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"I'm taking my N.E.W.T. Potions this term!"
— Fay speaking to Harry Potter[src]

Fay Dunbar (b. c. 1978/1979) was a witch and Gryffindor student who aspired to become a member of the Auror Office. She attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1990s.[4]

Fay hoped to become an Auror.[4] It is unknown if she fulfilled her dream after graduating from Hogwarts.


Early life[]

Fay Dunbar was born in late 1978 or early-to-mid 1979, presumably into a pure-blood or half-blood family, as she seemed unfamiliar with a Muggle hairdryer.[2] She was also a fan of Gobstones.[4]

At the age of eleven, Fay was accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Scotland.

Hogwarts years[]

Fifth year[]

In her fifth year, Fay sat her Ordinary Wizarding Levels. By this time, she had decided she wished to be a member of the Auror Office and be a Dark wizard-catcher. She achieved an Exceeds Expectations or Outstanding in Transfiguration, good marks in Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts and Charms and an Outstanding in Potions.[4]

Sixth and seventh years[]

"I think one of the girls in my dormitory has a machine for drying her hair."
— Fay answering Harry Potter's question[src]

In her sixth year or seventh year in 1996, Fay studied hard for her Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, still wanting to become an Auror. This year, she could often be found in the Middle Courtyard, near the Transfiguration department.[4]

Shortly before the Christmas holidays, Harry Potter was looking for a Muggle hairdryer for Arthur Weasley, a collector of non-magical artefacts. Fay told him that one of the girls in her dormitory had "a machine for drying her hair", although it is unknown which girl she was referring to.[4]

That same year, Fay also played Gobstones with Harry, who was trying to defeat all the Gobstones players to win the Gobstones Cup.[4]

Magical abilities and skills[]


Derived from Middle English faie meaning "fairy". It appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Arthurian legends in the name of Morgan le Fay. It has been used as a given name since the 19th century. In some cases it may be used as a short form of Faith,[6] or another spelling for the mythological Irish creature; the Fae.

Dunbar means "castle headland" and comes from the old barony of Dunbar, now in East Lothian in Scotland. The place name Dunbar itself comes from the Gaelic dun meaning "fort" and barr meaning "summit". Locality from the town of Dunbar, at the mouth of the Frith of Forth, Scotland, so called from its situation on the rock which at this place projects into the sea.[7]

Behind the scenes[]


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Notes and references[]

  1. Fay told Harry Potter that she was attending N.E.W.T. level Potions classes. As Harry, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger were the only Gryffindors of their year who took the class, Fay was most likely in the year above them.
  2. 2.0 2.1 After Harry asked Fay about a hairdryer, she answered "I think one of the girls in my dormitory has a machine for drying her hair", implying that she was not entirely familiar with the Muggle world and its technology.
  3. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) - NDS version
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) - PS2 version
  6. Behind the name - Fay
  7. Behind the name - Dunbar.
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