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Madam Rolanda Hooch Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Madam Rolanda Hooch Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Madam Rolanda Hooch is the flying instructor and Quidditch referee at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

About Rolanda Hooch

BornPre 1918
Blood StatusPure Blood or Half Blood
OccupationFlying Instructor Quidditch Referee
Zodiac SignAries (speculative)

Madam Hooch Early Life

Rolanda Hooch is a British witch who was born sometime before 1918. She tells students about experiences that she had during World War I.

She taught herself to fly as a young witch on a Silver Arrow broomstick. It was presumably this broomstick that she was flying when it was singed by a muggle anti-aircraft device during the Great War.

Like most British wizards she went on to attend Hogwarts. Though we do not know which house she was in, she was certainly part of her house Quidditch team.

It is unclear what she did after school, but she did train as a Quidditch referee with the Department of Magical Games and Sports. This involved rigorous written and practical testing. With this qualification under her belt, she was able to return to Hogwarts as a teacher.

Madam Hooch the Hogwarts Teacher

Known as Madam Hooch, she was worked as a flight instructor, principally for first-year students when formal flying lessons are given, and she was also the referee of the school’s Quidditch games. She kept all the equipment for the Quidditch matches in her office in the Castle. She would also sometimes oversee Quidditch training matches for safety, such as when Sirius Black was on the loose (though she fell asleep during this training session).

While the students respected Madam Hooch for respecting fair play and clean games, she oversaw quite a few controversial Quidditch matches during her time at Hogwarts.

Despite her sporty inclinations, Madam Hooch was not all tough. Before Gilderoy Lockhart started teaching at Hogwarts, Rolanda Hooch went to see him at Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley. She was clearly a fan.

When Madam Hooch heard that Ginny Weasley had been kidnapped by Slytherin’s monster, she became too weak at the knees to stand and collapsed into a chair.

When Harry received a mysterious Firebolt in his third year, Madam Hooch was responsible for checking it for jinxes along with Professor Flitwick. While Professor McGonagall said that she would probably strip it down. But Madam Hooch probably had too much respect for a good broom to do anything that might damage it.

Flying Classes

Madam Hooch appears to have been quite strict in her flying classes for first years. No doubt she needed to ensure the safety of students, some of whom will not have played with brooms as children.

When Harry Potter attended his first flying class, it was Gryffindor and Slytherin together and they arrived on the training grounds, at the back of the castle near the Quidditch Pitch and Herbology Greenhouses, to see twenty broomsticks lined up on the grass and ready to go.

She first taught the students how to summon their broom up to their hand, and then how to sit and kick-off.

Unfortunately, in Harry’s first class, Neville Longbottom lost control of his broom at this point and broke his wrist. Madam Hooch decided to take him to the hospital wing himself. She left the other students in the training grounds with orders not to fly or they would be expelled.

The students were never likely to be able to resist. Draco Malfoy stole the Remembrall that Neville had lost in his accident and flew off with it. Harry, mounting his broomstick for the first time, chased him down and retrieved the ball showing natural Seeker ability.

While Professor McGonagall saw the interaction, rather than expel either boy, she enlisted Harry for the Gryffindor Quidditch team.

Memorable Quidditch Matches

Madam Hooch was the referee for the school’s 1967 Quidditch final. This was famously the highest-scoring game in Hogwarts’ history – 580-570.

While Madam Hooch refereed Harry’s first Quidditch game, she did not oversee all the games that he played in his first year on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Professor Snape insisted in refereeing the game between Hufflepuff and Gryffindor due to his fears about Harry’s broom being jinxed.

In Harry’s second year, he was attacked by a jinxed Bludger during his game with Slytherin. It is unclear how it became jinxed since it should have been safely locked away in Madam Hooch’s office. While she gave the Gryffindor’s a time out to discuss the Bludger, she took no action against the mysterious issue herself.

In Harry’s third year, Madam Hooch oversaw the game when Dementors invaded the stadium. Despite their interference, the game was not stopped, which let Hufflepuff win. She also oversaw a later game where Slytherin students pretended to be Dementors to intimidate Harry.

In the final match of that year, between Gryffindor and Slytherin, Madam Hooch commented that she had never seen a game with so many flagrant fouls. She awarded five penalties to Gryffindor over the course of the increasingly dirty match.

The only time that Madam Hooch seems to have engaged in disciplinary activities beyond giving out fouls was in 1995/6 when Dolores Umbridge was at the school. She started by reprimanding Crabbe for hitting a Bludger at Harry after he had caught the Snitch and the game was over. Harry Potter and George Weasley then attacked Draco Malfoy because of things he had said about the Weasleys. She used an Impediment Jinx to stop the fight and sent the two boys to Professor McGonagall’s office as their Head of House.

In 1996/7, she failed to award a foul to Gryffindor when the Slytherin Seeker deliberately flew into Harry. Her back was turned, and she apparently did not see the incident.

Madam Hooch and the Second Wizarding War

It is unclear whether Madam Hooch was among the teachers that supported Dumbledore in his work against Lord Voldemort. She is not specifically mentioned as among the teachers, Aurors, and students that fought when Death Eaters invaded the castle with the help of Draco Malfoy, and Dumbledore was killed.

Madam Hooch probably continued to teach at Hogwarts while it was under Death Eater control, like many of the teachers staying to ensure the safety of the children who were now mandated to attend.

This means she would have been on the grounds when the Battle of Hogwarts started. She no doubt defended the school alongside her fellow teachers.

She continued teaching at Hogwarts after the war and was still there in 2017 when Albus Potter took his first flying lessons.

Rolanda Hooch Personality Type & Traits

Madam Hooch appears to be a person attracted to physical activities and challenges, hence her interest in flying and Quidditch. While she was fair-minded as a referee, she also seems to have believed in letting things run their course. She let games unfold, only stepping in with penalties when absolutely necessary.

Madam Hooch may have been a little inattentive as a teacher. She left first-year students along with brooms, fell asleep while she was meant to be monitoring students, and missed major fouls because her back was turned.

Rolanda Hooch Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know Madam Hooch’s birthday, but she must have been born before 1918 because she mentions personal experiences during the First World War. Her personality suggests that her zodiac sign may be Aries. People born under this sign enjoy physical challenges and responsibility. But they don’t have an eye for detail, which is another trait we see in Madam Hooch.

Why does Madam Hooch have Yellow Eyes?

Madam Hooch is described as having striking yellow eyes, like a hawk. The implication is that she is not purely human. But we are never told that she is anything beyond a witch. She may not have shared information about her lineage since there seems to have been prejudice within the magical community about this.