- "Evil creature that roams the night feeding on the blood of living beings. Cannot go out in the daylight."
A vampire is a dark magical humanoid being that is famed for biting people on the neck and sucking their blood. They are part of the family of beings known as the Living Dead, along with Zombies.
Physical appearance and biology
They are usually pale and gaunt with sharp fangs for puncturing the throats of their victims.
Vampires seem to be able to live much longer than Muggles. Carmilla Sanguina died aged 196, and Amarillo Lestoat died aged 201. Wizardkind can reach a similar, or even older, age, including Armando Dippet and Barry Winkle.
It is unknown if any of the myths or legends surrounding vampires in the Muggle world, such as the concept that they are immortal, are accurate about vampires in the wizarding world. It is unknown what effect, if any, the Killing Curse would have on a vampire.
Vampires have a very strong aversion to garlic and can have been kept at bay by its presence. They drink blood, though they are able to eat other foods such as pasties, and Honeydukes sell lollipops that taste like blood, presumably for vampires to use. Hermione Granger also seems to share this view, as shown when she and Ronald Weasley visited Honeydukes in Hogsmeade in 1993.
Vampires in the Wizarding world
As Vampires are magical creatures, they therefore live in and are affiliated with the Wizarding world. There exists a Society for the Tolerance of Vampires, which by its given name, must campaign for greater acceptance of vampires and their culture in the magical world, given their seemingly evil and dark reputation.
Vampires are studied in first, second, and third year Defence Against the Dark Arts classes. This is because Vampires, along with similar undead creatures such as Inferius, are considered dark creatures due to their presumed highly parasitic and dangerous natures.
Muggle author Bram Stoker is well known for his 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula, that features Count Dracula, a fictional character based on the historical vampire Vlad Drakul who is the father of Vlad the Impaler.
In a 1910 Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson taught by the then Professor Albus Dumbledore at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, an unidentified student had their Boggart assume the form of a vampire as their worst fear. When the student cast the Boggart-Banishing Spell on it, the charm made the vampire boggart assume the humorous form of a buck-toothed bunny rabbit.
Professor Quirinus Quirrell claimed to have had an encounter with vampires in the Black Forest during his break from teaching to get some "hands-on" experience with dealing with the Dark Arts. Whether this is true, or a cover to hide his encounter with Lord Voldemort in Albania, is unclear. He even decorated the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom with gloves of garlic, with the supposedly hope of warding off a particularly vicious Romanian vampire. Quirrell's story about a vampire is in some respect true, as Voldemort at the time was in a state between life and death, and himself admits that he was living parasitically off of the professor. This even includes making Quirrell drink the blood of unicorns from the Forbidden Forest.
Gilderoy Lockhart wrote a book, Voyages with Vampires, about his supposed encounters with vampires. The book included information on a vampire that, after an encounter with Lockhart, could eat nothing but lettuce. As Lockhart merely took the credit for other wizards' accomplishments, this encounter likely happened to someone else.
During the spring of 1994, Professor Remus Lupin assigned his third year students to write an essay about vampires, with Neville being confused whether vampires have to eat garlic to have it affect them. After Professor Lupin was forced to resign from his position of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher when Professor Snape revealed that he was a werewolf, Dean Thomas joked that the class might get a vampire as a teacher next.
During the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, a young wizard claimed he was a Vampire hunter to impress some Veela, also stating that he has killed about ninety or so by that point. Such is illegal, according to Paragraph 12 of the Guidelines for the Treatment of Non-Wizard Part-Humans.
In a Daily Prophet article published in the summer of 1995, Rita Skeeter complained that the British Ministry of Magic employees waste time arguing over cauldron thickness when they should be "stamping out vampires." Percy Weasley angrily rejected the criticism and points out that paragraph twelve of the Guidelines for the Treatment of Non-Wizard Part-Humans clearly forbids such a policy.
During his History of Magic O.W.L., Harry suspected that his answer to the question how the Statute of Secrecy was breached in 1749 and what measures were introduced to prevent a recurrence was incomplete. He thought that vampires were involved, but could not remember the details.
Eldred Worple spent time living among vampires, and wrote a Magizoology book, Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires. Worple, a friend of Horace Slughorn, took with him a vampire called Sanguini to the Slug Club Christmas party at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in December 1996.
Luna Lovegood believed that Rufus Scrimgeour was a vampire. Xenophilius Lovegood, her father, wrote a very long article about him for The Quibbler after he became Minister for Magic, though according to Luna, the Ministry forced him not to publish. This was possibly done to prevent the defamation of Scrimgeour, but was taken by the Lovegoods as confirmation of their theory.
Vampires were among the various magical creatures that threatened the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy in the Calamity, which mysteriously affected the Wizarding world in the 2010s. They appeared as Foundables, and their Confoundable guards had to be overpowered by volunteer wizards and witches of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force.
Behind the scenes
- Some fans had originally speculated that Severus Snape was a vampire for various reasons, such as his pale and gaunt physical appearance, and the fact that his robes are always described as bat-like. However, J. K. Rowling said that this is entirely false.
- After Professor Remus Lupin was forced to resign from his position of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher when Professor Snape revealed that he was a werewolf, Dean Thomas joked that the class might get a vampire as a teacher next. This may be a possible allusion to the concept that vampires and werewolves are ancient enemies, as they are often portrayed as fighting and are, therefore, conceptually related.
- According to W.O.M.B.A.T., vampire bites may be incurable; this is consistent with the near impossibility of the curing of a werewolf bite during full moon.
- The breach in the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy in 1749 involving vampires may be inspired by the real-world work of Benedictine monk Antoine Augustin Calmet, who recorded stories about vampires in western Europe. He published a treatise that described how to track them down and destroy them. If so, he may be a wizard in the Harry Potter universe, since only a wizard could create a breach.
- J. K. Rowling did not include vampires more prominently in the Harry Potter series because she felt she could add little to the already rich vampire myth and because vampires are from the traditions of Eastern Europe, rather than the British folklore Rowling primarily drew from.
- As little is known of vampires in J. K. Rowling's world, it is unknown if it is possible for a person to be born a vampire or they have to be turned by a bite, much like the Werewolves.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Earlier drafts)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Mentioned on a newspaper)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay (Appears as Boggart)
- J. K. Rowling's official site
- Harry Potter: The Character Vault
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 15 (The Unbreakable Vow)
- ↑ Per the infobox image, which comes from Pottermore.
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - In Gilderoy Lockhart's Marauding with Monsters, the Black Forest is mentioned to be "vampire-infested".
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Scholastic Official Site - Glossary (archived)
- ↑ Pottermore - The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
- ↑ Daily Prophet Newsletters, Issue 2
- ↑ Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 8 (The Spread of Quidditch Worldwide)
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (see this image)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 17 (The Man with Two Faces)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 15 (The Forbidden Forest)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 (The Chamber of Secrets)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 14 (Snape's Grudge)
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 22 (Owl Post Again)
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10 (Mayhem at the Ministry)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20 (Hagrid's Tale)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
- ↑ Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- ↑ J. K. Rowling's official site
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20 (Hagrid's Tale)
- ↑ Interview with J. K. Rowling at Accio Quote!
- ↑ Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Chapter 3 (Dealing With Trouble)
- ↑ Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, "Christmas at Hogwarts" Achievement
- ↑ Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Vampires" at Wizarding World