"And if wishes grew on trees, life would be a breeze. Please pester someone else!"
—Viridian's portrait, refusing to open to Harry Potter[src]

Professor Vindictus Viridian was a potioneer, author and Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the early eighteenth century.



Based on his portrait, Viridian was a potioneer. At some point in his life, he was named Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry[2]. Also during his lifetime, he published a famous book on curses: Curses and Counter-Curses (Bewitch your Friends and Befuddle your Enemies with the Latest Revenges: Hair Loss, Jelly-Legs, Tongue-Tying and much, much more).


Dumbledore's office portraits

Professor Viridian's portrait in the Headmaster's office

Professor Viridian died sometime in or prior to 1994.[1] Two portraits of him hung at Hogwarts: one was painted in 1703[3] and hung in the Headmaster's office along with the portraits of other Headmasters and Headmistresses,[2] and the other hung in the Grand Staircase.[4]

In the 1995-1996 school year, Viridian's portrait at the Grand Staircase was used to conceal the entrance to the Room of Rewards. He was frequently annoyed by all the hustle and bustle of the students' school life. In order to gain entry to the Room of Rewards, Hermione Granger threatened to convince Myrtle Warren to haunt the landing where the portrait hung. Disliking Myrtle, Viridian let Harry Potter and his friends through.[4]

Magical abilities and skills


Portrait of an older Vindictus Viridian


The name Vindictus is derived from the Latin vindicta ("revenge") and the surname Viridian from the Latin viridis ("green").

Behind the scenes


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 J. K. Rowling stated at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 15 August 2014 (source) that all portraits at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are of deceased individuals. Thus, Viridian must have died sometime in or before 1994, given his portrait's appearance at Hogwarts in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - see this image
  3. See this image.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  5. DVD 2 - Special Features (The Quest of Sir Cadogan)

Potions (class)
Professors: 16th century Professor · Vindictus Veridian · Severus Snape · Horace Slughorn
Textbooks: Magical Drafts and Potions · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Advanced Potion-Making · Moste Potente Potions · A Collection of Above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick, and Surgery
Potions at Hogwarts: Potions Classroom · Potions Staircase · Potions basement · Potions Club · Potion Master's office · Potion Master's storeroom · Dungeon Five · Cauldron cupboard
Potioneers: Arsenius Jigger · Damocles · Glover Hipworth · Golpalott · Gregory the Smarmy · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Hector Dagworth-Granger · Hesper Starkey · J. Pippin · Laverne de Montmorency · Libatius Borage · Regulus Moonshine · Rubens Winikus · Sacharissa Tugwood · Tilden Toots · Dr. Ubbly · Zygmunt Budge
Potions Studied: Boil-Cure Potion · Forgetfulness Potion · Hair-Raising Potion · Shrinking Solution · Undetectable Poisons · Wiggenweld Potion · Girding Potion · Antidotes · Strengthening Solution · Everlasting Elixirs · Felix Felicis · Draught of Living Death · Amortentia · Elixir to Induce Euphoria · Hiccoughing Solution · Poison Antidote · Swelling Solution · Draught of Peace · Wit-Sharpening Potion · Polyjuice Potion

Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the sixth floor

Classroom 6A · Classroom 6B · Corridor · Disused bathroom · East Wing · Empty classroom · Floor 6 Bonus · Glanmore Peakes' Corridor · Horace Slughorn's office · Room of Rewards · Storeroom · Trophy Room · Writing Supplies Room · Staircase between the sixth-floor and seventh-floor corridor

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the sixth floor

Damara Dodderidge · Edgar Stroulger · Edessa Sakndenberg · Glanmore Peakes · Selina Sapworthy · Skeleton in a top hat · Portrait in storeroom · Temeritus Shanks · Vindictus Viridian · Wendelin the Weird