Patil was the surname of a British-Indian wizarding[1] family that was extant in the 1990s when at least two members of the family, identical twins Padma and Parvati, fought in the Second Wizarding War as members of Dumbledore's Army.

Known family members


Patil is an occupational surname which means "village headman" in Marathi. It was a title given to village landowners and officials in the Deccan sultanates and the Maratha Empire.[2] It is the most common surname in the Indian state of Maharashtra.[3]

Behind the scenes

  • On Rowling's list of "the Original Forty" students in Harry Potter's year, Padma and Parvati were listed as "Madhari Patel" and "Mati Patel."[4] Their names changed at some point between the writing of that list and the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
  • Ashish Patel and Bhavana Patel are Hufflepuff students who attended Hogwarts in the 1990s, but they are most likely not related to Padma and Parvati. Patil is a common surname in the Indian state of Maharashtra while the alternatively spelled Patel is more common in the state of Gujarat.
  • It is possible that the Patil twins are named after Padma Parvati Lakshmi, an Indian-American author, actress, and former model.
  • In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the way Pansy Parkinson addresses Parvati suggests that the two were already familiar with one another before Hogwarts, but this is never explored. It is likely that Pansy's family would only allow her to socialise with fellow pure-blood witches and wizards as a child, in which case the Patils would have to be pure-blood as well, albeit not supremacists like the Blacks and Malfoys.


Notes and references

Dumbledore's Army
Harry Potter · Hermione Granger · Ronald Weasley
Harry Potter · Neville Longbottom · Luna Lovegood · Ginny Weasley
Gryffindor ClearBG2.png Gryffindor Katie Bell · Lavender Brown · Colin Creevey · Dennis Creevey · Seamus Finnigan · Angelina Johnson · Lee Jordan · Parvati Patil · Alicia Spinnet · Dean Thomas · Romilda Vane · Fred Weasley · George Weasley · Nigel Wolpert · Unidentified female
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Ravenclaw ClearBG2.png Ravenclaw Terry Boot · Cho Chang · Michael Corner · Marietta Edgecombe · Anthony Goldstein · Padma Patil · Unidentified male
Hufflepuff ClearBG2.png Hufflepuff Hannah Abbott · Susan Bones · Justin Finch-Fletchley · Ernie Macmillan · Zacharias Smith · Leanne · Unidentified female
Unknown House Luca Caruso · Alice Tolipan
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