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Elfrida Clagg

Elfrida Clagg

Elfrida Clagg was the Chieftainess of Warlock’s Council (JKR).

* The dates given on Clagg’s Chocolate Frog card (1612-1687) conflict with information from QA4 which says she was the “Chief of the Wizard’s Council” in the mid-1300s.

The portrait of the similarly named Elfrida Cragg in the Ministry of Magic headquarters may be of the same person (OP22).

Achievements

Clagg made the Golden Snidget a protected species, and set up the Modesty Rabnott Snidget Reservation in Somerset (QA4).

During a Wizards’ Council summit on the Classification of beasts and beings, she attempted to define “Beings” as creatures who could communicate with the Wizards’ Council using human speech. Unfortunately, this meant that Trolls who had been taught a few words, wild Jarveys and ghostly “non-beings” were included, but the Merpeople who could not speak unless above the water were excluded (FB).

Commentary

Etymology

Elfrida is a variant spelling of the Old English name Elfreda (Ælfþryð), meaning "elf strength" (Behind the Name).

Clagg may derive from the surname Clegg, which is a locational English name from the Old Norse kleggi ("haystack") (Internet Surname Database).

Notes

Clagg was the "Wizard of the Month" for June 2005 on Rowling's website (JKR).

Unless there were two Elfrida Claggs, the fourteenth and seventeenth century dates are very hard to reconcile.

From the Web

Pottermore feature: Witches who shaped Quidditch

Harry Potter Wiki: Elfrida Clagg

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