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Amos Diggory Character Analysis: Devoted Father

Amos Diggory Character Analysis: Devoted Father

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Amos Diggory is a British wizard who works for the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. He is the father of Cedric Diggory, the Hogwarts Triwizard Champion who died tragically at the end of the event in 1995 at the hands of Lord Voldemort and his supporters. His son was his pride and joy and Amos Diggory never recovered from the loss.

About Amos Diggory

BornPre-1955
Blood StatusPure Blood (presumed)
OccupationDepartment for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures
PatronusUnknown
HouseHufflepuff (presumed)
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignCancer (speculative)

Amos Diggory’s Early Life

Amos came from a long line of wizards and may have been a pure-blood wizard. He lived near Ottery St Catchpole close to some other wizarding families, including the Weasleys and the Lovegoods. Amos would have attended Hogwarts School, probably as a member of Hufflepuff House as his son Cedric was in Hufflepuff.

Amos Diggory is known to have visited Hogwarts several times over the years. He was there in 1984/5 to celebrate Hagrid’s birthday. He returned in 1987/8 to assist with the capture of several magical creatures that were loose in Hogwarts castle.

Amos Diggory at the Quidditch World Cup

We first meet Amos Diggory in the Harry Potter books when he and his son Cedric get the same Portkey to the Quidditch World Cup at the Weasleys. At this time, we see his great pride in his son. He notes that Cedric beat Harry in a Quidditch game the year before, catching the snitch first. Cedric himself points out that this was because of an accident – Harry fell off his broom because of dementors on the pitch – but Amos did not want to hear this.

“Always modest, our Ced, always the gentleman… but the best man won, I’m sure Harry’d agree, wouldn’t you, eh? One falls off his broom, one stays on, it doesn’t take a genius to tell which is the better flier!”

Amos Diggory, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Later at the event, Amos Diggory was among the officials who discovered the house-elf Winky with Harry’s wand and accused her of casting the Dark Mark over the area. He performed the Prior Incantato examination of the wand to reveal the spell, which was in fact cast by Barty Crouch Jnr.

Later Amos also asked Arthur Weasley to help Alastor Moody out of a spot of trouble, assuming that the paranoid Moody had cast an inadvisable spell. However, he had actually been kidnapped by Barty Crouch Jnr who used Polyjuice to impersonate him and take on his role as a teacher at Hogwarts.

Amos Diggory Harry Potter

Amos Diggory and the Triwizard Tournament

Amos Diggory was obviously extremely proud when his son was chosen as the Triwizard Champion for Hogwarts. He was understandably not best pleased when Harry was chosen as a second champion for the school. This was not helped when Rita Skeeter’s coverage of the Tournament focused solely on Harry, even omitting Cedric’s name from the list of champions.

Amos was invited to see his son compete in the third task and said to Harry:

“There you are, are you? Bet you’re not feeling quits as full of yourself now Cedric’s caught you up on points, are you?”

Amos Diggory, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

While Molly Weasley was outraged by this and had to be restrained, his response is perhaps understandable considering Rita Skeeter’s coverage in the Daily Prophet.

Amos and the Death of his Son

Harry and Cedric agreed to take the Triwizard Cup together and return as joint winners. But instead of taking the pair back to Hogwarts, Barty Crouch Jnr, disguised as Alastor Moody, had changed the Portkey to send them to Lord Voldemort.

Cedric was quickly killed by Peter Pettigrew at Voldemort’s command. Later events conspired that Voldemort’s wand also performed Prior Incantanto and the shade of Cedric was able to ask Harry to return his body to his family.

Amos Diggory was devastated by the death of his son, openly sobbing and distressed. He later thanked Harry for returning Cedric’s body and assured him that he did not blame Harry for what happened. Harry also tried to give him and his wife the Triwizard prize money, but they refused it.

Amos seems to have believed Harry that Lord Voldemort was back, but we do not know what he did during the Second Wizarding War.

Amos Diggory Tries to Save His Son

All the Time-Turners in the care of the Ministry of Magic were destroyed in 1996 when Lord Voldemort tricked Harry into entering the Department of Mysteries to retrieve the prophecy about the two of them and then steal it from him. But more than 20 years later, when Harry had become the Head of Magical Law Enforcement, a Time-Turner is found.

Under the influence of the dark witch Delphini, Amos begs Harry to use the device to go back and save Cedric, showing that he still has not recovered from his son’s death. Harry refuses, pointing out how dangerous it can be to meddle with time.

But Amos argues that it can be done since Voldemort never wanted Cedric, so saving him won’t change the outcome of the Second Wizarding War. Harry then lies to Amos saying that there is no Time-Turner, and Amos accuses him of being very cold.

Unbeknownst to Amos, Harry’s son Albus Potter and his friend Scorpius Malfoy overhear the conversation and decide to use the Time-Turner to save Cedric. Their efforts to meddle with time cause several disastrous alternative timelines. In one, Cedric is saved but becomes a Death Eater.

He kills Neville Longbottom, setting in motion a chain of events that see Lord Voldemort win the war. Eventually, the timeline must be restored, and Cedric remains lost.

While the boys were missing, traveling through time, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy went looking for them. They approached Amos, accusing him of sending owls to the boys, a charge that Amos denied. They also said that they were last seen with Amos’ niece Delphini. Amos is surprised because he does not have a niece. This is when they realize that Delphini, the secret daughter of Lord Voldemort, is behind everything that is happening.

Amos Diggory Personality Type & Traits

The strongest personality trait that we encounter in Amos Diggory is his pride in his son. This suggests that he was fatherly and devoted. He also seemed a bit prideful, openly telling Harry that his son must be a better flier than Harry. He also raged at Harry for his arrogance in the Triwizard Tournament. While his perspective was inaccurate, it is perhaps understandable from the father of a competing student who has been unfairly outshone due to another student’s celebrity.

Amos Diggory Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We are never told Amos Diggory’s birthday, but he must have been born pre-1955 as he already seems to have been working at the Ministry of Magic when he visited Hogwarts for Hagrid’s birthday in the early 1980s. His zodiac sign may be Cancer, as they are very family-oriented and can often struggle to control their emotions where their loved ones are concerned.

Is Amos Diggory Pure Blood?

We are never explicitly told whether Amos Diggory and his family are pureblood, but the implication is that they are. Hagrid compares Harry to the other Triwizard Champions, saying that Harry can show that you don’t need to be pure blood to win. Since Harry was half-blood, it implies that the other champions are all pure blood.

Amos Diggory Family Tree

The Diggory family has a long history in the magical community. Eldritch Diggory served as Minister of Magic from 1733 until 1747 when he died of Dragon Pox.

In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Lord Voldemort’s secret child with Bellatrix Lestrange, Delphini, claims to be the niece of Amos Diggory, suggesting that he is related to Lord Voldemort. But she is not his niece, and only says this to win the trust of Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. There is no evidence that Amos Diggory is related to Lord Voldemort.

Was Amos Diggory in the Order of the Phoenix?

Amos Diggory does not seem to have been an active member of the Order of the Phoenix in either Wizarding War. He does not appear in the photo of the original Order of the Phoenix that Moody shows Harry. He was probably not invited to the Order during the Second Wizarding War. Amos Diggory may have been considered unstable following the death of his son. Also, the Ministry of Magic was openly opposed to Dumbledore at the time, and Diggory worked for the Ministry.