Mrs Norris

I never noticed until someone pointed it out, but the cat of Filch, the Hogwarts caretaker, is named after an Austen character: the despicable Mrs Norris of Mansfield Park. That does tickle my fancy. Especially apt is the description of her (the cat, not Fanny’s aunt) stalking the kids in the corridor, and if they break a rule, she scuttles for Filch, who appears in two seconds flat to punish the offenders. That’s Mrs Norris alright!

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