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Professor Heliotrope Wilkins was a witch, and former headmistress of Hogwarts.

Biography

Lifetime

Heliotrope served as Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry sometime before Armando Dippet.

Post-mortem

After her death, sometime before 1943, her portrait was hung in the Headmaster's office, in order to give advice to the current Head.[2] She also had portraits hung at the Grand Staircase.[3]

Behind the scenes

Etymology

Heliotrope is a term used to describe a plant, which turns to face the sun, derived from the Greek helios, "sun", and tropein, "to turn."[4] In the language of flowers, heliotropes represent devotion.[5] Miss Heliotrope is a character in The Little White Horse, a 1946 novel by Elizabeth Goudge, which was a childhood favourite of J. K. Rowling.[6]

Wilkins is an English patronymic surname based on Wilkin,[7] a nickname of the given names Will and William,[8] which both derive from Wilhelm, a Germanic name made up of the elements wil, "will", and helm, "helmet".[9] This was also the surname Hermione Granger chose, when she invented new identities for her parents, Mr and Mrs Granger, and sent them into hiding for safety's sake, during the Second Wizarding War.

Appearances

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, Wilkins 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 Chamber of Secrets (film) DVD (Disc 2 - Dumbledore's Office)
  3. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  4. "Heliotropium" on Wikipedia
  5. "Language of flowers" on Wikipedia
  6. Sydney Morning Herald article on Accio Quote!
  7. "http://www.surnamedb.com/surname.aspx?name=Wilkins Wilkins]" on The Surname Database
  8. "Wilkinson" on Behind the Name
  9. "http://www.behindthename.com/name/william William" on Behind the Name


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