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The Order in General
This secret society was created by Albus Dumbledore during the first war against Lord Voldemort, but gradually lost most of its original membership over the course of the war. It went dormant after Voldemort's disappearance, but was reinstated after his resurrection.The Order of the Phoenix provides and protects opponents of Voldemort, though not always successfully. It has members at Hogwarts and in the Ministry of Magic, as well as in other parts of wizard society. Its members do not have any identifying marks, but communicate by Patronus.
- Animal Motifs: All the members use the Patronus to communicate. This was a spell invented by Dumbledore himself and is absolutely impervious to any attempts to break communications by both Death Eaters and Ministry.
- Characters Dropping Like Flies: They have a reputation in-universe for what Slughorn notes is a high body count. Alastor Moody ticking off the names of the dead heroes of the First War when he shows Harry the picture, as well as the often brutal manner of their deaths, plays almost like Black Comedy.
- Hero of Another Story: Harry doesn't get to see them do very much, but that's because he's at school largely.
- La Résistance: When the Ministry is trying to deny Voldemort's return, and when the Ministry is taken over by him.
- Large Hams
- The Mole: Towards the end of the First War, they are infiltrated by a spy who Sirius noted had been passing information to Voldemort for a year. Dumbledore was implied to have suspected Sirius. Sirius suspected Remus. Nobody suspected Peter Pettigrew. No prizes for guessing who it was.
- There was a brief concern about the presence of another mole in the early part of the seventh book. Though it turned out to have been a gambit by Snape, who is himself a Reverse Mole.
- Mildly Military: They would have greatly benefited from reading the "If I am ever the Hero" list. Though they come off as being far more professional than the Death Eaters. For one thing they still function and operate even when their leader is taken out, and even after the Ministry and Hogwarts falls. Dumbledore delegates responsibility to different members assigned to tackle the ministry, the school, protection and espionage in simultaneous operations. Likewise, Dumbledore is way better at hiding secrets and protecting communications than Voldemort.
- Multinational Team: The Order tries to cultivate this but they don't quite succeed in winning over moderate werewolves and giants or swaying Goblins into their ranks, as both Remus and Hagrid admit. That said, Olympe Maxime, headmistress of Beauxbatons, did conduct a mission of them and is stated to be an ally of Dumbledore.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: Despite having a name that sounds like an ancient secret society and Harry and the Trio thinking that the Order knows all the secrets, it's clear that they are kept in the dark by Dumbledore just as much as everyone else. And they occassionally complain about this as well. Things they aren't privy to include Snape's true allegiance, the full contents of the Prophecy, Voldemort's Horcruxes and Harry's mission.
- True Companions: Most definitely.
- Undying Loyalty: With the exception of Wormtail and the unreliable Mundungus Fletcher, everyone has this to each other, Dumbledore and Harry, regardless of any ill-will between them.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
- Portrayed by: Brendan Gleeson
"Alastor Moody. Ex-Auror, Ministry malcontent, and your new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. I am here because Dumbledore asked me. End of story, goodbye, the end! Any questions? When it comes to the Dark Arts I believe in a practical approach. But first, which of you can tell me how many Unforgivable Curses there are?"First introduced in Book Four, Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody is a retired Auror, with battle scars to prove it, who comes to teach at Hogwarts. An old ally of Dumbledore's, he is trusted to care for the students,despite his eccentricities from years of fighting and rampant paranoia. A member of the original Order of the Phoenix and came to join again when the call was sent out. He fights in several battles.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: His scarring is toned down significantly for the films. For starters, his nose is still in one piece.
- Adaptational Badass: While he quickly went down in the final battle of the Order of the Phoenix book, he is pretty confidently wading through Death Eaters in the film version.
- Anti-Hero: He had a gruff, surly disposition and frequently bellowed his mantra of “constant vigilance” at people in order to keep them on their guard. Having encountered many dangerous experiences throughout his career, he was hyper-paranoid and thought of by many as being delusional.
- Adapted Out: He does not appear in the film adaptation of Half-Blood Prince.
- Alliterative Name: Only applies with his nickname. Mad-Eye Moody.
- Badass: Alastor Moody was widely known as one of the greatest wizards of modern times, both for his work as a member of the Order of the Phoenix and as an Auror for the British Ministry of Magic, as well as his extraordinary skill in many disciplines of magic. He was an expert in at least Charms, Transfiguration, Defensive Magic, Herbology and Potions. This speaks for his versatility and his extensive expertise in many magical disciplines, which is a very big accomplishment for a sorcerer. While most are skilled in different areas of magic but are best at one specific kind, Moody reportedly had fully mastered several.
- Berserk Button: Apparently, he does not like seeing people get attacked from behind.
- Big Good: Briefly, between Dumbledore's death and his own.
- Black and White Morality: Subscribes to this, and seems to take the stance that nobody, including Snape, who claims to have defected from Voldemort's cause did so sincerely and were all merely trying to avoid prosecution after his fall from power. This way of thinking seems to be a point of contention between himself and Dumbledore.
- Blood Knight: Mad-Eye likes a good fight and he scares Harry when he shows him a picture of the original Order and discusses their deaths as if it was awesome rather than gruesome. Harry was offended that Mad-Eye expected him to be happy seeing this and hearing these war stories, though Moody was trying to be nice. Undoubtedly being personally killed by Voldemort and dropping several feet from the air to the ground would have pleased Mad-Eye in terms of being a death worthy of his comrades.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Living proof of just how lenient Hogwarts' standards for teachers' behaviour are.
- Catch Phrase: "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!"
- Cool Old Guy: He impresses both Fred and George after their first lesson with him. He takes no slack from whiners but has a soft spot for some students, like Neville.
- Dead Guy on Display: What Umbridge does to his eye after he dies.
- Disney Villain Death: Though he's not a villain.
- The Dreaded: In addition to scaring the pants off any Hogwarts students, Moody still terrifies the various people who were associated with Voldemort's rule, whether they've been cleared or not. Karkaroff is quite horrified when he finds out Moody is teaching at Hogwarts, and even Snape is uneasy and nervous around him.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: His death is very sudden in both the book and movie, moreso in the latter since we only get a very brief mention that he's died and a quick shot of the group mourning before the film moves on.
- Eyepatch of Power: His "mad eye" is shown as something like this in the movies. In the books, it is simply a large, independently moving magical prosthetic eye in his socket that has no strap or visible fastening.
- Genius Cripple: Moody was a great wizard in his day and the most effective Dark Wizard hunter that the Ministry of Magic ever had. Nearly half of the cells in Azkaban were full because of Moody.
- Gonk: Described as looking as if his face were carved out of wood by someone who neither knew what a face looks like nor how to carve. Even in the films, despite having the worst of his scars toned down, Moody is still a distinctly unpleasant-looking man.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's noble, heroic - and a paranoid grouch.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Subverted — he's on the good side, but his face is horribly scarred and disfigured (i.e., he's missing quite a chunk of his nose, and there is a reason for his Eyepatch of Power).
- Handicapped Badass: He's got a wooden leg and a missing eye (though the latter isn't at all crippling, considering he has a magical replacement that can see in all directions and through solid objects). You'd think that magical technology capable of coming out with something like that eye could do better than a peg leg.
- It's probably intentional. Fake leg = not much of a challenge in his opponents eyes. Then, he can unleash the seven bells of hell on them.
- Informed Ability: Moody's built up as one of the greatest Aurors of all time. Yet, despite all his constant vigilance, he gets attacked and subdued in his own home in Goblet of Fire. In Order of the Phoenix, he's quickly knocked unconscious "off-screen" during the battle in the Department of Mysteries. Then in Deathly Hallows, he gets killed offscreen by Voldemort with barely any fight. The best explanation anyone has for this is that he was more competent in his youth.
- Killed Offscreen: In Deathly Hallows.
- Knight Templar: Inverted - he's cynical, pragmatic, and skeptical of Dumbledore's 'second chances', but he holds himself to the same high standard. He stood out during Voldemort's first campaign because he avoided lethal force if possible and didn't use the tactics Barty Crouch authorized.
- The Lancer: To Dumbledore in the Order. He's got a highly disagreeable temperament compared to his leader and often leads teams in the field (like the Advance Guard or seeing Harry off). He also becomes the leader of the Order after Dumbledore's death.
- Large Ham: Brendan Gleeson was clearly having a ball in the part.Bill Corbitt: (As Moody) You need to over-ACT, AND PUSH THE LIMITS OF HAMMINESS!!!
- Mad Eye: It's not just for visual effect — the electric eye is literally the size of a golf ball.
- Never Found the Body: Much like Benjy Fenwick, Harry, Ron and Hermione only ever found a bit of him. His magical eye namely.
- Noodle Incident: Just who does Moody know who blew a buttock off?
- And just how does he know what Goblin piss tastes like?
- Old Soldier: One of the oldest memebers of the Order of Phoenix.
- Pragmatic Hero: After having lost several body parts to dark wizards, he's not above using dirty tactics himself. Sirius notes, however, that he would never use Crouch's legally sanctioned Unforgivables and he would always bring dark wizards alive if he could help it.
- Properly Paranoid: For his appearances in the series, although it's implied that this attitude did not serve him well during the decade or so of peace between the wars.
- The Real Remington Steele: The Moody that appears in Goblet of Fire is actually Barty Crouch, jr. disguised with the Polyjuice Potion. The real Moody appears in a supporting role in the last three books, though he never actually has a role quite as significant as his fake did in Goblet. This leads to an odd situation where most of the defining Mad-Eye moments in the series (including even the quote cited above) were actually performed by Crouch, though fans tend to take them as representations of Moody's character anyway, since he is shown and stated by Word Of God to have perfectly mimicked Moody's manners and personality.
- Retired Badass: By the fourth book, he was living in paranoid retirement but still able to handle his own in any fight.
- Sacrificial Lion: In Deathly Hallows, he becomes Voldemort's first major casualty since Voldemort targeted him as he expected the real Harry to be paired up with the most skilled, powerful Auror. The death of this old war horse really rocks the group to the core, as they're horrified that they've lost someone so tough.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The main reason for his paranoia.
- The World's Expert on Getting Killed: He is killed in person by Voldemort five chapters into the last book. Thanks to Mundungus Fletcher deserting, he is killed without much of a fight.
- The Worf Effect: A frequent victim thereof.
- Portrayed by: David Brett
- Adapted Out: He does not appear in the fifth or seventh films.
- Alliterative Name: Dedalus Diggle.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: As noted in the first chapter of the first book, he was so happy after Voldemort's first defeat that he celebrated it publicly in incidents noted in Muggle news. He also runs into Vernon Dursley and thinks nothing of breaking the statute:Dedalus Diggle: Rejoice, for You-Know-Who has gone at last! Even muggles like you should be celebrating.
- Hero-Worshipper: He gets quite excited whenever he meets Harry, and apparently went out of his way to do so when Harry was young and did not even know he was a wizard.
- House Fire: His house in Kent is burned by Death Eaters, though he isn't home at the time.
- Nice Guy: Always very cheerful and polite. Little Harry remembered seeing Dedalus at a shop where he removed his hat and greeted him, serving as one of Dumbledore's minders.
- Nice Hat: He is usually seen wearing a purple top hat.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Dedalus Diggle is technically the first wizard we see on-screen (in the opening chapter of the first book where he runs into Vernon Dursley), he's also mentioned by name and Harry runs into him in the Leaky Cauldron. As such he is very well remembered on account of his early introduction, despite having a marginal role in the books.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He, along with Hestia Jones, is last seen going into hiding with the Dursleys.
- Portrayed by: Brigitte Millar
- Badass: She fought in the First War and lived to tell the tale.
- Demoted to Extra: Her role in the books isn't much bigger, but in the films she is a nameless background character and no mention of her death is made in the next film.
- Proper Lady: How Harry describes her on first seeing her in the Fifth Book.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Both in-universe and out-. Snape gave the Death Eaters information that led to her death, sacrificing her for the greater good. Or rather taking credit for it. A line in the final book implies that Dumbledore made the tough call to sacrifice one of his own for Snape's cover:Dumbledore: Don't be shocked, Severus. How many men and women have you watched die?Snape: Lately, only those whom I could not save.
- Killed Offscreen: She is murdered by Death Eaters in between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince.
Sturgis PodmoreA member of the order in both wars.
- Adapted Out: He does not appear in the films.
- Brainwashed: While on guard duty outside the Department of Mysteries and hidden under a invisibility cloak Sturgis was detected by Lucius Malfoy, who placed him under the Imperius Curse and tried to get him inside the Department to steal the prophecy about Harry and Voldemort.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Lucius Malfoy and the Death Eaters.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After it is reported that he was sentenced to Azkaban for six months, Sturgis is never mentioned again.
- Portrayed by: Peter Cartwright, David Ryall
- Badass Grandpa: He is over a century old by the time of the second war, but is still a skilled enough wizard to be included in the Order's Advance Guard.
- Childhood Friends: With Dumbledore. Most of their peers regarded Doge as "dim-witted but devoted sidekick", but the two were close and Doge is anything but dim-witted.
- Sanity Slippage: Rita Skeeter tries to make it seem like he is losing his wits after claiming he babbled about nothing but sea life when she tried to interview him about Dumbledore. In reality, Doge simply refused to talk with her and called her an "interfering trout".
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When word arrives at Bill and Fleur's wedding that the Ministry has fallen, Doge is one of the many guests who quick disapparated before the Death Eaters arrived.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He does not appear again after Bill and Fleur's wedding. Considering his well-known friendship with Dumbledore and high post, he likely had to go into hiding when Voldemort took over the Ministry of Magic.
- Portrayed by: Jim McManus and Ciarán Hinds
"What makes you think you can trust him? What makes you think you can believe anything my brother told you? In all the time you knew him, did he ever mention my name? Did he ever mention hers?"Albus Dumbledore's younger brother and the innkeeper of the Hog's Head in Hogsmeade. He has a strained relationship with his brother, whom he blames for the death of their sister Ariana.
- Almighty Janitor: He's no slouch as a wizard based on what we see, but he serves as the barkeep of the Hog's Head, a minor position surely compared to his brother being headmaster. However from this minor position, he's able to wield considerable influence, like spying on suspected Death Eaters and shady criminals and most awesomely, preventing (then)Death Eater Severus Snape from hearing the complete prophecy given by Trelawney to Dumbledore during her job interview and throwing him out. This played a huge role in the series and its basically Aberforth Dumbledore doing his job.
- Badass: The fact that his one known act in the last Battle of Hogwarts was to nonchalantly cast a nonverbal Patronus charm on steroids that took out a couple dozen Dementors reveals that, despite being Overshadowed by Awesome, he's no slouch in his own right.
- The Bartender
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Maybe. Albus says he was once tried for some "inappropriate charms" he practiced on a goat. Rowling was once asked for further explanation by a fan. She asked the fan's age first, before giving a somewhat vague answer and specifying that that was her answer to that particular fan.
- Big Brother Instinct: He had this towards Ariana, his and Albus' younger sister, especially since she went half-insane after refusing to use magic following a traumatic experience in her childhood. He greatly resents Albus for her death, which came about during a three-way fight between him, Albus and Grindelwald, though to this day no one knows who cast the spell that killed her.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the eighth movie, he appears and gets rid of all of the Dementors aiding Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His inn is mentioned as early as the first book, Albus mentions him in the fourth book, Moody mentions him in the fifth, he makes several brief, unnamed appearances in the fifth and sixth books, but he doesn't become important until the final book.
- Cool Old Guy
- Cowardly Lion: He claims to lack the guts to directly go up against the Death Eaters, but participates in the Battle of Hogwarts anyways.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: In the film, Aberforth versus at least a hundred Dementors. The Dementors didn't stand a chance.
- Determined Defeatist
- The Dutiful Son: He's considered an oddball Black Sheep by most outsiders, but not between the brothers themselves. Albus describes him as "rough, unlettered and infinitely more admirable".
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Until Book 7, literally. His own brother refers to him, as "the bartender" to Harry and even Tom Riddle in his failed job interview and he's seen and glimpsed in this position with no one knowing his real name until Book 7, where Harry confronts him and realizes who he is.
- Grumpy Old Man: This is a result of his resentment towards his older brother, justified as Albus was indirectly responsible for their younger sister's death.
- Hot-Blooded: At least, he was implied to be this in his younger years. It was said that he much preferred to settle conflicts with dueling rather than negotiation. Not to mention the time he broke his brother Albus's nose.
- Knowledge Broker: The Hog's Head Inn under his stewardship serves as this, it becomes a kind of all purpose Bad-Guy Bar that Dumbledore uses to spy on the underworld and other shady people. Aberforth is sharp and has a photographic memory which means he can always tell when some loser he ejected is back or when someone, Severus Snape in his Death Eater days is where he's not supposed to be.
- Never Learned to Read: His brother isn't quite sure he did. In the afterlife, he even describes him as "unlettered".
- No Hero to His Valet: Plays the valet to Albus's hero. Most people in-universe think Aberforth being distant to his brother is merely because he resents the fact that Albus is a world-renowned genius. In actuality Aberforth has seen Albus at his worst and most selfish, and Albus privately admits that he's still ashamed he couldn't be as humble and down-to-Earth as his brother was when they were young men.
- Noodle Incident:
- Mundungus Fletcher did something to piss off Aberforth years ago, Aberforth hasn't gotten over it, and Mundungus still isn't allowed back in the Hog's Head. That's all readers are told. Though we see them interacting in Book 6, A Chekhov's Gun that recieves a Call Back in Book 7, where we learn that Abe bought Sirius' mirror off him.
- In-universe and among fandom, he's defined for the time he was persecuted by the Ministry for "performing inappropriate charms on a goat". So much so its a surprise how compelling and non-eccentric he is when Harry finally does talk to him since his reputation for eccentricity is so well known.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Barkeeping: It's clearly a cover for his eavesdropping, though.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: While he's by no means depicted as an untalented wizard, he's nowhere near his brother's level in terms of knowledge or raw skill, nor anywhere near as celebrated and respected. The "younger sibling overshadowed by older sibling" archetype is subverted from the brothers' own points of view, however, since both of them are aware of Albus's very real shortcomings and mistakes. Albus calls his brother "infinitely more admirable".
- Pragmatic Hero: He tells Harry that he should keep Slytherin students as hostages against their Death Eater parents when Voldemort is attacking the castle. Harry reminds him that Voldemort wouldn't care anyway and that, his brother would never allow it. Aberforth only harrumphs in response.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: A strong Red to his brother's Blue...
- The Resenter: To Dumbledore, though not for the latter's genius, Aberforth doesn't care less about that. He resents him for taking over as protector of Ariana and doing a poor job of it, because of his self-interest in extending his own talents. Dumbledore agrees that he's right.
- Running Gag: Goats. Even his patronus looks like one.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Occasionally mentioned as having these in Deathly Hallows.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: As kids, Albus was the prodigy with his head in the clouds while Aberforth stuck to the real world. As adults, Albus is friendly, cheery, and world-renowned next to his cynical, reclusive brother.
- Sour Supporter: Despite justifiably resenting his brother for the tragedy of their youth, Abe is a loyal member of the Order and even takes over as the Big Good to Hogwarts in the year after his brother's death among Neville's La Résistance. Furthermore, he plays a key role in the backstory, as the man who ejected then Death Eater Severus Snape when he overheard the Prophecy, serving as a Spanner in the Works in preventing Voldemort from hearing the full prophecy.
- Thicker Than Water: Even with the horrific events of their youth, Aberforth eventually comes to have an amicable enough relationship with his brother again in their adulthood, often keeping tabs on things from the Hog's Head on his brother's orders and helping Harry and Hogwarts when he's gone.
- Portrayed by: Gary Oldman
"I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You're not a bad person. You're a very good person, who bad things have happened to. Besides, the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are."When first introduced, he is an escaped Death Eater and mass murderer who betrayed the Potters' location to Voldemort and is apparently out to kill Harry. Of course, once he finally gets to Hogwarts, Hilarity Ensues until we find out who the real traitor was, and that Sirius is actually Harry's godfather. Remains in hiding for the next two books, making it difficult for him to take over legal guardianship. And then he dies.
- Acquitted Too Late: He is exonerated for the murders he went to prison for at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, after his death.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, he did look good before he went to Azkaban and his health deteriorated. The movies, though, cast him as good-looking Gary Oldman.
- The Alcoholic: Is implied to be this, at least by the time of Book 5. It's probably at least partially caused by being cooped up in a house he hates, not even allowed to leave the building.
- Animal Motifs: Aside from being able to turn into a dog, he also has a lot of dog-like characteristics, most memorable being that his laugh sounds a lot like a bark. More subtly, Sirius is brazen and fun-loving but also reckless. He's devoted and loyal to the death with the people he trusts, and stand-offish and hostile to those he doesn't.
- Animorphism: Sirius was able to become an Animagus at the early age of fifteen, assuming the shape of a large black dog, like the Grim. Since he was unregistered, he was able to take advantage of this ability to elude his Ministry captors.
- Anti-Hero: Even though Sirius is a definite good guy, he's also Hot-Blooded and can be quite the hypocrite.
- Badass: Sirius was described as a powerful wizard by Minerva Mc Gonagall, his former teacher. One of his dearest friends, Remus Lupin, also stated that he had been one of the cleverest Hogwarts students of his time.
- Badass Biker: Sirius owned his own motorcycle.
- Badass Mustache: In the films. Comes with the territory of being played by Gary Oldman.
- Big Brother Mentor: Despite actually being Harry's godfather.
- This is actually a problem since he looks at Harry as a Replacement Goldfish for his father who Harry never knew and largely sends mixed signals, sometimes serving as a Parental Substitute and other times trying to pretend that he's still at Hogwarts with James.
- It's worth noting that this is a major difference in his portrayal in Book 4 and Book 5. In Book 4, he is still on the run and very sharp about potential danger, and acts mostly responsibly toward Harry. He constantly reminds him to lie low, stay out of trouble and not take risks to see him. Harry on several occasions in GoF expresses relief that he is nearby. In Order of the Phoenix, Sirius, as noted by Hermione, begins to behave more recklessly, in part because he is stuck at his childhood home, subject to taunts about his lack of "usefulness," and there are several hints that he is not mentally stable. It is in Order of the Phoenix that Harry begins to worry about Sirius doing something risky to see him, that Molly accuses Sirius of being unable to tell Harry and James apart, and that Sirius becomes careless about his disguise.
- Byronic Hero: In another way, he and Severus Snape are Not So Different; Sirius is apparently quite clever and used to be very attractive before the strain of being locked up for twelve years for a crime he didn't commit ruined his good looks. Plus, bonus points for being slightly mad, a wee bit homicidal, and the last heir of a noble family from which he inherited a spooky old house. And both he and Snape have a flair for the melodramatic.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He is name-dropped in the first book as the guy who lent Hagrid the flying motorbike he needed to get baby Harry to Privet Drive. Then he becomes a major player in the third book. And then the flying motorbike itself shows up in the seventh...
- Clear My Name: He attempts to do this by capturing Wormtail. It's hinted in the sixth book that his death (at the hands of the people the Ministry believed him to be strongly allied with) resulted in his innocence being proven.
- Comedic Sociopathy: He and James lapse into a disturbing version of this in the "Snape's Worst Memory" chapter in the book. He also regarded sending Severus to a live werewolf as a joke.
- Creepy Good: He's described as waxen and skeletal when first introduced, and generally behaves in a very sinister manner, but then he turns out to be not so bad as all that. Also, his Animagus form keeps being mistaken for a death omen.
- Cultural Rebel: Raised in a family of Slytherins with a penchant for the Dark Arts, he becomes a Gryffindor and joins the anti-Voldemort resistance. He even puts posters of Muggle girls in his room purely to irritate his family. As per the House Elf Kreacher, Sirius' antics "broke his mother's heart" and made the family ashamed. Something that Sirius would accept with pride.
- Sirius however tends to overdo this, in the sense that he's more Gryffindor than the Gryffindors, which considering his status as a White Sheep is understandable. This eventually leads him to write off his entire family, excepting fellow rebels like his uncle and his cousin Andromeda, indifferent to his brother's plight who unbeknownst to him pulled off a Heel–Face Turn and Heroic Sacrifice as well as treat Kreacher with contempt.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Sirius, who had (let's count!): 1) a dead best friend, 2) a dead brother, 3) abandoned (disowned) by parents, 4) spent 13 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, 5) been betrayed by former True Companion Peter Pettigrew!
- Despair Event Horizon: Hits it the night James and Lily die. He eventually snaps out of it when he sees Wormtail's picture in the paper and realizes that Harry's in danger.
- Disability Immunity / Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Azkaban is guarded by joy-eating Dementors that normally drive prisoners insane or drain their motivation to escape. Sirius was wrongly imprisoned there for alleged mass murder and for the alleged betrayal of his best friends (and Harry's parents), James and Lily Potter. But he still manages to get past the Dementors and escape. This is partly because he escapes in the form of a dog, meaning he's less intelligent and his simpler emotions are harder for Dementors to detect and consume. Also, Sirius is so unhappy already, over the deaths of Harry's parents and over his own wrongful imprisonment, that there isn't really much joy left for the Dementors to eat. He also says that he was able to cling to his sanity because his knowledge that he was innocent was not an emotion and therefore not something the Dementors could take from him, giving him a lifeline to cling to. His escape is motivated by desire for revenge against Peter Pettigrew, who really betrayed Harry's parents and framed Sirius. Since his desire for revenge is fueled by negative emotions, the Dementors can't drain his motivation to escape Azkaban.
- Distressed Dude: Near the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, he's locked up for the dementors and Harry and Hermione have to rescue him with Buckbeak.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Was a big believer in this in his school days. In response to Snape's nosy inquiries into Remus' condition and his constant attempts to get the Marauders expelled, Sirius decides to tell Snape to go down a tunnel, while leaving out the crucial detail of the deadly werewolf at the end. James Potter took control of the situation and saved Snape's life, likely preventing the expulsion of his friends. Even years later, Sirius believes Snape deserved it.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He was blamed for the murder of the Potters by Peter.
- Expy: Sirius's story arc and backstory is inspired by Jessica Mitford, the daughter of an aristocratic family of Nazi sympathizers who ran away from home and became a Cultural Rebel and leftist. Jessica Mitford is also one of Rowling's heroes.
- Fatal Flaw: In general, his reckless, Hot-Blooded nature which leads him to act impulsively with Suicidal Overconfidence in situations where he's not in control. This leads him to be Out-Gambitted by the likes of Peter Pettigrew and his own house-elf Kreacher.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Seems to have this status in the fifth book among the Order, with the exception of Remus Lupin and some others. Mrs. Weasley is constantly critical of his attitude and influence on Harry. Even Hermione is critical of his attitude and behaviour and starts expressing doubts about his advice. That said Harry shows nothing but loyalty and affection for Sirius.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Choleric (among the Marauders).
- Good Is Not Nice: Even as a teenager, he was known for being very reckless and wild. He noticeably didn't see anything wrong in potentially feeding a fellow student to his werewolf best friend, regarding it as a "joke".
- Go Mad from the Revelation: His reaction of hysterical laughter to Pettigrew's betrayal and escape via display of hitherto unknown cunning and viciousness, leaving him unable to rationally defend himself against prosecution. The fact that he didn't get a trial couldn't have helped, either... nor could the fact that he may be mentally unhinged a little - the Black family is full of inbreeding (read: totally inbred) thus making him a little bonkers. Though in this case it's more likely the Trauma of seeing your loved ones die as a result of your trust and being framed for a brutal crime in a short while...genetics would hardly be needed to make any rational person snap in the same circumstances.
- Gray Eyes
- Happily Adopted: Briefly, as a teenager. It's unclear if he ran away from home or was kicked out, but eventually left his racist family to move in with the Potters until he was old enough to live on his own. He and Harry plan on doing this themselves; when Sirius suggests he take legal guardianship of Harry to take him away from his abusive household, it genuinely seems like one of the happiest moments in both their lives. Then he died before it could ever happen.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: The tendency of his fans towards Flanderization of his Knight Templar Hot-Blooded characteristics ignores the moments when Sirius displays this. He apologizes to Remus for suspecting him for being the traitor, when in retrospect Peter was more psychologically consistent to do so and even admits that he and James used to be "the biggest bullies in the playground" in Book 3, before the revelations of the fifth book. He also acknowledges to Harry that he and James behaved, "like arrogant berks" and that they ought to have listened to Remus more often than they did.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Up until his death, most of the wizarding community (and even the Muggle community) believes him to be a dangerous and violent mass murderer.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Due to being unkind to his family's old house elf Kreacher, who takes an opportunity to pass information to Voldemort through Narcissa, leading Voldy to concoct a plan that gets Sirius killed. That's actually a part of it, since while it provided the context, Harry Could Have Avoided This Plot by listening to Hermione and Sirius himself made the decision to join the others, despite Dumbledore's orders. His death happens because of Suicidal Overconfidence on his part in facing Hero Killer Bellatrix Lestrange, his own cousin.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Unbeknownst to anyone else, he had James and Lily make Peter Pettigrew their Secret-Keeper - thinking no one would ever suspect it and that Peter would never betray them. In Sirius' defense, nobody else in the Order suspected Peter of being the traitor either. It's implied that Dumbledore himself suspected Sirius, while Sirius suspected Remus.
- Actually Sirius shows considerable insight into the psychology of Barty Crouch Sr., showing fairness to the man who sent him to prison without trial as well as the general Death Eater and Pureblood mentality and culture, to which he serves as Mr. Exposition in Book Four and Five. He even corrects Harry's assumption that Umbridge is a Death Eater by pointing out she didn't have to be.
- Hot-Blooded: As an adult, Sirius was shown to be capable of an explosive temper when angered, a trait shared by his mother, Walburga Black, and his mad cousin, Bellatrix Lestrange. His years in Azkaban contributed dramatically, which was especially evident during 1993 and 1994: trying persistently to capture Peter Pettigrew, going to lengths that even Dumbledore commented as not those of an innocent right-thinking man. Later on, he occasionally demonstrated himself to be reckless, immature, and even downright irresponsible. In several instances, he risked getting caught by the Ministry because he felt stir-crazy in his house, and advised Harry to take rash actions. Much of this can likely be attributed to the vast amount of time spent in jail, which stunted his emotional development and making him especially eager to spend time with and protect his loved ones.
- Despite his axiom that the measure of a man is how he treats his inferiors, he behaves detestably towards Kreacher (since Kreacher reminds him of the house and the family he hated while growing up). Indeed, this is one of his least admirable qualities. It also bites him in the arse. Hard. But as Dumbledore clarifies, Sirius was kind to House Elves in general but Kreacher was special as a reminder of his home and the bad childhood that he hoped to escape. Not that Kreacher liked him back, though.
- Also, his belief that "the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters" goes out the window during the argument with Snape. Though the latter is himself not blameless in that regard. Word Of God admits that this is a serious flaw for Sirius, but she also admits that it's difficult to be morally consistent in life.
- I Hate Past Me: A mild example. He is fully aware of what a berk he was as a teenager, and is quick to assure Harry he isn't proud of his attitude.
- I Have No Son: His parents disown him and burn his name off the family tree after he runs away. This was, admittedly, probably the reaction he was hoping for. It worked — and, he got a lot of money for it from his uncle too!
- In the Blood: Subverted. Sirius was disowned from his family for being a "dirty Muggle lover who has no respect for tradition" (read: a decent human being), and ended up in Gryffindor, whereas every member of his close family was in Slytherin. However, he still has the arrogance of his family members; it seems though, that his mother's brother, Alphard, who left Sirius money in his will, was a sort of decent human being.
- Unless he just did it to piss of Walburga.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Before he went to Azkaban, he was quite handsome, but after he escapes, he looks decrepit and emaciated. In the fourth book, he looks a little better after his health improves, but later he stops caring for his appearance. Presumably his appearance deteriorates because he's staying at the hellhole that is Number Twelve Grimmauld Place and because he feels useless.
- In the movies, though, he suffers heavily from Adaptational Attractiveness
- Jerk Ass: In his youth, he was even more cruel than James was to students they didn't like.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As an adult, he mellows out somewhat, becoming a loving father-surrogate to Harry, but he's still incredibly antagonistic towards Snape and Kreacher.
- Killed Off for Real: By Bellatrix in Order Of The Phoenix. Though his shade returns in Deathly Hallows.
- Knight Templar: Another way he's Not So Different from the people he criticizes. Like Crouch, Sirius expects absolute commitment and loyalty to friends and True Companions as well as absolute consistency in ideology, which makes it difficult for him to comprehend and tolerate the ambiguous situation of the likes of Severus Snape and Kreacher.
- The Lancer: Served as this to The Marauders with James being the leader.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: A variation. When Harry overheard McGonagall and Fudge talk about Sirius as well as that he was his godfather, he broke down and wanted to gain revenge on Sirius for betraying not only his parents, but the parents that Sirius was supposedly friends to. However, it's also technically subverted in that Sirius, although still Harry's godfather, was also not only not that bad a person, but also not even the one responsible for betraying his parents.
- Madness Mantra: "He's at Hogwarts... he's at Hogwarts..." Subverted, in that it was the only thing that allowed him to become sane enough to escape the Dementors.
- Meaningful Name: Sirius is a star commonly referred to as the "dog star." And, of course, he turns into a black dog.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He was killed by Bellatrix during their duel.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Victimized hard by this.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold
- Mommy Issues: If his mother was anything like the Portrait we see in the book then it's no surprise at all that he has this.
- Mr. Fanservice: Before he went to Azkaban, his good looks are frequently mentioned. A Pottermore profile of Remus Lupin by Word Of God has Lupin noting that he was the ladies' man of the group.
- Not Helping Your Case: Because of his hot blooded nature and his impulsive behaviour, he is a major example of this. Despite the Miscarriage of Justice in not getting a trial, he is surrounded by an Orgy of Evidence and is Laughing Mad and doesn't put up a fight when the Aurors arrest him, all situations he could have avoided had he understood the situation.
- In Prisoner of Azkaban, he doesn't stop either, sneaking around and infiltrating Hogwarts, carrying a knife all just to kill a rat. Subtlety is not a strong suit.
- Not So Different: From Severus. Both are byronic heroes, and despite both being ultimately good people and regardless of how excusable it may be, both of them can still sort of be dicks. He also serves as a foil to Snape when you take their backgrounds into account. Sirius was a member of a pureblood wizarding family known for their penchants for the dark arts, but Sirius turned out to not only be a pretty good guy, but also opposed Voldemort during the First Wizarding War. Snape is a half-blood wizard who ultimately chooses to side with the supremacists. Though Lily's death eventually makes him realize how wrong he was.
- His intense loyalty and status of best friend to Harry's father make him rather similar to Ron, despite their initial encounter as enemies.
- Old Shame: In-Universe example. His reaction to Harry when confronted about his past actions in Snape's Worst Memory, admitting that he's not proud of his actions and that he and James behaved like "arrogant young berks".
- One of the Kids: Although he often gives Harry good advice, there are moments when he seems irresponsible in comparison to Harry and Harry's friends. Having been chucked in a prison that tends to drive people mad at around the age of twenty-one probably didn't do wonders for his maturity level.
- Papa Wolf: "Get away from my godson!"
- Parental Substitute: To Harry. Although Molly points out that Sirius treats Harry as more of a brother-figure substitute (for James) than a godson at times.
- Pragmatic Hero: Despite firmly having heroic motivations, he has no problems with murder and other unscrupulous methods.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite doubts of his competence by Mrs. Weasley and Hermione, Sirius serves as this to Harry in spite of considerable emotional strain and psychological stress. Immediately understanding Harry's needs and opposed to keeping him Locked Out of the Loop. Dumbledore admits that Sirius was right in that regard, and his fatal insistence on it led to his death.
- Red Herring: For most of Book 3, the reader is led to believe that he is a mass murderer, a loyal Death Eater, and that he betrayed Harry's parents. It's actually Wormtail.
- Blue Oni Red Oni: Seems to have been Red to James' Blue while both are more Red than Lupin's Blue. To his disappointment, Harry is Blue to his Red as well, unwilling to take risks that would have been fun for his old man.
- Revenge: Part of his reason for breaking out of Azkaban is to get revenge on Wormtail, that and avenge Harry's parents.
- Revenge Before Reason: He intends to break out of Azkaban to stop Peter and protect Harry and then kill him in revenge, "to commit the crime he was imprisoned for." Rather than capturing said rat, exposing him to the authorities and clear his name. Harry is the one who takes control of the situation though ultimately it Goes Horribly Wrong anyway.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death in Book 5 was a major shock, since he was an important character that people expected would last longer and a Father Figure for Harry. It signalled the Anyone Can Die aspect of the series more than Cedric's death for some people.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: No pun intended, but Sirius' role in the series boils down to this, much to the anger of his fans. After breaking out of prison, Sirius is instead placed under virtual house arrest in his horrible childhood home with most of his colleagues on field duty, and Harry in Hogwarts with only a bitter old house-elf for regular company. He dies before his name cleared and dies in the battle out of a mix of lack of field experience and Suicidal Overconfidence and does not play a major role to help Harry achieve his destiny. His mistakes with Kreacher are cited by Hermione as a cautionary tale instead.
- Those Two Guys: He and James Potter were a "double act" as noted by their former teachers, Flitwick and McGonagall. In the flashbacks we see in the Pensieve, they bond instantly on the Hogwarts express and are inseparable.
- Too Clever by Half: This is perhaps Sirius' real tragic flaw. Despite being fairly smart and insightful, he's led astray by Suicidal Overconfidence and underestimates his opponents and even Peter Pettigrew, who managed to manipulate his friend into a trap that left him framed for mass murder and in prison for 12 years. His dismissal of Hermione and Dumbledore's concerns for Kreacher plays a role in the circumstances leading to his death. In the end, his bravado and Trash Talk to Bellatrix Lestrange gives her the advantage needed to kill him.
- Tragic Hero: Perhaps the purest example in the series in terms of the classical theme of escaping one's roots. He spent his entire life trying to escape his family influence only to be framed for murder as a dark wizard and Muggle killer, something his family is known for. After escaping, he ends up under virtual house arrest in his childhood home and ends up being killed by his cousin, at the instigation of the family servant. Like a Greek hero, he was punished by fate and chance for daring to be different from his family, with his tragic flaw being his tendency to be the Cultural Rebel.
- Tragic Mistake: His biggest mistake is his mistreatment of Kreacher. This is the main reason why he was killed after Harry was lured into a trap by the Death Eaters.
- Troubled, but Cute: Definitely was this in his younger years.
- Trauma Conga Line: He indirectly got James and Lily killed after they're all betrayed by their close friend Peter Pettigrew, realizes this, then realizes that his friend Remus (who Sirius had begun to think was Voldemort's spy) was the man he should have trusted, and that his own complete blindness to the kind of person Peter really was allowed him to be outwitted by him and set up for the murders of three of his closest friends (including Peter himself.) His response to this is to go completely hysterical, which doesn't help his case any (or at least it wouldn't have, had he gotten a trial.) No one believes him, and he promptly spends the next twelve years or so in Azkaban (where you have the joy literally sucked out of you by dementors, not that Sirius at that point would have made for a very appetizing meal.) And then he is rather abruptly killed off before his name is cleared or he even actually gets to do much good. The woman who killed him was his cousin who, had Sirius not lost their duel via his suicidal overconfidence, maybe wouldn't have gone on to kill several other characters before she was finally stopped (including his first cousin once removed/ the wife of his closest living friend, leaving his first cousin twice removed an orphan who never knew either of his parents.) We will not even count him being ostracized by his family (even though his younger brother died after having a heel-face turn Sirius never found out about) since he considered this to be one of the best things that ever happened to him. And he never gets be a guardian to Harry like both of them wanted him to. Damn.
- Undying Loyalty: He would give his life in an instant for his friends — Peter's cowardice being his excuse for betraying the Potters enrages him. Even more awesome when you remember his animal form: dog.
- The Unfavorite: As opposed to Regulus.
- Unstoppable Rage: At Peter.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: How Madam Rosmerta remembers Sirius, who along with James always made her laugh. She finds his Face–Heel Turn almost impossible to believe, even years later. Needless to say, her instinct is vindicated.
- Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to talk about him without giving away spoilers about his true nature from the third book.
- White Sheep: A good version of a Black Sheep, excusing the pun: He was one of the only members of his family who was not a staunch blood supremacist, and a Gryffindor rather than a Slytherin.
- Would Hit a Girl: He fights Bellatrix in the climax of the fifth book, which leads to him getting killed.
- You Killed My Father: Subverted. It is initially believed that Sirius Black was the one who betrayed Harry's parents to Voldemort, but it turns out that not only was he in fact not responsible for betraying them, he was actually framed by the person who supposedly tried to avenge them and died, Peter Pettigrew.
- You Should Have Died Instead: See Undying Loyalty. "Then you should have died! Died rather than betray your friends, as we would have done for you!"
- Younger Than They Look: Typical for an Azkaban inmate.
Arabella Doreen Figg
- Portrayed by: Kathryn Hunter
"Dementors in Little Winging! Whatever next? The whole world's gone topsy-turvy!"Harry's neighbour, who is actually a squib and member of the Order.
- Blatant Lies: As noted by Word Of God, Arabella actually lied to the Wizengamot when she said she saw the Dementors. She can't see them, but she did feel them.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned a few times in the first and fourth books, the fifth book reveals she's an Order member.
- Crazy Cat Lady: She keeps a number of cats — but it's eventually revealed that, one, she does so because she's a specialist breeder (of cat/kneazle crossbreeds) and animal dealer, and two, she does so as a cover. As she explains to Harry, she was assigned to look after him while he was staying with the Dursleys, but the only way she'd be allowed by them to babysit is if she was the "neighborhood kook" and Harry specifically didn't like staying with her.
- Jerkass Façade: She intentionally acted unsympathetic toward Harry so the Dursleys would trust her with babysitting him and she could protect him. In truth, she is fairly likable, and even apologizes to him about it when he finds out the truth.
- Muggle Born of Mages: Arabella is one of only two "Squibs" named in the series, the other being Argus Filch.
- Portrayed by: Andy Linden
"More? That wouldn’t have been effing difficult... bleedin’ gave it away, di’n’ I? No choice."A petty thief and con artist. Despite his sliminess he remains a loyal member of the Order, and he owes Dumbledore for saving his life. His knowledge of the criminal world is useful to the protagonists.
- Adapted Out: He does not appear in the film adaptations of Order of the Phoenix or Half-Blood Prince.
- Anti-Hero: A mix of type I and V.
- Black Market: Sells all manner of stolen and/or possibly illegal goods. He particularly got under Harry's skin for ransacking the Black house and selling Black family heirlooms.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As Sirius explains, "He's useful. Knows all the crooks — well, he would, seeing as he's one himself."
- Butt Monkey: His last appearance in the series has him getting the crap physically beaten out of him by a pair of house-elves.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Originally an off-screen character mentioned by both Arthur and Percy as being a bother to the Ministry, he's properly introduced in Book 5 and his actions have huge impacts on the plot.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dirty Coward: He won't hesitate to save his own skin in a tough situation.
- Fell Off the Back of a Truck: Actually says this verbatim at one point.
- Foil: To the Weasley twins, in a way. Both are resourceful, clever in their own way, and don't mind putting a toe across a line every so often to get what they want, but while the twins have a moral compass and have lines they won't cross, for Mundungus this doesn't seem to be the case.
- Friend in the Black Market: His main contribution to the Order is getting them useful intel or items from his varied connections. He also gets Fred and George some things to help them develop their products for the joke shop.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: No one in the Order is particularly fond of him, even the Weasley twins. Molly and Mad-Eye in particular can barely tolerate his presence. Ron initially does like him until he learns just how unscrupulous he is.
- Last Episode, New Character: For the films, where he wasn't introduced until Deathly Hallows, Part I.
- The Millstone: Even though he's loyal to Dumbledore he's not at all reliable and makes several huge screwups. It's his fault that Harry almost got expelled when he was 15, his fault that Mad-Eye died and his fault that the trio had to infiltrate the Ministry to get Slytherin's locket.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Not that he was ever much of a hero in the first place, his cowardly and stupid act of disapparating to dodge an incoming killing curse got Mad Eye Moody killed instead.
- Noodle Incident: He's banned from the Hog's Head; we never find out why. It's also stated that he's with the Order as a favor to Dumbledore for getting him 'out of a tight spot' once. This is never explained, either.
- The Rat: One of the biggest reasons as to why he is allowed to remain in the Order.
- Undying Loyalty: To Dumbledore after he got him out of a tight spot years ago.
- Unscrupulous Hero: He'll do his bit for the Order, so technically he's on the side of good. But you'd be a fool to leave your valuables around him, and the rest of the Order is fully aware of this.
- Portrayed by: Mark Williams
"Now, Harry you must know all about Muggles! Tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?"Husband of Molly, and the father of Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny. He is discriminated against by other wizards for his poverty and his sympathy toward Muggles, but he is happy and his family love him all the same, even if they do not share his interest in Muggles. He works as a minor bureaucrat in the Ministry.
- Animal Motifs: His Patronus is, naturally, a weasel.
- Berserk Button: Don't harm his children. This includes his own children pranking each other. The one time he caught Fred and George getting Ron to make the Unbreakable Vow, he made Mrs. Weasley's typical temper look calm. It genuinely terrified Fred and George to not do it again.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While a typical loving, Bumbling Dad, he is quite scary when angry - he was furious with Fred and George when they jinxed Dudley, and according to Ron, he practically erupted when they tried to get Ron to make an Unbreakable Vow. Arthur was also the one who had a shouting match with Percy before he walked out on the family in Order of the Phoenix, something Fred and George note as unusual since it's usually Molly who does the shouting.
- Bumbling Dad
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Seen as one by his colleagues in the old Ministry because he tended to care about muggles as much as about his fellow Wizards.
- By-the-Book Cop: As his job doesn't just require writing laws but enforcing those in his jurisdiction, he always makes sure he has good cause to act. Even if he suspects a person is hiding something, he won't go into a raid without good evidence.
- Fantastic Anthropologist: He views Muggles in a curious, caring light and is fascinated with how they get around without magic.
- Fiery Redhead: Not as much as his wife, but on the rare occasion that he gets angry he can be pretty scary.
- Good Parents
- Good Is Not Soft: Despite being seen as "weak" for caring about Muggles by others in the Ministry, he is not afraid of pursuing leads against old, influential families, like the Malfoys.
- Happily Married
- Henpecked Husband: A more minor example than most occurrences of the trope - while Molly yells at him during their first scene together, it's mostly because she's angry at him, and while she doesn't agree with his Muggle obsessions, she clearly loves him dearly.
- Loophole Abuse: Writes laws against magicking Muggle artifacts specifically so that he can exploit the loopholes he left in them.
- Meaningful Name: Good man seeking to end the corruption in an old system and bring about equal justice to those who harm muggles. Probably not this one.
- Mundane Luxury
- Mundane Object Amazement: The most blatant example of this trope in the series.
- Mundane Utility
- Nice Guy
- Papa Wolf
- Parental Substitute: To Harry.
- Perpetual Poverty
- The Plot Reaper: Averted. J. K. Rowling spared him because she did not want to kill off one of the few good fathers represented in the entire series. Although she very nearly did do it in book 5. In the end, though, Remus Lupin was the trade-off. Rowling revealed that she was going to kill him off in book five, but ended up killing off Sirius instead (which may well explain Sirius' rather sudden death after having an entire book devoted to setting up his backstory and general significance). Then she was going to kill him again, this time at the Battle of Hogwarts, but ultimately ended up sparing him once more, compensating by killing off both Remus and Tonks, which funny enough made their son an orphan by killing off both of his loving parents (when the reason she spared Arthur was because he was such a good father). This all seems to qualify him as a meta Unwitting Instigator of Doom.
- Stealth Mentor: While it's never explicitly stated in the books, it can probably be gathered that Fred and George's skill at charming unassuming-looking items and trinkets was at least in part inspired by growing up watching their father doing similar sorts of tinkering as a hobby.
Molly Weasley, née Prewett
- Portrayed by: Julie Walters
"No! That's enough! [Harry]'s just a boy, you say much more and you might as well induct him into the Order straight away."Daughter of a clan of Aurors and older sister of Fabian and Gideon Prewett, two famous Aurors killed in the first war against Voldemort. Wife of Arthur Weasley and mother of Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny. She eventually grows into a maternal figure for Harry and, to a lesser extent, Hermione.
- Action Girl / Action Mom: Becomes this for the last book.
- Affectionate Nickname: When she and Arthur are alone, he calls her "Mollywobbles".
- Almighty Mom: Especially in Order of the Phoenix. She'd rather bake and cook than fight, but you should NOT forget that Molly Prewett-Weasley comes from a family of Aurors."Mrs. Weasley was marching across the yard, scattering chickens, and for a short, plump, kind-faced woman, it was remarkable how much she looked like a saber-toothed tiger."
- Apron Matron: She's the domestic type and clearly the one in charge of the household.
- Badass Family: While Molly is a badass on her own, her entire family seems to be one; her brothers took several Death Eaters with them when they died, her children and husband are capable of kicking major ass, her 107 year old aunt is a badass, given that even Molly seems a bit quiet and timid around her. What must Molly's parents have been like?!
- Berserk Button: Touch her family - blood or not - and you will regret it with every fibre of your soon not to be existent body. Don't believe me? Just ask Bellatrix Lestrange who got viciously and violently defeated by one incredibly pissed off mother. "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" indeed. Read those words carefully; now... memorize them. Got it? Good. Live by it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She can be cheerful, kind, doting, and cook up a meal that could fill a giant, but if you cross one of her little lines, be prepared to endure a small taste of her anger.
- Brown Eyes: She apparently has the same eyes as Ginny, according to the last book.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Her and her husband, Arthur, respectively. Downplayed in the films, where Julie Walters isn't quite so chubby, nor Mark Williams quite so skinny.
- Determinator: She was obviously frustrated by the long line of Weasley sons, because she would not give up on having a girl.
- Death Glare: Typically Fred and George get it for their pranks.
- Fantasy Forbidding Mother: She does not approve of Fred and George's ambition of opening a joke shop and wants them to work for the Ministry like their father and brother. She eventually comes around once she sees how successful they've become.
- Fiery Redhead: You do not want to get on her bad side, as Fred, George, and to a lesser extent Ron know all too well.
- Former Teen Rebel: Hinted at in the fourth book.
- Good Is Not Soft: Despite being portrayed as a worrisome mother who seems too focused on her children's academic successes, she is one of most fearsome fighters of the Order.
- Good Parents: She has the most loving heart you'll ever find, and is an excellent Parental Substitute to Harry, but her short temper flashes through many times.
- Happily Married: She has a great relationship with Arthur and they have seven children.
- Hypocrite: She criticizes Mr. Diggory for blaming Harry for Rita Skeeter's article about the Triwizard Tournament not mentioning Cedric saying that "she goes out of her way to cause trouble." Meanwhile, she acts coldly towards Hermione because Skeeter wrote that she was toying with Harry's affections.
- House Wife: Cooking, cleaning, gnome kicking, etc.
- Let's Get Dangerous: When Voldemort comes back, she joins The Order. When the Death Eaters threaten her family, they get turned to stone.
- Mama Bear: Attack her children and you will swiftly be turned to stone. She's the only hero to ever use the killing curse.
- Meaningful Name: While she's usually a good parent, she's been known to mollycoddle Harry and her children.
- Moral Myopia: Initially disapproves of Bill's and Fleur's rushed engagement, partly because she believes they only want to tie the knot now due to fear/uncertainty that they both might not survive to do so after Voldemort's defeat. When one of her children points out that she married Arthur for the exact same reason during Voldemort's first reign, she brushes it off with, "Well, that's different. Your father and I were made for each other."
- Nice Girl: Quite sweet and maternal, as well s fiercely protective of her loved ones.
- Parental Substitute: Not much attention is drawn to it, but she's actually the first person ever to treat Harry as just a normal child. For someone who's either been The Unfavorite or (more recently) a Living Legend to everyone he meets, that's got to mean a lot.
- Parents as People: It's implied that Ginny sometimes feels pressured by being the only daughter, since Molly desperately wanted to raise a little girl among all of her boys. Her resources are strained with such a large family, and Ron seems to feel particularly overlooked, between the twins and Ginny. Mrs. Weasley adopts Harry nearly as a surrogate son, but this means that she can unintentionally favor him (even over Ron) or be shortsighted as to his best interest.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Probably the most famous of the entire series:NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!!!
- Shipper on Deck: Everyone seems to think she is this for her son Bill and Tonks, mainly because she really doesn't like Fleur. Turns out she and Arthur are this for Tonks and Remus, and she is pretty cold to Remus over his rejection of Tonks (even if he's only doing it because he sees himself as ''not nearly'' good enough for her.)
- Supreme Chef: One that uses her magic to handle the kitchen, and rather skillfully.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: After that one line, her popularity skyrocketed.
- Team Mom: To the Order.
- Textile Work Is Feminine: Knits for her family and Harry as well.
- Through His Stomach: In the generalized sense — she seems to feed everyone.
- Tsundere: She's kind and sweet and all... but if you displease her or behave badly, she flips out.
- Unstoppable Rage: When Ginny is nearly murdered by Bellatrix and Bellatrix insults the dead Fred, Molly proceeds to go after Bellatrix with true Mama Bear qualities, which only ends when Bellatrix stops breathing.
- Up to Eleven: She takes a page from Lucius' book in the eighth movie. She's throwing killing curses at Bellatrix and finally turns her to stone...before shattering her less than a second later. All non-verbally (using non-verbal spells at full power is something only a highly talented wizard or witch can do). And in the seventh book, Word Of God states that she killed Bellatrix not with the Killing Curse, but with a non-verbal Stunning Spell right to the heart - it was so powerful, it caused Bellatrix to have a fatal heart attack. And Bellatrix is no pushover, nor is she by any means old. For comparison's sake, in the fifth book, Professor Mc Gonagall (who's getting up there in age) takes four Stunning Spells straight to the chest at once, from a team of highly-trained, powerful Aurors. And she's messed up pretty badly by it, but she survives and makes a full recovery.
William Arthur "Bill" Weasley
- Portrayed by: Domnhall Gleeson
"[This house] was our aunt's. We used to come here as kids. The order uses it now as a safe house. What's left of us at least."The eldest of the seven Weasley children, Bill works as a curse-breaker for Gringotts. He has long red hair and an earring, giving him a rebellious look. He is actually a very understanding person. He meets Fleur, and they become engaged. He is attacked by Fenrir in the 6th book, which permanently disfigures his face, but Fleur thinks he looks brave because of it, and they get married. Bill, being a member of the Order, participates in the Battle of Hogwarts. In the future, he and Fleur have three children.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Not so much in the early part of the books, as he's handsome enough to get Fleur Delacour's attention - but the scars he sustained from Greyback, while deep, are implied to be much worse in the books, where he is said to bear a passing resemblance to Mad-Eye Moody, who, among other things, has a large part of his nose missing.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Bill is a Curse Breaker for Gringotts Bank.
- Alliterative Name: William Weasley.
- Aloof Big Brother: Subverted to a degree. He doesn't spend much time with his family due to his job, but it's quite apparent that he's close with all of them.
- Badass: Bill is a skilled wizard, earning twelve O.W.L.s in his fifth year.
- Beauty to Beast: Not that Fleur minds.
- Big Brother Worship: It's hinted a number of times that Ginny hero-worships Bill.
- Casting Gag: Only appears in a brief portrait cameo prior to being re-cast for films 7 and 8 — after being attacked by Greyback. He is said in the books to "bear a distinct resemblance to Mad-Eye [Moody]" after the attack. Domnhall Gleeson, who plays Bill in the films, is the son of Brendan Gleeson, who plays Mad-Eye.
- Demoted to Extra: In the films up until Deathly Hallows, he wasn't mentioned in the films at all. His only actual appearances in the first six films was in the photo of the Weasley family in Egypt, which was onscreen for about a second.
- Foil: Arguably to Percy. Both were prefects and Head Boy at Hogwarts, but Bill is much more relaxed and adventurous, while Percy is much more corporately-minded and given to structure — even after his Heel–Face Turn. Before Harry meets Bill, he assumes that he'd actually be more like Percy and is surprised when it turns out that he isn't.
- Fiery Redhead: Averted. Bill is the most calm of his siblings.
- Happily Married: To Fleur.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Fleur is sometimes described as acting like Mrs. Weasley.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's noted to be quite good looking, even after Fenrir damages his face, and he has plenty of fans in real life despite his rather small role.
- Nice Guy: After several books built him up to be something of an Aloof Big Brother, he turns out to be a pleasant, affable and reliable person all around.
- Punny Name: ...On the other hand, a bill is a unit of money (albeit not wizarding money), appropriate for someone who works in a bank.
- Red-Headed Hero: Bill has the trademark Weasley red hair.
- Scars Are Forever: The scars he received from Greyback couldn't be healed.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: In 1997, he suffered severe facial wounds at the hands of the vicious werewolf Fenrir Greyback during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. Although untransformed at the time, Greyback's lycanthropy caused the wounds to be cursed, and they could not be treated totally, leaving him heavily scarred.
Charles "Charlie" Weasley
- Portrayed by: Alex Crockford
- Aloof Big Brother: Subverted. Like Bill, Charlie is only distant because of work, otherwise he has good relationships with his siblings.
- Asexuality: J. K. Rowling says Charlie is "more interested in dragons than women." He is the only surviving Weasley child to never marry or have children.
- Demoted to Extra: In the films he was mentioned a couple of times in the first and fourth films. His only actual appearance in the films was in the photo of the Weasley family in Egypt, which was onscreen for about a second.
- Fluffy Tamer: During his years at Hogwarts, Charlie liked animals and magical creatures; he later went to Romania in order to study about dragons.
- The Ghost: His exclusion from the films makes him this, since he is still mentioned several times and sometimes indirectly affects the plot.
- Informed Ability: Mentioned as being the last very good Seeker Gryffindor had before Harry came along.
- Punny Name: His name is Charlie, as in to burn with flames. What does a dragon's breath do?
- Writers Cannot Do Math: In the first three books it's implied that he was about twelve years older than Ron. Multiple characters make comments stating that Charlie had won the last Quidditch cup for Gryffindor roughly 6-8 years before. However JK Rowling has since stated that Charlie had only left Hogwarts the year before Harry and Ron entered. This means that he would've only been a second year when Gryffindor last won which kind of puts his reputation as a "legendary seeker" into question.
- Portrayed by: George Harris
Prime Minister: I'm not getting rid of Kingsley Shacklebolt, if that's what you're suggesting! He's highly efficient, gets through twice the work of the rest of them—Kingsley Shacklebolt is a powerful, well-respected Auror who has joined the Order of the Phoenix. He uses his position to covertly fight evil, misdirecting the hunt for Sirius Black and modifying Marietta Edgecombe's memory to prevent her talking about Dumbledore's Army. He has protected the Muggle Prime Minister and Harry Potter on multiple occasions, and participates in the Battle of Hogwarts. After the battle, he becomes the Minister of Magic.
Rufus Scrimgeour: That's because he's a wizard. A highly trained Auror, who has been assigned to you for your protection.
Rufus Scrimgeour: That's because he's a wizard. A highly trained Auror, who has been assigned to you for your protection.
- Animal Motifs: Lynx Patronus.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Is a highly skilled Auror, leads the Order of the Phoenix after Dumbledore and Moody are killed, fights in the Battle of Hogwarts, and becomes Minister of Magic after the war.
- Awesome McCool Name
- Badass: Easily one of the most impressive fighters in the Order of the Phoenix.
- Badass Baritone: He has a deep voice that Harry more than once mentions is both calming and soothing.
- Bald of Awesome / Bald Black Leader Guy
- Big Good: Takes over after Moody dies.
- Culture Equals Costume: Wears a dashiki in the films.
- Loyal to the Position: Kingsley appears to be well-respected by Umbridge and Fudge, and Scrimgeour places him with the Muggle Minister. After the war ends, he becomes Minister of Magic
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Very much so.
- Reverse Mole
- Our Presidents Are Different: Became the first true Minister Action after the war.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Awesomely Discussed and Averted on several occasions:"We continue to hear truly inspirational stories of wizards and witches risking their own safety to protect Muggle friends and neighbours, often without the Muggles' knowledge. I'd like to appeal to all our listeners to emulate their example, perhaps by casting a Protective Charm over any Muggle dwellings in your street. Many lives could be saved if such simple measures are taken."
"I'd say that it's one short step from "wizards first" to "pure-bloods first", and then to "Death Eaters". We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving."
- Wild Goose Chase: As leader of the search for Sirius Black in Order of the Phoenix, he deliberately sends the Ministry on one, telling them that Sirius has been spotted in Tibet.
Nymphadora Lupin (née Tonks)
- Portrayed by: Natalia Tena
"They're very clean, these Muggles. It's unnatural."A young Auror with the distinction of being a Metamorphmagus. She can easily change her appearance at will, making her an invaluable member of the Order of the Phoenix.
- Action Girl: Nymphadora was an accomplished and skillful witch. Having been trained in the use of both defensive and offensive magic by Alastor Moody. She was a proficient duellist and a Metamorphmagus (ability to alter your appearance at will). She could also conjure a corporeal Patronus, a very advanced piece of magic and a mark of superior magical ability.
- Badass: She's an Auror who trained under Mad-Eye Moody. She was his favorite trainee.
- Battle Couple: With Remus.
- Cool Big Sis: Hermione and Ginny view her as this.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She can't make it through a scene without tripping over something or breaking something in her enthusiasm to be helpful.
- Deadpan Snarker: Probably the snarkiest member of the Order, although her depression in The Half-Blood Prince has her making very few jokes.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: Nymphadora. Everyone, save for her parents, calls her "Tonks." (Even they call her "Dora," a more innocuous version.)Tonks: Don't call me Nymphadora!
- Empathic Shapeshifter: Her Metamorphmagic abilities start suffering in Half-Blood Prince because Remus is an Insecure Love Interest to her.
- Happily Married: Her and Remus, despite some early hurdles with Remus' (admittedly, justified) insecurity, end up this.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: Of course.
- Killed Off for Real: Along with Remus, Tonks is killed in the second war.
- Last Minute Hook Up: With Remus.
- Last Name Basis: She prefers to be called by her surname, since she considers her given name an Embarrassing First Name.
- Lethal Chef: Implied. Tonks mentions she's absolutely awful at household spells.
- Becomes Ironic when you consider that her son was raised by his grandmother, - Tonks' mother, Andromeda - who is good at cleaning spells, most likely meaning Teddy is good at them too. Tonks is outnumbered by her family!
- The Maiden Name Debate: Played with. She's still known to friends as Tonks, which is her last name, in the last book despite having married Lupin.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Tonks fell in love with Remus.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Arguably to Moody, who is her teacher and she is his protege.
- The Worf Effect: Not as bad as Mad-Eye but still somewhat frequent. She was defeated twice by her aunt Bellatrix, and seemed to have a lot of trouble when fighting Thorfinn Rowle.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Justified, as she's a Metamorphmagus.
Hestia JonesA member of the second Order. She is part of the Advance Guard and later protects the Dursley family alongside Dedalus Diggle.
- Adapted Out: She does not appear in the films.
- Badass: This is pretty much a prerequisite for joining the Order of the Phoenix. Also, she is not afraid to say the word “Voldemort.”
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Gives the Dursleys a well deserved verbal beatdown regarding their treatment of Harry.
- Mundane Object Amazement: She finds a potato peeler hilarious.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She is last seen going into hiding with Dedalus Diggle and the Dursleys.
Fred and George Weasley
Fleur Isabelle Weasley (née Delacour)
- Portrayed by: Clémence Poésy
"What do I care how 'e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!"A student of Beauxbatons Academy and a Triwizard Champion, Fleur is a vain and high-maintenance quarter-Veela. However, she reveals herself to be a compassionate individual and loyal lover, and risks her life in the battle against Voldemort. She marries Bill Weasley. In the future, they have three children.
- Action Girl: Participates in the Triwizard Tournament and fights in the Battle of Hogwarts. However...
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted. Book version of Fleur is supposed to be exceptionally beautiful with some Veela charming powers to boot, but the film version is, while still pretty, not remarkably so. It's worth noting that the veela are Adapted Out of the film series, so Fleur being part-veela is never mentioned.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is darker in the movies. (Just as a point of reference, the shade of blond she's described as having in the books is closer to Lucius/Draco Malfoy than anything.)
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: While Bill is not "bad" as the typical case, it is noted she first caught interest in him because of his ponytail and dragon-fang earring, which his mother was asking him to cut and remove, respectively. Her attraction to Bill eventually matures into Single Woman Seeks Good Man in the sixth book.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Gabrielle.
- City Mouse
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Becomes nicer to Harry after he saves her little sister.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French
- Faux Action Girl: Her performance in the Triwizard Tournament is quite dissapointing and definitely the worst of the four Champions. She never quite lives to her hype.
- Foreign Fanservice
- Funetik Aksent
- Happily Married: To Bill Weasley.
- Hello, Nurse!: Justified. Her Veela ancestry makes many males (and some females) attracted to her.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Quickly falls for Bill.
- Hidden Depths: Fleur is a lot more selfless and less vain than her first appearance would lead on.
- Hot Witch: Justified. Fleur is part Veela, magical creatures that can entice wizards and some witches.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Sometimes acts quite stuck-up, but isn't incapable of kindness.
- Meaningful Name: According to Word Of God, her name comes from the French phrase fleur de la cour, meaning "flower of the court".
- Nice Hat: The traditional Beauxbatons hat.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her attraction of Bill matures from All Girls Want Bad Boys to this — Fleur makes it perfectly clear to Molly and to anyone in close vicinity that she loves Bill, not because of his looks or job, but because of who he is as a person, which is a Nice Guy.
- Spoiled Sweet
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She's beautiful enough for both her and a heavily scarred Bill. Based on how her parents were described, they also fit the trope.
- Uneven Hybrid: One-quarter veela. One of her grandmother's hairs forms the magical core of her wand.
Original OrderThe fallen members of the original Order of Phoenix convened to resist Voldemort.
- And Your Little Dog Too: The Death Eaters made it a point to kill not only members of their order but also their extended family and friends.
- Badass Crew: They must have been this considering they had some of the greatest witches and wizards of their age. There's Dorcas Meadowes being killed by Voldemort personally, the Prewett Brothers, Edgar Bones and of course James, Sirius, Lily and Remus.
- Badass Family: Included many of them, many of them were dead or tortured by the end of the war. Edgar Bones and his family, the McKinnons, the Prewett brothers, the Longbottoms and finally the Potters.
- Characters Dropping Like Flies: This order had a much bigger body count than the second one. Considering that they had a traitor in the ranks, this is to be expected.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Many of them suffered this at the hands of Voldemort and the Death Eaters, including Benjy Fenwick:Alastor Moody:"Benjy Fenwick, he copped it too, we only ever found bits of him."
- The Dead Have Names: The wizarding public generally remembers the famous wizarding families killed by the Death Eaters but Moody clearly remembers all of them including Caradoc Dearborn, Dorcas Meadowes and Benjy Fenwick who go unmentioned in the final two books and the ones before.
- Hero of Another Story: The brief bits of information suggest that they had a lot of high drama and adventure on their own.
- Posthumous Character: All of them, well except for the Longbottoms and Peter Pettigrew.
- Secret Society Group Picture: They took one not long after their formation as seen above. Even Aberforth Dumbledore managed to find time away from his goats to show up. Harry finds it sad that many of the people in the picture died not long afterwards, completely unaware that one of their own would betray them.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: Wormtail.
- Never Found the Body: Caradoc Dearborn who disappeared and whose fate is unknown even unto the end of the books.
- Noodle Incident: A lot of incidents that are mentioned but not elaborated, including the Longbottoms and the Potters defying Voldemort three times, Gideon and Fabian Prewett making a Last Stand that made them legends, the shocking deaths of the Bones and McKinnons, Dorcas Meadowes dying at Voldemort's hands, Benjy Fenwick's bloody death and whatever happened to poor Caradoc Dearborn.
- True Companions: Were reportedly quite close to each other. Lily Potter cried all night when she heard of Marlene’s death, and mentioned her to Sirius not long before her own death.
- Portrayed by: Cliff Lanning
- The Ace: Alastor Moody calls him "a great wizard".
- Badass Family: Hagrid mentions the Bones Family as “some of the best witches and wizards of the age.” This is likely why he, along with his wife, children, and parents were targeted and murdered by Death Eaters. His sister Amelia, and niece Susan, went on to fight in the second war.
- Badass Mustache: According to his photograph in the film.
Frank And Alice Longbottom
Frank and Alice Longbottom
- Portrayed by: James Payton and Lisa Wood
"My son and his wife were tortured into insanity by You-Know-Who's followers. They were Aurors, you know, and very well respected within the wizarding community. Highly gifted, the pair of them."Neville's parents, who were driven insane after being tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange.
Augusta Longbottom on her son and daughter-in-law
- The Ace: By Dumbledore's own word, they were extremely popular, and other characters mention that they were both highly skilled Aurors. The whole Wizarding world was enraged after their attack.
- Adapted Out: Their sole appearance was cut for the film adaptation of Order of the Phoenix.
- Badass: During the First War, they managed to escape Voldemort three times before being tortured into insanity. They could be arguably considered more Badass than most, as they were also Aurors and members of the Order, actively participating in the battle against Voldemort and the Death Eaters on two fronts.
- To wit, they suffered all the same fates as the Potters, but they didn't die. While they didn't get The Power of Love, they did prove to be too powerful to be killed.
- Badass Family: Frank, Alice, Augusta and without doubt Neville. All of them grade-A asskickers.
- Battle Couple: They fought together in the first war.
- Driven to Madness: As a result of prolonged exposure to the Cruciatus Curse.
- Fate Worse Than Death: And one of the, if not the, saddest fates dealt in the series.
- Happily Married: That lasted for a tragically short time.
- Locked into Strangeness: Alice's hair turned white as a result of being tortured into insanity.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Their eventual fate, with the trauma coming from the combined Cruciatus Curses from the Lestranges and Barty Crouch Jr.
- Portrayed by: Adrian Rawlins
"Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off!"The son of Fleamont and Euphemia Potter, James Potter was a student at Hogwarts before the series began. With Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, he formed the Marauders. At Hogwarts, he met Lily Evans who he married. After graduating he joined the Order of the Phoenix and fought against Voldemort and Death Eaters, until his death at Voldemort's hands. He's the father of Harry Potter.
- The Ace: Combined with Insufferable Genius. In Prisoner of Azkaban, he and Sirius are basically described as this. They are described as talented fighters, excellent students who succeeded effortlessly and, in James's case, a peerless Quidditch player.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the Fifth Film, the famous "Snape's Worst Memory" sequence is highly edited to a brief glimpse without context and dramatic weight addressed, and the final film leaves out the early antagonism between the younger Lily and James, who seem to have had Love at First Sight.
- Ancestral Weapon: Not a weapon. But The Invisibility Cloak is centuries old by the time James gets hold of it. He was seemingly unaware of the significance of the cloak but provoked Dumbledore's curiosity, who asked to borrow it a short while before he died.
- Animal Motifs: His animagus form is a stag, befitting his noble and proud character.
- Animorphism: He can turn into a stag.
- Arch-Enemy: To Severus Snape during his teenage years. And, despite the huge differences in their respective upbringings and worldview, they end up being rather similar in the end.
- Badass: In the First War, he escaped from Voldemort three times before dying.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Tried his best to convince Lily that this was the case with him during "Snape's Worst Memory" but it didn't work at the time. As per Sirius and Remus, it was only after he deflated himself that Lily saw his better qualities. Admittingly, little else is know about his perspective due to his death.
- Big Man on Campus: To the core — a bright student, very popular guy, skilled Quidditch player, comes from old money. Literally the only adult who had a consistently negative opinion of him was Snape.
- Bold Explorer: Along with his friends, he had this attitude towards Hogwarts, wishing to explore every nook and cranny and every secret passage on and off the grounds. Together they created The Marauder's Map as a legacy of their exploring.
- Blue Blood: The Potter family stretches back centuries, and since the marriage of Hardwin Potter to Iolanthe Peverell, included the line of Ignotus Peverell in its lineage. The only reason that the family isn't included in the list of oldest, purest pure-blood families called the "Sacred Twenty-Eight" is because the Potters were and are strongly pro-Muggle rights.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Acknowledged to have been a bright student, though he was also a huge troublemaker. He also became an Animagus at the age of 15, along with Sirius and Wormtail, when there are only seven registered Animagi in the 20th century. Although he seems to have been more academically inclined than his son, being described as "exceptionally bright" by Professor McGonagall and certainly seems to have had little trouble or difficulty with his OWLs.
- Broken Pedestal: For Harry himself, especially after the latter learns about his past.
- Bully Hunter: A large part of his hatred for Snape and his ilk was due to their racist ideology. His rage at Snape calling Lily a Mudblood sounds less like mindless viciousness and more like an extremely Wrong Genre Savvy approach to standing up for her. Though Lily immediately points out that he's Not So Different.
- Character Development: Mellowed out considerably and grew some humility.
- Create Your Own Villain:
- Played With. It's implied by Word Of God and the notes in Snape's Potions Textbook, that Snape's interest and involvement with the Dark Arts was primarily a means to get back at James for the way he was treated by James and his friends. However, he was very talented at it and his Not So Different qualities with James would have driven him into studying them regardless.
- In a milder example, teaching Peter how to become an Animagus gave him the perfect tool to stab him in the back and get away with it.
- Death by Origin Story
- Determinator: In regards to Lily, although not as much as Snape. Unlike Snape however, James at the very least did listen to Lily's criticism and make some attempts at changing his attitude which Snape never did even after her death.
- Denying the Dead Parent's Sins: Until Harry sees Snape's memories, he never believed a word that Snape said about his father. Realizing that Snape was right about his father's attitude as a young man leads to a Heroic BSOD on his part.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Outside of his hate of Snape and a prankster when he was young, he wishes to win over Lily's affection.
- Dysfunction Junction: As the leader of the Marauders, James was perhaps the most normal of the group, lacking family baggage (Sirius Black), a "furry little problem" (Remus Lupin) and feelings of insecurity (Peter Pettigrew).
- Embarrassing Rescue: He saved Severus Snape's life when he discovered Sirius' prank. This changed nothing in their mutual antagonism.
- Everyone Has Standards: Was appalled at Sirius' "prank" which could have potentially killed Snape, leading him to rescue him at great personal risk and an Embarrassing Rescue for Snape. Despite this, he continued to treat Snape in the same manner, before and after the incident.
- Fatal Flaw: Ironically, his generosity and trust in his friends. Peter was the one case where it was absolutely not justified, and his family's betrayal probably would have been averted if James had actually been an Alpha Bitch who shunned and distrusted him. As per Pottermore, it was Remus Lupin (who James and Sirius had befriended) who brought Peter into the fold and as per Sirius, James would never have agreed to take Peter as his Secret Keeper if he had not vouched for him. So maybe his real flaw was deferring to his good friends' Horrible Judge of Character.
- Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: James and Severus bring out the worst in one another and James pretty much says this about Snape. Snape never directly says it, but he certainly expresses it greater.Lily: What's he [Snape] ever done to you?James: Well, it's more the fact that he exists.
- To Ron Weasley, who often appeared a fool before the Muggleborn girl he loved and only became a couple in what would have been their last year at Hogwarts. Harry realizes the same when a chapter after seeing Snape's memory, he sees Ron prattling and running a hand through his hair much like his father.
- To Draco Malfoy as well. Both are wealthy purebloods from ancient families who spent most of their school years swaggering around the halls, insulting people and engaging in a fierce rivalry with a troubled, isolated and lonely half-blood boy before maturing in their late teens. The difference is Malfoy's infatuation with the Dark Arts and pureblood ideals, which James did not share. As a result James was able to become Head Boy, get together with his longtime crush and graduate as a popular and beloved young man while Malfoy was led down a very painful and horrifying path.
- The Potter and Malfoy families in general are this. The Potters started with an eccentric wizard who acted as a village healer for Muggles, and his family eventually founded an apothecary that created healing potions like Skele-Gro, becoming wealthy through their ingenuity and their desire to help others. During WWI, Henry Potter was a member of the Wizengamot who decried the Minister of Magic's decision not to assist the Muggle government, and the family had a reputation as being extremely pro-Muggle. The Malfoys started as Anglo-Norman noblemen who followed William the Conqueror, and Armand Malfoy gained a shady reputation for being one of the King's enforcers. They're also filthy rich, but it's from being evil aristocrats, and they have always supported stridently anti-Muggle policies. Consequently, while the Potters are excluded from a registry that identifies the most ancient and prestigious pure-blood families, for their politics, the Malfoys are included, and are emblematic of pure-blooded wizards.
- Former Teen Rebel: He eventually became a more matured Head Boy.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: From Snape's point of view, anyway. Averted in general, however.
- Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine (In the four Marauders.)
- Generation Xerox:
- Harry is constantly reminded that he looks extraordinarily like his father and is told affectionately by Professor McGonagall that James was an excellent Quidditch player, while also sharing a similar commitment to the Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right ethos. All of this is true but James was very extaverted and prideful unlike the more reserved and humble Harry,
- His grandson, James Potter II is a more literal xerox, behaving in a cross between himself and the Weasley twins, teasing his younger brother, Albus Severus. Somewhere, grandpa will be smiling...
- Good Counterpart:
- The final three books reveal James to share several similarities to the likes of Draco Malfoy and Tom Riddle despite his lifelong alignment to Good and his progressive moral and political stances. Like Malfoy he was a prideful young man who was spoiled by his wealthy parents. Indeed, the first meeting between Snape and James is something of an Ironic Echo of the first meeting of Harry and Draco, only with the roles reversed.
- Like Tom Riddle, he's The Leader of a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits with a Secret Identity Nickname and moreover traded on his looks, charisma and academic standing to escape serious punishment for his actions (which would have gotten other students in Real Life and in the books, expelled). Moreover he indulged in illegal and dangerous activity becoming an animagus and was a ceaseless explorer of Hogwarts.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's a brave wizard, a true friend and a good husband and father, but to those he has a serious problem with, expect a very intense rivalry/hateship.
- Good Parents: We briefly glimpse James playing with his son, on the night of his death, taking great joy in his son's reactions to flying bubbles. Harry's affection for his father and his Heroic Sacrifice is what drives his famous What the Hell, Hero? speech to Remus Lupin, his father's friend, telling him that his abandoning his wife and child and lack of responsibility towards them is something James would never allow, citing how his father stood by him and his mother at the night of the attack.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It's implied in the books and confirmed by Word Of God that his targeting of Snape had to do with his suspicions that the latter had feelings for Lily and was moreover best friends with her, despite Snape being a natrual at the Dark Arts and not a nice guy.
- Guile Hero: James and his friends secretly became animagi as students in Hogwarts, right under the noses of Albus Dumbledore, a powerful Legilimens. Dumbledore never discovered this until years after James' death. Likewise, James used his Invisibility Cloak to sneak around Hogwarts and kept this secret until a short time before his death from Dumbledore, to whom he showed the cloak.
- Happily Married: To Lily.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sirius. Also, with Remus. James supported him financially because, as a werewolf, the law prevented him from getting a job.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Willingly goes forth to a Bolivian Army Ending charging at Voldemort without a wand, hoping that the mere seconds would be enough for Lily and Harry to escape. Unlike his wife, for whom Snape tried to invoke Spare Her My Liege he never had a real choice and was going to be killed anyway.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: An in-series example of someone whose later career as an anti-Voldemort resister and his early death made him remembered as a hero in the minds of the wizarding world who constructed a monument of him, his wife and Harry in Godric's Hollow as a memory of their sacrifice. As a youth, he was more known for his pranks (although this has been hinted at before )and his bitter hateship with Snape, resulting in problems for both of them.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He taught Peter Pettigrew how to become an Animagus, and it was this skill that allowed him to successfully betray the Potters, frame Sirius, and escape justice.
- Honor Before Reason: According to Remus Lupin, James would never stoop to suspecting any of his friends of treachery. This is shown in his choice of Sirius Black as Secret Keeper rather than Dumbledore himself. Although Sirius was loyal, this ultimately Goes Horribly Wrong for everyone since no one suspected Pettigrew of being a traitor.
- Jacob Marley Apparel: When he appears to Harry via the Resurrection Stone, he is said to be wearing the clothes that he died in.
- Jerk Jock: The only person that had a real beef with him was Snape, and that was a complicated and hate-filled rivalry.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: How his former teachers and Hagrid described him, a general troublemaker who was otherwise exceedingly loyal to his friends and a great wizard. His support and loyalty to his friends, even after finding out that Remus Lupin was a werewolf shows his great generosity. That said, Severus Snape for a variety of personal reasons brought out the worst in him and vice versa.
- Jumped at the Call: Sirius told Harry that this was his father's general attitude when confronted with pulling of a risky, rule-breaking action. "The risk would have been fun for James". This also serves as subtle foreshadowing in the 5th Book, since that is definitely not his son's attitude.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He's described as this by those who knew him as an adult.
- Knight Templar: Had this attitude towards the Dark Arts and Slytherin House in general. May or may not be justified considering that Voldemort was on the rise and many prominent Slytherians presented their desires to join up with him.
- The Leader: Of the Marauders.
- Like Father, Like Son: Like his father, Harry's a great Quidditch Player, a tireless fighter against the Dark Arts and a true friend, as well as a determined rule breaker who loves to explore the school grounds. However, unlike his father, Harry was on the receiving end of bullying in his childhood and shakes off the Moral Myopia that led his father to bully Snape.
- Loveable Rogue: He's described as this by those who knew him as a boy, sans Snape and, for a time, Lily.
- Lovable Jock: Was a talented and popular Quidditch player, and knew it.
- Messy Hair: Like father, like son, which makes it ironic that their family invented the Sleekeazy Hair Potion.
- Moral Myopia: James is described and shown as a firm opponent of the Dark Arts, Blood Purity and prejudice towards outsiders and supports his friend Remus Lupin who is otherwise persecuted by his condition. However, despite Snape's interest in the Dark Arts and friendship with future Death Eaters (though both served as big contributing factors), he would attack him For the Lulz and envy of his friendship with the girl he loves.
- Non-Idle Rich: Another way his and Snape's rivalry is a Gray and Gray Morality version of Harry and Draco's. He's rich, well-taken care of and spoiled by his parents (the Draco to Snape's Harry) but he's also Spoiled Sweet and has genuine compassion for Remus Lupin and hates the Dark Arts and Voldemort despite being Pureblood.
- Not Me This Time: The infamous prank that nearly resulted in Snape meeting and dying at the hands of a werewolf was entirely Sirius's idea. James was appalled, and risked his own life to save him.
- Official Couple: With Lily.
- Old Money: The Potter family were never among the most influential of the Pureblood families, but as a result of innovations in Healing potions over the years, they earned a fortune in patents made from making Skele-Gro and Sleekeazy's Hair potion. By the time James was born, his parents had sold off the company to a high price with James having plenty of cash to work full-time with the Order and support himself, Lily and Remus, while also leaving Harry a sizable inheritance.
- Older and Wiser: Implied to have become this. We see hints in Lily's letter, discovered in the final book. She notes that her husband is feeling isolated while living in hiding but is making an effort not to show it, even though Lily can tell, proving that he's mature enough to put his family's happiness over his own.
- Papa Wolf: Fended off Voldemort to give a better chance for Lily and Harry to escape.
- Posthumous Character: Perhaps the most rounded one in terms of overall evolution of character, Warts and All. Though the Character Focus shifts from him to his wife in the final three books. However, admittingly we still know little about him and Lily's thoughts.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: Harry obviously regained enough respect for his father that he was one of the four spirits that emerged from the Resurrection Stone and he later named his first son after him. Actually, a brief moment in the fifth book shows that. After hearing Sirius and Remus laugh nostalgically about his father's antics, not understanding how they can take it lightly, he sees Ron behaving in the same way after his Quidditch triumph while resting beneath the same beech tree that James and his friends did. Harry's reaction is to smile in recognition.
- Refuge in Audacity: This was pretty much how the Marauders made themselves be the height of cool. James uses this to endear himself to Lily, despite subjecting her best friend to a Humiliation Conga in broad daylight in front of a group of onlookers and promising to stop if she goes out with him. Unfortunately for him and fortunately for her, Lily doesn't take that crap.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: This is how the Dursleys saw him, not knowing that he and his wife were part of La Résistance in a Wizard War. He used his wealth to support him and his wife, as well as his friend Remus Lupin, leaving behind a considerable amount of wealth, after his death, to support his son's education. And despite being rich, his Teen Genius nature probably meant he could have risen high in the Ministry, had he wanted to. He was certainly not an idiot.
- The Rival: To Snape, for Lily's affections.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Like his son, he held this belief proudly. Unlike his son, he'd take it to level of breaking actual laws by becoming an unregistered animagus as a teenager, all just to help his werewolf friend. His attitude as a teenager could also veer into Screw the Rules I'm Doing What I Want, according to Severus, Sirius and Remus. Along with his friends, he unearthed almost all of Hogwarts' secret passages and according to Remus, routinely sneaked out of school boundaries. Snape, who was admittedly biased, felt that James believed that the rules did not apply to him. while Remus admits affectionately, that James would have been most disappointed had his son not sneaked out of Hogwarts once.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Hs never shown interest in any other girl, except for Lily.
- Smug Smiler: Most notably when he was hexing Snape.
- So Proud of You: Expresses this sentiment to Harry in the final book, when his shade comes out of the Resurrection Stone.
- Specs of Awesome: Like Father, Like Son.
- Team Dad: Served as this to the rest of the Marauders. Inspiring Sirius to become a Gryffindor in their first meeting and becoming an Animagus to help Remus Lupin with his transformation. For Sirius, James was a brother and provided him the family support, first with his parents and then with Lily and Harry, that he didn't have in his life. After graduating from Hogwarts, he also supported Remus financially, since because of his condition he could not find work.
- Teen Genius: Was regarded as a gifted and brilliant Wizard by his teachers and Remus Lupin, who notes that the animagus transformations would not have been possible if it had not been for his and Sirius' brilliance. This is also shown in The Marauder's Map.
- Those Two Guys: With Sirius Black.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Was apparently a believer in this and the main virtue he and his son share. Dumbledore and Remus affirm that James would not want Peter Pettigrew killed even if he was a Dirty Coward traitor. In the books, despite his treatment of Severus Snape, he risked his life to save his, admittedly as a fallout for a prank by his friend Sirius but not one that he instigated, as Snape wrongly believed.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Described as this, along with his wife, by Hagrid.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- In Lily's eyes, he did in the 6th year. To his friends he was always warm and generous, if occasionally over-the-top.
- Subverted in the case of Snape, to whom he never truly changed. Even after he stopped hexing others, Sirius and Remus admitted that he remained, for James, a "special case". However, both pointed out that James only did so out of retaliation.
- Troll: Ensured that the Marauder's Map would have a special in-built nasty insult in case Snape ever tried to read it. This endured even years after his death.
- True Companions: The Marauders.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: To a mildly lesser extent than Lily, but still present. Despite being heard about him from those closest to him and one not, we don't know how aquaintances viewed him nor do we see anything from his perpective, thus making somewhat difficult to guise his motives.
- Worthy Opponent: Voldemort briefly expresses this sentiment to Harry in the graveyard scene at the end of Goblet of Fire, noting that James Potter died "straight-backed and proud" and wishes Harry to aspire to the same ideal. The glimpse of his death in Deathly Hollows confirms this. Although it's more a Hopeless Boss Fight since James didn't have his wand and merely charged forward blindly in the hope he could give his wife whatever little time he could.
Lily Potter (née Evans)
- Portrayed by: Geraldine Somerville
"Harry, you're so loved. Mummy loves you. Daddy loves you."Harry Potter's mother, who was murdered by Voldemort and whose sacrifice for her son saved his life and started the events of the series.
- Action Mom: Implied. Although she's never actually seen in action, she's known to have been a skilled witch and was one of the few people who were ever able to escape Voldemort more than once.
- Age Lift: Kind of reversed. As mentioned above James and Lily were both 20 when Harry was born, meaning they were 21 when they died. In the film series however, they are played by actors who are much older (Lily's actress was 34 in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, James' was 43). While some argue that it would be natural for Harry to imagine his parents at the same age as the parents of his peers when looking in the mirror of Erised (and the same theory could technically extend to their ghosts), they are played by the same actors in flashbacks and old photographs. It seems as though the production team wanted actors that looked like they could be the parents of Daniel Radcliffe at the time of filming, rather than actors who looked like they could be the parents of Daniel Radcliffe ten years previously.
- Rowling herself admitted to having not realized how old Lily and James were until some time later.
- All-Loving Heroine: Apparently, Harry inherited this trait from her. Her relationship with her former friend, Snape is a good example: she, the most popular, beautiful, talented girl in school, arguably an Alpha Bitch, favorite of Slughorn who is known to "collect" influential students, was best friends with the poor, ugly, hot-tempered boy from her rival House. Yes, she eventually breaks up with him, but it's after years of watching him turn into a horrible person under the influence of Slytherin's junior Death Eaters, culminating in him calling her an unforgivable slur — and it obviously breaks her heart to do it.
- There is a tendency towards Flanderization as while Lily was generally outgoing, charismatic and polite, she is quick to express distaste, criticizing Snape's treatment of Petunia and his own Moral Myopia in hanging out with Death Eater friends who attack other students when he himself is attacked by the Marauders.
- Alpha Bitch: Implied. She is presented as the more dominant (and possibly more spoiled) of the two sisters in the Evans family. She goes on to be a popular, influential, charismatic and talented student in Hogwarts, who doesn't suffer a shortage of insults for people she doesn't like, with an active social and romantic life that contrasts Snape's, her loner best friend. Slughorn describes her as "vivacious, charming and cheeky."
- Always with You: In the books, Dumbledore often explains to Harry that his parents' sacrifice and their example is a key source of his power and strength that he can draw from.
- Animal Motifs: Her Patronus form is a Doe, coincidentally, her husband's animagus form was a stag. After her death, it becomes Severus Snape's Patronus, signifying his ardour and commitment for her memory.
- Badass: During the First War, she managed to escape Voldemort three times, before dying. Only three others ever managed this.
- Berserk Button:
- Being called a Mudblood not from someone she doesn't care about, but from her years long best friend.
- People attacking her own, no matter what they might have done. James Potter pushes this when he attacks Severus Snape, and Severus pushes this when he drops a branch on Petunia.
- People trying to stand up on her behalf when they aren't even in her social circle. A good example is when Lily takes outsider James' hot tempered, awkward "Apologize to Evans!" as a Rant-Inducing Slight, telling him that she doesn't need him to make Snape apologize to her and that he's Not So Different.
- Being patronized by her friends. When Snape tries to "warn" Lily over James' crush he tells her that he won't let her be fooled by him. Her reaction is an incredulous "Let me?" with eyebrows raised, which likewise drives Snape into silence.
- Betty and Veronica Switch: A rare female version whose two identified suitors included her childhood best friend and a slightly more moral but bullying Gryffindor. Her feelings and relationship between them follow a classic Hourglass Plot.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She has an "intutive grasp" of potions and her wand is particularly suited to charms, but the books never give off the impression that she's particularly studious. She's seen laughing and hanging out with her girl friends after her exams, unlike Snape, who is going over his answers once more.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Petunia's Cain. She is also the Abel to Snape's Cain of the childhood friends variety.
- Childhood Friend Romance: In a one-sided example, Snape was her childhood best friend for a -good 7-8 years, but their friendship died out before Lily could develop romantic feelings for him, due to his Fantastic Racism sympathies, using an unforgivable slur about Muggleborns casually, and even against Lily herself. She also knew James, but their interaction was limited and volatile until they started dating in seventh year.
- Character Focus: The first five books considerably etched out her husband's backstory and provides much information about his schooldays with very little mention of Lily. Her growing focus in the final two books signifies the central role she plays in the life of her son and Severus Snape. Although we still don't get much information on her personality, her character flaws, friends and personal drives.
- Death by Origin Story: By necessity.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: To Sirius Black, who as a young first-year she turned her back to on being seated next to him, after being disappointed that she sorted into Gryffindor, unlike her best friend, Severus Snape. Years later, she considers Sirius an acquaintance, at least. As evidenced by the letter discovered by Harry.
- Et Tu, Brute?: She really must have felt way disappointed after Snape calls her a "mudblood" and had been learning Dark Arts right behind her back.
- Flowery Insults: Lily had a habit of coming up with rather creative and snarky insults, a habit that the Slytherin Head of House, Slughorn comments on when he's talking about how Lily, his favorite, "should have been in his house". Her way of fighting is almost always verbal. Verbal attacks are usually associated with Slytherins in-universe, while impulsive hexing with Gryffindors.
- Give Geeks a Chance: So much so that people couldn't even figure out why Lily and Severus hung out. According to Rowling, a romantic relationship may have in fact developed between Snape and Lily if not for his Fantastic Racism and his study of the Dark Arts.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: She actually loved her sister and was very sad when Petunia acted all cold towards her and called her a "freak" for going to Hogwarts. 11-year-old Lily didn't see how jealous and bitter her sister was because of their parents' favoritism towards Lily. She also shows some signs of idealizing her older sister when she was young, taking Petunia's side when Petunia insults Severus Snape for being poor. It's safe to assume that things escalated on their teen years, as older Lily and Petunia don't reconcile.
- Green Eyes: With red hair, too.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Considering what it sets into motion, hers may be the biggest sacrifice of the series. Word Of God explains that hers is the one sacrifice where the character makes a genuine choice between life and death, driven purely by her Mama Bear instinct. The later books constantly clarify the meaning and impact of her authentic sacrifice not only on the story's plot but also for Snape's gradual Character Development.
- Ice Queen: Becomes this when Snape crosses what she considers his Moral Event Horizon, talking to him in a cold tone and even using the Marauders' own insult, "Snivellus" to talk to her ex-friend.
- Knight Templar: More than any Gryffindor in the series, even her own son, Lily averts this. She befriends a rather unpopular Slytherin in the middle of Voldemort's rise to infamy, and being a treasured student of the Slytherin Head of House of her generation, who is himself a Token Good Teammate for Slytherin in the entire series. Part of this may be due to her being Muggleborn and thus not raised in the atmosphere. It might also be that she might have a very strong Slytherin side, which Slughorn hints at with saying that he "often told her she should have been in his house", something he never says about his other Gryffindor favorites (Harry, Ginny, Hermione). This wouldn't mean that Lily could be sorted into Slytherin because Muggleborns are not seen as pure enough, as a result of Fantastic Racism. One of Lily's Slytherin traits could also very well be self preservation, because she knows when to break off her friendship with Snape.
- The Lost Lenore: To Snape, in a one-sided Childhood Friend Romance.
- Mama Bear: Protects her infant son with love so awesome it helps him escape certain death from beyond the grave.
- Morality Pet:
- Lily brought out the best in Snape as children. After he indirectly caused her death, she became his Morality Chain, albeit unwillingly.
- Lily is something of a deconstruction of the Morality Pet in that she refuses to be the single exception to otherwise unpleasant behaviour, and merely enable her friend's insecurities. She refuses to be the Token Minority friend of Snape when he hangs out with racists simply because, in his words, "she's different" ("Why Should I Be Any Different?" is her retort). Likewise, she refuses to enable James' bullying when he does it for ostensible noble reasons. Basically, Lily would not be part of anyone's life if they were merely nice to her and put her on a pedestal but continue to be JerkAsses.
- Odd Friendship : She and Severus Snape were childhood friends, knowing each other for two or more years before coming to Hogwarts and before being sorted into rival houses. After that, their friendship surprisingly sustained for five years, yet Lily started putting distance between them because of Snape's descent into the Dark Arts, which apparently led Lily's other friends to question her association with him, which she mentions in their friendship-breaking conversation.
- Official Couple: With James.
- The One That Got Away: To Snape. His descent into the Dark Arts and the Death Eaters cost him Lily's friendship, (maybe) her love, and eventually, her life. He is all too painfully aware of this. Word Of God confirms that she "certainly loved him as a friend and could have loved him romantically if he wasn't into such horrible acts".
- Parental Favoritism: Possible. Petunia accuses her parents of such, but it's unclear how much of it is the truth and how much of it is just Petunia's jealousy and bitterness talking.
- Please, I Will Do Anything!: When It All Began. And what ultimately triggers the Spanner in the Works Heroic Sacrifice which drives the story's plot, unwittingly rejecting Voldemort following up on Snape's Spare Her My Liege offer. Because she had a choice between her life and her son's life, and chose Harry over hers, Harry becomes The Chosen One.
- Posthumous Character
- The Power of Love
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Gives one to James Potter when the latter persists in making a fool of himself by trying to defend her honor when Snape calls her a Mudblood, chewing him out for his arrogance and problems, insisting that he's Not So Different.
- Gives a cold, epic one to Severus which seems to end their friendship, telling him that he's betrayed her trust and that he still doesn't see anything wrong with his Death Eater friends or calling other people "Mudblood".
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She is repeatedly described as having long, "dark red" hair, green eyes, and pale skin. Fanon likes to give her orange-y, ginger hair similar to Weasleys, simply because orange-y hair is more common in redheads, but this is not true to Lily's canon description. Also unlike Weasleys, Lily is never described as having freckles or ruddy skin.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Why she ended up with James. For James' faults, he faced them and became a better person, ending up happily together for the short time they had.
- Teen Genius: According to Slughorn, she was very gifted at Potions during her years at Hogwarts.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She is the second character who is good at heart to be killed off, after James.
- Tranquil Fury: After Snape calls her "Mudblood". She doesn't go into a berserk screaming fit of rage, but it's clear she's pissed off nonetheless. She shows the same controlled fury when Snape comes and begs forgiveness from her after the incident.
- True Companions: Seems to have regarded the Order of the Phoenix and her husband's friends as this as evidenced by the letter to Sirius discovered in the final book by Harry and Severus Snape.
- Tsundere: Possibly. Considering she went from outwardly disliking James in fifth year to actively dating him in seventh and marriage after graduating Hogwarts, most of their development would have occurred in sixth and seventh year, although we never see it.
- What Beautiful Eyes: There's a lot of emphasis on her green eyes, which Harry inherited from her.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Much like James, we don't know much about her from her perspective or her own friends, making her a much bigger case than him. Of all the posthumous characters, she gets the least focus as compared to her husband who gets a Warts and All portrayal in the course of the seven books. We mostly see her from Snape's POV, additionally we hear about her being an outgoing, vivacious, charismatic person, as well as a potions genius from Slughorn but neither mentions gives a real sense of her character. Additionally, we never meet any of her friends who weren't in love with her like we do for James, despite the fact that she was popular, had her own social circle and didn't hang out with Marauders in her school years. Similarly, we don't learn about her flaws like we did James', Harry naturally idealizes her but she had to have her flaws, yet we don't get to see them. Rowling also seems to be a fan of The Smurfette Principle, as Lily is the only known witch in her era. These lead to rather Unfortunate Implications.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Snape. Despite being his first and initially closest friend, it wasn't enough to keep from indulging in the Dark Arts.
- What Does She See in Him?: After seeing his parents argue as teenagers and seeing his father's unpleasant side, Harry in his Broken Pedestal Heroic BSOD wonders how his parents got married, only to be reassured by Remus and Sirius that she did have some feelings towards her father and fell in love only after he changed his behaviour. Considering Snape's obsessive grudge against James Potter well into adulthood and his ardour for Lily, one can safely assume that he felt the same way. On meeting Dumbledore for the first time, he tries to dissociate Lily from her family, only caring that Voldemort's fixation for Lily's baby would jeopardize her by association. One reason he insists Dumbledore not tell anyone for the real reasons for his Heel–Face Turn was him being Unbalanced by Rival's Kid.
Gideon and Fabian Prewett
Gideon and Fabian PrewettMembers of the first Order and brothers of Molly Weasley. They were killed by Death Eaters.
- Bash Brothers: Of the magical variety.
- Do Not Go Gentle: It took five Death Eaters, including Hero Killer Antonin Dolohov, to defeat them.
- Foil: It's not clear if they are twins, but they seem to be harbingers of their nephews Fred and George. Word Of God mentioned that Molly after losing her brothers was exceptionally worried about her family and it's clear that she sees Fred and George's reckless actions as being reminscent of their uncles.
- The Klutz: Fabian didn't take very good care of his possessions, including his pocket watch, which is dented when Molly gives it to Harry Potter.
- Meaningful Name: "Gideon" is Hebrew for "mighty warrior," and "Fabian" also refers to a military strategy.