Who was Novellus Batman?

The Ghost of Novellus Batman ♛

TITLE: Ravenclaw House Liaison and Prefect for Defence Against the Dark Arts (DADA)
DORM: #24669 The League of 42 (Dorm Leader)
WAND: 14 inches, Neem, 6.42 carat Emerald core, pliant.
ANIMAGUS: Black Panther
PATRONUS: Snow Leopard
BOGGART: Flying cockroach

Novellus

Born on 21st August, 1952 A.D.
Died on 2nd June, 2014 A.D.

Heir of Ravenclaw and Batman. Member of the International Confederation of Wizards and the British Wizengamot till the date of demise.

Survived by a son (Novellus Junior, aged 33), twin daughters (Sofia and Isabella, aged 30) and six grandchildren, with the seventh grandchild on the way (Isabella is pregnant with her third child). All his grandchildren are expected to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. He expects them to be quite the handful (and reckons they deserve their own full article). He also has a Goddaughter and a Godson- Anna-Noel Imbriaco and Valentino Mumbalsa.

A native wizard family from the magical land of India, the Batman clan have gained a reputation for being masters of spiritual Indian magic (which is believed to be much more intellectual than practical), and Astrology (a combination of Divination and Astronomy). Some of the smartest and most brilliant Indian witches and wizards in the last thousand years have either been a Batman or are somehow linked to their bloodline. The family’s association with Ravenclaw happened when Lady Cassandra Shelldon (heir of Rowena Ravenclaw) traveled to British India in 1761 A.D., she met Ramius Batman (great-great-great-great grandfather of Novellus), and they both fell in love and got married.

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Portrait of Novellus in his fifth year, by Stephanie Smith, 11 December 2017

Albus Dumbledore, during his travels across Asia, as a part of the Wizengamot, invited the Batman family to send their children to study at Hogwarts, to promote Indo-British peace. Novellus was the first Batman to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, between 1963 and 1970. His younger sister followed in his footsteps 3 years later. And thus began Batman’s association with Hogwarts. He also met the love of his life, Allison Miller (a Hufflepuff, who was nearly a year older but in the same year as Novellus) and later married her.

Novellus moved back to India in 1971. He worked in the Indian Ministry of Magic for a few years, in the Department for Protection and Restoration of Magical Artefacts. He was elected as a member of the International Confederation of Wizards when Dumbledore was the Supreme Mugwump. Novellus was forever loyal to him. He even considered Dumbledore as his hero. The two shared a friendship of mutual love and respect. They used to correspond regularly by owl. In fact, they both exchanged a lot of technical knowledge in-secret (about Horcruxes and Sybil Trelawney’s prophecies), when Lord Voldemort was at his peak. Even though Novellus did not actively take part in the resistance against the dark forces in England, he was happy to give Dumbledore tactical suggestions every now and then, till the latter’s untimely death. However, Novellus Junior, a student (the only Gryffindor in the family) during Harry Potter’s time, did take part in the Battle of Hogwarts, much to his father’s pride.

In the late 2000s, after the death of his wife, Novellus moved to England to settle down with his kids. In June 2014, aged 61, Novellus passed away in his sleep during his visit to Hogwarts (for a meeting of the Wizengamot, to be chaired by current Headmaster, Professor Bälog).

The ghost of Novellus Batman now roams the corridors, the Great Hall, and the Ravenclaw common room. He is especially fond of Dorm #24,669: The League of 42, where he spends most of his time, talking to the students and telling them nice stories. They all love him.

Edit (22 July 2018): The League of 42 is now Dorm #21.


Related pages:
The Tree of Batman
Mr. Batman’s Wizarding Origin

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