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Rita Skeeter (Miranda Richardson)
"What a charismatic quartet! Hello, I'm Rita Skeeter. I write for the daily prophet. But, of course, you know that, don't you? It's you we don't know. You're the juicy news. What quirks lurk beneath those rosy cheeks? What mysteries do the muscles mask? Does courage lie beneath those curls? In short, what makes a champion tick? Me, myself and I want to know. Not to mention my ravid readers. So, who's feeling up to sharing? Shall we start with the youngest? Lovely."
A reporter for the Daily Prophet
known for her "enchantingly nasty" and often slanderous writings. She is an unregistered Animagus who can transform into a beetle
, a fact that makes it easy for her to eavesdrop on people and reveal their darkest secrets to everyone.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: She was described as fairly unattractive in the books, but being played by Miranda Richardson didn't hurt her.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Even Evil Has Standards: Though not entirely evil, but more of a Jerkass when writing her stories. She along with the others were shocked that the name Barty Crouch was mentioned as one of the suspected death eaters. It turned out to be his son.
- Femme Fatalons: They're even referred to as "talons" on a few occasions.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears jeweled eyeglasses.
- Hate Sink
- Hot Scoop: What she thinks she is.
- And what she is in the movies, due to a case of Adaptational Attractiveness. She was not nearly so good-looking the way she was described in the book.
- Intrepid Reporter: Antagonist version.
- Jerkass: To the point of being the only character in the books that Dumbledore treats with open rudeness, as opposed to the condescending politeness he reserves for everyone else he dislikes.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As sensationalist as her stories are, she actually ends up pegging Dumbledore right in her story on him.
- Karma Houdini: Not initially, but by the final book, she's a successful writer again. In fairness, what we see of her biography of Dumbledore isn't as blatantly untrue as what she had been writing before, though every bit as mean-spirited.
- Literal Surveillance Bug: Her Animagus form.
- Malicious Slander: Her specialty.
- Making a Spectacle of Yourself
- Overshadowed By Bitchiness: When she's introduced, she's the series' primary Jerkass female character that everyone loves to hate... until Umbridge enters the picture in the following book. Umbridge makes Rita look like one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
- Twisting the Words: Rita writes only what she thinks would make the most popular story, and so half her work is twisting the facts and words to fit her often slanderous version. The other half is flat-out lying.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: It turns out she manages to sneak into the Hogwarts grounds for her stories because she's a beetle Animagus.
- What Could Have Been: Word of God stated that she was the replacement character for Mafalda Prewitt, the daughter of a Muggle and a squib, a Slytherin who is related to the Weasley family through Molly. Rolwing stated she couldn't figure out how to get Malfalda, a first year in the fifth book, to know so much.
Viktor Krum (Stanislav Ianevski)
"You have no business here! This tent is for champions, and friends."
— To Rita Skeeter, his only spoken line in the movie
A world-renowned Bulgarian Quidditch player and the Durmstrang Triwizard Tournament champion. He becomes romantically involved with Hermione during his stay at Hogwarts, much to Ron's fury. He later shows up at Bill and Fleur's wedding, where he is angered by Xenophilius Lovegood's Deathly Hallows necklace
. He explains to Harry that the symbol was the mark of Grindelwald. He remains in contact with Hermione, but only as pen pals.
- Badass Bookworm: While most of his time in the library was an attempt to get close to Hermione, he apparently does like books on his own.
- Berserk Button: Grindelwald's mark. He recounts a time where some fellow students had copied it down to make themselves look tough until he and some others had "taught them better" and threatens to duel Xenophilius Lovegood for wearing it. Justified, since Grindelwald killed his grandfather.
- Big Man on Campus
- Crewcut of Awesome: In the film.
- Dumb Muscle: He appears to subvert this trope, revealing himself as a soft-spoken, thoughtful boy as the story progresses. This is how Ron comes to view him when he starts taking interest in Hermione.
- Famous-Named Foreigner: Krum was a famous Bulgarian king who ruled in the 9th century.
- Graceful in Their Element: On a broom, he's fast and agile. On the ground, he is described as being "duck-footed."
- Husky Russkie: Well, a burly Bulgarian, to be precise.
- or as Skeeter put it in the movies, a Bulgarian Bon-Bon
- Ladykiller in Love: Surrounded by smitten girls because of his fame, he falls for Hermione, the one girl who mostly just ignored him.
- The Quiet One: In the book it's noted that when he's talking to Hermione at the Yule Ball, it's the first time Harry has ever actually heard him talk.
- Troubled, but Cute: Described as surly and glowering, he’s also duck footed, and round shouldered. Yeah, he’s not actually described as handsome per se, but when he’s seen interacting with Hermione he shown to be very sweet. Also the not-so-handsome part can be explained by Harry’s opinion on the matter being skewed.
- Even Hermione describes him as not being good-looking (at least before he asks her out).
- In the movie this is played straight, depending on personal taste.
- Romantic False Lead
- Shark Man: Transforms into one in the second Triwizard task.
- White Sheep: He's probably not the only student to feel this way, he's against Durmstrang's Dark Arts heavy curriculum, preferring Hogwarts' more friendly approach.
- Wronski Feint: Uses the Trope Namer in the Quidditch World Cup.
Igor Karkaroff (Predrag Bjelac)
"It's happening again, like before, and soon neither you nor anyone else will be able to deny it."
The Headmaster of the Durmstrang Institute. Karkaroff is a former Death Eater who avoided imprisonment in Azkaban by becoming an informant for the Ministry and selling out several of his former comrades. He arrives at Hogwarts in the fourth book as one of the judges of the Triwizard Tournament. When Voldemort returns, Karkaroff goes into hiding and is later found dead
Olympe Maxime (Frances de la Tour)
"I am big-boned!"
The half-giantess Headmistress of the Beauxbatons Academy. Madame Maxime arrives at Hogwarts in the fourth book as one of the judges of the Triwizard Tournament and develops a relationship with Hagrid. When Voldemort returns, she goes on a mission with Hagrid to recruit the remaining giants in Britain to the fight against the Death Eaters.
Gabrielle is Fleur's little sister, and looks exactly like a younger version of her. During the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament, Gabrielle is placed in the lake as the person Fleur would miss most. Fleur is not able to reach her, so Harry Potter brings her to the surface alongside Ron. This gains Harry extra points for "moral fiber."
Thanks to this heroism, Gabrielle develops a crush on Harry, and is sorry to have to return to France at the end of the tournament. She returns for her sister's wedding to Bill Weasley. At the wedding, she gives Harry a "glowing look" that angers Ginny.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. She is shown to be the person Fleur would miss the most, and they seem to get along very well in general.
- Damsel in Distress: She isn't really in danger, but she's put in the lake for Fleur to rescue. When Fleur fails to get to her, Harry (initially thinking the trope is being played straight) "saves" her along with Ron.
- Precocious Crush: Has one on Harry.
- Rescue Romance: She develops a crush on Harry after he "rescues" her from the lake, although she wasn't actually in danger.
Xenophilius Lovegood (Rhys Ifans)
"The Elder Wand, the most powerful wand ever made. The Resurrection Stone. The Cloak of Invisibility. Together they make the Deathly Hallows. Together they make one Master of Death."
Xenophilius "Xeno" Lovegood is a rather mad wizard who edits the Quibbler
and is the father of Luna. He lives in the area of Ottery St. Catchpole, not far from the Weasleys, in a house that looks like a black tower. He believes in things few other people do, such as the Deathly Hallows, the Crumple-Horned Snorckack, and government conspiracies.
Xeno is very close to Luna, especially after his wife (Luna's mother) died from an experimental spell. Therefore, when Voldemort takes over, he kidnaps Luna to try to shut up Xeno and the Quibbler
. Later on, Xeno himself is captured, though he is later released. Harry first sees the symbol of the Deathly Hallows when Xeno appears at Bill and Fleur's wedding wearing the symbol on a necklace.
- Agent Mulder
- Ambiguous Disorder: Similar to his daughter (see the Hogwarts Students character sheet for details).
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Conspiracy Theorist
- Intrepid Reporter
- Knight Templar Parent: When the Death Eaters kidnap Luna and threaten to harm her unless he helps them capture the Golden Trio, he does. When they show up at his house, he puts on a Stepford Smiler act and pretends that everything is well and good at his house in an attempt to keep them there until the Death Eaters arrive. Unlike the ordinary portrayal of a Knight Templar Parent, he is meant to be sympathetic. Hermione even delays their escape so that the Death Eaters can see that he did indeed have the trio to present to them.
- Loners Are Freaks
- Meaningful Name: "Xenophilius" is Greek for "lover of the strange," opposite of "xenophobe." "Xeno" also sounds like "Zeno," the name of several Greek philosophers. The most famous one, Zeno of Elea, created several paradoxes, and was described as "the universal critic."
- Morality Chain: Luna. The Death Eaters use it to their advantage.
- Room Full of Crazy: His house.
- Papa Wolf
- Sanity Slippage
- Stepford Smiler: After he publishes way too many supportive articles in The Quibbler supporting Harry Potter, the Death Eaters kidnap Luna and threaten to harm her unless he helps them get their hands on the Golden Trio. He does this by pretending that things are hunky-dory at their house, going so far as to pretend that Luna is still there, despite the fact that he is doing this to trap them and the fact that he is in misery over the fact that his Luna is in the hands of the Death Eaters.
- Windmill Crusader
"Kill me, then. Voldemort, I welcome death! But my death will not bring you what you seek… There is so much you do not understand…"
A dark wizard defeated by Dumbledore years before the events of the series. In the final book of the series, it is revealed that he and Dumbledore had previously been working together to find the Deathly Hallows, become masters over death, and put Muggles under the domination of Wizards. Their friendship ended when Grindelwald attacked Dumbledore's brother Aberforth and the fight that ensued killed their sister Ariana.
- Adaptaional Villainy: In the books, Grindelwald goes to his death keeping the secret of who has the Elder Wand despite being tortured by Voldemort. In the movies, he gleefully and willingly tells the Dark Lord where to find the Wand.
- Alliterative Name
- The Atoner: Implied. He refuses to give the location of the Elder Wand to Voldemort, claiming he never had it. This only applies in the book, as in the film, he freely tells Voldemort where it is.
- Bigger Bad: Of World War 2, incredibly.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned on Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog Card in the first book, then never mentioned or referenced again until the final book, where he plays a major role in the backstory.
- Closet Key
- Evil Former Friend: To Dumbledore.
- Evil Sorcerer
- Fate Worse Than Death: Being imprisoned in Nurmengard for decades. When Voldemort is about to kill him, Grindenwald tells him that he welcomes death.
- Ho Yay: Canonical, intentionally Invoked Trope of Ho Yay by Word of God, but Rowling also stated later that this was one-sided on Dumbledore's part and that Grindelwald had only been using his affections to his advantage.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Also Laser-Guided Karma: He was eventually imprisoned in the same prison he built to hold his enemies.
- Incompatible Orientation: Dumbledore loved him to the point where it turned him to support the Dark Arts, whereas Grindelwald was in love with pure-blood supremacy.
- Knight Templar
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: According to J. K. Rowling, that he was defeated in 1945 isn't a coincidence. Plus, his confinement in Nurmengard recalls the fate of Rudolf Hess.
- Poisonous Friend
- Predecessor Villain: To Voldemort.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Voldemort just teleports away as opposed to killing him in the movie.
- Teen Genius
The teenaged girl, abused by her father and brother (due to them thinking she was a Squib), who drugged Tom Riddle Sr. with a potion
, marrying him when he was too infatuated with the potion to consent. When she became pregnant, she stopped giving him the drug, apparently believing he had fallen in love with her. He quickly left, and Merope, at 19, gave birth to Voldemort.
- Abusive Parents: Her father.
- Death by Childbirth: She dies giving birth to Tom Riddle, Jr., who later renames himself Voldemort.
- Despair Event Horizon: Being abandoned by Tom Riddle, Sr.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. Even if her actions concerning Tom Riddle, Sr. are never called rape, they still aren't treated as okay.
- Expy: Of Mayella from To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Meaningful Name: In mythology Merope was one of the Pleiades, a group of nymphs who turned into stars. Merope is the faintest star, the legend stating that she married a mortal and thus hides her face out of shame.
- Posthumous Character
- Slipping a Mickey: She did this to Tom Riddle, Sr. once both her father and brother were locked away in Azkaban and she had an opportunity.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Tom Riddle Sr. before she tricked him into drinking a Love Potion.
- Teen Pregnancy: She married Tom Riddle, Sr. at the age of eighteen and died giving birth to their child at the age of nineteen.
- The Unfavorite: Her father seems to favor her brother more than her.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: An indirect version. She was subjected to a barrage of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse by her father and brother. She escaped the house where she had lived such a horrible life by tricking Tom Riddle, Sr. into marrying her and doing the nasty with her enough times to give birth to Wizard Hitler.
- Yandere: For Tom Riddle, Sr., big time. She stalked him, drugged him with a Love Potion, and being abandoned by him plunged her into so deep a depression that she couldn't even go on after giving birth to his child.
Sirius's mother, who sympathized with Voldemort's goals but did not join the Death Eaters. She lives on through a portrait of herself in 12 Grimmauld Place which has a Permanent Sticking Charm applied to it.
- All There in the Script: Her first name is known from the Black Family Tree that J.K. Rowling released, but never used in the books.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT make loud noises around her portrait unless you want her to scream your ears off.
- Black Shirt: Until Voldemort killed Regulus during his first incarnation.
- Evil Matriarch: From what Sirius tells us, anyway.
- Fantastic Racism: As Sirius noted, she was of the kind of wizard who thought Muggles should be treated as slaves or second-class citizens.
- I Have No Son: Blasted Sirius' name off of the Black Family Tree.
- Jerk Ass: Her tendency to purge the family tree of any one who went against her way of living by burning their name off the list is just the least of her actions.
- Kissing Cousins: According to the Black Family Tree she and her husband, Orion, were second cousins.
- Large Ham: If her portrait is any indication, she was one in life.
- Licked by the Dog: Kreacher loved her.
- Nice to the Waiter: Kreacher adores her so this must have been the case.
- No Indoor Voice: Her portrait anyway.
- Parental Favoritism: She favored Regulus over Sirius.
ified due to the Permanent Sticking Charm, her portrait isn't going anywhere.
Phineas Nigellus Black
Former Headmaster of Hogwarts, of the House of Slytherin. Now lives in two portraits: one in the Headmaster's office in Hogwarts, the other in 12 Grimmauld Place. Because he can travel between the two portraits, Phineas is useful to the Order as a courier
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Family example: he is very cold to Sirius, but if his reaction to hearing about his death is to be believed, he did care about him.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the biggest in the books, and that's saying something!
- Grumpy Old Man: He tends to grumble a lot, especially when dealing with prideful, arrogant children who think they know best.
- Large Ham
- Portal Picture: Though he's the only one who can use the portal.
- Racist Grandma: Ironically, calling Hermione a "Mudblood" behind her back seems downright tame if you compare him to his descendant Walburga.
- Repetitive Name: "Nigellus" means "black" (with a diminutive suffix, so "little black").
- Sadist Teacher: Sirius describes him as Hogwarts' least popular Headmaster, and Phineas himself notes that he hated being a teacher.
- Sarcastic Devotee: He is honor-bound to assist the Headmaster of Hogwarts, but it doesn't stop him from voicing his own personal disagreements.
Dobby (Toby Jones)
"Dobby is used to death threats, sir. Dobby gets them three times a day at home."
A house elf who initially serves the abusive Malfoy family. Unlike his masters, he admires Harry and tries to warn him and protect him when Lucius Malfoy orchestrates the opening of the Chamber of Secrets... in unfortunate ways
. He is eventually freed thanks to Harry and gets new employment in the kitchens at Hogwarts, from where he occasionally lends Harry a hand.
"Nasty brat standing there as bold as brass. Harry Potter, the boy who stopped the Dark Lord. Friend of Mudbloods and blood-traitors alike. If my poor mistress only knew..."
A house elf who serves the Black family. He shares the same ideologies as many of the pure-blood wizards, and looks down on Muggle-borns
. Sirius Black treats him harshly
, which leads to some unfortunate events at the end of Order of the Phoenix
- The Cavalry: Led the Elves into battle against Voldemort in the final book.
- The Dog Bites Back: His poor treatment from Sirius led him looking for loopholes to escape and meet with other members of the Black Family to help them set up Sirius and Harry.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards Muggle-borns. As he grows closer to Harry and Hermione, he eventually overcomes this.
- Foil: To Dobby. They're different as night and day, and absolutely despise one another.
- Heel-Face Turn: Being treated kindly by Harry and learning Harry was on the same quest Master Regulus was on, and died for, helps him turn around. Oh, and the chance to hunt down Mundungus for stealing.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: His main motivation in life. If you show him affection and kindness, he will serve you.
- The Mole: In Order of the Phoenix.
- Meaningful Name: Kriecher is German for "bootlick". It's also meant to be pronounced in the same way as the word "creature".
- Morality Pet: To Regulus Black.
- Replacement Goldfish: Harry is the first character to treat him with real kindness since the death of Regulus Black. As such, Kreacher becomes devoted to Harry.
- Shadow Archetype: Towards Dobby. They both come from abusive households, but Dobby is a much kinder character who loves everyone while Kreacher is bitter and looks down on non-pureblood wizards.
- Third-Person Person: Tends to speak this way.
- Undying Loyalty: To Regulus Black, and later to Harry at the end of Deathly Hallows.
The Crouch family house-elf. She is extremely loyal to Barty Crouch, Sr. and very happy with her lot in life
. For years, she cared for Crouch's imprisoned son, but she was freed as punishment for failing to keep him under control at the Quidditch World Cup. Winky eventually came to work at Hogwarts, where she was very unhappy and constantly worried about how her master was getting on without her. Remaining loyal to Crouch, Sr. even after he had sacked her, she refused to divulge any of his dark secrets.
"I must warn you. Dementors are vicious creatures. They do not distinguish between the one they hunt and the one who gets in their way."
— Albus Dumbledore
Uncanny creatures in black cloaks
that are essentially walking (err, make that floating) Mind Rapes
waiting to happen. Initially, they serve the Ministry of Magic as guards for Azkaban, but care nothing for human morality; all they want are victims whose emotions they can feed on
, and they're more than willing to switch their allegiance to Voldemort when he offers a better deal. Notable for being Harry's worst fear, because they can use their powers to force him to relive the many traumatic experiences of his life, particularly his parents' deaths.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Goes with the territory of being personified despair.
- Black Cloak
- The Dreaded
- Emotion Bomb: Despair, mixed with fear.
- Emotion Eater: Their presence drains the happiness out of you. A Patronus, the only spell that works against them, is an embodied positive thought that can't feel despair.
- Eyeless Face: Which they conceal beneath their hoods. Since they have no eyes, they're essentially blind.
- The Faceless: Until they attack, at least...
- Fate Worse Than Death: The Dementor's Kiss, where a dementor forcibly extracts its victim's soul from their body, leaving them an empty, but still living, husk. Happens to Barty Crouch Jr.
- Ghostly Chill
- The Heartless
- Humanoid Abominations
- The Jailer: Basically their hat, at least during the first part of the series.
- Mind Rape: Merely being in the presence of a dementor causes lite Mind Rape; when there are lots of them, or they actually attack, it gets much worse.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Vader Breath
- The Voiceless: Considering that they're able to work out deals with wizards, they probably have some method of communicating, but never speak on-page or in the films.
- Walking Wasteland: The movie versions, causing that which they come close to to frost over.
- Write What You Know: J. K. Rowling based the Dementors on her own struggles with depression that she suffered prior to the success of Harry Potter, saying in an interview Dementors are the "absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad."
- Visually, they are based on figures from Rowling's childhood nightmares.
- Your Soul Is Mine: The Dementor's Kiss.
The Sorting Hat
"Hmm, difficult. VERY difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind, either. There's talent, oh yes. And a thirst to prove yourself. But where to put you?"
The Sorting Hat is a wizard's hat, formerly belonging to Godric Gryffindor, that has been empowered with the intelligence from the four founders of Hogwarts (Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Slytherin). It is sentient, converses with students who place it on their head, composes and recites songs, and can attack things by blinding them. So, despite being just a hat, it certainly is a character.
- Animate Inanimate Object
- Expository Theme Tune: The Sorting Hat sings one to the Hogwarts students at the beginning of Fall Term, describing the Four Houses and what they value, and occassionally giving warnings
- Exposition Thing
- Hammer Space: Gryffindor students can pull Godric's sword out of the Sorting Hat
- Telepathy: The Sorting Hat uses Legillimency to determine which house to place new students in
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of the hat, he is on fire and screaming as Neville pulls the sword of Gryffindor out of him during the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Apron Matron: Augusta Longbottom.
- Berserk Button: Calling a centaur a "filthy half-breed" to its face isn't the wisest idea.
- Butt Monkey: There are many across the series, but a notable background one is Dawlish the Auror. He's been knocked out by Dumbledore a few times, beaten by Dirk Cresswell (who wasn't carrying a wand), and was completely owned by Augusta Longbottom. Basically, if a character has to get away, Dawlish is the casualty.
- Dead All Along: Bathilda Bagshot from possibly before the last book began. Lord Voldemort hid Nagini inside of her corpse, which is why nobody knew for so long.
- Deadpan Snarker: Just about every speaking character, at some point in the series.
- The Driver: Ernie Prang and Stan Shunpike.
- Funetik Aksent: Stan Shunpike.
- Last Name Basis: Two throwaway characters in "The Prince's Tale" are only referred to as "Avery" and "Mulciber".
- Meaningful Name: Stan Shunpike; "shunpike" is a driving term for the practice of using minor roads to avoid paying tolls on certain major highways.
- Never Mess with Granny: Augusta Longbottom. Death Eaters thought they could take her. Turns out she sent Dawlish to St. Mungo's.
- Not So Different: At some point in the series, nearly every main character has been shown to share at least one very distinct trait with a character who initially seems to be their polar opposite.
- The Ophelia: Poor, poor Ariana...
- Take Our Word for It: Whatever happened to her is something JK isn't commenting on, nor something most fans want to think about.
- Those Two Guys: Stan Shunpike and Ernie Prang.
- Tuckerization: There are several minor examples, including Natalie MacDonald (a Gryffindor named after a fan who died of cancer), the Knight Bus driver and conductor Ern and Stan (named after Rowling's grandfathers, Ernest and Stanley), and, while his first name is only revealed by Word of God, John Dawlish (after Big Name Fan John Noe, who is unusually fond of Dawlish).
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!:
- Ron's one-hundred-and-seven-year-old great-aunt Muriel.
- Some could argue that Augusta Longbottom is like this as well. She. however, has redeeming qualities...unlike Muriel, who is just horrible.