Marcus Minucius Myomancer was a shop in Diagon Alley that sold mice, and presumably other related supplies, along with offering myomancy readings, a form of Divination that involved rats and mice.
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.
- Fabius Maximus was known to preform sacrifices with animals in the hopes of seeing omens, and Claudius Aelianus notes him practising myomancy and heeding its warning, was the reason he relinquished his dictatorship, allowing Marcus Minucius Rufus to be in favour.
- The storefront was an homage to the "Marvellous Mechanical Mouse Organ" from the show Bagpuss, which Kay saw when he was a kid and was a fan of.
- Things like what's behind Marcus Minucius Myomancer were what interested Kay and it helped him get through a long and high pressure situation.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (First appearance)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (see this image)
- Jim Kay Illustrator - Create Expo 2016 (from 29:40 to 31:21)
- 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."
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition (see this video)
- Myomancy | Encyclopedia.com - "Aeilan related that Fabius Maximus resigned the dictatorship in consequence of a warning from these creatures [...]"
- Bagpuss on Wikipedia