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Professor Dame Phyllida Spore was a witch. A celebrated Herbologist and author of One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi, Professor Spore was the Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in her later life.



Professor Spore studied Herbology and authored One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi, a textbook that was still used at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1997.[2]


Professor Spore during her tenure as Headmistress

At some point in her life, she became the Headmistress of Hogwarts.[3] Also at an unknown time, Spore received the title and honour of "dame".


Professor Spore died sometime in or before 1995.[1] Two portraits of her hung at Hogwarts: one painted in 1408 depicted a middle aged woman,[4] and another, hung in the Headmaster's office,[3] depicted her as a younger witch with long dark hair.[5]

Magical abilities and skills

  • Herbology: Phylida was a skilled Herbologist, having knowledge of One Thousand magical herbs and fungi and having written several books about the subject.
  • Healing magic: One of her books, Healing at home with herbs, specialised on the healing properties of those herbs.

Behind the scenes


Her first name is from Greek for "leaf" or "plant." A spore is a body produced by fungi, algae and non-flowering plants that is very protective and resistant to drought.


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.K. Rowling stated at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 15 August 2014 (source) that all portraits at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are of deceased individuals. Thus, Spore must have died sometime in or before 1995, given her portrait's appearance in the Headmaster's office in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 25 (The Seer Overheard)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 21 (The Pensieve)
  4. See this image.
  5. See this image.

Professors: Herbert Beery · Pomona Sprout · Neville Longbottom
Textbooks: Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Goshawk's Guide to Herbology · Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wonderous Water Plants
Hogwarts class: Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Hogwarts greenhouses: One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
Herbologists: Herbert Beery · Miranda Goshawk · Elladora Ketteridge · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Nepali wizard · Phyllida Spore · Tilden Toots · Hadrian Whittle · Sir Winogrand · Selina Sapworthy
Plants Studied: Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Devil's Snare · Fire Seed Bush · Mandrake · Mimbulus Mimbletonia · Puffapod · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Snargaluff · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Umbrella Flower · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Whomping Willow · Wild rice

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