Hengist of Woodcroft
Biographical information

982 or later[1]

Physical information




Hair colour
  • Red (formerly)
  • Bald
Skin colour





Hengist of Woodcroft was a medieval wizard, best known as the founder of the village of Hogsmeade in Scotland, the only all-wizarding village in Great Britain.


Early lifeEdit

Hengist was born in the Middle Ages, no earlier than 982,[1] in Woodcroft. In his youth, Hengist attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he was Sorted into Hufflepuff.[2]


File:Hengist of Woodcroft.jpg

Hengist is traditionally credited with the founding of the village of Hogsmeade after being driven from his home by Muggle prosecutors. According to popular lore, Hengist used the Three Broomsticks Inn as a home.[3]

Death and post-mortemEdit

Hengist died at some point during the Middle Ages. Remembered for his founding of Hogsmeade, he was immortalised in a Chocolate Frog Card[3] There was also a bust of Hengist on the Fourth Floor Corridor of Hogwarts Castle.[4]

On 1 September, 1991, Prefect Gabriel Truman welcomed the Hufflepuff first years to Hufflepuff Basement with a short speech in which he mentioned Hengist of Woodcroft as one of the many notable Hogwarts students who were Sorted, like them, into Hufflepuff.[2]


The name "Hengist" means "stallion" in Germanic. Hengist and his brother Horsa were the leaders of the first Germanic settlers in Britain. Hengist established a kingdom in Kent in the 5th century.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Given Hogwarts was founded in around 993 A.D. and that Hengist attended it, he must have been eleven by or after the school's founding. So, the earliest date he could have possibly been born is 982.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pottermore introduction for Hufflepuffs (transcription available here)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) - PS2 version

Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the fourth floor

Class 67 · Cuthbert Binns's office · Fourth Floor balcony · Fourth Floor Corridor · Fourth Floor hospital tower corridor · Hogwarts Library · Mirror of Erised storage room · Restricted Section · Study Area

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the fourth floor

Barking Mad Male Gargoyle · Brutus Scrimgeour · Edward Rabnott · Hengist of Woodcroft · Landscape with trees · Temeritus Shanks

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