"Parvati walked forward, her face set. Snape rounded on her. There was another crack, and where he had stood was a bloodstained, bandaged mummy; its sightless face was turned to Parvati and it began to walk toward her very slowly, dragging its feet, its stiff arms rising —"
—Description of Parvati Patil's boggart.[src]

A mummy is a corpse that has been ceremonially preserved through the removal of its internal organs and subsequent treatment with natron and resin, and wrapping in bandages. Some cultures, most famously the Ancient Egyptians, preserved their dead in this fashion.[1]


In 1989 or 1990, William Weasley encountered a mummy on a curse-breaking job. He ended up blasting the mummy into dust. Bill later told this story to his younger brother Charlie. Later, when Bill was about to tell about it to other Hogwarts students in the Romanian Dragon Sanctuary, he was interrupted by Charlie, who spoiled the ending.[2]

The Weasley family saw some of these mummies on their 1993 trip to Egypt.[3]

A mummy that has been reanimated in a matter similar to an Inferius was the worst fear of Parvati Patil, and thus her boggart took this form.[4] 

Mummy parts could also be used in the manufacture of Belch Powder;[5] 2 drachms of mummy was a required component.[6]

Behind the scenes

  • It is unclear if the mummies that exist in the wizarding world is simply mummified inferi, or if it is something else, just like inferi and zombies are two different things. It is worth noting, however, that it was presumably not without good reason that Bill defeated the one he encountered by blasting it into dust, as opposed to using fire.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Parvati's boggart assumed the form of a giant cobra


Notes and references

  1. WP favicon.PNG Mummy on Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, "The Dragon's Treasure" Achievement - Part 3, Side Quest "Dragon Country"
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 7 (The Boggart in the Wardrobe)
  5. Label Collection book in the Harry Potter Wizard's Collection box set.
  6. The label reads: "of Mummy, Mastick, Red Myrrhe, Olibanum, Ammoniacum, Oppopanax, Bdelium, each ʒii. Vitriol ℔ii. Honey, ℔ii. Tartar ℥1,ſs. Aquavitæ, gal.iii." which uses the apothecaries' system of weights.
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