At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article.
Based on his portrait, Viridian was a potioneer. At some point in his life, he was named Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Also during his lifetime, he published a famous book on dark charms: Curses and Counter-Curses (Bewitch your Friends and Befuddle your Enemies with the Latest Revenges: Hair Loss, Jelly-Legs, Tongue-Tying and much, much more). He also published the book How to Tame Tigers.
Professor Viridian died sometime in or prior to 1994. Two portraits of him hung at Hogwarts: one was painted in 1703 and hung in the Headmaster's office along with the portraits of other Headmasters and Headmistresses, and the other hung in the Grand Staircase.
In the 1995-1996 school year, Viridian's portrait at the Grand Staircase was used to conceal the entrance to the Room of Rewards. He was frequently annoyed by all the hustle and bustle of the students' school life. In order to gain entry to the Room of Rewards, Hermione Granger threatened to convince Myrtle Warren to haunt the landing where the portrait hung. Disliking Myrtle, Viridian let Harry Potter and his friends through.
Magical abilities and skills
- Dark Arts: Professor Viridian was highly proficient with curses, hexes and jinxes, and wrote a book which included such dark charms as the: Full Body-Bind Curse, Jelly-Legs Curse, Leg-Locker Curse, Pimple Jinx, Stickfast Hex, Tickling Hex, Tongue-Tying Curse and Hair Loss Curse.
- Potions: Professor Viridian was a highly accomplished and skilful Potioneer, as evidenced by several portraits of him brewing various potions.
The name Vindictus is derived from the Latin vindicta ("revenge") and the surname Viridian from the Latin viridis ("green").
Behind the scenes
- Harry Potter Limited Edition confirms that his surname was misspelled "Veridian" in the film series.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) (Appears in portrait(s))
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Appears in portrait(s))
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Appears in portrait(s))
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Appears in portrait(s))
- The Making of Harry Potter (Appears in portrait(s))
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Appears in portrait(s))
Notes and references
- J. K. Rowling stated at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 15 August 2004 (source) that all portraits at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are of deceased individuals. Thus, Viridian must have died sometime in or before 1994, given his portrait's appearance at Hogwarts in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
- "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - see this image
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (see this image)
- See this image.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- DVD 2 - Special Features (The Quest of Sir Cadogan)
Classroom 6A · Classroom 6B · Corridor · Disused bathroom · East Wing · Empty classroom · Floor 6 Bonus · Glanmore Peakes' Corridor · Horace Slughorn's office · Room of Rewards · Storeroom · Trophy Room · Writing Supplies Room · Staircase between the sixth-floor and seventh-floor corridor
Damara Dodderidge · Edgar Stroulger · Edessa Sakndenberg · Glanmore Peakes · Selina Sapworthy · Skeleton in a top hat · Portrait in storeroom · Temeritus Shanks · Vindictus Viridian · Wendelin the Weird