"I am William Minerva. I am raising the banner of revolution. To give the human world back to finish the "Neverland" once and for all, I shall seal a new promise. First of all, break out from the plantations and head to the agreed point. I'll be waiting for you. For all of you."

William Minerva's message recorded in the Promised Pen in Chapter 50.
William Minerva Revealed
James Ratri
 Kanji ジェイムズラートリー
 Alias William Minerva
• Characteristics •
 Gender Male
 Race Human
 Hair Color Blonde
 Eye Color Blue
• Professional Information •
 Affiliation Ratri Family
 Prev. Affiliation Glory Bell
Grace Field House
Shelter B06-32
Goldy Pond
 Occupation Author
 Prev. Occupation Ratri Family Head
 Status Unknown
• Relationships •
 Relatives Peter Ratri (Brother)
• Debuts •
 Manga Chapter 16 (Mentioned)
Chapter 72 (Actual)

James Ratri (ジェイムズラートリー, Jeimuzu Rātorī?), professionally known as William Minerva, was the 35th head of the famous Ratri clan and the person who made the truce with the Demons. He is also the creator of the Promised Pen and the one who built Shelter B06-32 and Goldy Pond.


James Ratri was the 35th head of the Ratri Clan, whom were tasked with maintaining the Promise between the human and demon worlds.

While James was in charge of maintaining this status quo, he could not tolerate the savagery inflicted on the cattle children. James secretly began a revolution, and initiated plans for a "New Promise" to help these children.[1]He began his plan by gathering allies, and building safe havens like Goldy Pond.

To help the children, James provided clues about the orphanages' true nature. At the Grace Field House, Phil discovered that all the books in the library contained a hidden message: "run from the house, because there is danger lying ahead of them." Such clues are in the form of secret coding which the children call Minerva's Morse Code. James also left multiple letters behind. Both the Grace Field House and Glory Bell orphanages had one letter. Another letter hidden within Shelter B06-32's library told the children to head towards Goldy Pond.

James also gave Sister Krone a pen marked with the initials ''WM'', which matched his William Minerva alias in his books. This pen has multiple functions: writing, holographic mapping the user's current location and direction, and to access the secret shelter. It is later discovered that Minerva made multiple pens, as the Yugo and Lucas used another pen to enter the secret shelter when they escaped their orphanage.

Sometime in the past, James built Goldy Pond to create a safe sanctuary for the children away from the demons. Hidden inside Goldy Pond's windmill was a secret passage that led to a door. This door (aka Minerva's door) had a sign matching signs found in Grace Field House's books as well as the pen's holographic projections. Inside was a large monitor room that controls everything inside Goldy Pond (e.g., the temperature, air pressure, etc.). A large adjacent blue cavern contains a wide Golden Lake with floating island at the lake's center. On the island is a cabin, which contains an elevator that led to the human world. However, the elevator was rendered unusable by James' brother, Peter Ratri.

Still, several other entrances to the human world exist in the plantations of Grace Field House, Glory Bell, Grand Valley, and Goodwill Ridge. James also gave three choices in a telephone message: 1) Call for the support of William's revolutionaries, 2) begin an uprising against the demon forces with their group and destroy the promise, or 3) "look for the seven walls."


Some small details are known about his appearance. He is depicted as a tall man, who is almost always seen wearing a suit with a black tie and a hat. On several occasions, he is seen holding a cane. It is later revealed that he is indeed a tall man, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Aside from being taller and having shorter hair than his brother Peter, the two look very similar.


James is an individual with a deep sense of shame for his and the actions of the Ratri family. His revolution was birthed out of a longing to bring justice to the demons and change the world for the better. He is a complex and intelligent man, leaving hints behind for children to survive the plantations and escape and also the option of leaving the demon world. He even went as far to endanger his own well-being and life when he tried to help the children by building safe heavens like Goldy Pond.



James worked for the demons and supplied them with a lot of literature to use in the orphanages. However, these were just tools to help the children escape and he only worked together with the demons to begin the revolution and change the harshness of the world.

Peter Ratri

The two of them originally had a good brotherly bond. Peter even agreed with James his way of thinking for a while because he thought that it was better. However, this seems to be a facade, as Peter later revealed that he was just pretending to agree with James his plans. Peter even went as far to take James his title of the 35th head of the family and claim it himself. He then ordered his underlings and the rest of his clans to kill his own brother, implying the hostility between the two.



  • In the colored front page of Chapter 18, James Ratri is seen dressed as Santa Claus delivering the orphans of Plant 3 Christmas gifts.
  • It is likely that William Minerva's name originates from the Ancient Roman Goddess Minerva. Minerva is the goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, strategic warfare, commerce, weaving, and the crafts. Like William, she is also commonly depicted and symbolized with her owl, "The Owl of Minerva".


  1. The Promised Neverland Manga: Chapter 49, Page 20


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The Promised Neverland Characters
Main Characters: Emma  •  Norman  •  Ray
Escapees: Emma  •  Ray  •  Gilda  •  Don  •  Anna  •  Nat  •  Thoma  •  Lani  •  Dominic  •  Jemima  •  Mark  •  Ivet  •  Chris  •  Alicia  •  Rossi
Shipped Out: Norman  •  Leslie  •  Olivia  •  Michelle  •  Simon   •  Conny   •  Hao   •  Cedi   •  Robert   •  Marcus   •  Helena   •  Chucky   •  Jimmy   •  Abby
Orphans: Phil  •  Shelly  •  Naila  •  Maya  •  Eugene  •  Carol  •  Charlie  •  Milly
Grace Field House: Grandmother  •  Isabella  •  Unnamed caretaker  •  Krone
Ratri Clan: Peter Ratri  •  Andrew
Minerva's Group: James Ratri  •  Zazie  •  Hayato  •  Jin
Goldy Pond: Oliver  •  Violet  •  Zack  •  Sandy  •  Gillian  •  Sonia  •  Nigel  •  Pepe  •  Paula  •  Theo  •  Adam  •  Yugo   •  Lucas   •  Monica   •  Jake   •  Windmill Girl
Main Group: DemonKing Name
Heathens: Mujika  •  Sonju
Poachers: Leuvis  •  Nous   •  Bayon   •  Nouma   •  Luce