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     Delphini "Delphi" Diggory 

Portrayed by: Esther Smith (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run)
Appears in: Cursed Child

"I’m a thief, of course. I’m about to steal everything you own. Give me your gold, your wand, and your Chocolate Frogs! Either that or I’m Delphini Diggory."

The niece and caretaker of Amos Diggory in his old age. She uses her magical experience to aid Albus Potter on his quest.

For tropes applying to her in relation to the reveal, go to the folder for "The Augurey" under the "Death Eaters" character sheet.

  • Action Girl: She's an incredibly gifted witch, and is shown to be just as capable as Harry or any of the other adults.
  • Alliterative Name: Delphini Diggory, or Delphi Diggory, for short.
  • The Big Guy: Delphi is far better at magic than Scorpius or Albus, and it shows whenever she gets the chance.
  • Cool Big Sis: The type of vibe she gives off toward Albus and Scorpius, helping them get out of school and rebel against their parents.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She acts as this to Albus, quickly becoming an object of attraction for him.
  • Meaningful Name: In Greek mythology, Delphi was the home of the Pythia, or the Delphic Oracle. She received visions and gave prophecies by inhaling fumes from the decaying body of Python or Delphyne, a giant serpent/dragon slain by Apollo. This Delphi is the daughter of a slain, snake-themed evil wizard and is obsessed with fulfilling a prophecy.
  • Mystical White Hair: Delphini is identified late in the play from her unnatural silver hair.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Delphi seems to recall events changed by Time-Turners, in part due to her Divinatory talents.
  • Seer: As to be expected from someone named Delphi, she's noted to be adept at Divination.
  • Stealth Expert: With some Polyjuice Potion she brewed, she manages to get her and two fourteen year olds into the Ministry of Magic undetected.
  • Theme Naming: The genitive form for the constellation Delphinus the Dolphin is Delphini, which fits the naming pattern of her mother's family.

    Garrick Ollivander
Portrayed by: John Hurt

"Curious indeed how these things happen. The wand chooses the wizard, remember... I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter. After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things — terrible, yes, but great."

The most esteemed wandmaker of the British wizarding world. He is an old man operating his family's centuries old wand shop in Diagon Alley, and is the creator of most wands wielded by most of the characters in the series.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: He has pale blue eyes that never seem to blink.
  • Distressed Dude: He disappears in the sixth book, and is revealed to have been kidnapped by the Death Eaters in the seventh one. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Dobby rescue him when they are captured and detained alongside him in Malfoy Manor.
  • Family Business: The Ollivanders have been operating their shop since 382 B.C.
  • Family Theme Naming: Every member of the Ollivander family has a first name starting with "G". You'd only ever know this from reading Ollivander's bio on Pottermore, though, since his first name is never mentioned in the books.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's not particularly humble about the quality of his own work, and tends to be dismissive of wands made by other wandmakers such as Gregorovitch, but he's still widely regarded as the best wandmaker in the world.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: A possible example; when Harry is fitted for his wand, Ollivander remarks with what seems to be almost pleasure that Harry has been selected by a wand which was made using the same materials as those used to fashion Voldemort's. Harry is understandably a little weirded out by this, and by Ollivander's next comment that he expects Harry to do great things, because so did Voldemort. "Terrible, yes - but great."
    • The movie downplays this a little, where he acts appropriately disconcerted and hesitant, while the book version seems to barely remember the "terrible" part as an afterthought.
  • Odd Friendship: He seems to develop one with Luna while they are both held prisoner in Malfoy Manor.
  • Photographic Memory: Possibly. He can remember the details of every wand he has ever made and who bought it, which could also indicate the uniqueness for such objects and their owners.

    Rita Skeeter
Portrayed by: 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 rabid 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her subplot in the film adaptation of The Goblet of Fire is significantly cut down, and the revelation of being an illegal animagus who uses her animal form to spy on people is omitted entirely.
  • Femme Fatalons: They're even referred to as "talons" on a few occasions.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears jeweled eyeglasses.
  • Hate Sink: One of the best examples in the series until Umbridge came along. Her obnoxiousness and lack of regard for other people's privacy or dignity makes reading about her infuriating.
  • Hot Scoop: View herself as this, and actually is this in the movies. She was not nearly so good-looking the way she was described in the book.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Antagonist version. Though considering she goes after soft targets like Harry and Dumbledore (unlike Voldemort and Malfoy, who are less likely to allow for "freedom of press"), she doesn't come off as especially bold. More to the point, Hermione Granger successfully intimidates her by blackmail.
  • 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, From a Certain Point of View at least. She doesn't understand the finer details, nuances of character, and ambiguity. Aberforth Dumbledore, who justifiably begrudges his brother, regards her as a hack and treats her book with contempt.
  • 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 and biased and Dramatically Missing the Point. As per Word of God, she will post-Series write a biography of Severus Snape that will ensure that people doubt his intentions and Heel–Face Turn even in the wizard world, for the foreseeable future. Subverted at the end of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Final. After spending the entire match focusing on the VIP box in which were the Potters and the Weasleys instead of the game, making rude comments about them and their friends, she gets knocked out mid-sentence by a jinx to the solar plexus from Ginny.
  • Literal Surveillance Bug: Her Animagus form.
  • Malicious Slander: Her specialty.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: She wears jewelled spectacles studded with rhinestones. In her beetle form, she retains markings resembling those spectacles around her eyes.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Miranda Richardson's portrayal of Rita Skeeter in the film version comes across at this. Whereas in the book, she was merely a self-serving bitch, here she appears more interested in Harry than any 30+ year old woman should show in a 14-year-old boy. She had an unhealthy interest in him in the book as well, just possibly not for the same reason.
  • Paparazzi: Although she likes to think otherwise.
  • 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.

    Viktor Krum
Portrayed by: Stanislav Ianevski

"Vot is the point of being an international Quidditch players if all the good girls are taken?"

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.
  • Accent Adaptation: Inverted in the Bulgarian translation: in the fourth book, Viktor's speech is indirect and it's remarked that he has a "characteristic thick accent"; in the seventh, his accent is not written (as Funetik Aksent or otherwise), but his speech pattern is a bit off to make up for it.
  • The Ace: Becomes a professional Quidditch player good enough to represent his home country of Bulgaria while still in school, and is then selected as Durmstrang's champion in the Triwizard Tournament and acquits himself quite well.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's a conventionally handsome Hunk in the movie, but in the book, he's described as looking like an "overgrown bird of prey", and isn't considered very handsome by Hermione, who nevertheless goes to the Yule ball with him.
  • 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.
  • Badass Grandpa: Relatively speaking, anyway. At 38 years old, which is ancient for a Quidditch seeker, he leads Bulgaria to victory in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.
  • Bald of Awesome: In the film, it's more of a crewcut.
  • 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 Brother Instinct: As an older, famous athlete who is used to dealing with the media, he quickly comes to Harry's defense when he is hounded by Rita Skeeter.
  • Big Man on Campus: Being a celebrity athlete, of course he's going to be this. When he arrives in Hogwarts, everyone is excited to meet him and have him sit with them at their table.
  • 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.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After many years of losing, he finally leads the Bulgarian national team to victory in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.
  • Famous-Named Foreigner: Krum was a famous Bulgarian king who ruled in the 9th century.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Although he is very popular,and could get a lot of other women if he wanted, he goes after the not-so-popular and slightly nerdy Hermione.
  • 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.
  • Kavorka Man: He's unattractive in the books, but nevertheless has a lot of fangirls due to his Quidditch talent.
  • Lovable Jock: Despite his quiet and surly exterior, he is overall a nice young man who happens to be a very talented athlete.
  • Manly Tears: Cried when he announced his retirement after his defeat at the 2002 Quidditch World Cup. When he came out of retirement and won the Cup in 2014, he cried as well.
  • Nice Guy: The few times we actually hear him talk, he comes off as very nice, if a bit hard to approach because of his fame and appearance. He also genuinely likes Hermione for her intelligence and personality, rather than the way she looks.
  • 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. In the film, he only has two lines.
  • Romantic False Lead: To Hermione, whom he romances in Goblet of Fire. Their relationship doesn't go much further after he leaves Britain.
  • Shark Man: Transforms into one in the second Triwizard task.
  • 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's 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.
  • Two First Names: While "Viktor" and "Krum" are perfectly valid as Bulgarian given names, his proper surname should be "Krumov" if it had to adhere to the national naming conventions. One could always explain this as wizarding tradition being different, though.
  • 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. His grandfather having been murdered by a dark wizard may have something to do with this.
  • Wronski Feint: Uses the Trope Namer in the Quidditch World Cup.
  • Younger Than They Look: It's noted that he looks older than his actual age of eighteen.

    Gabrielle Delacour
Portrayed by: Angelica Mandy

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.
  • Age Lift: Angelica Mandy is 5 years older than Gabrielle, so it's a given. Also in the book, it's not mentioned that she's a Beauxbatons student as she's too young at the time, yet in the film she clearly wears the school's attire.note 
  • 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.
  • Uneven Hybrid: Like her sister Fleur, she's 1/4 veela, 3/4 human.

    Xenophilius Lovegood
Portrayed by: Rhys Ifans
Appears in: Deathly Hallows
"Luna, my love, if you should feel any burgeoning talent today - perhaps an unexpected to sing opera or to declaim in mermish - do not repress it! You may have been gifted by the Gernumblies!"

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 Snorkack, 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: He's a conspiracy theorist like his daughter, and the originator of most of his daughter's strange beliefs.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Similar to his daughter (see the Hogwarts Students character sheet for details).
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Like daughter, like father. He's the originator of most of Luna's eccentricities, and he "dresses like an omelette".
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He believes, among other things, that Cornelius Fudge is a vicious goblin killer with an army of fire demons at his command, that the Auror office is planning to bring down the Ministry via combination of dark magic and gum disease, and that Rufus Scrimgeour is a vampire.
  • Easily Forgiven: In the film, while Ron was upset over his betrayal, Harry brushes it off as the actions of a desperate parent.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Despite publishing a lot of blatant nonsense in his magazine, he is also willing to publish truths that the rest of Britain's too afraid to publish.
  • 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. Harry even noted that his attempts at stopping them for the sake of his daughter reminded him of his own mother.
  • Loners Are Freaks: He seems to live a fairly solitary life like his daughter.
  • 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."
  • Room Full of Crazy: His house.
  • Sanity Slippage: Not that he wasn't already highly eccentric, but he loses it near-completely when Luna is taken from him.
  • 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: Spends most of his time making reports on non-existent conspiracies and other imagined threats.

    Merope Gaunt 
Appears in: Half-Blood Prince

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.

    Hepzibah Smith 
Appears in: Half-Blood Prince

An old witch who collected many magical antiquities, and was a distant descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. She appears in a memory extracted from her house elf Hokey, featuring her showing off some of her antiques to Tom Riddle when he worked for Borgin and Burkes, including Helga Hufflepuff's cup and Salazar Slytherin's locket. She was killed for the aforementioned cup and locket, her death used to turn them into Horcruxes, with her house elf framed for the act.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Tom Riddle. Though it's clear he goes along with her crush to find out useful information about her collection.
  • Adapted Out: Among the characters to suffer this in the films.
  • Collector of the Strange: She hoards antiques and is constantly selling them off or buying more, though Harry wonders how she's able to move throughout her house because of all her belongings.
  • Fat Bitch: Subverted. She's not a bad person per say, but she's conceited, proud, and rather oblivious. Dumbledore describes her as a "Poor, besotted old woman."
  • Fiery Redhead: Subverted. Her ginger colored hair is just a big wig, although her hair might have been red when she was younger.
  • Gonk: Age has not been kind to her, and this isn't helped by the large amounts of make-up and ridiculous wigs she wears. She's described as having an appearance similar to large, melting cake.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Her infatuation with the much younger Tom Riddle reeks of some desperation, especially since the only other thing she has going for her at this point in her life is acquiring things to add to her already huge collection.
  • Posthumous Character: She only appears in a memory well after her death.
  • Rich Bitch: One who makes more money by selling off her antiques or spends it by acquiring more.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appeared in one chapter of the sixth book, but she was responsible for inadvertently helping Voldemort find his familial heritage by showing him Slytherin's locket and providing him with two Horcruxes, one of which was the focus of most of the sixth and seventh books.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: She was poisoned, supposedly because her house elf accidentally put what turned out to be poison in her evening cocoa. Tom modified Hokey's memory to make her think this.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She only briefly saw a glimmer of Riddle's true nature, but dismissed it.
  • Uncanny Valley Make Up: She wears too much rouge.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The moment Tom found out much more than he thought he would was the moment Hepzibah's death warrant was signed.

    Hugo Granger-Weasley
Portrayed by: Ryan Turner
Appears in: Deathly Hallows

"You'll be on that train with Rose soon as well, Hugo." (Ron comforting Hugo in the game adaptation).

The youngest child and only son of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He has shown to be very close to his cousin, Lily. He didn't have many lines in the franchise, but appears to very envious of his big sister for going to Hogwarts and not him.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Pottermore reveals Hugo inherited his mother's brown curls. The movie gives him his father's red hair. (Although, to be fair, this trope is retroactive; the movies came out before this particular information on Pottermore and most of the next-generation kids weren't described in detail at that point.)
  • Adapted Out: Despite accompanying his parents to see Rose off, Hugo makes no appearance in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He's mentioned once, and his absence is likely due to stage production conservative casting pragmatics.
  • Big Eater: Implied to be this in the lego game.
  • Cute Bookworm: Implied to be this in the movies, where he can be seen (briefly) with a book in his hands.
  • The Cutie: A rare male version. Despite not having any line in the movie adaptation, Turner's portrayal of Hugo is quite adorable.
  • Family Theme Naming: Hugo and Rose, children of Hermione and Ron.
  • Quirky Curls: Which he inherited from his mother in the books. The film shows Hugo with straight, red hair.
  • Retgone: In both alternate timelines, he was not born due to Ron and Hermione never marrying for one reason or another.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His name could've been Ron Weasley II, and people would've thought he was Ron I.
  • Sweet Tooth: Was seen licking a lollipop in the lego game.
  • Youthful Freckles: Like father, like son.
  • The Voiceless: No lines in any of the franchise installments.

    Victoire Weasley 

Daughter of Bill and Fleur Weasley (née Delacour).
  • Hello, Nurse!: Implied to be very lovely, as she's part Veela.
  • Meaningful Name: Victoire is French for "victory". She was born on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Official Couple: With Teddy. By 2017, they've been together for three years.

    Ariana Dumbledore 
Portrayed by: Hebe Beardsall
Appears in: Deathly Hallows

Albus's younger sister who was tragically killed during a duel.
  • Ill Girl: She became half-insane because she refused to use magic after a traumatic experience where she was attacked by three Muggle boys who found out she was a witch. Her family put it about that she just had poor physical health to avoid attracting attention, leading many people to theorize that she was a Squib, when in reality she would have magic exploding out of her when she couldn't keep it in anymore.
  • Self-Made Orphan: It's revealed that Ariana Dumbledore accidentally killed her mother Kendra.

    Gellert Grindelwald 

Knight Bus

    Stan Shunpike 
Portrayed by: Lee Ingleby

The conductor of the Knight Bus. He is sent to Azkaban on false suspicion of being a Death Eater and is later Imperiused into serving their cause.
  • Brainwashed: He is placed under the Imperius Curse to serve as a pawn of the Death Eaters.
  • Casanova Wannabe: At the Quidditch World Cup, he attempts to impress a group of Veela by claiming he's about to become the youngest British Minister for Magic.
  • Funetik Aksent: A Cockney one.
  • Irony: Sent to Azkaban on Minister Rufus Scrimgeour's orders on suspicion of Death Eater activity. Was completely innocent. His name is cleared — possibly due to Harry's influence — in the short seven- or eight-week period between the end of Harry's sixth year and his departure from Privet Drive at the end of July. Promptly falls victim to a Death Eater's Imperius curse and ends up doing the very things he was falsely imprisoned for.
  • Meaningful Name: "Shunpike" is a driving term for the practice of using minor roads to avoid paying tolls on certain major highways. Furthermore, “Stan” comes from JK Rowling’s grandfather, Stanley Volant.
  • Those Two Guys: With Ernie Prang.

    Ernie Prang
Portrayed by: Jimmy Gardner
The driver of the Knight Bus.
  • Animal Motifs: He is described as “owlish.”
  • The Driver: He drives the Knight Bus.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Especially in the films.
  • Meaningful Name: “Prang" is British slang for a fender-bender or other vehicle collision. Furthermore, “Ernie” comes from JK Rowling’s grandfather, Ernest Arthur Rowling.
  • Those Two Guys: With Stan Shunpike.
  • The Voiceless: Only in the films. In the books, he talks as much as Stan.

    Dre Head
Portrayed by: Lenny Henry

A Jamaican shrunken head on the Knight Bus who only appears in the films.

Minor Characters

    In General 

  • Apron Matron: Augusta Longbottom.
  • Berserk Button: Calling a centaur a "filthy half-breed" to its face isn't the wisest idea.
  • Black Widow: Blaise Zabini's mother is a famous witch who married and widowed 7 times, with all her dead husbands — who all died under *ahem* mysterious circumstances, for lack of better words — leaving her mountains and mountains of gold.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Take Our Word for It: Whatever happened to her is something JK isn't commenting on, nor something most fans want to think about.
  • 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.

    The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black 

The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl/Tall, Dark and Handsome: The Blacks are commonly described as having "great good aristocratic looks". They are considered to be beautiful people, being tall, thin and having attractive features. The traditional look for most of the Black family is black hair and dark eyes with some exceptions, such as Narcissa Malfoy née Black who has blonde hair and blue eyes, Andromeda Tonks née Black having light brown eyes and brown hair, Walburga Black with blonde hair, and Sirius Black with grey eyes.
  • Bald of Evil: Cygnus Black apparently was this. The evidence for the baldness is the fact that Narcissa's son Draco Malfoy was losing his hair in his thirties. As for the evil, he was never blown off the tapestry.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Views Fantastic Racism as a duty.
  • Expy: To the Mitford family, a British aristocratic family that became controversial for its associations with Nazism. Unity Mitford was a close friend of Adolf Hitler and fanatically devoted to him (like Bellatrix), Diana Mitford was a blonde who married Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British fascists (Narcissa), while Jessica Mitford became a Cultural Rebel and leftist (Andromeda Tonks and Sirius Black).
  • I Have No Son: Any White Sheep gets disowned.
  • Off with His Head!: House-elves when they grown too old to carry a tea tray.
  • Posthumous Character: By the time the series opens, all heirs in the male line who are neither disowned nor of disowned branches.
  • White Sheep: At least one per generation.

Walburga Black

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. She also did this to her brother Alphard for financially supporting Sirius, after he died.
  • Jerk Ass: Her tendency to purge the family tree of anyone who went against her way of living by burning their name off the list is just the least of her actions.
  • Kick the Dog: While she may have had many others, disowning her own brother Alphard (and after he died, even!), just because he financially supported Sirius, is pretty low.
  • 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.
  • Racist Grandma: Might as well be her most well-known trait.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: In her own house, no less. Justified 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.
  • Portal Picture: Though he's the only one who can use the portal.
  • Posthumous Character: An odd version, in that while the Portrait of Phineas Nigellus is an actual active character, the real Phineas Nigellus is long dead by the time the books take place. Unlike a ghost, portraits seem to be mere copies that suggest the original person rather than their actual spirit.
  • Racist Grandma: An ancestor variant. 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. He also gets on very well with Snape as a headmaster.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He is honor-bound to assist the Headmaster of Hogwarts, but it doesn't stop him from voicing his own personal disagreements.