"This Calamity is, well, quite calamitous. Everything that anyone has ever feared, revered, or held dear in the wizarding world — people, things, even memories — have been stolen and displaced, tossed about across the world. We've got to return what is lost, and quickly. The Statute of Secrecy is in danger of being broken."
—Constance Pickering regarding the Calamity[src]

Constance Pickering was a British witch who worked for the British Ministry of Magic, and as the leader of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force.


Early life

Born somewhere in the British Isles to parents (one of whom was at least magical) around the dawn of the 20th century.

As a child, she lived next door to a Muggle girl, Silvia. Constance convinced her that "hedgehogs" loved it when you gave left them snacks overnight. Silvia left out a plate and and the next day her garden was destroyed, for which Constance felt guilty about.[4]

She once had Crup called Ross. But her family had to give him away when Constance's brother turned out to be a squib and Ross just wouldnt's stop nipping his bum. Scarred him for life. [4]

When Constance was a girl, her family took her to a Dragon sanctuary in Norway. They got to see the babies up close and one of them bit Constance's finger. Hurt for a month.[4]

Hogwarts years

At some point in her youth, Constance would have displayed signs of magical ability at some point in her early childhood and was subsequently admitted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which issued her a letter of acceptance on her eleventh birthday. She later boarded the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station in order to embark on her first year of magical education.

At the time of her attendance, which began no earlier than September 1998, the school was under the firm stewardship of Professor Minerva McGonagall. Throughout her childhood, she heard stories about the Death Eaters that the school's inspirational Headmistress and her allies had fought against at the legendary Battle of Hogwarts, and found the group to be terrifying.[5]

As a student, one of her favourite things about school life was the Christmas celebration at the Hogwarts Castle, and would later go on to leave the school with many fond memories about spending the holidays at the school; marvelling at the pudding, the baubles, the trees and the fairy lights. At some point, she also learned that there had been a Yule Ball that took place during the Triwizard Tournament in 1994 and later admitted to having harboured high hopes that the competition would be held once more just so her generation got one of their own.[3]

Working for the Ministry

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Constance as a Ministry employee

Seeing her as an icon, there was nothing Constance wanted more upon graduating from Hogwarts than the chance to work with Hermione Granger, a high-ranking official in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and famously progressive voice that had played no small part in the eradication of oppressive, pro-pureblood laws following her death-defying participation in the legendary Battle of Hogwarts. As such, when she applied for the position as a Junior Undersecretary in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, where her hero worked, Constance discreetly slipped her application into the pile that she knew Mrs Granger would draw her future assistant from, and to her delight found herself picked for the job.[6]

In the 2010s, during the series of large-scale breaches of the Statute of Wizarding Secrecy that became known as The Calamity, Ms Pickering was asked by Hermione Granger to set up the special Statute of Secrecy Task Force to track down and contain the chaotic outbreaks of magic from being noticed by Muggles.[7] At some point, presumably in her capacity as a member of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, she verified the casting of a Muggle-Repelling Charm over an undisclosed object or location.[8] She was also the one who suggested using banners to identify areas of high concentration of Foundables that seemed to be somehow related to one another, at which point her boyfriend, Lucas Sparrowvale, proceeded to spend no less than six months travelling the world and placing them.[9]


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Notes and references

  1. By the time she attended Hogwarts, Minerva McGonagall had already been made headmistress, and she had already left Hogwarts in 2018.
  2. Her brother was a Squib, meaning that they had at least one magical parent. If both of their parents were Muggles, her brother would be considered a Muggle as well.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite "Brilliant Event: Christmas Calamity"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite "Brilliant Event: Baby Beasts"
  5. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite "Brilliant Event: Fighting Forces"
  6. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (See this image)
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  8. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (see this image)
  9. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite "Brilliant Event: One Year Later Cup"
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