Professor Edessa Skanderberg (or possibly Skandenberg)[2] (fl. 1503) was a Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the early sixteenth century.[3]



Professor Skanderberg lived in the fifteenth century. In her lifetime, she was a social historian, specialising in Muggle society.[4] She was appointed Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and had a portrait painted in 1503.[5]


After her death, her portrait was hung in the Headmaster's office, so that she could advise the current Headmaster.[3] She had more portraits around the castle: in the East Wing,[6] Grand Staircase[7] and other halls such as the Glanmore Peakes' Corridor[6]


  • "Edessa" (probably originally from a Phrygian or Illyrian word meaning ‘tower in the water’) is the name of a Greek city and, in Ancient Greece, also a province.
  • Her surname may be the Albanian name Skanderbeg influenced by German names ending in -en-berg.

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Notes and references

  1. J. K. Rowling stated at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 15 August 2014 (source) that all portraits at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are of deceased individuals. Thus, Skandenberg must have died sometime in or before 1992, given her portrait's appearance in the Headmaster's office in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) DVD (Disc 2 - The Quest of Sir Cadogan)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) DVD (Disc 2 - Dumbledore's Office)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter Limited Edition - A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films (see this image)
  5. See this image.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  8. "Mirabile visu" at
  9. Edessa herself had escaped during the Battle of Hogwarts, but the portrait is there.

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 · Trophy Room · Writing Supplies Room · Staircase between the sixth-floor and seventh-floor corridor

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