- "They were in what seemed to be a crowded reception area where rows of witches and wizards sat upon rickety wooden chairs, some looking perfectly normal and perusing out-of-date copies of Witch Weekly, others sporting gruesome disfigurements such as elephant trunks or extra hands sticking out of their chests. The room was scarcely less quiet than the street outside, for many of the patients were making very peculiar noises... Witches and wizards in lime-green robes were walking up and down the rows, asking questions and making notes on clipboards like Umbridge's. Harry noticed the emblem embroidered on their chests: a wand and bone, crossed."
- — Description[src]
St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries was a wizarding hospital located in London, England. It was founded by famous Healer Mungo Bonham in the 1600s. The emblem of St Mungo's was a wand crossed with a bone.
Residents of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that were injured at school were usually treated in the Hospital Wing by Madam Pomfrey, the school matron. However, some cases were serious enough that the individual had to be sent to St Mungo's Hospital for more advanced treatment.
It appeared that the hospital served the entire wizarding population of Great Britain. Although the "department store" building housing the hospital might have been relatively small, this was not an indication of the true capacity of a magical building.
Entering the hospital
- "Not far from here. Wasn’t easy to find a good location for a hospital. Nowhere in Diagon Alley was big enough and we couldn’t have it underground like the Ministry — unhealthy. In the end they managed to get hold of a building up here. Theory was sick wizards could come and go and just blend in with the crowd...."
- — Alastor Moody explaining the secret location of St Mungos to Harry Potter[src]
To enter the premises, one might step through the window of what appeared to be a red-bricked, condemned department store called Purge and Dowse, Ltd. This acted as a magical gateway to the main building, much like the barrier at King's Cross Station to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. The interior, on the other hand, looked exactly as a hospital should. One way one individual could enter the building was speaking to an apparently inanimate dummy in the department store.
The hospital was located where it was because no one could find a better place to house it. Everywhere in Diagon Alley was too small, so people came up with ideas to build it underground like the Ministry of Magic, but it was decided that underground was too unhealthy. Eventually, a normal Muggle building was purchased so that patients could come and go and fit in with the crowds.
Although the hospital was meant for the magical community, as with all other wizarding institutes, Muggles were admitted when they fell prey to magical attacks, such as two Muggles who lost their fingers to Willy Widdershins's biting doorknobs and had to have their bones regrown and memories modified, or Herbert Chorley who had his mind addled from a poorly performed Imperius Curse and had to remain in the hospital to recuperate as well as to prevent him from posing a danger to anyone.
There was a strict guidelines of gifts that were allowed into the hospital, for the safety of the patients. As such, each and every one would be searched and inspected thoroughly and would be determined whether it was safe to be given. This is shown when Miriam Strout neglected the rule and allowed a cutting of Devil's Snare, mistook it for Flitterbloom, into the ward, thus assassinating Broderick Bode.
Medics at the hospital were known as Healers. Their uniform robes were lime green. Requirements to become a Healer included N.E.W.T.s of at least grade "Exceeds Expectations" in the subjects of Transfiguration, Potions, Charms, Herbology and Defence Against the Dark Arts.
Dilys Derwent was a St Mungo's Healer from 1722–1741. Afterwards, she became Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1741–1768. Another Healer at St Mungo's was a man named Lancelot.
Miriam Strout was a Healer around 1995. She was in charge of the Janus Thickey Ward, caring in a motherly fashion for the long-term residents there. However, she neglected the importance of the gift guidelines, thus allowing the Death Eaters to smuggle in a cleverly disguised Devil's Snare to assassinate patient Broderick Bode. Strout was suspended on pay as a result.
The ground floor was reception and artefact accidents. Inside, in a reception area filled with rickety wooden chairs and outdated issues of visitors were greeted by the Welcome Witch, though her demeanour (at least on busy days) was less than welcoming. This reception area seemed to double as a visitors' entrance and an emergency room waiting area, as it was often filled with wizards facing strange ailments, such as hands sprouting out of their chests or steam pouring from their mouths, and Healers clad in uniform lime green robes hurry busily through the room.
The receptionist helped anyone who was unsure where to go, incapable of normal speech, or unable to remember why they were at the Hospital.
Artefact Accidents dealt with cauldron explosions, wands backfiring, broom crashes, and so forth. Katie Bell would have been a patient on this floor when she was admitted to St Mungo's after touching a cursed necklace she was carrying.
The first floor was treatment for creature-induced injuries. After suffering a highly venomous snake bite in December 1995, Arthur Weasley stayed in the 'Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn Ward: Serious Bites. This ward was small and dingy and had only one window, which lay opposite the door. It was mainly illuminated by shining crystal bubbles clustered in the middle of the ceiling. The ward was named after Dai Llewellyn, an extremely famous Quidditch player who was eaten by a Chimaera. It is unknown whether this incident was the one that led the ward to be named for him, or whether there might be some other reason.
The staff in the 'Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn ward included Hippocrates Smethwyck (Healer-in-Charge) and Augustus Pye (Trainee Healer). Pye was interested in complementary medicine and attempted to help Arthur by using stitches on his wounds, though of course they failed to work, given the potency of the poison. There were two other patients in the ward during this visit; one was a wizard who had been bitten by a werewolf (who Lupin talked to during the Christmas visit), and the other was a witch who wouldn't reveal what she was handling when she sustained her injuries.
The second floor housed the "Magical Bugs" ward, whose treats was for treating magical ailments and diseases. It addressed contagious maladies such as Dragon Pox, Vanishing sickness, and Scrofungulus.
Herbert Chorley, Muggle Junior Minister, was admitted to the hospital, afflicted with a badly-performed Imperius Curse in 1996. The curse caused him to impersonate a duck. While being treated at the hospital, he tried to strangle some Healers.
Professor Minerva McGonagall was admitted to this floor after receiving four Stunning Spells to the chest at the hands of Dolores Umbridge and several corrupt Aurors. Nymphadora Tonks was a patient here after her duel with Bellatrix Lestrange in 1996, during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. During the time of Arthur Weasley's stay, another patient had shoes that his brother had jinxed to bite his feet.
Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Ginny Weasley inadvertently visited this floor on Christmas day, 1995. While there they encountered Gilderoy Lockhart on the stairs and accompanied him to the Janus Thickey Ward (a.k.a. ward 49), where he was staying. There — in the long-term residents' ward — a motherly-looking Healer oversaw patients whose brains had been permanently affected by magic. Other residents of this ward included Broderick Bode and a witch named Agnes, as well as Frank and Alice Longbottom. During their visit, they ran into Neville and his grandmother and learned for the first time what had happened to them (and in Harry's case, got a first glimpse of the permanent result of their attack).
The fifth floor was the visitors' tearoom and hospital shop, a place for visitors to relax and purchase gifts for patients.
|Omar Abasi||Specialised in creature-induced injuries; was in frequent contact with Mathilda Grimblehawk of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures's Beast Division.|
|Mungo Bonham||Founder of the hospital||1500s/1600s|
|Dilys Derwent||St Mungo's Healer||1722-1741|
|Augustus Pye||Trainee Healer in the Dai Llewellyn Ward|
|Hippocrates Smethwyck||Healer-in-Charge of Dai Llewellyn ward||1900s|
|Professor Helbert Spleen||An "expert" from the hospital who helped write an advice column in the Daily Prophet|
|Miriam Strout||Healer in the Janus Thickey Ward, who let the fatal Devil's Snare cutting in under her guard||1990s|
|Welcome Witch||Plump blond witch who worked as the hospital receptionist.||1995|
|Lancelot||Cousin of Auntie Muriel who apparently was a Healer at St Mungo's at the end of the nineteenth century, and reported to her that Ariana Dumbledore had never been brought in.||1800s|
Harry Potter in stark contrast to Lucius Malfoy's donation also donated a significant amount of money (well over ten Galleons, at least) by dumping his money anonymously into the Fountain of Magical Brethren at the Ministry of Magic, the proceeds from which were donated to the hospital.
Celestina Warbeck recorded the Puddlemere United team anthem, "Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here", and sold copies as a fundraiser for the hospital.
|Agnes||Entire head covered with fur and barks occasionally; in the long-term residents' ward.|
|Katie Bell||Handled a cursed opal necklace, suffering severe injury, barely escaping death.|
|Barnabus Blenkinsop||Vanished mysteriously from the hospital, leaving only a small tin of anchovies in his bed.|
|Broderick Bode||Suffered spell damage from touching a prophecy sphere that didn't have his name on it, while under the Imperius Curse. He was killed when the Death Eaters sent him a Devil's Snare in the guise of a Flitterbloom as an anonymous Christmas present, which his healer neglected to check thoroughly.|
|Herbert Chorley||Muggle Junior Minister to the Prime Minister had a bad reaction to a "poorly performed Imperius Curse," causing him to quack like a duck.|
|Dawlish||Auror sent to the hospital after a failed attempt to bring Augusta Longbottom to Azkaban, which resulted in him being fiercely assaulted by the elderly witch.|
|Gilderoy Lockhart||Suffered spell damage from a powerful Memory Charm that backfired, giving him severe Amnesia. Never fully recovered.|
|Frank Longbottom||Permanent mental injury from sustained Cruciatus Curses.|
|Minerva McGonagall||Took four Stunning Spells to the chest when she tried to stop Dolores Umbridge and several corrupt Aurors from evicting Hagrid.|
|Montgomery||Young boy bitten by Fenrir Greyback. He died after reaching the hospital.|
|Nymphadora Tonks||Injured during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.|
|Arthur Weasley||Bitten by Nagini whilst guarding the Department of Mysteries at night.|
|Patients in the waiting room.||A few perfectly normal-looking people.|
|A witch or wizard with an elephant trunk.|
|A witch or wizard with an extra hand protruding from his or her chest.|
|A sweaty witch whose head seemed to have turned into a teapot and was whistling and blowing steam.|
|A warlock who "clanged like a bell" every time he moved, vibrating his head.|
|A young wizard whose shoes were eating his feet.|
|A small girl who sprouted large wings, who was flying around, held down only by her father.|
|Unknown||Wizard bitten by a werewolf, in the bed next to Arthur Weasley.|
|Woman who received a bite, but wouldn't tell the Healers what bit her; she also shared a room with Mr Weasley.|
|Witch with "a satsuma jammed up her left nostril" from a family Christmas argument.|
|Five wizards involved in a broom accident||A witch and four warlocks, all late to a Celestina Warbeck concert in Liverpool, crashed over the Mersey River and fell into the water. Their condition at the hospital was described as "wet".|
|Purchasers of faulty wands||Purchasers from "Honest" Willy Wagstaff were taken to St Mungo's and treated for burns.|
|Hit Wizards||Each member of this squad received their own regular bed at St Mungo's.|
|Wizard with his head on back-to-front||In the hospital as the result of a Hallowe'en prank, and forced to stay there for many months, perhaps longer.|
Mungo Bonham could have been named after Saint Mungo, aka Saint Kentigern, the patron saint of Glasgow. His pregnant mother was abandoned by her family before his birth. He is considered the first bishop of Scotland. "Mungo" was also a nickname meaning "dear one" or "darling".
Behind the scenes
- In the Chamber of Secrets video game, the name of the hospital is given as 'Saint Mungo's Hospital for Magical Ailments and Injuries' on Mungo Bonham's Chocolate Frog Card.
- St Mungo's was completely omitted from the Harry Potter films, in particular the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Mentioned on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Mentioned on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Mentioned on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- Wizarding World
- J. K. Rowling's official site (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter Limited Edition
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
- J. K. Rowling's official site
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 12 (Silver and Opals)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 18 (Long Live the Doxy Queen) - History of Magic Lesson "Founding of St Mungo's Hospital"
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake)
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 21 (The Tale of the Three Brothers)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)
- Daily Prophet Newsletters
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Cup)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 8 (The Hearing)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 29 (The Lost Diadem)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 (The Chamber of Secrets)
- Daily Prophet Newsletters: 8 February, 1999
- Daily Prophet Newsletters: 31 July, 1998, Page 1
- Daily Prophet Newsletters: 1 October, 1999
- Source: Pocket Dictionary of Saints, published by Image Books, 1983.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - (see this video)
|St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries|
|Founder Mungo Bonham|
|St Mungo's Admissions Department · Poisoning Department · Janus Thickey Ward · 'Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn Ward: Serious Bites · Purge and Dowse, Ltd|
|Positions||Healer · Mediwizard · Trainee Healer · Welcome Witch · Entrance dummy|
|Healers||Omar Abasi · Dilys Derwent · Lancelot · Rutherford Poke · Augustus Pye · Hippocrates Smethwyck · Helbert Spleen · Miriam Strout · Talbott Winger's mother|
|Katie Bell · Herbert Chorley · John Dawlish · Gordon Horton · Minerva McGonagall · Montgomery · Laura Thorn · Nymphadora Tonks · Arthur Weasley · Grubby-looking St Mungo's patient · Bitten St Mungo's patient · Winged St Mungo's patient · Unidentified St Mungo's patient · Unidentified werewolf|
|Long-term residents||Agnes · Alice Longbottom · Frank Longbottom · Gilderoy Lockhart · Broderick Bode (deceased)|