A professor who may be Babbling

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". Perhaps more to the point, "to babble" in modern vernacular use describes the act of speaking very fast, often in an obscure jargon (as in the phrase "technobabble") — which is fitting for the cryptic language that are the Ancient Runes taught by Babbling.
  • 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]
  • The Unidentified female Hogwarts teacher may be Bathsheda Babbling.


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