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1535 (aged 49)
A celebrated author, Agrippa authored some works about wizardkind and magic. However, the persecution of witches and wizards gathered pace all over Europe in the fifteenth century, and Agrippa was imprisoned by Muggles who claimed his works were evil. Jean Bodin, the great French philosopher, described Agrippa as being the 'greatest sorcerer' of his time. He was reputed to have a mysterious black dog that accompanied him everywhere, and was thought to be his 'familiar'. In truth, the dog was just his companion, and Agrippa was not evil, but a very wise scholar and magician.
Death and post-mortem
Cornelius Agrippa died in 1535, aged 49. By the 1990s, he was featured on a Chocolate Frog Card. This card was one of only two that were missing from Ron Weasley's collection when he met Harry Potter in 1991 (the other being Ptolemy).
Behind the scenes
- Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486 – 1535) was a German soldier, physician and author whose major works include Declamatio de nobilitate et praecellentia foeminei sexus (Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex), a book first published in 1529 that asserts that women are morally and theologically superior to men, and De occulta philosophia libri tres (Three Books on Occult Philosophy), a series of books covering a wide variety of occult topics first published between 1531 and 1533. He was an adept in alchemy, astrology, and magic. His interest in the occult lead to criticism, and caused him to lose several jobs, but he is not known to have been imprisoned for it.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Pottermore (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)