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Rosmerta
Biographical information
Born

c.1950 or earlier[1]

Title(s)

Madam

Physical information
Gender

Female

Hair colour

Bottle Blonde, roots brown

Eye colour

Green

Magical characteristics
Patronus

Non-corporeal[2]

Affiliation
Occupation

Owner of The Three Broomsticks

Loyalty

'Madam Rosemirta was the landlady of the Three Broomsticks pub in the village of Hogsmeade. Rosmerta was put under the Imperius Curse, cast by Draco Malfoy in 1997, and helped him against her will to smuggle cursed items into Hogwarts Castle. It is likely she later redeemed herself by fighting in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Biography

Early life

Nothing is known about Madam Rosmerta's origins, or of her life before Harry Potter went to Hogwarts. She is a popular figure among the wizarding community of Hogsmeade and an acquaintance of many of the Hogwarts teaching staff, including Albus Dumbledore.

Career as a bartender at The Three Broomsticks

Madam Rosmerta - 1993

Rosmerta outside her pub in the snow in 1993.

"Naturally. Never saw one without the other, did you? The number of times I had them in here -- ooh, they used to make me laugh. Quite the double act, Sirius Black and James Potter!"
—Rosmerta mentions that she was barmaid when James and Sirius visited the pub.[src]

She is older than the generation of James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, and Lily Evans, as she mentioned being the barmaid even when they were all still at school. Rosmerta lived and was the barmaid of the Three Broomstick's during the First Wizarding War; she was a listener of gossip and believed the rumours that Sirius Black had turned his friends, the Potter family, over to Lord Voldemort to be true when news broke out they had been murdered and that the war was over.

1993-1994

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Rosmerta, Cornelius Fudge, and Minerva McGonagall meeting outside her pub to discuss Sirius Black

In 1993, Madam Rosmerta was angered when Dementors were in Hogsmeade to catch Sirius Black because their presence was scaring away many of her customers. She hosted an informal meeting between Minerva McGonagall, Cornelius Fudge, Filius Flitwick and Rubeus Hagrid discussing Sirius Black and his friends.

1996-1997

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The Three Broomsticks, Rosmerta's inn.

In 1997, however, it emerged that Rosmerta had become an unwilling agent of the Death Eaters. In order to fulfil his mission to assassinate Albus Dumbledore, Draco Malfoy had managed to place Rosmerta under the Imperius Curse. He used her to pass on a cursed opal necklace to Hogwarts student Katie Bell, who accidentally touched the necklace and was herself subjected to the very harmful curse intended for the Headmaster. Rosmerta also poisoned mead that was intended to be given to Dumbledore through Horace Slughorn in the guise as a Christmas present, but it was unintentionally drunk by Ron Weasley, who was saved by Harry Potter's quick thinking; Harry had shoved a Bezoar down Ron's throat to save his life. Malfoy communicated with Rosmerta through fake galleons like the ones Hermione Granger used for Dumbledore's Army.

After Harry and Dumbledore had been to the cave to retrieve a locket they believed to be one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, they apparated to Hogsmeade, where Madam Rosmerta alerted them to the presence of the Dark Mark above the school and gave them brooms on which they could travel rapidly back to Hogwarts, where Draco's plan could be brought to completion. Harry Potter eventually cleared her name as he felt that that investigation on Albus Dumbledore's death may link to her.

1998

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Hogwarts Castle during the Battle of Hogwarts

It is likely Madam Rosmerta was part of the Hogsmeade reinforcements that arrived at Hogwarts Castle during the second part of the Battle of Hogwarts. It is unknown how she participated in the war. This battle resulted in the end of the Second Wizarding War.

Etymology

Rosmerta was the Romano-Celtic goddess of fertility and abundance, known as the "Great Provider". In Latin, it means "good purveyor" or "great provider".

Physical description

Hermione Granger: "Ron, what are you looking at?"
Ron Weasley: "Nothing"
Hermione Granger: "I expect 'nothing's' in the back getting more firewhiskey"
Hermione Granger catches Ron Weasley trying to catch Madam Rosmerta's eye[src]

Rosmerta is an attractive woman, described as "a curvy sort of woman with a pretty face". On one occasion, she was seen wearing glittery high-heels. Several Hogwarts pupils, including Ron Weasley, have fancied her.

Behind the scenes

  • Madam Rosmerta was portrayed by British actress Julie Christie in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. She only appears twice in the film; once at the Three Broomsticks and again, on close observation, when Harry and Hermione go back in time. Her role was reduced to this film alone as she did not appear in any of the subsequent film adaptations of the novels.

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. As the Marauders' generation was in their mid-30s while Harry was at school, this would imply that Rosmerta was, at the very least, in her 40s, if not older.
  2. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4


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