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Demelza Robins was a witch and Gryffindor student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She was a Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team, and was noted to be particularly skilled at dodging Bludgers.
Upon her arrival at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Demelza was sorted into the house of Gryffindor. Demelza had a talent for the sport Quidditch but had not tried out for the Quidditch team yet as almost every year they had full capacity.
1996-1997 school year
- "To Harry’s dismay, Ron's new aggression did not wear off over the next few days... he failed to save every single goal the Chasers aimed at him, but bellowed at everybody so much that he reduced Demelza Robins to tears."
- — Demelza on the receiving end of Ron Weasley's frustration[src]
Later in the year she was trusted to bring Harry the time and place of Albus Dumbledore's next private lesson with Harry, and also a note from Severus Snape that stated he will be doing his detention no matter how many party invitations he had received, and that he would be sorting out fresh Flobberworms from rotten ones, without the use of protective gloves.
During the 1996-1997 Quidditch season, Demelza was injured and Harry Potter used Episkey on her to stop her nose from bleeding, which was accidentally caused by Ron Weasley. Demelza normally avoided accidents on the pitch, being rather good at avoiding bludgers. Ron Weasley also shouted at Demelza unexpectedly, resulting in her breaking down in tears.
1997-1998 school year
Not being in Harry Potter's year and the 1997–1998 school year being Harry's final year of education meant that Demelza would also be returning to continue her education at Hogwarts in 1997 after the death of former Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. With Dumbledore dead the school was to be taken over by Minerva McGonagall but with Lord Voldemort's rise to power Severus Snape took to the position.
In last few months of the school year the Second Wizarding War came to a close with the Battle of Hogwarts. Lord Voldemort and his Death Eater army invaded the castle and a battle broke out to defend it and protect Harry Potter. The castle was almost completely destroyed and there were many casualties. It is unknown if Demelza was present for the battle or if she was too young to stay in combat.
Magical abilities and skills
- Flying: Demelza was an accomplished broomstick flyer and Quidditch player, as she was considered a good enough player to earn a spot on the Gryffindor team as a Chaser. Harry Potter also remarked that she was particularly talented at dodging Bludgers.
Demelza as a name is most commonly found in the Caucasus region and the areas near the Caspian Sea, and is likely from some of the North Caucasian dialects. Outside of the Caucasus region, Demelza began as a Cornish place name that meant either "fort of Maeldaf" or "thy sweetness" ("de" meaning thy and "melza" meaning honey or sweet in Cornish). It only came into use as a given name in the 1950s, after the novelist Winston Graham chose it for the title character of his 1946 novel, Demelza, which was the second instalment in his Poldark series. J. K. Rowling may have chosen it as a tribute to Demelza Hospice Care for Children, a charity supported by Daniel Radcliffe.
Behind the scenes
- Her surname is misspelled as Robbins in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
- She is portrayed by Katy Huxley-Golden in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 14 (Felix Felicis)
- "Demelza" on Behind the Name
- The Penguin Dictionary of First Names by David Pickering
- "Dan's 17th birthday request" from Veritaserum