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"Take out the Seeker."
— Brutus Scrimgeour's first rule for Beaters, The Beaters' Bible[src]

Brutus Scrimgeour[2] was a wizard and prolific Quidditch fan. He served as headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at some point[3][4] and also wrote the book The Beaters' Bible.[5]


Life and career

During his life, Scrimgeour taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,[2] and was eventually appointed headmaster.[3][4]

Scrimgeour was a fan of Quidditch and may have been a Beater at some point.[5] He wrote a guide for Beaters, The Beaters' Bible, and gave a positive review of the book Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp, saying that it was "the definitive work on the origins and history of Quidditch" and that he "highly recommended" it.[5]


Scrimgeour died sometime in or before the year 1994.[1] Multiple portraits of him were thereafter hung within Hogwarts Castle.

One portrait, hung in the Trophy Room, hid a secret passage to the fourth floor.[6] During the 1994-1995 school year, the password to open this passage was initially "Beati pacifici,"[6] meaning "blessed are the peacemakers" in Latin.[7] This was changed to "Iunctis viribus" ("by united efforts" in Latin)[8] later in the same school year.[6]

Another portrait of Scrimgeour was hung in the Headmaster's office.[4]


Brutus's portrait.

The name "Brutus" is a Roman cognomen meaning "heavy" in Latin. Famous bearers include Lucius Junius Brutus, the traditional founder of the Roman Republic, and Marcus Junius Brutus, the statesman who conspired to assassinate Julius Caesar.

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 J. K. Rowling stated at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 15 August 2004 (source) that all portraits at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are of deceased individuals. Thus, Scrimgeour must have died sometime in or before 1994, given his portrait's appearance in "The Quest of Sir Cadogan" feature on Disc 2 of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "The Quest of Sir Cadogan" feature on Disc 2 of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD (see this image).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter for Kinect
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Making of Harry Potter (see this image)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Quidditch Through the Ages
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) - GBA version
  7. "Beati pacifici" on Latin-Dictionary.org
  8. "Iunctis viribus" on Latin-Dictionary.org
  9. Portrait page on Steve Mitchell's official site (Archived)
  10. Portrait portfolio on Steve Mitchell's official site dead link
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