J.K. Rowling Reveals Moaning Myrtle’s Full Name
J.K. Rowling today revealed to a fan on twitter that Moaning Myrtle’s full name is Myrtle Elizabeth Warren. When asked if she made it up on the spot she replied Warren knew already but then thought about a good middle name for the period (when Myrtle was born) and came up with Elizabeth. She also said it had nothing to do with Elizabeth Warren, the American politician.
Moaning Mrytle first appears in the book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets after Ginny Weasley reopened the Chamber of Secrets the entrance of which was in the bathroom where Myrtle dies. Read more about her death below.
Myrtle was a witch born circa 1929 to a Muggle mother and father, making her a Muggle-born. She started her education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1940 or 1941 When she arrived at Hogwarts she was Sorted into the house of Ravenclaw. While at Hogwarts she was unable to make any friends and was constantly teased and bullied because of this and her physical appearance.
On her final day of life, Myrtle was teased by student Olive Hornby. She had made fun of Myrtle’s glasses and, as a result, left Myrtle sobbing. Myrtle then ran into one of the bathroom’s stalls, took off her glasses and started crying. Shortly after Myrtle had entered the bathroom, Riddle entered and started speaking in Parseltongue in order to open the Chamber of Secrets, the entrance of which was hidden behind the bathroom sinks. The Monster of Slytherin (a basilisk) then emerged from the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets.
Myrtle, still in one of the stalls, recognised the voice as being from a boy. Opening the stall’s door, she yelled at Riddle to go away. On Riddle’s command, the Basilisk stared at Myrtle, and her eyes met with the monster’s. Since looking at a Basilisk’s eyes was a fatal act, Myrtle’s body fell to the bathroom floor. Tom (Lord Voldemort) used her murder to make his first Horcrux: the Diary. Myrtle’s body was later found by Hornby.