Headmistress of Hogwarts School
- "Seen and not heard; that's what children should be."
- —Elizabeth Burke's portrait[src]
Professor Elizabeth Burke was a witch. She had portraits hung at Hogwarts Castle, depicting her as a dark-dressed witch in a ruff and sporting a very pointed hat. She appears to be a pure-blood witch, seeing as she tells Slytherin students to be "nasty to Mudbloods."
Elizabeth probably attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Slytherin. She was appointed Headmistress of Hogwarts School at an unknown point. Burke had a portrait painted of herself when she was thirty-five years old.
During the next school year, Elizabeth's portrait was maintained at the same place at the Grand Staircase.
By 1995 her portrait was no longer hung by the first-floor landing of the Grand Staircase, but two floors below, at the Entrance Dungeon. During this school year, she hid a secret passage to the Main Dungeons. In order to gain passage, one had to give her the password "Slytherins are Supreme", which only she and the Slytherin students knew about. There was another portrait of her, hung near the entrance to the Potions Classroom, hiding a passage to the seventh-floor corridor. Its password was "Facta, non verba".
By the next school year, her portraits no longer hid any secret passageway, nor did they stay on the same walls.
Behind the scenes
- Elizabeth may have died sometime prior to 1991, as many portraits hung at Hogwarts depict deceased individuals. Her clothing seems to indicate that she lived during the sixteenth or seventeenth century.
- Elizabeth Burke's portrait bears a resemblance to a 1592 portrait of Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury by Rowland Lockey.
- It is possible she may be related to Caractacus Burke, co-founder of Borgin and Burkes.
- "Elizabeth" is from Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע (Elisheva) meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance". It has been very popular in England since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Famous modern bearers include the British queen Elizabeth II (1926-).
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (Appears in portrait(s)) 
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Appears in portrait(s))
Notes and references
- ↑ According to J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival (J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival (15 August, 2004) source), headmasters only get their portrait hung in the office if they die holding the title of headmaster. As Armando Dippet was headmaster from at least 1943 until being succeeded by Albus Dumbledore, Professor Burke must have died at some point before 1943.
- ↑ Pottermore states that the Malfoy family are "not against marrying Half-bloods"; if Elizabeth is a Malfoy, then there is a possibility, however small, that she is a half-blood.
- ↑ Harry Potter for Kinect
- ↑ The portrait was hung in Malfoy Manor, so it is possible that she was related to the Malfoys.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) - GBA version
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter Limited Edition
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
- ↑ DVD 2 - Special Features (The Quest of Sir Cadogan)