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Vindictus Viridian
Biographical information

before 1686 (most likely)



Physical information




Hair colour
  • Black (formerly)
  • Grey
Eye colour


Skin colour


"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 (d. 1703[1]) 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 in 1703.[1] Two portraits of him hung at Hogwarts: one was hung in the Headmaster's office along with the portraits of other Headmasters and Headmistresses,[2] and another at the Grand Staircase.[3]

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 Moaning Myrtle to haunt the landing where the portrait hung. Disliking Myrtle, Viridian let Harry Potter and his friends through.[3]

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").

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 In interviews, J.K. Rowling has stated that "all the portraits you see in the headmaster's study are all headmasters and mistresses who died". Viridian's portrait is dated 1703.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - see this image
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  4. DVD 2 - Special Features (The Quest of Sir Cadogan)

Potions (class)
Books chapterart hbp 09
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 · Writing Supplies Room

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

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