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"Seen and not heard; that's what children should be."
— Elizabeth Burke's portrait[src]

Professor[4] Elizabeth Burke[6] (d. before 1925)[1] was a witch and headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry prior to 1925.[1] She had several portraits hung in the castle. She held and encouraged pure-blood supremacy, telling Slytherin students to be "nasty to Mudbloods".[7]


Early life

Elizabeth's portrait hung at the Grand Staircase

Elizabeth Burke

Elizabeth attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in her youth and was sorted into Slytherin. She was appointed Headmistress of Hogwarts School at an unknown point.[4] Burke had a portrait painted of herself when she was thirty-five years old.[8]

1991–1992 and 1992–1993 school years

By 1991, Elizabeth's portrait was hung at the Grand Staircase, above the stairs between the archway to the Entrance Hall and the doorway to the first-floor.[9]

During the next school year, Elizabeth's portrait was maintained at the same place at the Grand Staircase.[10]

1995–1996 school year

Elizabeth Burke: "Password?"
Slytherin student: "Slytherins are supreme."
Elizabeth Burke: "Pass Slytherins. And remember - be nasty to Mudbloods!"
— Burke's portrait giving special access to Slytherin students[src]

By 1995, her portrait was no longer hung by the first-floor landing of the Grand Staircase, but two floors below, at the Entrance Dungeon. During this school year, she hid a secret passage to the Main Dungeons. In order to gain passage, one had to give her the password "Slytherins are Supreme", which only she and the Slytherin students knew about.[7] There was another portrait of her, hung near the entrance to the Potions Classroom, hiding a passage to the seventh-floor corridor. Its password was "Facta, non verba".[6]

1996–1997 school year

By the next school year, her portraits no longer hid any secret passageway, nor did they stay on the same walls.[11]


One of her portraits was hung in Malfoy Manor.[12]

Behind the scenes


  • "Elizabeth" is from Ελισαβετ (Elisabet), the Greek form of the Hebrew name אֱלִישֶׁבַע (Elisheva) meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance". It has been very popular in England since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Famous modern bearers include the British queen Elizabeth II (1926-).


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Portraits of Headermasters and Headmistresses are hung in the Headmaster's office after they die. Professor Burke's could not have held the position after 1925 given that Phineas Nigellus Black was the last Slytherin headmaster and died in that year.
  2. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Malfoy Family" at Wizarding World - The pure-blood Malfoy family are "not against marrying half-bloods"; as a member of the Sacred-Twenty-Eight pure-blood Burke family, she similarly may have been pure-blood or half-blood.
  3. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter for Kinect is the only time Burke's portrait is seen in the Headmaster's Office
  5. The portrait was hung in Malfoy Manor, so it is possible that she was related to the Malfoys.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) - GBA version
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  8. Harry Potter Limited Edition
  9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
  10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
  11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
  13. DVD 2 - Special Features (The Quest of Sir Cadogan)
Hogwarts Castle
Locations below ground floor

Boathouse · Chamber of Secrets · Conical Crypt · Dark Hall · Deathday Party Hall · Defence Against the Dark Arts dungeon · Dungeons · Dungeon cave · Dungeon Five · Dungeon hall · Dungeon Pit · Entrance Dungeon · Forgotten Cavern · Hieroglyphic Hall · Hogwarts Basement · Hufflepuff Basement · Kitchens · Lever Rooms · Porticus Circumscriptus · Porticus Periculum · Porticus Imago · Porticus Medius · Potion-Mixing Room · Potions basement · Potions Classroom · Quidditch cave · Room of Doom · Room of Runes · Severus Snape's office · Shop · Slug Pit · Slytherin Boys' Dormitory · Slytherin Duelling Dungeon · Slytherin Dungeon · Slytherin Girls' Dormitory · Underground Chambers · Vestibule of Mischief

Paths and staircases

Boathouse passageway · Corridor of Secrets · Detention escape route · Dungeon Corridor · Dungeon Staircase · Lost Tunnel · Lower Chambers Corridor North-East · Lower Chambers Corridor West · Lower Chambers Portrait Corridor · Poltergeist Passage · Prowling Passage · Slughorn's Stairs · Undercover route to the Kitchens · Way to Courtyard

Portraits, statues and other artwork located below ground floor

Basil Fronsac · Bloody Baron · Cecilia Gallerani · Elizabeth Burke · Hooky · Mad old man · Mopsus · Old man · Percival Pratt · Salazar Slytherin · Sleeping hermit · Bearded man with book

First-floor of Hogwarts Castle
First-Floor Girls' Toilets · Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom
Class 1 · Classroom 1A · Classroom 1C · Classroom 1D · Classroom 1E · Classroom 4F · Classroom used for storage · Classroom with maps of Great Britain and Ireland · Muggle Studies Classroom
First-floor corridor · Library corridor · Passage of the Fouls · Tapestry Corridor
Halls and rooms
Detention Chamber · East Wing · Hospital wing · Library · Rear Hall · Severus Snape's storeroom
Minerva McGonagall's office · Poppy Pomfrey's office
Other locations
Minerva McGonagall's bedroom · Stone Bridge
Portraits, statues and other artwork
Bearded man · Elizabeth Burke · Count · Fat Friar · Female nurse · Male nurse · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Hengist Rawkes · Scholar · Google Stump
Staircase to the second-floor corridor · Staircase to the Serpentine Corridor · Staircase to the library corridor
Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the seventh floor

Attic · Bean Challenge rooms · Classroom 7B · Classroom 7C · Dark Tower topmost cell · Disused bathroom · Divination Classroom · Fat Lady's Corridor · Filius Flitwick's office · Grumpy Staircase · Gryffindor Tower reading room · Gryffindor girls' staircase · Gryffindor Boys' Dormitory · Hall of Hexes · Knights' Room · North Wing · Porticus Olidus · Pungent Passage · Room of Requirement · Runic Corridor · Seventh-floor corridor · Sybill Trelawney's office · Divination corridor · Staircase to the seventh-floor corridor

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the seventh floor

A Young Professor McGonagall · Barnabas the Barmy · Bridget Wenlock · Sir Cadogan · Caged monkey · Edward Rabnott · Elephant · Elizabeth Burke · Fat Lady · Flowering almond trees · George von Rheticus · Giraffe · Godric Gryffindor · Healers · Hippopotamus · Journeying wizards · Lachlan the Lanky · Mother and baby · Oraclitus Spheer · Staring Portrait · Three young ladies · Tiger · Two lovers in a graveyard · Valeria Myriadd · Wailing Egyptians · Witch flying to the moon · Wizard in black flowing robes · Wizard in blue · Wizard with a broomstick · Wolfhound