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Cormac Mclaggen is bringing sexy back, even when he is eating dragon balls.
|name=Cormac McLaggen
|born=c. [[1978]]-[[1979]]
|blood=[[Half-blood]] or [[Pure-blood]]
|title=[[Keeper]] (temporary)
|family=*[[Cormac McLaggen's father|Mr. McLaggen]] (father)
*[[Tiberius]] (uncle)
|loyalty=*[[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]
*[[Slug Club]]
*[[Gryffindor Quidditch team]]
*[[Dumbledore's Army]]
*[[McLaggen family]]}}
{{Quote|McLaggen makes Grawp look like a gentleman.|[[Hermione Granger]] on Cormac McLaggen in [[1996]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
'''Cormac McLaggen''' was a [[Wizards|wizard]] who attended [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] from [[1990]] to [[1997]]. He was sorted into [[Gryffindor]] house and was one year above [[Harry Potter]]. McLaggen lost the opportunity to try out for his house's [[Quidditch]] [[Gryffindor Quidditch team|team]] in his sixth year after he ate poisonous [[Doxy]] eggs on a bet, but became the reserve [[Keeper]] in his [[1996|seventh year]]. During the course of his last year at Hogwarts, he also became a member of the [[Slug Club]], escorted [[Hermione Granger]] to the club's [[Slug Club Christmas party|Christmas party]], and was primarily responsible for the Gryffindor Quidditch team's embarrassing loss to [[Hufflepuff]]. Like most [[Gryffindor]] [[Wizardkind|students]], McLaggen participated in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]]. His later fate is unknown.
===Early life===
{{Dialogue a-b|Slughorn|Now, you, Cormac, I happen to know you see a lot of your Uncle Tiberius, because he has a rather splendid picture of the two of you hunting nogtails in, I think, Norfolk?|McLaggen|Oh, yeah, that was fun, that was. We went with Bertie Higgs and Rufus Scrimgeour; this was before he became Minister, obviously —|[[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]] interviewing McLaggen in [[1996]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
Little is known of McLaggen's early life, though it appears that he was born into a relatively influential wizarding family, as his uncle [[Tiberius]] is an important official in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] and is friendly with head of the [[Auror|Auror Office]] and later [[Minister for Magic]] [[Rufus Scrimgeour]]. Tiberius took his nephew hunting [[Nogtail]]s on at least one occasion, with Scrimgeour and [[Bertie Higgs]] in [[Norfolk]].<ref name="HBP7">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 7 (''The Slug Club'')</ref>
[[File:Mclaggen_try_outs.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Cormac McLaggen at the [[Keeper]] try-outs.]]
===Education at Hogwarts===
====Early years====
Cormac McLaggen started his education at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] in [[1990]], when he arrived at Hogwarts the Sorting Ceremony would take place at the [[Welcoming Feast]], in which he was sorted into the house of [[Gryffindor]], along with [[Katie Bell]] who also was a sorted Gryffindor that year. Cormac was a skilled flyer on a broom and [[Quidditch]] player, specifically playing the position of [[Keeper]].
====Sixth year====
{{Quote|I was in the hospital wing when they held the trials. Ate a pound of doxy eggs for a bet.|McLaggen explaining his bet "with something of a swagger" to [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
In his [[1995-1996 school year|sixth year]] at Hogwarts, McLaggen ate a pound of poisonous [[Doxy]] eggs on a bet to prove his bravery. This foolhardy decision kept him from joining the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team]], something he cared a great deal about. With [[Oliver Wood]]'s graduation at the end of the [[1993–1994 school year]] and the [[Triwizard Tournament]] cancelling all [[Quidditch]] matches the following year, the Gryffindor team was in need of a [[Keeper]] at the beginning of the [[1995–1996 school year]]. Unfortunately for McLaggen, he was in the [[hospital wing]] being treated for doxy egg poisoning at the time of the trials, and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] was made[[ Keeper]] instead.<ref name="HBP11">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 11 (''Hermione's Helping Hand'')</ref>
====Seventh year====
{{Quote|Oh, it was quite fun, really. I mean, he drones on about famous exploits a bit, and he absolutely fawns on McLaggen because he's so well connected, but he gave us some really nice food and he introduced us to Gwenog Jones.|[[Hermione Granger]] on a Slug Club meeting|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
The [[1996|following year]], McLaggen's last, he met Professor [[Horace Slughorn]] on the [[Hogwarts Express]]. Because of his well-connected uncle [[Tiberius]], McLaggen was invited to be a member of the [[Slug Club]].<ref name="HBP7" />
[[File:Movies-HBPGermanCalendar-slugclub2-004.jpg|thumb|right|260px|McLaggen at a [[Slug Club]] dinner party.]]
Soon after his seventh year began, McLaggen tried out for the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team]], but he managed to make only four out of five saves. This may have been because [[Hermione Granger]], who overheard McLaggen making rude remarks about [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]], placed a [[Confundus Charm]] on him. McLaggen asked team captain [[Harry Potter]] for another try, but Harry refused, and Ron was given the position of [[Keeper]] again, as he beat McLaggen in saves.<ref name="HBP11" />
In [[December]], McLaggen attended Professor Slughorn's [[Slug Club Christmas party|Christmas party]] with Hermione, who was also a member of the Slug Club. The evening did not go well for him however, Hermione only asked him to go in an attempt to retaliate against Ron for his relationship with [[Lavender Brown]]. McLaggen ended up driving her crazy by talking about himself excessively, boasting about his Quidditch abilities, and being too forward romantically. She avoided him for most of the night to talk to Harry and [[Luna Lovegood]]. McLaggen asked Harry if he had seen her later, which Harry denied, and was irritated to find that she had left. After eating a foul tasting Dragon tartar, McLaggen vomited on [[Severus Snape]]'s shoes, earning himself detention for the next month.<ref name="HBPf>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref> When Ron later asked Harry about the pair, he was "slightly more cheerful" to learn that the date did not go well<ref name="HBP16">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 16 (''A Very Frosty Christmas'')</ref>.
[[File:Cormac McLaggen HBP 5.jpg|thumb|left|310px|McLaggen playing [[Keeper]] for [[Gryffindor]].]]
{{Quote|He could be a world-class player and I wouldn't want keep him. He keeps trying to tell everyone what to do, he thinks he could play every position better than us. I can't wait to be shot of him.|[[Harry Potter]] on McLaggen's [[Quidditch]] behaviour|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
When Ron was hospitalised in [[March]], before Gryffindor's second game against [[Hufflepuff]], [[Harry Potter]] was forced to play McLaggen as his reserve Keeper. In the week leading up to the match, Harry had his doubts about his new Keeper. Although he was skilled, McLaggen was also bossy and repeatedly tried to advise Harry on game strategy and insulted the other players' abilities. The match was a no-holds-barred disaster, as McLaggen spent more time trying to tell the rest of the team how to play rather than watching the rings, resulting in several goals for the opponent. This culminated in him wrestling a [[Beater's bat]] away from [[Jimmy Peakes]] and attempting to show him how to hit a [[Bludger]], only to knock Harry off his broomstick and crack his skull.
The fiasco was possibly Gryffindor's worst and most embarrassing loss ever (a final score of 320-60), and Ron told Harry in the [[hospital wing]] that he thought ''"the rest of the team might've dealt with him before you get out of here, they're not happy..."''<ref name="HBP19">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 19 (''Elf Tails'')</ref> When Ron recovered, he resumed the [[Keeper]] position.
=== Repeat-year and Battle of Hogwarts ===
[[File:HPDH2-2482.jpg|thumb|Cormac during the Battle of Hogwarts]]
Cormac had to repeat his seventh year mostly because he may have done badly in his studies. When the Death Eaters were on the train, he foolishly said his father would hear about this. He joined the revived [[Dumbledore's Army]] to oppose the [[Death Eater]] teachers [[Alecto and Amycus Carrow]]. He later fought in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in both parts. It is unknown if he survived the Second Wizarding War.
==Physical appearance==
[[File:Cormac McLaggen Slug Club Christmas Party.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Cormac McLaggen.]]
McLaggen is described as being a handsome, athletic young man.<ref name="HBP7" /> His face went red whenever he became angry. At the [[Keeper]] tryouts in [[1996]], [[Harry Potter]] thought that McLaggen was large enough that "he would probably block all three goal hoops without even moving"<ref name="HBP11" />.
==Personality and traits==
{{Quote|You should have heard the way he was talking about Ron and Ginny! He's got a nasty temper. You wouldn't want someone like that on the team.|[[Hermione Granger]] discussing McLaggen's behaviour with [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
Aggressive and self-righteous, McLaggen epitomized the most negative aspects of the stereotypic [[Gryffindor]] characteristics. Though brave, he is foolhardy rather than self-sacrificing. He was also arrogant and pushy and felt a strong sense of entitlement.<ref name="HBP19" /> According to Hermione, McLaggen was rude, as well as insensitive and over-assertive when he was making advances. All he did was talk about himself and and lacked manners and consideration.<ref name="HBP15">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 15 (''The Unbreakable Vow'')</ref> McLaggen also had a bad temper; for example, [[Harry Potter]] thought he might punch him for refusing his demand to give him another Quidditch try-out<ref name="HBP11" />, after giving him a brief glare.
===Hermione Granger===
[[File:Hermione_closeup_HBP.jpg|thumb|left|150px|[[Hermione Granger]] at [[Horace Slughorn]]'s Christmas party.]]
{{Quote|I've just escaped – I mean, I've just left Cormac. Under the mistletoe... Cormac hasn't asked me one single question about myself, no, I've just been treated to 'A Hundred Great Saves Made by Cormac McLaggen' non-stop ever since. Oh no, here he comes!|[[Hermione Granger]] to [[Harry Potter]] on attending the Christmas Party with McLaggen|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
In his [[1996|seventh year]], McLaggen became familiar with [[Hermione Granger]] below him, when they were both members of the [[Slug Club]]. Hermione seemed to think that McLaggen was arrogant and unpleasant, and when she overheard him insult [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] during [[Quidditch]] try-outs, she hit him with a [[Confundus Charm]], unbeknownst to him<ref name="HBP7" />. However, when Hermione and Ron later had a row over Ron’s romance with [[Lavender Brown]], she tried to make him jealous by asking McLaggen to attend [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]]’s [[Slug Club Christmas party|Christmas party]] with her. He accepted, but spent most of the evening boasting about himself, to her irritation. He was very forward with her under the mistletoe, prompting Hermione to abandon him to seek out [[Harry Potter]] and [[Luna Lovegood]] and to avoid him for the rest of the party. He was very annoyed when he was unable to find her<ref name="HBP15" />. This indicates that while McLaggen was romantically interested in Hermione, she found him to be a rude braggart.
===Harry Potter===
[[File:Harry_Potter_(HBP_promo)_3.jpg|thumb|140px|[[Harry Potter]].]]
{{Dialogue a-b-a-b|McLaggen|His sister didn’t really try. She gave him an easy save.|Harry|Rubbish. That was the one he nearly missed.|Give me another go.|No. You’ve had your go. You saved four. Ron saved five. Ron’s Keeper, he won it fair and square. Get out of my way.|McLaggen and [[Harry Potter]] after the [[1996]] [[Quidditch]] try-outs|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
Although they were in the same House, Harry strongly disliked McLaggen. The two first met in [[1996]] when they were both questioned by [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]]<ref name="HBP7" />. They met again when McLaggen tried out for the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team]], of which Harry was the Captain. It seemed that McLaggen expected preferential treatment from Harry, because the two were both in Horace Slughorn's club. When [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] beat McLaggen in saves, he accused [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]] of purposely giving her brother an advantage. He angrily confronted Harry about it, who coldly refuted the accusations. Harry thought that McLaggen might punch him for a moment.<ref name="HBP11" /> Later in the year, when McLaggen temporarily replaced Ron, he annoyed Harry immensely by repeatedly offering advice on game strategy, and spent so much time ordering around his team-mates instead of blocking goals that Gryffindor ultimately lost the match.<ref name="HBP19" /> Cormac also disliked Harry because he was best friends with Hermione Granger who in his seventh year, Cormac fancied. Cormac and Harry also seemed to both represent different aspects of Gryffindor: with Cormac personifying the negative traits such as arrogance and self-righteousness, while Harry embodied the positive traits of chivalry, courage, and having a self-sacrificing nature.
===Ron Weasley===
[[File:Ron_cormac.jpg|thumb|left|230px|Cormac McLaggen and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]].]]
{{Dialogue a-b-a|McLaggen|I'll be trying out for Gryffindor Keeper too. Nothing personal.|Ron|Really? Big, strapping fellow like you? You look like you've got more of a [[Beater]]'s build to me. I mean, to be Keeper, you've got to be a quick and agile sort...|I like my chances. By the way, you wouldn't mind introducing me to your friend Granger, would you? Love to get on a first-name basis with her, if you know what I mean...|McLaggen and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] in [[1996]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)}}
McLaggen and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] took an instant dislike to one another in [[1996]], when they competed over the [[Keeper]] position on the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team]]. McLaggen believed that the team Captain, [[Harry Potter]], showed favouritism toward his friend, whereas Harry thought Ron was simply the better player and that McLaggen was far too arrogant to make a decent player.<ref name="HBP11" /> Ron’s dislike of McLaggen prompted [[Hermione Granger]] to ask him to escort her to [[Horace Slughorn|Professor Slughorn]]’s [[Slug Club Christmas party|Christmas party]], which he did, much to Ron’s displeasure<ref name="HBP16" />. He was further annoyed when McLaggen took over his position as Keeper after he was poisoned, and relieved when it did not go well<ref name="HBP19" />.
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The name ''Cormac'' is borne by a number of figures from Irish legend and history, including [[Wikipedia:Cormac mac Airt|Cormac mac Airt]], a warrior king of [[Ireland]], and [[Wikipedia:Cormac Cond Longas|Cormac Cond Longas]], an exiled prince of Ulster. The name is most commonly translated as "charioteer", but can be also translated into "raven"- a bird strongly associated with warfare in Celtic mythology. This may allude to McLaggen's aggressive personality. The name can also be translated to mean "son of defilement", from the Gaelic ''corb'', "defilement", and ''mac'', "son"<ref>[ Behind the Name: Cormac]</ref>.
==Behind the scenes==
*Cormac McLaggen was played by [[Freddie Stroma]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]] ''and the two-part [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''.
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'', Cormac is seen on the [[Hogwarts Express]] returning to school for the [[1997–1998 school year]]<ref>[ Freddie Stroma to return for Deathly Hallows]</ref> and he also appeared in the [[Room of Requirement|room of requirement]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', however, in the novel of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Cormac was in his seventh and final year. Though, because he was constantly thinking up new [[Quidditch]] strategies in his final year, it's possible he was doing so bad in his studies, he had to stay back a year. Another possibility is that he was returning to Hogwarts to take his [[N.E.W.T.S]], as all examinations were cancelled the previous year following the death of [[Albus Dumbledore]].
*In the movies, Cormac takes part in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] and appears as a member of [[Dumbledore's Army]].
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Cormac is given a month of detention for throwing up on [[Severus Snape|Snape]]'s shoes (an event that did not occur in the book) because Harry made him believe that the [[dragon tartare]] he was eating was dragon testicles, or ''"dragon balls"'', as Harry called them.
*He is much less obnoxious in the movie; he appears to be a decent, if somewhat cocky guy.[[File:Cormac.png|thumb|Cormac at the Hogwarts express in 1997]]
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{1st}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
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