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Mad old man
Portrait of a mad old man
Biographical information
Died

Before 1993

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair colour

Grey

Affiliation
Loyalty

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Mad old man: "Watch it there boy."
Sleeping hermit: "We're trying to sleep here!"
Mad old man: "Yes we are."
— This portrait and another to Harry Potter.[src]

This portrait depicted a mad old man, and it was hung at Hogwarts Castle, in the Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor, next to a portrait of a sleeping hermit.

Behind the scenes

  • This portrait is depicted wearing an upside-down funnel as a hat. The inverted funnel has, since the Middle Ages, been used to represent the mad. It has, therefore, appeared in several artistic depictions of mad men through the centuries such as Hieronymus Bosch's The Ship of Fools and Allegory of Gluttony and Lust, and, more recently and perhaps more notably, is present in many depictions of the Tin Woodman of L. Frank Baum's classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, although that is never specifically mentioned in the story - it stemmed from W.W. Denslow's original illustrations for the book.

Appearances


Hogwarts Castle
Locations below ground floor

Boathouse · Boathouse passageway · Chamber of Secrets · Dark Hall · Deathday Party Hall · Detention escape route · Dungeons · Dungeon cave · Dungeon Corridor · Dungeon Five · Dungeon hall · Dungeon Pit · Dungeon Staircase · Entrance Dungeon · Forgotten Cavern · Hieroglyphic Hall · Hogwarts Basement · Hufflepuff Basement · Kitchens · Lever Rooms · Lost Tunnel · Lower Chambers Corridor North-East · Lower Chambers Corridor West · Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor · Poltergeist Passage · Porticus Circumscriptus · Porticus Periculum · Porticus Imago · Porticus Medius · Porticus Olidus · Potion-Mixing Room · Potions basement · Potions Classroom · Prowling Passage · Quidditch cave · Room of Doom · Room of Runes · Severus Snape's office · Shop · Slug Pit · Slughorn's Stairs · Slytherin Boys' Dormitory · Slytherin Duelling Dungeon · Slytherin Dungeon · Slytherin Girls' Dormitory · Undercover route to the Kitchens · Underground Chambers · Vestibule of Mischief · Way to Courtyard

Portraits, statues and other artwork located below ground floor

Basil Fronsac · Bloody Baron · Cecilia Gallerani · Elizabeth Burke · Hooky · Mad old man · Mopsus · Old man · Percival Pratt · Salazar Slytherin · Sleeping hermit · Bearded man with book

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