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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 England's wizarding community's primary hospital) 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 from 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."[24]
  • The exact relationship between mediwizards and healers is never made explicitly clear. Given the context where mediwizards are seen (attending to an injured Quidditch player), they may be healers specializing 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. Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  13. DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY REUNITES AT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP FINAL (Archived)
  14. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Hogwarts Ghosts" at Wizarding World
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
  17. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" at Wizarding World
  18. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Floo Powder" at Wizarding World
  19. Daily Prophet Newsletters: 1 June, 1999, Problem Page
  20. Daily Prophet Newsletters
  21. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, "Become an Animagus" Achievement
  22. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
  23. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Adversaries Event: Peter Pettigrew and Ancient Ukrainian Ironbelly
  24. Healer | Definition of Healer by Lexico
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: Serious Bites · Purge and Dowse, Ltd
Employees
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
Patients
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)
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