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*[[Dumbledore's Army]] (during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]; possibly<ref name="BOH"/>)
*[[Order of the Phoenix]] (during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]; possibly<ref name="BOH">If [[:File:Possible_Sinistra_(Deathly_Hallows).jpg|this witch]] is, indeed, Professor Sinistra.</ref>)
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*[[Order of the Phoenix]] (during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]; possibly<ref name="BOH">If [[:File:Possible Sinistra (Deathly Hallows).jpg|this witch]] is, indeed, Professor Sinistra.</ref>)
 
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{{Quote|[[Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank|Professor Grubbly-Plank]] was chatting to Professor Sinistra, the Astronomy teacher ...|Sinistra during [[1995]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{Quote|[[Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank|Professor Grubbly-Plank]] was chatting to Professor Sinistra, the Astronomy teacher ...|Sinistra during [[1995]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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From [[1991–1992 school year|1991-1992]], Professor Sinistra taught Astronomy every Wednesday at midnight. Topics included studying the night sky with telescopes and learning the stars names through their deductions.<ref name="PS" /> The following year, the professor was present at the discovery of a [[Petrification|Petrified]] [[Justin Finch-Fletchley]], and helped transport him with [[Filius Flitwick]], the [[Charms Master]], to [[Poppy Pomfrey|Madam Pomfrey]] in the [[Hospital wing]].<ref name="COS" /> In [[1994]], Sinistra attended the [[Yule Ball]] with "[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Alastor Moody]]", and danced a nervous two-step, careful to avoid his wooden leg.<ref name="GOF" /> As preparation for her [[fifth year]]s' [[Ordinary Wizarding Level]]s, Professor Sinistra gave out large amounts of homework, and was seen chatting to [[Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank]] numerous times throughout the year.<ref name="OP" />
 
From [[1991–1992 school year|1991-1992]], Professor Sinistra taught Astronomy every Wednesday at midnight. Topics included studying the night sky with telescopes and learning the stars names through their deductions.<ref name="PS" /> The following year, the professor was present at the discovery of a [[Petrification|Petrified]] [[Justin Finch-Fletchley]], and helped transport him with [[Filius Flitwick]], the [[Charms Master]], to [[Poppy Pomfrey|Madam Pomfrey]] in the [[Hospital wing]].<ref name="COS" /> In [[1994]], Sinistra attended the [[Yule Ball]] with "[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Alastor Moody]]", and danced a nervous two-step, careful to avoid his wooden leg.<ref name="GOF" /> As preparation for her [[fifth year]]s' [[Ordinary Wizarding Level]]s, Professor Sinistra gave out large amounts of homework, and was seen chatting to [[Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank]] numerous times throughout the year.<ref name="OP" />
   
Professor Sinistra may have taken part in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]]<ref name="BOH"/>. Her ultimate fate is unknown.
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Professor Sinistra may have taken part in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]].<ref name="BOH"/> Her ultimate fate is unknown.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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===Career at Hogwarts===
 
===Career at Hogwarts===
[[File:Sinistraminervaalbus.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Sinistra, along with [[Albus Dumbledore]] and [[Minerva McGonagall]], singing the [[Hogwarts school song]].]]
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[[File:Sinistraminervaalbus.jpg|thumb|left|220px|Sinistra, along with [[Albus Dumbledore]] and [[Minerva McGonagall]], singing the [[Hogwarts school song]].]]
At some point, Sinistra applied for a teaching position at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] and was accepted, becoming a [[Professor|Hogwarts Professor]]. She taught her lessons at midnight at the top of the [[Astronomy Tower]], the highest point of the castle.<ref name="PS">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref> Her students each required a telescope for her lessons, and she taught all about the different stars and constellations, as well as moons and planets.
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At some point, Sinistra applied for a teaching position at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] and was accepted, becoming a [[Professor|Hogwarts Professor]]. She taught her lessons at midnight at the top of the [[Astronomy Tower]], the highest point of the castle.<ref name="PS">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref> Her students each required a telescope for her lessons, and she taught all about the different stars and constellations, as well as moons and planets.
   
 
She regularly attended the [[Welcoming Feast|Start-of-Term Feast]], where she appeared to enjoy socializing with other teachers, such as [[Pomona Sprout]], the [[Herbology|Herbology professor]],<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> and [[Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank]], the substitute for [[Rubeus Hagrid|Professor Rubeus Hagrid]].<ref name="OP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> She was known to give large amounts of homework to students in their [[fifth year]] and those who continued [[Astronomy]] for [[sixth year|sixth]] and [[seventh year|seventh]].<ref name="OP" />
 
She regularly attended the [[Welcoming Feast|Start-of-Term Feast]], where she appeared to enjoy socializing with other teachers, such as [[Pomona Sprout]], the [[Herbology|Herbology professor]],<ref name="GOF">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref> and [[Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank]], the substitute for [[Rubeus Hagrid|Professor Rubeus Hagrid]].<ref name="OP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref> She was known to give large amounts of homework to students in their [[fifth year]] and those who continued [[Astronomy]] for [[sixth year|sixth]] and [[seventh year|seventh]].<ref name="OP" />
   
====1991-1992 school year====
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====1991–1992 school year====
   
 
Aurora sat at [[Albus Dumbledore|Professor Dumbledore]]'s left hand side while [[Harry Potter]] and his classmates were being [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]]. She was rather emotionless and clapped unenthusiastically.
 
Aurora sat at [[Albus Dumbledore|Professor Dumbledore]]'s left hand side while [[Harry Potter]] and his classmates were being [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]]. She was rather emotionless and clapped unenthusiastically.
   
 
She later attended the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team|Gryffindor]] vs. [[Slytherin Quidditch team|Slytherin]] [[Quidditch]] game, sat near the [[Headmaster]] again. When [[Angelina Johnson]] was fouled, she stood up with the rest of the teachers and gasped. However, when [[Harry Potter]] appeared to lose control of [[Harry Potter's Nimbus 2000 broomstick|his broomstick]], she showed no signs of emotion.
 
She later attended the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team|Gryffindor]] vs. [[Slytherin Quidditch team|Slytherin]] [[Quidditch]] game, sat near the [[Headmaster]] again. When [[Angelina Johnson]] was fouled, she stood up with the rest of the teachers and gasped. However, when [[Harry Potter]] appeared to lose control of [[Harry Potter's Nimbus 2000 broomstick|his broomstick]], she showed no signs of emotion.
[[File:Sinistra and Dumbledore.png|thumb|left|200px|Professor Sinistra listening to [[Professor]] [[Dumbledore]].]]
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[[File:Sinistra_and_Dumbledore.png|thumb|170px|Professor Sinistra listening to [[Professor]] [[Dumbledore]].]]
   
 
Later that year, the professor's fellow colleague, [[Quirinus Quirrell]], was revealed to be a servant of [[Lord Voldemort]] after the [[Philosopher's Stone]] which was hidden inside the school. Apparently, Sinistra was not chosen to protect the [[Philosopher's Stone Chambers]]. She also attended the [[End-of-Term Feast]], in the same seat as last time, and watched as [[Gryffindor]] won the [[House Cup]].<ref name="PSf">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''</ref>
 
Later that year, the professor's fellow colleague, [[Quirinus Quirrell]], was revealed to be a servant of [[Lord Voldemort]] after the [[Philosopher's Stone]] which was hidden inside the school. Apparently, Sinistra was not chosen to protect the [[Philosopher's Stone Chambers]]. She also attended the [[End-of-Term Feast]], in the same seat as last time, and watched as [[Gryffindor]] won the [[House Cup]].<ref name="PSf">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''</ref>
   
====1992-1993 school year====
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====1992–1993 school year====
 
{{Quote|Justin Finch-Fletchley was carried up to the Hospital wing by Professor Flitwick and Professor Sinistra of the Astronomy department...|Description.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
{{Quote|Justin Finch-Fletchley was carried up to the Hospital wing by Professor Flitwick and Professor Sinistra of the Astronomy department...|Description.|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
[[File:MM AD AS.png|thumb|right|300px|Professor Sinistra sat with [[Dumbledore]] and [[McGonagall]].]]
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[[File:MM_AD_AS.png|thumb|left|240px|Professor Sinistra sat with [[Dumbledore]] and [[McGonagall]].]]
 
During the [[1992–1993 school year]], Professor Sinistra continued her career as [[Astronomy]] teacher. This year, however, the [[Chamber of Secrets]] was opened once again, having killed a Ravenclaw named [[Myrtle]] in [[1940s|1943]]. Sinistra was present when [[Muggle-born]] student [[Justin Finch-Fletchley]] was discovered, petrified after an attempted attack on him by the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Basilisk]]. Together, she and [[Filius Flitwick|Professor Filius Flitwick]], the [[Charms Master]], removed Justin's body and took him to the [[Hospital wing]] where he was to be treated by [[Poppy Pomfrey|Madam Poppy Pomfrey]]. The Chamber was closed at the end of the year and the Basilisk slain.<ref name="COS">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
 
During the [[1992–1993 school year]], Professor Sinistra continued her career as [[Astronomy]] teacher. This year, however, the [[Chamber of Secrets]] was opened once again, having killed a Ravenclaw named [[Myrtle]] in [[1940s|1943]]. Sinistra was present when [[Muggle-born]] student [[Justin Finch-Fletchley]] was discovered, petrified after an attempted attack on him by the [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk|Basilisk]]. Together, she and [[Filius Flitwick|Professor Filius Flitwick]], the [[Charms Master]], removed Justin's body and took him to the [[Hospital wing]] where he was to be treated by [[Poppy Pomfrey|Madam Poppy Pomfrey]]. The Chamber was closed at the end of the year and the Basilisk slain.<ref name="COS">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
   
====1994-1995 school year====
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====1994–1995 school year====
{{Quote|Mad-Eye Moody was doing an extremely ungainly two-step with Professor Sinistra, who was nervously avoiding his wooden leg.|Professor Sinistra at the [[Yule Ball]].|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}[[File:Aureliaa.jpg|thumb|left|153px|Aurora Sinistra at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].]]
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{{Quote|Mad-Eye Moody was doing an extremely ungainly two-step with Professor Sinistra, who was nervously avoiding his wooden leg.|Professor Sinistra at the [[Yule Ball]].|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
During the [[1994–1995 school year]], the [[Triwizard Tournament]] took place at [[Hogwarts Castle]]. For the [[Welcoming Feast|Start-of-Term Feast]], Professor Sinistra sat in between [[Severus Snape]] and [[Pomona Sprout]], and was seen talking to the latter. <ref name="GOF" /> She attended the [[Yule Ball]] with [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]], who was posing as [[Alastor Moody]]. Sinistra danced a nervous two-step, careful to avoid his wooden leg, and seemed rather uncomfortable.<ref name="GOF" />
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[[File:Aureliaa.jpg|thumb|145px|Aurora Sinistra at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].]]During the [[1994–1995 school year]], the [[Triwizard Tournament]] took place at [[Hogwarts Castle]]. For the [[Welcoming Feast|Start-of-Term Feast]], Professor Sinistra sat in between [[Severus Snape]] and [[Pomona Sprout]], and was seen talking to the latter.<ref name="GOF" /> She attended the [[Yule Ball]] with [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.]], who was posing as [[Alastor Moody]]. Sinistra danced a nervous two-step, careful to avoid his wooden leg, and seemed rather uncomfortable.<ref name="GOF" />
   
====1995-1996 school year====
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====1995–1996 school year====
[[File:A.S.PNG|thumb|Professor Aurora Sinistra sitting up at the staff table ]]
 
 
{{Quote|Professors [[Minerva McGonagall|McGonagall]], [[Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank|Grubbly-Plank]] and Sinistra gave them even more homework...|Sinistra and her colleagues preparing their [[fifth year]]s for their [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.s]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{Quote|Professors [[Minerva McGonagall|McGonagall]], [[Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank|Grubbly-Plank]] and Sinistra gave them even more homework...|Sinistra and her colleagues preparing their [[fifth year]]s for their [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.s]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
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[[File:A.S.PNG|thumb|left|140px|Professor Aurora Sinistra sitting up at the staff table]]
 
The following academic year, she gave large amounts of homework to her [[fifth year]]s as preparation for their [[Ordinary Wizarding Level]]s. One of these known pieces of homework was a project on [[Jupiter]]'s moons. Throughout the year she was seen talking to [[Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank]], the stand-in professor for [[Rubeus Hagrid]], the [[Care of Magical Creatures]] teacher.<ref name="OP" />
 
The following academic year, she gave large amounts of homework to her [[fifth year]]s as preparation for their [[Ordinary Wizarding Level]]s. One of these known pieces of homework was a project on [[Jupiter]]'s moons. Throughout the year she was seen talking to [[Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank]], the stand-in professor for [[Rubeus Hagrid]], the [[Care of Magical Creatures]] teacher.<ref name="OP" />
   
====1997-1998 and the Battle of Hogwarts====
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====1997–1998 and the Battle of Hogwarts====
This year Hogwarts had fallen into Voldemort's influence, who made the [[Death Eaters]], [[Amycus Carrow]] and [[Alecto Carrow]] became teachers at Hogwarts. On 2nd May 1998, Voldemort and his Death Eaters attacked Hogwarts. It is likely she, along with the rest of the faculty, fought at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
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This year Hogwarts had fallen into Voldemort's influence, who made the [[Death Eaters]], [[Amycus Carrow]] and [[Alecto Carrow]] became teachers at Hogwarts. On 2 May 1998, Voldemort and his Death Eaters attacked Hogwarts. It is likely she, along with the rest of the faculty, fought at the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
   
 
==Physical appearance==
 
==Physical appearance==
[[File:Aurora_sinistra_1.JPG|thumb|left|110px|Aurora in the [[Great Hall]]]]
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[[File:Aurora sinistra 1.JPG|thumb|100px|Aurora in the [[Great Hall]]]]
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Aurora was a tall witch with dark hair, eyes, and skin. She usually wore olive-coloured robes and a pointed hat.<ref name="PSf" />
 
Aurora was a tall witch with dark hair, eyes, and skin. She usually wore olive-coloured robes and a pointed hat.<ref name="PSf" />
   
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==Magical abilities and skills==
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
*'''Astronomy:''' Aurora was a skilled Astronomer, teaching the subject for at least five years at Hogwarts School.
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*'''[[Astronomy]]:''' Aurora was a skilled Astronomer, very proficent in the subject, and teaching the subject for at least five years at Hogwarts School.
*'''Defence Against the Dark Arts''': Sinistra had mastered many defensive spells, including the complex Patronus Charm, though only in a non-corporeal form.<ref name="LEGO" />
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*'''[[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]''': Sinistra had mastered many defensive spells.
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*'''[[Charms]]''': Aurora was able to conjure non-corporeal [[Patronus]], a very advanced piece of magic.<ref name="LEGO" />
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
[[File:Aoaoa.jpg|thumb|right|Aurora during the selection of [[Harry Potter]].]]
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[[File:Aoaoa.png|thumb|left|Aurora during the sorting of [[Harry Potter]].]]
Professor Sinistra's surname originates from the Latin "''sinister''", meaning "''left''" or "''with a direction to the left''".<ref>[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sinister Sinester] on Wictionary</ref> The most probable explanation for this is that most planets of the solar system rotate anti-clockwise. Sinistra is also the name of a star of the constellation of Ophiuchus. The contemporary meaning of the word "''sinister''" is "having bad intent""<ref>[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sinister Sinester] on Wictionary</ref> , but considering Professor Sinistra's uninvolvement in the plot this likely has no meaning to the story.
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Professor Sinistra's surname originates from the Latin "''sinister''", meaning "''left''" or "''with a direction to the left''".<ref name="Sinester">[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/sinister Sinester] on Wictionary</ref> The most probable explanation for this is that most planets of the solar system rotate anti-clockwise. Sinistra is also the name of a star of the constellation of Ophiuchus. The contemporary meaning of the word "''sinister''" is "having bad intent"",<ref name="Sinester"/> but considering Professor Sinistra's uninvolvement in the plot this likely has no meaning to the story.
   
 
The first name 'Aurora' indicates a relationship with the dawn, however it is probably derived from 'Aurora', a phenomena which occurs when solar winds interact with the earth's magnetic field.<ref>[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/aurora Aurora] on Wictionary</ref>
 
The first name 'Aurora' indicates a relationship with the dawn, however it is probably derived from 'Aurora', a phenomena which occurs when solar winds interact with the earth's magnetic field.<ref>[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/aurora Aurora] on Wictionary</ref>
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:Aurora_Sinistra.jpg|thumb|right|120px|Aurora as a Lego minifigure.]]
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[[File:Aurora Sinistra.jpg|thumb|right|120px|Aurora as a Lego minifigure.]]
 
*Sinistra is portrayed by an unidentified actress in the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''.
 
*Sinistra is portrayed by an unidentified actress in the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''.
*Professor Sinistra's first name only appeared on a list of of the Hogwarts professors which was released on JK Rowling's website.
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*Professor Sinistra's first name only appeared on a list of the Hogwarts professors which was released on JK Rowling's website.
 
*Aurora's first name was originally supposed to have been Aurelia.<ref>[[:File:Early draft workingsJKR.png|Early draft of J.K. Rowling]]</ref>
 
*Aurora's first name was originally supposed to have been Aurelia.<ref>[[:File:Early draft workingsJKR.png|Early draft of J.K. Rowling]]</ref>
[[File:Staff.jpg|thumb|left|206px|Aurora and other teachers on Hallowe'en.]]
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[[File:Staff.jpg|thumb|left|190px|Aurora and other teachers on Hallowe'en.]]
 
*Sinistra's name was written on [[:File:Early draft workingsJKR.png|a page]] written by Rowling by the names considered for the post of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]. This may imply that she was also considered for the job.
 
*Sinistra's name was written on [[:File:Early draft workingsJKR.png|a page]] written by Rowling by the names considered for the post of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]. This may imply that she was also considered for the job.
*An actress resembling the same actress who portrayed Sinistra in ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' can be seen in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' while leaving the [[Great Hall]] preparing for battle.
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==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]'' {{1st}}[[File:Possibly_Sinistra.PNG|thumb|140px|Possibly professor Sinistra before the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].]]
 
 
{{Imagecat|Images of Aurora Sinistra}}
 
{{Imagecat|Images of Aurora Sinistra}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' {{Flashback}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' {{Flashback}}
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
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*''[[Pottermore]]''
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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[[es:Aurora Sinistra]]
 
[[fr:Aurora Sinistra]]
 
[[fr:Aurora Sinistra]]
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[[fi:Aurora Sinistra]] [[pl:Aurora Sinistra]]
 
[[Category:Astronomers|Sinistra, Aurora]]
 
[[Category:Astronomers|Sinistra, Aurora]]
 
[[Category:British individuals|Sinistra, Aurora]]
 
[[Category:British individuals|Sinistra, Aurora]]

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Professorsinistra
Aurora Sinistra
Biographical information
Born

Before 1974[1]

Blood status

Pure-blood or half-blood (possibly[2][3])

Title(s)
Physical information
Species

Human[5]

Gender

Female[6]

Hair colour

Dark brown[5]

Eye colour

Brown[5]

Skin colour

Black[5]

Family information
Family members
Magical characteristics
Boggart

Voldemort[7]

Patronus

Non-corporeal[7]

Affiliation
Occupation
Loyalty
"Professor Grubbly-Plank was chatting to Professor Sinistra, the Astronomy teacher ..."
—Sinistra during 1995.[src]

Professor Aurora Sinistra (fl. 19741996) was a witch, member of the Sinistra family and member of the Astronomy department at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from at least 1991 onwards.[4]

From 1991-1992, Professor Sinistra taught Astronomy every Wednesday at midnight. Topics included studying the night sky with telescopes and learning the stars names through their deductions.[8] The following year, the professor was present at the discovery of a Petrified Justin Finch-Fletchley, and helped transport him with Filius Flitwick, the Charms Master, to Madam Pomfrey in the Hospital wing.[4] In 1994, Sinistra attended the Yule Ball with "Alastor Moody", and danced a nervous two-step, careful to avoid his wooden leg.[6] As preparation for her fifth years' Ordinary Wizarding Levels, Professor Sinistra gave out large amounts of homework, and was seen chatting to Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank numerous times throughout the year.[9]

Professor Sinistra may have taken part in the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998.[3] Her ultimate fate is unknown.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Aurora was born into, or married into, the Sinistra family, being a possible relative of Sinistra and Sinistra Lowe. She appeared to have some African ancestry.

She presumably excelled at Astronomy during her student years, being either homeschooled by her parents or educated at a school.

Career at HogwartsEdit

Sinistraminervaalbus

Sinistra, along with Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall, singing the Hogwarts school song.

At some point, Sinistra applied for a teaching position at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was accepted, becoming a Hogwarts Professor. She taught her lessons at midnight at the top of the Astronomy Tower, the highest point of the castle.[8] Her students each required a telescope for her lessons, and she taught all about the different stars and constellations, as well as moons and planets.

She regularly attended the Start-of-Term Feast, where she appeared to enjoy socializing with other teachers, such as Pomona Sprout, the Herbology professor,[6] and Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, the substitute for Professor Rubeus Hagrid.[9] She was known to give large amounts of homework to students in their fifth year and those who continued Astronomy for sixth and seventh.[9]

1991–1992 school yearEdit

Aurora sat at Professor Dumbledore's left hand side while Harry Potter and his classmates were being Sorted. She was rather emotionless and clapped unenthusiastically.

She later attended the Gryffindor vs. Slytherin Quidditch game, sat near the Headmaster again. When Angelina Johnson was fouled, she stood up with the rest of the teachers and gasped. However, when Harry Potter appeared to lose control of his broomstick, she showed no signs of emotion.

Sinistra and Dumbledore

Professor Sinistra listening to Professor Dumbledore.

Later that year, the professor's fellow colleague, Quirinus Quirrell, was revealed to be a servant of Lord Voldemort after the Philosopher's Stone which was hidden inside the school. Apparently, Sinistra was not chosen to protect the Philosopher's Stone Chambers. She also attended the End-of-Term Feast, in the same seat as last time, and watched as Gryffindor won the House Cup.[5]

1992–1993 school yearEdit

"Justin Finch-Fletchley was carried up to the Hospital wing by Professor Flitwick and Professor Sinistra of the Astronomy department..."
—Description.[src]
MM AD AS

Professor Sinistra sat with Dumbledore and McGonagall.

During the 1992–1993 school year, Professor Sinistra continued her career as Astronomy teacher. This year, however, the Chamber of Secrets was opened once again, having killed a Ravenclaw named Myrtle in 1943. Sinistra was present when Muggle-born student Justin Finch-Fletchley was discovered, petrified after an attempted attack on him by the Basilisk. Together, she and Professor Filius Flitwick, the Charms Master, removed Justin's body and took him to the Hospital wing where he was to be treated by Madam Poppy Pomfrey. The Chamber was closed at the end of the year and the Basilisk slain.[4]

1994–1995 school yearEdit

"Mad-Eye Moody was doing an extremely ungainly two-step with Professor Sinistra, who was nervously avoiding his wooden leg."
—Professor Sinistra at the Yule Ball.[src]
Aureliaa

Aurora Sinistra at Hogwarts.

During the 1994–1995 school year, the Triwizard Tournament took place at Hogwarts Castle. For the Start-of-Term Feast, Professor Sinistra sat in between Severus Snape and Pomona Sprout, and was seen talking to the latter.[6] She attended the Yule Ball with Bartemius Crouch Jr., who was posing as Alastor Moody. Sinistra danced a nervous two-step, careful to avoid his wooden leg, and seemed rather uncomfortable.[6]

1995–1996 school yearEdit

"Professors McGonagall, Grubbly-Plank and Sinistra gave them even more homework..."
—Sinistra and her colleagues preparing their fifth years for their O.W.L.s.[src]
A.S

Professor Aurora Sinistra sitting up at the staff table

The following academic year, she gave large amounts of homework to her fifth years as preparation for their Ordinary Wizarding Levels. One of these known pieces of homework was a project on Jupiter's moons. Throughout the year she was seen talking to Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, the stand-in professor for Rubeus Hagrid, the Care of Magical Creatures teacher.[9]

1997–1998 and the Battle of HogwartsEdit

This year Hogwarts had fallen into Voldemort's influence, who made the Death Eaters, Amycus Carrow and Alecto Carrow became teachers at Hogwarts. On 2 May 1998, Voldemort and his Death Eaters attacked Hogwarts. It is likely she, along with the rest of the faculty, fought at the Battle of Hogwarts.

Physical appearanceEdit

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Aurora in the Great Hall

Aurora was a tall witch with dark hair, eyes, and skin. She usually wore olive-coloured robes and a pointed hat.[5]

Personality and traitsEdit

Sinistra was a serious and strict woman. She feared the Dark Lord Voldemort. Her Boggart assumed his form.[7]

Magical abilities and skillsEdit

  • Astronomy: Aurora was a skilled Astronomer, very proficent in the subject, and teaching the subject for at least five years at Hogwarts School.
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts: Sinistra had mastered many defensive spells.
  • Charms: Aurora was able to conjure non-corporeal Patronus, a very advanced piece of magic.[7]

EtymologyEdit

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Aurora during the sorting of Harry Potter.

Professor Sinistra's surname originates from the Latin "sinister", meaning "left" or "with a direction to the left".[10] The most probable explanation for this is that most planets of the solar system rotate anti-clockwise. Sinistra is also the name of a star of the constellation of Ophiuchus. The contemporary meaning of the word "sinister" is "having bad intent"",[10] but considering Professor Sinistra's uninvolvement in the plot this likely has no meaning to the story.

The first name 'Aurora' indicates a relationship with the dawn, however it is probably derived from 'Aurora', a phenomena which occurs when solar winds interact with the earth's magnetic field.[11]

Behind the scenesEdit

Aurora Sinistra

Aurora as a Lego minifigure.

  • Sinistra is portrayed by an unidentified actress in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Professor Sinistra's first name only appeared on a list of the Hogwarts professors which was released on JK Rowling's website.
  • Aurora's first name was originally supposed to have been Aurelia.[12]
Staff

Aurora and other teachers on Hallowe'en.

  • Sinistra's name was written on a page written by Rowling by the names considered for the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts. This may imply that she was also considered for the job.




AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Professor Sinistra must have been born before 1975 in order to be old enough for a job at Hogwarts (older than 17).
  2. As Aurora was presumably related to the witch or wizard Sinistra, she was most likely at least a half-blood. If she was also related to Ms. Sinistra Lowe, who was a pure-blood supremacist, this supports the fact that Professor Sinistra was not Muggle-born.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 If this witch is, indeed, Professor Sinistra.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sinester on Wictionary
  11. Aurora on Wictionary
  12. Early draft of J.K. Rowling



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