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Timothy the Timid[2] was a very shy and nervous wizard who had a moustache and very sparse brown hair. He was afraid of many things and disliked people (and other portraits) who stared at him, becoming incredibly paranoid with time. He had a portrait hung at Hogwarts Castle.


1995–1996 school year

By 1995, Timothy had two sets of portraits, hiding different shortcuts. One set hid a secret passageway between the fifth-floor corridor and the Herbology Corridor. The password for this shortcut was "Flaming earwigs".[3] The other pair of portraits hid a shortcut between the Transfiguration Courtyard and the fifth floor, and its password was "Carpe Diem".[4] Both sets of portraits were placed next to portraits of a staring eye and Timothy's portrait was very annoyed by it, asking students to "cover him up" and claiming that "he is one of them " (whatever that means).[3]

1996–1997 school year

In the next school year, both sets of portraits were hung on other places. Due to leading close to the Quidditch pitch, the portrait said its password to the Quidditch Captains, asking them to have their teams to keep it down, when they passed next to him. One of the two sets hid a passageway from the Grand Staircase to a stairway, leading towards the Quidditch Gate, and its password was "Boiled Beetles".[1] The other pair hid a secret passageway from the Quidditch Gate to the Portrait Room.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Timothy the Timid may have passed away sometime prior to 1995, as many portraits hung at Hogwarts Castle depict deceased individuals.
  • The portrait of him that can be seen on the fifth floor corridor close to the Prefects' bathroom was removed in 1998 and instead another part of the fifth floor corridor has been added, as it can be seen that Voldemort chased Harry Potter through this hallway.[5]


The name "Timothy" comes from the Greek name "Τιμοθεος" ("Timotheos"), meaning "honouring God", derived from τιμαω ("timao"), "to honour" and θεος ("theos"), "god".


Notes and references

Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the ground floor

Astronomy Tower courtyard · Bean Bonus Room · Boys' toilets · Room 234-00 · Central tower courtyard · Chamber off the Great Hall · Chamber of Reception · Classroom Eleven · Classroom 1B · Corridor off the Entrance Hall · Entrance Hall · Great Hall · Great Hall balcony · Ground Floor Corridor · Herbology Store · House Point Ceremony Chamber · Link Building · Marble Staircase · Middle Courtyard · Northern Courtyard · Northern Courtyard Annex · North Tower courtyard · Out Of Bounds · Oxford Corridor · Paved grounds · Portrait Room · Side chamber · Staffroom · Staffroom corridor · Storage Cupboard · Storeroom · Storeroom courtyard · Suspension Bridge · Temporary Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom · Transfiguration department · Viaduct Courtyard · Viaduct Entrance · Viaduct · Viaduct Courtyard Gatehouses · West Tower courtyard · West Well · Suspension Bridge foyer · The Quad

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the ground floor

Brian Gagwilde · Circe · Gargoyles at the staff room entrance · George von Rheticus · Giffard Abbott · Glanmore Peakes · Godric Gryffindor · Google Stump · Greta Catchlove · Henry Bumblepuft · Lonely Male Gargoyle · Lonely Male Gargoyle's friend · Medieval couple · Merwyn the Malicious · Mirabella Plunkett · Miserable Female Gargoyle · Norvel Twonk · Old Posh Baron · People watching Quidditch · Staring Portrait · Professor Swoopstikes · Temeritus Shanks · Timothy the Timid · Violet · Architect of Hogwarts · First Headmaster of Hogwarts · Jocunda Sykes · Sarcastic Male Gargoyle · Portrait of a girl with flowers · Wizard with a walrus moustache

Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the fifth floor

Art Classroom · Boys' Restroom · Classroom · Classroom 5B · Corridor · Hall · Hospital tower corridor · Muggle Studies showroom · Music Classroom · Prefects' Bathroom · Secret Muggle Room · Storeroom · Upper Hall · Weasley Candy Emporium · Weasley Supplies Bargain Basement · Locked Room

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the fifth floor

Boris the Bewildered · Norvel Twonk · Timothy the Timid


Ravenclaw Tower staircase