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Marcus Minucius Myomancer[1][2] was a shop in Diagon Alley that sold mice,[2] and presumably other related supplies, along with offering myomancy readings, a form of Divination that involved rats and mice.

Parts of the pipe organ decorated the doorframe of the establishment.[3][2] The building was sandwiched between Mourning & Starr Armourers and The Magic Lantern.[4]

It was presumably owned and/or founded by Marcus Minucius.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • This shop also boasts a sign for Cats! Cats! Cats!, although the meaning is unclear.
    • It may be an adjacent shop ironically located upstairs.
  • The shop came to be the way it was, due to Illustrator Jim Kay incorporating different elements and trivia:
    • "Marcus Minucius" was taken from Roman consul Marcus Minucius Rufus, who was the political enemy of Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus.[2]
    • Fabius Maximus was known to preform sacrifices with animals in the hopes of seeing omens, and Claudius Aelianus[5] notes him practising myomancy and heeding its warning, was the reason he relinquished his dictatorship, allowing Marcus Minucius Rufus to be in favour.[2]
    • The storefront was an homage to the "Marvellous Mechanical Mouse Organ" from the show Bagpuss,[6] which Kay saw when he was a kid and was a fan of.[3][2]
    • Things like what's behind Marcus Minucius Myomancer were what interested Kay and it helped him get through a long and high pressure situation.[2]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (see this image)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Jim Kay Illustrator - Create Expo 2016 (from 29:40 to 31:21)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Inside The Chamber of Secrets: an interview with illustrator Jim Kay | BfK No. 221 at Books for Keeps (interviewed by Helen Boyle) - "The facade of the Myomancer’s shop is based on the Marvellous Mechanical Mouse Organ – I am a huge Bagpuss fan."
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (see this video)
  5. Myomancy | Encyclopedia.com - "Aeilan related that Fabius Maximus resigned the dictatorship in consequence of a warning from these creatures [...]"
  6. WP favicon.PNG Bagpuss on Wikipedia
Diagon Alley North Side

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Known residents, shop owners and employees

Blinkhorn · Belcher · Bufo · Crookshanks (formerly) · Eeylops Owl Emporium female employee · Eeylops Owl Emporium male employee · Florean Fortescue (deceased) · Flourish and Blotts manager · Hedwig (formerly; deceased) · Madam Malkin · Noltie · Madam Potage · Magical Menagerie salesman · Magical Menagerie saleswoman · Milvus Grizedale · Marcus Minucius · Trismus · Tut · Twinkle · Vietch · Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment employee