Irma Pince

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Madam Irma Pince works at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as the school's librarian. Many of the students dislike her as she is very strict and unhelpful when finding books.


[edit] Background

After her schooling years, Irma later took up a position at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as the school's librarian. Her vulture like appearance and strict rules in the library led many of the students to dislike her. There was a large list of rules she set to be uphold in the library such as no eating, drinking, talking, laughing and many more rules which the students found unesserary. She was also known to put charms and jinxes on the books to stop people misusing them. Rather than cleaning the books magically, she cleaned the books by hand with a feather duster. [1]

[edit] Appearances

[edit] Philosopher's Stone

In 1991; Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley searched the library for a book on Nicolas Flamel, trying to avoid Madam Pince as she would alert Severus Snape on their activities. [2] During December the same year, Madam Pince saw Harry going towards the restricted section and became suspicious.

  • Madam Pince: "What are you looking for, boy?"
  • Harry Potter: "Nothing."
  • Madam Pince: "You'd better get out, then. Go on – out!"

[edit] Chamber of Secrets

Irma was present in the discovery of the message from The Heir of Slytherin among the other teachers and students. Later on in the year, Hermione Granger required the book, Moste Potente Potions, which was kept in the restricted section. To borrow it out, Hermione needed a note from a teacher, which she got from Gilderoy Lockhart to give to Madam Pince. Irma took a while to examine the note for forgery but eventually let Hermione pass. [3]

[edit] Prisoner of Azkaban

[edit] Goblet of Fire

[edit] Order of the Phoenix

During the Easter Holidays, Madam Pince caught Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley sharing an easter egg in the llibrary prompting Madam Pince to bewitch their belongings to chase them out. [4]

"Chocolate in the library! Out—out—OUT!"
  • Madam Pince

[edit] Half Blood Prince

  • Madam Pince: ...what have you been doing to that book, you depraved boy?'"
  • Harry Potter: "It isn't the library's, it's mine!"
  • Madam Pince: "Despoiled! Desecrated! Befouled!"
  • Harry Potter: "It's just a book that's been written on!"
At 8 O'Clock one night she told everyone in the library to leave when she noticed 'The Half Blood Prince's' potion textbook in possesion of Harry Potter and was alarmed at the state of it. She was seen prior to the funeral of Albus Dumbledore standing next to Argus Filch and wearing a black veil. [5]

[edit] Deathly Hallows

Irma most likely participated in The Battle of Hogwarts with her fellow staff and probably survived.

[edit] Portrayals within films

In the film adaptions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, she was portrayed by Sally Mortemore.

[edit] Characterisation

[edit] Personality and Skills

Irma is known as a 'vulture like' and strict woman who isn't very helpful when it comes to books. Despite the fact that she doesn't care about the students much, she is always very strict when it comes to the books and has many rules surrounding the use of them.

[edit] References

  1. J.K. Rowling PS 12
  2. J.K. Rowling PS 12
  3. J.K. Rowling CoS 10
  4. J.K. Rowling OotP 29
  5. J.K. Rowling HBP 30

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