A REQUEST has come in from Hogwarts School. Actress Miriam Margolyes who played Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets is appealing to readers for help in finding two families.

She is searching for the family of Henry and (Se)Lena Friend from Leeds and Thirsk, who lived in Northfield Villas, Leeds in 1901-1908 and had five children.

In 1901, their children were listed as Ethel, 17, Cissy, 14, Maurice, 11, Gerty, 8, and Cyril, 6.

Miriam would also like to find the Harris family of Hull, who were bakers in Osborne Road. The family moved to London in the 1930s.

Don't send your replies to Hogwarts, but email Miriam on

PROFESSOR David Romney of Canada wants information on his grandfather, Aaron Rumyaneck, who was a well-known figure in Leeds before the war.

Aaron, who died in 1946, was a Hebrew and Yiddish scholar and a very active Zionist.

David remembers visiting him once in Chapeltown.

Write to David Romney, Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive, NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4, telephone (403) 220-2475 or email

To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at Please include your home address.

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