After the success of our Merlin post, we thought we’d do a five facts post on his arch-rival, Morgan le Fay, who also appears in the Harry Potter story. Morgan, or Morgana as she is also known, has less of an appearance than her enemy.
However, there is enough information for us to do a facts post. We’ll be touching on behind-the-scenes information for this one. So, let’s get into it.
1. It Is Unclear Which Of Morgan le Fay’s Parents Is Also King Arthur’s
It’s well-versed that Morgana and King Arthur were half-siblings. In Arthurian legend, they’re maternal half-siblings with the same mother, Lady Igraine. However, in Harry Potter, this is never explored.
2. Helena Bonham Carter Has Played Morgana
It is no secret that actress Helena Bonham Carter has had a colourful career due to the characters she has played over the years. But did you know she played Morgan le Fay in the 1998 television film Merlin? This was about a decade before she was cast as Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, replacing her now-late costar Helen McCrory, who had to bow out of the role as she was pregnant. McCrory would later be cast as Bellatrix’s sister, Narcissa Malfoy.
We found A surprising fact on Morgan’s Harry Potter Fandom page: she was an animagus who could turn herself into a bird. At the time, no registration system existed so that anyone could use this ability. The system where animagus had to be registered came in much later. However, this didn’t stop people from doing what they wanted. One example would be James Potter, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew.
4. There Is No Record Of Her Being At Hogwarts
There is no record of Morgan le Fay ever attending Hogwarts. Morgan was likely born in 982 or sometime later. Why she was never at the school is unclear. In reality, she, like Merlin, would’ve predated Hogwarts by about 500 years, but this is Harry Potter. Her existence was altered so she could play a minor role.
Morgan le Fay was incredibly gifted in healing and dark arts, which made her a rival to Merlin, who was skilled in Charms.