- "This is Amos Diggory, everyone. Works for the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures."
- —Arthur Weasley introducing Amos to his kids[src]
Amos Diggory was a wizard who worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures in the British Ministry of Magic. He and his wife lost their son Cedric in June of 1995, when he was murdered by Peter Pettigrew on Lord Voldemort's orders.
The Diggory family lives either in or near to the village of Ottery St. Catchpole, near the Weasley and Fawcett families. In 1994, Amos and his family attended the Quidditch World Cup. After a Death Eater riot broke out, a team of witches and wizards including Amos found the house-elf Winky lying beneath the Dark Mark and questioned her about what happened.
He performed Prior Incantato on the wand of Harry Potter to deduce who had used the Morsmordre spell. Later, he asked Arthur Weasley to help Alastor Moody out of trouble; unbeknownst to him, this was the day Moody was kidnapped by Barty Crouch Jr. Amos simply thought it was another false alarm from the paranoid Moody and wanted to ensure that the former Auror's new job at Hogwarts would not be jeopardized.
That same year, Amos's son Cedric was selected as Hogwarts' champion in the Triwizard Tournament, something Amos was extremely proud of him for. However, Harry Potter's name also came out of the Goblet of Fire. Many people erroneously believed that Harry intentionally tried to cheat Cedric and Hufflepuff house out of their deserved glory, as he was too young to be selected and received the most publicity. Amos was openly rude to Harry before the tournament's Third Task. This infuriated Molly Weasley, with whom Amos almost had a public confrontation, but his wife restrained him.
Harry and Cedric considered themselves to be equally winners at the end of the tournament, thus they both touched the Triwizard Cup, unwittingly taking a Portkey as part of the trap Lord Voldemort set for Harry. Voldemort ordered his servant Peter Pettigrew to kill Cedric. Harry managed to escape the graveyard with Cedric's body, returning him to his devastated parents (Amos openly sobbed later while Harry explained what happened). Amos thanked Harry for returning Cedric's body, and assured him that they did not blame Harry for his death. Harry tried to give them the prize money that came with winning the tournament, but they refused it.
Amos was described as being "tall"; he had a ruddy face and a scrubby brown beard.
Personality and traits
Amos was extremely proud of his son, Cedric, to the point of boasting about his accomplishments at every given opportunity. He became quite angry and disrespectful when Cedric wasn't even given a mention in the Daily Prophet story about the Triwizard Tournament whereas Harry got a whole page to himself, though this is understandable given that Cedric was meant to be the only Hogwarts champion.
He was also quite emotional, roaring with joy when discussing Cedric winning a Quidditch game and roaring with anger at Winky the house-elf when interrogating her. He sobbed openly when interviewed about his son's death.
Behind the scenes
- Amos' life during and after the Second Wizarding War is unknown.
- He is portrayed by Jeff Rawle in the fourth film.
- Rawle also provided the voice for a wizard in both video game instalments of the seventh book.
- In the fourth film, Amos is depicted as being quieter and more amicable than his book counter-part is shown to be. Also, in the book he has a scrubby brown beard, which is a rather prominent part of his appearance, whereas in the film he is clean-shaven and has grey hair.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Notes and references
- ↑ As Amos was at least seventeen years old to be working in the Ministry, but he had a "scrubby" beard, he was older than seventeen years old.
- ↑ As he couldn't pronounce "policemen correctly, it is unlikely he grew up among Muggles.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Twenty-One - The Third Task)
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Six - The Portkey)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- ↑ LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Nine - The Dark Mark)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Thirty-Two - Flesh, Blood and Bone)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Eleven - Aboard the Hogwarts Express)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Thirty-Five - Veritaserum)
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Seventeen - The Four Champions)
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Thirty-Seven - The Beginning)
- ↑ Amos on Behind the Name
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Jeff Rawle at the Internet Movie Database