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{{Dialogue a-b-c-d|Hermione Granger|We wanted to ask you if you've seen anything funny lately. Because a cat was attacked right outside your front door on Halloween.|Harry Potter|Did you see anyone near here that night?|Myrtle|I wasn't paying attention. Peeves upset me so much I came in here and tried to ''kill'' myself. Then, of course, I remembered that I'm—that I'm—|Ronald Weasley|Already dead.|[[Hermione Granger]], [[Harry Potter]], and [[Ronald Weasley]] ask Myrtle on the attack on [[Mrs. Norris]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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{{Dialogue a-b-c-d|Hermione Granger|We wanted to ask you if you've seen anything funny lately. Because a cat was attacked right outside your front door on Halloween.|Harry Potter|Did you see anyone near here that night?|Myrtle|I wasn't paying attention. Peeves upset me so much I came in here and tried to ''kill'' myself. Then, of course, I remembered that I'm — that I'm —|Ronald Weasley|Already dead.|[[Hermione Granger]], [[Harry Potter]], and [[Ronald Weasley]] ask Myrtle on the attack on [[Mrs. Norris]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
   
'''Myrtle''' (c. [[1920s|1929]]<ref name="age" />[[13 June]], [[1940s|1943]]), was a Muggle-born [[Wizardkind|witch]] who attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] and was sorted into [[Ravenclaw]] house. She was killed in [[1940s|1943]] by [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk]], under [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort's]] (Tom Riddle) orders.
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'''Myrtle''' (b. [[1920s|1929]]<ref name="age" />[[13 June| 13 June]], [[1940s|1943]]), more commonly known as "'''Moaning Myrtle'''", was a Muggle-born [[Wizardkind|witch]] who attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] from 1940 – 1943 and was sorted into [[Ravenclaw]] house. She was killed in [[1940s|1943]] by [[Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk]], under [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort's]] (Tom Riddle) orders.
   
Now, she is a [[ghost]] who haunts the [[Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom|first-floor girls' bathroom]] (and occasionally other bathroom facilities) at Hogwarts. She is more commonly known as "'''Moaning Myrtle'''".
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Now, she is a [[ghost]] who haunts the [[Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom|first-floor girls' bathroom]] (and occasionally other bathroom facilities) at Hogwarts.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
===Hogwarts years===
 
===Hogwarts years===
[[File:Dippet Portrait.jpg|thumb|left|200px|[[Armando Dippet]], [[Headmaster]] during Myrtle's time at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].]]
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[[File:Dippet_Portrait.jpg|thumb|left|145px|[[Armando Dippet]], [[Headmaster]] during Myrtle's time at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].]]
 
Myrtle was a witch born circa [[1920s|1929]]<ref name="age" /> to a [[Muggle]] [[Myrtle's mother|mother]] and [[Myrtle's father|father]], making her a [[Muggle-born]].<ref name=CoS12 /> She started her education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in [[1930s|1940]] or [[1940s|1941]]<ref name="age" /> When she arrived at Hogwarts she was [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into the house of [[Ravenclaw]].<ref name="house" /> While at Hogwarts she was unable to make any friends and was constantly teased and bullied because of this and her physical appearance.
 
Myrtle was a witch born circa [[1920s|1929]]<ref name="age" /> to a [[Muggle]] [[Myrtle's mother|mother]] and [[Myrtle's father|father]], making her a [[Muggle-born]].<ref name=CoS12 /> She started her education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in [[1930s|1940]] or [[1940s|1941]]<ref name="age" /> When she arrived at Hogwarts she was [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into the house of [[Ravenclaw]].<ref name="house" /> While at Hogwarts she was unable to make any friends and was constantly teased and bullied because of this and her physical appearance.
   
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====Death====
 
====Death====
{{Quote|Nobody missed me even when I was alive. Took them hours to find my body- I know, I was sitting there waiting for them. [[Olive Hornby]] came into the bathroom- 'Are you in here again, sulking Myrtle?, she said, 'because Professor Dippet asked me to look for you-' And then she saw my body...ooooh, she didn't forget that until her dying day, I made sure of that...|Myrtle to Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
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{{Quote|Nobody missed me even when I was alive. Took them hours to find my body- I know, I was sitting there waiting for them. [[Olive Hornby]] came into the bathroom 'Are you in here again, sulking Myrtle?, she said, 'because Professor Dippet asked me to look for you' And then she saw my body... ooooh, she didn't forget that until her dying day, I made sure of that...|Myrtle to Harry Potter|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
[[File:Myrtle6.PNG|thumb|260px|After her murder, Myrtle returned as a [[ghost]] to haunt Hogwarts and [[Olive Hornby]].]]
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[[File:Myrtle6.PNG|thumb|185px|After her murder, Myrtle returned as a [[ghost]] to haunt Hogwarts and [[Olive Hornby]].]]
   
 
On her final day of life, Myrtle was teased by student [[Olive Hornby]]. She had made fun of Myrtle's [[glasses]] and, as a result, left Myrtle sobbing. Myrtle then ran into one of the bathroom's stalls, took off her glasses and started crying. Shortly after Myrtle had entered the bathroom, [[Tom Riddle|Riddle]] entered and started speaking in [[Parseltongue]] in order to open the [[Chamber of Secrets]], the entrance of which was hidden behind the bathroom sinks. The [[Salazar Slytherin's basilisk|Monster of Slytherin]] (a [[basilisk]]) then emerged from the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets.
 
On her final day of life, Myrtle was teased by student [[Olive Hornby]]. She had made fun of Myrtle's [[glasses]] and, as a result, left Myrtle sobbing. Myrtle then ran into one of the bathroom's stalls, took off her glasses and started crying. Shortly after Myrtle had entered the bathroom, [[Tom Riddle|Riddle]] entered and started speaking in [[Parseltongue]] in order to open the [[Chamber of Secrets]], the entrance of which was hidden behind the bathroom sinks. The [[Salazar Slytherin's basilisk|Monster of Slytherin]] (a [[basilisk]]) then emerged from the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets.
   
Myrtle, still in one of the stalls, recognised the voice as being from a boy. Opening the stall's door, she yelled at Riddle to go away. On Riddle's command, the Basilisk stared at Myrtle, and her eyes met with the monster's. Since looking at a Basilisk's eyes was a fatal act, Myrtle's body fell to the bathroom floor. Her death was said to be the murder that Tom (Lord Voldemort) used to make his first [[Horcrux]]: the [[Tom Riddle's diary|Diary]].
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Myrtle, still in one of the stalls, recognised the voice as being from a boy. Opening the stall's door, she yelled at Riddle to go away. On Riddle's command, the Basilisk stared at Myrtle, and her eyes met with the monster's. Since looking at a Basilisk's eyes was a fatal act, Myrtle's body fell to the bathroom floor. Tom (Lord Voldemort) used her murder to make his first [[Horcrux]]: the [[Tom Riddle's diary|Diary]]. Myrtle's body was later found by Hornby.
   
 
===Post-mortem===
 
===Post-mortem===
Following her death, Myrtle returned as a [[ghost]] so she could haunt student [[Olive Hornby]] in revenge for her teasing and insults. Olive recruited the help of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] to exorcise Myrtle, who was there after obliged to remain at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. Myrtle haunted the bathroom where she had died, although she was sometimes seen in other bathrooms, and was even flushed into the lake occasionally. As a result of her haunting, her favourite lavatory was rarely used, and was thus available for clandestine activities such as illegal [[Potion|potion-brewing]], as long as one did not mind the company.
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====1940s====
   
{{Dialogue a-b-a|Myrtle|Come to throw something else at me?|Harry|Why would I throw something at you?|Don't ask me, here I am minding my own business and someone decides to throw something at me.|Myrtle and Harry in [[1993]].|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}
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[[File:Myrtle5.PNG|thumb|left|270px|Myrtle speaking with Harry in her bathroom about her murder.]]
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Following her death, Myrtle returned as a [[ghost]] so she could haunt student [[Olive Hornby]] in revenge for her teasing and insults. Olive went to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] to exorcise Myrtle, who was there after obliged to remain at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]. Myrtle haunted the bathroom where she had died, although she was sometimes seen in other bathrooms, and was even flushed into the lake occasionally. As a result of her haunting, her favourite lavatory was rarely used, and was thus available for clandestine activities such as illegal [[Potion|potion-brewing]], as long as one did not mind the company.
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====1992-1993 school year====
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[[File:Myrtle5.PNG|thumb|left|220px|Myrtle speaking with Harry in her bathroom about her murder.]]
   
 
The true importance of Myrtle's bathroom was that it contained an entrance to the [[Chamber of Secrets]], the home of the [[basilisk]] of [[Salazar Slytherin]]. In the [[1992–1993 school year]], the Chamber was opened again, fifty years after its previous opening, by a [[Gryffindor]] [[first year]], [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], who was possessed by the [[Tom Riddle's Diary|diary]] of the earlier opener, Tom Riddle. (The diary was a [[Horcrux]], though it was described as a "memory" at the time.) Myrtle later flooded her bathroom in a fit of pique when Ginny tried to dispose of the diary by flushing it down one of Myrtle's toilets.
 
The true importance of Myrtle's bathroom was that it contained an entrance to the [[Chamber of Secrets]], the home of the [[basilisk]] of [[Salazar Slytherin]]. In the [[1992–1993 school year]], the Chamber was opened again, fifty years after its previous opening, by a [[Gryffindor]] [[first year]], [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], who was possessed by the [[Tom Riddle's Diary|diary]] of the earlier opener, Tom Riddle. (The diary was a [[Horcrux]], though it was described as a "memory" at the time.) Myrtle later flooded her bathroom in a fit of pique when Ginny tried to dispose of the diary by flushing it down one of Myrtle's toilets.
   
[[Hermione Granger]] used Myrtle's bathroom in [[1992]] to brew [[Polyjuice Potion]], which [[Harry Potter]] and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] used to impersonate [[Slytherin]] students [[Gregory Goyle]] and [[Vincent Crabbe]]. Thus disguised, they entered the [[Slytherin Dungeon|Slytherin common room]] to interrogate [[Draco Malfoy]] about the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. They learned only that, according to Draco's father [[Lucius Malfoy]], the last time the chamber was open a [[Mudblood]] was killed.<ref name=CoS>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
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[[Hermione Granger]] used Myrtle's bathroom in [[1992]] to brew [[Polyjuice Potion]], which [[Harry Potter]] and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] used to impersonate [[Slytherin]] students [[Gregory Goyle]] and [[Vincent Crabbe]]. Thus disguised, they entered the [[Slytherin Dungeon|Slytherin common room]] to interrogate [[Draco Malfoy]] about the [[Chamber of Secrets]]. They learned only that, according to Draco's father [[Lucius Malfoy]], the last time the chamber was open a [[Mudblood]] was killed (and that, contrary to their suspicions, Draco was NOT the Heir of Slytherin).<ref name=CoS>''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>
   
Harry and Ron later learned from [[Aragog]] the [[Acromantula]] that the murdered student had been killed in a bathroom, and Harry realised that the student must have been Myrtle. Myrtle was flattered by Harry's request that she tell the story of her death, the manner of which was one of the most important and interesting events of her short life. (It is possible that Harry was the first person to treat it as something worth asking about.) Myrtle remembered only having seen a pair of enormous eyes, but neither Harry nor Ron recognised this as a clue that the monster was a [[basilisk]]. Hermione had already deduced the monster's nature by [[library]] research before she was [[petrified]], so Myrtle's clue was of no practical importance.
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Harry and Ron later learned from [[Aragog]] the [[Acromantula]] that the murdered student had been killed in a bathroom, and Harry realised that the student must have been Myrtle. Myrtle was flattered by Harry's request that she tell the story of her death, the manner of which was one of the most important and interesting events of her short life. (It is possible that Harry was the first person to treat it as something worth asking about.) Myrtle remembered only having seen a pair of enormous eyes, but neither Harry nor Ron recognised this as a clue that the monster was a [[basilisk]]. Hermione had already deduced the monster's nature by [[library]] research before she was [[petrified]], so Myrtle's clue was of no practical importance.
[[File:Myrtle refects bathroom 1.jpg|thumb|right|260px|During the Triwizard Tournament Myrtle spent some time in the Prefects bathroom, spying on students bathing.]]
 
   
{{Quote|Oh, hello Harry, long time - no - see, hmm, I was circling a blocked drain the other day and I swear I saw some polyjuice potion. Not being a bad boy again, are you Harry? ...I'd put it ''in'' the [[water]] if I were you.|Myrtle to Harry in [[1994]].|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
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====1994-1995 school year====
   
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{{Quote|Oh, hello Harry, long time — no — see, hmm, I was circling a blocked drain the other day and I swear I saw some polyjuice potion. Not being a bad boy again, are you Harry? ...I'd put it ''in'' the [[water]] if I were you.|Myrtle to Harry in [[1994]].|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
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[[File:Myrtle_refects_bathroom_1.jpg|thumb|240px|During the Triwizard Tournament Myrtle spent some time in the Prefects bathroom, spying on students bathing.]]
 
During the [[1994–1995 school year]], [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] hosted the [[Triwizard Tournament]]. Before the second task, the champions had to solve the mystery behind their [[golden egg]]s, which, when opened, emitted a harsh screeching sound. The secret was that the noise became speech when heard underwater. One champion, [[Cedric Diggory]], decided to meditate upon the clue in the [[prefects' bathroom]]. Myrtle spied on Cedric in the tub, admitting to Harry that it took Cedric a long time to figure it out; nearly all the bubbles in the bath were gone by the time he cracked it. Cedric later suggested to [[Harry Potter]] that he take his egg the prefects' bathroom. With Myrtle's hints, Harry was able to decipher the riddle.<ref name=Gof>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
 
During the [[1994–1995 school year]], [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] hosted the [[Triwizard Tournament]]. Before the second task, the champions had to solve the mystery behind their [[golden egg]]s, which, when opened, emitted a harsh screeching sound. The secret was that the noise became speech when heard underwater. One champion, [[Cedric Diggory]], decided to meditate upon the clue in the [[prefects' bathroom]]. Myrtle spied on Cedric in the tub, admitting to Harry that it took Cedric a long time to figure it out; nearly all the bubbles in the bath were gone by the time he cracked it. Cedric later suggested to [[Harry Potter]] that he take his egg the prefects' bathroom. With Myrtle's hints, Harry was able to decipher the riddle.<ref name=Gof>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
[[File:Myrtle3.PNG|thumb|230px|left|Myrtle speaking to Harry whilst he takes a bath and helping him solve the task.]]
 
   
Myrtle also appeared to Harry whilst he was in the Black Lake, and pointed him in the right direction to find the village of the [[merpeople]], thereby helping him to reach the Tournament hostages before the other champions.
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[[File:Myrtle3.PNG|thumb|left|215px|Myrtle speaking to Harry whilst he takes a bath and helping him solve the task.]]Myrtle also appeared to Harry whilst he was in the Black Lake, and pointed him in the right direction to find the village of the [[merpeople]], thereby helping him to reach the Tournament hostages before the other champions.
   
 
That same year, Myrtle briefly spotted some [[Polyjuice Potion]] in the drains and asked Harry if he had been doing any more illicit brewing, which he denied. Had Harry (or more likely, Hermione) investigated Myrtle's suspicions, it might have been discovered much earlier that [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] was impersonating [[Alastor Moody]].
 
That same year, Myrtle briefly spotted some [[Polyjuice Potion]] in the drains and asked Harry if he had been doing any more illicit brewing, which he denied. Had Harry (or more likely, Hermione) investigated Myrtle's suspicions, it might have been discovered much earlier that [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] was impersonating [[Alastor Moody]].
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====1996-1997 school year====
   
 
{{Quote|…he's sensitive, people bully him, too, and he feels lonely and hasn't got anybody to talk to, and he's not afraid to show his feelings and cry!|Moaning Myrtle about Draco Malfoy|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Quote|…he's sensitive, people bully him, too, and he feels lonely and hasn't got anybody to talk to, and he's not afraid to show his feelings and cry!|Moaning Myrtle about Draco Malfoy|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
In [[1997]] [[Draco Malfoy]] confided in Moaning Myrtle about his [[Plot to assassinate Albus Dumbledore|failed attempts to assassinate]] [[Albus Dumbledore]].<ref name=HBP>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> Myrtle comforted him, feeling that she understood him, though in fact his situation was nothing like hers. When Draco and Harry engaged in a violent duel, Myrtle, as usual, enjoyed the spectacle. The last time Myrtle was seen by [[Harry Potter]] was when she was ordered to leave the bathroom by [[Severus Snape]]. It is unknown if she participated in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
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In [[1997]] [[Draco Malfoy]] confided in Moaning Myrtle about his [[Plot to assassinate Albus Dumbledore|failed attempts to assassinate]] [[Albus Dumbledore]].<ref name=HBP>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> Myrtle comforted him, feeling that she understood him, though in fact his situation was nothing like hers. When Draco and Harry engaged in a violent duel, Myrtle, as usual, enjoyed the spectacle. The last time Myrtle was seen by [[Harry Potter]] was when she was ordered to leave the bathroom by [[Severus Snape]].
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It is unknown if she participated in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
   
 
==Physical appearance==
 
==Physical appearance==
{{Dialogue a-b|Myrtle|Don't you think I know what people say behind my back fat Myrtle, ugly Myrtle, miserable…?|Peeves|Don't forget pimply.|Exchange between Myrtle and Peeves}}
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{{Dialogue a-b|Myrtle|Don't you think I know what people say behind my back fat Myrtle, ugly Myrtle, miserable…?|Peeves|Don't forget pimply.|Exchange between Myrtle and Peeves}}
   
Myrtle was a squat student with dark lank hair with a fringe, pimples and thick glasses. She died in [[1940s|1943]] and became a Ghost, wearing her school uniform for eternity.
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Myrtle was a squat student with dark lank hair with a fringe, pimples and thick glasses. She died in [[1940s|1943]] and became a ghost, wearing her school uniform, as well as her glasses, for eternity.
   
 
==Personality and traits==
 
==Personality and traits==
Myrtle was constantly bullied during her education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], for both her physical appearance and her personality. Myrtle hardly ever smiled and took great offence at the smallest slight, crying rivers of tears and wailing. She was often upset so badly that she tried to kill herself, until she realised that she was already dead. Myrtle did tend to be happy when something bad happened to other students, like when Hermione Granger accidently gained cat fur, ears and a tail after taking a contaminated Polyjuice Potion. She did, however, seem to warm to some male students, including [[Harry Potter]] and [[Draco Malfoy]]. Myrtle also appeared to be a desperate flirt; she constantly flirted with Harry Potter, and showed her desperation to find love by spying on students such as [[Cedric Diggory]] whilst he bathed in the [[prefects' bathroom]]. Myrtle liked to take bubble baths when she was alive, due to "all those pretty bubbles"<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''</ref>.
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Myrtle was constantly bullied during her education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], for both her physical appearance and her personality. Myrtle hardly ever smiled and took great offence at the smallest slight, crying rivers of tears and wailing. She was often upset so badly that she tried to kill herself, until she realised that she was already dead. Myrtle did tend to be happy when something bad happened to other students, like when Hermione Granger accidently gained cat fur, ears and a tail after taking a contaminated Polyjuice Potion.
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She did, however, seem to warm to some male students, including [[Harry Potter]] and [[Draco Malfoy]]. Myrtle also appeared to be a desperate flirt; she constantly flirted with Harry Potter, and showed her desperation to find love by spying on students such as [[Cedric Diggory]] whilst he bathed in the [[prefects' bathroom]]. Myrtle liked to take bubble baths when she was alive, due to "all those pretty bubbles"<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''</ref>.
   
 
==Relationships==
 
==Relationships==
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{{Quote|Harry, if you die down there, you're welcome to share my toilet.|Myrtle to Harry before he enters the Chamber of Secrets|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}
 
{{Quote|Harry, if you die down there, you're welcome to share my toilet.|Myrtle to Harry before he enters the Chamber of Secrets|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)}}
   
During his education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], Harry was nice to Myrtle so she developed a crush on him. Harry wasn't exactly known to stay out of life-threatening trouble so Myrtle offered to share her toilet with him if the event of his death occurred. She also was more than happy to help Harry during his studies at Hogwarts, with any task; during his [[Second year]] she helped him solve the mystery of the [[Chamber of Secrets]] and in his [[Fourth year]] she helped him solve the mystery of the [[Triwizard Tournament]]'s second task. During his [[1994–1995 school year|fourth year]] Myrtle acted- to an extent- sexually towards Harry, while he bathed in the [[Prefects' bathroom]], causing him to feel uncomfortable as he did not reciprocate her feelings of attraction. She acts coldly to Harry when he has not visited her for a while, but still remains his friend.
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[[File:Harry_Potter_movies_hbp_promostills_06.jpg|thumb|145px|[[Harry Potter]]]]During his education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], Harry was nice to Myrtle so she developed a crush on him. Harry wasn't exactly known to stay out of life-threatening trouble so Myrtle offered to share her toilet with him if the event of his death occurred. She also was more than happy to help Harry during his studies at Hogwarts, with any task; during his [[Second year]] she helped him solve the mystery of the [[Chamber of Secrets]], by telling him how she died.
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In his [[Fourth year]] she helped him solve the mystery of the [[Triwizard Tournament]]'s second task. During his [[1994–1995 school year|fourth year]] Myrtle acted — to an extent — sexually towards Harry, while he bathed in the [[Prefects' bathroom]], causing him to feel uncomfortable as he did not reciprocate her feelings of attraction. She acts coldly to Harry when he has not visited her for a while, but still remains his friend.
   
 
===Draco Malfoy===
 
===Draco Malfoy===
[[File:Draco Malfoy mirror.jpg|thumb|left|260px|Draco Malfoy feeling the strains of life as a Death Eater.]]
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{{Dialogue a-b|Myrtle|Don't...Don't...tell me what's wrong...I can help you...|Draco|No one can help me.|Myrtle and Malfoy in the boy's bathroom, shortly before Harry uses "[[Sectumsempra]]" on him.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Dialogue a-b|Myrtle|Don't...Don't...tell me what's wrong...I can help you...|Draco|No one can help me.|Myrtle and Malfoy in the boy's bathroom, shortly before Harry uses "[[Sectumsempra]]" on him.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
Myrtle also got on well with [[Draco Malfoy]], who was Harry Potter's enemy whilst at Hogwarts. Despite Draco being prejudiced against [[Muggle-born]]s and constantly bullying and threatening [[Hermione Granger]] for being muggle-born, the two managed to become close as both needed company for comfort. It is also possible that he is unaware of her status as a Muggle born. They became friends whilst she comforted him during his [[Sixth year]] at Hogwarts; that year Draco had become a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] and was feeling the strains of it as he was required to murder [[Albus Dumbledore]]. He shared his feelings and thoughts with Myrtle, who listened and comforted him. Also she seems to have taken preference of Draco to Harry as Harry never visits Myrtle when she asks him to.
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[[File:Draco_DH_promo.jpg|thumb|left|145px|[[Draco Malfoy]]]]Myrtle also got on well with [[Draco Malfoy]], who was Harry Potter's enemy whilst at Hogwarts. Despite Draco being prejudiced against [[Muggle-born]]s and constantly bullying and threatening [[Hermione Granger]] for being muggle-born, the two managed to become close as both needed company for comfort. It is also possible that he is unaware of her status as a Muggle born.
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They became friends whilst she comforted him during his [[Sixth year]] at Hogwarts; that year Draco had become a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] and was feeling the strains of it as he was required to murder [[Albus Dumbledore]]. He shared his feelings and thoughts with Myrtle, who listened and comforted him. Also she seems to have taken preference of Draco to Harry as Harry never visits Myrtle when she asks him to.
   
 
===Olive Hornby===
 
===Olive Hornby===
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[[File:PeevesPoA PS2.jpg|thumb|140px|Peeves.]]
 
[[File:PeevesPoA PS2.jpg|thumb|140px|Peeves.]]
 
Both [[Peeves]] and Myrtle resided at the school and were known as bothersome. Myrtle did not like Peeves who took enjoyment in bothering her as he did to everyone. At Nearly Headless Nick's Death day party both Peeves and Myrtle attended, when Peeves heard [[Hermione Granger]] complaining about Myrtle he found it as the perfect time to cause trouble. Peeves called Myrtle over, Myrtle did not look happy to see him but Peeves informed her that Hermione was talking about her. Myrtle assuming she was talking behind her back ran off crying, Peeves seemed to enjoy her pain and began pelting her with peanuts. Myrtle later told Harry, Ron, and Hermione that Peeves made her so upset she wanted to kill herself but then of course she reminded herself that she's already dead.
 
Both [[Peeves]] and Myrtle resided at the school and were known as bothersome. Myrtle did not like Peeves who took enjoyment in bothering her as he did to everyone. At Nearly Headless Nick's Death day party both Peeves and Myrtle attended, when Peeves heard [[Hermione Granger]] complaining about Myrtle he found it as the perfect time to cause trouble. Peeves called Myrtle over, Myrtle did not look happy to see him but Peeves informed her that Hermione was talking about her. Myrtle assuming she was talking behind her back ran off crying, Peeves seemed to enjoy her pain and began pelting her with peanuts. Myrtle later told Harry, Ron, and Hermione that Peeves made her so upset she wanted to kill herself but then of course she reminded herself that she's already dead.
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===Ronald Weasley===
   
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===Ronald Weasley===
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[[File:Ronny.jpg|thumb|left|145px|[[Ron Weasley]]]][[Ronald Weasley]] and Myrtle seemed to not have a very good relationship. Ron was very blunt to her in which she would usually get upset and start to cry. An example of this is when she tells them that someone threw a diary at her in which he reminds her it can't hurt her and she yells at him. Ron seemed to think Myrtle was weird but was scared of her when she stood up to him and punched through his stomach and head to prove her point.
[[File:Ronald_Weasley.jpg|thumb|left|137px|Ron Weasley]]
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{{Quote|Maybe [[Tom Riddle]] got thirty [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.s]] or saved a teacher from the [[giant squid]]. Maybe he murdered Myrtle; that would've done everyone a favour...|[[Ronald Weasley]] unknowingly correctly guesses that Tom Riddle murdered Myrtle|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}[[Ronald Weasley]] and Myrtle seemed to not have a very good relationship. Ron was very blunt to her in which she would usually get upset and start to cry. An example of this is when she tells them that someone threw a diary at her in which he reminds her it can't hurt her and she yells at him. Ron seemed to think Myrtle was weird but was scared of her when she stood up to him and punched through his stomach and head to prove her point. Ron also bugged her about keeping a secret for a person (Draco Malfoy) claiming where would she take it to the grave or the sewers. Ron also made a comment saying Tonks was starting to look like Myrtle since Sirius died. This was probably not a compliment to Tonks, as Myrtle always looked sad and angry.
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Ron also bugged her about keeping a secret for a person (Draco Malfoy) claiming where would she take it to the grave or the sewers. Ron also made a comment saying Tonks was starting to look like Myrtle since Sirius died. This was probably not a compliment to Tonks, as Myrtle always looked sad and angry.
   
 
===Hermione Granger===
 
===Hermione Granger===
[[File:Hermione_Granger_hbp_promostills_02.jpg|thumb|154px|Hermione Granger]]
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[[File:Hermione_Granger_(HBP_promo)_5.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Hermione Granger]]]]It was shown that Myrtle did not like [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] in the least. At Nearly Headless Nick's death day party, Hermione told Harry and Ron how horrible and whiny Myrtle was. Peeves who overheard this called Myrtle over. Peeves told Myrtle that Hermione was talking about her. Myrtle knew she must be talking about her meanly like most students did, Hermione however who never wanted to hurt Myrtle's feelings tried to tell Myrtle how she was only saying how pretty Myrtle was looking tonight. However Myrtle did not buy this and yelled at Hermione for lying to her and left the party crying.
It was shown that Myrtle did not like [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] in the least. At Nearly Headless Nick's death day party, Hermione told Harry and Ron how horrible and whiny Myrtle was. Peeves who over heard this called Myrtle over. Peeves told Myrtle that Hermione was talking about her. Myrtle knew she must be talking about her meanly like most students did, Hermione however who never wanted to hurt Myrtle's feelings tried to tell Myrtle how she was only saying how pretty Myrtle was looking tonight. However Myrtle did not buy this and yelled at Hermione for lying to her and left the party crying. To brew the Polyjuice potion Hermione was in Myrtle's bathroom quite a lot as she knew nobody would want to go there because of Myrtle's presence, Myrtle seemed cold to Hermione probably because of Hermione talking bad about her at the death day party. Myrtle did take great enjoyment in Hermione being upset though (also probably because of her talking behind her back at the party) when Hermione's potion turned her into a cat, Myrtle teased and laughed at Hermione only making Hermione feel worse about her cat like appearance. Harry had never seen Myrtle happier than when she was teasing Hermione.
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To brew the Polyjuice potion Hermione was in Myrtle's bathroom quite a lot as she knew nobody would want to go there because of Myrtle's presence, Myrtle seemed cold to Hermione probably because of Hermione talking bad about her at the death day party. Myrtle did take great enjoyment in Hermione being upset though (also probably because of her talking behind her back at the party) when Hermione's potion turned her into a cat, Myrtle teased and laughed at Hermione only making Hermione feel worse about her cat like appearance. Harry had never seen Myrtle happier than when she was teasing Hermione.
   
 
===Nearly Headless Nick===
 
===Nearly Headless Nick===
[[File:Nearlyheadlessnick.jpg|thumb|left|155px|Nearly Headless Nick]]
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[[File:Nearlyheadlessnick.jpg|thumb|left|220px|Nearly Headless Nick.]]
 
Myrtle's relationship with Nick is unknown, though he did invite her to his Death day party. Nick probably invited her because either he liked her, felt bad for her or because of the fact that she is also a ghost and dead. Nick and Myrtle seem not to have the same point of view on death. Nick, of course, celebrates it and Myrtle is highly offended and touchy about it, although she sometimes likes to talk about it at length.
 
Myrtle's relationship with Nick is unknown, though he did invite her to his Death day party. Nick probably invited her because either he liked her, felt bad for her or because of the fact that she is also a ghost and dead. Nick and Myrtle seem not to have the same point of view on death. Nick, of course, celebrates it and Myrtle is highly offended and touchy about it, although she sometimes likes to talk about it at length.
   
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*Moaning Myrtle was portrayed by [[Shirley Henderson]] in the film adaptations of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''. Being 5' 0½" (1.54 m) and 37 years old when she first played Moaning Myrtle, she is the oldest actress to play a teenage Hogwarts student in the Harry Potter films.<ref name="teen">Technically, graduate students such as [[Albus Dumbledore]] are still Hogwarts students, and played by actors older than Henderson. Myrtle, being dead and not actively studying, is neither an active student. Although she died in [[1940s|1943]] and must have been 60 to 68 years old when she first appeared in the [[Harry Potter books|novels]], she stopped aging when she became a ghost, and thus she can arguably be considered a teenager.</ref>
 
*Moaning Myrtle was portrayed by [[Shirley Henderson]] in the film adaptations of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''. Being 5' 0½" (1.54 m) and 37 years old when she first played Moaning Myrtle, she is the oldest actress to play a teenage Hogwarts student in the Harry Potter films.<ref name="teen">Technically, graduate students such as [[Albus Dumbledore]] are still Hogwarts students, and played by actors older than Henderson. Myrtle, being dead and not actively studying, is neither an active student. Although she died in [[1940s|1943]] and must have been 60 to 68 years old when she first appeared in the [[Harry Potter books|novels]], she stopped aging when she became a ghost, and thus she can arguably be considered a teenager.</ref>
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*[[Chika Sakamoto]] voiced Myrtle in the Japanese dubs.
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*Moaning Myrtle was based on the concept of crying girls found in communal bathrooms, such as those in parties and discos.<ref name="pottermoreghosts">[http://www.pottermore.com/en/book2/chapter9/moment1/hogwarts-ghosts/2 ''Pottermore'' - Book 2 - Chapter 9 - Moment 1 - New from J. K. Rowling - Hogwarts Ghosts]</ref>
 
*The myrtle tree is a close relative of the willow tree. "Moaning Myrtle" is a similar phrase to "weeping willow." Her name is also possibly related to the "Moaning Minnie," the British name for a German WWII artillery shell that made a distinctive moaning whine before it hit.
 
*The myrtle tree is a close relative of the willow tree. "Moaning Myrtle" is a similar phrase to "weeping willow." Her name is also possibly related to the "Moaning Minnie," the British name for a German WWII artillery shell that made a distinctive moaning whine before it hit.
*According to [[J. K. Rowling]]'s early drafts for ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', this character was supposed to have been called "Wailing Wanda".<ref name="pottermoreghosts">[http://www.pottermore.com/en/book2/chapter9/moment1/hogwarts-ghosts/2 ''Pottermore'' - Book 2 - Chapter 9 - Moment 1 - New from J. K. Rowling - Hogwarts Ghosts]</ref>
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*Myrtle is omitted from the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''.
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*According to [[J. K. Rowling]]'s early drafts for ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', this character was supposed to have been called "Wailing Wanda".<ref name="pottermoreghosts" />
 
*Though never seen or mentioned, Ron and Hermione may have seen Myrtle when they went back down the Chamber of Secrets to destroy Hufflepuff's Cup in ''Deathly Hallows''.
 
*Though never seen or mentioned, Ron and Hermione may have seen Myrtle when they went back down the Chamber of Secrets to destroy Hufflepuff's Cup in ''Deathly Hallows''.
*[[File:LEGO_Myrtle.png|thumb|left|Myrtle as a LEGO minifigure]]The ''myrtle'' ("Myrtus") is a flowering plant of southern Europe and north Africa. In Greek mythology, it was sacred to Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, and to Demeter, goddess of grain and fertility; Pausanias relates it to the tragedy of Adonis. The Roman poet Virgil relates the myrtle to Venus and used them in wedding rituals, something that Jewish liturgy, which deemed it sacred, also used. Myrtle has also uses in Wiccan rituals, and was considered medicinal by the ancients, including Hippocrates, Pliny, Galen and Arabian writers.<ref name="wiki">{{Wikilink|Myrtle}}</ref>
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*[[File:LEGO_Myrtle.png|thumb|left|Myrtle as a LEGO minifigure]]The myrtle (''Myrtus'') is a flowering plant of southern Europe and north Africa. In Greek mythology, it was sacred to Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, and to Demeter, goddess of grain and fertility; Pausanias relates it to the tragedy of Adonis. The Roman poet Virgil relates the myrtle to Venus and used them in wedding rituals, something that Jewish liturgy, which deemed it sacred, also used. Myrtle has also uses in Wiccan rituals, and was considered medicinal by the ancients, including Hippocrates, Pliny, Galen and Arabian writers.<ref name="wiki">{{Wikilink|Myrtle}}</ref>
 
*Myrtle's surname is not known, as it has never been said in the canon.
 
*Myrtle's surname is not known, as it has never been said in the canon.
 
*In one scene of ''Chamber of Secrets'', Ron jokingly suggests that [[Tom Riddle]] earned his Special Award for Services to the School for killing Myrtle; this foreshadows the fact that Riddle did indeed kill her.
 
*In one scene of ''Chamber of Secrets'', Ron jokingly suggests that [[Tom Riddle]] earned his Special Award for Services to the School for killing Myrtle; this foreshadows the fact that Riddle did indeed kill her.
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*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'', Harry and Ron battle Myrtle.
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'', Harry and Ron battle Myrtle.
 
*Hermione and Myrtle have a lot in common. They are both Muggle-born and both Hermione and Myrtle run to the girls' lavatory upon being teased by classmates, a move that puts both in mortal danger (from a troll and basilisk, respectively). But while Hermione is saved by a repentant Ron and Harry, Myrtle is killed by the unfeeling Riddle.
 
*Hermione and Myrtle have a lot in common. They are both Muggle-born and both Hermione and Myrtle run to the girls' lavatory upon being teased by classmates, a move that puts both in mortal danger (from a troll and basilisk, respectively). But while Hermione is saved by a repentant Ron and Harry, Myrtle is killed by the unfeeling Riddle.
*Some fans tend find similarities between that of Myrtle's haunting of the restroom and of the Japanese urban legend of トイレの花子 ''Toire no Hanako'' (lit. "Hanako of the Toilet"). Although this has not been either confirmed or denied.
 
 
*At ''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]'', Moaning Myrtle haunts the restrooms, though only her voice is heard.<ref name="wizardingworld">[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJyKvR0dZ0s See this video]</ref>
 
*At ''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]'', Moaning Myrtle haunts the restrooms, though only her voice is heard.<ref name="wizardingworld">[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJyKvR0dZ0s See this video]</ref>
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*Shirley Henderson and [[Kelly Macdonald]], who played another Hogwarts ghost [[The Grey Lady]], played sisters in the film ''[[wikipedia: Intermission (film)|Intermission]]''.
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*Apparently she never informed anyone about her death until she told Hary, Ron and [[Gilderoy Lockhart|Lockhart]]. It's unknown why she never told Armando Dippet or Albus Dumbledore about the cause of her death.
 
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[[File:Myrtle.png|thumb|left|Moaning Myrtle from Pottermore]]
   
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Myrtle
Biographical information
Born

c. 1929[1], Great Britain or Ireland[2]

Died

13 June, 1943 (aged 14[1])
First-floor Girls' Lavatory, Hogwarts Castle

Blood status

Muggle-born[3]

Also known as

Moaning Myrtle

Physical information
Species

Ghost (formerly human)

Gender

Female

Hair colour

Dark brown

Skin colour

Pale and acne-ridden

Family information
Family members
Affiliation
House

Ravenclaw[4]

Loyalty
Hermione Granger: "We wanted to ask you if you've seen anything funny lately. Because a cat was attacked right outside your front door on Halloween."
Harry Potter: "Did you see anyone near here that night?"
Myrtle: "I wasn't paying attention. Peeves upset me so much I came in here and tried to kill myself. Then, of course, I remembered that I'm — that I'm —"
Ronald Weasley: "Already dead."
Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ronald Weasley ask Myrtle on the attack on Mrs. Norris[src]

Myrtle (b. 1929[1] 13 June, 1943), more commonly known as "Moaning Myrtle", was a Muggle-born witch who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1940 – 1943 and was sorted into Ravenclaw house. She was killed in 1943 by Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk, under Lord Voldemort's (Tom Riddle) orders.

Now, she is a ghost who haunts the first-floor girls' bathroom (and occasionally other bathroom facilities) at Hogwarts.

BiographyEdit

Hogwarts yearsEdit

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Armando Dippet, Headmaster during Myrtle's time at Hogwarts.

Myrtle was a witch born circa 1929[1] to a Muggle mother and father, making her a Muggle-born.[3] She started her education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1940 or 1941[1] When she arrived at Hogwarts she was Sorted into the house of Ravenclaw.[4] While at Hogwarts she was unable to make any friends and was constantly teased and bullied because of this and her physical appearance.

Opening of the Chamber of SecretsEdit

"Ooooh, it was dreadful, it happened right in here, in this very cubicle. I'd hidden because Olive Hornby was teasing me about my glasses. I was crying, and then I heard somebody come in."
—Myrtle telling Harry, Ron and Gilderoy Lockhart about her death.[src]

In 1943, some time into Myrtle's education, the Chamber of Secrets was opened for the first time. The Chamber of Secrets was a legendary chamber built by Salazar Slytherin and inside was a beast that only his heir could control. It was believed that Gryffindor student, Rubeus Hagrid had opened the Chamber because he was caught raising Aragog (an acromantula), but it was actually Tom Marvolo Riddle, a Slytherin student. Hogwarts was soon facing closure as Muggle-born students were being mysteriously attacked by the mythical beast thought to be down inside the Chamber.

DeathEdit

"Nobody missed me even when I was alive. Took them hours to find my body- I know, I was sitting there waiting for them. Olive Hornby came into the bathroom — 'Are you in here again, sulking Myrtle?, she said, 'because Professor Dippet asked me to look for you — ' And then she saw my body... ooooh, she didn't forget that until her dying day, I made sure of that..."
—Myrtle to Harry Potter[src]
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After her murder, Myrtle returned as a ghost to haunt Hogwarts and Olive Hornby.

On her final day of life, Myrtle was teased by student Olive Hornby. She had made fun of Myrtle's glasses and, as a result, left Myrtle sobbing. Myrtle then ran into one of the bathroom's stalls, took off her glasses and started crying. Shortly after Myrtle had entered the bathroom, Riddle entered and started speaking in Parseltongue in order to open the Chamber of Secrets, the entrance of which was hidden behind the bathroom sinks. The Monster of Slytherin (a basilisk) then emerged from the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets.

Myrtle, still in one of the stalls, recognised the voice as being from a boy. Opening the stall's door, she yelled at Riddle to go away. On Riddle's command, the Basilisk stared at Myrtle, and her eyes met with the monster's. Since looking at a Basilisk's eyes was a fatal act, Myrtle's body fell to the bathroom floor. Tom (Lord Voldemort) used her murder to make his first Horcrux: the Diary. Myrtle's body was later found by Hornby.

Post-mortemEdit

1940sEdit

Following her death, Myrtle returned as a ghost so she could haunt student Olive Hornby in revenge for her teasing and insults. Olive went to the Ministry of Magic to exorcise Myrtle, who was there after obliged to remain at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Myrtle haunted the bathroom where she had died, although she was sometimes seen in other bathrooms, and was even flushed into the lake occasionally. As a result of her haunting, her favourite lavatory was rarely used, and was thus available for clandestine activities such as illegal potion-brewing, as long as one did not mind the company.

1992-1993 school yearEdit

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Myrtle speaking with Harry in her bathroom about her murder.

The true importance of Myrtle's bathroom was that it contained an entrance to the Chamber of Secrets, the home of the basilisk of Salazar Slytherin. In the 1992–1993 school year, the Chamber was opened again, fifty years after its previous opening, by a Gryffindor first year, Ginny Weasley, who was possessed by the diary of the earlier opener, Tom Riddle. (The diary was a Horcrux, though it was described as a "memory" at the time.) Myrtle later flooded her bathroom in a fit of pique when Ginny tried to dispose of the diary by flushing it down one of Myrtle's toilets.

Hermione Granger used Myrtle's bathroom in 1992 to brew Polyjuice Potion, which Harry Potter and Ron Weasley used to impersonate Slytherin students Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe. Thus disguised, they entered the Slytherin common room to interrogate Draco Malfoy about the Chamber of Secrets. They learned only that, according to Draco's father Lucius Malfoy, the last time the chamber was open a Mudblood was killed (and that, contrary to their suspicions, Draco was NOT the Heir of Slytherin).[5]

Harry and Ron later learned from Aragog the Acromantula that the murdered student had been killed in a bathroom, and Harry realised that the student must have been Myrtle. Myrtle was flattered by Harry's request that she tell the story of her death, the manner of which was one of the most important and interesting events of her short life. (It is possible that Harry was the first person to treat it as something worth asking about.) Myrtle remembered only having seen a pair of enormous eyes, but neither Harry nor Ron recognised this as a clue that the monster was a basilisk. Hermione had already deduced the monster's nature by library research before she was petrified, so Myrtle's clue was of no practical importance.

1994-1995 school yearEdit

"Oh, hello Harry, long time — no — see, hmm, I was circling a blocked drain the other day and I swear I saw some polyjuice potion. Not being a bad boy again, are you Harry? ...I'd put it in the water if I were you."
—Myrtle to Harry in 1994.[src]
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During the Triwizard Tournament Myrtle spent some time in the Prefects bathroom, spying on students bathing.

During the 1994–1995 school year, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry hosted the Triwizard Tournament. Before the second task, the champions had to solve the mystery behind their golden eggs, which, when opened, emitted a harsh screeching sound. The secret was that the noise became speech when heard underwater. One champion, Cedric Diggory, decided to meditate upon the clue in the prefects' bathroom. Myrtle spied on Cedric in the tub, admitting to Harry that it took Cedric a long time to figure it out; nearly all the bubbles in the bath were gone by the time he cracked it. Cedric later suggested to Harry Potter that he take his egg the prefects' bathroom. With Myrtle's hints, Harry was able to decipher the riddle.[6]

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Myrtle speaking to Harry whilst he takes a bath and helping him solve the task.

Myrtle also appeared to Harry whilst he was in the Black Lake, and pointed him in the right direction to find the village of the merpeople, thereby helping him to reach the Tournament hostages before the other champions.

That same year, Myrtle briefly spotted some Polyjuice Potion in the drains and asked Harry if he had been doing any more illicit brewing, which he denied. Had Harry (or more likely, Hermione) investigated Myrtle's suspicions, it might have been discovered much earlier that Barty Crouch Jr. was impersonating Alastor Moody.

1996-1997 school yearEdit

"…he's sensitive, people bully him, too, and he feels lonely and hasn't got anybody to talk to, and he's not afraid to show his feelings and cry!"
—Moaning Myrtle about Draco Malfoy[src]

In 1997 Draco Malfoy confided in Moaning Myrtle about his failed attempts to assassinate Albus Dumbledore.[7] Myrtle comforted him, feeling that she understood him, though in fact his situation was nothing like hers. When Draco and Harry engaged in a violent duel, Myrtle, as usual, enjoyed the spectacle. The last time Myrtle was seen by Harry Potter was when she was ordered to leave the bathroom by Severus Snape.

1998Edit

It is unknown if she participated in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Physical appearanceEdit

Myrtle: "Don't you think I know what people say behind my back — fat Myrtle, ugly Myrtle, miserable…?"
Peeves: "Don't forget pimply."
— Exchange between Myrtle and Peeves

Myrtle was a squat student with dark lank hair with a fringe, pimples and thick glasses. She died in 1943 and became a ghost, wearing her school uniform, as well as her glasses, for eternity.

Personality and traitsEdit

Myrtle was constantly bullied during her education at Hogwarts, for both her physical appearance and her personality. Myrtle hardly ever smiled and took great offence at the smallest slight, crying rivers of tears and wailing. She was often upset so badly that she tried to kill herself, until she realised that she was already dead. Myrtle did tend to be happy when something bad happened to other students, like when Hermione Granger accidently gained cat fur, ears and a tail after taking a contaminated Polyjuice Potion.

She did, however, seem to warm to some male students, including Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy. Myrtle also appeared to be a desperate flirt; she constantly flirted with Harry Potter, and showed her desperation to find love by spying on students such as Cedric Diggory whilst he bathed in the prefects' bathroom. Myrtle liked to take bubble baths when she was alive, due to "all those pretty bubbles"[8].

RelationshipsEdit

Harry PotterEdit

"Harry, if you die down there, you're welcome to share my toilet."
—Myrtle to Harry before he enters the Chamber of Secrets[src]
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Harry Potter

During his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry was nice to Myrtle so she developed a crush on him. Harry wasn't exactly known to stay out of life-threatening trouble so Myrtle offered to share her toilet with him if the event of his death occurred. She also was more than happy to help Harry during his studies at Hogwarts, with any task; during his Second year she helped him solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets, by telling him how she died.

In his Fourth year she helped him solve the mystery of the Triwizard Tournament's second task. During his fourth year Myrtle acted — to an extent — sexually towards Harry, while he bathed in the Prefects' bathroom, causing him to feel uncomfortable as he did not reciprocate her feelings of attraction. She acts coldly to Harry when he has not visited her for a while, but still remains his friend.

Draco MalfoyEdit

Myrtle: "Don't...Don't...tell me what's wrong...I can help you..."
Draco: "No one can help me."
— Myrtle and Malfoy in the boy's bathroom, shortly before Harry uses "Sectumsempra" on him.[src]
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Draco Malfoy

Myrtle also got on well with Draco Malfoy, who was Harry Potter's enemy whilst at Hogwarts. Despite Draco being prejudiced against Muggle-borns and constantly bullying and threatening Hermione Granger for being muggle-born, the two managed to become close as both needed company for comfort. It is also possible that he is unaware of her status as a Muggle born.

They became friends whilst she comforted him during his Sixth year at Hogwarts; that year Draco had become a Death Eater and was feeling the strains of it as he was required to murder Albus Dumbledore. He shared his feelings and thoughts with Myrtle, who listened and comforted him. Also she seems to have taken preference of Draco to Harry as Harry never visits Myrtle when she asks him to.

Olive HornbyEdit

Olive Hornby and Myrtle were very much enemies. Olive teased Myrtle about her glasses during school and constantly bullied her. When Myrtle was crying in the bathroom and then got killed by the basilisk, it was Olive who first saw her dead body. Myrtle wanted revenge on Olive so bad she stalked her where ever she went reminding her that it was her fault she was dead and how horrible she was. Myrtle even went so far to interrupt her brother's wedding, though that was enough for Olive, who went to the Ministry of Magic. The Ministry of Magic demanded Myrtle to stay at Hogwarts. Myrtle claimed she didn't forget her until her dying day.

PeevesEdit

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Peeves.

Both Peeves and Myrtle resided at the school and were known as bothersome. Myrtle did not like Peeves who took enjoyment in bothering her as he did to everyone. At Nearly Headless Nick's Death day party both Peeves and Myrtle attended, when Peeves heard Hermione Granger complaining about Myrtle he found it as the perfect time to cause trouble. Peeves called Myrtle over, Myrtle did not look happy to see him but Peeves informed her that Hermione was talking about her. Myrtle assuming she was talking behind her back ran off crying, Peeves seemed to enjoy her pain and began pelting her with peanuts. Myrtle later told Harry, Ron, and Hermione that Peeves made her so upset she wanted to kill herself but then of course she reminded herself that she's already dead.

Ronald WeasleyEdit

"Maybe Tom Riddle got thirty O.W.L.s or saved a teacher from the giant squid. Maybe he murdered Myrtle; that would've done everyone a favour..."
Ronald Weasley unknowingly correctly guesses that Tom Riddle murdered Myrtle[src]
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Ron Weasley

Ronald Weasley and Myrtle seemed to not have a very good relationship. Ron was very blunt to her in which she would usually get upset and start to cry. An example of this is when she tells them that someone threw a diary at her in which he reminds her it can't hurt her and she yells at him. Ron seemed to think Myrtle was weird but was scared of her when she stood up to him and punched through his stomach and head to prove her point.

Ron also bugged her about keeping a secret for a person (Draco Malfoy) claiming where would she take it to the grave or the sewers. Ron also made a comment saying Tonks was starting to look like Myrtle since Sirius died. This was probably not a compliment to Tonks, as Myrtle always looked sad and angry.

Hermione GrangerEdit

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Hermione Granger

It was shown that Myrtle did not like Hermione in the least. At Nearly Headless Nick's death day party, Hermione told Harry and Ron how horrible and whiny Myrtle was. Peeves who overheard this called Myrtle over. Peeves told Myrtle that Hermione was talking about her. Myrtle knew she must be talking about her meanly like most students did, Hermione however who never wanted to hurt Myrtle's feelings tried to tell Myrtle how she was only saying how pretty Myrtle was looking tonight. However Myrtle did not buy this and yelled at Hermione for lying to her and left the party crying.

To brew the Polyjuice potion Hermione was in Myrtle's bathroom quite a lot as she knew nobody would want to go there because of Myrtle's presence, Myrtle seemed cold to Hermione probably because of Hermione talking bad about her at the death day party. Myrtle did take great enjoyment in Hermione being upset though (also probably because of her talking behind her back at the party) when Hermione's potion turned her into a cat, Myrtle teased and laughed at Hermione only making Hermione feel worse about her cat like appearance. Harry had never seen Myrtle happier than when she was teasing Hermione.

Nearly Headless NickEdit

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Nearly Headless Nick.

Myrtle's relationship with Nick is unknown, though he did invite her to his Death day party. Nick probably invited her because either he liked her, felt bad for her or because of the fact that she is also a ghost and dead. Nick and Myrtle seem not to have the same point of view on death. Nick, of course, celebrates it and Myrtle is highly offended and touchy about it, although she sometimes likes to talk about it at length.

Cedric DiggoryEdit

On the year of the Triwizard Tournament Diggory was greeted by Myrtle in the prefects bathroom on the 5th floor. When Harry took his golden egg into the bathroom to have a bath Myrtle talked about Diggory and said that he was "The Handsome One".

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EtymologyEdit

  • Myrtle is a type of evergreen shrub that is often overlooked because of its plainness, native to southern Europe and north Africa.
  • Myrtle is a variety of the colour green. It is immoderately dark, slightly more so than the colour spinach.
  • It is possible she was named "Myrtle" to continue J.K. Rowling's tradition of naming characters after flowers.
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"Moaning" Myrtle.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Moaning Myrtle was portrayed by Shirley Henderson in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Being 5' 0½" (1.54 m) and 37 years old when she first played Moaning Myrtle, she is the oldest actress to play a teenage Hogwarts student in the Harry Potter films.[9]
  • Chika Sakamoto voiced Myrtle in the Japanese dubs.
  • Moaning Myrtle was based on the concept of crying girls found in communal bathrooms, such as those in parties and discos.[10]
  • The myrtle tree is a close relative of the willow tree. "Moaning Myrtle" is a similar phrase to "weeping willow." Her name is also possibly related to the "Moaning Minnie," the British name for a German WWII artillery shell that made a distinctive moaning whine before it hit.
  • Myrtle is omitted from the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • According to J. K. Rowling's early drafts for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, this character was supposed to have been called "Wailing Wanda".[10]
  • Though never seen or mentioned, Ron and Hermione may have seen Myrtle when they went back down the Chamber of Secrets to destroy Hufflepuff's Cup in Deathly Hallows.
  • LEGO Myrtle

    Myrtle as a LEGO minifigure

    The myrtle (Myrtus) is a flowering plant of southern Europe and north Africa. In Greek mythology, it was sacred to Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, and to Demeter, goddess of grain and fertility; Pausanias relates it to the tragedy of Adonis. The Roman poet Virgil relates the myrtle to Venus and used them in wedding rituals, something that Jewish liturgy, which deemed it sacred, also used. Myrtle has also uses in Wiccan rituals, and was considered medicinal by the ancients, including Hippocrates, Pliny, Galen and Arabian writers.[11]
  • Myrtle's surname is not known, as it has never been said in the canon.
  • In one scene of Chamber of Secrets, Ron jokingly suggests that Tom Riddle earned his Special Award for Services to the School for killing Myrtle; this foreshadows the fact that Riddle did indeed kill her.
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Shirley Henderson playing Myrtle.

  • Myrtle is shown to have a crush on Harry throughout the series. In the Goblet of Fire film, the bathroom scene shows her acting sexually towards Harry.
  • Myrtle was also the first person to be killed by Lord Voldemort.
  • Shirley Henderson's first scene in the film Bridget Jones's Diary involves her character, Jude, crying in a womens' toilets.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Harry and Ron battle Myrtle.
  • Hermione and Myrtle have a lot in common. They are both Muggle-born and both Hermione and Myrtle run to the girls' lavatory upon being teased by classmates, a move that puts both in mortal danger (from a troll and basilisk, respectively). But while Hermione is saved by a repentant Ron and Harry, Myrtle is killed by the unfeeling Riddle.
  • At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Moaning Myrtle haunts the restrooms, though only her voice is heard.[12]
  • Shirley Henderson and Kelly Macdonald, who played another Hogwarts ghost The Grey Lady, played sisters in the film Intermission.
  • Apparently she never informed anyone about her death until she told Hary, Ron and Lockhart. It's unknown why she never told Armando Dippet or Albus Dumbledore about the cause of her death.
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Moaning Myrtle from Pottermore

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Shirley Henderson Coming Back for GoF" from The Leaky Cauldron
  2. World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12
  4. 4.0 4.1 F.A.Q. question on J. K. Rowling's Official Site
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  9. Technically, graduate students such as Albus Dumbledore are still Hogwarts students, and played by actors older than Henderson. Myrtle, being dead and not actively studying, is neither an active student. Although she died in 1943 and must have been 60 to 68 years old when she first appeared in the novels, she stopped aging when she became a ghost, and thus she can arguably be considered a teenager.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Pottermore - Book 2 - Chapter 9 - Moment 1 - New from J. K. Rowling - Hogwarts Ghosts
  11. WP favicon Myrtle on Wikipedia
  12. See this video

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