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Biographical Information

Deceased[citation needed]



Physical Description


Hair colour

Bald (film)

Eye colour


Family Information and Members



Inkheart (film)
Inkspell (mentioned)

Capricorn was, in his former world, a fire-raiser. He had his own stronghold in the woods between Ombra and the Adderhead's realm, Argenta, and commanded a big household, including his men who, amongst others, committed arson for him. He is the primary antagonist of the first book.

AppearanceModify the text

Capricorn is described as having light blond hair and clear colorless eyes.

Edit from another User who has read the book:::

He also has thin lips like a girl and very pale skin.

PersonalityModify the text

Capricorn is a utterly heartless character, and would kill someone in a heartbeat. He loves duct tape and thinks it comes handy in making enemies quiet. "Would watch a [poor little] bird [like Tweety] get eaten by a predator [like Sylvester] for the fun of it." As described in Inkheart.

HistoryModify the text

Poor Capricorn's history is shown to be terrible in Inkheart. It is told that he had an abusive father that would beat him every time he would catch him doing something nice or weeping from the harsh wounds he was given. His father has been revealed to be a blacksmith. Capricorn had proceeded to become cold and heartless. His mother who goes by the name of Mortola was genuinely proud of his toughness and followed him everywhere "like a faithful dog" (meaning how dog's follow their masters when they are faithful to them). She had truly loved him (being a mother). Capricorn had always been ashamed of his parents, thus lying that they came from a noble palace back in the Inkworld.

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InkheartModify the text

When he was read into the real world by Mo along with Dustfinger and Basta, he travelled to his present village in Italy. Capricorn used to serve under the Adderhead, but when he was read into our world, he became the leader of a band of old fire-raisers, including Basta, Flatnose, and his mother Mortola, who lived disguised as Capricorn's maid in the real world. Over time, Capricorn became quite influential in our world, which was mostly based on blackmail and threats. His goal was to find Mortimer and all copies of Inkheart. In contrast to Dustfinger, he didn't want to get back into the Inkworld but instead wanted to destroy all copies so no one could ever send him back. All he wanted from Mortimer was that he read him valuables and The Shadow into the real world. He was eventually killed by his own minion, the Shadow, who had been controlled by Meggie at the time. As a result, he never appears again in any more books.

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The AdderheadModify the text

The Adderhead, who does not appear until the second book, was a good friend of Capricorn's.

MortolaModify the text

Mortola is Capricorn's mother, though it is kept secret. People call her the Magpie.

BastaModify the text

Basta is Capricorn's righthand man. Basta would do anything for his master Capricorn. He would even die for him. Capricorn does not think the same for him.

TriviaModify the text

  • Unlike Dustfinger, Capricorn loved his new world better than the one he was born in.
  • The only thing Capricorn has been stated to be afraid of is death.
  • He doesn't care for any of his fire-raisers, and thinks them idiots for being so loyal to him.

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