Gilbert Wimple was a wizard who worked for the Committee on Experimental Charms at the Ministry of Magic. He had horns that he presumably acquired as a result of one of his experiments. Wimple attended the Quidditch World Cup in 1994. Arthur Weasley pointed him out to Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger.[2]


The name "Gilbert" means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic elements gisil "pledge, hostage" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century British saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.

Whimple is a village in Devon, near Exeter, where J. K. Rowling went to university. This could be a link to Wimple, as there are other references to places in the area in the books.


Notes and references

  1. As he works for the Ministry he is likely of age.
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)

Ministry of Magic Departments
Unknown Levels
Committee on Experimental Charms · Magical Maintenance Department · Ministry of Magic Public Information Services · Department of Magical Education · Very Important Members of Section M.I. Trx. · Wizarding Examinations Authority · Research Committee · Exploding Bonbons Disposal Unit
Committee on Experimental Charms Personnel
Balfour Blane · Gilbert Wimple
Magical Maintenance Department Personnel
Reginald Cattermole · Orford Umbridge · Lift attendant · Man
Research Committee Personnel
Phoebus Penrose (Head)
Wizarding Examinations Authority Personnel
Griselda Marchbanks · Professor Tofty · Unidentified plump little witch examiner · Unidentified examiner with a wart on his nose