Mr. Argus Filch

Caretaker At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry


Mr. Argus Filch

Bulging, popping, pale, wild, lamp like eyes
Pasty faced, pouchy cheeks with a tic
Jowls that hung down and quivered

Argus Filch had  a scrawny grey, dust coloured cat called Mrs. Norris That he used as a sort of deputy in his endless battle against students.  Filch seems to be drawn to the spot by a mysterious power  that seems to connect him with his foul cat.  He usually arrives quickly because he knows the secret passages better than anyone except the Weasley twins.

Each year his list of prohibited things to have grew longer and longer.  In the 1st year it was stay out of the forbidden forest and don't go into the 3rd floor corridor.  By the 4th year the following announcement was made at dinner.  Mr. Filch, the caretaker, has asked me to tell you that the list of objects forbidden inside the castle has this year been extended to include Screaming Yo-yos, Fanged Frisbees, and Ever-Bashing Boomerangs.  The full list comprises some four hundred and thirty -seven items, I believe, and can be viewed in Mr. Filch's office, if anybody would like to check it.  He would give students detention for tracking mud or water on the floors.  He was constantly saying that student detention was to easy, and that Dumbledore should let him suspend students by the ankles in chains from the ceiling.

Filch's office was dingy and windowless lit by a single oil lamp dangling from the low ceiling.  A faint smell of fried fish lingered.  Wooden filing cabinets stood around the walls and from their labels contained details on every student Filch had ever punished.  A highly polished collection of chains and manacles hung on the wall behind Filch's desk.  Their was a moth eaten chair next to the desk.

Harry saw a Quick Spell Course in Argus Filch's Office and discovered that he was a squib (A person from a magical family that seems to have no magical talent or skills).