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"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."
Portrayed by: John Hurt
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 is 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."
- Odd Friendship: He seems to develop one with Luna while they are both held prisoner in Malfoy Manor.
- Photographic Memory: He can remember the details of every wand he has ever made and who bought it.
- Severely Specialized Store: He sells wands. Just — wands. Justified as each wand must fit its owner, much like a shoe or clothing store. Wands are also major purchases, as a wand does not appear to ever 'wear out', and since they are central to a wizards power, it is worth buying the highest quality you can afford. A wand store is basically a place that sells a product that must fit like a suit, is as expensive as a car, and important as a home.
"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."
Portrayed by: Miranda Richardson
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: Or at least pathological Jerkasses.
- 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 Quiddtich 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.
- 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.
- 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.
"You have no business here! This tent is for champions, and friends."
— To Rita Skeeter, one of his two spoken lines in the movie
Portrayed by: Stanislav Ianevski
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.
- 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: He seems to prefer direct, no-nonsense solutions to problems; blasting his dragon in the eye rather than distracting or avoiding it, and turning into a shark during the second task.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After many years of losing, he finally leads the Bulgarian national team to victory in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.
- Fake Bulgarian: His accent in the book ironically sounds like Russian. In the film, Ianevski uses his Bulgarian accent.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
"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 murdered.
Portrayed by: Predrag Bjelac
- Beard of Evil: A classically evil goatee.
- Culture Equals Costume: He wears a silver fur coat and a ushanka fur hat.
- Dirty Coward: A loyal Death Eater until the moment he was captured, at which point he sold all the information he had in order to reduce his sentence. When Voldemort returns, he flees, but the Dark Lord makes a point of hunting him down.
- Evil Teacher: He is self-serving at best, being an ex-supporter of Voldemort, and is still shown as treating his students poorly.
- Foil: To Snape, who also gave up being a Death Eater, but for very different reasons. Where Karkaroff deserted out of cowardice and wanting to save his own skin after being captured, Snape deserted out of bravery and a desire to protect the one person he loved. Upon Voldemort's return, Karkaroff goes on the run, while Snape risks his life to get back in his ranks as a spy. Dumbledore notes Snape is "a braver man by far than Igor Karkaroff".
- Funetik Aksent: He actually doesn't have one, unlike Krum, but the audiobooks and films go ahead and give him an accent anyway.
- The Informant: He sells out his former comrades after being captured.
- Jerk Ass: Is blatantly biased towards his own school as a judge in the Triwizard Tournament, treats most of his students like crap and is a cowardly turncoat to boot. Barty Crouch Jr - and it's hinted that Moody is the same - had fun torturing him without actually doing anything.
- Put on a Bus: Due to having sold out his former comrades, he correctly realises he won't be welcomed back to their group, and goes into hiding following Voldemort's return.
- Bus Crash: He is mentioned as having been found dead in a remote shack in the sixth book, having been tracked down and murdered by his former Death Eater comrades.
- Red Herring: His main purpose in the plot. Being an ex-Death Eater, he is the most obvious suspect as the person who put Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire, and the one Harry himself ends up suspecting before Moody informs him otherwise.
- Scary Teeth: Seriously, has the man even heard of the word "toothbrush?"
- Stepford Smiler: He is described as having a smile that doesn't reach his cold eyes.
"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.
Portrayed by: Frances de la Tour
- Action Girl: Hagrid describes her as not afraid to get into action during their mission to recruit the giant clans, and that she saved his life when he was attacked by the giants under Golgomath's command.
- Adapted Out: Inverted. She makes a cameo at Fleur's wedding in the seventh movie despite not being mentioned as present there in the book. Given that she's the headmistress of Fleur's school, her being invited makes perfect sense. She is quite possibly the only character in the series who makes an appearance in any one of the films who was not in the corresponding book.
- Ambiguously Brown: The books describe her as being "olive-skinned" and having a "beaked nose", which may indicate her being of Middle Eastern descent. It's worth mentioning that France has a high population of Muslims.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: According to Hagrid's account of their travels.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Very large, but considered attractive by Hagrid (though this may be in part because never having met another half-giant).
- Feet-First Introduction: Introduced in this manner in the film.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-giantess.
- I Am Big Boned: Her justification for her size. Though considering how persecuted half-giants are, its justifiable why she would want to keep things under wraps.
- Large and In Charge: What else can you call a half-giantess in charge of an esteemed magic school?
- Love Interest: To Hagrid.
- Uptown Girl: She has a regal, aristocratic air, in contrast to Hagrid's rougher and more down-to-earth personality.
- 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.
- 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.
"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."
Portrayed by: Rhys Ifans
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 commands, 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.
- Papa Wolf: See his Knight Templar Parent section.
- 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.
"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..."
Portrayed by: Jamie Campbell Bower, Michael Byrne
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.
- Adaptational 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: Gellert Grindelwald.
- 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. In their afterlife conversation, Dumbledore tells Harry that he had heard from his minders that Grindelwald came to regret his actions in his imprisonment. Harry wonders if Grindelwald's defiance had to do with wanting to prevent Voldemort from desecrating his old friend's grave.
- Bigger Bad: Of World War 2, incredibly.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: He has "golden blond" hair and is considered one of the most dangerous Dark Wizards of all time.
- 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: To Dumbledore. He's implied in-text and by Rowling to have been the first and last person Dumbledore ever fell in love with.
- Evil Former Friend: To Dumbledore.
- Evil Sorcerer: Dumbledore's antithesis.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Being imprisoned in Nurmengard for decades. When Voldemort is about to kill him, Grindelwald tells him that he welcomes death.
- Face Death with Dignity: How his death in the books is presented.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Also Laser-Guided Karma: He was eventually imprisoned in the same prison he built to hold his enemies.
- Knight Templar: Truly believed Muggles would be best to be subservient to Wizards.
- Meaningful Echo: His face-off with Voldemort, right down to him, noting "I welcome death" echoes the "The Tale of the Three Brothers" story, which considering Grindelwald's interest in the hallows was likely an invoked trope on his part.
- Manipulative Bastard: Explicitly described by Word of God as a "user" who was trying to play up Dumbledore's attraction to him and his feelings of wasting away as Ariana's caretaker to make him The Dragon. In a final confrontation with Aberforth Dumbledore, he subjected him to a cruciatus curse forcing Albus' Heel Realization.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Naturally, he was defeated in 1945, of all years, and holed up in a prison called Nurmengard (which sounds like Nuremberg, and has the very "Arbeit macht frei"-like slogan, "For the Greater Good", carved over the gate). Fans have used this to speculate on whether he actually had something to do with the rise of the Nazis themselves. Also, a lunatic, old loner as the last inmate of an incredibly guarded prison? That sounds like Rudolf Hess.
- Regardless, the possibility of a task force of wizards and muggles contributing to the Allied victory over the Nazis is invoked in-universe.
- Poisonous Friend: To Dumbledore. He unleashed all of young Dumbeldore's worst impulses and caused him to neglect his younger siblings in favour of their plan to subjugate the muggles.
- Predecessor Villain: To Voldemort. Though Voldemort's rise is unrelated to Grindelwald.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Voldemort just teleports away as opposed to killing him in the movie.
- Teen Genius: An extraordinary mind even in his youth, a fact that helped bring him and Dumbledore together.
Merope GauntThe 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 belittled her and abused her because he suspected her to be a Squib, despite the fact that he was completely dependant on her to feed him.
- 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.
- Extreme Doormat: Due to the abuse she suffers from her father and brother.
- Fish Eyes: Her eyes stare slightly away from each other.
- 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: She's been dead for over sixty years by the time the series starts.
- 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.
Walburga BlackSirius'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.
- 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 BlackFormer 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. Or rather his family name at least, since Sirius' death means that the Black family is gone for good, as he's the last male heir.
- 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. Though in the context of that scene, he does have a point.
- Jerk Ass: Even at the height of Voldemort's takeover of the wizarding world, his portrait refers to Hermione as a "Mudblood" only to be shot down and rebuked by Severus Snape.
- Large Ham
- 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 Ancestor: 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.
"Dobby is used to death threats, sir. Dobby gets them three times a day at home."
Portrayed by: Toby Jones
A house elf who initially serves the abusive Malfoy family. Unlike his masters, he admires Harry and tries to warn him and protect him when Lucius Malfoy orchestrates the opening of the Chamber of Secrets... in unfortunate ways. He is eventually freed thanks to Harry and gets new employment in the kitchens at Hogwarts, from where he occasionally lends Harry a hand.
- All the Other Reindeer: He's the first House Elf we meet so his treatment as a servant by wizards makes him one by default; we later learn that even other house-elves look at him as an oddball too and see him as a weirdo.
- Badass Adorable: Once freed, he's able to effortlessly beat Death Eaters like Lucius Malfoy and Peter Pettigrew, while continuing to be a tiny, adorable house elf.
- Badass Finger Snap: He snaps his fingers to conduct his magic, be it teleportation or levitating.
- Berserk Button: Dobby is friendly or at least respectful to all people... so long as they don't insult Harry. He easily blasts away his ex-master Lucius Malfoy in Chamber of Secrets when he attempts to attack him, and in Half-Blood Prince, Harry finds him proudly beating the snot out of Kreacher when the latter badmouths him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As sweet and kind as they come, but he's also just as powerful (maybe more so) than wizards.
- The Dog Bites Back: He gets to humiliate his former masters a few times.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dies while rescuing Harry and his friends from Malfoy Manor, taking a knife intended for Harry.
- Hero-Worshipper: He has looked up to Harry since he was an infant and bested Voldemort.
- I Die Free: By the end of Book 7.
- I Just Want To Be Free: For much of Chamber of Secrets this is his dream.
- The Millstone: To Harry on purpose in Book 2, although he has the best intentions.
- Third-Person Person: Rarely, if ever, uses the single person pronoun. It seems to be a trait all house-elves share.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He only means to maim or seriously injure.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the second book, Dobby does everything in his power to prevent Harry from being killed by the basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets...including designing a Bludger to harm him and get him kicked out of Hogwarts.
"Nasty brat standing there as bold as brass. Harry Potter, the boy who stopped the Dark Lord. Friend of Mudbloods and blood-traitors alike. If my poor mistress only knew..."
A house elf who serves the Black family. He shares the same ideologies as many of the pure-blood wizards, and looks down on Muggle-borns. Sirius Black treats him harshly, which leads to some unfortunate events at the end of Order of the Phoenix.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Kreacher deconstructs this aspect showing its good and bad sides, namely that anyone can be Nice to the Waiter, even The Sociopath like Bellatrix Lestrange and the vast majority of the black family while a good guy like Sirius can be totally indifferent and uncaring to Kreacher for a variety of understandable reasons, and still suffer the consequences.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Hermione characters this as Kreacher's view. For him the fact that his "kind master" Regulus died defying Voldemort won't affect his feelings of loyalty to Bellatrix and Narcissa who are loyal to the same man, or his dislike for Sirius who's even more defiant than Regulus. He's only loyal Because You Were Nice to Me and that's independent of any political stand for or against Voldemort.
- The Cavalry: Led the Elves into battle against Voldemort in the final book.
- Demoted to Extra: In the films his role was downplayed greatly, and since his introduction, got barely a cameo in Deathly Hallows. The filmmakers actually wanted to cut him out of the films completely, but Rowling warned them that they would run into a lot of plot issues come the seventh film if they did.
- The Dog Bites Back: His poor treatment from Sirius led 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 but both of them in their own fashion find a way to defy and defeat their masters and enjoy a Who's Laughing Now? moment to boot.
- Guttural Growler: Portrayed with an extremely low, raspy voice in the films; the book also mentions that he speaks with a 'croak'.
- Heel-Face Turn: Being treated kindly by Harry and learning Harry was on the same quest Master Regulus was on, and died for, helps him turn around. Oh, and the chance to hunt down Mundungus for stealing.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: His main motivation in life. If you show him affection and kindness, he will serve you, even if you were Bellatrix Lestrange.
- Karma Houdini: He's Lighter and Softer by the end for sure and even pulls a Heel-Face Turn of a sorts, but Kreacher never acknowledges any remorse or faces any punishment for instigating Sirius' death.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Sirius' poor treatment of him leads Kreacher to set him up to be killed.
- The Mole: In Order of the Phoenix.
- Meaningful Name: Kriecher is German for "bootlick". It's also meant to be pronounced in the same way as the word "creature".
- Morality Pet: To Regulus Black.
- 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.
WinkyThe 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.
- Drowning My Sorrows: With butterbeer.
- Drunk on Milk: After being freed, she starts hitting the bottle with butterbeer, which usually doesn't have any apparent intoxicating effect. We're told that it's "strong for a house-elf."
- Foil: To Dobby, who was happy to be freed.
- Happiness in Slavery: She believes in the house-elves being enslaved, much to Hermione's annoyance.
- Third-Person Person: Like all house-elves.
- Undying Loyalty: To Barty Crouch, Sr.
"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: Usually their only distinguishable visual trait.
- Despair Event Horizon: They seem to induce this; characters describe being in their presence as evoking a feeling that they could never be happy ever again.
- The Dreaded: The mere thought of being sent to Azkaban and guarded by the Dementors is enough to terrify even Hagrid.
- 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. This is dropped in the films after Prisoner of Azkaban, where the Dementors tend not to wear their hoods, leaving their mostly blank faces exposed.
- 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: Dementors cause freezing cold just by their presence.
- The Heartless: They induce depression and despair in humans by being close to them, and it is implied that they multiply in conditions of mass excitement and emotion. We never learn how they come to be, or, indeed, if anyone knows this at all, but their presence drains the positive emotions of everyone around them, and they will swallow the souls of anyone too weak to fight back if given the chance.
- Humanoid Abomination: Even by the standards of the Wizard World these creatures come off as ghastly and unnatural.
- 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.
- Sudden Name Change: Up until Harry Potter finds out the actual name of the creatures that guard Azkaban, a wizarding prison, everyone refers to them as "The Azkaban Guards." After he experience their happiness-draining power and is told their name, Dementors, in Prisoner of Azkaban no one refers to them as the Azkaban Guards ever again.
- Vader Breath: In the films they breathe quite heavily, as a sign of them inhaling people's despair.
- 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.
- 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: Apparently outfitted with the personalities of all four founders of Hogwarts.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the books, he slyly repeats "You would have done well in Slytherin" to Harry. In the films, they add a "raised eyebrow" when Harry insists the Sorting Hat is wrong.
- 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 occasionally giving warnings.
- Exposition Thing: He loosely exposits the backstory of the founding of Hogwarts in song at the beginning term feast every year.
- Hammer Space: Gryffindor students can pull Godric's sword out of the Sorting Hat. As the Hat himself sings, he once belonged to Gryffindor himself and sat upon his head.
- Telepathy: The Sorting Hat uses Legilimency 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.
- We can assume that he was repaired somehow, since Harry tells his son that the Sorting Hat will take his choice into account.
- Portrayed by: William Todd-Jones
- Big Little Brother: He's Hagrid's younger brother, but since he's a full giant while Hagrid is a giant-human hybrid, he's considerably larger than him. Though despite being larger than his hybrid brother, he's still considered small by giant standards.
- Gentle Giant: In the films, no pun intended, but Grawp's a sweetheart. Grawp has kind moments in the books but these tend to be outweighed by his giant nature and youth.
- Hot-Blooded: Grawp had a bit of a temper in the books.
- Precocious Crush: Apparently takes a liking to Hermione when they first meet.
- 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.
- 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. Ernie Prang; "prang" is British slang for a fender-bender or other vehicle collision.
- 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 Im 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.
The Next Generation
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Albus Severus Potter
"Dad? What if I am put in Slytherin?"The middle son of Harry Potter and Ginny Potter (née Weasley). He is named in memory of Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape.
Portrayed by: Arthur Bowen
- A Boy and His X: A Boy And His Ferret. In the movie franchise, Al owns a ferret.
- Dead Guy Junior: Al is named in honor of two past headmasters Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape.
- Green Eyes: The only one of Harry's kids to inherit his mother's (Al's grandmother) bright, green eyes.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Portrayed to be this with Scorpius in the fanwork.
- In-Series Nickname: His family calls him "Al".
- Messy Hair: Just like dear old dad. But averted in the movies, where his hair's actually neater than even movie!Harry and this trope plays straight for James.
- Platonic Life Partners: A cousin example. With Rose.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: A sibling example. The Sensitive Guy to James's Manly Man.
- Strong Family Resemblance: A carbon copy of his father.
"Yeah." (To her mother in the last movie adaptation).The eldest child and only daughter of Ron Weasley and Hermione Weasley (née Granger). She has been noted to be very much like her mother was at her age. Rose also has a close relationship with her cousin, Albus Severus Potter.
Portrayed by: Helena Barlow
- Big Eater: Implied. See Sweet Tooth.
- Cute Bookworm: The lego game shows Rose with a number of books in her hands, implying that she loves reading.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Ron implies that Arthur would be less than okay with Rose marrying a pureblood like Scorpius, telling her to defy this trope.
- In-Series Nickname: Her dad calls her "Rosie".
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: Lampshaded by her father. It's also notable that, in the books, she exhibits some of Hermione's character quirks, such as being dressed in her robes already by the time everyone shows up at King's Cross.
- Meaningful Name: "Rose" is the national flower for England, which is where the story takes place.
- Its most common color is red, which can allude to her trademark red, Weasley hair.
- A rose is also a symbol of love, a (potential) reference to the relationship of her parents.
- Platonic Life Partners: A cousin example. With Albus.
- Strong Family Resemblance: A female version of her father in the live action movies.
- Sweet Tooth: Implied in the movie. She catches a chocolate frog and before that, we see her looking at it rather...intently.
- Youthful Freckles: The Weasley trait.
Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy
"So that's little Scorpius." - Ron's line on meeting Scorpius on the Hogwarts station.The son and only child of Draco Malfoy and Astoria Malfoy (née Greengrass). J.K. Rowling stated that Draco made sure that Scorpius didn't turn out like him.
Portrayed by: Bertie Gilbert
- All of the Other Reindeer: According to Word of God, he's a little maltreated due to his family's past (and his name).
- Gray Eyes: Like his father.
- Like Father, Like Son: Defied by Draco and averted. Despite their almost carbon copy looks, eleven-year-old Scorpius is nothing like his father was as a child.
- Morality Pet: Heavily implied to become this to his father. Having a son made Draco determine to make sure Scorpius wasn't raised like he was.
- Strong Family Resemblance: A mini Draco
- Unfortunate Name: Scorpius. On the flipside, however, his middle name is Hyperion.
- Theme Naming: Continues his mother's family tradition of naming children after stars and constellations.
- Turn Out Like His Father: Defied by the Malfoys themselves.
- The Voiceless: Has not one line in any of the franchise.
- White Sheep: According to Word of God.
James Sirius Potter II
"I only said he might be. There's nothing wrong with that."The first child and eldest son of Harry Potter and Ginny Potter (née Weasley). By the epilogue, James has already attended his first year at Hogwarts, and is now about to be accompanied by his younger brother (Albus) and younger cousin (Rose). He loves to rile up Al and has been noted to act very much like his namesakes and his Uncle Ron.
Portrayed by: Will Dunn
- A Boy and His X: A Boy And His Owl. In the movie, James has a pet owl.
- Brown Eyes: He inherited his mother's bright, brown eyes.
- Cool Big Bro: Despite teasing his younger siblings, especially Al, he shows signs of being a cool, big brother:
- In the books, James offered to share a room with Al, even though he was teasing him in the beginning.
- In the movie, James allowed Lily to take a ride on his trolley.
- Dead Guy Junior: He's named after his paternal grandfather and his father's godfather.
- The Gadfly: He seems to be this, judging by his needling of Albus in the epilogue for the sole purpose of making him nervous. Not only about house affiliation, but it's also implied that he might have been telling Albus that Rose couldn't come to Hogwarts for some reason (e.g. she'd turned out to be a Squib or something), as Albus is mentioned as looking 'immensely relieved' to see her in the epilogue.
- Identical Grandson: Has been described to acquire the looks and character traits of his paternal grandfather.
- Messy Hair: Like father, like son.
- Mouthy Kid: But he does clam up when he sots his mom's Death Glare.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: A sibling example. The Manly Man to Al's Sensitive Guy.
- Spiritual Successor: It's implied he's one to the Marauders and the Weasley twins. Among other things (like being named for two of the Marauders, for example), Word of God reveals that he (like the twins before him) stole the map from his father's desk. He also, like his namesakes and the twins, seems to be popular in school, or at least have a strong network of very good friends.
- Vague Age: Is the only of his siblings whose age is not directly stated (Albus is explicitly eleven and Lily is nine.) Somewhat hard to tell in the movie as well. It's implied, though, that he's not more than a year or two older than his brother.
Lily Luna Potter
"Two years. I want to go now!"The youngest child and only daughter of Harry Potter and Ginny Potter (née Weasley). By the epilogue, she won't be going to Hogwarts yet, since she's only 9. So, she's very saddened about the fact.
Portrayed by: Daphne de Beistegui
- Brown Eyes: Along with her eldest brother, Lily has her mom's bright, brown eyes.
- The Cutie: Beistegui's performance, while silent, gave off the effect more.
- Daddy's Girl: Implied in the epilogue.
- Dead Girl Junior: She's named after her paternal grandmother. Inverted with her middle name, she's named after one of her parent's closes friends, who is still alive.
- Fiery Redhead: The book shows Lily becoming this.
- Girlish Pigtails: Only in the game (not lego) adaptation.
- Like Mother Like Daughter: Where do we begin:
- She's jealous that her older brother get to go to Hogwarts. (Ginny, in the first book, complained about not going to her mother.)
- Lily also wants a Metamorphagus to marry her relaive. (Ginny wanted Tonks to marry Bill).
- Platonic Life Partners: A cousin example. With Hugo.
- Shipper on Deck: Really wants her cousin, Victoire and her adopted brother, Teddy, to get married.
- Strong Family Resemblance: The mini Ginny.
- Identical Granddaughter: As Ginny, during her younger years, was depicted somewhat as her mother Molly in miniature, it's likely Lily and Molly share a very strong resemblance as well.
- The Voiceless: Doesn't have any lines in the video game and lego game adaptations.
- Youthful Freckles: Inherited from her mother's side.
"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.
Portrayed by: Ryan Turner
- 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.
- Platonic Life Partners: A cousin example. With Lily.
- Quirky Curls: Which he inherited from his mother in the books. The film shows Hugo with red hair.
- 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.
Edward "Teddy" Remus LupinSon of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. Implied to be a Metamorphmagus like his mother.
- Cool Big Bro: To Albus, James and Lily.
- Cute Clumsy Boy: Like mother, like son.
- Dead Guy Junior: Named after his maternal grandfather, Ted Tonks, and his father (though Remus was still alive at the time of his birth).
- Expy: Word of God says that his upbringing is said to mirror both Neville'snote and Harry'snote .
- Intergenerational Friendship: With his godfather, Harry.
- Heartwarming Orphan
- Official Couple: With Victoire Weasley, after the timeskip. By 2017, they've been together for three years.
- Make-Out Kids: Caught snogging Victoire in public places on several occasions.
- Raised by Grandparents: Specifically, his grandmother.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Like his mom.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: As a baby, we see him with turquoise hair at one point. According to Lupin, his hair keeps changing colour, so it's a strong indication that he's a Metamorphmagus like Tonks. It's also implied, though that he keeps to the turquoise hair as his usual hair color.