"The terrified‐looking boy Harry had noticed earlier stumbled forwards and put the Hat on his head; it was only prevented from falling right down to his shoulders by his very prominent ears."
—Euan during the 1995 Sorting ceremony[src]

Euan Abercrombie began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1995 when Harry was in his Fifth year.

As he was first in his year alphabetically, he was the first to be sorted, and was sorted into Gryffindor House.[2] He was a small boy with prominent ears, who often looked terrified.[2] He believed in the Daily Prophet's smear campaign against Harry Potter, and looked at him fearfully when Harry tried to smile at him.[2]


"Abercrombie" is a surname of Celtic or Gaelic origin. It comes from the name of a parish in Fife, Scotland, on the northern shore of the Firth of Forth, whence the possessor took his surname; from Aber, marshy ground, a place where two or more streams meet; and cruime or crombie, a bend or crook. Aber, in the Celtic and Gaelic, and also in the Cornish British, signifies the confluence of two or more streams, or the mouth of a river, where it flows into the sea; hence it is often applied to marshy ground, generally near the confluence of two rivers. It also signifies, sometimes, a gulf or whirlpool. "Euan" is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and it means "born of yew" or "youth". It also means "little swift one" in Irish Gaelic.

Behind the scenes


  • Chinese (PRC): 尤安·阿伯克龙比
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 尤安·愛波
  • Croatian: Euan Abercombie
  • Dutch: Eelco Abeel
  • Greek: Γιούαν Αμπερκρόμπι
  • Hebrew: יואן אברקרומבי
  • Japanese: ユーアン・アクロバンビー
  • Lithuanian: Juanas Aberkrombis
  • Norwegian: Johan Abelin
  • Russian: Юан Аберкромби (Yuan Aberkrombi)
  • Serbian: Јуан Аберкромби (Juan Aberkrombi)
  • Ukrainian: Юан Аберкромбі (Yuan Aberkrombi)

The following languages are the same as the original:

  • Afrikaans
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Faroese
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish


Notes and references

  1. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 11 (The Sorting Hat's New Song)
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