FANDOM


"I mistranslated ehwaz... It means partnership, not defence; I mixed it up with eihwaz."
—Hermione Granger after her Ancient Runes O.W.L.[src]

The Study of Ancient Runes (commonly shortened to Ancient Runes) is an elective course at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and presumably Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, that can be taken by students third year and above.

It was taught by Professor Bathsheda Babbling during the 1990s at least[1] and it is the study of runic scriptures, or Runology. Ancient Runes is a mostly theoretical subject that studies the ancient runic scripts of magic.

Class information

Ancient runes are a form of writing which witches and wizards used hundreds of years ago.

Classwork and homework involves plenty of practise translating runes, and the O.W.L. involves translating something written in runes into english. Hermione Granger used Spellman's Syllabary to translate her homework.

Class materials

The Words learned in this class

Only two words and their english translations are known. Hermione mixed these two words up on her Study of Ancient Runes O.W.L. exam: Ehwaz means "Partnership" and Eihwaz means "Defence".

Numbers

Animal Notes
Demiguise
Demiguise
the creature's invisibility abilities represents "0"
Unicorn runes
Unicorn
the creature's single horn represents "1"
Graphorn
Graphorn
the creature's dual horns represent "2"
Runespoor
Runespoor
the triple-headed creature represents "3"
Fwooper
Fwooper
the creature comprised of four different colours in feathers represents "4"
Quintaped
Quintaped
the five legs of the creature represents "5"
Salamander
Salamander
the maximum hours of the creature's ability to survive out of fire and the amount of legs most said creatures have represents "6"
Unknown
Unknown
due to the magically powerful number still being shrouded in mysteries, the unknown symbol represents "7"
Acromantula
Acromantula
the eight-eyed creature represents "8"
Hydra
Hydra
the nine-headed creature represents "9"

Required textbooks

Grades

Passing Grades

Fail Grades

Known O.W.L.s

Behind the scenes

  • Throughout all of the Harry Potter books and film adaptations, not a single Ancient Runes class was seen taking place.
  • In reality, the words mentioned by Hermione in the Order of the Phoenix are Proto-Germanic runes. Ehwaz literally means "horse", while eihwaz literally means "yew-tree."
  • A variety of Elder Futhark runes are depicted on Lucius's Azkaban placard in the film. The easily identified ones are: Othila, which means "estate, heritage, possession" and corresponds to the Latin letter "o"; Ansuz (albeit rotated slightly), meaning "Odhinn (leader of the Æesir)"  and corresponds to the Latin letter "a"; Uruz, meaning "wild ox" or "drizzle" and corresponds to the Latin letter "u"; and Mannaz, meaning "man" and corresponds to the Latin letter "m".[2] This (along with the presence of the aforementioned two other Elder Futhark runes in the novel) suggests that the Elder Futhark runic alphabet at least (if not others too) is very much in use in the wizarding world and most likely learnt in Study of Ancient Runes, albeit with some additions from wizardkind, such as the numbers.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, one of the items is a rune book.
  • Luna and Xenophilius Lovegood may have both taken this subject as the latter published some runic texts in an issue of his magazine (the Quibbler) whilst the former explained the information contained in those runic texts.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. According to a note on J. K. Rowling's site, Bathsheda Babbling is the current Ancient Runes teacher
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elder_futhark#Rune_names


Wizarding Education
BeauxbatonsCrestClearBg
Hogwartscrest
Ilvermorny Crest 4
DurmstrangCrest
The Eleven Schools Beauxbatons · Castelobruxo · Durmstrang · Hogwarts · Ilvermorny · Koldovstoretz · Mahoutokoro · Uagadou
Specialised schools Academy of Broom Flying · Charm School · Euro-Glyph School of Extraordinary Languages · Merge School of Under-Water Spellage · Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts
Examinations First year exams · Second year exams · Third year exams · Fourth year exams · Ordinary Wizarding Level · Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test
Core classes Astronomy · Charms · Defence Against the Dark Arts · Herbology · History of Magic · Potions · Transfiguration
Elective classes Alchemy · Arithmancy · Care of Magical Creatures · Divination · Muggle Studies · Study of Ancient Runes
Extra-curricular classes Apparition · Advanced Arithmancy Studies · Ancient Studies · Art · Flying · Frog Choir · Ghoul Studies · Hogwarts orchestra · Magical Theory · Muggle Art · Muggle Music · Music · Xylomancy


Study of Ancient Runes
Ancient Runes Made Easy
Professor: Bathsheda Babbling
Textbooks: Advanced Rune Translation · Ancient Runes Made Easy · Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms · Rune Dictionary · Spellman's Syllabary
Known Runes: Acromantula · Demiguise · Ehwaz · Eihwaz · Fwooper · Graphorn · Hydra · Quintaped · Runespoor · Salamander · Unicorn · Unknown · Mark of Merlin


See also