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Fans Are Sharing Obscure 'Harry Potter' Lore About Professor Quirrell

List RulesVote up the most interesting lore about Harry's first Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Professor Quirrell may not stick around in the books for long, but there is still a lot to know about the timid man who found Voldemort first. Fans of the series are pointing out a number of lore details about the man that some fans may not know.

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    Quirrell Was A Muggle Studies Teacher Before He Taught Defense Against The Dark Arts

    From Redditor u/amyosaurus:

    According to J.K. Rowling: He was teaching at Hogwarts for more than a year, but NOT in the post of D.A.D.A. teacher. He was previously Muggle Studies professor.

    Then he took a sabbatical year and travelled the world looking for Voldemort, under the pretenses of gaining "first-hand experience."

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    Quirrell Studied Defense Against The Dark Arts After Being Considered 'Delicate' As A Kid

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] I saw Quirrell as a gifted but delicate boy, who would probably have been teased for his timidity and nerves during his school life. Feeling inadequate and wishing to prove himself, he developed an (initially theoretical) interest in the Dark Arts. Like many people who feel themselves to be insignificant, even laughable, Quirrell had a latent desire to make the world sit up and notice him.

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    He Hunted For Voldemort So He Would Get Respect In The Wizard World

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] Quirrell set out deliberately to find whatever remained of the dark wizard, partly out of curiosity, partly out of that unacknowledged desire for importance. At the very least, Quirrell fantasized that he could be the man who tracked Voldemort down, but at best, might learn skills from Voldemort that would ensure he was never laughed at again.

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    Quirrell's Name Was Deliberate

    From Redditor u/ibid-11962:

    [Rowling said] Quirinus was a Roman God about whom there is not much information, although he is commonly associated with war - a clue that Quirrell is not quite as meek as he appears. ‘Quirrell,’ which is so nearly ‘squirrel’ - small, cute and harmless - also suggested ‘quiver,’ a nod to the character's innate nervousness.