Theodore Nott
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c. 1980

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Nott family

Theodore Nott was a pure-blood wizard who was a Slytherin student, he was in Hogwarts in the same year as Harry Potter at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


Early lifeEdit

Theodore Nott was born to an elderly wizard, Mr. Nott, and his wife. After the death of his mother, Theodore was raised by his father, who was a Death Eater.[1]



Theodore started at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on 1 September, 1991 and was sorted into Slytherin house. During a Care of Magical Creatures lesson in his fifth year, he was one of only three students present who could see Thestrals, suggesting that he may have witnessed his mother's death firsthand.[2][3] He found the creatures rather distasteful as he watched one eating.[2]


Hermione Granger pointed out Theodore's name to Harry Potter for the first time in 1996, when Theodore was gathered in the school library with fellow Slytherins Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, and Draco Malfoy. All four boys had fathers who had recently been outed by Harry as Death Eaters in an article published in The Quibbler. Theodore was the only member of the group whose reaction to seeing Harry was not specifically noted as being either negative or threatening (it wasn't mentioned at all).[4]


Draco Malfoy: "Maybe [Horace Slughorn]'s going a bit senile. My father used to be a bit of a favourite of his. Slughorn probably hasn't heard I'm on the train, or -"
Blaise Zabini: "I wouldn't bank on an invitation. He asked me about Nott's father when I first arrived. They used to be old friends, apparently, but when he heard he'd been caught at the Ministry he didn't look happy, and Nott didn't get an invitation, did he? I don't think Slughorn's interest in Death Eaters."
Blaise Zabini talking to Draco Malfoy.[src]

While on the Hogwarts Express in 1996, Horace Slughorn waylaid Blaise Zabini and inquired after Theodore's father. Blaise replied that Mr. Nott was a Death Eater imprisoned in Azkaban for breaking into the Department of Mysteries the previous June. Slughorn, not wanting any association with Death Eaters, wasn't pleased and thus invited Blaise, not Theodore, to join the Slug Club.[5]

Theodore was one of four Slytherin students who progressed to the N.E.W.T. level in Potions. During his first lesson with Professor Slughorn, he sat next to Draco, and they both sniggered when Hermione revealed that she was a Muggle-born.[6]

Physical DescriptionEdit

Theodore is "weedy" and "stringy," indicating that he is tall, thin, and perhaps weakly built.[2][4] He was also considered to be "rabbity" in appearance by some.[3]

Personality and traitsEdit

Theodore is a clever, solitary boy who has never felt compelled to join "gangs," such as the one headed by Draco.[1] He is seen as a loner who does things by himself. Although he does seem fit to join in laughing at Hermione's blood-status. However, even while making fun of Gryffindors, he still excels in Potions.


Theodore is an English name that comes from the Greek name Theodros, which is derived from the words theos, meaning "God", and dōron, meaning "gift". Thus, it is often considered to mean "gift of God". It was the name of many early Christian saints. The Welsh version of the name, Tewdwr, was anglicised to Tudor, the name of a royal dynasty of England that ended with Elizabeth I.

In Norse mythology, Nótt is the personification of night. Also, Josiah C. Nott was a nineteenth century American physician who advocated and popularised polygenist theories about the inherent superiority of Caucasians.

Behind the scenesEdit



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Malfoy & Nott" at Extra Stuff at J.K. Rowling's Official Site
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21
  3. 3.0 3.1 F.A.Q. question on J.K. Rowling Official Site
  4. 4.0 4.1 Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 26
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7
  6. Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9
  7. Bronson Webb profile at the Internet Movie Database
  8. Despite this character not actually being identified in the film, they were sorted in 1991 and therefore were present in the films adaption of the sorting amongst the crowd of first years, as they had to be sorted and even though they weren't mentioned they'd still be one of the students in that crowd.

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