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"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?"

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