Professor Quirrell in real life

All of you who have seen or read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, must be knowing who Professor Quirrell was, for those who haven’t – well he was a teacher and had a face on the back of his head which was an evil magician Lord Voldemort… anyways.. so, he looked like this

And well, you would be surprised if I tell you that such a person did exist in real life too, He had a head at the back of his head! His name was Edward Mordrake.

He was, reportedly the 19th century heir to an English Peerage, He supposedly had an extra face on the back of his head, which could neither eat nor speak, although it could laugh and cry. The amazing thing here is that he claimed that it whispered horrible things to him at night, he termed it as a “demon head” (maybe from here only J K Rowling got the idea for the book who knows! ). He begged the doctors to remove this extra head because of it, but the doctors did not dare to perform such a surgery at that time and Due to this, Edward Mordrake committed suicide at the age of 23.

Here is more on him, at Wikipedia:

There have been other people too with similar conditoins –  Chang Tzu Ping and Pasqual Pinon though, their condition was not as original as that of Edward(pinion’s head was made of wax) but yeah, It was somewhat similar and most remarkable!


About srivassumit

IT Professional, nerd, music lover, Gamer.

Posted on October 24, 2011, in Facts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. When he committed suicide, did he put the gun in his other mouth?

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