Thursday, January 5, 2012

Case Study No. 0152: Madam Irma Pince

Harry Potter 3 - Walkthrough - Part 17
The three students buy the best equipments and go to Defense Against the Dark Arts class.

Snape orders them to go to the library and research the subject of werewolves

Madam Pince tells them that the book's page is split everywhere.

They find the first page's book.
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[Harry, Ron, and Hermione enter the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom]
HARRY: Sorry we're late ... Oh, Professor Snape!
SNAPE: This lesson began ten minutes ago, Potter. Sit down ... Professor Lupin says he's feeling too ill to teach today. I would like you all to go to the library and research the subject of - werewolves. Now, run along.
[everyone in class disperses]
HERMIONE: [to Harry and Ron] I've already read a great deal about werewolves ... I even know how to imitate a werewolf's howl.
RON: Well, good for you, Hermione. I'm sure that'll come in really useful one day.
HARRY: Let's get going.
[they head for the library]
HARRY: Let's ask Madam Pince where we can find the book we need.
[they talk to the librarian at the front desk]
MADAM PINCE: What can I do for you?
HERMIONE: We were wondering if you have a good book on werewolves?
MADAM PINCE: I'm afraid that our only werewolf reference book had a tussle with 'The Monster Book of Monsters'. As a result, there are pages everywhere ...
HERMIONE: Why don't we find the torn pages? Then I can place them back in the book with the Reparo spell!
MADAM PINCE: I would appreciate you doing that, Miss Granger.
HARRY: OK, let's get to it.
[they explore the library and find a treasure chest with one of the missing pages inside]
HARRY: Here's the first book page. We'd better find the rest.
[they find another treasure chest with a missing page inside]
HERMIONE: Here's another book page.
[they find another treasure chest with a missing page inside]
HERMIONE: Here's another book page.
[they find another treasure chest with a missing page inside]
HERMIONE: Here's another book page.
[they encounter the "Monster Book of Monsters", defeating it and finding the final treasure chest]
RON: Great! We've found all the pages! Let's take them back to Madam Pince.
[they return to the front desk]
MADAM PINCE: Excellent, you have all the pages! Would you like to repair the book now, please?
[the book is repaired]
HERMIONE: You two go back to class and stall Snape. I'll write up the research and be there soon.
[Harry and Ron head back to class]
SNAPE: Potter, Weasley... where is your research?
HARRY: Uhhh ...
[Hermione runs into the room]
HERMIONE: Here it is, Professor!
[looks over their report]
SNAPE: This is ... acceptable.
HARRY: [whispers] Hermione, how did you write that up so quickly?
HERMIONE: Umm ... like I said, I'd read the book before. See you later ...
[she leaves]
RON: Ever get the feeling there's something funny going on with her?
HARRY: More and more ... C'mon, let's get back to the common room.



5.17 Defense Against the Dark Arts II

Exit out of the common room and go to the Grand Stairwell. When you are on the stairs talk to the boy outside of the seventh floor entrance to learn that the Defense Against the Dark Arts class is on the third floor. So go to the third floor.

On the third floor move to the right side of the room and go down to reach a treasure chest on the far right wall. Inside is a Wendelin the Weird collector's card. Now go to the Defense Against the Dark Arts Class Room with is down the hallway on the top left corner of the room.

When you arrive you are already late, but Lupin isn't there. Instead it is Professor Snape. Snape then asks the class to go to the library to research werewolves. Before you leave move to the front of the class and go up the small set of stairs to reach a tresure chest that has a Xavier Rastrick collector's card inside. Now exit out of the class and move directly to the right side of the next room to reach another hall leading to the Library.

In the library move to the right untill you reach a set of stairs leading down. Go down them. At the bottom of the stairs Harry suggests that they ask Madam Prince where they can find some books they need. Your team will automatically go to her. It seems one of the Monster Book of Monsters attacked the only book on werewolves so all the pages are all over the place. Looks like you are going to have to track down all the pages. First move to the top left room and in between to bookshelves is a treasure chest with a Pepperup Potion inside. Then go behind the stairs you had just came down to find another treasure chest with a Glanmore Peakes collector's card inside. From the treasure chest go to the left and in a corner is another one of those pads that can be affected by spongify. So use it on the pad and then jump to the higher level.

At the higher level move to the stack of books with the weird symbol on the cover. Use flippendo to push it up making a passageway to the top. Move up ad use diffindo on the spiderwebs on the left blocking the way to a treasure chest. With the spiderwebs gone open the chest to find a book page from the werewolves book. That leaves four more pages to find. Keep moving to the top of the room to find another stack of books that can be moved using flippendo. Push the books up to reach another treasure chest and a spongifyable pad. Open the chest to find another book page. Then spogify the pad to jump over to the wall and land infront of another treasure chest. Inside the treasure chest is a Almerick Sawbridge collector's card. Use spongify on the pad behind you to return to the other side of the wall. Make your way to the bottom. At the bottom use the pad on the right to jump down to the lower level.

At the bottom level move behind the stairs you went down from the second floor of the library to find a pad. Use the pad to get to another higher up level.

At the higher level, move all the way to the bottom. At the bottom move to the left to enter the big room. Open the first treasure chest you come to at the bottom to find an Anti-Paralysis Potion. Move up to find some weird red panels on the ground and three stacks of books with weird symbols on the covers. Nothing to difficult here use flippendo to push a stack of books onto each red panel. With all three stacks moved onto the panels a floor appears. Move up and open the treasure chest to find anther set of book pages. Move down the small hallway on the left. Use the pad at the end of the hall to reach another pad. Use it to get to the bottom level.

Retrun to the stairs that you took to go downstairs. Take them up to the top floor. When you reach the top floor move foward to find a pad that can be spongified. So use it to jump up to the higher level.

On the higher level move down the small corridor untill you come to a doorway on the left that leads to a much larger room. In the middle of the room is a large gap between your side and the other side. Use Lumos to discover a floor to fill in the gap. Now go to the other side to fight a monster book.

Boss Fight: Monster Book

This book is significantly stonger than the last few books you had to fight. I highly recommend you go into the fight with full health and mp and you're wearing the latest equipment. Incendio works best on the book so stun it with Petrificus Totalus and get in some cheap shots of Incendio. Have Ron cast Petrificus Totalus because he does the least damage with Incendio and have Hermion hit the Book with Incendio and Harry alternates between healer and attacker.

After the fight move foward and open the treasure chest. Inside of it is another book page. That leaves one more to find. Continue down the hallway untill you pass another pad. Move past it and continue down into another room. Go to the treasure chest and open it to find an Antidote to Common Poisons. Now go back to the pad you past before entering this room and use it to return to the lower level.

Back on the lower level go to the top part and walk up past the bookshelves in the top left corner of the room. Keep on this path untill you reach another pad. Use it to get up to another higher ledge.

On the higher level move through the corridor to reach a small room with two red panels on the ground on both the top corners of this small room and then two stacks of books that can be moved with Flipendo. So push the two stacks on the two panels on the ground. With them on the panels move down untill you reach a spiderweb. Use Diffindo on it and keep following this hall. Move past the pad before the door that leads to another room. There are two chests in here. The chest on the left has the last book page. The chest in the top right corner of the room has a Roderick Plumpton collector's card inside. Go back to the pad and jump to the lower level.

Take the stairs to the lower level. On the lower level go to the lady at the desk. When you reach her the pages are laid down on the ground and Hermione performs Reparo on them. Hermione says she will write up the report while Harry and Ron return to the Defense Against the Dark Arts class. When Snape is about to yell at you for your report missing Hermione runs in and saves the day. With that class over return to the Gryffindor Common Room.

When you enter the Common Room Harry and Ron go automatically to a wrapped gift. Harry and Ron wonder how it is they are going to reach the present when Hermione meantions using Wingardium Leviosa. The present turns out to be a Firebolt broomstick. The three then discuss who could have sent such an expensive gift.



Madam Irma Pince was a witch and the librarian at the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As all Hogwarts staff were highly skilled and professional, Madam Pince was no exception as she was highly possessive and protective of the Hogwarts Library's valuable books. She was a severe and strict woman, who was described as thin, irritable and looked like an underfed vulture. As such, she was deemed highly unpleasant by most of the student body. After the death of Albus Dumbledore, she attended his funeral and wore a long black veil as a mark of respect.

Irma Pince was born a witch and presumably purchased her wand prior to attending school. She likely attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and proceeded with her studies into the magic arts until at least her sixth year, since she could perform intricate non-verbal magic, was able to place powerful jinxes and hexes on objects and could effectively remove a curse from a student by administering the correct counter-curse.

At some point, Pince took up the position of Librarian at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She was greatly disliked by the students for being very strict and unhelpful in finding books for them. An example of her strictness was the fact that she would not allow food in the library, for fear that the books would be damaged, and also disallowed talking, laughing, whispering, sneezing, scurrying, or any other behaviour that might seem at all suspicious in any way. She was also known to place odd jinxes and hexes on library books for their protection; for instance, one copy of Theories of Transubstantial Transfiguration was jinxed to hit the reader around the head, should he ever doodle on it. Pince cleaned the dust on the shelves of the library manually, with a feather duster she brandished at students whenever they looked suspicious.

At some point, the Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, visited the library with the goal of publishing Quidditch Through the Ages for Muggles to raise money. However, Madam Pince was extremely reluctant to let the book leave the confines of the library, as well as the wizarding world, and Dumbledore had to pry each of her fingers from the spine to take it. Once he had taken the book, she wrote a warning, threatening the readers that the consequences of mistreating the book would be as horrible as it was in her power to make them.

1991–1992 school year

Madam Pince was still librarian by the time Harry Potter had arrived at the school. As Harry, along with his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, searched the library for a book on Nicolas Flamel, Pince was deemed an obstacle, as she could warn Snape of their activities. Once, in December 1991, she saw Harry edging towards the Restricted Section of the Library and asked him what he was looking for. When he answered "nothing" for fear of her suspicion, she sent him out.

1992–1993 school year

On the next school year, Madam Pince was among the crowd who, on 31 October, 1992, read the Heir of Slytherin's message on the second-floor corridor of the Castle.

A while later, Madam Pince overlooked the students at Study Hall, and was seen talking to a female student about something. It is unknown if this was a regular event that she chaperoned, or if it was just once.

Later, Hermione Granger arrived at the library with a note written by the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher allowing her to attain Moste Potente Potions from the Restricted Section. She gave it to Madam Pince, albeit reluctantly, wanting to keep Lockhart's autograph, and Pince did a very long observation of the note, checking for forgery. She then went into the Restricted Section and handed over the book, despite still being very suspicious.

Pince attended the Gryffindor versus Slytherin match. She was shocked to see that Draco Malfoy was hurt.

Madam Pince attended the End-of-Term Feast at the end of the school year, in which she sat by the Potions master, Severus Snape.

1995–1996 school year

During the next school year, Madam Pince kept her usual routine of prowling around the library, breathing down the necks of those touching the books. Early in 1995, Dolores Umbridge was made High Inquisitor of Hogwarts.

During the Easter holidays, she was seen stamping out a pile of books for a frantic-looking Hannah Abbott, who was presumably revising for her O.W.L.s. That day, she found Ginny Weasley and Harry Potter with chocolate in the library, and used her wand to bewitch their belongings to chase them out.

1996–1997 school year

Madam Pince remained at the library for the next school year, prowling around the bookshelves and protecting her tomes. At eight o'clock in the evening one day, Pince closed the library and told all of the students in there to return the books back to their shelves and to leave. When she told Harry Potter and Hermione Granger to leave, she noticed the Half-Blood Prince's highly graffitied copy of Advanced Potion-Making. Enraged, she screamed about how the book was "despoiled" and "befouled", and looked as if she may have had a seizure.

After the death of Albus Dumbledore, Madam Pince was seen prior to the funeral in the Entrance Hall, standing by Argus Filch and wearing a thick black veil that fell to her knees. It is likely she attended the funeral.

1997–1998 school year

The following year, Hogwarts was attacked by the Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort's forces. It was likely she battled to save Hogwarts and is presumed to have survived.

Physical description

One of Madam Pince's most striking physical attributes was looking like an underfed vulture. Her skin was parchment-like, her cheeks were sunken, her face was shrivelled and she had an unflattering hooked-nose. She was also very thin and irritable-looking.

Personality and traits

Pince was a short-tempered woman who was overly protective of the Library's books and, as such, quite unpopular among students. She was mainly seen by students as an obstacle to research, but she was professional nonetheless, helping students to check out books. Her protective nature of books do not just apply to the library's, but any book she sees, as she looked deranged when she saw Harry's own textbook covered with self-written notes.

Magical skills and abilities

* Librarian skills: As a librarian, Madam Pince was able to easily locate various pieces of information for students, as Harry Potter was sure that she would be able to find Nicolas Flamel in a second, but thought it might be too suspicious to ask her about it.
* Jinxing and hexing: Madam Pince was skilled with jinxing and hexing books with nasty spells to make sure they were not mistreated. She also jinxed Harry Potter's belongings to chase him and Ginny Weasley out of the library.
* Curses and counter-curses: Madam Pince was able to lift the Curse of the Bogies with ease.
* Non-verbal magic: Madam Pince was also adept in casting intricate non-verbal magic with her wand. One example was when she saw Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley with chocolate in the library. She jinxed their possessions to chase them out.
* Loquaciousness: Pince was very loquacious and voluble in her speech. She was also fluent in Latin.


* Irma could be a play on firma, which can mean both solid and frail. This makes her name mean something along the lines of "a frail woman with a pinched nose", or one who has a "firm pinch". Irma could also mean "the strong" or "she who is protected by Irm" (Irm is a Germanic god). Irma is from German irmen for "whole" or "complete.
* The last name Pince seems to be in reference to the French word, which means "to pinch". The style of folding eyeglass, pince-nez, literally means "to pinch the nose".

Behind the scenes

* Pince is portrayed by British actress Sally Mortemore in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
* In the film, she appears briefly; sitting next to Severus Snape during the End-of-Term Feast and can be seen in the background of several other scenes.
* Irma Pince has been rumoured to be Eileen Prince in hiding, due to the fact that the letters in Pince's name can be rearranged to spell "I am Prince", but this has not been confirmed.
* In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Madam Pince is seen awarding house points. She never does so in the books.
* In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Madam Pince appears to have red hair, rather than black.
* The Gameboy Color versions of the video games depict Pince as a helpful old woman with very thick glasses.



"A warning: If you rip, tear, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop, or in any other manner damage, mistreat, or show lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it it within my power to make them." -- Irma Pince, written inside a library book

Librarian: Madam Irma Pince
Location: Fourth Floor

The Hogwarts library contains tens of thousands of books on thousands of shelves (PS12). Included in its many sections is an Invisibility Section (CS11), a section with information about dragons (PS14), and a Restricted Section at the back, set off with a rope. A signed note from a teacher is required to peruse that section of the library; it contains books of Dark Magic only used by older students studying advanced Defence Against the Dark Arts. One of the books in this section screams when opened (PS12).

The library closes at 8 pm. (GF20)

The library books have various spells on them to prevent students from defacing or stealing them (QA). Chocolate (and presumably other food) is forbidden in the library (OP29). Madam Pince is the kind of librarian who sees herself as the guardian and protector of the books, at odds with the students who try to use them. Her demeanor does not suggest that she would be very helpful. In fact, when Hermione, Ron, and Harry were looking for information about Nicolas Flamel, they decided they wouldn't even ask her. Research must be very difficult in the Hogwarts library..

Students may place books on hold; during the Basilisk attacks in 1992 - 1993 [Y12 - Y13], the book Hogwarts A History had a two-week waiting list (CS9).

Hermione could get a book out of the restricted section by obtaining a signed note from Professor Lockhart. She took out Moste Potente Potions and kept it out for months.

Hermione actually tore a page out of a library book about magical creatures. She was found Petrified with the page clenched in her fist. The page described the Basilisk.

Snape told Harry that it was against the rules to carry a library book out of the castle (PS11). He probably just made that rule up on the spot to get Harry into trouble, however.

For PS/f, the Bodleian Library at Oxford was transformed into the Hogwarts School library.

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