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A matron (also known as a nurse) is a person that either leads a hospital, where they monitor health and heal the wounded, or an orphanage, where they take care of children.[1]

Hospital matron

Poppy Pomfrey, Hogwarts matron in the 1990s

Hogwarts School

Poppy Pomfrey

Madam Poppy Pomfrey was the matron at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Hospital Wing.[2] She was working there as of 1971, and stepped down as matron by 2014.[3]

Poppy cared for and healed the wounded and sick at Hogwarts. She was strict but exceptionally kind, as she insisted that anyone in her care had to stay until she was certain they were healed, and was unhappy when there were many visitors.[2] Poppy would also administer and make healing potions when needed, such as Skele-Gro,[4] the Wound-Cleaning Potion[5] or the Calming Draught.[6] The Matron of Hogwarts also possessed some disciplinary powers, being able to award and dock house points. In 1985, Madam Pomfrey gave Jacob's sibling twenty house points for helping her in the hospital wing.[7]

Hannah Abbott

Hannah Abbott applied for the job of Matron at Hogwarts in 2014 having trained as a healer. It is unknown whether she succeeded in obtaining the position.[3]

Orphanage matron

Cole, Wool's Orphanage matron in the 1930s

Wool's Orphanage


Mrs Cole was the matron at Wool's Orphanage in the 1930s. She was present when Tom Riddle received a visit from Albus Dumbledore in 1937, where she explained that Tom was unlike most children she knew. Although she appeared caring, she was also very sharp in a way that could be thought as inconvenient.[8]


Notes and references

  1. WP favicon.PNG Matron on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 17 (The Man with Two Faces)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pottermore - DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY REUNITES AT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP FINAL (Archived) - The position was opened for applications in 2014, implying that Poppy had stepped down.
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20 (The First Task)
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)
  7. [1][2]Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, see here.
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13 (The Secret Riddle)