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|born=[[26 September]],<ref name="pottermore">[[Pottermore]] background information for Quirinus Quirrell (screenshot available [http://lady-slytherin-forever.tumblr.com/post/8979013384/information-about-quirrell-i-love-how-these-are here])</ref> possibly in the [[1950s]] or [[1960s]]<ref name="dates"/>
 
|died=[[4 June]], [[1992]]<br />[[Underground Chambers]], [[Hogwarts Castle]]<ref name="PS17">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 17 (''The Man With Two Faces'')</ref>
 
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|title=[[Professor]]<ref name="PS5">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 5 (''Diagon Alley'')</ref>
 
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|hair=Bald<ref name="PSf30">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]'' - Chapter 30 (''Man With Two Faces'')</ref>
 
|eyes=Pale blue<ref name="PSf5">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]'' - Chapter 5 (''Diagon Alley'')</ref>
 
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|wand=[[Quirinus Quirrell's wand|Alder, 9", unicorn hair, bendy]]<ref name="pottermore" />
 
|patronus=Non-corporeal<ref name="Patronus">Quirrell is shown to be able to cast a non-corporeal Patronus in ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''. Although Rowling did say [http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html Death Eaters could not cast Patronuses], Quirrell was just a follower of Voldemort's; he did not have a Dark Mark.</ref>
 
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|job=*[[Professor]] of [[Muggle Studies]] (unknown - [[1990]])<ref name="BLC">[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, July 30, 2007]</ref>
 
*[[Professor]] of [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] ([[1991]] - [[1992]])<ref name="PS5"/>
 
|house=[[Ravenclaw]]<ref name="pottermore" />
 
|loyalty=*[[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] (formerly)<ref name="BLC"/>
 
*[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]<ref name="PS17"/>
 
*[[Death Eaters]] (indirectly)
 
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{{Quote|I met him when I travelled around the world. A foolish young man I was then, full of ridiculous ideas about good and evil. My master showed me how wrong I was. There is no good and evil... there is only power, and those too weak to understand it... Since then, I serve him faithfully, although I have let him down many times.|Quirinus Quirrell on [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
 
'''Professor Quirinus Quirrell''' ([[26 September]],<ref name="pottermore" /> possibly in the [[1950s]] or [[1960s]]<ref name="dates">As Quirrell somehow came into possession of a [[Chocolate Frog Card]] that he knew Binns had given to James Potter while he was at school, and perhaps that he often called Snape by his first name, and the fact that Snape seemed to know him rather well, are possible implications that he attended Hogwarts at the same time as the Marauders? This would also make sense since Hagrid referred to him as being a "brilliant mind" while studying magical theory, and that he was gamekeeper during the 1970s while Ogg was previously. He was also described as a "young man" in 1991.</ref> - [[4 June]], [[1992]]) was a [[Half-blood|half-blood]] [[wizardkind|wizard]] who attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] and was sorted into [[Ravenclaw|Ravenclaw House]].<ref name="pottermore" /> He was the [[Muggle Studies]] [[professor]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], though he later became the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] [[professor|teacher]] during the [[1991–1992 school year]].
 
 
Before teaching [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], Quirrell went out in search of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], believing he could achieve recognition for finding him and could learn things that would ensure that no one laughed at him again. However, Voldemort, after finding out that he taught at Hogwarts, took over his body, though Quirrell put up some feeble resistance. He died when trying in vain to murder [[Harry Potter]].
 
 
==Biography==
 
===Early life===
 
{{Quote|Oh, yeah. Poor bloke. Brilliant mind. He was fine while he was studyin' outta books but then he took a year off ter get some firsthand experience...|[[Rubeus Hagrid]] on Quirrell's youth.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
 
Quirinus Quirrell was born somewhere in the [[Great Britain|British Isles]], presumably in the [[1950s]] or [[1960s]]<ref name="dates"/>, and attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], where he was [[Sorting ceremony|Sorted]] into [[Ravenclaw]] House<ref name="pottermore" /> in the 1960s or [[1970s|'70s]]<ref name="dates"/>. It is likely that he acquired [[Quirinus Quirrell's wand|his wand]] from [[Ollivanders Wand Shop]] when he was eleven.
 
 
As a boy, Quirinus was a gifted but also delicate, teased for his timidity and nerves during his school life. Feeling inadequate and wishing to prove himself, he developed an (initially theoretical) interest in the [[Dark Arts]]. The feelings of insignificance and worthlessness that this bullying fostered embittered the boy, forging a latent desire to make the world sit up and notice him.<ref name="pottermore"/>
 
 
He also most likely obtained a high-graded [[Ordinary Wizarding Level|O.W.L.]] and [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|N.E.W.T.]] in [[Muggle Studies]] and [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]], since not only did he go on to teach both but was also noted to have had a gift for the theory of Defensive Magic.<ref name="pottermore"/>
 
 
===Meeting Lord Voldemort===
 
{{Quote|When I failed to steal the stone from [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]], he was most displeased. He punished me...decided he would have to keep a closer watch on me...|Quirinus Quirrell to [[Harry Potter]] on his first failure|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
[[File:Quirrell_Leaky_Cauldron.JPG|thumb|286px|Quirrell's first encounter with [[Harry Potter]] shortly before breaking into Gringotts.]]
 
 
After teaching [[Muggle Studies]] for some time, he took a year-long sabbatical in [[1990]] in order to "gain first-hand experience",<ref name="PS5"/> though in reality he had taken a 'Grand Tour' around the world in order to hopefully find whatever remained of [[Lord Voldemort]] after his first defeat, partly out of curiosity, partly out of that unacknowledged desire for importance from his childhood. At the very least, Quirrell fantasised that he could be the man who tracked Voldemort down, but at best, might learn skills from Voldemort that would ensure he was never laughed at again. His journey proved successful as he did indeed find Voldemort, though he was no match for the Dark Lord (even in such a weakened state) and when he realised that Quirinus had a position at Hogwarts, Voldemort used his charisma to manipulate Quirrell to serve him.
 
 
Quirrell also adopted a [[Quirinus Quirrell's turban|turban]] for everyday use after this sabbatical, claiming to have received it from an [[African prince]] as compensation for disposing of a [[zombie]].<ref name="PS8">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 8 (''The Potions Master'')</ref> It was also rumoured that he encountered [[vampire]]s in the [[Black Forest]], in [[Albania]], and had a nasty bit of trouble with a [[hag]].<ref name="PS5"/>
 
 
Quirrell at some unknown point prior to [[1991]] came into possession of [[Vault 998]] in the new vault area of [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]]. He kept a small box containing various belongings, a large crate, and a chest containing [[Circe]]'s [[Chocolate Frog Cards|Chocolate Frog Card]] that was given by [[Cuthbert Binns]] to [[James Potter I|James Potter]] before Quirrell came into possession of it.<ref name="PSgbc">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]'' - GBC version</ref>
 
 
===Serving the Dark Lord===
 
{{Quote|Yes, Severus does seem the type, doesn't he? So useful to have him swooping around like an overgrown bat. Next to him, who would suspect p-p-poor, st-stuttering P-Professor Quirrell?|Quirrell (possibly influenced by Voldemort) on Harry's suspicions about Snape after revealing himself|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)}}
 
[[File:Troll_in_the_Dungeon!.JPG|thumb|left|304px|Quirrell interrupts the [[1991]] [[Halloween feast]], claiming that there was a "Troll in the Dungeons".]]
 
 
Quirrell spent [[1991|his last year of life]] attempting to procure the [[Philosopher's Stone]] for Lord Voldemort, who used his nervous disposition to his advantage, as his perceived lack of confidence had earned very little respect from the students at Hogwarts and consequently diverted suspicion away from his plans.<ref name="PS8"/>
 
 
Quirrell's first plan was enacted before the school term started and involved going to [[Diagon Alley]] in an [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1991)|attempt]] to steal the [[Philosopher's Stone]] from [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] for Voldemort.<ref name="PS17"/> While in the [[Leaky Cauldron]], he met [[Harry Potter]], who had come with [[Rubeus Hagrid]]. Quirrell pretended that he was going to buy a [[Book on vampires|new book]] on [[vampire]]s.<ref name="PSvg">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]''</ref>
 
 
Quirrell was unsuccessful in his attempted robbery, as [[Rubeus Hagrid]] had removed the Stone from [[Vault 713|its vault]] earlier that same day on [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s orders.<ref name="PS5"/> After this first failure, Voldemort began to share Quirrell's body to ensure no further failure would occur,<ref name="PS17"/> and as Voldemort's face was sticking out of the back of his head, Quirrell had to wear a purple turban for the entire school year.<ref name="PS7">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 7 (''The Sorting Hat'')</ref> Quirrell tried to put up feeble resistance on occasion, but Voldemort was far too strong for him
 
 
After this attempted break-in, he returned to Hogwarts to teach as [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]<ref name="PS5"/> while [[Unidentified male Muggle Studies teacher|another wizard]] replaced him as [[Muggle Studies]] [[Professor]].<ref name="PSgbc"/> A few of his classes included the [[Curse of the Bogies]],<ref name="PS9">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 9 (''The Midnight Duel'')</ref> the [[Knockback Jinx]],<ref name="PSvg"/> the ''[[Wand-Lighting Charm|Lumos]]'' spell<ref name="PSvg"/> and the ''[[Verdimillious]]'' spell.<ref name="PSps1">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]'' - PS1 version</ref> On [[Halloween]], Quirrell allowed a [[Quirinus Quirrell's first mountain troll|troll]] to enter Hogwarts as a diversion, and sneaked to the restricted [[Third Floor Corridor]] where the Stone was being hidden. [[Severus Snape]], who suspected Quirrell, followed him, and was bitten by the three-headed dog [[Fluffy]] in the process of trying to head Quirrell off.<ref name="PS17"/>
 
 
[[File:Quirrell_counter_jinx.jpg|thumb|left|Quirrell at the Quidditch match.]]
 
Later in the year, during a [[Quidditch]] match between [[Gryffindor Quidditch team|Gryffindor]] and [[Slytherin Quidditch team|Slytherin]], Quirrell made his first attempt at [[Harry Potter]]'s life. He [[Broom jinx|jinxed]] Harry's [[broomstick]] to try to throw him off, but [[Severus Snape]] interfered again with a counter-curse. It was [[Hermione Granger]] who ultimately stopped Quirrell by rushing to [[Lacarnum Inflamarae|set fire]] to the robes of [[Severus Snape]] (whom she believed was jinxing Harry's broom), and in the process, causing Quirrell to break the eye contact necessary for performing his spell correctly.<ref name="PS17"/>
 
 
When Harry, Ron, and Hermione believed that [[Severus Snape]] was trying to intimidate Quirrell into helping him steal the [[Philosopher's Stone]], they tried to be supportive and encouraging to Quirrell whenever possible by telling people off for laughing at his stutter, or winking at him encouragingly whenever they passed him.<ref name="PS14">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 14 (''Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback'')</ref>
 
 
[[File:Voldemortdrinkingunicornblood.jpeg|thumb|Quirrell drinking unicorn blood.]]
 
Later that year, in order to keep his master alive, Quirrell began to prey on [[unicorn]]s in the [[Forbidden Forest]] and drink their [[Unicorn blood|blood]]. He met [[Harry Potter|Harry]], [[Draco Malfoy]] and [[Fang]] there, and was about to attack Harry when [[Firenze]] rescued the boy. About a week before Harry's exams, Voldemort ordered Quirrell to try to get the Stone again. Harry overheard this, and mistook the conversation for an argument between [[Snape]] and the Defence teacher. That night, after [[Dumbledore]] had left for [[London]] , both Quirrell and the [[Trio]] went through the obstacles blocking the way to the Stone.<ref name="PS17"/> To get past [[Fluffy]], Quirrell disguised himself and lured Hagrid into a card game by betting a [[dragon]]'s egg. During the game, he managed to draw out information about [[Fluffy]] by convincing Hagrid that he was a [[Dragon dealer]], and as such, shared Hagrid's penchant for dangerous [[Beast|pets]]. In Hagrid's enthusiasm, and most likely under the influence of [[alcohol]], he let slip that playing music for the three-headed dog would put him to sleep. Quirrell then sent a forged letter to [[Albus Dumbledore|Professor Dumbledore]] summoning him to the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] to get him away from the school. He went after the Stone, but was followed by [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and Hermione Granger — though they believed their enemy to be Severus Snape.
 
 
===Battle in the Philosopher's Stone Chambers and death===
 
{{Quote|Master, I cannot hold him — my hands — my hands!|Quirrell's last words.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
[[File:Hgf.jpg|thumb|left|267px|Quirrell with the Mirror of Erised.]]
 
 
Quirrell was able to penetrate the first [[Philosopher's Stone Chambers|six chambers]] that protected the Philosopher's Stone, including the [[Philosopher's Stone Chambers#Fifth Obstacle|chamber]] in which he himself put a [[Troll]]. He reached the [[Philosopher's Stone Chambers#Seventh Obstacle|final chamber]] only to find the [[Mirror of Erised]], and was unable to figure out how to take the stone from it, going so far as to consider smashing the mirror.<ref name="PS17"/>
 
 
Eventually, Harry alone managed to reach the last chamber, and was surprised to meet Quirrell instead of Snape. Quirrell [[Nonverbal spell|non-verbally]] [[Incarcerous|bound]] Harry and summoned a wall of fire behind the door to prevent him from escaping, then, on Voldemort's command, forced Harry to look into the mirror. Harry saw his reflection with the Stone in his own trousers' pocket, and felt it indeed being transferred to his real pocket. When Harry lied about what he saw in the mirror, Quirrell unwrapped his turban to reveal Lord Voldemort's face, bound to the back of his head.
 
[[File:Harry.jpg|thumb|Quirrell and Harry struggle for possession of the Stone.]]
 
 
Quirrel's life ended then, when Voldemort forced him to attempt the murder of [[Harry Potter]] ([[Legilimency|figuring out]] Harry had the Stone and being unable to persuade him to give it willingly). Unfortunately, the body Quirrell and Voldemort were both sharing manifested in burns and blisters during his fight with Harry due to [[Sacrificial protection|the protective power]] Harry's mother left in his skin when she died for him. Harry collapsed from the pain in his scar, but Quirrell's body was burnt so horribly that Voldemort dispossessed his body and left him to collapse and die. However, despite being effectively turned into a living Horcrux for the last year of his life, Quirrell did not ultimately lose his soul, having even tried to put up feeble resistance on occasion (in spite of the fact that Voldemort was far too strong for him).
 
 
==Physical description==
 
{{Quote|Even Professor Quirrell was tremblin' ter meet yeh — mind you, he's usually tremblin'.|[[Rubeus Hagrid]] to [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
[[File:Quieir.jpg|thumb|left|175px|Quirinus in 1991.]]
 
 
Quirrell was a young man with a very pale skin tone<ref name="PS5"/> and light blue eyes.
 
[[File:Quirrell.jpeg|thumb|An illustration of Quirrell.]]<ref name="PSf5"/>
 
 
When Quirrell returned from his sabbatical in [[Albania]], one of his eyes developed a twitch and he appeared quite pale and anxious and frequently stuttered. At the start of the term, he was wearing a purple turban.<ref name="PS7"/> He was usually trembling and prone to fainting.<ref name="PS10">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 10 (''Halloween'')</ref>
 
 
Near the end of his life, his reason for wearing the turban became clear. Quirrell had joined with [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] and agreed to allow Voldemort's fledgling body to latch on to the back of his head. It was only able to grow into a face, and used Quirrell for transportation and sustenance.<ref name="PS17"/>
 
 
==Personality and traits==
 
{{Quote|He didn't realise that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark . . . to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very skin. Quirrell, full of hatred, greed, and ambition, sharing his soul with Voldemort, could not touch you for this reason. It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] explains Quirrell's demise|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
[[File:Quirrell's wand.png|thumb|right|250px|Quirrell casting a spell.]]
 
 
Quirrell was a gullible, weak-willed wizard who was easily corrupted. Due to his childhood of being teased and neglected for his timid nature, he came to develop a latent desire for recognition and greatness, cynical feeling for society, and was seduced by the [[Dark Arts]], no matter how subtle the lure appeared at first, which led him to foolishly search out for Lord Voldemort's remains in the hopes of fame and knowledge, while exposing his impressionable and naive side to the fallen Dark Lord. When Quirrell met [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], he arrived at the conclusion that "there is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it". Quirrell generally did his best to serve Voldemort, though he admitted that his attempts were not always successful, seeing as he was being given rather tall orders. Despite Quirrell's continuous descent into corruption, he at least had one piece of redemption of attempting to resist Voldemort's soul of possessing his body, feeble and futile though it may be.
 
 
Throughout the school year, Quirrell appeared nervous and timid. He frequently stuttered and was mostly an incompetent teacher. Though his nervousness was probably very real due to the enormous pressure being put upon him by Voldemort, Quirrell had a chillingly sinister side that most people never saw. He was extremely adept at conniving and manipulation; at one point, he disguised himself and tricked Hagrid into revealing crucial information on how to get past one of the obstacles protecting the [[Philosopher's Stone]]. Another time he let a fully-grown [[Mountain Troll]] into the school on [[Halloween]] as a diversion while he headed off to the third-floor corridor and tried to penetrate its defenses. He even managed to deceive the great [[Albus Dumbledore]] by forging a [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] letter to him to lure him away from school.
 
 
==Magical abilities and skills==
 
{{Quote|Can't nothing interfere with a [[broomstick]] except powerful Dark magic- no kid could do that to a [[Nimbus 2000|Nimbus Two Thousand]].|[[Rubeus Hagrid]] on Quirrell's powers.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone}}
 
 
Quirrell was known to have a brilliant mind<ref name="PS5"/> and had an excellent aptitude for theoretical learning, particularly when it came to Defensive Magic (though was less competent in the application of that knowledge<ref name="pottermore" />). Whilst this made him a highly intelligent student and a good teacher it did not make him a great wizard, his practical aspect severely hampered by his timid nature. Indeed, most of the power he displayed appeared to be the result of his possession by Lord Voldemort, whom he was noted to have gained a significant amount of power from.<ref name="PS17"/>
 
[[File:Quirinus Quirrell and Harry Potter at the Philosopher's Stone Chamber.JPG|thumb|Quirrell's ability to fly without any visible means of support, a trait from [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]].]]
 
 
*'''[[Charms]]''': Whilst the true extent of Quirrell's expertise in this area is unknown, he does teach several charms during his [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] classes such as [[Verdimillious Uno]] {{comment|red form}} and [[Wand-Lighting Charm|Lumos]]<ref name="PSvg"/> and so at least has some basic skills in charming (at least, with regards to the theory).
 
*'''[[Transfiguration]]:''' Quirrell was apparently skilled with conjuration, a difficult branch of [[Transfiguration]]. He could conjure ropes, both [[nonverbal spell|non-verbally]] and verbally.
 
*'''[[Defence Against the Dark Arts]]:''' Quirrell was noted to be learned in the theory of Defensive Magic<ref name="pottermore" /> and as such was hailed as a good teacher by [[Ministry of Magic]] standards<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''&mdash;Umbridge remarks in her debut chapter that Quirrell would have been the only one of Harry's previous D.A.D.A. teachers to pass a [[Ministry of Magic]] inspection at the time</ref>. This is exemplified by his ability to teach his First Year class the aforementioned spells [[Verdimillious Uno]] {{comment|red form}}, [[Wand-Lighting Charm|Lumos]], the [[Curse of the Bogies]] and the [[Knockback Jinx]]. Still, whilst this all made him a great teacher of D.A.D.A. it did not make him a good practitioner<ref name="pottermore" />.
 
*'''[[Non-verbal magic]]''': Quirrell was capable of performing [[non-verbal magic]], [[Incarcerous|conjuring ropes]] [[wandless spell| without a wand]].<ref name="PS17"/> Whilst this could easily have been the result of his power boost received from Lord Voldemort's possession, Quirinus was the possessor of an [[alder]] wand (which emphasises nonverbal magic) and hence it is likely that he was already truly skilled in this area of [[magic]] prior to his meeting with the Dark Lord.
 
*'''Creature expert''': He was uncommonly gifted with [[troll]]s being able to bring one into Hogwarts on [[Hallowe'en]].<ref name="PS17"/> He was somehow able to acquire a [[Norwegian Ridgeback]] dragon egg to give to Hagrid.<ref name="PS17"/>
 
 
==Relationships==
 
===Lord Voldemort===
 
[[File:VoldemortQuirell.JPG|thumb|310px|right|Quirrell sharing his body with [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]].]]
 
Quirinus Quirrell first met [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] in [[1991]], in the forests of [[Albania]], where Voldemort subjugated Quirrell into servitude. Quirrell brought him back to [[England]], and eventually to [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. The Dark Lord planned to obtain the [[Philosopher's Stone]] and fabricate the [[Elixir of Life]] to acquire a body.<ref name="GF33">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]], chapter 33</ref> Quirrell attempted to infiltrate [[Vault 713]] of [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]], in order to steal the [[Philosopher's Stone]]. Quirrell managed to break in, but found the vault had been emptied by [[Rubeus Hagrid]] and [[Harry Potter]] earlier that day.<ref name="PS17"/>
 
 
Following this failed attempt, Voldemort began a parasitic relationship with Quirrell, in which he attached himself to the back of Quirrell's head, to ensure his plans were being followed precisely; throughout the year, Quirrell attempted to resist the possession, feeble and futile though it may be. Voldemort ordered Quirrell to kill [[Harry Potter]], though Quirrell's attempts to do so were thwarted by [[Severus Snape]] and [[Hermione Granger]]. Harry penetrated the [[Philosopher's Stone Chambers]] in pursuit of [[Severus Snape|Snape]], or so he believed, only to find it was Quirrell in front of the [[Mirror of Erised]]. Quirrell, under Voldemort's orders, demanded Harry draw the Stone from the Mirror; though Harry was successfully able to retrieve the stone, he attempted to conceal the fact by lying about what he saw in the mirror. Quirrell revealed Voldemort, who tried to manipulate Harry into handing over the Stone by offering him the chance to see his parents, and upon Harry's refusal, ordered Quirrell to take the stone by force. Quirrell, sharing his body with Voldemort, found himself unable to touch "a person marked by something so good" (referring to [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter]]'s [[sacrificial protection]]). Voldemort separated his soul from Quirrell's body to escape the pain, and left Quirrell to die, as [[Albus Dumbledore]] noted, showing him as little mercy as he did his enemies.<ref name="PS17"/>
 
 
Three years later, after his return, Voldemort told his [[Death Eaters]] that Quirrell was a fool, and that he only allied with him for his position as a professor at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].<ref name="GF33"/>
 
 
===Harry Potter===
 
{{Quote|What is this [[magic]]?|Quirrell, unable to understand the power of [[love]].|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)}}
 
[[File:Harry_and_quirrell.jpg|thumb|300px|left|[[Harry Potter]] and Quirinus.]]
 
 
Quirrell first met [[Harry Potter]] in [[1991]], at the [[Leaky Cauldron]], in [[Diagon Alley]]. Quirrell greeted Harry in the same way most of the wizarding community did, seeming thrilled to meet "The Boy who Lived". Though Harry found Quirrell's twitchy behaviour odd, he was generally pleased to meet Quirrell, as a friend of Hagrid's and as his soon-to-be [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] professor at Hogwarts. <ref name="PS5"/>
 
 
Harry eventually came to believe that [[Severus Snape]] was attempting to threaten Quirrell into helping him penetrate the defences surrounding the [[Philosopher's Stone]], for Lord Voldemort. As it seemed like the only thing standing between Snape and a means of restoring Voldemort to power was Quirrell's will, Harry did what he could to encourage Quirrell and help build his confidence.<ref name="PS14"/>
 
 
As it turned out, Quirrell was a servant of Voldemort, and it was he, not Snape, who was aiming to steal the [[Philosopher's Stone]] for the Dark Lord, and, if possible, kill Harry along the way. When they met for the last time in the final of the [[Philosopher's Stone]] Chambers, Quirrell's connection to Lord Voldemort rendered him unable to touch Harry without experiencing unbearable pain, due to the enduring power of [[Lily Evans|Lily Potter's]] [[sacrificial protection]], and he died attempting to steal the stone from Harry by force.<ref name="PS17"/>
 
 
About four years after this, when Dolores Umbridge commented positively on Quirrell's teaching methods, Harry sarcastically agreed before pointing out the deceased professor's duplicity. A year after that, when Snape finally took over as the Defence teacher, Harry made a snide comment of Quirrell dying on the job, and hoped that Snape would also die.
 
 
===Hogwarts staff===
 
{{Quote|He, of course, never trusted me again. He barely left me alone. But he doesn't understand. I'm never alone. Never.|Quirrell commenting on his relationship with Snape.|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)}}
 
[[File:Snape_and_quirrell.jpg|thumb|300px|[[Severus Snape]] and Quirrell.]]
 
Quirrell generally got along well with most of the faculty at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], including [[Filius Flitwick]], [[Pomona Sprout]], [[Minerva McGonagall]] and [[Rubeus Hagrid]]. Hagrid seemed to think highly of Quirrell, and considered him to be a very clever and talented [[wizard]] for his extensive world travels and experience fighting the [[Dark Arts]].<ref name="PS5"/> However, as Quirrell did not show his true personality, it is possible he did not like all of them.
 
 
[[File:Quirrell potter hagrid.png|thumb|left|250px|Quirrell speaking with Hagrid and Harry Potter.]]
 
[[Severus Snape]], however, was the only one who saw Quirrell for what he really was. His contempt partially stemmed from the fact that Quirrell was the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] [[Professor]] — a position that Snape had wanted for years. Snape may have guessed that Quirrell was hiding his true intentions, as he told him to "decide where his loyalties are", though [[Harry Potter]] and his friends believed that Snape was threatening Quirrell in order to get information about how to get into the [[Philosopher's Stone]] chamber.<ref name="PS13">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 13 (''Nicolas Flamel'')</ref> Years later, Snape described Quirrell as greedy and worthless to [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] and [[Narcissa Malfoy]].<ref name="HBP2">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 2 (''Spinner's End'')</ref>
 
 
As [[Headmaster]] [[Albus Dumbledore]] was a highly intelligent and powerful wizard somewhat suspected Quirrell's true nature; this is further evidenced by the fact he asked Snape to keep an eye on Quirrell.<ref name="DH33">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 33 (''The Prince's Tale'')</ref> After the events in the [[Philosopher's Stone]] chambers, Dumbledore expressed his opinion to Harry that Quirrell, much like [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]], was flawed for his inability to understand "good and evil", and his desire for power.<ref name="PS17"/>
 
 
About four years after his demise, Quirrell's theory-based teaching method was praised by the then Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, [[Dolores Umbridge]], due to the Ministry's paranoia of the students training to become Dumbledore's private army.
 
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*Quirinus Quirrell was played by [[Ian Hart]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''. Archive footage of Quirrell from ''Philosopher's Stone'' appears in the "Prince's Tale" sequence of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''.
 
*[[David Thewlis]], who went on to play [[Remus Lupin|Professor Lupin]] in the [[Harry Potter films|film adaptations]], was at one point considered for the role of Professor Quirrell.
 
*Quirinus Quirrell served as a temporary [[Horcrux]] when [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]]'s soul possessed his body in [[1991]]. But the piece of the soul lived on, when Quirrell died, and was destroyed six years later, when Voldemort was killed<ref name="pottermore" />.
 
*Quirinus was a Roman god about whom there is not much information, although he is commonly associated with war — a clue that Quirrell is not quite as meek as he appears.
 
*'Quirrell', which is so nearly 'squirrel' — small, cute and harmless — also suggested 'quiver', is a nod to the character's innate nervousness.
 
*Quirinus is also used as an epithet for the Roman god Janus, a god with two faces similar to Quirrell after he was possessed by Lord Voldemort. This could be clue to the malevolence of his character. Also, Janus was the god of beginnings, and Quirrell was the first one to find Voldemort in Albania, thereby beginning the Dark Lord's rise to power, in a way.
 
*On the student list shown by [[J. K. Rowling]] on ''[[Harry Potter and Me]]'', a student named "Quirrell" was listed, but the name was crossed out with "[[Rivers]]" written above it.
 
*Quirrell was the first known Ravenclaw introduced in the series, though his house was only revealed on Pottermore.
 
*He is also the first Harry Potter character to be directly involved with Voldemort. Snape, who also appeared in the first book, is not at that point revealed as a former [[Death Eater]].
 
*In the [[Harry Potter books|novels]], Quirrell does not appear to have his turban until after his failed attempt to steal the [[Philosopher's Stone]] from [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]]. In the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film]] however, Quirrell has his turban before the robbery. This change is indicated by the fact that he shakes Harry's hand at the [[Leaky Cauldron]] in the novel, but does not wish to in the film. However, not wanting to shake Harry's hand cannot be due to Voldemort sharing Quirrell's body, because as Quirrell dies, he does not understand what is happening to him (he yells, "What is this magic?!").
 
*In the films, Quirrell dies when Harry touches him and he disintegrates, Voldemort leaving his body immediately afterward. In the book, however, even though his death is not shown, it is implied by Voldemort in the fourth book that he died rather because Voldemort left his body, as opposed to Harry's love burning him.
 
*Quirrell is notable as being one of few [[wizards]] capable of performing intricate magic, like Dumbledore, without a wand; he can fly without a wand, conjure ropes by snapping his fingers, etc. It is possible that he had this ability because of Voldemort's possession of him, although Hagrid's high opinion of Quirrell suggests that Quirrell was a talented wizard.
 
*Quirrell is unique among Voldemort's followers as one of the few who use Voldemort's name. While the [[Death Eaters]] call Voldemort "The Dark Lord" when referring to him, Quirrell openly uses Voldemort's name when talking to Harry.
 
[[File:QuirrellvsHarry.jpeg|thumb|left|A book illustration of Harry's battle with Quirrell.]]
 
*Quirrell is a playable character in ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''. Despite dying in the first year, he can still be played in the other years and is seen at the end of Year 1 armless and heavily bandaged in the hospital wing. He is capable of using Dark Magic in the game. It is also possible to play both professor Quirrell in Voldemort form and his normal form with turban. However, he can only use Dark Magic when he is in his Voldemort form.
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'' and the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|PC version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'', Voldemort spins Quirrell's head 180 degrees to face Harry. Quirrell can also shoot fireballs and create a ghostly green head that can hurt Harry.
 
*In all versions of ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'' and some of the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|video game adaptations]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' , ''Quirrell'' is misspelled ''Quirrel''.
 
 
==Etymology==
 
The name "Quirinus" is possibly derived from the Sabine word quiris meaning "spear". Quirinus was a Sabine and Roman god who was later identified with Mars. The name was also borne by several early saints.
 
 
"Quirinus" is also associated to the Roman god Janus, as in ''Janus Quirinus''. Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions, is often depicted as two-faced, with one visage looking forward, to the future, and one looking back, to the past. This image is reminiscient, of course, of Voldemort's face set opposite Quirrell's own.
 
 
==Appearances==
 
[[File:Quirrell_2.JPG|thumb|170px|[[Ian Hart]] as Professor Quirrell]]
 
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==Notes and references==
 
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|predecessor=Unknown
 
|position=[[Muggle Studies]] Professor at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]
 
|years=?-[[1990]]
 
|successor=[[Unidentified male Muggle Studies teacher|Male Muggle Studies teacher]]
 
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|predecessor=Unknown, eventually [[Galatea Merrythought]]
 
|position=[[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] Professor at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]
 
|years=[[1991]]-[[1992]]
 
|successor=[[Gilderoy Lockhart]]
 
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