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"Muggles are more observant than we might like to think."
— Professor Penrose[src]

Professor Phoebus Penrose was a British wizard who worked for the Ministry of Magic. He was head of the committee that wrote the report "A Study into Muggle Suspicions about Magic".[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Phoebus was referred to in the Daily Prophet by the title "Professor." He likely had the title for conducting wizarding research and development. However, it is unknown whether he ever taught at Hogwarts, or for another wizarding school.


The name "Phoebus" is the Latinized form of the Greek name Φοιβος (Phoibos), which meant "bright, pure". This was an epithet of the Greek god Apollo.


Notes and references

  1. As he was Head of a Research Committee by 1998, he was presumably over 17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Daily Prophet Newsletters: 31 July, 1998, Page 1

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