The wizarding world of Harry Potter loves magic.
And the arcane arts are always the main focus.
But the story also dabbles in the supernatural.
Not to mention, ghosts with tragic backstories.
And where better to start than the Bloody Baron.
The ghost of Slytherin House…
Continue reading to discover:
- Why the baron’s the scariest phantom in Hogwarts.
- The terrible past that follows the ghost of Slytherin House.
- 11 mysterious facts that you didn’t know about the Bloody Baron.
- And so much more…
Table of contents
- About Bloody Baron
- Bloody Baron background
- “He doesn’t sound like anything special. What makes the Bloody Baron’s story so interesting?”
- Bloody Baron occupation
- Bloody Baron character
- “That’s pretty sad. So does the Bloody Baron spend the rest of eternity in regret?”
- More facts about Bloody Baron
- #1: He looked a lot scarier in the movies
- #2: He’s the scariest ghost in Hogwarts
- #3: Even a ghost has a few friends
About Bloody Baron
|Purity||Half-blood (Likely, but unproven)|
|Character Traits||Hot-tempered, Violent, Dangerous|
Bloody Baron background
Before the Bloody Baron would become a ghost.
He’s but a son to a noble family.
And a young wizard who attended Hogwarts.
A school for witchcraft, wizardry, and all things magical arts.
The Bloody Baron was a student back during the Founders’ time.
When the original four witches and wizards created the magical school.
He’d be sorted into the Slytherin House.
One of the four Houses at Hogwarts.
Under the guidance of founder Salazar Slytherin.
A sly and cunning wizard that cared only for pure-bloods.
Wizardkind that came from 2 wizarding families capable of magic.
And being part of the Slytherin House.
The Bloody Baron would also show some of these traits:
- Extremely Determined.
“He doesn’t sound like anything special. What makes the Bloody Baron’s story so interesting?”
Well, he wasn’t always the Bloody Baron.
The young wizard was simply a noble.
And his story starts and ends with unrequited love.
A one-sided romance for Helena Ravenclaw.
The daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw, the founder of the Ravenclaw House.
During the baron’s time at Hogwarts, he’d fall head over heels for Helena.
He’s very forward and persistent.
But, sadly, there’s never a chance from the start.
The young witch didn’t feel the same way about the baron.
So Helena always ended up rejecting him.
No matter how stubborn the nobleman became with his advances.
However, he didn’t give up.
The baron would be waiting for his opportunity to shine.
And does that chance ever arrive?
Well, it actually did.
Helena was jealous of her mother.
As a result, she decided to steal Rowena’s diadem.
A powerful relic that could enhance that user’s knowledge and wisdom.
Helena wanted to be better.
A chance to surpass the importance of her own mother.
So she took the relic and fled to Albania.
“That’s crazy! Does the Bloody Baron become her savior?
Well, he’s far from Helena’s wizard in shining armor.
Around the same time, the witch’s mother fell gravely ill.
And Rowena ordered the nobleman to search for her daughter.
So that she could see her one last time.
Luckily enough, the baron did find Helena in Albania.
But was he able to convince her to come back?
Sadly, he didn’t.
The witch refused to return to Hogwarts.
And in the baron’s anger, he’d stab and kill Helena.
However, when the nobleman came back to his senses.
He felt extreme regret.
And with so much pain in his heart, the baron would also kill himself.
In fact, even Helena retold the story to Harry Potter:
“He tracked me to the forest where I was hiding. When I refused to return with him, he became violent. The baron was always a hot-tempered man. Furious at my refusal, jealous of my freedom, he stabbed me… When he saw what he had done, he was overcome with remorse. He took the weapon that had claimed my life, and used it to kill himself.”
As a result, that’s how the nobleman earned the nickname the Bloody Baron.
His apparition was covered in the blood of Helena Ravenclaw.
A heart-wrenching tale that should’ve gotten a happy ending.
What’s more, research shows an unrequited love can be solved.
And with a change of perspective and a slice of humor.
Maybe it wouldn’t have ended on such a dark note.
Bloody Baron occupation
While we do know that the Bloody Baron was once a student.
Neither the books nor the movies explored his life after Hogwarts.
As a result, we can only guess what a nobleman would do following wizarding school.
However, after the Bloody Baron committed suicide…
He returned to Hogwarts.
And he’d become the resident ghost of the Slytherin House.
On top of that, the Bloody Baron would enjoy staying in the Astronomy Tower.
The tallest building in Hogwarts with telescopes to study the night sky.
He’d spend his days groaning and clanking at the very top.
A hobby that’d end up becoming the Bloody Baron’s favorite pastime.
Plus, he’d also frighten young Slytherin students in the common room.
A typical job most ghosts would do.
However, while it sounds funny.
I think it’s causing more harm than good.
In fact, a study shows fear of ghosts can impact daily living.
And could potentially lead to anxiety attacks and sleepless nights.
So if your hands are already full of magical lessons.
Ghost scares and trouble focusing are the last things you want to happen.
Bloody Baron character
I know the Bloody Baron sounds like a bad person.
And there’s nothing he can do to rewrite the tragic history he caused.
However, at the very least, he didn’t become evil like Voldemort (the most dangerous dark wizard of all time).
In fact, he’s deeply ashamed of everything he’s done.
And as an act of self-imposed punishment…
He wore many chains on his body.
What’s more, he continued to wear them even after centuries had passed.
Plus, even Helena Ravenclaw commented:
“All these centuries later, he wears his chains as an act of penitence… as he should.”
And it goes to show how remorseful the baron feels to this day.
Luckily enough, he does have other things in his life.
“That’s pretty sad. So does the Bloody Baron spend the rest of eternity in regret?”
For example, the Bloody Baron’s pretty proud of House Slytherin.
According to Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, the resident ghost of House Gryffindor.
The noble ghost won’t shut up about it:
“So — new Gryffindors! I hope you’re going to help us win the house championship this year? Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning. Slytherins have got the cup six years in a row! The Bloody Baron’s becoming almost unbearable — he’s the Slytherin ghost.”
So the Bloody Baron’s not just moping around all day.
He still has moments of brief happiness too.
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More facts about Bloody Baron
#1: He looked a lot scarier in the movies
In the books, the Bloody Baron’s appearance was a lot tamer.
You see, he’s described as the Slytherin ghost covered in silver bloodstains.
Scary, but nothing too direct of a reference to the murder of Helena.
However, in the movies, it’s a different story.
Fans didn’t see any silver bloodstains.
The Bloody Baron was smeared in deep-red.
So it really emphasized the “Bloody” part of his name.
But he’s still wearing the iconic 17th-century look.
And I find it really hard to feel fear.
When the guy has a powdered wig and a nobleman’s outfit.
What’s more, all the ghosts in Hogwarts seem very friendly anyways.
And I recommend watching these phantoms flying across the halls again:
#2: He’s the scariest ghost in Hogwarts
I know that doesn’t sound like much of a title.
Especially when you have giants and humongous spiders in the same world.
But the Bloody Baron’s actually one of the scariest ghosts in Hogwarts.
And what makes him so dangerous, you ask?
Well, the baron’s the only one that can scare Peeves.
A chaotic and mischievous poltergeist in the wizarding school.
An indestructible spirit that haunts any place it wants.
Plus, there’s only 1 other person that can control him.
And that’s Albus Dumbledore, the actual Headmaster of Hogwarts.
So for the Baron to handle a spirit that only a great sorcerer can stop.
You know he’s the real deal.
In fact, it might have something to do with his dangerous past.
And Peeves wants nothing to do with a ghost that scary.
#3: Even a ghost has a few friends
The Bloody Baron might be scary.
And even I’d jump at the sight of a ghost like him.
But he’s actually pretty chill with all the other phantoms.
For example, we can look to Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington again.
“We ghosts, though we belong to separate houses, maintain links of friendship. In spite of the competitiveness between Gryffindor and Slytherin, I would never dream of seeking an argument with the Bloody Baron.”
So, even if it sounds kind of formal.
The Bloody Baron’s at least on good terms with other ghosts in Hogwarts.
And I can sleep easy knowing he’s doing better in the ghostly afterlife.
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