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"Sturgis Podmore? He's that bloke who looks like his head's been thatched, isn't he? He's one of the Ord —"
Ronald Weasley[src]

Sturgis Podmore was a wizard and member of the Order of the Phoenix who fought in both First and Second Wizarding Wars. He was also a member of the Advance Guard. In 1995, Podmore was put under the Imperius Curse by Death Eaters, who made him attempt to break into the Department of Mysteries. He was sentenced to six months in Azkaban for attempting to break in.[4]


Early life (1950s–1960s)[]

Sturgis Podmore was born at some point between 8 September 1956 and 7 September 1957, eventually acquiring a wand and being trained in the magical arts.

First Wizarding War (1970s–1981)[]

"Sturgis Podmore, blimey, he looks young..."
Alastor Moody points Sturgis out in the Order of the Phoenix photograph[src]
Order of the Phoenix

The original Order of the Phoenix

Sturgis Podmore was a member of the original Order of the Phoenix. The order was an organisation founded and led by Albus Dumbledore, in order to oppose Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters during the First Wizarding War.[5] Podmore managed to survive the war since Lord Voldemort's first downfall.[3]

Second Wizarding War (1995–1998)[]

"Sturgis Podmore, 38, of number two, Laburnum Gardens, Clapham, has appeared in front of the Wizengamot charged with trespass and attempted robbery at the Ministry of Magic on 31st August. Podmore was arrested by Ministry of Magic watchwizard Eric Munch, who found him attempting to force his way through a top-security door at one o’clock in the morning. Podmore, who refused to speak in his own defence, was convicted on both charges and sentenced to six months in Azkaban."
Daily Prophet, 1 September 1995[src]

After Lord Voldemort's return to full power in 1995, Sturgis Podmore returned to the regrouped Order of the Phoenix, contributing to their efforts during the Second Wizarding War.[3] By this time, Sturgis lived in 2 Laburnum Gardens, in Clapham.[1]

Escorting Harry Potter[]

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The Advance Guard inside 4 Privet Drive, preparing to excort Harry Potter to safety

Sturgis was a part of the Advance Guard — together with Alastor Moody, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Elphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Emmeline Vance, and Hestia Jones — that safely brought Harry Potter from 4 Privet Drive to 12 Grimmauld Place, headquarters of the Order. Upon meeting Harry, Podmore winked at him and, while he went upstairs to get his trunk, examined the Dursleys' microwave with Kingsley Shacklebolt.[3]

Imprisonment in Azkaban[]

On 12 August 1995, which was, incidentally, the day of Harry Potter's disciplinary hearing on the charge of magic in presence of a Muggle, Sturgis Podmore was on Order of the Phoenix duty standing guard beside the entrance to the Department of Mysteries, to prevent Death Eaters from stealing The Prophecy. Lucius Malfoy was at the Ministry that day, and he put Podmore under the Imperius Curse.[6]

Still under the influence of Malfoy's Imperius Curse,[6] Podmore was back on guard duty at the Ministry on 31 August, 1995.[1] Under the control of the Death Eaters, Podmore broke into the Department of Mysteries, a highly classified area, and attempted to steal the Prophecy. However, he was discovered at 1 am during the attempt and was arrested by Eric Munch, a Ministry watchwizard, and was sentenced to six months in Azkaban, after refusing to speak in his defence.[1]

Mad-Eye Moody was irritated when Podmore did not return his Invisibility Cloak and that he did not turn up to help transport Harry Potter safely to King's Cross Station, not knowing Sturgis had been Imperiused and, by that time, arrested.[7]


After he was released from Azkaban, in March of 1996,[1] he rejoined the Order.

Physical description[]

Sturgis was a wizard with a square jaw and thick straw-coloured hair.[3] These features give the impression that his head was thatched.[1]

Magical abilities and skills[]


Order of the Phoenix[]

Sturgis's relationship with the other members of the order is unknown; it is possible that they had a good relationship. Sturgis seemed to like Harry Potter, when he first met him. Harry was very upset learning that Sturgis attempted to break into the Department of Mysteries, and thought it was unfair that Sturgis was imprisoned. Alastor Moody was firstly angry with Sturgis for taking his Invisibility Cloak. However, they were all upset, learning about Sturgis's imprisonment. Sturgis might have been also friendly with Remus Lupin, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Nymphadora Tonks, Hestia Jones, Emmeline Vance, Elphias Doge and Dedalus Diggle, as they were all members of the Advance Guard in 1995. He was described as a "great friend" of Albus Dumbledore, the founder of the Order.

Behind the scenes[]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot) - "Sturgis Podmore, 38, of number two, Laburnum Gardens, Clapham, has appeared in front of the Wizengamot charged with trespass and attempted robbery at the Ministry of Magic on 31st August." This is reported in 1995 on the Saturday one week into class ("He lay for a moment watching dust swirl in the chink of sunlight falling through the gap in his four-poster’s hangings and savoured the thought that it was Saturday. The first week of term seemed to have dragged on forever, like one gigantic History of Magic lesson."). The first day of classes is on Monday, which must be September 2 (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12 (Professor Umbridge) - "“Look what we’ve got today,” said Ron grumpily, shoving his schedule under Fred’s nose. “That’s the worst Monday I’ve ever seen.”) so Saturday is the 7th, which Sturgis must be 38 years old by.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard) - "a square-jawed wizard with thick, straw-colored hair"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 9 (The Woes of Mrs Weasley)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 26 (Seen and Unforeseen)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10 (Luna Lovegood)
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Original Order of of the Phoenix:
Aberforth Dumbledore | Alastor Moody | Alice Longbottom | Arabella Figg | Benjy Fenwick | Caradoc Dearborn | Dedalus Diggle | Dorcas Meadowes | Edgar Bones | Elphias Doge | Emmeline Vance | Fabian Prewett | Frank Longbottom | Gideon Prewett | James Potter | Lily Potter | Marlene McKinnon | Mundungus Fletcher | Peter Pettigrew (defected) | Remus Lupin | Rubeus Hagrid | Severus Snape | Sirius Black | Sturgis Podmore
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