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Professor Bathsheda Babbling was a witch and professor of Study of Ancient Runes and possibly Ancient Studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[2]


Bathsheda Babbling attended a Wizarding School (probably Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) and likely achieved a high graded O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. in Study of Ancient Runes, as she later went on to teach the subject.


  • "Babble" is an English word meaning "a foolish character" or "the sound of murmuring water".
  • The similar name of "Bathsheba" is the name of the biblical wife of David and mother to Solomon.

Behind the scenes

  • Professor Babbling's name only appeared on a list of the Hogwarts professors which was released on J. K. Rowling's website.
  • Rowling may originally have intended a male teacher to teach this subject.[2]


Notes and references

  1. As Bathsheda was employed at Hogwarts by 1993, she must have been of age (17) by then.
  2. 2.0 2.1 HP Lexicon's transcript of JKR's notes

Study of Ancient Runes
Ancient Runes Made Easy
Professor: Bathsheda Babbling
Textbooks: Advanced Rune Translation · Ancient Runes Made Easy · Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms · Rune Dictionary · Spellman's Syllabary
Known Runes: Acromantula · Demiguise · Ehwaz · Eihwaz · Fwooper · Graphorn · Hydra · Quintaped · Runespoor · Salamander · Unicorn · Unknown · Mark of Merlin

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