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Ignatia Wildsmith
Ignatia Wildsmith
Biographical information
Born

1227

Died

1320 (aged 93)

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair colour

Black

Eye colour

Blue

Skin colour

Pale

Affiliation
Occupation

Inventor

House

Ravenclaw[1]

Loyalty

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Ignatia Wildsmith (12271320) was a wizarding inventor and the creator of Floo Powder. During her childhood, she attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and was Sorted into Ravenclaw.[1]

Biography

Early life

"Ravenclaw house has an illustrious history. Most of the greatest wizarding inventors and innovators were in our house, including […] Ignatia Wildsmith, the inventor of Floo powder."
Robert Hilliard.[src]

Ignatia Wildsmith was born in 1227,[2] somewhere in the British Isles.

In her youth, she attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from around 1238 to 1245, where she was Sorted into Ravenclaw.[1]

Adulthood

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A younger Ignatia Wildsmith.

After her graduation from Hogwarts School, Ms. Wildsmith presumably studied further into Herbology, and discovered the magical properties of the Floo plant. From it, she devised a magical powder, Floo Powder, which, when thrown into a fire, could transport wizards from one fireplace to another via a network of fireplaces.[2]

Death and post-mortem

Ms. Wildsmith died in 1320, aged around 93. In her honour, her achievement, the invention of the Floo Powder, was recorded on a Chocolate Frog Card.[2]

On 1 September, 1991, Prefect Robert Hilliard welcomed the Ravenclaw first years to Ravenclaw Tower with a short speech in which he mentioned inventor Ignatia Wildsmith as one of the many notable Hogwarts students who had been Sorted, like them, into Ravenclaw.[1]

Etymology

  • "Ignis" is Latin for "fire".

Behind the scenes

  • On her Famous Wizard Card, Ignatia's outfit bears a resemblance to Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Throughout the film, Maleficent is associated with green flames, even using them to teleport herself. She also has a raven companion, though this may be coincidental, as Ignatia was not revealed to be a Ravenclaw at the time the card was designed.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pottermore introduction for Ravenclaws (transcription available here)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)

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