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Rancorous Carpe was the caretaker of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1876.[2] Carpe was the protagonist of the last and most disastrous attempt to have Peeves, the resident poltergeist, removed from the Castle.[2]


In 1876, Carpe designed an elaborate trap in an attempt to capture and remove Peeves the poltergeist from Hogwarts; the trap included an assortment of weapons which the caretaker believed would be irresistible to Peeves, as well as a vast enchanted bell jar reinforced by various Containment Charms. He believed it would work, but instead Peeves burst through the bell jar, scattering the corridor with broken glass and firing random weapons acquired from the trap. Peeves took control of the castle for three days threatening students with death. The castle had to be evacuated, and it wasn't until the Headmistress, Professor Eupraxia Mole, agreed to sign a contract allowing Peeves to swim in the boys' toilet once each week, to have first choice of stale bread from the kitchens for throwing purposes, and giving him a new colourful custom-made hat by Madame Bonhabille of Paris, that the poltergeist agreed to relinquish the weapons and stand down.[2]

Following this incident, Rancorous Carpe took early retirement, citing "health reasons".[2]

Magical abilities and skills

  • Charms: In his elaborate trap which he designed in a failed attempt to capture Peeves, he reinforced the bell jar within it with various Containment Charms, showing he appeared to be skilled with charms.[2]


  • Rancourous is an English adjective which means "characterized by bitterness and resentment",which is a description that fits many caretakers at Hogwarts.
  • Carpe may also be made to fit the exclamation Carpe diem!. It is used to urge someone to use what they have to succeed.This is how he planned to capture Peeves.


Notes and references

Hogwarts faculty
Founders Godric Gryffindor | Helga Hufflepuff | Rowena Ravenclaw | Salazar Slytherin
Headteachers Eupraxia Mole | Vulpus | Phyllida Spore | Dexter Fortescue | Edessa Sakndenberg | Amrose Swott | Everard | Vindictus Veridian | Dilys Derwent | Quintin Trimble | Limebert | Phineas Nigellus Black | Walter Aragon | Basil Fronsac | Armando Dippet | Albus Dumbledore | Dolores Umbridge | Severus Snape | Minerva McGonagall | Brian Gagwilde | Elizabeth Burke
Deputy Heads Minerva McGonagall | Amycus Carrow | Alecto Carrow
Heads of House Filius Flitwick | Neville Longbottom | Minerva McGonagall | Horace Slughorn | Severus Snape | Pomona Sprout
Teaching staff Bartholomew | Bathsheda Babbling | Herbert Beery | Cuthbert Binns | Brindlemore | Charity Burbage | Camelia | Alecto Carrow | Amycus Carrow | Bartemius Crouch Junior (disguised as Alastor Moody) | Dromgoole | Albus Dumbledore | Eleazar Fig | Firenze | Filius Flitwick | Fortinbras | Jakub Gorski | Olivia Green | Rubeus Hagrid | Rolanda Hooch | Ernesto Jags | Arsenius Jigger | Silvanus Kettleburn | Gilderoy Lockhart | Neville Longbottom | Remus Lupin | Mazoni | Elspeth MacGillony | Minerva McGonagall | Galatea Merrythought | Prendergast | Quirinus Quirrell | Patricia Rakepick | Abraham Ronen | Concordia Rowle | Arif Sikander | Aurora Sinistra | Horace Slughorn | Severus Snape | Pomona Sprout | Swoopstikes | Sybill Trelawney | Dolores Umbridge | Septima Vector | Potions professor (16th century) | DADA professor (19th century) | Flying Instructor (19th century) | Herbology professor (19th century) | Potions professor (19th century) | DADA professor (1984–1985) | DADA professor (1985–1986) | DADA professor (1986–1987) | DADA professor (1987–1988) | DADA professor (1989–1990) | DADA professor (1990–1991) | Muggle Studies professor (1990s) | DADA professor (1998–?) | Potions professor (21st century) | Charms professor (?th century)
Hogwarts house-elves Bilm | Boil-ridden house-elf | Deek | Dobby | Filk | Gimkey | Krafty | Kreacher | Pitts | Retch | Vekey | Wigby | Winky
Support staff Rancorous Carpe | Argus Filch | Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank | Rubeus Hagrid | Rolanda Hooch | Hankerton Humble | Ogg | Irma Pince | Poppy Pomfrey | Apollyon Pringle | Lucinda Thomsonicle-Pocus | Wainscott | Unidentified Healers