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"The Zombie dwells only in the Southern part of America. It is an example, like the Vampire, of the Living Dead and may be recognised by its greyish colour and its rotten smell."
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection[src]

Zombies are "living dead" creatures that dwell in the Southern part of America. They are able to be identified by their greyish skin and rotten smell.[1]

During the 1991–1992 school year, Hogwarts Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor Quirinus Quirrell told his students that his turban had been given to him as a gift by an African prince for getting rid of a troublesome Zombie. However, whenever he was asked how he fought off the Zombie, Quirrell would try to change the subject and talk about the weather.

It was eventually revealed that the turban was used to hide the face of Lord Voldemort on the back of Quirrell's head, as he was possessing Quirrell at the time. It is therefore unlikely that Quirrell's story about the Zombie was true, and the fact that the native range of zombies is South America makes the veracity of the tale regarding the African prince even more dubious.

The wizarding travel agency TerrorTours offers trips along the Zombie Trail, where hikers could "experience the thrill of coming face to face with the living dead."[2]

Behind the scenes

  • It is possible Zombies may be related in some way to Inferi, or may even be the same thing, although this is unconfirmed. However, Pottermore makes Zombies sound more like a naturally formed creature, as they are given a native range.


Notes and references

  1. Pottermore - The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection
  2. Zombie Trail at the HP Lexicon

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