"His turban, he told them, had been given to him by an African prince as a thank-you for getting rid of a troublesome zombie, but they weren't sure they believed this story."
—Alleged African prince[src]

An African prince allegedly gifted Quirinus Quirrell with a turban as a token of his gratitude after the professor had rid him of a bothersome zombie.[2]

Behind the scenes

Although Quirinus Quirrell claimed to have received his turban from this individual,[2] Quirrell used the turban to hide the face of Lord Voldemort on the back of his head.[3] Therefore, it is possible that this individual does not exist, particularly as there are no wizarding princes,[4] and it would be odd if a Muggle prince knew about a zombie. Additionally, zombies are known to be native to the United States of America,[5] as opposed to the continent of Africa.


Notes and references

  1. Remus Lupin states in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that there are no wizarding princes, and thus this prince must have inherited his nobility from Muggle ancestors.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 17 (The Man with Two Faces)
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 16 (A Very Frosty Christmas)
  5. Pottermore
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