Mary I (18 February, 151617 November, 1558), also known by her sobriquet of "Bloody Mary", was Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death on 17 November, 1558.[2]

Queen Mary was a witch and had a wand of her own.[3] There was a portrait of her hung at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by the 1990s, meaning she would have attended there in her youth, where she should have received her magical education.[3]

She was a daughter of the Muggle king Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, and thus a half-sister to her predecessor, Edward VI, and her successor, Elizabeth I.[2]


The name "Mary" is the usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Μαριαμ (Mariam) and Μαρια (Maria) - the spellings are interchangeable - which were from the Hebrew name מִריָם (Miryam). The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry "beloved" or mr "love".


Notes and references

  1. Her title may indicate she was Muggle-born or half-blood, as Remus Lupin told Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that there were no princes in the wizarding world, and thus it follows that there was no other wizarding royalty as well.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Mary I of England" on Wikipedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Making of Harry Potter (see this image)
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