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    Garrick Ollivander 
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Portrayed by: John Hurt

"Curious indeed how these things happen. The wand chooses the wizard, remember... I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter. After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things — terrible, yes, but great."

The most esteemed wandmaker of the British wizarding world. He is an old man operating his family's centuries old wand shop in Diagon Alley, and is the creator of most wands wielded by most of the characters in the series.


  • Creepy Blue Eyes: He has pale blue eyes that never seem to blink.
  • Distressed Dude: He disappears in the sixth book, and is revealed to have been kidnapped by the Death Eaters in the seventh one. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Dobby rescue him when they are captured and detained alongside him in Malfoy Manor.
  • Family Business: The Ollivanders have been operating their shop since 382 B.C.
  • Family Theme Naming: Every member of the Ollivander family has a first name starting with "G". You'd only ever know this from reading Ollivander's bio on Pottermore, though, since his first name is never mentioned in the books.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's not particularly humble about the quality of his own work, and tends to be dismissive of wands made by other wandmakers such as Gregorovitch, but he's still widely regarded as the best wandmaker in the world.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: A possible example; when Harry is fitted for his wand, Ollivander remarks with what seems to be almost pleasure that Harry has been selected by a wand which was made using the same materials as those used to fashion Voldemort's. Harry is understandably a little weirded out by this, and by Ollivander's next comment that he expects Harry to do great things, because so did Voldemort. "Terrible, yes - but great."
    • The movie downplays this a little, where he acts appropriately disconcerted and hesitant, while the book version seems to barely remember the "terrible" part as an afterthought.
    • Although he's repulsed of the idea of Voldemort getting the Elder Wand, he's entranced by the idea of the most powerful wizard holding the most powerful wand.
  • Odd Friendship: He seems to develop one with Luna while they are both held prisoner in Malfoy Manor.
  • Photographic Memory: Possibly. He can remember the details of every wand he has ever made and who bought it, which could also indicate the uniqueness for such objects and their owners.

    Madame Rosmerta 
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Portrayed by: Julie Christie

The landlady of the Three Broomsticks inn at Hogsmeade.


  • Berserk Button: She's not pleased when the Ministry of Magic starts letting dementors into Hogsmeade, because they scare her customers away.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Half-Blood Prince, Malfoy puts her under the Imperius Curse and uses her to smuggle cursed items into Hogwarts.
  • Dude Magnet: She is quite pretty and has a number of admirers. Ron in particular has a crush on her.
  • Nice Shoes: Sparkly turquoise high heels.
  • Regal Ringlets: Her hair is styled this way in the films.

    Augusta Longbottom 
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Neville's strict grandmother.


  • Adult Fear: Her son and daughter-in-law were tortured into insanity by Death Eaters, to the point of no longer being able to recognize her or their son.
  • Apron Matron: She's very strict with her grandson.
  • Hidden Badass: Neville lampshades that the Ministry likely didn't think they needed to send a strong force to capture a little old witch living alone. She ended up sending Dawlish - an Auror - to a wizarding hospital and had successfully been living on the run prior to the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Iron Lady: A formidable witch with a sharp tongue and a good wand arm, and a stern Parental Substitute to her grandson.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's very harsh and strict with Neville, but she does love him and merely wants him to live up to his potential. Once he starts to do so, she's immensely proud of him and helps him in a few ways.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Death Eaters thought they could take her. Turns out she sent Dawlish to St. Mungo's. Later on, she joins her grandson in fighting off Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Nice Hat: She wears one topped with a stuffed vulture.
  • Raised by Grandparents: She is the grandparent, having raised Neville after his parents were tortured into insanity.
  • So Proud of You: After Neville fought the Death Eaters in the Department of Mysteries, she said he was living up to his father's example at last, even buying him a new wand. It becomes even more pronounced after he leads the Death Eater resistance at Hogwarts, telling Neville in a letter that he truly is his parents' son.
  • Undying Loyalty: She and Neville are two of Harry's earliest and most loyal supporters when the Ministry begins its smear campaign against the latter, going as far as cancelling her subscription to the Daily Prophet.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Neville accidentally left the list of Gryffindor common room passwords lying around, allowing Sirius Black to get into the boys' dormitory, Augusta sent him a Howler that shouted at him about how he had brought shame on the whole family.
  • Why Are You Not My Son?: Augusta never explicitly says it but she praises Harry multiple times through Neville. Neville admits in Half-Blood Prince that Augusta would love to have Harry as a grandson.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: She has very little patience for Neville's nervousness, mistakes or ineptitude at magic, and wishes he would turn out more like his parents, who were famous and respected Aurors. He does.
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    Viktor Krum 
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Portrayed by: Stanislav Ianevski

"Vot is the point of being an international Quidditch player if all the good-looking girls are taken?"

A world-renowned Bulgarian Quidditch player and the Durmstrang Triwizard Tournament champion. He becomes romantically involved with Hermione during his stay at Hogwarts, much to Ron's fury. He later shows up at Bill and Fleur's wedding, where he is angered by Xenophilius Lovegood's Deathly Hallows necklace. He explains to Harry that the symbol was the mark of Grindelwald. He remains in contact with Hermione, but only as pen pals.


  • Accent Adaptation: Inverted in the Bulgarian translation: in the fourth book, Viktor's speech is indirect and it's remarked that he has a "characteristic thick accent"; in the seventh, his accent is not written (as Funetik Aksent or otherwise), but his speech pattern is a bit off to make up for it.
  • The Ace: Becomes a professional Quidditch player good enough to represent his home country of Bulgaria while still in school, and is then selected as Durmstrang's champion in the Triwizard Tournament and acquits himself quite well.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He's a conventionally handsome Hunk in the movie, but in the book, he's described as looking like an "overgrown bird of prey", and isn't considered very handsome by Hermione, who nevertheless goes to the Yule ball with him.
  • Badass Bookworm: While most of his time in the library was an attempt to get close to Hermione, he apparently does like books on his own.
  • Bald of Awesome: In the film, it's more of a buzzcut.
  • Berserk Button: Grindelwald's mark. He recounts a time where some fellow students had copied it down to make themselves look tough until he and some others had "taught them better" and threatens to duel Xenophilius Lovegood for wearing it. Justified, since Grindelwald killed his grandfather.
  • Big Brother Instinct: As an older, famous athlete who is used to dealing with the media, he quickly comes to Harry's defense when he is hounded by Rita Skeeter.
  • Big Man on Campus: Being a celebrity athlete, of course he's going to be this. When he arrives in Hogwarts, everyone is excited to meet him and have him sit with them at their table.
  • Chick Magnet: A given, since he's a natural since he's a athlete superstar, even Hermione was attracted to him personality-wise.
  • Dumb Muscle: He appears to subvert this trope, revealing himself as a soft-spoken, thoughtful boy as the story progresses. This is how Ron comes to view him when he starts taking interest in Hermione.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After many years of losing, he finally leads the Bulgarian national team to victory in the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.
  • Famous-Named Foreigner: Krum was a famous Bulgarian king who ruled in the 9th century.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Although he is very popular,and could get a lot of other women if he wanted, he goes after the not-so-popular and slightly nerdy Hermione.
  • Graceful in Their Element: On a broom, he's fast and agile. On the ground, he is described as being "duck-footed."
  • Husky Russkie: Well, a burly Bulgarian, to be precise. Or as Skeeter put it in the movies, a Bulgarian Bon-Bon.
  • It's Personal: Like many other characters, he lost family to blood supremacists, so naturally, he does not tolerate that shit.
  • Kavorka Man: He's unattractive in the books, but nevertheless has a lot of fangirls due to his Quidditch talent.
  • Lonely at the Top: Implied. He's world-famous and a highly respected athlete, and he has plenty of admirers, but he doesn't seem to have many friends. It's very telling that, when it comes to the thing he'd miss the most, it's a girl he's only known a couple months.
  • Lovable Jock: Despite his quiet and surly exterior, he is overall a nice young man who happens to be a very talented athlete.
  • Manly Tears: Cried when he announced his retirement after his defeat at the 2002 Quidditch World Cup. When he came out of retirement and won the Cup in 2014, he cried as well.
  • Nice Guy: The few times we actually hear him talk, he comes off as very nice, if a bit hard to approach because of his fame and appearance. He also genuinely likes Hermione for her intelligence and personality, rather than the way she looks.
  • No Hero to His Valet: He seems uncomfortable with the hero worship and adoration he receives. Part of why he fell for Hermione and why he ended up on such good terms with Harry is that both saw him as a person and not a famous Quidditch player.
  • The Quiet One: In the book, it's noted that when he's talking to Hermione at the Yule Ball, it's the first time Harry has ever actually heard him talk. In the film, he only has two lines.
  • Red Herring: He's a student from a Dark Arts-friendly school like Durmstrang and the favored pupil of former Death Eater Karkaroff, suggesting he may be involved in the events of Goblet of Fire. Especially when he's also involved in a suspicious situation where he appears unconscious and Barty Crouch Sr. disappears. He turns out to have been completely innocent and just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Romantic False Lead: To Hermione, whom he romances in Goblet of Fire. Their relationship doesn't go much further after he leaves Britain.
  • Shark Man: Transforms into one in the second Triwizard task.
  • Teacher's Pet: A one sided version of this. Karkaroff lavishes praise and favoritism upon Krum, who mostly brushes it off.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Described as surly and glowering, he’s also duck-footed and round-shouldered. Yeah, he’s not actually described as handsome per se, but when he’s seen interacting with Hermione, he's shown to be very sweet. Also, the not-so-handsome part can be explained by Harry’s opinion on the matter being skewed. Even Hermione describes him as not being good-looking (at least before he asks her out). In the movie, this is played straight, depending on personal taste.
  • Two First Names: While "Viktor" and "Krum" are perfectly valid as Bulgarian given names, his proper surname should be "Krumov" if it had to adhere to the national naming conventions. One could always explain this as wizarding tradition being different, though.
  • White Sheep: He's probably not the only student to feel this way; he's against Durmstrang's Dark Arts heavy curriculum, preferring Hogwarts' more friendly approach. His grandfather having been murdered by a dark wizard may have something to do with this.
  • Wronski Feint: Uses the Trope Namer in the Quidditch World Cup.
  • Younger Than They Look: It's noted that he looks older than his actual age of eighteen.

    Rita Skeeter 
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Portrayed by: Miranda Richardson

"What a charismatic quartet! Hello, I'm Rita Skeeter. I write for the Daily Prophet. But, of course, you know that, don't you? It's you we don't know. You're the juicy news. What quirks lurk beneath those rosy cheeks? What mysteries do the muscles mask? Does courage lie beneath those curls? In short, what makes a champion tick? Me, myself and I want to know. Not to mention my rabid readers. So, who's feeling up to sharing? Shall we start with the youngest? Lovely."

A reporter for the Daily Prophet known for her "enchantingly nasty" and often slanderous writings. She is an unregistered Animagus who can transform into a beetle, a fact that makes it easy for her to eavesdrop on people and reveal their darkest secrets to everyone.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: She was described as fairly unattractive in the books, but being played by Miranda Richardson didn't hurt her.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The film version of Goblet of Fire drastically tones down her nastiness, and also removes the detail of her being an illegal animagus who spies on people. She is still portrayed as gossipy and overbearing, and still exaggerates her stories for the sake of sensationalism, but she otherwise doesn't come off overtly mean. A contrast to the book version who is very much a cruel bully and one of the biggest Hate Sinks in the series.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Rita is on the receiving end of this: After Hermione works out her secret, she threatens Rita into cooperating with her whenever necessary by threatening to report Rita as an unregistered Animagus to the Ministry.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Subverted. While she seems hesitant to print the names of the Death Eaters Harry lists, she does so anyway since Hermione still has her blackmailed.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: The Pottermore article "In defence of Rita Skeeter" starts out with some genuine praise towards her skill and willingness to help the heroes (even solely out of self-interest), but eventually devolves into...
    "Er, she had a unique sense of style? And, erm, her pen was cool? And, er... Erm... She wasn't a Death Eater?"
  • Demoted to Extra: Her subplot in the film adaptation of Goblet of Fire is significantly cut down, and the revelation of being an illegal animagus who uses her animal form to spy on people is omitted entirely.
  • Everybody Has Standards: She was just as equally shocked as everyone else during the trial in Goblet of Fire upon hearing that Barty Crouch Jr. was a Death Eater.
  • Femme Fatalons: They're even referred to as "talons" on a few occasions.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears jeweled eyeglasses and is a total bitch.
  • Hate Sink: One of the best examples in the series until Umbridge came along. Her obnoxiousness and lack of regard for other people's privacy or dignity makes reading about her infuriating.
    • In-universe, in Hogwarts Mystery, she's bad enough to inspire an Enemy Mine between the player character, Ismelda Murk, and Peeves to attempt to get rid of her.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Antagonist version. Though considering she goes after soft targets like Harry and Dumbledore (unlike Voldemort and Malfoy, who are less likely to allow for "freedom of press"), she doesn't come off as especially bold. More to the point, Hermione Granger successfully intimidates her by blackmail.
  • Jerkass: To the point of being the only character in the books that Dumbledore treats with open rudeness, as opposed to the condescending politeness he reserves for everyone else he dislikes.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As sensationalist as her stories are, she actually ends up pegging Dumbledore right in her story on him, From a Certain Point of View at least. She doesn't understand the finer details, nuances of character, and ambiguity. Aberforth Dumbledore, who justifiably begrudges his brother, regards her as a hack and treats her book with contempt.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Not initially, but by the final book, she's a successful writer again. In fairness, what we see of her biography of Dumbledore isn't as blatantly untrue as what she had been writing before, though every bit as mean-spirited and biased and Dramatically Missing the Point. As per Word of Godinvoked, she will post-Series write a biography of Severus Snape that will ensure that people doubt his intentions and Heel–Face Turn even in the wizard world, for the foreseeable future.
    • Subverted at the end of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Final. After spending the entire match focusing on the VIP box in which were the Potters and the Weasleys instead of the game, making rude comments about them and their friends, she gets knocked out mid-sentence by a jinx to the solar plexus from Ginny.
    • According to Newt Scamander's introduction of the 2017 release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she also wrote a slanderous biography of Newt, forcing him to do damage control.
  • Literal Surveillance Bug: Her Animagus form.
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: She wears jeweled spectacles studded with rhinestones. In her beetle form, she retains markings resembling those spectacles around her eyes.
  • Malicious Slander: Her specialty.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Miranda Richardson's portrayal of Rita Skeeter in the film version comes across at this. Whereas in the book, she was merely a self-serving bitch, here she appears more interested in Harry than any 30+ year old woman should show in a 14-year-old boy. She had an unhealthy interest in him in the book as well, just possibly not for the same reason.
  • Oral Fixation: In the book, she has a habit of sucking on the end of her Quick-Quotes Quill.
  • Paparazzi: A typical examples of a news reporter in the magical world sadly enough. Although she likes to think otherwise.
  • Spanner in the Works: Half of the problems Harry (and the Order, to a lesser extent) faces in Book 5 are a direct result of Rita's narrative late in Goblet of Fire that Potter is mentally and emotionally unstable. Cornelius Fudge swallows said narrative hook, line and sinker: when Harry reveals that Voldemort's back, Fudge (out of either genuine disbelief or fear for the damage a returned Dark Lord would do to his political career) trumpets that narrative from the rooftops and does everything he can to discredit Harry and anyone else saying Voldemort's back instead of planning a defense. This not only helps the Death Eaters infiltrate and take over the ministry, it also leads to Umbridge being appointed to Hogwarts. Had Rita Skeeter not written her normal salacious crap, the Second Wizard War could have gone very differently.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: She publishes a scandalous (but not entirely untrue) 900-page biography of Dumbledore exposing a number of unsavory secrets about his private life, just a few months after his death. Apparently, she gave Snape a similar treatment after the Second Wizarding War.
  • Twisting the Words: Rita writes only what she thinks would make the most popular story, and so half her work is twisting the facts and words to fit her often slanderous version. The other half is flat-out lying.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: It turns out she manages to sneak into the Hogwarts grounds for her stories because she's a beetle Animagus.

    Gabrielle Delacour 
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Portrayed by: Angelica Mandy

Gabrielle is Fleur's little sister, and looks exactly like a younger version of her. During the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament, Gabrielle is placed in the lake as the person Fleur would miss most. Fleur is not able to reach her, so Harry Potter brings her to the surface alongside Ron. This gains Harry extra points for "moral fiber."

Thanks to this heroism, Gabrielle develops a crush on Harry, and is sorry to have to return to France at the end of the tournament. She returns for her sister's wedding to Bill Weasley. At the wedding, she gives Harry a "glowing look" that angers Ginny.


  • Age Lift: Angelica Mandy is 5 years older than Gabrielle, so it's a given. Also in the book, it's not mentioned that she's a Beauxbatons student as she's too young at the time, yet in the film she clearly wears the school's attire.note 
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. She is shown to be the person Fleur would miss the most, and they seem to get along very well in general.
  • Damsel in Distress: She isn't really in danger, but she's put in the lake for Fleur to rescue. When Fleur fails to get to her, Harry (initially thinking the trope is being played straight) "saves" her along with Ron.
  • Precocious Crush: Has one on Harry.
  • Rescue Romance: She develops a crush on Harry after he "rescues" her from the lake, although she wasn't actually in danger.
  • Uneven Hybrid: Like her sister Fleur, she's 1/4 veela, 3/4 human.

    Mrs Diggory 
Appears In: Goblet of Fire

Cedric Diggory's mother and Amos Diggory's wife.


  • Adapted Out: She is neither seen nor mentioned in the film version of Goblet of Fire.
  • Nice Girl: She seemed to be a compassionate, amiable, and understanding person. For instance, she prevented her husband from arguing with Molly Weasley over Harry's supposed "theft" of Cedric's glory in being a participant of the Triwizard Tournament, allowing Harry to leave peacefully with Molly and Bill. She also demonstrated her compassion and understanding nature by thanking Harry for returning her son's body, declining Harry's offer of his Tournament winnings, and even urged him to look after himself.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Like her husband, she was an only child as revealed in The Cursed Child.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Outlives her deceased son Cedric who was murdered by Peter Petigrew on Lord Voldemort's orders
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown what has happened to her by the time of the events of The Cursed Child, but it's possible she might've passed away by the time of the events.

    Merope Riddle (née Gaunt) 
Appears in: Half-Blood Prince

The mother of Tom Riddle aka Lord Voldemort. She was abused by her father and brother (due to them thinking she was a Squib) until they were sent to Azkaban, and drugged Tom Riddle Sr. with a potion, marrying him when he was too infatuated with the potion to consent. When she became pregnant, she stopped giving him the drug, apparently believing he had fallen in love with her. He quickly left, leaving her to die in childbirth.


  • Abusive Parents: Her father belittled her and abused her because he suspected her to be a Squib, despite the fact that he was completely dependent on her to feed him.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: She does reprehensible things, but she has a very pathetic life and death. Harry is dismissive that she couldn't bring herself to live for her son, but Dumbledore has pity for her.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: She stopped using the love potion on Tom Riddle when she got pregnant, believing he had either genuinely fallen in love with her or would stay with her for the sake of their child. She was wrong.
  • Broken Bird: She was treated horribly by her father and brother for most of her life, and grew up in poverty.
    ...a girl whose ragged gray dress was the exact color of the dirty stone wall behind her. She was standing beside a steaming pot on a grimy black stove, and was fiddling around with the shelf of squalid-looking pots and pans above it. Her hair was lank and dull and she had a plain, pale, rather heavy face. Her eyes, like her brother's, stared in opposite directions. She looked a little cleaner than the two men, but Harry thought he had never seen a more defeated-looking person.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: She elopes with a Muggle man, which her father believes This Is Unforgivable!
  • Death by Childbirth: She dies giving birth to Tom Riddle, Jr., who later renames himself Voldemort.
  • Death by Despair: When the love of her life left her, she no longer had a reason to live, not even to be there for her son.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Being abandoned by Tom Riddle, Sr.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. Even if her actions concerning Tom Riddle, Sr. are never called rape, they still aren't treated as okay.
  • Extreme Doormat: Due to the abuse she suffers from her father and brother.
  • Fish Eyes: Her eyes stare slightly away from each other, a condition called strabismus.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: Her entire life and childhood is representative of this trope.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Because she was never loved by her family, she was desperate for someone (specifically Tom Riddle Sr.) to love her. She stopped giving him love potions once she became pregnant, hoping that he would love her on his own. He didn't.
  • Meaningful Name: In mythology, Merope was a nymph who married a mortal. Merope Gaunt renounced her status as a witch to marry a Muggle.
  • Missing Mom: Specifically, Voldemort's missing mom. She also had one herself, who was never seen in the books.
  • Posthumous Character: She's been dead for over sixty years by the time the series starts.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Her magical abilities were greatly weakened because of her father and brother constantly abusing her, making her (and them) believe she was no good at magic, which made her father think she was a Squib, which made him abuse her more. When they were packed off to Azkaban, her magical ability flourished, but sank to its lowest point when she was abandoned by her husband. By the time she was about to give birth, she couldn't even muster up enough magic to save her own life, and died less than an hour after giving birth to her son.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After her abusive father and brother were carted off to Azkaban, Merope wasted no time in making arrangements to elope with Tom Riddle and leave her abusive home behind.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: She was an Extreme Doormat due to being abused by her father and brother, which hampered her skill at magic. This made her father believe she was a Squib, giving him an excuse to abuse her even more, which weakened her magic even further.
  • Slipping a Mickey: She did this to Tom Riddle, Sr. once both her father and brother were locked away in Azkaban and she had an opportunity.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She's only introduced in the sixth installment, but her actions lead to huge points in the story.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Tom Riddle Sr. before she tricked him into drinking a Love Potion.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She married Tom Riddle, Sr. at the age of eighteen and died giving birth to their child at the age of nineteen.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Merope's entire life, to put it simply, sucked. She was the target of constant abuse by her father and brother, never got to go to Hogwarts (most likely because her father believed she was a Squib), and fell in love with a man she knew would never want her. She used a love potion to make him fall in love with her and have her child, but stopped using it after a while, hoping he had genuinely fallen in love with her. He had not. When he left her, she fell into despair and died giving birth to their son.
  • The Unfavorite: Her father seems to favor her brother more than her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She only wanted to have someone that would love her. She ended up giving birth to Voldemort - which might not have been so bad if she hadn't died of despair, leaving him in the orphanage.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: An indirect version. She was subjected to a barrage of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse by her father and brother. She escaped the house where she had lived such a horrible life by tricking Tom Riddle, Sr. into marrying her and doing the nasty with her enough times to give birth to Wizard Hitler.
  • Yandere: For Tom Riddle, Sr., big time. She stalked him, drugged him with a Love Potion, and being abandoned by him plunged her into so deep a depression that she couldn't even go on after giving birth to his child.
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    Hepzibah Smith 
Appears in: Half-Blood Prince
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An old witch who collected many magical antiquities, and was a distant descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. She appears in a memory extracted from her house elf Hokey, featuring her showing off some of her antiques to Tom Riddle when he worked for Borgin and Burkes, including Helga Hufflepuff's cup and Salazar Slytherin's locket. She was killed for the aforementioned cup and locket, her death used to turn them into Horcruxes, with her house elf framed for the act.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Tom Riddle. Though it's clear he goes along with her crush to find out useful information about her collection.
  • Adapted Out: Among the characters to suffer this in the films.
  • Collector of the Strange: She hoards antiques and is constantly selling them off or buying more, though Harry wonders how she's able to move throughout her house because of all her belongings.
  • Fiery Redhead: Subverted. Her ginger colored hair is just a big wig, although her hair might have been red when she was younger.
  • Gonk: Age has not been kind to her, and this isn't helped by the large amounts of make-up and ridiculous wigs she wears. She's described as having an appearance similar to large, melting cake.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Her infatuation with the much younger Tom Riddle reeks of some desperation, especially since the only other thing she has going for her at this point in her life is acquiring things to add to her already huge collection.
  • Oh, Crap!: She has a brief one when she looks Riddle in the face and sees his eyes seem to have turned red, but dismisses it as a trick of the light.
  • Posthumous Character: She only appears in a memory well after her death.
  • Rich Bitch: One who makes more money by selling off her antiques or spends it by acquiring more.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appeared in one chapter of the sixth book, but she was responsible for inadvertently helping Voldemort find his familial heritage by showing him Slytherin's locket and providing him with two Horcruxes, one of which was the focus of most of the sixth and seventh books.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: She was poisoned — the official story is that her house elf, growing senile with age, accidentally put what turned out to be poison in her evening cocoa. Only much later did Dumbledore determine that this was Fake Memories planted by Tom Riddle, so the exact real events are lost to history, but it can be safely assumed that Tom was her true killer.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She only briefly saw a glimmer of Riddle's true nature, but dismissed it.
  • Uncanny Valley Make Up: She wears too much rouge.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The moment Tom found out much more than he thought he would was the moment Hepzibah's death warrant was signed.

    Eileen Snape (née Prince) 

The mother of Severus Snape.

    Edward "Ted" and Andromeda Tonks (née Black) 
Appears in: Deathly Hallows

Nymphadora Tonks' parents. Edward "Ted" Tonks is a Muggle-born wizard. Andromeda is the middle daughter of Cygnus and Druella Black (née Rosier), younger sister of Bellatrix Lestrange and older sister of Narcissa Malfoy. Despite being sorted into Slytherin, she is among the few Black family members who defy their traditionally supremacist views by marrying Ted, causing her to be disowned from the family.

During Harry's evacuation from Privet Drive in 1997, the couple lend their house as one of the destinations for the Order; specifically, it will be Harry and Hagrid's destination. The Death Eaters pay them a visit after the Ministry's takeover and torture them for their connection to Harry, although they survive. They take in Tonks and Lupin throughout the duration of the former's pregnancy. When the Ministry begin persecuting Muggle-borns, Ted is forced to flee and later killed during a Snatchers' attack. Andromeda stays in her house throughout the duration of the Battle of Hogwarts, where her daughter and son-in-law die, leaving her to take care of her grandson, Teddy.


  • Adapted Out: The film skips the scene in the Tonks residence, so Ted and Andromeda do not appear.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Tonks' full name (Nymphadora Vulpecula) was picked by her mother.
  • Disappeared Dad: Ted is killed by Snatchers shortly before Tonks gives birth. She and Lupin decide to name their son after him.
  • Good Parents: Embarrassing name aside, Dora had an all-around good upbringing from her parents.
  • Happily Married: Andromeda sacrificed her reputation among her family to be with Ted, after all.
  • In-Series Nickname: Edward is called "Ted" by everyone. Andromeda's nickname from her husband is "Dromeda".
  • Killed Offscreen: Harry, Ron, and Hermione learn about Ted's death from Potterwatch.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Averted, but for the longest time, Ted is only known by that nickname. We only learn about his (and his grandson's) full name from Rowling's post-series notes.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Andromeda outlives her only child.
  • Parental Substitute: Andromeda cares for her grandson, Teddy, after both of his parents are killed in the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Spoiled Sweet: There are hints of Andromeda's classicism during her introduction to Harry, no doubt because she was raised in the posh House of Black (plus, unlike Sirius, she had good relations with them until she married, since she was sorted into Slytherin), but this doesn't stop her from supporting the Order of the Phoenix and their cause.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor Andromeda has to endure harsh trials despite only physically appearing in one book. She was disowned by her family when she married a Muggle-born wizard. Because she looks similar to Bellatrix, who joined the Death Eaters and participated in countless horrific acts, she was presumably shunned by other wizards, despite having nothing to do with them. Then her favourite cousin Sirius was captured and imprisoned upon false charges. Just two years after he escaped, Bellatrix murders him. Not even two years later, she is tortured by the Death Eaters because she dared to host Harry Potter. Ted runs away to escape the Snatchers, but is killed anyway. Finally, Dora and Lupin die in the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving her to care for her newborn grandson.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Barring her brown hair and soft eyes, Andromeda looks exactly like her sister, Bellatrix. You've got to wonder if this caused her endless trouble in the past (as his hostile knee-jerk reaction when they first met could testify) and then you realize that's probably why she is rarely seen outside the house.
  • White Sheep: Andromeda is one of the three in her Black generation. She is also an example of a "good Slytherin".
  • Women Are Wiser: Inverted. Ted has to reassure his restless wife that their daughter will survive after the plan to evacuate Harry goes wrong.

    Muriel 
Portrayed by: Matyelok Gibbs
Appears in: Deathly Hallows
Muriel is Molly Weasley's great aunt. She allows her house to be used as Ron and Tonks' destination point during Harry's evacuation from Privet Drive in 1997. She attends Bill and Fleur's wedding and gives the latter her goblin-made tiara. Harry learns from a conversation with her that Bathilda Bagshot was a neighbour of the Dumbledores and that Albus and Aberforth did not get along. When the Weasley family become targeted by the Death Eaters, Muriel welcomes them to stay at her house until the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Cool Crown: The goblin tiara that Fleur wears for the wedding belongs to her, though Griphook would tell you different. Fleur later returns it back.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all her personality, she is willing to host the Order twice, putting her in the crosshairs of the Death Eaters, and also gives Fleur her tiara in spite of her initial opposition to her.
  • Racist Grandma: She belittles Fleur because she is French and seems to have trouble with Hermione being Muggle-born, although she never uses outright racist terms like "Mudblood".
  • Screw Politeness, I'm A Senior!: Her defining trait. She is rude to everyone and excuses her behaviour because she is older than most of them.

    Xenophilius Lovegood 
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Portrayed by: Rhys Ifans
Appears in: Deathly Hallows
"Luna, my love, if you should feel any burgeoning talent today - perhaps an unexpected to sing opera or to declaim in mermish - do not repress it! You may have been gifted by the Gernumblies!"

Xenophilius "Xeno" Lovegood is a rather mad wizard who edits the Quibbler and is the father of Luna. He lives in the area of Ottery St. Catchpole, not far from the Weasleys, in a house that looks like a black tower. He believes in things few other people do, such as the Deathly Hallows, the Crumple-Horned Snorkack, and government conspiracies.

Xeno is very close to Luna, especially after his wife (Luna's mother) died from an experimental spell. Therefore, when Voldemort takes over, he kidnaps Luna to try to shut up Xeno and the Quibbler. Later on, Xeno himself is captured, though he is later released. Harry first sees the symbol of the Deathly Hallows when Xeno appears at Bill and Fleur's wedding wearing the symbol on a necklace.


  • Agent Mulder: He's a conspiracy theorist like his daughter, and the originator of most of his daughter's strange beliefs.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Similar to his daughter (see the Hogwarts Students character sheet for details).
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: He enjoys drinking blended Gurdyroots, which taste like booger-flavored Every-Flavor beans.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Like daughter, like father. He's the originator of most of Luna's eccentricities, and he "dresses like an omelette".
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He believes, among other things, that Cornelius Fudge is a vicious goblin killer with an army of fire demons at his command, that the Auror office is planning to bring down the Ministry via combination of dark magic and gum disease, and that Rufus Scrimgeour is a vampire.
  • Easily Forgiven: Hermione makes sure the Death Eaters see Harry before they disapparate so Xenophelius won't get in trouble for lying.
    • In the film, while Ron was upset over his betrayal, Harry brushes it off as the actions of a desperate parent.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Despite publishing a lot of blatant nonsense in his magazine, he is also willing to publish truths that the rest of Britain's too afraid to publish.
  • Knight Templar Parent: When the Death Eaters kidnap Luna and threaten to harm her unless he helps them capture the Golden Trio, he does. When they show up at his house, he puts on a Stepford Smiler act and pretends that everything is well and good at his house in an attempt to keep them there until the Death Eaters arrive. Unlike the ordinary portrayal of a Knight Templar Parent, he is meant to be sympathetic. Hermione even delays their escape so that the Death Eaters can see that he did indeed have the trio to present to them. Harry even noted that his attempts at stopping them for the sake of his daughter reminded him of his own mother.
  • Lethal Chef: When the Golden Trio makes a stop at his house, he cooks something for dinner that smells like burning underpants.
  • Loners Are Freaks: He seems to live a fairly solitary life like his daughter.
  • Meaningful Name: "Xenophilius" is Greek for "lover of the strange," opposite of "xenophobe." "Xeno" also sounds like "Zeno," the name of several Greek philosophers. The most famous one, Zeno of Elea, created several paradoxes, and was described as "the universal critic."
  • Room Full of Crazy: His house.
  • Sanity Slippage: Not that he wasn't already highly eccentric, but he loses it near-completely when Luna is taken from him.
  • Stepford Smiler: After he publishes way too many supportive articles in The Quibbler supporting Harry Potter, the Death Eaters kidnap Luna and threaten to harm her unless he helps them get their hands on the Golden Trio. He does this by pretending that things are hunky-dory at their house, going so far as to pretend that Luna is still there, despite the fact that he is doing this to trap them and the fact that he is in misery over the fact that his Luna is in the hands of the Death Eaters.
  • Windmill Crusader: Spends most of his time making reports on non-existent conspiracies and other imagined threats.

    Mykew Gregorovitch 
Portrayed by: Rade Šerbedžija
Appears in: Deathly Hallows

A famous wandmaker from continental Europe. Many years ago, Gregorovitch came into the possession of the Elder Wand, one of the Deathly Hallows. He spread rumours about the possession, which attracted Gellert Grindelwald's attention. Grindelwald disarmed him and stole the wand, with Gregorovitch being none the wiser. Gregorovitch retired in the late 1980s, but not before giving future Quidditch player Viktor Krum his wand.


  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Gregorovitch cannot keep a secret that he was duplicating the properties of the Elder Wand, which led to the Elder Wand getting stolen by Grindelwald, before Grindelwald's defeat.
  • Killed Off for Real: Voldemort kills him when Gregorovitch cannot tell him the identity of the Elder Wand's thief.
  • Ruritania: Judging by his name, it's likely that Gregorovitch came from the Balkans, possibly from the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, etc). -vitch is a common Serbo-Croatian surname ending and is not really found elsewhere (Eastern Slavic reserves this form for Patronymics). The fact that one of his customers is Bulgarian supports this theory. However, his shop has a German name and he formerly lived in a German-speaking settlement. His actor, Rade Šerbedžija, is a Croatian Serb.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After extracting all information about the Elder Wand from Gregorovitch, Voldemort kills him.

    Bathilda Bagshot 

Portrayed by: Hazel Douglas
Appears in: Deathly Hallows

Famous historian of the wizarding world. She is author of several influential books, including A History of Magic, part of Hogwarts' curriculum. She lives in Godric's Hollow and is great aunt to dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, whom she hosted during the summer of 1899. She was also a neighbour of the Dumbledores and the Potters.


  • Body Horror: Her body is used by Nagini as a meat suit.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She has been mentioned since Philosopher's Stone, although these are mostly in relation to A History of Magic.
  • Dead All Along: Bathilda Bagshot from possibly before the last book began. Lord Voldemort hid Nagini inside of her corpse, which is why nobody knew for so long.
  • Killed Offscreen: Nagini had killed Bathilda before Harry and Hermione arrived at Godric's Hollow and is using her body as a vessel.
  • Maiden Aunt: Likely, as there is no mention of a relative other than Grindelwald.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: Her head only reaches Harry's chest.
  • One Degree of Separation: She is great aunt to Grindelwald and was a neighbour of the Dumbledores and the Potters. She often visited Harry when he was a baby and during one visit related the story of Dumbledore and Grindelwald's friendship to Lily.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: By 1997, she has become "nutty as a squirrel poo", as one witch puts it.

    Gellert Grindelwald 

    Ariana Dumbledore 
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Portrayed by: Hebe Beardsall
Appears in: Deathly Hallows

Albus's younger sister who was tragically killed during a duel.


  • Adaptational Dye Job: Blonde in the book, but portrait in the film shows her with light brown hair.
  • Break the Cutie: Ariana was a sweet young girl, and both her brothers adored her. However, after her encounter with three Muggle boys, she refused to use her magic and went nearly insane.
  • Ill Girl: She became half-insane because she refused to use magic after a traumatic experience where she was attacked by three Muggle boys who found out she was a witch. Her family put it about that she just had poor physical health to avoid attracting attention, leading many people to theorize that she was a Squib, when in reality she would have magic exploding out of her when she couldn't keep it in anymore.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Averted, but many people (including Harry, at first) believe that she was a Squib. In reality, she was a witch, but because she was mentally ill, she could not control magic, which tended to break out when she entered an episode.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Whatever torment the Muggle boys gave to Ariana so bad she became mentally unhinged for the rest of her life is never detailed. There are several implications and none of them is charming.
  • The Ophelia: She was never the same after getting attacked, and was said to suffer from mood swings.
  • Power Incontinence: She lost all control over her magic after being attacked by the Muggle boys.
  • Riddle for the Ages: It's never specified exactly what the Muggle boys did to her.
  • Self-Made Orphan: It's revealed that Ariana Dumbledore accidentally killed her mother Kendra.

    Hugo Granger-Weasley 
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Portrayed by: Ryan Turner
Appears in: Deathly Hallows

"You'll be on that train with Rose soon as well, Hugo." (Ron comforting Hugo in the game adaptation).

The youngest child and only son of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He has shown to be very close to his cousin, Lily. He didn't have many lines in the franchise, but appears to very envious of his big sister for going to Hogwarts and not him.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Pottermore reveals Hugo inherited his mother's brown curls. The movie gives him his father's red hair. (Although, to be fair, this trope is retroactive; the movies came out before this particular information on Pottermore and most of the next-generation kids weren't described in detail at that point.)
  • Adapted Out: Despite accompanying his parents to see Rose off, Hugo makes no appearance in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He's mentioned once, and his absence is likely due to stage production conservative casting pragmatics.
  • Big Eater: Implied to be this in the lego game.
  • Cute Bookworm: Implied to be this in the movies, where he can be seen (briefly) with a book in his hands.
  • The Cutie: A rare male version. Despite not having any line in the movie adaptation, Turner's portrayal of Hugo is quite adorable.
  • Family Theme Naming: Hugo and Rose, children of Hermione and Ron.
  • Quirky Curls: Which he inherited from his mother in the books. The film shows Hugo with straight, red hair.
  • Retgone: In both alternate timelines, he was not born due to Ron and Hermione never marrying for one reason or another.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: His name could've been Ron Weasley II, and people would've thought he was Ron I.
  • Sweet Tooth: Was seen licking a lollipop in the lego game.
  • Youthful Freckles: Like father, like son.

    Victoire Weasley 

Daughter of Bill and Fleur Weasley (née Delacour).


  • Hello, Nurse!: Implied to be very lovely, as she's part Veela.
  • Meaningful Name: Victoire is French for "victory". She was born on the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • Official Couple: With Teddy. By 2017, they've been together for three years.

    Delphini "Delphi" Diggory 
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Portrayed by: Esther Smith (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, first West End run)
Appears in: Cursed Child

"I’m a thief, of course. I’m about to steal everything you own. Give me your gold, your wand, and your Chocolate Frogs! Either that or I’m Delphini Diggory."

The niece and caretaker of Amos Diggory in his old age. She uses her magical experience to aid Albus Potter on his quest.

For tropes applying to her in relation to the reveal, go to the folder for "The Augurey" under the "Death Eaters" character sheet.


  • Action Girl: She's an incredibly gifted witch, and is shown to be just as capable as Harry or any of the other adults.
  • Alliterative Name: Delphini Diggory, or Delphi Diggory, for short.
  • The Big Guy: Delphi is far better at magic than Scorpius or Albus, and it shows whenever she gets the chance.
  • Cool Big Sis: The type of vibe she gives off toward Albus and Scorpius, helping them get out of school and rebel against their parents.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She acts as this to Albus, quickly becoming an object of attraction for him.
  • Meaningful Name: In Greek mythology, Delphi was the home of the Pythia, or the Delphic Oracle. She received visions and gave prophecies by inhaling fumes from the decaying body of Python or Delphyne, a giant serpent/dragon slain by Apollo. This Delphi is the daughter of a slain, snake-themed evil wizard and is obsessed with fulfilling a prophecy.
  • Mystical White Hair: Delphini is identified late in the play from her unnatural silver hair.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Delphi seems to recall events changed by Time-Turners, in part due to her Divinatory talents.
  • Seer: As to be expected from someone named Delphi, she's noted to be adept at Divination.
  • Stealth Expert: With some Polyjuice Potion she brewed, she manages to get her and two fourteen year olds into the Ministry of Magic undetected.
  • Theme Naming: The genitive form for the constellation Delphinus the Dolphin is Delphini, which fits the naming pattern of her mother's family.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her entry here seems a bit lean? That's because she's the Cursed Child, the Augurey, Voldemort's daughter!

Knight Bus

    Stan Shunpike 
Portrayed by: Lee Ingleby
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The conductor of the Knight Bus. He is sent to Azkaban on false suspicion of being a Death Eater and is later Imperiused into serving their cause.


  • Brainwashed: He is placed under the Imperius Curse to serve as a pawn of the Death Eaters.
  • Casanova Wannabe: At the Quidditch World Cup, he attempts to impress a group of Veela by claiming he's about to become the youngest British Minister for Magic.
  • Funetik Aksent: A Cockney one.
  • Irony: Sent to Azkaban on Minister Rufus Scrimgeour's orders on suspicion of Death Eater activity. Was completely innocent. Is then Imperiused and roped along by escaping Death Eaters due to Azkaban having become a Cardboard Prison without the dementors, and is forced to do exactly what he was falsely imprisoned for.
  • Meaningful Name: "Shunpike" is a driving term for the practice of using minor roads to avoid paying tolls on certain major highways. Furthermore, “Stan” comes from JK Rowling’s grandfather, Stanley Volant.
  • Those Two Guys: With Ernie Prang.

    Ernie Prang 
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Portrayed by: Jimmy Gardner
The driver of the Knight Bus.
  • Animal Motifs: He is described as “owlish.”
  • The Driver: He drives the Knight Bus.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Especially in the films.
  • Meaningful Name: “Prang" is British slang for a fender-bender or other vehicle collision. Furthermore, “Ernie” comes from JK Rowling’s grandfather, Ernest Arthur Rowling.
  • Those Two Guys: With Stan Shunpike.

    Dre Head 
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Portrayed by: Lenny Henry

A Jamaican shrunken head on the Knight Bus who only appears in the films.


Minor Characters

    In General 

  • Berserk Button: Calling a centaur a "filthy half-breed" to its face isn't the wisest idea.
  • Black Widow: Blaise Zabini's mother is a famous witch who married and widowed 7 times, with all her dead husbands — who all died under *ahem* mysterious circumstances, for lack of better words — leaving her mountains and mountains of gold.
  • Butt-Monkey: There are many across the series, but a notable background one is Dawlish the Auror. He's been knocked out by Dumbledore a few times, beaten by Dirk Cresswell (who wasn't carrying a wand), and was completely owned by Augusta Longbottom. Basically, if a character has to get away, Dawlish is the casualty.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just about every speaking character, at some point in the series.
  • Not So Different: At some point in the series, nearly every main character has been shown to share at least one very distinct trait with a character who initially seems to be their polar opposite.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Ron's one-hundred-and-seven-year-old great-aunt Muriel.
  • Tuckerization: There are several minor examples, including Natalie MacDonald (a Gryffindor named after a fan who died of cancer), the Knight Bus driver and conductor Ern and Stan (named after Rowling's grandfathers, Ernest and Stanley), and, while his first name is only revealed by Word of God, John Dawlish (after Big Name Fan John Noe, who is unusually fond of Dawlish).

    The House of Black 

The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black

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Walburga Black

Sirius's mother, who sympathized with Voldemort's goals but did not join the Death Eaters. She lives on through a portrait of herself in 12 Grimmauld Place which has a Permanent Sticking Charm applied to it.


  • All There in the Script: Her first name is known from the Black Family Tree that J.K. Rowling released, but never used in the books.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT make loud noises around her portrait unless you want her to scream your ears off.
  • Black Shirt: Until Voldemort killed Regulus during his first incarnation.
  • Evil Matriarch: From what Sirius tells us, anyway.
  • Fantastic Racism: As Sirius noted, she was of the kind of wizard who thought Muggles should be treated as slaves or second-class citizens.
  • I Have No Son!: Blasted Sirius' name off of the Black Family Tree. She also did this to her brother Alphard for financially supporting Sirius, after he died.
  • Jerkass: Her tendency to purge the family tree of anyone who went against her way of living by burning their name off the list is just the least of her actions.
  • Kick the Dog: While she may have had many others, disowning her own brother Alphard (and after he died, even!), just because he financially supported Sirius, is pretty low.
  • Kissing Cousins: She and her husband, Orion, were second cousins.
  • Large Ham: If her portrait is any indication, she was one in life.
  • Licked by the Dog: Kreacher loved her.
  • Meaningful Name: 'ruler of the fortress'.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Kreacher adores her, so this must have been the case.
  • No Indoor Voice: Her portrait anyway.
  • Parental Favoritism: She favored Regulus over Sirius.
  • Racist Grandma: Might as well be her most well-known trait, even though she had no grandchildren
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: In her own house, no less. Justified due to the Permanent Sticking Charm, her portrait isn't going anywhere.

Phineas Nigellus Black

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The least popular Headmaster of Hogwarts, of the House of Slytherin. Now lives in two portraits: one in the Headmaster's office in Hogwarts, the other in 12 Grimmauld Place. Because he can travel between the two portraits, Phineas is useful to the Order as a courier.
  • Portal Picture: Though he's the only one who can use the portal.
  • Posthumous Character: An odd version, in that while the Portrait of Phineas Nigellus is an actual active character, the real Phineas Nigellus is long dead by the time the books take place. Unlike a ghost, portraits seem to be mere copies that suggest the original person rather than their actual spirit.
  • Racist Grandma: An ancestor variant. Ironically, calling Hermione a "Mudblood" behind her back seems downright tame if you compare him to his descendant Walburga.
  • Repetitive Name: "Nigellus" means "black" (with a diminutive suffix, so "little black").
  • Sadist Teacher: Sirius describes him as Hogwarts's least popular Headmaster, and Phineas himself notes that he hated being a teacher. He also gets on very well with Snape as a headmaster.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: He is honor-bound to assist the Headmaster of Hogwarts, but it doesn't stop him from voicing his own personal disagreements.

    The Peverell Brothers 
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Left to right: Cadmus, Antioch, and Ignotus
Mentioned in: Deathly Hallows

Antioch Peverell

The eldest of the three brothers, Antioch is described as a "combative man". He was the possessor of The Elder Wand.


  • Asshole Victim: He waved the Elder Wand around everyone and boasted about his power after defeating a rival of his. Later that night he gets killed in his sleep.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He asked to become powerful enough to defeat anyone who might try to kill him; Death gave him the Elder Wand, which made its holder un-defeatable in combat. He was killed in his sleep for it, starting a chain of killings that continued every time the Wand re-surfaced.
  • Slain in Their Sleep: How he met his end.

Cadmus Peverell

The middle of the three brothers, Cadmus is described as an "arrogant man". He was the possessor of The Resurrection Stone.


  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He asked to nullify Death's power. Death gave this brother the Resurrection Stone, which could resurrect the dead. It worked as promised, but it turns out that the dead really don't like being brought back to life. He tried to use it to resurrect his lover, but killed himself upon realizing this.
  • Driven to Suicide: He does this after bringing his dead lover back to life, kind of, but realizing he can never really be with her in this form.
  • Meaningful Name: Cadmus is similar to cadmium, a toxic element that progressively accumulates in the body and leads to a painful death. It reflects well the decay of the Peverell brother because of the Resurrection Stone.

Ignotus Peverell

The youngest of the three brothers, Ignotus is described as a “humble but wise man”. He was the possessor of the Cloak of Invisibility.


  • Don't Fear the Reaper: The youngest Peverell brother, having lived to age after a full life, meets up with death like an old friend. The movie actually shows the two embracing. It's surprisingly heartwarming in the context.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When it was his time to go, he was said to have greeted death as an "old friend" and they left together.
  • Rule of Three: The third brother does not meet an untimely death.
  • Youngest Child Wins: The third Peverell brother is the only one who doesn't die as a consequence of his Hallow, which he uses to hide from an early death. He has a son, who he hands his invisibility cloak to and eventually passes away peacefully.

    The House of Gaunt 
Appears in: Half-Blood Prince

The House of Gaunt

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Illustration from Pottermore. From left to right: Merope, Marvolo, and Morfin.
Voldemort's maternal family, from which he inherited his wizard parentage and descent from Salazar Slytherin, along with his ability to speak Parseltongue.
  • Adapted Out: Left out of the film adaptation of Half-Blood Prince.
  • Alliterative Family: The last patriarch of the family was named Marvolo, and his son and daughter were called Morfin and Merope.
  • Ax-Crazy: They had notoriously violent tempers due to generations of inbreeding.
  • Dark Is Evil: They were a family of Dark wizards, and nearly every single one of them was a rotten person. Especially considering that the last of their line was Lord Voldemort himself.
  • Famous Ancestor: Descended through many, many generations from Salazar Slytherin.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Gaunts were also pure-blood supremacists who married within their family to keep their blood pure. This was not a good idea.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Due to thriftless spending by their ancestors, Marvolo and his children live in poverty, with only a few heirlooms left as reminders of their lineage; Marvolo refuses to sell them.
  • Inbred and Evil: Centuries of marrying their cousins led to many, many, many defects and very few morals.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Many generations of inbreeding resulted in their descendants becoming violent and ill-tempered.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The family stayed pure-blooded all the way to the end, but drove themselves into extinction, squalor, and ignominy doing so.
  • Riches to Rags: The family was formerly wealthy and respected, but their lack of financial sense and liking for grandeur meant that their bank accounts drained quickly. The last members of the family were reduced to living in a tiny, filthy shack near a Muggle settlement, with only two valuable heirlooms remaining to call their own.
  • Royally Screwed Up: They were a wealthy, high-class pure-blood family who married their own cousins to keep their blood pure, leading to physical and mental health defects in their members.
  • Sssssnaketalk: All members of the family could speak Parseltongue, the language of snakes.
  • Walking Spoiler: Their existence is pivotal to Voldemort's origin story.

Morfin Gaunt

The son of Marvolo Gaunt, brother of Merope Gaunt and maternal uncle of Lord Voldemort. He hexed Tom Riddle Sr. when he discovered that Merope was infatuated with him. Morfin was imprisoned in Azkaban for this and when he came back, his father and sister already died. After Voldemort killed the Riddle family, he modified Morfin's memories to make it seem like he was the murderer.


  • Acquitted Too Late: Voldemort framed him for a murder Voldemort himself committed. Dumbledore found evidence Voldemort was the real culprit, but Morfin didn't live long enough to see the verdict being overturned.
  • Asshole Victim: He was a Muggle-hater with psychotic tendencies, who liked to mistreat his sister, is framed by Voldemort for the murder of the Riddle Family, has his memories altered so he thinks he performed them, and spends the rest of his life in Azkaban over this. He even acts proud over thinking he committed the murders and is only upset about losing his father's ring.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: That dead snake nailed to the door of the Gaunt shack? That was his work. He's seen threatening another one with the same fate.
  • Big Brother Bully: He was as horrible to his sister as Marvolo was, standing by and laughing as she was abused. He gleefully told their father about her crush on a Muggle, despite knowing what he would do to her if he knew.
  • Fish Eyes: His eyes pointed in opposite directions, possibly a genetic defect caused by inbreeding.
  • Knife Nut: He greeted any visitors to his home while brandishing a short, bloody knife.
  • Kick the Dog: His favorite pastime was hexing random Muggles as they passed by.
  • Madness Mantra: "He'll kill me for losing his ring". This was apparently all Morfin said when he was arrested, as he was horrified that Marvolo's ring was missing (the young Voldemort had stolen it as a trophy). According to Dumbledore, he said nothing else for the rest of his life.
  • Sssssnaketalk: He spoke almost entirely in Parseltongue, using it to communicate with his father and pet snakes.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Morfin was an unrepentant wretch through and through, but Harry and Dumbledore still pity him, as he was imprisoned in Azkaban for the rest of his life for a crime he didn't commit.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When he hexed Tom Riddle Sr. This simple act set off a chain of events that not only ended up destroying both of their families, but also gave rise to the most dangerous Dark Wizard of all time.

Marvolo Gaunt

Marvolo Gaunt was one of the last living descendants of Salazar Slytherin. He was the grandfather of Tom Riddle.


  • Abusive Parents: He treated his daughter terribly, forcing her to do all the work around the house and constantly berating her for being bad at magic.
  • Animal Motifs: Described as physically resembling a "powerful, aged monkey".
  • Ax-Crazy: He nearly strangled Merope when he found out that she was in love with a Muggle man.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Merope gave her child Marvolo for his middle name.
  • Dying Alone: When he was freed from Azkaban, his son was still imprisoned and his daughter had run off to get married. He spent the last years of his life in the cottage, alone and with no one to care for him.
  • Entitled Bastard: According to Dumbledore, Marvolo expected Merope to have dutifully awaited his return from Azkaban with a hot meal on his table, and was genuinely shocked to learn she'd abandoned him to elope with Tom Riddle.
  • Evil Old Folks: He was fairly old when he learned of his daughter's infatuation with Tom Riddle.
  • Parental Favoritism: Favored his son Morfin over his daughter Merope.
  • Pride: Despite living in filthy conditions and being considered an "old tramp" by his Muggle neighbors, he still demanded the respect of other wizards because of his descent from Salazar Slytherin. He preferred living in filth and squalor to selling either of his family heirlooms, the only items of any value that he owned.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: When a Ministry official came to summon his son Morfin to a hearing for jinxing a Muggle, Marvolo tried to get him out of it by bringing up their family name and status as the last descendants of Salazar Slytherin. It failed, because by then, the Gaunt family had lost all of their wealth entirely and their name no longer carried any meaningful weight, all due to the constant inbreeding in order to preserve their bloodline.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Despite living in complete poverty, he felt being a Pureblood descendant of Salazar Slytherin made him untouchable. No one cared by that point, and his attempts to flaunt his supposed status were met with utter failure.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: According to Dumbledore, when Marvolo returned from Azkaban to find his daughter Merope had abandoned him to elope with Tom Riddle, he never again spoke her name nor mentioned her existence. Dumbledore also speculates that the shock of his daughter defying him in such a way may have helped contribute to Marvolo's early death not long after.
  • Villainous Legacy: His deplorable treatment of his children (particularly his daughter Merope) not only led her to marry the elder Tom Riddle, but also the literal birth of Lord Voldemort himself and therefore many of the conflicts in the Harry Potter series.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Frequently abused his daughter for being bad at magic. And when he found out that she was in love with a Muggle, he nearly killed her.

Corvinus Gaunt

An 18th-century plumber who hid the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets when the installment of a plumbing system at Hogwarts threatened its secret hiding place in what would later become the girl’s bathroom.


  • Almighty Janitor: Who else could turn a magical sewer system into a comfortable transportation system for a basilisk?
  • Blue Blood: As a Gaunt, he was part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight wizarding families.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His plumbing skills proved vital in the creation of the Chamber of Secrets' hidden entrance, in what is now Moaning Myrtle's bathroom.
  • Spanner in the Works: The proposal to install plumbing at Hogwarts threatened to reveal the location of the Chamber of Secrets, but Corvinus was responsible for making sure that the Chamber remained hidden by integrating the entrance into a plumbing fixture and bathroom sink.

Gormlaith Gaunt

A 17th-century pure-blood witch and a member of Irish branch.


  • Alliterative Name: Gormlaith Gaunt.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Carried Salazar Slytherin's wand.
  • Ax-Crazy: She was an evil woman who killed any Muggle she saw and murdered her sister for being nice to Muggle. And when her niece Isolt escaped her brainwashing attempts and started a new life in America, she followed her and attempted to murder her and her husband, then try to kidnap their daughters to try and repeat what she had failed to do with Isolt.
  • The Baroness: An evil, murderous sorcerous noblewoman.
  • Blue Blood: As a Gaunt, she was part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight wizarding families and descended from Salazar Slytherin himself.
  • Cain and Abel: Killed her sister and brother-in-law, Rionach and William Sayre, for being kind to Muggles.
  • Evil Aunt: To Isolt Sayre.
  • Fantastic Racism: Would murder any non-Pureblood on sight.
  • Karmic Death: In the process of trying to kill Isolt and her husband, Isolt managed to call her Pukwudgie to the rescue, who killed Gormlaith with a poisoned arrow to the heart.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: She pursued Isolt from Ireland to the United States in order to try and kill her.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: When she learns her niece has been hiding in America, she disguises herself as a man to get on a ship to make the journey - unaware that it's exactly what Isolt did to get away from her almost a decade ago.
  • Wicked Stepmother: To her niece, Isolt Sayre, who she kidnapped after she murdered her parents.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She tried to murder Isolt's infant daughters.

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