"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 (born c. 1979-1980[1]) was a Nigerian[2] wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1991 to 1998.[4] He was Sorted into Gryffindor and is in Harry Potter's year, however he does not dorm with Harry and friends.


Hogwarts education

Early years

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.[4] During Bem's second year, the school would be under attack from a Basilisk. Many students became petrified. Hogwarts was under threat of being closed. Bem was not a mentioned casualty.[5]


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.


The name Bem means "peace" in the language of the Tiv, of Nigeria and Cameroon and also means "good" in Portuguese.[6] "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

  • Like the character Nigel Wolpert, Bem is not mentioned in the books, but is credited in the films. Played by Ekow Quartey, the character is listed in the credits for Prisoner of Azkaban as simply "Boy 1". However, on the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD, the closed captions identify the character as "Bem" during the Divination class scene.
  • Bem was created purely for the films (particularly Prisoner of Azkaban).


The Harry Potter Wiki has 6 images related to Bem.

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. 2.0 2.1 Prisoner of Azkaban script on IMSDb (archived here via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine)
  3. He was not sent away from Hogwarts while it had been taken over by Death Eaters, so he was not Muggle-born.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  5. He did not appear in CoS, but still the CHARACTER would still be at Hogwarts, even if introduced later, just like Luna, she still attended Hogwarts before OotP but was never mentioned really.
  6. The New Age Baby Name Book by Sue Browder

See also

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