Caractacus Phelps (b. 1937) was a wizard from Staines, Surrey. On 1 April, 1979, he (a forty-two year-old, at the time) exploded no less than eight-hundred Stink Pellets, by dropping them en-masse from the roof of the Daily Prophet building in Diagon Alley. The resultant gas cloud caused untold discomfort throughout London, and approximately five-hundred cases of Stinkitus were reported. The Muggle authorities explained the stinking cloud away as an unpleasant emission from a nearby factory.
Caractacus comes from Gaelic origin, the name for a British hero who fought the Roman invaders. Caer means "a castle or city"; eacht "an exploit"; and cios, "a tribute". Phelps is related to "Philip", meaning "lover of horses" in Greek.
Behind the scenes
- This wizard is only mentioned in the GameCube - Game Boy Advance Link of the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry reads about him on a Hint Book, at Gringotts.
- He shares the same surname as James and Oliver Phelps, the actors who play Fred and George Weasley in the films.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (GCN-GBA Link)