Filius Flitwick

Filius Flitwick is a fictional character from the Harry Potter Universe.

Filius Flitwick
Warwick Davis has portrayed Flitwick in every movie.
ActorWarwick Davis
BornOctober 17, 1950s

[edit] Background

Filius Flitwick is the Charms Professor at Hogwarts, and head of Ravenclaw house. He is always noted for being short compared to other teachers, and students, having to sit on cushions at the staff table in the Great Hall, and standing on a tall pile of books whilst teaching.

[edit] History

Flitwick was born into a magical family with Goblin blood in it. When he came to Hogwarts, he was sorted into the Ravenclaw house. His favourite subject was probably Charms as he would be a Charms teacher for a long time after school. He was also very fond of duelling.

During his early years of teachery, he taught Charms to Lily Evans, James Potter, Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew. His teaching style has always been rather laid-back compared to that of the other teachers (especially Minerva McGonagall and Severus Snape), which suggests the students like him. He doesn't care if students are bad in his subject, as he gives them much homework so they can catch up.

By the time Harry, Ron and Hermione came to Hogwarts, Flitwick had been appointed Head of Ravenclaw. The first time he let his new students play with magic was around Halloween, when they got a feather each on which they should cast a Wingardium Leviosa spell. The first student to actually do this was Hermione, who instantly became one of Flitwick's favourite students.

Flitwick in his classroom.

When they came back the next year, the Chamber of Secrets was opened once again and one of Flitwick's students, Penelope Clearwater, was attacked by the Basilisk which had escaped from the Chamber. Fortunately, Clearwater was only petrified as the others who had been attacked before her, however, when Ginny Weasley was attacked she was taken down into the Chamber with the Basilisk. While Harry, Ron and Gilderoy Lockhart went down into the Chamber to rescue her, Madam Pomfrey and Professor Sprout helped all the victims to recover.

The next year, Harry, Ron and Hermoine overheard Flitwick and a bunch of other grown-ups discussing Sirius Black in Hogsmeade. During the conversation, Harry learned that Sirius Black was his godfather. ( Only in the movie This made Harry escape into the forest where he sat down and cried, however, Ron and Hermione followed his footprints left in the snow and found him. He then promised them that he would kill Black if they met). When Harry receives a Firebolt broom after his Nimbus was destroyed, Flitwick and Madam Hooch are given the responsibility to check if it is cursed. Harry gets it back after it is certain that it's uncursed.

The next year, the Triwizard Tournament is held at Hogwarts, but Flitwick's lessons continue as usual. However, Harry, Ron and Hermione don't pay attention and instead use Flitwick's lessons to talk about the Tournament in which Harry is a contestant. When Harry uses a Summoning Charm in the first task of the tournament, Flitwick seems very proud and talks about it all the time. During the third task, Flitwick is patrolling the maze in which the contestants are trapped, however, Cedric Diggory is killed during the task by Lord Voldemort, and Flitwick attends the memorial feast for him.

Dolores Umbridge arrives at Hogwarts the next year, and she interviews and examines the teachers during lessons. Suddenly, she starts measuring Flitwick's height during a lesson, which Flitwick is not very fond of. Throughout the year, she gains more power, and when Fred Weasley and George Weasley surprise her with dangerous dragon fireworks during an exam, Flitwick is seen celebrating the event with students.

The next year, when the Aurors take control of Hogwarts, (only in the movie): Flitwick is put with Argus Filch to guard the gates and check off the name of everyone entering). They also have to check their belongings for dangerous items. Harry, Ron and Hermione continue to use his lessons for chit-chat. When the Astronomy Tower is attacked by Death Eaters, Flitwick goes to get Snape. Hermione and Luna are guarding Snape's office, and when Flitwick enters Snape comes out shortly after telling them to take care of Flitwick, who fainted in his office. Hermione and Luna believe him, however, in reality Snape knocked Flitwick out. At the end of the year, Flitwick attends Albus Dumbledore's funeral.

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Flitwick helped to evacuate students through the Room of Requirement, and later helped Harry finding a Horcrux when he told him no one had ever seen the diadem of Rovena Ravenclaw in ages. Harry finds the Grey Lady who helps him further in his search. During the battle, Flitwick battled many Death Eaters and defeated Antonin Dolohov. When the battle was over, he rushed to congratulate Harry.

Flitwick supposedly continued teaching for years after the battle.

Last edited by Nancydective on 26 November 2009 at 08:58
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