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Tobias Misslethorpe
Biographical information

In or prior to 1993[1]

Physical information




Hair colour


Skin colour



Editor of Witch Weekly

Tobias Misslethorpe[2] was the founding editor of Witch Weekly.[3] His portrait was painted by Oliver Cartwright[2].



During his lifetime, Misslethorpe founded Witch Weekly, a popular magazine for witches, serving as its first editor.[3]


Misslethorpe died sometime in or prior to 1993.[1] A portrait of him, painted by the artist Oliver Cartwright, was hung at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[3]


The name "Tobias" is the Greek form of Tobiah. This is the name of the hero of the apocryphal Book of Tobit in many English versions of the Old Testament. It relates how Tobias, with the help of the archangel Raphael, is able to drive away a demon who has been plaguing Sarah, who subsequently becomes his wife. It is also known that he shares the same first name as that of Tobias Snape, who is the Muggle father of Severus Snape.

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 J. K. Rowling stated at the 2004 Edinburgh Book Festival that all portraits at Hogwarts are of deceased individuals. As Misslethorpe's portrait first appeared in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it can be inferred that he died in or prior to 1993, the year in which the first portion of the novel is set.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter Limited Edition
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (see this image)
  4. The Making of Harry Potter photo on Flickr
  5. Tobias himself has escaped during the Battle of Hogwarts, but his portrait is there.

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Ædificium Oriens · Apothecary department · Book of Monster's Repair Workshop · Care of Magical Creatures classroom · Cauldron cupboard · First Year written exams classroom · Gargoyle Corridor · Ghoul Studies classroom · The Grindylow Lagoon · Horace Slughorn's first office · Laundry · Lower Art Room · Rolanda Hooch's office · Stink Bomb Store · Study Hall

Portraits, statues and other artwork located in unknown locations

Emeric Switch · Iris Pius · Paracelsus · Portrait of an old man · Reginald Oddpick · Sidley Smirk Platter · Thomas More · Tobias Misslethorpe · Wilfred the Wistful

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