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Seth Cooper

aka Rick M.

42,766 Edits since joining this wiki
January 5, 2008
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Hello, Seth Cooper, and welcome to the Harry Potter Wiki (HPW). Thank you for your contributions. I hope you enjoy editing and decide to stay.

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-Matoro183 (Talk) 17:41, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

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Harry Potter Wishlists

Hey! I contacted ProfessorTofty about this but it doesn't look like he has been on recently so I was wondering if you could promote/highlight this blog we put up (blog found here). The blog is asking users to share what items they would put on a Harry Potter wishlist! It's part of a fun project we're doing and it would be great if you could help us promote so people will see it. Let me know, thanks! Grace @Wikia (profile)•(talk) 18:30, November 13, 2013 (UTC)

Awesome, thanks for putting it in the slider! Grace @Wikia (profile)•(talk) 03:43, November 15, 2013 (UTC)

Great idea, thanks! Grace @Wikia (profile)•(talk) 18:34, November 15, 2013 (UTC)


Really sorry to bother you, but I noticed you've been putting up information from Wonderbook: Book of Potions a lot recently. Were you lucky enough to buy the game, or did you find a link to it somewhere? --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 20:59, November 13, 2013 (UTC)

Main page problem

Hi, Seth! When I was on the main page I saw at the bottom of the page this:

'''<ref>-Tags exist, but no <references />-Tag found.'''

I thought I should tell you.  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 17:50, November 15, 2013 (UTC)

Simen Johannes Fagerli

Seth, I'm having to take it up with you and I apologize for that, but any possibility of enforcing a vacation to [User:Simen Johannes Fagerli|Mr Fagerli]]? Perhaps it will not teach him anything, but at least it will prevent a full-fledged edit war. MinorStoop 12:00, November 16, 2013 (UTC)

Hunnie Bunn seems to have been able to defuse the situation. I'm not yet exactly willing to recant on this, but I've calmed down enough to put this request on hold, so, if you think it fitting, feel free to disregard it completely. Thanks! MinorStoop 16:50, November 16, 2013 (UTC)

Extra Features

I possess Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 with disc one; I am uncertain if there is a second disc involved, but in the first disc there is no extra scene involving Godric's Hollow. I therefore wondered if, because I cannot take a picture for my own, I might borrow this wiki's image of The Seven Swans? --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 23:55, November 16, 2013 (UTC)

The wiki I founded last July and which has been the centre of my attention here on wikia for the past little while. I suppose I should have asked to borrow the templates ... maybe I did originally, but I don't remember doing so, so if I didn't then sorry... --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 00:35, November 17, 2013 (UTC)
Also, I wanted to incorporate the new information from Pottermore explaining the house colours (bronze and blue mean feather and sky, yellow and black for soil and grain, red and gold for flame and green and silver for water) but was uncertain as to where it should go ... I figured I'd see if you could help? Much appreciated. --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 03:08, November 17, 2013 (UTC)

Licensed Video Swap

Hola, my name is Nic and I'm a member of the Wikia Community Development team. Recently our Special:LicensedVideoSwap tool has been updated with a list of new content for your wiki. For more information on this, please view here. If you would like assistance in swapping these videos, feel free to ask. - Wagnike2 (talk) 19:30, November 21, 2013 (UTC)

Justin Finch-Fletchley

Based on the film, we have Justin Finch-Fletchley's hair colour as brown. I believe this is wrong and would like to change it. As you can see in the picture below, on the left we have Blonde Penelope Clearwater, Hermione (hidden by the nurse and seen by the arm) and Colin (his hand position for holding a camera). This means, on the right, we have Nick behind the shade and thus, by association, Justin (foreground, right) is the blonde one.

1--HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 05:15, November 23, 2013 (UTC)

I will do it. But, keep an eye on it; people are GUARANTEED to remove it.--HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 22:45, November 23, 2013 (UTC)

Strange Muggle artefacts...

I know you've looked at images from Flickr taken at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London quite a bit. I was wondering what you thought of this image of a bunch of wirelesses. I'm unsure of what part of the films this is even supposed to be from (the scene in Arthur's shed in Half-Blood Prince?). More importantly, I'm unsure of what the black item on the bottom of the stacked objects is, though I think it's a cassette deck based on the style of the buttons. The logo quite clearly says "Toshiba", and thus Toshiba should be worthy of an article, but it's difficult to write an article on something when I don't know this object's relevance to Harry Potter. Any ideas on what this is and where it's from? -- 1337star (Drop me a line!) 00:14, November 28, 2013 (UTC)

Hello Seth! Would you like to exchange some Harry Potter trivia over chat sometime?

Mrs.KayleaSnape (Owl Me) (talk) 16:11, November 30, 2013 (UTC)

Hi again! I was wondering if you could tell me more about the Gryffindor head of houses?

Mrs.KayleaSnape (Owl Me) (talk) 16:20, November 30, 2013 (UTC)

Madam Hooch

Based on this page, I have changed the D.O.B of Madam Hooch. I'd like your opinion as to whether I am right? --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 05:45, December 3, 2013 (UTC)

A Long Time Later

Hi, I don't know if you remember me, but I'm El Alamein, and I talked to you briefly over the summer. I had asked for your input about a fight between General Grievous and Lord Voldemort. Well, firstly, I'd like to thank you for your help, as the battle was a huge success! You really made it happen! And your community is much nicer than those stiffs on the Star Wars Wiki, who either didn't bother answering or else didn't want to help out. So, again, thanks for the assistance.

You had said to let you know how it turned out. Well, the battle has been written, and you can check it out here:

Let me know what you think! I hope I represented the Dark Lord accurately (it was not entirely written by me; I collaborated with another user on my Wiki) and I hope you enjoy the sim. 

Have a good evening,

El Alamein (talk) 00:23, December 4, 2013 (UTC)

Something's different...

Is it just me, or did the pages suddenly get wider? - Nick O'Demus 14:46, December 4, 2013 (UTC)

I would say it has to do with the fluid layout, look here.  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 17:13, December 4, 2013 (UTC)

Fenrir Greyback.

In the article for Fenrir Greyback, I have added "in or before 1947" to the date of birth. Here is why. Do you agree?

Lupin states explicitly that the Whomping Willow was built because he came to Hogwarts. This means that Greyback could not have been a werewolf at Hogwarts as there would have been a place for him to transform if he was, meaning he had to have become a werewolf sometime after leaving Hogwarts at 17. As well as this, Greyback was already known to be a werewolf in 1964 when he bit Lupin. Accounting for his seven years of Hogwarts and at least a year to become known as a werewolf, we can state that 1947 is the latest he can be born. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 07:08, December 5, 2013 (UTC)

Admittedly, true. But, Dumbledore knows of him; this implies that he was a student under Dumbledore as Transfiguration teacher - he can't have been headmaster as that would make Greyback only 6 (or there abouts) when he bit Lupin. Even a six year old Greyback wouldn't be on the loose yet and if he did attend Hogwarts - which is very likely - then there would need to have been somewhere for him to transform, thus implying he transformed after Hogwarts, sometime between 1963 and 1964 (when he bit Lupin). --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 20:47, December 5, 2013 (UTC)

I require assistance!

From this link - - it reveals all the DA members from the film prop. Now, we have a Nigel Wolpert page... yet on the link I provided (which we have used as a sufficient reference link of the Alice Tolipan page) it reveals Nigel's surnamed to be WESPURT.

Can I change the page back? --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 02:59, December 11, 2013 (UTC)

Now, by your statement of "The Pensieve" not being canon, then we have to remove that Luca Carose (or however you spell the name) and Alice Tolipan were not in Dumbledore's army and that both were born in or before 1994. Even though the website is not valid, the information comes from Harry Potter Exhibition, which is valid. That is why I changed the page; the valid information on that website explicitly state Nigel Wespurt.--HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 21:05, December 11, 2013 (UTC)

And how do we know that Caruso is not incorrect? Carusse could be right. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 21:30, December 11, 2013 (UTC)

Again, how do we know they're later made props? They could have been made earlier and then the name changed to Carusse. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 22:00, December 11, 2013 (UTC)

The prop for the DA sign up sheet would have been put there after OOtP was released. Thus making it a later prop in the case of Nigel. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 22:29, December 11, 2013 (UTC)

Some days, Sethie, I do hate you. I realllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly do. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 22:50, December 11, 2013 (UTC)

Do whatever you please with it. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 23:09, December 11, 2013 (UTC)

Thank you, Seth, for your welcoming. I would like to inform you that my edit is not founded in any of Joan K. Rowling's books or products, but on a comedy show that joked about A.E.K., a greek sports club, and its inability to win any kind of tournament in any sport, not even Quidditch. If my action is against the wiki's policies, I will edit it out as soon as you request it.

Yours truly, Marius ¬¬¬¬

Hey Seth, 

I'm new to the site so I hope I'm doing this right but I had a question about a page I stumbled across about the "Rune Sign Language" Wizarding Public Awareness notice from the Harry Potter Limited Edition. I saw your name on the page and I was wondering if that means you were the person that posted the picture or if you were just linked to cousin really loves Harry Potter and goes to school to become a sign language interpreter so I was wondering if I could get more information about where this image could be found or if I could get a nice scan of it from you or whoever posted it, or any leads or ideas would be much appreciated! 



Ngraller (talk) 19:30, December 15, 2013 (UTC)ngraller

Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor / Prowling Passage?

Hi, Seth!

I recently found out that you moved my picture of the Prowling Passage to the Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor. I have found this is incorrect!

The Room of Doom page clearly says that the room is adjacent to the Prowling Passage, and the Room of Doom is seen adjacent to the corridor in this picture.

Thus, isn't the corridor Harry was roaming in actually the Prowling Passage, not the LCPC?

Let me know on my talk page :),

Donut4 || TALK PAGE 22:11, December 16, 2013 (UTC)

Auror Skills

Do you think that Auror skills should be added to Neville's, Ron's and Harry's magical abilites and skills list. They did begin Auror training after the Battle of Hogwarts and were Aurors for some length of time. So obviously after the three year training program were they studied coures like; Concealment and Disguise, Stealth and Tracking, and various others. They should have the required Auor skills.

Please resond on your page. What I said on the Harry talk page was in resonse to what HalfBloodWitch wrote next time i'll take it to her talk page, sorry. If I deleted anyone's post on the talk page then i'm sorry for that too it wasn't intentional. The post that I just deleted off your talk page was mine. I forgot to add a headline.

Misskatniss1546 (talk) 22:35, December 16, 2013 (UTC)misskatniss1546

I'd say not - they developed them after completion of the series. MinorStoop 23:15, December 16, 2013 (UTC)
Okay, I wasn't sure if the wiki was just focusing on present tense (as in what happened during the series)or if it went beyond that, thanks.
To add qoutes to a page is there a certain process you have to go through. Do you need premission from someone to add them? I tryed adding the compliment that McGonagall payed Harry regarding his O.W.l. result in his sixth year. How she was pleased with his Transfiguration mark but, it was undone.
I also noticed some of the pages are locked has something been going on for them to be locked?
Please resond once again on your page, thank you.
Misskatniss1546 (talk) 02:15, December 17, 2013 (UTC)Misskatniss1546
You don't have to respond to the post above. I already have my answer.
Misskatniss1546 (talk) 20:13, December 17, 2013 (UTC)Misskatniss1546

Hogwarts date?

Seth: Just curious - on which DVD extra did you find a reference so specific to Hogwarts founding date? In CoS book, Binns states (in 1992) that Hogwarts is over a thousand years old. In Pottermore, the Slytherin prefect welcome speech states that Merlin was a Slytherin, making Hogwarts much older than that - early first millenium.  Oftenl8 (talk) 04:19, December 17, 2013 (UTC)


I think it's pretty safe to classify BachLynn23, Grunny, and Speedysnitch as "Inactive" at this point, at least as far as Admin duties. BachLynn23's had only 8 edits since March, Grunny 8 edits since January, and aside from a brief period in September, Speedysnitch has had little activity since 2012. I'd just like a second opinion before I make it official. - Nick O'Demus 08:47, December 24, 2013 (UTC)

You think maybe it's time to nominate another admin or two? - Nick O'Demus 23:33, January 13, 2014 (UTC)
I'd like to get your opinion on something via chat or e-mail when you've got time. - Nick O'Demus 07:15, February 16, 2014 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!

The Trio celebrating Christmas at the Three Broomsticks Inn
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We wish you a

Harry Christmas

and a

Happy New Year!

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 Harry granger   Talk   contribs 22:26, December 24, 2013 (UTC)

Yes, a happy holidays to you as well! -- 1337star (Drop me a line!) 22:27, December 24, 2013 (UTC)

Merry Christmas!

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We wish you a

Harry Christmas

and a

Happy New Year!

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Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas!  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 22:27, December 24, 2013 (UTC)

Aw, shucks, thanks! I'd actually forgotten it was Christmas! Merry Christmas, and happy holidays, and all the best in the New Years'. --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 00:09, December 25, 2013 (UTC)

Merry Christmas

And the same to you! You gave me a start; for a moment I thought I did something wrong. :-P MinorStoop 23:11, December 24, 2013 (UTC)

Is this suitable for a recreation of article?

I suggest that the Assembly Hall page is recreated due to it being moved to Classroom 1B.

This picture shows this as the Transfiguration Room (1B). The Transfiguration classroom doesn't have windows aligned the side, and it's also mostly outside of the transfiguration courtyard. As you can see, behind the door, there is also windows, and not the standard courtyard archways.

I think this is good proof that Classroom 1B is different to the Assembly Hall, and we recreate said page.

Donut4 || TALK PAGE 17:25, December 25, 2013 (UTC)


Hi! Sorry to bother you, but I wanted to make an edit to the Pottermore article, but wasn't sure whether it was entirely accurate. I'm not sure if I'm misreading this and they've already done the second and third instalments, or if the second instalment of Goblet of Fire will be the last? I think the information provided in the Insider article would be significant, but didn't want to post anything inaccurate? Should I just wait until the "regular updates" are posted after? Much thanks. --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 23:09, January 10, 2014 (UTC)

I have a question...

The events of the 1943 opening of the Chamber of Secrets were said to be "hushed up", right? --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 21:01, January 16, 2014 (UTC)

Well, this leads into my next question. If everything was "hushed up" and Voldemort never bragged about the chamber or the Basilisk, the fact that Lucius told Draco is a bit strange. Unless, Abraxas was at Hogwarts (some age between 11 and 17) in 1943 when the Chamber was opened - thus, knowing of it, he would be able to tell Lucius. So, by that logic, onto my third question. Would that be a valid reference to put that Abraxas was born between 1925 (making him old enough to have started in the September 1936 - June 1937 school year and be in his 7th year) and 1931 (making him old enough to start in the September 1942 - June 1943 school year as Myrtle died on June 13, 1943 so Abraxas cannot have started in 1943 as it would be after Myrtle's death)?--HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 01:39, January 17, 2014 (UTC)

Abraxas, having recently died in September 1996, was mentioned - that's it. Lucius's mother, it's most likely - though, I admit, not confirmed - died in childbirth with him; another, rather unlikely possibility, is that she and Abraxas divorced and she left. And, as far as we know, Draco, Lucius and Abraxas were only children.

J.K. Rowling confirmed that - by the 1992 - 1993 school year - Lucius knew the diary was powerful, but not that it would open the chamber, thus implying that whatever information he learned (unlikely to be from the board of governors as everything was "hushed up" by Dippett and Dumbledore wouldn't be stupid enough to reveal it) was second hand from a parent.--HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 02:03, January 17, 2014 (UTC)

Yes, both were hushed up, but as you said, in 1992 - 1993, people learned of it. In the 1942 - 1943 attacks it is implied that, apart from Mytrle's parents, the teachers, the students in the school and Riddle, no-one else knew. Thus, as Riddle was "made to keep his mouth shut" (paraphrasing), the other students would have been likely made to do the same. This implies that at least one of Lucius's parents were at Hogwarts for the 1942 - 1943 school year. Thus, surely, we can put a b. between 1925 and 1931 (possibly) for Abraxas and add that reasoning in and, possibly, make a page for Mrs Malfoy. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 02:38, January 17, 2014 (UTC)

Because Lucius was born almost 11 years after the chamber event in 1943. Abraxas, though made to be quiet as a student could not be forbidden from telling his child something as an adult. Tell me it contradicts itself, will you?

Done --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 03:06, January 17, 2014 (UTC)

Aye, again true - but why couldn't Abraxas have attended Hogwarts at that time? There is all probability - given that, if he did attend Hogwarts and was born, at the latest, in 1939 (this would make him 17 at Lucius's birth and there's no indication in the series that he was under age; again, none for him being of age either) he would have known of the Chamber. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 03:22, January 17, 2014 (UTC)

GoF chapters

Huh, the recent batch of GoF chapters over at Pottermore go up to chapter 20, not 19. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 23:18, January 17, 2014 (UTC)


How do you add the templates/userboxes thing on your userpage? If you know, which im pretty sure you do, can you please tell me how on my user page? Thanks :) --User:Chriskim98

Category: Herds

I was thinking of creating a new category for herds of animals. We have several pages that could possibly fit it. Thestral herd, Hippogriff Herd, band of Hogwarts horses and the Bauxbatons horses.

I don´t have an idea if the new category would fit into any other category. Herding is a form of social behaviour. Category: Biology, perhaps. What do you think?--Rodolphus (talk) 13:44, January 18, 2014 (UTC)

Did you overlook this?--Rodolphus (talk) 16:42, January 24, 2014 (UTC)

I have created it. You may take a look. Maybe I have even forgotten some herds. Also, I have started a forum topic on creating sub-categories for families. Do you have an opinion on that matter?--Rodolphus (talk) 17:13, January 24, 2014 (UTC)

Infobox Pictures

Hello, I was wondering if I was able to change the infobox picture of Quirinus Quirrell to how he is depicted within this picture? Please reply. Donut4 || TALK PAGE 20:15, January 23, 2014 (UTC)

When you lighten the picture you can see the face.  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 20:18, January 23, 2014 (UTC)

Hello Seth! I was wondering if you wanted to be affiliated with my wiki. Reign ? Fun fact, Toby Regbo is in both of them. :) Please let me know. --~ Lorisa! (talk) 06:16, February 4, 2014 (UTC)

Image problem

Hi, Seth! I have a problem with images which have the letters - ad - in their path. They are not shown on my PC, e. g. File:UnicornSlaying.png. Do you know why and what can I do to change this?  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 00:39, February 8, 2014 (UTC)

Too bad, thanks anyway!  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 16:14, February 8, 2014 (UTC)

I needed help on Templates so could i please get some?

Azka Valdez Potter 10:40, February 28, 2014 (UTC)


Seth, I think that User:Jdono7:Jdono7 and I have reached an impasse about that Tom Marvolo Riddle's Horcruxes page and the use of "as well as" instead of "and" in a few pages. Since at this point mulishness has kicked in and neither is willing to back down, I think we need some outside mediation. I'm sorry - I kinda hoped I was better than a recent chronic disagreer; looks like I'm not. MinorStoop 07:53, March 4, 2014 (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Seth Cooper!
As you have directly after me, I can't forget you. Have a good new year in your life!

 Harry granger   Talk   contribs 08:58, March 4, 2014 (UTC)

Sturgis Podmore

Hi Seth! :)

Just went through Sturgis Podmore's page and saw that there's a statement from Remus Lupin there that is not related to him, but to Sirius. I couldn't edit it though, not sure why.

Never mind I just edited. xD

MarauderWitch (talk) 18:27, March 13, 2014 (UTC)


Hi, I'm an admin on a different wiki and I was wondering how you made the wiki quiz? Thanks. RevengeLover 18:34, March 15, 2014 (UTC)

Wiki colours

Hi, Seth! The new colours look great. I'm curious. Is there any particular reason for this colour change?  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 12:04, March 18, 2014 (UTC)

Oh, I understand. But it looked really great!  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 22:01, March 18, 2014 (UTC)

Wrong Link

Hello. I am an unexperienced user and have noticed that on the article for Albus Potter in the section 'Cousins' for the link to Rose Weasley, it's actually a link to Rose, the flower. I don't know how to fix it and am wondering if you could. Thanks,--minicurls the awesome (talk) 23:36, March 18, 2014 (UTC)

I've fixed the link. Well spotted by the user!  Harry granger   Talk   contribs 17:06, March 19, 2014 (UTC)

Our Wikis

Hello Seth! I was wondering if you wanted to be affiliated with my wiki. Reign ? Fun fact, Toby Regbo is in both of them. :) Please let me know. --~ Lorisa! (talk) 00:23, March 19, 2014 (UTC)

Undo my edits of page Albus_Dumbledore#1996-1997

Please, I'd like that you undo all my edits of day 26 March 2014 in the page Albus_Dumbledore#1996-1997!!! Thank you and I am so sorry for that! Andre G. Dias (talk) 20:26, March 26, 2014 (UTC)

Custom Video

Hi Seth, With the recent news of a trilogy of films to come for, were thinking it would be cool to make a custom video for you that highlights some of the beasts that are in the book. What do you think?

Peter@Wikia 23:19, March 31, 2014 (UTC)

Awesome, we'll get started right away on it. If you want pick 10 beasts you'd like to see included in the video that would be helpful! 

Peter@Wikia 23:44, March 31, 2014 (UTC)

Pefect, thank you! Will have the video for you next week! Peter@Wikia 00:52, April 1, 2014 (UTC)

Can you?

Can you check my edits on the Alice Longbottom and Frank Longbottom pages? Do you agree with them? --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 22:07, April 1, 2014 (UTC)

I understand - my grandmother is blonde (and I was until 5, when my hair went brown)! So, can we put that Augusta and/or her husband (or Alice's father as we're not sure whom he is) had blonde hair then, for the gene to have passed down? --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 00:28, April 2, 2014 (UTC)

I understand - so, for all we know, it could be Augusta's great-grandmother who was blonde - and then none again until Neville. Have I understood right?--HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 00:47, April 2, 2014 (UTC)

Oh, no no - no problems. No problems at all. Now, I have another question, which I will add below. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 00:55, April 2, 2014 (UTC)

Neville's Grandfather

In the Neville's Grandfather article, we state that he put a Fanged Gerbil in Augusta's handbag. While this is true, we do not know if it is that specific grandmother. Should we make two article's, one for maternal (Alice's father) and one for Augusta's husband (who is the most likely candidate)?

Yes, that will work. However, given that Neville was raised by Augusta, we can be about 90% sure that it was her husband (an ill person would not be visiting someone else's house when they're about to die, would they?) who died. Would that warrant two articles with a "behind the scenes" bit for the Fanged Gerbil? --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 01:12, April 2, 2014 (UTC)

Aye, you have a point. I alluded to illness as, in 1985, Voldemort was gone and the Death Eaters were on the DL; it's unlikely that Neville's Grandfather died of anything but illness, unless Augusta beat him to death with her handbag or something? Thus, it's likely he was dying. Whatever the case, if it was Alice's father, he would not be travelling due to being almost dead. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 01:37, April 2, 2014 (UTC)

In order:

  • Freak accidents - likely
  • A heart attack - again, likely, but given that Slughorn is, basically, the size of a house, this seems not to be a problem.
  • A fatal duel - who is Neville's grandfather going to be dueling? All Death Eaters and supporters of Voldemort are hiding.
  • Random murder - can a Muggle kill a wizard? And, if it is a Wizard killer, see above point.
  • Suicide - in front of a 4 or 5 year old child?
  • Poisoning - again, see above.
  • Severe Splinching - why would someone old be Apparating? There are other ways of travel, brooms for example, or car - the Ministry does provide one, as seen in a later book (5, I believe?).
  • A Venomous Tentacula bite - this one, admittedly, is very likely; Neville had to have gotten his aptitude for Herbology from somewhere, possibly Frank.

All in all, Illness, a freak accident or a Tentacula bite is very likely, as is, basically, just dying from old age or illness. --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 02:25, April 2, 2014 (UTC)

Hey, here's some info

This new link from Mugglenet 3.0 gives this info:

To figure out who was Headmaster of Hogwarts and when, we shall work backwards from present day. We know that Dumbledore was Headmaster until his death in 1997, so let us begin with him. Through several clues, we can pinpoint the start of his tenure at December 1956. McGonagall says that she will have been teaching Transfiguration for “Thirty-nine years this December,” (OP321) in 1995. So she started teaching in December 1956. This doubtlessly coincided with Dumbledore, the previous Transfiguration teacher, becoming Headmaster.

This fits in with the time-table around Voldemort’s visit to Hogwarts and Dumbledore to ask for the DADA position. In the flashback, Voldemort says, “I heard that you had become headmaster,” (HBP441), incdicating this was a recent appointment. We are told that this is “ten years” after Tom Riddle murdered Hepzibah Smith (HBP440). Tom Riddle graduated Hogwarts in summer of 1945, so if we assume he worked at Borgin and Burkes for a year or so, that would place this visit in the winter of 1956-1957, just after Dumbledore became Headmaster.

We know that Armando Dippet was Dumbledore’s immediate predecessor. Since he was at Hogwarts during Riddle’s tenure, he was Headmaster from at least the mid-1930s onwards. However, we also know that he put Professor Kettleburn on probation sixty-two times (TBB39). Let us assume that Dippet put Kettleburn on probation twice a year on average (which is still quite impressive!). That would give Dippet a tenure as Headmaster of 31 years, meaning he would have become Headmaster in 1925. Of course, it could have been quite a bit earlier, since Dippet is portrayed as very old, but we can be reasonably sure he started no later than the mid-1920s.

Now, let us take Newt Scamander. We only have two pages of solid biographical information on him – Fantastic Beasts pages vi and ix – but that’s enough to be getting on with. He was born in 1897, which is our first proof he likely wasn’t Headmaster. If Dippet became Headmaster in the mid-‘20s, that would put Scamander in his twenties as Headmaster – which doesn’t seem likely. Even if Dippet didn’t become Headmaster until the late 1930s, Scamander would still be in his thirties as Headmaster, which seems absurdly young for the position (Snape notwithstanding; he was 37 when appointed Headmaster but there were extraneous circumstances).

Moreover, we know that Scamander joined the Ministry after graduating Hogwarts. He spent two years in the Office for House-Elf Relocation before transferring to the Beast Division. This puts Scamander at twenty, and we are in 1917. The following year, 1918, is when Fantastic Beasts was commissioned by Augustus Worme. So Scamander set out adventures to research fantastic beasts.

This is where the films will take place – the nine years that Scamander spent travelling the globe researching Magizoology. For we know that the first edition of Fantastic Beasts was published in 1927, giving the film series a timeframe of 1918-1927.

Since Scamander is accounted for until 1927, and we know that Dippet was Headmaster by the mid-1920s, when exactly is Scamander supposed to be Headmaster of Hogwarts? Moreover, why would a Ministry researcher in his twenties, with absolutely zero pedagogical experience, become Headmaster all of a sudden? I think we can refute, completely and utterly, that Newt Scamander was ever Headmaster of Hogwarts.

Finally, the evidence points to a continued Ministry career, for Scamander’s biography talks about legislation he created decades later – the Werewolf Register in 1947 (for which Scamander is “almost solely responsible”) and the Ban on Experimental Breeding in 1965.

For the sake of completion, what else do we know of Scamander? He was in Hufflepuff House, according to the Pottermore welcome letter for Hufflepuffs. He got the Order of Merlin, Second Class, in 1979 in recognition of his research. He has a wife named Porpentina and they have three pet Kneazles. He must have had children, since he has a grandson named Rolf (who marries Luna). And at the time of the publication of the Muggle edition of Fantastic Beasts, which is supposed to be 1995 (the book was published after Goblet of Fire, and everything is written as if it were around then – including Dumbledore being alive to write a foreword), Newt and Porpentina are both still alive, though he’s retired. That means he lives to be at least 98 years old.

So, if not Scamander, who was Armando Dippet’s predecessor? All signs point to it being Phineas Nigellus Black. Phineas Nigellus’s dates from the Black Family Tree fit perfectly. His date of death is given as 1925 – which is exactly the year we’ve deduced Dippet became Headmaster! Clearly that’s no coincidence. Moreover, if Phineas was born in 1847, he would likely be the Headmaster preceding Dippet; otherwise, he would have been a very young Headmaster.

Why? Because we know who was likely to be Phineas Nigellus’s predecessor. In the Pottermore entry for Peeves, we get mention of Eupraxia Mole being Headmistress in 1876. Phineas can’t have been before her (he’d only be thirty-one in 1876), so he’d have to come after. Is he the direct successor to Eupraxia Mole? Most likely, because the Headmasters seem to serve lengthy terms – wizards have long lifespans, and it looks like the Headmasters don’t often retire, but die in office. The events of 1996 to 1998 notwithstanding (we get four Heads in three years if you count Umbridge), Dumbledore served for 41 years, Dippet for 31, and Dilys Derwent for 27 years. So Phineas Nigellus likely started at the end of the nineteenth century or the very early years of the twentieth. Barring exceptional circumstances, this would put Mole’s tenure right before his.

This is about as far back as we can go. We know that Dilys Derwent served as Headmistress from 1741 to 1768 (OP485). And we know that at some point, a very celebrated Headmaster named Everard served at Hogwarts before or after an illustrious Ministry career (OP469).

The only other Headmaster we know of is Dexter Fortescue, who gets mentioned nearly every time we enter Dumbledore’s office. Fortescue uses a hearing trumpet, which according to Wikipedia was invented in the seventeenth century, so we know Fortescue was Headmaster no earlier than the mid-seventeenth century. Fortescue also says, “The Ministry did not cut deals with petty criminals in my day, no sir, they did not!” (OP614). From this we can surmise that he was Headmaster a very long time ago.

All of the other Heads listed on the Harry Potter Wiki are not canonical – indeed, if you observe closely, they are mostly the authors of Harry’s first-year schoolbooks. This can be taken as conclusive evidence that the filmmakers were having a laugh – much as they did putting crewmembers’ names on the gravestones in Movie 4 – and not intending to be taken seriously.

This has been a good exercise, and we can now create a thorough list of the Heads in the twentieth century: 1.Late 19th century (including 1876): Eupraxia Mole 2.Late 19th/early 20th century – 1925: Phineas Nigellus Black 3.1925 – 1956: Armando Dippet 4.1956 – 1997: Albus Dumbledore 5.1996: Dolores Umbridge (Disputed) 6.1997 – 1998: Severus Snape 7.1998 – present: Minerva McGonagall

Your thoughts? --HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 03:49, April 2, 2014 (UTC)

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Hi Seth. I'm sorry to bother you, and going over the policies there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it, but I wanted to make absolutely sure before I went ahead with it.

Being a Protestant Christian (much like Reverend McGonagall) and with Easter fast approaching, I wondered whether it was permissible for me to add a picture (probably just for my userpage or icon or such) depicting the grave with a biblical quote and a "Happy Easter" on it.

Here in Canada, we aren't allowed using such images publicly because they might offend someone, but the internet is a different place and it varies from site to site. I wanted to make sure everything was alright. Thanks! --Hunnie Bunn (talk) 14:36, April 13, 2014 (UTC)

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Hi Seth, we're a little backed up so the video won't be coming for a few weeks yet. Have another thought- if you wanted to post a blog about it, asking the community here which Fantstic Beast they are most looking forward to seeing in the new films, then we could credit the users with their choice, like we did in this blog post/video-- Would be a good way to get the community psyched! Peter@Wikia 19:26, April 16, 2014 (UTC)

Phenom. Really love it. We're going to promote it socially. Thanks! Peter@Wikia 17:11, April 17, 2014 (UTC)

I have 2 questions to ask, both concerning Seamus Finnigan.

1) Would we be able to add that it is possible that Seamus became an Auror after the war? -- Kingsley did invite everyone that fought in the war, so it's possible. If so, can we add this for Dean, Angelina, Katie, etc. who doesn't have a confirmed career yet and then change it if Pottermore states them?

2) Seamus making stuff explode: could it be his accent? I don't want this to be racist, so I shall say here that I am not trying to be racist. Now, onto my point. Hermione states that Ron is saying Wingardium Leviosa wrong in Philosopher's Stone, so the spell doesn't work. Could it be that Seamus makes things explode because his Irish accent makes it sound like he's saying things wrong? Could that be a possibility or am I being stupid and should never think again because I am too dumb?--HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 23:44, April 18, 2014 (UTC)

I believe J.K. Rowling said that everyone who fought in the war was invited to become an Auror even if they didn't have the grades, like Harry, Ron and Neville were. Thus, that makes it canon that he was invited and makes it possible he could have become one. As for the second, it was merely an idea; I am sorry for being stupid (as usual! :'-( )--HarryPotterRules1 (talk) 00:43, April 19, 2014 (UTC)

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