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'''Sir Herbert Varney''' ([[1850s|1858]]–[[1880s|1889]]) was a [[vampire]] who preyed upon [[London]] women in the [[1880s]]. He was eventually caught and killed by a specially-assigned group of [[wizards]] from the [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures]]. He appears on a [[Famous Wizard Card]].
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'''Sir Herbert Varney''' (c. [[1850s|1858]]–[[1880s|1889]]) was a [[vampire]] who preyed upon [[London]] women in the [[1880s]]. He was eventually caught and killed by a specially-assigned group of [[wizards]] from the [[Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures]]. He appears on a [[Famous Wizard Card]].<ref name="PAgame">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]''</ref>
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*Herbert Varney may have been loosely based on [[Wikipedia:Jack the Ripper|Jack the Ripper]], who in 1888 brutally murdered at least five women in London, but was never caught.<ref name="w0">[[wikipedia:Jack_the_Ripper|Jack the Ripper on Wikipedia]]</ref>
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*Herbert Varney may have been loosely based on [[Wikipedia:Jack the Ripper|Jack the Ripper]], who in 1888 brutally murdered at least five women in London, but was never caught.<ref name="w0">[[Wikipedia:Jack the Ripper|Jack the Ripper]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref>
*Although Varney is the name of places and companies,<ref name="w1">[[wikipedia:Varney|word Varney on Wikipedia]]</ref>, and the surname of certain celebrities<ref name="w2">[[wikipedia:Varney_(surname)|Varney as a surname on Wikipedia]]</ref>, this character probably references ''[[wikipedia:Varney the Vampire|Varney the Vampire or the Feast of Blood]]'', a Gothic horror story written by James Malcolm Rymer in the 19th century, and one of the first vampire novels ever written (predating and influencing Bram Stoker's more popular Dracula).<ref name="W3">[[wikipedia:Varney_the_Vampire|Varney the Vampire at Wikipedia]]</ref>
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*Although Varney is the name of places and companies,<ref name="w1">[[Wikipedia:Varney|Varney]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref> and the surname of certain celebrities,<ref name="w2">[[Wikipedia:Varney (surname)|Varney (surname)]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref> this character probably references ''[[Wikipedia:Varney the Vampire|Varney the Vampire or the Feast of Blood]]'', a Gothic horror story written by James Malcolm Rymer in the 19th century, and one of the first vampire novels ever written (predating and influencing Bram Stoker's more popular Dracula).<ref name="W3">[[Wikipedia:Varney the Vampire|Varney the Vampire]] at [[Wikipedia:Main Page|Wikipedia]]</ref>
**Marvel Comics first adapted this character with the name of ''Varnae'', a former wizard from Atlantis who became the first lord of the vampires and plagued the likes of Conan the Barbarian<ref name="c">''Conan the Barbarian v1 #245 (1991)</ref> and Doctor Strange<ref name="ds">Dr. Strange v3 #18</ref>; later, Marvel Comics adapted Varney to their own continuity as a separate character.<ref name="ds2">Dr. Strange v3 #15</ref>
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*Marvel Comics first adapted this character with the name of ''Varnae'', a former wizard from Atlantis who became the first lord of the vampires and plagued the likes of Conan the Barbarian<ref name="c">''Conan the Barbarian'' v1 no. 245 (1991)</ref> and Doctor Strange<ref name="ds">''Dr. Strange'' v3 no. 18</ref> later, Marvel Comics adapted Varney to their own continuity as a separate character.<ref name="ds2">''Dr. Strange'' v3 no. 15</ref>
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*{{Wikilink|Varney the Vampire}}
   
 
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Latest revision as of 18:06, October 1, 2014

SirHerbertVarney
Herbert Varney
Biographical information
Born

c. 1858

Died

1889 (aged 31)

Title(s)

Sir

Physical information
Species

Vampire

Gender

Male

Sir Herbert Varney (c. 18581889) was a vampire who preyed upon London women in the 1880s. He was eventually caught and killed by a specially-assigned group of wizards from the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. He appears on a Famous Wizard Card.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Herbert Varney may have been loosely based on Jack the Ripper, who in 1888 brutally murdered at least five women in London, but was never caught.[2]
  • Although Varney is the name of places and companies,[3] and the surname of certain celebrities,[4] this character probably references Varney the Vampire or the Feast of Blood, a Gothic horror story written by James Malcolm Rymer in the 19th century, and one of the first vampire novels ever written (predating and influencing Bram Stoker's more popular Dracula).[5]
  • Marvel Comics first adapted this character with the name of Varnae, a former wizard from Atlantis who became the first lord of the vampires and plagued the likes of Conan the Barbarian[6] and Doctor Strange[7] later, Marvel Comics adapted Varney to their own continuity as a separate character.[8]

External linksEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
  2. Jack the Ripper at Wikipedia
  3. Varney at Wikipedia
  4. Varney (surname) at Wikipedia
  5. Varney the Vampire at Wikipedia
  6. Conan the Barbarian v1 no. 245 (1991)
  7. Dr. Strange v3 no. 18
  8. Dr. Strange v3 no. 15

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