After the British Ministry of Magic employee Arthur Weasley, was attacked when guarding the Department of Mysteries by Lord Voldemort's pet snake Nagini in the 18 December 1995, he was immediately sent to St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries for his injuries to be treated. At some point during his stay, in either late 1995 or early 1996, he successfully found the antidote for the highly poisonous venom which her fangs had infected him with, which healed Arthur Weasley's wounds, fully curing him and allowing him to return home.
Magical abilities and skills
- Healing magic: As a professional Healer employed at St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, Smethwyck was highly accomplished in the art of medical magic, meaning he would have been able to heal his patients with healing spells, healing potions and other magical remedies. His impressive knowledge of and skill with antidotes for various poisons allowed him to find the correct antidote for Arthur Weasley, saving his life from highly potent snake venom. Furthermore, in order to train as a Healer, he would have had N.E.W.T.s in Potions, Herbology, Charms, Transfiguration and Defence Against the Dark Arts, all at least "Exceeds Expectations" or "Outstanding" level.
The name "Hippocrates" is the Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Ιπποκρατης (Hippokrates) which meant "horse power", derived from the elements ‘ιππος (hippos) "horse" and κρατος (kratos) "power". This was the name of a 5th-century BC Greek doctor who is known as the Father of Medicine.
Notes and references
|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)|