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Brutus Scrimgeour[2] was a wizard. He served as headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at some point[3][4] and also wrote the book The Beaters' Bible.[5]

Biography

Life and career

During his life, Scrimgeour taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,[2] and was eventually appointed headmaster.[3][4]

Scrimgeour was a Quidditch fan and may have been a Beater at some point.[5] He wrote a guide for Beaters, The Beaters' Bible, and gave a positive review of the book Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, saying that it was "the definitive work on the origins and history of Quidditch" and that he "highly recommended" it.[5]

Legacy

Scrimgeour died sometime in or before the year 1994.[1] Multiple portraits of him were thereafter hung within Hogwarts Castle.

One portrait, hung in the Trophy Room, hid a secret passage to the fourth floor.[6] During the 1994-1995 school year, the password to open this passage was initially "Beati pacifici,"[6] meaning "blessed are the peacemakers" in Latin.[7] This was changed to "Iunctis viribus" ("by united efforts" in Latin)[8] later in the same school year.[6]

Another portrait of Scrimgeour was hung in the Headmaster's office.[4]

Etymology

Brutus Scrimgeour

Brutus's portrait.

The name "Brutus" is a Roman cognomen meaning "heavy" in Latin. Famous bearers include Lucius Junius Brutus, the traditional founder of the Roman Republic, and Marcus Junius Brutus, the statesman who conspired to assassinate Julius Caesar.

Behind the scenes

  • Scrimgeuor may have been related to Rufus Scrimgeour.
  • Scrimgeuor's portrait was painted by artist Steve Mitchell.[9] Mitchell created several portraits for the Harry Potter films.[10]
  • On "The Quest of Sir Cadogan" feature on Disc 2 of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD, Scrimgeour's portrait appears to be inverted horizontally.
  • The phrase beati pacifici, Latin for "blessed are the peacemakers", is a portion of Matthew 5:9. The full verse reads beati pacifici quoniam filii Dei vocabuntur ("Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God").

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.K. Rowling stated at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 15 August 2014 (source) that all portraits at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are of deceased individuals. Thus, Scrimgeour must have died sometime in or before 1994, given his portrait's appearance in "The Quest of Sir Cadogan" feature on Disc 2 of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "The Quest of Sir Cadogan" feature on Disc 2 of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD (see this image).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter for Kinect
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Making of Harry Potter (see this image)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) - GBA version
  7. "Beati pacifici" on Latin-Dictionary.org
  8. "Iunctis viribus" on Latin-Dictionary.org
  9. Portrait page on Steve Mitchell's official site
  10. Portrait portfolio on Steve Mitchell's official site


Third-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Classrooms
Advanced Arithmancy Studies classroom · Class 34 · Class 72 · Classroom 2E · Classroom 3C · Classroom 3D · Classroom 7A · Classroom off of the Charms corridor · Classroom off of the Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Ghoul Studies classroom
Corridors
Charms corridor · Third-floor corridor · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Serpentine Corridor
Halls and rooms
Armoury · Clock Tower Entrance · Hesperius Hall · Storeroom · Trophy Room · Vastus Vestibule
Other locations
Trophy Secret Passage · Turret Stairwell
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Damara Dodderidge · Drunk Monks · Google Flange · Basil Fronsac · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Merwyn the Malicious · Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington · Valeria Myriadd · Helena Ravenclaw · Brutus Scrimgeour · Temeritus Shanks · Shepherdess · Witch in green · Witch in Pompadour hairstyle · Wizard in black · Wizard in red
Staircases
Staircase to the courtyard corridor · Staircase to the first-floor corridor · Staircase to the second-floor arcade



Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the fourth floor

Class 67 · Cuthbert Binns's office · Fourth Floor balcony · Fourth Floor Corridor · Fourth Floor hospital tower corridor · Hogwarts Library · Disused classroom · Restricted Section · Study Area

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the fourth floor

Barking Mad Male Gargoyle · Brutus Scrimgeour · Edward Rabnott · Hengist of Woodcroft · Landscape with trees · Temeritus Shanks

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