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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 was a qualified witch or wizard who tended to the sick and injured using healing magic. They were the wizarding world equivalent of a Muggle doctor. St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries (which was the primary hospital to England's wizarding community) was one such place where a Healer may have worked tending to the sick and injured.[1][2]

Nature[]

"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 were the wizarding world equivalent of Muggle doctors and nurses.[1]

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

Healers could work in a variety of places. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, there was a Hospital Wing run by the matron.[3][4] Madam Poppy Pomfrey was the matron from 1971 until at least 2014. Healers at Hogwarts tended to the sick and wounded at the school, but transferred anyone they did not have the resources to treat, to St Mungo's.[5]

Healing magic[]

Main article: Healing magic

Healing magic was a branch of magic used by Healers and Mediwizards to treat the sick or wounded.[6]

There were many different types of spells in this branch of magic, that had a variety of effects. There were also a vast group of potions that were dedicated to healing as well.[6] Magical medication was also implemented and was normally related to healing potions, but things such as chocolate were also a type of medication.[7][6] Some of these described below were:

Potion Effect
Skele-Gro Caused vanished or otherwise lost bones to regrow in a notably slow and painful process.[4]
Pepperup Potion Cured the common cold.[8]
Blood-Replenishing Potion Topped up the blood levels of the drinker after blood loss from injury or otherwise.[1]
Wiggenweld Potion Replenished lost stamina, and acted as the antidote to the Draught of Living Death.[9]

Requirements[]

To become a Healer, one had to have excellent academic credentials. In Great Britain and Ireland, they needed 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.[10]

Known Healers[]

See also[]

Behind the scenes[]

  • A healer is defined as "a person who claims to be able to cure a disease or injury using special powers."[32]
  • The exact relationship between mediwizards and healers has never been made explicitly clear. Given the context where mediwizards are seen (attending to an injured Quidditch player), they may be healers specialising in traumatic injuries or the wizarding world equivalent of first responders. It may also simply be an alternate term.

Appearances[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 17 (The Man with Two Faces)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 12 (Silver and Opals)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Pottermore
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)
  9. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Chapter 4 (Revenge is Best Served Magical) - Potions Lesson "Wiggenweld Potion"
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice)
  11. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Hogwarts Ghosts" at Wizarding World
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  13. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" at Wizarding World
  14. Hogwarts Legacy
  15. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 19 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  16. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 20 (A Different Kind of Hospital Drama)
  17. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 29 (Mind of a Diva)
  18. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 59 (It's Never Goodbye, It's Just Until Next Time)
  19. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Beyond Hogwarts, Volume 1, Chapter 2 (ROCC N' RUBBISH)
  20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
  21. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  22. DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY REUNITES AT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP FINAL (Archived)
  23. Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
  24. Astrid's profile at Harry Potter: Magic Awakened: The Mysterious Malady Season: Interview with the Writers (see this image)
  25. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
  26. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, "Become an Animagus" Achievement
  27. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 28 (The Last Laugh)
  28. Daily Prophet Newsletters
  29. Daily Prophet Newsletters: 1 June, 1999, Problem Page
  30. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Adversaries Event: Peter Pettigrew and Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly
  31. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Floo Powder" at Wizarding World
  32. Healer | Definition of Healer by Lexico
St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries
Founder: Mungo Bonham
Locations
Alchemy Room · 'Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn Ward: Serious Bites · Entrance dummy · Hospital Ward · Janus Thickey Ward · Poisoning Department · Purge and Dowse, Ltd · St Mungo's Admissions Department · St Mungo's Certified Healer Insignia · St Mungo's student programme
Employees
Positions Healer · Mediwizard · Trainee Healer · Welcome Witch St Mungo's emblem
Healers Astrid Cole · Dilys Derwent · Omar Abasi · Eustace Burke · Ruby Honeysuckle · Lancelot · Chiara Lobosca · Rutherford Poke · Augustus Pye · Hippocrates Smethwyck · Helbert Spleen · Miriam Strout · Portrait of a Healer · Wiggins · Talbott Winger's mother
Patients
Katie Bell · Bilton Bilmes · Bitten St Mungo's patient · Barnabus Blenkinsop · Philbert Chivers · Herbert Chorley · William Dale · John Dawlish · Andre Egwu's sister · Fugitive werewolf · Dorian Fungbury · Mirabel Garlick's predecessor · Grubby-looking St Mungo's patient · Rubeus Hagrid · Penny Haywood · Gordon Horton · Jacob · Tulip Karasu · Cecil Lee · Cassandra Mason's tenants · Minerva McGonagall · Tasmina McLaggen · Eloise Mintumble · Montgomery · Naasz · Esme Page · Anne Sallow · Miriam Strout · Laura Thorn · Nymphadora Tonks · Unidentified dragonologist · Unidentified St Mungo's patient · Unidentified werewolf · Arthur Weasley · Ginevra Weasley · Winged St Mungo's patient · Winifred Warrington
Long-term residents Agnes · Alice Longbottom · Broderick Bode (deceased) · Frank Longbottom · Gilderoy Lockhart · Zenith Xeep
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