Ron Weasley: "I'd rather go alone than with — with Eloise Midgen, say."
Hermione Granger: "Her acne's loads better lately — and she's really nice!"
Ron Weasley: "Her nose is off-centre."
— Discussion of Eloise's looks and personality[src]

Eloise Midgen (also spelled "Midgeon") was a Gryffindor[2] student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the 1990s. She was known for having a really terrible case of acne.


Hogwarts years

In 1994 because she had bad acne, Eloise tried using a curse to get rid of her pimples, but ended up needing to have her nose reattached by Madam Poppy Pomfrey.[3] The incident left her nose permanently off-centre, but her acne did start to clear, at least for a while.[4]

Hermione Granger assured Ron Weasley that Eloise was a very nice person when he baulked at the idea of taking her to the Yule Ball. Ron only wanted a good-looking girl, regardless of whether she was nice and refused to consider going with her.[4]

The following year, Hermione warned that anyone who snitched after signing up for Dumbledore's Army would be struck with a jinx that would make Eloise's acne seem like "a couple of cute freckles".[5]

Eloise was withdrawn from Hogwarts by her father, in early September, 1996, as the public's fear about the threat posed by Lord Voldemort's return mounted.[6]

Behind the scenes


The name "Eloise" comes from the Old French name Héloïse, which is probably from the Germanic name Helewidis, composed of the elements heil "hale, healthy" and wid "wide". It is sometimes associated with the Greek word ‘ηλιος (helios) "sun" or the name Louise, though there is not likely an etymological connection. This name was borne in the 12th century by Saint Eloise, the wife of the French theologian Peter Abelard. She became a nun after her husband was castrated by her uncle.


Notes and references

  1. World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13 (Mad-Eye Moody)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 22 (The Unexpected Task)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 17 (Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)