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Poppy Pomfrey Character Analysis: Hogwarts Healer

Poppy Pomfrey Character Analysis: Hogwarts Healer

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Poppy Pomfrey was the matron and healer at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She was very strict in her domain of the hospital wing and generally liked to keep visitors to a minimum so that patients could rest. She was one of the staff who fought bravely during the Battle of Hogwarts.

About Poppy Pomfrey

BornPre-1954
Blood StatusPure-blood or half-blood
OccupationMatron
PatronusUnknown
HouseUnknown
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignCancer (speculative)

Madam Pomfrey the Matron

Poppy Pomfrey was a British witch, who probably attended Hogwarts to learn magic. She later returned to the school in the position of matron and healer. She must have started sometime before 1971. In that year, one of her jobs was to escort student Remus Lupin, who was infected with lycanthropy and therefore became a werewolf each full moon, to the Whomping Willow so that he could hide in the Shrieking Shack during his transformation.

She effectively cured many illnesses and magical mishaps over the years. She easily healed Neville Longbottom’s broken arm when he broke it in his first flying class.

While Madam Pomfrey was considered strict, she generally had quite an understanding attitude towards the normal mishaps of students. For example, when Ron Weasley came in with a dragon bite and claimed it was from a dog, she clearly knew that he was lying, but chose not to say anything. She also didn’t question Hermione after her Polyjuice potion accident that left her part-feline.

But she was not happy when others, without the skills, played at healing. She was shocked when Gilderoy Lockhart, attempting to fix an arm Harry broke at Quidditch, accidentally removing all the bones. She commented that fixing broken bones was one thing but regrowing them was another. She commented that Harry should have come straight to her in the first place.

She often thought that bed rest was the best cure and would often shoo away visitors, making exceptions for Albus Dumbledore, of course.

Madam Pomfrey’s Major Challenges

Madam Pomfrey faced a major challenge in 1992/3 when the Chamber of Secrets was opened and many students, ghosts, and even the cat Mrs Norris, ended up petrified. She worked closely with Madam Sprout to produce the Mandrake Root that he would need to make the Restorative Draught.

Pamona Sprout (left) and Poppy Pomfrey (right)

The following year she was shocked to learn that Dementors had been placed around the school and had invaded the Hogwarts Express. Madam Pomfrey was summoned to ensure that the students worst affected, including Harry Potter, were properly treated. She later had to treat Harry when he fell over 50 feet from a broom when the Dementors invaded the pitch during a Quidditch match.

When Hogwarts hosted the Triwizard Tournament, Madam Pomfrey had to treat the students, including Fred and George Weasley, who had tried to age themselves up to enter. She also had to look after the champions following their encounter with dragons.

She cared for Cedric Diggory’s body after his death and gave Harry a Dreamless Sleep Potion to give him some rest after his ordeal. She was present when Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge visited the Hospital Wing and claimed that Harry’s story could not be true. Having cared for the dead, Poppy Pomfrey knew better.

When Dolores Umbridge arrived at Hogwarts as High Inquisitor and forced Albus Dumbledore out, Madam Pomfrey told Harry Potter that she would have resigned in protest if she had not been so worried about what would happen to the students.

She also expressed her disgust in the way that Aurors, under the command of Umbridge, ambushed Minerva McGonagall, hitting her with three stunning spells simultaneously. She sent Minerva to St Mungo’s so that she could receive the best possible treatment.

Madam Pomfrey also treated Harry and his friends after their ordeal with the Death Eaters in the Department of Mysteries, which also saw Lord Voldemort’s return officially exposed.

Madam Pomfrey in the Second Wizarding War

Once Lord Voldemort was out in the open, the students at Hogwarts were at even greater risk. Madam Pomfrey treated Katie Bell after she touched a cursed necklace, although she also transferred Katie to St Mungo’s for her to receive better care. She treated Ron Weasley after he drank some poisoned mead. She treated Harry when his skull was cracked open at a Quidditch match, and Draco Malfoy after Harry hit him with the Sectrumsempra curse.

After Death Eaters invaded the castle, she treated Bill Weasley when he was attacked by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback. Luckily, since it was not the full moon, Bill did not become a werewolf. But he was horribly disfigured.

Poppy Pomfrey and the death of Albus Dumbledore

She returned to Hogwarts after the death of Albus Dumbledore, when the school came under Death Eater control. This was probably to ensure the safety and protection of the students there as much as she could. She must have had to treat the students who were tortured by Amycus and Alecto Carrow, two new Death Eater teachers.

When Lord Voldemort descended on Hogwarts with his army, she joined the defending force. She was seen defeating a female Death Eater in the Great Hall during the final stages of the battle. She would also have been occupied treating the wounded in the aftermath of the battle.

Madam Pomfrey returned to her work at the school after the end of the Wizarding War, retiring in 2014, when Hannah Abbott took over as matron of Hogwarts. However, she was at Hogwarts in 2000 when Albus Potter required treatment. She may have returned when Hannah left to become landlady at the Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade.

Poppy Pomfrey Personality Type & Traits

Poppy Pomfrey had a reputation for being a talented healer with a strict attitude, but she clearly put the health of her students first. She twice considered leaving the school, when Dolores Umbridge and then Severus Snape took over as headmaster. On both occasions, she stayed to protect the students.

She seemed to understand from her years at Hogwarts that students get into trouble and need her help. She seems to have learned not to ask too many questions, rightly assuming that this might inhibit students from seeing her.

Poppy Pomfrey Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Poppy Pomfrey must have been born prior to 1954 to have been working as matron at Hogwarts in 1971. Her personality suggests that her zodiac sign may be Cancer. People born under this sign tend to be natural caregivers and very understanding of the needs of others. However, they also have a tendency to be very controlling when it comes to their own environments.