Mary II (30 April 166228 December 1694) was Queen of England, jointly ruling with her husband King William III from 1689 until her death, after which William ruled on his own.[1]

When the British Ministry of Magic was begging for recognition and protection under Muggle law, Queen Mary and King William failed to send a delegation to them, which contributed to the introduction of the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy in 1692.[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 מִרְיָם (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. "Mary II of England" on Wikipedia
  2. First question of the Third W.O.M.B.A.T. at J. K. Rowling's official site.
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