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The Order of the Phoenix

A secret society formed by Albus Dumbledore during the first war against Lord Voldemort. They suffered heavy casualties in the fight, losing most of its original members. It went dormant after Voldemort's disappearance, but was reactivated after his resurrection.

The Order of the Phoenix protects opponents of Voldemort, and provides security, intelligence and surveillance on vulnerable areas of the wizarding community. It attempts to foster anti-Dark Arts resistance through protection and promotion of Muggleborn rights and attempts to form alliances with goblins, giants and werewolves. Its members include faculty in Hogwarts, employees and officials in the Ministry of Magic, prominent witches and wizards in other parts of wizard society, as well as a host of allies who might not be members themselves but are part of their network. Its members do not have any identifying marks, but communicate by Patronus.


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  • Animal Motifs: All the members use the Patronus to communicate. This was a spell invented by Dumbledore himself and is absolutely impervious to any attempts to break communications by both Death Eaters and Ministry.
  • Characters Dropping Like Flies: They have a reputation in-universe for what Slughorn notes is a high body count. Alastor Moody ticking off the names of the dead heroes of the First War when he shows Harry the picture, as well as the often brutal manner of their deaths, plays almost like Black Comedy. In the case of the Second War, casualties include Sirius Black, Emmeline Vance, Albus Dumbledore, Alastor Moody, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Severus Snape. Fred Weasley, who is not a member of the Order but certainly one of its partisans, was also killed in action.
  • Hero of Another Story: Harry doesn't get to see them do very much, but that's because he's at school largely.
  • La Résistance: When the Ministry is trying to deny Voldemort's return, and when the Ministry is taken over by him.
  • The Mole:
    • Towards the end of the First War, they are infiltrated by a spy who Sirius noted had been passing information to Voldemort for a year. Dumbledore was implied to have suspected Sirius. Sirius suspected Remus. Nobody suspected Peter Pettigrew. No prizes for guessing who it was.
    • There was a brief concern about the presence of another mole in the early part of the seventh book. Though it turned out to have been a gambit by Snape, who is himself The Mole.
  • Mildly Military: They would have greatly benefited from reading the "If I am ever the Hero" list, though they come off as being far more professional than the Death Eaters. For one thing they still function and operate even when their leader is taken out, and even after the Ministry and Hogwarts falls. Dumbledore delegates responsibility to different members assigned to tackle the ministry, the school, protection and espionage in simultaneous operations. Likewise, Dumbledore is way better at hiding secrets and protecting communications than Voldemort.
  • Multinational Team: The Order tries to cultivate this but they don't quite succeed in winning over moderate werewolves and giants or swaying Goblins into their ranks, as both Remus and Hagrid admit. That said, Olympe Maxime, headmistress of Beauxbatons, did conduct a mission for them and is stated to be an ally of Dumbledore.
  • Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: Despite having a name that sounds like an ancient secret society and Harry and the Trio thinking that the Order knows all the secrets, it's clear that they are kept in the dark by Dumbledore just as much as everyone else. And they occasionally complain about this as well. Things they aren't privy to include Snape's true allegiance, the full contents of the Prophecy, Voldemort's Horcruxes and Harry's mission.
  • True Companions: With a few treacherous exceptions, the core members of both Orders clearly care for each other.
  • Undying Loyalty: With the exception of Wormtail and the unreliable Mundungus Fletcher, everyone has this to each other, Dumbledore and Harry, regardless of any temporary tensions between them.

Both Orders

    Albus Dumbledore 

    Sirius Black
Portrayed by: Gary Oldman (adult), James Walters (teenager)
Voiced by: Damián Alcázar (Latin American Spanish, Prisoner of Azkaban), Alejandro Mayen, (Latin American Spanish, Goblet of Fire), Salvador Delgado (Latin American Spanish, Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows Part II)

"I want you to listen to me very carefully, Harry. You're not a bad person. You're a very good person, who bad things have happened to. Besides, the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters. We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are."

The White Sheep (sorry, we couldn't resist the pun!) of the elitist House of Black, James and Lily Potter's best man, and one of the finest members of the Order of the Phoenix. Sirius was falsely convicted and sent to Azkaban for leaking information to Voldemort and murdering Peter Pettigrew. Acts as Harry's godfather and is the most consistent father-figure for the Boy Who Lived despite being on the run from the Ministry of Magic.

  • Acquitted Too Late: He is exonerated for the murders he went to prison for at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, after his death.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the books, he did look good before he went to Azkaban and his health deteriorated. The movies, though, cast him as good-looking but much older Gary Oldman.
  • Age Lift: Sirius met Harry in his early 30s, and died at the age of 36. Gary Oldman was already 45 in the film version of Prisoner of Azkaban. However, Sirius is noted to look aged from the effects of the Dementors.
  • The Alcoholic: He is implied to be this, at least by the time of Book 5. It's probably at least partially caused by being cooped up in a house he hates, not even allowed to leave the building.
  • Animal Motifs: Aside from being able to turn into a dog, he also has a lot of dog-like characteristics, most memorable being that his laugh sounds a lot like a bark. More subtly, Sirius is brazen and fun-loving but also reckless. He's devoted and loyal to the death with the people he trusts, and stand-offish and hostile to those he doesn't.
  • Animorphism: Sirius was able to become an Animagus at the early age of fifteen, assuming the shape of a large black dog, like the Grim. Since he was unregistered, he was able to take advantage of this ability to elude his Ministry captors.
  • Anti-Hero: Even though Sirius is a definite good guy, he's also Hot-Blooded and can be quite the hypocrite.
  • Badass Biker: Sirius owned his own motorcycle, a flying one with a sidecar, that was used by Hagrid after his imprisonment.
  • Badass Mustache: In the films. Comes with the territory of being played by Gary Oldman.
  • Berserk Button: He's so Hot-Blooded that it's almost difficult to tell specific berserk buttons apart from his normal behaviour but he has several:
    • Don't threaten Harry in front of him, ever.
    • Don't accuse him of being a coward.
    • Don't talk about James and Lily negatively.
    • Don't rub his mistake with naming Peter Pettigrew as Secret Keeper in his face. Peter Pettigrew's name alone seems to fill him with murderous rage.
  • Big Bad: Presented as this for most of Prisoner of Azkaban due to Voldemort's absence, especially when Harry discovers that Sirius supposedly betrayed James and Lily to Voldemort. Subverted when his frame-up by Pettigrew is discovered.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Despite actually being Harry's godfather.
    • This is actually a problem since he looks at Harry as a Replacement Goldfish for his father whom Harry never knew and largely sends mixed signals, sometimes serving as a Parental Substitute and other times trying to pretend that he's still at Hogwarts with James.
    • It's worth noting that this is a major difference in his portrayal in Book 4 and Book 5. In Book 4, he is still on the run and very sharp about potential danger, and acts mostly responsibly toward Harry. He constantly reminds him to lie low, stay out of trouble, and not take risks to see him. Harry on several occasions in GoF expresses relief that he is nearby. In Order of the Phoenix, Sirius begins to behave more recklessly, in part because he is stuck at his childhood home, subject to taunts about his lack of "usefulness," and there are several hints that he is not mentally stable. It is in Order of the Phoenix that Harry begins to worry about Sirius doing something risky to see him, that Molly accuses Sirius of being unable to tell Harry and James apart, and that Sirius becomes careless about his disguise.
  • Big Friendly Dog: When he's transformed. In the Prisoner of Azkaban movie, Sirius claims James pointed this out and joked that he should have made the change permanent.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He was a bright student, but not very studious. When he complained about being bored after their last O.W.L. exam, Remus pointed out he could study for the next one with him. Sirius dismissed his offer because he "know[s] it all".
  • The Bully: During their school days, he and James would often hex and humiliate classmates they didn't like, at least once attacking Snape out of boredom. They also treated their friend Peter Pettigrew with a dismissive cruelty.
  • Byronic Hero: Sirius is very clever, still attractive (thought not as attractive as he was before Azkaban), slightly mad, and a wee bit homicidal, with a melodramatic flair. He is also the last heir of a noble family from which he inherited a spooky old house.
  • Celibate Hero: He was noted to be a Chick Magnet during his school days, but when Harry sees Snape's Pensieve memories he is either oblivious to or ignoring the girl who is eyeing him hopefully. Even after Azkaban he seems to have little interest in love, though that might be from lack of opportunity.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He is name-dropped in the first book as the guy who lent Hagrid the flying motorbike he needed to get baby Harry to Privet Drive. Then he becomes a major player in the third book.
  • Clear My Name: Averted at first. Upon his escape, he's single-mindedly focused on simply "committing the murder [he] was imprisoned for." The practical course of turning Pettigrew in alive didn't occur to him until after Harry insisted upon it. His innocence is proven at some point between his death and the beginning of the sixth book, probably because he died at the hands of one of his supposed allies.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: He and James lapse into a disturbing version of this in the "Snape's Worst Memory" chapter in the book. He considered it a joke to betray Remus's trust by telling Snape how to get past the Whomping Willow.
  • Creepy Good: He's described as waxen and skeletal when first introduced, and generally behaves in a very sinister manner, but then he turns out to be not so bad as all that. Also, his Animagus form keeps being mistaken for a death omen.
  • Cultural Rebel: Sirius was raised in a family of aristocratic pureblood wizards who loved the Dark Arts, but by the age of eleven, he expressed a desire to move away from that and got himself Sorted into Gryffindor. He spent his teenage years plastering his bedroom walls with photos of motorbikes and muggle girls before running away at the age of sixteen. Then he joined the Order of the Phoenix while his brother Regulus and cousin Bellatrix joined the Death Eaters. Ironically, it seems only the family he rejected believed Sirius was sincere in his beliefs since his mother continues hating him even after her death while everyone else came to think he had joined the Death Eaters as Voldemort's right-hand man after ten years of open rebellion.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Sirius (let's count!) 1) lost his best friend and his family, 2) lost his brother, 3) was disowned by his parents, 4) was betrayed by former True Companion Peter Pettigrew, 5) spent twelve years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His animagus form is a dangerous looking dog, and he looks crazed and dishevelled, but he is a good and loyal man.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He hits it the night James and Lily die. He eventually snaps out of it when he sees Wormtail's picture in the paper and realizes that Harry's in danger.
  • Determinator: Even after crossing the Despair Event Horizon he manages to endure a wizarding prison where people go insane and lose the will to live under the watch of soul-sucking wraiths for thirteen years. He then escapes said prison and swims to the mainland (implied to be a very long swimming distance), and then travels to Hogwarts on foot (again, a very long journey) in pursuit of Peter Pettigrew before managing to penetrate Hogwarts' heightened security multiple times. Say what you will about Sirius, the man will not give up.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A very serious problem for him. This could partially be attributed to his Hot-Blooded nature but his time in Azkaban didn't do any favours for his mental state. In Prisoner of Azkaban as an escaped convict believed to be intent on killing Harry Potter he breaks into Hogwarts and carries a knife into Harry's own dormitory to try and kill Peter Pettigrew. After being discovered this seemingly confirms his intent towards Harry until the finale.
  • Disability Immunity: Sirius explains he maintained his sanity in the wizarding prison by magically turning into a dog, so his simpler intelligence would prevent the guards from forcing complex emotions like depression upon him.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Sirius is initially set up to be the antagonist of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the titular Azkaban escapee who is suggested to have betrayed the Potter's to Voldemort. However, it turns out that the real traitor is Peter Pettigrew, AKA, Ron's rat Scabbers, and furthermore, that Sirius is chasing Pettigrew in order to prevent Pettigrew from having a chance to harm Harry, as well as to avenge James and Lily.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Had a pretty bad moment of this. In response to Snape's nosy inquiries into Remus's condition and his constant attempts to get the Marauders expelled, he told Snape how to get into the Shrieking Shack where Snape would come face-to-face with a werewolf. This might, however, have been a case of Didn't Think This Through. Sirius knew Snape suspected Remus was a werewolf, and he might have intended to taunt Snape by giving him information that would help him prove it, but only if he would risk his life and status as a human. He didn't realise Snape hated them enough to do it, though James did and went to rescue Snape.
  • Distressed Dude: Near the end of Prisoner of Azkaban, he's locked up for the Dementors and Harry and Hermione have to rescue him with Buckbeak.
  • The Dreaded: He gains this reputation due to Peter Pettigrew's frame-up and his own behaviour being taken out of context. When he laughs madly after Pettigrew's betrayal and escape the wizarding world concluded that he was an Ax-Crazy psychopath who killed Muggles for fun and laughed about it after betraying Lily and James Potter to Voldemort. Even the Muggle world was told that he was a violent and dangerous albeit ordinary criminal. After his innocence is posthumously discovered this seems to be toned down.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He was blamed for the murder of the Potters by Peter.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Sirius's long, unkempt hair in Order of the Phoenix is a sign that he's letting himself go while stuck in his hated childhood home. Moody explicitly compares it to the shorter hairstyle he sported back before the Potters were killed, and more subtly, his hair is noted to be shorter and cleaner in the previous book when he broke into a wizarding home to use their Floo, which suggests he made use of his limited time before the owners came home to clean himself up. He used to care about his personal hygiene, but he doesn't anymore.
  • Fatal Flaw: In general, his reckless, Hot-Blooded nature which leads him to act impulsively with Suicidal Overconfidence in situations where he's not in control. This leads him to be Out-Gambitted by the likes of Peter Pettigrew and his own house-elf Kreacher.
  • Freudian Slip: In the fifth film while fighting Death Eaters with Harry.
    Sirius: [To Harry] Nice one, James!"
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Seems to have this status in the fifth book among the Order, with the exception of Remus Lupin and some others. Mrs. Weasley is constantly critical of his attitude and influence on Harry. Even Hermione is critical of his attitude and behaviour and starts expressing doubts about his advice. That said, Harry shows nothing but loyalty and affection for Sirius.
  • Friend to All Children: The first clue that Sirius isn't the bad guy is his concern for Ron in the Shrieking Shack scene. Sirius might be the one who broke Ron's leg in the first place, but that's a minor injury in the magical world and Sirius twice allows his concern for Ron to interrupt his plans, first by ordering Ron to sit back down when it looks like he's going to injure his leg further and then when he stops in the middle of his escape to ask Harry and Hermione if Ron is going to be okay. He's also the only adult who takes Harry, Ron, and Hermione seriously when they discuss their latest problems with him while everyone else tells them to let the adults handle it.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The second clue that Sirius is a good guy is Crookshanks's loyalty to Sirius and Sirius's own attempt to dislodge Crookshanks when he tries to shield Sirius with his body. Sirius and Crookshanks remain fond of each other in Order of the Phoenix, and in that book, Dumbledore points out that in spite of Sirius's troubled relationship with Kreacher, he was otherwise kind to house-elves, something which few wizards and witches can claim. He also develops a friendship with the hippogriff Buckbeak.
  • Good All Along: Sirius is set up in Prisoner of Azkaban as Voldemort's Dragon, a mass-murderer who killed thirteen people with a single curse, later "revealed" to be a traitor to the Potter family after they made him Secret-Keeper. It turns out that Sirius was framed for these crimes by Peter Pettigrew, who is much less conspicuous and competent than Sirius was made out to be (Pettigrew is far from being Voldemort's Dragon, and was only secret-keeper for the Potters because Sirius suggested it), and that Sirius is in fact a Hero with Bad Publicity who ends up being a father figure of sorts to Harry.
  • Good Is Not Nice: During the books he seems to be on the path to becoming a much better person, but as a teenager, he was known for being very reckless and wild (to which he does eventually admit he isn't proud of). He noticeably didn't see anything wrong in potentially feeding a fellow student to his werewolf best friend, regarding it as a "joke" (although most likely, he simply didn't believe his prank would actually work).
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: His reaction of hysterical laughter to Pettigrew's betrayal and escape via display of hitherto unknown cunning and viciousness, leaving him unable to rationally defend himself against prosecution. The fact that he didn't get a trial couldn't have helped, either... nor could the fact that he may be a little unhinged—the Black family is noted to frequently intermarry with cousins and has been for at least seven hundred years, and there's his Dark and Troubled Past. Genetics would hardly be needed to make any rational person snap in the same circumstances.
  • Happily Adopted: Briefly, as a teenager. He ran away from his bigoted family when he was sixteen and moved in with the Potters, who treated him like a second son and made it clear even after he moved out that he was always welcome at Sunday dinner. He and Harry plan on doing this themselves; when Sirius suggests he take legal guardianship of Harry to take him away from his abusive household, it genuinely seems like one of the happiest moments in both their lives. Then he died before it could ever happen.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He apologizes to Remus for suspecting him for being the traitor, when in retrospect Peter was more psychologically consistent to do so and even admits that he and James used to be "the biggest bullies in the playground" in Book 3, before the revelations of the fifth book. He also acknowledges to Harry that he and James behaved, "like arrogant berks" and that they ought to have listened to Remus more often than they did.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Most of the wizarding community (and even the Muggle community) believes him to be a dangerous and violent mass murderer despite being the only one to reprimand the real person behind the murders.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Due to being unkind to his family's old house elf Kreacher, who takes an opportunity to pass information to Voldemort through Narcissa, leading Voldy to concoct a plan that gets Sirius killed. That's actually a part of it, since while it provided the context, Harry "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot by listening to Hermione and Sirius himself made the decision to join the others, despite Dumbledore's orders. His death happens because of Suicidal Overconfidence on his part in facing Hero Killer Bellatrix Lestrange, his own cousin, though he only died because of a magical gate and him passing through it. He probably would've won if it was not there.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Unbeknownst to anyone else, he had James and Lily make Peter Pettigrew their Secret-Keeper — thinking no one would ever suspect it and that Peter would never betray them. In Sirius' defence, nobody else in the Order suspected Peter of being the traitor either. It's implied that Dumbledore himself suspected Sirius, while Sirius suspected Remus.
  • Hot-Blooded: As an adult, Sirius was shown to be capable of an explosive temper when angered, a trait shared by his mother, Walburga Black, and his mad cousin, Bellatrix Lestrange. His years in Azkaban contributed dramatically, which was especially evident during 1993 and 1994: trying persistently to capture Peter Pettigrew, going to lengths that even Dumbledore commented as not those of an innocent right-thinking man. Later on, he occasionally demonstrated himself to be reckless, immature, and even downright irresponsible. In several instances, he risked getting caught by the Ministry because he felt stir-crazy in his house, and advised Harry to take rash actions. Much of this can likely be attributed to the vast amount of time spent in jail, which stunted his emotional development and making him especially eager to spend time with and protect his loved ones.
  • Hypocrite: Despite his axiom that the measure of a man is how he treats his inferiors, he behaves detestably towards Kreacher (since Kreacher reminds him of the house and the family he hated while growing up), though it should be noted that Kreacher hates him back. Indeed, this is one of his least admirable qualities. It also bites him in the arse. Hard.
  • Icy Gray Eyes: Sirius has gray eyes, which originally tied in with his good looks as a young man (gray eyes were once considered a highly beautiful attribute). Later on in his life, they symbolically tie into the stoicism and loneliness he exhibits due to his life on the run.
  • I Hate Past Me: Downplayed example; he's not proud of some of the stuff he did back when he was younger, referring to himself as having been one of "the biggest bullies in the playground" as early as the third book.
  • I Have No Son!: His parents disowned him and burned his name off the family tree after he ran away. This was, admittedly, probably the reaction he was hoping for.
  • In-Series Nickname: Padfoot to the other Marauders.
  • In the Blood: Subverted. Sirius was disowned from his family for being a "dirty Muggle lover who has no respect for tradition" (read: a decent human being), and ended up in Gryffindor, whereas every member of his close family was in Slytherin. However, he still shows signs of the aristocratic arrogance and entitlement he shares with his cousins Bellatrix, Narcissa, and even fellow White Sheep Andromeda.
  • It's All My Fault: When Harry confronts him and accuses him of killing his parents, Sirius does not deny it. However, it's because he considers James and Lily's deaths his fault since he was the one who suggested making Wormtail the Secret-Keeper.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Before he went to Azkaban, he was quite handsome, but after he escapes, he looks decrepit and emaciated. In the fourth book, he looks a little better after his health improves but later he stops caring for his appearance, presumably because of his house arrest in book 5. Remus Lupin's Pottermore profile includes a moment when Tonks comments on his remaining attractiveness, however.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As an adult, he mellows out somewhat. He still hates Snape and Kreacher but is otherwise a very nice person. There are a few moments that indicate him maturing greatly, such as when he points out he's not proud of how he and James treated Snape in school.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He is friendly with Crookshanks
  • Kirk Summation:
    • Sirius shows considerable insight into the psychology of Barty Crouch Sr., showing fairness to the man who sent him to prison without trial as well as the general Death Eater and pureblood mentality and culture, to which he serves as Mr. Exposition in Books 4 and 5.
    • Sirius corrects Harry's assumption that Umbridge is a Death Eater by pointing out she doesn't have to be to be a prejudiced, evil woman.
  • Knight Templar: Another way he's Not So Different from the people he criticizes. Like Crouch, Sirius expects absolute commitment and loyalty to friends and True Companions as well as absolute consistency in ideology, which makes it difficult for him to comprehend and tolerate the ambiguous situation of the likes of Severus Snape and Kreacher. On the other hand, this gives him significant into the character of Crouch Junior.
  • The Lancer: Served as this to The Marauders with James being the leader.
  • Last-Name Basis: Rowling does this with him for most of his first appearance. But when the truth about him is revealed, she suddenly switches to his first name, eventually permanently.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: A variation. When Harry overheard McGonagall and Fudge talk about Sirius as well as that he was his godfather, he broke down and wanted to gain revenge on Sirius for betraying not only his parents, but the parents that Sirius was supposedly friends to. However, it's also technically subverted in that Sirius, although still Harry's godfather, was also not only not that bad a person, but also not even the one responsible for betraying his parents.
  • Madness Mantra: "He's at Hogwarts... he's at Hogwarts..." Subverted, in that it was the only thing that allowed him to become sane enough to escape the Dementors.
  • Manchild: Getting locked away in prison left him with a pretty nasty case of arrested development. He often acts more like Harry’s buddy than his guardian and fails to understand the consequences of his actions.
    • It should be noted, though, that before Dumbledore insisted he hole up in Grimmauld Place, he acts relatively responsible and level-headed, warning Harry to be more cautious. It's misery at being essentially locked up again (in a place he despises) and desperation to do anything of any consequence that drives him to more reckless, rebellious nature.
  • Meaningful Name: Sirius is a star commonly referred to as the "dog star." And, of course, he turns into a black dog.
    • The constellation it's in is in mythology a hound fated to always catch his prey... and Sirius, for better or worse, has the same determination when looking for his in his debut book Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He was killed by Bellatrix during their duel.
  • Metaphorically True: His convincing James and Lily to make Peter the Secret Keeper was a betrayal in his eyes.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: Victimized hard by this, having been held in Azkaban without a trial for 12 years for a crime he didn't even commit.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Sirius is initially presented as a suspicious character, who supposedly betrayed the Potters to Lord Voldemort and killed Peter Pettigrew, and supposedly planned on coming to Hogwarts to kill Harry Potter; not helping his case is the fact that he takes the form of a black dog. However, it turns out that not only was Sirius doggedly loyal to James and Lily, he had actually come to Hogwarts to avenge their blood, as the real traitor, Pettigrew, had framed Sirius both as a traitor, and as Pettigrew's murderer, and had been taking the form of a rat. Sirius also turns out to be a better adult figure than the Dursleys, taking care not to hide information from Harry.
  • Mommy Issues: If his mother was anything like her portrait (and it's implied that she is), then it's no surprise at all that Sirius has issues with matriarchal figures like Mrs Weasley.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Before he went to Azkaban, his good looks are frequently mentioned. A Pottermore profile of Remus Lupin by Rowling has Lupin noting that he was the ladies' man of the group.
  • No Body Left Behind: It is heavily implied that when Bellatrix knocked him through the Veil, he was transported directly to the afterlife. As such, his physical body most likely doesn't exist anymore.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Sirius's story arc and backstory is inspired by Jessica Mitford, the daughter of an aristocratic family of Nazi sympathizers who ran away from home and became a Cultural Rebel and leftist. Jessica Mitford is also one of Rowling's heroes. In terms of appearance, especially in the movies, he bears a resemblance to this photo of Charles Manson (except in Mary GrandPre's illustrations, where he is drawn as clean-shaven).
  • Noodle Incident: "Usually, I have a very sweet disposition as a dog. In fact, more than once, James suggested that I made the change permanent. The tail I could live with - but the fleas, they're murder." Sirius's tone of voice implies that he has, indeed, on at least one occasion, given himself a tail while he's in human.
  • Not Helping Your Case:
    • Because of his hot-blooded nature and his impulsive behaviour, he is a major example of this. Despite the Miscarriage of Justice in not getting a trial, he is surrounded by an Orgy of Evidence and is Laughing Mad and doesn't put up a fight when the Aurors arrest him, all situations he could have avoided had he understood the situation. Then again, finding out one of your best friends sold you and your friends out to have them killed, especially one you trusted to keep their location secret would cause a severe mental breakdown in anyone.
    • In Prisoner of Azkaban, he doesn't stop either, sneaking around and infiltrating Hogwarts, carrying a knife all just to kill a rat - albeit a rat who happens to be a deceptively intelligent and powerful wizard, and in prime position to threaten his godson should he choose to do so. Either way, subtlety is not a strong suit. Dumbledore flat out states that, even if he believes Sirius innocent, he's done himself favours.
  • Not So Different:
    • From Severus. Both are byronic heroes, and despite both being ultimately good people and regardless of how excusable it may be, both of them can still sort of be dicks and are presented as a Red Herring for a true villain (Quirrell for Snape, Pettigrew for Sirius) in their first appearance. He also serves as a foil to Snape when you take their backgrounds into account. Sirius was a member of a pureblood wizarding family known for their penchants for the dark arts, but Sirius turned out to not only be a pretty good guy, but also opposed Voldemort during the First Wizarding War. Snape is a half-blood wizard who ultimately chooses to side with the supremacists. Though Lily's death eventually makes him realize how wrong he was. They both played an unintentional role in the deaths of the Potters and dedicated their lives to protecting Harry out of loyalty to one of his parents, with said parent being the person Sirius and Snape loved most in the world (James for Sirius, Lily for Snape). That being said, both men are guilty of confusing Harry with his father and treat him as they would treat James, which occasionally caused problems for all three of them.
    • His intense loyalty and status of best friend to Harry's father make him rather similar to Ron, despite their initial encounter as enemies.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe example. His reaction to Harry when confronted about his past actions in Snape's Worst Memory, admitting that he's not proud of his actions and that he and James behaved like "arrogant young berks".
  • One of the Kids: Although he often gives Harry good advice, there are moments when he seems irresponsible in comparison to Harry and Harry's friends. Having been chucked in a prison that tends to drive people mad probably didn't do wonders for his maturity.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Malfoy threatens Sirius's godson in exchange for information, only for Sirius to bust into the room, skip magic entirely, and deck Malfoy before duelling with Malfoy's goons.
    "Get away from my godson!"
    • There’s also the events in ‘’Prisoner of Azkaban’’ where he protected Harry multiple times, especially from Lupin, his own best friend, when he transformed into a werewolf and was attacking Harry and his friends. Not to mention the outraged response he gave Peter Pettigrew when he approached Harry while talking about James.
  • Parental Substitute: To Harry. Although Molly points out that Sirius treats Harry as more of a brother-figure substitute (for James) than a godson at times.
  • Parents as People: Sirius isn't Harry's parent, but as his guardian, his good intentions are often muddled by his own issues—he gives into his desire for vengeance after the Potters are murdered and allows Hagrid to take Harry to the Dursleys' (though it's implied that he only did so because Hagrid insisted, invoking Dumbledore's orders), and his mental and emotional development is all over the place due to his years imprisoned or on the run. Consequently, while he gives decent advice in GOF, he struggles to provide support and guidance for Harry during OOTP as he suffers from untreated trauma and implied alcoholism and as Harry's problems outgrow anybody's ability to deal with, and he is so desperate to escape the home where he was abused that he lashes out when Harry tries to keep him there, even though Harry only wants to keep him safe. No one doubts how much he loves Harry, but it is hard for him to express in a healthy manner.
  • Pet the Dog: In Goblet of Fire, despite loathing Snape and knowing that most of the people he associated with at school wound up becoming Death Eaters, he admits he has no evidence to confirm Snape was one too and cannot condemn him as such.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Despite firmly having heroic motivations, he has no problems with murder and other unscrupulous methods.
  • Prophetic Name: He was named for the Dog Star, but surely his parents couldn't have predicted he would become an Animagus...or that said Animagus form would be a dog.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite doubts of his competence by Mrs. Weasley and Hermione, Sirius serves as this to Harry in spite of considerable emotional strain and psychological stress. Immediately understanding Harry's needs and opposed to keeping him Locked Out of the Loop. Dumbledore admits that Sirius was right in that regard, and Dumbledore's fatal insistence on it led to Sirius's death.
  • Red Herring: For most of Book 3, the reader is led to believe that he is a mass murderer, a loyal Death Eater, and that he betrayed Harry's parents. It's actually Wormtail.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Seems to have been Red to James' Blue while both are more Red than Lupin's Blue. To his disappointment in Order of the Phoenix, Harry is Blue to his Red as well, unwilling to take risks that would have been fun for his old man - though this is likely an artefact of his own frustration, as in Goblet of Fire, if anything he was more Blue than Harry, warning him to be careful.
  • Revenge: Part of his reason for breaking out of Azkaban is to get revenge on Wormtail, that and avenge Harry's parents. He's also on the receiving end in Azkaban as far as Snape is concerned, not only for their bullying but because Snape believed that Sirius betrayed Lily to Voldemort.
  • Revenge Before Reason: He intends to break out of Azkaban to stop Peter and protect Harry and then kill him in revenge, "to commit the crime he was imprisoned for." Rather than capturing said rat, exposing him to the authorities and clear his name. Harry is the one who takes control of the situation though ultimately it Goes Horribly Wrong anyway.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His death in Book 5 was a major shock, since he was an important character that people expected would last longer and a Father Figure for Harry. It signalled the Anyone Can Die aspect of the series more than Cedric's death.
  • Sanity Strengthening: Already driven mad with grief and rage after the murders of James and Lily, poor Sirius mentally snaps after after his encounter with Peter Pettigrew on the streets of London. After being sentenced to Azkaban he's able to cling to sanity by focusing on his innocence. As this was "more an obsession than a happy thought" it could not be detected by the Dementors, but still allowed him to maintain a sense of self and regain enough strength to transform into his Animagus form in his cell. Since Dementors have difficulty sensing the less complex emotions of animals, he was able to remain relatively unaffected as a dog. This and subsequently the discovery that Pettigrew was alive and at Hogwarts helped him reclaim enough mental clarity to escape from Azkaban.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: No pun intended. After breaking out of prison, Sirius is instead placed under virtual house arrest in his horrible childhood home with most of his colleagues on field duty, and Harry in Hogwarts with only a bitter old house-elf for regular company. He dies in battle before his name is cleared out of a mix of lack of field experience and Suicidal Overconfidence and does not play a major role to help Harry achieve his destiny. His mistakes with Kreacher are cited by Hermione as a cautionary tale instead.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Peter Pettigrew tries to justify his treachery by way of Voldemort threatening his life, Sirius, quite bluntly, shouts that Peter should have died rather than betray his friends, as they would have done for him. In the film, when Peter tries using the same excuse, saying that Sirius should consider what the latter would have done, Sirius retorts, "I would have died! I would have died rather than betray my friends!"
  • Those Two Guys: He and James Potter were a "double act" as noted by their former teachers, Flitwick and McGonagall. In the flashbacks we see in the Pensieve, they bond instantly on the Hogwarts express (assuming they hadn't met before) and are inseparable.
  • Too Clever by Half: This is perhaps Sirius' real tragic flaw. Despite being fairly smart and insightful, he's led astray by Suicidal Overconfidence and underestimates his opponents and even Peter Pettigrew, who managed to manipulate his friend into a trap that left him framed for mass murder and in prison for 12 years. His dismissal of Hermione and Dumbledore's concerns for Kreacher plays a role in the circumstances leading to his death. In the end, his bravado and Trash Talk to Bellatrix Lestrange gives her the advantage needed to kill him, albeit only by knocking him back into a gate whose magic kills him.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Azkaban is guarded by joy-eating Dementors that normally drive prisoners insane or drain their motivation to escape. Sirius was wrongly imprisoned there for alleged mass murder and for the alleged betrayal of his best friends (and Harry's parents), James and Lily Potter. But he still manages to get past the Dementors and escape. This is partly because he escapes in the form of a dog, meaning he's less intelligent and his simpler emotions are harder for Dementors to detect and consume. Also, Sirius is so unhappy already, over the deaths of Harry's parents and over his own wrongful imprisonment, that there isn't really much joy left for the Dementors to eat. He also says that he was able to cling to his sanity because his knowledge that he was innocent was not an emotion and therefore not something the Dementors could take from him, giving him a lifeline to cling to. His escape is motivated by desire for revenge against Peter Pettigrew, who really betrayed Harry's parents and framed Sirius. Since his desire for revenge is fuelled by negative emotions, the Dementors can't drain his motivation to escape Azkaban.
  • Tragic Hero: Perhaps the purest example in the series in terms of the classical theme of escaping one's roots. He spent his entire life trying to escape his family influence only to be framed for murder as a dark wizard and Muggle killer, something his family is known for. After escaping, he ends up under virtual house arrest in his childhood home and ends up being killed by his cousin, at the instigation of the family servant. Ironically, his tendency towards being a Cultural Rebel done him in.
  • Tragic Mistake: Two major ones:
    • Trusting Peter Pettigrew implicitly, a mistake that led to the deaths of James and Lily and which would haunt him for the rest of his life.
    • His biggest mistake is his mistreatment of Kreacher. This is the main reason why he was killed after Harry was lured into a trap by the Death Eaters.
  • Trauma Conga Line: He indirectly got James and Lily killed after they're all betrayed by their close friend Peter Pettigrew, realizes this, then realizes that his friend Remus (who Sirius had begun to think was Voldemort's spy) was the man he should have trusted, and that his own complete blindness to the kind of person Peter really was allowed him to be outwitted by him and set up for the murders of three of his closest friends (including Peter himself.) His response to this is to go completely hysterical, which doesn't help his case any (or at least it wouldn't have, had he gotten a trial.) No one believes him, and he promptly spends the next twelve years or so in Azkaban (where you have the joy literally sucked out of you by dementors, not that Sirius at that point would have made for a very appetizing meal.) And then he is rather abruptly killed off before his name is cleared or he even actually gets to do much good. The woman who killed him was his cousin who, had Sirius not lost their duel via his suicidal overconfidence, maybe wouldn't have gone on to kill several other characters before she was finally stopped (including his first cousin once removed/ the wife of his closest living friend, leaving his first cousin twice removed an orphan who never knew either of his parents.) We will not even count him being ostracized by his family (even though his younger brother died after having a heel-face turn Sirius never found out about) since he considered this to be one of the best things that ever happened to him. And he never gets be a guardian to Harry like both of them wanted him to. Damn.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Definitely was this in his younger years.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: When Sirius was a teenager, he tried to trick Snape into meeting Lupin as a werewolf, who would likely have eaten Snape had James not drawn the line and saved his life, all because he didn't like Snape and thought it would be funny. It was a dangerously reckless and selfish prank at best since he never took how Lupin would feel about attacking someone into consideration, and outright attempted murder at worst.
  • Undying Loyalty: He would give his life in an instant for his friends — Peter's cowardice being his excuse for betraying the Potters enrages him. Even more awesome when you remember his animal form: dog.
  • The Un-Favourite: As opposed to Regulus, Sirius's rebelliousness and tolerance lead to him being disowned by his parents and wiped from the family tree.
  • Unstoppable Rage: At Peter. Painfully justified though since Peter betrayed two of their friends to Voldemort and framed Sirius for it. When he forces Peter to transform back into a man, he is prepared to kill Peter. He was so mad at Peter that him approaching Harry while talking about James set him off.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: How Madam Rosmerta remembers Sirius, who along with James always made her laugh. She finds his Face–Heel Turn almost impossible to believe, even years later. Needless to say, her instinct is vindicated.
    • Actually inverted. Sirius may have gotten up to some cruel things in his youth, but like James, has grown out of most of it.
  • Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to talk about him without giving away spoilers about his true nature from the third book.
  • When He Smiles: When he first appears, has a frightening, corpse-like appearance due to years of imprisonment in Azkaban taking a toll on his health. But when the truth is uncovered and Harry says he wants to live with Sirius, that's the first time we see him smile, and what a difference it makes.
    Black's gaunt face broke into the first true smile Harry had seen upon it. The difference it made was startling, as though a person ten years younger were shining through the starved mask. For a moment, he was recognizable as the man who had laughed at Harry's parents' wedding.
  • White Sheep: A good version of a Black Sheep, excusing the pun: He was one of the only members of his family who was not a staunch blood supremacist, and a Gryffindor rather than a Slytherin.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He fights Bellatrix in the climax of the fifth book, which leads to him getting killed.
  • You Killed My Father: Subverted. It is initially believed that Sirius Black was the one who betrayed Harry's parents to Voldemort, but it turns out that not only was he in fact not responsible for betraying them, he was actually framed by the person who supposedly tried to avenge them and died, Peter Pettigrew.
  • Younger Than They Look: Typical for an Azkaban inmate, Sirius looks far older than thirty or so because of the despair he went through in prison. He looks a bit better by Goblet of Fire after he's spent some time taking care of himself but he still looks unnaturally gaunt.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: See Undying Loyalty. "Then you should have died! Died rather than betray your friends, as we would have done for you!"

    Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
Constant Vigilance!
Portrayed by: Brendan Gleeson
Voiced by: Maynardo Zavala (Latin American Spanish, Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix), Guillermo Coria (Latin American Spanish, Deathly Hallows Part I)

"Alastor Moody. Ex-Auror, Ministry malcontent, and your new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. I am here because Dumbledore asked me. End of story, goodbye, the end! Any questions? When it comes to the Dark Arts I believe in a practical approach. But first, which of you can tell me how many Unforgivable Curses there are?"

First introduced in Book Four, Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody is a retired Auror, with battle scars to prove it, who comes to teach at Hogwarts. An old ally of Dumbledore's, he is trusted to care for the students, despite his eccentricities from years of fighting and rampant paranoia. A member of the original Order of the Phoenix, he rejoins in Order of the Phoenix. He fights in several battles and kicks ass repeatedly.

  • '90s Anti-Hero: Checks a surprising number of boxes. He's a hunter of evil men who is scarred, violent, paranoid and a bit too obssessed with his job, and is even a Cyborg to boot. Furthermore, his character gets deconstructed the same exact meta-way Nineties Anti Heroes tended to be in comic books: as the boundaries between a hero and a psycho become blurred around him, he ends up handily becoming nothing more than the disguise of a literal psycho.
  • The Ace: Alastor Moody was widely known as one of the greatest wizards of modern times, both for his work as a member of the Order of the Phoenix and as an Auror for the British Ministry of Magic, as well as his extraordinary skill in many disciplines of magic. He was an expert in at least Charms, Transfiguration, Defensive Magic, Herbology and Potions. This speaks for his versatility and his extensive expertise in many magical disciplines, which is a very big accomplishment for a sorcerer. While most are skilled in different areas of magic but are best at one specific kind, Moody reportedly had fully mastered several.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The books describe him as facially disfigured to the point of inhumanity, while his film self is basically Brendan Gleeson looking shaggy. Even his nose is still in one piece.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the final battle of the Order of the Phoenix book, he not only goes down almost instantly, but is also the first good guy to do so. The film adaptation turns this on its head, as he can be seen confidently wading through Death Eaters with his magic staff, and is apparently never defeated during the battle (at least onscreen).
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Sort of. He has solid gray hair in the books. In the films he has graying strawberry blond hair.
  • Adapted Out: He does not appear in the film adaptation of Half-Blood Prince, though in the story he only made a cameo at Dumbledore’s funeral, which did not appear in the film either.
  • Alliterative Name: Only applies with his nickname. Mad-Eye Moody.
  • Anti-Hero: He had a gruff, surly disposition and frequently bellowed his mantra of “constant vigilance” at people in order to keep them on their guard. Having encountered many dangerous experiences throughout his career, he was hyper-paranoid and thought of by many as being delusional.
  • Artificial Limbs: One of his legs was blown off during the First Wizarding War and it’s replaced with a prosthetic. The books give him a carved wooden leg, while the films has it made of metal, with the “foot” resembling a boot.
  • Badass Baritone: In the audiobooks, Jim Dale gives him a low, booming voice. His voice is more raspy in the films.
  • Berserk Button: Apparently, he does not like seeing people get attacked from behind.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Subscribes to this, and seems to take the stance that nobody, including Snape, who claims to have defected from Voldemort's cause did so sincerely and were all merely trying to avoid prosecution after his fall from power. This way of thinking seems to be a point of contention between himself and Dumbledore.
  • Blood Knight: Moody likes fighting in battles and isn't uncomfortable discussing the deaths of those he knew. This results in an instance where Harry, who at the time, was dealing with his own inner frustrations, gets angry at Moody, believing Moody expected him to be cheery hearing these tragic war stories, despite the fact that this was likely never Moody's intentions.
  • Body Horror: Judging by the book's way to describe it, his face is scarred to a degree that dances between comical and horrifying. In accordance, considering that his hands are scarred too and that he even lacks a leg, it's probable that the rest of his body is not much better.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Living proof of just how lenient Hogwarts' standards for teachers' behaviour are. Sirius also notes that while Moody is completely paranoid and mistakes several innocuous acts for attacks by dark wizards, he's still able to spot the real thing.
  • Catchphrase: "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!" And an interesting case where he's (mostly) not the one to actually say it. Barty Crouch Jr. shouts it every 5 minutes or so while impersonating Moody. The man himself is slightly more subdued.
  • Cool Old Guy: He impresses both Fred and George note  after their first lesson with him. He takes no slack from whiners but has a soft spot for some students, like Neville. Of course, none of that was really him, but given the remarkable impersonation, it's likely he would've done the same.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Well creepy blue eye anyway. His magical eye is described as being electric blue and can see through solid wood, the back of his own head, invisibility cloaks and regular clothes. It's also larger than his normal eye and moves a lot around, which is why he's called "Mad-Eye".
  • Cyborg: The magical version of this, as he has an artificial eye grafted.
  • Dead Guy on Display: What Umbridge does to his eye after he dies.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not a major one, but he has his moments, usually when snarking at people he doesn't like.
    Vernon: I am not aware that it is any of your business what goes on in my house-
    Mad-Eye: I expect what you're not aware of would fill several books, Dursley.
  • Disney Villain Death: Though he's not a villain. And he was dead before he fell thanks to the Killing Curse.
  • Don't You Like It?: Moody has a somewhat warm moment in Book 5 when he can sense that Harry isn't doing well and tries to cheer him up by showing him a photo of the first generation of the Order of the Phoenix. Harry notes in his narration that he can sense Moody is trying to help, but Harry sees it as more of a ghoulish reminder of the betrayal and losses that befell the happy people in the photograph and feels worse for seeing it. Harry doesn't let Moody in on this, though.
  • The Dreaded: In addition to scaring the pants off all Hogwarts students, Moody still terrifies the various people who were associated with Voldemort's rule, whether they've been cleared or not: Karkaroff is quite horrified when he finds out Moody is teaching at Hogwarts, and even Snape is uneasy and nervous around him. With Moody's reputation profiling him as a mentally unstable person who also happens to be a very powerful wizard, those reactions are hardly unreasonable.
  • Dressed to Plunder: His missing leg, missing eye, drinking habits, and gruff demeanour give him a pirate-like aesthetic, with Brendan Gleeson's foreboding Irish accent completing the image. Of course, his outlook and profession aren't pirate-like at all.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: His death is very sudden in both the book and movie, moreso in the latter since we only get a very brief mention that he's died and a quick shot of the group mourning before the film moves on.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As tough as Moody was on Death Eaters back in the day, he refused to stoop down to their level by exercising Crouch's permission for the Aurors to use Unforgivable Curses and always tried to bring them in alive to stand trial.
  • Eyepatch of Power: His "mad eye" is shown as something like this in the movies, being set in an eyepiece on a strap. In the books, it is simply a large, independently moving magical prosthetic eye in his socket that has no strap or visible fastening.
  • Fighting Irish: In the films, at least, where Brendan Gleeson puts his signature growling Irish brogue to excellent use.
  • Genius Cripple: Moody was a great wizard in his day and the most effective Dark Wizard hunter that the Ministry of Magic ever had. Nearly half of the cells in Azkaban were full because of Moody.
  • Gonk: Described as looking as if his face were carved out of wood by someone who neither knew what a face looks like nor how to carve. Even in the films, despite having the worst of his scars toned down, Moody is still a distinctly unpleasant-looking man.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's noble, heroic — and a paranoid grouch.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Subverted — he's on the good side, but his face is horribly scarred and disfigured (i.e., he's missing quite a chunk of his nose, and there is a reason for his Eyepatch of Power).
  • Handicapped Badass: He's got a wooden leg and a missing eye, athough the latter isn't at all crippling, considering he has a magical replacement that can see in all directions and through solid objects and Invisibility Cloaks.
  • Impersonation-Exclusive Character: Downplayed. We get to know him extensively in Goblet of Fire, but at the end he turns out to have been an impostor all along. However, the real Moody is found alive and appears sporadically in later books, giving us glimpses of his actual personality.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He was furious when the Ministry decided to free Igor Karkaroff from Azkaban in exchange for information on the Death Eaters. While the information he provides is useful, Karkaroff was still a member of a terrorist group that tortured and killed hundreds of innocent people and he's clearly doing it out of a desire to avoid imprisonment, not because he had a change of heart. Just because the man turned traitor against his fellow criminals, doesn't mean he should escape the consequences of his actions.
  • Killed Offscreen: Was killed at some point during the Battle of the Seven Potters in Deathly Hallows.
  • Knight Templar: Inverted — he's cynical, pragmatic, and skeptical of Dumbledore's 'second chances', but he holds himself to the same high standard. He stood out during Voldemort's first campaign because he avoided lethal force if possible and didn't use the tactics Barty Crouch authorized.
  • The Lancer: Along with Kingsley and McGonagall, he serves as one to Dumbledore in the Order. He's got a highly disagreeable temperament compared to his leader and often leads teams in the field (like the Advance Guard or seeing Harry off). He also becomes the leader of the Order after Dumbledore's death.
  • Large Ham: Brendan Gleeson was clearly having a ball in the part.
    Bill Corbitt: (As Moody) You need to over-ACT, AND PUSH THE LIMITS OF HAMMINESS!!!
  • Mad Eye: It's not just for visual effect — the electric eye is literally the size of a golf ball.
  • Magic Staff: The staff he uses as a walking stick in the films can also send out concussive waves when slammed against the ground, as a Death Eater in the Department of Mysteries found out the hard way.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He tried bringing in Evan Rosier alive, but the Death Eater went down fighting, and took a chunk of Mad-Eye Moody's nose. When this comes up during Karkaroff's plea hearing, Moody casually says that Rosier took out a bit of him while pointing at the missing chunks. 
  • Never Found the Body: Much like Fenwick, Harry, Ron and Hermione only ever found a bit of him. His magical eye namely.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Just who does Moody know who blew a buttock off?
    • And what did he do to that witch who yelled "Boo" behind him on April Fool's Day?
    • From the films, he apparently knows what goblin piss tastes like.
  • Old Soldier: A veteran Auror who served during the First Wizarding War, and one of the oldest members of the Order of Phoenix, a collection of wizards formed to resist the Dark Lord Voldemort.
  • Papa Wolf: He finds out that the Dursleys have been abusing Harry. Only the threats of Sirius "visiting" was making them behave. After Sirius dies, he comes to welcome Harry as well as confront the family, with the Order of the Phoenix behind him. Moody with Tranquil Fury tells the Dursleys that they are taking Sirius's place as Harry's watchers, so none of that child abuse, please. He tells Harry loudly to send letters frequently; if there are any gaps in communication, the Order will be making a visit. Let's just say the threat works. 
  • Pragmatic Hero: After having lost several body parts to dark wizards, he's not above using dirty tactics himself. Sirius notes, however, that he would never use Crouch's legally sanctioned Unforgivables and he would always bring dark wizards in alive if he could help it.
    Sirius: I'll say this for Moody; he never killed if he could help it. Always brought people in alive wherever possible. He was tough, but he never sank to the level of the Death Eaters.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • For his appearances in the series, although it's implied that this attitude did not serve him well during the decade or so of peace between the wars. Harry notes that he can't blame Moody for being jumpy in the Great Hall given that he had just spent several months kept prisoner in his own trunk by a Death Eater impersonating him.
    • To a lesser extent, the impostor Moody was keeping his magical eye out for Rita Skeeter. When Hermione asks Professor Moody if he saw Rita at the Second Task, the Professor honestly tells her that he didn't though he looked. That means she wasn't using an Invisibility Cloak, because that tool doesn't fool the magical eye. The eye, however, cannot spot Animagi. In terms of Crouch Jr.'s reasons, Rita Skeeter smearing Harry and Hermione means that there is less opportunity to ensure that Hiccup actually wins the tournament.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • The reason why the students like him is that he asks them what Professor Lupin taught them, and says he's proud to hear about them learning defence against magical creatures. As Lupin was adored and no one wanted to see him go, this makes a great and touching first impression and shows that this Auror is playing for keeps. Moody praises them for that body of knowledge, and says they'll be focusing on curses because every good student needs to know how to defend themselves from a well-placed jinx. It was an impostor Moody, but he taught the class fairly well that year so that Harry stayed alive during his confrontation with the Dark Lord.  
    • He also ignores the Ministry's guidelines regarding the curriculum on Unforgivable Curse by teaching the fourth years about them, understanding that the Ministry's rules are based on a patronizing opinion of the students' maturity and keeping the curriculum at N.E.W.T. level leaves out several students. The real man probably would've done the same thing.
    • The real one has a similar opinion. He praises Harry for the idea of constant vigilance, and is furious to learn that the Dursleys were abusing him. When Sirius dies, he leads the Order in confronting the Dursleys and warning them to be on their best behaviour with Mr. Potter, or they will be paying a visit to check on the boy.
  • Retired Badass: By the fourth book, he was living in paranoid retirement but still able to handle his own in any fight.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In Deathly Hallows, he becomes Voldemort's first major casualty since Voldemort targeted him as he expected the real Harry to be paired up with the most skilled, powerful Auror. The death of this old war horse really rocks the group to the core, as they're horrified that they've lost someone so tough.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The main reason for his paranoia comes from his experience in fighting dark wizards in the first war.
  • Simple Staff: Uses a staff to walk around along with his wooden leg. In the fifth film, he's shown to be able to send Death Eaters flying with it.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Zigzagged. His decoy appears plenty, but the real Moody is largely kept Out of Focus.
  • The Worf Effect: Mad-Eye is described as one of the best at fighting dark wizards, and half of the inmates of the wizard prison are in there thanks to Mad-Eye. Despite this:
    • Mad-Eye loses his eye and gets knocked out before any other adult in the climax of Order of the Phoenix, showing the dark wizards are a threat.
    • Voldemort kills Mad-Eye at the start of Deathly Hallows, reinforcing the Dark Lord's magical prowess.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: He is killed in person by Voldemort five chapters into the last book. Thanks to Mundungus Fletcher deserting, he is killed without much of a fight.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He's strongly implied to have done something very nasty to a witch who sneaked up behind him and yelled "Boo!" on April Fool's Day.
  • You Are in Command Now: He and Kingsley take command of the Order after Dumbledore is killed.

    Aberforth Dumbledore
Portrayed by: Jim McManus and Ciarán Hinds
Voiced by: Guillermo Coria (Latin American Spanish)

"What makes you think you can trust him? What makes you think you can believe anything my brother told you? In all the time you knew him, did he ever mention my name? Did he ever mention hers?"

Albus Dumbledore's younger brother and the innkeeper of the Hog's Head in Hogsmeade. He has a strained relationship with his brother, whom he blames for the death of their sister Ariana.

  • Almighty Janitor: He's no slouch as a wizard based on what we see, but he serves as the barkeep of the Hog's Head, a minor position surely compared to his brother being headmaster. However, from this minor position, he's able to wield considerable influence, like spying on suspected Death Eaters and shady criminals and most awesomely, preventing Severus Snape, then a Death Eater, from hearing the complete prophecy given by Trelawney to Dumbledore during her job interview and throwing him out. This played a huge role in the series and it's basically Aberforth Dumbledore doing his job.
  • Animal Motifs: His Patronus is a goat, and he seems to have a...questionable affinity for them. Even as a child, his favourite bedtime story was "Grumble the Grubby Goat." In terms of what it represents, a goat is a simple, nondescript animal kept as livestock, but it's highly useful and versatile, able to live off of practically any plant while providing wool, milk, and meat. Aberforth is a simple bartender, but a powerful wizard, a Knowledge Broker, and a reliable and trustworthy ally to the Order of the Phoenix.
  • The Bartender: The goat-loving owner of a shabby bar called "the Hog's Head" turns out to be spying on his customers and giving whatever information he can to his brother, Professor Dumbledore. Dumbledore's brother also uses his bar to smuggle food and supplies to students who resist the takeover of the wizard school by dark wizards.
  • Beneath Suspicion: No one ever pays attention to the bartender, especially when they are downing several cups of wizard alcohol. This allows Aberforth to gather any relevant information for the order or for his big brother, or toss out a customer that is listening to the knowledge that is none of their business. It's implied that he told Dumbledore about Hagrid buying Norbert from a hooded figure and that Hagrid inadvertently spilled the beans on how to tame Fluffy. He also tells the Order about Hermione organizing a DADA club, when Umbridge engages in her ban. It's also revealed that despite being Albus's little brother, the Death Eaters see him as an idiot drink-filler.  After all, he's still in business despite stiff competition from Madam Rosmerta in The Three Broomsticks and the threat of being sent to the Dementors hanging over everyone's heads. He plays to their biases to help out Dumbledore's Army with food and supplies, as well as the Trio when he comes to their rescue. 
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Maybe. Albus says he was once tried for some "inappropriate charms" he practiced on a goat. Rowling was once asked for further explanation by a fan. She asked the fan's age first, before giving a somewhat vague answer and specifying that that was her answer to that particular fan. Rowling's specific comment was that the charm was designed to keep a goat's "horns curly and clean" which she noted is a description that' to interpretation.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He had this towards Ariana, his and Albus' younger sister, especially since she went half-insane after refusing to use magic following a traumatic experience in her childhood. He greatly resents Albus for her death, which came about during a three-way fight between him, Albus, and Grindelwald, though to this day no one knows who cast the spell that killed her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the eighth movie, he appears and gets rid of all of the Dementors aiding Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Book Dumb: Possibly. Albus calls him 'unlettered', and he has a rather humble occupation fitting with a low level of education, but he appears both wise and clever, not to mention a formidable wizard. He also did finish out his time at Hogwarts.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His inn is mentioned as early as the first book, Albus mentions him in the fourth book, Moody mentions him in the fifth, he makes several brief, unnamed appearances in the fifth and sixth books, but he doesn't become important until the final book.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's in his 110s but age seems to have done little to diminish his duelling skills. He notably takes down Rookwood - one of Voldemort's more dangerous Death Eaters - and in the film he unleashes a Patronus so powerful against at least a hundred Dementors that it looks like an explosion.
  • Consummate Liar: He very convincingly lies to Death Eaters investigating the Caterwauling Charm in Hogsmeade set off by Harry, Ron and Hermione and tricks the Death Eaters into thinking they saw Aberforth's own goat Patronus instead of Harry's stag. Aberforth downplays it by noting that Death Eaters aren't always the brightest, but this doubles as a bit of Fridge Brilliance when Aberforth notes that Albus learned how to lie at his mother's knee. Clearly, Aberforth learned some of those same skills.
  • Cowardly Lion: He claims to lack the guts to directly go up against the Death Eaters, but participates in the Battle of Hogwarts, anyways.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is described as unintelligent a few times, though the fact that he was able to duel with Albus and Grindelwald as well as his performance in the Battle of Hogwarts shows that he is anything but an unskilled wizard.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In just one conversation, Aberforth proves to be quite fond of this, usually aiming dry quips at his brother, although Death Eaters are also a target of his.
  • The Dutiful Son: He's considered an oddball Black Sheep by most outsiders, but not between the brothers themselves. Albus describes him as "rough, unlettered, and infinitely more admirable".
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Until Book 7, literally. His own brother refers to him, as "the bartender" to Harry and even Tom Riddle in his failed job interview and he's seen and glimpsed in this position with no one knowing his real name until Book 7, where Harry confronts him and realizes who he is. Possibly justified, since he uses the lack of attention drawn to the fact that he's Albus' brother to act as a Knowledge Broker by overseeing the shady dealings in the Hog's Head.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Played straight before being zigzagged and deconstructed. Before Aberforth is even introduced he seems to be the foolish sibling - a barman who may not be literate and with a questionable history of inappropriate charms on a goat - to Albus, a brilliant, beloved headmaster and the Big Good opposite of Voldemort. It's only in Deathly Hallows that we learn how foolish and arrogant Albus was in his youth while Aberforth was the responsible one regarding the Dumbledore family, Ariana and sense of responsibility. Even his status as a barman turns out be his position as an Almighty Janitor where he keeps an eye on the Hogsmeade Bad-Guy Bar and later secretly assists the Dumbledore's Army students after Albus's death.
  • Friend in the Black Market: It's all but stated that his role as barkeeper allows him to spy on a lot of the shady if not illegal dealings of the Hog's Head. After the Death Eaters take over Hogwarts Aberforth allows them to use the Hog's Head to traffic in stolen goods so he can continue gathering information about their activities.
  • Grumpy Old Man: This is a result of his resentment towards his older brother. Justified as Albus was indirectly responsible for their younger sister's death.
  • Hot-Blooded: At least, he was implied to be this in his younger years. It was said that he much preferred to settle conflicts with duelling rather than negotiation. Not to mention the time he broke his brother Albus's nose.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He makes several rude but hard to argue with points about Albus to Harry, Ron and Hermione about his brother's arrogance, willingness to put others in harm's way for The Needs of the Many and habit of keeping secrets from other people in ways that hurt them. In Limbo, Albus tells Harry that most of what Aberforth said was right, admitting that he hates himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a grumpy, pessimistic cynic who takes a defeatist attitude in Deathly Hallows. Nonetheless he always means well and in his own way he's one of the most valuable contributors to the resistance as a benefactor for the resistance at Hogwarts.
  • Kerb-Stomp Battle: In the film, Aberforth versus at least a hundred Dementors. The Dementors didn't stand a chance.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Despite his grumpy, pessimistic attitude and bitterness towards his brother he'll always help people in need.
  • Knowledge Broker: The Hog's Head Inn under his stewardship serves as this, it becomes a kind of all purpose Bad-Guy Bar that Dumbledore uses to spy on the underworld and other shady people. Aberforth is sharp and has a photographic memory, which means he can always tell when some loser he ejected is back or when someone, Severus Snape in his Death Eater days, is where he's not supposed to be.
  • Long-Lived: Being only two years younger than Albus would make him in his 110s throughout the series, but he's in excellent health and capable of battling Death Eaters and Dementors.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Retelling the story of Ariana's death to Harry, Ron and Hermione is deeply traumatic for him since he took part in the melee between him, his brother and Grindelwald that led to her death. While Albus was the one who became infatuated with Grindelwald to begin with, Aberforth is almost certainly haunted by the thought that he may have inadvertently killed his younger sister just as Albus was terrified of facing Grindelwald for fear of learning the truth.
  • Never Learned to Read: His brother isn't quite sure he did. In the afterlife, he even describes him as "unlettered".
  • No Hero to His Valet: Plays the valet to Albus's hero. Most people in-universe think Aberforth being distant to his brother is merely because he resents the fact that Albus is a world-renowned genius. In actuality, Aberforth has seen Albus at his worst and most selfish, and Albus privately admits that he's still ashamed he couldn't be as humble and down-to-Earth as his brother was when they were young men.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Mundungus Fletcher did something to piss off Aberforth years ago, Aberforth hasn't gotten over it, and Mundungus still isn't allowed back in the Hog's Head. That's all readers are told. Though we see them interacting in Book 6, a Chekhov's Gun that receives a Call-Back in Book 7, where we learn that Abe bought Sirius' mirror off him.
    • In-universe and among fandom, he's defined for the time he was persecuted by the Ministry for "performing inappropriate charms on a goat". So much so it's a surprise how compelling and non-eccentric Aberforth is when Harry finally does talk to him since his reputation for eccentricity is so well known.
  • Not So Different: He and Albus have more in common than a cursory glance would suggest. They're both skilful at deception and lying and both can be extremely stubborn in their respective ways. They both help people in need however they can, they both separately take on the role of protector of the students at Hogwarts and Aberforth even assumes Albus' role of watching over Harry.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Barkeeping: It's clearly a cover for his eavesdropping, though.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: While he's by no means depicted as an untalented wizard, he's nowhere near his brother's level in terms of knowledge or raw skill, nor anywhere near as celebrated and respected. The "younger sibling overshadowed by older sibling" archetype is subverted from the brothers' own points of view, however, since both of them are aware of Albus's very real shortcomings and mistakes. Albus calls his brother "infinitely more admirable".
  • Only Sane Man: It's revealed he was this out of everyone in his family, discounting Mrs. Dumbledore. Ariana had a mental illness, his father was in Azkaban, and Albus was ambitious. When Grindelwald starting filling Albus's head with ideas of conquering the continent with the Hallows, Aberforth interfered and said And Then What? because their plans didn't involve what would happen to Ariana. This led to the fight that killed her. Albus admits in limbo to Harry that Aberforth was the better man at the time because his main priority was taking care of their little sister.
  • Papa Wolf: He's very protective of Harry Potter and his friends despite having never talked to them. He tells Dumbledore and the Order about the meeting to form the DA, having intuited that Umbridge would have placed her own spies in Weatherall Wilkins. This allows Sirius to give some Do Wrong, Right advice to the Trio, that if they're planning a secret group, do it where the bartender or anyone else can't hear them. Later, he saves the Trio's lives when they're held captive in Malfoy Manor; Harry still had a shard of the glass mirror and called for help. Aberforth sent Dobby. In the climax, he rescues them from the Dementors in Hogsmeade and encourages Harry that they need to get out of the country because even if Dumbledore believes the Chosen One needs to go on dangerous missions, Aberforth certainly doesn't. He then helps them into the castle when Harry refuses to leave to save his skin, and goes Think Nothing of It when Harry thanks him for saving their lives. Neville also says Aberforth was providing food to the DA when they were in hiding.
  • The Pig-Pen: To an extent, as the Hog's Head Inn is described as being a total dive in which everything seems to be coated in dust, dirt, and filth; Professor Flitwick tells Hermione that she should probably bring her own cup to the place, which turns out to be good advice, as Harry at one point notes that Aberforth's attempt at cleaning a glass only seemed to be making it dirtier.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He tells Harry that he should keep Slytherin students as hostages against their Death Eater parents when Voldemort is attacking the castle. Harry reminds him that Voldemort wouldn't care anyway and that, his brother would never allow it. Aberforth only harrumphs in response.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: A strong Red to his brother's Blue...
  • The Resenter: To Dumbledore, though not for the latter's genius, Aberforth doesn't care less about that. He resents him for taking over as protector of Ariana and doing a poor job of it, because of his self-interest in extending his own talents. Dumbledore agrees that he's right.
  • Running Gag: Goats. Even his patronus looks like one.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Occasionally mentioned as having these in Deathly Hallows.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: As kids, Albus was the prodigy with his head in the clouds while Aberforth stuck to the real world. As adults, Albus is friendly, cheery, and world-renowned next to his cynical, reclusive brother.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's mentioned occasionally, only seen a few times and isn't actually introduced until the last chapters of Deathly Hallows but his act of ejecting Severus Snape from the Hog's Head before he could hear the full prophecy of Trelawney essentially kicked off the entire plot. It also becomes apparent in hindsight that Aberforth has been a key source of Albus's knowledge throughout the series including his then unexplained familiarity with Voldemort's early activities and Dumbledore's Army
  • Sour Supporter: Despite justifiably resenting his brother for the tragedy of their youth, Abe is a loyal member of the Order and even takes over as the Big Good to Hogwarts in the year after his brother's death among Neville's La Résistance. Furthermore, he plays a key role in the backstory, as the man who ejected then Death Eater Severus Snape when he overheard the Prophecy, serving as a Spanner in the Works in preventing Voldemort from hearing the full prophecy.
  • Thicker Than Water: Even with the horrific events of their youth, Aberforth eventually comes to have an amicable enough relationship with his brother again in their adulthood, often keeping tabs on things from the Hog's Head on his brother's orders and helping Harry and Hogwarts when he's gone.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He felt this way for many years about Albus' role in Ariana's death. Despite eventually having a reasonably cordial relationship as adults Aberforth remains extremely bitter about it. After Aberforth hears about the effect the Drink of Despair had on his brother from Harry it's implied (and later confirmed by Rowling) that Aberforth finally forgives Albus.
  • Warts and All: This is his opinion on his big brother. Aberforth doesn't like how the world takes two extremes on Albus: either as a paragon or as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. The truth is somewhere in between. He does admit that Albus had good intentions in giving up his career prospects to take care of Ariana, and he told Aberforth not to drop out of Hogwarts. Aberforth even says that things would have been fine if Gellert hadn't shown up on their doorstep one day and started talking about the Hallows. Albus was blinded by ambition and love for Grindelwald, who couldn't even show basic decency towards their little sister. Aberforth resents that he had to be the responsible sibling to tell them And Then What? because their plans didn't involve taking care of Ariana.

    Mundungus Fletcher
Portrayed by: Andy Linden, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter disguise in Deathly Hallows: Part I)
Voiced by: Alfonso Ramírez (Latin American Spanish)

"More? That wouldn’t have been effing difficult... bleedin’ gave it away, di’n’ I? No choice."

A petty thief and con artist. Despite his sliminess he remains a loyal member of the Order, and he owes Dumbledore for saving his life. His knowledge of the criminal world is useful to the Main Characters.

  • Adapted Out: He does not appear in the film adaptations of Order of the Phoenix or Half-Blood Prince. Why J.K. Rowling didn't tell the film creators to put him in is actually questioned on the series' wiki.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He's a dick in the books as well but he serves Dumbledore out of loyalty while the movie version has him explicitly state that he was coerced and wouldn't help otherwise.
  • Anti-Hero: A mix of type I and V. He’s mediocre and cowardly, and only a hero because he’s a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Black Market: Sells all manner of stolen and/or possibly illegal goods. He particularly got under Harry's skin for ransacking the Black house and selling Black family heirlooms.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As Sirius explains, "He's useful. Knows all the crooks — well, he would, seeing as he's one himself."
  • Butt-Monkey: His last appearance in the series has him getting the crap physically beaten out of him by a pair of house-elves.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Originally an off-screen character mentioned by both Arthur and Percy as being a bother to the Ministry, he's properly introduced in Book 5 and his actions have huge impacts on the plot.
  • Dirty Coward: He won't hesitate to save his own skin in a tough situation, as Mad-Eye found out the hard way.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Whatever Mundungus's failings, even he can't stand Umbridge, referring to her as a "Ministry hag" when questioned.
  • Fell Off the Back of a Truck: Actually says this verbatim at one point.
  • Foil: To the Weasley twins, in a way. Both are resourceful, clever in their own way, and don't mind putting a toe across a line every so often to get what they want, but while the twins have a moral compass and have lines they won't cross, for Mundungus this doesn't seem to be the case.
  • Friend in the Black Market: His main contribution to the Order is getting them useful intel or items from his varied connections. He also gets Fred and George some things to help them develop their products for the joke shop.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: No one in the Order is particularly fond of him, even the Weasley twins. Molly and Mad-Eye in particular can barely tolerate his presence. Ron initially does like him until he learns just how unscrupulous he is.
  • Last Episode, New Character: For the films, where he wasn't introduced until Deathly Hallows, Part I.
  • The Millstone: Even though he's loyal to Dumbledore he's not at all reliable and makes several huge screwups. It's his fault that Harry almost got expelled when he was 15, his fault that Mad-Eye died and his fault that the trio had to infiltrate the Ministry to get Slytherin's locket.
  • The Mole: Subverted. He's suspected of being the one who leaked the date that Harry was being transported to the Burrow to the Death Eaters in Deathly Hallows. He was the "source" Snape alluded to at Malfoy Manor but Snape, acting on Dumbledore's orders to continue Voldemort's trust in him, put Mundungus under the Imperius Curse and gave him the instructions for the Polyjuice Potion decoys.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His cowardly and stupid act of chickening out by disapparating inadvertently got Mad Eye Moody killed, arguably Mundungus' worst mistake. He then followed up with another blunder — stealing Salazar Slytherin's locket as if it was something for the market and end up being bribed into giving it to Dolores Umbridge, who he was possibly unaware had become loyal to Voldemort's new regime. After those huge blunders, Harry, Ron, Hermoine, and everyone else would refuse to work with him again.
  • Nominal Hero: He is a petty criminal through and through. He is only in the Order because Dumbledore helped him out of a tight spot so he wants to repay that debt. After Dumbledore dies, he wants nothing to do with the Order and only comes along to the mission to get Harry away from the Dursleys' house because Mad Eye forced him to. Indeed, he panicks during said mission and disapperates, leaving Mad Eye to die. The last time he is seen is when Harry is interrogating him about something he stole from Sirius's house.
  • Noodle Incident: He's banned from the Hog's Head; we never find out why. It's also stated that he's with the Order as a favour to Dumbledore for getting him 'out of a tight spot' once. This is never explained, either.
  • The Rat: One of the biggest reasons as to why he is allowed to remain in the Order.
  • Robbing the Dead: He doesn't have any compunctions about stealing valuable objects from 12 Grimmauld Place after Sirius's death. Not to mention, since Sirius left everything to Harry, Mundungus is technically robbing Harry as well.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Dumbledore after he got him out of a tight spot years ago. It is this alone that makes him work for the Order. After Dumbledore's death, he is quick to abandon it.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: He'll do his bit for the Order, so technically he's on the side of good. But you'd be a fool to leave your valuables around him, and the rest of the Order is fully aware of this. Then again, he was a fool for failing to realize Salazar Slytherin's locket was not something for the market, but instead something that needed to be destroyed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate is not mentioned after Harry interrogates him about the locket.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In Book 5, Sirius mentions he's been dressing up as a witch as a disguise after Sturgis lost Moody's best invisibility cloak when he was arrested.

    Dedalus Diggle
Portrayed by: David Brett

A wizard who fought in both wars against Voldemort. He lived in Kent and was regarded as being somewhat dim-witted by fellow Order memember Minerva McGonagall.

  • Adapted Out: He does not appear in the fifth or seventh films.
  • Alliterative Name: Dedalus Diggle.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: As noted in the first chapter of the first book, he was so happy after Voldemort's first defeat that he celebrated it publicly in incidents noted in Muggle news. He also runs into Vernon Dursley and thinks nothing of breaking the Statute of Secrecy:
    Dedalus Diggle: Rejoice, for You-Know-Who has gone at last! Even Muggles like you should be celebrating.
  • The Ditz: According to McGonagall, he "never did have much sense". At the end of the First Wizarding War, he was so happy that Voldemort was gone that he forgot about the Statute of Secrecy, setting off shooting stars in Kent and sending owls flying everywhere.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He gets quite excited whenever he meets Harry, and apparently went out of his way to do so when Harry was young and did not even know he was a wizard.
  • House Fire: His house in Kent is burned by Death Eaters, though he isn't home at the time.
  • Nice Guy: Always very cheerful and polite. Little Harry remembered seeing Dedalus at a shop where he removed his hat and greeted him, serving as one of Dumbledore's minders.
  • Nice Hat: He is usually seen wearing a purple top hat.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: invoked Dedalus Diggle is technically the first wizard we see on-screen (in the opening chapter of the first book where he runs into Vernon Dursley), he's also mentioned by name and Harry runs into him in the Leaky Cauldron. As such he is very well remembered on account of his early introduction, despite having a marginal role in the books.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He's a pleasant chap (who also happens to be a known and respected wizard in the community), but he's overly excitable and not too bright.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He, along with Hestia Jones, is last seen going into hiding with the Dursleys.

    Arabella Doreen Figg
Portrayed by: Kathryn Hunter
Voiced by: María Santander (Latin American Spanish)

"Dementors in Little Whinging! Whatever next? The whole world's gone topsy-turvy!"

Harry's neighbour, who is actually a squib and member of the Order.

  • Blatant Lies: As noted by Rowling, Arabella actually lied to the Wizengamot when she said she saw the Dementors. She can't see them, but she did feel them.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mentioned a few times in the first and fourth books, the fifth book reveals she's an Order member.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: She keeps a number of cats — but it's eventually revealed that, one, she does so because she's a specialist breeder (of cat/kneazle crossbreeds) and animal dealer, and two, she does so as a cover. As she explains to Harry, she was assigned to look after him while he was staying with the Dursleys, but the only way she'd be allowed by them to babysit is if she was the "neighborhood kook" and Harry specifically didn't like staying with her.
  • Foil: To Filch. Both are Squibs, cat lovers, and people Harry doesn't particularly like, but while Filch is a bitter, nasty Child Hater who resents his heritage and willingly works with Umbridge of all people, Arabella is a member of the Order, doesn't seem to resent being a Squib, and actually has a front — she's been trying to help Harry all these years, and he never knew. She intentionally made Harry's visits as boring as possible so the Dursleys would trust her with babysitting him and she could protect him. In truth, she is fairly likable, and even apologizes to him about it when he finds out the truth.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Arabella is one of only two "Squibs" named in the series proper, the other being Argus Filch.
  • Pet the Dog: In the first book, after she breaks her leg tripping over one of her cats, Harry finds that being babysat by her is much better than normal. She lets him have a bit of cake (it's stale, but, still, it's nice of her) and also lets him watch a bit of TV, which Harry's specifically noted to not be allowed to do by the Dursleys.
  • The Team Normal: Of the Order of the Phoenix, she is the only non-magical member (in her case, she's a Squib). Despite that, she's been every bit of a contributor to the war effort, and she's a valued member of the Order for it.

    Elphias Doge
Portrayed by: Peter Cartwright, David Ryall
Voiced by: Héctor Lee (Latin American Spanish)

A elderly wizard who went to school with Dumbledore, Doge serves as a Special Advisor to the Wizengamot. He served the Order in both wars against Voldemort.

  • Childhood Friends: With Dumbledore. Most of their peers regarded Doge as "dim-witted but devoted sidekick", but the two were close and Doge is anything but dim-witted.
  • Hero-Worshipper: As Aberforth remarks, Elphias "thought the sun shone out of [Dumbledore]'s every orifice". When ever someone suggests Dumbledore wasn't a perfect hero, he refuses to hear a word of it.
  • Sanity Slippage: Rita Skeeter tries to make it seem like he is losing his wits after claiming he babbled about nothing but sea life when she tried to interview him about Dumbledore. In reality, Doge simply refused to talk with her and called her an "interfering trout".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When word arrives at Bill and Fleur's wedding that the Ministry has fallen, Doge is one of the many guests who quickly disapparated before the Death Eaters arrived.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He does not appear again after Bill and Fleur's wedding. Considering his well-known friendship with Dumbledore and high post, he likely had to go into hiding when Voldemort took over the Ministry of Magic.

    Emmeline Vance
Portrayed by: Brigitte Millar

A member of both incarnations of the Order. A veteran of the First War, she participates in the Advance Guard during the Second War and is later murdered by Death Eaters.

  • Action Girl: She fought in the First War and lived to tell the tale.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her role in the books isn't much bigger, but in the films she is a nameless background character and no mention of her death is made in the next film.
  • Killed Offscreen: She is murdered by Death Eaters in between Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince.
  • Proper Lady: How Harry describes her on first seeing her in the Fifth Book.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Both in-universe and out-. Snape gave the Death Eaters information that led to her death, sacrificing her for the greater good. Or rather taking credit for it. A line in the final book implies that Dumbledore made the tough call to sacrifice one of his own for Snape's cover:
    Dumbledore: Don't be shocked, Severus. How many men and women have you watched die?
    Snape: Lately, only those whom I could not save.

    Sturgis Podmore 

A member of the order in both wars.

  • Adapted Out: He does not appear in the films.
  • Brainwashed: While on guard duty outside the Department of Mysteries and hidden under a invisibility cloak Sturgis was detected by Lucius Malfoy, who placed him under the Imperius Curse and tried to get him inside the Department to steal the prophecy about Harry and Voldemort.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Lucius Malfoy and the Death Eaters.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After it is reported that he was sentenced to Azkaban for six months, Sturgis is never mentioned again.

    Remus Lupin 

    Rubeus Hagrid 

    Severus Snape 

Second Order

    Minerva McGonagall 

    Molly Weasley
"Beds empty! No note! Car gone — could have crashed — out of my mind with worry — did you care? — never, as long as I've lived — you wait until your father gets home, we never had trouble like this from Bill or Charlie or Percy —"
Portrayed by: Julie Walters
Voiced by: Ruth Toscano (Latin American Spanish, Philosopher's Stone), Anabel Méndez (Latin American Spanish, Chamber of Secrets-Prisoner of Azkaban, Half-Blood Prince-Deathly Hallows Part II), Cristina Camargo (Latin American Spanish, Order of the Phoenix)

"No! That's enough! [Harry]'s just a boy, you say much more and you might as well induct him into the Order straight away."

Daughter of a clan of Aurors and older sister of Fabian and Gideon Prewett, two famous Aurors killed in the first war against Voldemort. Wife of Arthur Weasley and mother of Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny. She eventually grows into a maternal figure for Harry and, to a lesser extent, Hermione.

  • Action Mom: Molly is a strict housewife who does everything she can to keep her children safe and happy. At first, this mainly means yelling at them for risking their lives, but by the time of the seventh book, Molly's responsibilities lead her fight for her children's future and join the Final Battle against Voldemort and his army of wizards.
  • Adult Fear: Explored in Order of the Phoenix. She's unable to face a boggart upon it taking the form of the dead bodies of her children, as well as Harry.
  • Affectionate Nickname: When she and Arthur are alone, he calls her "Mollywobbles". Too bad for her Harry showed up on a night this was used as a Trust Password between Arthur and Molly and Harry was well within earshot when this was mentioned (though Harry tried his hardest to make noise to prevent himself from listening in too much).
  • Almighty Mom: Especially in Order of the Phoenix. She'd rather bake and cook than fight, but you should NOT forget that Molly Prewett-Weasley comes from a family of Aurors.
    "Mrs. Weasley was marching across the yard, scattering chickens, and for a short, plump, kind-faced woman, it was remarkable how much she looked like a saber-toothed tiger."
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In the film version of Chamber of Secrets. After Molly's Howler finishes screaming at Ron the letter turns to Ginny and sweetly congratulates her for getting into Gryffindor, telling her how proud she is. Ginny fittingly seems to wish she could sink through the floor.
  • Anger Born of Worry: When Ron, Fred, and George steal the family's flying car to get Harry out of Privet Drive, Molly is furious because they could have gotten themselves hurt or killed, shouting at them for what seems like hours.
    Molly: Beds empty! No note! Car gone — could have crashed — out of my mind with worry — did you care? — never, as long as I've lived — you wait until your father gets home, we never had trouble like this from Bill or Charlie or Percy —
  • Apron Matron: She's the domestic type and clearly the one in charge of the household.
  • Badass Family: While Molly is a badass on her own, her entire family seems to be one; her brothers took several Death Eaters with them when they died, her children and husband are capable of kicking major ass, her 107 year old aunt is a badass, given that even Molly seems a bit quiet and timid around her. What must Molly's parents have been like?!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She can be cheerful, kind, doting, and cook up a meal that could fill a giant, but if you cross one of her little lines, be prepared to endure a small taste of her anger.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Her and her husband, Arthur, respectively. Though later on she loses weight due to the stress of the Second Wizarding War. Downplayed in the films, where Julie Walters isn't quite so chubby, nor Mark Williams quite so skinny.
  • Death Glare: Typically Fred and George get it for their pranks.
  • Determinator: She was obviously frustrated by the long line of Weasley sons, because she would not give up on having a girl.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Mother: She does not approve of Fred and George's ambition of opening a joke shop and wants them to work for the Ministry like their father and brother. She eventually comes around once the Ministry starts their smear campaign against Harry and Dumbledore and she sees how successful they've become.
  • Fiery Redhead: You do not want to get on her bad side, as Fred, George, and to a lesser extent Ron know all too well. And Sweet Jesus hear your prayers if you try to hurt Molly's family.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Hinted at in the fourth book.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Despite being portrayed as a worrisome mother who seems too focused on her children's academic successes, she is one of most fearsome fighters of the Order. Bellatrix found this out the hard way
  • Good Parents: She has the most loving heart you'll ever find, and is an excellent Parental Substitute to Harry, but her short temper flashes through many times.
  • Happily Married: She has a great relationship with Arthur and they have seven children.
  • House Wife: Cooking, cleaning, gnome kicking, etc.
  • Hypocrite: She criticizes Mr. Diggory for blaming Harry for Rita Skeeter's article about the Triwizard Tournament not mentioning Cedric saying that "she goes out of her way to cause trouble." Meanwhile, she acts coldly towards Hermione because Skeeter wrote that she was toying with Harry's affections.
  • Iconic Item: The warm, comfy sweaters she hand-knits for her family every Christmas.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her yelling at Arthur for trying out stitches may seem ridiculous, but Hermione logically concludes that they didn't work because Nagini's venom would have dissolved the sutures, since Arthur's bandages need replacing. Arthur himself is sheepish when Molly points out he could have bled to death.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: The Stunning Spell is only meant to knock a person unconscious. An enraged Molly kills Bellatrix Lestrange with a single Stunning Spell powerful enough to stop her heart.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When Voldemort comes back, she joins The Order. When the Death Eaters threaten her family, they get turned to stone.
  • Like a Son to Me: She says this almost verbatim about Harry in Order of the Phoenix, though she goes even further by telling Sirius she does consider Harry her son.
    Sirius: He's not your son!
    Molly: He's as good as.
    • Dumbledore and McGonagall even acknowledge this by Goblet of Fire. At the final stage of the Triwizard Tournament when family representatives come to support the champions, McGonagall shows in Molly and Bill as Harry's "family" without second thought as to their actual relationship to Harry.
  • Mama Bear: Attack her children and you will swiftly be turned to stone. She's the only hero to ever use a stunning spell powerful enough to stop a person's heart. She quickly extends this maternal instinct to Harry as well. She's so appalled at the Dursleys' treatment of him that even mentioning them causes her eyes to flash ominously.
    • Bellatrix's grievous act that caused the stunning spell? She was about to attack Molly from behind when Ginny stepped in the way to block her with a Protego. Molly is less concerned that Bellatrix was about to attack her and more concerned that she was going after her daughter.
  • Meaningful Name: While she's usually a good parent, she's been known to mollycoddle Harry and her children.
  • Moral Myopia: Initially disapproves of Bill's and Fleur's rushed engagement, partly because she believes they only want to tie the knot now due to fear/uncertainty that they both might not survive to do so after Voldemort's defeat. When one of her children points out that she married Arthur for the exact same reason during Voldemort's first reign, she brushes it off with, "Well, that's different. Your father and I were made for each other."
  • My Beloved Smother: Downplayed, but Molly tends to mother Harry to excess to the point where Harry himself feels like he's being treated like a child. It's a fairly justified case given her concern over the trauma Harry goes through during his time at Hogwarts, not to mention the abusive household he grew up in. She's also concerned about Sirius' capacity for being a godfather, which turns out to to be justified when Sirius seems to be treating Harry as a Replacement Goldfish for James and his behaviour grows increasingly erratic and reckless until his death. Molly also tries to prevent Harry, Ron and Hermione alike from embarking on the mission to destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes, though when it becomes clear that they've made up their minds she drops the matter.
  • Nice Girl: Quite sweet and maternal, as well as fiercely protective of her loved ones.
  • Parental Substitute: Not much attention is drawn to it, but she's actually the first person ever to treat Harry as just a normal child. For someone who's either been The Un-Favourite or (more recently) a Living Legend to everyone he meets, that's got to mean a lot. Fittingly, Harry eventually does become her son-in-law.
  • Parental Favouritism: With such a large family this was almost inevitable but Molly tends to favour her most accomplished children including Bill, Charlie and Percy. As a result Ron in particular is left feeling neglected, Fred and George resent Percy for the constant praise she lavishes on him, and Ginny develops some insecurities stemming from being left so many hand me downs. She also lavishes attention and love on Harry whenever he's at the Burrow, whom she views as a surrogate son and makes Ron's insecurities even worse. Her treatment of Harry is more justified; Molly takes pity on him after learning of the extreme neglect and abuse he suffered for a decade at the hands of the Dursleys and genuinely wants to be the mother that he never had. There is a bit towards Ginny since she finally was a daughter she had, which unfortunately, again left Ron feeling neglected.
  • Parents as People: It's implied that Ginny sometimes feels pressured by being the only daughter, since Molly desperately wanted to raise a little girl among all of her boys. Her resources are strained with such a large family, and Ron seems to feel particularly overlooked, between the twins and Ginny. Mrs. Weasley adopts Harry nearly as a surrogate son, but this means that she can unintentionally favour him (even over Ron) or be shortsighted as to his best interest. Also, when she discovered the twins' joke shop ambitions, she gave them no support and went so far as to destroy their products and order forms. She only came around after they opened their store behind her back and proved to be an enormous success.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!!!"
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "You — will — never — hurt — our — children — again!"
  • Precision F-Strike: Calling Bellatrix a bitch when the latter is about to hurt Ginny.
  • Relative Button: If you value your life, don't ever harm a hair on her children. Bellatrix learns this the hard way.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Tonks and Remus. And she is pretty cold to Remus over his rejection of Tonks (even if he's only doing it because he sees himself as ''not nearly'' good enough for her.)
  • Shipper with an Agenda: Subverted. Everyone seems to think she is this for her son Bill and Tonks, mainly because she really doesn't like Fleur. Turns out, she's not. Instead, she and Arthur are shippers for Tonks and Remus.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Molly is a kindly, maternal housewife who chose to spend her time raising her family rather than having a career. She is physically not imposing, being described as a small, plump woman, but her kids and to a lesser degree her husband know full well the consequences of getting on her bad side. When Fred dies and her daughter is almost killed, Molly goes on the warpath, using a Stunning Spell so powerful that it stops Bellatrix Lestrange's heart. For comparison, getting hit by four Stunning Spells at once from a team of trained Aurors was "only" enough to land McGonagall in the hospital.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender:
    • In the fifth book, while she, Ron, Harry, Hermione, Fred, and George are cleaning a room inside Sirius' house, Sirius drops by with a bag of dead rats he feeds Buckbeak the hippogriff with, only to leave hurriedly when the doorbell rings. After the room is finally cleaned up, Molly sits down on a chair to relax, before quickly jumping out of it with a cry of disgust, having sat on the bag of dead rats Sirius had left behind when he exited the room.
    • In the sixth book, when Fleur scrutinizes Molly for not informing Harry about her engagement with Bill, Molly mutters "we didn't get around to telling him yet". Fleur then turns to talk to Harry, her hair whipping Molly in the face in the process.
  • Supreme Chef: One that uses her magic to handle the kitchen, and rather skilfully.
  • Team Mom: To the Order.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Knits for her family and Harry as well. She can't sew robes, however, as shown when she buys secondhand ones for Ron.
  • Through His Stomach: In the generalized sense — she seems to feed everyone.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Bellatrix Lestrange laughs off Molly and taunts her when Molly steps forward to duel her. Not taking Molly seriously costs Bellatrix her life.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Ginny is nearly murdered by Bellatrix and Bellatrix insults the dead Fred, Molly proceeds to go after Bellatrix with absolutely godlike fury, which only ends when Bellatrix stops breathing.
  • Up to Eleven: She takes a page from Lucius' book in the eighth movie. She's throwing killing curses at Bellatrix and finally turns her to stone...before shattering her less than a second later. All non-verbally (using non-verbal spells at full power is something only a highly talented wizard or witch can do). And in the seventh book, Rowling states that she killed Bellatrix not with the Killing Curse, but with a non-verbal Stunning Spell right to the heart — it was so powerful, it caused Bellatrix to have a fatal heart attack. And Bellatrix is no pushover, nor is she by any means old. For comparison's sake, in the fifth book, Professor McGonagall (who's getting up there in age) takes four Stunning Spells straight to the chest at once, from a team of highly-trained, powerful Aurors. And she's messed up pretty badly by it, but she survives and makes a full recovery.
  • White Sheep: The Weasleys are one of the few pure-blood families that advocate for Muggle rights. Arthur and Molly passed this trait down to their children together.

    Arthur Weasley
Portrayed by: Mark Williams
Voiced by: Mario Sauret (Latin American Spanish)

"Now, Harry, you must know all about Muggles! Tell me, what exactly is the function of a rubber duck?"

Husband of Molly, and the father of Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron and Ginny. He is discriminated against by other wizards for his poverty and his sympathy toward Muggles, but he is happy and his family love him all the same, even if they do not share his interest in Muggles. He works as a minor bureaucrat in the Ministry.

  • Abled in the Adaptation: Like his son Percy, he wears glasses in the books, but not the films.
  • Action Dad: He's a good parent to his many children, and in the film version of Deathly Hallows he's shown to hold his own when duelling Death Eaters.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He is described as being thin, balding, and wearing glasses in the books. In the films, he's played by Mark Williams, who is of average weight, has a full head of hair and does not wear glasses.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He's treated with mild disdain by his colleagues at the Ministry for his tolerant views toward non-purebloods and fascination with Muggle trinkets.
  • Animal Motifs: His Patronus is, naturally, a weasel.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While a typical loving, Bumbling Dad, he is quite scary when angry — he was furious with Fred and George when they jinxed Dudley, and according to Ron, he practically erupted when they tried to get Ron to make an Unbreakable Vow. Arthur was also the one who had a shouting match with Percy before he walked out on the family in Order of the Phoenix, something Fred and George note as unusual since it's usually Molly who does the shouting. Also, while it takes a lot more to set him off than Molly, when it does happen, he is far more terrifying than his wife.
  • Bumbling Dad: Arthur means well, but his passion for Muggle objects does not match his knowledge of them, leaving him looking ridiculous to any reader familiar with the non-magical world.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Seen as one by his colleagues in the old Ministry because he tended to care about muggles as much as about his fellow Wizards. Ron comments a few times in the earlier books that Arthur could have had a higher-paying job if he wanted it easily, but he's so passionate, compassionate, and curious about Muggle artifacts and society he doesn't bother.
  • By-the-Book Cop: As his job doesn't just require writing laws but enforcing those in his jurisdiction, he always makes sure he has good cause to act. Even if he suspects a person is hiding something, he won't go into a raid without good evidence.
  • Dented Iron: He gets bitten by Nagini in book 5, and her poison is known to be deadly. Harry and the Order got him medical attention in time, and he spends his hospital stay experimenting with stitches.
  • Fantastic Anthropologist: He views Muggles in a curious, caring light and is fascinated with how they get around without magic.
  • Fiery Redhead: Not as much as his wife, but on the rare occasion that he gets angry he can be pretty scary.
  • Good Parents: Loves all his children dearly.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Despite being seen as "weak" for caring about Muggles by others in the Ministry, he is not afraid of pursuing leads against old, influential families, like the Malfoys.
  • Happily Married: Him and Molly, to the point of Sickeningly Sweethearts at times.
  • Henpecked Husband: A more minor example than most occurrences of the trope — while Molly yells at him during their first scene together, it's mostly because she's angry at him, and while she doesn't agree with his Muggle obsessions, she clearly loves him dearly.
  • Loophole Abuse: Writes laws against magicking Muggle artifacts specifically so that he can exploit the loopholes he left in them.
  • Meaningful Name: Good man seeking to end the corruption in an old system and bring about equal justice to those who harm Muggles. Probably not this one.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: The most blatant example of this trope in the series. He's fascinated by all forms of Muggle technology. His greatest ambition is to find out how airplanes stay up.
  • Nice Guy: A loving husband and father, and a perfectly pleasant person all around. He also doesn't share the bigoted attitude towards Muggles and Muggle-borns that's common among purebloods.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't harm his children. This includes his own children pranking each other. The one time he caught Fred and George getting Ron to make the Unbreakable Vow, he made Mrs. Weasley's typical temper look calm. It genuinely terrified Fred and George to not do it again.
  • Parental Substitute: Since the Weasley family accepts Harry like a seventh son by offering their home to him every summer, Arthur ends up acting like a father for Harry.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When he's promoted to head the new Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects in Half-Blood Prince he's shown to be a By-the-Book Cop who always makes sure he has good cause to act. He also declines to exceed the scope of his authority by pursuing people when off-duty. He's also not blinded by power or wealth and won't hesitate to raid the home of a powerful, wealthy family like the Malfoys if he has sufficient reasons to do so.
  • The Plot Reaper: Averted. J. K. Rowling spared him because she did not want to kill off one of the few good fathers represented in the entire series. Although she very nearly did do it in Book 5. In the end, though, Remus Lupin was the trade-off. Rowling revealed that she was going to kill him off in Book 5, but ended up killing off Sirius instead, (which may well explain Sirius' rather sudden death after having an entire book devoted to setting up his backstory and general significance). Then she was going to kill him again, this time at the Battle of Hogwarts, but ultimately ended up sparing him once more, compensating by killing off both Remus and Tonks. This all seems to qualify him as a meta Unwitting Instigator of Doom.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Arthur Weasley wrote a loophole into the law saying he could enchant a car to fly if he had no intention to actually fly it.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Turns out, he and Molly are this for Remus and Tonks.
    • It's implied in the movie version on Half Blood Prince, that he is this for Ginny and Harry. In a particular scene, Harry (on the couch) and Arthur (in the armchair) are sitting in the Weasleys' living room when Ginny enters and sits next to Harry. Arthur immediately smirks a little, and gets up and leaves the room, possibly indicating he realized what was going on between them before they did.
  • Stealth Mentor: While it's never explicitly stated in the books, it can probably be gathered that Fred and George's skill at charming unassuming-looking items and trinkets was at least in part inspired by growing up watching their father doing similar sorts of tinkering as a hobby.
  • White Sheep: The Weasleys are one of the few pure-blood families that advocate for Muggle rights. Arthur and Molly passed this trait down to their children together.

    Kingsley Shacklebolt
"Dumbledore has persuaded the ministry to suspend your hearing."
Portrayed by: George Harris
Voiced by: Mario Arvizu (Latin American Spanish)

Prime Minister: I'm not getting rid of Kingsley Shacklebolt, if that's what you're suggesting! He's highly efficient, gets through twice the work of the rest of them—
Rufus Scrimgeour: That's because he's a wizard. A highly trained Auror, who has been assigned to you for your protection.

Kingsley Shacklebolt is a powerful, well-respected Auror who has joined the Order of the Phoenix. He uses his position to covertly fight evil, misdirecting the hunt for Sirius Black and modifying Marietta Edgecombe's memory to prevent her talking about Dumbledore's Army. He has protected the Muggle Prime Minister and Harry Potter on multiple occasions, and participates in the Battle of Hogwarts. After the battle, he becomes the Minister of Magic.

  • The Ace: Perhaps the most powerful member of the Order of the Phoenix (unaffiliated with Hogwarts), a skilled bureaucrat, and a consummate spy - serving as Dumbledore's agent, he's essentially Snape's equivalent within the Ministry of Magic. In fact, Kingsley is so skilled at blending in and imitating Muggles that the Prime Minister had no idea that Kingsley was a wizard - in fact, the Prime Minister claimed that Kingsley did twice the work of the Minister's previous secretary.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Is a highly skilled Auror, leads the Order of the Phoenix after Dumbledore and Moody are killed, fights in the Battle of Hogwarts, and becomes Minister of Magic after the war.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Kingsley Shacklebolt.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a deep voice that Harry more than once mentions is both calming and soothing.
  • Bald of Awesome: Bald and easily one of the most impressive fighters in the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: When he becomes Minister of Magic.
  • Big Good: Takes over after Moody dies.
  • Cats Are Magic: His Patronus is a lynx, a type of wild feline.
  • Culture Equals Costume: Wears a dashiki in the films.
  • Loyal to the Position: Kingsley appears to be well-respected by Umbridge and Fudge, and Scrimgeour places him with the Muggle Minister. After the war ends, he becomes Minister of Magic.
  • Mysterious Past: The only prominent member of the Order of the Phoenix who gets nothing revealed about his past. Not even supplementary material provides any information.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: Became the first true Minister Action after the war.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Very much so. He's one of the few Ministry members that believes Dumbledore about Voldemort returning and does all he can to help. When Fudge tries to scapegoat Harry for starting a DADA group, Kingsley modifies Marietta's memory so she can't rat out Harry and allows Dumbledore to hex him to keep his cover. He's also a bodyguard to the Muggle Minister and is deeply devoted to protecting those who can't protect themselves. It says something that Kinglsey is the only wizard that Vernon Durlsey respects.
  • The Mole: One of the few Ministry members who the Order managed to convince that Voldemort has returned.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Awesomely Discussed and Averted on several occasions:
    "We continue to hear truly inspirational stories of wizards and witches risking their own safety to protect Muggle friends and neighbours, often without the Muggles' knowledge. I'd like to appeal to all our listeners to emulate their example, perhaps by casting a Protective Charm over any Muggle dwellings in your street. Many lives could be saved if such simple measures are taken."
    "I'd say that it's one short step from "wizards first" to "pure-bloods first", and then to "Death Eaters". We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving."
  • White Sheep: He is one of very few Pure-blood wizards with powerful position in wizarding world (Auror, and then Minister for Magic) who is genuinely a good guy.
  • Wild Goose Chase: As leader of the search for Sirius Black in Order of the Phoenix, he deliberately sends the Ministry on one, telling them that Sirius has been spotted in Tibet.

    Nymphadora Lupin (née Tonks)
Portrayed by: Natalia Tena
Voiced by: Erica Edwards (Latin American Spanish)

"They're very clean, these Muggles. It's unnatural."

A young Auror with the distinction of being a Metamorphmagus. She can easily change her appearance at will, making her an invaluable member of the Order of the Phoenix.

  • Action Girl: Nymphadora was an accomplished and skilful witch. Having been trained in the use of both defensive and offensive magic by Alastor Moody. She was a proficient duellist and a Metamorphmagus (ability to alter your appearance at will). She could also conjure a corporeal Patronus, a very advanced piece of magic and a mark of superior magical ability.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: While being a Metamorphmagus means she can change her hair colour at will, it's spiked and pink for most of Order of the Phoenix, but longer and purple in the fifth movie, while it's only purple at the start of the book before she changes it. This was done because the filmmakers associated pink with Umbridge.
  • Age-Gap Romance: There is about a thirteen year difference between her and Remus, which is something that greatly bothers him.
  • Babies Ever After: In Deathly Hallows, she becomes pregnant with her and Remus' child. She gives birth to their son later in the same book.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Among the Aurors. Other Aurors range in age from middle-aged to as old as Moody, but Tonks is only a year out of training when she appears in Order of the Phoenix. McGonagall tells Harry that no other trainees have been accepted since she was, either.
  • Battle Couple: Tonks and Lupin met each other through their service in the Second Wizarding War, married in the second year of the war, and even took part in the war's final battle just days after the birth of their first child.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She's a bumbling, clumsy, goofy big sister figure. In spite of that she's noted as the only witch to become an Auror over a period of several years. This is a remarkable achievement on its own given the incredibly high standards Professor McGonagall describes them as having. The fact that Alastor Moody took her under his wing shows how much potential he saw in her.
    • This is also reflected in Hogwarts Mystery, where, despite her excessive clumsiness and pranking she has mastered the Patronus Charm by year 4, and by year 6 she takes on the Wizard in white robes and another dark witch by herself, the former having defeated the main character without a fight shortly before.
  • Catchphrase: "Wotcher."
  • Cool Big Sis: Hermione and Ginny view her as this.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She can't make it through a scene without tripping over something or breaking something in her enthusiasm to be helpful.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Probably the snarkiest member of the Order, although her depression in The Half-Blood Prince has her making very few jokes.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Tonks, who hates her first name, Nymphadora (who can blame her, really?) and insists on being addressed only by her last. A fan once asked Rowling why Tonks didn't go by her middle name. Rowling's response was "Her middle name is Vulpecula," which isn't much better.
    Tonks: Don't call me Nymphadora!
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: J.K. Rowling revealed the reason why she doesn't go by her middle name instead is because it's Vulpecula.
  • Empathic Shapeshifter: Her Metamorphmagic abilities start suffering in Half-Blood Prince. Initially it seems to be because of her depression over her cousin Sirius' death. It's eventually implied that it might be because Remus is an Insecure Love Interest to her.
  • Former Teen Rebel: According to her, the reason Professor Sprout didn't appoint her prefect was because she lacked the ability to behave herself. Hogwarts Mystery greatly expands on the spectacular assortment of trouble she got herself into while in Hogwarts, intentionally or not.
  • Happily Married: Tonks and Remus, despite some early hurdles with Remus' (admittedly, justified) insecurity, end up like this for as long as they have together.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: Tonks shifts her hair from violently violet to bright pink in Order of the Phoenix, introducing her ability to shapeshift.
  • Last-Name Basis: She prefers to be called by her surname, since she considers her given name an Embarrassing First Name.
  • Living Mood Ring: Her hair often changes with her mood.
  • Logical Weakness: She's a huge klutz. Fittingly she nearly failed the Stealth and Tracking portion of Auror exams and struggles with it even as an Auror.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: She is still known to friends as Tonks, which is her maiden name, even after her wedding to Remus. It isn't mentioned whether she took his surname or not, and considering his fears about the social impact of their relationship, he's the one who would probably prefer she kept her surname.
  • Randomly Gifted: She was born a Metamorphmagus, even though neither of her parents are one, implying that her ability is due to the magical equivalent of a genetic mutation.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Tonks fell in love with Remus.
  • Together in Death: She and Remus both fall in the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Arguably to Moody, who is her teacher and she is his protege.
  • The Worf Effect: Not as bad as Mad-Eye but still somewhat frequent. She was defeated twice by her aunt Bellatrix, and seemed to have a lot of trouble when fighting Thorfinn Rowle.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Being a Metamorphmagus allows her to change her hair colour and facial features at will. Most of the time, her hair is a bright bubblegum pink.

    William Arthur "Bill" Weasley
Portrayed by: Domnhall Gleeson
Voiced by: José Gilberto Vilchis (Latin American Spanish)

"[This house] was our aunt's. We used to come here as kids. The order uses it now as a safe house. What's left of us at least."

The eldest of the seven Weasley children, Bill works as a curse-breaker for Gringotts. He has long red hair and an earring, giving him a rebellious look. He is actually a very understanding person. He meets Fleur, and they become engaged. He is attacked by Fenrir in the 6th book, which permanently disfigures his face, but Fleur thinks he looks brave because of it, and they get married. Bill, being a member of the Order, participates in the Battle of Hogwarts. In the future, he and Fleur have three children.

  • The Ace: Bill is described as handsome, a top student in Hogwarts (earning 12 O.W.L.s and was made a Prefect and Head Boy), a talented DADA practitioner and a Curse-Breaker in Gringgotts. Despite his academic achievement, he is not a pompous stickler-for-rules like Percy, and is instead friendly, popular, and—in Harry's opinion—"very cool".
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Not so much in the early part of the books, as he's handsome enough to get Fleur Delacour's attention — but the scars he sustained from Greyback, while deep, are implied to be much worse in the books, where he is said to bear a passing resemblance to Mad-Eye Moody, who, among other things, has a large part of his nose missing (though, to be fair, Moody himself gets Adaptational Attractiveness in the movies).note 
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Bill is a Curse Breaker for Gringotts Bank.
  • Alliterative Name: William Weasley.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Subverted. He doesn't spend much time with his family due to his job, but it's quite apparent that he's close with all of them.
  • Ascended Extra: After making no appearances in the first three books, he finally appears in Goblet of Fire when he visits his family for the Quidditch World Cup and to cheer on Harry in the Third Task. Then in Order of the Phoenix, he takes Percy's place as the most prominent elder Weasley child when he transfers back to London and joins the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Babies Ever After: Has three children (two daughters and one son) with Fleur.
  • Beauty to Beast: The gorgeous Bill has his face mangled beyond recognition by Fenrir Greyback, a werewolf who had developed a taste for human flesh even when he wasn't a wolf. Bill's fiancee continued to support him despite his scars, and even claimed to have enough beauty for the two of them.
  • Big Brother Worship: It's hinted a number of times that Ginny hero-worships Bill.
  • Big Man on Campus: He's very popular and respected in Hogwarts Mystery, and he was made a prefect his fifth year, eventually leading to Head Boy.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Escape from Gringotts the ride gives him more to do than in the films. He helps protect a group of visitors from the Dark Lord and Bellatrix, using the banks' carts.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the films up until Deathly Hallows, he wasn't mentioned at all. His only actual appearances in the first six films was in the photo of the Weasley family in Egypt, which was onscreen for about a second.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted. Bill is the most calm of his siblings.
  • Foil: To Percy. Both were prefects and Head Boy at Hogwarts, but Bill is much more relaxed and adventurous, while Percy is much more corporately-minded and given to structure — even after his Heel–Face Turn. Before Harry meets Bill, he assumes that he'd actually be more like Percy and is surprised when it turns out that he isn't.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In Half-Blood Prince he's attacked and given cursed scars courtesy of an untransformed Fenrir Greyback. In a subversion his scarring is described as quite brutal, though on his wedding he is described as looking as though he had never met Greyback. The scars are present but downplayed in the film version of Deathly Hallows.
  • Happily Married: He marries Fleur in the final book, who continues to love him after he lost his goodlooks to Greyback.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's noted to be quite good looking, even after Fenrir damages his face, and he has plenty of fans in real life despite his rather small role.
  • Nice Guy: After several books built him up to be something of an Aloof Big Brother, he turns out to be a pleasant, affable and reliable person all around.
  • Not So Similar: In the first three books, everything Harry hears about Bill (being Head Boy, a victim of at least one of Fred and George's pranks, etc.) causes him to believe he's essentially an older version of Percy. When he finally meets him in the fourth book, he's shocked to find he's actually a relaxed, easy going person and not a stickler for structure like his brother.
  • Prefers Raw Meat: After being attacked by an untransformed Fenrir Greyback, he develops a fondness for undercooked meat due to the cursed wounds he received.
  • Punny Name: A bill is a unit of money (albeit not wizarding money), appropriate for someone who works in a bank.
  • Scars Are Forever: The scars he received from Greyback couldn't be healed.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: In 1997, he suffered severe facial wounds at the hands of the vicious werewolf Fenrir Greyback during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. Although untransformed at the time, Greyback's lycanthropy caused the wounds to be cursed, and they could not be treated totally, leaving him heavily scarred.

    Fleur Isabelle Weasley (née Delacour)
Portrayed by: Clémence Poésy, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter disguise in Deathly Hallows: Part I)
Voiced by: Liliana Barba (Latin American Spanish)

"What do I care how 'e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!"

A student of Beauxbatons Academy and a Triwizard Champion, Fleur is a vain and high-maintenance quarter-Veela. However, she reveals herself to be a compassionate individual and loyal lover, and risks her life in the battle against Voldemort. She marries Bill Weasley. In the future, they have three children.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Book Fleur is very vain and conceited (though she eventually warms up to Harry and his friends after he saves her sister). Movie Fleur not so much, though this is mostly due to her being Out of Focus in the films.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Implied, since the Veela species is all but stated to be Adapted Out from the films. As a result, Fleur's beauty has no Veela's charm that makes her irresistible to any male. She still got some amount of Male Gaze moments that distracts Hogwarts boys, sure, but they remain lucid even after seeing her.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is darker in the movies. (Just as a point of reference, the shade of blond she's described as having in the books is closer to Lucius/Draco Malfoy than anything.)
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: While Bill is not "bad" as the typical case, it is noted she first caught interest in him because of his ponytail and dragon-fang earring, which his mother was asking him to cut and remove, respectively. Her attraction to Bill eventually matures into Single Woman Seeks Good Man in the sixth book.
  • Babies Ever After: Has three children (two daughters and one son) with Bill.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Gabrielle. Fleur's second task in the Triwizard Tournament is to save her little sister from the mermaids.
  • City Mouse: She doesn't appear to realize how much it aggravates her future in-laws that she demeans their rather poor living conditions (but there's clearly animosity on both sides).
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Becomes nicer to Harry after he saves her little sister.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: The most prominent French character in the series is attractive enough to make half the men around her stop in their tracks and ogle without thought, including Main Characters like Ron Weasley. Justified, because Fleur's ancestors were creatures that used magic to arouse men. One of the reasons she falls for Bill is implied to be because he doesn't go utterly gaga around her. He falls in love with her naturally.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: She has silvery-blonde hair and is considered supremely beautiful by nearly everyone.
  • Faux Action Girl: Her performance in the Triwizard Tournament is quite disappointing and definitely the worst of the four Champions; even Harry, who is three years younger than her, outperforms her at every turn. She never quite lives to her hype and even as an adult we never get to see her doing much during the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Funetik Aksent: In the books, at least. Not so much in the films.
  • Happily Married: She marries Bill Weasley in the final book, scars and all.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Justified. Her Veela ancestry makes many males (and some females) attracted to her.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Quickly falls for the redhead Bill.
  • Hidden Depths: Fleur is a lot more selfless and less vain than her first appearance would lead on.
  • Hot Witch: Justified. Fleur is part Veela, magical creatures that can entice wizards and some witches.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Fleur is sometimes described as acting like Mrs Weasley.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Sometimes acts quite stuck-up, but isn't incapable of kindness. Some of her behaviour in Goblet of Fire seems more justified when rereading.
  • Meaningful Name: According to Rowling, her name comes from the French phrase fleur de la cour, meaning "flower of the court".
  • Ms. Vice Girl: She's a nice enough person who happens to have a major problem with vanity/pride.
  • Nice Hat: The traditional Beauxbatons hat.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: To the Weasleys during Half-Blood Prince, complaining about Mrs Weasley's taste in music and criticizing the state of the house. She finally makes up with Mrs Weasley near the end of the book, when she proves her love for Bill by refusing to leave him after he has been attacked and scarred by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Her French accent disappears in the Deathly Hallows films. Despite being a French native Clémence Poésy has a British accent when speaking English, and was speaking with a fake French accent in Goblet of Fire. Could be justified since the books note that she took a job at Gringotts to improve her English.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her attraction of Bill matures from All Girls Want Bad Boys to this — Fleur makes it perfectly clear to Molly and to anyone in close vicinity that she loves Bill, not because of his looks or job ("I am good-looking enough for the both of us, I think."), but because of who he is as a person, which is a Nice Guy.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She's beautiful enough for both her and a heavily scarred Bill. Based on how her parents were described, they also fit the trope.
  • Uneven Hybrid: One-quarter veela. One of her grandmother's hairs forms the magical core of her wand.
  • Weight Woe: She complains that the food served to her at Hogwarts is "too heavy", and that she won't fit into her robes if she keeps eating there.

    Charles "Charlie" Weasley
Portrayed by: Alex Crockford

The second-eldest of the Weasley children, Charlie lives in Romania studying dragons. He takes care of Hagrid's dragon Norbert/Norberta when Hagrid is forced to give it away and brings in the dragons used in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. As a member of the Order, his job is to recruit foreign wizards to the fight against Voldemort. He participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.

  • Aloof Big Brother: Subverted. Like Bill, Charlie is only distant because of work, otherwise he has good relationships with his siblings.
  • Demoted to Extra: He was mentioned a couple of times in the first and fourth films. His only actual appearance in them was in the photo of the Weasley family in Egypt, which was onscreen for about a second.
  • Fluffy Tamer: During his years at Hogwarts, Charlie liked animals and magical creatures; he later went to Romania in order to study about dragons.
  • Dragon Tamer: Or to be more precise, dragon wrangler. He's a biologist who studies dragons in their natural habitats, and in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, he helps handle the dragons used in the first Triwizard Tournament task. Even then, they're still treated as dangerous wild animals and are explicitly not tamed.
  • The Ghost: His exclusion from the films makes him this, since he is still mentioned several times and sometimes indirectly affects the plot.
  • Informed Ability: In the early books, Charlie is mentioned as being the last very good Seeker Gryffindor had before Harry came along. However, aside from the fact the reader never actually gets to see him play, it's mentioned in the third book that Gryffindor hadn't won the House Cup since what would have been Charlie's third year, which is bizarre as the Seeker is the player who by rule is most responsible for team victories and championships.
  • Married to the Job: Rowling notes that Charlie never married or had children because he was more interested in studying dragons than romance.
  • Nice Guy: He's an all around affable, good natured guy.
  • Out of Focus: He’s the least prominent of the Weasleys. Justified in that he lives abroad and doesn’t move back like Bill does.
  • Punny Name: His name is Charlie, as in to burn with flames. What does a dragon's breath do?

    Olympe Maxime
Portrayed by: Frances de la Tour
Voiced by: Ana Teresa Ávila (Latin American Spanish)

"I am big-boned!"

The half-giantess Headmistress of the Beauxbatons Academy. Madame Maxime arrives at Hogwarts in the fourth book as one of the judges of the Triwizard Tournament and develops a relationship with Hagrid. When Voldemort returns, she goes on a mission with Hagrid to recruit the remaining giants in Britain to the fight against the Death Eaters.

  • Action Girl: Hagrid describes her as not afraid to get into action during their mission to recruit the giant clans, and that she saved his life when he was attacked by the giants under Golgomath's command. He mentions that he was hard-pressed to stop her attacking at the Death Eaters meeting with Golgomath.
  • Adaptational Ugliness: Madame Maxime is described in the books as being a very attractive, voluptuous and relatively young brunette (albeit very tall as she's half giant). In contrast, actress Frances de la Tour was sixty years old when the movie was made, so more focus is given to the aristocratic look than to physical appeal.
  • Adapted Out: Inverted. She makes a cameo at Fleur's wedding in the seventh movie despite not being mentioned as present there in the book. Given that she's the headmistress of Fleur's school, her being invited makes perfect sense. She and Romilda Vane are quite possibly the only characters in the series who makes an appearance in any one of the films who was not in the corresponding book.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: According to Hagrid's account of their travels.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Very large, but described as regal and beautiful, not to mention Hagrid is smitten with her.
  • Feet-First Introduction: Introduced in this manner in the film.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half-giantess.
  • I Am Big Boned: Her justification for her size. Though considering how persecuted half-giants are, it's justifiable why she would want to keep things under wraps.
  • Ignore the Disability: She does not take kindly to people mentioning her half-giant heritage. (Not even other half-giants!)
  • Lady of Black Magic: Headmistress of Beauxbatons with an elegant, aristocratic air. She is also noted to be a competent duelist who saved Hagrid from the giants under Golgomath.
  • Large and in Charge: What else can you call a half-giantess in charge of an esteemed magic school?
  • Love Interest: To Hagrid.
  • Meaningful Name: It's no surprise she's a half giant when Olympe is close to Olympian (aka large) and Maxime is close to maximum (aka large). Not very subtle
  • Uptown Girl: She has a regal, aristocratic air, in contrast to Hagrid's rougher and more down-to-earth personality. Hagrid mentions being worried about how she'd feel about roughing it on their travels, such as sleeping in caves and hiking, but adds that she never complained once.

    Hestia Jones 
Appears in: Deathly Hallows

A member of the second Order. She is part of the Advance Guard and later protects the Dursley family alongside Dedalus Diggle.

  • Action Girl: This is pretty much a prerequisite for joining the Order of the Phoenix. Also, she is not afraid to say the word “Voldemort.”
  • Adapted Out: She does not appear in the films.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Gives the Dursleys a well deserved verbal beatdown regarding their treatment of Harry.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: She finds a potato peeler hilarious.
  • Visual Pun: Hestia shares her name with the Greek goddess of the hearth and the home. When she's first introduced to Harry, she's leaning on the Dursley's fireplace.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She is last seen going into hiding with Dedalus Diggle and the Dursleys.

    Fred and George Weasley 

Original Order

The fallen members of the original Order of Phoenix convened to resist Voldemort.

  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: The Death Eaters made it a point to kill not only members of their order but also their extended family and friends.
  • Badass Crew: They must have been this considering they had some of the greatest witches and wizards of their age. There's Dorcas Meadowes being killed by Voldemort personally, the Prewett Brothers, Edgar Bones and of course James, Sirius, Lily and Remus.
  • Badass Family: Included many of them, many of them were dead or tortured by the end of the war. Edgar Bones and his family, the McKinnons, the Prewett brothers, the Longbottoms and finally the Potters.
  • Characters Dropping Like Flies: This order had a much bigger body count than the second one. Considering that they had a traitor in the ranks, this is to be expected.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Several are name-dropped by Hagrid in his first conversation with Harry in the first book.
    ”Nobody lived when he decided to kill ‘em. Nobody except you! And he killed some of the best witches and wizards of the age. The McKinnons! The Bones! The Prewitts! And you was only a baby, and you lived.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Many of them suffered this at the hands of Voldemort and the Death Eaters, including Benjy Fenwick:
    Alastor Moody:"Benjy Fenwick, he copped it too, we only ever found bits of him."
  • The Dead Have Names: The wizarding public generally remembers the famous wizarding families killed by the Death Eaters but Moody clearly remembers all of them including Caradoc Dearborn, Dorcas Meadowes and Benjy Fenwick who go unmentioned in the final two books and the ones before.
  • Hero of Another Story: The brief bits of information suggest that they had a lot of high drama and adventure on their own.
  • Never Found the Body: Fenwick, mostly. Also, Caradoc Dearborn who disappeared and whose fate is unknown even unto the end of the books.
  • Noodle Incident: A lot of incidents that are mentioned but not elaborated, including the Longbottoms and the Potters defying Voldemort three times, Gideon and Fabian Prewett making a Last Stand that made them legends, the shocking deaths of the Bones and McKinnons, Dorcas Meadowes dying at Voldemort's hands, Benjy Fenwick's bloody death and whatever happened to poor Caradoc Dearborn.
  • Posthumous Character: All of them, well except for the Longbottoms and Peter Pettigrew.
  • Secret Society Group Picture: They took one not long after their formation as seen above. Even Aberforth Dumbledore managed to find time away from his goats to show up. Harry finds it sad that many of the people in the picture died not long afterwards, completely unaware that one of their own would betray them.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: Wormtail.
  • True Companions: Were reportedly quite close to each other. Lily Potter cried all night when she heard of Marlene’s death, and mentioned her to Sirius not long before her own death.

    James Potter
Portrayed by: Adrian Rawlins (adult), Robbie Jarvis (teenager), Alfie McIlwain (child)
Voiced by: Jorge Ornelas (Latin American Spanish, Goblet of Fire), Carlos Hernández (Latin American Spanish, teenager, Order of the Phoenix), Roberto Molina (Latin American Spanish, Deathly Hallows)

"Lily, take Harry and go! It’s him! Go! Run! I’ll hold him off!"

The son of Fleamont and Euphemia Potter, James Potter was a student at Hogwarts before the series began. With Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, he formed the Marauders. At Hogwarts, he met Lily Evans who he married. After graduating he joined the Order of the Phoenix and fought against Voldemort and Death Eaters, until his death at Voldemort's hands. He's the father of Harry Potter.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Downplayed. James was this to Lily in their fifth year at Hogwarts. Although James was a talented Quidditch player and well-liked by most, Lily considered him an arrogant bully and treated him with contempt. Then, it becomes subverted but not only until their seventh year, when James matured, lost some of his arrogance, and stopped hexing other people just for fun, did Lily agree to date him, eventually falling in love with and marrying him.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: Downplayed. James still wears glasses in the movies like he does in the book, but the a flashback in the final movie shows a young James without them.
  • The Ace: Combined with Insufferable Genius. In Prisoner of Azkaban, he and Sirius are basically described as this. They are described as talented fighters, excellent students who succeeded effortlessly and, in James's case, a peerless Quidditch player.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the Fifth Film, the famous "Snape's Worst Memory" sequence is highly edited to a brief glimpse without context and dramatic weight addressed, and the final film leaves out the early antagonism between the younger Lily and James, who seem to have had Love at First Sight.
  • Age Lift: James is much older in the films (as is Lily) and has normal hair rather than the characteristic messy hair of his son.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Not a weapon. But The Invisibility Cloak is centuries old by the time James gets hold of it. He was seemingly unaware of the significance of the cloak but provoked Dumbledore's curiosity, who asked to borrow it a short while before he died.
  • Animal Motifs: His animagus form is a stag, befitting his noble and proud character.
  • Animorphism: He can turn into a stag.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Severus Snape during his teenage years, and even as an adult.
  • Badass Bookworm: A highly intelligent wizard who also fought against Voldemort and the Death Eaters.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Tried his best to convince Lily that this was the case with him during "Snape's Worst Memory" notably putting on a more mature voice and passing himself off as a good cop compared to Sirius, even if the whole thing was his idea. As per Sirius and Remus, it was only after he deflated himself that Lily saw his better qualities, which they had both known, such as his generosity and his empathy for outsiders like Remus.
  • Big Man on Campus: To the core — a bright student, very popular guy, skilled Quidditch player, comes from old money. Most of everyone liked him.
  • Blue Blood: The Potter family stretches back centuries, and since the marriage of Hardwin Potter to Iolanthe Peverell, included the line of Ignotus Peverell in its lineage. The only reason that the family isn't included in the list of oldest, purest pure-blood families called the "Sacred Twenty-Eight" is because the Potters were and are strongly pro-Muggle rights, though the list's writer claims that it's because Potter is such a common Muggle surname that "there has to be some Muggle blood in there somewhere". (In reality, "Potter" was a corruption of "Potterer", a nickname given to one of the family's ancestors by his Muggle neighbors due to his appearance as a doddering old man who cared about little other than working in his garden — though they respected the efficacy of his herbal remedies, not knowing that they were actually magical potions.)
  • Bold Explorer: Along with his friends, he had this attitude towards Hogwarts, wishing to explore every nook and cranny and every secret passage on and off the grounds. Together they created The Marauder's Map as a legacy of their exploring.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Acknowledged to have been a bright student, though he was also a huge troublemaker. He also became an Animagus at the age of 15, along with Sirius and Wormtail, when there are only seven registered Animagi in the 20th century. Although he seems to have been more academically inclined than his son, being described as "exceptionally bright" by Professor McGonagall and certainly seems to have had little trouble or difficulty with his OWLs.
  • Broken Pedestal: For Harry, when he learns more about how James was as Snape was. Eventually, Harry comes to forgive this character flaw and respect that James did mature as he got older. It takes some time and a chat with Sirius and Lupin to do it, though. Harry gets distracted by loathing for Snape around this time anyway, as he blamed Snape for Sirius's death, and since Snape was the primary target of his father's bullying his anger at Snape trumps his anger at his father. Harry does come around to forgiving both, as evidenced by how he chose to name his children.
  • Character Development: He mellowed out and become more humble. He grew up just like everyone else.
  • The Charmer: James and Sirius are remembered as this by Madam Rosmerta.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He and Lily knew each other since first year, dated in their seventh, and became Happily Married with a son (Harry).
  • Create Your Own Villain:
    • Played With. It's implied by Rowling and the notes in Snape's Potions Textbook, that Snape's interest and involvement with the Dark Arts was primarily a means to get back at James for the way he was treated by James and his friends. However, he was very talented at it and his Not So Different qualities with James would have driven him into studying them regardless.
    • In a milder example, teaching Peter how to become an Animagus gave him the perfect tool to stab him in the back and get away with it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: James vs Snape in their fifth year, while James was bullying him.
  • Death by Origin Story: He's killed in Harry's origin story.
  • Denying the Dead Parent's Sins: Until Harry sees Snape's memories, he never believed a word that Snape said about his father. Realizing that Snape was right about his father's attitude as a young man leads to a Heroic BSoD on his part.
  • Determinator: In regards to Lily, arguably more than Snape, since James at the very least did listen to Lily's criticism and (mostly) changed his attitude, which Snape never did even after her death.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: His determination to win Lily's heart was this, only thing coming close was his pranking streak and his issues with Snape.
  • Dysfunction Junction: As the leader of the Marauders, James was perhaps the most normal of the group, lacking family baggage (Sirius Black), a "furry little problem" (Remus Lupin) and feelings of insecurity (Peter Pettigrew).
  • Embarrassing Rescue: He saved Severus Snape's life when he discovered Sirius' prank. This changed nothing in their mutual antagonism, though it was more embarrassing for Snape than him.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Was appalled at Sirius' "prank" which could have potentially killed Snape, leading him to rescue him at great personal risk and an Embarrassing Rescue for Snape. Despite this, he continued to treat Snape in the same manner, before and after the incident. Then again, it's not like Snape changed.
    • While he frequently jinxed and hexed people for fun in his younger years, he never did any Dark Magic. When young Snape defended his friend Mulciber performing Dark Magic on a classmate by claiming it was Not So Different from James's antics, even Lily, who detested James at this time, knew James would never do the same thing to a person and there was no comparison. Even in the Pensieve scene when Snape hit him with Sectumsempra and made him bleed, James retaliated with Levicorpus instead of a more physically harmful spell.
  • Fatal Flaw: Ironically, his generosity and trust in his friends. Peter was the one case where it was absolutely not justified, and his family's betrayal probably would have been averted if James had actually been an Alpha Bitch who shunned and distrusted him. As per Pottermore, it was Remus Lupin (who James and Sirius had befriended) who brought Peter into the fold and as per Sirius, James would never have agreed to take Peter as his Secret Keeper if he had not vouched for him. So maybe his real flaw was deferring to his good friends' Horrible Judge of Character.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: He and Severus Snape pretty much view the other as disturbances on the others' existence. The two set off one another in way no one else could.
    Lily: What's he [Snape] ever done to you?
    James: Well, it's more the fact that he exists.
  • Foil:
    • To Ron Weasley, who often appeared a fool before the Muggleborn girl he loved and only became a couple in their later years (though Ron and Harry did not finish Hogwarts while James and Lily dated in seventh year and married soon after.) Harry realizes the same when a chapter after seeing Snape's memory, he sees Ron prattling and running a hand through his hair much like his father.
    • To Draco Malfoy. Both are wealthy purebloods from ancient families who spent most of their school years swaggering around the halls, insulting people and engaging in a fierce rivalry with a troubled, isolated and lonely half-blood boy before maturing in their late teens. The difference is Malfoy's infatuation with the Dark Arts and pureblood ideals, which James did not share. As a result James was able to become Head Boy, get together with his longtime crush and graduate as a popular and beloved young man while Malfoy was led down a very painful and horrifying path.
  • Former Teen Rebel: He eventually became a more mature Head Boy, though it seems he continued to break rules even after getting there.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Downplayed. James was more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold but was a bully towards Severus Snape, at least. He got better.
  • Good Counterpart:
    • The final three books reveal James shared several similarities to the likes of Draco Malfoy and Tom Riddle despite his lifelong alignment to Good and his progressive moral and political stances. Like Malfoy he was a prideful young man who was spoiled by his wealthy parents. Indeed, the first meeting between Snape and James is something of an Ironic Echo of the first meeting of Harry and Draco, only with the roles reversed.
    • Like Tom Riddle, he's The Leader of a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits with a Secret Identity Nickname and moreover traded on his looks, charisma and academic standing to escape serious punishment for his actions (which would have gotten other students in Real Life and in the books, expelled). Moreover he indulged in illegal and dangerous activity becoming an animagus and was a ceaseless explorer of Hogwarts.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He's a brave wizard, a true friend and a good husband and father, but to those he has a serious problem with, expect a very intense rivalry/hateship.
  • Good Parents: We briefly glimpse James playing with his son, on the night of his death, taking great joy in his son's reactions to flying bubbles. Harry's affection for his father and his Heroic Sacrifice is what drives his famous What the Hell, Hero? speech to Remus Lupin, his father's friend, telling him that his abandoning his wife and child and lack of responsibility towards them is something James would never allow, citing how his father stood by him and his mother at the night of the attack.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It's implied in the books and confirmed by Rowling that his targeting of Snape had to do with his suspicions that the latter had feelings for Lily and was moreover best friends with her, despite Snape being naturally talented at the Dark Arts and being a grim character in general.
  • Guile Hero: James and his friends secretly became animagi as students in Hogwarts, right under the noses of Albus Dumbledore, a powerful Legilimens. Dumbledore never discovered this until years after James' death. Likewise, James used his Invisibility Cloak to sneak around Hogwarts and kept this secret until a short time before his death from Dumbledore, to whom he showed the cloak.
  • Happily Married: To Lily.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Willingly goes forth to a Bolivian Army Ending charging at Voldemort without a wand, hoping that the mere seconds would be enough for Lily and Harry to escape. Unlike his wife, for whom Snape tried to invoke Spare Her My Liege, he never had a real choice and was going to be killed anyway.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sirius. Also, with Remus. James supported him financially because, as a werewolf, the law prevented him from getting a job.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: An in-series example of someone whose later career as an anti-Voldemort resister and his early death made him remembered as a hero in the minds of the wizarding world who constructed a monument of him, his wife and Harry in Godric's Hollow as a memory of their sacrifice. Aside from Snape, nobody remembers or holds his youthful misdeeds against him, even the likes of McGonagall and Hagrid.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He taught Peter Pettigrew how to become an Animagus, and it was this skill that allowed him to successfully betray the Potters, frame Sirius, and escape justice.
  • Honour Before Reason: According to Remus Lupin, James would never stoop to suspecting any of his friends of treachery. This is shown in his choice of Sirius Black as Secret Keeper rather than Dumbledore himself. Although Sirius was loyal, this ultimately goes horribly wrong for everyone since no one suspected Pettigrew of being a traitor.
  • In-Series Nickname: Prongs to the other Marauders.
  • Jacob Marley Apparel: When he appears to Harry via the Resurrection Stone, he is said to be wearing the clothes that he died in.
  • Jerkass to One: James was a hot-headed show-off in school who was a notorious prankster, even using hexes in his pranks. But as far as we know, the only person that actually hated him was Severus Snape, and that was a complicated and hate-filled rivalry. It's telling that when James matured and learned humility, he never stopped getting into fights with Snape. However, according to Sirius and Remus, James only did so out of a desire for retaliation.
  • Jerk Jock: Being a guy from a rich family, along with his reputation as a very good Quidditch player and a prankster who had a tendency to go too far in his pranks, certainly points a bit in this direction. But as far as we know, the only person that had a real beef with him was Snape, and that was a complicated and hate-filled rivalry.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: How his former teachers and Hagrid described him, a general troublemaker who was otherwise exceedingly loyal to his friends and a great wizard. His support and loyalty to his friends, even after finding out that Remus Lupin was a werewolf shows his great generosity. That said, Severus Snape for a variety of personal reasons brought out the worst in him and vice versa.
    • On the "Jerk" side, in And the Prisoner of Azkaban Lupin and Sirius both admit that if he and Harry had gone to school together, and he had learned there was a psychotic killer loose in the area looking for Harry, James would have lured Harry out of the castle and into the open because he would have thought it would be funny.
    • On the "Heart of Gold" side, it's made clear that he nearly shit his pants when he found out that Sirius had tricked Snape into going to the Shrieking Shack when Sirius knew Lupin was there and transformed into his werewolf form, and wasted no time intercepting Snape and preventing him from going to the shack.
  • Jumped at the Call: Sirius told Harry that this was his father's general attitude when confronted with pulling off a risky, rule-breaking action. "The risk would have been fun for James". This also serves as subtle foreshadowing in the 5th Book, since that is definitely not his son's attitude.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He's described as this by those who knew him as an adult.
  • Knight Templar: Had this attitude towards the Dark Arts and Slytherin House in general. May or may not be justified considering that Voldemort was on the rise and many prominent Slytherians presented their desires to join up with him.
  • The Leader: Of the Marauders.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like his father, Harry's a great Quidditch Player, a tireless fighter against the Dark Arts and a true friend, as well as a determined rule breaker who loves to explore the school grounds. However, unlike his father, Harry was subjected to mistreatment as a kid and didn't approve of some of the stuff his dad did to Snape.
  • Loveable Rogue: He's described as this by those who knew him as a boy, sans Snape and, for a time, Lily.
  • Lovable Jock: Was a talented and popular Quidditch player and had a great personality.
  • Messy Hair: Like father, like son, which makes it ironic that their family invented the Sleekeazy Hair Potion.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Another way his and Snape's rivalry is a Gray-and-Gray Morality version of Harry and Draco's. He's rich, well-taken care of, and spoiled by his parents (the Draco to Snape's Harry) but he's also sweet and has genuine compassion for Remus Lupin and hates the Dark Arts and Voldemort despite being Pureblood. Word of God says he never worked after graduating, using his inheritance to support his family, Remus, while working full time as part of the Order. Granted, given the situation of the time and how he had to go into hiding so soon, it's justified why he couldn't find a place to work.
  • Not Me This Time: The infamous prank that nearly resulted in Snape meeting and dying at the hands of a werewolf was entirely Sirius's idea. James was appalled and risked his own life to save him, but Snape refused to believe the gesture was out of goodwill and was convinced that James was in on it and only saved him because he got cold feet.
  • Official Couple: With Lily.
  • Old Money: The Potter family were never among the most influential of the Pureblood families, but as a result of innovations in Healing potions over the years, they earned a fortune in patents made from making Skele-Gro and Sleekeazy's Hair potion. By the time James was born, his parents had sold off the company for a high price with James having plenty of cash to work full-time with the Order and support himself, Lily and Remus, while also leaving Harry a sizable inheritance. In fact, part of the reason he and Vernon Dursley got off on the wrong foot involved him telling Vernon he owned a sizable fortune and did not need to work.
  • Papa Wolf: Fended off Voldemort to give a better chance for Lily and Harry to escape.
  • Pet the Dog: James was not as perfect as readers were initially led to belive but he had several moments proving he was good at heart.
    • James gave Sirius a home when he had nowhere else to go.
    • He became an animagus to support Lupin.
    • He saved Snape's life at great personal risk to himself.
  • Posthumous Character: Perhaps the most rounded one in terms of overall evolution of character, Warts and All. Though the Character Focus shifts from him to his wife in the final three books. However, we still know relatively little about him.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Harry obviously regained enough respect for his father that he was one of the four spirits that emerged from the Resurrection Stone and he later named his first son after him. In the fifth book, after hearing Sirius and Remus laugh nostalgically about his father's antics and not understanding how they can take it lightly, he sees Ron behaving in the same way after his Quidditch triumph while resting beneath the same beech tree that James and his friends did. Harry's reaction is to smile in recognition.
  • Refuge in Audacity: This was pretty much how the Marauders made themselves be the height of cool. James uses this to endear himself to Lily, despite subjecting her best friend to a Humiliation Conga in broad daylight in front of a group of onlookers and promising to stop if she goes out with him. Unfortunately for him and fortunately for her, Lily didn't take that crap.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: This is how the Dursleys saw him, not knowing that he and his wife were part of La Résistance in a Wizard War. He used his wealth to support his family, as well as his friend Remus Lupin, leaving behind a considerable amount of wealth, after his death, to support his son's education. Despite being rich, he was also a Teen Genius and if he wanted to (and if the situation was not so dire that would soon force him and his family into hiding), he could've risen high in the Ministry.
  • The Rival: To Snape, for their differing opinions on the Dark Arts and Lily's affections.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Like his son, he held this belief proudly. Unlike his son, he'd take it to level of breaking actual laws by becoming an unregistered animagus as a teenager, all just to help his werewolf friend. His attitude as a teenager could also veer into Screw the Rules I'm Doing What I Want, according to Severus, Sirius and Remus. Along with his friends, he unearthed almost all of Hogwarts' secret passages and according to Remus, routinely sneaked out of school boundaries. Snape, who was admittedly biased, felt that James believed that the rules did not apply to him, while Remus admits affectionately, that James would have been most disappointed had his son not snuck out of Hogwarts once.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He never showed interest in any girl but Lily that we know of, though this is by no means certain.
  • Smug Smiler: He certainly was confident in his abilities to say the least. Snape certainly thought this of him and hated him for it (despite being the same.)
  • So Proud of You: Expresses this sentiment to Harry in the final book, when his shade comes out of the Resurrection Stone, and in fact provides the current page quote.
  • Team Dad: Served as this to the rest of the Marauders. Inspiring Sirius to become a Gryffindor in their first meeting and becoming an Animagus to help Remus Lupin with his transformation. For Sirius, James was a brother and provided him the family support, first with his parents and then with Lily and Harry, that he didn't have in his life. After graduating from Hogwarts, he also supported Remus financially, since because of his condition he could not find work. It's implied that he was also something of a Big Brother Mentor to Peter.
  • Teen Genius: Was regarded as a gifted and brilliant Wizard by his teachers and Remus Lupin, who notes that the animagus transformations would not have been possible if it had not been for his and Sirius' brilliance, and Ollivander remembered him as having a gift for Transfiguration. This is also shown in The Marauder's Map.
  • Those Two Guys: Was this with Sirius Black back in his youth. While reminiscing of their schooldays, Madame Rosmerta commented that you never saw one without the other.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Was apparently a believer in this and the main virtue he and his son share. Dumbledore and Remus affirm that James would not want Peter Pettigrew killed even if he was a Dirty Coward traitor. In the books, despite his treatment of Severus Snape, he risked his life to save his, admittedly as a fallout for a prank by his friend Sirius but not one that he instigated, as Snape wrongly believed.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Described as this, along with his wife, by Hagrid.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • In Lily's eyes, he did in the 6th year. To his friends he was always warm and generous, if occasionally over-the-top.
    • Subverted in the case of Snape, towards whom he never truly changed. Even after he stopped hexing others, Sirius and Remus admitted that he remained, for James, a "special case". However, both pointed out that James only did so out of retaliation.
  • Troll: Ensured that the Marauder's Map would have a special in-built nasty insult in case Snape ever tried to read it. This endured even years after his death. Not to mention that he and Sirius were their generations' Weasley twins in terms of pranking.
  • True Companions: The Marauders.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: How Snape and Lily saw him during their friendship. Despite being obnoxious, he was remarkably popular and according to Remus, seen as "the height of cool" rather than a bully even if he enjoyed hexing targets (such as Bertram Aubrey whose head was made double his size). During the Snape's Worst Memory scene, the crowd immediately drops what it was doing to gather around him and cheer him on as he attacks Snape.
  • Warts and All: After spending many books with a very idealized view of his parents, Harry's shocked to find out that James Potter was a showoff and could be kind of a jerk so much so that he gets a lot of angst about whether or not everything he'd thought about his father was a lie. Eventually, though, he realizes the truth: James Potter was overall a good man and a good husband who had his faults and flaws and made some poor decisions when he was younger. When he asks Sirius and Lupin they fondly remember how much of a jackass he was until he matured up a bit. They were under no pretense of how much the Marauders could be attention seeking idiots at time.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: To a mildly lesser extent than Lily, but still present. Despite being heard about him from those closest to him and one not, we don't know how people saw him outside of his circle of friends and Snape (heck, we only got one glimpse of him and Lily and that was before they became friends, and given how we know even less about her, her perspective is potentially quite biased.) We know he was a very talented wizard in a variety of subjects and was the previous generations' Weasley twins with Sirius, but we don't know how others with more nunaced views saw him or even his own thoughts. The latter is much more prevalant since it's clear he knows more than most expect and seems to have kept more than a little to himself, or at least not this friends.
  • Worthy Opponent: Voldemort briefly expresses this sentiment to Harry in the graveyard scene at the end of Goblet of Fire, noting that James Potter died "straight-backed and proud" and wishes Harry to aspire to the same ideal.The glimpse of his death in Deathly Hollows confirms this. Although it's more a Hopeless Boss Fight since James didn't have his wand and merely charged forward blindly in the hope he could give his wife whatever little time he could.

    Lily Potter
Portrayed by: Geraldine Somerville (adult), Ellie May Darcey-Alden (child)
Voiced by: Adriana Casas (Latin American Spanish, Goblet of Fire), Marina Huerta (Latin American Spanish, Deathly Hallows), Melissa Gedeón (Latin American Spanish, child, Deathly Hallows'')

"Harry, you're so loved. Mummy loves you. Daddy loves you."

Harry Potter's mother, who was murdered by Voldemort and whose sacrifice for her son saved his life and started the events of the series.

  • Action Mom: Implied. Although she's never actually seen in action, she's known to have been a skilled witch and was one of the few people who were ever able to escape Voldemort more than once.
  • Age Lift: Played With. As mentioned above James and Lily were both 20 when Harry was born, meaning they were 21 when they died. In the film series however, they are played by actors who are much older (Lily's actress was 34 in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, James' was 43). While some argue that it would be natural for Harry to imagine his parents at the same age as the parents of his peers when looking in the mirror of Erised (and the same theory could technically extend to their ghosts), they are played by the same actors in flashbacks and old photographs. It seems as though the production team wanted actors that looked like they could be the parents of Daniel Radcliffe at the time of filming, rather than actors who looked like they could be the parents of Daniel Radcliffe ten years previously. Granted, their age when they died hadn't been revealed yet when the film series started, and plenty of Real Life couples wait several years before they have children. Rowling herself admitted to having not realized how old Lily and James were until some time later.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Apparently, Harry inherited this trait from her. Her relationship with her former friend, Snape is a good example: she, the most popular, beautiful, talented girl in school, and favourite of Slughorn who is known to "collect" influential students, was best friends with the poor, ugly, hot-tempered boy from her rival House. Yes, she eventually breaks her friendship with him, but it's after years of watching him turn into a horrible person under the influence of Slytherin's junior Death Eaters, culminating in him calling her an unforgivable slur — and it obviously broke her heart to do it.
    • While Lily was generally outgoing, charismatic and polite, she is quick to express distaste, criticizing Snape's treatment of Petunia and his own Moral Myopia in hanging out with Death Eater friends who attack other students when he himself is attacked by the Marauders.
  • Always with You: In the books, Dumbledore often explains to Harry that his parents' sacrifice and their example is a key source of his power and strength that he can draw from.
  • Animal Motifs: Her Patronus form is a Doe, coincidentally, her husband's animagus form was a stag. After her death, it becomes Severus Snape's Patronus, signifying his ardour and commitment for her memory.
  • Berserk Button: In her scant appearances, Lily becomes properly angry only when she is called a "mudblood" by her supposed best friend and when she is patronized by boys who are trying to protect or defend her.
  • Betty and Veronica Switch: A rare female version whose two identified suitors included her childhood best friend and a slightly more moral but bullying Gryffindor. Her feelings and relationship between them follow a classic Hourglass Plot.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lily is a genuinely kind-hearted All-Loving Hero, but if she narrows her eyes and starts speaking icily to you, run.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Downplayed. Lily wasn't exactly an obedient child, ignoring Petunia when she begs her to stop doing magic in public (something their mother has apparently already warned her about) and sneaking into Petunia's room with her friend, where they then found Petunia's personal letter and read it together.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She has an "intutive grasp" of potions and her wand is particularly suited to charms, but what little we see of her never gives off the impression that she was particularly studious. She's seen laughing and hanging out with her girl friends after her exams, unlike Snape, who is going over his answers, and Remus, who is studying for his next exam.
  • Character Focus: The first five books considerably etched out her husband's backstory and provides much information about his schooldays with very little mention of Lily. Her growing focus in the final two books signifies the central role she plays in the life of her son and Severus Snape. However, we still don't get much information on her character, her family, or her other friends.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: In a one-sided example, Snape was her childhood best friend for a good 7-8 years, but their friendship died out before Lily could develop romantic feelings for him, due to his Fantastic Racism sympathies, using an unforgivable slur about Muggleborns casually, and even against Lily herself. She also knew James, but their interaction was limited and volatile until they started dating in seventh year.
  • Death by Origin Story: By necessity.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: To Sirius Black, who as a young first-year she turned her back to upon being seated next to him, after being disappointed that she was sorted into Gryffindor, unlike her best friend, Severus Snape. Years later, she considered Sirius family, referring to him as Padfoot in the letter Harry discovers in Book 7, gossiping him on familiar terms and wishing him "lots of love".
  • Dude Magnet: She was in a Love Triangle with both Severus and James.
  • Early Personality Signs: Even before she knew about magic, Lily showed an unusual amount of control over her magical abilities as a child, being able to fling herself off a swing, soar through the air and land lightly on the hard ground, as well as make a flower's petals open and close. She would prove to be a skilled and accomplished witch during her time at Hogwarts.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: She must have felt very disappointed after Snape calls her a "mudblood" and had been learning Dark Arts right behind her back.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Harry inherited his green eyes from her.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted. Lily might have dark red hair, but she doesn't have the explosive temper of, say, the Weasleys. When offended in "Snape's Worst Memory" and "the Prince's Tale," she is cold and calm, focused, and even teen boys can tell she's dangerous.
  • Flowery Insults: Lily had a habit of coming up with rather creative and snarky insults. Slughorn describes her as "cheeky" and "vivacious."
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Considering what it sets into motion, hers may be the biggest sacrifice of the series. Rowling explains that hers is the one sacrifice where the character makes a genuine choice between life and death, driven purely by her Mama Bear instinct. The later books constantly clarify the meaning and impact of her authentic sacrifice not only on the story's plot but also for Snape's gradual Character Development.
  • Hidden Depths: While Lily is treated as practically perfect in canon, the Pottermore article on wand woods describes the ideal owner for a willow wand as insecure, "however well they may try and hide it."
  • Ice Queen: Becomes this when Snape crosses what she considers his Moral Event Horizon, talking to him in a cold tone and even using the Marauders' own insult, "Snivellus," to talk to her ex-friend.
  • Knight Templar: More than any Gryffindor in the series, even her own son, Lily averts this. She befriends a rather unpopular Slytherin in the middle of Voldemort's rise to infamy, and being a treasured student of the Slytherin Head of House of her generation, who is himself a Token Good Teammate for Slytherin in the entire series. Part of this may be due to her being Muggleborn and thus not raised in the atmosphere.
  • The Lost Lenore: Snape never got over Lily's death, and she motivated his every action from beyond the grave.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Implied. She is presented as the more dominant (and possibly more spoiled) of the two sisters in the Evans family. She goes on to be a popular, influential, charismatic and talented student in Hogwarts, who doesn't suffer a shortage of insults for people she doesn't like, with an active social and romantic life that contrasts Snape's, her loner best friend. Slughorn describes her as "vivacious, charming and cheeky."
  • Mama Bear: Protects her infant son with love so awesome it helps him escape certain death from beyond the grave.
  • Morality Chain: Deconstructed. She refuses to be the single exception to otherwise unpleasant behaviour, and merely enable her friend's insecurities. She refuses to be the Token Minority friend of Snape when he hangs out with racists simply because, in his words, "she's different" ("Why should I be any different?" is her retort). Likewise, she refuses to enable James' bullying when he does it for ostensible noble reasons. Basically, Lily would not be part of anyone's life if they were merely nice to her and put her on a pedestal but continue to be Jerkasses.
  • Morality Pet:
    • Lily brought out the best in Snape as children. After he indirectly caused her death, she became his Morality Chain Beyond the Grave, albeit unwillingly.
    • She's also one for Horace Slughorn, being one of his "favourite students". While Slughorn is far from being a bad guy, he still has flaws. But it's often when talking about her that he shows his best qualities.
  • Nice Girl: She's described as being an "uncommonly kind woman" who was able to see the best in everyone and treats Snape with kindness.
  • Noodle Incident: Ollivander mentions that Lily's first wand was made of willow, leaving readers to wonder what happened that required her to buy a second wand.
  • Not So Above It All: When James and Sirius are bullying Snape in front of a crowd of students, Lily steps in to make them stop. When James lifts Snape up into the air by one of his legs magically, causing his robes to fall over his head and show everyone his underwear, Harry notices that Lily for a moment looks like she was about to laugh along with everyone else. She quickly stops herself and calls James out for his cruelty.
  • Odd Friendship : She and Severus Snape were childhood friends, knowing each other for two or more years before coming to Hogwarts and before being sorted into rival houses. After that, their friendship surprisingly kept going for five years, yet Lily started putting distance between them because of Snape's descent into the Dark Arts, which apparently led Lily's other friends to question her association with him, which she mentions in their friendship-breaking conversation.
  • Official Couple: With James.
  • The One That Got Away: To Snape. His descent into the Dark Arts and the Death Eaters cost him Lily's friendship, (maybe) her love, and eventually, her life. He is all too painfully aware of this. Rowling confirms that she "certainly loved him as a friend and could have loved him romantically if he wasn't into such horrible acts".
  • Parental Favouritism: Possibly. Petunia accuses her parents of favouring Lily, and Lily's confidence and independence as a child suggests that she was indulged to an extent while Petunia comes across as much more dependent and nervous, even though she's older. However, as their parents are never shown interacting with them, it's hard to gauge how much truth there is to Petunia's claims.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: When It All Began. And what ultimately triggers the Spanner in the Works Heroic Sacrifice which drives the story's plot, unwittingly rejecting Voldemort following up on Snape's Spare Her My Liege offer. Because she had a choice between her life and her son's life, and chose Harry over hers, Harry becomes The Chosen One.
  • Posthumous Character: Just like her husband, Lily manages to become familiar to the audience despite being long dead through the Mirror of Erised, Dementor flashbacks, Priori Incantum shades, the Pensieve, the Ressurection Stone, and Adult!Harry's visions.
  • The Power of Love: The most significant example in the series — her selfless defence of Harry is so powerful it deflected the implacable Killing Curse.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Gives one to James Potter when the latter persists in making a fool of himself by trying to defend her honour when Snape calls her a Mudblood, chewing him out for his arrogance and problems, insisting that he's Not So Different.
    • Gives a cold, epic one to Severus which seems to end their friendship, telling him that he's betrayed her trust and that he still doesn't see anything wrong with his Death Eater friends or calling other people "Mudblood".
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She is repeatedly described as having long, "dark red" hair, green eyes, and pale skin. She's also the mother of The Hero and the main reason the story began.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Why she ended up with James, who faced his faults and became a better person, ending up happily together for the short time they had.
  • Teen Genius: According to Slughorn, she was very gifted at Potions during her years at Hogwarts.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She is the second character who is good at heart to be killed off, after James.
  • Tranquil Fury: After Snape calls her "Mudblood". She doesn't go into a berserk screaming fit of rage, but it's clear she's pissed off nonetheless. She shows the same controlled fury when Snape comes and begs forgiveness from her after the incident.
  • True Companions: Seems to have regarded the Order of the Phoenix and her husband's friends as this as evidenced by the letter to Sirius discovered in the final book by Harry and Severus Snape.
  • Tsundere: Possibly. Considering she went from outwardly disliking James in fifth year to actively dating him in seventh and marriage after graduating Hogwarts, most of their development would have occurred in sixth and seventh year, although we never see it.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Much like James, we don't know much about her from her perspective or her own friends, making her a much bigger case than him. Of all the posthumous characters, she gets the least focus as compared to her husband, who gets a Warts and All portrayal in the course of the seven books (and even then, we still know surprisingly little about him). We mostly see her from Snape's POV, additionally we hear about her being an outgoing, vivacious, charismatic person, as well as a potions genius from Slughorn, but neither mentions give a real sense of her character. Additionally, we never meet any of her friends who weren't in love with her like we do for James, despite the fact that she was popular, had her own social circle, and didn't hang out with Marauders in her school years, at least initially (it's implied she did in her later years.) Similarly, we don't learn about her flaws like we did James. Harry naturally idealizes her but she had to have her flaws, yet we don't get to see them — everybody who talks about Lily has only praise for her. Rowling also seems to be a fan of The Smurfette Principle, as Lily is the only known witch in her era.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Snape. Despite being his first and initially closest friend, it wasn't enough to keep from indulging in the Dark Arts.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: There's a lot of emphasis on her green eyes, which Harry inherited from her.
  • What Does She See in Him?:
    • After seeing his parents argue as teenagers and seeing his father's unpleasant side, Harry in his Broken Pedestal Heroic BSoD wonders how his parents got married, only to be reassured by Remus and Sirius that she did have some feelings towards her father and fell in love only after he changed his behaviour. Considering Snape's obsessive grudge against James Potter well into adulthood and his ardour for Lily, one can safely assume that he felt the same way. On meeting Dumbledore for the first time, he tries to dissociate Lily from her family, only caring that Voldemort's fixation for Lily's baby would jeopardize her by association. One reason he insists Dumbledore not tell anyone for the real reasons for his Heel–Face Turn was him being Unbalanced by Rival's Kid.
    • Back in her schooldays, her girl friends and James continually wondered why Lily maintained a friendship with Snape, a Creepy Child who was obsessed with dark magic, friendly with bullies such as Mulciber and Avery, and a Death Eater in the making. Despite their protests, she ignored all of this and only broke it off after he called her a Mudblood and realized she couldn't defend him anymore.

    Frank and Alice Longbottom 
Portrayed by: James Payton and Lisa Wood

"My son and his wife were tortured into insanity by You-Know-Who's followers. They were Aurors, you know, and very well respected within the wizarding community. Highly gifted, the pair of them."
Augusta Longbottom on her son and daughter-in-law

Neville's parents, who were driven insane after being tortured by Bellatrix Lestrange. Due to their severe mental damage, they are permanent residents at St. Mungo's Hospital, where Neville and his grandmother sometimes visit them.

  • The Ace: By Dumbledore's own word, they were extremely popular, and other characters mention that they were both highly skilled Aurors. The whole Wizarding world was enraged after their attack.
  • Adapted Out: Their sole appearance was cut for the film adaptation of Order of the Phoenix.
  • Badass Family: Frank, Alice, Augusta, and without doubt, Neville. All of them grade-A asskickers. During the First War, they managed to escape Voldemort three times before being tortured into insanity. They were also Aurors and members of the Order, actively participating in the battle against Voldemort and the Death Eaters on two fronts. To wit, they suffered all the same fates as the Potters, but they didn't die. While they didn't get The Power of Love, they did prove to be too powerful to be killed.
  • Battle Couple: They fought together in the first war.
  • Driven to Madness: As a result of prolonged exposure to the Cruciatus Curse.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Addressed by Rowling, who notes that Neville and Alice's interactions are based on those of a friend of hers whose elderly mother has severe dementia.
  • Fate Worse than Death: And one of, if not the, saddest fates dealt in the series. While they survived the torture the Lestranges and Barty Crouch Jr. put them through, their minds were permanently damaged, and as a result they no longer recognize Neville as their son.
  • Happily Married: That lasted for a tragically short time.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Alice's hair turned white as a result of being tortured into insanity.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Their eventual fate, with the trauma coming from the combined Cruciatus Curses from the Lestranges and Barty Crouch Jr. They don't recognize Neville as their son due to their broken mental state, or seem able to speak, but Alice still shows a desire to give Neville gifts (even if they're just candy wrappers).

    Edgar Bones 
Portrayed by: Cliff Lanning

A member of the first Order who was killed alongside many members of his family.

  • The Ace: Alastor Moody calls him "a great wizard".
  • Badass Family: Hagrid mentions the Bones Family as “some of the best witches and wizards of the age.” This is likely why he, along with his wife, children, and parents were targeted and murdered by Death Eaters. His sister Amelia, and niece Susan, went on to fight in the second war.
  • Badass Mustache: According to his photograph in the film.

    Gideon and Fabian Prewett
Members of the first Order and brothers of Molly Weasley. They were killed by Death Eaters.
  • Badass Family: They were Molly Weasley's brothers, and what little we know about them shows that they definitely shared badassery in their genes.
  • Bash Brothers: Of the magical variety.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: It took five Death Eaters, including Hero Killer Antonin Dolohov, to defeat them.
  • Foil: It's not clear if they are twins, but they seem to be harbingers of their nephews Fred and George. Rowling mentioned that Molly after losing her brothers was exceptionally worried about her family and it's clear that she sees Fred and George's reckless actions as being reminscent of their uncles.
  • The Klutz: Fabian didn't take very good care of his possessions, including his pocket watch, which is dented when Molly gives it to Harry Potter.
  • Meaningful Name: "Gideon" is Hebrew for "mighty warrior," and "Fabian" also refers to a military strategy.

    Peter Pettigrew 


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