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Damara Dodderidge
Damara Dodderidge
Biographical information

Before 1991 (possibly)

Physical information




Hair colour


Skin colour


Family information
Family members

Daisy Dodderidge (possibly)


Head of Gryffindor House[1]



"The girl will eat herself out of house and frame if she keeps on like this..."
Giffard Abbott's portrait[src]

Damara Dodderidge was a witch, and a Head of Gryffindor House[1]. Her portrait was hung in the Grand Staircase.



Damara attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in her youth, where she was sorted into Gryffindor House. When she graduated, she later became Head of House herself[1].



By 1992, she had a portrait hung in Hogwarts Castle's Grand Staircase, and another one in Gryffindor Tower in 1993.


By 1995, she guarded a shortcut, leading from the Grand Staircase to the Clock Tower, she was seen frequently complaining about her hunger or tiredness. By then, her password was "Chops and Gravy".[2]


In the next school year, Damara's portrait was moved to another place in the Grand Staircase. Despite this move, she still guarded a passage to the Clock Tower, inaccessible to all, who had not got the new password: "Dashing Cadogan".[3]


On 2 May, 1998, the Battle of Hogwarts ensued. Damara appeared to have fled from her portrait.[4]

Personality and traits

"Ohhhh, I'm too hungry. If you could ask Giffard Abbott — he's the portrait at the bottom of the Grand Staircase — to send some food along, then maybe I could help. Nothing much, just some chops, and a leg of lamb, some chicken and beef and maybe some cakes as well. Not too much. I'm so hungry."
—Damara Dodderidge.[src]

Damara was known being always very hungry and tired.[2] Her portrait at Hogwarts Castle depicts her like so, but by 1996 she seemed to stop constantly daydreaming about food and complaining about her tiredness. She said to be hungry once at breakfast time, though. Also by this time, she seemed to have developed a crush on fellow portrait Sir Cadogan, calling him "dashing".[3]


Damara is the Celtic goddess of fertility.

Behind the scenes

  • Damara Dodderidge may have died sometime prior to 1991, as many portraits hung at Hogwarts depict deceased individuals.
  • Damara is voiced by Rachel Atkins in the fifth video game while in the sixth game she is voiced by Beth Chalmers.
  • It is possible that Damara is related to Daisy Dodderidge, the famed founder and first landlady of The Leaky Cauldron.
  • Considering that she is named for the Celtic goddess of fertility, it may be that Damara Dodderidge's hunger and tiredness simply resulted from being pregnant.
  • Damara's portrait is based off of Lady Elizabeth Pope.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 See this image, confirming that all portraits hanging in Gryffindor Tower depicted Heads of House.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game), PS2 version
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)
  5. Seen shortly after Hermione Granger says "Staircases changes. Remember?"

Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the third floor

Armoury · Charms Corridor · Class 34 · Class 72 · Classroom 2E · Classroom 3C · Clock Tower Entrance · Flipendo Challenge · Lumos Challenge · Wingardium Leviosa Challenge · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Hesperius Hall · Jinx Rooms · The Tower · Library · One-Eyed Witch Passage · Storeroom · Third Floor Corridor · Trophy Room · Trophy Secret Passage · Turret Stairwell · Vastus Vestibule

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the third floor

Basil Fronsac · Brutus Scrimgeour · Damara Dodderidge · Drunk Monks · Google Flange · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Helena Ravenclaw · Merwyn the Malicious · Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington · Shepherdess · Temeritus Shanks · Valeria Myriadd · Witch in green · Witch in Pompadour hairstyle · Wizard in black · Wizard in red

Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the sixth floor

Classroom 6A · Classroom 6B · Corridor · Disused bathroom · East Wing · Empty classroom · Floor 6 Bonus · Glanmore Peakes' Corridor · Horace Slughorn's office · Room of Rewards · Storeroom · Writing Supplies Room

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the sixth floor

Damara Dodderidge · Edgar Stroulger · Edessa Sakndenberg · Glanmore Peakes · Selina Sapworthy · Skeleton in a top hat · Portrait in storeroom · Temeritus Shanks · Vindictus Viridian · Wendelin the Weird

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