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Merula Snyde's mother was a Dark Witch. She was imprisoned in Azkaban along with her husband for their allegiance to Lord Voldemort, as they were both Death Eaters.[5] She had at least one daughter, Merula, born circa 1973.


Early life

In her youth, she attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and was sorted into Slytherin, where she would have gained her magical education.[6] She was part of the Frog Choir[4] and played on the Slytherin Quidditch team.[7] At some point, she owned a unicorn for a short period of time.[8]

First Wizarding War

At the start of the war, she was pregnant with her daughter, Merula, who was born around 1973. After that, she and her husband, as Death Eaters, started fighting in the First Wizarding War, as loyal and committed servants of the Dark Lord Voldemort. She was very powerful and skilful witch and successfully defeated many Aurors whilst duelling them. On one particular occasion, she used the Incarcerous Spell on an Auror, binding them with ropes.[9] On Merula's tenth birthday, she and her husband gave Merula a broom as a present. They took turns taking Merula on the broom.


She was sentenced to Azkaban following the war for her crimes as a Death Eater, along with her husband. This made her very distraught to be separated from her much loved husband and daughter; the separations appeared to have a very negative effect on the family overall, particularly on young Merula, an event which is widely believed to have resulted in her developing her bitter, cold and spiteful personality towards others.

Personality and traits

Merula's mother was a very cruel, ruthless and powerful witch. She was a vicious pure-blood supremacist, and strongly believed in the importance of blood purity. It was the reason why she, along her husband, became Death Eaters. She was very loyal to Lord Voldemort, and was in particular very accomplished in duelling. Her abilities as a Death Eater allowed her to survive First Wizarding War, and most likely in the Second, if she continued to serve Voldemort following his return.

Despite her malevolent nature, she was very loving and loyal towards her family. She cared deeply about her husband and daughter, Merula. After the war, she was imprisoned in Azkaban for several years, which would have had a considerably negative effect on both her mental state and magical abilities.

Magical abilities and skills

  • Transfiguration: Merula's mother was skilled in transfiguration, as she was able to bind an Auror in ropes using the Incarcerous Spell, a form of conjuration, which is a particularly advanced and difficult branch of transfiguration.
  • Dark Arts: As a Death Eater and loyal and devoted servant of Lord Voldemort, Merula's mother would have been proficient with dark magic, and was highly likely to have been capable of performing the Unforgivable Curses, along with various other dark charms.
  • Duelling: Being a Death Eater, Merula's mother was a very competent duellist with considerable proficiency in martial magic. During her time as a Death Eater, she successfully defeated many skilled Aurors, showing the true extent of her to have been quite formidable in this field.
  • Care of Magical Creatures: Merula's mother was talented in caring for magical creatures, as it was said that she successfully cared for unicorn in her youth. This would imply a great amount of talent in this area, as taming Unicorns is notoriously difficult given their strict preferences to only bond with certain individuals.
  • Flying: During her Hogwarts years, Merula's mother played Quidditch for the Slytherin Quidditch team in an unknown position, showing her to have been an accomplished Broomstick flyer.[7]
  • Singing skills: Merula's mother was a talented singer, a trait she passed on to her daughter. She performed in the Frog Choir, where it can be assumed she honed her singing ability.



Merula's mother was very caring, loving and loyal towards her family. She loved her husband and daughter Merula, and was distraught by the fact that she would be separated from both of them following her imprisonment (along with her husband) in Azkaban.

Lord Voldemort

Merula's mother was very loyal and devoted to the Dark Lord Voldemort. She became a Death Eater and fought in the First Wizarding War. In particular, she passionately shared Voldemort's extremist beliefs in pure-blood supremacy and also in his radical vision for a strictly pure-blood society.


Notes and references

  1. The Death Eaters were known for their strong hatred of all Muggle-borns and Muggles.
  2. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  3. J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, July 30, 2007
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, "The Frog Choir" Achievement
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 8 (Barnaby Lee)
  6. After losing a duel against Jacob's sibling, Merula says that she is a fourth-generation Slytherin.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, during a practise match with Jacob's sibling, Merula said that both her parents played for Slytherin's Quidditch team.
  8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "A Unicorn Surprise!"
  9. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 1 (Year Five Begins)
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