"Doris Crockford, Mr Potter, can't believe I'm meeting you at last."
— Doris introducing herself to Harry Potter[src]

Doris Crockford was a British witch who greeted Harry Potter in the Leaky Cauldron on the way to Harry's first trip into Diagon Alley on 31 July 1991. She was enthusiastic to see him, and was noted to have shaken Harry's hand many times.[1]


The name "Doris" is from the ancient Greek name Δωρις (Doris) which meant "Dorian woman". The Dorians were a Greek tribe who occupied the Peloponnese starting in the 12th century BC. In Greek mythology Doris was a sea nymph, one of the many children of Oceanus and Tethys. "Doris" was also the name of Herod the Great's first wife. It began to be used as an English name in the 19th century.

Behind the scenes

Doris Crockford as she appears in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

In the scene where Hagrid takes Harry through the Leaky Cauldron to get to Diagon Alley, everyone stops and stares at Harry. One man says to Harry, "It's a pleasure to have you back, Mr Potter," and then a woman speaks to him and gives a name, but this woman is not credited at the end of the film (it goes by order of appearance, so she would be right before Professor Quirrell.) The reason she is not credited is because she is none other than J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. [J.K. has stated on her website that she has never been in any of the film, she was asked but declined. It is just an erroneous rumour that she is Doris Crockford.]
  • The name of the character may be a homage to an author known as Doris Crockford who, in 1937, published a book about The Flying Scotsman - a real-life train that departed from King's Cross Station, platform 10. In Doris's story, the train went on a magical adventure.[5]


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