Who Exactly Is Mr. Filch in Harry Potter?

Argus Filch is a character about whom we know very little. We are aware that he is a terrible person to be around, that he is a Squib, that he loves his cat, and that he is the Hogwarts caretaker.

The Early Life of Argus Filch

Argus Filch is the school’s caretaker. Even though he is not a bad person, his bad temper makes him unpopular with the student population and sometimes generates friction or irritation with instructors and other staff. His knowledge of the castle’s secrets and shortcuts is practically unsurpassed, with the exception of the users of the Marauder’s Map (Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the Weasley twins), and Voldemort himself. 

He tends to favor almost sadistically severe penalties, and he enthusiastically sides with Umbridge when she administers them to pupils. He has a compulsive hatred to dirt and anything else that could interfere with his goal for Hogwarts to be flawlessly clean and well-organized. In addition, he is shown as harboring a persistent animosity for Peeves the Poltergeist and often advises Dumbledore that Peeves should be expelled from Hogwarts.

As soon as he took over as caretaker from Apollyon Pringle, it became instantly evident that he did not get along with the students. He would constantly make an effort to catch them in the act of doing something wrong and would then attempt to persuade the headmaster to allow him to administer severe penalties.

By the end of the 1970s, Filch’s punishment records had already filled at least 1,556 boxes. Peeves the Poltergeist is the only person at school who he hates more than anyone else. Peeves always causes trouble and makes messes that he has to clean up.

His Appearance

Argus Filch was a grumpy old guy who walked about with a hunchback and slumped shoulders. He had a dreadful face that was hollow and pasty, with sunken cheeks that were veined and protruding eyes that were pale. His face was awful. He had thin gray hair and, in most situations, Filch would dress in a brown coat.

His Personality

Filch was a very repulsive individual. It looked as if Filch despised children. Angry with students who made a mess with potion ingredients or neglected to wash their feet, Filch preferred the castle to be clean and orderly. A cat-lover and loyal servant to the school, Filch is sincerely distraught when it gets vandalized.

Mr. Filch and Harry Potter

Harry Potter was one of the pupils who Filch hated the most, despite the fact that he disliked most students. In the year 1991, Harry and Ron successfully managed to get on Filch’s bad side on their very first day at Hogwarts School. This occurred when Harry and Ronald Weasley were lost and accidentally attempted to enter a passage on the third level that was off-limits to them.

When Harry is in his second year, he learns that Filch is, in fact, a Squib, which is a person who is born into a wizarding family but is unable to perform magical acts.

Filch was enraged when Harry discovered he was a Squib. Then he thought Harry was the one who scared Mrs. Norris, Filch’s cat, since he was one of the few who knew he was a Squib.

Argus Filch and Mrs. Norris

Mrs. Norris

Filch’s favorite person in all of Hogwarts was probably his cat, Mrs. Norris. Described as skeletally thin and dust-colored, Mrs. Norris has the apparent ability to identify wrongdoing and report it to Filch, who then arrives on the scene to deal with the wrongdoer. Kneazle is a magical cat-like creature, and she might be a mix between a Kneazle and a cat, as was the case with Crookshanks. She has never been physically harmed by any of the kids who have shown an interest in harming her for reporting their misdeeds to Filch. However, she was frightened by the creature from the Chamber of Secrets, which she had encountered. Before she was brought back, Filch had been left forlorn by her absence for a period of seven months.

Filch And the Peeves

Filch and Peeves, the Poltergeist, were enemies for more than twenty-five years and were always at war with each other. Peeves and Filch never stopped teasing each other, and Filch never stopped trying to have Peeves removed from the castle.

Peeves would put Mrs. Norris in suits of armor, drop chandeliers, play tennis against the Castle walls in the middle of the night, stick wads of gum in keyholes, and cause general mayhem in order to annoy Filch. Filch would later be responsible for fixing and cleaning up Peeves’ mischief.

Filch and the Weasley Twins

Filch and the Weasley Twins

Since their first year, Fred and George Weasley’s relationship with Filch was just as bad as Filch’s relationship with Peeves. Fred and George set off a Dungbomb sometime between 1989 and 1990. Filch caught them and took them to his office, where he threatened them with the same bad punishments he always had in mind.

Because of the mischief they caused during their stay at Hogwarts, the caretaker had to discipline them on many occasions. Filch had a whole drawer in one of his numerous filing cabinets devoted to the twins, where he kept records of the many punishments, he had imposed out to them over the years.

Battle of Hogwarts

Battle of Hogwarts

Filch did have a role in the Battle of Hogwarts, helping McGonagall evacuate the kids and deliver them to safety.

When the Death Eaters brought Harry Potter’s “dead body” to Hogwarts Castle, Filch stood with a sad face near Pomona Sprout, Poppy Pomfrey, and Horace Slughorn. The battle started up again soon after, and Harry Potter finally beat and killed Lord Voldemort in the Great Hall to end it all.

As soon as the battle was over, he went back to his job as caretaker and was seen sweeping near the Great Hall.

To Sum Up

Filch is not a likable character, but he was a product of his surroundings, almost surrounded by magic but unable to use it himself. When the time came to defend Hogwarts during the Battle of Hogwarts, Filch did his part and was at the forefront of the repair effort.