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Barnabas the Barmy

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Barnabas the Barmy was a wizard who made a foolish attempt to train trolls for the ballet. [1] A moving tapestry depicting his attempt hung on the seventh floor of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, opposite the entrance to the Room of Requirement. [2]


  • "Barnabas" is a Greek form of an Aramaic name. In Acts in the New Testament the byname Barnabas was given to a man named Joseph, a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys. The original Aramaic is unattested, but it may be from בּר נביא (bar naviya') meaning "son of the prophet", though in Acts 4:36 it is claimed that the name means "son of encouragement". As an English name, it came into occasional use after the 12th century.
  • The word "barmy" means eccentric or daft.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 18 (Dumbledore's Army)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 24 (Sectumsempra)

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