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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 and he fought in several battles of both wars. He also escorted the Dursleys to a safe place in 1997.
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.
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 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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
Magical abilities and skills
- Magical aptitude: It is likely that Dedalus Diggle was a fairly talented wizard, having become a loyal member of the Order of the Phoenix and survived the First Wizarding War, in which he actively participated in the efforts to free the magical community from the grasp of the Dark Forces under Lord Voldemort's command. He was presumably also a very capable duellist, having survived that long. It was also widely thought of that he was responsible for magically causing a downfall of shooting stars across Kent celebrating Voldemort's defeat in early November 1981, an act both considered impressive but also irresponsible by other wizards, particularly Minerva McGonagall.
- Defence Against the Dark Arts: Dedalus was well versed in defensive magic, with him authoring an article for the wizarding magazine Spellbound on the subject of Counter-jinxes. Years later, this article helped Calamity Investigators of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force in addressing the Calamity by teaching them how to more effectively break through the defences of their magical adversaries.
- Charms: Dedalus was capable of producing a non-corporeal Patronus Charm, a highly advanced piece of magic and a mark of superior magical ability.
- Flying: Dedalus was an accomplished broomstick flyer; he was a member of the Advance Guard who successfully escorted Harry Potter to 12 Grimmauld Place via broomstick flight.
- Wand: Diggle owned a wand, which was of an unknown length, wood and core.
- Top hat: Dedalus owned a mauve top hat, which he wore as a member of the Advance Guard.
- Pocket watch: Diggle owned a magical pocket watch that was capable of speech, which would inform him of his schedule when he was running late.
- House: Diggle owned a house somewhere in Kent, England. In 1997, it was broken into and burned down by Death Eaters.
- 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]
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.
Harry officially met Diggle in 1991, at the Leaky Cauldron. He was surprised when Harry told that he remembered him. 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. Diggle met Harry again in 1997, when he and Hestia Jones came to rescue the Dursleys from Death Eaters.
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." Dumbledore and Diggle also fought along in the Second Wizarding War. It is unknown how Diggle reacted when he learned about Dumbledore's death.
- "Good day to you, Harry Potter’s relatives!"
- — Dedalus greeting the Dursleys in 1997[src]
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.
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.
Order of the Phoenix 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. Diggle and Hestia Jones were also the ones who helped the Dursleys hide from Death Eaters in 1997.
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.
Behind the scenes
- Dedalus Diggle is portrayed by David Brett in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
- Diggle does not appear in the fifth or seventh films, though he does appear in the video game for Chamber of Secrets despite not being present in the book.
- Corey Hedy, the actor portraying Yann Fredericks in the San Francisco Curran Theatre production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, also portrayed Dedalus Diggle, voicing him when the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child read aloud Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley) together, organised by Bloomsbury Publishing for the 2021 Harry Potter Book Night.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Wizarding World
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (DS and iPhone versions only)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- 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.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 3 (The Dursleys Departing)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 2 (The Vanishing Glass)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
- 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".
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- Daedalus on Wikipedia
- Dedalus on Wikipedia
- Diggle on Wiktionary
- (see this video) (video currently set to private)
- #HarryPotterBookNight has moved to 24th June (although if you have an event planned today then go for it, and have fun!). Ahead of that, here’s a sneak peek of the wonderful casts of the Cursed Child reading from the chapter ‘Diagon Alley’ (from Philosopher's Stone) -