Gilbert Wimple (fl. 1994) was a wizard who worked for the Committee on Experimental Charms at the Ministry of Magic.


Gilbert Wimple was born well before 1994, possibly in Great Britain. He eventually received an education in magic and worked for the Committee on Experimental Charms at the Ministry of Magic. Presumably as a result of working on the Committee, he acquired horns. Wimple attended the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. Arthur Weasley pointed him out to Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger.[2]


The name "Gilbert" means "bright pledge", derived from the Germanic elements gisil "pledge, hostage" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to England, where it was common during the Middle Ages. It was borne by a 12th-century British saint, the founder of the religious order known as the Gilbertines.

Whimple is a village in Devon, near Exeter, where J. K. Rowling went to university. This could be a link to Wimple, as there are other references to places in the area in the books.

Behind the scenes


  • Bulgarian: Гилбърт Уимпъл
  • Danish: Gilbert Whimple
  • Dutch: Max Knelbreuk (means something like "pinch-break")
  • French: Gilbert Fripemine
  • German: Wilbert Gimpel
  • Hebrew: גילברט ווימפל
  • Japanese: ギルバート・ウィンプル
  • Norwegian: Gilbert Vimpel
  • Polish: Gilbert Whimple
  • Ukrainian: Гільберт Вімпл (Gil'bert Vimpl)

The following languages are the same as the original:

  • Croatian
  • Faroese


Notes and references

  1. As he works for the Ministry he is likely of age.
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)

Ministry of Magic Departments
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Archives · Committee on Experimental Charms · Department of Magical Artefacts · Department of Magical Education · Exploding Bonbons Disposal Unit · Magical Maintenance Department · Office for the Removal of Curses, Jinxes, and Hexes · Public Information Services · Remittance Office · Research Committee · Very Important Members of Section M.I. Trx. · Wizarding Examinations Authority
Committee on Experimental Charms Personnel
Balfour Blane · Gilbert Wimple
Department of Magical Artefacts Personnel
Sage Bragnam (Head Curator)
Magical Maintenance Department Personnel
Reginald Cattermole · Orford Umbridge · Lift attendant · Man
Research Committee Personnel
Phoebus Penrose (Head)
Wizarding Examinations Authority Personnel
Griselda Marchbanks · Professor Tofty · Unidentified plump little witch examiner · Unidentified examiner with a wart on his nose
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