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Brian Gagwilde was the wizard who wrote Pokery & Hocus Pocus. There were portraits of him hung in the Hogwarts Castle's main halls: the Entrance Hall and the Grand Staircase. A portrait of him also hung in the Malfoy Manor.
Behind the scenes
- Gagwilde may have died sometime prior to 1991, as many portraits hung at Hogwarts Castle depict deceased individuals. His clothing seems to suggest that he lived on the sixteenth or seventeenth century.
- Gagwilde's portrait seems to be a direct reference to a portrait of Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount of Saint Alban.
The meaning of the name "Brian" is not known for certain, but it is possibly related to the old Celtic element bre, meaning "hill", or by extension "high", "noble". It was borne by the semi-legendary Irish king Brian Boru, who thwarted Viking attempts to conquer Ireland in the 11th century. He was slain in the Battle of Clontarf, though his forces were decisively victorious. The name was common in Ireland before his time, and even more so afterwards. It came into use in England in the Middle Ages, introduced by Breton settlers. It subsequently became rare, but was revived in the 20th century.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
Notes and references
- ↑ A portrait of him hung at Malfoy Manor.
- ↑ "The Dames Hit Hollywood! Day Four: Warner Brothers Studio" from An Elegant Obsession blog
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) - PC version
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)