Valeria Myriadd
Biographical information

Prior to 1991[1]


Prior to 1991[2]



Physical information




Hair colour


Skin colour



Head of Gryffindor House[3]




Professor Valeria Myriadd was a witch and a Head of Gryffindor House during her life. After she died, numerous portraits were hung of her at Hogwarts Castle.



Valeria was born someplace in either Great Britain or Ireland[4], and when she was eleven years old began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she was sorted into Gryffindor House. She graduated at the end of her seventh year with good enough grades that she could return as a professor[3], and eventually rose to the position of Head of Gryffindor House[3]. She died sometime prior to September 1991[2].

1991–1992 school yearEdit

By 1991, several portraits of Valeria hung at the main halls of Hogwarts Castle, such as the Grand Staircase. In Gryffindor Tower, one of her Portraits guarded a secret passage to a disused bathroom. The password for said passage was "Pig Snout".[5]

1992-1993 school yearEdit

By the next school year, her place in the Gryffindor Tower had been taken by Oraclitus Spheer. Her portrait was moved to the Hogwarts Library Annexe, hiding a shortcut to a section containing the original hand-written manuscript of Hogwarts, A History, by Chroniculus Punnet. The password was "Bibliophile". [6]


"Valeria" is the feminine form of the name "Valerius", who was a Roman saint in the second century[7]. "Myriad" means "countless" or "extremely great in number"[8].

Behind the scenesEdit

  • For reasons currently unknown, Myriadd's portrait was painted depicting her standing by some snowy mountains, with her wearing a dark blue, fur-lined cloak and holding a fairy.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Evidently, she had been born sometime before her death.
  2. 2.0 2.1 J. K. Rowling on the subject of portraits: "They are all of dead people", from the Edinburgh Book Festival (transcript available here)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Each portrait on the Gryffindor common room walls depicts one of the former Gryffindor Heads of House, including Minerva McGonagall" as seen from this site.
  4. "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland" from the South West News Service on 8 July, 2000 (transcript available here)
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - PS2 version
  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - PS2 version
  7. Valeria on Behind the Name
  8. See this definition provided by Google

Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the third floor

Armoury · Charms Corridor · Class 34 · Classroom 2E · Classroom 3C · Clock Tower Entrance · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor Corridor · Hesperius Hall · Jinx Rooms · Library · One-Eyed Witch Passage · Storeroom · Third Floor Corridor · Trophy Room · Turret Stairwell · Vastus Vestibule

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the third floor

Basil Fronsac · Brutus Scrimgeour · Damara Dodderidge · Drunk Monks · Google Flange · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Helena Ravenclaw · Merwyn the Malicious · Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington · Shepherdess · Temeritus Shanks · Valeria Myriadd · Witch in green · Witch in Pompadour hairstyle · Wizard in black · Wizard in red

Hogwarts Castle
Locations on the seventh floor

Attic · Classroom 7A · Classroom 7B · Classroom 7C · Dark Tower topmost cell · Disused bathroom · Divination Classroom · Fat Lady's Corridor · Filius Flitwick's office · Gryffindor Tower reading room · Gryffindor girls' staircase · Gryffindor Boys' Dormitory · Hall of Hexes · Knights' Room · North Wing · Room of Requirement · Seventh Floor Corridor · Sybill Trelawney's office

Portraits, statues and other artwork located on the seventh floor

Barnabas the Barmy · Bridget Wenlock · Sir Cadogan · Caged monkey · Edward Rabnott · Elephant · Elizabeth Burke · Fat Lady · Flowering almond trees · George von Rheticus · Giraffe · Godric Gryffindor · Healers · Hippopotamus · Journeying wizards · Lachlan the Lanky · Mother and baby · Oraclitus Spheer · Staring Portrait · Three young ladies · Tiger · Two lovers in a graveyard · Valeria Myriadd · Wailing Egyptians · Witch flying to the moon · Wizard in black flowing robes · Wizard in blue · Wizard with a broomstick · Wolfhound

Hogwarts Castle
Gryffindor Tower · Stone Bridge tower · Grand Staircase Tower · Left Viaduct tower · Training Grounds Tower · Central Tower · Hospital tower · Suspension Bridge towers · North Tower · South Tower · Turris Magnus · Turris Medius · Quidditch tower · Ravenclaw Tower · Right Viaduct tower · Second-floor girls' lavatory tower · Defence Against the Dark Arts tower · Upper Hall tower · Dark Tower · Founders' Tower · Headmaster's Tower · Herbology tower · Astronomy Tower · West Tower · Clock Tower · Bell towers · Hufflepuff Duelling Turrets · The Quad battlements · Catwalks · North battlements
Portraits, statues and other artwork located in the towers
Albus Dumbledore · Armando Dippet · Valeria Myriadd · Dexter Fortescue · Dilys Derwent · Oraclitus Spheer · Fat Lady · Sir Cadogan · Slytherin knight · Hufflepuff lady · Heliotrope Wilkins · Severus Snape · Phineas Nigellus Black · Vulpus · Quintin Trimble · Limebert · Ravenclaw lady · Rowena Ravenclaw · Walter Aragon · Quidditch player · Professor · Female etiquette teacher · Gryffindor lady · Gryffindor man · Gryffindor man · Gryffindor man · Gryffindor seeker · Red-haired witch · Young maiden · Vase with flowers · Group of women in crinolines · Sinister-looking monks
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