This page on the Harry Potter series was from the original Watcher Forum which started sometime after the publication of Cydonia: The Secret Chronicles of Mars. I recommend taking a look. It identifies hidden aspects of the characters involved (as I see them) and is essential to understanding the topic of this post. The Harry Potter Series: Who are the main characters and who do they represent?
As outlined in 15th chapter of my book, The Forbidden Secrets of The Labyrinth, the “twin” motif often found in ancient myth and modern mysticism represents the multifaceted aspects of the Nachash in the form of Hermes Trismegistus. (the Thrice Great One)
Hermes Trismegistus is represented symbolically in the ancient depictions of the Tauroctony as Mithra flanked by the identical torch bearing twins (identical to Mithra as well) Cautes and Cautopates. To the right (torch held down) and left (torch held up) of Mithra, the twins hide his knowledge from the unworthy or reveal it to his elect. This is the meaning of the term “thrice great,” because Mithra is simultaneously the entity that is the source of the light that he reveals or conceals.
The Hermetic Baphomet is hidden in an ingenious multiphase fashion in the third installment of the Harry Potter series; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, a wizard known for his ability to turn into a wolf (his Animagus form) had escaped from Azkaban where he had been imprisoned for murder by the Ministry of Magic. Harry had been warned that Sirius was intent on finding and killing him since Sirius had been thought to have helped Voldemort kill his parents.
The name of Harry’s godfather is an important component to understanding and finding the many Baphomet themes hidden in the story. The most important object to the followers of ancient (and modern) alchemy was the brightest star in the northern hemisphere, Sirius, from the Greek σειριος (seirios), which means “burning” or “the scorcher.”
In 1675 the British astronomer John Flamsteed, first Astronomer Royal to King Charles, directed the construction of the royal observatory of Greenwich built for the sole purpose of determining longitude for the earth for the kingdom of Britain. From the Greenwich observatory, the sun and stars were cataloged according to the exact time they passed overhead for every day of the year. It has long been known that the most efficient star with which to determine latitude is the brightest, Sirius.
The Royal Observatory records the passing of the star Sirius by dropping a bright orange ball from the apex of a tower on the Flamsteed House every day at 13:00 hours at the spot on earth designated as the Prime Meridian.
Here, the ancient knowledge of time, space and earth’s connection to the heavens is esoterically displayed. Each day, at 12.55, the time ball rises half way up its mast. At 12.58 it rises all the way to the top. At 13.00 exactly, the ball falls.
Time is fixed to the Earth at the Observatory, “regressing” to the west and “increasing” to the east. The Observatory was “anchored” beneath the celestial sphere at the constellation of the dog or wolf, Canis Major which rests upon Gemini, the twins, corresponding to the area on earth below at the earth’s prime meridian.
The constellations Gemini and Canis Major with the brightest star Sirius above (or below depending on viewing orientation) are anchored at the Royal Observatory and the Flamsteed Ball. The prime, key, meridian, highest sun, or point of highest development or fullest alchemic power is always the star Sirius between the twins.
The Wolf Star, Sirius is directly linked to Egyptian Thoth, the Greek Hermes or the Roman god Mercury. The binary system also represents Isis and Osiris together as “one.” Even the Pawnee tribe of North America, and others, refers to Sirius as the “Wolf Star.”
Back to The Prisoner Of Azkaban
An interesting beginning to the process of Harry discovering the truth about his godfather was the intercession of the Weasley twins. They had decided that Harry could benefit from the use of the Marauder’s map and instructed Harry on how to open and close it. According to them, the closing command was important since if Harry failed to do this, “anyone could read it.”
Using the map, Harry discovers that Peter Pettigrew was alive. The little rock impediment, Peter Pettigrew (Latin petrus “rock” and French petit “little,” cru “growth”), was slyly hiding in plain sight, all the while working towards the return of his master through fraud and stealth. It was only through Harry “allowing” Sirius to speak the truth that the rat-man was discovered and the integrity of Sirius understood by all. Through this revealing, the innocence of Sirius Black came to light and he and Harry were united. In a similar fashion to Sirius Black, the Nachash has maintained since the Garden that he had been unjustly punished or “framed” throughout history by the “lies” of the church (represented here by Peter Pettigrew).
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Only to those who give his “truth” a chance to be heard – just as Harry had allowed Sirius to speak – will the true Hermetic light finally be revealed. Later, the despicable traitor rat-man is key to the return of Voldemort, just as the church is key to the return of Christ.
Romulus and Remus – Sirius Black and Remus Lupin
Remus Lupin was Harry’s mentor and friend (teaching him the Patronus Charm) as well as a werewolf. He was wise and yet misguided in a very literal sense. In his wolf form he was powerless to avoid destroying others. It took the true light – Sirius – along with the Hippogriff – the manifestation of the light bringer on earth (to be discussed later), to stop his attack on Harry and Hermione. He is an example of those who would follow the light of Lucifer but allow themselves to be manipulated by outside influences rather than concentrating solely on the true light.
The Israelites depended on the cycles of the moon to determine seasons and to measure time. Today, western civilization uses the sun movement based Gregorian calendar, refined from the Roman introduced by Julius Caesar. Since the time of Plato, men considered the phases of the moon as having a powerful effect on the behavior of men. Remember that Romulus (the exalted one) killed his twin brother at the founding of Rome when Remus leapt over his wall. Professor Lupin’s name aptly describes both his outward and hidden composition, just as the lupin flower provides food and is pleasant to the eye, the underlying meaning of the name Lupin comes from the Latin, lupinus meaning, “of a wolf.”
This is yet another symbolic instance of the concept of Hermes Trismagistus appearing in The Prisoner of Azkaban. The two men, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin represent opposite characteristics, in the same manner that Romulus and Remus of the Roman legend were opposites. One possessed control over his wolf, but the other was a slave to the phases of the moon. They are the image of Romulus and Remus in the Lair. The wolves with the hidden meaning of the light of Sirius common to both, form the center essence of Hermes, that of the source of knowledge or light.
The scene by the Black (or Great) lake – The ultimate Hermetic Baphomet.
After the werewolf, Remus Lupin, had mauled Sirius, Harry found him lying near the edge of the Great (or Black) Lake. Soon they both came under the attack of the evil angel-like Dementors who were sent to guard Hogwarts. (The Dementors kill by consuming their victim’s soul, a form of annihilation that goes “beyond death.”)
As the attack progressed and Harry became too weak to put up a defense, a curious, small luminous ball began to slowly rise upwards out of the mouth of the still body of Sirius Black. Anyone watching this odd scene would assume the rising ball to be a physical manifestation of Sirius’ soul. The luminous soul-ball had its ascent interrupted by a figure from across the lake who was able to execute a powerful Patronus spell, scattering the Dementors. Immediately the precariously floating luminous ball descended back into Sirius’ mouth and as it did, he took a deep breath, the light and life returning to his body.
Compare the ritual of the Flamsteed ball at the Royal Observatory and the scene at the shore of the Black Lake. Both the Sirius soul-ball and the Flamsteed ball symbolically re-enact, or more specifically (in light of the plan of the Nachash) pre-enact the death and resurrection of the light bringer. Not only are both scenes – Harry with Sirius Black dying and being reborn, and the Flamsteed ball rising and falling – illustrating the plan of the Nachash, they both occur in a specific setting. Sirius Black, like the Phoenix, dies while the Harry of the present is powerless to prevent it. Sirius is reborn as the Harry of the future powerfully dispels the attacking Dementors (demons/angels/restrainers) with intense light. Like the Royal Observatory on the prime meridian flanked by the celestial starry twins, Sirius Black is flanked by Harry potter present and Harry Potter future.
Consider the symbol created by Petrus Alfonsi in his Tetragrammaton diagram from 1109 which expressed aspects of the doctrine of the Trinity. Known as the Scutum Fidei or “Shield of the Faith”, it was considered to be God’s coat of arms. The diagram consists of four nodes interconnected by six links. The three nodes at the edge of the diagram are labeled with the names of the three persons of the Trinity in Latin – Father, “PATER”, Son,”FILIUS”, and Holy Spirit, “SPIRITUS SANCTUS”. The center is labeled God, “DEUS” with the three links connecting the center node labeled “is” or “EST”. The three links connecting the outer nodes to each other are labeled “is not” or “NON EST”.
Each member of the Hermetic Trinity are related in the same fashion. Each is Hermes, just as all three together are Hermes.
The Prisoner of Azkaban has many examples of the Hermetic Baphomet trinity:
- Sirius Black, The wolf, Remus Lupin.
- Lupin (the flower – (Romulus aspect)), werewolf, Lupin (“of a wolf” (Remus aspect).
- George Weasley, Marauder’s Map, Fred Weasley.
- George Weasley, Harry, Fred Weasley.
- Harry present, Sirius Black, Harry future.
- Harry past, Professor Dumbledore (giver of the “Time Turner”), Harry future.