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Madam Mafalda Hopkirk (b. sun in Piscesmoon in Leo[1], in or before 1975[6]) was a witch and an assistant in the Improper Use of Magic Office at the Ministry of Magic. She issued notices to many of those who violated the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy or the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery. This included Harry Potter on two occasions. She was still working in the Ministry on 2 September, 1997, when she was incapacitated and impersonated by Hermione Granger by way of Polyjuice Potion during the Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic.


Early life

Little is known about Mafalda's early years. As she is a British witch, it is possible that she attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


"Dear Mr Potter, We have received intelligence that a Hover Charm was used at your place of residence this evening at twelve minutes past nine. As you know, under age wizards are not permitted to perform spells outside school, and further spell work on your part may lead to expulsion from said school (Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Under age Sorcery, 1875, Paragraph C). We would also ask you to remember that any magical activity that risks notice by members of the non-magical community (Muggles) is a serious offence under section 13 of the International Confederation of Warlocks' Statute of Secrecy. Enjoy your Holidays! Yours sincerely, Mafalda Hopkirk"
—Mafalda Hopkirk's warning to Harry Potter[src]

By 1992, she was working in the Improper Use of Magic Office of the Ministry of Magic. When Dobby the house-elf used a Hover Charm, it was Mafalda Hopkirk who sent a notice to Harry Potter regarding "his" illegal use of magic at 4 Privet Drive in the presence of Muggles.[4]


Mafalda Hopkirk OOTP

Hopkirk's letter to Harry in 1995

She was still working in the Improper Use of Magic Office, when on 2 August, 1995, the Ministry received intelligence via The Trace that Harry Potter had once again used magic.[7] Under the orders of Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge, she sent a notice to Harry expelling him from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his use of the Patronus Charm in front of his cousin Dudley, a Muggle. Later that same evening, when cooler heads had prevailed, she sent Harry a notice withdrawing his expulsion and ordering him to attend a hearing ten days later.[7]



Hermione (far left) disguised as Mafalda with Harry and Ron (also disguised as Ministry workers)

"Ah, Mafalda. Travers must have sent you."
Dolores Umbridge to Hermione Granger disguised as Mafalda[src]

On 1 August, 1997 the Ministry of Magic, having been infiltrated by the Death Eaters, was taken over in a virtually silent coup d'etat. Hopkirk continued to work for the new regime, still as an assistant in the Improper Use of Magic Office. However, it was acceptable for her to be set aside for record-keeping.[8] A month later, when Hopkirk Apparated to work, she was ambushed by Hermione Granger and subsequently stunned and locked away.[5] Some of her hair was pulled to use in Polyjuice Potion. Hermione took the potion and assumed the appearance of Hopkirk in order to gain entry to the Ministry. The impostor Hopkirk was used as stenographer for the Muggle-Born Registration Commission and helped free the innocent Muggle-borns.[8]

Physical description and personality

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Mafalda Hopkirk's Ministry of Magic identity card

Mafalda is described as being a "wispy" witch with flyaway grey hair. She is also small in stature. Given the politeness of her warning notices and that Hopkirk's Polyjuice Potion was described as having a "pleasant heliotrope colour", it is possible that she was kindly and good-natured.

However, she was assumed to be sent by Travers, a Death Eater with pro-pure-blood supremacy ideals, to keep record for the Muggle-Born Registration Commission.


"Mafalda" is the Portuguese form of Matilda. It means "strength in battle" or "mighty sword", from the Germanic macht (might; strength) and hild (battle; sword). This was the name of the wife of William the Conqueror. In Argentina, "Mafalda" is better known as the name of a comic strip character created by famed cartoonist Quino.

Behind the scenes

LEGO Mafalda

Mafalda as a LEGO minifigure


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter Film Wizardry, page 151 (see this picture)
  2. She sends a notice to Harry Potter regarding "his" illegal use of magic at 4 Privet Drive in the presence of Muggles in 1992; she has to be at least 17 to be working at the Ministry of Magic, so has to be born, at the latest, in 1975.
  3. As Mafalda was not imprisoned in Azkaban by the Muggle-Born Registration Commission in 1997, it is most likely that she is not Muggle-born.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2 (Dobby's Warning)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 12 (Magic is Might)
  6. She sends a notice to Harry Potter regarding "his" illegal use of magic at 4 Privet Drive in the presence of Muggles in 1992; she has to be at least 17 to be working at the Ministry of Magic, so has to be born, at the latest, in 1975.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 2 (A Peck of Owls)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)
  9. Deathly Hallows casting updates: Aunt Muriel, Mafalda and Clemence confirmed
  10. Harry Potter Limited Edition (see this image)

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