Elphinstone Urquart
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Several years prior to 1935[1]



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Department of Magical Law Enforcement official (formerly)


Ministry of Magic

Elphinstone Urquart (d. 1985) was a wizard and a Ministry of Magic official in the 1950s. He was briefly married to Minerva McGonagall in the 1980s, but their happy marriage was cut short after Elphinstone's accidental death.[2]


Early lifeEdit

Elphinstone Urquart was born many years prior to 1935,[1] somewhere in the British Isles, into the pure-blood Urquart family.[2]

Employment at the MinistryEdit

Sometime after his seventeenth birthday, Elphinstone joined the Ministry of Magic and rose to a senior office in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement by the 1950s.[2]

Minerva McGonagall joined the Department of Magical Law Enforcement after her graduation in 1954. Under Elphinstone, McGonagall was a most efficient and gifted employee, and the two were very fond of each other. After two years at the Ministry, Minerva was offered a prestigious promotion which she turned down. Minerva missed Scotland and had a continuing love for Dougal McGregor, a Muggle Scottish farmer, whom she could not marry because that would be the end of her life ambitions.[2]

Retirement and marriageEdit


When McGonagall joined the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry faculty in December of 1956, Elphinstone remained on terms of friendship with her. On occasion, while holidaying in Scotland, he encountered his old friend and proposed to her on Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop. McGonagall turned him down this and several other times, as she still had feelings for Dougal McGregor. However, in 1982, after McGregor's death, Urquart proposed again during a summertime stroll around the lake in the Hogwarts grounds. This time Minerva accepted. Elphinstone, now retired, purchased a small cottage in Hogsmeade for the pair of them, whence Minerva could travel easily to Hogwarts Castle every day. Minerva kept her maiden name as she had always been something of a feminist. The marriage was a very happy one, and a period of great fulfillment for Minerva. The couple did not have any children of their own, but they were close with Minerva's nephews and nieces (children of her brothers) and they were frequent visitors at their cottage.[2]


The marriage was cut short in 1985 after Elphinstone's accidental death from a Venomous Tentacula bite. After her husband's funeral, Minerva left the Hogsmeade cottage and returned to her living quarters at Hogwarts Castle.[2]


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 He is described as "much older" than Minerva McGonagall, born 4 October, 1935 (Pottermore).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Pottermore

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