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Professor Valeria Myriadd was a witch and Head of Gryffindor House during her life. After she died, numerous portraits were hung of her at Hogwarts Castle.



Valeria was born someplace in either Great Britain or Ireland,[5] and when she was eleven years old began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she was sorted into Gryffindor House. She graduated at the end of her seventh year with good enough grades that she could return as a professor,[4] and eventually rose to the position of Head of Gryffindor House.[4] She died sometime prior to September 1991.[2]

1991–1992 school year

By 1991, several portraits of Valeria hung at the main halls of Hogwarts Castle, such as the Grand Staircase. In Gryffindor Tower, one of her portraits guarded a secret passage to a disused bathroom. The password for said passage was "Pig Snout".[6]

1992-1993 school year

By the next school year, her place in the Gryffindor Tower had been taken by Oraclitus Spheer. Her portrait was moved to the Hogwarts Library Annexe, hiding a shortcut to a section containing the original hand-written manuscript of Hogwarts: A History, by Chroniculus Punnet. The password was "Bibliophile".[7]


"Valeria" is the feminine form of the name "Valerius", who was a Roman saint in the second century.[8] "Myriad" means "countless" or "extremely great in number".[9]

Behind the scenes

  • For reasons currently unknown, Myriadd's portrait was painted depicting her standing by some snowy mountains, with her wearing a dark blue, fur-lined cloak and holding a fairy.


Notes and references

  1. She was the Head of Gryffindor House before Minerva McGonagall, who became the Head of Gryffindor by 1971. This would mean Valeria Myriadd graduated from Hogwarts by 1970, making her latest possible year of birth 1952.
  2. 2.0 2.1 J. K. Rowling on the subject of portraits: "They are all of dead people", from the Edinburgh Book Festival (transcript available here)
  3. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Each portrait on the Gryffindor common room walls depicts one of the former Gryffindor Heads of House, including Minerva McGonagall" as seen from this site.
  5. "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland" from the South West News Service on 8 July, 2000 (transcript available here)
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - PS2 version
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - PS2 version
  8. Valeria on Behind the Name
  9. See this definition provided by Google

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