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"There's strange things going on all over the city. People behind this are not like you and me. There's a hidden society, it goes back centuries."
—Marry Lou's knowledge of the American wizarding community[src]

Mary Lou Barebone[4] (d. 7 December, 1926) was an American No-Maj who lived in the 20th century.[1] She was born into the Barebone family, a family that descended from one of the Scourers who evaded justice in the late 17th century by integrating into No-Maj society.

Mary Lou was marked by a profound belief in the existence of magic and an equally deep hatred of it. She was the leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, also known as the Second Salemers, an extremist group whose goal was to expose and eradicate witchcraft in the United States.[1][3][5] She had three adoptive children:[4] Chastity, Modesty, and Credence.[4][6]

Mary Lou died on 7 December, 1926 at the hands of Credence's Obscurus. She was violently flung against the rafters of the chapel and fell dead with formidable marks covering her face.


Early life

Porpentina Goldstein: "His name's Credence. His mother beats him. She beats all those kids she's adopted, but she seems to hate him the most."
Newt Scamander: "And she was the No-Maj you attacked?"
— Tina explaining the reason for recent demotion[src]
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Mary Lou with her three adopted children

Mary Lou Barebone was born into the Scourer descended Barebone Family. At some point, she became the leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, an American No-Maj anti-witchcraft group located in New York. By December of 1926, Mary Lou had three adopted children.

At some point before December of 1926, Mary Lou was magically assaulted by Auror Porpentina Goldstein because she was physically abusing her son.

December 1926

"Something is stalking our city! Reaping destruction and then disappearing without a trace!"
—Mary Lou regarding the bizarre happenings within the city[src]

Mary Lou preaching to the public in a rally supporting the New Salem Philanthropic Society

On the steps of the Steen National Bank on 6 December 1926, Mary Lou, along with her children, preached to the public in a rally supporting the New Salem Philanthropic Society. After she praised the marvellous man-made inventions of New York, she insisted that the public heed her warnings of the presence of a mysterious force that's wreaking havoc in the city, and she implored the audience to join the Second Salemers in the fight against wizardkind. From the group of spectators, and unaware that he was a wizard, Mary Lou spoke directly to Newt Scamander, asking if he was a seeker of truth, before he ran into the bank.

Langdon Shaw, a believer in magic, brought Mary Lou and her children to his father, Henry Shaw Senior's, office in an attempt to garnish the support of his newspaper company and his elder son's reelection platform. The meeting escalated quickly as Henry Shaw Junior called her son Credence a freak. Understanding that the Shaw family was not going to support the Second Salemers, Mary Lou politely bid them a good bye.


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The body of a deceased Mary Lou with formidable marks covering her face

The next day, Mary Lou's son Credence found a seemingly real wand under her daughter Modesty's bed. As soon as the girl arrived to protest that it was just a toy, Mary Lou entered and was appalled to see what her son was holding. As Credence removed his belt so she could punish him, Mary Lou snapped the wand in half and Modesty confessed saying the wand was hers. Before she could beat Modesty, the belt suddenly flung out of Mary Lou's grasp, injuring her hand, and as she went to pick it back up again, it again magically flew away. After she turned to confront her children, Mary Lou was attacked by Credence's Obscurus. She was flung against the rafters of the chapel and fell dead with formidable marks covering her face.

Physical appearance

Mary Lou Barebone was described as a handsome mid-western woman who wore 1920s versions of Puritanical dresses.[7] She had brown hair in a styled bob haircut and a charismatic and earnest face with blue eyes.

Personality and traits

Mary Lou Barebone was a fanatical bigot against the magical community, and would raise her adopted children to hate witchcraft. Her utter intolerance against them bordered on the unhinged, as she regularly physically, verbally, and emotionally abused and tormented her adopted children. Mary Lou was a disciplinarian. The slightest infraction of her strict rules by her children would result in abuse.[4]

On the other hand, Mary Lou showed an array of good mannerisms and an understanding of defeat as she displayed these qualities to Henry Shaw Jr when he decided not to support the Second Salemers.


Behind the scenes


Notes and references

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