Scrofungulus is a wizarding illness. It is a contagious disease and is provoked by an unknown magical bug. The "Magical Bugs" section of St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries treats this disease.[1]


In the 1989–1990 school year, there was a Scrofungulus outbreak at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, causing the beds in the Hospital Wing to be full. As Madam Pomfrey was petrified at the time, Chiara Lobosca took care of the patients.[2]


The name of the illness is apparently made from the word "scrofula" (the former name of tuberculous cervical lymphadenitis, a type of tuberculous that normally infects the neck), and "fungus". If the name is chosen intentionally to indicate the nature of this disease, the disease is most likely a type of fungus infecting the neck.

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 21 (Moving Forward)
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