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Walter Aragon
Walter Aragon
Biographical information

Before 1943[1]

Physical information




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"Mens sana in corpore sano."
—Aragon's motto, as inscribed on the portrait depicting him and Professor Gagwilde playing chess.[src]

Professor Walter Aragon [2] was a wizard. Professor Aragon worked in the capacity of Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at some point during his life.[3]



At some point in his life, Professor Aragon became the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[3] He also seemed to have an interest in Care of Magical Creatures, as he authored at least one title on the subject, Newts of Bognor.[4]


Professor Aragon died sometime before 1943.[1] There were portraits of the professor hung at the Grand Staircase[5] and one at the Headmaster's office[3] in order to give advice to the current Head.


Walter is from a Germanic name, meaning "ruler of the army", composed of the elements wald, "rule" and hari, "army". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Wealdhere. A famous bearer of the name was Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), a Scottish novelist who wrote 'Ivanhoe' and other notable works.

Aragon is a region in Northern Spain, previously a large and influential Mediaeval kingdom. It could also be a reference to one of the main characters in The Lord of the Rings,Aragorn Elessar.

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 According to J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival (J.K. Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival (15 August, 2004) source), headmasters only get their portrait hung in the office if they die holding the title of headmaster. As Armando Dippet was headmaster from at least 1943 until being succeeded by Albus Dumbledore, Professor Limebert must have died at some point before 1943.
  2. His portrait bears his name.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  4. Harry Potter Limited Edition - A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films (see this image)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) - PC version
  6. Harry Potter Limited Edition - The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets
  7. WP favicon Mens sana in corpore sano on Wikipedia
  8. He appears in a portrait in Hogsmeade most likely because he had fled from his portrait at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the Battle.

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