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Ron Weasley: "Gwenog Jones? The Gwenog Jones? Captain of the Holyhead Harpies?"
Hermione Granger: "That's right. Personally, I thought she was a bit full of herself...."
Hermione Granger regarding Gwenog's high opinion of herself[src]

Gwenog Jones (b. 1968[1]) was a Welsh witch who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When Gwenog graduated from Hogwarts, she became a professional Quidditch player and later achieved fame as the captain and Beater of the Welsh all-female Quidditch team, the Holyhead Harpies.

Biography

Gwenog Jones was born into the presumably wizarding Jones family in 1968. Her family possibly came from Wales as Jones is a Welsh surname and she later become the manager of the Welsh National Quidditch team.

She began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1979.[2] It's unknown what house she was sorted into. During her time at the school she was became a favourite student of Horace Slughorn, and was consequently inducted into his Slug Club throughout her time at the school, one of the last before his retirement.[5]

While at Hogwarts, Jones was a member of the school's Dragon Club. At some time during her school years, she attempted to charm one of the school bludgers to only attack the other teams and accidentally cursed it. Being weak in charms, she was unable to uncurse it and, ashamed of her poor sportsmanship, she hid it in a statue that she subsequently donated to the Dragon Club.[6]

Horace Slughorn's picture of Gwenog on his shelf of favourites

Sometime after graduating in 1986,[2] Jones became a Beater for the all-female Holyhead Harpies Quidditch team, and eventually became the Captain of said team. Remembering her former Potions teacher, she gave Slughorn free tickets to her Quidditch matches whenever he so desired.[5] Amongst Jones's biggest fans was Ginevra Weasley, who had a poster of the prestigious Quidditch player on the wall of her small bedroom at the Burrow.[7] In later years Ginny would go on to play for the Harpies, though it is unknown whether Jones was still on the team at that point.

She paid for the statue hiding her bludger to be bewitched with various protective enchantments in hopes that the bludger would never be seen again. However, it was subsequently released during the 1986–1987 school year when Diego Caplan accidentally destroyed the statue during a friendly duel with Jacob's sibling. It wreaked havoc on the clubhouse, destroying it before being caught and secured.

This enraged Professor McGonagall who threatened to revoke everyone’s club privileges. Trying to defuse the situation, Diego and Jacob's sibling cleaned and repaired the mess but were unable to fix the statue due to its enchantments making it resistant to being repaired by normal means.

While seeking a replacement, Jacob's sibling discovered Jones' connection and managed to contact her through their mutual acquaintance, Erika Rath. Jones returned to the school and she and Jacob's sibling brought the bludger to Professor Flitwick. With Flitwick's guidance, Jacob's sibling uncursed the bludger, after which Jones privately confessed the truth of its creation to the student.

Later she gave an inspiring speech to encourage the club members who were despondent after learning that a replacement state would cost 300 galleons. In a brainstorming session with Diego and Jacob’s sibling, they decided to raise the money with a fundraiser event with activities showcasing the classes the Dragon Club focused on. Gwenog herself supervised the event’s broom race.

As a gift to the club for their hard work in creating the event, she donated a replacement statue to allow the students to put the money towards the club. This gift turned out to be especially important when the fundraiser’s donations came up 48 galleons short. She also donated a beater's bat signed by the current members of the Holyhead harpies, herself included [6]

Gwenog Jones's "It Should Have Been Haiti" t-shirt

By 2014, Gwenog Jones had retired from the Holyhead Harpies, and had become the manager of the Welsh National Quidditch Team. Shortly before the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, Gwenog Jones threatened to "curse the face off" rival Brazilian manager José Barboza, when he called her Chasers "talentless hags" (a comment that he later insisted had been taken out of context). During the Brazil-Wales quarter-final match, she showed up to the game in an 'It Should Have Been Haiti' T-shirt and was prevented from entering the stadium, therefore missing the first ten minutes of the game. She later ended up in custody when, after Brazilian Seeker Tony Silva caught the Snitch and won the game, she attempted to curse off Barboza's face in the packed stadium and was dragged away by her own Beaters.[4]

Physical appearance

Gwenog Jones's physical appearance

Gwenog was described as being a tall, dark-skinned witch. Due to the fact she was a beater it can be presumed that she was fairly burly or at least had a 'beater's build'. She had dark brown hair and brown eyes.[3]

Personality and traits

Jones had said on a number of occasions that witches made better Quidditch players than wizards, and no one was likely to disagree with her. This was because "people who disagreed with [Jones] had a nasty habit of turning into woodlice." After a game she enjoyed relaxing with friends, drinking butterbeer, and listening to the Weird Sisters. Hermione Granger considered Gwenog to be "a bit full of herself" after meeting her at one of Slughorn's Slug Club meetings in 1996.[8] It is thought that the ICWQC's ban on 'managerial trash talk' was made with her in mind.

Magical abilities and skills

  • Flying: Jones was evidently a highly accomplished and talented broomstick flyer and Quidditch player, given how she became both the Captain and Beater for the Holyhead Harpies Quidditch team, a very impressive achievement in the magical sport which gained much fame and recognition in the world of Quidditch. She was so experienced in playing the sport that she eventually became the Manager of the Welsh National Quidditch team.
  • Transfiguration: It was said that "people who disagreed with [Jones] had a nasty habit of turning into woodlice", this meant that Jones was capable of casting a transfiguration spell which turned humans into woodlice.
  • Dark Arts: Jones appeared to a level of skill with the casting of dark charms, given how she threatened to curse José Barboza during a Quidditch match and had to be pulled away by her own players to prevent her from cursing him.[4] Jones also accidentally curseed a Bludger in her youth, which she also found herself unable to reverse.[6]

Etymology

Gwenog is the name of an obscure Welsh saint, most notable for her namesake church in Llanwenog. The name is presumably derived from the Welsh Gwen, which means "fair, blessed."

Jones is a very common Welsh surname derived from the name John, which means "God is gracious."

Behind the scenes

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chocolate Frog Card (see this image)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, "A DRAGON'S QUEST" Achievement - She had already graduated in the 1986–1987 school year, the year in which this adventure takes place.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 J. K. Rowling's official site
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Pottermore - Quidditch World Cup 1990 - 2014 (Archived)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, "A DRAGON'S QUEST" Achievement
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 7 (The Will of Albus Dumbledore)
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 14 (Felix Felicis)
  9. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Quidditch Season 2, Chapter 12 (THE SECOND QUIDDITCH CUP)
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