One of the Merpeople

Mermish is the native language of the Merpeople.[1]


Mermish is a curious language that is specifically adapted for use underwater. When underwater it sounds much like English, or perhaps even like any other language;[2] however, out of water the language changes to a screeching, harsh and raspy sound.[3]

Mermish also has a written form, as it was one of the seventy-two languages that Miranda Goshawk's Book of Spells was published in.[4]


It is unknown whether non-Merpeople who can speak Mermish sound the same as Merpeople underwater i.e. whether or not they retain an accent (though they probably do) though it is known that non-Merpeople can speak it. Dylan Marwood and Albus Dumbledore were known non-Merperson speakers,[5] and Percy Weasley claimed that Bartemius Crouch Senior could also speak it.[6]

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Notes and references

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 25 (The Egg and the Eye)
  4. Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  5. Pottermore
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  7. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 37 (Entering the Black Lake!)
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