"Well, well, well, we are in trouble."
-- Argus Filch (PS14)
" I've been telling Dumbledore for years and years he's too soft with you all. You filthy little beasts would never have dropped Stink Pellets if you'd known I had it in my power to whip you raw, would you, now? Nobody would have thought of throwing Fanged Frisbees down the corridors if I could've strung you up by the ankles in my office, would they? But when Educational Decree Number Twenty-nine comes in, Potter, I'll be allowed to do them things…
-- Argus Filch (OP28)
Hogwarts: Hogwarts Caretaker; his office is probably on the ground floor (...more information on Filch's office).
Appearance: Rheumatic (OP28) and hunchbacked, Filch wheezes and shuffles when he walks (PS). He has pale eyes, jowls that quiver (PA8), and thin grey hair (OP14). He wears a brown coat (PA11).
Interests: Kwikspell courses (CS8), torturing students for infractions, giving detentions, and polishing the manacles hanging in his office.
Possible name meanings
Argus=giant in Greek mythology, a watchman with a hundred sets of eyes (200 in total).
Filch=English slang "to steal."
Filch is the Hogwarts caretaker. He's a cantankerous, nasty man who detests the students. Filch has a "scrawny, dust-colored" pet cat called Mrs. Norris with whom he has an almost psychic connection. She wanders the corridors of the castle just as he does, and if she spots anyone putting a toe out of line, Filch is there within minutes. He knows the secret passageways and hidden doors of Hogwarts better than anyone except Fred and George Weasley (and now Harry, thanks to the Marauders' Map).
Filch is a Squib, which means that he was born of a wizarding family but cannot do magic. The frustration this causes is partly to blame for his horrible and vindictive attitude. Hanging from the ceiling of his office are chains and manacles which he keeps polished up in case he's ever given permission to use them on students, something he would dearly love. Under Umbridge, Filch actually walked the halls of Hogwarts with a horsewhip (OP29). During the Battle of Hogwarts, Filch helped Madam Pomfrey evacuate the students from the school (DH31). There is no record that he stayed to fight.
FILCH in the FILMS
Argus Filch is wonderfully played by David Bradley.
"I play Filch, the caretaker at Hogwarts - his jobsworth way of life is so ludicrous that people find him funny as well as frightening." (telegraph.co.uk, Mar. 17, 2007)
Primary editor: Lisa Waite Bunker. Previous editor(s): Steve Vander Ark,
Original artwork of Filch ©2003 by Red Scharlach, used by permission.
Original page date 4 January, 2001; Last page update 5 January, 2008.