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Gunhilda of Gorsemoor

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Gunhilda of Gorsemoor (1556-1639) was a one-eyed, hump-backed Healer who discovered a cure for dragon pox.[1]


Early life

Not much is known about Gunhilda of Gorsemoor's early life. She was born in 1556, and might have attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in her youth, from c. 1567- 1574.

As a Healer

Gunhilda of Gorsemoor USA Card

Gunhilda, treating a sick wizard.

At some point in her life, Gunhilda became a Healer. She was seen as a talented and hard-working Healer by everyone who knew her. A gifted potioneer, Gunhilda became very famous for her development of the cure for dragon pox, a disease that in worst cases can and did kill many wizards, including Chauncey Oldridge[3] and, more recently, Abraxas Malfoy.[4] Although effective, Gunhilda's cure has not eradicated the disease.[5]

Death and legacy

After her death in 1639, everyone who knew her felt great sorrow.[1] The great Healer might have died but she was not forgotten; her cure for dragon pox continued saving lives many centuries after her death. For this, Gunhilda was featured in a Chocolate Frog Card.[1] A statue of Gunhilda can be found in the Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor on the third-floor at Hogwarts Castle. When one taps the statue's hump with a wand and incants the spell Dissendium, a secret passage is opened, leading to the basement of Honeydukes Sweetshop in Hogsmeade Village, a passage which Harry Potter used.[6]

Behind the scenes

Statue of Gunhilda of Gorsemoor (also known as One-Eyed Witch)

This statue of Gunhilda can be found at Hogwarts Castle.


The name "Gunhilda" is from the Old Norse name Gunnhildr, derived from the elements gunnr "war" and hildr "battle".

See also


Notes and references

Third-floor of Hogwarts Castle
Advanced Arithmancy Studies classroom · Class 34 · Class 72 · Classroom 2E · Classroom 3C · Classroom 3D · Classroom 7A · Classroom off of the Charms corridor · Classroom off of the Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Ghoul Studies classroom
Charms corridor · Third-floor corridor · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Serpentine Corridor
Halls and rooms
Armoury · Clock Tower Entrance · Hesperius Hall · Storeroom · Trophy Room · Vastus Vestibule
Other locations
Trophy Secret Passage · Turret Stairwell
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Damara Dodderidge · Drunk Monks · Google Flange · Basil Fronsac · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Merwyn the Malicious · Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington · Valeria Myriadd · Helena Ravenclaw · Brutus Scrimgeour · Temeritus Shanks · Shepherdess · Witch in green · Witch in Pompadour hairstyle · Wizard in black · Wizard in red
Staircase to the courtyard corridor · Staircase to the first-floor corridor · Staircase to the second-floor arcade

Potions (class)
Books chapterart hbp 09
Professors: 16th century Professor · Vindictus Veridian · Severus Snape · Horace Slughorn
Textbooks: Magical Drafts and Potions · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Advanced Potion-Making · Moste Potente Potions · A Collection of Above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick, and Surgery
Potions at Hogwarts: Potions Classroom · Potions Staircase · Potions basement · Potions Club · Potion Master's office · Potion Master's storeroom · Dungeon Five · Cauldron cupboard
Potioneers: Arsenius Jigger · Damocles · Glover Hipworth · Golpalott · Gregory the Smarmy · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Hector Dagworth-Granger · Hesper Starkey · J. Pippin · Laverne de Montmorency · Libatius Borage · Regulus Moonshine · Rubens Winikus · Sacharissa Tugwood · Tilden Toots · Dr. Ubbly · Zygmunt Budge
Potions Studied: Boil-Cure Potion · Forgetfulness Potion · Hair-Raising Potion · Shrinking Solution · Undetectable Poisons · Wiggenweld Potion · Girding Potion · Antidotes · Strengthening Solution · Everlasting Elixirs · Felix Felicis · Draught of Living Death · Amortentia · Elixir to Induce Euphoria · Hiccoughing Solution · Poison Antidote · Swelling Solution · Draught of Peace · Wit-Sharpening Potion · Polyjuice Potion

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