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"Transfiguration, as you may be weary of hearing me say, is an exact science that can take a lifetime to master. But we needn't be daunted. Almost anything can be transformed, if you just perceive the potential within it — as I see in all of you, tremendous witches and wizards, every one of you. Or it could just be my eyesight."
— Professor Weasley[src]

Professor Matilda Weasley (fl. 19th century) was a witch who lived during the 19th century.[4] In her youth, she attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, before going on to work for the British Ministry of Magic as a Curse-Breaker. Later, she returned to her old school, becoming the professor of Transfiguration and, eventually, Deputy Headmistress.[8][3]


Early life[]

Matilda was born into the wizarding Weasley family[9] and attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she was sorted into Gryffindor House. Noted to have been an "exceptionally talented witch", she was presumably a gifted pupil.[10]

In her second year, she met and befriended Deek, an old house-elf employed in the school's kitchens, and together, they discovered the Room of Requirement. She would visit the room many more times throughout her schooling, at one point forgetting her school bag there, which she recovered only while showing the room to a new student during the 1890–1891 school year, much to her delight.[11]

Ministry career[]

After graduating, Matilda joined the British Ministry of Magic as a Curse-Breaker.[10] Her calming presence and extraordinary wandwork allowed her to rise quickly through the ranks.[6] Around this time, Matilda also befriended Chiyo Kogawa, a Mahoutokoro-educated witch of the Japanese Ministry of Magic, whom she stayed in touch with over the years that followed.[12]

Freelancing career[]

At some point during her Ministry career, Matilda met and fell in love with a Curse-Breaker named Paul, who reciprocated her feelings, and before long, Matilda had resigned her position at the Ministry in favour of travelling the world with him as freelance Curse-Breakers. With time, however, Matilda began to miss her family, the stability of a settled life, and the camaraderie of working with a talented group of witches and wizards. As Paul had no desire to "stop moving", their romance ended, and Matilda settled back down in Britain by herself.[6]

At some point, she worked with Chiyo Kogawa in Yokohama, a time described as "eventful".[13]

Hogwarts career[]


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Matilda Weasley at her desk in Classroom 1B

At some point before 1890, Matilda took over from an unidentified predecessor. Matilda became the professor of Transfiguration at Hogwarts, and proved herself to be a stern yet fair-minded instructor regarded for her ability to combine a good sense of humour with an air of authority.[6] She was also eventually promoted to the position of Deputy Headmistress, in which capacity her students found her to be "slightly intimidating".[10]

In her role, she took great care to supervise and discipline her nephew, Garreth Weasley, who was a student at the school in her care, though Garreth felt his aunt was too overbearing and protective.[4]

As Headmaster Phineas Nigellus Black had delegated her the job of handling staff appointments, she recruited Chiyo Kogawa as the school's new Flying Instructor and Quidditch referee after learning about a bad experience she had had during a try-out for the Toyohashi Tengu. Matilda had also befriended Mudiwa Onai, a gifted Seer and educator at Uagadou, with whom she was friendly enough that when she learned of the unexpected death of the latter's husband, she offered words of consolation and successfully persuaded Professor Black to let her invite Mudiwa to teach at Hogwarts instead.[8]

1890–1891 school year[]

In 1890, a new student was to be enrolled at the school to start as a fifth-year, and Matilda wrote them a unique acceptance letter informing them of their unusual situation and the preparation required.[14] Around the time the letter was dispatched to the student, a strange magical disturbance took place at the school that greatly concerned the student body. Professor Weasley joined Professor Hecat in Classroom 3C to address the fourth-year students, where she admitted that the staff had no knowledge of what had caused the disturbance to happen.[15] To help the future student catch up with their classmates, Matilda discussed with Professor Black and officers from the Department of Magical Education, who lent the school a copy of the Wizard's Field Guide to give to the student.[16] She additionally organised for them to receive extracurricular assignments from their professors.[17]

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Matilda placing the Sorting Hat onto the new fifth-year student's head

Matilda met the student in person on 1 September, the first day of the school year. The student arrived late at the Sorting Ceremony held in the evening, and Matilda placed the Sorting Hat onto the student's head. After they were sorted, Matilda introduced herself to them and guided them to their common room. The next day, Matilda gave the Wizard's Field Guide to the student and showed them how to make use of it. They travelled to the Central Hall via Floo Flames, where Matilda informed the student of their schedule of the day that included two classes and a trip to Hogsmeade to replenish their supplies. Professor Eleazar Fig then ran into Matilda and the student, and they talked briefly about the dragon attack Fig and the student had experienced.[16]

She asked the student to see her in her classroom after they completed the classes. When they arrived, she was talking to Deek about letting the student use the Room of Requirement. After Deek left, she turned to the student and let them know that Professor Ronen was ready to give them their first assignment. She also explained what the student should need from Hogsmeade, and asked them who they would like to go with to the village after completing the assignment. They chose between Sebastian Sallow and Natsai Onai, the two choices Matilda gave them,[17] and she sent the desired student an owl to give them the task.[18]

When it was time for the new fifth-year student to learn about the Room of Requirement, Matilda sent them an owl asking them to meet her in the seventh-floor corridor. However, she was dealing with Professor Black when the student went there, and when she arrived, she saw that the student had already discovered the entrance to the room by themself. They then went in, and Matilda found that the room presented itself to the student as the Room of Hidden Things, in which she finally spotted her old school bag. When a pile of chairs blocked their way forward, Matilda taught the Vanishing Spell to the student, and noted the moonstones the spell produced. After they found Deek, he asked the student to imagine the room as the way they liked it, which transformed it into a commodious space free to customise. Matilda then taught the student Conjuration spells, which required spellcrafts as recipes and used moonstones to conjure various kinds of workstations and decorations.[11]

Matilda was kept mainly in the dark about the quest pursued by the student and their mentor Professor Fig as they worked to combat the rise of Ranrok's goblin rebellion and the Rookwood Gang. However, she was told the full story by the end of the school year, by which point Ranrok was making significant gains to capture the final repository beneath Hogwarts Castle. Matilda and the other professors rushed to defend Hogwarts in an ensuing battle within the Keepers' Caverns, in which the defenders were victorious, after the new student subdued and killed Ranrok.[19]

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Matilda and the other professors arrive at the battle beneath the school

The battle, however, saw the death of Fig, to whom Matilda led a heartwarming eulogy at his memorial ceremony soon after.[19] Matilda also checked up on the new student and their progress.[20] When the new student completed their Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations, Matilda led a speech at the End-of-Term Feast that comemmorated the student's triumphant achievements and their defence of Hogwarts.[21]

Magical abilities and skills[]

  • Transfiguration: As a Professor of Transfiguration at Hogwarts, Professor Weasley was accomplished in this branch of magic, for which she had the utmost respect, considering that it could take a lifetime to master it.[4]
  • Defence Against the Dark Arts: As a former Curse-Breaker, she was proficient with counter-curses.[10]
  • Charms: Matilda was a powerful witch able to cast a variety of spells and charms. During the battle against the goblins trying to attack the repository located under Hogwarts, she cast a powerful Levitation Charm to prevent a pillar of stone from falling on her student and made it move to create a makeshift bridge out of it.
  • Apparition: Like most adult witches and wizards, Matilda could Apparate willingly, doing so in the battle against Ranrok's goblin army, where she along with other teachers Apparated to the location.


Matilda is a feminine name deriving from the Old High German words "maht" (meaning might and strength) and "hild" (meaning battle). The name itself, thus, means "Mighty in battle".[citation needed]

Behind the scenes[]

  • Professor Weasley is voiced by English actress Lesley Nicol in Hogwarts Legacy.[22]
  • Several decades later, another member of the Weasley family would take up the same work of Curse-Breaker that Matilda had done.
  • In early previews and promotional images for Hogwarts Legacy, Matilda was shown wearing a shabby, faded red clothes and a scarf, with a messier hairstyle (see this image). However, in the final product, she wears a more professional and clean black outfit with red-purple highlights, and has tidier hair.


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Notes and references[]

  1. Given that the Weasleys were included in the Pure-Blood Directory in 1930, and pure-blood families were established as statement against marriage to Muggles, and Muggle-borns in some cases, and given that Matilda held a prominent role at Hogwarts and would likely have been known to the Pure-Blood Directory publisher, it is extremely unlikely that she is a Muggle or Muggle-born. However, the Weasleys did note that they had Muggle ancestors. See Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Malfoy Family" at Wizarding World and Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Pure-Blood" at Wizarding World for details.
  2. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Simon Pegg joins Harry Potter world as Sirius Black ancestor in Hogwarts Legacy at EW.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Hogwarts Legacy
  5. 5.0 5.1 Hogwarts Legacy (see this image and this image)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy (see this image)
  7. Early preview of Hogwarts Legacy (see this video)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Hogwarts Legacy voiceover talent revealed with Simon Pegg confirmed as Headmaster Black at Wizarding World
  9. The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy (see this image)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 X (formerly Twitter) logo Hogwarts Legacy on X: "Hogwarts is in excellent hands with Professor Weasley as Deputy Headmistress. #HogwartsLegacy"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Hogwarts Legacy, Main Quest "The Room of Requirement"
  12. The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy (see this image)
  13. Hogwarts Legacy (see this image)
  14. Hogwarts Legacy (see this image)
  15. Hogwarts Legacy (Official Cinematic Trailer)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Hogwarts Legacy, Main Quest "Welcome to Hogwarts"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Hogwarts Legacy, Main Quest "Weasley After Class"
  18. Hogwarts Legacy, Main Quest "Welcome to Hogsmeade"
  19. 19.0 19.1 Hogwarts Legacy, Main Quest "The Final Repository"
  20. Hogwarts Legacy, Main Quest "Weasley's Watchful Eye"
  21. Hogwarts Legacy, Main Quest "The House Cup"
  22. IMDb favicon Lesley Nicol at the Internet Movie Database

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