“Today sees the world premiere of the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part two). It’s therefore very apt that this should also be the day that discovers a wizard in the 1911 census!

John Watkins Holden had been born in Worcester but was lodging at a house in Bournemouth at the time of the 1911 census. Holden, aged 68, recorded his occupation as ‘Wizard of Ye Wicked World’, stating that he was working in the magic industry and that at this point in 1911, he was ‘on tour’. Amusingly, he also reveals that he was ‘very much married’ when asked about his marital status.

A wizard in the 1911 census - please click to enlargeA wizard in the 1911 census – please click to enlarge

Our wizard can be found in a number of the earlier censuses too. He was working as a Conjuror when the 1891 census was taken and was listed as ‘The Queen’s Magician & Wizard of the Wicked World’ in the 1881 census.”

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