Characters / Harry Potter – The Trio

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McGonagall: "Why is it that whenever there's trouble, it's always you three?!?"

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, the three main characters. They became friends in the first book and, over the course of the series, they have endured and suffered more than most people do, but they have only become closer over the years. They spend more time together than they do with anyone else, and whenever there is a problem, they always try to solve it together.

While Harry is nominally The Leader of the three person team, he, Ron, and Hermione often defer to each other. In the future, they become family in the legal sense, as Ron marries Hermione and Harry becomes Ron's brother-in-law through his marriage to Ginny, so Hermione is Harry's sister-in-law.
  • Adorkable: All three of them in their own way.
    • Harry at eleven years old in the first film, with his small stature, glasses, baggy clothes and requisite British accent.
    • Ron has red hair, is awkwardly tall and oblivious to love. He is Harry's loyal companion and sidekick.
    • Hermione, a bushy-haired, bookworm, who in the first book stutters approximately a third of everything she says.
  • Author Avatar: Rowling has admitted that each of the three main characters are aspects of herself. Mostly Hermione though, who is, by J. K. Rowling's own admission, an exaggeration of herself when she was younger.
  • Badass: All three of them. Every book they take on things that would be considered challenging to experienced wizards, and survive all of them, starting with a troll in the first book, and ending with the Final Battle in the seventh. Harry is accomplished at Defense Against the Dark Arts, quick on the draw, and more than capable of holding his own against more experienced wizards, Ron is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, and Hermione is a Badass Bookworm.
  • Best Friends In Law: In the end, Ron marries Hermione and Harry marries Ginny (Ron's sister), making Ron and Hermione Harry's in-laws.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: After the fourth movie, where Emma's bushy brown hair got highlighted so much it became blonde. Ron is the redhead and Harry is the brunette.
  • Break the Cutie: Each of them have been through some heartbreaking moments in the series.
  • Character Development: The trio each mature, in their own way, by the end.
    • Harry goes from a naive, inexperienced young boy who had a "Black and White" concept regarding the houses of Hogwarts (e.g., Slytherin = bad, Gryffindor = good) to a hardened, battle-ready, powerful adult wizard who now sees the "Grays" in all of the Houses. In fact, he told his son, Albus, that it didn't matter to him (or Ginny) if he was chosen to be a Slytherin.
    • Ron as of Book 7. Being forced away from his usual comfort zone, facing his greatest fears in the form of one of Voldemort's horcruxes, and the war in general really made Ron a more mature and sensitive individual.
    • Hermione, even with being a Static Character, does undergo some subtle development. She starts off as a bossy, insecure, neurotic, rule-abiding little girl, best exemplified by equating being expelled from school with being killed. By the 5th book, she will now do as much rule breaking if it's to help her friends, family, and the wizarding world.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: In the movies the trio each have their own specific colors: Harry is blue, Ron is red, and Hermione is pink.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Specifically in the films, each of them had their own scheme color when not in their Hogwarts uniform: Harry (blue), Ron (orange), and Hermione (pink).
  • Despite the Plan: The usual sequence goes along the lines of "Hermione comes up with The Plan, the trio puts it into motion, things go horribly wrong and Harry steers things to at least partially successful completion, either by adapting successfully or just straight up improvising."
    • Lampshaded in the last film: "Hermione, when have any of our plans actually worked? We plan, we get there, all hell breaks loose!"
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The troll incident is what forms their friendship; others solidify it.
  • Freudian Trio
  • Good Parents: They all become this to their children in the epilogue. Ron and Hermione are doting and loving to their daughter (Rose) and son (Hugo). Harry with Ginny are supportive parents to their three children (James II, Albus, and Lily) and tell their middle child that they won't disown him or be disappointed if he gets sorted into Slyhterin.
  • Kid Heroes: Until they become full grown adults in the seventh book. Deconstructed since they were forced to deal with things that greatly interfered with their social life and has been very traumatic events for them, especially Harry.
  • The Power of Friendship: A constant theme in the series.
  • Power Trio: Ron is the Id, Harry the Ego and Hermione the Superego.
  • Red Baron: All of them receive their own title by the end of the series:
    • Harry- "The Boy Who Lived"
    • Ron- "The King"
    • Hermione- "The Brightest Witch Of Her Age"
  • Red Is Heroic: In the films they wear red-and-gold ties as part of their school uniforms, as Gryffindors, and Harry wears a red sweater during the crux of Philosopher's Stone.
  • Three Amigos: They've been friends since they were 11.
  • Token Trio:
    • Harry is a half-blood, Ron is a pure-blood, and Hermione is a Muggle-born.
    • Also, pre-Deathly Hallows, the three had, according to Word Of God, the three different wand cores offered at Ollivanders: Harry has phoenix feather, Ron has a unicorn tail hair, and Hermione has a dragon heartstring.
  • Took a Level in Badass: All three of them become stronger in some way by the end.
    • According to JKR, Harry became the best duelist in his circle of friends during his Third Year. Probably graduated to "best student duelist in the school" a year later, as the Triwizard Tournament pushed him into successfully learning several combat spells far beyond his expected level. All in all, Harry goes from bullied and timid kid to a pretty reasonable all round badass by book 4 at the latest. You could argue he takes a further one of these in the final book, going to his death calmly, then just as calmly offering the man who killed his parents and a lot of his friends a chance at redemption, admittedly almost certain that he wouldn't take it.
    • Ron is a more emotional/mental variety. In the first book, he went from not even calling Voldemort by his full name to insulting the man himself in the finale.
    • Hermione started off as a girl who would never dreamed of breaking the rules. Come Book 7, she will use any illegal skill to insure success for her and her loved ones. A more standard example of the trope in the fact that she becomes a very good fighter only in the later books.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Each of them received a memento from Dumbledore in Book 7, which happened recently after his death. See their character sections for specifics.
  • True Companions: They are closer than siblings, and even closer than lovers. Their loyalty to each other is absolute.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The Hero, The Lancer, and The Smart Girl.
  • Vagabond Buddies: Become this in Book 7 when they search for the horcruxes.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: All of them fight, but Ron and Hermione bicker the most.
  • Walking the Earth: To find the horcruxes.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded more than once; why does everything interesting or dangerous happen to them?
    • From the Half-Blood Prince film.
    McGonagall: "Why is it, whenever something happens, it's always you three?"
    Ron Weasley: "Believe me, professor, I've been asking myself that same question for six years."
    • Lampshaded by Ron as early as book one, when he sarcastically asks what it would be like to have a peaceful life.
    • Also lampshaded by Harry when Hermione tells him that Malfoy could use his prefect privileges to make Harry's life difficult. Harry sarcastically wonders what it would be like to have a difficult life.
  • With Friends Like These...:
    • Both Harry and Ron row with Hermione, Ron more often than Harry. Harry and Ron row only twice, for a month in book four and when Ron leaves for a month in DH. Which, given that the heroes are between 11 and 18 years old during the course of the series, is not exactly unbelievable.
    • Harry is usually the peacemaker. Hermione plays peacemaker once and can't stand it, and Ron never has to because mostly when Harry fights with Hermione to the point of not speaking with her for longer than a few hours, it's because he sides with Ron. The most memorable exception to this was when Hermione turned in the broom that Sirius sent Harry. That time, Ron sided with Harry.

    Harry Potter 

Harry James Potter

"I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me."
Portrayed by: Daniel Radcliffe (films), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run)

AKA the Boy Who Lived. AKA the Chosen One.

At the age of one, Harry's parents are killed by Lord Voldemort, who then attempts to kill him with the Killing Curse. Due to The Power of Love from his mother's self-sacrifice, however, he survives and rebounds the curse upon Voldemort, getting a lightning bolt-shaped scar as a souvenir. The series' resident Eccentric Mentor, Dumbledore, then arranges to have his Muggle aunt and uncle take him in … or else. For ten long years, they grudgingly comply, forcing Harry to live in the cupboard under the stairs and being both cruel and neglectful of him. Harry's bullying cousin, Dudley, doesn't make things any easier.

Then, shortly before his eleventh birthday, everything changes. Letters (from "no one") begin arriving in Harry's "home", growing by the number each day. Harry's aunt and uncle, acting suspiciously, refuse to allow him to read even one, and after several days, leave the house and go to a tiny house in a cliff in the middle of a storm. Unfortunately (for the Dursleys), the ones who sent the letters are not deterred by such means, and Harry is eventually told of his past, and the wizarding world.

Thus, Harry's adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry begin, starting off as lighthearted, and growing darker in nature each year, as he makes friends, learns of his destiny, and matures.

Nineteen years after he defeats Voldemort for good, he's married to Ginny Weasley and is the father of three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna Potter.
  • The Ace: Harry’s a talented wizard, especially in the area of Defense Against the Dark Arts. He’s also a naturally gifted Quidditch player.
  • Achey Scars:
    • The lightning-shaped scar created by Voldemort starts aching whenever Harry is close to him, and in the later books, whenever Voldemort is feeling a particularly strong emotion.
    • The "I must not tell lies" scars on his hand that he received from detentions with a Sadist Teacher in his fifth year tingle when he thinks of her.
  • Action Dad: Becomes the Head Auror and father of three by the year 2017.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Harry has green eyes in the book, but they are blue in the movies.
  • All-Loving Hero: Harry's greatest power of all was his ability to love. In spite of being raised by a family that treated him with anything but affection, Harry remarkably turned out capable of very strong love. He even gave Voldemort one last warning to save himself. To reiterate, Harry was willing to save the life of the man who murdered his parents and made his life hell, indirectly and directly.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • Public opinion of Harry in the Wizarding world oscillates between hero worship to complete rejection at the drop of a hat. But Harry is not particularly saintly in his isolation.
    • Harry was an outcast in the muggle world too because of the Dursleys' rumors about his behavior and because Dudley and his gang bullied anyone who befriended him.
  • Allergic to Evil: His lightning-bolt scar burns whenever Voldemort is close to him or feeling strong negative emotions, and in book 4, Voldemort just touching him causes him horrible pain.
  • Always Someone Better: Unintentionally this to Ron.
  • Amazon Chaser: He really started falling for Ginny when he noticed her feisty attitude and Quidditch skills.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Harry shows symptoms of PTSD during book five.
  • Amicable Exes: A scene in the eighth movie indicates he and Cho have become this.
  • Animal Motifs: Stag (his Patronus).
  • Anti-Hero: At first and for most of the series, he is unambiguously good and heroic, even if he is more than a bit snarky Anti-Hero who isn't above lying, eavesdropping, and generally being an occasional "trouble-maker" in school, even during the earlier installments. Then Harry got Darker and Edgier along with the series, doing things that become much more questionable as time goes on, even when they're being used to reach goals that are unquestionably heroic, and became a Pragmatic Hero.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: According to Word Of God, he later went on to become the youngest head of the Auror Office in history. It isn't hard to see why…
  • The Baby Of The Bunch: Of the trio, Harry is the youngest. Hermione is the oldest of them all by a year and Ron was born four months before Harry.
  • Badass: Let's see: saved the Philosopher's Stone, defeated Slytherin's Basilysk, learned how to make a Patronus when only 13, escaped Voldemort seven times, survived the Second Wizarding War, while more experienced wizards (like Sirius Black, Mad-Eye Moody, Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, Nymphadora Tonks and Albus Dumbledore) didn't, defeated more Death Eaters than one can count... Yeah, he definitely qualifies.
  • Badass In Charge: Harry becomes the youngest Head Auror in wizarding history.
  • Badass Teacher: Harry has shown tremendous skill in teaching others. Having mastered many spells at a young age, Harry successfully passed them onto others even when he was still a student himself, giving proper instructions and corrections on how to perform many fields of magic, ranging from the relatively simplistic Disarming Charm to the highly advanced Patronus Charm. Harry's effectiveness as a teacher led many, some even older than him, to choose him over a Ministry-installed professional, and he even returned to Hogwarts to give occasional lectures.
  • Bad Dreams: Often, especially after his first encounter with Voldemort in the first year and Cedric's death.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Zig zagged. Harry's destiny has been predicted by a self-fulfilling prophecy, but according to Dumbledore, it's only self-fulfilling because Voldemort insists on fulfilling it and Harry himself has no intention of turning away from it.
    Harry Potter: It all comes to the same thing, doesn't it? I've got to try and kill him, or—
    Dumbledore: Of course you've got to! But not because of the prophecy! Because you, yourself, will never rest until you've tried! We both know it!
  • Belated Backstory: Regarding all his connections with Voldemort.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Whatever you do, do NOT insult his parents.
    • Diss one of his favorite teachers to her face, and you'll be in for a world of hurt. Just ask Amycus Carrow.
    • Bad parenting in general. Having grown up without his parents (and with abusive foster 'parents' to boot), he realizes the value of loving parental care, and views as an obligation for anyone who can give it to do so. It's also implied that seeing the account of what happened to Tom Riddle hammered this home for Harry even further.
  • Beta Couple: He and Ginny get together faster and don't argue as much as Ron and Hermione.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Harry is NOT a pleasant person when he's pissed.
  • Big Good: He becomes this in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Even though he does not exactly lead anyone, he continues to inspire hope and is a rallying point for the students of Hogwarts, Dumbledore's Army, and the Order of the Phoenix. In the practical sense, however, Moody and, after he dies, Kingsley, seem to be Dumbledore's designated successors.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Ginny; both being fierce, Quidditch-loving Leos, with a darker sense of humor.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Some of Harry's birthdays are spoiled: his twelfth because his mail is intercepted and he must deny his own existence, his thirteenth because he's treated like a little kid, and his seventeenth because Rufus Scrimegour interrupts his birthday party and acts like a jerk. Many of his early birthdays are implied to be less than satsifactory; as his relatives do not bother to get him real gifts. He receives a coat-hanger and a pair of his uncle's used socks on his tenth birthday.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Though he seldom drops his glasses.
  • Book Dumb: He gets by mostly by practice and reliance on Hermione, aside from a few isolated moments like doing his homework, he never seems to have read many books and still relies on Hermione and Ron for Info Dump well into his sixth year despite having been part of wizard culture for sometime now. In the middle of the series it becomes clear that Harry is a genius in Defense Against The Dark Arts, almost to the point of being a prodigy.
  • Boring but Practical: The Disarming Charm, Expelliarmus, which becomes Harry's signature move. It does Exactly What It Says on the Tin, causing the target to drop whatever he or she may be wielding. It is fairly dull, basic and unimpressive compared to most other spells, but given that wizards are basically helpless without a wand, it's an instant win if executed correctly. This does come back to bite him in the ass during the beginning of Deathly Hallows, in which the Order distributes several of its members, disguised as Harry, across several teams so that the Death Eaters will have a harder time finding and killing the real thing. When Harry disarms an Imperiused Stan Shunpike, his use of the spell tips off the other Death Eaters, and quickly alerts Voldemort to his location.
  • A Boy and His X: A Boy And His Owl. Develops a close bond with his pet owl, Hedwig. This makes her death even harder on Harry.
  • Break the Cutie: He sees his mother get killed (and hears his father be killed) when he was fifteen months old, then he was shipped off to his abusive aunt and uncle's. He escapes them when he's eleven, though he has to go back during summers, and he discovers that the world of magic isn't so much an escape for him as it is another place where he is constantly in danger of death and other losses. This leads to his willing self-sacrifice when he's seventeen.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He struggled with his Potions and Transfigurations classes, but his O.W.L. scores demonstrated that he's actually rather good at them. There are subjects that he is legitimately bad at, but his lack of skill in Divination and History of Magic don't affect him in the story. In-universe, Harry has been described as bright, but not exceptionally so. His poor performance in school might have been caused by the Dursleys' abuse of him, neglecting his studying skills and perhaps punishing him for doing better than Dudley did.
    • He's also one of the best, if not the best duelist among the students by the time he's in his fifth year. He still gets owned by more experienced wizards, however and gets handed down a Curb-Stomp Battle from (Snape). He is also the best in the year (possibly the entire school) at Defense Against the Dark Arts.
    • It's also made clear one reason he's so bad at Potions is because Snape is his teacher. During his O.W.L. Harry's narration notes that the class is much easier without the pressure of Snape waiting to find something to punish him for.
    • Divination can be explained by having a teacher like Trelawney (who constantly predicts his death, to boot), and the History of Magic Professor is considered so incredibly boring that most students have a hard time even focusing, let alone staying awake, during his lessons.
  • Broken Ace: Most people in the wizarding world perceive him as The Ace while his relatives perceive him as worthless. Harry develops major insecurities as a result.
  • Broken Pedestal: He undergoes this at some point or the other with each of his adult role models. Sirius, his father, Remus Lupin and Dumbledore...
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
    • Ginny getting possessed by Lord Voldemort was this for Harry, more or less in hindsight. It was not for Ginny. This leads to a What the Hell, Hero? moment when Ginny calls him out for it.
    • This also undermines some of the tension between him, Ron and Hermione. He can't appreciate that being an orphan and being raised by the Dursleys like an indentured servant and later finding out that he's independently wealthy as a result of his inheritances, makes it easier for him to become a free range wizard than it is for people with family who are worried about them.
    • Harry has a much easier time than either Ron or Hermione adapting to the hunger and deprivation that the group endures in book 7, because such things were just a fact of life for him while he was being raised by the Dursleys.
  • Butt Monkey: When living with the Dursleys.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Dudley's Cain, even though they're cousins, not brothers.
  • Characterization Marches On: AT least in regards to his schoolwork. In the first book, Harry eagerly reads all his magic textbooks before even going to Hogwarts (much like Hermione), is described as a good student by his professors, and is itching to do his over-the-summer homework at the start of the second book. Over the second book though he becomes increasingly indifferent, until by the end he doesn't even bother choosing his third-year electives, simply copying Ron's choices without reading what they are. For the rest of the series, Harry is shown to be an indifferent student; zoning out during lectures, slacking on homework, relying on Hermione to scrape by in his classes, and often needing other people (usually Hermione) to spoon-feed him information on the Wizarding World around him and new spells to add to his limited arsenal. While he is shown to excel at subjects he's interested in (like Defense Against the Dark Arts), it can be a little jarring going back to the first book and seeing Harry voluntarily pick up a textbook. (And not one that's filled with doodles from the Half-Blood Prince.) Possibly justified, as he grows more used to magic and as his life grows more and more dangerous, possibly making him lose interest in his schoolwork.
  • Chick Magnet: Ginny, Cho, Gabrielle, Romilda Vane, and Moaning Myrtle. Hermione Lampshades it in Half-Blood Prince by telling him that he's 'never been more fanciable.'
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Harry eventually marries Ginny Weasley whom he became friends with in his second year of Hogwarts.
  • The Chosen One: Harry is given this nickname by the press by the beginning of HBP, due to his connection to the prophecy. Like such people as Scrimgeour and Snape, he's less than amused.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: AKA "his saving people thing." This is eventually exploited — with tragic results — by Voldemort.
    Hermione: This isn't a criticism, Harry! But you do... sort of... I mean — don't you think you've got a bit of a — a — saving-people thing?
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Harry at the Dursleys' household, before he gets his acceptance letter from Hogwarts. However, his uncle never does stop treating him like crap.
  • Closet Sublet: He provides the current page image for a reason.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Played with, since his home situation is not really "convenient."
  • Cool Loser: Harry's famous, a pretty nice guy, and is regarded as a hero. Yet in Chamber of Secrets he's ostracized because he can talk to snakes, in Goblet of Fire he's ostracized for entering the Triwizard contest ("Harry is a cheating cheater!"), and in the next book he's looked down on because he's the only one who notices there's a frickin' war going on. In the sixth book, he does become hugely popular, but finds it annoying.
  • Cool Teacher:
    • He secretly teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts during his fifth year.
    • And Word of Rowling states that he occasionally gave lectures about Defense Against The Dark Arts, after the end of the series.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Harry didn't act on it, but he secretly wanted to pummel Dean whenever he kissed, held, spent time with Ginny.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Played with. He's competent enough to do well in most of his classes, but his best competency - and perhaps his biggest interest - is in combat magic and Defence Against The Dark Arts. He relies mostly on Hermione in other areas. This may or may not have been enforced by Rowling, as one of the more important Character Development arcs in the series is of Harry maturing from a bit of a loner who only tolerates others' help to someone who accepts it.
  • Cursed with Awesome: See The Chosen One, I Just Want to Be Normal, and Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Parents murdered at one, a decade of abuse from his relatives, a bullying cousin, and a psychopathic murderer out to kill him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wears dark clothing and masters spells that have been associated with dark magic.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Harry James Potter is himself an unintentional example, since his parents named him while (obviously) they were alive. Harry was presumably named after his great-grandfather Henry "Harry" Potter. He plays it straight as an arrow with his own kids, though. Between the three of them, Harry honors no less than five dead people. And Luna. Although, with the name "Luna", he could very well also be honoring Lupin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Generally at the Dursley’s expense or his own.
    '''Listening to the news! Again?”
    '''Well, it changes every day, you see," said Harry.
    • Also shown in other occasions, such as this exchange in Half Blood Prince:
    Harry: Yes.
    Snape: Yes, sir.
    Harry: There's no need to call me "sir", professor.
    • He's definitely snarkier in the books, with the above lines of dialogue being two great examples.
  • Death Seeker: Subtly implied to be one after Voldemort's return.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Places his dad on a pedestal, which breaks but is later rebuilt, and harbors tender feelings for his mother.
  • Denied Food as Punishment: He was often on the receiving end of this from the Dursleys. Surprisingly, in Deathly Hallows it's noted that since he often went through periods of near starvation, Harry is able to go for longer without eating than Ron and Hermione.
  • Deus Angst Machina: To cut short 7 books worth of angsting, fate seems to have no other reason for his existence other than finding any and every available opportunity to abuse and torture him physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Disney Death: At the end of Book 7.
  • Disney Villain Death: Not to Harry, but both of his broomsticks. His Nimbus 2000 in book 3, which falls right into the Whomping Willow. His Firebolt in book 7 during the ambush.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Doubly, with respect to both others and himself. Harry's temperament and propensity for recklessness are among his chief faults, yet as he notes in Deathly Hallows, he tends to get calmer the more everyone else freaks out. Half a lifetime of dodging death by a hair seem to have effectively rewired his panic response, so much that past a certain threshold, his brash temper reverses and he ends up being shockingly clear-headed.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: The biggest difference between him and Voldemort besides their understanding (or lack of) of love is the fact that Harry does not fear death. What made Harry the "Master of Death" was not that he gathered all three of the Deathly Hallows — rather, through his experiences in which he gathered all three unknowingly, he came to realize that death is nothing to fear and that there are far worse things in this world than dying. Compare that to Voldemort, who cannot comprehend a Fate Worse Than Death and futilely searches to escape the inevitable.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Harry is turned on by Hogwarts students and the wizarding world in general at the drop of a hat, despite Harry having saved both several times.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He goes through a lot of physical and emotional pain across the books, but by the end of the series, he's in a loving marriage with three kids, and has a happy life.
  • Expy:
  • Eureka Moment: While Hermione does the grunt work research, Harry is generally the one who ends up putting the clues together at the end. Unlike other examples of this trope, he doesn't normally get any particular source of inspiration, but rather simply gets focused enough to solve the given problem when things get really bad.
  • Experienced Protagonist: By the final book, Harry has grown into his magical prowess to become one of the most powerful and skilled wizards in history.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Discovers this in the sixth book when he casts the spell Sectumsempra on Malfoy without knowing what it does beforehand. He's horrified to discover that it vivisects the target.
  • Famous Ancestor: Averted. Pottermore reveals information about his ancestry that confirms that Harry is the first prominent Potter in wizarding history. His ancestors did work in creating well-known healing remedies which made the family fortune, while Ralston Potter and Henry "Harry" Potter played a part in advocating pro-Muggle legislation but nothing amounting to more than a footnote. Indeed, despite being directly descended from Ignotus Peverell (through his grand-daughter Iolantha who married Linchfred of Stinchcombe), the Potters weren't considered among the top 28 Pureblood family.
  • Fatal Flaw: Harry's "saving people thing" gets him into trouble. He's willing to do anything in order to save the people he cares about, and he has a martyr complex that keeps him from asking for help or back-up at times when it would really be a smart idea. He does this to keep the people around him safe but it tends to really work against him. Voldemort uses this to manipulate him into doing things that lead to Sirius's death. This also makes it very easy for Harry's enemies to lead him into traps.
  • Fighting Fingerprint: Expelliarmus! See Boring but Practical.
  • Forgets to Eat: On occasion, due to stress or anxiety. It is likely also the effect of being malnourished by his relatives and isn't hungry as a result, or hasn't built the habit of eating consistently.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
  • Friendless Background: Due to Dudley and his gang's bullying, his baggy hand-me-downs, and his taped glasses, Harry was an outcast in Muggle Primary School.
  • Gallows Humor: A lot of his snark.
  • Generation Xerox: Physically, and as repeated very often, Harry is almost identical to his father James with the exception of his emerald Green Eyes, which are identical to those of his mother. He also has a lot in common in terms of Undying Loyalty to his friends and willingness to break rules to do what's right and a total opposition to the Dark Arts. However, personality-wise, James and Harry are very much not the same at least as far as fifteen-year-old James goes. Dumbledore suggests to Severus Snape, that his inner nature is like his more compassionate mother while in Book Three he reminded Harry that his decision to spare Dirty Coward Peter Pettigrew is something his father would have approved. So it's an even mix in the end. In terms of his family, Harry shares a common name with his great-grandfather Henry "Harry" Potter. His Humble Hero nature is also shared by other ancestors, who also stood up for Muggle Rights. But he otherwise lacks the genius in potions, ironically enough, that allowed his family to invent Skele-Gro, Pepper-Up Potions and Sleekeazy (which Harry uses without knowing that his family invented it).
  • Glory Seeker: Inverted. Many people who have no idea what kind of life Harry lived before coming to Hogwarts (or even some of the stuff that came after) tend to think he is one of these. Some (like Snape) think he is a bullying troublemaker like his father; some (such as the Ministry, the Daily Prophet and a number of citizens) think that he just wants glory and is an attention seeker. Some of his classmates even thought he was the heir of Slytherin, once. The truth is largely the opposite, as living with the Dursleys and a lot of the stuff he dealt with in the Wizarding World actually made him very humble and quiet (until he continued to grow in self-confidence and ability). Susan Bones lampshades it when her involuntary fame makes her like him — and she wonders how he stands it, it's horrible.
  • Good Is Not Soft: For as much as is made of his Chronic Hero Syndrome, Harry draws the line at unnecessary murder, but pretty much anything else is fair game if he thinks it’s deserved. From deliberately horrifying Slughorn with vivid tales of his mother’s assassination to extract information to torturing a Death Eater as punishment, and even leaving to die someone who had just tried to kill him.
    Hermione Granger: Oh, that was horrible. And he might kill them all.
    Harry Potter: I'm not that fussed, to be honest.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Harry spends the summer of his sixth year getting close to Ginny in what he believes is a wholly platonic way, feels slight tingles of annoyance at the notion of her going off with her boyfriend which he pays no mind to, offhandedly asks her on a Not a Date to Hogsmeade without even realizing he's doing it and even misses that she has the same aroma as the love potion that's supposed to smell like things he likes. Then he catches her making out with her boyfriend and it finally dawns on him that his violent desire to eviscerate the guy might have deeper implications. He tries to convince himself that she's just like a sister to him and that his territoriality was entirely brotherly, but ditches the idea after imagining himself as the one kissing her and realizing that image doesn't bother him at all.
  • Green Eyes: A constant mention that Harry has Lily's eyes.
  • Guilt Complex: Born partly out of his Chronic Hero Syndrome, Martyr Without a Cause, and Heroic Self-Deprecation. Harry carries a huge amount of guilt and blames himself for almost every death related to him. He blames himself for Cedric's death because he requested they grab the portkey together despite the fact that neither of them could have known it was such. He blames himself for Sirius's death because he thinks he should have known better than to fall into Voldemort's trap. He blames himself for not letting Sirius kill Pettigrew, thereby aiding Voldemort's return, as well as Voldemort's return to life because his blood was taken by force. He pretty much blames himself for every death Voldemort causes because he thinks Voldemort just wants him, despite the fact that he prevented countless deaths. That's one massive Guilt Complex. Some of it is justified, most notably in Sirius's death, which could have been prevented altogether if he'd set aside his grudge of Snape and his resentment towards Dumbledore and just learned Occulumency. Or not believed a known liar who hates both him and Sirius. Or listened to Hermione. Or simply used the Mirror that Sirius gave him to communicate to him privately.
  • Hate at First Sight:
    • Disliked Malfoy's insensitivity and arrogance during their first meeting, which was cemented when they met again later and Malfoy snubs Ron.
    • Also, when Harry first sees Umbridge as their new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor:
    "Her voice was high-pitched, breathy, and little-girlish and again, Harry felt a powerful rush of dislike that he could not explain to himself; all he knew was that he loathed everything about her, from her stupid voice to her fluffy pink cardigan."
  • The Heart: The strongest moral center in the story.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Harry starts out as an orphan living in a closet under the stairs and ends up not only making Hermione's, Ron's and Hagrid's lives a little brighter, but also saving the world from You-Know-Who.
  • The Hero: The story revolves his maturation into a powerful wizard and dealing with the Big Bad trying to kill him.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Subverted for the bulk of the series. He asks Pavarti Patil (black hair) to the Yule Ball, and later briefly dates Cho Chang (also black hair). Once he joins the Slug Club, he brings (as a friend) Luna Lovegood (blond) as his +1 to a party. He ends up with Ginny Weasley in the end.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He does this near the end of the seventh book; however, this results in Harry's resurrection and Voldemort's final Karmic Death.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Occasionally delves into this.
    Hermione: ...I'm not talking about test results, Harry. Look what you've done!
    Harry: How d'you mean?
    Ron: (sarcastically) Uh... first year- you saved the Stone from You-Know-Who-
    Harry: But that was luck, that wasn't skill-
    Ron: Second year- you killed the basilisk and destroyed Riddle- Third year, you fought off about a hundred dementors at once.... last year, you fought off You-Know-Who again-
    Harry: ...But I didn't get through any of that because I was brilliant at Defense Against the Dark Arts... I just blundered through it all, I didn't have a clue what I was doing-
    • This is a bit ironic, as Harry also falls under the Dude Where's My Reward? trope in the same book.
      • That one is more due to the fact that, after having seen Cedric Diggory's death and Voldemort's resurrection, he isn't told anything about Voldemort, which he feels is important because Voldemort is trying to kill him personally. And he is proven correct later in the book, by Dumbledore nonetheless, when he says that he has just realized that, by not telling Harry what he should have known earlier believing he was protecting him, he only made things worse.
    • Harry's playing down of his own competence is probably justified, as he is already well aware that he's the centre of a 14 year old reputation built on a deed he didn't actually perform himself. The last thing he wants the other students to believe is that he can pull an unbeatable solution out of his arse every time or teach them to do the same, because he knows it could get them killed. And sure enough, Colin Creevey, one of his biggest fans, dies in the last book, and it hits Harry "like a punch in the gut". Then again, Colin knew the score: he'd had to go out of his way to evade McGonagall and sneak back to fight. What Harry couldn't comprehend was just how determined the whole school was to make a stand; if McGonagall hadn't ordered them out, everyone would have stayed to fight.
  • Heroic Willpower: One of the few known wizards who can shake off the Imperius Curse (which gives him a CMOA near the end of book 4).
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: At Hogwarts in the second book; at the end of the fourth book and continuing through the fifth book; to the greatest extent in the seventh book.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ron.
  • Honor Before Reason: See Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • Hot-Blooded: Sometimes, especially in the 3rd and 5th books.
  • Humble Hero: Although he dislikes being kept out of things or treated as incompetent, Harry never thinks of himself as anyone impressive and answers to mentions of his achievements by fixating on the fact that he always cut it extremely close. He ridicules the suggestion that he might have things to teach other students and insists that a lot of his feats sound much more impressive than they really were.
    Ron Weasley: That makes me sound a lot cooler than I was.
    Harry Potter: Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was. I've been trying to tell you that for years.
    • Taken to Heroic Self-Deprecation levels at times, particularly during the first couple of years, as well as during the aforementioned teacher nomination. Sometimes played for laughs as in book six, where he's genuinely baffled by the fact that girls now consider him attractive.
    Mad-Eye Moody: Play to your strengths.
    Harry Potter: I haven’t got any.
  • Hurting Hero: Harry, who at seventeen years old has bested the Dark Lord at least eight times. And survives, unlike most of the people he loves.
    Hermione: Now that Malfoy's a prefect, he could make life really difficult for you.
    Harry: Really? Gee, I wonder what it would be like to have a difficult life!
  • Hypocrite: Has his moments, particularly when he tried to tell Ginny she was too young to go with him to rescue Sirius, only for her to point out that she's three years older than he was when he started going on these adventures.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: The Boy Who Lived, The Chosen One, a Psychic Link into the insane mind of a monster, Weirdness Magnet… Well, with all this heaped on him, guess you can't blame him. It's more like "I Just Want To Be A Normal Wizard"; he was miserable living among Muggles.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Parseltongue sounds completely indistinguishable from regular languages to those with the innate talent to speak it, so the only way Harry can tell if he or someone else is speaking it is by having a non-speaker point it out. Until an episode in his second year, he didn't even recall the talent, much less realize that it was extraordinary.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Wants Ginny to live a happy life and marry someone else if he doesn't survive his search for the Horcruxes.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Harry verbalized this trope a few times throughout the series.
  • Indy Ploy: While having variable results with premeditated action, Harry is tremendously good at quickly thinking up ways to get out of tight spots or solving problems when pressed for time. Generally speaking, you light a fire under his ass and the kid's IQ jumps fifty points. One example of this would be escaping Gringotts by way of dragon.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Harry often tries to discourage his friends from helping him. This in spite of the fact that he's often quite helpless without them. When, in Deathly Hallows, he wishes that Ron and Hermione were with him, it's a sign that he has started to accept that he needs help from his friends.
  • Instant Expert: It's mentioned that Harry is a very competent wizard when he applies himself, being capable of quickly learning new spells that most adults struggle with. This trait gets balanced however, due to him being utterly lazy... His skill with Flying is particularly noteworthy, since he demonstrates it right off the bat and without any training whatsoever. We later learn in the seventh book that he was capable of flying toy brooms with expert precision as early as one; he was one when Lily wrote to say that Harry loved his birthday present.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Boy does it.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: How he breaks up with Ginny Weasley.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: While next to Hermione, Harry looks positively book-dumb(of course, that's like saying the 10th-ranked member of a graduation class looks book-dumb when compared to the Valedictorian), he still rivals her in most subjects, earning Es (the second-best grade one could get) in most subjects, including his least-favorite one of Potions, while outright besting her in Defense Against the Dark Arts. If there were some sort of ranking system in Hogwarts academia, then Harry would definitely be a cut above the standard. Of course compared to his parents, his father who became an Animagus at age 15 and co-invented the Marauder's Map, as well as his mother who was a Potions genius, Harry (and the trio in general) comes off as a weaker student.
  • Jerkass Ball: Catches this hard in Book 5. The trauma of witnessing Cedric Diggory's death and Voldemort's return gave Harry a severe case of PTSD and depression, causing him to snap at his friends.
  • Kid Hero: Technically, by the final book, Harry is an adult by wizard estimation. But he’s been running circles around Voldemort since he was prepubescent.
  • The Kirk: Not as impulsive as Ron and not a stickler for rules like Hermione.
  • Kirk Summation: Gives one to Voldemort in the final book.
  • The Lancer: For Dumbledore in Book 6.
  • Laser-Guided Tykebomb: Raised to be this.
  • The Leader: Of Dumbledore's Army and the Golden Trio.
  • Like a Son to Me: Molly Weasley considers Harry one of her many sons. Somewhat deconstructed as she is very overprotective of him and acts as though she's the only parental figure he has. Lupin flat out tells her that she's not the only one who cares about him this way. Also slightly deconstructed in that she treats him better than her own children, particularly Ron, which puts a minor strain on their friendship culminating in The Deathly Hallows. Harry often feels awkward receiving better praise and presents from her than the other Weasley brothers (especially when they're right next to him), and listening to her scold and chide the others for reckless stunts that she instantly forgives him for.
    Sirius: [Harry]'s not your son!
    Molly: He's as good as!
  • Like Brother and Sister: How Harry explains his relationship with Hermione to Ron.
  • Like Parent Like Child: A lot of characters tend to make this comparison, especially the people who knew Harry's father as a young man, both his teachers and his former schoolmates. Dumbledore and Remus note that James had a similar Honor Before Reason approach to combating the Dark Arts, in refusing to suspect his friends of treachery and a practitioner of Thou Shalt Not Kill even to the most undeserving. However,Harry gradually realizes that he and his father were different. His father was raised as an only child of privilege in a wizard household and that he ultimately has more in common with his Muggleborn mother, especially her compassionate nature.
  • Like Parent Unlike Child: Downplayed. While Harry definitely has some traits shared with his father James, there's a big difference between them in regards to their interactions as Hogwarts students. While Harry as a student is the type of guy who would stand up for the little guy, James when he was a student was a bit of an asshole especially in regards to his treatment towards a young Snape. James' attitude in this matter in fact kinda makes him comparable to Draco Malfoy whom Harry is vehemently against. If Quidditch is added to the equation, Harry would be a Lovable Jock while his father James would be a Jerk Jock.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Chronically, to the point of being a bit of an Idiot Ball issue for Harry's guardians and Dumbledore in particular. Their repeated attempts to keep Harry from finding out about dangers looming over him so as to not make him worry failed spectacularly every single time, with particularly disastrous results in Order of the Phoenix.
  • Lovable Jock: Harry has been the Seeker for Gryffindor's Quidditch team since his first year. And since that time, he has remain an adorkable Nice Guy.
  • Magnetic Hero: While Harry is a solid duelist, his true strength is his ability to inspire loyalty from those around him. Snape ironically uses this trope to Harry's ability as a wizard, but it is what ultimately leads to Harry's defeat of Voldemort.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: At times.
  • The Marvelous Deer: Harry's Patronus.
  • Mentor's New Hope: Young Harry is wisely watched over by Dumbledore, who also kept a close watch over Tom Riddle before he became Lord Voldemort.
  • Messiah Creep: Although there are messianic overtones right from the first chapter of the first book.
  • Messy Hair: Inherited from his father, Harry's perpetually messy bush of jet black hair is his third most mentioned feature, after his scar and green eyes. It's almost supernaturally averse to staying down.
    Molly Weasley: [at her wits' end trying to groom him] Doesn't it ever lie flat?
    Harry Potter: *silently shakes his head*
    • Depicted very inconsistently in the films, where besides being brown, it shifts from straight and neat to accurately bushy to short and tidy as the movies go. Overall, his hair spends most of the run looking anything besides bushy and messy.
    • The first four movies have Harry with messy hair, but the later films just give Harry a close crop.
    • Implied to be magically influenced, as Petunia gave him a horrible at-home haircut to get rid of the mess, and the next morning his hair had regrown and re-mussed itself.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: At Privet Drive. Harry's relatives viciously spread lies about how he's a delinquent that steals from little kids and attends St. Brutus' Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys, when in truth Harry hates bullies and attends Hogwarts.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half-blood. Note that with Ron as a pureblood and Hermione as a Muggle-Born, he stands between the two of them. His family, the Potters, were never an especially prominent one in wizarding history, until Harry came along. But in any case, Harry is a direct descendant of Linfred of Stinchcombe and Iolantha Peverell (Ignotus Peverell's grand-daughter who bestowed all the eldest Potters with the Cloak of Invisibility), which otherwise makes his family quite prestigious.
  • Moe Couplet:
    • Harry and Luna. Luna is a Cloudcuckoolander who hardly seems troubled by anything and helps her father run the magical equivalent of a tabloid magazine, whereas Harry becomes more traumatized as increasing numbers of his friends and loved ones die. Some of them right in front of him. Yet, Luna understands what losing a loved one feels like, enabling her to empathise with his grief over Sirius — and Harry knows what being picked on feels like, so he naturally wants to help her out when people hide Luna's things and mock her behind her back. They serve as two sides of the same coin, and some fans prefer them as a couple to Harry/Ginny.
    • Hermione is a magical genius, except when it comes to dealing with actual dark wizards, which is Harry's specialty (his life is basically a long series of fighting dark wizards). When it comes to personality, Harry is selfless to an annoying degree even when personal friends are not involved, while Hermione focuses on immediate gain and loss to her close friends (especially when it comes to grades!). While these traits alone would get kind of annoying, together they play off each other quite well.
  • Mundane Fantastic: Inverted. Harry had never experienced life in a magical household before staying with the Weasleys, and he falls in love with The Burrow. Ron had been surrounded by magic for his entire life, and he doesn't think much of it.
    Ron: It's not much, but it's home.
    Harry: I think it's brilliant!
  • Naïve Newcomer: Being raised by Muggles, Harry spends the first few months of the first book adjusting to the strange new world he finds himself in, and still has his moments after that.
  • Nephewism: Harry is nominally the nephew of the couple he lives with. In practice, he's more the unpaid overworked abused servant with nowhere else to go than a family member. Dumbledore arranged for him to live there so he wouldn't learn about the whole "Boy Who Lived" thing until he could have some perspective - and because he needed Harry to live with a family member as part of a magical protection, and Petunia was the only candidate.
  • Nice Guy: He may have angst and a witty tongue, but he has the biggest heart and moral code in literature.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Most definitely. Beyond the fact that he doesn't have to ever worry about money, his parents' Undisclosed Funds don't really impact his personality at all; he spends the last few books aiming to get a job in magical law enforcement. This is a point of difference between him and Ron, the fact that Harry doesn't really have to worry about money while for Ron, it's a central fact he had to internalize all his life.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Harry and Voldemort are remarkably similar in many ways, but if their is one difference between them, it's this. Harry has never feared death, while Voldemort regards it as the worst thing that could ever happen to him.
  • Not So Different: In Chamber of Secrets, Harry notices disturbing similarities between himself and Voldemort. At the climax of Deathly Hallows, he sees parallels not only between himself and Voldemort, but also Snape, going so far as to think of them as "lost boys" whose only real home is Hogwarts.
  • Parental Neglect: The Dursleys hated Harry and only gave him the basest of needs as he grew up.
  • Playing Possum: Harry does an outstanding job of convincing Voldemort that he's dead, then sneaks his way into the final battle.
  • Platonic Life Partners: He and Hermione love each other like siblings.
  • The Power of Love: The reason he survived the Killing Curse as a kid is because his mother's Heroic Sacrifice invoked this on him. Plus, Dumbledore claims that Harry's greatest strength is his ability to love, even though Harry wants to know What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?.
    • As seen during Deathly Hallows, The Power of Love is an awesome power, given that it protects everyone in the castle after Harry sacrifices himself, but it is also implied that the actual power is his ability to make friends and his loyalty to them which is returned, as opposed to Voldemort, who is several times said to only be able to get the Death Eaters to serve him through calling to their desire for power and through fear.
  • Protagonist Title: All of the books/movies are titled "Harry Potter and the X" or "Harry Potter and the X of X".
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Harry is displeased when Dumbledore up and dies (most inconsiderate), leaving him a seemingly impossible quest with 10% completion and some unbelievably vague clues about the Deathly Hallows; and he has to find out secondhand about Dumbledore's torrid past, including how Albus was BFFs with Wizard Hitler (well, the first one, anyways).
    • A much more direct version occurs at the end of Order of the Phoenix, when Dumbledore finally spills the beans about almost everything. Harry's rebuttal leaves many of Dumbledore's office decorations in pieces around the room.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives Voldemort one in the last book about one minute before their final battle at the end.
  • Red Baron: Harry is known as "The Boy Who Lived" because he is the only person in the wizarding world to have survived the dreaded Killing Curse. Twice. At the end, he lives once again after his Disney Death.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • He and Ron are Red to Hermione's Blue.
    • When it's just him and Ron, Harry is the Blue Oni to Ron's Red Oni.
  • Reluctant Warrior: He honestly doesn't want to be The Chosen One.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Part of the reason his relationship with Cho Chang failed—she latched onto him mainly because of his connection to Cedric.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: In the first book, at least. He's the de facto leader of the main trio because of his bravado and reputation as "The Boy Who Lived", but he has the least magical knowledge of any of them; while Ron was raised by Wizards, and Hermione began studying and practicing Magic as soon as she got her acceptance letter, Harry remains mostly clueless about the Wizarding World until he actually begins his term at Hogwarts.
  • Save Our Students: Gets persuaded/strong-armed into the role by Ron and Hermione in Order of the Phoenix. To his own surprise, he achieves very good results.
  • The Scapegoat: In a bid to keep the public from learning of the return of Voldemort in Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry leads a media campaign against Harry, smearing his name in the dirt.
  • Scars Are Forever: While magic can cure most injuries, Harry's lighting-bolt scar is caused by Dark Magic and can't be removed.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: His basic approach to life.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's obvious that he suffers from PTSD that gets worse by the time of the fifth book, with nightmares and all. It's also pretty bad throughout the last book.
    • That's not hyperbole. At different times from book 5 onward, Harry displays all six of the diagnostic criteria for chronic post traumatic stress disorder as defined by DSM-IV.
  • Shipper on Deck: Harry ships Ron/Hermione, although he would possibly ship it a bit more if they hadn't chosen the middle of a battle to get together...
  • Shonen Hair: In the books, his hairstyle is described as having a kind of magical permanence; it's constantly unruly and messy, immune to hairbrushes, combs, and gel, and whenever it's cut short, it's back to the exact same style it was before a day later. In an anime, that last detail would be considered a parody of every single Shonen hero.
  • Signature Move: The Disarming Charm, not always for the same reason. In Chamber of Secrets he uses it against Lockhart because it's the only combat spell he knows at the time. In Prisoner of Azkaban he uses it against Snape for the same reason. In Goblet of Fire he uses it against Voldemort because Voldemort's use of the word "duel" made Harry think of the Dueling Club, where he learned it. In Order of the Phoenix he teaches it to Dumbledore's Army as the first spell because of his experience with it. In Deathly Hallows he uses it again on Imperiused Stan Shunpike because other spells would have knocked him off a high-flying broom and Harry doesn't want to kill victims under the Imperius Curse. Later in Deathly Hallows he uses it against Voldemort as an acknowledgement that it is his signature move.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Harry wears a round pair of glasses and is quite smart, in maturity and in academics if he applied himself more.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: He's quite shy in the beginning of Philosopher's Stone, and remains unable talk to girls romantically for most of the series. Also, any attention he receives as a result of his celebrity makes him uncomfortable and embarrassed; he therefore confides mainly to his two best friends. And while Harry is well-liked by his peers (when they're not turning on him due to false suspicions), only a few really know him.
  • Soul Fragment: When Voldemort tried to kill the one-year old Harry and failed, he accidentally made him into a Horcrux, forging a connection between their minds.
  • Soul Jar: One of the biggest shocks (for some) in book seven was learning that Harry was a Horcrux for Voldemort.
  • Sweet Tooth: A given since his favorite food is a dessert.
  • Talking to Themself: Even without mental disorders, Harry occasionally holds amusingly even-split arguments with himself, such as in his fifth year where his jealousy over Ron's prefect badge argued against his natural humility, or his sixth year where his crush on Ginny argued against his guilt about her being Ron's sister. He refers to it as the little voice in his head, which usually plays the part of his conscience.
    Harry Potter: She's Ron's sister.
    Also Harry: But she's ditched Dean!
    Harry Potter: She's still Ron's sister.
    Also Harry: I'm his best mate!
    Harry Potter: That'll make it worse.
    Also Harry: If I talked to him first—
    Harry Potter: He'd hit you.
    Also Harry: What if I don't care?
    Harry Potter: He's your best mate!
    • At other points, Harry's inner voice is quite nasty, which could possibly be an effect of the Horcrux inside of him, or just a result of his insecurities.
  • Taught by Experience: Harry's combat skills were developed exclusively on the fly, owing largely to the spastic and uneven quality of the Defence Against the Dark Arts classes coupled with necessity. As a result, he has a somewhat limited arsenal of spells but excellent split-second reactions and is largely immune to pressure choking.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: When your parents were killed by a spell when you were a year old, you kinda don't want to use that spell. He even uses the other Unforgivable Curses, but can never bring himself to kill.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: He's implied to be this in the novels, being the nice guy and adorkable type. In Goblet of Fire, he is asked out to the Yule Ball by a taller girl who he declines. She could've been trying to invoke the typical friendship between the huge girl and the tiny boy, and doesn't care that he's popular now. ''Order of the Phoenix says that he had a look of a kid that "had grown in a very short space of time".
    • Harry embodies this much more in the films because Daniel Radcliffe is 5'5.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He eventually realizes that he must let himself be killed because he is holding on to Voldemort's life.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Defied in Prisoner Of Azkaban.
    Mr. Weasley: Harry, promise me that whatever you do, you will not go looking for him.
    Harry: Mr. Weasley, why would I go looking for someone who wanted to kill me?
    • Then played hilariously straight, as he feels an urge to go looking for Black after he finds out some of the Awful Truth. He ends up hating Sirius so much that, when they meet at the end of the book, Harry charges at him and tries to choke him with his bare hands, forgetting that he was unarmed, much weaker than Black, and that Black had several wands on him at the time. Lucky for him, Black was there to protect Harry, not kill him.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Harry has horrible stuff happen to him every year, but in his first few years at Hogwarts, he still bounces back and has a tendency to believe that everything can turn out alright and trust the teachers for help. As the series goes on though, people he's close to actually start to die, things aren't nicely fixed by the end of each book, and the adults he previously trusted are either corrupt or well-meaning but unable to do much. Of note is how the later books, particularly the last one, show his crumbling trust in Dumbledore. A younger Harry sees Dumbledore as an impressive authority figure who can solve any problem. When he gets older, Harry is forced to accept that not only is Dumbledore not always in control and always know what's going on, but had a history that was about as far from noble and heroic as one could get.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Harry seems to be very fond of treacle. Hell, he's so fond of the stuff that its aroma is one of the three things he smells when he sniffs a love potion.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Harry gained items that once belong to departed loved ones.
    • In his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he received the Cloak of Invisibility as an anonymous Christmas gift. He later learned the gift came from Albus Dumbledore, who obtained it in turn from Harry's father, James Potter. It was later revealed to be a family heirloom as well as one of the three Deathly Hallows. From this Harry realises he is a direct descendant of Ignotus Peverell, one of the three brothers who created the Deathly Hallows. Ignotus' grand-daughter married Linchfred, the founder of the Potter family, and brought the cloak into the family. It is yet to be decided whether he would give the cloak to his oldest son, James Sirius, his youngest son, Albus Severus, or his daughter Lily Luna. According to Potter family tradition, it went to the eldest, but Harry's not been one for tradition.
    • In his third year, Fred and George gave the Marauder's Map to Harry while he was trying to sneak into Hogsmeade. It was confiscated by Remus Lupin, but later returned when Lupin quit his job. Harry kept it with him for a long period of time, keeping it in the Mokeskin wallet he had gotten from Hagrid, until it was finally stolen from his desk by his son, James.
    • In Deathly Hallows, when Harry leaves the Dursleys' house for good and discards most of his possessions, he keeps with him the fake Horcrux that Dumbledore had all but died helping him retrieve from the cave. This is also an example of the hero not keeping the keepsake; instead, Harry gives it to Kreacher, an act that results in the house-elf that had loathed Harry and his friends becoming one of his most loyal allies.
  • The Unchosen One: Dumbledore helps Harry become this in Half-Blood Prince.
  • Undisclosed Funds: The books never make clear exactly how rich Harry is, but between his parents' money and becoming sole heir to the Black family fortune, it's implied to be somewhere between extremely and obscenely. Reinforced when he gives away the entire 1000-galleon Triwizard earnings to the Weasleys without a second thought. Pottermore finally discloses that his family made a fortune from patents on healing potions such as Skele-Gro, Pepperup and Sleekeazy's Hair Potion (which considering the Messy Hair of James and Harry, is some kind of cosmic joke, not to mention Harry's weak affinity for Potions). Harry's grandfather, Fleamont Potter sold the family business for a big sum and retired comfortably, having more than enough to be independently wealthy. It was sizable enough that James didn't have to work and could devote full-time to the Order, while also supporting Lily and Remus, and leaving Harry a sizable fortune but obviously one reduced from the initial inheritance.
  • The Unfavorite: In the Dursley household.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He has the raw power to produce a solid, stable patronus at 13, and is able to access a fairly large reservoir of magical power (enough to face down Death Eaters and Voldemort when he's 17). However, he is continuously outclassed by Hermione, who is incredibly skilled, and any other wizard or witch who doesn't just rely on raw power for their magic.
    • Harry ends up inverting this, in a sense, as he's a supremely skilled duelist. Interestingly, dueling isn't even mentioned as one of his skills until the fifth book, at which point it becomes clear that we've watched him live the past four years on his wits and creative uses of magic. While Hermione is capable of far more advanced magic, Harry is very good at managing pitched battles and out-hexing wizards with access to powerful dark magic through good aim, honed reflexes, and an ability to take advantage of his environment. So yeah, "in a weird way". The movies also show Harry at being extremely good at pulling up combat spells quickly, so he definitely skilled at casting spells.
  • Unwitting Pawn: At several points he serves as this to Voldemort in Book 2, 4 and 5 especially. The final book gives him what is likely the Awful Truth, that he is one for Dumbledore himself, who knew all along that he would have to sacrifice himself to Voldemort and had prepared and trained him as a Stealth Mentor to do this at the right time. Of course, Dumbledore in the afterlife admitted he figured Harry would survive anyway and feels guilty about it. Word Of God noted that Dumbledore was fairly Machiavellian in his relationship with Harry and that the latter is basically "his puppet."
  • What Beautiful Eyes: Along with his trademark lightning-bolt shaped scar, his Green Eyes (inherited from Lily) are his most frequently commented-on trait.
  • Who Are You?:
    • Harry's first reaction to Hagrid. The narration states that because Hagrid is so huge, Harry has to repress his astonishment and avoid asking "What Are You?" instead.
    • He has the same reaction, and initial desire to ask "what" rather than "who", to Dobby in the second book.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: An interesting variation; Harry's greatest fear is of Dementors, evil creatures that feed off emotions and force the victims into a deep despair. Professor Lupin takes this to mean that Harry's greatest fear is of fear itself.
  • You Are Better Than You Think: Occasionally. Harry believes he is unworthy of his fame. Partly justified, though, as it was really his mother that did most of the Boy-Who-Lived stuff, but Harry more than proves himself by facing off Voldemort each year. He also feels unworthy of his house in Chamber of Secrets, but he gets over it after Dumbledore shows him that he pulled out Godric Gryffindor's sword.
  • You Killed My Father: The reason why he wants to hunt down Voldemort is because he brutally murdered his parents.

    Ron Weasley 

Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley

"We're with you whatever happens."
Portrayed by: Rupert Grint (films), Paul Thornley (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run)

"Maybe you don't have to do things all by yourself, mate."

The id of the series' resident Power Trio. Ron, the second youngest child and youngest son of the Weasley family, has something of an inferiority complex. He first meets Harry on Platform 9 3/4, and the two became fast friends on the Hogwarts Express before they'd even reached Hogwarts. Throughout the books, he sticks with Harry through thick and thin, with the exception of a month in fourth year and again in Deathly Hallows— being constant sidekick to The Boy Who Lived sure doesn't help that inferiority complex.

Nineteen years later, he's married to Hermione and has two children named Rose and Hugo.
  • Action Survivor: He's more than competent, but he's neither as clever as Hermione (except at wizard chess) nor as naturally talented as Harry. Although academically they are more or less the same anyway and Ron actually wins the Gryffindor team two Quidditch Cups which is one more than Harry.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: A lighter example than most as Ron was always a fairly comedic character, but the movies remove many of his genuine moments of competence and add in several more moments of buffoonery.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The books showed that Ron was quite competent when it came to tactics or fighting. The movie make him more comedic, and give his more impressive moments to either Harry or Hermione. One notable example of this is in the shrieking shack. In the books, he tells Sirius that "if you want to kill Harry, you'll have to through us first" while standing up on a broken leg between Harry and Sirius and then throws himself on Sirius's wand when Harry attacks Sirius. In the movies, his line goes to Hermione and Ron spends the entire scene moaning on the bed in the background.
  • Always Second Best: Goes through this motion occasionally with Harry. The Horcrux in the Slytherin locket reveals that he has felt this way all his life, convinced that he is less loved by his parents because he is not as accomplished as Charlie, Bill, and Percy, and wasn't the daughter that his mother was wishing for prior to having Ginny, and that Hermione was in love with Harry instead of himself.
  • Amazon Chaser: He certainly appreciates Hermione's strength and cleverness. He practically beamed with pride when she slapped (punched in the movie), Draco. Despite his occasional jealousy of Harry, he never shows any sign of jealousy at Hermione's achievements. He frequently tells her that she "already knows everything" or comments on her intelligence. When Harry asks if Hermione passed her apparition test, Ron says that she "was perfect, obviously." When their O.W.L. grades arrive, Ron makes it clear that he's completely unsurprised by her 10 O.W.L.s, and mildly amused by her visible annoyance that she earned nine Outstandings and one Exceeds Expectations.
  • Animal Motifs: He has a Jack Russell terrier patronus.
  • Attention Whore: Justified because Ron felt that he wouldn't be as distinguishable like the rest of his siblings were. Also because his best friends were known as "The Chosen One" and "The Brightest Witch of her Age," leaving him as the ginger tagalong in his own mind.
  • Audience Surrogate: Becomes more of this as the series goes on and Harry becomes more experienced. Besides the fact that he was raised by wizards, he's for the most part a normal teenage boy who reacts how one would expect him to.
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: His skill at Wizard Chess becomes his perhaps biggest Crowning Moment of Awesome, as it allows Harry and Hermione to proceed through the last challenges in PS. Too bad that's only used once in the series… other times, a less dangerous version is played to pass the time between classes.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Hermione.
  • Berserk Button: He is particularly sensitive to being mocked about his family's lack of wealth.
  • Best Friend: He is Harry's best friend for life as much as Harry is his.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: The comic relief of the trio (and the series), but also will own anyone that insult the people he loves.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He has a soft spot for his little sister, Ginny, even coming down hard on Harry when he thinks Harry isn't treating her right.
  • Big Eater: Definitely.
    Hermione: "Do you ever stop eating?"
    Ron: "What? I'm hungry."
    • This, in the films, at least, has an effect on him; due to retiring from the Aurors and working in George's joke shop (as confirmed by J.K. Rowling), Ron has rather a pot belly by the epilogue.
    • For what it's worth, the books also give him shades of this: when he introduces Harry to the Chocolate Frog cards in Philosopher’s Stone, Ron has given Harry a new hobby. Ron himself, however, is "more interested in eating the Frogs."
    • It causes some problems in Deathly Hallows, when the trio is traveling around without regular or guaranteed access to food. Ron is used to three squares a day, and when the gang isn't able to find enough food, his mood degrades accordingly.
  • Book Dumb: He needs Hermione to help him with his homework, but he still has a great tactical mind. And he's the same as Harry in that regard. Though he does know a lot about wizard folklore and culture, finer details about Beedle the Bard that Hermione wouldn't know from reading books since he grew up as a wizard. He is also noticably lacking in knowledge about the Muggle world, leading to him not even knowing what to order in a Muggle coffee shop without help in Deathly Hallows.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Like Harry, Ron was intelligent, but lacked the motivation to put forth effort in class; during their years at school, Ron frequently expected Hermione's help, and when she either refused or was unavailable, he was often dumbfounded about how to proceed.
  • Bromantic Foil: To Harry. Harry had to find a date for Ron to go to at the ball. Well, both of them were dateless and struck out with who they wanted to ask out.
  • Brutal Honesty: Ron doesn't shy away from what he thinks of something or someone. It's been frequently pointed out that him being honest can come off being extremely insensitive. Which makes him a good match for Hermione, who's also prone to this.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He recieves this in Goblet of Fire when he notes that Harry never realized that Leprechaun Gold went missing, since he's well provided for to the extent of not needing money, noting that for him that money would at least mean not wearing second-hand robes in front of everyone. His only reply to this is, "I hate being poor!".
  • Butt Monkey: Not nearly as severe a case as Neville, though.
  • The Cassandra: But doesn't realize it. Most of the time if he is joking, it comes true. The Divination homework where they had to predict a month in advance.
  • Catch Phrase: "Bloody hell", but only in the movies. Applied to the books, this is a Beam Me Up, Scotty!.
  • Character Tics: When he felt insecure or embarrassed, it was noted that his ears turned red. This became his tell-tale sign of his anger and embarrassment.
  • Chekhov's Skill: The first book has Ron's skill at chess put to good use, by getting past McGonagall's giant chess set in order to get to the Philosopher's Stone.
  • The Chew Toy: If there's a Homemade Sweater from Hell or Magic Misfire to be endured, Ron is the most likely candidate. Subverted in later books when Ron grows increasingly despairing and resentful of this, and it stops being quite as funny.
  • Chess Motifs: Ron plays chess, and this is a major plot point in the climax of the first book. There aren't any obvious metaphorical implications, which just means this was fertile ground for a number of (now mostly jossed) Epileptic Trees. The most spectacular example is probably the Knight-to-King theory (which, in brief, uses the chess game to conclude that Dumbledore is actually a time-travelled version of Ron). Ron, himself takes the place as the knight.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Hermione, High School Sweet Hearts and married afterwards.
  • Class Representative: He's a prefect in the fifth and sixth books. He doesn't take his duties as seriously as Hermione, however.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: He's immature, temperamental, and attention seeking. A lot of Character Development in the last book helps him get over it.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Averted when both Harry and Hermione agree that Ron's gripes are relevant.
  • Conflict Ball: His fight with Harry in Goblet of Fire? His jealous behavior to Hermione in the same book because she went with Krum to the Yule Ball? More jealousy with Hermione in Half-Blood Prince because she might have kissed Krum? The poor guy seems to get handed this a lot. Truth in Television, given that teenagers are known to be emotional. Things get just plain ugly when he gets saddled with a literal Conflict Ball in the form of Slytherin's locket. It also comes because Ron is in many ways an Audience Surrogate, being a mostly normal person reacting just like they would in the absurd fantasy situations that they are thrust into.
  • Cool Loser: By the age of 13, he's helped Harry defeat Voldemort (in one form or another) twice, and has been given an award for special services to the school. He's a Deadpan Snarker who's best friends with the Chosen One, his brothers are all ultra-cool (Except for Percy. Nothing can make him cool), and it's implied that he's at least moderately attractive. While he isn't a straight-A student, he's not described as stupid by any measure. And he fights a bunch of adult Death Eaters, and becomes star player in a cup-winning House Quidditch team. He's still not treated as particularly cool though. Apart from Harry, Ron should be the most popular kid in school among everyone but the Slytherins. Explained by Hermione in Goblet of Fire that Ron gets pushed off to one side in favour of Harry because of Harry's fame. Besides the other students in their year who have classes with them and some friends of Ginny's, no one spends enough time with Harry or Ron to realise that Ron is cool too - they're just in awe of Harry. His family is another problem. As mentioned above, all of his older brothers are ultra-cool, but Ron can't (or at least, feels like he can't) ever live up to them or find a particular skill that sets him apart. Even some of the things that make him "cool," like Quidditch, are things his brothers were already well-known for before him. Throw in that his other best friend is a verifiable genius and he's just generally Overshadowed by Awesome.
  • Cowardly Lion: Ron may be easily scared, but his bravery and nerve are on par with Harry.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Ron is often portrayed this way in Harry/Hermione fanfiction. He does have the same jealousy and insecurity in the books as well, evident in the way he questions Hermione when she dates Krum and worries about her attraction to Harry.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yes. Ron is one of the main comic reliefs in the series, but he's also the guy who defeated some of the nastiest Death Eaters in existence.
  • Darkest Hour: Facing down the Horcrux in book seven, among numerous other moments.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently. Leading to a Crowning Moment of Funny, his reaction to Peeves' jingle, in book seven: "Really gives a feeling for the scope and tragedy of the thing, doesn't it?".
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He actually tells Voldemort that Harry beat him. An epic Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He dislikes corned beef sandwiches.
  • The Everyman: An odd example — While Harry is the viewpoint character discovering the magical world, he hardly qualifies as ordinary, whereas Ron is ordinary for the magical world and would be unremarkable if he wasn't Harry's best friend.
  • Expy: In the fifth book, after Ron's triumph at the Quidditch Cup, he sits under a beech tree, flush with triumph and running his hands through his hair, which Harry had seen his own father, James, do in the Pensieve, making him smile in recognition. James and Sirius' first meeting in the final book echoes the instant connection between Harry and Ron as well, and the fact that Ron is a Hopeless Suitor to a Muggleborn girl and they get together in their final year cements the connection.
  • Fanboy:
  • Fatal Flaw: Ron's jealousy has nearly costs his friendships with Harry and Hermione, and a possible romantic relationship with the latter.
  • Fiery Redhead: Taken Up to Eleven when puberty is added to the mix.
  • Foil: He's particularly a Foil to Draco Malfoy, both of them are pureblood but Draco is an only child and wealthy while Ron is none of those things. The fact that at the end, Ron punches Draco and puts him down for being an Ungrateful Bastard who they went out of their way to save his life.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ron's phobia of spiders stems from young Fred and George transfiguring Ron's teddy bear into a giant spider.
  • The Generic Guy: Deconstructed. Ron is an average wizard, and his two closest friend outshine in one or another. It got so bad that he thought of himself as The Unfavorite of his family, thinking they preferred Harry for a son, instead. One main reason Ron never was opened about his feeling for Hermione was because he thought "a girl as amazing as her wouldn't choose an average guy like me".
  • Genre Blind: Despite being Genre Savvy, he is completely in the dark about even the most basic aspects of Muggle life, a fact that turns the tables for the Trio when they hit the road in DH.
  • Genre Savvy: In earlier books and somewhat in general about the magical community; he's had a lifetime amongst wizards while Harry and Hermione just learned about it at the beginning of the series. The fact that he initially worries that Hermione will go for Harry could be considered Genre Savvy, since he's self-aware enough to realize that he's the sidekick to Harry's hero.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Gender-flipped. By Prince, Ron's technically a jock, and Hermione's still a geek. Not to mention Cormac, who is also a good-looking Quidditch player (though it's subverted in that Hermione thinks he's an idiot and only dates him once, to annoy Ron).
  • Go Through Me: In Prisoner of Azkaban the book, he says this to Sirius, it's (one of) his Crowning Moment of Awesome. The movies gave this moment to Hermione, a mark of the Flanderization there. To add insult to injury, he spends the entire scene moaning about his leg on the bed.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Ron finally discovered his feelings for Hermione when Viktor Krum took an interest in her.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: His Patronus is a Jack Russell terrier.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: A big theme in Ron Weasley's Character Development is feeling inferior and unskilled in relation to Harry and Hermione, which more than one mixes with Driven by Envy. He feels that he's not really good at anything, and even if he was, either his friends or his siblings would have done already anyway. Reading between the lines, he's not an idiot, has a certain amount of intuition his two friends often lack, and he's a world-class chess player.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Harry. Despite Hermione's (often correct) assertion that Ron is insensitive, Ron often seems to have a better idea of what Harry wants or needs than Hermione or even Harry himself.
  • Hidden Depths: Beneath his temperamental and moody nature, Ron was good with tactical thinking and showed a talent for thinking outside of the box. For example, it was Ron who suggested that Harry use Felix Felicis to try to get Horace Slughorn's memory of telling Tom Riddle about the Horcruxes, and Ron's idea to go to the Chamber of Secrets in order to get Basilisk fangs to destroy the Horcruxes. Ron was also able to keep a level head in highly stressful situations, and was generally more pragmatic than either of his best friends.
  • High School Sweet Hearts: With Hermione, as they are married by the epilogue.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's in the House famed for courage and belongs to a family full of Fiery Redheads. He couldn't be anything but this.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: He and Hermione argue all the time, but he's reliably the first to jump to her defense when someone insults her. The best example? Yelling at Snape for calling Hermione a know-it-all, when everyone in the room knows he calls her that on a regular basis.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Sometimes, though he doesn’t seem to envy Harry his life. Contrasting with Harry’s I Just Want to Be Normal.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Goes through this in Deathly Hallows after he returns, saves Harry, and destroys Salazar's locket.
    Ron: I'm sorry. I'm sorry I left. I know I was a — a— (trails off)
    Harry: You've sort of made up for it tonight. Getting the sword. Finishing off the Horcrux. Saving my life.
    Harry: Stuff like that always sounds cooler than it really was. I've been trying to tell you that for years.
  • In-Series Nickname: His full name is "Ronald", but he's mostly known as "Ron".
  • Innocently Insensitive: His penchant for Brutal Honesty frequently puts him at odds with Hermione, such as when he says that her poorly-knitted elf hats look like woolly bladders. (She doesn't speak to him for the rest of the morning.)
  • Insecure Love Interest: To Hermione. One of the main reasons he didn't confess his feelings to her was because he didn't feel like "a girl like her would fall for a guy like him." Or rather he felt that Hermione liked Harry and that they would be a better fit than him and her. This is a recurring theme in the fanfiction between the two.
  • Jerkass Ball: Gets one in Book 7 thanks to wearing a horcrux, causing him to be unbearable and angry, to the point he leaves Harry and Hermione.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ron has often nearly costs his friendships with both Harry and Hermione because of his jealousy/anger, immaturity, and just plain insensitivity. But in all of those times, he came back for his friends and family. And learned his lesson.
  • The Lancer: Ron books fits the definition perfectly. It was a plot point in the first book with the Mirror of Erised. Harry, who lacked ambition and never knew a family other than his abusive aunt and uncle, sees nothing but his parents standing behind him. To contrast, Ron felt crowded as the second youngest of seven kids and dreamed of outshining them all so he sees himself alone holding awards of many kinds. For a bit of extra symbolism, Ron (short for Rhongomynyad, cutting-spear) was the name of the mythical King Arthur's spear.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Lampshaded multiple times, when the narration (which is from Harry's perspective) describes Hermione as acting very much like Mrs. Weasley. Though at times, Ron seems more like his mother than his father.
  • The Load: He runs into this. He's a decent enough wizard, but his friends are the smartest witch in their school and one of the best duelists around. Not helping matters is the fact that the only major thing he accomplished in the earlier parts of the series was because of his chess skills. In later books, he acknowledges this in the form of a full blown inferiority crisis and has to be convinced by Harry to even try to destroy the Locket Horcrux. He's not particularly bad or ineffective in a fight necessarily, its just that he lacks a single great fight
  • Magic Misfire: Several times in book two, due to a broken wand, though said wand helps him and Harry out of a predicament later, when Lockhart tries to wipe their memories because they found out just a teensy bit too much about Lockhart's career.
  • Make-Out Kids: With Lavender. Which he quickly comes to be annoyed of.
  • Man Child: Deconstructed. The pampering he received in childhood didn't allow Ron to understand how to live without it. That and the effects of the Horcrux of Slytherin's Locket made him very unapproachable by his friends. Then, Reconstructed when he destroys the Horcrux — a physical representation of him maturing into an ''actual'' adult.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Ron's uncanny ability to impersonate others becomes a minor Chekhov's Skill in Deathly Hallows, impersonating Wormtail to fool the guards in Malfoy Manor, and again when impersonating Parseltongue so he can get into the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Has a huge nuclear family to contrast with Harry's orphanhood.
  • Master of Disguise: A rare voice disguise example. Ron was clever at imitating voices. While at Malfoy Manor, he was able to convincingly imitate Peter Pettigrew to avoid arousing the suspicions of Bellatrix and the Malfoys. He was also able to mimic Parseltongue effectively, which is a rather difficult language to learn or even imitate, enough to open the Chamber of Secrets after previously hearing Harry do it.
  • The McCoy: The most easily riled up and hot blooded of the trio.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Ron is the only Weasley whose name doesn't follow the Family Theme Naming convention of being named after British royalty and/or figures from Arthurian legend note , possibly hinting at his status as The Unfavorite.
    • Bilious means "Easily angered".
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Ron is constantly overshadowed by his six siblings despite being the second youngest. This changes over the course of the series as he gains credit for his heroics fighting alongside Harry and ultimately probably becomes the most famous member of the Weasley family.
  • Moment Killer: Had a habit of ruining a perfectly romantic mood with either his mouth or just arriving at an inopportune time.
  • Mr. Exposition: In the earlier books, Ron was the one to explain the "norms" in wizarding society to Harry and Hermione.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Mostly played for comedy, as Ginny doesn't really care what he thinks. Harry is more worried about Ron’s reaction. It turns out that if it's with Harry it's OK. In fact at the end of Order of the Phoenix on hearing that Ginny has broken up with Michael Corner, he seems to be actively shipping them. He tells her to choose someone better and glances pointedly at Harry. Played straight with Dean, however, until Ginny shuts down Ron's Big Brother Instinct.
  • Noble Bigot: Ron harbors some stereotypical wizard point of views (i.e., being afraid of werewolves, shocked at Hagrid's Giant heritage, and thinking that elves are fine with serving wizards/witches), but isn't as bad as Draco Malfoy, and grows out of it by the end of the series.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: As Hermione so eloquently pointed out — "he has the emotional range of a teaspoon".
  • Opposites Attract: The funny, light-hearted wizard fell in love with the ambitious, go-getter witch (Hermione).
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: His two best friends, Harry and Hermione, are The Chosen One and a Genius Prodigy, respectively, and all of his siblings have been star pupils or Quidditch aces, if not both. Even the academically-unremarkable Fred and George still make names for themselves as pranksters and with their joke shop business, and his younger sister has already invented a hex that can ruin anyone's day. It goes without saying that he suffers a massive Inferiority Complex for much of the series. Not helped in the least by characters' tendency to overlook Ron in favor of Harry when introducing themselves or interacting with them. Examples include everyone from Draco Malfoy to Ernie McMillian to Cornelius Fudge.
  • Perpetual Poverty: In contrast to Harry's wealth.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: More so in the films than the novels.
  • Precision F-Strike: Ron was also shown to have a habit of swearing. In 1993, he called Professor Snape something that caused Hermione to exclaim: "Ron!". Also, after Draco Malfoy insulted him, Ron told him to do something he would never have dared say in front of Mrs Weasley. He also called Draco Malfoy a "two face-bastard" during the Battle of Hogwarts after saving him from a Death Eater, and rescuing him for a second time, from death.
  • Red Hair And Freckles: This is what Harry first describes when he and Ron first meet.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Has bright, red hair and is one of the main characters.
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Ron's an aversion. Rowling introduces him as "tall, thin and gangling, with freckles, big hands and feet, and a long nose." He is insensitive and immature, feels overshadowed by his older brothers, and feels embarrassed to have to use second hand supplies and wear second hand clothes. On top of all that, he's awesome at chess. However, he largely grows out of the immaturity. He's a Deadpan Snarker and is one of the most loyal characters in the series. Ron also makes prefect and the Quiddich team.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • He and Harry are Red to Hermione's Blue.
    • With just him and Harry, Ron is the Red Oni to Harry's Blue Oni.
  • The Resenter: Although one of Harry's closest friends, he becomes increasingly angry with his Butt Monkey status as well as being poor, in comparison to Harry's fame, vault full of gold, and the yearly chance to shine as the Chosen One, eventually coming to a head in Deathly Hallows. Ron is also resentful for being the youngest son in such a large family of talented children, so that any of his accomplishments become standard expectations (getting into Gryffindor, becoming a prefect, joining the Quidditch team, etc.) but this isn't focused on as much in the series, except for a few moments.
  • Retired Badass: Worked as an Auror with Harry. Their work in the Ministry revolutionized the Auror department, and, along with Hermione, they helped "make a new world" for the wizarding community. Two years after he started in the Auror Office, he left to help his brother, George at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. His decision remains a mystery, he did comment that the Horcrux hunt had "took its toll" on him.
  • Scars Are Forever: He still has the scars he got from the brains in Book 5.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Implied to ship Harry/Ginny, though Harry doesn't pick up on it until after they start going out: for a long time while he fancies Ginny, Harry is indeed afraid that Ron will badly disapprove a relationship between him and Ginny.
    • Ron shipped Bill/Fleur, but it was mostly because Fleur mesmerized him.
  • Sidekick Glass Ceiling: Random accidents often prevent him from getting into adventures the way Harry (and to a lesser extent Hermione) do, leaving him less able to contribute to any endeavour. That leads to him feeling useless and growing resentful because he wants to be a hero like Harry. This inferiority complex has a great effect in the seventh book when it's amplified by an Artifact of Doom and causes Ron to temporarily abandon his friends.
    • In first year, he spends some time in the hospital wing with a dragon bite while the others serve detention in the Forbidden Forest and encounter the centaurs and Voldemort.
    • In second year, his wand gets broken, leaving him unable to cast magic properly. That is taken Up to Eleven when a botched spell from that wand collapses a tunnel, preventing Ron from aiding Harry in the Chamber of Secrets (where they are headed to rescue Ron's own sister).
    • In third year, he suffers a broken leg while Harry and Hermione travel back into time and rescue Sirius on a hippogryph.
    • In fifth year, he spends the better part of the battle in the Department of Mysteries assaulted by brains and rendered incapable to fight.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Every other page.
    Ron told Malfoy to do something that Harry knew he would never have dared say in front of Mrs. Weasley.
    He called Snape something that made Hermione say "Ron!"
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Hermione.
  • This Loser Is You: One of the main reasons why Ron is dearly loved by the fans is how relatable he is.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Ron eventually gained the concept of sensitivity by the seventh book.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ron had a great fondness for bacon sandwiches.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Ron inherited Dumbledore's deluminator in Book 7.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Gets this a lot not only because of his family, but also because he's overshadowed by his friends. He even does this to himself. But, he's a powerful and original wizard in his own right, with his own skills.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Harry and Hermione. Above everyone else in the series, it is Hermione and Ron who stand beside Harry at every twist and turn in his path to stop Voldemort.
    "You'll have to kill us too!"
  • The Unfavorite: Ron is not particularly special amongst the Weasley family, and he knows it. In DH, the locket Horcrux attempts to use this to sway Ron from the mission at hand, telling him that his love interest prefers Harry and mother would have preferred a daughter. Ron doesn't fall for it, but he comes perilously close.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Sometimes his Butt Monkey status can get depressing.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Hermione.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. Normally a pretty easygoing guy, Ron tends to go nuclear when Hermione is taunted for being a "Mudblood" or otherwise mocked by Draco or Snape.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To an extent. He's always been overshadowed by his brothers and simply wants to be set apart, and earn the recognition of his parents. However, the Weasley family is an extremely loving one, so while he doesn't necessarily feel "special" in their eyes, he does know that he's loved.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Both Ron and Rupert Grint are arachnophobes. Ron became afraid of spiders due to his brothers transmogrifying his teddy bear into a massive spider for a joke when he was much younger. During Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he and Harry end up having to "follow the spiders" into the Forbidden Forest, and they almost get killed by a bunch of gigantic ones.
  • You Shall Not Pass: End of the first book.
  • Youthful Freckles: Harry notices them during their first meeting.

    Hermione Granger 

Hermione Jean Granger

"When are you going to get it into your head? We're in this together!"
Portrayed by: Emma Watson (films), Noma Dumezweni (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run)

"Me? Books and cleverness! There are more important things. Friendship and bravery and—oh, Harry, be careful!"

The last third of the series' resident Power Trio, who serves as the superego and always has a smart solution. Like Ron, Harry meets her on the Hogwarts express on the first day of school, though they don't become friends until an incident involving a troll at Halloween. Throughout the books, Hermione serves as The Professor, being practically married to the library.

Nineteen years later, she's married to Ron and has two children, Rose and Hugo.
  • The Ace: Hermione knows every spell in wizarding history. She's not nicknamed the "Brightest Witch of Her Age" for nothing.
  • Action Girl: Eventually grows into this over the books / the films.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness:
    • In the books, Hermione is described as beautiful from the Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire (book 4) henceforth (She Is All Grown Up and She Cleans Up Nicely).
      • A lot of characters (even her enemies like Draco and Pansy) are shocked when they finally notice how beautiful she is at the Ball.
    • However, in the previous books she is described as rather plain, but isn't in the films. In the earlier books she had large buck teeth until she had them magically shrunk in Goblet of Fire, contributing to her becoming attractive; the films skip entirely the large teeth detail.
    • In the earlier films, when she's not intended to be pretty, that may be because the books are from Harry's POV and he doesn't actually take much notice of her appearance beyond hair and eye color until he sees her gussied up at the Yule Ball and notices she is indeed beautiful, even jaw-droppingly gorgeous when she puts the effort into it.
  • Adaptational Badass: While Hermione is plenty brave in the canon, the movies portray her as more of an on-the-spot Action Girl.
  • Agent Scully: At least, she's hesitant to believe things that are seen as superstitious or unlikely according to the laws of the magical world. There's a reason that Rowling described Luna as the "Anti-Hermione." It's a subversion of the way this trope usually plays out, though, in that Luna is usually the one who is wrong and who grows to be more skeptical.
    • Her being an Agent Scully even causes her to Rage Quit her Divination Class.
    • This is taken to something of an extreme in Deathly Hallows, where she bluntly refuses to believe in the Deathly Hallows, despite having confronted... well, let's see, a guy with an Omnicidal Maniac stuck to the back of his head, a rock that grants immortality, a cursed diary that can communicate with people, a giant snake that petrifies her, Dementors, etc.
      • That is mostly because she refuses to believe in anything that violates Magic A Is Magic A and the fact is she's able to believe in the cloak and with prodding would probably have believed the Elder Wand, it was the stone she was having trouble with and it was hinted that was due to being afraid of thinking about dead people.
  • And I Must Scream: Was one of the victims who gets petrified by Tom Riddle's Basilisk.
  • Animal Motifs: Otter (her Patronus).
  • Author Avatar: She is, by J. K. Rowling's own admission, an exaggeration of herself when she was younger. Rowling says she was a bit of an Insufferable Genius in her younger days but gradually mellowed out, much as Hermione does over the course of the series (this may be why, of all the young performers in the Potter movies, Rowling is closest to Emma Watson).
  • Badass Bookworm: Hermione is a notable example, being a know-it-all bookworm whose studies, combined with her significant innate talent grant her great magical power. She comes into her own in the last book, where nothing would have gotten done without her hyper-organization and constant vigilance. In the films, she even punches Malfoy in the face, though it's only a slap in the books.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ron.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Ron lampshades, Hermione can be rather "scary."
    • When she found out that the Weasley Twins were giving their joke candies to first years, she threatened them with writing to their mother. The twins immediately complied, an act which had never been seen before or since.
    • Her humor can be quite cutting when she wants it to be.
    • She put a jinx on the Dumbledore's Army list to give anyone who ratted them out some cursed acne.
    • Weaponized birds.
    • She deliberately chose a date to the Christmas Party that would annoy Ron. And when Parvati commented that Hermione "liked her Quidditch players," Hermione corrected her, saying she only liked "really good Quidditch players."
    • She set a teacher's robes on fire when she was twelve.
    • And brewed an illegal potion in the bathroom, and came up with a plan that involved drugging two other students and stuffing them in a closet so they could interrogate another student.
    • And modified her parents memories to make them forget that she existed
    • And put Rita Skeeter in a jar, then blackmailed her into telling Harry's story
    • There was also the time she slapped Malfoy in the face in the third book (punched in the film). He definitely deserved it, but it's still pretty surprising given that Hermione usually just brushed off rude comments and encourages Ron and Harry to do the same.
      • She was very stressed, what with all the time she has spent using the Time-Turner, putting in about two-three extra hours per day, and what is implied to be less sleep time than normal. No wonder she exploded when Malfoy went a word too far (especially considering that the word in question was the Muggle-Born equivalent of the N-word).
      • She's also just made up with Harry and Ron after a 3-4 month fight. She's been bottling up her feelings for a long time.
    • Moral of the story: Do not cross Hermione. She will end you.
  • Brainy Brunette: Provides the page image. Though from the fifth film onwards, she is more blonde.
  • Broken Ace: Her sometimes abrasive attitude masked deep insecurities and fear of failure, as personified by her Boggart. Hermione feels the need to prove herself, perhaps partly because of how many people in wizarding society looked down on Muggle-borns.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ron, High School Sweet Hearts and married afterwards.
  • Child Prodigy: A budding genius from her first year. At Hogwarts, Hermione was usually the first to master any spell, and was capable of using spells beyond her educational level. She evntually grew into a teen genius.
  • Class Representative: She was a prefect in books 5 and 6. She also ended up administrating Harry's D.A. class.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Depending on the situation, Hermione can be quite scary or funny when Ron is romantically interested in another girl. She's arguably as jealous as Ron when it comes to romantic partners, though she's not as obvious as he is.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Especially for the road trip in Book 7.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Matching brown hair and eyes.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Hermione was not known for her ability to cast Dark magic and the extent of her ability within this magical discipline is truly unknown (however, one would assume given her borderline genius status that she was no slouch). Still, she must have had some ability as she was ability to come up with a very sophisticated jinx that would deform the face of one would betrayed the D.A.. She was also able to successfully cast a Stinging Hex at a moment's notice. In her fourth year she was also able to cast the Leg-Locker Curse in her first year and the Jelly-Legs Jinx in her sixth.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In the first third or so of book one.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • If you fuck with her in a dream, you'd better wake up and apologise. Just ask Marietta Edgecombe.
    • She cheerfully traps Rita Skeeter in a tiny, unbreakable jar and blackmails her into agreeing to never publish another story in book 4. Hermione lifts that sanction in book 5, but not before blackmailing Skeeter a second time.
  • Dude Magnet: Hermione became the "thing missed most" in the Triwizard Tournament for Quidditch superstar, Viktor Krum. Two years later, Hermione got the (unwelcome) attention of Cormac McLaggen. Then, there's Ron Weasley.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Is on the receiving end of this, as she is called a "Mudblood" by Malfoy or other pure blood-supremacists.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted with Hermione, who isn’t skilled and complains that the boys make her do the cooking while the three of them are on the run because she’s a girl. Ron quickly retorts that it’s because she’s the best at magic.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Her time at Hogwarts would have turned out quite different if not for her troll adventure.
  • Flat Earth Atheist: Despite the fact that she lives in a world of magic, she still attempts to act as a rational skeptic; particularly in her derisive attitude toward divination or Luna Lovegood's cryptozoology.
  • For Great Justice: As Hermione gets older, she becomes an advocate for muggle-born wizards and elves. Though she means well, she’s sometimes misguided and is unintentionally rude to the creatures on whose behalf she’s speaking. In fact, the Hogwarts house elves end up refusing to clean Gryffindor Tower because Hermione would hide articles of clothing for them to find.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Genre Blindness: Of the three main characters, Hermione suffers the most from this, despite having read numerous books of magic. You would think by now she would realize that anything can and possibly will happen in the world she lives in. She is the most skeptical of the trio when it comes to the more mysterious aspects of the Wizarding World that are mostly unsubstantiated. And when they are, she'll point out why it still doesn't make sense. She dismissed the Deathly Hallows mostly because the way they found out about them was less than reliable AND the idea behind the Resurrection Stone doesn't make sense in a world where All Deaths Are Final. There's also her attempts with SPEW, where she believes she's a great revolutionary who will free all of the elves, despite them being offended by and rejecting her efforts. She does manage to help fix many of the problems of Wizard/Magical Creature relations, but only after she's grown out of her previous mindset.
  • A Girl And Her X: A Girl And Her Kneazles. Hermione's cat, Crookshanks, is her closest confidante.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Hermione always seeks to be tops in her classes and impress her teachers. And yet, she (mostly) stays well-grounded throughout it all.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She’s somewhat prone to insult humor.
  • Good with Numbers: Arithmancy was Hermione's favorite subject and, considering she was one of the few people to take this subject, she must have skill in this field, too. She earned an 'Outstanding' O.W.L and took the subject to N.E.W.T.-level.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Specifically, the redheaded Ron.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She forms close friendships, lasting in their adult years, with Ginny and Luna.
  • High School Sweet Hearts: With Ron, as they are married by the epilogue, though Word Of God says their differing temperments would have necessitated marriage counseling at some point.
  • Hot Witch: In the movies(due to Emma Watson going from 'cute' to 'beautiful'), and in the latter half of the 7 books (from the Yule Ball in book 4 onwards). No adverse mention is ever really made of Hermione's looks in the films, while in the books, it comes across as her focusing on schoolwork and not bothering to spend time on needless beautification.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: In the first book, Hermione acts like a total know-it-all to mask her insecurity for being a muggle-born. It decreases throughout the series as Hermione quickly gains confidence in herself and her abilities.
  • In-Series Nickname: Regularly called "Mione" by her friends in fanfiction.
  • Insistent Terminology: She gets rather snippy when people refer to her "Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare" by its acronym. The name is even better in Dutch: "Stichting Huiself voor Inburgering en Tolerantie" (society house-elf for naturalizing and tolerance).
  • Insufferable Genius: Sometimes ends up as this. Snape likes to criticize her for it. Most people, including Ron and Harry, tend to tolerate it.
    ''' Severus Snape: Five more points from Gryffindor for being an insufferable know-it-all.
    ''' It was a mark of how much the class loathed Snape that they were all glaring at him, because every one of them had called Hermione a know-it-all at least once, and Ron, who told Hermione she was a know-it-all at least twice a week, said loudly, "You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don't want to be told?"
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Played straight at the beginning of the first book, but subverted later, when it becomes clear that Hermione is not particularly shy.
  • Invisible Parents: In contrast to Ron and Harry, whose unusually large and (ahem) "unusually small" families are important plot points, Hermione's comparatively normal family is rarely mentioned and appear "in person" very rarely (in Book Three and Movies Two and Seven). For those who are wondering, they're Muggle dentists. How invisible are they? We have yet to be told their first names. Even nowadays they're still referred to as "Mr. and Mrs. Granger".
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Being the Smart Guy of the Trio, Hermione is talented and knowledgeable in nearly all subjects, except Defense Against Dark Arts, which Harry is best at.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Of the Insufferable Genius variety.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Since Book 3, Hermione became the owner of Half-Kneazle/Half-Cat, Crookshanks. She fell in love with him the first moment she saw him.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: An Inverted Trope, at the Yule Ball in book four.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Harry, though nothing in the books actually shows this. There is textual evidence to show Harry thinks this way towards Hermione, but nothing the other way around. It is much more logical that Hermione views her relationship to Harry as best friends, not as brother/sister, just like the movies version does.
  • Little Miss Snarker: On occasion.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: After she marries Ron, Hermione still keeps her maiden name.
  • Messy Hair: She tells Harry that taming it is too much bother.
  • Moe Couplet: Hermione is a magical genius, except when it comes to dealing with actual dark wizards, which is Harry's specialty his life being basically a long series of fighting dark wizards. Hermione, however overcomes this problem gradually, eventually becoming a damn good fighter towards the end of the series. When it comes to personality, Harry is selfless to an annoying degree even when personal friends are not involved, while Hermione focuses on immediate gain and loss to her close friends (especially when it comes to grades!). While these traits alone would get kind of annoying, together they play off each other quite well.
  • Motor Mouth: Mainly in the first books.
  • Ms. Exposition: Due to being such a brain, Hermione often figures out and explains crucial plot points to her Book Dumb friends. Lampshaded when Hermione asks Harry and Ron if they're ever going to read Hogwarts: A History — Ron replies, "Why should we when we've got you to explain it all?" Rowling has said in interviews that her default characters for exposition-giving are always Dumbledore and Hermione — Dumbledore because he's The Obi-Wan, Hermione because any fact can be explained by her having found it in a book somewhere. Averted in Book 7 when it is Harry, not Hermione, who remembers the name of the author of A History of Magic, despite (or possibly because of) the fact that Harry never read it, yet was told repeatedly about it.note  This might say something about Hermione's retention of "important" information, such as the contents being more important to her than the author. Also subverted in book seven, when Ron knows more about the Deathly Hallows than Hermione. It's justified because they're a fairy tale he grew up with, as the only member of the Trio to be raised by wizards.
  • My Beloved Smother: Implied. In the movie version, she frets over Rose having everything she needs.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Grows into this trope in the later films and books.
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Deconstructed in the third book when it causes her to lose a lot of sleep and become incredibly irritable.
  • Not So Above It All: Though she'll smile or laugh often, Hermione's usual response to most of Harry and Ron's more lowbrow jokes is mild disapprovement. In Goblet of Fire, however, The Trio hear an elderly wizard named Archie complain about possibly wearing pants, saying that he likes "a healthy breeze round my privates". This gives Hermione such a serious case of giggling that she has to leave the area temporarily.
  • One Mario Limit: She was named after a character in William Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, but it's doubtful that the name "Hermione" will ever again be used as anything other than a reference to Hermione Granger.
    • JKR stated at one point that she didn’t want other girls to be made fun of for sharing her name, so she chose something rare.
  • One of the Boys: She spends more time hanging out with Harry and Ron than with, say, Parvati and Lavender.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Hermione advocates breaking the rules, you know it's serious.
    • Lampshaded in the Chamber of Secrets book.
      Ron: I never expected you to persuade us to break school rules!
    • Lampshaded in the Order of the Phoenix movie, too.
      Hermione: This is sort of exciting, isn't it? Breaking the rules!
      Ron: Who are you and what have you done with Hermione Granger?
  • Opposites Attract: The serious, go-getter witch fell in love with the funny, laid-back wizard (Ron).
  • Platonic Life Partners: She and Harry love each other like siblings.
  • Plucky Girl: A brave member of the Golden Trio and Magical Girl Warrior extraordinaire.
  • The Professor
  • Quirky Curls: Especially in the movies.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is far and away the Blue to Harry and Ron's Red.
  • Running Gag:
    • Hermione becoming exasperated with people for not having read Hogwarts: A History. Lampshaded by Ron, who says that they don't need to read it because she'll just tell them anyway.
    • Her advocacy of freedom for house-elves.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Almost always in the movies.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely:
    • In the book Harry doesn't recognize her at first, noting blandly that Krum was accompanied by “a pretty girl in blue robes that Harry didn’t know.” The movie plays it straight (as nobody could fail to recognise Emma Watson) and Hermione descends the stairs while Harry and Ron look on agog.
    • Noted again at Bill and Fleur's wedding, where she's noted for being very beautiful.
  • She Is All Grown Up: The books imply that she's rather plain as a child, with bushy hair and buck teeth, but as she grows older and has her teeth fixed by magic, she becomes very beautiful and attractive. More and more boys seem to be interested in her…
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Harry says this about her. See also Like Brother and Sister, above.
  • Shipper on Deck: Hermione ships Harry/Ginny.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Hermione is the smartest of the trio and it's heavily implied that she remains the shortest of them, at least in the books.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Hermione has a long-running Belligerent Sexual Tension-style attraction to fundamentally good guy Ron Weasley. The thing that finally pushes her to kiss him senseless? It's when Ron realizes in a panic that the House Elves are unprotected during the Battle of Hogwarts. The welfare of House Elves has long been a moral cause close to Hermione's heart, and one that had opened her up to general ridicule in previous books (especially from Ron). Although it's worth pointing out there's a difference between forcing unwanted freedom on them and trying to make sure they don't get killed.
    • Hermione's brief love interest Viktor Krum, although he's introduced as an intimidating world-class athlete from a rival school, turns out to be a pretty nice guy.
  • Sixth Ranger: Fills this role in the first book, since she joins Harry and Ron halfway. At first, her know-it-all behavior put her at odds with Harry and Ron, but the battle with the mountain troll caused her to join Harry and Ron, finally forming the well known Power Trio.
  • Skewed Priorities: Provides the page quote where apparently getting expelled is worse than getting killed. Pops up two years later when she is unable to face her Boggartnote  which is Professor McGonagall telling her she failed all her classes. The films really make this one of her defining traits. In the third film, when Harry illegally does magic outside school she says he was lucky not to be expelled - Harry replies he was lucky not to be arrested. And in the seventh, when they have just narrowly escaped the Death Eaters twice she laments that they didn't celebrate Harry's birthday.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: In contrast to Harry, she has an encyclopaedic arsenal of magic but tends to perform awkwardly in fast-paced practical combat. However, she gradually grows out of this, becoming a very good fighter in the later books, in which she is able to defeat various dark wizards in combat.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Ron.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Her hair, after the Yule Ball, is described as having come undone from its updo as she's arguing with Ron at the end of the night.
  • The Smart Girl: The cleverest witch in her year at Hogwarts, and quite possibly the cleverest witch, period. She displays magic in her fifth year that seventh-year students consider extremely advanced — and she learned it as an offhand "oh, I was just studying ahead" thing. We're never told just how she stacks up with the rest of the wizarding world, but she's probably right up there.
  • Smug Snake: When the Insufferable Genius aspect goes too far she can drift into this, especially in the first book.
  • Soapbox Sadie: On the subject of house elves, Hermione is very passionate and over-the-top in her campaign to get them fair wages and better treatment. Often despite the lack of support from the house elves themselves.
  • The South Paw: Implied at the very end of Chapter 21 of Deathly Hallows; if you recall that Harry's wand arm is his right and he is right-handed. Going off the exchange, and the fact that Harry and Hermione did not fall with either of their backs to the Death Eaters and Hermione still cast two spells while holding Harry's hand, it can be surmised that Hermione is, in fact, a lefty:
    "Please Ron! Harry, hold on tight to my hand, Ron, grab my shoulder."
    Harry held out his left hand.
    • In the movies, however, she is visibly right-handed. Or she's ambidextrous.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: "Sirius was horrible to Kreacher... I've said all along that wizards would pay for how they treat house elves. Well, Voldemort did... and so did Sirius."
  • The Spock: The most logical and rational.
  • Static Character: Among the Trio, Hermione has changed the least over her years. Not that it hinders her as a character, mind you. However, she is static only in comparison with Ron and Harry. She undergoes some significant positive changes. She has only changed less than Harry and Ron.
  • Stop Helping Me!: In-Universe the house-elves think this of Hermione, as they are offended by her failure to understand that they find Happiness in Slavery.
  • Sudden Name Change: A meta example: Word Of God statements had long established that her middle name was "Jane," which the fifth book also established as Umbridge's middle name. The final book makes Hermione's middle name "Jean" instead. Rowling stated that she had changed her mind because she didn't want the heroine Hermione to share a middle name with the bad and sadistic Dolores Umbridge.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: At least in book one, but becomes more Tsundere as the story goes on.
  • Team Mom: Sometimes tries to mother the boys, which is generally met with irritation from Harry and ambivalence from Ron, who is used to it. Ron sometimes mothers her right back.
  • Tender Tears: As the token girl, she’s somewhat prone to crying.
  • Teen Genius: Harry even refers to her as "The brightest of our year." She gets 112% on an exam in her first year, and she even passes 3rd year Muggle Studies with 320%.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Hermione starts out as lawful (and consequently, friendless), but her adventures with Harry and Ron chip away at this. Her troll encounter pulls her sharply in the direction of good. This culminates with a tenure as head of magical law enforcement, likely so others don't have to choose.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • In Philosopher's Stone, Hermione becomes friends with Harry and Ron after they save her from the troll.
    • In regards with Luna, Hermione eventually accepted their differences in magical creatures. The following year, they become the best of friends.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Ginny's Butch and Luna's Neither.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Dumbledore bequeathed the original publication of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, written in runes, to Hermione. It contained a clue about the Deathly Hallows which led Hermione, Harry, and Ron to Xenophilius Lovegood, who told them about the legendary items. Later in life, Hermione translated the book into English and published her translation.
  • Tsundere: Lampshaded in Deathly Hallows Part One.
    Harry: You're not still mad at him (Ron), are you?
    Hermione: I'm always mad at him.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Harry. Above everyone else in the series, it is Hermione and Ron who stand beside Harry at every twist and turn in his path to stop Voldemort.
  • The Unfair Sex: Averted in Book 6. After Ron found out that Hermione might have kissed a guy who asked her out two years prior while she was single AND getting told that his overbearing watchdog tendencies about his sister were due to his own inexperience with girls, he gets into an extremely shallow relationship with basically the first girl to give him the time of day, largely out of spite. He is portrayed as insensitive and, given how publicly he flaunts the relationship, pretty hypocritical, and quickly gets his own comeuppance by means of his “girlfriend” being utterly insufferable. Hermione attempts to retaliate by accepting to go out with the Jerk Jock… only for the plan to implode immediately, since she genuinely can't stand the guy. Harry, and by extension the narrator, are quick to point out that they're both idiots, though he's slightly more overtly critical of Hermione, possibly owing to the fact that Ron was being an impulsive idiot who didn't think things through, whereas Hermione was being consciously and deliberately petty.
    Narrator: "Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge."
  • Unperson: She wipes her parents' memories of her in DH to keep them safe (in the movie, even going so far as wipe herself from any pictures with her on them). Word Of God stated that after the Trio's victory over Voldemort, she found her parents and restored their memories.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Ron.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Done twice. First when hiding her Time-Turner in Prisoner of Azkaban, and again in Deathly Hallows when she wears the locket Horcrux.
  • White Man's Burden: Briefly, during her house-elf liberation subplot in Goblet of Fire. Played with, as everyone at Hogwarts, even the reader, points out that while she does have a few good points about the treatment of house-elves, she's basically staging a one-woman campaign for house-elf freedom without so much as consulting the subjects she's trying to free, and having only met two house-elves in her life: Dobby, who is a total weirdo, and Winky, who was in considerable stress at the time.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Despite her flaws, Hermione is quite intelligent for her age, and not just in the school aspect. For example, she reasoned that the reason why Sirius was so adamant in having in the OOTP was because Siruis wanted to live through Harry. She wasn't wrong.
  • Woman Scorned: She weaponized birds after Ron kissed Lavender. She also chose a date specifically on the basis on "who would annoy Ron most," and went out of her way to hint that she had chosen him because McLaggen was superior to Ron as Quidditch player.
  • Women Are Wiser: Hermione, the only female member of the Trio, is the smartest and doubles as The Spock.
  • Zombie Advocate: Hermione becomes a "House-Elf Advocate" during her fourth year and onward. She even forms an organization called, "Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare" or S.P.E.W. for short.