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As defined by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, enchanted non-humans who demonstrate sapience are generally given status as "Magical Beings," and these creatures are a core element of wizarding society, from the banking clans of the goblins to the armies of the giants.
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    Applicable to all ghosts 

  • Barred from the Afterlife: Ghosts cannot enter the afterlife, whatever that is.
  • Deader Than Dead: Discussed and averted in Chamber of Secrets. Sir Nicholas took the full blast of the Basilisk's glare, but because he's a ghost, he was petrified instead of killed. This is confirmed to be because ghosts can only die once. They cannot be any more dead than they already or be erased or whatever.
  • Friendly Ghost: The Potterverse ghosts are at worst intimidating or mild troublemakers.
  • Ghostly Chill: The temperature drops around them and a human walking through one will feel like he's been doused by a bucket of water.
  • Intangible Man: All ghosts are intangible and see-through. This presents a problem in Chamber of Secrets, when Nick is petrified and his "body" has to be moved. The solution McGonagall comes up with is actually kind of hilarious.
  • Invisible to Normals: Potteries says muggles can't see them and can just feel the Ghostly Chill.
  • Invisibility: The first book implies they can turn invisible because Harry pretends to be the Bloody Baron when Peeves catches him using the invisibility cloak.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: They're always dressed in what they were wearing when they died. For example, the Bloody Baron's clothes are still stained with blood.
  • Monochrome Apparition: The ghosts are described as 'pearly white', with the exception of Peeves.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Ghosts in the Harry Potter verse are witches and wizards (and only witches and wizards, muggles can't become ghosts) who, for one reason or another, chose to remain in the mortal realm after death. Sir Nicholas, the Grey Lady and Moaning Myrtle's assessments on the situation imply that they frequently grow to regret this decision, as being a ghost is very different from being alive—ghosts cannot eat, breathe, touch things or die (though that last one is kind of a given) and are permanently Barred from the Afterlife, unable to ever move on. Myrtle's personality implies that their emotional maturation gets stunted too: their personalities are left forever as they were when they died.
  • Severed Head Sports: Headless ghosts can join the Headless Hunt. A league for sports such as Head Polo.

    Nearly Headless Nick
Portrayed by: John Cleese
Voiced by: Alfonso Ramírez (Latin American Spanish)

"Half an inch of skin and sinew holding my neck on, Harry! Most people would think that's good as beheaded, but oh, no, it's not enough for Sir Properly Decapitated-Podmore."

The resident ghost of Gryffindor House. Known in life as Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, he was beheaded (well, nearly) on Halloween in the year 1492. As per Jacob Marley Apparel, he is now stuck spending eternity with his head just barely connected to his body by a thin strip of flesh. This makes him ineligible for the Headless Hunt, much to his chagrin.

Nick is occasionally proud and pompous, but is nevertheless always a friendly mentor to young Gryffindors. He appears in all the books, but in only the first two movies.

  • Berserk Button: Implying that he is a coward infuriates him. Ron accidentally offends him by saying he is scared of the Bloody Baron (every spirits seems scared of the Bloody Baron) and later admits he views himself as a coward for becoming a ghost.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Only in the movies, in which he disappeared after the second film.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: What his death ended up becoming, though it wasn't intended as such. Rather than being cleanly beheaded, he was instead subjected to repeatedly being slashed at with a dull axe, dying with his head still partially attached to his body.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Specifically, a botched execution with a blunt axe, hence why his head remained attached by a strip of flesh.
  • Friendly Ghost: Is friends with most of the Gryffindor.
  • Headless Horseman: He wants to be one, but the fact that his head isn't completely detached makes this impossible.
  • Hidden Depths: Nick is very philosophical about the nature and condition of being a ghost and how cowardly it is and what a poor option it is to the unexplained wizarding afterlife. He starts to say to Harry that he sometimes wishes he had not chosen to become a ghost, but cuts himself off and doesn't elaborate further.
  • Hollywood Costuming: Wears a ruff (useful for hiding his severed neck) despite dying a good fifty years before the ruff was commonly worn.
  • Liminal Being: Nick, speaking with Harry, reveals himself as this, stuck between life and death. It's implied that this is a universal or at least common trait among ghosts.
  • Negate Your Own Sacrifice: Isn't killed by the basilisk's gaze due to already being dead.
  • Nice Guy: Compared to many of the ghosts who are shown to be cold or distant, Nick's an affable, good-natured fellow.
  • Odd Friendship: With the Bloody Baron. Other than both of them being ghosts, their personalities are as different as night and day. Nick does seem to have some fear towards him however.
  • Off with His Head!: Well, not quite all the way off.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He prefers to be known as "Sir Nicholas" but the students much prefer "Nearly Headless Nick".
  • Overly Long Name: His real name, though not as long as Albus Dumbledore's.
  • Torso with a View: Being a ghost people can see through him, that saves a student from the basilisk since seeing through a ghost is not a direct eye contact.

    Moaning Myrtle
Portrayed by: Shirley Henderson
Voiced by: Mayra Arellano (Latin American Spanish)
"No one wants to upset me! That's a good one! My life was nothing but misery at this place and now people come along ruining my death!"

The ghost of Myrtle Elizabeth Warren, a Muggle-born girl who attended Hogwarts at the same time as Tom Riddle and Rubeus Hagrid. She was murdered by Riddle, via the basilisk, and he used her death to create the diary Horcrux. After spending some time haunting the Alpha Bitch who tormented her when she was alive, the Ministry of Magic forced Myrtle to go haunt the place of her death instead. This was the bathroom containing the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets and she has remained there ever since.

She is, as Hermione tactfully observes in the second movie, "a little sensitive". "A little sensitive" means that she is an insane Large Ham with a Hair-Trigger Temper. In Myrtle's mind, everyone is constantly making fun of her and talking about her behind her back. Of course, this behavior causes people to make fun of her and talk about her behind her back. She also develops a humorous crush on Harry, although he generally finds her annoying.

In the books, Myrtle appears in Chamber of Secrets, Goblet of Fire, and Half-Blood Prince. In the films, her appearance in Half-Blood Prince was removed.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Harry.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: A lesser-known example. The one or two descriptions and chapter-lead pictures we get of Myrtle show she was fairly significantly overweight and "doughy", which fits in with all the bullying she received. Shirley Henderson, meanwhile, was depicted as being a little "round of face" and perhaps a bit "mousy"note , but not even remotely unattractive; her Myrtle is downright cute (if a little... well, see below) in certain scenes of movie-Goblet.
    • Her voice is also nowhere near as abrasive as Myrtle's is described as being - in the books her namesake moans are a namesake because they're by turns ear-splitting and intensely depressing, and she's unpleasant to listen to in general, while in the movie her plaintive cries do little more than pluck at heartstrings.
    • Granted, unlike some of the other examples in the franchise, this can work just as well - Myrtle wasn't being teased for being ugly, she was being teased for being on the cusp of being very attractive despite not even putting a lot of effort into it, and the other girls likely felt intimidated by her. Movie-Myrtle probably would've been knocking the boys dead in a few years had she not had her life cut short.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Much less whiny and more flirtatious in the films.
  • All There in the Manual: In life, Myrtle was a Ravenclaw. And her full name is Myrtle Elizabeth Warren.
  • Alliterative Name: Moaning Myrtle.
    • Subverted with her human name, Myrtle Elizabeth Warren.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: When we first see her, she comes off as either a massive woobie or an astounding parody thereof, but when describing to Harry and Ron how she died, she reveals that she spent a good chunk of her time as a ghost tormenting her childhood bully for many, many years out of spite.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She appears throughout the second book, but it's only near the end that Harry and Ron realize that she's the girl the Heir of Slytherin killed fifty years before.
  • The Confidant: In Half-Blood Prince, she becomes one for, of all people, Draco Malfoy. It's hinted she may have switched her affections from Harry to Draco.
  • Covert Pervert: Shy and mousy as she is, she still has that hobby mentioned below.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: In the film version, she is quite cute.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: On her final appearance in the second movie, having developed her humorous crush on Harry, she greets him rather more sweetly than she has acted throughout the rest of the film.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Okay, Olive Hornby was a bully, but did she really deserve Myrtle's ghost Gaslighting her all that time? Then again, Myrtle may not have ended up a ghost if she hadn't been in the Chamber of Secrets entrance bathroom crying as a result of Olive's bullying...
  • The Eeyore: She's very gloomy and prone to crying and getting upset over small things.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Among her other neuroses and insecurities, she has an extremely short temper regarding them. She especially gets upset when she's feeling excluded.
  • May–December Romance: Even though she died somewhere in her teens, she's been dead for over fifty years. That doesn't stop her from crushing on Harry, who could be old enough to be her grandson.
  • Mega Nekko: The film version of Myrtle is quite cute.
  • Nerd Glasses: Something she was frequently teased about when she was alive.
  • Nice Girl: As gloomy and slightly snappish she is, she is genuinely nice when you get to know her.
  • Noodle Incident: Why, exactly, does she have so much vitriol against the living mermaid portrait in the prefects' bathroom?
  • The Peeping Tom: A pastime of hers, as revealed in Goblet.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Being a ghost, she has remained physically (well, metaphysically) a teenager for over fifty years.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: For some reason, she really hates the living mermaid portrait in the prefects' bathroom.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: In spite of her Covert Pervert tendencies mentioned elsewhere, she also fits this. After she died, she admits to stalking Olive Hornby, the girl whose teasing made her hide in the bathroom on the day she was killed, until the Ministry intervened and forced her to stop.
  • Vengeful Ghost: She doesn't say exactly why she came back, and given the way she died and how ghosts work in the Harry Potter, a desire for revenge isn't a likely reason. However, the first thing she did after coming back was to go about haunting Alpha Bitch Olive Hornby, who was bullying her before she died.
  • Wangst: Played for Laughs invoked. She's prone to whining and crying over practically everything, including her insecurities. Though sometimes it's justified (the girl has had a hard life and a hard undeath), other times it just seems like she takes every little thing as a slight against her.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: See Disproportionate Retribution above.

    The Grey Lady
Portrayed by: Kelly Macdonald
Voiced by: Gaby Ugarte (Latin American Spanish)

The resident ghost of Ravenclaw House. Known in life as Helena Ravenclaw, the jealous daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw herself, she stole her mother's diadem and was subsequently killed by the man who would become the Bloody Baron. Centuries later, she was effectively manipulated by the charms of one Tom Riddle. She revealed the location of her mother's diadem to him and he turned it into a Horcrux.

  • All There in the Manual: Prior to Deathly Hallows, Word of God provided the only indication that she existed. She does have a cameo in the first book, but this was only identified by Word of God.
  • Berserk Button: Mention of Tom Riddle using her mother's diadem as a Horcrux has her go from withdrawn yet dignified to screaming rage about how Voldemort defiled it with Dark magic.
  • Brainy Brunette: Like her mother she had dark hair and was highly intelligent, though she sought to be more intelligent than her mother.
  • Color Character: Her title is the Grey Lady.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She was jealous of her mother and stole the diadem because she wanted to make herself more important.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Both the books and the film portray her with long dark hair and pale skin. Fitting as she is not only the patron ghost of Ravenclaw, but Rowena Ravenclaw's own daughter.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is rather reclusive, not talking much to people or other ghosts, and she was shown briefly spending time in empty classrooms taking notes. The only person she does speak with regularly is Luna.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Riddle/Voldemort.
  • Woman in White: As a ghost, this is kind of the default color of her clothing, but the reveal that she's plot-relevant makes her fit into this trope.

    The Bloody Baron
Portrayed by: Terence Bayler

The resident ghost of Slytherin House. In life, he was infatuated with Helena Ravenclaw. Some time after Helena had run away with her mother's diadem, Rowena was dying and sent the baron to find her daughter. He found her, but killed her in the struggle to bring her back. Realizing what he'd done, he then killed himself. As per Jacob Marley Apparel, he will spend eternity covered in blood, hence the nickname.

During the time frame of the series, he is regarded as cold and mysterious, even by the other ghosts. For some reason, he is the only individual, other than Dumbledore, who can control Peeves.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Helena Ravenclaw, the Grey Lady, back when they were both alive. Judging from the way she talks about him, she didn't like him that much.
  • Alien Blood: Is covered in silver blood.
  • Alliterative Name: His nickname, Bloody Barron.
  • Ascended Extra: In the first PC game, the Bloody Baron appears a couple times as a minor enemy whom you have to avoid. It's not a huge role, but it's still more interaction than Harry ever had with him in the canon.
  • Chained by Fashion: He chains himself in an attempt to atone for his murder on Helena.
  • Continuity Cameo: His only appearance in the films is in a brief shot during the opening feast from the first movie. Not that he appeared much more than that in the books anyway.
  • The Dreaded: No one except Helena knows why he has blood on him and the ghosts don't feel like asking him, because of his looks and chains all the ghosts and Peeves are scared of him.
  • Driven to Suicide: He killed himself after he killed Helena.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction after he killed Helena.
  • Noodle Incident: Why is Peeves so afraid of him?
  • Not Good with Rejection: He killed Helena in a fit of rage because she rejected him. He immediately regrets it afterwards.
  • Odd Friendship: He seems to at least be an associate of Professor Trelawney for some reason.
    • Also with Nearly Headless Nick despite the latter's fear of him.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name has never been revealed, even when his past was.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Severus Snape. Being one of the four ghosts assigned to houses, he's the one of Slytherin, and is sinister and unfriendly, much like the corresponding Head of house. Also, a member of House Slytherin who has an unrequited love for a woman, gets her killed and spends the rest of his life (or in his case, his afterlife) in remorse. His nickname is comprised of a noble title and a blood epithet, like the one of the Half-Blood Prince.

    The Fat Friar
Portrayed by: Simon Fisher-Becker

The resident ghost of Hufflepuff House. He seems to be cheerful and comical in personality, but nothing else is known about him other than the fact that he was evidently a friar when he was alive. Well, it is Hufflepuff House, after all.

  • Alliterative Name: The Fat Friar.
  • All There in the Manual: His backstory is only ever discussed on Pottermore.
  • Big Fun: A friendly man who also happened to be fairly heavyset.
  • Good Shepherd: A friar that cures diseases and always forgives Peeves.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He spent his life healing and entertaining people with his magic. This got him executed for being a wizard.
  • No Such Thing as Wizard Jesus: Well, since a wizard can be a friar, apparently.
  • The Pollyanna: He believes in giving Peeves second chances. And third chances. And fourth chances. And so on.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He went around instantly curing diseases and pulling rabbits out of goblets during his days among the living in the medieval era. Even though he was a decent person, one has to wonder why he was expecting not to get executed.

    Peeves the Poltergeist
Nearly Headless Nick "My dear Friar, haven't we given Peeves all the chances he deserves? He gives us all a bad name and you know, he's not really even a ghost."

A poltergeist who haunts Hogwarts, making mischief wherever he can. He's not considered a ghost by the "other" ghosts, but he's often classified as one for convenience. However, it's worth noting that Peeves is not white or transparent, but is rather solid-looking and often dressed in loudly-colored clothes. Rowling defines Peeves as "an indestructible spirit of chaos" and that he "came with the building."

Peeves has no agenda, no motivation, no goals other than to create as much chaos as possible because It Amused Me. He is rude, crude, fond of practical jokes, and takes orders from no one other than the Bloody Baron, though he also shows some respect to Dumbledore and the like-natured Weasley Twins. Peeves and Filch are constantly at war with each other, a conflict Harry and his friends generally do not involve themselves in.

Although Peeves has a sizable role in all the books and some of the video games, he never appears in the movies (a scene was filmed though, where he was portrayed by Rik Mayall).

  • Adapted Out: From the movies. A scene with him had been filmed for the first one, but it was left out.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Argus Filch.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Peeves is very much a troublemaker, he takes his pranking Up to Eleven during Order of the Phoenix, wreaking complete havoc during Umbridge's reign. During DH, he causes havoc among the Death Eaters, and composes a rude song to commemorate the defeat of Voldemort.
  • Expy: In the first two video games, he bears a striking resemblance to The Joker. Even his behaviour and goals are identical.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: In one of his most famous scenes, he tried to cause this during his attacks against Umbridge. McGonagall tells him he is unscrewing it improperly.
  • Godzilla Threshold: When McGonagall summons Peeves for help, you know this is the final battle.
  • Gold Fish Poop Gang: His role in the video games.
  • Hidden Depths: He shows respect for Dumbledore and the Weasley twins, saluting the latter two when instructed to make Umbridge's life a living hell. He also actively fights for Hogwarts in the final battle with much gusto.
  • Intangibility: One of the differences between poltergeists and ghosts is that poltergeists can lift things when ghosts can't but can still walk through walls.
  • Invisibility: Helps him with a lot of his pranks.
  • It Amused Me: Why drop chandeliers on people or any of his other mischief? Because it is fun.
  • Jerkass: Half of his actions. Justified as he is the embodied entity of adolescent stress, adolescents tend to be jerkasses when stressed.
  • Meaningful Name: He certainly peeves the staff and students of Hogwarts.
  • Our Spirits Are Different: Most notably in that Peeves is not a ghost exactly. He looks quite different and doesn't give any indication that he was ever "alive". He can also physically interact with objects and people, which ghosts can't do, yet he can also pass through solid walls and doors. Rowling claims he is "an indestructible spirit of chaos."
  • Poltergeist: As revealed by Pottermore, he follows the definition of embodied entity of adolescent stress.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: As soon as Dumbledore enters a room he drops all mischief and acts like a well behaved child toward the headmaster, and calls him "sir" at the end of every sentence.
  • Trickster Archetype: He loves tricking people with some Exact Words in his deal, like "Not saying nothing" unless Filch says "Please." Upon Filch saying "Please" Peeves replied "Nothing."
  • Troll: Peeves loves chaos, and his every scene involves him pranking or causing trouble in some form. He never backs down from an opportunity to make fun of a student.


House elves

    Applicable to all house elves 

  • Berserk Button: The Hogwarts house-elves are upset when Hermione leaves out hats and socks for them in a misguided attempt to free them, because they're insulted she was trying to trick them with a gesture their kinds interprets as "You're fired". Dobby, naturally, is happy to take them all.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Their lives revolve entirely around happily serving their owners. Being freed is considered the lowest of dishonors for a house-elf.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Deathly Hallows addresses that Voldemort could have used an elf to teleport into Hogwarts or other protected locations but never thought of it due to his low opinion of non-humans.
  • Happiness in Slavery: To the point that many of them think Dobby is strange for wanting to be free. Even Dobby seems to enjoy serving people, it's the mistreatment that he has a problem with.
  • House Fey: Similar in concept to the standard trope in that they do housework, except it's for the person that happens to be living there. They're all but explicitly stated to be domestic slaves.
  • Slave Race: Their lot in life, sadly. Many of them are quite okay with the situation, though it's not clear if this is genuine or if they've simply been conditioned to think that way (Hermione, at least, is sure it is the latter).
  • Summon Magic: Their masters can summon them by saying their names.
  • Third-Person Person: All house-elves speak in third person. It seems to be a species trait.
  • Underestimating Badassery: They are subject of this by wizardkind. House elves are capable of potent magic such as concussive spells, disarmament or apparition, without needing wands like wizards do. Wizards still don't bother to put up defenses against such magic coming from elves, resulting in a lot of foiled plans.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the person that owns them. If they are treated badly enough, however, they can become resentful and even turn against their owner entirely, as Dobby showed.

Dobby never meant to kill! Dobby only meant to maim, or seriously injure!
Portrayed by: Toby Jones
Voiced by: Ismael Castro (Latin American Spanish)

"Dobby is used to death threats, sir. Dobby gets them five times a day at home."

A house elf who initially serves the abusive Malfoy family. Unlike his masters, he admires Harry and tries to warn him and protect him when Lucius Malfoy orchestrates the opening of the Chamber of Secrets... in unfortunate ways. He is eventually freed thanks to Harry and gets new employment in the kitchens at Hogwarts, from where he occasionally lends Harry a hand.

  • All the Other Reindeer: He's the first House Elf we meet, so his treatment as a servant by wizards makes him one by default; we later learn that even other house-elves look at him as an oddball too and see him as a weirdo.
  • Badass Adorable: Once freed, he's able to effortlessly beat Death Eaters like Lucius Malfoy and Peter Pettigrew, while continuing to be a tiny, adorable house elf.
  • Badass Finger Snap: He snaps his fingers to conduct his magic, be it teleportation or levitating.
  • Berserk Button: Dobby is friendly or at least respectful to all people... so long as they don't insult Harry. He easily blasts away his ex-master Lucius Malfoy in Chamber of Secrets when he attempts to attack him, and in Half-Blood Prince, Harry finds him proudly beating the snot out of Kreacher when the latter badmouths him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As sweet and kind as they come, but he's also just as powerful (maybe more so) than wizards.
  • Call a Pegasus a "Hippogriff": The name "Dobby" actually comes from a type of hobgoblin from Lancaster folklore.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He gets to humiliate his former masters a few times.
  • Everyone Has Standards: From the house-elves' perspective, while Dobby relishes being a free elf, his idea of freedom is less "never having to serve wizards again" and more "being able to choose which wizards he serves". Also, when Dumbledore offered him standard human wages upon hiring him (ten Galleons a week and weekends off), Dobby felt this was too much and bargained him down (one Galleon a week and a day off a month).
  • Full-Name Basis: Always calls Harry "Harry Potter".
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He dies while rescuing Harry and his friends from Malfoy Manor, taking a knife intended for Harry.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He has looked up to Harry since he was an infant and bested Voldemort. He also seems to feel this way about Dumbledore somewhat.
  • I Die Free: By the end of Book 7.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: For much of Chamber of Secrets, this is his dream.
  • Made of Iron: He irons his hands in the second book and takes a knife to the chest in the final book, surviving long enough to say Harry's name.
  • The Millstone: To Harry on purpose in Book 2, although he has the best intentions.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Most house-elves find unpaid slave-labor with next to nothing in personal possessions to be a dream come true. They see Dobby, who relishes his freedom, as a nutter. Downplayed just slightly, as Dobby does express discomfort with getting too luxurious (such as a five-day work week).
  • Older Sidekick: He was alive and serving the Malfoys before Harry was born, and can remember clearly the height of Voldemort's reign, when house-elves were treated like vermin.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: As a free elf, he takes great delight in collecting and wearing odd assortments of clothes, including socks in colorful patterns and Hermione's many elf hats.
  • Third-Person Person: Rarely, if ever, uses the single person pronoun. It seems to be a trait all house-elves share.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He only means to maim or seriously injure.
  • Undying Loyalty: He would defend Harry with his life. And dies doing just that.
  • Unwanted Assistance: His idea of “saving Harry’s life” was to cause him serious injury to get him thrown out of Hogwarts. Harry mentioned wanting to beat the shit out of Dobby after finding out he was the one responsible for all the misfortunes befallen him if he hadn’t been bedridden at the time.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In the second book, Dobby does everything in his power to prevent Harry from being killed by the basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets...including designing a Bludger to harm him and get him kicked out of Hogwarts.

Voiced by: Humberto Vélez (Latin American Spanish)

"Nasty brat standing there as bold as brass. Harry Potter, the boy who stopped the Dark Lord. Friend of Mudbloods and blood-traitors alike. If my poor mistress only knew..."

A house elf who serves the Black family. He shares the same ideologies as many of the pure-blood wizards, and looks down on Muggle-borns. Sirius Black treats him harshly, which leads to some unfortunate events at the end of Order of the Phoenix.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Downplayed, but the book describes him as having a distinct pig-like snout. His movie counterpart isn't exactly beautiful even for a House Elf, but his nose is similar to Dobby's.
  • The Artifact: See also Demoted to Extra. His appearance in the fifth film doesn't really serve any purpose at all, because his role in Sirius' death is cut out.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Kreacher deconstructs this aspect showing its good and bad sides, namely that anyone can be Nice to the Waiter, even The Sociopath like Bellatrix Lestrange and the vast majority of the Black family, while a good guy like Sirius can be totally indifferent and uncaring to Kreacher for a variety of understandable reasons, and still suffer the consequences. It is ultimately because Harry forgives him and treats him with kindness that he decides to go against the Death Eaters.
  • Berserk Button: Sirius notwithstanding, don't insult the Black family in any way. Mundungus offhandedly refers to Black family items that he pawned off as "junk" and Kreacher promptly attacks him with a frying pan.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He returns during the second part of the Battle of Hogwarts alongside a large battalion of house elves from the kitchens.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Hermione characterizes this as Kreacher's view. For him, the fact that his "kind master" Regulus died defying Voldemort won't affect his feelings of loyalty to Bellatrix and Narcissa who are loyal to the same man, or his dislike for Sirius who's even more defiant than Regulus. He's only loyal Because You Were Nice to Me and that's independent of any political stand for or against Voldemort. Harry even calls him out on this at one point.
  • The Cavalry: Led the Elves into battle against Voldemort in the final book.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the films, his role was downplayed greatly, and since his introduction, got barely a cameo in Deathly Hallows. The filmmakers actually wanted to cut him out of the films completely, but Rowling warned them that they would run into a lot of plot issues come the seventh film if they did.
  • The Dog Bites Back: His poor treatment from Sirius led to him looking for loopholes to escape and meet with other members of the Black Family to help them set up Sirius and Harry.
  • Face–Heel Turn: This is how Harry briefly views him for indirectly helping Voldemort lure Sirius into a trap even after Regulus died fighting against him.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards Muggle-borns. As he grows closer to Harry and Hermione, he eventually overcomes this.
  • Foil: To Dobby. They're different as night and day, and absolutely despise one another, but both of them in their own fashion find a way to defy and defeat their masters and enjoy a Who's Laughing Now? moment to boot.
  • Guttural Growler: Portrayed with an extremely low, raspy voice in the films; the book also mentions that he speaks with a 'croak'.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Being treated kindly by Harry and learning Harry was on the same quest Master Regulus was on, and died for, helps him turn around. Oh, and the chance to hunt down Mundungus for stealing.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Him arranging Sirius' death only results in him ending up under Harry's service instead, which he is just as unhappy with, if not more. Eventually subverted when Harry finds out about his full story and becomes nice to him, resulting in Kreacher now happily serving him.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: His main motivation in life. If you show him affection and kindness, he will serve you, even if you were Bellatrix Lestrange.
  • Inconvenient Summons: The second time Harry summons him, he's rolling on the floor fighting Dobby.
  • Meaningful Name: Kriecher is German for "bootlick". It's also meant to be pronounced in the same way as the word "creature".
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Sirius' poor treatment of him leads Kreacher to set him up to be killed.
  • The Mole: In Order of the Phoenix.
  • Morality Pet: To Regulus Black.
  • Number of the Beast: Rowling said he was this age when he died. It seems to be a dig at a Twitter user who complained the same day about Nicholas Flamel dying at that age and that Rowling shouldn't have put that number in a childrens' book to which Rowling replied that Flamel doesn't die in the books and the complainer should get their facts straight.
  • Old Retainer: Very, very, very clear that the proud standards of the Black family are not being upheld.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Harry is the first character to treat him with real kindness since the death of Regulus Black. As such, Kreacher becomes devoted to Harry.
  • Servile Snarker: To Sirius. In this case, the snark is only the tip of a massive iceberg of animosity.
  • Shadow Archetype: Towards Dobby. They both come from abusive households, but Dobby is a much kinder character who loves everyone while Kreacher is bitter and looks down on non-pureblood wizards.
  • Third-Person Person: Tends to speak this way.
  • Uncertain Doom: We don't know if he survived the Battle of Hogwarts but Harry wonders the next day if Kreacher can bring him a sandwich, implying he did.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Regulus Black, and later to Harry at the end of Deathly Hallows.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Harry initially reacts this way when Kreacher tells them about Regulus Black noting that Kreacher was keen on helping Voldemort through Bellatrix and Narcissa, despite Regulus dying trying bring Voldemort down.

"My poor Mr. Crouch, what is he doing without Winky? He is needing me, he is needing my help! I is looking after the Crouches all my life, and my mother is doing it before me, and my grandmother is doing it before her... oh what is they saying if they knew Winky was freed? Oh the shame, the shame!"

The Crouch family house-elf. She is extremely loyal to Barty Crouch, Sr. and very happy with her lot in life. For years, she cared for Crouch's imprisoned son, but she was freed as punishment for failing to keep him under control at the Quidditch World Cup. Winky eventually came to work at Hogwarts, where she was very unhappy and constantly worried about how her master was getting on without her. Remaining loyal to Crouch, Sr. even after he had sacked her, she refused to divulge any of his dark secrets.

  • Adapted Out: She doesn't appear in the films, although two house-elves briefly appear riding llamas in Goblet of Fire who could possibly be her and Dobby.
  • Berserk Button: Speaking badly about her former masters, the Crouch family. In fact, other house-elves doing the same about their families provokes a similar reaction, as shown when Dobby speaks badly of the Malfoys in front of Harry.
    Winky: You is ought to be ashamed of yourself, Dobby, talking that way about your masters!
    Dobby: They isn't my masters anymore, Winky! Dobby doesn't care what they think anymore!
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Apparently a species trait. After being freed, she starts hitting the bottle with butterbeer, which usually doesn't have any apparent intoxicating effect. We're told that it's "strong for a house-elf," implying that it's more akin to a "near-beer" than a truly non-alcoholic drink.note 
  • Foil: To Dobby. Unlike Winky, Dobby was happy to be freed.
  • Happiness in Slavery: She believes in the house-elves being enslaved, much to Hermione's annoyance.
  • The Pig Pen: After being freed, she enters a state of depression and stops taking care of her appearance, which results in her clothes becoming dirty.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She completely disappears from the story after a mention in Order of the Phoenix that mentions she is still depressed and drinking. Canonically, she helps with the Battle of Hogwarts and gets sober, but never truly gets over being sacked by Crouch. None of this is mentioned in the books themselves however.

Appears in: Half-Blood Prince

Hephzibah Smith's house elf, framed by Tom Riddle for Hepzibah Smith's murder.

  • Adapted Out: She does not appear, nor is mentioned in any of the films.
  • Blatant Lies: Harry assumes that she is contractually required to lie whenever she says that Hephzibah looks beautiful.
  • Fake Memories: Tom used memory-modifying magic on her to make her believe that she accidentally poisoned Hepzibah, to cover up the fact that he did it.

    The Hogwarts House-elves 

The house-elves who live and work in the Hogwarts kitchens, cooking for the students.

  • Badass Adorable: They participate in the Battle of Hogwarts, beating off the Death Eaters with knives and cleavers.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: Self-enforced. When Hermione asks them why they don't try to cheer up a saddened Winky, one of them responds that house-elves don't have a right to be unhappy when there's work to be done for their masters.
  • Knife Nut: Turns out, their kitchen knives are good for more than just cooking, as the Death Eaters found out during the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • No Name Given: Aside from Dobby and Winky, their individual names are not known.
  • No Sympathy: Towards Winky during her depression over being fired. When she passes out from drinking too much butterbeer, they cover her with a blanket and push her out of sight while apologizing to Harry, Ron and Hermione for having to see her in such a state.
  • Supreme Chef: They cook all the food served at Hogwarts, and will happily provide extra food to any student who asks.


    Applicable to all giants 

  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: They can mate with humans and produce viable offspring.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Giants are very large, bestial humanoids with extremely short and violent tempers. They're also capable of reproducing with humans...somehow...

Portrayed by: William Todd-Jones
Hagrid: "See — he's my brother! Well — half-brother. Turns out me mother took up with another giant when she left me dad, an' she went an' had Grawp here...."

Hagrid's younger half brother, a sixteen foot tall Giant.

  • Big Little Brother: He's Hagrid's younger brother, but since he's a full giant while Hagrid is a giant-human hybrid, he's considerably larger than him. Though despite being larger than his hybrid brother, he's still considered small by giant standards.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Completely disappeared from the films after Order of the Phoenix.
  • Gentle Giant: In the films, no pun intended, but Grawp's a sweetheart. Grawp has kind moments in the books, but these tend to be outweighed by his giant nature and youth.
  • Hot-Blooded: Grawp had a bit of a temper in the books.
  • Large Runt: He was bullied by the other giants for his (relatively) diminutive size. Again: sixteen feet tall.
  • Precocious Crush: Apparently takes a liking to Hermione when they first meet.


The Gurg (leader) of the last remaining giant colony in the world. Hagrid and Maxime seemed to be making progress in getting him on their side before he was killed by Golgomath.

  • Cool Helmet: Hagrid and Maxime gave him an indestructible goblin-made helmet as a gift from Dumbledore.
  • Meaningful Name: His name sounds like "carcass". Guess what he becomes?
  • Off with His Head!: He lost his head at some point in the fight that cost him his life, Hagrid and Maxime spotted it displayed in the lake he spent so much time in.
  • The Slacker: Spends all day lying by the lake while the other giants get food for him and his wife.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Averted. Hagrid makes a point that Karkus still remembers Dumbledore's kindness to the giant colony, and thus considered helping them against Voldemort and Death Eaters. Too bad Golgomath killed him, and then most of the giant colony follows Golgomath to ally with Death Eaters instead.

Hagrid: "There was a new Gurg, Golgomath. Well, we hadn' bargained on a new Gurg two days after we'd made friendly contact with the firs' one, an' we had a funny feelin' Golgomath wouldn' be so keen ter listen to us, but we had ter try."

The Gurg of the giant colony who kills Karkus and allies with Voldemort.


    Applicable to all goblins 

  • Always Chaotic Evil: Well, probably closer to Lawful Evil or Neutral Evilinvoked, but either way, they're very rarely shown to be pleasant. There are aversions, although one of those is only half-goblin.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: According to Bill Weasley, Goblins, or rather "some" Goblins have a different view of ownership than Wizards do. They believe an object once made belongs to the craftsman who make it, and they consider anyone taking their wares not paying customers (even if they were given money) but thieves, or at best renters.
  • The Fair Folk: They're an entire race of shady, conniving businessmen.
  • Fantastic Racism: They don't benefit from many of the legal rights human wizards get, and many wizards look down on them as second class citizens as a result. They make their position that a purchase from a goblin is a rental with a term of the buyer's life clear from the outset, but even the heroes refuse to honor the agreed terms. They are legally prevented from owning wands, an essential tool in the wizarding world. They've apparently rebelled against this treatment many times in the past, but have yet to win their freedom or equality with wizards.
  • Greed: One of their defining qualities, hence their status as bankers. Although this seems to be pretty much the only job they can legally hold outside of their ghettos in wizarding Britain.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: We know from Professor Flitwick's existence that they can have children with humans. Sort of an inversion of the situation with giants, too, as they're much smaller than humans.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Depicted as conniving moneylenders who don't really care that much about others.
  • Proud Merchant Race: They do most of the money management in the wizard world.
  • Space Jews: Many have seen Goblins as a fantastic analogue of Jewish stereotypes, there's the fact that they are designated to operate finances but denied real equality by the hegemony of their fantastic society (much like medieval Europe), and many of them are actively campaigning against their classification by wizardkind. Likewise, Griphook's grudge-bearing and vindictive streak is very Shylock-esque. Some commentators note that Gnarlak in the Fantastic Beasts movie is especially blatant as a Jewish stereotype.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: They are talented metalsmiths and have forged many magical items, including wizard coins, Aunt Muriel's diamond tiara, an indestructible helmet, and most importantly, Godric Gryffindor's sword.
  • Unequal Rites: Have some method of wandless magic that they refuse to teach to wizards due to wizards not letting them use wands.

Portrayed by: Verne Troyer, Warwick Davis
Voiced by: Javier Rivero (Latin American Spanish, Philosopher's Stone), Alejandro Mayén (Latin American Spanish, Deathly Hallows Part I), Dafnis Fernández (Latin American Spanish, Deathly Hallows Part II)
A goblin working in Gringotts Wizarding Bank. He takes Harry to his family vault during his first visit to Diagon Alley, and six years later helps him break into the bank in exchange for the Sword of Gryffindor.

  • Asshole Victim: In Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (film). He wants to keep the Sword of Gryffindor for himself, betrays Harry, Hermione and Ron when they are inside Bellatrix's vault at Gringotts, and abandons one of his fellow goblins to get killed by the dragon. He ends up slaughtered by Voldemort.
  • Death by Adaptation: Griphook's fate is left ambiguous in the book, however in the film he's explicitly killed by Voldemort when he arrives at the scene of the break-in.
  • Exact Words: In Bellatrix's vault in the movie:
    Griphook: I said I'd get you in. I never said anything about letting you out!
  • Fantastic Racism: Griphook strongly dislikes wizardkind for the way they've treated goblins in the past, and for how they refuse to share the secrets of wandcraft with other races.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: Most of the goblins at Gringotts seem to be like this to an extent. Griphook takes great amusement in the idea that any intruders to the vaults would be liable to be stuck in there for about ten years, and high-security vaults are guarded by dragons, who are inhumanely trained to expect pain when they hear "Clankers".
  • Properly Paranoid: Though it's not out of greed, Griphook is absolutely right to suspect Harry won't give him Gryffindor's Sword after breaking into Gringotts.
  • Sadist: Harry finds himself disturbed by how much Griphook seems to enjoy other people's suffering and actively wishes that they'll have to hurt wizards in order to break into Gringotts.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Griphook notes that Harry is a "very odd wizard" for actually rescuing a goblin like him, or for giving a house elf a respectable burial.

Alternative Title(s): Harry Potter Ghosts


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