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The four Hogwarts founders, who were four of the greatest wizards and witches of the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages of European history (adjective form: mediaeval or medieval) were a period in history which lasted for roughly a millennium, commonly dated from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century to the beginning of the Early Modern Period in the 15th century marked by the division of Western Christianity in the Reformation, the rise of humanism in the Italian Renaissance, and the beginnings of European overseas expansion. There was some variation in the dating of the edges of these periods which was due mainly to differences in specialisation and focus of individual scholars.[1]

During the Middle Ages, the wizarding world got clearly separated from Muggles and many important things had happened for wizards and witches:

Medieval wizards

During the middle ages, the following wizards and witches were known to have been alive:


During the Middle Ages, beautiful pieces of art were produced, amongst them some tapestries, like the Slytherin Dungeon tapestries,[11] Black Family Tapestry[12] and a tapestry depicting The Lady and the Unicorn. Muggle literature from this time also details numerous magical beasts and beings.[13]


Notes and references

  1. WP favicon.PNG Middle Ages on Wikipedia
  2. Quidditch Through the Ages
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  4. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Sir Cadogan" at Wizarding World
  5. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - "The Tale of the Three Brothers"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9 (The Writing on the Wall)
  7. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 10 (Knockturn Alley)
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1 (Owl Post)
  11. Pottermore introduction for Slytherins (transcription available here)
  12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 6 (The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black)
  13. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - "A Breif History of Muggle Awareness of Fantastic Beasts"