"There was some pretty nasty stuff that wasn't my department, though. Mortlake was taken away for questioning about some extremely odd ferrets, but that's the Committee on Experimental Charms, thank goodness…"
Arthur Weasley on Mortlake's case[src]

Mortlake (fl. 1992) was a British wizard who kept ferrets.


In 1992, a Ministry of Magic raid on his home confiscated his ferrets, because they appeared to have experimental charms placed on them. The case was referred to the Committee on Experimental Charms.[1]


  • Anglo-Saxon origin, habitational name for residents of Mortlake in Surrey. “Mort” in Anglo-Saxon means “young salmon”, not to be confused with other historical and current translations of “Mort”. “Lake” may have been derived from “lacu” which translates to “stream”; hence “stream frequented by young salmon”.
  • Mortlake was home to John Dee, a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, alchemist and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. Dee is frequently portrayed as a magician in modern works of fiction.


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