Dumbledore's speech at the Great Hall in 1996

Hogwarts' Headmaster Albus Dumbledore stands in front of the students at the Great Hall during the Welcoming Feast in 1996.

A Headmaster or Headmistress (or Highmaster, in Durmstrang Institute) is the chief administrator of a School of Magic. They make all major decisions regarding the safety and the day-to-day functioning of the school, and have the power to override any decision made by any other authoritative facilitator at the school, with the possible exception of the Board of Governors (and during a brief period in 1996, the "High Inquisitor"), in Hogwarts. A Headmaster also controls the protective spells surrounding the school and the ability for certain individuals to enter or exit the grounds at will. The four founders of Hogwarts (Helga Hufflepuff, Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw) are not considered heads, despite leading the school during their time.

Hogwarts also has a Deputy Headmaster or Deputy Headmistress (depending on gender) that assists the headmaster in his duties. In the event of a headmaster's incapacitation, the deputy headmaster serves as temporary headmaster until the Board of Governors can elect a new, permanent one. There can also be more than one deputy headmaster, as the Carrow siblings served under Severus Snape when Voldemort takes over Hogwarts.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and WizardryEdit


Known Headmasters of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:

Headmasters from an unknown time periodEdit

Deputy HeadmastersEdit

Known Deputy Headmasters of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:

Durmstrang InstituteEdit

Known Highmasters of Durmstrang Institute:

Beauxbatons Academy of MagicEdit

Known Headmasters of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic:


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) - Chapter 21 (The Pensieve)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) DVD (Disc 2 - Dumbledore's Office)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter Limited Edition - The Paintings of Hogwarts: Masterpieces from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Sets
  4. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  5. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  6. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
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