Characters: Harry Potter Hogwarts Students
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- Animal Motifs: Each House is represented by an animal:
- Gyffindor has lions, strong, powerful and often associated with bravery.
- Slytherin has snakes, cunning, ambitious and sneaky.
- Ravenclaw has (ironically, given the name) eagles, wise, noble and dignified.
- Hufflepuff has badgers, kind, loyal and diligent.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each houses also have their own heraldic colors
- Gyffindor: Red and gold
- Slytherin: Green and silver
- Ravenclaw: Blue and bronze (Blue and silver in the films)
- Hufflepuff: Black and gold
- Badass: And especially so during the final fight.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble. The Sorting Hat says it best, but here's a summary:
- Sanguine: Gryffindor. Energetic, courageous, and recklees. Driven to chivalry. House of heroes.
- Choleric: Slytherin. Not as quiet as first impressions go, but definitely brooding. Dark idealists.
- Melancholic: Ravenclaw. Driven to academic results and new ideas. Analytical thinkers. Light idealists.
- Phlegmatic: Hufflepuff. Not the most academic house, but the most easygoing. The Everyman around school.
You might belong in Gryffindor,This Hogwarts House was founded by Godric Gryffindor and exemplifies courage and honor. Its color is red and gold, its animal is the lion, its ghost is Nearly-Headless Nick, its Head of House is Minerva McGonagall, and it is associated with the element of fire. Most of the heroes in the series are Gryffindors, and their heroics cost their house as many points as they gain for their deeds.Notable Gryffindors: Harry Potter, the Weasleys, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Rubeus Hagrid, James Potter, Lily Evans, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew.
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart.
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart.
— The Sorting Hat
- Badass Bookworm: It has a tendency to produce these, regardless of what Slytherins say about the house being Dumb Muscle. To wit: Albus Dumbledore, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Lily Evans were all talented and intelligent witches and wizards.
- A running theme in the books is all kinds of courage, not only obvious kinds, but moral and intellectual courage, the ability to challenge established wisdom, demonstrate critical thinking and challenge society's conventions requires a great deal of courage, as demonstrated by the likes of Hermione, Minerva McGonagall, Dumbledore and others, and the courage to stand up to one's own friends.
- Determinator: Likeable or not, proud or vain, excitable or maligned, nobody in this house ever seems willing to quit.
- Deadpan Snarker: In a World of Snark, the Gryffindor students are often the snarkiest.
- Dumb Is Good/Dumb Muscle/Idiot Hero: There is a tendency for Flanderization of Gryffindor into this. Young Snape certainly believes this. Makes sense since intelligence, ambition and hard work are all traits that would help one's grades, while bravery isn't.
- Averted in general, by the likes of Fred and George and the Marauders. McGonagall herself could be compared to Hermione. See Badass Bookworm above. Gryffindors are actually big on intellectual courage, as well as demonstrating independent thinking and a willingness to question recieved wisdom.
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, we encounter two bad Gryffindors, the boastful Cormac McLaggen and the pushy Romilda Vane. Both big on bravado and not shy at all about speaking their minds, but very short on things like courtesy and humility.
- Enforced Cold War: It has a long running feud with Slytherin.
- Genius Bruiser: Gryffindors actually turn out to be this, with Albus Dumbledore himself being one, the most powerful and smartest wizard in over a century.
- The Hero: Contributed the most members of any house to Dumbledore's Army, and the most student combatants to the Battle of Hogwarts. Gryffindors like to take charge of things.
- Honor Before Reason: In contrast to Slytherin, this house is more likely to insist on fair play when a sneak attack would have been wiser.
- Knight Templar: At its worst, Gryffindor's opposition to the Dark Arts can lapse into Moral Myopia where they attack others with the same force and tactics they decry in their opponents. James Potter and Sirius Black were deeply guilty of this.
- In the series proper, while Gryffindor is highly friendly to other members of the house, it seems to have given up on the possibility of Slytherins being good. Even after meeting a good Slytherin like Horace Slughorn, Harry bristles as soon as he finds out he's the former Head of Slytherin House, even if he was friends with his mother. He and Ron scoff at the idea of "being matey with the Slytherins".
- The only Gryffindor that truly averts this is Lily Evans. She befriended Severus Snape, a deeply unpopular Slytherin during the height of Voldemort's infamy and was a favorite student of Horace Slughorn.
- Odd Couple: Between roommates.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: The Sword Of Gryffindor may only be wielded by a true Gryffindor or rather, by anyone demonstrating exceptional courage worthy of those qualities prized by Gryffindor himself. So even a former Butt Monkey like Neville who started as a poor student could summon the sword when he Took a Level in Badass. Likewise Ron when he saved his best friend Harry. Or Harry himself when he was confused about having the Slytherin trait of Parseltongue.
- Considering that Gryffindor's Sword is available to anyone in spirit and practice, it contrasts sharply with Slytherin's Chamber of Secrets, a ridiculously exclusive space open only to his heirs. It reflects the values and attitudes of their respective founders greatly.
- Red Is Heroic / Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Their main color scheme is red and gold.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Little respect for rules in regards to what they consider morally correct.
- Though Minerva McGonagall and Hermione Granger are stickler for the rules in general, and are certainly Rightly Self-Righteous if a little overbearing.
- Fred and George as well as the Marauders seem to break rules for the heck of it. It can be argued that valuing courage includes the guts and chutzpah to break rules in a brazen way.
- School Bullying Is Harmless: An unsavory aspect of Gryffindors is their liking for all kinds of pranks, which range from the harmless to the cruel, so long as their opponents deserve it and they don't go too far. Since much of those categories is in the eye of the bully rather than the victim, it can lead to enabling this mentality.
- The Moral Dissonance as seen in the Marauders' feud with Snape and even some of Fred and George Weasley's antics, namely their abuse of a Slytherin called Montague by shoving him into the vanishing cabinet, an action which nearly killed him.
- The Gryffindors by and large see themselves as Bully Hunter and produce genuine ones in Hermione and Ginny, as well as Harry and his mother, Lily.
- Showy Invincible Hero: Word of God admits that Gryffindors love an audience when they do some great feat, as compared to Hufflepuff which produces Humble Hero or Slytherin whose good guys tend to be Pragmatic Hero. Harry is a mix of Humble Hero and this, while Dumbledore despite making a great show of modesty and wisdom... well, in the words of Phineas Nigellus (and Kingsley Shacklebolt in the film), "Dumbledore's got style!"
"Why is it always me?"
Portrayed by: Matthew LewisA socially awkward, forgetful boy who hides a painful past: his parents were tortured by Death Eaters to the point of permanent insanity and don't recognize him anymore. He is the usual Butt Monkey of Harry's group. Like the protagonists, Neville appears in all seven of the books, with varying importance to the plot. When not at Hogwarts, he lives with an extremely outspoken (and frightening) grandmother, whom he often talks about. Eventually becomes one of Harry's closest friends, and goes through a lot of great Character Development to become truly awesome.Nineteen years later, he's married to Hannah Abbott, and he's the herbology professor at Hogwarts.
- Adorkable: In the beginning books, he's awkward, clumsy, and can't do anything right. Then, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, you find out Neville's parents were tortured into insanity by Bellatrix Lestrange and you can't help but love the guy. Finally, for the dorks in all of us, he loves plants.
- All Up To You: He gets deputized by Harry during the Battle of Hogwarts to kill the last Horcrux.
- Anti-Hero: Of the classical variety, until he Took a Level in Badass, when he becomes a straight hero.
- Badass: Ends up becoming the Rebel Leader at Hogwarts during the seventh year.
- Belated Backstory: A little bit, mostly regarding his parents.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning his parents or anything related to them in a disparaging way. The first time it's pressed (by Malfoy), it takes Ron, Harry, Dean and Seamus to hold him back from beating Malfoy into the ground. The last time we see it he's being detained by a full grown Death Eater, who ends up having to call for help.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He can be scary when he gets angry enough.
- Big Good: Off-screen, he is this for Hogwarts during Deathly Hallows: it's implied by the way he talked that he stood up and took a lot of crap so the other students wouldn't have to, he was the only leader of the DA to remain at school for the entire year, and during the Second Battle of Hogwarts, he was explicitly shown leading an attempt to kill Death Eaters en masse using Mandrakes.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to Luna's Blond and Ginny's Redhead in the "Silver Trio" (not in the books when Neville is a blonde).
- In the books, Neville is the Blonde to Harry's Brunette and Ron's Redhead.
- Butt Monkey: Especially in the first book. He gets better.
- Call to Agriculture: He worked briefly as an Auror, but by the epilogue he's instead Professor of Herbology at Hogwarts.
- Character Development: The changes in Neville are subtle, but major, and can sneak up on you if you weren’t paying attention. He goes from The Ditz in the first book (whose only distinguishing characteristics are being timid, nervous, and forgetful) to the Badass leader of La Résistance at Death Eater-Occupied Hogwarts in the seventh book. The change becomes most apparent in book five, when Neville, who flounders in nearly all his classes and “can barely stand a cauldron right way up”, becomes the fastest-learning member of the DA and attempts to fight in the battle at the Ministry.
- The Chew Toy: Neville is picked on by every Slytherin member, and Gryffindor loses many points because of him.
- Cool House: Lives in the Leaky Cauldron pub in the epilogue. Apparently, Rowling added that detail in because she knew people would think that was a cool and fitting abode for such a badass.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: This trope could easily be renamed "The Neville". He worked hard to achieve the Badass designation from the Moron. His badassery level only rises with every challenge. Culminates in a Crowning Moment of Awesome. Consider also that the prophecy nominating Harry as "the chosen one" easily applied to Neville as well. The fan meme is, "Neville is the Boy-That-Could-Have-Been-But-Did-Anyway."
- Cowardly Lion: Oh yeah. Bonus points for being in the house of the Lion.
- Die or Fly: How his magic was revealed.
- Dork Knight: Somewhere between the noble-hearted but awkward kid he starts out as and the Memetic Badass he grows up to be, he winds up here.
- Foil: To Harry, as we gradually find out. Both of them lost their parents in the First Wizarding War and had to grow up in emotionally abusive households, leaving them with a strong personal vendetta against the Death Eaters. The difference is that Harry is treated like a celebrity while Neville is treated as a joke, and Neville's parents suffered a Fate Worse Than Death that left them incapable of raising their son. Neville was also the other candidate for the role of the Chosen One prophesied to kill Voldemort, and probably would have been saddled with the burden of defeating him if Voldemort had attacked him as an infant instead of Harry.
- Freudian Excuse: He had been living with his grandmother since he was a baby because Bellatrix Lestrange tortured his parents to the brink of insanity. Although his grandmother got better as the story progressed, he didn't live a very pleasant life with her.
- Genius Ditz: Neville can't seem to cast even the simplest spell without a critical fumble... until he discovers that he's crazy skilled at Herbology. And then Took a Level in Badass around the 5th book.
- Good Is Not Soft: If you know much about the plants Neville was noted as using the few times Harry runs into him during the Battle of Hogwarts, you know Neville was not screwing around, he was in fact trying his best to kill as many Death Eaters as he could.
- Green Thumb: Always had a talent with Herbology. In fact, after his work as an Auror, Neville became the Herbology teacher at Hogwarts.
- Happily Married: With Hannah Abbott in the epilogue of the books.
- Heroic Resolve: Lots of it, but as he's out of focus we only get hints of it. A notable instance is during Order Of The Phoenix, where it's greatly implied that his increasing devotion (and thus increasing skill) to Dumbledore's Army is tied to a sense of resolve after the person who tortured his parents had escaped from prison.
- Even earlier, in the first book, when he tries to stop The Trio from breaking the rules by leaving their dorm late at night. He didn't succeed, but, given that this was long before he Took a Level in Badass, it's still pretty impressive and recognized as such by Dumbledore.
- Hero of Another Story: He spends the seventh book leading Dumbledore's Army in the rebellion at Hogwarts. Too bad we never get to see it.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Depends on whether you find his Uncle Algie's attempts to "scare" the magic out of him funny or not. The book had it Played for Laughs, anyway. See Die or Fly above.
- Incendiary Exponent: Slays the Dark Lord's pet and kills a portion of his soul - while on fire.
- Inept Mage: Up until book five, his only good subject was herbology. Gets better after receiving a wand suited to him.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Later on.
- Magic Knight: When Neville takes up the Sword of Gryffindor to slay Nagini.
- Maybe Ever After: With Luna Lovegood in part 2 of The Deathly Hallows. He told Harry that he was going to make a love confession to her, but whether he did or not is left a little vague. Whether he's with Luna Lovegood or Hannah in the film epilogue is also unclear. Matthew Lewis, for one, believes he dated Luna for the summer following his seventh year, but they broke up and he eventually married Hannah.
- Missed the Call: The prophecy that predicted The Chosen One who would defeat Voldemort pointed to two possible candidates — Neville and Harry. Voldemort chose to go after Harry, thereby (accidentally) collapsing the waveform and cementing Harry as the subject of the prophecy.
- Nice Guy: One of the most polite characters in the series.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Why is Neville a Memetic Badass? Because you only get to see him actually do a handful of the things you know he does, and that handful alone qualifies him as one of the biggest badasses in the series.
- Oop North: His accent in the movies.
- Papa Wolf / Big Brother Instinct: Like you would not believe. Mess with Neville? Dude probably can't even stop stuttering long enough to tell you to shove off at first. Mess with Neville's friends? Well, in the first book alone he got into a fistfight with Crabbe and Goyle and stood up to them long enough that Ron (who was in a similar fight with Draco Malfoy) did not get pounded by the pair. To drive this point home, in the first book Crabbe and Goyle are described as far and away the biggest first years and act as Draco's bodyguards. Standing up to those two ogres long enough to make sure they didn't hurt Ron was probably the least badass instance of this trope that Neville ever got.
- Parental Abandonment: The most tragic case in the series: Alice and Frank Longbottom were tortured into insanity by Death Eaters and are now locked away in St. Mungo, and they're so damaged that they can barely recognize their son. The fact that his mother doesn't know who he is but knows that she wants to give him presents just makes it worse.
- Power Limiter: An accidental one is implied in the books. Neville's grandmother gave Neville his father's wand as a way of honoring Frank Longbottom. However, the wand was incompatible with Neville, hampering his abilities until his father's wand is broken during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. Afterwards, Neville is taken to purchase his own wand, and his magical skill increases dramtically afterwards.
- Rebel Leader: One of them in Deathly Hallows. With Harry on the run, he steps in at Hogwarts.
- Retired Badass: After his brief work in his Auror career, Neville becomes the popular Herbology professor at Hogwarts.
- Shrinking Violet: Before taking a level in badass, the poor kid could barely defend himself from bullies.
- Sixth Ranger: The most likely person to be seen with the main three, other than Ginny.
- Supporting Leader: He leads Dumbledore's Army in resistance to the Carrows' regime in Deathly Hallows.
- Take Up My Sword: Twice. He continues to lead the rebellion after Harry doesn't return to Hogwarts during the hunt for the Horcruxes, and then when Harry seemingly dies, Neville continues the fight against Voldemort, literally taking up a Sword (of Gryffindor) in the process. Dude has balls of steel.
- Took a Level in Badass: Twice in the series. Once in Book 5 with the news of Bellatrix's escape from Azkaban, and then Up to Eleven in Book 7.
- The Unchosen One: He was the other boy possibly singled out by the Prophecy but ultimately was not chosen. However, he still plays a crucial role in defeating Voldemort by killing Nagini.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Harry. The 5th book and the 7th book shows us this in spades.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: A more minor example: Neville is this when it comes to his grandmother, who he wants more approval from considering his slow magical growth. They still have a fairly loving relationship. She fights alongside him in the final battle, and makes it clear that she's very proud of him indeed.
- What Could Have Been: This is played with in-universe at the end of Book 5, as it's revealed that Neville was very nearly the subject of the prophecy that caused the death of Harry's parents and made Harry the hero. Harry wonders for a time how things would have been different if Voldemort had targeted Neville's family instead of his own. He notes that it would depend on Neville's mother making a sacrifice in the same circumstances and context which Lily did.
- It's Word of God that if Neville had been the prophecy's subject, he would have been just as capable of fulfilling it.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In Prisoner of Azkaban during Lupin's lesson with the Boggart, it's shown that Snape is Neville's biggest fear. Unsurprising, given how much Snape picks on him.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Gives one hell of a speech during the eighth movie. And then caps things off by pulling out the Sword of Gryffindor!
- Worthy Opponent: In a culmination of his Badass credentials, Voldemort himself considers him this in the climax of the last battle and even gives him a We Can Rule Together speech, which Neville, of course, doesn't hesitate to refuse.
- Subverted, however, in the film version, in which there is mocking laughter when he steps forward to confront Voldemort, who doesn't even seem to know (or pretends not to know) who he is.
- You Are Not Alone: "HE'S NOT ALONE! HE'S STILL GOT ME!"
Ginevra Molly "Ginny" Weasley
" The thing about growing up with Fred and George is that you sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."
Portrayed by: Bonnie WrightThe youngest child of the Weasley family and the first daughter born to that line in several generations. Ginny has feelings for Harry, and has little dialogue during the first four books (because whenever the Sympathetic P.O.V. is near, she's struck dumb by his presence). In the second book, Ginny finally gets to go to Hogwarts... but as she has trouble making friends and feels quite lonely, she's an easy prey for Voldemort's Brainwashing through his diary.From the fourth book onward, she starts displaying an actual and more open personality, revealing a variety of talents no one had ever suspected, and starts being popular with guys. By the sixth book, the situation has reversed: now it's Harry pining away in silence for Ginny.Nineteen years later, she is married to Harry, with whom she has had two sons and a daughter.
- Accidental Kiss: With Harry, toward the end of book six. Not entirely accidental, but not entirely intentional, either.
- Action Girl: She accompanies Harry to the Department of Mysteries in the fifth book, re-grouped Dumbledore's Army in Deathly Hallows along with Neville and Luna, fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, and even took on Bellatrix Lestrange with Luna and Hermione.
- Aerith and Bob: Arthur, Molly, William, Charles, Percy (Percival), Fred(erick), George, Ronald, and...Ginevra (which is an Italian variant of Guinevere, and much later, Jennifer). It's likely her parents had been saving that name up.
- Animal Motifs: In the films, her patronus is a horse.
- Specifically, it seems to be a mustang, which matches with Ginny's wild and untameable personality.
- Ascended Extra: Zigzagged. She starts off as a minor character in the first book and becomes important in the second, but becomes minor again in the third and fourth books. She finally gets a more prominent role from the fifth book onwards.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Her famous "Bat Bogey Hex" sounds outright Lovecraftian.
- Beta Couple: She and Harry get together faster and don't argue as much as Ron and Hermione.
- Big "NO!": In the eighth film when Voldemort announces Harry is dead.
- Black Magician Girl: Her personality fits this trope to a T.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The redhead to Hermione (brunette) and Luna (blonde).
- In the films, she's the redhead to Neville's brunette and Luna's blonde in the "Silver Trio" (not true in the books, where Neville is supposed to be a blonde)
- Book Ends: The first time we see her, she's whining to her mother that she wants to go to Hogwarts with her brothers now, not next year. The last time we see her, she's being whined at by her daughter, who wants to go to Hogwarts with her brothers now, not next year. (Well, actually in TWO years.)
- Bully Hunter: Plays this role while looking after Luna (it's all but stated that she was her only friend for years) and eagerly (and violently) jumps to Harry’s defense whenever someone badmouths him in Half-Blood Prince.
- Hell, she showed signs of it even before she went to Hogwarts. She gave Malfoy an epic Death Glare after the latter belittled him at the beginning of Chamber of Secrets.
- Competence Zone: Remember, eleven-year-olds are helpless little kids, but twelve-year-olds are competent heroes. Except in the previous book, when said heroes were eleven themselves. And in the next book, it's twelve-year-olds who will be considered helpless. This continues up until Ginny reaches the age of fourteen, at which point she's allowed to participate in an adventure after Lampshading how stupid this is.
- Crush Blush: She was very prone to this in the earlier books, basically anytime Harry got anywhere near her. Her embarrassment in book three was probably in part due to embarrassment over events of the past year.
- Cute Bruiser: You don't want to be on the receiving end of one of her Bat-Bogey Hexes.George: Yeah, size is no guarantee of power. Look at Ginny.
Harry: What d' you mean?
George: You've never been on the receiving end of one of her Bat-Bogey Hexes, have you?"
- Cute Witch: As a youngster.
- Damsel in Distress: In Chamber of Secrets. Understandable, since she was also the Naïve Newcomer and, well, just 11 years old.
- Damsel out of Distress: She did try to fight off the diary's possession. She wasn't very successful, but it's still pretty impressive that she managed to resist it for so long without any help (and when she was eleven).
- Deadpan Snarker: Harry believes that having to deal with her six older brothers (especially Ron, who can be unthinkingly hurtful and the twins, who are a menace) must have toughened her. Certainly this is her default mode of behaviour towards anyone but Harry in the later books. Harry never seems to reflect on how much that thing with the diary might have contributed to her new-found toughness...
- Demoted to Extra: In the books and movies of Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. Gradually reversed in the later books, though.
- Has a much smaller role in the films than she does in the books.
- Designated Love Interest
- Dude Magnet: Very popular and fancied by numerous boys.
- Embarrassing First Name: Ginevra, used only by her Auntie Muriel in book seven. See also Only Known by Their Nickname.
- Fiery Redhead: Ginny's very tough and sassy.
- First Girl Wins: She's the first girl from the wizarding world that Harry meets.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric — Brash and stubborn, but one of the most laid back.
- Good Parents: With Harry to their three children. Ginny scolds James for scaring Albus about being sorted into Slytherin and Harry explains she and him wouldn't be ashamed if Al happened to be sorted into said house.
- Hot-Blooded: Easily riled up if you mess with her.
- Hot Scoop: She becomes a Quidditch correspondent after her career as a Quidditch star.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: So much so that she even appeared sympathetic to the plight of Mrs. Norris in Chamber of Secrets - and nobody liked Mrs. Norris.
- Little Miss Badass: She was only fourteen when she went with the others to the Ministry of Magic. To some extent, she's also this in the second book. She may have been a Damselin Distress, but she did fight pretty hard against Voldemort's influence.
- Little Miss Snarker: In the third and fourth books she had shades of this, probably a result of her getting more comfortable around Harry.
- Mailer Daemon: She finds Voldemort's Diary, and he uses it to sap her Life Energy.
- Nice Girl: One of the most likable characters and easy to get along with.
- Only Friend: Was this to Luna for a while.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The only person who actually calls Ginny "Ginevra" (her first name) is an elderly relative we only meet at Bill and Fleur's wedding.
- Outnumbered Sibling: She's the only girl (and the youngest child) of the Weasleys.
- Passionate Sports Girl: She joined the Quidditch team in her fifth year. As a kid, she was mentioned to have stolen her brothers' broomsticks to practice secretly.
- Power Trio: Formed one with Neville and Luna.
- Really Gets Around: Hinted at by Ron in the sixth book when he finds out how many boyfriends she's had. However, with two boyfriends in two years, she’s a chronic monogamist at worst. Justified as both Ron and Harry (who is the POV protagonist, obviously) were romantic late bloomers and, thus, woefully unaware how common this is for teenagers.
- Red-Headed Heroine: Has vibrant red hair and one of the heroes.
- Rescue Romance: It takes a few books to take off, but her and Harry's first major interaction is Harry taking on a giant snake and a Soul Fragment of Voldemort to save her.
- She Is All Grown Up: Noted in Book 6, after Harry becomes closer to her.
- Short Tank: Has both tomboyish and girly girl traits.
- Shrinking Violet:
- Played with. Throughout the first few books, Ginny appears to be a Shrinking Violet, but only around Harry, and only because of her huge crush on him. Her brothers state that she's pretty normal when he's not around. Moreover, she has overcome her shyness completely by the beginning of book five.
- Chamber of Secrets implies she's not this just around Harry, but anyone who is not a family member. She outgrows this by the next book once she comfortable around other people, but still is nervous around Harry.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Ginny is a mild example of the trope. Late in the series, she admits that she started to date Michael Corner largely to get over Harry, who at the time was not romantically interested in her but in Cho Chang. Before Harry finally sees the light, she also dates Dean Thomas. But from the time she first saw Harry when he was eleven and she was ten, he was always first in her affections.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her main love interest, Harry is a definite Nice Guy, and Ginny has feelings for him for six books, before they finally hook up. At the end of Half-Blood Prince, she says that one of the things she loves about him is his Chronic Hero Syndrome. Meanwhile, it's hinted that her crush on him only got stronger after he saved her life at the end of Chamber of Secrets.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Fleur's girly girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's very tough and enjoys sports. She's also popular with boys and seems to be fond of cute creatures, like her Pygmy Puff.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Chamber of Secrets, Ginny was a Shrinking Violet who ended up being the Damselin Distress. She had a lesser part in other books, but there were subtle hints that her confidence was growing and she was getting more comfortable around Harry. In Order of the Phoenix, not only did she become more friendly and sassy, she was also shown to be a competent Action Girl. By Deathly Hallows, she reestablished the D.A. in order to rebel against the new leadership of Hogwarts and fought in the final battle.
- Town Girls: The Butch to Hermione's Femme and Luna's Neither.
- Tranquil Fury: Seems to have mastered this as a grown up. While Skeeter was badmouthing her family and friends, Ginny continues to do her job as a professional. Then, when the game ended, Ginny gives a well deserved jinx to Ms. Skeeter.
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Subverted. Ginny's feelings for Harry never truly went away, and she says as much at the end of Book Six. She just needed a bit of time to grow up and learn to be herself around him. Although she used the rather strange method of dating other boys (which, to be fair, was at Hermione's suggestion), it was only at this point that Harry was able to see her for who she really was.
Fred and George Weasley
Fred: George, I think we've outgrown a full-time education.
George: Yeah, I've been feeling that way myself.
George: Yeah, I've been feeling that way myself.
Portrayed by: James Phelps (Fred), Oliver Phelps (George)Ron's mischievous next-older brothers, Fred and George stick out for their constant wisecracking, penchant for practical jokes, and lack of educational excellence. They have been friends with Harry for almost as long as Ron has, since they are on the Gryffindor Quidditch team as Beaters. In the grand tradition of Einstein, their poor grades do not stop them from opening a successful business selling joke/novelty items of their own invention.Nineteen years later, Fred is dead, while George has married Angelina Johnson and has a son and a daughter.
- Always Identical Twins: Though the twins are said to be identical, other characters can tell them apart. Harry can tell them apart after only a few weeks and can distinguish between their voices in book five.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: George. Word of God is that he was never capable of producing a patronus after Fred's death.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Definitely towards Percy, but not Bill or Charlie.
- Anti-Hero: They're good guys, but they're also tricksters and can be pragmatic.
- Bash Brothers: In Quidditch in particular. They joined the team as Beaters, presumably at the same time, and were so proficient that Oliver Wood described them as "a pair of human Bludgers themselves."
- Beware the Nice Ones: While the Twins are lighthearted even when it comes to their pranks, if you ever harm a child or Hogwarts in any way, they will focus the butt of their pranks on you. Just ask Professor Umbridge.
- Big Brother Bully: In their worst moments. Hermione doesn't think it's a coincidence that Ron's Quidditch performance improves after they leave.
- Big Brother Instinct: They used to pick on Ron at school and at home, but they loved him regardless of their treatment towards him. They didn't hesitate to try attacking Malfoy when he insulted their younger brother. Later, they're seen tag-team comforting a first year who suffered a punishment from Umbridge.
- In the movie version of Goblet of Fire, Arthur specifically leaves them in charge of Ginny while Death Eaters are running around. Given Arthur's Papa Wolf status, that says a lot.
- Big Man on Campus: Well liked by their fellow Gryffindors, and even those outside of the houses. Despite being massive slackers, their teachers even love them.
- Book Dumb: They only manage to pass three OWLs apiece, whereas all their brothers each managed more than both of them combined. In the first book Ron mentions that they got good grades despite being pranksters, so it's likely that by their fifth year they became Brilliant but Lazy.
- Break the Cutie: For most of the series, the twins are almost always in a lighthearted and jovial mood. That is, until Book 7, when one of them dies and the other is physically and emotionally scarred for life.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Despite being Book Dumb, they managed to invent Weasley's Wizard Wheezes and made a decent bit of cash off of it. They simply no longer cared about school by the time of the OWL examinations and were busy crafting their products. Ron mentions that their grades were usually very good before then.
- During their rebellion against Umbridge, they turned part of the castle into a swamp. Flitwick was so impressed with their skill that he decided to leave a section roped off in tribute to them.
- After leaving Hogwarts to start their shop, they start getting a lot of massive orders from the Ministry because of their ability to imbue items with magic spells. Turns out, most Ministry wizards couldn't produce a decent shield charm if they tried, and Gred and Forge have just the thing for that.
- According to Ron, they turned his teddy bear into a live spider, pretty impressive magic for five year olds. At another point in their childhood, they nearly had Ron make an Unbreakable Vow, advanced Dark magic that Harry didn't even hear about until his sixth year. It’s more likely they just hate essays.
- During their rebellion against Umbridge, they turned part of the castle into a swamp. Flitwick was so impressed with their skill that he decided to leave a section roped off in tribute to them.
- Call Back: In Book 4 before the Yule Ball, Fred advises Ron to "get a move-on or all the good ones (girls) will be taken". In Book 7, when everyone is preparing for battle, he says the same thing about all the "good" Death Eaters shortly before his death.
- Cool Big Bro: The're more or less this to Harry (they did give him the Marauder's Map after all. With Ginny and Ron it comes and goes.
- Dead Guy Junior: George and Angelina name their son after Fred.
- Death by Irony: Fred and George frequently spent school breaks shut in their room and experimenting with things like bombs and fireworks. In the final battle Fred dies after being caught in an explosion.
- Establishing Character Moment: Playing a joke on their mother by each pretending to be the other, and then offering to help Harry (who they hadn't met yet) load his luggage onto the train. It shows that while they enjoy messing with people, they are still very kind-hearted.
- Foreshadowing: Rowling stated that she always intended to kill one of them off, and that she always knew it would be Fred. There are several hints of this throughout the series:
- Go Out with a Smile: Fred dies this way.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Making the duo's official split because of Fred's death all the more heartbreaking.
- Hidden Depths: There are actual consistent slight differences between the two of them if you look closely. Fred tends to be the main instigator and ringleader. Meanwhile George is only slightly more serious and has just a teeny-bit more moral restraint (for example, in the 4th book, he was actually skeptical, if not, a bit hesitant about blackmailing Ludo Bagman unlike Fred who was pretty hot-headed about it and wanted to just rush in without a thought) — with the exception of the incident in the fifth book where he and Harry go apeshit and beat Malfoy up, who mocked their families in a way that really pushed their buttons; but then again, Fred would've joined in if he wasn't being physically restrained by their three female Quidditch team mates whereas Harry alone was restraining George until Malfoy pushed him over the edge.
- George is also slightly kinder. While Fred takes the lead in instigating mayhem, George is the one who offers to help Harry with his cart, starts the speech as they give him the Marauder's Map. Fred is always right on the same page with him, but George is the one who starts their nicer moments.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: George's missing ear.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They play a lot of jokes, but it's all in good fun and they never try to actively hurt anyone.
- Kick the Dog: According to a note in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fred once used Ron's pet Puffskein for Bludger practice.
- Lovable Jock: They were Beaters together on the Gryffindor Quidditch team all the way up to their seventh year.
- Major Injury Underreaction: George's reaction to permanently losing an ear? "I'm holey!"
- Plucky Comic Relief: Nearly every moment with them is hilarious until book 7.
- Sacrificial Lion: Fred dies right before the climax of the final book.
- Scars Are Forever: The wound to George's ear is mentioned to be unfixable.
- Second Love: George becomes this for Angleina. She dated his brother Fred in Hogwarts.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Fred's was the first major death during the climax of the last book. This was most likely to show that the story was really playing for keeps.
- Significant Birthdate: April 1st, 1978. And no, that's not a joke.
- Single-Minded Twins: They say a lot of their lines in unison in the third through seventh films, though this is probably the directors' handy work.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: It's implied Ron's swearing habit came from them."Ours [gnomes] do know a lot of excellent swear words," said Ron, "but I think Fred and George taught them those.”
- Stage Magician: They have shades of this, using their magical ability to develop tricks for pranksters, being grade-A pranksters themselves. In one book, they use this trope as a cover to impress a local village girl, who thinks that their tricks are "almost like real magic". They actually open their own joke shop later on in the series. The Marauders, their inspiration, may have also been like this.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: Fred. Most people, in and out of universe, did not see it coming.
"My parents are Muggles, mate. They don't know nothing about no deaths at Hogwarts, because I'm not stupid enough to tell them."
Portrayed by: Alfred EnochDean Thomas is a boy in Harry's year who is popular and likes drawing. His friendship with Harry is strained in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in which Harry feels insanely jealous because Dean dates Ginny. But after Harry and Ginny end up together, Dean is not bitter, and helps them in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. He is a member of Dumbledore's Army and participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted with Dean Thomas, who actually does an awesome job: escaping capture, wrestling a wand away from a Death Eater, and putting in some decent fighting minutes.
- Rowling seems to be going out of her way to avert this trope, seeing as Dean, Lee Jordan, Angelina Johnson and Kingsley Shacklebolt all survive the war.
- British Footy Teams: Is a supporter of West Ham United, having been brought up by a muggle.
- Character Focus: Starting with the 6th book.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: According to the Word of God. He was asked to join the Death Eaters, but refused and ran away to protect his wife and baby son. He ended up getting killed. Dean never finds out about this.
- Demoted to Extra/What Could Have Been: J. K. Rowling had originally envisioned Dean Thomas in a strong supporting role, but much of his character ended up being shifted to Neville.
- And unfortunately, what role he did have in the last book was not included in the movie.
- A Glass in the Hand: Breaks a glass when he sees Harry and Ginny kiss.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Seamus.
- Nice Guy: He's one of the few people who is pro-Harry in every single scandal he's in, and barely shows any sign of a grudge when he's dumped in his favor beyond his first knee jerk reaction.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Seamus' Red.
"I don't appreciate the insinuation, Longbottom. Besides, if anyone cares to notice, my eyebrows have completely grown back!"
Portrayed by: Devon MurrayAnother boy in Harry's year who is close friends with Dean Thomas. He does not initially believe Harry's claims that Voldemort has returned, instead opting to consider Harry insane, but he eventually comes around, apologizes, and joins Dumbledore's Army. He participates in the Battle of Hogwarts. His role in the battle is expanded in the final film.
- Animal Motifs: His Patronus is a fox.
- Berserk Button: Almost gets into a fight with Harry when he criticizes Seamus's mother for believing the lies the Daily Prophet is printing about him.
- British Accents: Averted in the films as he has a very thick Irish accent in the films. Not so much in the books. (Although with a name like Seamus Finnigan, one would have to figure...)
- There may not have been any direct references to his accent, but it is pretty clear at the Quidditch World Cup that Seamus and his family are quite Irish.
- Both Stephen Fry and Jim Dale's readings of the books give him a thick Irish accent.
- Incendiary Exponent: Or, as Professor McGonagall once put it, "a particular proclivity for pyrotechnics."
- Inept Mage: In the films, his class projects catching fire or exploding in his face is a Running Gag. This gag was taken from Neville's ineptitude in the books.
- Chekhov's Gun: In Deathly Hallows Part Two, his knowledge on explosives comes in useful when they need to blow up the bridge separating Hogwarts from the army of Snatchers.
- Momma's Boy: Implied to be very close to his mother, from whom he gets his magical heritage. But notably disagrees with her very vehemently when she wants to take him home after Dumbledore's death in Half-Blood Prince and he wants to stay for the funeral.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Dean's Blue.
- Regular Character: He is, somewhat notably, one of a mere handful of Hogwarts students besides the main trio and Draco's gang to appear in all eight film adaptations, always played by the same actor.
"And the Quaffle is taken immediately by Angelina Johnson — what an amazing Chaser that girl is, and rather attractive too—"
Portrayed by: Luke YoungbloodA boy in the same year as Fred and George and a good friend of theirs, being just as mischievous as they are. In the first five books he serves as the commentator for school Quidditch matches, being replaced by Zacharias Smith and Luna Lovegood in the sixth book since by then he's left Hogwarts. In the seventh book he hosts Potterwatch, an underground radio program that shows support for Harry during Voldemort's regime.
- Amazon Chaser: Lee Jordan has a crush on Angelina based on her Quidditch skills, as repeatedly revealed in his commentary scenes.
- Large Ham Announcer: His commentary is usually extremely biased against Slytherin and for Gryffindor. He also comments incessantly about Harry's new broom in the third book, before McGonagall sternly reminds him that he's not being paid to advertise Firebolts.
- Nerves of Steel: In hindsight, everything about Potterwatch, where he was the announcer and implied to be the creator, shows how strong his nerves are.
- Trickster Archetype: In a less direct way that Fred and George when it comes to the acts, but not less mischievous.
- Straight Man And Wise Guy: Try as she might to avoid it, every time Lee Jordan does Quidditch commentary, McGonagall hopelessly tries to correct his rambling.
"Wow! Can you turn him around, Harry?"
Portrayed by: Hugh MitchellColin Creevey is a boy in the year below Harry's who is a self-professed fan. He is always walking around with his camera, and wants to get Harry's autograph. He is targeted in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for being a Muggle-born wizard, and joins Dumbledore's Army.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In the movies, where he and his brother were replaced by Composite Character Nigel Wolpert.
- Demoted to Extra: He had a moderate supporting role in the fourth and fifth books and then vanished entirely until Deathly Hallows, when in only one or two lines it is explained that he was killed by Death Eaters when Hogwarts was attacked. As a muggle-born (much less a sixth year), he wasn't even supposed to be there, but the author Handwaved this by saying that he broke into the school to fight.
- Fanboy: The number one fan of Harry Potter.
Portrayed by: William MellingNigel is a small Gryffindor boy who joined Hogwarts in 1994 and first appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He is a big fan of Harry's, and tries to get his autograph. Later on, he joins Dumbledore's Army and participates in the battle of Hogwarts.His character is an amalgamation of the Creevey brothers, of whom only Colin appeared in a film.
- Canon Foreigner: Being a composite of two book characters, he is exclusive to the films.
- Death by Adaptation: In the original cut of the Deathly Hallows film, he dies, but his death is not shown in the theatrical release, leaving his final fate unclear.
"Arm, leg, I'm yours."
Portrayed by: Sitara Shah and Shefali ChowdhuryParvati Patil is a girl in Harry's year whose twin sister Padma is in Ravenclaw. She is usually seen with Padma and her friend Lavender Brown. She is popular, and considered one of the best-looking girls in the year, but not as studious or serious as her sister (though not a bad student by all means), being usually more concerned with fashion - but she tends to be more sensible, intelligent, and centered than Lavender. Despite sharing a room with Hermione, the two girls are not close. She is Harry's date to the Yule Ball, which goes nowhere fast. She later joins Dumbledore's Army, and participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Adapted Out/Demoted to Extra: She's not a major character, per se, but her role in the films gets cut down to almost nothing. Also, because her sister Padma (who is a Ravenclaw in the books) is depicted as a Gryffindor in the films and twins have to go everywhere together in visual media, her close friendship with Lavender is hardly referenced at all.
- Alliterative Name: Parvati Patil.
- Culture Equals Costume: Wears Lehenga choli to the Yule Ball in the film.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: After the Yule Ball disaster, Parvati's a bit frosty toward Harry for several months. Harry makes note of it at the beginning of Book 5... in the end, though, Parvati becomes one of Dumbledore's Army's most loyal members.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the wife of the Hindu god Shiva.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Is not as studious as Padma, but is more gregarious.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to her sister, Blue to Lavender's Red.
"I happen to be his girlfriend!"
Portrayed by: Jessie CaveLavender is a Gryffindor in Harry's year who shares her room with Hermione and Parvati, but is closer to Parvati. She is frivolous and emotional, and does not seem to know magic very well. However, she becomes very interested in Divination, and also joins Dumbledore's Army. She remains peripheral until sixth year, where she manifests interest in Ron, who begins going out with her to spite Hermione. Their relationship declined after Christmas, and ended when Lavender realized that Ron would always be closer to Hermione.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Can't keep away from her Ronnie.
- The Cat Came Back: Ron cannot dump her, and each time he tries, she grows more possessive.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Ron, whenever he's around Hermione.
- Death by Adaptation: She is clearly shown to be dead after being mauled by Greyback in Deathly Hallows: Part 2, despite her possibly surviving in the novel.
- More specifically, in the book she is attacked by Fenrir Greyback, albeit while he's in human form. The last mention of her in the novels is that she is "feebly stirring" following the attack. In the film, he has pretty clearly torn her throat out and is eating her when the Trio comes across him during the battle. Hermione promptly makes short work of him.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted, since her hair color is never stated.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: She and Parvati are rarely ever apart in the books. Averted in the films, where Parvati's twin sister Padma is depicted as a Gryffindor instead and accompanies Parvati everywhere after being introduced.
- Make-Out Kids: With Ron in book six.
- Promoted to Love Interest: For Ron. This trope holds even truer in the movies, where her character appeared in non-speaking roles for the first several movies and appears to pop up out of nowhere with a massive crush on Ron.
- Race Lift: Initially a very minor character in the books, the actresses (she had two!) named as her in the credits were black; when she was to be a love interest, she was recast as white.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: She seriously thought Ron would appreciate being called "Won-Won".
- Smooch of Victory: Her first kiss with Ron was this, taken Up to Eleven. Hermione did not take it well.
- Those Two Girls: With Parvati. Which is made all the more sad in the eighth film, after she is mauled by Greyback, you see Parvati and Trelawney covering her body with a sheet in the aftermath of the first battle.
" I, uh, I don't really remember. I took a bludger to the head two minutes in. Woke up in hospital a week later."
Portrayed by: Sean BiggerstaffThe Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team for the first three books.
- Asleep for Days: In the first movie, Oliver Wood says to Harry that he was knocked out for a week after taking a Bludger to the head during his first Quidditch game.
- Back for the Finale: Leads a group of Quidditch-playing Hogwarts graduates in an aerial assault against the Death Eaters in the last battle.
- Last Name Basis: One of the few recurring students that's never called by his first name.
- Mad Eye: Described in the books as a "manic glint" whenever talking about Quidditch.
- Rousing Speech: Loves to make these to his team.
- Serious Business: Quidditch is very serious business to him.
- Shower of Angst: Played for Laughs in the third book after Gryffindor loses to Hufflepuff due to the Dementors knocking Harry out.Harry Potter: Where is Wood?
Fred Weasley: Still in the showers. We think he's trying to drown himself.
Portrayed by: Danielle Tabor, Tiana BenjaminA Chaser on the Quidditch team and Oliver Wood's successor as captain. She returns to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Action Girl: Angelina was a member of Dumbledore's Army during her seventh year at Hogwarts. She later fought in and survived the Battle of Hogwarts. She was skilled duellist, to have survived such a battle.
- Braids of Action: Despite her straight-haired depiction in the movies, she's mentioned in passing as having worn these at points during the books.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Look at the page picture.
- Heroes Want Redheads: She did date the Weasley Twins at different points.
- Hidden Depths: Most of her portrayals paint her as pretty serious-minded, but given that she dated both Weasley twins at some point, it's almost a given that she has some sort of sense of humor.
- Kendo Team Captain: In her seventh year Angelina became captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Angelina showed diligence and leadership ability as Quidditch Captain of her team, as well as competitiveness.
- Sassy Black Woman: When being a Quidditch captain.
- Serious Business: Quidditch. As captain, she drills the team just as hard as Oliver Wood did. In fact, Harry at one point suggests checking with the Quidditch team Oliver joined to see whether he was killed in practice, because Angelina seemed to be channeling his spirit.
- Settle for Sibling: Married George after Fred's death.
- Statuesque Stunner: Angelina was described to be a tall witch.
- Written-In Absence: She was written out of the fifth film after her actress got a regular part on EastEnders.
Portrayed by: Georgina LeonidasKatie Bell is another Gryffindor Chaser and a member of Dumbledore's Army. During Harry's sixth year, she is incapacitated by a cursed opal necklace that keeps her out of Hogwarts for several months. She graduates, but returns for the Battle of Hogwarts, which she survives. By the time of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, she and Harry are the two most senior members of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
- Bullying a Dragon: Once threw things at Peeves, a poltergeist known for wrecking havoc 24/7. This ended as well as you'd expect.
- Living Prop: Until the sixth book, where she nearly gets killed by a cursed necklace, she's just there to fill up a spot on the Quidditch team.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: "The bell rang just as Peeves swooped down on Katie and emptied an entire ink bottle over her head."
Portrayed by: Anna ShafferRomilda is a Gryffindor girl in a lower year than Harry's. She has a strong crush on him, and when she is introduced to the readers in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, she tries to get Harry to join her on the Hogwarts Express, but offends him by insulting his friends. At Christmas, she gives Harry some Chocolate Cauldrons spiked with love potion, which Ron eats, leading to his poisoning. She is a gossip, and does not think about things seriously.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Only in the book and in that case it's her personality that's a turn-off. In the film, Harry doesn't seem to mind that she wants to slip him a love potion.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: She's described in rather unflattering terms in the books, complete with having a "prominent chin". This doesn't really apply to Anna Shaffer.
- Adaptational Heroism: Much like McLaggen, she's toned down a little bit in the films. Although she does send Harry the chocolates, she's not quite as bitchy, and doesn't do much more than make eyes at Harry, who actually shows a fleeting interest before Hermione knocks some sense back into him.
- Age Lift: Is fourteen in the book she appears in but the film ages her up to sixteen, the same year as Harry.
- To Lavender Brown. Both Romilda and Lavender are the Abhorrent Admirer to Harry and Ron, respectively. The difference between them is that Lavender is a silly ditz who doesn't realize how annoying she is while Romilda is a snobby bitch who doesn't care how annoying she is. You can feel sorry for Lavender getting her heart broken, but with Romilda, you know her heart was never involved in the first place.
- She could also be seen as a foil to Ginny. Both crushed on Harry from afar, but only Romilda acted like a stalker. Come to think of it, you could take almost any bad Harry/Hermione fanfic featuring slut!Ginny, replace all instances of "Ginny" with "Romilda", and the result would be a perfectly in-character Romilda.
- Meaningful Name: Romilda Vane. You know, like vain?
Cormac Mc Laggen
Portrayed by: Freddie StromaA Gryffindor boy one year above Harry. He is one of the few examples of a bad Gryffindor and embodies some of the worst aspects of the house, namely being a pushy, arrogant Jerkass.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Is this to Hermione. She only goes out with him to annoy Ron, but isn't prepared for just how exasperating he is.
- Adaptational Heroism: In The Film of the Book, where he's presented under a more sympathetic light, and has even joined Dumbledore's Army by the time of the eighth movie.
- Commander Contrarian: He does give the Beaters decent advice before a match (Harry reluctantly agrees with it after reminding them he's still in charge). During the match, however...
- Establishing Character Moment: He explains that he and Harry have never talked before because he was sick at fifth-year tryouts - he ate a pound of doxy eggs on a bet.
- Good Is Not Nice: Along with Romilda, Cormac was created to show the more negative qualities of the Gryffindor House. In Cormac's case, his Self-Confidence is warped to the point of having a massive ego.
- The Load: Yells at the other players when they mess up and tries to teach them how to play, with the result that he doesn't cover the goal-hoops. Goes into millstone territory when he accidentally knocks Harry out with a bludger.
- Narcissist: He's a genuinely good flyer, but his ego's so massive the team wouldn't keep him if he were world-class.
Or perhaps in SlytherinThis Hogwarts House was founded by Salazar Slytherin and exemplifies ambition and cunning. Its color is green and silver, its animal is the serpent, its ghost is the Bloody Baron, its Head of House is Severus Snape (later Horace Slughorn) and it is associated with the element of water. Slytherins have a reputation for being underhanded bigots, and their house has the reputation of producing more dark wizards than any other house.Notable Slytherins include Tom Marvolo Riddle, Severus Snape, Lucius Malfoy, the Blacks, Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, Gregory Goyle, and Horace Slughorn.
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.
You'll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means
To achieve their ends.
— The Sorting Hat
- Alpha Bitch: Produces bitchy clique leaders like Gryffindor makes heroes.
- Always Chaotic Evil:
- JK Rowling realized after Order of the Phoenix that she had yet to create an actual sympathetic Slytherin character. This led to the creation of Professor Slughorn to add more balance.
- Another presumably good Slytherin is Andromeda Tonks (neé Black), Sirius' cousin, who's implicitly stated to have been a member of that House. While not a member of the Order of the Phoenix, she provides them with some assistance.
- Amoral Attorney: They often do their deeds thinking of themselves and not others.
- Aristocrats Are Evil / The Beautiful Elite: When they aren't described as pug-faced and inbred, the Slytherins (usually the leaders) are depicted as gorgeous aristocrats. Averted for the two most prominent Slytherins in the series, Tom Riddle and Severus Snape, who come from poor upbringings which only spur them to be even more ambitious then the spoilt pureblood kids who don't have to study hard to get anywhere.
- Bigger Bad: Salazar Slytherin, being the founder of pure-blood supremacist thought which drives most of the major villains.
- Black Sheep: Salazar Slytherin was this to the other Hogwarts founders, due to his pureblood supremacist views.
- Black Shirt
- Combat Pragmatist: How they play Quidditch. They also evacuate before the Battle of Hogwarts to gather reinforcements before coming back to join the fight.
- Dumb Muscle: Despite being described as cunning, witty and ambitious, many Slytherins fit this trope, i.e. Crabbe, Goyle, and just about the entire Slytherin Quidditch team.
- Dirty Coward: If they're not on the side of the bad guys, they tend to be this.
- Dysfunction Junction: Slytherins are frequently the children of snooty high society types, Death Eaters, psychos, murderers, and/or all of the above and many of them seem to have inherited their parents' prejudices and then you get the occasional half-blood in the house like Millicent and Tom Riddle—it's like blood in the water.
- Enforced Cold War: With Gryffindor.
- Fantastic Racism: Many Slytherin characters we are introduced to have serious Pureblood biases.
- Flanderization: It's likely that Slytherin suffered an internalized version of this as a result of Voldemort's rise to power. The only Slytherin free of interest in the Dark Arts and Blood Purity is Horace Slughorn, who comes from an earlier generation than Voldemort. Basically Voldemort's obsession with being the Heir of Slytherin and the fact that he recruited Death Eaters from his own house and then their children after them, essentially cast a large blot on their legacy, making people believe that their extreme aspects were their core ideas.
- As a Slytherin, Slughorn prizes reaching the maximum potential of your talent and the social impact and benefit it can have on the rest of the world, showing a committment and interest in the bigger picture that other houses often lack and ironically doing more to encourage mixing of houses and building house unity than even a model of fair play like Professor McGonagall.
- Andromeda Tonks is implied to have been a Slytherin, and also lacks any racial bias, since she married a Muggle-born. She's a minor character, however.
- As a Slytherin, Slughorn prizes reaching the maximum potential of your talent and the social impact and benefit it can have on the rest of the world, showing a committment and interest in the bigger picture that other houses often lack and ironically doing more to encourage mixing of houses and building house unity than even a model of fair play like Professor McGonagall.
- For the Evulz: What the worst of them lapse into, even if its technically not their credo.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: While they were the first to leave the castle during the Battle of Hogwarts (see below), Slytherins did return to help Hogwartsnote when everything started going to shit for Voldemort and the Death Eaters. One could even state that this was very in character with their house: why risk their lives in a fair fight when they could leave, gather their forces and return and win an unfair one?
- Informed Ability: Slytherins are supposed to be cunning, witty, and ambitious but most of the Canon Slytherins are bullies, Dumb Muscle, and junior Death Eaters. Could be justified, as once the house acquired a reputation for being pure-blood supremacists, no-one who wasn't one themselves would want to join, and all the really cunning and ambitious ones would work out that they'd have a better chance of rising to the top without coming under suspicion in one of the other houses, leaving Slytherin house with the pure-blood supremacists and nothing else.
- Jerkass: Pretty much all of them except Slughorn.
- Les Collaborateurs: More Slytherins supported Umbridge than anyone else did, and the Slytherins were also the first to be evacuated during the Battle of Hogwarts so that they would not be able to help the Death Eaters.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much
- Neutral No Longer: It's implied that the majority of Slytherin simply didn't pick sides in the war, probably due to their house's enmity with the other three leaving them no safe haven if they sided against Voldemort and the children of his supporters decided to get revenge. But when push came to shove and it was clear that Voldemort was going to take or lose everything, the Slytherins spread out across Britain to gather up just everyone they could find to help fight, and then returned with an army that could win purely through virtue of numbers.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The Neutral No Longer / Gondor Calls To Aid. It would be great if we actually got to see that happen instead it's just a vague "Hey look! Reinforcements!" moment and then Word of God tells us in an interview that the Slytherins did it.
- The Usual Adversaries
"I'd be careful if I were you, Potter. Unless you're a bit politer, you'll go the same way as your parents. They didn't know what was good for them, either. You hang around with riff-raff like the Weasleys and that Hagrid and it'll rub off on you."
Portrayed by: Tom FeltonHogwarts' resident bully, despite being smaller than most other Slytherins. Is the son of an influential and filthy rich man, who used to be a Death Eater. Merely bullies Harry throughout the first few books, occasionally setting off a major plot point. Usually seen hanging around with his cronies, Crabbe and Goyle.By the sixth book, things have taken a major turn: the newly-resurrected Lord Voldemort demands that Draco assassinate Albus Dumbledore, or die in the process (which is what he's probably hoping for, according to Draco's mother). Draco's mother, in desperation, goes to the Reverse Mole Snape and begs him to forge an Unbreakable Vow so that he would kill Dumbledore if Draco could not. Sure enough, Snape is the one who does the deed.By the last book, he appears in the Room of Requirement with his cronies to stop Harry, Ron, and Hermione from... whatever it is they're doing (The Trio is finding the last Horcrux, but Draco and company don't know it). One of his cronies turns on him and unleashes a Fiendfyre that ends up incinerating the whole room and killing himself. Harry goes and saves Draco anyhow, which in turn saves his own ass later on. Nineteen years later, Draco is married (but to Astoria Greengrass, not to his marginal school love interest Pansy Parkinson) and has a son, Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy.
- Anti-Villain: Type II in Book 6 & 7. Before that, he's a huge Jerkass.
- The Atoner: Post-Second Wizarding War. Word of God says Malfoy raised his son to be a better person than he was.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Talks a lot of tough talk, and is actually skilled, but he's also a coward. Come book 6, when he joins the Death Eaters, you can't help but feel sorry for the guy when he realizes just how out of his league he is.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Draco Malfoy is blonde, smirks like an idiot, and never stops gloating about how rich and spoilt he is.
- Break the Haughty: During the first 5 books, he never passes an opportunity to insult and demean Harry and/or his friends. But in book 6, his arrogant behavior starts to get less and less prominent to the point he is even crying because of his failure to execute Voldemort's orders.
- Brilliant but Lazy: A lot of things he does - in Half-Blood Prince in particular - imply that he's actually an extremely skilled young wizard that simply finds it easier to coast on his family's money and connections.
- Broken Pedestal: He comes to have this for his father, especially for his teachings of Slytherin greatness and glorification of Voldemort. He and his wife, take it upon themselves to ensure that his son isn't raised with any of his family's nonsense much to his parents distaste. Draco came to regret his entire upbringing, much like Dudley, spent on hating Dumbledore and Harry, the same people who saved him desite mutual distaste.
- The Bully: Of the psychological kind. He is very savvy about finding Berserk Button(s) of hot-headed Gryffindors and pressing it to get a rise of out his opponents.
- Butt Monkey: In the film series, Draco's role gets greatly reduced, and a lot of the scenes kept (Hermione slugging him, getting transformed by Moody) are of him being made to look like a fool.
- Catch Phrase: "Wait 'til my father hears about this!" A Beam Me Up, Scotty! as far as the books go, but he does say variations of this three times in the films. (And there's a fourth time when it's said by Cormac McLaggen instead.)
- Deconstruction: On Pottermore, J. K. Rowling noted that Draco eventually became a Take That on the "bad boy" cliche, of which Draco is a Trope Namer. She realized that Draco had a "dark glamour" of the Troubled, but Cute variety, that made people (and some of his fans) idealize or downplay his real flaws. In the end, even when Draco ultimately turns out to be not as bad as he or others thought, the book doesn't present it as a full Heel-Face Turn so much as a bully facing up to the real consequences of his actions and cowardice. Draco spends the rest of his life living in regret of the phony Death Eater ideas that he was raised on but becoming in the end, simply, a better version of Lucius.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Inverted. He's pushed as Harry's number one Quidditch rival, but in their head-to-head matches between Books 2 and 6, doesn't manage a single victory against him.
- Dirty Coward
- Disproportionate Retribution: He keeps bullying Harry and his friends just because Harry didn't accept his offer of friendship (even after Draco insults Ron in the process). What a kid!
- Possibly justified, as he had just turned eleven a few months before that, and had probably never heard anyone tell him 'no' in his entire life.
- The Dragon: Draco is this to his family and to Slytherin.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Realizes this thanks to Dumbledore at the climax of the 6th book. By the 7th book, it is fairly clear that he does not want anything to do with the Death Eaters anymore, and only remains on Voldemort's side out of fear.
- Expy: It's not touched on much, but there are a lot of parallels between him and Regulus Black. Both were raised in very old, pure-blood Slytherin families (actually the same family, technically - Regulus is actually Draco's first cousin, once removed through Draco's mother, Narcissa). Both parroted the pureblood supremacist ideals of their families for much of their lives. Both joined the Death Eaters at or around the age of 16 and were given special, specific assignments. Both came to realize that Evil Is Not a Toy and showed a desire to back out. And both have a huge part to do with Voldemort's defeat - Draco much more unknowingly.
- Good Parents: To his only child/son, Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy. Draco made extra sure that Scorpius didn't become like he was as a child. And he succeeded.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Word of God on Pottermore confirms that this is part of the basis for his feelings towards Harry. He is jealous of the attention and admiration Harry receives from other students and resents that Harry is better than him at flying on a broomstick.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Hypocrite: He sometimes insults Ron's mother, but can't stand to hear someone insult his.
- I Am Your Opponent: Declares this to Harry when he is made the Slytherin Seeker. Blows up in his face as he loses everytime they play each other.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: By the end of the 6th book, Harry actually feels a bit of sympathy for Malfoy. Harry and the gang even save Malfoy in DH, quite a few times. Ron says it best: "That's the second time we've saved your life tonight, you two-faced bastard!"
- Irony: Spends most of the Second Book callously joking about the prospect of his muggle-born classmates being killed by the Basilisk. When he winds up in a tough spot himself, the only one willing to offer him a shoulder to cry on is said monster's first victim, the type of person he'd have mercilessly harassed a few books ago (and markedly not his previously preferred piece of arm candy, Pansy Parkinson). Apparently, kindness doesn't look as weak and silly when it's directed at you.
- Jerk Jock
- Jerkass: For most of the series until book 6, where he becomes a Jerkass Woobie.
- Karma Houdini: For all the crap he pulled during Harry's school years, he gets no retribution. A good example is when he insulted Harry's dead mother and did not get any punishment for this, while Harry received a ban from Quidditch for punching him. Though, one could argue that being given a suicide mission from Voldemort himself with his parents' lives also on the line is enough punishment for him.
- Like Father, Like Son: Like his dad, Lucius, Draco is arrogant, a pureblood supremacist, and uses his connections and riches to bully others into doing what he wants. Word of God says he goes out of his way to avert this trope in his own son and succeeds.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Poor Tom Felton said that little kids would sometimes run away from him if they saw him in Real Life, and though it doesn't bother him anymore, it used to hurt his feelings as a kid.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: More than once in Prisoner of Azkaban.
- Morality Pet: His parents genuinely love their son.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: His whole family has this going for them.
- Old Money: The Malfoys, being the series' most visible Blue Bloods, have also been fabulously rich for generations and have connections in the highest echelons of government, business, and high society.
- Pet the Dog: When he refuses to abandon the incapacitated Goyle in the burning Room of Requirement, even though the latter just intended to screw him over in hopes of gaining Voldemort's favor.
- Earlier, when he didn't tell Bellatrix that it was indeed Harry they had caught.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's the first character to use the word "mudblood", which is basically the Harry Potter equivalent of the N-word.
- Princely Young Man: The Spoiled Brat type.
- Psychic Block Defense: Rowling notes that Malfoy is a natural Occlumens, since a major part of Occlumency is the ability to suppress your emotions.
- The Rival
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! / Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Frequently.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the final movie.
- Shadow Archetype:
- To Ron. They both come from old pure-blood families, but Malfoy looks down on Muggle-borns and considers them inferior, while Ron is just as accepting of Muggle-borns and half-bloods as his father.
- To Harry. Both have high status in the wizarding world (albeit for different reasons), but Malfoy exploits his riches and his family name to put himself on a pedestal while Harry remains a generous Humble Hero.
- Ship Tease: With Pansy. Although it's never outright stated they're dating, she's shown to be extremely fond of him and they go to the Yule Ball together in the fourth book. However, this ultimately goes nowhere, since he marries Astoria Greengrass instead of her.
- Small Name, Big Ego: During the first five books, Draco thinks rather highly of himself despite the fact that whenever he does have a confrontation with Harry, he loses. By the time of Half Blood Prince, Draco is made into a Death Eater, and he quickly realizes he's in way over his head.
- Smug Snake
- Spanner in the Works: A lucky break on his part completely derailed the long-term plans of both Dumbledore and Voldemort.
- Spoiled Brat: Pretty much all of his negative qualities stem from his upbringing.
- Starter Villain: Acts as a foil to Harry and serves as his main adversary most of the time, since Voldemort isn't always around. It's even lampshaded sarcastically by Harry right after Voldemort comes back into the open.
- Stellar Name: He is related to the Black family through his mother, which has a tradition of naming its members after astronomical objects. As such, he is named after the Draco constellation. He also named his son Scorpius, continuing the trend.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With his father and his son.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Despite all his negative qualities, Draco is incapable of actually killing someone. He can't do it, even if it's a direct order from Lord Voldemort, with his parents' lives in the balance.
- He is perfectly willing to endanger, harm and maim others though.
- After his Heel-Face Turn, he can't even bring himself to leave Crabbe (Goyle in the film) to die from a misused Fiendfyre spell, endangering his own life to try and rescue the clod.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- Surprisingly. He becomes more civil to Harry as grown-ups, even though they're not friends.
- Also, Draco took a level in maturity with regards to his son, Scorpius. He made sure that he didn't become another Draco.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Green apples, in the films.
- Troll: Malfoy's preferred method of bullying. Particularly noticeable in Prisoner of Azkaban where he plays up his injury from Buckbeak in order to get Hagrid sacked, and again in Order Of The Phoenix when he taunts Harry into attacking him, resulting in Harry being thrown off the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Described as having white-blond hair, and he's definitely not a good person.
Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle
"Honestly, Goyle, if you were any slower, you'd be going backwards!"
Portrayed by: Jamie Waylett (Crabbe), Joshua Herdman (Goyle)Draco's friends/underlings/bodyguards. They are nowhere near intelligent, and are both very large and brutish. They follow Draco everywhere, and when Draco joins the Death Eaters, they follow suit.
- Death by Adaptation/Spared by the Adaptation: Due to Jamie Waylett's trouble with the law, Crabbe was written out of the last two films and Goyle was killed off instead.
- Eviler Than Thou: Crabbe is willing to kill Hermione, whereas Malfoy will not kill.
- Heel-Face Turn: Goyle becomes a better person by the end of the seventh book.
- Hidden Depths: A villainous version of the trope: while the two are so stupid Malfoy once wonders if Goyle can read, they are both adept at casting dark spells, including Fiendfyre and the Unforgivable Curses.
- Karmic Death: Crabbe suffers one, killing himself with Fiendfyre.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: While not skilled or smart by any means, Crabbe (Goyle in the film) reveals himself to be considerably more ruthless than previously thought in the Battle of Hogwarts, where he is able to cast Killing Curses and Fiendfyre without hesitation.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: When we finally hear them speak in the last book, Harry's narration noted that their voices are far softer than he expected.
- The Starscream: In the last book, Crabbe openly defies Draco's orders and mocks him, realising that he and his father have fallen out of favour with Voldemort and attempts to get directly into the Dark Lord's good graces by killing Harry.
- Too Dumb to Live: Crabbe casting Fiendfyre, a jinx so deadly and unpredictable that even Hermione was afraid to try it. For most of the series, they were portrayed as too stupid to think without Malfoy. In the second book, they choose to eat cakes left in a random location without showing the slightest suspicion. The film makes it even more jarring when they eat the cakes which are floating in midair.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Vincent Crabbe in Deathly Hallows.
- Torture Technician: Said to have become quite adept at the Cruciatus Curse under the Carrows' tutelage in Deathly Hallows.
- The Voiceless: They don't have a single line of dialogue for the whole first six books. Crabbe's Not-So-Harmless Villain moment in Deathly Hallows is all the more shocking by the fact that he actually gets to talk. Although it is clear that the Trio has heard them speak before, as Harry goes out of his way to correct Ron's speaking voice to sound more like Goyle's during the Polyjuice scene in Chamber of Secrets.
"Ooh, sticking up for Longbottom. Never thought you'd like fat little crybabies, Parvati."
Portrayed by: Genevieve Gaunt, Lauren Shotton, and Scarlett ByrnePansy Parkinson is a Slytherin in Harry's year, described as arrogant and always insulting anyone she pleases to. She is Draco Malfoy's girlfriend for most of the series, and is in many ways the female version of Draco. But just before the battle of Hogwarts, she suggests the Hogwarts students betray Harry Potter to Voldemort, so she is the first student to be evacuated.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Does not have a pug face (see below) in the films.
- Animal Motifs: Is said to have a face like a pug.
- Dirty Coward: When Voldemort delivers an ultimatum to Hogwarts in Book 7 to either surrender Harry or face a massive siege, she's more than ready to turn him in.
- Evil Counterpart: To Ginny and Hermione.
- Pansy seems to be considered Hermione's "show", as Malfoy is Harry's "show". Ultimately, Pansy is Hermione's Arch-Enemy and not Harry's. Harry and Pansy never really even interact with each other, though she does hurl taunts at him.
- Evil Is Dumb: Hermione claims her to be thick as a troll.
- Lap Pillow: Draco rests his head on her lap on the train in The Half-Blood Prince.
- Malicious Slander: She feeds Rita Skeeter's phony love triangle and suggests Hermione's been drugging Harry and Krum with love potions. After all the hate mail (some of it cursed) this leads to, Hermione is rather satisfied whenever Pansy gets in trouble.
- The Quisling: Is the only student to suggest that Hogwarts should turn Harry over to Voldemort.
"Yeah, Zabini, because you're so talented...at posing..."
Portrayed by: Louis CordiceBlaise Zabini is a Slytherin student in Harry's year and an associate of Draco Malfoy. He's left unseen for the first five books, but finally gets a physical description and role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Although he doesn't take part in bullying like his peers, he shares their same prejudiced views.
- Ascended Extra: Since Crabbe's actor was fired before the filming of the final movie, Blaise's character becomes his replacement in the Terrible Trio. However, rather than condemning Blaise to a fiery death, screenwriter Steve Kloves conferred Crabbe's actions and demise onto Goyle instead, so Blaise gets away alive as Goyle did in the book.
- The Beautiful Elite: The most aristocratic of Malfoy's group. While Malfoy can be prone to sniveling, and Crabbe and Goyle are just Dumb Muscle, Blaise has the looks, the snobbery, and the withdrawn temperament to fit the Slytherin ideal.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Actually subverted, in an uncharacteristic move for Rowling. After his Early-Bird Cameo in Stone (see below), Blaise was shelved until Prince, whereupon he was given a very rich, detailed introduction aboard the train as a friend but no lackey to Malfoy. The seasoned HP reader knows to expect from that kind of intro that Rowling's got something important lined up for the character, but not in this case: Blaise makes no particular contribution to the plot, and all but disappears from the series halfway through Prince. In retrospect, it's clear that the only reason Rowling pulled Blaise out of the woodwork was that she wanted a Slytherin in the Slug Club (and she'd rejected the obvious choice, Malfoy, since it was to be a point of sympathy for Slughorn that he treated Malfoy with pleasant indifference). Alas, filling a narrative niche is not the same thing as adding to the plot, and Blaise never quite donned the holster and joined Rowling's stable of Chekhov's Gunmen.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Blaise is mentioned as the last new Hogwarts student to be sorted in 1991.
- OC Stand-in: Until Half-Blood Prince was released. Even after, he's still arguably the most frequent target of this.
- Pretty Boy: Takes after his famously beautiful mother. What's interesting is that fandom had already pegged him as this even before they knew what he actually looked like.
- Samus is a Girl: Inverted; see OC Stand-in above.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Insults everyone, prompting Ginny to insult him back with "You're so talented... at posing."
A Slytherin boy who wants nothing to do with Draco Malfoy.
- The Aloner: According to Word of God, he is this by choice, seeing no reason whatsoever to be a part of Draco's group.
- Fantastic Racism: Along with most of the Slytherins, of course, but as far as Nott goes, he's more than likely related - perhaps a direct descendant - of a man named Cantankerus Nott, who is credited with anonymously publishing the Pure-Blood Directory, listing the British wizarding families who were still "truly pure-blood" by his time. In other words, Cantankerus Nott literally wrote the book on pure-blood supremacism.
- I See Them Too: During a Care of Magical Creatures lesson in his fifth year, he was one of only three students present who could see Thestrals, suggesting that he may have witnessed his mother's death firsthand. He found the creatures rather distasteful as he watched one eating, judging by his face.
- OC Stand-in: Not as much as Blaise, but he is actually quite popular in Fanfiction.
Portrayed by: Helen StuartAnother bullying Slytherin, not part of Draco's gang per se but apparently quite intimidating in her own right.
- Brawn Hilda: Described as large and square with a heavy jaw and rather hag-like.
- Combat Pragmatist: She's paired with Hermione in the Dueling Club scene in Chamber of Secrets, and when the dust settles after the first round, she's forgone magic and has Hermione in a headlock.
- Distaff Counterpart: Sort of a female version of Crabbe and Goyle.
"Take that side!"
Portrayed by: Jamie YeatesCaptain of the Slytherin Quidditch team when Harry arrives at Hogwarts (he's a Chaser).
- British Teeth: And how. Pretty much a caricature of the stereotype. This character description from the books even made it onto the first two films where he made his onscreen appearance, with actor Jamie Yeates wearing false teeth over his real teeth.
- Dumb Muscle: Described as troll-like.
- Writers Cannot Do Math: He's still at Hogwarts in the third book even though he should have left at the end of the second. When asked about this, JKR said that he'd had to repeat his last year.
Flora and Hestia Carrow
Portrayed by: Amber and Ruby EvansThese girls only appear in the films. They are young Slytherin girls who are members of the Slug Club, and are seen at Horace's party. In the final film, they and the other Slytherins are evacuated to the dungeons.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The appearance of the twins was supposed to tie into Draco Malfoy traveling between the Vanishing Cabinet in Hogwarts and the one in Borgin and Burkes, but this connection was not highlighted in the final cut of the film.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The dresses they wear at the Christmas party are Slytherin green.
- Creepy Twins: No insight is given into their personality. They're creepy primarily for no other reason being identical, pale, and not saying a word in any of their appearances.
- Theme Twin Naming: The twins are named for the Roman goddess of flowers and the Greek goddess of the hearth, and their actresses are both named for gems.
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,This Hogwarts House was founded by Rowena Ravenclaw and exemplifies intelligence and creativity. Its color is blue and bronze, its animal is the eagle, its ghost is the Grey Lady, its Head of House is Filius Flitwick, and it is associated with the element of air. Ravenclaws prize perception and unorthodox thinking, but they also have a reputation for being ivory-tower intellectuals who do not dare to do enough.Notable Ravenclaws include Helena Ravenclaw, Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang, Filius Flitwick, Roger Davies, and Gilderoy Lockhart.
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning
Will always find their kind.
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning
Will always find their kind.
— The Sorting Hat
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The house colors, at least, were changed from the original blue/bronze to blue/silver. Likewise, the Animal Motif was changed to a raven from an eagle.
- The Beautiful Elite: Not only are Ravenclaws very intelligent, but also many Ravenclaws are very attractive.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As Pottermore points out, Ravenclaw may be filled with geniuses, but a lot of those geniuses are pretty darn weird (Uric the Oddball, for example, was sorted into Ravenclaw). And, of course, Luna.
- Hufflepuff House: Though not as bad as the Trope Namer.
- Meaningful Name: Ravenclaw values wit and intelligence. Ravens and other corvids are among the smartest birds in the animal kingdom, so it's not surprising that they would be in the House name.
- Ironic Name: What is surprising is the fact that Ravenclaw is associated with an eagle.
- Nerds Are Sexy: In addition to their brains, a lot of Ravenclaw students are said to be good-looking.
- Noble Bird Of Prey: Their mascot is an eagle.
- Riddle Me This: How to get into the common room, as compared to other houses, who use passwords.
- Teen Genius: Most of its members.
"[All] my shoes have mysteriously disappeared. I suspect the nargles are behind it."
Portrayed by: Evanna LynchA Cloudcuckoolander of staggering proportions, probably because her father edits the Wizarding version of the "Weekly World News." Word of God claims that she's the anti-Hermione, in that she thinks entirely by faith whereas Hermione thinks entirely by logic. Though an oddball often used for comic relief, she is also one of Harry's most loyal supporters, forming a secondary Power Trio with Neville and Ginny that leads Dumbledore's Army in Harry's absence. Has an uncanny ability to speak aloud what others are only thinking.Nineteen years later, she is married to Rolf Scamander, grandson of the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, becomes a wizard naturalist and discovers new species of magical beasts (but not the Crumple-Horned Snorkack), and has twin sons named Lorcan and Lysander.
- Action Girl: Participates in the Ministry fight during the fifth book and holds her own in the final battle in the last book.
- Adorkable: She isn't really a nerd, but she sure is socially awkward...in a good way.
- Agent Mulder: A deconstruction of the trope. Agent Mulders tend to prevail, but most of Luna's wackier beliefs end up wrong, and Word of God says she learns to be a little bit more skeptical in her adulthood.
- Alliterative Name: Luna Lovegood. Stealthily Punny Name: 'Luna' = 'Moon'. 'Moony' = 'Dreamy'. 'Lunacy' = 'Fullmoon-triggered insanity'. Those are obvious, with the right vocabulary. What takes the cake is 'Moon-eyed'. Not only are her eyes constantly wide, bulging, and unblinking in quasi-surprise, pointing to the usual definition, but they are described as "pale" and "silvery".
- All of the Other Reindeer: Many Hogwarts students would bully her, calling her Loony and stealing her possessions.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Some fans wonder if she's got something diagnosable, due of her "quirks". Then again, they might have just been brought about by her unusual upbringing.
- Animal Motifs: Her Patronus is a hare. Like a Moon Rabbit! It might be an Alice in Wonderland reference.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When being a Quidditch commentator.
- Badass: She may not look it, but Luna is one of the biggest badasses in the series.
- Badass Adorable: An dorky, badass witch.
- Badass in Distress: For a time in Deathly Hallows, when she gets held hostage with Ollivander by Voldemort.
- Berserk Button: People insulting the Quibbler.
- Beware the Nice Ones: See her Berserk Button and Genius Bruiser sections.
- Be Yourself:"The key to Luna is that she has that unbelievably rare quality of actually not giving a damn what anyone else thinks of her. Now, if we as adults say honestly how many people we’ve known like that I think very many of us would say uh none! And Luna’s like that. She doesn’t actually care. She’s so comfortable with being different. She’s fearless." –J. K. Rowling
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to Hermione's Brunette and Ginny's Redhead.
- Breakout Character: Even though she didn't appear until the fifth installment, Luna quickly became one of the most memorable and beloved characters. Her portrayal by Evanna Lynch only increased her character's popularity.
- In fact, IGN listed Luna Lovegood as their 12th top Harry Potter character, saying that looniness made her a "delight". Empire Magazine listed Luna as their 10th favorite Harry Potter character in "The 25 Greatest Harry Potter Characters".
- Break the Cutie: When her mother died, and when she was bullied. You wouldn't know that it bothered her if you saw her, though.
- Brutal Honesty: Harry finds it an uncomfortable habit of hers.
- "I liked the D.A. It was like having friends."
- (on Ron) "He's not very nice sometimes, is he?"
- "People expect you to have cooler friends than us."
- Cloudcuckoolander: As a Charm Point; talk of Nargles and random streams of consciousness. In Half-Blood Prince this is a Deconstructed Trope as it is brought up that Luna faces the treatment that many real life Cloud Cuckoolanders face during the educational years. She has, for example, always been an easy target of teasing by other students, and before her 4th year, her only friend was Ginny. Neither of these facts seem to bother her especially much, though.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Has a variety of both ridiculous and seemingly credible conspiracy theories. While the Arbitrary Skepticism for her imaginary animals might be justified, the skeptism for the conspiracies is...not. The Wizarding world is so riddled with secret plots that the only reason the stuff Luna believes seems silly is that is sounds silly. And silly they do sound:
- She thinks that the Aurors are part of the 'rotfang' conspiracy which is trying to bring down the Ministry of Magic by a combination of dark magic and gum disease.
- Rufus Scrimgeour is a vampire, and the Ministry has an army of heliopaths, which are based on a handful of eyewitness reports.
- Voldemort had just spent the previous year helping Harry win the Triwizard Tournament.
- People in the government are trying to kill Harry.
- Someone will try to secretly overthrow the Ministry of Magic. Notice how the last three sound credible In-Universe...
- Actually, the last three are completely accurate In-Universe: Voldemort sent Barty Crouch Jr., disguised as Mad-Eye Moody to ensure that Harry won the Tournament, Voldemort has Imperiused high-ranking members of the government with orders to capture/kill Potter, and in the end, Voldemort kills the Minister of Magic and installs a puppet leadership under his control with the majority of the Wizarding world none the wiser. Makes you rethink the nargles a little, doesn't it?
- Creepy Good: She is a mild version of this, in that she spouts horrific conspiracy theories and seems to be attuned to whole levels of magic the other characters can't access. She even gets stuck with the nickname "Loony Lovegood" because everyone else thinks she's crazy. Her serene manner might be off-putting to people at first.
- Cuckoolander Commentator: She'd rather point out oddities in the area than comment on the match.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: She actually guessed correctly on a couple of things (see Conspiracy Theorist).
- Cultured Badass: When not fighting Death Eaters or standing up to Harry's critics, she's rhapsodising about the meaning of life (and death) or having philosophical debates with a door knocker.
- Cute Witch: Even as a teen, Luna is an adorable witch.
- The Cutie: She's easy to fall in love with.
- Dissonant Serenity: At least from everyone else's point of view.
- Ditzy Genius: She is a Cloudcuckoolander almost to the point of Obfuscating Stupidity but she pulls out one genius move after another when it counts.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Well, it might be a stretch to say that she doesn't like them, as she seems comfortable wearing them most of the time, but when she temporarily loses her shoes (due to a prank by unnamed students) and is made to walk around barefoot, she treats the situation with her usual serenity.
- Foil: She has all of Hermione's intelligence with none of her social skills or strong friendships, and she comes from a family whose insatiable curiosity about Magic seriously threatened their safety and sanity. As mentioned above, Rowling conceived of her as "the Anti-Hermione", with her sense of faith contrasting with Hermione's sense of logic.
- Friendless Background: Luna had no friends prior to meeting Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, and Neville.
- Genius Bruiser: A rare non-Gryffindor example, Luna is an intelligent, perceptive, serene Ravenclaw (she views the Ravenclaw tower's entry riddles as fascinating philosophical conundrums)... who held her own against Bellatrix Lestrange, survived being imprisoned and tortured in Malfoy Manor, helped spearhead the resistance to Snape, fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries (and after being knocked out came around in time to mind Ron and Ginny when they were wounded) and went back to Hogwarts shortly after being rescued from Malfoy Manor to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts (where at one point she stepped up to the plate and took on Harry's traditional role of driving away Dementors).
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: See her Nice Girl section.
- Hyper Awareness: She knows people very well. Not even Polyjuice Potion can fool her. To put this into perspective, it takes months for Dumbledore and the rest of the staff to figure out that Professor Moody is a fake. When Luna runs into a Polyjuiced Harry at Bill and Fleur's wedding, it takes her all of ten seconds.
- Last Girl Wins: Averted. Although some fans thought she was introduced to be Harry's love interest, the idea of them being together isn't even brought up in the books.
- Loners Are Freaks: Or rather the reverse of that; freaks are lonely. She got better by the 5th book, though.
- Mad Dreamer
- Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Her Spectrespecs.
- Missing Mom: Luna's mother had an accident while she was experimenting with magic. Luna was nine and witnessed the whole thing.
- Moe Couplet: Harry and Luna. Luna is a Cloudcuckoolander who hardly seems troubled by anything and helps her father run the magical equivalent of a tabloid magazine, whereas Harry becomes more traumatized as increasing numbers of his friends and loved ones die. Some of them right in front of him. Yet, Luna understands what losing a loved one feels like, enabling her to empathise with his grief over Sirius — and Harry knows what being picked on feels like, so he naturally wants to help her out when people hide Luna's things and mock her behind her back. They serve as two sides of the same coin, and some fans prefer them as a couple to Harry/Ginny.
- Morality Chain: To her father. The Death Eaters use it to their advantage.
- Mysterious Waif
- Nice Girl: One of the few to believe Harry's claim that Voldemort was back and is just a great person to hang around with.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: J.K. confirmed that, as a Magizoologist, Luna discovers a great deal of creatures nobody else thought existed, including some mentioned in The Quibbler. However, she never discovers a Crumple-Horned Snorkack.
- OOC Is Serious Business: "HARRY POTTER! YOU LISTEN TO ME RIGHT NOW!"
- Oracular Urchin: Especially how her actress looks and portrays her.
- Plucky Girl: Mr. Ollivander refers to her as "a light in that dark place" after the two of them are dragged off and locked up by Voldemort. It sounds like rather than being crushed and destroyed, as the trio feared, she was helping other people to keep hope alive.
- The Pollyanna: This is what makes many characters and fans admire her.
- Poster-Gallery Bedroom
- Power Trio: With Ginny and Neville.
- Promoted to Love Interest: To Neville in the eighth movie, but even then it apparently doesn't last long according to the actors.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Harry is Red, Luna is Blue. However, Luna is also the Red to Hermione's Blue.
- Running Gag: Her hysterical overreactions to Ron's jokes, Ron being awkward around her, her Brutal Honesty, her belief in Nargles and Crumple-Horned Snorkacks, her belief that Fudge is persecuting (and eating) the Goblins, thinking Sirius Black is innocent because he's just the alter ego of musician Stubby Boardman.
- Sixth Ranger: Literally no. 6; counting the main Power Trio and first two members of her secondary trio (Neville and Ginny), Luna doesn't even get a name-drop until Book 5, excluding a undetailed, passing mention of the Lovegoods attending the Quidditch World Cup in the fourth book.
- Stealth Pun: She is, obviously, crazy. Her Patronus is a hare. You could say she's...madder than a March Hare.
- Her patronus is actually a reference to the Moon Rabbit. Still counts as a Stealth Pun, though.
- Stepford Smiler: Type A. She isn't as happy and cheerful on the inside as she is on the outside.
- Teen Genius: Word of God says that she's just as smart as Hermione, but they think in different ways. Hermione is very very logical, whereas Luna is more driven by creativity and intuition.
- Town Girls: The Neither to Ginny's Butch and Hermione's Femme.
- Waif-Fu: Shows elements of this in the books. Highlighted in the fifth film, during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. She gets surprise-attacked by a Death Eater who knocks her to the floor, her head jerking back as if she's just taken a punch. She stands up, bleeding from the lip (we see this from the Death Eater's POV, and she looks tiny) and hits him with a Wingardium Leviosa so powerful it sends him flying through several rows of shelves. She smiles slightly and looks at the destruction she has caused with an expression of mild curiosity.
- We Need a Distraction: After the Battle of Hogwarts, Luna graciously distracts the crowd so that Harry, Ron, and Hermione can make a break for the Headmaster's office in peace.
"Don't you look... dashing."
— To Ron on his ridiculous dress robes
Portrayed by: Sharon Sandhu and Afshan AzadPadma Patil is Parvati's more studious, but less gregarious, twin. She is Ron's date to the Yule Ball, but he does not want to dance with her, so Parvati and Padma dance with other people. She becomes a prefect, joins Dumbledore's Army, and participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.Note: In the film, she is depicted as being a Gryffindor.
- Alliterative Name: Padma Patil.
- Culture Equals Costume: Wears Lehenga choli to the Yule Ball in the film.
- The Dividual: As with most twins, they make nearly all of their appearances together after the fourth movie.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Is mentioned along with her sister Parvati as being "the two prettiest girls in [Harry's] year."
- Polar Opposite Twins: Is quieter but smarter than Parvati.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Parvati's red. In the Yule Ball, they even wear colours to demonstrate this. (Parvati's are pink and Padma's are turquoise.)
"I'll expect [...] she'll be feeling guilty, thinking it an insult to [his] spoiler memory to be kissing Harry at all..."
Hermione on Cho
Portrayed by: Katie LeungHarry's first crush, Cho is a popular, attractive girl and his opposite number on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. A Love Triangle forms when she starts dating Cedric. She is torn up after Cedric's death and seems to become less popular as a result. She begins showing an interest in Harry because of his connection with Cedric's death, and he has his First Kiss with her. However, he lacks the emotional maturity to help her deal with her grief over Cedric, and she is unable to move forward herself, so they split up on bad terms.
- Adaptational Heroism: To some extent. Many of the characteristics of Cho that were so irritating in the book were toned down in the film. Although this has the unfortunate consequence of making it look like Harry stopped talking to Cho after she sold out the D.A. ...which (in the movie) we later come to find out wasn't of her own free will.
- Age Lift: Is a year above Harry in the books but is implied to be the same age in the film's continuity. In the fifth film, Hermione makes an offhand remark about Cho worrying that she's going to fail her OWL exams.
- Continuity Nod: Which explains why she is in uniform with the others in the eighth film.
- Alliterative Name: Cho Chang.
- Animal Motifs: Her Patronus is a swan.
- Asian and Nerdy: Well, smart enough to be a Ravenclaw at least.
- British Accents/Scotland: Scottish in the movies, like her actress.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: After losing Cedric and going out with Harry, she becomes this.
- Composite Character: Combined with Marietta Edgecombe in the film.
- Culture Equals Costume: Wears a Qipao to the Yule Ball in the film.
- Derailing Love Interests: While justified, Cho becomes a Clingy Jealous Girl after hooking up with Harry. They didn't last that long.
- Girl Posse: Is mentioned to be often surrounded by a group of girls in the fourth book.
- Her Heart Will Go On... eventually.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Sort of one for Ravenclaw.
- Nice Girl: Moreso in the film, since her annoying traits she had in the books were taken away.
- Romantic False Lead: For Harry. He had a major crush on her and they started dating in the 5th book. However, she was mainly interested in Harry because of he was there when Cedric died.
- Satellite Love Interest: Actually deconstructed. She latches on Harry due to serious psychological problems, rather than merely being smitten; also, Harry only knew her on a shallow basis before dating her, and neither could handle the stress.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her two main love interests (Cedric and Harry) were definite nice guys.
- The Smurfette Principle: In the third book, she's mentioned to be the only girl on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
- The Stool Pigeon: In the fifth film, she takes Marietta's place as this.
- There Are No Therapists: She gets a lot of flack for using Harry to feel closer to Cedric, when anyone can see what the girl seriously needs is some grief counseling.
- Truth Serum: In the film, this is what makes her The Stool Pigeon.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After Cedric's death, she is apparently deserted by her Girl Posse, with the exception of Marietta Edgecombe. How does Cho repay her? She drags her into an anti-Ministry group despite knowing what her mother does for a living:Cho: Don't mind her. She doesn't want to be [a member of the DA], but I made her come. Her parents have forbidden her to do anything that might upset Umbridge, her mother works for the Ministry.
Portrayed by: Henry Lloyd-HughesChaser and captain of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. Very popular with the ladies.
- Kid-anova: He's described as handsome and seems to be a ladies' man: he snags Fleur as his date to the Yule Ball and later canoodles with her in one of the rosebushes. In the fifth book, he's at Madam Puddifoot's, once again conspicuously kissing a girlfriend, and Cho informs Harry that he asked her out after Cedric died. Also, if McGonagall's throwaway line in the sixth film wasn't talking about another Davies, he's tried to sneak into a girls' bathroom at least once.
"She's a lovely person really. She just made a mistake..."A member of Cho's Girl Posse and apparently the only one to stick with her after Cedric's death. Cho dragged Marietta along to join Dumbledore's Army with her. However, Marietta was part of the crowd which believed Harry to be a liar due to the fact that her mother worked for the Ministry. After six months of keeping her silence, Marietta betrayed the D.A. to Umbridge, but ended up getting the word "SNEAK" written across her face in pimples due to a jinx Hermione placed on the parchment they signed. Word of God says the pimples eventually faded, but left a few scars.In the film, Marietta is cut. Instead, the D.A. is betrayed by Cho herself, though not of her own free will.
— Cho Chang
- Composite Character: In the movie, her character is absorbed by Cho.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Torn between her loyalty to Cho and her loyalty to the Ministry.
- Continuity Cameo: Marietta is given a token mention in the video game, although it follows the movie storyline and thus features Cho betraying the D.A.
- Easily Forgiven: Played with. Cho defends her against Harry even after she ratted on the D.A. Everyone else, however...
- Evil Redhead: If reddish-blonde hair counts.
- Felony Misdemeanor: Once tried to tell on the DA to Umbridge and failed (her only known bad deed), yet still has Hermione's jinx on her face at the start of the next school year, implying no one can get it off and it'll be on her face forever. When Rowling was asked about it, she commented, "I do so loathe a traitor!" confirming this is a Type One example.
- A Friend in Need: As noted, Marietta is apparently the only member of Cho's posse to stick with her after she became distraught over Cedric's death.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The "sneak" pimples.
- Meaningful Name: Marietta is the town in Georgia known mostly for being where, during the American Civil War, Andrews' raiders boarded a train with the intention of stealing it.
- Never Live It Down: Forever known, both in-universe and out, as a "sneak".
- Offscreen Inertia: Her final 2 appearances at the end of Harry's fifth year and the start of his sixth reveal that Hermione's jinx is still on her.
- To Be Lawful or Good: Chooses to be lawful and hand in the D.A. to Umbridge. Unlike Percy Weasley, we never find out if she ever changed her mind or continued to support the Ministry after Voldemort took over.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Because Marietta told Umbridge about the D.A., this brought Umbridge and other similar cronies down on Dumbledore's head. To protect the students, Dumbledore pretended that the D.A. was his idea and that they're his own private army. He then disappears to avoid arrest. But this also means Dumbledore isn't around to stop Harry from believing a false vision and going to the Department of Mysteries, which results in lots of people injured and the death of Sirius Black.
- The Voiceless: Never has any lines, even though her one plot-relevant act was tattling.
Portrayed by: Robert KnoxA thin, nervous Ravenclaw whom Slughorn considers recruiting into the Slug Club, as his uncle Damocles invented the Wolfsbane Potion. Belby blows the interview, though, and does not appear in the club meetings. This is changed in the films, where he is seen at the Christmas party as a waiter, and not as a guest.
- Actor Existence Failure/Heroic Sacrifice: Robert Knox was killed in a fight when he was stabbed while trying to protect his younger brother.
- Big Eater: He does sit in on one Slug Club dinner, though, where he's depicted with a round face and greedily devouring everything set in front of him. Slughorn (perhaps in an example of Hypocritical Humor given his own build) even jokes about it.
Portrayed by: Ryan Nelson, Jack ReadRavenclaw student who joined Dumbledore's Army and in that school year dated Ginny Weasley. They broke up at the end of that year. Michael Corner later dated Cho Chang and participated in the Battle of Hogwarts. He is described as having dark hair, and is credited in the films as "Slightly Creepy Boy." He is skilled at Potions.
- Adapted Out: Not his character, but his relationship with Ginny. It doesn't appear that Ginny dates him at all in the films (although they're seen sitting next to each other at the initial meeting at the Hog's Head), as she's still seen hanging around with the main cast in Order of the Phoenix and gives a noticeably troubled look when Hermione mentions that Cho "couldn't keep her eyes off" Harry during the D.A. recruitment meeting at the Hog's Head.
- Butt Monkey: Is mentioned somewhat in passing as a bit of a joke. Even Ginny calls him an "fool" at one point. And he 'runs off to comfort' Cho after Ginny splits with him. Think about what Cho's emotional state was for the vast majority of that book.
You might belong in Hufflepuff,This Hogwarts House was founded by Helga Hufflepuff and exemplifies loyalty and hard work. Its color is yellow and black, its animal is the badger, its ghost is the Fat Friar, its Head of House is Pomona Sprout, and it is associated with the element of earth. Hufflepuff has produced few great wizards, and has the reputation of being the house for those that could not get in anywhere else. However, Hufflepuff has perhaps the most decent and humble people of any house.Notable Hufflepuffs include Pomona Sprout, Cedric Diggory, Nymphadora Tonks, Hannah Abbott, Susan Bones, Ernie Macmillan, Justin Finch-Fletchley, and Zacharias Smith.
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil.
— The Sorting Hat
- And the Rest: Although usually said to be chosen for loyalty and hard work, one of the Sorting Hat songs describes Helga Hufflepuff as "tak[ing] all the rest, and treat[ing] them all the same," demonstrating the most frequently mentioned defining traits of the House; fairness and equality. Of course, many people take it to mean that Hufflepuff is just a dumping ground for students none of the other Founders would deem "worthy".
- Animal Motifs: Badgers are adorable, unassuming, and will rip your face off if you threaten something they care about, which sums the House up quite neatly.
- The Big Guy: After Gryffindor, Hufflepuff contributed the most student combatants to the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Butt Monkey: Hufflepuff is definitely the most maligned and mocked house in the fandom as well as canon. Hagrid tells us the first thing we ever hear about Hufflepuff, which is "everyone says Hufflepuff are a load o' duffers," although it's not made clear whether or not he actually agrees with this assessment. In any case, the books imply (and demonstrate) many times that Hufflepuff doesn't deserve its in-universe reputation as the house of weak-willed idiots. If anything, as mentioned below, Hufflepuff is strongly associated with determination.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Do not anger the Hufflepuffs. Proof positive — the Hufflepuff common room door is the only one guarded by a non-verbal password, and if you get it wrong, the door squirts vinegar all over the offender.
- In point of fact, the Hufflepuff door has had the same password forever—it doesn't change like the others. It's also the only common room not entered by non-Hufflepuffs in the last thousand years.
- Determinator: The House that contributes the most fighters to Hogwarts at the end of the seventh book (after Gryffindor). Loyalty is one of their defining traits.
- The Generic Guy: Their one moment of glory was when Cedric Diggory was chosen as the Triwizard contestant for Hogwarts, which was soon overshadowed by Harry becoming the other contestant for Hogwarts.
- To be fair, Cedric was the only official Champion for Hogwarts in the Triwizard Tournament. Harry's name came out representing a non-existent school.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: In-universe example, as Hufflepuff House rarely shines compared to the other Houses (noted in Goblet of Fire), despite being the house that hard work is associated with.
- It seems like the difference between Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff is supposed to be the one between gazelles and warthogs. Academically, Hufflepuff students keep plugging at things till they get them and do good studious groundwork. Ravenclaws on the other hand would excel at their talents while neglecting fields that don't interest them, and make breakthroughs that are possible because of the good groundwork in question. It is entirely possible that while the Gryffindors, Slytherins, and Ravenclaws are highly visible, it is the Hufflepuffs who make that visibility possible.
- Hufflepuff House: Trope Namer.
- The Reliable One
- Undying Loyalty: The primary defining trait of Hufflepuff. JK Rowling herself has said that while more of the Gryffindors remained behind, for a lot of them it was simply because they wanted to fight, whether because they thought running away would be cowardly or for revenge. For the Hufflepuffs who remained behind, she says it was universally "something deeper".
"Hey, listen... About the badges. I've asked them not to wear them..."
Portrayed by: Robert PattinsonHogwarts Triwizard Tournament champion (In reader's POV, the other Hogwarts Champion), Cedric is an intelligent and talented Hufflepuff student. He believes in fair play and is very gentlemanly.
- The Ace: A skilled Quidditch player, an excellent student, popular both with the general student populace and the Hogwarts staff, considered attractive by the girls, and he performs near-flawlessly in the Triwizard Tournament.
- Big Man on Campus: Very popular all 'round. The only people who ever express actively disliking him are Oliver Wood, Fred and George (who are almost always hostile to any of their Quidditch opponents) and Draco and his friends, who show no respect to him after he dies.
- Chick Magnet: He's noted to be rather popular with girls.
- Death of the Hypotenuse: Not that it works out for Harry anyway.
- First Love: Of Cho Chang. Deconstructed when she's still not over his death by the time she was dating Harry.
- Honor Before Reason: When Hufflepuff wins a Quidditch match against Gryffindor, Cedric offers a rematch, since Harry fell off his broom because of Dementors. Another example is when he almost wins the Triwizard tournament, he wants to give the victory to Harry because Harry has been a good friend by helping him. (Harry refuses, eventually compromising they should take it together.)
- Humble Hero: In contrast to his pompous braggart of a father, he does not boast about his victory over Harry in the Quidditch match of the third book, nor is he offended by the way his role as the Hogwarts Triwizard champion is overlooked in favour of Harry.
- I Feel Guilty, You Take It:
- He tries to have his Quidditch team's victory against Gryffindor revoked when he learns that Harry passed out because of the Dementors, but is denied on the grounds of not having broken any rules.
- Tries to let Harry take the Triwizard Cup in his stead, arguing that he wouldn't be there if it weren't for his help. Harry counters with the exact same point and amusingly wonders at the fact that they're actually arguing about this. Finally, they decide to grab it together and the rest is history.
- Inspirational Martyr: In the fifth film Dumbledore's Army keeps a picture of Cedric alongside a photo of the Order of the Phenix on the bathroom mirror as a source of inspiration.
- Jack of All Stats: Magical abilities across the board were very good.
- Lovable Jock: Cedric is such a Nice Guy that he once tried to forfeit a match immediately after winning, but was denied said request on the grounds that since he hadn't actually broken any rules, it was a fair win.
- Nice Guy: Have you been spotting a theme here? Cedric is unfailingly courteous and fair-minded, almost to a fault.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His determination to be honorable at the end of the Triwizard Tournament gets him killed.
- Pretty Boy: His good looks are established as a Running Gag before he actually shows up.
- The Quiet One: Called "strong and silent" by Katie Bell.
- Sacrificial Lion: Formerly the Trope Namer. His death marks the point where major characters stop being safe.
- Shout-Out: He's named for the main character in The Magician's Nephew.
"Hannah, he's a Parselmouth. Everyone knows that's the mark of a dark wizard. Have you ever heard of a decent one who can talk to snakes? They called Slytherin himself 'Serpent Tongue.'"
Portrayed by: Louis Doyle, Jamie MarksA pompous and dramatic pure-blood Hufflepuff student in Harry's year. First appears in Book 2. Early on he functions twice as a very vocal critic of Harry, but only out of loyalty to his fellow Hufflepuffs (he suspects Harry of gunning for Justin in Chamber, and of cheating into the tournament to upstage Cedric in Goblet). However, once he joins Dumbledore's Army, he becomes a stalwart and supportive ally to Harry for the rest of the series. Following Cedric's death, Ernie is effectively promoted to the narrative role of Hufflepuff spokesman.
- Animal Motifs: His Patronus is a boar.
- Stealth Pun: Ernie has a tendency to be a bit of a boor.
- Big Fun: Well, for a rather pompous definition of "fun", but Ernie, who is described as stout and having pudgy hands, also brings plenty of good cheer and righteous enthusiasm to the Hufflepuff corner.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted. He studies a minimum eight hours a day for his O.W.L.S.. He winds up receiving high grades and continues onto N.E.W.T level classes.
- Inspector Javert: When trying to support his theory that Harry is Slytherin's Heir.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very up himself (and presumptuous), yet also very goodhearted and loyal.
- Large Ham: "CAUGHT IN THE ACT!"
- One Steve Limit: Averted; the Knight Bus driver is also called Ernie.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He becomes a prefect in book 5, and doesn't hesitate for a second in believing Harry and joining Dumbledore's Army. When he learns that Malfoy and his Inquisitorial Squad have the power to deduct House Points he is understandably appalled.
- Rousing Speech: Has a habit of breaking into grandiloquent speeches regardless of situational appropriateness, usually to little success.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
- Undying Loyalty: Once Harry is definitively cleared of being Slytherin's heir, Ernie graciously apologizes for his behaviour to him and sticks by him for the rest of the books.
- He did turn against him once more during the Triwizard Tournament, but given that most of the school thought Harry was being a Glory Hound (and he was doing it in favor of his Housemate Cedric) this is understandable. More to the point, Ernie was supportive during the Ministry's Demonisation of Harry and Dumbledore even when others (such as Seamus) weren't, and functioned essentially as his House's representative for Harry.
"So Dumbledore says because he says! The point is, where's the proof?"
Portrayed by: Nick ShirmA member of the D.A. in the fifth book, Zacharias basically exists to complain, usually in a rude manner, about everything Harry does in teaching them. In the next two books, he makes scattered appearances and continues to act like a jerk.
- All There in the Manual: In the film, Nick Shirm is credited as "Somewhat Doubtful Boy", but he has Zacharias's attitude. In the video game version, Shirm voices his character and there he is explicitly identified as Zacharias Smith.
- Butt Monkey: Most of his appearances boil down to him insulting Harry only for a Weasley sibling to get him to shut up in increasingly violent ways. Ron simply insults him. Fred and George covertly suggest sodomizing him with "a long and lethal-looking metal instrument". Ginny outright rams him with her broom mid-flight.
- Commander Contrarian: He apparently only comes to the D.A. meetings to complain about the way Harry teaches them.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong
- Dirty Coward: The very last time we see him he's pushing first-year students out of his way while fleeing from what is soon to become Hogwarts' final stand. My hero.
- Informed Attribute: The Hufflepuff loyalty never once shows itself in this guy. He could be one of "the rest" that simply didn't fit into any house.
- Jerk Ass: His entire character is more or less just being a prick.
- Meaningful Name: In The Bible, Zacharias was a man who was temporarily struck dumb for doubting the word of the Lord. In Harry Potter, Zacharias is a boy who is temporarily shocked into silence by Fred and George for doubting the word of Harry.
- In the sixth book Hepzibah Smith is mentioned to be a descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. If Zacharias is Smith's descendant then that might explain why he's in Hufflepuff House despite not showing the usual qualities.
- Then again, Smith is a ridiculously common last name.
- In the sixth book Hepzibah Smith is mentioned to be a descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. If Zacharias is Smith's descendant then that might explain why he's in Hufflepuff House despite not showing the usual qualities.
- Sesquipedalian Smith
"Harry always seemed so nice, though. And after all, he is the one who made You-Know-Who disappear."
Portrayed by: Charlotte SkeochHannah is a Hufflepuff girl who hangs out with Justin Finch-Fletchley, Susan Bones, and Ernie Macmillan. She is very interested in Herbology, and speculates a lot on the weird things that always happen at Hogwarts. She joins Dumbledore's Army in her fifth year. In her sixth year, she is removed from school because her mother is murdered. She later returns to participate in the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Birds of a Feather: With Neville. She's hinted to have an interest in Herbology, like Neville, and is a Hufflepuff, which is where Neville thought he should have been Sorted until he Took a Level in Badass. Also, they were both in the DA together during the seventh book.
- First Girl Wins: A literal example. She's the first girl on the register and marries Neville in the future.
- Girlish Pigtails: In her early years, at least.
- I Warned You: Hannah insists in Prisoner of Azkaban that Sirius Black is evading the manhunt by turning himself into a flowering shrub. It turned out she was mostly right, except that he was turning into a dog, not a plant. However, the trope ends up subverted because she not only does NOT get to say "I warned you" to anyone, she never even finds out how close she was to the truth.
- Nervous Wreck: She completely falls apart under the pressure of O.W.L. exams. First she has a mental breakdown in the days leading up to the exams and needs a magical tranquilizer from the school nurse, and then she loses her head again in the middle of the transfiguration portion of the exams, multiplying her ferret into a flock of flamingos.
- Nice Girl: She earns points for doubting the Harry-is-Slytherin's-heir theory rather than blindly agreeing with Ernie (her own Housemate), and is generally one of the nicer girls in the school. She did shun Harry in the early Triwizard Tournament stages, but then most everyone thought he was being a Glory Hound anyway.
- Platonic Life Partners: Always seems to be hanging around with Ernie, and their relationship is never given any romantic indications. Ends up, of course, married to Neville.
- Power Incontinence: The above-mentioned ferret-to-flamingos incident was the result of a botched Vanishing spell.
- Last Minute Hookup: Ends up married to Neville in the epilogue with no prior known interaction between the two. Though, to be fair, Neville spends the last book completely Out of Focus until the very end and nearly two decades pass between the last chapter and the epilogue.
- Regular Character: She is the only Hogwarts student from Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw who appears at least once in all seven books.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Hannah started out as a relatively normal young witch that the world suddenly decided to take a dump on around Book 5. First she has a nervous breakdown during her O.W.L. exams (May-June 1996). It's never stated how many O.W.L.s she actually got, either. Then, right as Book 6 starts (September 1996), her mother is killed by the Death Eaters. She misses that entire year but is forced to go back to Hogwarts and presumably retakes sixth year in 1997, except now Hogwarts is under the de facto leadership of the wizard who caused her mother's death. She finally gets a bone thrown to her in the end - by the time of the epilogue, she eventually marries one of the biggest still-living Badasses in the entire book series and becomes the landlady of the Leaky Cauldron.
Portrayed by: Eleanor ColumbusSusan Bones is another member of the Hufflepuff clique, and was one of the first students to be Sorted. Her aunt Amelia is a senior Ministry official, but she is killed by Lord Voldemort, as were many of Susan's other relatives. At Hogwarts, Susan is friends with Hermione Granger, and later joins Dumbledore's Army. At the first meeting, she asks Harry if he can produce a corporeal Patronus. Later on, she participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.
- The Cameo: She's played in the first two films by Chris Columbus's daughter Eleanor and thus disappears from the movies when Columbus stopped directing.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the first four books, Susan was just a random student mentioned in passing. In the fifth and sixth books, she comes slightly into focus and is shown to be particularly distressed about Voldemort's return as most of her family was killed in the previous war against him. Harry's trial includes Amelia Bones, who takes his side, and she's later revealed to be Susan's aunt. This is how Susan finds out that Harry can make a Patronus and comes to ask him about it when the D.A. first meets in the Hog's Head. This is taken out in the movie adaptation, which is particularly alarming shocking considering her Chekovs Gunman in the earlier films Amelia appears.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She is not seen in the films after the second one. While her presence in the films initially could be attributed to Chris Columbus, the fact that she doesn't come into focus is quite glaring.
"What are you playing at?!"
Portrayed by: Edward RandellThe boy who causes Harry to out himself as a Parselmouth in Chamber of Secrets and then gets Petrified by the basilisk, fueling Ernie MacMillan & Co.'s suspicions that Harry is the Heir of Slytherin. Later a member of Dumbledore's Army. He is a Muggleborn, and we don't know what became of him after Voldemort came back.
- Mouthy Kid: Ernie thinks Justin is putting himself in danger by shooting his mouth off to Harry.
- Upper-Class Twit: Implied by several factors including his double-barreled Preppy Name and the fact that he says he was headed to Eton until his Hogwarts letter arrived, and generally seeming a little hapless and naive. Ernie considers him Too Dumb to Live for running his mouth about his Muggle blood with the Heir of Slytherin making attacks, but of course Ernie's barking up the wrong tree.
"Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what we are now: students. If they can do it, why not us?"Created by Harry, Ron and Hermione as a response to Dolores Umbridge's prohibition on teaching students to defend themselves against Voldemort, Dumbledore's Army is the Hogwarts equivalent to the Order of the Phoenix. Its members are Hogwarts students who want to fight Voldemort, and they learn defense from Harry in the Room of Requirement. They communicate using gold coins modified by the Protean Charm to display summons.Though their activities were interrupted by Dolores Umbridge, Dumbledore's Army remained active in the sixth and seventh books, contributing to the defense of Hogwarts. The organization was named by Ginny Weasley, who said that what the Ministry of Magic would most fear was Dumbledore raising his own army.
— Harry Potter
- Breaking the Fellowship: Temporarily in Half-Blood Prince.
- Child Soldiers: Of the Just Plain Tragic variety.
- I Was Just Joking: Their name is originally a joke based on the idea that Umbridge refused to train them in defensive magic because she's "afraid that Dumbledore was putting together a private army." When Umbridge finds out about them, however, she takes the name with deadly earnest — and, after a while, so do they.
- Infant Immortality: Averted. Quite a few members-notably Colin Creevy, Fred Weasley, and Lavender Brown (film only)- get Killed Off for Real.
- La Résistance: Initially against Umbridge, but later against the Death Eaters installed in Hogwarts by Voldemort.
The Slug Club
"Horace [Slughorn] formed a kind of club of his favourites with himself at the centre, making introductions, forging useful contacts between members, and always reaping some kind of benefit in return..."An informal circle created by Potions master Horace Slughorn to bring together promising young students. Horace selects those who are famous, have famous relatives or have demonstrated exceptional talent, and interviews them. If they pass the interview, then they are invited to parties hosted by Horace, who also invites alumni who were in the club. This way, he can cultivate connections, ensure that club members become important, and be able to call in minor favors from them.Members include Horace Slughorn (founder), Voldemort, Lucius Malfoy, Lily Evans, Gwenog Jones, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Cormac McLaggen, Blaise Zabini, Marcus Belby (film only), Neville Longbottom (film only), and the Carrow twins (film only).
- Ambition Is Evil: Subverted. The circle is a way for Slughorn to get ahead without directly leading, and getting ahead is the non-bigotry component of the Slytherin credo.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Just because it's an elite circle run by a Slytherin doesn't mean it's bad. Lily Potter, nee Evans, was in it and she is one of the nicest people ever.
- Expy: Of fraternities and "inner circles" such as the Bullingdon Club at Eton or the Skull and Bones.
- Initiation Ceremony: Interview with Slughorn, followed by attendance at a party.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to the other organizations in the series.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Ron derisively calls it the Slug Club, and the name sticks.
- Young Future Famous People: What Horace hopes the people in his circle will become.