizard supercedes blood status.

    The only reason d’Eath is different is because we don’t KNOW whether Lorcan can do magic. It’s more a matter of not having enough information than not having a place to put him.

  • SarahW

    The whole possibility of a half-vampire is something I’ve been hoping Jo could eventually clear up for us…if not now, certainly after Book Seven is released. I am inclined to think that as “Wizard of the Month” he is indeed a wizard with some sort of vampire ancestry.

  • Sandra

    Well, whenever you’re half something, you’re always half the other thing too. So he could be part of “Vampires” or “Wizards”, but maybe he should just be put in a new catagory “part-wizard-part-vampire”.

  • Taj

    Well, since Jo labeled Lorcan as “Wizard of the Month”, he is definitely a wizard. Him being part-vampire (whatever that means) seems to just be an extra piece of information.

  • daveindetroit

    just an fyi… d’Eath is a genuine name. If anyone remembers the “CAMPION” mystery series of books ( and shows on BBC later shown on PBS) the name rhymes with “teeth.”

  • Lisa

    I am reconsidering his placement — you and my Lexicon colleagues have been very eloquent =) But I hafta go to work right now.

  • Reader2

    To me the question of half-breeds sounds a bit different than question of half-bloods.
    The half-blood wizards have powers similar to pure-blood ones, but half-breeds have powers that other wizards don’t.
    Hagrid has giants’ resistance to spells, Fleur has veelas’ gipnotic ability.
    Lorcan must have some kind of vampire powers.
    To bad we don’t know what vampires can do in the Potterverse.

  • Alorra Spinnet

    I would like to point out that in GOF Percy was complaining about Rita Skeeter and her wanting the Ministry to Stamp out Vampires. HE then goes on to recite something about Non-Wizard Part-humans. So if Vampires are already part human, they can likely breed with them as well. The girls at Slughorn’s party were certainly attracted to Sanguini.;)

  • Alexandra

    In movies and comic books there is a character called “Blade” who is half-vampire because his mother was bitten by one just before she had him. I wonder if something similar is what JKR had in mind.

  • Domoor

    In Men At Arms of Terry Pratchett there is an Edward d’Eath, funny.

  • Taj

    Does anybody know how Jo chooses which questions for her FAQ poll on her website? Because this would be a great question.

  • Deborah Hubbard

    Daveindetroit, are you sure it was in a Campion story? In the Dorothy L Sayers novel Murder Must Advertise, Lord Peter Wimsey uses his two middle names while working undercover at an ad agency: Death (no apostrophe) Bredon. His colleagues are shocked, but he blandly explains that it rhymes with Teeth! I can’t recall any such character in Margery Allingham, and I used to be quite a buff, but always with reference to print, not on TV (didn’t even know it had been done, in fact. Any good?).

    On our local TV in South Africa there used to be a news reporter called George De’Ath, which he pronounced: dee ATH, the a as in ah-ha! So clearly there are many possibilities.

  • Lisa (Lexicon)

    We also know that Jo has read Darren Shan’s books (her recommendation is on the cover of the “Cirque du Freak” series) which feature a half-vampire. And Scot Westerfield has a ripping series (“Peeps” and “Last Days”) where vampirism is caused by a parasite; the main character is someone who is a carrier but not a vampire himself. Great stuff.

    Taj, Jo says that she finds her FAQs by scanning fansites to see what we’re discussing. Some were also answers to the Lexicon/Mugglenet open letter Steve and Emerson sent several years ago.

  • Haltiamieli

    And so we have yet another example of possible interbreedings in Potter universe. Veelas, giants, goblins and now vampires. So it’s not surprising anymore, but interesting nevertheless. Again leads one to think about a werewolf having children, would they be “part werewolves” then, and what would that mean practically; hairiness, vile nature, liking of raw steak – probably not transformations at the time of full moon anyway? Would be quite fitting for the sad character of Remus worrying what kind of “abominations” – as themselves or in the eyes of others – his children might turn out to be if he ever had any.

  • Lisa (Lexicon)

    I’m not convinced that a “part Vampire” is the result of interbreeding. Like werewolves, usually vampires are “made” from regular people or in this case, wizards. I sure wish we knew more about vampires in the Potterverse!

  • Dizzie

    I think the fact that we have a reference to another musician is (arguably) cooler than another being; yeah, a part-vampire does make for a lot of speculation, but there have been references to only two other singers/bands in the wizarding world, and it’s nice to see JKR adding to a previously seldom-mentioned part of that world. And besides, it’s cool that young witches have their own heartthrobs to drool over like we muggle girls do!

  • Reader2

    Which reminds me, we already know one vampire singer.
    Who could’ve guessed vampires can be such musical species.

  • Lisa

    Great (and helpful) comments, everyone! I’m afraid I wimped out and put d’Eath on *both* Magical beings and Wizards pages. What do we know about vamps in Jo’s Potterverse? They are fairly rare, one has never been mentioned as attending Hogwarts, most in the books are historical, and that Jo tends to use then for comic relief, or at least to poke fun. By the way, d’Eath is filed in the “E”s: http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizards/a-z/e.html

    Deborah, daveindetroit and domoor, I will look into the literary history of the name. I will add one more: the character Deth from the Riddlemaster of Hed series by Patricia McKillip.

  • Lisa

    Dave, I couldn’t corroborate your information, sorry. Here’s what I added for literary uses of the name:
    In literature, similar naming puns on the word death have been used by authors Dorothy Sayers (‘Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey’ in Murder Must Advertise), Patricia McKillip (‘Deth’ in The Riddle Master of Hed series) and Terry Pratchett (‘Lord Edward d’Eath,’ an assassin, in Men at Arms ). Thanks to ‘domoor’ and Deborah Hubbard for pointing this out!

  • funke75

    I found this discussion interesting and thought I might add my Two cents. vampirism is referd to in the potterverse as a curse, a kind of magical ailment similar to licanthropi witch is transferd by blood. What I think some maybe failing to see is that unlike giants, veila, goblins and the like vapires, like werewolves arent naturaly accuring species but rather beings transformed by curses, which may meen that its not a hereditary. now we have seen new species arise from curses (like the pentaped) but it seems that there should be a noted differance between magicla beings that arise from a curse and thoughs that dont. It really all comes down to how JKR wants to go with it, but since we havent realy had any indepth insight into the vampire world we can only speculate using insight from a closly related curse inflicted beings, werewolves.

    there are interesting arguments for both sides of the descussion. In one of the earlier books (may have been COS, not sure) we see a posible example of what could be offspring of a cursed being. hagrid says that when he was young he played with a litter of werewolf pups. though this may be a referance to children who had been bitten like lupin (though if mere infants, its hard to imagine them surviving an attact by a werewolf) or it could be an acount of him babysiting for a werewolf friend. (or it could be a slip of incongruety, seeing as JKR hadnt added a werewolf charactor to the story and probebly hadnt desided how they should be protrade). the other posible example of a part werewolf accurse in book 6 were rons older brother becomes aflicted with werewolf like simptums after being biten and scratch by a non-transformed werewolf. no in this case the whole thing hinged on the fact that the werewolf hadnt transformed, and it was apparently the first recorded time of that happening. with vampires we realy dont know if there are times when they’re less contagous then others but it does raise ideas.

  • daveindetroit

    Deborah Hubbard:

    Mea Culpa… You are absolutely CORRECT. I confused the two. It was Ms Sayers and Not Ms Allingham’s character. Thanks for the head’s up. Answering your other question; yes the adaptations are very good. 1989 They star Peter Davison (who also played Dr Who for a few seasons)