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Tom: "The usual, Hagrid?"
Rubeus Hagrid: "Can't, Tom, I'm on Hogwarts business."
Tom: "Good Lord, is this — can this be —? Bless my soul. Harry Potter... what an honour. Welcome back, Mr Potter, welcome back."
— Tom meeting Harry Potter on 31 July 1991[src]

Tom (fl. 19381990s) was a British wizard, who was the landlord, innkeeper, and barman of the Leaky Cauldron. He was very friendly with many wizards and witches that passed through the pub to get to Diagon Alley.[1] He had run the Leaky Cauldron for a long time, and had the pleasure of meeting Harry Potter and former Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge on more than one occasion.[4] It is likely he had met other celebrities and political figures in the wizarding world, such as Albus Dumbledore, since his pub leads directly into Diagon Alley. He was very old by the time Harry Potter knew him, as he was mentioned by Dumbledore in the late 1930s to Tom Riddle.[5]

Biography[]

Early life[]

Tom was likely a pupil at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and studied there from the age of eleven until he left, and eventually became barman/landlord of the Leaky Cauldron some time before 1938. It is possible that Tom encountered Tom Marvolo Riddle (later to be known as Lord Voldemort) on his way to Diagon Alley for the first time, as Albus Dumbledore had told Tom Riddle to ask for him to get there. Riddle's profound distaste for his given name was, in part, due to it being so common, and meeting the landlord would not have negated this opinion in any way.[5]

1990s[]

During the 1990–1991 school year, a wizard went to the Leaky Cauldron to chat with Tom when the wizard saw the Muggle Artefact Smuggler.[6]

Tom meets Harry for the first time

Tom's awestruck reaction to meeting Harry Potter in 1991

On 31 July 1991, when Harry Potter and Rubeus Hagrid passed through the Leaky Cauldron on their way to Diagon Alley, Tom greeted Hagrid like an old friend, or, at the very least, a regular. Other witches and wizards who were there at the time (including Doris Crockford, Dedalus Diggle, and Quirinus Quirrell) began introducing themselves to Harry, before Hagrid managed to get him away from all of them.[1]

POA Tom Harry Hedwig Leaky Cauldron

Harry is reunited with Hedwig

In the summer of 1993, Cornelius Fudge (then Minister for Magic) asked Tom to keep an eye on Harry Potter while Sirius Black was on the loose until he was due to return to Hogwarts.[4]

In the summer of 1996, the Leaky Cauldron pub was almost completely empty, aside from Tom and Rubeus Hagrid, who greeted Harry Potter when he arrived there. Tom and Harry acknowledged each other, but did not have time to speak, as Harry was busy on Hogwarts business, with Tom gloomily returning to wipe glasses.[7]

In early July 1997, Tom attended the funeral of Albus Dumbledore and watched as his body was encased in the White Tomb.[3]

On 1 May 1998, Tom was greeted by Bellatrix Lestrange (who was really Hermione Granger using Polyjuice Potion) while on her way to Gringotts in Diagon Alley, and was surprised by how polite she was towards him.[8]

Post-Second Wizarding War[]

Tom passed away or retired during the next 19 years, since Hannah Abbott eventually took over as landlady and lived at the inn with her husband, Neville Longbottom.[9]

Physical appearance[]

Tom was described by Harry Potter upon sight as old, "quite bald" and that he resembled a toothless walnut.[1]

Magical abilities and skills[]

"Tom clicked his fingers, a fire burst into life in the grate, and he bowed himself out of the room."
— Tom performing wandless magic[src]

Etymology[]

Tom is diminutive of the name "Thomas" which means infidel or unfaithful. It was used as a formal male given name. It also means "twin".

Behind the scenes[]

TomLEGOHP1-4

Tom as depicted in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

The Leaky Cauldron
Founder Daisy Dodderidge Leakycauldronsym
Owners Tom (formerly) · Hannah Abbott Residents Neville Longbottom
Employees
Maids Day maid · Night maid · Young maid Others Bartender · Cleaner · Cook · Male toilet fixer
1 Diagon Alley, England, Great Britain
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