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Barnaby Abernathy[9] Lee (born c. 1972) was a wizard born to Mr and Mrs Lee. At the age of roughly eleven, he learned he had been accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He began attending Hogwarts on 1 September 1984 and was sorted into Slytherin House.[10] Barnaby possessed a less than exceptional academic mind, but he still excelled in his Care of Magical Creatures class.


Early life (1972/1973-1984)[]

"STOP FIGHTING! Please, Rowan. No more fighting. It's like I'm back home, and I don't want to think about being back home."
— Barnaby breaking up a fight between Rowan and Jacob's sibling[src]

Barnaby Lee was born between 1 September 1972 and 31 August 1973. Both his father and mother were Death Eaters that served Lord Voldemort.

Barnaby was raised in a highly toxic and abusive atmosphere, with his father scolding him for showing emotion. His father was often cruel and unloving towards him, and even made degrading insults about needing to buy Barnaby brains for his birthday. Barnaby was a very sensitive boy, when he was helping his father exterminate Pixies, he began to cry, for which Mr Lee proceeded to yell at his son for being weak. Strength was a trait drilled into Barnaby by his father, which became very important for him as he grew older.[11]

As a young child, Barnaby was often looked after by his grandmother, who was just as abusive as his parents. While he stayed with her, the only toys he had to play with were dark artefacts. His first spell was summoning a jar of biscuits from a high shelf. He shared the whole jar of biscuits with the neighbourhood squirrels.[12]

Barnaby developed a strong bond with his uncle, Cecil Lee, who didn't share his parents' pure-blood supremacist views, being particularly fascinated by his uncle's pet Fire Dwelling Salamander Vulcan. As a child, he played a game with Cecil that his uncle called "Werewolf Tag" and owned a book which detailed all the rules of the game, although it was torn to shreds by a wolf some time before the 1984–1985 school year.[13] On one night before Barnaby started attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Cecil took Barnaby, his parents, and his grandmother on a camping trip where he made a roaring campfire and served them some of his famous cocoa, complete with Vulcan performing a cocoa-warming trick. Barnaby later recalled that everyone loved seeing the trick, even his parents, claiming that the moment was one of the only happy memories he had of them.[14]

When he was a child, before the end of the First Wizarding War, he remembered seeing the Dark Lord when he came to meet with his parents. After Voldemort's demise on 31 October 1981, his parents were captured and sent to Azkaban.[11] He was taken in by his grandmother following his parents' arrest. While she remained as cold to him as she had been previously, she still ensured that he always had food and a place to call home.[15]

Hogwarts years (1984-1991)[]

First year[]

On 1 September 1984,[16] he began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was sorted into Slytherin.[10] Barnaby initially felt unsure about his place in Slytherin, later claiming that he didn't feel at home in the house for a long time.[17]

One day during the 1984–1985 school year, Barnaby engaged in a contest with an unknown Gryffindor student on the Training Grounds to see which of them could hit a test dummy with the Fire-Making Spell the most times in a single afternoon. Eventually, Barnaby realised that he and the Gryffindor student were evenly matched and, noticing his own tiredness from having been blasting spells all afternoon, theorised that the Gryffindor student would be just as tired as he was. Barnaby decided to stop trying to match the Gryffindor student's blasting and instead slowed down to a pace he could keep up with all afternoon. When the Gryffindor student finally became exhausted, Barnaby managed to pull ahead and win the competition. Having realised that he had displayed great cleverness in figuring out how to best his opponent, Barnaby finally began to feel that he belonged in Slytherin. He later asserted that this moment of cleverness hadn't occurred before or since, but reiterated that, while no two Slytherins were exactly alike, they all still belonged to the same house.[17]

Later that year, while speaking with an unknown Slytherin girl, Barnaby mentioned that he liked to think of Kneazles as the him of cats.[18]

During the Hallowe'en Feast, there was a Werewolf attack on the Hogwarts Training Grounds by Fenrir Greyback. This sparked Barnaby's uncle Cecil, who was part of the Werewolf Capture Unit for the Ministry of Magic to investigate the incident. The events led Barnaby to practice his Werewolf howls during his Potions class with Professor Snape.[19]

For Christmas, Barnaby returned home.

Second year[]

Barnaby joining Merula's Gang

Barnaby joining Merula's gang in his second year

During Barnaby's second year at Hogwarts, there were rumours circulating that a third year Pippa Macmillan, had been attacked by a white werewolf in the Forbidden Forest. While everyone in the courtyard discussing the rumours, Barnaby was no different, he, Merula and Ismelda were talking in the corner of the courtyard. It is possible this is when he was first approached about joining Merula Snyde's gang.[20] After everyone had learned the rumours were false and Pippa had be scratched by a tree root, and had been startled by a Hippogriff, Hogwarts calmed down.

For his second year, Barnaby once again returned home for Christmas.

That was until there was news that a student and headmistress from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic was coming to visit from France. Barnaby was sitting in Potions when Aurélie Dumont, was walked into the classroom escorted by Jacob's sibling.[21] Barnaby saw her again later, when she came in at the end of a potions class and asked Professor Snape to teach them basic Alchemy.

Third year[]

Barnaby took Care of Magical Creatures,[22] as Magizoology was one of his strongest passions,[23] and Divination[24] and the Muggle Studies[25] as electives.

Meeting Jacob's sibling and Rowan[]
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Barnaby when he was still a member of Merula's gang

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.[26]

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.

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Barnaby drinking Butterbeer with Jacob's sibling at the Three Broomsticks

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.[11]

The Vault of Fear[]

With their friendship solidified, Barnaby joined Tulip, Jacob's sibling (and either Bill, Tonks, or Rowan), to break into the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts Library. Once they managed to sneak inside, the group was confronted by Merula and Ismelda, whom Barnaby volunteered to duel, allowing the rest of the group to proceed into the Cursed Vault.

After defeating his former friends in a duel, Barnaby revealed after rejoining the group that it wouldn't be long before Merula and Ismelda had alerted professors to their presence in the vault.[3] The group proceeded further into the Vault of Fear, when they were confronted by three Boggarts who took all but Jacob's sibling captive. Thinking quickly, Jacob's sibling rescued everyone with a Boggart-Banishing Spell. But all was not well, another Boggart appeared as Lord Voldemort, whom Jacob's sibling had to duel. After the Boggarts defeat, the friends had to make the ultimate sacrifice by giving up magic to reap the rewards and answers the Vault held. Luckily Jacob's sibling had Jacob's broken wand to present to the vault allowing the group to hold on to their magic without having to sacrifice anything. The vault revealed a map of the Forbidden Forest and a broken arrow. The group took the peculiar items and escaped the vault prior to professors arriving.

Everyone met up at the Three Broomsticks to discuss the items found in the vault. Jacob's sibling and Rowan admitted to Ben Copper they found letters addressed to him from the mysterious R. Ben claimed to have no memory of it, and Bill Weasley said it could wait for another day.

Later at the fair well feast Barnaby said his good-byes to his friends before returning home on the Hogwarts Express.

During Hallowe'en this year, Barnaby was attacked by whom he thought was Pumpkin Johnny after having a nightmare about him, but it really turned out to be Merula in disguise. He attempted to defend himself from whom he thought was Pumpkin Johnny a second time, but it was really Jacob's sibling come to check on him.[27]

Whilst helping Jacob's sibling search for the missing Mirror of Erised, Barnaby looked into the mirror and was disheartened by what he saw. He saw himself as the Care of Magical Creatures Professor, but knew that the mirror didn't predict the future and thus saw his dream as an unattainable goal. He considered dropping out of Hogwarts, but was persuaded not to by Jacob's sibling.[28]

Fourth year[]

When returning to Hogwarts for the 1987–1988 school year, Barnaby was met with the announcement from Albus Dumbledore advising the students that world famous Curse-Breaker Madam Patricia Rakepick would stationed at the school.[29] A sleepwalking curse quickly took over the castle, causing students to unknowingly walk into the Forbidden Forest.

In Professor Silvanus Kettleburn's Care of Magical Creatures, Barnaby along with Charlie Weasley, and Jacob's Sibling, began studying Fire Crabs, Bowtruckles, and Nifflers among other magical animals. In the first class of the year, a Fire Crab scorched Barnaby's ankles. He went on to meet with Rowan, Ben, Bill, Tulip, and Jacob's sibling in the Hogwarts Library to discuss Madam Rakepick.

When everyone was preparing for their Potions class, Barnaby inquired, "How many times do you think Snape will call me stupid today? The record is nineteen." Later in Care of Magical Creatures, Jacob's sibling asked the professor the best way to enter the Forbidden Forest. Kettleburn only agreed to tell them if they studied Bowtruckles for him.

Bill, Charlie, Tulip, Rowan, and Barnaby, all joined Jacob's sibling in studying Bowtruckles in hopes to get information to reach the next cursed vault quickest.

Celestial Ball[]

During a special announcement in the Great Hall, Professor Dumbledore revealed that Hogwarts would be holding special dance. The Celestial Ball, which would only be for fourth years and older was of great excitement. Barnaby after the announcement asked whether the students were allowed to bring dates to the ball. While Penny was curious about if students could help plan it. Dumbledore said yes to both and the festivities began.

There was a vote to see who would lead the Student Committee, Penny Haywood or Emily Tyler. While they were trying to get people to vote for them Emily continued to trash talk Penny, but in the end Penny won. Barnaby along with Tonks were both invited to help make decorations for the Ball. In the end Barnaby wore a maroon pair of Dress robes with light red floral detailing around the cuffs, and enjoyed the evening with his friends.

Explore the Forbidden Forest[]

After all of the excitement of the Celestial Ball, Barnaby joined Jacob's sibling in the Great Hall to discuss going into the Forbidden Forest over sandwiches. After he agreed, Barnaby, along with Charlie and Jacob's sibling flew to the Forbidden Forest at night in search of the Cursed Vault located within which has been causing the Sleep Walking epidemic. The flight to the forest wasn't easy, and they quickly lost Charlie. After a brief search, he located Barnaby and Jacob's sibling, but were unable to locate the vault.

After Jacob's sibling returned from the Forest a second time, this time with the need for information on Centaur's. Barnaby, Tulip and Rowan helped search through the library for information that could aid in the search of the Forest Vault[30]

First Date[]

While everyone in Potions was supposed to be brewing Doxycide from memory, Jacob's sibling was caught with a note which Professor Snape read out loud, "Do you like me? Yes or no. Circle your answer...?" Everyone felt their secondhand embarrassment while Merula and Ismelda laughed. Later one Barnaby went to meet Tulip, Andre, and Jacob's sibling at the library to study. While Barnaby would have rather changed the topic, instead asking Jacob's sibling how many horns a Romanian Longhorn has. Tulip and Andre were direct and asked whom the note that was intercepted by Snape was meant for.[31]

Voyages, Vampires, and Valentines[]

During the week of Valentine's Day, Gilderoy Lockhart did a book signing at Flourish and Blotts, and invited many students from Hogwarts. At the event Lockhart revealed he was going to choose a handful of students for a special event to be held at Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop for his newest book Voyages with Vampires. Barnaby, along with Andre Egwu, Talbott Winger, Jacob's sibling, and a few others were chosen to participate in the event including in it's planning.[32]

Barnaby was tasked with preparing roses for the event using the Rose Growth charm, while everyone else prepared their own parts for the event. During the preparations for the party, Barnaby asked Jacob's sibling to be his Valentine for the event.[32]

On 14 February, at the event, Lockhart tried to gain as much information as he could on the Cursed Vaults for a new book, he wanted to write. He attempted to Obliviate everyone's memory, before disappearing. but the charm failed only making them forget bits and pieces.[33]

Searching for the arrowhead[]

Later at the Three Broomsticks, Barnaby met with Jacob's sibling as they tried to convince him to join them in their hunt of the next Cursed Vault. Barnaby agreed, returning to the Forbidden Forest with Charlie and Jacob's sibling. The three of them proceed into the Red Cap's hole in search of the rest of the arrow which was found in the Vault of Fear the previous year. When they were interrupted by the Red Cap's return, Jacob's sibling splashed the Red Cap with Beautification Potion. The Red Cap, looking at its reflection, was so disgusted that it ran away, leaving Sickleworth the Niffler, free to search for the arrowhead.

After finding the bejewelled Arrowhead and repairing it, the group tried to alert Torvus the Centaur, to return the arrow to him. When they returned it they hoped he would lead them to the Forest Vault, since with the arrow he could now rejoin his herd. But instead he instructed them to wait for Rubeus Hagrid, because only he could explain the challenges the vault presented.[34]

The Spider's Lair[]

After safely returning from the Forbidden Forest, everyone met at the Three Broomsticks to devise a plan which would allow them to get around whatever was guarding the Forest Vault and to get inside of it. It was decided they needed to learn everything they could on dangerous creatures, Barnaby and Charlie both recommended asking Professor Kettleburn.[35]

In the end, Barnaby missed out on the final battle against the Acromantula defending the Forest Vault. But in doing so he was safe from Dumbledore who ended up catching Jacob's sibling opening the vault.

At the end of the school year, Barnaby returned home for the summer of 1988.

Fifth year[]

Upon returning to Hogwarts for the 1988–1989 school year, Barnaby immediately met up with Charlie Weasley, Liz Tuttle, Rowan Khanna, and Jacob's sibling at the start of term feast, where they discussed how they spent their summer holidays. Their discussions were broken up by Professor Minerva McGonagall calling for attention, she announced that Professor Albus Dumbledore was away on business, in addition to introducing Patricia Rakepick as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor. For everyone's first class under Madame Rakepick, they were taught how to properly defend against Ghouls. Throughout the Defence Against the Dark Arts classes, Barnaby was forced to continuously reflect on his life when confronted by all the Dark Artefacts in class. He confided in Jacob's sibling that, "I remember seeing one of these in my parents' house," when referring to the dark items. He noted, "[his] family did like to collect things."

Later on Barnaby met with Jae Kim, Tulip Karasu, Rowan, and Jacob's sibling in the Hogwarts Library to study possibly solutions that would free Beatrice Haywood from the Portrait curse which had started trapping students in painting.

After Jacob's sibling was told by the ghost of Helena Ravenclaw, that the information they needed could only be provided by the Bloody Baron. Barnaby, along with Liz, Merula, and Ismelda, met with Jacob's sibling the the Potions classroom so he could speak with the Slytherin house ghost. The Baron revealed that the person Jacob's sibling was looking for Duncan Ashe, is dead and became a ghost which haunts the areas of Hogwarts where nobody often goes like the Prefects' Bathroom, and the Artefact Room.

Everyone ended up meeting in the Library to discuss the situation of the Portrait curse, and Bill, Merula, and Jacob's sibling working with Rakepick. The tense conversation ended up boiling over into a yelling match between Charlie and Bill, and Rowan and Jacob's sibling. The verbal fight was broken up by Barnaby, citing that all the fighting reminded him of home, and that he didn't want to think about being home. Once the situation calmed down, everyone put their heads together to research the Vault Portrait, which supposedly the cause of the Portrait curse.

Even though the Marauder's Map was taken away from Jacob's sibling, they got a good enough look at it to know they needed to search the Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom, so they enlisted the help of Barnaby. Together they find a Black Quill in Rakepick's desk, which after casting Reparifarge on it, there is no affect undermining the idea that it was a transfigured secret message like the quills found before. Exhausted, Barnaby then returned to his dormitory to sleep.

At some point during the year, Rowan began tutoring Barnaby in History of Magic. In preparation for the end of the year O.W.L.'s Barnaby began devoting lots of time in the library revising to make sure he got a good enough score on the exam.[36]

Barnaby: "What did you find in my brain?"
Jacob's sibling: "I saw your parents treating you horribly..."
Barnaby: "Yeah. I try to shove all of that far away..."
— Jacob's sibling practising Legilimency on Barnaby[src]

When Jacob's sibling learned they were a Legilimens, Barnaby met with them at the Hog's Head Inn to allow them the opportunity to practice Legilimency on him. This is when Jacob's sibling learned more about Barnaby's sad upbringing of being abused by his parents verbally and physically. The experience left him curious what Jacob's sibling planned to learn by infiltrating Madam Rakepick's mind.

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Barnaby after being attacked by Rowan

Hanging out in the Clock Tower Courtyard with Rowan, Jae, and Ben Copper, Jacob's sibling joined everyone to catch up. Rowan however fell under the control of the Imperius Curse and began threatening their friends. Barnaby stood in the way of a spell cast by Rowan, which sent him to the ground. Ben then cast the Knockback Jinx on Rowan, knocking him out. Luckily Barnaby wasn't hurt badly and he helped take Rowan to the Hospital Wing.[37]

Call to Knighthood[]

When Jacob's sibling was visiting Beatrice in the portrait, the portrait of Sir Cadogan chose Jacob's sibling to be his knight-in-training, Barnaby helped them train. They met in the Charms Classroom, where Professor Flitwick had them practising using the Levitation Charm to move heavy stacks of books to test their strength and focus.[38]

Later on Barnaby, with Penny Haywood, Andre Egwu, and Jacob's sibling confronted the portrait of the seemingly nonsensical chores he had assigned. Cadogan began telling a knightly tale which seemed to take forever, luckily the ordeal ended and Barnaby was able to go get some food.

At the Care of Magical Creatures grounds, while Barnaby was trying to pet a Murtlap, Ismelda approached him and tried to reveal her feelings for him, which he completely misunderstood. Realising his mistake, Barnaby went to go find her, which is when he overheard her in the Grand Staircase talking with Penny and Jacob's sibling about the fact she planned to feed him a sandwich with Love Potion in it. When Jacob's sibling talked Ismelda out of giving him the sandwich, is when Barnaby realised he had genuine feelings for them.[39]

When asked for help, Barnaby, and Liz agreed to help Professor Kettleburn search for his lost Chimaera. At last, when they did finally find the creature it was at the Training Grounds, attacking Jacob's sibling who was forced to duel it. Kettleburn was able to calm the beast by throwing it a bloody steak.

Ordinary Wizarding Levels[]

Towards the end of the year, while gathered in the Great Hall, Professor Dumbledore announced that Ordinary Wizarding Level testing, or O.W.L.'s would be held soon. After the announcement was over Barnaby immediately found Liz to discuss studying. When taking his potions OWL which was administered in the classroom and not in the Great Hall, Barnaby sat at the same table with Liz, Tonks, Tulip, Chiara, Badeea, Jae and Diego.

Later that evening Barnaby, Ismelda, Liz, and Merula revised their notes in preparation for their next O.W.L.'s in the Slytherin common room. Everyone revised for their Charms O.W.L. the next day. The following day, Barnaby along with everyone else took his Transfiguration and Herbology O.W.L.s. That evening Barnaby, Charlie, Liz, and Jacob's sibling all met in the forbidden forest to prepare for their Care of Magical Creatures O.W.L.

While in the forest Barnaby revealed he knew he wasn't the smartest wizard at Hogwarts, he's not great at exams and was worried about not getting a high enough score on his Care of Magical Creatures O.W.L. to become a Magizoologist.[36] Jacob's sibling began quizzing Barnaby certain he'd get the answer's right, but he didn't, only making him feel worse.

Taking a break, the group assisted Kettleburn look for his missing Bowtruckles which had run off. While searching Barnaby knew Bowtruckles preferred, "...trees that are made of wand quality-wood." Thanks to him the Bowtruckles were found, giving him the confidence he'd do well on the next O.W.L. Barnaby took his Care of Magical Creature O.W.L. and did well on it. Then he took his History of Magic, and lastly his Defence Against the Dark Arts O.W.L.

Care of Magical Creatures class began by Professor Kettleburn asking Barnaby, "can you tell me what kind of diet you'd feed to a sick unicorn?" With an inquisitive look Barnaby responded, "Not buttered peas, that's for sure!"[40] Shortly after, Jacob's sibling revealed they needed help brainstorming creature ideas that would cause enough chaos to convince Peeves to hand over the information about the cursed vault they need. Barnaby proposed "an Acromantula at Hogwarts would freak out a lot of people." Liz proposed luring a Troll out of the Forbidden Forest.

After class Diego Caplan and Jacob's sibling went to duel at the Training Grounds, Barnaby and Andre excitedly watched to see who would prove the stronger dueler. After Diego lost, Jacob's sibling revealed to him the plan to lure a Troll to the castle.

While everyone was preparing for dinner in the great hall, prior to the arrival of professors, Tonks, Tulip, Jae, and Jacob's sibling started unleashing chaos upon the student body in order to please Peeves. The four of them started throwing jinxed Ever-Bashing Boomerang at the other students. Panic ensued and Barnaby quickly leapt to defend his friend Ismelda from being hit with the boomerangs, even though he didn't return her feelings he still cared about her safety.

To evade the boomerangs all the students ran out to the training grounds, where they were all quickly confronted by a massive mountain troll. Jacob's sibling with some help was able to apprehend the dangerous creature before it injured any students. After the experience with the troll, Barnaby and other students congregated in the Clock Tower Court yard where Badeea Ali cast a new invented spell Stella Cascadia. The spell resulted in falling stars crashing into the ground causing explosions and disorientation.

Much later, Barnaby was with Ismelda in the Great Hall chatting when, Ben, Merula, Bill, and Jacob's sibling all Apparited into the room. Merula was still in tense pain from the Cruciatus Curse which Rakepick cast upon her. Barnaby waited anxiously with Tulip, Andre, and Bill while the Dumbledore, Madam Pomfrey, and Professor Snape took Merula to the Hospital Wing.[41]

At the end of the year, Barnaby was invited to Bill's surprise graduation party being held at the Three Broomsticks.[42] At the end of the year feast, Barnaby enjoyed himself before having to return home for the summer.[43]

Sixth year[]

Returning to Hogwarts for the 1989–1990 school year, at the Start-of-Term Feast, Barnaby resigned himself to sit contently to listen to what his friends did over their Summer holidays.[44] Barnaby had started painting lessons with Badeea in an attempt to make himself a "Renaissance Wizard." When Jacob's sibling arrives, they and Barnaby have a friendly duel. Afterwards Barnaby gives his persective about Beatrice and Ismelda becoming friends.[45]

With the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor "particularly useless," according to Charlie. Bill, taking time away from being a Curse-Breaker with Gringott's began to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts after hours to Charlie, Jae, Merula, Ismelda, Badeea, Liz, Andrea, Tulip, Tonks, Ben, Diego, Rowan, Penny, Barnaby, and Jacob's sibling.[46]

Barnaby was at the Hog's Head Inn, in search of the goat like smell, hoping to see a goat, when Tonks and Jacob's sibling walked in searching for a white owl.[47] Later on, while Jacob's sibling is meeting with Penny at the Three Broomsticks, Barnaby himself is there in the back corner meeting with two Dark wizards for some unknown reason.[48] Rowan began tutoring Barnaby years ago, and he continues to do so in hopes of becoming Head Boy. He was in the middle of tutoring Barnaby about Roses and Gardening, when Jacob's sibling walked in to collect Rose Thorns for a Love Potion he was having Penny brew. In a brief conversation, Barnaby tells Jacob's sibling he's still working on being the wizarding equivalent of Renaissance Man. Barnaby had revealed he had started studying philosophy, art, and music. Professor Flitwick event let him conduct the Frog Choir during one of their concerts.[49]

Sometime during the year, Barnaby became a founding member of the Circle of Khanna, a group devoted to avenging Rowan Khanna and locating the final Cursed Vault. It was at the groups first meeting in the Hog's Head Inn that he learned of the malevolent organisation "R" and it's motives to locate the final Cursed Vault before them.[50]

Seventh year[]

Ministry career (1991-)[]

Soon after graduating from Hogwarts, Barnaby was employed by the British Ministry of Magic as a Houndmaster for the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, taking care of the Pest Division's pack of albino bloodhounds.[5]

In 1992, Barnaby, along with Liz Tuttle, Talbott Winger and Merula Snyde went to visit their former classmate Charlie Weasley at the Romanian Dragon Sanctuary and he asked them for a favour, to meet his younger brother Ron at the top of the Hogwarts Astronomy Tower and retrieve a a baby dragon that Hagrid had won gambling.

When the four of them arrived, they met Harry and Hermione for the hand off. Ron couldn't make it as the dragon's venomous bite had made him sick. While this was going on, Jacob's sibling served as lookout and distracted Filch.

The hand off was done without a hitch, and the little Norwegian Ridgeback was taken to the Sanctuary, where Charlie prepared a place while the others were away.[51]

After the death of his grandmother in 1992, Barnaby boxed up her things and put them in the attic (he wasn't ready to part with it). The house was clean, but felt lonelier than ever. It didn't really feel like home, just the place where he slept. At the recommendation of Jacob's sibling, he invited several of his former classmates (who also happened to be having issues with their living situation) to take up residence there as well. Penny Haywood, who didn't get along with her untidy flatmate. Liz Tuttle and Alanza Alves, who didn't have a place to stay. Andre Egwu, who was looking for somewhere more affordable. Tulip Karasu, who needed to work on her experiments. Tulip offered to take the basement.[52]

Physical description[]

Barnaby Lee

Barnaby Lee's physical appearance

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

Barnaby generally wore his school uniform well put together under his robes when necessary. Otherwise he dressed with the school uniform in a rather dishevelled relaxed manner. Although considered attractive by his peers, Barnaby was very self conscious of his bushy eyebrows.[53] Though he did note that his sculpted cheekbones went with almost any outfit.

Ismelda Murk described him as having sparkling eyes and chiselled cheekbones. Her flattering description of him was most likely due to her romantic crush on him.[54]

Personality and traits[]

"If what's inside the Cursed Vaults will make me stronger then I want it."
— Barnaby on the contents of the Vaults.[src]

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.[11] He was not particularly brave or strong-willed in his early Hogwarts years, as he was often easily manipulated and pushed around by Merula Snyde and Ismelda Murk. He also suffered from Coulrophobia, the mortal and irrational fear of clowns. In the Vault of Fear, Jacob's sibling used the Boggart-Banishing Spell to turn boggarts of Lord Voldemort into clowns to produce laughter, though Barnaby later admitted that he found them even more intimidating after.[3]

Despite his seeming cowardice, Barnaby was surprisingly adventurous, curious and daring, as he often participated in forbidden and dangerous missions with Jacob's sibling and their friends, showing the Slytherin traits of determination and fraternity. Contrary to the usual members of the house however, Barnaby is very openhearted and compassionate.

Unlike most wizards who depended solely on their magical ability, Barnaby readily relied on his brute physical strength, which often helped him to succeed over others, such as when duelling Merula. Although he was a strong duellist, Barnaby also tended to act impulsively, often when attempting to protect his friends, and also showed at times to be self-sacrificing. He demonstrated his bravery, for example when he prevented Rowan Khanna, who was bewitched at the time by "R", from cursing Jacob's sibling, saving them from harm.[55]

His uncle, Cecil Lee, proudly told Jacob's sibling that Barnaby was the smartest person in the Lee family, meaning he was significantly more intelligent and logical than any other member of family, despite his often poor self-confidence. Barnaby primarily displayed his intelligence through his encyclopaedic knowledge of Magizoology, and his excellent academic performance in Care of Magical Creatures class. The fact that Barnaby can be seen attending many classes in his sixth year and that it is even mentioned that he surprisingly passed all his O.W.L. exams, proves that Barnaby might it fact be a very intelligent wizard.

Pitts noted that Barnaby has an appetite "like a Mountain troll" and Hogwarts kitchens needed to increase their sandwich production. When offered a cash reward by Xenophilius Lovegood, he immediately wanted to buy twelve treacle tarts.[56]

Magical abilities and skills[]

  • Charms: Barnaby was noted to be the strongest duellist in his year, thus meaning he was exceptionally skilled in charm-work. He had some mastery over some duelling spells like the Disarming Charm, the Tickling Charm, the Freezing Charm. He was also able to successfully use the Herbivicus Charm. Barnaby earned an O.W.L. in Charms and continued the subject at N.E.W.T. level. He could also produce a non-corporeal Patronus.[4]
  • Duelling: Barnaby was a proficient duellist and noted to be the strongest duellist in his year by many of his peers, with an impressive talent for martial magic. Barnaby best demonstrated his duelling talents when he successfully managed to hold up against both Merula Snyde and Ismelda Murk in his third year. After finishing Hogwarts in 1991, he began attending the Toothill Duelling Club, a place where powerful duellists, even world champions, would come to duel with each other, to further develop his dueling talents.
  • Care of Magical Creatures: Barnaby was highly knowledgeable of various magical creatures and was capable of discussing them in conversations with others. Barnaby ardently studied this subject whilst at Hogwarts, showing his passion, interest and talent in Magizoology. This is also proven by the fact that he was able to study the subject further at N.E.W.T.- level.
  • Flying: Barnaby proved himself to be an accomplished broomstick flyer, as he successfully managed to fly to the Forbidden Forest via his broomstick with Charlie Weasley and Jacob's sibling in his fourth year, without being noticed by any Hogwarts staff member.
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts: Barnaby was skilled in Defence Against the Dark Arts, as he was to achieve an O.W.L. in the subject and study it further at N.E.W.T.-level, thus showing aptitude in the subject.
"Binns told us to digest the new material, but that last chapter isn't sitting well in my stomach."
— Barnaby misunderstanding Binns' instructions in History of Magic[src]
  • Divination: Barnaby was naturally gifted with the Inner Eye, meaning he was skilled in the field of Divination, as he was able to achieve an O.W.L. in the subject and study it further at N.E.W.T.-level, even though he stated that the subject gave him headaches.
  • Healing magic; Barnaby had some skill in the field of healing, as he was able to successfully cast the healing Spell Episkey.[citation needed]
  • Dark Arts: Barnaby was shown to be possess a degree of skill in the Dark Arts, being able to successfully cast dark charms such as the Knockback Jinx, the Full Body-Bind Curse and the Ear-Shrivelling Curse.
  • Transfiguration: Although he struggled at first with this branch of magic, he eventually learned how to ably cast the Lovebird to Love Note spell in his fifth year, and is shown to be able to cast Vera Verto and the Ferret to Feather Duster spell in his O.W.L exam. Barnaby earned an O.W.L. in Transfiguration and continued the subject at N.E.W.T. level.
  • Potions: Barnaby must have achieved an 'Outstanding' or 'Exceeds Expectations' in his O.W.L. exam to be able to advance to the N.E.W.T.-level class in his sixth year, much to the annoyance of Professor Severus Snape. With the help of Jacob's sibling and Penny he managed to get an 'Outstanding' in his N.E.W.T. exam.
  • Herbology: Barnaby was skilled in the field of Herbology, as he was able to achieve an O.W.L. in the subject and study it further at N.E.W.T.-level. Professor Sprout also appreciated his assistance when there was a lot of work in the greenhouses.
  • Singing skills: According to Celestina Warbeck, Barnaby was a good singer.
  • History of Magic: Barnaby was skilled in the field of History of Magic, as he was able to achieve an O.W.L. in the subject and study it further at N.E.W.T.-level, thus showing aptitude in the subject.
  • Astronomy: Barnaby was skilled in Astronomy, as he was able to achieve an O.W.L. in the subject and study it further at N.E.W.T.-level, thus showing aptitude in the subject.
  • Muggle Studies: Barnaby earned an O.W.L. in Muggle Studies and continued the subject at N.E.W.T. level.[57]
  • Apparition: Barnaby was able to Apparate at will.[58]


Barnaby Lee at the Celestial Ball HM

Barnaby in his Celestial Ball robes

  • Wand: Barnaby owned a wand, which was of an unknown length, wood and core material.
  • Broomstick: Barnaby used his broomstick to fly into the Forbidden Forest in his fourth year, to search for the Forest Vault. It is unknown what brand of broom he owned.
  • Dress robes: Barnaby wore a set of dress robes to the Celestial Ball in the 1987–1988 school year. They were maroon in colour and featured light red floral detailing around the cuffs.
  • Three rings: Barnaby wore three distinct rings during his time at Hogwarts. He wore them everywhere, the only time he didn't wear them was when he attended the Celestial Ball.
Barnaby Lee's Lucky socks HM

Barnaby's lucky socks

  • Lucky socks: Barnaby owned а pair of socks that he considered lucky.
  • Cruppy: Barnaby raised and trained a Cruppy.
  • Knarl: Barnaby owned a Knarl, whose name was also Knarl.



Barnaby's relationship with his parents was nearly non-existent, even before they were both imprisoned in Azkaban, they did not get along well. With his father being psychologically abusive, yelling at Barnaby for crying, and belittling his intelligence. It was understandable for the lack of relationship between them. Despite this, Barnaby claimed that he would give a lot still to see his mother and father again, though he made it clear that he would never join them as a Death Eater.


"My grandmum didn't give me toys as a kid, so I played with her Dark Artefacts instead."
— Barnaby regarding his grandmother[src]

Barnaby's relationship with his grandmother was unknown, but she did not seem to care for him much as a child, as she did not provide him with any children's toys, so he simply played with her dark artefacts instead.

Merula Snyde[]

Merula Snyde was one of the first people to befriend Barnaby at Hogwarts. She quickly started to manipulate him, and convinced him to join her gang. He did her dirty work until they were in their Third Year, when Jacob's sibling befriended him and made Barnaby realise he was being used. Despite Barnaby leaving her gang, he still continued to worry about her, going so far as to tell Jacob's sibling to go easy on her and that she's going through a rough time.

Liz Tuttle[]

Barnaby and Liz were good friends, they started bonding over their love of magical creatures, even studying together for their Ordinary Wizarding Levels in Care of Magical Creatures.

Ismelda Murk[]

Ismelda Murk was the final member of Merula Snyde's gang, completing the trio. She, like Merula, ridiculed Barnaby for his less than spectacular intelligence. A Slytherin in Barnaby's year, she developed a crush on him at some point in their schooling, and in their fifth year admitted it to him. Initially he misunderstood her confession of her feelings, but when he realised his error and went to clear it up with her, he overheard her plot to trick him into drinking a love potion. But she was talked out of it by Jacob's sibling. Despite not returning her feelings, like with Merula, Barnaby still cared for Ismelda, they would socialise in the Great Hall. He even went so far as to protect her from the Ever-Bashing Boomerang's that were let loose on the student body.


Barnaby is the English form of the Greek name Barnabas,[59] meaning "son of consolation."[60] In Acts in the New Testament the byname Barnabas was given to a man named Joseph, a Jew from Cyprus who was a companion of Paul on his missionary journeys. The original Aramaic form is unattested, but it may be from בּר נביא (bar naviya') meaning "son of the prophet",[61] though in Acts 4:36 it is claimed that the name means "son of encouragement." All these names carry the meaning of a person who acts as the trusted companion to a person in power, much as Barnaby acted as a friend and confidant to Jacob's sibling.

Lee comes from the old English word Leah[62] meaning "woodland, clearing."[63] But the name Leah like most names carried different meanings in different cultures. The Celtic-Gaelic meaning of the name is, "the light of the sun."

Behind the scenes[]

"Barnaby casts his Charms with brute force. His bullheadedness can clear any obstacle, and his knowledge of Slytherin could prove useful..."
— Barnaby's character description[src]
Penny Haywood, Barnaby Lee and Jacob's sibling HM BackToHogwarts Trailer

Barnaby Lee and Jacob's sibling in Back To Hogwarts Trailer

  • Given how he first appears in the third year, it is 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.
    • He is one of the four characters (along with Merula Snyde, Penny Haywood, and Andre Egwu) available as romance options for all four dating side quests: Celestial Ball, First Date, Valentine's Day, and Festival Fun. As with all other options, this can be done regardless of Jacob's sibling's gender.
  • Barnaby's scent is fresh laundry and a hint of sandalwood.
  • In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Barnaby stated that he loves Nifflers, swimming and shepherd's pie.
  • Although it is not directly stated, it can be assumed that Barnaby lives with his grandmother when he is not at Hogwarts.
  • Barnaby, along with most of the other male characters in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, is voiced by American voice actor Chris Okawa.
  • Barnaby might be bisexual as (regardless of selected gender for Jacob's sibling) he confessed that he liked them a lot after Jacob's sibling prevented Ismelda from using Love Potion on Barnaby.
  • Barnaby being confused by Jacob's sibling's niceness while being misled into thinking they are evil by Merula Snyde echoes Hannah Abbott's conflicted attitude towards Harry Potter due to Ernest Macmillan regarding suspicions of Harry being the Heir of Slytherin in their second year.
  • In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Barnaby stated that he could fit a total of twelve marshmallows inside his mouth at once.[14]


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Notes and references[]

  1. Both of his parents were wizards, which rules out him being a Muggle-born.
  2. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 9 (The Vault of Fear)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tweet by Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (see 0:47 in video) - Twitter
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 59 (It's Never Goodbye, It's Just Until Next Time)
  6. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Side Quest "WELCOME TO THE SPHINX CLUB"
  7. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 20 (A Circle of Friends)
  8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Beyond Hogwarts, Volume 1, Chapter 1 (BEYOND HOGWARTS)
  9. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, "VALENTINE'S DAY BALL" Achievement
  10. 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Leaderboard
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 8 (Barnaby Lee)
  12. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "A LETTER FROM HOGWARTS"
  13. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, "FAMILY FEAST" Achievement
  14. 14.0 14.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "Bonfire of the Salamanders"
  15. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Beyond Hogwarts, Volume 1,
  16. (see this image) - Barnaby is between Charles Weasley and Nymphadora Tonks.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Side Quest "Out of Sorts"
  18. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Side Quest "Magical Pets"
  19. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Side Quest "Hallowe'en Feast"
  20. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Side Quest "Lone Wolf"
  21. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, "Hosting the Beauxbatons" Achievement
  22. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 1 (Year Four Begins) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Fire Crab"
  23. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, hanging out in the Great Hall with Barnaby
  24. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 2 (Curses and Prophecies)
  25. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 3 (On the Case)
  26. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 2 (Boggarts and Butterbeer)
  27. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "THE TALE OF PUMPKIN JOHNNY"
  28. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "The Search for the Mirror of erised"
  29. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 1 (Year Four Begins)
  30. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 7 (Beast, Beings, and Creatures)
  31. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, "First Date" Achievement
  32. 32.0 32.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, "Valentine's Day" Achievement - Part 2, Side Quest "Heartfelt Invitations"
  33. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, "Valentine's Day" Achievement - Part 4, Side Quest "Voyages, Vampires, and Valentines!"
  34. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 13 (The Centaur's Arrow)
  35. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 14 (The Spider's Lair)
  36. 36.0 36.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, "Ordinary Wizarding Levels" Achievement
  37. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 19 (The Unforgivable Curses)
  38. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Side Quest "The Trials of Sir Cadogan"
  39. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Side Quest "Crushed"
  40. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 25 (Creature of Chaos)
  41. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 31 (After the Vault)
  42. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 33 (Bye-Bye Bill)
  43. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 34 (Year's End)
  44. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 1 (Year Six Begins)
  45. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 2 (Curses and Prophecies)
  46. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 5 (Wherefore Art Thou, Weasleys?)
  47. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 8 (Owl Prowl)
  48. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 11 (Love in a Bottle)
  49. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 11 (Love in a Bottle)
  50. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 20 (A Circle of Friends)
  51. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Beyond Hogwarts, Volume 1, "NORBERT'S TRANSPORT" Achievement
  52. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Beyond Hogwarts, Volume 1, Chapter 21 (FLORAL QUARREL)
  53. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, "First Date" Achievement
  54. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 8 (Trial by Fire)
  55. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 17 (Broken Bonds)
  56. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, "THE QUIBBLER: FIGHT FOR THE FRONT PAGE" Achievement
  57. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 3 (On the Case)
  58. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Beyond Hogwarts, Volume 1, "APPARITION IS YOUR MISSION" Achievement
  59. https://www.behindthename.com/name/barnaby
  60. https://nameberry.com/babyname/Barnaby
  61. https://www.behindthename.com/name/barnabas
  62. https://www.behindthename.com/name/lee
  63. https://www.behindthename.com/element/leah
  64. 64.0 64.1 64.2 Barnaby was identified in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Beyond Hogwarts, Volume 1, "NORBERT'S TRANSPORT" Achievement as having been a member of Charles Weasley's friends, a group that transported Norberta from the Astronomy Tower to the Romanian Dragon Sanctuary in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Therefore, he can be said to have appeared in the book and its respective game, as well as on Pottermore, although he was first identified in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.
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