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Nearly Headless Nick
- Portrayed by: John Cleese
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Only in the movies, in which he disappeared after the second film.
- Headless Horseman: He wants to be one, but the fact that his head isn't completely detached makes this impossible.
- Hidden Depths: Nick is very philosophical about the nature and condition of being a ghost and how cowardly it is and what a poor option it is to the unexplained wizarding afterlife. He starts to say to Harry that he sometimes wishes he had not chosen to become a ghost, but cuts himself off and doesn't elaborate further.
- Hollywood Costuming: Wears a ruff (useful for hiding his severed neck) despite dying a good fifty years before the ruff was commonly worn.
- Negate Your Own Sacrifice: Isn't killed by the basilisk's gaze due to already being dead.
- Off with His Head!: Well, not quite all the way off.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He prefers to be known as "Sir Nicholas".
- Overly Long Name: His real name, though not as long as Albus Dumbledore's.
- Torso with a View
- What Could Have Been: J.K. Rowling's website includes a song explaining how he died, which was cut from the second book. (Long story short: a noblewoman hired him to fix her teeth. He accidentally gave her tusks. She wasn't happy.)
- Portrayed by: Shirley Henderson
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Harry.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: A lesser-known example. The one or two descriptions and chapter-lead pictures we get of Myrtle show she was fairly significantly overweight and "doughy", which fits in with all the bullying she received. Shirley Henderson, meanwhile, was depicted as being a little "round of face" and perhaps a bit "mousy"note , but not even remotely unattractive; her Myrtle is downright cute (if a little... well, see below) in certain scenes of movie-Goblet.
- Her voice is also nowhere near as abrasive as Myrtle's is described as being - in the books her namesake moans are a namesake because they're by turns ear-splitting and intensely depressing, and she's unpleasant to listen to in general, while in the movie her plaintive cries do little more than pluck at heartstrings.
- Granted, unlike some of the other examples in the franchise, this can work just as well - Myrtle wasn't being teased for being ugly, she was being teased for being on the cusp of being very attractive despite not even putting a lot of effort into it, and the other girls likely felt intimidated by her. Movie-Myrtle probably would've been knocking the boys dead in a few years had she not had her life cut short.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Much less whiny and more flirtatious in the films.
- All There in the Manual: In life, Myrtle was a Ravenclaw. And her full name is Myrtle Elizabeth Warren.
- Alliterative Name
- Beware the Quiet Ones: When we first see her, she comes off as either a massive woobie or an astounding parody thereof, but when describing to Harry and Ron how she died, she reveals that she spent a good chunk of her time as a ghost tormenting her childhood bully for many, many years out of spite.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She appears throughout the second book, but it's only near the end that Harry and Ron realize that she's the girl the Heir of Slytherin killed fifty years before.
- The Confidant: In Half-Blood Prince, she becomes one for, of all people, Draco Malfoy. It's hinted she may have switched her affections from Harry to Draco.
- Covert Pervert: Shy and mousy as she is, she still has that hobby mentioned below.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: On her final appearance in the second movie, having developed her humorous crush on Harry, she greets him rather more sweetly than she has acted throughout the rest of the film.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Okay, Olive Hornby was a bully, but did she really deserve Myrtle's ghost Gaslighting her all that time?
- Well, Myrtle may not have ended up a ghost if she hadn't been in the Chamber of Secrets entrance bathroom crying as a result of Olive's bullying...
- The Eeyore
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Among her other neuroses and insecurities, she has an extremely short temper regarding them. She especially gets upset when she's feeling excluded.
- The Peeping Tom: A pastime of hers, as revealed in Goblet.
- Nerd Glasses
- Noodle Incident: Why, exactly, does she have so much vitriol against the living mermaid portrait in the prefects' bathroom?
- Really 700 Years Old: Being a ghost, she has remained physically (well, metaphysically) a teenager for over fifty years.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: For some reason, she really hates the living mermaid portrait in the prefects' bathroom.
- Wangst: Played for Laughs
- Who's Laughing Now?: See Disproportionate Retribution and Bitch in Sheep's Clothing above.
The Grey Lady
- Portrayed by: Kelly Macdonald
- All There in the Manual: Prior to Deathly Hallows, Word of God provided the only indication that she existed. She does have a cameo in the first book, but this was only identified by Word of God.
- Berserk Button: Mention of Tom Riddle using her mother's diadem as a Horcrux has her go from withdrawn yet dignified to screaming rage about how Voldemort defiled it with Dark magic.
- Brainy Brunette
- Color Character
- Green-Eyed Monster: She was jealous of her mother and stole the diadem because she wanted to make herself more important.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Both the books and the film portray her with long dark hair and pale skin. Fitting as she is not only the patron ghost of Ravenclaw, but Rowena Ravenclaw's own daughter.
- Shrinking Violet: She is rather reclusive, not talking much to people or other ghosts, and she was shown briefly spending time in empty classrooms taking notes. The only person she does speak with regularly is Luna.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Riddle/Voldemort.
- Woman in White
The Bloody Baron
- Portrayed by: Terence Bayler
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Helena Ravenclaw, the Grey Lady, back when they were both alive. Judging from the way she talks about him, she didn't like him that much.
- Alliterative Name: His nickname, Bloody Barron.
- Ascended Extra: In the first PC game, the Bloody Baron appears a couple times as a minor enemy whom you have to avoid. It's not a huge role, but it's still more interaction than Harry ever had with him in the canon.
- Chained by Fashion: He chains himself in an attempt to atone for his murder on Helena.
- Continuity Cameo: His only appearance in the films is in a brief shot during the opening feast from the first movie. Not that he appeared much more than that in the books anyway.
- Driven to Suicide: He killed himself after he killed Helena.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction after he killed Helena.
- Noodle Incident: Why is Peeves so afraid of him?
- Not Good with Rejection: He killed Helena in a fit of rage because she rejected him. He immediately regrets it afterwards.
- Odd Friendship: He seems to at least be an associate of Professor Trelawney for some reason.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name has never been revealed, even when his past was.
- Shadow Archetype: To Severus Snape. Being one of the four ghosts assigned to houses, he's the one of Slytherin, and is sinister and unfriendly, much like the corresponding Head of house. Also, a member of House Slytherin who has an unrequited love for a woman, gets her killed and spends the rest of his life (or in his case, his afterlife) in remorse. His nickname is comprised of a noble title and a blood epithet, like the one of the Half-Blood Prince.
The Fat Friar
- Portrayed by: Simon Fisher-Becker
- Alliterative Name
- Big Fun
- Good Shepherd: A friar that cures diseases and always forgives Peeves.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: See Too Dumb to Live below.
- No Such Thing as Wizard Jesus: Well, since a wizard can be a friar, apparently.
- The Pollyanna: He believes in giving Peeves second chances. And third chances. And fourth chances. And so on.
- Too Dumb to Live: He went around instantly curing diseases and pulling rabbits out of goblets during his days among the living in the medieval era. Even though he was a decent person, one has to wonder why he was expecting not to get executed.
Peeves the Poltergeist
- Adapted Out: From the movies. A scene with him had been filmed for the first one, but it was left out.
- Arch-Enemy: To Argus Filch.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While Peeves is very much a troublemaker, he takes his pranking Up to Eleven during Order of the Phoenix, wreaking complete havoc during Umbridge's reign. During DH, he causes havoc among the Death Eaters, and composes a rude song to commemorate the defeat of Voldemort.
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: In one of his most famous scenes, he tried to cause this during his attacks against Umbridge. McGonagall tells him he is unscrewing it improperly.
- Godzilla Threshold: When McGonagall summons Peeves for help, you know this is the final battle.
- Gold Fish Poop Gang: His role in the video games.
- Hidden Depths: He shows respect for Dumbledore and the Weasley twins, saluting the latter two when instructed to make Umbridge's life a living hell. He also actively fights for Hogwarts in the final battle with much gusto.
- It Amused Me: Pretty much the only reason he does anything.
- Jerkass: Half of his actions. Justified as he is the embodied entity of adolescent stress, adolescents tend to be jerkasses when stressed.
- Meaningful Name: He certainly peeves the staff and students of Hogwarts.
- Poltergeist: As revealed by Pottermore, he follows the definition of embodied entity of adolescent stress.
- Our Spirits Are Different: Most notably in that Peeves is not a ghost exactly. He looks quite different and doesn't give any indication that he was ever "alive". Rowling claims he is "an indestructible spirit of chaos."
- Trickster Archetype: He loves tricking people with some Exact Words in his deal, like "Not saying nothing" unless Filch says "Please." Upon Filch saying "Please" Peeves replied "Nothing."
- Troll: Peeves loves chaos, and his every scene involves him pranking or causing trouble in some form. He never backs down from an opportunity to make fun of a student.
- Portrayed by: Toby Jones
"Dobby is used to death threats, sir. Dobby gets them three times a day at home."A house elf who initially serves the abusive Malfoy family. Unlike his masters, he admires Harry and tries to warn him and protect him when Lucius Malfoy orchestrates the opening of the Chamber of Secrets... in unfortunate ways. He is eventually freed thanks to Harry and gets new employment in the kitchens at Hogwarts, from where he occasionally lends Harry a hand.
- All the Other Reindeer: He's the first House Elf we meet, so his treatment as a servant by wizards makes him one by default; we later learn that even other house-elves look at him as an oddball too and see him as a weirdo.
- Badass Adorable: Once freed, he's able to effortlessly beat Death Eaters like Lucius Malfoy and Peter Pettigrew, while continuing to be a tiny, adorable house elf.
- Badass Finger Snap: He snaps his fingers to conduct his magic, be it teleportation or levitating.
- Berserk Button: Dobby is friendly or at least respectful to all people... so long as they don't insult Harry. He easily blasts away his ex-master Lucius Malfoy in Chamber of Secrets when he attempts to attack him, and in Half-Blood Prince, Harry finds him proudly beating the snot out of Kreacher when the latter badmouths him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As sweet and kind as they come, but he's also just as powerful (maybe more so) than wizards.
- The Dog Bites Back: He gets to humiliate his former masters a few times.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dies while rescuing Harry and his friends from Malfoy Manor, taking a knife intended for Harry.
- Hero-Worshipper: He has looked up to Harry since he was an infant and bested Voldemort.
- I Die Free: By the end of Book 7.
- I Just Want to Be Free: For much of Chamber of Secrets, this is his dream.
- The Millstone: To Harry on purpose in Book 2, although he has the best intentions.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Most house-elves find unpaid slave-labor with next to nothing in personal possessions to be a dream come true. They see Dobby, who relishes his freedom, as a nutter. Downplayed just slightly, as Dobby does express discomfort with getting too luxurious (such as a five-day work week).
- Nice Guy
- Third-Person Person: Rarely, if ever, uses the single person pronoun. It seems to be a trait all house-elves share.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He only means to maim or seriously injure.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the second book, Dobby does everything in his power to prevent Harry from being killed by the basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets...including designing a Bludger to harm him and get him kicked out of Hogwarts.
"Nasty brat standing there as bold as brass. Harry Potter, the boy who stopped the Dark Lord. Friend of Mudbloods and blood-traitors alike. If my poor mistress only knew..."A house elf who serves the Black family. He shares the same ideologies as many of the pure-blood wizards, and looks down on Muggle-borns. Sirius Black treats him harshly, which leads to some unfortunate events at the end of Order of the Phoenix.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Kreacher deconstructs this aspect showing its good and bad sides, namely that anyone can be Nice to the Waiter, even The Sociopath like Bellatrix Lestrange and the vast majority of the Black family, while a good guy like Sirius can be totally indifferent and uncaring to Kreacher for a variety of understandable reasons, and still suffer the consequences.
- Big Damn Heroes: He returns during the second part of The Battle of Hogwarts alongside a large battalion of house elves from the kitchens.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Hermione characterizes this as Kreacher's view. For him, the fact that his "kind master" Regulus died defying Voldemort won't affect his feelings of loyalty to Bellatrix and Narcissa who are loyal to the same man, or his dislike for Sirius who's even more defiant than Regulus. He's only loyal Because You Were Nice to Me and that's independent of any political stand for or against Voldemort.
- The Cavalry: Led the Elves into battle against Voldemort in the final book.
- Demoted to Extra: In the films, his role was downplayed greatly, and since his introduction, got barely a cameo in Deathly Hallows. The filmmakers actually wanted to cut him out of the films completely, but Rowling warned them that they would run into a lot of plot issues come the seventh film if they did.
- The Dog Bites Back: His poor treatment from Sirius led to him looking for loopholes to escape and meet with other members of the Black Family to help them set up Sirius and Harry.
- Expy: A mean-spirited old diminutive creature, skinny and dressed in rags, whose existence is plagued by a Soul Jar. When treated nicely, performs a Heel–Face Turn. Gollum says hi.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Muggle-borns. As he grows closer to Harry and Hermione, he eventually overcomes this.
- Foil: To Dobby. They're different as night and day, and absolutely despise one another, but both of them in their own fashion find a way to defy and defeat their masters and enjoy a Who's Laughing Now? moment to boot.
- Guttural Growler: Portrayed with an extremely low, raspy voice in the films; the book also mentions that he speaks with a 'croak'.
- Heel–Face Turn: Being treated kindly by Harry and learning Harry was on the same quest Master Regulus was on, and died for, helps him turn around. Oh, and the chance to hunt down Mundungus for stealing.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: His main motivation in life. If you show him affection and kindness, he will serve you, even if you were Bellatrix Lestrange.
- Karma Houdini: He's Lighter and Softer by the end for sure and even pulls a Heel–Face Turn of a sorts, but Kreacher never acknowledges any remorse or faces any punishment for instigating Sirius' death.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Sirius' poor treatment of him leads Kreacher to set him up to be killed.
- The Mole: In Order of the Phoenix.
- Meaningful Name: Kriecher is German for "bootlick". It's also meant to be pronounced in the same way as the word "creature".
- Morality Pet: To Regulus Black.
- Old Retainer: Very, very, very clear that the proud standards of the Black family are not being upheld.
- Replacement Goldfish: Harry is the first character to treat him with real kindness since the death of Regulus Black. As such, Kreacher becomes devoted to Harry.
- Servile Snarker: To Sirius. In this case, the snark is only the tip of a massive iceberg of animosity.
- Shadow Archetype: Towards Dobby. They both come from abusive households, but Dobby is a much kinder character who loves everyone while Kreacher is bitter and looks down on non-pureblood wizards.
- Third-Person Person: Tends to speak this way.
- Undying Loyalty: To Regulus Black, and later to Harry at the end of Deathly Hallows.
- Adapted Out: In the films.
- Drowning My Sorrows: With butterbeer.
- Drunk on Milk: After being freed, she starts hitting the bottle with butterbeer, which usually doesn't have any apparent intoxicating effect. We're told that it's "strong for a house-elf."
- Foil: To Dobby, who was happy to be freed.
- Happiness in Slavery: She believes in the house-elves being enslaved, much to Hermione's annoyance.
- Third-Person Person: Like all house-elves.
- Undying Loyalty: To Barty Crouch, Sr.
- Appears in: Half-Blood Prince
- Portrayed by: William Todd-Jones
- Big Little Brother: He's Hagrid's younger brother, but since he's a full giant while Hagrid is a giant-human hybrid, he's considerably larger than him. Though despite being larger than his hybrid brother, he's still considered small by giant standards.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Completely disappeared from the films after Order of the Phoenix.
- Gentle Giant: In the films, no pun intended, but Grawp's a sweetheart. Grawp has kind moments in the books, but these tend to be outweighed by his giant nature and youth.
- Hot-Blooded: Grawp had a bit of a temper in the books.
- Precocious Crush: Apparently takes a liking to Hermione when they first meet.
The Gurg (leader) of the last remaining giant colony in the world. Hagrid and Maxime seemed to be making progress in getting him on their side before he was killed by Golgomath.
- Cool Helmet: Hagrid and Maxime gave him an indestructible goblin-made helmet as a gift from Dumbledore.
- Meaningful Name: His name sounds like "carcus". Guess what he becomes?
- The Slacker: Spends all day lying by the lake while the other giants get food for him and his wife.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Averted. Hagrid makes a point that Karkus still remembers Dumbledore's kindness to the giant colony, and thus considered helping them against Voldemort and Death Eaters. Too bad Golgomath killed him, and then most of the giant colony follows Golgomath to ally with Death Eaters instead.
The Gurg of the giant colony who kills Karkus and allies with Voldemort.
- Blood Knight: He loves brutality and forges an alliance with the Death Eaters.
- Cool Helmet: Steals an indestructible goblin-made helmet from Karkus as a trophy.
- Decapitation Presentation: When he rips Karkus’s head off, he leaves it at the bottom of the lake for all to see.
- Giant Mook: Provides Voldemort with a number of these, though he himself does not participate in the war.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Implied. He wears a necklace of bones, some of which are human.
- Interspecies Friendship: With the Death Eater Walden Macnair. They apparently bond over their shared passion for violence.
- Klingon Promotion: He becomes the Gurg by killing his predecessor Karkus.
- Underestimating Badassery: He assumes that Hagrid and Madame Maxime will be easy prey.