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Amrose Swott

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Professor Ambrose Swott[1] was a wizard. He was once a Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[2]



Ambrose Swott as a younger man.

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Professor Swott died sometime before 1992.[3] Two portraits of him hung at Hogwarts: one depicted a bespectacled young man,[4] and another, hung in the Headmaster's office, depicted an older wizard with a long ginger beard.[2] Swott's name was also carved into a wood panel on the wall of the school's Divination classroom.[5]

In the winter of 1993, Swott's name appeared on the Marauder's Map,[6] possibly indicating that he lingered at Hogwarts as a ghost after his death.[7]


Ambrose is a name which ultimately derives from the Greek name Ambrosios, meaning "immortal".[8] Swott may have been based on swot, a British slang term meaning "to study hard" or "one who studies hard."[9]


Notes and references

  1. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - see this image
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) DVD (Disc 2 - Dumbledore's Office) (see this image)
  3. In interviews, J.K. Rowling has stated the portraits at Hogwarts are "all of dead people," and "all the portraits you see in the headmaster's study are all headmasters and mistresses who died." Swott's portrait is visible in the "Dumbledore's Office" tour on Disc 2 of the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) DVD.
  4. See this image.
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) - see this image
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) - Chapter 16
  7. Despite Sirius Black and Remus Lupin indicating in the third film that the Map does not show not living beings, it actually does show not-living beings like Poltergeists, according to the books.
  8. "Ambrose" on Behind the Name
  9. "Swot" on Wiktionary

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