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Jacob (born c. 1955 - 1964) was a wizard who attended the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry circa the 1960s, 1970s or early 1980s.

Biography

Early life

Jacob was born somewhere between 1955 and 1964. He had one younger sibling.

Hogwarts years

At age eleven, he went to Ollivander's in Diagon Alley, and caused Mr Olivander's favourite inkpot to explode when trying out wands.[4] He attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for an unknown period of time and was sorted into an unknown house.

However, at some point during his later school career, Jacob began searching for the fabled Cursed Vaults, breaking all sorts of school rules and endangering the entire school in the process. At some point before he disappeared, he went to the Forbidden Forest and ran into a centaur named Torvus. He told Torvus of the Cursed Vaults and convinced him to help. Jacob wanted a Centaur's arrow for his search of the Cursed Vaults, but when Torvus refused, Jacob used magic to steal it from the camp.

Although the exact consequences of his search are not widely known, his former peers and later students alike would discuss it long afterwards, chief among the many rumours being that he unleashed several curses upon the school, and even was cursed himself and that he eventually went mad. Ultimately, however, he was expelled from school. His expulsion was covered in the Daily Prophet.

Disappearance

Shortly thereafter, he ran away from home and had been missing ever since. It was widely believed that Jacob joined Lord Voldemort following his disappearance. When his younger sibling eventually attended Hogwarts, they ended up being sorted into the same house he was, and were haunted by his negative reputation. Even so, Jacob's sibling rejected the idea of Jacob having ever had anything to do with "He Who Must Not Be Named", maintaining that Jacob loved his family, and he loved Hogwarts, expressing naught but concern for his well-being. Duncan Ashe revealed that he took the blame for R.

Found

During the end of the 1988–1989 school year, when Jacob's sibling and their friends along with Rakepick entered the portrait vault and defeated the Hungarian Horntail inside, it is revealed that Rakepick entered this vault with Jacob and Peter Pettigrew (who ran out in fear of the dragon) and that Jacob opened a door with his Legilimency as it was the 'key' to the treasure inside. Rakepick had unwillingly left Jacob in there and used his sibling, who had his same talent for Legilimency, to open the door and use their friends to help along the way. Rakepick shows her true colours as she decided to kill them all and used the Cruciatus Curse on Merula, Jacob's sibling and their friends initially tried to disarm her, but a powerful Shield Charm she had cast over herself blocked their spells. Jacob's siblings however managed to subdue her with Garrotting Gas, causing her to choke, allowing them all to knock her out, although she managed to disapparate away afterwards.

Jacob was found by his sibling in a portrait and they had an heartfelt and emotional reunion, with Jacob calling his younger sibling "Pip". He said that they must have come a long way to get him and apologised for his absence; Jacob's sibling's friends then entered and were equally shocked and surprised to see him. After telling him that Rakepick brought them into the vault, he became angry and informed them of Rakepick being "evil", and that he had to go and stop her before she could find the 'treasure' and give it to "R". His sibling tried to make him stay, as they had only just been reunited, and that together they could stop her, but Jacob told them that, because he was the one who caused all the mess, he should be the one to stop it. He told his sibling that they will meet again and told them to stay safe before leaving via Apparition.

Physical appearance

Jacob's head is shaved. He wore a brown coat, a grey vest with a red button down shirt, a leather brown sash over his vest, with brown trousers and black boots.

Personality and traits

While known among students and staff at the school as a troublemaker (whose apparent disregard for school rules and the safety of those who dwelt at the school proved outright dangerous), there were indicators that suggested that there was more to him than the circulating rumours would suggest. For example, while a rebellious young man, he was still a clever and talented student, being one of Professor Flitwick's most gifted students[5] prior to his expulsion, and is remembered fondly by the school's Head of Herbology, Professor Sprout, for being a kind and caring individual.[6] This was later reinforced when Jacob's own younger sibling reacted with righteous anger over being confronted with even the possibility of Jacob ever having had anything to do with Lord Voldemort when Merula Snyde confronted them with the rumour claiming he worked for him.

From what Jacob had shown after he was freed, he showed guilt and remorse for the mess he had started by tampering with the Cursed Vaults and lack of fear in pursuing Rakepick despite the warnings of his sibling, proving he was indeed a good-hearted man with a strong capability for remorse and desire to make up for his mistakes along with great courage. Jacob also returned the great concern of his sibling by refusing to bring them with him to pursue Rakepick.

Magical abilities and skills

  • Charms: Professor Flitwick, the school's Charms Master, claimed Jacob had been one of his most gifted students, meaning he was very proficient with more or less all the charms that the curriculum had to offer up until his expulsion. His charm-work would have to be very sophisticated and strong indeed for him to be able to locate and deal with the Cursed Vaults.
  • Transfiguration: Jacob was proficient in transfiguration, as he was capable of transfiguring his notebook into the form of a black quill to keep other suspicious parties from seeing it's contents, a method of concealment that would later be duplicated by R when this individual began leaving messages to different residents of Hogwarts.
  • Flying: In their very first lesson with Madam Hooch, one of the classmates of Jacob's sibling mentioned that they had heard he was a "fairly good flyer". His skill on a broomstick would have to be very impressive indeed, if this was the manner in which he entered and exited the Forbidden Forest to find one of the vaults and leave afterwards safely (a feat that was very notoriously difficult and required an impressive amount of control and even Jacob's sibling, themselves a highly talented flyer, had to improve their abilities first before able to perform such a feat).
  • Herbology: Professor Sprout noted that Jacob had been among her favourite students, meaning he would have been rather gifted and skilful in this field.
  • Legilimency: Jacob was a natural born Legilimens, same as his younger sibling, thus meaning he had the magical talent of navigating and reading the minds of others.
  • Apparition: Jacob was able to Apparate at will.

Possessions

Relationships

Family


Duncan Ashe


Torvus


Behind the scenes

  • Jacob is the older brother of the player's character in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. The house he belongs to and his surname in the game are dependent on the ones chosen by the player for their character.
  • Jacob's appearance also varies depending on that of the player.
  • In the Beta version of the game, there were scenes where Jacob's name was originally "William". It's unknown what the reason was for his name being changed for the final version of the game. It’s possible it was changed because of Bill Weasley's presence.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. According to Rakepick, the last time she was in the vault was with Jacob and Pettigrew, who left her and Jacob behind to die. As Peter was in hiding by 1981, one can assume this event occurred pre 1981 (especially as Rakepick says that Pettigrew went into hiding and not back into hiding - indicating it was the first time, c. 1981) - this would make Jacob 17 in 1981 and thus born in 1964. Similarly, he was rumoured to have joined Lord Voldemort, which would have put his disappearence before Voldemort's downfall in 1981. However, Rakepick mentions in her introductory speech that she was not believed by her teachers about the vaults, indicating that the last time she went there was when she was at school - especially as she reveals that she hasn't been there until she "found [her] way back into Hogwarts" which was in c. 1984. Based on Snape's words (which reveal Rakepick was born in 1955 or 1956) the earliest the event above could have occurred was 1973, which would place Jacob's birthdate in 1955 or 1956.
  2. He and his sibling were said to be from a wizarding family and able to perform magic
  3. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  4. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Chapter 1 (Your Journey Begins)
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Chapter 2 (Welcome To Hogwarts)
  6. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 1 (Year Three Begins)
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