Harry Potter: "Are they doctors?"
Ron Weasley: "Doctors? Those Muggle nutters that cut people up? Nah, they're Healers."
— Discussion regarding healers[src]

A Healer is the wizarding world equivalent of a Muggle doctor. They tend to the sick and injured. St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries (which is England's wizarding community's primary hospital) is one such place where a Healer may work.

Healers practise and utilise Healing magic, a branch of magic devoted to improving the physical and mental condition of a living being.


"Witches and wizards in lime-green robes were walking up and down the rows, asking questions and making notes on clipboards like Umbridge’s. Harry noticed the emblem embroidered on their chests: a wand and bone, crossed."
—Description of the Healers that work at St Mungo's[src]
Healers and Mediwizards are the wizarding world equivalent of Muggle doctors and nurses.

St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries is one of the most well known places where Healers work. It was created by Healer Mungo Bonham in the 17th century. They treat magical diseases such as Dragon Pox, spattergroit, and vanishing sickness and injuries. Healers at St Mungo's wear lime green robes with the sign of a bone and a wand.[1]

However, Healers can work in a variety of places. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, there is a Hospital Wing run by the matron.[2][3] Madam Poppy Pomfrey was the matron from 1971 until at least 2014. Healers at Hogwarts tend to the sick and wounded from the school but transfer anyone they do not have the resources to treat, to St Mungo's.

Healers also attend Quidditch games as well, in order to attend to injuries gained by players.

Healing magic

Healing magic is a branch of magic used by Healers and Mediwizards to treat the sick or wounded.

There are many different types of spells in this branch of magic, that have a variety of effects. There are also a vast group of potions that are dedicated to healing as well. Magical medication is also implemented and is normally related to healing potions, but things such as chocolate are also a type of medication. There are some described below:

Potion Effect
Skele-Gro Causes vanished or otherwise lost bones to regrow in a notably slow and painful process.[3]
Pepperup Potion Cures the common cold.[4]
Blood-Replenishing Potion Tops up the blood levels of the drinker after blood loss from injury or otherwise.[1]
Wiggenweld Potion Replenishes lost stamina, and acts as the antidote to the Draught of Living Death.[5]


To become a Healer, one must have excellent academic credentials. In Britain they need at least five N.E.W.T.s, with a high mark of either 'Outstanding' or 'Exceeds Expectations' at: Potions, Transfiguration, Herbology, Charms, and Defence Against the Dark Arts.[6]

Known Healers

See also

Behind the scenes

It is unknown whether Healers are trained solely on the job or at some kind of Wizarding tertiary education institution similar to a Muggle university. Presumably one needs to train in Healing magic and human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and epidemiology. However, as the Hogwarts curriculum does not appear to contain any science or mathematics classes this seems problematic.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 17 (The Man with Two Faces)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice)

St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries
Founder Mungo Bonham
St Mungo's Admissions Department · Poisoning Department · Janus Thickey Ward · "Dangerous" Dai Llewellyn Ward for Serious Bites · Purge and Dowse, Ltd
Positions Healer · Mediwizard · Trainee Healer · Welcome Witch · Entrance dummy
Healers Omar Abasi · Dilys Derwent · Lancelot · Rutherford Poke · Augustus Pye · Hippocrates Smethwyck · Helbert Spleen · Miriam Strout · Talbott Winger's mother
Katie Bell · Herbert Chorley · John Dawlish · Gordon Horton · Minerva McGonagall · Montgomery · Laura Thorn · Nymphadora Tonks · Arthur Weasley · Grubby-looking St Mungo's patient · Bitten St Mungo's patient · Winged St Mungo's patient · Unidentified St Mungo's patient · Unidentified werewolf
Long-term residents Agnes · Alice Longbottom · Frank Longbottom · Gilderoy Lockhart · Broderick Bode (deceased)
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.