Behind the scenes
- Heliotrope Wilkins's portrait seems to be a direct reference to a 1766 portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, by Allan Ramsay.
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." In the language of flowers, heliotropes represent devotion. 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.
Wilkins is an English patronymic surname based on Wilkin, a nickname of the given names Will and William, which both derive from Wilhelm, a Germanic name made up of the elements wil, "will", and helm, "helmet". 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.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (Appears in portrait(s))
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Appears in portrait(s))
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Appears in portrait(s))
- ''The Making of Harry Potter(Appears in portrait(s))
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Appears in portrait(s))
Notes and references
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) DVD (Disc 2 - Dumbledore's Office)
- ↑ LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- ↑ "Heliotropium" on Wikipedia
- ↑ "Language of flowers" on Wikipedia
- ↑ Sydney Morning Herald article on Accio Quote!
- ↑ "http://www.surnamedb.com/surname.aspx?name=Wilkins Wilkins]" on The Surname Database
- ↑ "Wilkinson" on Behind the Name
- ↑ "http://www.behindthename.com/name/william William" on Behind the Name