Professor Harfang Munter was the second Headmaster of Durmstrang Institute. He took over the school shortly after the mysterious death of his predecessor, founder Nerida Vulchanova, a great Bulgarian witch. He was a wizard of "dubious allegiance or nefarious intent", having stressed the importance of duelling and all forms of martial magic — something that the school is reputed for, even today, having kept it as an important part of its curriculum.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Harfang is a city of "civilized" giants in the Narnia universe of C. S. Lewis. Harfång is also a Swedish word, borrowed in other languages, such as French, used to refer to male snowy owls (literally: "hare-catcher"), the same species used for Hedwig in the movies.
  • Munter is the Danish, Swedish, German and Norwegian word for "cheerful", and while it is unlikely to be the cause of the name, it still provides irony in the fact that the Headmaster is described to be of villainous nature.
  • He shares a first name with Harfang Longbottom who married Callidora Black.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 12 (The Triwizard Tournament) - The Triwizard Tournament was established some 700 years ago = c.1294
  2. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Durmstrang Institute" at Wizarding World
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