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{{quote|We're going to put out the story that I'm seriously ill with spattergroit, which is why I can’t go back to school. If anyone comes calling to investigate, Mum or Dad can show them the ghoul in my bed, covered in pustules. Spattergroit’s really contagious, so they’re not going to want to go near him.|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{quote|We're going to put out the story that I'm seriously ill with spattergroit, which is why I can’t go back to school. If anyone comes calling to investigate, Mum or Dad can show them the ghoul in my bed, covered in pustules. Spattergroit’s really contagious, so they’re not going to want to go near him.|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
'''Spattergroit''' is a highly contagious [[Magic|wizarding]] disease. It may be a type of fungus, as [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] mentions that being unable to talk is a common effect of spattergroit “once the fungus has spread to your uvula”. A person sick with spattergroit will also get purple pustules over his or her skin and be bedridden, suggesting that fatigue is another symptom. It is potentially fatal.
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'''Spattergroit''' was a highly-contagious [[Magic|wizarding]] disease caused by an infectious fungus.
   
Harry first learned of the disease in [[1995]] when he visited [[Arthur Weasley|Mr. Weasley]] in [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]]. While heading for the hospital's tea room, a [[Healer]] in a magical portrait diagnosed Ron with the disease, given the "unsightly blemishes" on his skin that would leave him uglier than he already is. The portrait suggested that Ron "take the liver of a toad, bind it tight about his throat and stand naked by the full moon in a barrel of eels' eyes". Ron took this diagnosis as a great offence, and countered that they were only freckles. It is unknown if this treatment actually works.
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==Symptoms==
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Spattergroit caused the skin of those infected to break out in purple pustules.<ref name="ootp23">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', Chapter 23</ref><ref name="dh6">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Chapter 6</ref> Once healed, these blisters could leave scars, particularly on the face.<ref name="ootp23" /> Sufferers were rendered unable to speak once the infection reached the uvula.<ref name="dh6" /> The disease could leave people bed-ridden for several months.<ref name="dh6" />
   
Ironically, the [[Weasley family ghoul|family ghoul]] was later transfigured and given purple pustules by Arthur, Fred and George Weasley to resemble Ron with the affliction. This ruse was spread in order to explain his [[Horcrux hunt|absence from school]]. Hence, when he did not appear at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] for his seventh year, his family could claim that he was too ill to attend, due to the fact that attendance at school was mandatory for that year.
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Contact with individuals suffering from spattergroit was avoided as much as possible due to the extreme contagiousness of the disease.<ref name="dh6" /> Parents with afflicted children pulled them out of school until they got better.<ref name="dh6" />
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[[Cerebrumous Spattergroit]], an especially virulent sub-strain of the fungus, had the additional symptoms of severe confusion and memory loss.<ref name="quidditch">[[Pottermore]] - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book4/chapter7/moment1/history-of-the-quidditch-world-cup New from JK Rowling: History of the Quidditch World Cup]</ref>
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==History==
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A massive outbreak of [[Cerebrumous Spattergroit]] was one of several things speculated to have been behind the mystery of why no one in the wizarding world could remember the [[Quidditch World Cup]] actually taking place in [[1870s|1877]].<ref name="quidditch" />
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[[Harry Potter]] first learned of spattergroit in [[1995]] when he visited [[Arthur Weasley]] in [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]].<ref name="ootp23" /> While heading for the hospital's tea room, a medieval [[Healer]] in a magical [[portrait]] diagnosed [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] with the disease, given the "unsightly blemishes" on his face.<ref name="ootp23" /> The portrait suggested that Ron "take the liver of a [[toad]], bind it tight about his throat and stand naked by the full moon in a barrel of [[Eel eye|eels' eyes]]."<ref name="ootp23" /> Ron took this diagnosis with great offence, countering that the spots on his face were only freckles.<ref name="ootp23" /> It is unknown if the portrait's suggested treatment actually worked.<ref name="ootp23" />
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In [[1997]], Arthur, [[Fred Weasley|Fred]] and [[George Weasley]] [[transfiguration|transfigured]] the [[Weasley family ghoul|family ghoul]] and gave it purple pustules in order to make it look like Ron with the affliction.<ref name="dh6" /> This ruse was concocted in order to explain Ron's [[Horcrux hunt|absence from school]].<ref name="dh6" /> Hence, when he did not appear at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] for his [[seventh year]], his family could claim that he was too ill to attend, due to the fact that attendance at school was mandatory for that year.<ref name="dh6" />
   
 
==Appearances==
 
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st Mention}}
 
* ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st Mention}}
 
* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{Mention}}
 
* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{Mention}}
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* [[Pottermore]] {{Mention}}
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==Notes and references==
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Latest revision as of 22:21, July 31, 2014

Weasleyghoul
Spattergroit
Ailment information
Provoked by

Unknown fungus

Symptoms
  • Inabillity to talk
  • Purple pustules grow in the victim's face
  • Unusual fatigue
Treatment(s)

Taking the liver of a toad, binding it tight about the victim's throat and standing naked by the full moon in a barrel of eels' eyes (possibly)

"We're going to put out the story that I'm seriously ill with spattergroit, which is why I can’t go back to school. If anyone comes calling to investigate, Mum or Dad can show them the ghoul in my bed, covered in pustules. Spattergroit’s really contagious, so they’re not going to want to go near him."
Ron Weasley[src]

Spattergroit was a highly-contagious wizarding disease caused by an infectious fungus.

SymptomsEdit

Spattergroit caused the skin of those infected to break out in purple pustules.[1][2] Once healed, these blisters could leave scars, particularly on the face.[1] Sufferers were rendered unable to speak once the infection reached the uvula.[2] The disease could leave people bed-ridden for several months.[2]

Contact with individuals suffering from spattergroit was avoided as much as possible due to the extreme contagiousness of the disease.[2] Parents with afflicted children pulled them out of school until they got better.[2]

Cerebrumous Spattergroit, an especially virulent sub-strain of the fungus, had the additional symptoms of severe confusion and memory loss.[3]

HistoryEdit

A massive outbreak of Cerebrumous Spattergroit was one of several things speculated to have been behind the mystery of why no one in the wizarding world could remember the Quidditch World Cup actually taking place in 1877.[3]

Harry Potter first learned of spattergroit in 1995 when he visited Arthur Weasley in St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.[1] While heading for the hospital's tea room, a medieval Healer in a magical portrait diagnosed Ron with the disease, given the "unsightly blemishes" on his face.[1] The portrait suggested that Ron "take the liver of a toad, bind it tight about his throat and stand naked by the full moon in a barrel of eels' eyes."[1] Ron took this diagnosis with great offence, countering that the spots on his face were only freckles.[1] It is unknown if the portrait's suggested treatment actually worked.[1]

In 1997, Arthur, Fred and George Weasley transfigured the family ghoul and gave it purple pustules in order to make it look like Ron with the affliction.[2] This ruse was concocted in order to explain Ron's absence from school.[2] Hence, when he did not appear at Hogwarts for his seventh year, his family could claim that he was too ill to attend, due to the fact that attendance at school was mandatory for that year.[2]

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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