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June WotM on JKR.com


The Wizard of the Month calendar on Jo’s official site has gone blank. Apparantly a glitch that I’m sure will be fixed soon.

And now it’s fixed 🙂

Salazar Slytherin
Medieval (precise dates unknown)
One of the four celebrated Founders of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Salazar Slytherin was one of the first recorded Parselmouths, an accomplished Legilimens, and a notorious champion of pureblood supremacy.


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  • hpboy13

    Very interesting. I wonder if this is really just a glitch. I maintain my theory that the WotM will be DD.

  • hpboy13

    Okay, I was wrong, I have a tendency to be. But it’s veyr interesting that Slytherin was a Legilimens, that’s new canon unless I’m much mistaken!

  • Remi

    Oh my! May ’07 WOM was Helga Hufflepuff, and this month Salazar Slytherin … it sure looks like all of who you theorized that the four founders would be the next 4 WOM are right! Rowena next, then Godrick? (though I thought Godrick would be WOM for the month of book release & Harry’s (& Jo’s) birhtday…..)

  • Anna

    Just Great! (sarcasm there, guys). How can Slytherin be a June baby? Seems like our esteemed author ignores traditional associations when it suits her. I realise that for the sake of a few skerricks of secrecy (which would add nothing with the book release so close)she is reluctant to unveil Ravenclaw in all her glory – what do you bet Godric is (unsuitably) next for July? Very disappointed in this choice of founder and assigned birth month – there is such a thing as putting relevance before publicity! If anyone can see the relevance of Salazar to June, please post.

  • SGBG

    the July WOM will probably be the founder that does not have one of their relics made into a horcrux so JKR does not give too much away.

  • Reader2

    My guess is that you were right, and Godric will be on the month the book is released.
    Note, Salazar is wearing his locket, Helga was holding her cup.
    That suggests that Rovenna will be holding her secret relic, that we are all dieing to see.
    So, showing her before the book is released will be a major spoiler.
    Perhaps, JKR will hold Rovenna’s picture until after the book is released.
    In the meantime, we can look forward to the next month, when we’ll get to see Godric with his sword and then…
    Oh, Yeah!

  • Jenny

    Are the WotMs all born in the month they’re featured? I missed that detail. I guess I had it in my head that it was more random, like Student of the Month at schools.

    I was kind of hoping that Harry Potter would be the WotM for July, but alas, earwax!

  • Stephanie Rosenstengel

    How can this happen on my birthday. I am so a Ravenclaw.

  • Princess

    There is no evidence Slytherin was born in June, he is merely WotM for June 2007, just as Daisy Hookham was WotM for June 2006.

  • I haven’t noticed a correlation between Wizard of the Month and birthdays. Jo doesn’t even five us a year of birth for SS, even though the books say it was c. 1000 AD. So the WoM entry is more vague that the books are.

  • Anna

    No, the WoTM does not correlate with birthdays. Hufflepuff just seemed to fit the associations of May and it would have been nice if that had continued – just desperate to see what Ravenclaw’s artefact is, I guess. Honestly can’t see why it is such a big secret.

  • Severa

    Yay Slytherin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • El Cronista de Salem

    i love the art!!! 🙂 it is one of the best graphics for the WOTM 🙂

  • Elle

    He he, I named my snake tattoo Salazar…

  • Malene

    The locket he’s holding is also silver, just like the UK cover… But doesn’t I remember correctly when I say it was gold in the book?

  • or maybe, seeing as both Hufflepuff and Slytherin has basement common rooms and Ravenclaw and Gryffindor has tower common rooms…

  • tonkpot

    haven’t you noticed how Slytherin looks like an old Voldemort ?

    influence of the movies or just my immagination ?

  • Ginevra Potter

    “But it’s veyr interesting that Slytherin was a Legilimens, that’s new canon unless I’m much mistaken!”

    That was the first thing I thought when I saw the WotM. I think it makes SS and LV seem all the more like each other. I wonder what other things they have in common….

    The fact that these founders are pictured with the possessions most highly suspected of horcruxification, I am really loving the theory that the deathly hallows are founders’ relics turned into LV’s horcruxes.

  • El Cronista de Salem

    Maybe Jo has made a mistake with the parsel thing… Herpo was a parselmonth from Ancient Greek, centuries before Salazar.

  • kamion

    Well this burns to the ground the idea’s tha Slytherin looked a bit like Snape as one often sees in fanart. This how the monkey face from the canon works out, what an ugly and nasty character!!!
    I seems to me he was placed on the June list because Draco has his birthday in June.

    With Salazar wearing the locket and Helga having the cup, it is likely that Ravenclaw does not appear befor July 21, her attribute could be a spoiler.

    Lets hope that when Gryffindor comes up, we are not buried in theories about the sword being a Horcrux.

  • Before I even came to leave a comment and read what everyone else has written, I too believe that Godric Gryffindor will be the Wizard of the Month in July. And, of course, he’ll probably be holding his sword so there won’t be and Horcrux spoilers. And if that is the case, then we can partially conclude that the unknown Horcrux just might be something of Ravenclaw’s. This is all really exciting!

  • Oh, and the locket in the depiction is silver, not gold, as was the one found in 12 Grimmauld place. 🙂

  • Bandersnatch

    Voldemort *wanted* to make the sword a horcrux, so that he would have all four of the founders’ relics in his power. But he didn’t get it, which may be important for how Harry will undo the Horcruxes and defeat Voldemort.

  • Bandersnatch

    Anna, I don’t know how you are determining that June and July are somehow inappropriate for Salazar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor, but rest assured that there are so many systems for associations of birth months with personal attributes that if you really look hard, you can undoubtedly find some significance that will suit you.

    For instance: June and July are some of the hottest months of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere), and Slytherin and Gryffindor were quite hot-headed as they got into an argument about admitting non-pureblood students (and this is continued in the special rivalry of their houses).

    So don’t be so quick to assume that Jo has somehow compromised her story’s integrity for the sake of publicity.

    Anyway, as others have pointed out, a WotM’s month has nothing to do with his/her date of birth, so the whole point is moot.

  • CAM

    All of the decendants of SS are described as looking monkey like, so I think that the artwork is very fitting for SS. As so the desctiptions in the books. Voldemort (aka Tom Riddle) being a SS desendant.

  • sstabeler

    for those saying Slytherin couldn’t be one of the first recorded parselmoths, Parselmouths are rare, AND slytherin was ONE OF THE first, not THE first. I define one of the first as about the first 10, and given the possible wizard lifespan ( Dumbeldore lasted 150 years, marchbanks likely somewhere in the region of 40 years longer and still ticking) I can easily see Slytherin as the 4th or 5th RECORDED parselmouth. if no the second, herpo being the first , potentially making harry one of the first, depending on how many parselmouths are known.

  • Bandersnatch

    I said:
    >So don’t be so quick to assume that Jo has somehow compromised her story’s integrity for the sake of publicity.

    Er, sorry Anna. I got a bit hot-headed there myself. Must be this hot June weather. 🙂

  • Mellilot

    It’s not really been confirmed yet that the Gryfindor’s sword was going to be, let alone was, a Horcrux… Helga and Slytherins relics have been in the centre of their images – really emphasising them… A rather pessimistic part of me suggests that Rowena will be next, (to follow the male-female pattern) but her relic will be a pair of glasses or something totally ordinary and not front and centre, and go totally unnoticed. But that’s just a thought.
    Oh, and I agree the artwork couldn’t be better for this! At first I thought it was a little over-the-top evil, but the monkey like features- Tom’s long fingers… what more could you want?

  • Big_Kelpie

    Mellilot: A rather pessimistic part of me suggests that Rowena will be next, (to follow the male-female pattern)
    Actually, jo has broken this pattern some times. She had a witch for april and one for may this year, so she might have two wizards in a row, now.
    I absolutelt liek how monkey like, SS looks

  • ErinRae

    I’m convinced the next WOM will be Griffindor holding the sword and than the final one being Rowena Ravenclaw with her wand (my pet theory… see tarot essay from last Aug on Scribby), I think her horcrux, and the four founders in gerneral is still one of the central mysteries of book 7 so releasing it in July seems only fitting.

  • Reader2

    I wouldn’t associate Legilimency with just the Slytherins (or dark wizards for that matter) don’t forget that Dumbledore was a Legilimence too.

  • Bible Spice

    Wasn’t the Sorting Hat Griffyndor’s? I personally favor the sword, but if we are positing ordinary objects, G’s hat is a candidate for next month.

  • Ginevra Potter

    A bit off topic, but I think it would be wonderful to have one more time where Jo opens the door on her site before the last book comes. I don’t want to be truly spoiled, but I want to experience knowing that this is the last peak behind the door where we will get truly thrilling information to theorize on.

  • hpboy13

    I’m with you, Ginevra Potter. I can clearly realize that we won’t get an excerpt, chapter titles, and all the works liek for HBP, but just one more thing. Just one more burnign question answered (or teased at). We are less than 50 days away, and I’d liek that experience one last time. Oh dear, here I go gettign overemotional again…

  • El Cronista de Salem

    A WOMBAT hasn’t to be necessary spoiler 🙁 Jo, heard us… 🙁

  • Mellilot

    Big_Kelpie – She seems to only have broken the male female pattern at the start of a year. When the first years wizard was repeated for example… and Bible Spice, JKR has specified that the horcrux isn’t the sorting hat.

  • J Potter

    Very interesting thoughts!! I too think Godric will be next months WotM. Interesting also to note the way SS is holding his hands togther on Jo’s page. It seems distinctly like the symbol on the spine of the seventh book!!

  • Mrs. prongs

    I think GG will be next also. The locket looks a bit plain! so the “locket at grimmald place SS’s locket” still stands! I’d really like the WOMBATS but maybe not anything from the book. The door hasn’t opened in a while so I’m hoping sometime this month.

  • kamion

    ErinRae wrote:

    I’m convinced the next WOM will be Griffindor holding the sword and than the final one being Rowena Ravenclaw with her wand (my pet theory… see tarot essay from last Aug on Scribby),

    I sort of diseagree as the elements association of the two known Horcruxes is already mixed up
    Slytherin is the Water house, while the horcrux is the earth element coins of pentacles. The Earth House Hufflepuff has cups which is a water element.

    I still predict that the Ravenclaw relic will be an association of the 5th Greater arcana card, Hierophant and thereby will be looking like a mirror.

  • Reader2

    I see your point swords are supposed to be air, wands – fire, cups – water and pentacles – earth.
    And yet, the locket went to sSytherin who is supposed to be water, swrods to Griffindor – fire, and cups to Hufflepuff – earth.

    But this can be just another trick of JKR.
    Somebody allready suggested that the four relics might be hidden in four respective elements.
    As is, the locket was in the middle of a lake (water), amd the sword was brought in by a phoenix (fire).
    But on the other hand, the locket was also hidden in an underground cave (earth), and the phoenix althoug it is a creature of fire, it is also a bird, so the sword did make an appearence in the air.
    Confusing enough, isn’t it.
    My theory is that each relic is really associated with more than one founder.
    May be these relics were founders’ gifts to each other.

  • Reader2

    To Anna and anyone else who likes to the idea of the pictures of founders appearing near proper astrological signs I’d like to point out that those signs do not really go by months.
    Cancer sign, for example, starts on June 23rd.
    So when it starts this year, the picture of Salazar will be still hanging on the site.
    If Godric does come next, he will be still there by July 24th, the beginning of Leo period.

  • hpboy13

    Regarding the door opening, I firmly believe that on the solstice (21st), we will get the third WOMBAT. It is because of the prophecy in OotP (“at the solstice will come a new” “And none will come after”). If my prediction is wrong this time around, all of you are perfectly justified in never believing a thing I say ever again.

  • J Potter – you mentioned the way SS is holding his hands. Personally it doesn’t remind me so much of the spine’s symbol, but rather more of the way Dumbledore always held his hands. Remember?

  • John

    After using some of the lexicon’s excellent resources, I have come to the shaky conclusion that either Godric Gryffindor or Rowena Ravenclaw will be the next wizard on the calendar, there is also the opinion of several friends of mine that the next wizard could be none other than Dumbledore because he is tied with Godric in my opinion for second place on the “Important Character’s We Will Hear From Again” list.

  • Alix

    i think you’re right hpboy13, it seems so far away tho! 🙁 hope the door opens sooner then that!

  • Molly

    I dont think the wizard of the month has to be born in that month, because Salazar’s precise dates are unknown and yet he is the WoM for June. End of June is Cancer isn’t it, so malignant Salazar and all that….

  • Karen L

    What about Harry for WOTM in July?? He will come of age, he is “the boy who lived” (several times now) and the only one who can defeat Voldemort!

  • hpboy13

    Well, Karen L, I’m still waiting for Haryr to get his own chocolate frog card! I mean, after all he’s done, you’d think he’d have one. Alix, it does seem far away, but these days before DH are flying away faster than I cna blink!

  • Reader2

    Actually, hpboy,
    There is a Harry Potter card, at least in the video games.

  • John

    I think that Godric Gryffindor will be the next wotm on JKR’s site. He is very important to the plot I think, and seeing as Lily and James Potter’s lives ended at a village with his name, he is most probable for the next wotm.

  • hamburglar

    Random, unlikely thought. Ravenclaw’s relic could be her wand. Neville received one of the last wands Ollivander sold before he vanished. Link?