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Caput Mortuum was a shop in Diagon Alley that advertised itself as an articulator of bones and preserver of animals. Animal bones decorated the exterior of the establishment.[1]

The building was sandwiched between The Magic Lantern and the establishment that housed Flail & Hyde Furriers and Boogermongers.[2]


Caput mortuum in Latin literally means "dead head". Figurative use from alchemical literature. Its other meanings include "worthless residue, useless substance" and "cardinal purple, a variety of haematite iron oxide pigment".[3][4]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (see this image)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (see this video) (from 0:50 to 1:07)
  3. Wiktionary favicon.PNG caput mortuum on Wiktionary
  4. 4.0 4.1 Inside The Chamber of Secrets: an interview with illustrator Jim Kay | BfK No. 221 at Books for Keeps (interviewed by Helen Boyle) - "‘Caput Mortuum’ (the Articulator of Bones shop) is actually one of the predominant colours used in painting Diagon Alley, but the name is also associated with Alchemy, it means ‘dead head’ or ‘worthless remains’."
  5. WP favicon.PNG Caput mortuum (pigment) on Wikipedia
Diagon Alley North Side

Apothecary · Bats! Bats! Bats! · Belcher's Bottled Beers · Bernie Balls Fireworks · Blinkhorn's workshop · Boogermongers · Brigg's Brooms · Bufo's · Caput Mortuum · Creepy Scrawlers Stationers · Crispa Culpepper's Drugs & Preparations · Eeylops Owl Emporium · Flail & Hyde Furriers · Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour · Flourish and Blotts · Gaberlunzie Garments · Grandma Gramercy's Grandiloquent Gramophones · Gringotts Wizarding Bank · The Harpy's Bazaar · Herbert's Sherbets · Janus Galloglass · Krakens · Leaky Cauldron (1 Diagon Alley) · Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions · The Magic Lantern · Magical Menagerie · Mandrake Mufflers · Marcus Minucius Myomancer · Mourning & Starr Armourers · Mr Milvus Grizedale, Kitemaker · Mr Trismus, Mouth Magician · Mulligrubs Materia Medica · Nell's Bells · Nollikins for Scrolls & Skins · Noltie's Botanical Novelties · Oldknowe Books · Pettichaps · Potage's Cauldron Shop · Praedico Predico · Quality Quidditch Supplies · Shrew & Scold's Bridal Wear · S. Starling · Tangle & Noils Wigmakers & Perruquiers · The Three Sheets · Tut's Nuts · Twinkle's Telescopes · Vietch's Leeches · What Larks! Songbird Specialists · Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment

Known residents, shop owners and employees

Blinkhorn · Belcher · Bufo · Crookshanks (formerly) · Eeylops Owl Emporium female employee · Eeylops Owl Emporium male employee · Florean Fortescue (deceased) · Flourish and Blotts manager · Hedwig (formerly; deceased) · Madam Malkin · Madam Potage · Magical Menagerie salesman · Magical Menagerie saleswoman · Milvus Grizedale · Marcus Minucius · Trismus · Tut · Twinkle · Vietch · Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment employee