For those with a love of Tudor history and and a passion for Harry Potter, it is fairly common knowledge that Anne Boleyn’s portrait can be found within the walls of Hogwarts. Obviously, Anne’s placement is a nod to accusations of witchcraft, a cheeky wink to the past. Serious fans of the books, however, point out that as Anne makes her appearance within the movie series, she is not a part of official Harry Potter canon. Unless one’s story is written down by JK Rowling (or so this pattern of thought goes), the pop-culture moment never happened.
Elizabeth I, however, recently made an official appearance within the Harry Potter universe. In the latest unlocked chapter from Rowling’s Pottermore site, the popular author provides fans with additional facts on the Malfoy family that cannot be found within the seven-book Harry Potter series. She details the family’s sordid history, from their connections to William the Conqueror up until the present. According to Rowling,
Though hotly denied by subsequent generations, there is ample evidence to suggest that the first Lucius Malfoy was an unsuccessful aspirant to the hand of Elizabeth I, and some wizarding historians allege that the Queen’s subsequent opposition to marriage was due to a jinx placed on her by the thwarted Malfoy.*
So there you have it. Elizabeth I, Virgin Queen of England not by choice or necessity, but by jinx. What do you think about this latest pop-culture explanation for Elizabeth’s virgin status?
* Rowling, pottermore.com, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Malfoy Family”