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"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area where rows of witches and wizards sat upon rickety wooden chairs, some looking perfectly normal and perusing out-of-date copies of Witch Weekly, others sporting gruesome disfigurements such as elephant trunks or extra hands sticking out of their chests.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."
— The inside of St Mungo's hospital[src]

St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries was a wizarding hospital located in London, England.[1] It was founded by famous Healer Mungo Bonham in the 1600s.[4] The emblem of St Mungo's was a wand crossed with a bone.[1]

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.[5]

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.[1]

St Mungo's operated a work experience programme for seventh-year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who wished to become Healers after graduation.[6][7] Seventh-year students at Hogwarts were also taught about the founding of St Mungo's Hospital in History of Magic by Professor Cuthbert Binns during the 1990–1991 school year.[8]

Hospital entrance

"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...."
— The secret location of St Mungos[src]

Mungo Bonham, the founder of St Mungo's

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.[1]

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.[1]

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,[1] 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.[3]

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.[2][9]

Floor plan

"They followed through the double doors and along the narrow corridor beyond, which was lined with more portraits of famous Healers and lit by crystal bubbles full of candles that floated up on the ceiling, looking like giant soapsuds. More witches and wizards in lime-green robes walked in and out of the doors they passed; a foul-smelling yellow gas wafted into the passageway as they passed one door, and every now and then they heard distant wailing."
— Harry Potter's description of hospital corridors[src]

Ground floor

The ground floor was reception and artefact accidents. Inside, in a reception area filled with rickety wooden chairs and outdated issues of magazines. 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. Tt 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.[1]

The St Mungo's Admissions Department was possibly located on this floor. The admissions department recorded the patients who had given entry on the Hospital and their respective injuries or illnesses. It was also presumably where specialist Healers from various medical departments went to look for new cases when their more 'every-day' duties was done.[10]

The receptionist helped anyone who was unsure where to go, incapable of normal speech, or unable to remember why they were at the Hospital.[1]

Artefact Accidents dealt with cauldron explosions, wands backfiring, broom crashes, and so forth.[1] Katie Bell would have likely been a patient on this floor when she was admitted to St Mungo's after touching a cursed necklace she was carrying.[5]

The Alchemy Room was a room in which healing potions were brewed by Healers, along with the study of Alchemy to develop cures.[6]

First floor

"They climbed a flight of stairs and entered the “Creature-Induced Injuries” corridor, where the second door on the right bore the words “DANGEROUS” DAI LLEWELLYN WARD: SERIOUS BITES. Underneath this was a card in a brass holder on which had been handwritten Healer-in-Charge: Hippocrates Smethwyck, Trainee Healer: Augustus Pye."
— Harry Potter's description of the Dai Llewellyn Ward[src]

Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn Ward: Serious Bites

The first floor was treatment for creature-induced injuries. After suffering a highly venomous snake bite in December 1995,[11] 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.[1]

The ward was named after Dai Llewellyn, an extremely famous Quidditch player who was eaten by a Chimaera.[12] 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).[1] 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.[2] 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.[1][2]

Second floor

The second floor housed the "Magical Bugs" ward, whose treats was for treating magical ailments and diseases. It addressed contagious maladies such as Vanishing sickness and Scrofungulus.[1]

In the 16th or 17th century, Gunhilda of Gorsemoor developed a cure for Dragon Pox,[13] but the disease had not been completely eradicated. It was still treated by the Magical Bugs ward at St Mungo's.[14]

Third floor

The third floor was treatment for potions and plant poisoning. It addressed rashes, regurgitation, uncontrollable giggling, and more.[1] This floor likely contained the Poisoning Department.[15]

Fourth floor

Main article: Janus Thickey Ward
"This is our long-term residents’ ward. For permanent spell damage, you know. Of course, with intensive remedial potions and charms and a bit of luck, we can produce some improvement. "
— Description of the Janus Thickey Ward[src]

The fourth floor housed the Janus Thickey Ward, which was for treatment of spell damage. It addressed unliftable jinxes, hexes, curses, incorrectly-applied charms, etc.[2]

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.[3]

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.[16] Nymphadora Tonks was a patient here after her duel with Bellatrix Lestrange in 1996, during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.[17] During the time of Arthur Weasley's stay, another patient had shoes that his brother had jinxed to bite his feet.[1]

The Closed Ward

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).[2]

Fifth floor

The fifth floor was the visitors' tearoom and hospital shop, a place for visitors to relax and purchase gifts for patients.[1]

Healers

Harry Potter: "Are they doctors?"
Ron Weasley: "Doctors? Those Muggle nutters who cut people up? Nah, they're Healers."
— Discussion of Healers and doctors[src]

Healers

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.[18]

A St Mungo's Certified Healer Insignia which was an emblem worn by Healers employed at St Mungo's.[19]

Dilys Derwent was a St Mungo's Healer from 17221741. Afterwards, she became Headmistress of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 17411768.[1] Another Healer at St Mungo's was a man named Lancelot.[20]

Miriam Strout was a Healer employed at the hospital by the 1990s. 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.[2][9]

Affiliates

"Lucius has just given a very generous contribution to St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, Arthur."
— Minister Fudge telling Arthur Weasley of Lucius's St Mungo's donation[src]
Affiliation Wizard(s) Notes Date

Staff

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.[21][22]
Mungo Bonham Founder of the hospital.[4] 1500s/1600s
Burke Healer at St Mungo's, secretly an inside agent for R, a cabal of Dark Wizards.[23] 1990–1991 school year
Dilys Derwent St Mungo's Healer.[1] 1722-1741[1]
Augustus Pye Trainee Healer in the Dai Llewellyn Ward.[1]
Hippocrates Smethwyck Healer-in-Charge of Dai Llewellyn ward.[1] 1900s
Professor Helbert Spleen An "expert" from the hospital who helped write an advice column in the Daily Prophet.[24]
Miriam Strout Healer in the Janus Thickey Ward, who let the fatal Devil's Snare cutting in under her guard.[2] 1990s
Welcome Witch Plump blond witch who worked as the hospital receptionist.[1] 1995
Wiggins Trainee Healer in the Alchemy Room.[7] 1990-1991
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.[20] 1800s

Donors

Lucius Malfoy Gave a very public "generous contribution" to the hospital, which led Cornelius Fudge to invite the Malfoy family to the top box at the Quidditch World Cup.[25] 1994
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.[26] 1995
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.[12]

Patients

"A sweaty-faced witch in the centre of the front row, who was fanning herself vigorously with a copy of the Daily Prophet, kept letting off a high-pitched whistle as steam came pouring out of her mouth, and a grubby-looking warlock in the corner clanged like a bell every time he moved, and with each clang his head vibrated horribly, so that he had to seize himself by the ears and hold it steady."
— Patients in St Mungo's, December 1995[src]
Individual(s) Injury
Agnes Entire head covered with fur and barks occasionally; in the long-term residents' ward.[1]
Katie Bell Handled a cursed opal necklace, suffering severe injury, barely escaping death.[5]
Bilton Bilmes Got a Nose-Biting Teacup stuck to his nose.[6]
Barnabus Blenkinsop Vanished mysteriously from the hospital, leaving only a small tin of anchovies in his bed.[24]
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.[2][9]
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.[3]
Jacob Became the victim of life-threatening burns,[27] that were sustained from the dark charm Protego Diabolica.[28] He later become bedridden again due to a laughing curse attached to a cursed CD case at the hospital.[29]
John 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.[30]
Rubeus Hagrid Suffered an Acromantula bite in the Forbidden Forest.[6]
Penny Haywood Became the victim of a laughing curse attached to a cursed CD case.[29]
Gilderoy Lockhart Suffered spell damage from a powerful Memory Charm that backfired,[31] giving him severe Amnesia. Never fully recovered.[2]
Frank Longbottom Permanent mental injury from sustained Cruciatus Curses.[2]
Alice Longbottom
Minerva McGonagall Took four Stunning Spells to the chest when she tried to stop Dolores Umbridge and several corrupt Aurors from evicting Hagrid.[16]
Montgomery Young boy bitten by Fenrir Greyback. He died after reaching the hospital.[32]
Miriam Strout Become the victim of a laughing curse attached to a cursed CD case; with her bedridden, the hospital fell into disorder.[29]
Nymphadora Tonks Injured during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.[17]
Arthur Weasley Bitten by Nagini whilst guarding the Department of Mysteries at night.[11]
Zenith Xeep Suffered complete memory loss after consuming her own potion, Xeep's Luscious Locks Solution.[33]
Waiting room patients A few perfectly normal-looking people.[1]
A witch or wizard with an elephant trunk.[1]
A witch or wizard with an extra hand protruding from his or her chest.[1]
A sweaty witch whose head seemed to have turned into a teapot and was whistling and blowing steam.[1]
A warlock who "clanged like a bell" every time he moved, vibrating his head.[1]
A young wizard whose shoes were eating his feet.[1]
A small girl who sprouted large wings, who was flying around, held down only by her father.[1]
Unknown Wizard bitten by a werewolf, in the bed next to Arthur Weasley.[1]
Woman who received a bite, but wouldn't tell the Healers what bit her; she also shared a room with Arthur Weasley.[1]
Witch with "a satsuma jammed up her left nostril" from a family Christmas argument.[1]
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".[34]
Purchasers of faulty wands Purchasers from "Honest" Willy Wagstaff were taken to St Mungo's and treated for burns.[35]
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.[36]
Laura Thorn Taken to St Mungo's after having witnessed a magical beast, where she had her memories altered.[22]
Winifred Warrington Found to be in the hospital by her sister Ivy and her friends three years after she was hospitalised.[37]
Esme Page Taken care of in the hospital after prolonged exposure to Dementors in the dungeon of Victor Gridley's caravan.[37]

Etymology

Mungo Bonham could have been named after Saint Mungo, aka Saint Kentigern, the patron saint of Glasgow.[38] 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".

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Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J. K. Rowling's official site
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 12 (Silver and Opals)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 19 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 20 (A Different Kind of Hospital Drama)
  8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 18 (Long Live the Doxy Queen) - History of Magic Lesson "Founding of St Mungo's Hospital"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
  10. Eleventh question of the Second W.O.M.B.A.T. at J. K. Rowling's official site
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 7 (Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland)
  13. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 21 (The Tale of the Three Brothers)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37 (The Lost Prophecy)
  18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice)
  19. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 28 (The Last Laugh)
  20. 20.0 20.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
  21. Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World - Case 1: Something in the Air
  22. 22.0 22.1 Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World - Case 2: The Smell of Fear
  23. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 29 (Mind Of A Diva)
  24. 24.0 24.1 Daily Prophet Newsletters
  25. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Cup)
  26. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 8 (The Hearing)
  27. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 21 (Burning Up)
  28. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 23 (The Legend Of Dai Ryusaki And The Dark Scroll)
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 26 (No Laughing Matter)
  30. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 29 (The Lost Diadem)
  31. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 (The Chamber of Secrets)
  32. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 22 (After the Burial)
  33. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 24 (In the Thickey of It)
  34. Daily Prophet Newsletters: 8 February, 1999
  35. Daily Prophet Newsletters: 31 July, 1998, Page 1
  36. Daily Prophet Newsletters: 1 October, 1999
  37. 37.0 37.1 Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
  38. Source: Pocket Dictionary of Saints, published by Image Books, 1983.
  39. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - (see this video)
St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries
Founder Mungo Bonham
Alchemy Room · 'Dangerous' Dai Llewellyn Ward: Serious Bites · Entrance dummy · Janus Thickey Ward · Poisoning Department · Purge and Dowse, Ltd · St Mungo's Admissions Department · St Mungo's Certified Healer Insignia · St Mungo's student programme
Employees
Positions Healer · Mediwizard · Trainee Healer · Welcome Witch St Mungo's emblem.webp
Healers Omar Abasi · Eustace Burke · Dilys Derwent · Lancelot · Rutherford Poke · Augustus Pye · Hippocrates Smethwyck · Helbert Spleen · Miriam Strout · Wiggins · Talbott Winger's mother
Patients
Katie Bell · Bilton Bilmes · Bitten St Mungo's patient · Barnabus Blenkinsop · Philbert Chivers · Herbert Chorley · John Dawlish · Fugitive werewolf · Grubby-looking St Mungo's patient · Rubeus Hagrid · Penny Haywood · Gordon Horton · Jacob · Minerva McGonagall · Eloise Mintumble · Montgomery · Esme Page · Miriam Strout · Laura Thorn · Nymphadora Tonks · Unidentified dragonologist · Unidentified St Mungo's patient · Unidentified werewolf · Arthur Weasley · Winged St Mungo's patient · Winifred Warrington
Long-term residents Agnes · Alice Longbottom · Broderick Bode (deceased) · Frank Longbottom · Gilderoy Lockhart · Zenith Xeep
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