Fred Weasley: "He never managed to get all the words out, due to the fact that we forced him head-first into that Vanishing Cabinet on the first floor."
Hermione Granger: "But you’ll get into terrible trouble!"
Fred Weasley: "Not until Montague reappears, and that could take weeks, I dunno where we sent him."
Fred Weasley on him and his twin George pushing Montague into the Vanishing Cabinet in 1996[src]

Graham Montague was a Slytherin student who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1990s. He played Chaser on the Slytherin Quidditch team from 1993 to 1996 and was a member of the Inquisitorial Squad. Montague was heavily built and had large, hairy forearms.[4]


1993-1994 Quidditch season

Montague played in the final match between Slytherin and Gryffindor in 1994. When Gryffindor Chaser Katie Bell got possession of the Quaffle, Montague flew in front of her, but, instead of taking the ball, he grabbed her head. Although Katie was able to keep from falling off her broom, she dropped the Quaffle. Madam Hooch scolded Montague and awarded a penalty to Katie.[5]

1995-1996 Quidditch season

At the beginning of the 1995-1996 Quidditch season, Montague was made Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team,[4] replacing Marcus Flint. He chose Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle to be the team's new Beaters.[4]

Dolores Umbridge with the Inquisitorial Squad capturing Cho Chang (HP5)

Inquisitorial Squad

Vanishing Cabinet incident

Montague joined the Inquisitorial Squad in April of 1996. During morning break on his first day as a member, he tried to take House points from Fred and George Weasley, but the twins shoved him into the Vanishing Cabinet before he could finish speaking.[6] While trapped inside, Montague could occasionally hear goings-on at Hogwarts, as well as at Borgin and Burkes, where the Cabinet's counterpart was located.[7] He managed to Apparate out the next day, despite never having obtained an Apparition licence, but ended up lodged inside a toilet on the fourth floor.[6][7]


Fred and George Weasley push Montague head-first into the Vanishing Cabinet

The Apparition nearly proved fatal to Montague.[7] He was left in a disoriented state for weeks afterwards.[8] In May, his parents, Mr and Mrs Montague, came to the school, looking furious.[8] Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger watched the couple arrive, and Hermione suggested that they should tell Madam Pomfrey what had happened to Montague, in case it would help her treat him.[8] However, both Ron and Harry dismissed this idea,[8] so Hermione apparently let the matter drop. Several weeks later, during the O.W.L. exams in June, Harry went to the Hospital Wing, where he saw Madam Pomfrey spoon-feeding a vivid blue potion to Montague.[8]

Montague eventually told his story to others, including Draco Malfoy, who was the only one to reach the conclusion that there was a connection between the Cabinet at Hogwarts and the Cabinet at Borgin and Burkes.[7] This knowledge gave Draco the means to allow Death Eaters to enter the school the following year.[7]


The name "Graham" is from a Scottish surname which was originally derived from an English place name which probably meant "gravelly homestead" in Old English. The surname was first taken to Scotland in the 12th century by the Norman baron William de Graham. Montague is also the surname of Romeo in Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet.

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. He must have at least been in his second year in 1993. As well as this, Draco is implied to be a friend of Montague's, implying that the two are around the same age.
  2. World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 In Harry Potter and the Quidditch World Cup, his hair is brown, his skin is pale and his eyes are, on close up shots, brown.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 19 (The Lion and the Serpent)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 15 (The Quidditch Final)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 27 (The Lightning-Struck Tower)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 30 (Grawp)