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Tom
Biographical information
Born

c. 1920 or earlier

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair colour

Bald

Skin colour

Light

Magical characteristics
Boggart

Lord Voldemort[1]

Affiliation
Occupation

Leaky Cauldron landlord

Loyalty

Leaky Cauldron

Tom: "The usual, Hagrid?"
Rubeus Hagrid: "Can't, Tom, I'm on Hogwarts business"
Tom: "Good Lord, is this — can this be —? Bless my soul. Harry Potter… what an honour. Welcome back, Mr. Potter, welcome back."
— Tom meets Harry Potter in 1991.[src]

Tom (fl. 19381990s) was the landlord, innkeeper, and barman of the Leaky Cauldron, and was friendly with many wizards and witches that passed through the pub to get to Diagon Alley. He had run the Leaky Cauldron for a long time, and had had the pleasure of meeting Harry Potter and former Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge on more than one occasion. It is likely he had met other celebrities and political figures in the wizarding world, such as Albus Dumbledore, since his pub leads directly into Diagon Alley. He was very old by the time Harry Potter knew him, as he was mentioned by Albus Dumbledore in the late 1930s to Tom Riddle.

Biography

Early life

Tom was likely a pupil at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and studied there from the age of eleven until he left, and eventually became barman/landlord of the Leaky Cauldron some time before 1938. It is possible that Tom encountered Tom Marvolo Riddle (later to be known as Lord Voldemort) on his way to Diagon Alley for the first time, as Albus Dumbledore had told Tom Riddle to ask for him to get there. Riddle's profound distaste for his given name was, in part, due to it being so common, and meeting the landlord would not have negated this opinion in any way.

1991

Tom the Barman

Tom in 1991

In 1991, when Harry Potter and Rubeus Hagrid passed through the Leaky Cauldron on their way to Diagon Alley, Tom greeted Hagrid like an old friend, or, at the very least, a regular. Other witches and wizards who were there at the time (including Doris Crockford, Dedalus Diggle, and Quirinus Quirrell) began introducing themselves to Harry, before Hagrid managed to get him away from all of them.

1993

In 1993, Cornelius Fudge (then Minister for Magic) asked Tom to keep an eye on Harry Potter while Sirius Black was on the loose until he was due to return to Hogwarts.

1997

In 1997, Tom attended the funeral of Albus Dumbledore and watched as his body was encased in the White Tomb.

1998

In 1998, Tom was greeted by Bellatrix Lestrange (who was really Hermione Granger using Polyjuice Potion) while on her way to Gringotts in Diagon Alley, and was surprised by how polite she was towards him.

Post-Second Wizarding War

Tom passed away or retired during the next 19 years, since Hannah Abbott took over as landlady and lived at the inn with her husband, Neville Longbottom, in 2017.

Physical appearance

Tom is described by Harry Potter upon sight as old, "quite bald" and resembling a toothless walnut.

Magical abilities and skills

Etymology

Tom is diminutive of the name "Thomas" which means infidel or unfaithful. It was used as a formal male given name. It also means "twin."

It is also quite likely that J. K. Rowling intentionally gave him the same first name as Tom Riddle, as the fact was commented on by Albus Dumbledore. The similarity annoyed Riddle, who liked being independent.

Behind the scenes

Appearances

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