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


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 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]

Madam Malkin

Madam Malkin in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4.


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
  4. MacBeth (I, i, 8)
  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:
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