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MadamMalkin
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

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.

Etymology

Madam Malkin

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

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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