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"It's like trying to catch smoke... like trying to catch smoke with your bare hands."
—Bem on trying to catch Sirius Black[src]

Bem[4] (born c. 1979-1980[1]) was a wizard of Nigerian descent[5] who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1991 to 1998.[6] He was Sorted into Gryffindor and was in Harry Potter's year, however he did not share a dormitory with Harry and his friends.


Hogwarts education

Early years

Being Nigerian in descent, Bem began his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991, along with students Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.[1] He was Sorted into the house of Gryffindor, but would not share a dormitory with the other known Gryffindor boys in his year.[6]

Bem and other students learn that Sirius Black has been sighted

Third year

Seamus Finnigan: "The Grin? What's the Grin?"
Bem: "Not the Grin, you idiot. The Grim. "Taking the form of a giant spectral dog, it's among the darkest omens in our world. It's an omen...of death."
— Bem explains the meaning of the Grim[src]

Bem chose Care of Magical Creatures and Divination as electives in his third year.[6]

Physical appearance

He was a black boy with dark eyes and a round face. He was also slightly overweight with a lisp.[6]


The name Bem means "peace" in the language of the Tiv, of Nigeria and Cameroon and also means "good" or "well" in Portuguese.[7] "BEM" is also an abbreviation for British Empire Medal, a medal received from British royalty for meritorious civil or military service, which reflects Bem being Sorted into Gryffindor.

Behind the scenes


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bem's age can be extrapolated from his presence during the third-year Divination class in the Prisoner of Azkaban film.
  2. He was not sent away from Hogwarts while it had been taken over by Death Eaters, so he was not Muggle-born.
  3. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  4. Closed captioning on the DVD release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  5. Prisoner of Azkaban script on IMSDb (archived here via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  7. The New Age Baby Name Book by Sue Browder

See also

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