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"He suffered very little then. And after all, Amos... he died just when he'd won the tournament. He must have been happy. You [Harry] look after yourself, now."
—Mrs Diggory[src]

Mrs Diggory (fl. 1977-1995) was the wife of Amos Diggory and the mother of Cedric.

Biography

Early life and marriage

Mrs Diggory was a witch and an only child.[2] She married Amos Diggory,[3] and had a son, Cedric, in 1977.[3] Cedric went to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was Sorted into Hufflepuff House.[3]

Triwizard Tournament

Before the Task

"Mr Diggory looked as though he was going to say something angry, but his wife laid a hand on his arm, and he merely shrugged and turned away."
—She comforts her husband.[src]

Mrs Diggory came to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1994-1995 school year to watch the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament, in which her son was participating.[3] When her husband began to argue with Molly Weasley, she managed to calm him simply by putting her hand on his arm, and allowed the Weasleys to walk peacefully away with Harry, whom Amos had been arguing about.[3]

After the Task

"They did not blame him for what had happened; on the contrary, both thanked him for returning Cedric's body to them. Mr Diggory sobbed through most of the interview. Mrs Diggory's grief seemed to be beyond tears."
—Mr and Mrs Diggory with Harry after Cedric's death[src]

After the task, upon hearing of her son's death, she visited Harry Potter in the hospital wing.[3] She then thanked Harry for bringing Cedric's body back, though when he offered her his Tournament winnings, she declined.[3]

Personality and traits

Harry: "You take this. It should've been Cedric's, he got there first, you take it-"
Mrs Diggory: "Oh, no, it's yours, dear, we couldn't... you keep it."
— Harry arguing with Mrs Diggory over who should get the Triwizard winnings.[src]

Although she was only seen and heard from for brief moments, Mrs Diggory seemed to be a compassionate, amiable, and understanding person. For instance, she prevented her husband from arguing with Molly Weasley over Harry's supposed "theft" of Cedric's glory in being a participant of the Triwizard Tournament, allowing Harry to leave peacefully with the Weasleys.

It is also evident that she loved her son dearly, given how her grief was described to be "beyond tears" when she learned from Harry how Cedric had been killed, which was in direct contrast to her husband, who sobbed openly from grief. She demonstrated her compassion and understanding nature by thanking Harry for returning her son's body, declining Harry's offer of his Tournament winnings, and even urged him to look after himself.

Given how Cedric also proved himself to be a compassionate and caring soul, it is possible that Mrs Diggory had passed some of her best characteristics to her son.

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Only Amos Diggory is in the care home, implying that his wife has died sometime earlier.
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Three, Scene Eighteen
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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