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Malkin
Biographical information
Title(s)

Madam

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair colour

White[1]

Eye colour

Blue[2]

Skin colour

White[2]

Affiliation
Occupation

Shop owner

Loyalty

Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions

"What do you need? I'm sure we have your size."
—Madam Malkin greets a customer.[src]

Madam Malkin was the owner of Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions. She was a squat witch dressed all in mauve who was very friendly, unless anyone displayed signs of aggression in her shop.

In early 1992, Madam Malkin went to Paris for the Which Witch? fashion show, and left her shop closed with a notice outside.

Etymology

Madam Malkin
Madam Malkin in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4.
Seth CooperAdded by Seth Cooper

The name "Malkin" may be derived from "Malkin Tower" which was a key element in the Pendle Witches trial.[3]

Graymalkin was the name of a cat that belonged to one of the three witches (the Weird Sisters) in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.[4]

A malkin is also an old name for a scarecrow, dressed to frighten away birds. Malkin-trash was someone who was poorly or frighteningly dressed.[5]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - GBC version
  3. Pendle witches at Wikipedia
  4. William Shakespeare, Macbeth (I, i, 8) http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/MobMacb.html
  5. Lexicons of Early Modern English. Ed. Ian Lancashire. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Library and University of Toronto Press, 2006. Date consulted: 11 June 2011. URL: http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/lexicon/entry.cfm?ent=617-1557
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