"And anyway, life’s too short... look at Madam Bones, look at Emmeline Vance... it could be me next, couldn’t it?"
—Emmeline's death[src]

Emmeline Vance (d. Early July, 1996[2]) was a British witch and a member of the first and second Order of the Phoenix. She most likely fought in several battles of both wars, and was also a member of the Advance Guard. Emmeline was murdered by Death Eaters in mid-1996. She was considered a highly talented witch and her loss was a heavy blow to the Order.



The first Order of the Phoenix

Emmeline served as a member of the original Order of the Phoenix, an organisation constructed by Albus Dumbledore in order to oppose Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. She fought in the First Wizarding War and unlike many others ultimately survived, living well past Voldemort's first fall.

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The Advance Guard inside 4 Privet Drive, preparing to excort Harry Potter to safety

When Lord Voldemort returned to power in 1995, Vance became a member of the reconstituted Order of the Phoenix. One of Vance's more important duties was to serve as a member of the Advance Guard that acted as protectors of Harry Potter after they extracted him from number four, Privet Drive and took him to the safety of the Order's headquarters.

Emmeline's long distinguished service to the Order ended, however, when she was attacked and murdered by Death Eaters near the residence of the Muggle Prime Minister in the second week of July, 1996.[2] Her loss was considered a heavy blow for the Order and her murder was publicised in Muggle newspapers, most likely because of the place of her murder being so close to the Prime Minister. Severus Snape claimed to have given information to Voldemort that led to Vance's death, but considering he was a double agent, it is unknown whether this is true.

Physical Appearance

Emmeline was described as a stately-looking witch with an emerald green shawl.

Magical abilities and skills

  • Magical mastery: Being a highly respected member of the Order of the Phoenix, Vance was considered by fellow members of the Order to be a highly talented and skilled witch, implying she was proficient in many areas and fields of magic. Much of the sorrow expressed after her death and murder was further testament to her power whilst she was alive.
  • Charms: Vance could produce a non-corporeal Patronus Charm[4], a mark of superior magical ability and talent given the immense difficulty of performing the charm.
  • Flying: Vance was a skilled broomstick flyer, being a member of the Advanced Guard who escorted Harry Potter to 12 Grimmauld Place via broomstick flight.


Order of the Phoenix

Emmeline had a good relationship with most members of the Order of the Phoenix. Many of the Order's members were saddened by her death. Harry Potter also mentioned her in a discussion with Dumbledore about life and death.

Behind the scenes

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The Advance Guard in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Emmeline Vance was portrayed by Brigitte Millar.
  • If it indeed true that Snape's information lead to her untimely demise, Dumbledore might have sacrificed her for the sake of solidifying Snape's credibility in the eyes of Dark Lord's, doing so with a heavy heart for the Greater Good of the resistance against Voldemort and his followers under the principles of "the end justifies the means".


The name "Emmeline" comes from an Old French form of the Germanic name Amelina, originally a diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element amal meaning "work". It was introduced to England by the Normans.


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Emmeline during the flying

Notes and references

  1. As only of age witches and wizards who had already left school were allowed to join the Order of the Phoenix, this means that Emmeline as at least 17 in 1981.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister) - "Even the weather was dismal; all this chilly mist in the middle of July...." [...] “What a week, what a week . . .” “Had a bad one too, have you?” asked the Prime Minister stiffly, hoping to convey by this that he had quite enough on his plate already without any extra helpings from Fudge. “Yes, of course,” said Fudge, rubbing his eyes wearily and looking morosely at the Prime Minister. “I’ve been having the same week you have, Prime Minister. The Brockdale Bridge ... the Bones and Vance murders ... not to mention the ruckus in the West Country ...”
  3. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  4. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
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Albus Dumbledore
Original Order of of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Alice Longbottom | Arabella Figg | Benjy Fenwick | Caradoc Dearborn | Dedalus Diggle | Dorcas Meadowes | Edgar Bones | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fabian Prewett | Frank Longbottom | Gideon Prewett | Hestia Jones (possibly) | James Potter | Lily Potter | Marlene McKinnon | Mundungus Fletcher | Peter Pettigrew (defected) | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Reconstituted Order of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Arabella Figg | Arthur Weasley | Bill Weasley | Charlie Weasley | Dedalus Diggle | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fleur Delacour | Fred Weasley | George Weasley | Harry Potter | Hermione Granger | Hestia Jones | Kingsley Shacklebolt | Minerva McGonagall | Molly Weasley | Mundungus Fletcher | Nymphadora Tonks | Remus Lupin | Ron Weasley | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
Order of the Phoenix allies:
Andromeda Tonks | Augusta Longbottom | Buckbeak | Colin Creevey | Dobby | Filius Flitwick | Firenze | Garrick Ollivander | Ginny Weasley | Grawp | Hannah Abbott | Helena Ravenclaw | Horace Slughorn | Karkus | Karkus's wife | Katie Bell | Kreacher | Lee Jordan | Luna Lovegood | Mr. Westenberg | Mrs. Westenberg | Muriel | Nearly-Headless Nick | Neville Longbottom | Oliver Wood | Olympe Maxime | Percy Weasley | Pomona Sprout | Sybill Trelawney | Ted Tonks | The Fallen Fifty | Westinburgh family | Winky | Xenophilius Lovegood
Other affiliations:
Dumbledore's Army | Forbidden Forest Centaur colony | Headless Hunt | Hogwarts Hippogriff herd | Hogwarts house-elves | Hogwarts Ghosts | Hogwarts Staff |
Hogwarts students | Hogwarts Thestral herd | Ministry of Magic | Giant colony (Karkus's control)