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{{Dialogue a-b|Seamus Finnigan|How did he get covered in blood?|Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington|I've never asked.|[[Seamus Finnigan]] asking [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] about Bloody Baron|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Seamus Finnigan|How did he get covered in blood?|Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington|I've never asked.|[[Seamus Finnigan]] asking [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] about Bloody Baron|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
The '''Bloody Baron''' (late [[First millennium A.D.|10th century]] early [[11th century]]) was a [[wizardkind|wizard]] who attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in the [[Hogwarts Founders|Founders]]' time and was Sorted into [[Slytherin]] house. After Hogwarts, he fell in love with [[Helena Ravenclaw]], but she did not love him. He was sent by [[Rowena Ravenclaw]] to find Helena in [[Albania]], but Helena refused to return with him and so he killed her. When he realised what he had done, the Baron stabbed himself with the same knife and died. Since then, he is one of the [[ghost]]s that haunts [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], and the ghost of Slytherin house. Covered in Helena Ravenclaw's blood to this day, he earned himself the moniker of "Bloody Baron".
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The '''Bloody Baron''' (late [[First millennium A.D.|10th century]] early [[11th century]]) was a [[wizardkind|wizard]] who attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in the [[Hogwarts Founders|Founders]]' time and was Sorted into [[Slytherin]] house. After Hogwarts, he fell in love with [[Helena Ravenclaw]], but she did not love him. He was sent by [[Rowena Ravenclaw]] to find Helena in [[Albania]], but Helena refused to return with him and so he killed her in a rage. When he realised what he had done, the Baron stabbed himself with the same knife and died. Since then, he is one of the [[ghost]]s that haunts [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], and the ghost of Slytherin house. Covered in Helena Ravenclaw's blood to this day, he earned himself the moniker of "Bloody Baron".
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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===Death===
 
===Death===
[[File:BloodyBaron FilmWizardry.jpg|left|thumb|150px|The Bloody Baron, covered in [[Helena Ravenclaw]]'s blood.]]
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Helena Ravenclaw|He tracked me to the forest where I was hiding. When I refused to return with him, he became violent. The baron was always a hot-tempered man. Furious at my refusal, jealous of my freedom, he stabbed me.|Harry Potter|The Baron? You mean —?|The Bloody Baron, yes. When he saw what he had done, he was overcome with remorse. He took the weapon that had claimed my life, and used it to kill himself. All these centuries later, he wears his chains as an act of penitence… as he should.|[[Helena Ravenclaw]] tells [[Harry Potter]] the story of her and the Baron's death.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
   
Later on in his life, Helena, after stealing a [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|diadem]] belonging to her mother that increased the intelligence of the wearer, ran away to [[Albania]]. Around this same time, Rowena fell fatally ill,<ref name="DH31"/> although legend has it that it was a broken heart,<ref name="WotM">''[[Wizard of the Month]]''</ref> possibly caused by her daughter abandoning her. Rowena ordered the Baron to go after her, which he did, eventually finding her hiding in a forest. After he had found her, the Baron tried to compel her to return with him, but she refused, and, in a fit of rage, he killed her. Overcome with grief, he proceeded to take his own life with the same weapon he used to stab Helena.<ref name="DH31"/>
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[[File:BloodyBaron_FilmWizardry.jpg|thumb|left|120px|The Bloody Baron, covered in [[Helena Ravenclaw]]'s blood.]]
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Helena Ravenclaw|He tracked me to the forest where I was hiding. When I refused to return with him, he became violent. The baron was always a hot-tempered man. Furious at my refusal, jealous of my freedom, he stabbed me.|Harry Potter|The Baron? You mean —?|The Bloody Baron, yes. When he saw what he had done, he was overcome with remorse. He took the weapon that had claimed my life, and used it to kill himself. All these centuries later, he wears his chains as an act of penitence… as he should.|[[Helena Ravenclaw]] tells [[Harry Potter]] the story of her and the Baron's death.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}Later on in his life, Helena, after stealing a [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|diadem]] belonging to her mother that increased the intelligence of the wearer, ran away to [[Albania]]. Around this same time, Rowena fell fatally ill,<ref name="DH31"/> although legend has it that it was a broken heart,<ref name="WotM">''[[Wizard of the Month]]''</ref> possibly caused by her daughter abandoning her. Rowena ordered the Baron to go after her, which he did, eventually finding her hiding in a forest. After he had found her, the Baron tried to compel her to return with him, but she refused, and, in a fit of rage, he killed her. Overcome with grief, he proceeded to take his own life with the same weapon he used to stab Helena.<ref name="DH31"/>
   
 
===Post-mortem===
 
===Post-mortem===
 
{{Quote|Harry looked over at the Slytherin table and saw a horrible ghost sitting there, with blank staring eyes, a gaunt face, and robes stained with silver blood.|Description.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
{{Quote|Harry looked over at the Slytherin table and saw a horrible ghost sitting there, with blank staring eyes, a gaunt face, and robes stained with silver blood.|Description.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
The Baron, as well as Helena, now known as the [[Helena Ravenclaw|Grey Lady]], both returned from the dead as [[ghost]]s, and returned to [[Hogwarts Castle]], where they became the house ghosts of their former Houses, [[Slytherin]] and [[Ravenclaw]] respectively.<ref name="PS7"/> The Baron has been remorseful of his actions ever since, and carries heavy chains as a sign of penance.<ref name="DH31"/> Nobody else seems to know why he is covered in blood, not even the other [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] [[ghost]]s, excluding the Grey Lady.<ref name="PS7"/> For unspecified reasons, presumably related to his apparently violent, dangerous nature, the Baron has gained [[Peeves]]'s respect and is the only one, besides Professor Dumbledore, who can give him orders.<ref name="PS7"/>
 
   
[[File:Baron.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The Baron at the [[1991]] [[Start-of-Term Feast]].]]
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The Baron, as well as Helena, now known as the [[Helena Ravenclaw|Grey Lady]], both returned from the dead as [[ghost]]s, and returned to [[Hogwarts Castle]], where they became the house ghosts of their former Houses, [[Slytherin]] and [[Ravenclaw]] respectively.<ref name="PS7"/> The Baron has been remorseful of his actions ever since, and carries heavy chains as a sign of penance.<ref name="DH31"/> Nobody else seems to know why he is covered in blood, not even the other [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] [[ghost]]s, excluding the Grey Lady.<ref name="PS7"/> For unspecified reasons, presumably related to his apparently violent, dangerous nature, the Baron has gained [[Peeves]]'s respect and is the only one, besides Professor Dumbledore, who can give him orders.<ref name="PS7"/>
   
 
According to [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]], groaning and clanking in the [[Astronomy Tower]] was a favourite pastime of the Baron's.<ref name="HBP23">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 23 (''Horcruxes'')</ref>
 
According to [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]], groaning and clanking in the [[Astronomy Tower]] was a favourite pastime of the Baron's.<ref name="HBP23">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 23 (''Horcruxes'')</ref>
   
====1991—1992 school year====
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====1991-1992 school year====
 
{{Quote|So — new Gryffindors! I hope you're going to help us win the house championship this year? Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning. Slytherins have got the cup six years in a row! The Bloody Baron's becoming almost unbearable — he's the Slytherin ghost.|[[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]], [[Gryffindor]] house ghost during the [[Start-of-Term Feast]].|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
{{Quote|So — new Gryffindors! I hope you're going to help us win the house championship this year? Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning. Slytherins have got the cup six years in a row! The Bloody Baron's becoming almost unbearable — he's the Slytherin ghost.|[[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]], [[Gryffindor]] house ghost during the [[Start-of-Term Feast]].|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
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[[File:Baron.png|thumb|205px|The Baron at the [[1991]] [[Start-of-Term Feast]].]]
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On [[1 September]] [[1991]], the Baron attended the [[Start-of-Term Feast]], where he sat next to [[first year]] [[Draco Malfoy]], who did not look too pleased with the seating arrangements.<ref name="PS7"/>
 
On [[1 September]] [[1991]], the Baron attended the [[Start-of-Term Feast]], where he sat next to [[first year]] [[Draco Malfoy]], who did not look too pleased with the seating arrangements.<ref name="PS7"/>
   
A while before midnight on [[12 September]] [[1991]], the Bloody Baron passed twice by the [[Fat Lady's Corridor]], frightening [[Neville Longbottom]], who was sleeping on the corridor because he had forgotten the new password to get into [[Gryffindor Tower]].<ref name="PS9">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 9 (''The Midnight Duel'')</ref>
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A while before midnight on [[12 September]] [[1991]], the Bloody Baron passed twice by the [[Fat Lady's Corridor]], frightening [[Neville Longbottom]], who was sleeping in the corridor because he had forgotten the new password to get into [[Gryffindor Tower]].<ref name="PS9">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 9 (''The Midnight Duel'')</ref>
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[[File:Baron_Dungeons.PNG|thumb|left|205px|The Baron haunting the [[Dungeons]], on [[31 October]] [[1991]].]]
   
[[File:Baron Dungeons.PNG|thumb|left|250px|thumb|The Baron haunting the [[Dungeons]], on [[31 October]] [[1991]].]]
 
 
Shortly prior the [[Hallowe'en feast]] on [[31 October]], the Baron haunted the [[Dungeons]].<ref name="PSpc">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]'' - PC version</ref>
 
Shortly prior the [[Hallowe'en feast]] on [[31 October]], the Baron haunted the [[Dungeons]].<ref name="PSpc">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]'' - PC version</ref>
   
 
In the evening of [[4 June]], [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]], all under the [[Cloak of Invisibility]], were intercepted by [[Peeves]] who threatened to call [[Argus Filch]] if whoever that was there did not show themselves. [[Harry Potter]], in a hoarse whisper, proceeded to impersonate the Baron.<ref name="PS16">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 16 (''Through the Trapdoor'')</ref>
 
In the evening of [[4 June]], [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]], all under the [[Cloak of Invisibility]], were intercepted by [[Peeves]] who threatened to call [[Argus Filch]] if whoever that was there did not show themselves. [[Harry Potter]], in a hoarse whisper, proceeded to impersonate the Baron.<ref name="PS16">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 16 (''Through the Trapdoor'')</ref>
   
====1992—1993 school year====
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{{Quote|They passed a group of gloomy nuns, a ragged man wearing chains, and the Fat Friar, a cheerful Hufflepuff ghost, who was talking to a knight with an arrow sticking out of his forehead. Harry wasn't surprised to see that the Bloody Baron, a gaunt, staring Slytherin ghost covered in silver bloodstains, was being given a wide berth by the other ghosts.|Description of [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party]].|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
{{Quote|They passed a group of gloomy nuns, a ragged man wearing chains, and the Fat Friar, a cheerful Hufflepuff ghost, who was talking to a knight with an arrow sticking out of his forehead. Harry wasn't surprised to see that the Bloody Baron, a gaunt, staring Slytherin ghost covered in silver bloodstains, was being given a wide berth by the other ghosts.|Description of [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party]].|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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[[File:BaronSlytherinDungeon.PNG|thumb|205px|The Baron in the [[Slytherin Dungeon]], on [[25 December]], [[1992]]]]
   
 
On the evening of [[31 October]] [[1992]], the Baron attended [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]]'s [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party|five-hundredth Deathday Party]]. The other ghosts appeared to avoid him during the celebration.<ref name="CS8">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' - Chapter 8 (''The Deathday Party'')</ref>
 
On the evening of [[31 October]] [[1992]], the Baron attended [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]]'s [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party|five-hundredth Deathday Party]]. The other ghosts appeared to avoid him during the celebration.<ref name="CS8">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' - Chapter 8 (''The Deathday Party'')</ref>
   
[[File:BaronSlytherinDungeon.PNG|right|250px|thumb|The Baron in the [[Slytherin Dungeon]], on [[25 December]], [[1992]].]]
 
 
He spent [[Christmas]] day strolling the [[Slytherin Corridors|dungeons]] by the [[Slytherin Dungeon]].<ref name="CSpc">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]'' - PC version</ref>
 
He spent [[Christmas]] day strolling the [[Slytherin Corridors|dungeons]] by the [[Slytherin Dungeon]].<ref name="CSpc">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]'' - PC version</ref>
   
====1994—1995 school year====
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====1994-1995 school year====
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington|You're lucky there's a feast at all tonight, you know. There was trouble in the kitchens earlier.|Harry Potter|Why? Wha' 'appened?|Peeves, of course. The usual argument, you know. He wanted to attend the feast — well, it's quite out of the question, you know what he's like, utterly uncivilized, can't see a plate of food without throwing it. We held a ghost's council — the Fat Friar was all for giving him the chance — but most wisely, in my opinion, the Bloody Baron put his foot down.|[[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] tells [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] of the ghost council about [[Peeves]].|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington|You're lucky there's a feast at all tonight, you know. There was trouble in the kitchens earlier.|Harry Potter|Why? What happened?|Peeves, of course. The usual argument, you know. He wanted to attend the feast — well, it's quite out of the question, you know what he's like, utterly uncivilized, can't see a plate of food without throwing it. We held a ghost's council — the Fat Friar was all for giving him the chance — but most wisely, in my opinion, the Bloody Baron put his foot down.|[[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] tells [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] of the ghost council about [[Peeves]].|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
In the afternoon of [[1 September]], [[1994]], the Hogwarts ghosts gathered to decide whether [[Peeves]] should be allowed to attend the [[Start-of-Term Feast]]. The [[Fat Friar]] wanted to give him another chance, but both [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] and the Bloody Baron decided against it. As a result, [[Peeves]] wreaked havoc in the [[Hogwarts kitchens|kitchens]], spilling soup all over the place and scattering pots and pans everywhere.<ref name="GF12">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 12 (''The Triwizard Tournament'')</ref>
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In the afternoon of [[1 September]], [[1994]], the Hogwarts ghosts [[Ghost's council|gathered]] to decide whether [[Peeves]] should be allowed to attend the [[Start-of-Term Feast]]. The [[Fat Friar]] wanted to give him another chance, but both [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] and the Bloody Baron decided against it. As a result, [[Peeves]] wreaked havoc in the [[Hogwarts kitchens|kitchens]], spilling soup all over the place and scattering pots and pans everywhere.<ref name="GF12">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 12 (''The Triwizard Tournament'')</ref>
   
 
Later in the year, the Baron encountered [[Harry Potter]] and [[Ron Weasley]] in the [[North Tower]], while they were talking about [[Sybill Trelawney]]'s alleged predictions of Harry's death.<ref name="GF21">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 21 (''The House-Elf Liberation Front'')</ref>
 
Later in the year, the Baron encountered [[Harry Potter]] and [[Ron Weasley]] in the [[North Tower]], while they were talking about [[Sybill Trelawney]]'s alleged predictions of Harry's death.<ref name="GF21">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 21 (''The House-Elf Liberation Front'')</ref>
   
====1995—1996 school year====
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====1995-1996 school year====
[[File:Bloody Baron portrait.jpg|thumb|left|250px|A tetraptych depicting the Baron in the [[Hogwarts Castle|Hogwarts]] [[Dungeons]].]]
 
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington|I would not go that way if I were you. Peeves is planning an amusing joke on the next person to pass the bust of Paracelsus halfway down the corridor.|Harry Potter|Does it involve Paracelsus falling on top of the person's head?|Funnily enough, it does. Subtlety has never been Peeves's strong point. I'm off to try and find the Bloody Baron… he might be able to put a stop to it… see you, Harry.|[[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] encounters [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington|I would not go that way if I were you. Peeves is planning an amusing joke on the next person to pass the bust of Paracelsus halfway down the corridor.|Harry Potter|Does it involve Paracelsus falling on top of the person's head?|Funnily enough, it does. Subtlety has never been Peeves's strong point. I'm off to try and find the Bloody Baron… he might be able to put a stop to it… see you, Harry.|[[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] encounters [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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[[File:Bloody_Baron_portrait.jpg|thumb|left|205px|A tetraptych depicting the Baron in the [[Hogwarts Castle|Hogwarts]] [[Dungeons]].]]
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By [[1995]], there was a [[Portraits|tetraptych]] of the Baron hung in the [[dungeon cupboard]]. He would frequently haunt this area of the [[Dungeons]] during this school year.<ref name="OPg">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''</ref>
 
By [[1995]], there was a [[Portraits|tetraptych]] of the Baron hung in the [[dungeon cupboard]]. He would frequently haunt this area of the [[Dungeons]] during this school year.<ref name="OPg">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''</ref>
   
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A week later, on [[7 September]], [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] looked for the Baron to see if he could dissuade [[Peeves]] from dropping a bust of [[Paracelsus]] on top of anyone who passed the corridor in which the bust stood.<ref name="OP14">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 14 (''Percy and Padfoot'')</ref>
 
A week later, on [[7 September]], [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] looked for the Baron to see if he could dissuade [[Peeves]] from dropping a bust of [[Paracelsus]] on top of anyone who passed the corridor in which the bust stood.<ref name="OP14">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' - Chapter 14 (''Percy and Padfoot'')</ref>
   
====1996—1997 school year====
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====1996-1997 school year====
[[File:BaronDungeonsOPg.jpg|thumb|right|300px|The Baron strolling through the [[Dungeons]].]]
 
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington|He is here. Professor Dumbledore returned to the school an hour ago. I had it from the Bloody Baron, who saw him arrive. He appeared, according to the Baron, to be in good spirits, though a little tired, of course.|Harry Potter|Where is he?|Oh, groaning and clanking up on the Astronomy Tower, it's a favourite pastime of his —|Not the Bloody Baron — Dumbledore!|Oh — in his office. I believe, from what the Baron said, that he had business to attend to before turning in —|An exchange between [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] and [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b-a|Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington|He is here. Professor Dumbledore returned to the school an hour ago. I had it from the Bloody Baron, who saw him arrive. He appeared, according to the Baron, to be in good spirits, though a little tired, of course.|Harry Potter|Where is he?|Oh, groaning and clanking up on the Astronomy Tower, it's a favourite pastime of his —|Not the Bloody Baron — Dumbledore!|Oh — in his office. I believe, from what the Baron said, that he had business to attend to before turning in —|An exchange between [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]] and [[Harry Potter]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
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[[File:BaronDungeonsOPg.jpg|thumb|220px|The Baron strolling through the [[Dungeons]].]]
 
In the early hours of [[22 April]], [[1997]], the Bloody Baron saw [[Albus Dumbledore]] return to the Castle from one of his missions to find [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es, and reported it to [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]]. He later retreated to the [[Astronomy Tower]] where he liked to groan and clank.<ref name="HBP23"/>
 
In the early hours of [[22 April]], [[1997]], the Bloody Baron saw [[Albus Dumbledore]] return to the Castle from one of his missions to find [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es, and reported it to [[Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington]]. He later retreated to the [[Astronomy Tower]] where he liked to groan and clank.<ref name="HBP23"/>
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====1997-1998 school year====
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[[File:Tumblr_m7j5g7D9JJ1qili3vo3_r1_250.gif|frame|left|Explosions in the Entrance Courtyard during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]]]On [[2 May]], [[1998]], the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] ensued after [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] learned [[Harry Potter]] was in the premises. The ghosts, likely including the Baron, attended a gathering in the [[Great Hall]], in which [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]] gave instructions on evacuation of underage students and [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] organised the participants for battle.<ref name="DH31"/> Later on, the ghosts gathered at the [[Great Hall]], joining the mass mourning over the dead.<ref name="DH12">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 33 (''The Prince's Tale'')</ref>
   
 
==Physical description==
 
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:Bloody Baron - Hogwarts-Ghost.gif|thumb|350px|left|Bloody Baron in [[1991]].]]
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*In the Welsh translation, the Baron's name is given as Waldo.
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*The Bloody Baron is the only Hogwarts house ghost in the books without any on-'screen' dialogue.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', the Bloody Baron is portrayed by [[Terence Bayler]].
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', the Bloody Baron is portrayed by [[Terence Bayler]].
 
*In the [[Harry Potter films|films]], the Baron is depicted as being quite mirthful, in stark contrast to the solemn and quite terrifying character in the books. In the video games, however, the Baron resumes his "book" persona.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter films|films]], the Baron is depicted as being quite mirthful, in stark contrast to the solemn and quite terrifying character in the books. In the video games, however, the Baron resumes his "book" persona.
*In all of his media appearances, the Bloody Baron appears in late seventeenth century attire. This wardrobe was chosen for the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', when the Baron's death date was uncertain. This, of course, is not consistant with ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', in which he is revealed to have died in the early eleventh century.
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*In all of his media appearances, the Bloody Baron appears in late seventeenth century attire. This wardrobe was chosen for the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', when the Baron's death date was uncertain. This, of course, is not consistent with ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', in which he is revealed to have died in the early eleventh century.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', the Bloody Baron resembles Captain James Hook (as played by Dustin Hoffman) in the film ''Hook''. Coincidentally, that film features [[Maggie Smith]], who plays [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]], as well as a music score by [[John Williams]].
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', the Bloody Baron resembles Captain James Hook (as played by Dustin Hoffman) in the film ''Hook''. Coincidentally, that film features [[Maggie Smith]], who plays [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]], as well as a music score by [[John Williams]].
 
*The Baron is encountered in the PC/64 version of ''Philosopher's Stone'' walking the labyrinthine dungeon corridors where [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] sends [[Harry Potter]] to find four crucial [[potion]] ingredients. In the next gen version of Chamber of Secrets, the Baron can be seen walking the path from the dungeons through the entrance hall to the teacher's lounge corridor, every night, the chilling sound of his footsteps echoing through the hall each time as he approaches.
 
*The Baron is encountered in the PC/64 version of ''Philosopher's Stone'' walking the labyrinthine dungeon corridors where [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] sends [[Harry Potter]] to find four crucial [[potion]] ingredients. In the next gen version of Chamber of Secrets, the Baron can be seen walking the path from the dungeons through the entrance hall to the teacher's lounge corridor, every night, the chilling sound of his footsteps echoing through the hall each time as he approaches.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)|video game version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' it is mentioned he cannot speak.
 
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)|video game version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' it is mentioned he cannot speak.
 
*In the credits of the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', his name is misspelt as "Bloody Barron".
 
*In the credits of the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', his name is misspelt as "Bloody Barron".
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)|PS2 version of the video game adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', there is a large statue of the Bloody Baron on the [[North Wing]].
   
 
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The Bloody Baron
Biographical information
Born

982 or later[1]

Died

Early 11th century[2]

Title(s)

Baron[3]

Physical information
Species
Gender

Male[3]

Skin colour

Pale[4]

Affiliation
Occupation

Slytherin House Ghost[3]

House

Slytherin[5]

Loyalty

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry[3]

Seamus Finnigan: "How did he get covered in blood?"
Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington: "I've never asked."
Seamus Finnigan asking Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington about Bloody Baron[src]

The Bloody Baron (late 10th century – early 11th century) was a wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Founders' time and was Sorted into Slytherin house. After Hogwarts, he fell in love with Helena Ravenclaw, but she did not love him. He was sent by Rowena Ravenclaw to find Helena in Albania, but Helena refused to return with him and so he killed her in a rage. When he realised what he had done, the Baron stabbed himself with the same knife and died. Since then, he is one of the ghosts that haunts Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the ghost of Slytherin house. Covered in Helena Ravenclaw's blood to this day, he earned himself the moniker of "Bloody Baron".

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

"The baron was always a hot-tempered man."
Helena Ravenclaw relays the Baron's personality prior to his death.[src]

The Baron was born into nobility, no earlier than 982.[1]

At the age of eleven, the Baron became part of one of the first generations of students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Scotland, which, at that time, was still being run by its original Founders. He was Sorted into Slytherin House and was educated in the magical arts by Salazar Slytherin for the seven years that followed.[5]

Sometime around this time the Baron met Helena Ravenclaw, daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw, whom he fell in love with, though she always rejected his advances.[6]

DeathEdit

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The Bloody Baron, covered in Helena Ravenclaw's blood.

Helena Ravenclaw: "He tracked me to the forest where I was hiding. When I refused to return with him, he became violent. The baron was always a hot-tempered man. Furious at my refusal, jealous of my freedom, he stabbed me."
Harry Potter: "The Baron? You mean —?"
Helena Ravenclaw: "The Bloody Baron, yes. When he saw what he had done, he was overcome with remorse. He took the weapon that had claimed my life, and used it to kill himself. All these centuries later, he wears his chains as an act of penitence… as he should."
Helena Ravenclaw tells Harry Potter the story of her and the Baron's death.[src]
Later on in his life, Helena, after stealing a diadem belonging to her mother that increased the intelligence of the wearer, ran away to Albania. Around this same time, Rowena fell fatally ill,[6] although legend has it that it was a broken heart,[7] possibly caused by her daughter abandoning her. Rowena ordered the Baron to go after her, which he did, eventually finding her hiding in a forest. After he had found her, the Baron tried to compel her to return with him, but she refused, and, in a fit of rage, he killed her. Overcome with grief, he proceeded to take his own life with the same weapon he used to stab Helena.[6]

Post-mortemEdit

"Harry looked over at the Slytherin table and saw a horrible ghost sitting there, with blank staring eyes, a gaunt face, and robes stained with silver blood."
—Description.[src]

The Baron, as well as Helena, now known as the Grey Lady, both returned from the dead as ghosts, and returned to Hogwarts Castle, where they became the house ghosts of their former Houses, Slytherin and Ravenclaw respectively.[3] The Baron has been remorseful of his actions ever since, and carries heavy chains as a sign of penance.[6] Nobody else seems to know why he is covered in blood, not even the other Hogwarts ghosts, excluding the Grey Lady.[3] For unspecified reasons, presumably related to his apparently violent, dangerous nature, the Baron has gained Peeves's respect and is the only one, besides Professor Dumbledore, who can give him orders.[3]

According to Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, groaning and clanking in the Astronomy Tower was a favourite pastime of the Baron's.[8]

1991-1992 school yearEdit

"So — new Gryffindors! I hope you're going to help us win the house championship this year? Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning. Slytherins have got the cup six years in a row! The Bloody Baron's becoming almost unbearable — he's the Slytherin ghost."
Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, Gryffindor house ghost during the Start-of-Term Feast.[src]
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The Baron at the 1991 Start-of-Term Feast.

On 1 September 1991, the Baron attended the Start-of-Term Feast, where he sat next to first year Draco Malfoy, who did not look too pleased with the seating arrangements.[3]

A while before midnight on 12 September 1991, the Bloody Baron passed twice by the Fat Lady's Corridor, frightening Neville Longbottom, who was sleeping in the corridor because he had forgotten the new password to get into Gryffindor Tower.[9]

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The Baron haunting the Dungeons, on 31 October 1991.

Shortly prior the Hallowe'en feast on 31 October, the Baron haunted the Dungeons.[10]

In the evening of 4 June, Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all under the Cloak of Invisibility, were intercepted by Peeves who threatened to call Argus Filch if whoever that was there did not show themselves. Harry Potter, in a hoarse whisper, proceeded to impersonate the Baron.[11]

1992-1993 school yearEdit

"They passed a group of gloomy nuns, a ragged man wearing chains, and the Fat Friar, a cheerful Hufflepuff ghost, who was talking to a knight with an arrow sticking out of his forehead. Harry wasn't surprised to see that the Bloody Baron, a gaunt, staring Slytherin ghost covered in silver bloodstains, was being given a wide berth by the other ghosts."
—Description of Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party.[src]
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The Baron in the Slytherin Dungeon, on 25 December, 1992

On the evening of 31 October 1992, the Baron attended Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's five-hundredth Deathday Party. The other ghosts appeared to avoid him during the celebration.[12]

He spent Christmas day strolling the dungeons by the Slytherin Dungeon.[13]

1994-1995 school yearEdit

Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington: "You're lucky there's a feast at all tonight, you know. There was trouble in the kitchens earlier."
Harry Potter: "Why? What happened?"
Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington: "Peeves, of course. The usual argument, you know. He wanted to attend the feast — well, it's quite out of the question, you know what he's like, utterly uncivilized, can't see a plate of food without throwing it. We held a ghost's council — the Fat Friar was all for giving him the chance — but most wisely, in my opinion, the Bloody Baron put his foot down."
Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington tells Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger of the ghost council about Peeves.[src]

In the afternoon of 1 September, 1994, the Hogwarts ghosts gathered to decide whether Peeves should be allowed to attend the Start-of-Term Feast. The Fat Friar wanted to give him another chance, but both Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington and the Bloody Baron decided against it. As a result, Peeves wreaked havoc in the kitchens, spilling soup all over the place and scattering pots and pans everywhere.[14]

Later in the year, the Baron encountered Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in the North Tower, while they were talking about Sybill Trelawney's alleged predictions of Harry's death.[15]

1995-1996 school yearEdit

Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington: "I would not go that way if I were you. Peeves is planning an amusing joke on the next person to pass the bust of Paracelsus halfway down the corridor."
Harry Potter: "Does it involve Paracelsus falling on top of the person's head?"
Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington: "Funnily enough, it does. Subtlety has never been Peeves's strong point. I'm off to try and find the Bloody Baron… he might be able to put a stop to it… see you, Harry."
Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington encounters Harry Potter.[src]
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A tetraptych depicting the Baron in the Hogwarts Dungeons.

By 1995, there was a tetraptych of the Baron hung in the dungeon cupboard. He would frequently haunt this area of the Dungeons during this school year.[16]

During the Start-of-Term Feast, on 1 September 1995, Ronald Weasley managed to inadvertedly insult Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, by saying the ghost was afraid of the Bloody Baron when he said he would never dream of seeking an argument with the Baron.[17]

A week later, on 7 September, Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington looked for the Baron to see if he could dissuade Peeves from dropping a bust of Paracelsus on top of anyone who passed the corridor in which the bust stood.[18]

1996-1997 school yearEdit

Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington: "He is here. Professor Dumbledore returned to the school an hour ago. I had it from the Bloody Baron, who saw him arrive. He appeared, according to the Baron, to be in good spirits, though a little tired, of course."
Harry Potter: "Where is he?"
Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington: "Oh, groaning and clanking up on the Astronomy Tower, it's a favourite pastime of his —"
Harry Potter: "Not the Bloody Baron — Dumbledore!"
Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington: "Oh — in his office. I believe, from what the Baron said, that he had business to attend to before turning in —"
— An exchange between Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington and Harry Potter.[src]
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The Baron strolling through the Dungeons.

In the early hours of 22 April, 1997, the Bloody Baron saw Albus Dumbledore return to the Castle from one of his missions to find Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes, and reported it to Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington. He later retreated to the Astronomy Tower where he liked to groan and clank.[8]

1997-1998 school yearEdit

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Explosions in the Entrance Courtyard during the Battle of Hogwarts

On 2 May1998, the Battle of Hogwarts ensued after Lord Voldemort learned Harry Potter was in the premises. The ghosts, likely including the Baron, attended a gathering in the Great Hall, in which Professor McGonagall gave instructions on evacuation of underage students and Kingsley Shacklebolt organised the participants for battle.[6] Later on, the ghosts gathered at the Great Hall, joining the mass mourning over the dead.[19]

Physical descriptionEdit

"The Bloody Baron was the Slytherin ghost, a gaunt and silent spectre covered in silver bloodstains."
—Description.[src]

As a ghost, the Baron was very pale,[4] pearly-white and slightly transparent.[3] He had wide, staring,[15] black eyes[3] and a gaunt face.[3] He dressed in robes covered in silver bloodstains,[14] and carried chains in a final act of penitence for having murdered Helena Ravenclaw.[6] He also sported a curly powdered wig and carried his sword.[20] He spoke in a hoarse whisper.[11]

Personality and traitsEdit

Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington: "Well, now, you shouldn't take that attitude. Peaceful cooperation, that's the key. We ghosts, though we belong to separate houses, maintain links of friendship. In spite of the competitiveness between Gryffindor and Slytherin, I would never dream of seeking an argument with the Bloody Baron."
Ronald Weasley: "Only because you're terrified of him."
— An exchange between Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington and Ronald Weasley.[src]

During his lifetime, the Baron was described by Helena Ravenclaw as a "hot-tempered man". He insisted on having his way in interactions, responding with violent uncontrolled anger when contradicted.[6] As a ghost, he was frightening and most people did not seem to enjoy his presence,[3] not even his fellow ghosts.[12] However, he seemed to have a cordial, if not friendly, relationship with the ghost of Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington,[8] despite Ronald Weasley's allegations of the latter being "terrified" of him.[17] The Baron seemed to be intolerant towards Peeves, who was scared of him,[11] and could not bear his lack of civilisation, putting "his foot down" over the Poltergeist's presence in the 1994 Start-of-Term Feast.[14] He also seems to have a great deal of House pride; before Harry Potter's arrival at Hogwarts, Slytherin had won the House Cup for six years in a row, and the Baron had become "unbearable" according to Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Given Hogwarts was founded in around 993 A.D. and that the Baron attended it within Rowena Ravenclaw's lifetime, he must have been eleven by or after the school's founding. So, the earliest date he could have possibly been born is 982.
  2. He killed himself after his seven years at Hogwarts, and given the earliest he could have started at the school is 993, his earliest possible death year is 1000.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 10 (Halloween)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "If a teacher is head of a house, can we assume that they were sorted into those houses when they were students at Hogwarts? Is that also true for the house ghosts? So was Snape a Slytherin?" on J.K.Rowling Official Site
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
  7. Wizard of the Month
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 23 (Horcruxes)
  9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 9 (The Midnight Duel)
  10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - PC version
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 16 (Through the Trapdoor)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)
  13. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - PC version
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 12 (The Triwizard Tournament)
  15. 15.0 15.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 21 (The House-Elf Liberation Front)
  16. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 11 (The Sorting Hat's New Song)
  18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
  19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
  20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) - Chapter 13 (Nick and Other Residents)


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