Ethelred the Ever-Ready was a medieval wizard, infamous for being offended for no reason and cursing innocent bystanders thereafter without hesitation, hence his title. Eventually he was imprisoned, presumably for his random acts of violence, and subsequently died in jail.
- The name Ethelred is composed from Old English elements æðele, meaning "noble", and ræd, meaning "counsel", being bombastic and common in the Royal House of Wessex.
Behind the scenes
- Ethelred the Every-Ready's name was likely inspired by King Ethelred II of England, who was known as the Unready after his death (from Old English Æþelræd Unræd). In that time, "unready" was probably understood pejorative as "evil counsel" (opposite to the name) or "bad plan"; the king was considered ill-advised or indecisive in his conflict with the Danes.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)(Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)