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Bathilda Bagshot Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Bathilda Bagshot Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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The witch Bathilda Bagshot was a well-known magical historian. She wrote, among other things, A History of Magic, the textbook used at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Bathilda may also have been a teacher there at some point, as she is occasionally referred to as Professor Bagshot.

She is the great aunt of Gellert Grindelwald. But it is unclear how much she knew or shared his beliefs in wizarding supremacy.

A resident of Godric’s Hollow, she was a friend of a Dumbledores and witnessed the events around the death of Ariana. She also befriended James and Lily Potter when they lived in the area for the first year or so of Harry’s life, until their deaths.

She was at least 124 years old when she died and growing senile. Rita Skeeter took advantage of her after the death of Albus Dumbledore to get material for her book. She used veritas serum on the senile Bathilda to procure information against her will.

Not long after this, Bathilda was killed by Lord Voldemort. He then reanimated her corpse, placing his snake Nagini inside. This allowed him to lure Harry into a trap when he visited his parents’ home, and Nagini attacked Harry. Fortunately, Harry was accompanied by Hermione, and the two managed to escape together.

Some months later, her body was discovered, and Lee Jordan reported her death on the underground wizarding resistance news radio.

About Bathilda Bagshot

BornBefore 1873
Blood StatusPure-Blood (probably)
OccupationHistorian, Professor
Zodiac SignLibra (speculative)

Bathilda Bagshot Personality Type & Traits

Bathilda Bagshot clearly had a sharp and enquiring mind, as demonstrated by her aptitude for magical history and the many books that she wrote. But she was also a kind-hearted and friendly soul. She went out of her way to befriend the reclusive Dumbledores and also cared for and visited the Potters while living at Godric’s Hollow.

When Kendra Dumbledore, with her children Albus, Aberforth, and Ariana, arrived in Godric’s Hollow from Mould-on-the-Wall after Percival Dumbledore was sent to prison, Bathilda tried to befriend them. She brought homemade Cauldron Cakes but was rebuffed.

She struck up a correspondence with Albus Dumbledore while he was at Hogwarts after reading his article in Transfiguration Today on trans-species transfiguration. This opened up a relationship with the rest of the family, and she was the only person in Godric’s Hollow on speaking terms with Kendra when she died.

In a letter from Lily Potter to Sirius Black, she says that Bathilda visited them most days and was the only person present at Harry’s first birthday tea. Lily suggests that she enjoyed telling stories about Dumbledore and was already showing signs of senility at this time.

Bathilda Bagshot Zodiac Sign & Birthday

J.K. Rowling never tells us Bathilda’s birthdate, but some fans suggest that she must be a Libra. Libras are highly intelligent and very social individuals who are keenly interested in the lives of others. This would explain her aptitude for magical history and the care and interest that she showed for the lives of her neighbors.

Is Bathilda Bagshot a Pure Blood?

It is never explicitly stated whether Bathilda Bagshot is pure blood. But it is likely that she was. This is suggested by the fact that she was the great aunt of Gellert Grindelwald. He had a strong belief in the superiority of wizards over muggles. His upbringing must play some role in the formulation of these ideas.

There is little evidence that Bathilda shared her great nephew’s views on wizarding superiority or disliked half-bloods of muggle-born wizards. She struck up a close friendship with Lily Potter, who was muggle-born and was known to be an opponent of Lord Voldemort, who shared many of Grindelwald’s ideas.

Why is Bathilda Bagshot Important?

Bathilda Bagshot was a famous magical historian, making her important in the wizarding world. She also had personal knowledge of some of the most important wizards of the modern era, including her great-nephew Gellert Grindelwald, his close friend who later defeated him Albus Dumbledore, and James and Lily Potter. She seems to hold the key to unlocking many secrets of the past.

What Happened at Bathilda Bagshot’s House?

Bathilda Bagshot House
Bathilda Bagshot House

Lord Voldemort killed Bathilda Bagshot and reanimated her body using his snake Nagini. He did this to lay a trap for Harry, whom he assumed would visit Godric’s Hollow to learn about his parents and Dumbledore. The resulting fight between Nagini and Harry and Hermione largely destroyed Bathilda’s home.

Harry and Hermione arrived at Godric’s Hollow on Christmas Even 1997. They were spotted by Nagini when they visited the graves of Harry’s parents. They were there to see if Dumbledore had hidden Gryffindor’s sword there, perhaps giving it to Bathilda.

While there, they also learned about the connection between Dumbledore and the Deathly Hallows as they found a Peverel grave with the Hallows symbol on it, which also appeared in Hermione’s copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Nagini recognized Harry and Hermione even though they disguised themselves with Polyjuice potion and the invisibility cloak. She followed them from the cemetery to James and Lily Potter’s destroyed house and then wordlessly lured them back to her own nearby home.

They were suspicious when they arrived due to the disarray of the house and the smell of rotting meat. She also remained silent in the face of their many questions, but they also knew that she was going senile. Eventually, she beckoned Harry to follow her upstairs, leaving Hermione to wait downstairs.

When they were alone, she asked him if he was “Potter,” When he replied that he was, he could feel the Horcrux locket that he was wearing throb. This made him realize that the woman was speaking to him in parseltongue and that it was a trap.

At that moment, he also heard Voldemort’s voice saying, “hold him,” commanding Nagini to hold him there until Lord Voldemort could arrive.

Nagini jumped out of Bathilda’s body and attacked Harry, biting his arm and sending his wand flying. Hermione came in and disabled Nagini with several curses, including a blasting curse that destroyed much of the house and damaged Harry’s wand. The two then jumped out of the window and disapparated before Voldemort arrived.

Why does Bathilda Bagshot have a Nursery?

Bathilda Bagshot Nursery

We see a nursery in Bathilda Bagshot’s home in the movies, which is strange considering it would have been many scores of years since she had children. It is suggested that this was a secret room where Bathilda hid Harry after the death of his parents before Hagrid arrived to take him to live with the Dursleys.

Why does Bathilda Bagshot have a Picture of Grindelwald?

Harry and Hermione discover a photo of Gellert Grindelwald in the house of Bathilda Bagshot. She had the picture because he was her great-nephew, and he even lived with her for a period of time. It was Bathilda who introduced Grindelwald to Dumbledore and encouraged their friendship. It is clear that she loved Gellert Grindelwald, even if she didn’t agree with everything he did later.

Bathilda Bagshot Patronus

A Patronus is a non-corporeal protective shield that some wizards can conjure to protect themselves against dark forces, such as the dementors.

We never hear of Bathilda Bagshot casting a Patronus, be she seems to have been an accomplished witch, so presumably, she could.

Bathilda Bagshot Family Tree

The only family member of Bathilda Bagshot explicitly identified by J.K. Rowling is the infamous dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. He was her great-nephew and lived for her for a few months when he was 18 years old at around the turn of the century (1899). This was when he became a great friend of Albus Dumbledore.

What Happened to Bathilda Bagshot?

Sometime after the death of Albus Dumbledore, Bathilda Bagshot was killed by Lord Voldemort. She was “collateral damage”. Voldemort suspected that Harry would return to Godric’s Hollow at some point and that Bathilda Bagshot would be one of the people that she would trust due to her friendship with Dumbledore and Harry’s parents.

Voldemort killed her to use her corpse to create a disguise for his snake Nagini. The snake then stayed at Godric’s Hollow as a spy, waiting for Harry to arrive.

How did Nagini become Bathilda Bagshot?

Lord Voldemort killed Bathilda Bagshot and then placed Nagini inside her slowly rotting corpse. We come across various spells that allow for things to be bigger on the inside than they appear on the outside. Voldemort probably used a similar charm to make space for Nagini inside Bathilda’s body.

What does Bathilda Bagshot say to Harry in Parseltongue?

When Nagini, as Bathilda Bagshot, gets Harry alone, she asks him in parseltongue, “are you Potter?” He responds yes. Harry didn’t realize that she was speaking parseltongue until his scar started to burn, though the use of the name Potter rather than Harry should also have been a sign. The fact that the snake could only speak parseltongue was presumably also why it did not want to speak in front of Hermione.