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Perpetua Fancourt (1900-1991) was a witch who is credited with the invention of the lunascope, an astronomical device used to analyse the phases of the moon.

Biography

Early life

"Ravenclaw house has an illustrious history. Most of the greatest wizarding inventors and innovators were in our house, including Perpetua Fancourt, the inventor of the lunascope […]."
Robert Hilliard.[src]

Perpetua Fancourt was born in 1900,[2] somewhere in the British Isles.

In her youth, she attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from around 1911 to 1918, where she was Sorted into Ravenclaw.[1]

Adulthood

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A younger Perpetua Fancourt

"It's a lunascope, old boy — no more messing around with moon charts, see?"
—A diner at the Leaky Cauldron in 1993.[src]

After her graduation from Hogwarts School, Ms. Fancourt studied further into Astronomy, becoming an accomplished and celebrated Astronomer. Perhaps in an attempt to further the study of her area of expertise, she invented an optical device to counter the difficulty of working with moon charts, which she named lunascope.[2] Ms. Fancourt must have created it at a fairly young age, as by 1926 they were available to own.

Death and post-mortem

Ms. Fancourt died in 1991, aged around 91. In her honour, her achievement, the invention of the lunascope, was recorded on a Chocolate Frog Card.[2]

On 1 September, 1991, Prefect Robert Hilliard welcomed the Ravenclaw first years to Ravenclaw Tower with a short speech in which he mentioned inventor Perpetua Fancourt as one of the many notable Hogwarts students who had been Sorted, like them, into Ravenclaw.[1]

Etymology

The name "Perpetua" is derived from Latin perpetuus meaning "continuous".

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pottermore introduction for Ravenclaws (transcription available here)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)


Astronomy
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Professors: Aurora Sinistra
Astronomy at Hogwarts: Astronomy department · Astronomy Tower · Astronomy Room · Astronomy Stairs · Astronomy Corridor · Astronomy reading room ·
Astronomy classroom
Astronomers: Aurora Sinistra · Copernicus · George von Rheticus · Perpetua Fancourt
Objects: Globe of the Moon · Lunascope · Moon chart · Orrery · Star chart · Telescope
Planets: Jupiter · Mars · Mercury · Neptune · Pluto · Saturn · Uranus · Venus
Satellites: Callisto · Europa · Ganymede · Io · Moon
Constellations: Bartholomeus · Orion


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Bronze cards:

Adalbert Waffling · Almerick Sawbridge · Archibald Alderton · Balfour Blane · Beatrix Bloxam · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Bridget Wenlock · Burdock Muldoon · Cassandra Vablatsky · Celestina Warbeck · Cornelius Agrippa · Devlin Whitehorn · Dorcas Wellbeloved · Edgar Stroulger · Elladora Ketteridge · Ethelred the Ever-Ready · Flavius Belby · Gifford Ollerton · Glanmore Peakes · Glover Hipworth · Greta Catchlove · Grogan Stump · Gulliver Pokeby · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Havelock Sweeting · Hengist of Woodcroft · Heathcote Barbary · Herman Wintringham · Hesper Starkey · Jocunda Sykes · Justus Pilliwickle · Merlin · Merton Graves · Merwyn the Malicious · Miranda Goshawk · Mungo Bonham · Musidora Barkwith · Myron Wagtail · Newton Scamander · Norvel Twonk · Orsino Thruston · Perpetua Fancourt · Quong Po · Roland Kegg · Stoddard Withers · Tilly Toke · Uric the Oddball · Yardley Platt

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Bran the Bloodthirsty · Cyclops · Goliath · Morholt · Hengist of Upper Barnton

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Alguff the Awful · Eargit the Ugly · Gringott · Ug the Unreliable · Urg the Unclean

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