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Characters: Harry Potter Order Of The Phoenix Members
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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.
  • Big Damn Heroes
  • Dying Like Animals: 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 Secret Service
  • 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.
  • True Companions: Most definitely.

    Albus Dumbledore 

    Minerva McGonagall 

    Severus Snape 

    Sirius Black 
" 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."

Portrayed by: Gary Oldman

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.
  • Animorphism
  • Anti-Hero
  • Badass
  • Badass Biker
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Et Tu, Peter?: He was blamed for the murder of the Potters by Peter.
  • Expy: His and James Potter's young, teenage selves as seen in the 800-word prequel JK Rowling wrote for charity are completely interchangeable with Fred and George Weasley, who also go on to use the Marauder's Map (invented by James and Sirius and their friends), as well as one of them dying and leaving the other scarred for life. If you changed the names in the 800-word prequel, the story would fit exactly to Fred and George with the exception of physical descriptions, their dialogue has exactly the same patterns and brand of humour, making him and James seem very shallow in development (at least, them in their youth.)
  • 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
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Up until his death, most of the wizarding community believes him to be a dangerous and violent mass murderer.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Harry Potter, I Am Your Godfather: 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.
  • Hypocrite: 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.
    • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Jerk Ass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In his youth, he was even more cruel than James was to students they didn't like. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Old Shame: 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 second cousin / the wife of his closest living friend, leaving his third cousin 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.
  • What Could Have Been: As per Word of God, Arthur Weasley was originally intended to die in the fifth book instead of Sirius.
  • 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.
  • Younger than They Look: Typical for an Azkaban convict.
  • 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!"

    Remus Lupin 

    Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody 
"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?"

Portrayed by: Brendan Gleeson

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.


  • Actor-Shared Background: Brendan Gleeson was a teacher for fifteen years before becoming an actor.
  • Anti-Hero
  • Alliterative Nickname
  • Badass
    • 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.
    • Retired Badass: By the fourth book, he was living in paranoid retirement but still able to handle his own in any fight.
  • Berserk Button: Apparently, he does not like seeing people get attacked from behind.
  • Big Good: Briefly, between Dumbledore's death and his own.
  • 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
  • Eyepatch of Power
  • Genius Cripple
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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. The best explanation anyone has for this is that he was more competent in his youth.
  • Large Ham: Brendan Gleeson was clearly having a ball in the part.
  • Mad Eye: It's not just for visual effect — the electric eye is literally the size of a golf ball.
  • Old Soldier
  • Pragmatic Hero: After having lost several body parts to dark wizards, he's not above using dirty tactics himself. Though Sirius notes 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.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Arguably to Tonks, who is his protege.
  • 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.

    Nymphadora Tonks 
"They're very clean, these Muggles. It's unnatural."

Portrayed by: Natalia Tena

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.

    Molly Weasley, née Prewett 
"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."

Portrayed by: Julie Walters

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.
  • 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.
  • Apron Matron: She's the domestic type and clearly the one in charge of the household.
  • Berserk Button: "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" Enough said.
  • 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. Subverted 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 Prewett men, because she would not give up on having a girl.
  • Death Glare: Typically Fred and George get it for their pranks.
  • Fiery Redhead: A temper as red as her hair, as seen in the letter she sends Ron in the second book.
  • 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 / Parents as People: Flips between one and the other. She has a good heart, noble intentions and is an excellent Parental Substitute to Harry, but her short temper flashes through many times and has so many kids that Ron ends up quite ignored sometimes. Not to mention, 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.
  • 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.
  • Like a Son to Me: She considers Harry one of her many sons. Somewhat deconstructed as she is very overprotective of him and acts as though she's the only parental figure he has. Lupin flat out tells her that she's not the only one who cares about him this way.
    Sirius: [Harry]'s not your son!
    Molly: He's as good as!
  • 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.
  • Nice Girl
  • 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.
  • 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.)
    • Also is an obvious shipper of Ron and Hermione, given how she treats Hermione when she thinks the girl is pursuing Harry.
  • 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.
  • Tsundere: Type B. She's kind and sweet and all... but if you displease her or behave badly, she flips the fuck out.
    "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."
  • 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. Nonverbally. NON-FUCKING-VERBALLY.

    Arthur Weasley 
"Now, Harry you must know all about Muggles! Tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?"

Portrayed by: Mark Williams

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.

    William Arthur "Bill" Weasley 
"[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."

Portrayed by: Domnhall Gleeson

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, and takes Ron in for the brief period after Ron leaves Harry and Hermione. He meets Fleur, and they become engaged. He is attacked by Fenrir in the 6th book, which permanently disfigures his face but Fleur does not mind, and their wedding goes well. Bill, being a member of the Order, participates in the Battle of Hogwarts. In the future, he and Fleur have three children.

    Charles "Charlie" Weasley 
Portrayed by: Alex Crockford

The second-eldest of the Weasley children, Charlie lives in Romania studying dragons. He takes care of Hagrid's dragon Norbert/Norberta when Hagrid is forced to give it away and brings in the dragons used in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. As a member of the Order, his job is to recruit foreign wizards to the fight against Voldemort. He participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Aloof Big Brother
  • 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 film. 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
  • 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?

    Fleur Delacour 
"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!"

Portrayed by: Clémence Poésy

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.

    Aberforth Dumbledore  
"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?"

Portrayed by: Jim McManus and Ciarán Hinds

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 Barkeep: 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 act in the last Battle of Hogwarts was to 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
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Kingsley Shacklebolt 
"You may not like him, Minister, but you can't deny: Dumbledore's got style."

Portrayed by: George Harris

John Major: 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—
Rufus Scrimgeour: That's because he's a wizard. A highly trained Auror, who has been assigned to you for your protection.

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.
  • 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 McCoolname
  • 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Very much so.
  • Reverse Mole
  • Our Ministers 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.

    James Potter 
"Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off!"

Portrayed by: Adrian Rawlins

Harry Potter's father, who was murdered by Voldemort before the series began. At Hogwarts, he, along with his friends Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, made up the Marauders, a group of prank-pulling troublemakers.
  • 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.
  • 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 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: Implied, seeing as he has a lineage stretching back to the Peverells and had enough money to support his family during the war without needing a steady source of income.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • The Bully: As a teenager. He eventually grew out of this, even becoming the Head Boy in his final year at Hogwarts.
    • Bully Hunter: Let the irony sink in here. 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
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Lily when he was young. He managed to win her affections after Lily leaves her other friend, Snape.
  • Cockfight: His bullying of Snape is definitely driven by this.
  • Create Your Own Villain: 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. Also, 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 being a bully and a prankster when he was young, he wishes to win over Lily's affection without her being one of his bullying victims.
  • 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).
  • Even School Bullying 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.
  • Embarrassing Rescue: He saved Severus Snape's life when he discovered Sirius' prank. This changed nothing in their mutual antagonism.
  • Expy: His and Sirius Black's young, teenage selves as seen in the 800-word prequel JK Rowling wrote for charity are completely interchangeable with Fred and George Weasley, who also go on to use the Marauder's Map (invented by James and Sirius and their friends), as well as one of them dying and leaving the other scarred for life. If you changed the names in the 800-word prequel, the story would fit exactly to Fred and George with the exception of physical descriptions, their dialogue has exactly the same patterns and brand of humour, making him and Sirius seem very shallow in development (at least, them in their youth.)
    • In-universe, James and Sirius are described by Hagrid as forerunners to the Weasley twins though Harry discovers that they were worse in many ways, doing things that makes Fred and George seem Lighter and Softer by comparison.
  • 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: Non-racial example:
    Lily: What's he [Snape] ever done to you?
    James: Well, it's more the fact that he exists.
  • 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 also a Spoiled Brat and Jerk Jock while Harry shares similar life experiences to Severus Snape.
    • 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 / Foil: The final three books reveal James to share several similarities to the likes of Draco Malfoy, Tom Riddle and even Dudley Dursley, despite his lifelong alignment to Good and his progressive moral and political stances.
    • Like Malfoy he was a Smug Snake bully who was spoilt by his wealthy parents and prattled whatever his father told him. Indeed, the first meeting between Snape and James is an Ironic Echo of the first meeting of Harry and Draco, only with the roles reversed.
    • Likewise he shared a penchant for being a Jerk Jock who picked on people four on one, Not So Different from Harry's observation of Dudley Dursley.
    • Like Tom Riddle, he's The Leader of a Gang Of Bullies 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 if not Dark Magic by becoming an animagus and was a ceaseless explorer of Hogwarts.
    • An example of the series' Graying Morality, that someone who is otherwise a good father, true friend and loving husband could also have Feet of Clay.
    • Likewise, 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.
  • 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.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's a brave wizard, a true friend and a good husband and father, but his lack of niceness to Severus Snape is a major character flaw.
  • 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 (accurate) suspicions that the latter had feelings for Lily and was moreover best friends with her, despite being a weirdo interested in the Dark Arts.
  • 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 / Nostalgia Filter: 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 and bullying antics, in particular for making Snape's life a living Hell, before maturing quite a bit thanks to Lily.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 / Loveable Rogue: He's described as the former by those who knew him as an adult. He's described as the latter by those who knew him as a boy, sans Snape and, for a time, Lily. It seems he was a combination of both with a mix of Jerk Jock thrown in for good measure.
  • Knight Templar: Had this attitude towards the Dark Arts and Slytherin House in general.
  • 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.
  • Love Redeems: Maybe. But Lily would never have fallen for him if he didn't clean up his act.
  • Messy Hair: Like father, like son.
  • Meaningful Name: His name James comes from Jacob, which means "he usurps". Similar to how he, from Snape's POV, usurped his position in Lily's affection.
  • 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, 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 spoilt rotten 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.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: With Lily.
  • Papa Wolf
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: The first four books initially presented James as Deceased Parents Are the Best only to reveal him to be this and a rare case of someone becoming good while his victim turned evil.
  • Smug Smiler: Most notably when he was hexing Snape.
  • Smug Snake: As a teenager.
  • Specs of Awesome: Like Father, Like Son
  • So Proud of You: Expresses this sentiment to Harry in the final book, when his shade comes out of the Resurrection Stone.
  • 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 7th 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".
  • True Companions: The Marauders.
  • 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.
  • Upper-Class Wit: He and Sirius were this as students.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Inverted. He starts out as a bully himself since young, but grew up to be a nice person.
    • Actually even as a kid, he showed remarkable kindness and Undying Loyalty to Remus Lupin and strongly supported Sirius after he was turned out by his own family. The fact is his kindness to a few of his friends led to Moral Myopia regarding his actions vis-a-vis Snape.
  • 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.
  • Word of God: Contrary to the first movie, Jo says that he was actually a Chaser, not a Seeker.

    Lily Potter, née Evans 
"Harry, you're so loved. Mummy loves you. Daddy loves you."

Portrayed by: Geraldine Somerville

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.
  • All-Loving Hero: Apparently, Harry inherited this trait from her. Her relationship with her former friend, Snape is a good example: she, the clever, pretty object of the most popular boy in school's affections, 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 nice, she is not shy to express her dislike and distaste at what she feels is wrong, 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. She is forgiving and shows loyalty but is never shy to put her feet down, as Snape and James find out.
  • Always with You: "Harry... Harry, you are loved. You are so loved. Daddy loves you. Mommy loves you. Harry, be strong. Be safe."
    • 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, as a result of her love for her husband whose 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, her husband included, ever managed this.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Her friendship with Snape and his lifelong devotion to her memory develops because, for a brief period during their childhood and school days, she was the one person who looked past how incredibly difficult he was to be around and became friends with him, offering emotional support in his feud with the Marauders. This niceness ultimately allows her Heroic Sacrifice to work.
  • Berserk Button: James Potter pushes this when he attacks Severus Snape. What generally sets her off is people deciding to stand up on her behalf and tell her to what to think when she can make up her own mind.
    • While generally angry at James, she takes his command to Snape to "Apologize to Evans" as a Rant Inducing Slight telling him in no uncertain terms that she doesn't need him to make Snape apologize to her and that he's Not So Different.
    • Likewise when Snape warns Lily over James' growing affections he tells her that he won't let her be fooled by him. Her reaction is to cut him off with an angry "let me?", which likewise scares Snape into silence.
  • Betty and Veronica / Betty and Veronica Switch: A rare female version whose only two identified suitors included her childhood best friend and a slightly more wealthy but snobbish outsider. Her feelings and relationship between them follow a classic Hourglass Plot.
  • 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: She had known James ever since they were young, prior to their marriage. In a one-sided example, Snape was unable to win her affections after he calls her an unforgivable slur about Muggles.
  • Character Focus: The first four books considerably etched out her husband's backstory and provides much information about his schooldays with little mention of Lily. Her growing focus in the final three books signifies the central role she plays in the life of her son and Severus Snape.
  • The Conscience: In her life she served as this for both Severus Snape and James Potter, leading the latter to eventually tone down his Big Man on Campus stick. However, despite her repeated criticisms of his friends, Snape never listened to her during their schooldays. After her death, she becomes this to Snape, her death and sacrifice starting a lifelong Heel Realization.
  • Death by Origin Story
  • Et Tu, Snape?: She really must have felt way disappointed after Snape calls her a "mudblood" and had been learning Dark Arts right behind her back.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: To Sirius Black, who as a young first-year girl she huffed up on being seated next to him. Years later, and much Character Development on both sides, she considers Sirius a true friend and unconditionally trusts him. As evidenced by the letter discovered by Harry.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's mostly described as being studious and in Snape's memories, she's fairly calm and composed. The one glimpse of her temper, directed at James Potter, is incredibly memorable however.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: According to Rowling, a romantic relationship may have in fact developed between Snape and Lily if he hadn't called her a mudblood and hung around Dark Wizards.
  • 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. They never reconciled.
  • Green Eyes
  • 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. A surprising contrast for her otherwise Fiery Redhead demeanor in the Snape's Worst Memory scene.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • She also served as this to James, who refused to cast a hex on her and at least made a token effort to stop bullying Snape at her constant rebuke. He also noticeably deflates when Lily insists that he's Not So Different. He would take her criticism to heart and eventually undergo Character Development in his final year.
    • 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 flaws. 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 years before coming to Hogwarts and before being sorted into rival houses. After that, their friendship was sustained for five years, getting strained 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 eventual 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.
  • Parental Favoritism: Maybe. 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
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She would never have given James the time of day if he hadn't undergone some Character Development, refusing to be impressed by his Big Man on Campus bluster. He eventually understood this and toned down his behavior in the final years, as per his friends.
  • Spare Her My Liege: Severus Snape asks this to Lord Voldemort in the selfish hope of Comforting the Widow. Her rejection of this offer turns out to be the Spanner in the Works for the entire series.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an epic 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, cruelty and callous jokes, insisting that he's Not So Different.
    • Gives a colder 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".
  • Teen Genius: According to Slughorn, she was very gifted during her years at Hogwarts.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She is the first character who is good at heart to be killed off.
  • Tsundere: Possibly towards James. The biggest factor keeping James from getting involved with Lily in their youth was his Jerk Jock tendencies.
    • There's a brief hint of her feelings towards James in the Pensieve scene, where Lily briefly seems to smile at one of James' antics, though she quickly reigns it in. Word of God admits that this was the case.
  • 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.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: There's a lot of emphasis on her green eyes, which Harry inherited from her.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Snape. He really shouldn't have hung out with the wannabe Death Eaters in the first place.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: 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 and we hear about her being a good student from Slughorn but neither mentions gives a real sense of her character.
  • 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.

    Frank And Alice Longbottom 
"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."
Augusta Longbottom on her son and daughter-in-law

Neville's parents, who were driven insane after being tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

     Arabella Figg 
"Dementors in Little Winging! Whatever next? The whole world's gone topsy-turvy!"

Harry's neighbour, who is actually a member of the order.
  • 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.

     Mundungus Fletcher 
"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.
  • Anti-Hero: A mix of type I and V.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dirty Coward: He won't hesitate to save his own skin in a tough situation.
  • Fell Off the Back of a Broom: 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.
  • 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.

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