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Queen Mary I of England (18 February, 151617 November, 1558), also known by her sobriquet of "Bloody Mary", was Queen of England from July 1553 until her death.[2] Queen Mary was a witch, and had a wand of her own. By the 1990s, there was a portrait of Queen Mary hung at Hogwarts Castle.[3]

She was a daughter of the Muggle king Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon and thus a half-sister to her predecessor, Edward VI, and her successor, Elizabeth I.

Mary was by marriage Queen of Spain.


The name "Mary" is the usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Μαριαμ (Mariam) and Μαρια (Maria) - the spellings are interchangeable - which were from the Hebrew name מִריָם (Miryam). The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love".


Notes and references

  1. Her title may indicate she was Muggle-born or Half-blood, as Remus Lupin mentions in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that there are no princes in the wizarding world and thus, no queens. However, between 1533 and her succession to the throne in 1553, she was known as Lady Mary and was illegitimate, making her not a royal person, which fits with Lupin's words.
  2. "Mary I of England" on Wikipedia
  3. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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