|Amelia Susan Bones|
Before 5 August, 1978
Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Madam Amelia Susan Bones (d. summer, 1996) was a witch and celebrated Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Born to Mr and Mrs Bones, she likely attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry before joining the Ministry of Magic.
Madam Bones, having a seat on the Wizengamot, presided over the disciplinary hearing of Harry Potter. She was fair, unlike Cornelius Fudge, the prosecuter, and was astounded by Harry's ability to conjure a corporeal Patronus. She voted for the clearing of all of his charges and Harry was allowed to leave. A year after, Amelia was killed by Voldemort himself during the summer, though she put up a good fight.
Little is known about Amelia's early life, other than that the First Wizarding War took a heavy toll on her family: her father and mother were killed by Lord Voldemort: Amelia's brother Edgar, a member of the Order of the Phoenix, his wife and their children were killed by Death Eaters. She had at least one surviving sibling, however, as her niece Susan Bones was a classmate of Harry Potter.
As Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Possibly roused by her parents' deaths, Amelia joined the Ministry of Magic and was there-on known as "Madam Bones". She became the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and had a seat on the Wizengamot.
Respected and celebrated by most, the father of Gregory Goyle called her a "troublemaker" and that someone should teach her a lesson, presumably disliking her due to her unbiasedness and his association with the Death Eaters.
Madam Bones sat on the Wizengamot and presided over Harry Potter's disciplinary hearing in 1995, along with Cornelius Fudge and Dolores Umbridge who acted as "Interrogators". Albus Dumbledore was the "witness for the defence". Despite poor treatment of Harry by Fudge, Madam Bones managed to keep the trial fairly unbiased and Harry was found innocent by a large majority of the court. During the trial, Madam Bones expresses admiration for Harry's ability to produce a corporeal Patronus at such a young age and believed Arabella Figg's testimony when Fudge stubbornly did not. She was also part of the faction that voted to clear Harry of all charges.
It's possible that she was seen as a likely replacement for Fudge after his removal, given the fact that the position of Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement is often used as a stepping stone to the Ministership. This could explain why she was targeted by Voldemort.
Amelia Bones was described as being a square-jawed witch with close-cropped grey hair and a monocle. This gave her an appearance of being a serious person, which matches her personality perfectly.
Personality and traits
Amelia Bones was a serious but fair person, giving Harry and Mrs Figg a chance to testify, without overlooking the obvious points, when Fudge did neither because of his bias against Harry. She was also impressed with great feats, as she showed admiration of Harry's production of a corporeal Patronus at such a young age. Additionally Amelia was courageous and put up a valiant fight against Voldemort. It is also likely that she was kind, given the fact that Susan Bones, her niece, was upset when she died.
Magical abilities and skills
- "A terrible loss. She was a great witch."
- —Albus Dumbledore expressing the loss of Amelia Bones.[src]
- Martial magic: Amelia Bones was considered to be one of the greatest witches of her time. She was a highly skilled duellist and was able to hold her own against Lord Voldemort himself, when the Dark Lord arrived to murder her.
Amelia is a female given name. It is a variant of Amalia, derived from the Germanic word amal meaning "work" and means "industrious" and "fertile". The diminutive is usually Amy, Lia, Mia, Mel, or Mimi.
Etymologists believe that the name Amelia/Amalia is unrelated to the Latin gens name Aemilia, which was translated into English as Emily. Equivalents of Aemilia/Emily in romance languages do sound similar to Amelia (e.g. Italian Emilia) but have a different origin from this Germanic name.
Behind the scenes
- Amelia Bones is portrayed by Sian Thomas in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- In the film, Amelia was killed during the Christmas Holidays, as shown in the newspaper when Hermione and Harry returned to school, rather than over the summer.
- In the books, she is known to wear a monocle, whereas in the films her eyes have nothing on them.
- In an early script for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Amelia is incorrectly referred to by the name of her niece, Susan.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only) (Seen on the Daily Prophet)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (Seen on the Daily Prophet)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) (Mentioned only) (Not by name)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (Seen on the Daily Prophet)
Notes and references
- ↑ Susan was named after Amelia, meaning that Amelia was alive by 1979. However, being born in 1979 would make Amelia only 16 and not old enough to sit on the Wizengamot, meaning she had to be at least 17, meaning her birthdate could be no later than August 1978 as Harry's trial was on 5 August, 1995.
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 1 (The Other Minister) tells us that Cornelius Fudge was sacked a fortnight after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (18 June, 1996). Thus, Fudge had been sacked on 2 July, 1996. Since Fudge tells us that that was "three days ago", the chapter is set on Friday, 5 July, 1996. Fudge also says that the murder of Amelia Bones had taken place during the course of the previous week, the earliest possible date that it could have taken place was the previous Friday, 28 June.
- ↑ 20 October, 2000 chat with J.K. Rowling at Accio Quote!
- ↑ Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Second Draft