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"No one wants to upset me! That's a good one! My life was nothing but misery at this place and now people come along ruining my death!"
— Myrtle's outlook on her life and death at Hogwarts[src]

Myrtle Elizabeth Warren[8] (c. 1929[1]June 1943),[2] more commonly known after her death as Moaning Myrtle, was a Muggle-born witch who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1940 to 1943 and was sorted into Ravenclaw house.

She was killed in 1943 by the Serpent of Slytherin, which had been released by Tom Riddle. After the incident, she became a ghost who haunted the second-floor girls' bathroom (and occasionally other bathroom facilities) at Hogwarts.[6]

Biography[]

Early life[]

Myrtle was a witch born circa late 1928 to early 1929[1] to a Muggle mother and father, making her a Muggle-born.[4]

Hogwarts years[]

She started her education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1939 or 1940[1] When she arrived at Hogwarts she was Sorted into the house of Ravenclaw.[7] While at Hogwarts she was unable to make any friends and was constantly teased and bullied because of this and her physical appearance, which included glasses and acne.[9]

Opening of the Chamber of Secrets[]

"Ooooh, it was dreadful. It happened right in here. I died in this very stall. I remember it so well. I'd hidden because Olive Hornby was teasing me about my glasses. The door was locked, and I was crying, and then I heard somebody come in. They said something funny. A different language, I think it must have been. Anyway, what really got me was that it was a boy speaking. So I unlocked the door, to tell him to go and use his own toilet, and then — I died."
— Myrtle telling Harry Potter about her death[src]

In the 1942–1943 school year, sometime into Myrtle's education, the Chamber of Secrets was opened for the first time,[4] which was a legendary chamber built by Salazar Slytherin and inside was a beast that only his heir could control.[9]

It was believed that Gryffindor student, Rubeus Hagrid had opened the Chamber because he was caught raising Aragog (an Acromantula), but it was actually Tom Marvolo Riddle, a Slytherin student. Hogwarts was soon facing closure as Muggle-born students were being mysteriously attacked by the mythical beast thought to be down inside the Chamber.[4]

Death[]

"Nobody missed me even when I was alive. Took them hours and hours to find my body — I know, I was sitting there waiting for them. Olive Hornby came into the bathroom — 'Are you in here again, sulking, Myrtle?' she said, 'because Professor Dippet asked me to look for you —' And then she saw my body..."
— Myrtle regarding the finding of her body[src]

On her final day of her life in early June 1943, Myrtle was teased by student Olive Hornby, who made fun of Myrtle's glasses and left Myrtle alone sobbing. Myrtle then ran into one of the bathroom's stalls and started crying. Shortly after Myrtle had entered the bathroom, Riddle entered and started speaking in Parseltongue in order to open the Chamber of Secrets, the entrance of which was hidden behind the sink in front of the very stall occupied by Myrtle at the time. The Serpent of Slytherin (a Basilisk) then emerged from the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets. The monster had been using the pipes as a means of transportation, as to not be seen and therefore never being caught.[3]

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Myrtle's body being removed from school grounds

Myrtle, still in one of the stalls, recognised the voice as being that of a boy. Opening the stall's door, she was about to yell at Riddle to go away, when the Basilisk stared at Myrtle and her eyes met with the monster's. Since looking into a Basilisk's eyes is a fatal act, Myrtle was killed instantly and her body fell to the bathroom floor, becoming Tom's first victim.[3] Tom (later known as Lord Voldemort) used her murder to make his first Horcrux: the Diary.[10] Myrtle's body was later found by Hornby, something that Hornby would not soon forget.[11]

Post-mortem[]

1940s[]

"And then she saw my body... ooooh, she didn't forget it until her dying day, I made sure of that... followed her around and reminded her, I did. I remember at her brother's wedding — and then, of course, she went to the Ministry of Magic to stop me stalking her, so I had to come back here and live in my toilet."
— The British Ministry stopped Myrtle Warren from stalking her old classmate[src]
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Moaning Myrtle sulking in her second-floor bathroom

Myrtle's body was removed from the school after its discovery. After her death, Myrtle returned as a ghost so she could haunt student Olive Hornby in revenge for her bullying. Myrtle attended the wedding of Olive's brother uninvited. She apparently caused a massive scene to remind Olive of how she bullied her, causing a huge mess. Olive went to the Ministry of Magic to restrain Myrtle, who was thereafter obliged to remain at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[11]

Ever since, Myrtle haunted the bathroom where she had died, although she was sometimes seen in other bathrooms, and was even flushed into the lake occasionally. As a result of her haunting, her lavatory grave was rarely used, and was thus available for clandestine activities, such as forbidden potion-brewing, as long as one did not mind the company.[12]

1985–1986 school year[]

Before 31 October in 1985, Jacob's sibling and Penny Haywood came to Myrtle's bathroom to invite her to Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's 493rd Deathday Party on behalf of Sir Nicholas himself. Before Jacob's sibling could finish their sentence, however, Myrtle, thinking they were just another one of the bullies that would tease her around this time of the year, asked them to leave. After they cleared it up, Myrtle became delighted, having been told that Deathday Parties were fun.

She admitted she had never been invited to one before since she thought none of the other ghosts wanted her there, but Jacob's sibling pointed out that Sir Nicholas genuinely wanted her to attend this time. She listened to the students explaining the details of the party and was convinced that she wanted to attend, but thought she needed accompany because of her shyness. Jacob's sibling said she was allowed to bring a guest, and Myrtle immediately chose themself as a thank you for making the effort to invite her.[13]

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Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's 493rd Deathday Party that Myrtle attended

Shortly before the party would start, Jacob's sibling came to pick Myrtle up, but they were informed by Myrtle that she changed her mind and was not going. Nevertheless, after Jacob's sibling gave some encouragement, she was ready to go. They headed towards the Deathday Party Hall and met Sir Nicholas outside in the corridor, who was surprised to see Myrtle. He asked to speak with Jacob's sibling alone, so Myrtle departed.[13]

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Myrtle and Jacob's sibling dancing at the Deathday Party

During the party, Myrtle found Jacob's sibling speaking with Professor Sprout. Eager to dance with them, she asked Sprout if she was finished with them, and upon realising that she had taken up enough of Jacob's sibling's evening, Sprout left them with Myrtle. They had a dance in the middle of the dancefloor.[13] They could be seen waltzing by other party quests.

1992–1993 school year[]

Harry Potter: "Did you see anyone near here that night?"
Myrtle: "I wasn't paying attention. Peeves upset me so much I came in here and tried to kill myself. Then, of course, I remembered that I'm — that I'm —"
Ronald Weasley: "Already dead."
— The trio asking Myrtle about the attack on Mrs Norris[src]
Myrtle attends the five-hundredth Deathday Party of the ghost Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington

On 31 October 1992, Myrtle was again invited to Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington's Deathday Party, this time being his five-hundredth deathday. During the event, Myrtle was called by Peeves to meet Hermione Granger, who had previously talked about how awful it was to go to the bathroom that she resided in. She believed Hermione was making fun of her and started crying, and when she tried to say nice things about her, Myrtle's crying turned hysterical and she demanded Hermione not to lie to her. At this moment, however, Peeves also angered her with his comment of her being 'spotty', and she fled the room with Peeves pelting mouldy peanuts after her.[6]

The true importance of Myrtle's bathroom was that it contained the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets, the home of the Basilisk of Salazar Slytherin. In the 1992–1993 school year, the chamber was opened again, fifty years after its previous opening, by a Gryffindor first-year, Ginny Weasley, who was possessed by the diary of the earlier opener, Tom Riddle.[14] After Mrs Norris was Petrified by the Basilisk just outside Myrtle's bathroom, Hermione came with Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley to investigate. Myrtle said she wasn't paying attention at the time due to wanting to kill herself because of Peeves's snarky comment earlier.[9] Myrtle later flooded her bathroom in a fit of pique when Ginny tried to dispose of the diary by flushing it down the toilet in Myrtle's stall.[4]

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Ron Weasley seeing Myrtle

Hermione used Myrtle's bathroom in 1992 to brew Polyjuice Potion, which Harry and Ron used to impersonate Slytherin students Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe.[12] Thus disguised, they entered the Slytherin common room to interrogate Draco Malfoy about the Chamber of Secrets. They learned only that, according to Draco's father Lucius Malfoy, the last time the chamber was open a Mudblood was killed (and that, contrary to their suspicions, Draco was not the Heir of Slytherin).[15]

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Myrtle speaking with Harry in her bathroom about her murder

Harry and Ron later learned from Aragog the Acromantula that the murdered student had been killed in a bathroom, and Harry realised that the student must have been Myrtle.[16] Myrtle was flattered by Harry's request that she tell the story of her death, the manner of which was one of the most important and interesting events of her short life.

Myrtle remembered only having seen a pair of enormous yellow eyes, but neither Harry nor Ron recognised this as a clue that the monster was a Basilisk. Hermione had already deduced the monster's nature by library research before she was Petrified, so Myrtle's clue was of no practical importance. However, her presence in the bathroom, combined with Hermione's clue about the Basilisk's use of pipes, did single the bathroom out as the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets.[3] Not long after, Harry killed the Basilisk using Godric Gryffindor's sword, avenging Myrtle's death.

1994–1995 school year[]

Moaning Myrtle: "Oh ... I see ... Well ... anyway ... I'd try the egg in the water. That's what Cedric Diggory did."
Harry Potter: "Have you been spying on him too? What d'you do, sneak up here in the evenings to watch the prefects take baths?"
Moaning Myrtle: "Sometimes, but I've never come out to speak to anyone before."
Harry Potter: "I'm honoured. You keep your eyes shut!"
— Harry encountering Myrtle in the Prefect's Bathroom[src]
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Myrtle speaking to Harry whilst he took a bath and helping him solve the golden egg riddle

During the 1994–1995 school year, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry hosted the Triwizard Tournament. Before the second task, the champions had to solve the mystery behind their golden eggs, which, when opened, emitted a harsh screeching sound. The secret was that the noise became speech when heard underwater.

One champion, Cedric Diggory, decided to meditate upon the clue in the Prefects' Bathroom. Myrtle spied on Cedric in the tub, admitting to Harry that it took Cedric a long time to figure it out; nearly all the bubbles in the bath were gone by the time he cracked it. Cedric later suggested to Harry Potter that he take his egg the Prefects' Bathroom. With Myrtle's hints, Harry was able to decipher the riddle.[11]

Myrtle also appeared to Harry whilst he was in the Black Lake. She pointed him in the right direction to find the village of the Merpeople, thereby helping him to reach the Tournament hostages before the other champions.[17]

1996–1997 school year[]

"...he's sensitive, people bully him, too, and he feels lonely and hasn't got anybody to talk to, and he's not afraid to show his feelings and cry!"
— Moaning Myrtle regarding Draco Malfoy[src]
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Myrtle sulking in her second-floor bathroom, contemplating being a ghost

In 1997, Harry and Ron encountered Myrtle in the boy's bathroom as they were talking. Myrtle expressed her unhappiness at Harry never coming to see her. Myrtle told them that another boy also came to the bathroom crying and alone (Draco Malfoy), but she refused to tell either of them his identity when they asked her, as she had promised to keep Draco's secrets.[18]

Later on, Draco Malfoy confided in Moaning Myrtle about his failed attempts to assassinate Albus Dumbledore. Myrtle comforted him, feeling that she understood him, though in fact his situation was nothing like hers. When Draco and Harry engaged in a violent duel, Myrtle, as usual, enjoyed the spectacle. The last time Myrtle was seen by Harry Potter was when she was ordered to leave the bathroom by Severus Snape.[19]

2000s and 2010s[]

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Myrtle and the student at the Deathday Party

On 31 October 2009, Myrtle was invited to Sir Nicholas's 517th Deathday Party. She talked with an unidentified student there, who asked if it was okay for them to visit her some time.[20]

In a different year, Myrtle attended another Hallowe'en ball with other ghosts. She noticed Simon Talmadge,[21] whom she had never met before and considered handsome, and thought about saying hello to him.[22]

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Myrtle talking to the student

At another occasion, the same student noticed that Myrtle was crying and moaning more than usual, and on that day, they visited her in the bathroom. She told them that Peeves recently threw a pudding at her, but noted that no one would care, not even the person she was speaking to, at least not since Draco Malfoy left. She recalled them confiding in each other about everything when he was in school, such as when he told her that he felt like everyone was viewing him as a failure, and she responded that he would need to prove them wrong, and if he couldn't do it, he was welcome to hide with her in the bathroom. Intrigued, the student stayed and listened to more stories about Myrtle and Draco.[23]

During the Calamity, Myrtle was interviewed by a Calamity Investigator working for the Statute of Secrecy Task Force. While their discussion did prove useful, it was deeply uncomfortable for the investigator, as Myrtle yelled at them, backed up two toilets, and then left in a huff. Although the investigator believed that Myrtle had done a "lifetime of emotional damage" to them, they left with a clearer understanding of her lonely world.[24]

Alternate 2020[]

"Myrtle Elizabeth Warren–a pretty name–my name–no need for the moaning."
— Myrtle in an alternate 2020[src]
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Myrtle taking with Scorpius and Albus

In 2020 in an alternate reality created when interference from Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy resulted in Cedric Diggory badly losing the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament, the two sought a way to reach Hogwarts's Great Lake, unsatisfied with the changes they had made. They hoped to interfere with Diggory in the Second Task as well, but in order to do so, needed a means to reach the grounds. They realised that they could do so from the pipes in Moaning Myrtle's bathroom.

Upon seeing them, Myrtle said it had been a while since there had been boys in her bathroom, but noted that she had a soft spot for Potters and was once partial to a Malfoy as well. As such, she helped them by showing them how they could access a pipe to reach the lake.

After they did so, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Professor McGonagall and Ginny Weasley arrived in the bathroom. At Harry's request, Myrtle explained to him what the boys had told her about their plans to save the life of Cedric Diggory, noting that she could never keep anything from him. She also described him (Harry) as becoming more handsome as he had aged, and taller as well.[25]

Physical description[]

Myrtle: "Don't lie to me. D'you think I don't know what people call me behind my back? Fat Myrtle! Ugly Myrtle! Miserable, moaning, moping Myrtle!"
Peeves: "You've forgotten pimply. Pimply! Pimply!"
— Peeves tormenting an upset Myrtle[src]

Myrtle was a squat student with pimples and thick glasses. She died in 1943 and became a ghost, wearing her school uniform, as well as her glasses, for eternity.[9]

Personality and traits[]

"She's a little sensitive."
— Hermione Granger regarding Myrtle's over-emotional nature[src]
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Moaning Myrtle in her customary glasses

Myrtle was constantly bullied during her education at Hogwarts, for both her physical appearance and her personality. Myrtle's personality itself was being very sensitive; she hardly ever smiled and took great offence at the smallest slight. She usually cried when she got sad, and when she did, she cried very loudly, hence her nickname Moaning Myrtle.

She was often upset so badly that she tried to kill herself until she realised that she was already dead.[9] Myrtle did tend to be happy when something bad happened to other students, like when Hermione Granger accidentally gained cat fur, ears and a tail after taking a contaminated Polyjuice Potion.[15] The only time she seemed to enjoy herself was when she recalled the moment of death, describing the event with relish.[3]

"I wish people would stop talking behind my back! I do have feelings, you know, even if I am dead —"
— Myrtle's self-conscious personality[src]

She did, however, seem to warm to some male students, including Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy.[19] Myrtle also appeared to be a desperate flirt; she constantly flirted with Harry Potter, and showed her desperation to find love by spying on students such as Cedric Diggory whilst he bathed in the prefects' bathroom.[11] Myrtle also was likely childish as well, as she liked to take bubble baths when she was alive, due to 'all those pretty bubbles'.[26]

Relationships[]

Harry Potter[]

Harry Potter: "Myrtle! I'm — I'm not wearing anything!"
Moaning Myrtle: "I closed my eyes when you got in. You haven't been to see me for ages."
Harry Potter: "Yeah... well... I'm not supposed to come into your bathroom, am I? It's a girls' one."
Moaning Myrtle: "You didn't used to care. You used to be in there all the time."
— Myrtle's interest in Harry Potter[src]
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Harry Potter, her crush

During his education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry was nice to Myrtle, so she developed a crush on him. Harry wasn't exactly known to stay out of life-threatening trouble, so Myrtle offered to share her toilet with him if the event that he died.[27] She also was more than happy to help Harry during his studies at Hogwarts, with any task; during his second year she helped him solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets by telling him how she died.[3]

In his fourth year she helped him solve the mystery of the Triwizard Tournament's second task. During his fourth year Myrtle acted, to an extent, sexually towards Harry, while he bathed in the prefects' bathroom, causing him to feel uncomfortable as he did not reciprocate her attraction. She acted coldly to Harry when he had not visited her for a while, but still remained friendly towards him.[11][18]

It is founded that despite Harry's departure from Hogwarts, Myrtle continued to have a soft spot for Harry and even commented that she could never have kept anything from him, including secrets. Furthermore, she claimed that he had grown more handsome as he aged and got taller when he visited her in 2020 to save his son.

Hermione Granger[]

"I never went in there anyway if I could avoid it; it's awful trying to go to the loo with her wailing at you —"
— Hermione's discomfort with Myrtle[src]
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Hermione Granger, whom she disliked

It was shown that Myrtle did not like Hermione in the least. At Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday Party, Hermione told Harry and Ron how horrible and whiny Myrtle was. Peeves, who overheard this, called Myrtle over. Peeves told Myrtle that Hermione was talking about her. Myrtle knew she must be talking about her meanly like most students did, Hermione, however, who never wanted to hurt Myrtle's feelings, tried to tell Myrtle how she was only saying how pretty Myrtle was looking tonight. However Myrtle did not buy this and yelled at Hermione for lying to her and left the party crying.[6]

"You'll be teased something dreadful. Wait till everyone finds out you've got a tail!"
— Myrtle mocking a transformed Hermione[src]

To brew the Polyjuice Potion Hermione was in Myrtle's bathroom quite a lot as she knew nobody would want to go there because of Myrtle's presence, Myrtle seemed cold to Hermione, probably because of Hermione talking bad about her at the Deathday Party.[12] Myrtle did take great enjoyment in Hermione being upset though (also probably because of her talking behind her back at the party) when Hermione's potion turned her into a cat, Myrtle teased and laughed at Hermione, only making Hermione feel worse about her cat like appearance. Harry had never seen Myrtle happier than when she was teasing Hermione.[15]

Ronald Weasley[]

"Maybe Tom Riddle got thirty O.W.L.s or saved a teacher from the Giant Squid. Maybe he murdered Myrtle; that would've done everyone a favour..."
Ronald Weasley unknowingly correctly guesses that Tom Riddle murdered Myrtle[src]
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Ron Weasley, whom she did not get along too well with

Ronald Weasley and Myrtle seemed to not have a very good relationship. Ron was very blunt to her in which she would usually get upset and start to cry. Myrtle was initially unhappy to see Ron when Hermione brought him and Harry into her bathroom to ask her about the Chamber of Secrets after Hallowe'en. Whilst Myrtle was telling them of how she tried to kill herself on Hallowe'en, Ron intercepted by saying that she was already dead, which unintentionally upset her deeply, causing her to dive headfirst into a toilet.[9]

Ron also bugged her about keeping a secret for a person (Draco Malfoy) claiming where would she take it to the grave or the sewers.[18] Ron also made a comment saying Nymphadora Tonks was starting to look like Myrtle since her cousin Sirius Black died.[28] This was probably not a compliment to Tonks, as Myrtle always looked sad and angry.

Cedric Diggory[]

In the year of the Triwizard Tournament Diggory was watched by Myrtle in the Prefects' bathroom on the 5th floor. When Harry took his golden egg into the bathroom to have a bath, Myrtle talked about Diggory and said that he was 'the handsome one'.[11]

Draco Malfoy[]

Myrtle: "Don't... Don't... tell me what's wrong... I can help you..."
Draco Malfoy: "No one can help me."
— Myrtle and Malfoy in the boys' bathroom[src]
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Draco Malfoy, her other crush

Myrtle also got on well with Draco Malfoy, who was Harry Potter's enemy whilst at Hogwarts. Despite Draco being prejudiced against Muggle-borns and constantly bullying and threatening Hermione Granger for being Muggle-born, the two managed to become close as both needed company for comfort (although it is possible that he is unaware of her status as a muggle-born prior to her demise).[18][19]

They became friends whilst she comforted him during his sixth year at Hogwarts; that year Draco had become a Death Eater and was feeling the strains of it as he was required to murder Albus Dumbledore.[19] She described their friendship herself as an intimate one, as they used to confide in each other about everything.[23] He shared his feelings and thoughts with Myrtle, who listened and comforted him.

Also she seemed to have taken preference of Draco over Harry as Harry never visited Myrtle when she asked him to.[18] When Harry saw the dots representing Draco and Myrtle together in the bathroom on the Marauder's Map, he ended up crashing into something, as he didn't pay attention to where he was walking due to the sight of the unlikely couple he was seeing on the map.[19]

In 2020, Myrtle was shown to still have a partial soft spot for Draco.

Olive Hornby[]

"I was determined to haunt Olive Hornby, you see. Oh, she was sorry she'd ever laughed at my glasses."
— Myrtle's revenge on Olive[src]

Olive Hornby and Myrtle were very much enemies. Olive teased Myrtle about her glasses during school and constantly bullied her. When Myrtle was crying in the bathroom and then got killed by the basilisk, it was Olive who first saw her dead body.

Myrtle wanted revenge on Olive, so she stalked her wherever she went, reminding her that it was her fault she was dead and how horrible she was.[3] Myrtle even went so far as to interrupt her brother's wedding, though that was enough for Olive, who went to the Ministry of Magic. The Ministry of Magic demanded that Myrtle stay at Hogwarts. Myrtle claimed she didn't let Olive forget her until her dying day.[11]

Peeves[]

Peeves: "Heard you talking about poor Myrtle, rude you was about poor Myrtle. OY! MYRTLE!"
Hermione Granger: "Oh, no, Peeves, don't tell her what I said, she'll be really upset, I didn't mean it, I don't mind her — er, hello, Myrtle."
— Peeves antagonising Myrtle and Hermione[src]
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Peeves, the annoying Hogwarts poltergeist and Myrtle's enemy

Both Peeves and Myrtle resided at the school and were known as bothersome. Myrtle did not like Peeves, who took enjoyment in bothering her as he did to everyone. At Nearly Headless Nick's Deathday Party both Peeves and Myrtle attended, when Peeves heard Hermione Granger complaining about Myrtle he found it as the perfect time to cause trouble. Peeves called Myrtle over; Myrtle did not look happy to see him, but Peeves informed her that Hermione was talking about her.

Myrtle, assuming she was talking meanly about her behind her back ran off crying; Peeves seemed to enjoy her pain and began pelting her with peanuts.[6] Myrtle later told Harry, Ron, and Hermione that Peeves made her so upset she wanted to kill herself, but of course, this was impossible as she was already dead.[9]

Nearly Headless Nick[]

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Nearly Headless Nick

Myrtle's relationship with Nick is unknown, though he did invite her to his deathday party at least thrice.[13][20] Nick probably invited her because either he liked her, felt bad for her or because she was also a ghost.[6] Nick and Myrtle seemed not to have the same point of view on death. Nick, of course, celebrated it, while Myrtle was highly offended and touchy about it, although she sometimes liked to talk about it at length.[3]

Etymology[]

  • The myrtle (Myrtus) is a type of evergreen shrub that is often overlooked because of its plainness, native to southern Europe and north Africa. In Greek mythology, it was sacred to Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, and to Demeter, goddess of grain and fertility; Pausanias relates it to the tragedy of Adonis. The Roman poet Virgil relates the myrtle to Venus and used them in wedding rituals, something that Jewish liturgy, which deemed it sacred, also used. Myrtle also has uses in Wiccan rituals, and was considered medicinal by the ancients, including Hippocrates, Pliny, Galen and Arabian writers.[29]
  • Myrtle is a variety of the colour green. It is immoderately dark, slightly more so than the colour spinach.[30]

Behind the scenes[]

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Myrtle as she appears in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

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Myrtle as she appears in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

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Myrtle as a LEGO mini-figure

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Myrtle as a POP! Vinyl

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Myrtle as she appears in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells

"The inspiration for Moaning Myrtle was the frequent presence of a crying girl in communal bathrooms, especially at the parties and discos of my youth. This does not seem to happen in male bathrooms, so I enjoyed placing Harry and Ron in such uncomfortable and unfamiliar territory in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
J. K. Rowling on her inspiration for Moaning Myrtle[src]
  • Myrtle was the first person to be killed by Lord Voldemort.
  • Apparently she never informed anyone about her death until she told Harry, Ron and Lockhart. It's unknown why she never told Armando Dippet or Albus Dumbledore about the cause of her death. It is possible that shortly after her death she was too distraught or traumatised to talk about it and was not asked for fear of upsetting her.
  • Depending on the month she was born in, she may have been in the same year as Gryffindor Rubeus Hagrid, who was accused of killing her with his Acromantula Aragog.
  • Hermione and Myrtle, both Muggle-born, shared similar experiences: both Hermione and Myrtle run to the girls' lavatory upon being teased by classmates, a move that puts both in mortal danger (from a troll and basilisk, respectively).
    • However, while Hermione is saved by a repentant Ron and Harry, Myrtle is killed by the unfeeling Riddle.
  • Moaning Myrtle was portrayed by Shirley Henderson in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
    • Being 5' 0½" (1.54 m) and 37 years old when she first played Moaning Myrtle, she is the oldest actress to play a teenage Hogwarts student in the Harry Potter films.[31]
    • It is a common joke that Moaning Myrtle was played by Daniel Radcliffe in a wig, due to both actors' similar looks, heights (at the time), and the fact that both were wearing large round glasses.
  • Myrtle is omitted from the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • Annabel Baldwin played Moaning Myrtle in the original West End Palace Theatre production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • Chika Sakamoto voiced Myrtle in the Japanese dubs.
  • Lana McKissack voiced Myrtle in the video game Harry Potter: Magic Awakened.[32]
  • According to J. K. Rowling's early drafts for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, this character was supposed to have been called 'Wailing Wanda'.[33]
  • Myrtle's surname was never mentioned in the novels; however, in 2015, after being asked by a fan over Twitter, J.K. Rowling announced it was Warren and that Myrtle also had a middle name (Elizabeth). Rowling also referred to the middle name of Elizabeth as 'just one of those classic British middle names'. The name was later used in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • In one scene of Chamber of Secrets, Ron jokingly suggests that Tom Riddle earned his Special Award for Services to the School for killing Myrtle; this foreshadows the fact that Riddle did indeed kill her.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Myrtle mentioned to Harry that she briefly spotted some Polyjuice Potion in the drains and asked him if he had been doing any more illicit brewing, which he denied. Had Harry investigated Myrtle's suspicions, it might have been discovered much earlier that Barty Crouch Jnr was impersonating Alastor Moody. This did not happen in the book.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Harry and Ron battle Myrtle in the fourth level of the Chamber of Secrets, as she throws numerous objects from the toilets at them in an angry temper, before they can get their hands on Tom Riddle's Diary. In the fourth level of the Goblet of Fire, Myrtle is able to use a wand in order to perform the basic Levitation Charm with Harry, so they can use the charm together when needed, despite the series not showing ghosts to be able to cast spells or use wands.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, her character is only available wearing her swimsuit.
  • At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Moaning Myrtle haunts the bathrooms, though only her voice is heard.[34]
  • Possible origins of her name and nickname include:
    • It is possible she was named 'Myrtle' to continue J.K. Rowling's tradition of naming characters after flowers.
    • It is possible she was given the middle name Elizabeth and surname Warren as a reference to two characters from Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Elizabeth Proctor and her young servant Mary Warren, both of which are accused of being witches at some point.
    • The myrtle tree is a close relative of the willow tree. 'Moaning Myrtle' is a similar phrase to 'weeping willow.'
    • Possibly related to the 'Moaning Minnie,' the British name for a German WWII artillery shell that made a distinctive moaning whine before it hit.
  • Myrtle is similar to Hanako-san, a Japanese legend talking about a girl who haunts school bathrooms.
  • Shirley Henderson's first scene in the film Bridget Jones's Diary involves her character, Jude, crying in a women's toilets.
  • Shirley Henderson and Kelly Macdonald, who played another Hogwarts ghost, The Grey Lady, played sisters in the film Intermission.

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Shirley Henderson Coming Back for GoF from The Leaky Cauldron - Myrtle is said to be 14 years old, so her birthday falls between these dates in order to reach that age by her death in June 1943.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13 (The Very Secret Diary) - The pages of the diary began to blow as though caught in a high wind, stopping halfway through the month of June. Mouth hanging open, Harry saw that the little square for June thirteenth seemed to have turned into a minuscule television screen.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 (The Chamber of Secrets)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13 (The Very Secret Diary)
  5. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)
  7. 7.0 7.1 F.A.Q. question on J. K. Rowling's Official Site
  8. .@HotmHayles @lankytwat Moaning Myrtle's full name was Myrtle Elizabeth Warren. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9 (The Writing on the Wall)
  10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 23 (Horcruxes)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 25 (The Egg and the Eye)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, "DUELLING DEATHDAY PARTIES" Achievement
  14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17 (The Heir of Slytherin)
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15 (Aragog)
  17. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 21 (The Unknowable Room)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 24 (Sectumsempra)
  20. 20.0 20.1 Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, Chinese version, Hallowe'en 2021 special event
  21. Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, Chinese version, 'Chamber behind the portrait' event (see this video)
  22. Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, Chinese version, Hallowe'en ball (see this video)
  23. 23.0 23.1 Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, Chinese version, 2022 Draco Malfoy birthday special event
  24. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
  25. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Two, Scene Nineteen
  26. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
  27. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
  28. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 5 (An Excess of Phlegm)
  29. WP favicon Myrtus on Wikipedia
  30. WP favicon Myrtle (color) on Wikipedia
  31. Technically, graduate students such as Albus Dumbledore are still Hogwarts students, and played by actors older than Henderson. Myrtle, being dead and not actively studying, is neither an active student. Although she died in 1943 and must have been 60 to 68 years old when she first appeared in the novels, she stopped ageing when she became a ghost, and thus she can arguably be considered a teenager.
  32. IMDb favicon Lana McKissack at the Internet Movie Database
  33. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Hogwarts Ghosts" at Wizarding World
  34. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (see this video)
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