"Barry Wee Willie Winkle celebrates his 755th birthday in style tonight by throwing a huge party for all the wizards and witches he has ever known. 30 million are expected to attend tonight."
—"Oldest Wizard is 755", The Daily Prophet, 14 August, 1991[src]

Barry Wee Willie Winkle (b. 14 August, 1236) was the oldest known wizard in the 1990s, when he reached the age of 755. To celebrate the occasion, he held a massive party, inviting every wizard and witch he had ever known, a total of thirty million people. The scale of this party made Daily Prophet headlines in 1991.[1]


The name may be a reference to "Wee Willie Winkie", a Scottish poem about a boy who does not want to go to sleep.


Behind the scenes

  • How Winkle attained such an advanced age (older than even Nicolas Flamel, who had access to a Philosopher's Stone) is unknown. He may have possessed a Philosopher's Stone of his own, though this is pure speculation. It is of course possible that he was of unusually good health, even for a wizard, and reached this age naturally, though such a thing would be unheard of.

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