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Bathilda Bagshot

Close-up film still of Bathilda Bagshot holding candle

Author of the acclaimed book A History of Magic. She was a close friend of the Dumbledore family.

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Bathilda Bagshot


Famous magical historian


Reading magical periodicals such as Transfiguration Today


Some time prior to 24 December 1997

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Unfortunately, the brilliance that Bathilda exhibited earlier in her life has now dimmed. ‘The fire’s lit, but the cauldron’s empty,’ as Ivor Dillonsby put it to me, or, in Enid Smeek’s slightly earthier phrase, ‘She’s nutty as squirrel poo.’

Rita Skeeter

‘Bathilda Bagshot?’ Harry said. ‘The author of A History of Magic?’


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling

Front cover of A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot

A History of Magic

The snowy graveyard at Godric's Hollow.

Godric’s Hollow graveyard

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For me, it started there, all of it. I've just got a feeling I need to go there. And I can visit my parents' graves, I'd like that.

Harry Potter

Lead the way,’ Harry told Bathilda.

She seemed to understand, because she shuffled round him towards the door.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling

Film still of Bathilda Bagshot in Godric's Hollow

Bathilda in the snow

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Bathilda drops in most days, she’s a fascinating old thing with the most amazing stories about Dumbledore, I’m not sure he’d be pleased if he knew!

Lily Potter