- "...had been deserted by a man whom she loved dearly, and she thought her heart would never mend"
- —Amata's description[src]
Amata was one of three female protagonists in the Beedle the Bard story The Fountain of Fair Fortune. She was deserted by a man whom she had loved dearly and became heartbroken. Therefore she journeyed with two witches and a Muggle knight, all of whom had problems like herself, to the Fountain of Fair Fortune. When they reached the fountain, she realised that she no longer needed the fountain and let Sir Luckless bathe in it instead and, after he did, he proposed to her and she accepted.
- "The stream had washed away all her regret for her lover..."
- —Amata's deserted lover[src]
Quest for the Fountain
- "And Amata became caught upon the armour of a dismal-looking knight who was seated on a bone-thin horse."
She met up with two witches who had problems like herself. One of the witches was named Asha, who was sick of "a malady no Healer could cure" and hoped than the Fountain could restore her health. The other was named Altheda, who had been robbed and humiliated by a sorcerer. She hoped that the Fountain would relieve her feelings of helplessness and her poverty.
They soon decided that three heads were better than one and pooled their efforts to reach the Fountain together. At first light, a crack in the wall appeared and creepers from the garden reached through and wrapped themselves around Asha, the first witch, who grabbed onto Altheda, who then took hold of Amata. But Amata got tangled in the armour of a knight, and as the vines pulled Asha in, all three witches along with the knight were pulled through the wall and into the garden. Since only one person is permitted to bathe in the Fountain, the first two witches were upset that Amata had inadvertently invited another competitor. Because he had no magical power, he recognized the women as witches, and was well-suited to his name, "Sir Luckless," the knight announced his intention to abandon the quest.
Amata promptly chided him for giving up then asked him to join their group. They had to get past three challenges, the third of which was completed by Amata. The third task asked challengers to pay "the treasure of [their] past." Attempts to float or leap across failed. Finally, Amata thought to use her wand to withdraw the memories of the lover who had abandoned her, and drop the memories into the water. Stepping stones appeared in the water, and the four were able to cross to the Fountain, where they then had to decide who would bathe in the Fountain.
Finding True Love
Asha collapsed from exhaustion and was near death. She was in such pain that she could not make it to the Fountain, and she begged her three friends not to move her. Altheda quickly mixed a powerful potion in an attempt to revive her, and the concoction actually cured her malady, so she no longer needed the Fountain's waters. The same applied to Altheda, because she could cure this disease and use it as a means to earn money. Amata realized that her former lover was a bad person, and that she was actually better off without him. Realizing she no longer needed the Fountain's blessing, she told Sir Luckless to bathe in it instead, and, after he did, he proposed to her, and she accepted.
- "...had been cruel and faithless, and that it was happiness enough to get rid of him..."
- —Amata's lover[src]
Her lover deserted her, causing her grief and longing as she had loved him dearly; she thought her heart would never mend. So she went on a journey to the Fountain of Fair Fortune so he would love her again. But by the time she reached the fountain, she had realized that he had been cruel and faithless, and she was happy to be rid of him.
Asha and Altheda
Amata met up with two witches who had problems like herself. So they decided that together would be better and stronger than apart, and they pool their efforts to reach the Fountain together. They when they are pulled by the creepers, Sir Luckless ends up coming with them.
On their journey to the Fountain, the motley band faces three challenges. First, they face a "monstrous white worm, bloated and blind" who demands "proof of your pain." After several fruitless attempts to attack it with magic and other means, Asha's tears of frustration finally satisfy the worm, and the four are allowed to pass. Next, they face a steep slope and are asked to pay the "fruit of their labours". They try and try to make it up the hill but spend hours climbing to no avail. Finally, the hard-won effort of Altheda as she cheers her friends on (specifically the sweat from her brow) gets them past the challenge.
At last, they faced a stream in their path and were asked to pay "the treasure of your past." Their attempts to float or leap across failed, until Amata thought to use her wand to withdraw the memories of the lover who abandoned her, and drop them into the water. Stepping stones appeared in the water, and the four were able to cross to the Fountain, where they must decide who gets to bathe.
Asha collapsed from exhaustion and was near death. She was in such pain that she cannot make it to the Fountain, and she begged her three friends not to move her. Altheda quickly mixed a powerful potion in an attempt to revive her, and the concoction actually cures her malady, so she no longer needed the Fountain's waters. Because Altheda now knew how to cure the disease, she decided that she wouldn't need it either. Amata told Sir Luckless to bathe in the fountain and they set off "arm-in-arm." We then learn that the four friends live long, never realizing that the Fountain's waters "carried no enchantment at all."
Since only one of them will be permitted to bathe in the Fountain, the first two witches are upset that Amata inadvertently invited another competitor. Because the knight possessed of no magical power, he recognises the women as witches, and is well-suited to his name, "Sir Luckless," the knight announces his intention to abandon the quest. Amata promptly chides him for giving up and asks him to join their group.
The task that Sir Luckless succeeded in on is the second. The challenge was that they were asked to pay the "fruit of their labours". Sir Luckless dropped a single coin on the grassy hill and they were able to proceed forwards.
When they reach the fountain, Amata lets him bathe in the waters. The knight, amazed at his luck, bathes in the Fountain and flings himself "in his rusted armour" at the feet of Amata and begs for her "hand and her heart." Each witch achieves their dreams for a cure, a hapless knight wins knowledge of his bravery, and Amata, the one witch who had faith in him, realises that she has found a "man worthy of her."
Amata has blonde, wavy hair and very white skin. Her beauty might have been the reason she attracted some men in her life such as Sir Luckless and her unknown lover. In the end of the story, Sir Luckless thought Amata was the most beautiful woman he had ever beheld.
Personality and traits
- "She hoped that the Fountain would relieve her of her grief and longing."
- —Amata's grief and longing[src]
Amata is a brave witch who takes her fate in her own hands rather than Muggle heroines who wait for a prince to save them. She has prodigious skill and is quite intelligent. Her weakness was that, before the end of the story, she had great grief and longing because her lover deserted her. At the end of the story, this weakness disappeared, as she realised that she had found a man worthy of her, Sir Luckless.
Amata is a Italian-Spanish word meaning beloved.
Notes and references
Altheda · Amata · Amata's lover · Antioch Peverell · Antioch Peverell's killer · Asha · Babbitty · Brigade of Witch-Hunters · Cadmus Peverell · Cadmus Peverell's fiancée · Captain of the Brigade of Witch-Hunters · Charlatan · Death · Evil Sorcerer · Gigantic white worm · Ignotus Peverell · Ignotus Peverell's son · King · Kinsfolk · Maiden · Old man · Old man's donkey · Old man's family · Peasant woman · Peasant woman's granddaughter · Sabre · Sir Luckless · Warlock · The Warlock's friends · Wizard · Wizard's father · Young woman · Young woman's child
Altheda's potion · Altheda's wand · Cloak of Invisibility · Creepers · Crystal casket · Elder Wand · Enchanted garden · Fountain · Gold statue of Babbitty · Hairy Heart · The Hopping Pot · Never-ending hill · Poisonous toadstool · Poultice for warts · Resurrection Stone · Silver chalice