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The "Ginger Witch", known in France as "La Sorcière Rousse",[1] was an American[2] witch and serial criminal whose exploits made headlines in the wizarding world in the 20th century.


Early life

Little is known about the origins of the "Ginger Witch". She was born in the United States, presumably sometime in the late 19th century or early 20th century, and was living in The Bronx in New York by 1926.[2]

Criminal exploits

"Bronx Ginger Witch prosecuted for wig theft" headline in a 1926 issue of The New York Ghost

1926 investigation

The "Ginger Witch" found herself under investigation by wizarding authorities in November 1926. The Daily Prophet carried an exclusive report on the incident, calling the witch "mysterious," which suggests this might have been her first brush with the law.[3]

Wig theft prosecution

In late 1926, an article by M. Ralphous in The New York Ghost reported that the "Ginger Witch," who was described as being from The Bronx, had been prosecuted for stealing a wig.[2]


In 1927, she was seen in Lyon, France, as reported by French newspaper Le Cri de la Gargouille.[1]

Same year, the No. 0227 edition of the magazine Spellbound claimed to unveil the witch's identity.[4]

Bertie Botts recall

In August 1993, the "Ginger Witch" was implicated in a product recall of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. The Daily Prophet reported that the witch was imprisoned and sent to the isolation wing.[5]

"Ginger Witch Survives Henna Explosion" headline in a 1995 issue of the Daily Prophet

Hooliganism arrest

In 1994, the Daily Prophet reported that the "Ginger Witch" attended a Muggle football match, where she was arrested for hooliganism.[6]

Flying pigs incident

In late 1994 or early 1995, an article by M. Amerinus in the Daily Prophet reported that the "Ginger Witch" was implicated in an incident involving two flying pigs, which interfered with the Muggle air traffic.[7]

Henna explosion

In August 1995, the "Ginger Witch" was caught in a henna explosion, but survived. The story made the front page of the Daily Prophet.[8]

Fake henna scandal

In 1996, the Quibbler reported that the "Ginger Witch" was arrested in Caxambu, Brazil with fake henna.[9] The magazine later reported that this scandal lead to her being sent to Azkaban.[10] She was eventually released from the prison on an unknown date.[11]

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