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"Shooting stars down in Kent — I’ll bet that was Dedalus Diggle. He never had much sense."
Minerva McGonagall regarding Dedalus's excitable personality[src]

Dedalus Diggle (fl. 1964) was a wizard and a member of the Order of the Phoenix, who fought in the First and the Second Wizarding War against Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters. He was a member of the Advance Guard in 1995[4] and he fought in several battles of both wars. He also escorted the Dursleys to a safe place in 1997.[5]


Early life

Dedalus was born in 1964 or earlier into a wizarding family.[1]

First Wizarding War (1970s-1981)

Dedalus lived in Kent and never had much sense, according to Minerva McGonagall. He became a member of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation led and founded by Albus Dumbledore, in order to oppose Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. He was thought to have been responsible for a downpour of shooting stars in Kent to celebrate the downfall of Lord Voldemort, an act that was deemed foolish and irresponsibly by Minerva McGonagall.[2]

Between the wars (1981-1991)

"A tiny man in a violet top hat had bowed to him once while out shopping with Aunt Petunia and Dudley. After asking Harry furiously if he knew the man, Aunt Petunia had rushed them out of the shop without buying anything."
— Dedalus greeting a young Harry Potter while shopping[src]

Dedalus at the Leaky Cauldron in 1991

Dedalus was presumably one of the members of the Order of the Phoenix assigned to discreetly keep a close eye on Harry Potter seen as he once met The Boy Who Lived during his early childhood in a shop. He bowed to Harry, for which his Aunt Petunia furiously interrogated him as to how Diggle knew him and why Harry deserved that kind of respect.[6][7]

He met Harry formally on the day Rubeus Hagrid first brought Harry into the Leaky Cauldron on their way to purchase school supplies, and shook his hand about five times.[7]

Second Wizarding War (1995-1998)

Remus Lupin: "And this is Kingsley Shacklebolt — Elphias Doge — and Dedalus Diggle"
Dedalus Diggle: "We've met before"
— Harry being introduced to the Advance Guard[src]

The Advance Guard inside 4 Privet Drive, preparing to escort Harry Potter to safety

Diggle rejoined the Order to fight in the Second Wizarding War, after Lord Voldemort's rebirth. In 1995, Diggle was part of the Advance Guard escorting Harry from Privet Drive to 12 Grimmauld Place, along with fellow members Remus Lupin, Alastor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Sturgis Podmore, Hestia Jones, Elphias Doge, and Emmeline Vance.[4]

The Dursleys' departure

"I see you are packed and ready. Excellent! The plan, as Harry has told you, is a simple one. We shall be leaving before Harry does. Due to the danger of using magic in your house – Harry being still under-age, it could provide the Ministry with an excuse to arrest him – we shall be driving, say ten miles or so, before Disapparating to the safe location we have picked out for you. You know how to drive, I take it?"
— Dedalus explaining the departure plan to the Dursleys[src]

Diggle, along with Hestia Jones, was assigned by the Order of the Phoenix to manage the Dursleys' departure from Privet Drive. When he and Hestia Jones arrived, he greeted the Dursleys as "Harry Potter's relatives", something that annoyed Vernon Dursley. In an attempt to make conversation, he also commented that all the knobs and buttons in a Muggle car would confuse him. He also sported a large pocket watch kept in his waistcoat that shouted at him to "Hurry up!" when late.[5]

His house was burned down by Death Eaters after the Fall of the Ministry of Magic, in an attempt to harm members of the Order. Diggle was not present, as he was in hiding with Hestia and the Dursleys.[8]

Physical appearance

Diggle was described as a tiny, excitable man who often wore a purple top hat.[9]

Personality and traits

Diggle was a person who was often very cheerful, enthusiastic and friendly. He was excited when he learned about Voldemort's downfall, and he very much admired Harry Potter.[7] He also thought that he would flatter Vernon Dursley by telling that it was very clever to drive, and that he could not drive a car, however, this simply angered Vernon. Diggle also thought that he and Hestia Jones would be best friends with the Dursleys, showing he was a very friendly and good-natured wizard, but also perhaps somewhat naive, as he did not expect the Dursleys to be as unpleasant as they really were.[5] He was also perhaps somewhat clumsy and careless, as Minerva McGonagall told Albus Dumbledore she never thought he had much common sense, when telling Dumbledore she believed him to be responsible for causing a downfall of shooting stars across Kent, a feat which was witnessed by Muggles and regarded as highly unusual.[2]

Magical abilities and skills



Harry Potter

Diggle: "Delighted, Mr Potter, just can't tell you, Diggle's the name, Dedalus Diggle."
Harry Potter: "I've seen you before! You bowed to me once in a shop."
Diggle: "He remembers! Did you hear that? He remembers me!"
— Diggle officially meets Harry[src]

Harry Potter

After learning that Voldemort had lost his powers, Diggle widely admired Harry Potter, because he was the reason of Voldemort's downfall. He also once bowed to Harry in a shop sometime in Harry's childhood, but Harry didn't know who he was and why he bowed to him.[6][7]

Harry officially met Diggle in 1991, at the Leaky Cauldron. He was surprised when Harry told that he remembered him.[7] Diggle was also a member of the Advance Guard, a group of members of the Order that came to escort Harry from 4 Privet Drive to 12 Grimmauld Place. He got angry when Remus Lupin attempted to introduce Diggle to Harry, as they had already met.[4] Diggle met Harry again in 1997, when he and Hestia Jones came to rescue the Dursleys from Death Eaters.[5]

Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore knew Diggle through the Order of the Phoenix. They probably fought along in several battles, and, after Voldemort's first defeat, Diggle was excited. When Minerva McGonagall disapproved Diggle's behaviour (because she thought that he could be seen by Muggles), Dumbledore justified him, telling that "We've had precious little to celebrate for eleven years."[2] Dumbledore and Diggle also fought along in the Second Wizarding War. It is unknown how Diggle reacted when he learned about Dumbledore's death.

The Dursleys

"Good day to you, Harry Potter’s relatives!"
— Dedalus greeting the Dursleys in 1997[src]

The Dursley family

Diggle first met the Dursleys, a Muggle family, in 1997. Diggle, along with fellow member of the Order Hestia Jones, went to the Dursleys' house to help them hide from Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Vernon Dursley was a Muggle who disliked wizards and magic in general.[5]

Diggle attempted to flatter Vernon by telling him that he was very clever for being able to drive, and that he himself could never drive a car. That made Vernon very angry, saying that "he didn't know even how to drive!" Despite this, Diggle thought that he and the Dursleys would be best friends. It is unknown what happened after their departure. However, it is possible, though unlikely, that they became friendly after that.[5]

Order of the Phoenix members

The first Order of the Phoenix

Diggle possibly knew all the members of the Order of the Phoenix, and had a good relationship with Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore, as well as other members.

He appears to have had a good relationship with fellow members Remus Lupin, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Alastor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Elphias Doge, Sturgis Podmore, Emmeline Vance, and Hestia Jones, as they were all members of the Advance Guard in 1995.However, when Remus Lupin introduced Diggle to Harry Potter, Diggle got angry, saying that they had already met.[4] Diggle and Hestia Jones were also the ones who helped the Dursleys hide from Death Eaters in 1997.[5]

Emmeline Vance was killed by Death Eaters in 1996, as were Alastor Moody in 1997, and Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks in 1998. It is unknown how Diggle reacted when he learned of their deaths.

Minerva McGonagall disapproved of Diggle's excited behaviour after Voldemort's first defeat, but Albus Dumbledore justified him, telling that the wizards had years to celebrate something. Minerva and Diggle were both members of the second Order of the Phoenix and fought in several battles.[2]


Dedalus may be a spelling variant of "Daedalus", who was a craftsman and inventor in Greek mythology that notably built wings of wax and feathers for himself and his son, Icarus.[11][12]

Diggle, as a surname, is from a medieval diminutive of Dick.[13]

Behind the scenes


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Dedalus Diggle in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dedalus was shown to be confused by Muggle ways (for example, he is confused by all the controls in a car and greeted Vernon Dursley as "Muggle". He would probably know better than to do so if he came from a Muggle family.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 3 (The Dursleys Departing)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 2 (The Vanishing Glass)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard) - "Harry Potter!” squeaked an excited voice, the moment Harry had opened the door; a small man in a mauve top hat".
  10. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
  11. WP favicon.PNG Daedalus on Wikipedia
  12. WP favicon.PNG Dedalus on Wikipedia
  13. Wiktionary favicon.PNG Diggle on Wiktionary
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Order of the Phoenix
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Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Kingsley Shacklebolt
Original Order of of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Alice Longbottom | Arabella Figg | Benjy Fenwick | Caradoc Dearborn | Dedalus Diggle | Dorcas Meadowes | Edgar Bones | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fabian Prewett | Frank Longbottom | Gideon Prewett | James Potter | Lily Potter | Marlene McKinnon | Mundungus Fletcher | Peter Pettigrew (defected) | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Reconstituted Order of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Arabella Figg | Arthur Weasley | Bill Weasley | Charlie Weasley | Dedalus Diggle | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fleur Delacour | Fred Weasley | George Weasley | Harry Potter | Hermione Granger | Hestia Jones | Kingsley Shacklebolt | Minerva McGonagall | Molly Weasley | Mundungus Fletcher | Nymphadora Tonks | Remus Lupin | Ron Weasley | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Order of the Phoenix allies:
Andromeda Tonks | Augusta Longbottom | Buckbeak | Dobby | Fawkes | Filius Flitwick | Firenze | Garrick Ollivander | Ginny Weasley | Grawp | Helena Ravenclaw | Horace Slughorn | Karkus | Karkus's wife | Kreacher | Lee Jordan | Luna Lovegood | McKinnon family | Mr Westenberg | Mrs Westenberg | Muriel | Nearly-Headless Nick | Neville Longbottom | Oliver Wood | Olympe Maxime | Rita Skeeter | Peeves | Percy Weasley | Pomona Sprout | Poppy Pomfrey | Sybill Trelawney | Ted Tonks | The Fallen Fifty | Westenberg family | Winky | Xenophilius Lovegood
Other affiliations:
Dumbledore's Army | Forbidden Forest Centaur colony | Headless Hunt | Hogwarts Hippogriff herd | Hogwarts house-elves | Hogwarts Ghosts | Hogwarts Staff |
Hogwarts students | Hogwarts Thestral herd | Ministry of Magic | Giant colony (Karkus's control)