Barnaby Lee (born c. 1973) was a wizard who began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1984 and was sorted into Slytherin.[4]


Early life

Barnaby was born between 1 September 1972 and 31 August 1973. Both his father and mother were Death Eaters that supported Lord Voldemort. Barnaby's father often told him that he needed to be strong, which became very important for Barnaby when he grew older.[5]

When he was a child, before the end of the First Wizarding War, he remembered seeing the Dark Lord when he came to see his parents. After Voldemort's demise on 31 October 1981, his parents were captured and sent to Azkaban.[5]

Hogwarts years (1984-1991)

In September 1984,[6] he began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Slytherin.[4] He became friends with fellow Slytherin Merula Snyde and became part of her gang.

Third year

Barnaby took at least Care of Magical Creatures as an elective[7] as creatures were one of his passions.[8]

In the 1986–1987 school year, Barnaby joined Merula and Ismelda Murk in Potions Class with Jacob's sibling and Rowan Khanna. He threatened to remove every bone from Jacob's sibling's body if they get too close to Merula. When Merula left, Jacob's sibling spoke with Barnaby and made him take note of Merula's manipulation of him, asking him why he was friends with her. Barnaby was shaken up, but left.[9]

Later on, Tulip Karasu came up with the idea of including Barnaby in their plan. Tulip told Jacob's sibling that Barnaby was the strongest guy in their year, and knew Merula better than anyone. They decided to persuade him to join their team, and Jacob's sibling found him in the Great Hall.

Following a duel, which Barnaby hoped would prove they were tough enough, they went to the Three Broomsticks Inn where Jacob's sibling managed to make Barnaby open up, and he eventually agreed with their plan, being fed up of Merula bossing him around every day. During the conversation, Barnaby remarked that Slytherins had "interesting" childhoods and predicted Harry Potter to be sorted into Slytherin.[5]

Physical appearance

Barnaby Lee

Barnaby on the Leaderboard

Barnaby has spiky, dark brown hair and bright green eyes. He's quite burly and tall, reaching the same height as William Weasley, and wears three silver rings on his right hand, and a silver bracelet on his left.

Ismelda Murk described him as having sparkling eyes and chiselled cheekbones.[10]

Personality and traits

Barnaby was shown not to be the brightest student, nor particularly cunning, however, Barnaby did possess the Slytherin trait of ambition, in his case the ambition to become stronger.[5] His uncle, Cecil Lee, proudly told Jacob's sibling that Barnaby was the smartest person in the Lee family.

Magical abilities and skills


The name "Barnaby" is an English variant of the Hebrew name "Barnabas" which means "son of consolation". His surname "Lee" is a variant of the Old English word "Leah", which means "wood, glade, clearing, field, or pasture".

Behind the scenes

  • Given how he first appears in the third year, it's likely he was recruited by Merula, along with Ismelda, after her fallout with Tulip in the second year.
Barnaby's clothing item

Barnaby's clothing item for Ravenclaw players

  • In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Barnaby is unlocked as a friend upon the completion of Chapter 8 of Year 3.
    • Upon reaching maximum friendship at level 10 with Barnaby, a unique clothing item is gifted to the player: a grey sweater with the house crest of the player on it.
  • Barnaby's scent is fresh laundry and a hint of sandalwood.


Notes and references

  1. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  2. Both of his parents were wizards, which rules out him being a Muggle-born.
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 9 (The Vault of Fear)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Leaderboard
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 8 (Barnaby Lee)
  6. (see this image) - Barnaby is between Charles Weasley and Nymphadora Tonks.
  7. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 1 (Year Four Begins) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Fire Crab"
  8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, hanging out in the Great Hall with Barnaby
  9. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 2 (Boggarts and Butterbeer)
  10. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 8 (Trial by Fire)