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Selina Sapworthy was a witch, a Gryffindor alumna at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and, later in her life, an award-winning author in the fields of Herbology and plant-related Divination. She was also a loyal servant to the International Quidditch Team,[2] sometime after her graduation.


Early life

Selina Sapworthy was born somewhere in the British Isles and, in her youth, attended Hogwarts, where she was Sorted into Gryffindor House.[3] During this time, she presumably excelled in the studies of Herbology and Divination, as she later wrote books on both subjects.

Later life

Once she graduated from Hogwarts, Sapworthy became a loyal servant to the International Quidditch Team.[2]

She went on to write a Herbology Book, Winogrand's Wondrous Water Plants, focusing specifically on the water plants among Sir Winogrand's collection in the African Lakes. It was part of the required reading at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for at least a quarter of a century.[4] She also published Xylomancy, a book exploring the eponymous (and often overlooked) art of Divination by twigs.[5]

A portrait of her was hung at Hogwarts Castle by the 1990s, near the sixth-floor landing of the Grand Staircase.

Magical abilities and skills

  • Herbology: Selina Sapworthy was an accomplished Herbologist with much knowledge of different magical plants and fungi, having written the Herbology textbook Winogrand's Wondrous Water Plants, a guide which specifically focuses on aquatic plant life, showing she was very knowledgeable and experienced in this field.
  • Divination: Sapworthy was also very skilful and experienced in this rather esoteric and mysterious branch of magic, having authored the book Xylomancy, which covers the art of Xylomancy, the form of divination which involves the usage of twigs, showing she had much knowledge of this subject.


  • Selina is the English variant of the name Celine. Celine is a French feminine name that either descends from the Roman name Caelinus, which is derived from the Latin word caelum, meaning "heaven," or serves a nickname for Marceline, which is also Latin in origin and is related to the name of the Roman god Mars.
  • Selina is also an alternate spelling of the name Selena. "Selena" is the Latinized form of "Selene", a Greek name meaning "moon." Selene was the Greek goddess of the moon, later conflated with the goddess Artemis.[6]
  • "Sapworthy" may be a variation of the English surname "Sapworth" and a pun on the word "sap," the fluid that circulates in the vascular system of a plant. Both Sapworthy's known published works involve plants in some way.

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

Blossom Degrasse · Miranda Goshawk · Quiac Marinus · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Nepali wizard · Gethsemane Prickle · Sanjay Shanker · Selina Sapworthy · Phyllida Spore · Tilden Toots · Hadrian Whittle · Sir Winogrand
Herbology at Hogwarts
Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Greenhouses One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
Professors Herbert Beery · Pomona Sprout · Neville Longbottom · Unnamed Professor (19th century)
Textbooks Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Ingredient Encyclopedia · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wondrous Water Plants
Plants studied and grown at Hogwarts
Aconite · Asphodel · Belladonna · Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Bubotuber pus · Chinese Chomping Cabbage · Cowbane · Devil's Snare · Dirigible plum · Dittany · Fanged Geranium · Fat cactus-like plant · Fire seed bush · Flitterbloom · Flutterby bush · Fluxweed · Gillyweed · Ginger · Honking daffodil · Ivy · Knotgrass · Lavender · Leaping Toadstool · Mandrake · Mimbulus mimbletonia · Mistletoe · Moly · Nettle · Puffapod · Raspberry · Rose · Sage · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Sneezewort · Sopophorous plant · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Stinksap · Sugar Shrub · Toad-eating plant · Tormentil · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Vampiric vegetation · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wax vegetables · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice · Wormwood
Spells taught in Herbology at Hogwarts
Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Herbivicus Charm (Herbivicus) · Incendio Duo Spell (Incendio Duo) · Lumos Solem Spell (Lumos Solem) · Severing Charm (Diffindo)
Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the sixth floor

Classroom 6A · Classroom 6B · Corridor · Disused bathroom · East Wing · Empty classroom · Floor 6 Bonus · Glanmore Peakes' Corridor · Horace Slughorn's office · Room of Rewards · Storeroom · Trophy Room · Writing Supplies Room · Staircase between the sixth-floor and seventh-floor corridor

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the sixth floor

Damara Dodderidge · Edgar Stroulger · Edessa Sakndenberg · Glanmore Peakes · Selina Sapworthy · Skeleton in a top hat · Portrait in storeroom · Temeritus Shanks · Vindictus Viridian · Wendelin the Weird