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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 and 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 largely at school, or off camping in the final book.
  • 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. Furthermore, as an alliance formed on a single position (opposition to Voldemort), there is a great deal of conflict between members of the group, who often have vastly different opinions, loyalties, and moral compasses when it comes to other matters.
  • 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 

    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 (even dueling two at once), and is apparently never defeated during the battle (at least onscreen).
  • Adaptational Context Change: In the book, when Evan Rosier is mentioned to have been killed resisting arrest, Moody quips "He took a bit of me with him", pointing at the missing chunk of his nose. In the movie, due to his Adaptational Attractiveness, he points to his eye when saying the line instead.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: In Half-Blood Prince he only makes a brief cameo attending Dumbledore's funeral.
  • 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.
  • Cold Ham: Though he's usually more of a Large Ham, at the end of Order of the Phoenix, Moody casually threatens Vernon that if he abuses Harry again the Order will be visiting. While he doesn't raise his voice, his tone makes it clear.
  • 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. After Goblet of Fire he proves to be a reliable, loyal member of the Order of the Phoenix who does genuinely care about Harry and his allies, and still journeys to the front lines when needed.
  • Cowboy Cop: Was an Auror, essentially the wizarding world equivalent of an FBI agent. He brought a great many dark wizards to justice over the years, but he wasn't above using underhanded methods to give him an edge in a fight. It's also strongly implied that he outright killed some dark wizards who were too dangerous to restrain, though he generally preferred to bring them in alive.
  • 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. His fearsome reputation is intact enough that Voldemort specifically targets him during the Battle of the Seven Potters, reasoning that Harry would've surely been paired up with the oldest, most powerful member of the Order.
  • 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.
      Sirius Black: 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.
    • As paranoid and eager as he was to see as many Death Eaters as possible sent to Azkaban, even he had to concede during Ludo Bagman's trial that the evidence heavily suggests that he wasn't one and he gave Augustus Rockwood secret information out of stupidity rather than deliberate subterfuge.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: His long career as an Auror has left him completely covered in scars and deformities, the missing bit of his nose Evan Rosier "took with him" when he died resisting arrest. The others no doubt have stories of their own, but we don't get to hear all of them.
  • 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.
  • Facial Horror: In the books, his face is described to be covered in scars and have several chunks of flesh missing, including half of his nose, not to mention his missing eye. This is severely downplayed in the movies.
  • 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. He also has a completely ravaged body from his long career, missing a leg, an eye, and (in the book) many random bits of flesh from his face.
  • 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, which isn't much different from how Crouch Jr. portrayed him.
  • 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 by Voldemort 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 Corbett: [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. It also appears to be able to hold itself up unsupported.
  • 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 (his eye in the movie). 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. 
  • Named After the Injury: Got his name after losing his eye while fighting death-eaters.
  • Never Found the Body: Much like Fenwick, Harry, Ron and Hermione only ever found a bit of him. His magical eye namely, which Umbridge stole and affixed to her office door. When the Trio gets ahold of it and escapes the Ministry, they bury it in the woods as the best they can do for a memorial.
  • 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.
    • The exact details behind the loss of his eye and leg are left unexplained in the books, though the movie changes Evan Rosier's taking a chunk of his nose to being responsible for the eye instead.
  • 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 Harry actually wins the tournament.
    • Outlines in Deathly Hallows that they can't just assume that Voldemort will fall for their leak and as such prepares everyone for the worst, and sure enough, the worst comes to pass.
  • 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. He comes out of retirement upon Voldemort's return and rejoins the Order of the Phoenix.
  • 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.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Zigzagged. His decoy appears plenty, but the real Moody is largely kept Out of Focus in Book Four. He's a regular presence for the remainder of the series, not acting much different from how the imposter played him.
  • 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:
    • He is defeated and captured by Barty Crouch Jr. and Peter Pettigrew in Goblet of Fire, albeit after a long and difficult struggle.
    • 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. Granted the Death Eater who defeated him, Antonin Dolohov, was one of the most dangerous ones.
    • Voldemort kills Mad-Eye at the start of Deathly Hallows, reinforcing the Dark Lord's magical prowess, though also a case of Worf Had the Flu: Mundungus Fletcher fled, distracting him at a crucial moment, especially since Voldemort would only need one good hit.
  • 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Death Eaters have not forgotten how he filled half of the cells in Azkaban with their ranks, and neither has Voldemort, who specifically hunts him down first, believing only he would be able to put up a sufficient defense against him to protect Harry.
  • 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. It's also likely that he's had his share of run ins with dark witches as well as wizards.
  • You Are in Command Now: He and Kingsley take command of the Order after Dumbledore is killed.

    Aberforth Dumbledore
"It's not a job my brother's given you. It's a suicide mission. Do yourself a favor, boy, and go home. Live a little longer."
Click here to see his younger self.
Portrayed by: Jim McManus (Order of the Phoenix), Ciarán Hinds (Deathly Hallows films), and Richard Coyle (Fantastic Beasts).
Voiced by: Guillermo Coria (Latin American Spanish, Deathly Hallows), Mauricio Pérez (Latin American Spanish, The Secrets of Dumbledore)

"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.

  • Adaptational Dye-Job: Like his brother, he goes from having red hair to brown hair in Fantastic Beasts.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: In the books, Harry knows about Aberforth as early as the middle of Goblet of Fire (Albus mentions him when Harry, Ron, and Hermione visit Hagrid to coax him out of his Achilles in His Tent) and briefly meets him in the next two without knowing who he is. Although he appears briefly played by an extra in Order of the Phoenix, he's not so much as mentioned until the seventh movie. Harry explicitly says to Elphias that he didn't know Aberforth even existed at the wedding.
  • Age Lift: In the books, Aberforth is mentioned as being about three years younger than Albus as he started at Hogwarts when Albus began his fourth year, making him 15 when Ariana died while Albus was 18 after completing his final year. In The Secrets of Dumbledore, he sired Credence at 16, making him about a year older than in the books.
  • 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 symbolism, 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, nondescript bartender, but a powerful wizard, a Knowledge Broker, and a reliable and trustworthy ally to the Order of the Phoenix. Feeding the family's goats was also one of the few things Aberforth and Arianna were able to do together after she was driven insane.
  • 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's… open to interpretation.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He had this towards Ariana, his and Albus's younger sister, especially when she developed an obscurus parasite after 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 when he tried to stop the from running off with her. Although 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.
  • Big Little Brother: In Fantastic Beasts, Aberforth is significantly taller than Albusnote , though camera tricks are usually used to make them look the same height.
  • 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, though reluctantly.
  • Character Title: He’s the one to whom the secret in The Secrets of Dumbledore is referring.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In the film, Aberforth versus at least a hundred Dementors. The Dementors didn't stand a chance.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • He admits that he hates how Rita Skeeter slandered Albus and got details about the family all wrong. Sure, Albus was an entitled Insufferable Genius that didn't want to take care of his disabled little sister, but to his credit, he insisted on doing it when Aberforth planned to drop out of Hogwarts and look after Ariana instead. Albus went Big Brother Instinct and told Aberforth that he needed to focus on his studies, so he could be independent in good time. Aberforth mentions that Albus took their mother's death quite well and there was a Hope Spot that the arrangement could have worked out until Aberforth graduated to take his place. But then Grindelwald showed up...and everything went to hell.  Yeah, Albus screwed up, but he did make an effort, and while he may dislike his older brother, he did admit at least Albus did try and didn't enjoy Albus being mistaken as such a bad family head. 
    • While Muggles were the people that left Ariana insane, Aberforth wasn't against Albus and Grindelwald's plans just because of Ariana, but also because he was truly disgusted with their plans and the amount of damage it could cause. After all, the Muggles that attacked Ariana had already paid for it when Percival attacked them back and he absolutely didn't see any point in enslaving them when only a few of them did it. Even Albus admits it wasn't just because of Ariana and states that his brother was better than him because he never predjuiced against Muggles. Indeed, despite resenting Albus, he willingly works with him to stop Grindelwald and Voldemort from destroying them.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: His brief appearance in the film version of Order of the Phoenix has him accompanied by a pet goat. The film was released before the reveal of the bartender's true identity in the final book.
  • 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.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: 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 three 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.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: In a series rife with unlucky middle children, poor Aberforth probably got it the worst of the lot. His father got locked in prison when he was about 8, Ariana was sick and had to be taken care of at all times, and Albus was off at Hogwarts being a genius. This left him as the neglected child. He shows some clear resentment towards his mother for all of this in Deathly Hallows.
  • Misunderstood Loner 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.
  • 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 fact that he was the one who pulled his wand on Grindelwald in the first place, and 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.
    • The incident of him getting a girl pregnant when he was sixteen is never really expanded on in Fantastic Beasts. Albus tells Newt that the same summer he met Grindelwald, Aberforth started dating a girl that lived in Godric's Hollow. She became pregnant but was sent away by her family, although rumors persisted that she'd had a baby, who was later believed to have drowned in a shipwreck. Albus says that if he'd been a better brother that Aberforth would have probably confided in him about his suspisicions and they could have worked to find out what happened.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: General consensus of Aberforth in the wizarding world is that he's a bumbling, goat-loving oddball who can't compare to his brother. Aberforth seems willing to play the part since it means shady characters and Dark Wizards are willing to frequent the Hog's Head, allowing him to spy on the wizarding underworld and report their activities to the Order of the Phoenix. When Aberforth is properly introduced he turns out to be sharp, perceptive, a powerful wizard, and the Only Sane Man in the Dumbledore family.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Barkeeping: It's clearly a cover for his eavesdropping, though.
  • 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.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Possibly, given Credence's condition in The Secrets of Dumbledore, and Albus' words that "he can't be saved" imply he doesn't have much time left.
  • 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".
  • 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 Willy Widdershins. 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.
    • In The Secrets of Dumbledore, he's this to his biological son Credence, blocking Grindelwald's killing curse along with Albus to protect him.
  • 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.
  • Secret Test of Character: It's never confirmed, but it's not hard to imagine that his "Leave Your Quest" Test to Harry was one of these, given that he knows damn well there's a secret passage into the school and it's completely undetectable to Death Eaters.
  • 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. Although, they are more similar than they seem on first glance. Both share a certain stubbornness, secretiveness, and strong sense of right and wrong.
  • 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
    • Also Grindelwald attacking him in a fit of rage and Ariana getting killed in the chaotic fight sets in the motion of Grindelwald's downfall, though this is more pertinent to the story of Fantastic Beasts than Harry Potter. Not to mention the fact that he is Credence's biological father.
  • 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.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Aberforth got a girl pregnant when he was sixteen but she was sent away and everyone thought his child (Credence/Aurelius) drowned in a shipwreck as a baby.
  • 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. Although we don't ever see them interact in the books, in the third Fantastic Beasts they do clearly love each other and help each other out but there is a huge gulf between them.
  • 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 dementor potion had on his brother from Harry it's implied (and later confirmed by Rowling) that Aberforth finally forgives Albus.
  • Time-Shifted Actor: A younger version of Aberforth appears in the Fantastic Beasts films and is played by Richard Coyle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Also, while Mundungus did run away during mid-battle and inadvertently caused Mad-Eye's death, he still didn't sink as low as Peter Pettigrew and betray the Order and sided with the Death Eaters.
  • 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. Molly and Mad-Eye in particular can barely tolerate his presence. Ron and the Weasley twins initially do like him until they learn just how unscrupulous he is.
  • Indispensable Scoundrel: Fletcher is a thief and con man who, despite his slimy nature, is a member of the Order of the Phoenix because his connections to the wizarding underworld and the intel and items he provides for the Order are too valuable to do away with. He also helps Fred and George Weasley with product research for their joke shop. Subverted, though, in that his actions cause Harry and his friends a lot of grief, and his cowardice gets Mad Eye Moody killed in The Deathly Hallows.
  • 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, Hermione, 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 for pissing off Aberforth but we never find out what he did. 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. Mundungus attempts to justify it by saying that Sirius didn't care about the stuff in 12 Grimmauld Place; that earns him a whack over the head with a pot by Kreacher.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He is the only member of the Order to be a thief and con man who is only helping out of loyalty to Dumbledore, while the rest of the members are genuine heroes who want to help stop Voldemort and the Death Eaters.
  • 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, but he does appear in the video game adaptation of Chamber of Secrets (on the console versions) despite not appearing in said book.
  • 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.
  • Signature Headgear: Dedalus Diggle is usually pointed out by his 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.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The book shows her as very no-nonsense and somewhat insulting to Harry and Dudley after the Dementor attack. The film shows her to be meek, yet kind.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: A minor character until the fifth book, where it's revealed that she is a Squib and member of the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the first book, she gets injured twice. She breaks her leg tripping over one of her cats, forcing the Dursleys to take Harry with them to the zoo on Dudley's birthday. While she's recovering, Dudley knocks her off her crutches with his racing bike.
  • 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. He's one of the few people that's been close to him pretty much his whole life along with Aberforth and Bathilda.
  • Commonality Connection: He and Dumbledore became friends at school because they both started off as outcast. He'd just recently had Dragon Pox and carried the the blemishes and greenish hue from it and Dumbledore was, at that point, known for his father having recently gone to prison for what was ostensibly a vicious, unprovoked attacked against innocent Muggle children.
  • Hero-Worshipper: As Aberforth remarks, Elphias "thought the sun shone out of [Dumbledore]'s every orifice" (whatever that means). 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 

    Arthur Weasley 

    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 Leads to Leadership: 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.
  • Bald of Authority: 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.
  • The Mole: One of the few Ministry members who the Order managed to convince that Voldemort has returned.
  • Mole in Charge: He's a member of the Order of the Phoenix and close ally of Sirius who also happens to be in charge of the Ministry's manhunt for him. He takes full advantage of this to send his colleagues on a series of wild goose chases.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Master of Disguise: As a Metamorphmagus, she has the ability to modify her own appearance at will, a trait which she exploited to pass the concealment and disguise part of her Auror training with ease.
  • Odd Name, Normal Nickname: Nymphadora Tonks defaults to Last-Name Basis with most people, but her father calls her "Dora".
  • 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. Her and Remus' son turns out to be one, too.
  • 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.

    William Arthur "Bill" Weasley 

    Fleur Isabelle Weasley (née Delacour) 

    Charles "Charlie" Weasley 

    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, Cormac McLaggen 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.
  • 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.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: At the Yule Ball, she wears a beautiful flowing gown of lavender silk.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rank Scales with Asskicking: According to Hagrid's account of their travels.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Hagrid. While Hagrid wouldn't be considered small by any standard, he's around a head shorter than Olympe.
  • 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.
  • 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, though Moody notes that it was the only time he'd ever met him. 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 

    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 introverted, 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.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Lily's childhood friendship with Severus began to fray when he started hanging out with the Gang of Bullies that called themselves the Death Eaters, and the breaking point came when he called her a "filthy little Mudblood" in front of them. Despite his frantic attempts to apologize, Lily would have none of it and refused to be friends with him any longer. When he tried to protest that he didn't mean it, her response was, "But you call everyone of my birth Mudblood, Severus. Why should I be any different?" That was the last time they would ever speak to each other.
  • 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.
  • Class Princess: She was very popular in her time at Hogwarts, and also described as an "uncommonly kind woman" who was able to see the best in everyone. She was kind enough to be friends with the unpopular Snape.
  • 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 magic was real, Lily showed an unusual amount of conscious 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: Her son 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: Explored. Although she left her mark on different individuals with her passing, when she was alive, 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 Chain Beyond the Grave: To Severus Snape after his Heel–Face Turn. Every good action he does is out of loyalty towards her memory and regret over causing her death.
  • 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.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: The list of names for the trophy props lists her as a recipient of the Medal for Magical Merit as "L. J. Evans" . What the "J." stands for is unknown.
  • Nice Girl: She's described as being an "uncommonly kind woman" who was able to see the best in everyone and treated Snape with kindness for years before his steady slide into evil became too much for her to bear.
  • 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.
  • No Ontological Inertia: In the movie continuity, Professor Slughorn kept a fish that Lily gave him as a pet. When Slughorn got up one morning and found that the fish had turned back into a petal, he knew that Lily was dead.
  • 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.
  • Playing Hard to Get: Downplayed version. According to JK Rowling in an interview with The Leaky Cauldron, Lily was attracted to James for years, but despite him pursuing her relentlessly, she only started dating him in her final year of Hogwarts, when he seemed to have somewhat improved his bully tendencies.
  • 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.
  • Randomly Gifted: Her parents were Muggles, but she was born a witch and her sister Petunia wasn't, making her jealous of Lily and destroying their relationship.
  • "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 the same.
    • 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 Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Lily fell in love and married the rich and popular jock of Hogwarts, James Potter.
  • 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 gentle, 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 his father and fell in love with him 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.
  • Determinator: Not many people are determined enough to be tortured to insanity without revealing a shred of information.
  • 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.
  • Driven to Madness: As a result of prolonged exposure to the Cruciatus Curse.
  • 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.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: The list of names for the trophy props lists Frank as a recipient of the Medal for Magical Merit as "F. C. J. Longbottom". What the "C. J." stands for is unknown.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Although Alice doesn't recognize Neville, she gives him an empty Drooble's Best Blowing Gum wrapper every time he comes to visit her at St. Mungo's. Augusta tells him to throw them out because she's given him enough to wallpaper his room, but he keeps every one of them.
  • 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.

    Gideon and Fabian Prewett 

    Peter Pettigrew 


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Death of Sirius Black

To Harry Potter's horror, Bellatrix Lestrange uses the killing curse on his godfather, Sirius Black.

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