Merula Snyde (born c. 1973) was a witch who began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1984 and was sorted into Slytherin.


Early life

Merula's parents were Death Eaters that supported Lord Voldemort. After the Dark Lord's demise in 1981, her parents were captured and sent to Azkaban.

Merula claims to have been to every Quidditch World Cup since she was born.

Hogwarts years

First year

Merula began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1984. On 1 September, 1984, she boarded the Hogwarts Express on Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, through the magical barrier at King's Cross Station. During the journey, she tormented Ben Copper the entire time, by threatening him and calling him a "Mudblood."

1984 First Years

First-years being Sorted in 1984

Once they arrived at the school, Merula and the rest of the first years were greeted at the Great Hall by the rest of the students and the staff. Professor McGonagall proceeded to provide them with a short explanation of the four Hogwarts HousesGryffindor, the brave and chivalrous, Hufflepuff, the kind and diligent, Ravenclaw, the witty and wise, and Slytherin, the cunning and ambitious — voicing her hope that all of the newcomers would make fine additions to the ranks of great witches and wizards that each House had produced in the past. Eventually, Merula was sorted into Slytherin, becoming the fourth generation of her family to be sorted in that house.

As a result of her constant bullying, Ben Copper spent his first days at Hogwarts following Merula around, hoping this would prevent her from sneaking up on him, or give him a chance to run away if she did. One day, before the start of a Potions class in the Dungeons, Merula was bullying Rowan Khanna by forcing them into saying that she was the most powerful witch at Hogwarts. However, Jacob's sibling stood up for Rowan and Merula started teasing them by making fun of Jacob. When Rowan mentioned that Professor Flitwick said Jacob's sibling cast the best Wand-Lighting Charm of any first-year in years, Merula resolved to be nothing but trouble for them and to show that she was more powerful than them.

She then sends Jacob's sibling a fake letter from Professor Snape and locks them in a room full of Devil's SnareJacob's sibling, unfortunately for Merula, escapes, though it is hard. 

Physical appearance

Merula has short brown hair and violet eyes. She also has rather messy-looking hair and has one part of her dark brown hair that is a lighter shade of brown.

Magical abilities and skills


The word "merula" is a Latin word. In English, the word means "blackbird". The word "snyde" comes from the Danish word for "cheat".

Behind the scenes

  • In her second year, Merula boasts to Jacob's sibling that she's working with someone on finding the Cursed Vaults. That someone is likely Tulip and the two were still working together before the third year.


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