Characters: Harry Potter The Trio
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The Trio in General
, 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.
- Author Avatar: Rowling has admitted that each of the three main characters are aspects of herself.
- 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.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: After the fourth movie, where Emma's hair got highlighted so much it became blonde.
- Chromatic Arrangement: In the movies the trio each have their own specific colors: Harry is blue, Ron is red, and Hermione is pink.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Awkwardly Lampshaded by Hermione, who calls Harry out on it in Order of the Phoenix after he thinks he has to save everyone.
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?
- 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
- Fandom Nod: J. K. Rowling began referring to the Trio as such. They have still not been called "the Trio" in any of the books or films, though in Chamber of Secrets, Snape refers to them in jest as "the Dream Team."
- Fan Nickname: "The Trio." Also, "The Golden Trio."
- 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 shes a girl. Ron quickly retorts that it’s because she’s the best at magic.
- Fire-Forged Friends: The troll incident is what forms their friendship; others solidify it.
- Freudian Trio
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Harry and Ron.
- Kid Heroes: Until they become full grown adults in the seventh book.
- Like Brother and Sister: How Harry explains his relationship with Hermione to Ron.
- The Power of Friendship: A constant theme in the series.
- Power Trio
- 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: They wear red-and-gold ties as part of their school uniforms, showing their loyalty to the Gryffindor house. Harry also wears a red sweater during the crux of Philosopher's Stone.
- Seven Deadly Sins: It's probably not intentional, but each of the Three neatly represents one of the three Sins of Distorted Love, Hermione being Pride, Ron being Envy, and Harry being Wrath.
- ¡Three Amigos!
- 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.
- True Companions: They are closer than siblings, and even closer than lovers. Their loyalty to each other is absolute.
- Two Guys and a Girl
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Ron and Hermione.
- Vagabond Buddies
- Vitriolic Best Buds: All of them fight, but Ron and Hermione bicker the most.
- Walking the Earth
- 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 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 James Potter
"I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me."
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.
- Also, 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.
- Adorkable: At eleven years old in the first film, with his small stature, glasses, baggy clothes and requisite British accent.
- All-Loving Hero
- 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.
- Always Someone Better: Unintentionally this to Ron.
- 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…
- Badass: Even if one leaves aside his impressive list of victories, both solo and with Ron and Hermione's help, Harry is accomplished at Defence Against the Dark Arts, quick on the draw, and more than capable of holding his own against more powerful wizards.
- Bad Dreams: Often, especially after his first encounter with Voldemort in the first year and Cedric's death.
- Because Destiny Says So: Played with. Harry's destiny has been predicted by a self-fulfilling prophecy, but according to Dumbledore, it's only self-fulfilling because 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 (and abusive foster 'parents' to boot), he realizes the value of loving parental care, and views it 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.
- 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 are feisty quidditch lovers with dark senses 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 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 being part of wizard culture for sometime now.
- 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 Owl: Develops a close bond with his pet owl, Hedwig. Making her death even harder on Harry.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He struggled with his Potions and Transfigurations classes, but his O.W.L. scores demonstrated that he is exceedingly adept at the subjects. (That said, there are subjects where he is legitimately bad, such as Divination and History of Magic, but the former skill is one he never needs, whereas the latter is one where Hermione more than picks up the slack.) In-universe, Harry has been described as bright, but not exceptionally so.
- 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 underpines 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.
- Butt Monkey: When living with the Dursleys.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Dudley's Cain, even though they're cousins, not brothers.
- Character Title
- Chick Magnet: Ginny, Cho, Gabrielle, Romilda Vane, and Moaning Myrtle.
- 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.
- 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
- Conveniently an Orphan: Played with, since his home situation is not really "convenient."
- Cool Teacher: He secretly teaches Defence Against the Dark Arts during his fifth year.
- 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
- Dead Guy Junior: Harry James Potter is himself an unintentional example, since his parents named him while (obviously) they were alive. 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:
Snape: Yes, sir.
- 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.
- Expy: Of Wart from The Sword in the Stone, believe it or not.
- Has been thought of one of Jesus Christ.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 / Lineage Comes from the Father: 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.
- 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 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.
- The Heart
- The Hero
- 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.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Subverted fo 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ron.
- Honor Before Reason: See Chronic Hero Syndrome.
- Horcrux In The Mirror: He eventually realizes that he must let himself be killed because he is holding on to Voldemort's life.
- 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.
- Hurting Hero
- 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.
- More like I Just Want To Be A Normal Wizard. He was miserable living among Muggles.
- 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 balanaced 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's Not You, It's My Enemies: How he breaks up with Ginny Weasley.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Boy does it.
- 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
- 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
- Laser Guided Tykebomb: Raised to be this.
- The Leader
- Like Brother and Sister: With Hermione.
- Like Father, Like Son: 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.
- 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.
- Love Epiphany / 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.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name:
- First name: "Harry." A common name and yet a kingly name. (So far, eight kings of England have been named "Henry." "Harry" and "Hal" are the two most common nicknames for Henry.) An Everyman's name — think of the expression "every Tom, Dick, and Harry." Note that Tom is the birth name of a certain villain with whom Harry shares a lot of history. As to the Dick in the story, I'll leave that to someone more in the mood.
- Middle name: "James." Named for his father. Another name that's both common and kingly. Two English kings have been named James; the most famous English translation of The Bible is the King James translation; in some traditions, James was the brother of Jesus.
- Last name: "Potter." To "potter" is to sit around and do nothing. Also, a potter is someone who makes pots — a rather humble yet important skill, somewhat akin to being, say, a carpenter. A potter's field is a cemetery for vagrants.
- Henry F. Potter is the Scrooge-like villain in the movie It's a Wonderful Life. Like Harry, he's rich. Like Harry, he has no surviving family. Like Voldemort — Harry's opposite — he seems to have no understanding of love.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Playing Possum: Harry does an outstanding job of convincing Voldemort that he's dead, then sneaks his way into the final battle.
- 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.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: His basic approach to life.
- Six Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
- 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.
- 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 agains an 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- In all fairness, Harry's got so many people after him that if he wants to go looking for someone who wanted to kill him, he doesn't have to go very far.
- In general though, Harry's reckless curiosity does bring him into trouble and Dumbledore, enables this reckless curiosity.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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.
- By year five, his experience allows him to take a level in teaching badass and proceeds to become a better duelist than almost every death eater on Voldemort's payroll, even tapping into his bloodlust to get Bellatrix (referred to as Voldemort's first lieutenant and challenged in skill by only Snape among Death Eaters) screaming in pain on the floor.
- Trademark Favourite 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.
- 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.
- The Un Favourite: In the Dursley household.
- 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 Killed My Parents: The reason why he wants to hunt down Voldemort.
- 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.
Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley
"We're with you whatever happens."
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 Dad: Becomes an Auror and father of two by the year 2017.
- 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.
- 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 hiself.
- 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.
- 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: 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. He is particularly sensitive to being mocked about his family's lack of wealth.
- He also has a soft spot for his little sister, Ginny, even coming down hard on Harry when he thinks Harry isn't treating her right.
- 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 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- Catch Phrase: "Bloody hell", but only in the movies. Applied to the books, this is a Beam Me Up, Scotty!.
- 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.
- Classical Anti-Hero
- Class Representative: He's a prefect in the fifth and sixth books. He doesn't take his duties as seriously as Hermione, however.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Averted a few times 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
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Ron is portrayed this way in most of the fanfiction involving him and Hermione. He does have the same jealousy and insecurity in the books as well, evident in the way he picks on Hermione when he 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.
- 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.
- Fiery Redhead: Taken Up to Eleven when puberty is added to the mix.
- Foil: Often to Harry.
- Bromantic Foil: 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.
- The Generic Guy who is often Overshadowed by Awesome, as all of his siblings are outstanding in some way, shape or form. Then he falls in with The Boy Who Lived…
- The Lancer
- Massive Numbered Siblings & Good Parents, with a huge nuclear family to contrast with Harry's orphanhood.
- Perpetual Poverty, in contrast to Harry's wealth.
- The Unfavourite: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Genre Blind: That being said, 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.
- 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.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Quick to get angry. This could be his Fatal Flaw.
- Heroes Love Dogs: His Patronus is a Jack Russell terrier.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Harry.
- 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.
- In-Series Nickname: His full name is "Ronald", but he's mostly known as "Ron".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 undertand 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. Which was 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 after he's died to fool the guards in Malfoy Manor, and again when impersonating Parseltongue so he can get into the Chamber of Secrets.
- The McCoy
- Meaningful Name: Averted. "Weasley" doesn't indicate what you would think it would. His middle name sounds like "bilious", but, likewise, he's not known for bile. Word of God says that JKR chose the name "Weasley" because she felt that weasels had got a bad press in children's books.
- Mr. Vice Guy: He gets jealous rather easily.
- 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 is dating Michael Corner and Dean Thomas, he seems to be actively shipping them, giving Harry a meaningful look.
- 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.
- Plucky Comic Relief: More so in the films than the novels.
- Red Hair And Freckles
- Red-Headed Hero
- 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.
- Shipper on Deck: Implied to ship Harry/Ginny, though Harry doesn't pick up on it until after they start going out.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Frequently ‘described’ as using an obscenity .
''' Ron told Malfoy to do something that Harry knew he would never have dared say in front of Mrs. Weasley.
- Six Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Hermione.
- Took a Level in Badass: A more emotional/mental variety. In the first book, Ron went from not even calling Voldemort by his full name to insulting the man himself in the finale.
- 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: This is what Ron thinks of himself.
- Unlucky Everydude
- Why Did It Have To Be Spiders?: 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.
- The fact that Ron is willing to face his greatest fear Up to Eleven (a Giant Spider) at the age of twelve says loads about him. The fact that he does it because he knows Hermione's recovery could depend on what they learn says even more about him.
- You Shall Not Pass: End of the first book.
Hermione Jean Granger
"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.
- Academic Alpha Bitch: However she mellows out considerably once she joins the True Companions. She still has elements of this in the later books, but it only comes out when she's upset and falls back on her academic superiority as a defence mechanism.
- Action Girl: Eventually grows into this over seven books.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the beginning films, at least: While Hermione is established to be at least somewhat attractive in the latter half of the books, in the beginning she is described as bucktoothed, amongst the many descriptions of her overly bushy, scraggly hair at the time. The buck teeth were ignored completely after Chris Columbus decided it was too much of a hassle (she gets them magically shrunk to normal in the fourth book), and both her hair and general appearance start out messy but "mature" much faster than in the books (as is fitting, with a real actor, but still jarring in comparison).
- Nerds Are Sexy: Grows into this trope in the films.
- Implied to be somewhat of a Perception Filter coupled with She Cleans Up Nice in the books, as Harry never pays much notice to Hermione's appearance and, as the Yule Ball shows, she can be jaw-droppingly gorgeous when she puts the effort into reining in her hair (she even tells Harry that it's not worth the trouble on a regular basis).
- Adaptational Badass: In the movies. More of a standard Badass Bookworm in the books.
- 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
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ron.
- Beware the Nice Ones: 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.
- She put a jinx on the Dumbledore's Army list to give anyone who ratted them out some cursed acne. Moral of the story: Do not cross Hermione. She will end you.
- Weaponized birds.
- 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.
- Brainy Brunette: Provides the page image. Though from the fifth film onwards, she is more blonde.
- The Chew Toy: Sort of. Being turned into a Cat Girl by Polyjuice Potion and petrified in Chamber of Secrets, snubbed by Molly Weasley and injured by literal poison pen letters full of Bubotuber Pus due to Rita Skeeter's libelous articles, used in the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament (which involved being chained to the bottom of a lake) and hit by a tooth-enlarging spell in Goblet of Fire, and hit by an extremely powerful curse that took ten potions a day for her to recover from in Order of the Phoenix. Magically tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange in Deathly Hallows.
- Child Prodigy/Teen Genius: Harry even refers to her as "The brightest of our year."
- Gets 112% on an exam in her first year.
- That's nothing. She passed 3rd year Muggle Studies with 320%.
- Class Representative: She was a prefect in books 6 and 7. She also ended up administrating Harry's D.A. class.
- Crazy-Prepared: Especially for the road trip in Book 7.
- Cry Cute/Tender Tears: As the token girl, she’s somewhat prone to crying.
- 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 and Umbridge herself.
- Fantastic Slurs: Is on the receiving end of this, as she is called a "Mudblood" by Malfoy or any other wizard.
- 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.
- Fountain of Expies: Various other smart female characters from school trios have been accused of being based on her.
- 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.
- A Girl And Her Cat: 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.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Specifically, the redheaded Ron.
- Hot Witch: In the movies.
- House-Elf Advocate
- In-Series Nickname: Regularly called "Mione" by her friends in fanfiction. In-Universe, she is regularly referred to as "The Brightest Witch of her Age" by those who respect her, and "Mudblood" by pureblood supremecists.
- 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.
- Insistent Terminolgy: 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".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Of the Insufferable Genius variety.
- Letting Her Hair Down: An Inverted Trope, at the Yule Ball in book four.
- Slipknot Ponytail: Her hair is described as having come undone from its updo as she's arguing with Ron at the end of the night.
- 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.
- Megaton Punch: She served one on Malfoy in the third movie. Harry and Ron find it awesome.
- Messy Hair: She tells Harry that taming it is too much bother.
- 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.
- Slightly 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.
- OOC Is Serious Business: When Hermione advocates breaking the rules, you know it's serious.
- Lampshaded in the Order of the Phoenix movie.
Hermione: This is sort of exciting, isn't it? Breaking the rules!
Ron: Who are you and what have you done with Hermione Granger?
- Lampshaded in the Chamber of Secrets book, too.
Ron: I never expected you to persuade us to break school rules!
- Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork
- 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.
- Parenting the Husband: Implied in her dialogue with Ron in the epilogue. Used alot in the fanfiction thta pairs her with Ron.
- The Professor
- Quirky Curls
- 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. Also her advocacy of freedom for house-elves.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In the book Harry doesn't recognise 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 even gives Ron a hard time about it.
- 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 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.
- Six Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
- 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 Naive: In contrast to Harry, she has an encyclopaedic arsenal of magic but tends to perform awkwardly in fast-paced practical combat.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Ron.
- 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.
- 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
- Static Character: Among the Trio, Hermoine has changed the least over her years. Not that it hinders her as a character, mind you.
- Stop Helping Me!: The house elves to 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. Perhaps invoking the One Steve Limit, the final book makes Hermione's middle name "Joan" instead.
- 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.
- 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.
- Town Girls: The Femme to Ginny's Butch and Luna's Neither.
- 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 asking out 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).
- 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.
- Women Are Wiser