Filius Flitwick

Filius Flitwick has always been one of my favorite characters in Harry Potter.

Too often in the books and movies, however, he’s portrayed in ableist tropes and made to be a figure of vague fun. I’m thinking of all the times JKR described him simply as “tiny” or wrote that he “squeaked” something. In the film of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I cringed at the Yule Ball scene that had the students passing Flitwick overhead—an image I found all too reminiscent of “dwarf-tossing,” which many little people oppose, although actor Warwick Davis apparently proposed the scene to the director as a fun “crowd-surfing” moment for Flitwick.

In the Epithalamium Series, I wanted to explore Flitwick further and concocted a detailed backstory for him. Ultimately, I wasn’t able to use much of what I conceived in the stories, but I was pleased to include him as one of Albus’s best friends.

Here, then, is the full backstory for “my” version of Filius Flitwick.

Filius Frederick Flitwick
Supporting Character, Canon Character

Albus Dumbledore's friend; Hogwarts Charms Master and Head of Ravenclaw House.

Birth: 16 April 1884
Blood Status: half-blood
Wand: red oak & unicorn hair, 11 inches, flexible
Patronus: black mamba
Middle-aged man with short dark hair and moustache and pale skin and glasses.
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