Dame[3] Phyllida Spore was a witch who lived during the 15th century.[4][5] A celebrated Herbologist, she was the author of the textbook One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi,[5] and also served as Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[2]



Phyllida Spore

Phyllida Spore

Phyllida Spore lived in the 15th century.[4] She studied Herbology, writing One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi, a textbook that was still used at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1990s.[5][6]

Spore became the Headmistress of Hogwarts during her lifetime.[2] At some point, she also earned the title "Dame,"[3] the female equivalent of the honour of knighthood in Great Britain.[7]

Death and legacy

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,[2] depicted her as a younger witch with long dark hair sitting in a chair with skull-shaped finials.[3]

Magical abilities and skills

  • Charms; As Headmistress of Hogwarts, Professor Spore was an accomplished witch with sufficient skills in defensive spells and protective enchantments to control and maintain those surrounding Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • 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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film), Chapter 21 (The Pensieve) (see this image)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Making of Harry Potter (see this image)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (see this image)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 25 (The Seer Overheard)
  7. "Dame (title)" on Wikipedia

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