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Bloody Baron Character Analysis: Slytherin Ghost

Bloody Baron Character Analysis: Slytherin Ghost

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The Bloody Baron was an 11th-century wizard who attended Hogwarts in Slytherin house and fell in love with Helena Ravenclaw.

When Helena fled the school with her mother’s diadem, Rowena Ravenclaw sent the Baron to find her.

When Helena refused to return to Hogwarts with him, he killed her in a rage. He then killed himself for what he had done.

After death, the Baron returned to Hogwarts as a ghost and was made the house ghost for Slytherin.

About the Bloody Baron

Born11th century
Blood StatusPure Blood
Zodiac SignAries (speculative)

Bloody Baron Biography

The Bloody Baron was an 11th-century wizard who started attending Hogwarts not long after it opened.

He was sorted into Slytherin house and may have been taught by Salazar Slytherin himself.

He fell in love with the daughter of another one of the school’s founders, Helena Ravenclaw, the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw.

She rejected his advances, being more interested in investing in her mind so that she could rival the fame of her mother.

As part of this plan, Helena Ravenclaw stole her mother’s diadem and fled the school to the Albanian forests to try and master its magic.

When her mother became ill, she wanted to be reunited with her daughter, so she asked the Baron to find Helena and ask her to return to the school.

The Baron tracked Helena to the Albanian forests, but the meeting did not go well.

He tracked me to the forest where I was hiding. When I refused to return with him, he became violent. The baron was always a hot-tempered man. Furious at my refusal, jealous of my freedom, he stabbed me… When he saw what he had done, he was overcome with remorse. He took the weapon that had claimed my life, and used it to kill himself. All these centuries later, he wears his chains as an act of penitence… as he should.

Helena Ravenclaw Ghost, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Blood Baron Afterlife

Both Helena and the Baron found themselves as ghosts and returned to Hogwarts. Helena over guilt for betraying her mother, and the Baron in remorse for what he had done to Helena.

The baron was made the ghost of Slytherin house.

The ghost of the bloody baron was still stained with blood, probably both his own and Helena’s.

He also wore chains as a sign of penance. Helena’s ghost showed no sign of forgiving him, generally avoiding him in the corridors of Hogwarts.

Nevertheless, the Baron became the leader of the house ghosts and his forceful nature meant that he generally cast the deciding vote.

He was also the only being in the castle that the poltergeist Peeves respected, aside from Albus Dumbledore.

The Baron continued to be proud to be a member of Slytherin and was described as “unbearable” when his house was consistently winning the annual cup.

But he was not generally helpful to the students. He preferred to spend his time haunting the dungeons and scaring students.

But, while the Baron was a member of Slytherin, his ghost was loyal to the school.

He was the one who saw Albus Dumbledore return to the Astronomy Tower on April 22, 1997, following a hunt for Horcruxes.

The Baron passed this information to Nearly Headless Nick, who was able to alert Harry that the Headmaster had returned.

He also helped the ghosts to organize the evacuation of underage students during the Battle of Hogwarts and was seen in the Great Hall for the mourning of the dead that followed the battle.

Bloody Baron Personality Type & Traits

The Bloody Baron was generally feared by the other ghosts, which tended to bow to his will and give him a wide berth when they did not need anything.

But he was accepted as their de facto leader, and they called on him whenever they needed help with Peeves.

He also seems to have shown true remorse for his actions at the end of his life, returning to the school in chains and never pursuing the Grey Lady ghost who he had killed.

He was loyal to the school over any loyalty to Slytherin or his heir.

Bloody Baron Zodiac Sign & Birthday

While we know that the Bloody Baron was probably born in the late 10th century, we know nothing about his birthdate. But his personality suggests that his zodiac sign could be Aries.

People born under this sign are forceful and natural leaders. They also pursue their own wants without considering the feelings of others.

But people born under this sign are very proud and have high standards for themselves. We see this in the Baron’s unending remorse.