Theodore "Teddy" Lupin
The son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. After his parents and grandfather were killed in the war he was raised by his Grandmother Aurora and Godfather Harry Potter. Sorted into Gryffindor.
- Action Survivor
- Berserk Button: Don't insult his parents, whatever you do.
- Bullying Violet is another, he's very protective of his cousin.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Just like Harry, he can't stand the idea of his fellow first years getting hurt and drives himself both to physical and mental exhaustion trying to protect them from the goblins, especially Violet, Chloe and Deana.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: A lot of girls seem to find him very interesting, but he has no idea why.
- Determinator: If he gets an idea in his head, he'll see it through to the end, no matter how much he suffers for it — and no matter how stupid the idea is.
- The Hero
- Hot-Blooded: He takes after Harry in one important respect: Talking bad about his deceased parents will unleash his fury. Implying that he's a dangerous werewolf won't make him very kindly disposed to you either.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In the first fight against Slipfang.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When Geoffrey makes the error of mocking him for being the son of a werewolf, Teddy flips out and it takes several students to pull him off the other boy.
- Soap Box Sadie: He's the one who tends to speak out against unfairness and injustice. This, combined with him being a minor celebrity as Harry Potter's godson, is what makes the DA choose him as their official spokesperson.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He's inherited his mother's Metamorphmagus abilities, and is good enough at it to successfully impersonate Professor Flitwick, as well as making himself look like a goblin. Sometimes slips into Involuntary Shapeshifting because his control isn't perfect and he often changes in his sleep (which freaks out his dorm-mates).
The daughter of Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson, born several months after the Battle of Hogwarts. Sorted into Slytherin.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With her mother, Pansy. Though Violet is frequently exasperated by her mercurial Lady Drunk mother, she does love her and tells Draco she will not forgive him if he tries to forcibly take her away from Pansy.
- Deadpan Snarker: The biggest one of the main four. If she's in a scene, trust her to at some point make a snide or sarcastic remark.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Her main Character Development. She never loses her Sugar-and-Ice Personality but does get a little more friendly and willing to display affection.
- Emotionless Girl: Her emotional control and the fact that she almost never shows overt emotion is frequently remarked upon.
- Faux Action Girl: Discussed trope - Violet becomes very annoyed by Kai's sexist remarks, but when they first encounter Slipfang, the Kai and Teddy try to fight the goblin off while Violet runs to get a teacher. She beats herself up for this for a little while before Dewey points out they running away was the smart thing to do and that Kai and Teddy nearly got themselves killed.
- Heroic Bastard: Conceived in secret during her parents' final year at Hogwarts and born out of wedlock. Her parents don't really get along nowadays, especially since Draco has married another woman.
- Hypocritical Humor: Violet notices Deana sleeping beside Teddy and becomes annoyed at how the Ravenclaw girl won't leave his side...then she falls asleep on the same chair Teddy is sitting in as well.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: She runs for help after Kai goes down in the first fight with Slipfang. The others point out that this action most likely saved their lives.
- The Lancer
- Not So Stoic: She's usually composed and calm, but she loses her composure several times in the story, most notably after she's ambushed on her birthday and humiliated in front of much of the school.
- She has a big soft spot for her baby half-brother, Scorpius.
- Ship Tease: With Kai. Towards the end of the story, she only comments on the use of her nickname when Teddy does it, and when during the goblin invasion, while Stephen is flying around the castle, the first one of her main friends she's concerned about is Kai, ahead of her cousin Teddy.
- The Smart Girl: Competes with Kai for this role.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: More ice than sugar, really; she seldom drops her guard even when among her friends — but there are moments when she does relax a little and shows her hidden warmer side.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: Gets this from each of the other four at one point or another (her "race" of course being Slytherin). She's always quick to bite their heads off.
The younger half-brother of Cho Chang. Sorted into Ravenclaw.
- Asian and Nerdy: Subverted, though he is intelligent, he's very outspoken and quite arrogant.
- Blind Without 'Em: His thick glasses are a source of annoyance to him, especially since his parents think he's too young to get his vision magically corrected yet.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not quite as much as Violet, and certainly not as deadpan, but he seldom goes for long without cracking wise about something.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Cho calls him "Little Owl."
- The Gadfly: He likes to tease people. Especially Violet.
- Insufferable Genius: Turns into a Know-Nothing Know-It-All on occasions, especially after Cho gets engaged to a Muggle, and Kai (who's very interested in Muggle culture) turns into an "expert" on all tings Muggle, even if his knowledge is severely lacking and often flat-out wrong.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Relative Button: He might not be terribly close with her, but don't start insulting Cho. Alduin learns that one the hard way.
- Ship Tease: With Violet. Out of the group, he uses her nickname most often (compared to the runner-up Teddy's grand total of once at the end) and he and Violet snipe at each other far more than any other pair in the central four. When Kai, Dewey, Mercy, Gilbert and Sung-Hee go to Teddy with their plan of speaking to Alduin in the basements, it's Kai who Violet looks to and asks is crazy, even though he has little part in it.
- The Smart Guy: As befits a boy sorted into Ravenclaw.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Kai tends to make sexist comments quite a bit, much to Violet's displeasure, though it's unclear if he genuinely holds such opinions or if he's doing it just to annoy her.
- Too Clever by Half: He actually is the smartest and best at magic of the four. However he is rather lacking in tact and common sense, perhaps best demonstrated in the first fight with Slipfang where he succeeds in countering Slipfang's invisibility, thereby allowing the rest of the group to fight him and get curbstomped.
Cedric Diggory's younger brother. Sorted into Hufflepuff.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: Normally the most peaceful and non-confrontational of the main characters, he is nevertheless the one who hits Hugh Truncher with a Trip Jinx when Hugh is about to lose his temper and attack a group of jeering, mocking Hufflepuffs.
- Commonality Connection: With Mercy, as both of them get compared to famous relatives they never got to meet.
- Dead Guy Junior: Though he isn't named for Cedric, people tend to compare him to his brother a lot, making him highly uncomfortable.
- The Chick
- Nice Guy: Though he sometimes worries that he isn't as nice as everyone feels he should be, he's affable and easy-going for the most part.
- Precision F-Strike: Well, precision A-strike. When he hears that Violet's staying at Hogwarts for Christmas because her family situation is a little awkward, an upset Dewey says "Awkward my arse!" and asks what kind of parents leave their child alone for Christmas — shocking Teddy and Kai because he never swears otherwise.
- The Heart: He's the peacemaker of the main four, and also the one who gets the idea for starting an inter-house cooperation society.
- Only Sane Man: He occasionally feels like this — when the other three get carried away by their stereotypical House traits, Dewey is the one who remains reasonable and tries to talk sense into them. It seldom works.
- Replacement Sibling: Is very self-conscious about the fact that his parents and many of the other Hufflepuffs view him as this.
- Ship Tease: With Mercy, though they don't get to much act on it with all the chaos going on.
Albus AldertonOne of Teddy's dorm-mates, the son of a Muggle-born who was sent to Azkaban after the war. Sorted into Gryffindor.
- Jerkass: He's pretty much the epitome of the problems the Sorting Hat spotted in Hogwarts students: Extremely proud of his own house, treating Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff with bemused disdain and Slytherin with outright hatred.
- Name's the Same: In-universe version; he's named after Albus Dumbledore, of course, and shares the name with Albus Severus Potter (who shows up a few times in a minor role in this story).
A very pretty Muggle-born girl. Sorted into Gryffindor.
- Action Survivor
- The Atoner: After her actions in the first half of the book.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the first half of the story. Later on she becomes The Atoner after her mean prank on Violet and tries to make amends.
- Children Forced to Kill: Kills about half a dozen goblins with the Sword of Gryffindor.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Teddy early in the book.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She survives (barely) but loses her magic.
- Took a Level in Badass
A first-year girl orphaned by the war. Sorted into Gryffindor, though her twin brother Connor was sorted into Ravenclaw.
- Don't Split Us Up: Mild version, since they still get to be at the same school, but Colleen is devastated when she and Connor don't get to be in the same house. Later in the fic, when Conner and other Ravenclaws are captured by goblins, Colleen throws herself into the group so she'll at least be with her twin.
- Nice Girl: Friendlier and less hotheaded than her twin brother, she mainly wants everyone to get along.
- Theme Twin Naming: Colleen and Connor.
A seventh year Slytherin prefect.
- Action Girl
- The Cavalry: She and Professor Sinistra ride to the rescue of the Slytherin Quidditch team then she and Hugh ride to Teddy's rescue.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Later on in the story she proves that, yes, she does have a heart in there somewhere and softens up towards her fellow Slytherins, though she never loses her sharp tongue.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: She shoots, Hugh smashes.
- Likes Older Men: She starts flirting with an exasperated Harry, who is clearly not interested. Ron warns her to knock it off before Ginny catches wind of it.
- Odd Friendship: With Calliope Young, a Gryffindor Auror who was four years her senior. She is rather shaken when Calliope is killed in battle.
- Pragmatic Villainy: She strives to instill this attitude in the younger Slytherins.
The male seventh year Slytherin prefect.
- An Axe to Grind: Picks up a goblin axe and goes to work in the final scene.
- The Brute
- Funetik Aksent: A nearly unintelligible Scottish brogue.
A first-year and the only Muggle-born to be sorted into Slytherin.
- Butt-Monkey: Especially in the first third of the story. He's the most hounded and put-down-upon student in Slytherin — Slytherins hate him for being Muggle-born, non-Slytherins hate him for being a Slytherin. The only one who tries to give him the time of day is Violet, and even she doesn't like him much.
- Cowardly Lion: He's a nervous wreck who refuses to stand up for himself, but in the end he has a lot more courage than anyone — including Stephen himself —ever suspected.
- Driven to Suicide: Breaks down from the bullying and threatens to jump off the Astronomy tower. He's stopped from going through with it, and Violet thinks he wasn't really going to do it anyway, but this does open her eyes to just how miserable he must be to even consider such an action.
- Took a Level in Badass: He slowly gets more self-confidence thanks to the DA, to the point where. when faced with murderous goblins, he displays hitherto unknown levels of wit, courage and competence, managing to save both himself, Violet and Nagaeena from certain death.
A beautiful first-year girl sorted into Slytherin.
- Alpha Bitch: Wants to be one, but doesn't quite manage.
- Brainless Beauty: The "Brainless" part isn't played up as strongly as in most examples of the trope, but she is a poor student and proves herself to be essentially useless in a crisis.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the female snake from Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (whom Voldemort's own Nagini called back to), and is of course a Slytherin, whose symbol is the snake. There are also some vague references to her "hypnotizing" boys with her beauty and charms — the original Nagaina was mentioned to be able to hypnotize her prey with a look.
- Traumatic Haircut: Subject to one via a Hair-Removal Jinx, done as a mean-spirited prank, which leaves her completely bald. Especially traumatic for her because she loved her long black hair and it takes a long time for it to grow back.
- Vanity Is Feminine: She is one of the girliest girls in Slytherin, and also the vainest and most concerned with her looks. She even warms up to Muggle culture somewhat when introduced to fashion magazines.
A first year boy, orphaned by the war, Sorted into Ravenclaw, though his twin sister Colleen became a Gryffindor.
- Berserk Button: Being separated from Colleen is a pretty big one, but using Voldemort's name (or making light of wizards' reluctance to say the name even now, a decade after the war) will set him off:"I lost my parents on account of You! Know! Who! So don't just start throwing his name around like he's some kind of storybook villain!"
- Don't Split Us Up: The Sorting Hat did, and Connor is not happy about it. He explains to the others that he and Colleen grew up without parents and only have each other — which is why it's so difficult for them to be apart.
- Fiery Redhead: More hot-tempered than his sister and not at all shy about voicing his displeasure at being separated from her.
- Theme Twin Naming: Connor and Colleen.
The only Muggle-born first-year to be sorted into Ravenclaw.
- Constantly Curious: To Kai's annoyance, Gilbert has pretty much latched on to Kai as the one to ask when he doesn't understand something about the wizarding world... which is a lot.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a walking disaster who has trouble adjusting to the wizarding world... but when it really counts he steps up amiably. Doesn't hurt either that he, unlike many Hogarts students, knows how to get around in the Muggle world.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He has a huge crush on Nagaeena, who can't stand him.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Kai, who at first doesn't have much patience for him but in the end gains a lot of respect for him.
- Has a Type: He seems to have a thing for aloof Slytherin girls - he has a crush on Nagaenna but also tries very hard to impress Ophilia during a Potions class. He fails miserably.
- The Klutz: He's rather accident-prone and not very coordinated, often causing disasters when he's honestly just trying to help.
- Naïve Newcomer: Plays this role in the early parts of the fic; as a Muggle-born he doesn't know anything about the wizarding world, or the war.
A Ravenclaw girl who is best friends with Aisha and has a crush on Teddy.
- Brainy Brunette: She's able to deduce where she and Teddy are going once they step into the Forbidden Forest thanks to the position of the sun and where the castle would be in conjunction.
- Inelegant Blubbering: When she's captured by the goblins and Slipfang decides her crying is annoying him and wants to cut off her head.
- Puppy Love: She's one of the several girls who develops a crush on Teddy, which only grows as he saves her life from the goblins. Teddy doesn't really know what to do with her.
A timid Ravenclaw girl and Deana's best friend.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Her brother Ahmed seems almost like a Big Brother Bully, but he's horrified when his sister is captured by goblins and covers her up with a blanket when she falls asleep beside him after being rescued.
- Shrinking Violet: She does want to join the DA, but she is a little timid and worried about incurring the ire of her older brother, who threatens to throw her in the lake if she embarrasses the family.
- Smart People Play Chess: She's seen playing chess with her brother in the common room.
Alduin Beauxjour (really Alduin Dolohov)
A cold and haughty boy with a mysterious past. Turns out to be the son of Antonin Dolohov. Sorted into Hufflepuff.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: At the end of the story, together with Moaning Myrtle.
- Fatal Flaw: His arrogance and unwillingness to cooperate with people. Turns out to be a literally fatal flaw, because he's the one who mouths off to the goblins, calling them "vermin." This is what provokes them into killing him.
- Hot-Blooded: He angers easily, and when he's enraged he can be quite terrifying.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's incredibly arrogant, can be very mean when he gets angry, and is frequently annoyed with the others, but is ultimately not a bad person.
- Killed Off for Real: The first victim of the goblins, largely because he mouthed off to them.
- Redemption Equals Death: Or in his case, Death Equals Redemption, as he loses his arrogance as a ghost, for the first time going out of his way to help others.
The niece of Charity Burbage. Sorted into Hufflepuff.
- Girlish Pigtails: Like Hannah Abbott before her.
- Good Is Not Dumb: She's quite possibly the sweetest person in the story, but also very practical and extremely perceptive.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Very blonde and very sweet-natured; she's one of the driving forces behind the new DA and one of the biggest champions for inter-House cooperation and friendship.
- Heroic BSoD: Being one of the most empathetic students, it's no surprise that she breaks down completely when Alduin is murdered right in front of her eyes.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sung-Hee.
- Ship Tease: A bit with Dewey; there are hints that she likes him, and there are a few hugs and blushes and some moments where Dewey wonders about his feelings for her — but nothing ever comes of it. But of course, they're only twelve.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Apparently she looks a lot like her aunt — to the point where her mother (who was very close to Charity) sometimes begins crying just looking at her. She bonds with Dewey early on over this — they both have dead family members that they never met, but whose memories never seem to stop haunting them.
A Muggle-born student who becomes a Hufflepuff.
- Big Fun: He's big, fat and jolly, to the point of being vaguely annoying to the other students.
- Innocently Insensitive: Occasionally. Being Muggle-born he sometimes doesn't get when he's poking old wounds. Dewey sums him up as having "all the tact and sensitivity of a brick," but being completely devoid of guile or malice.
- Motor Mouth: He very seldom shuts up.
- Nice Guy: For all the other students find him tiresome, nobody can deny that he's probably the kindest, friendliest guy around.
A quiet girl, who turns out to be quiet mainly because she barely speaks any English and is deathly afraid she'll be kicked out of Hogwarts if anyone finds out. Sorted into Hufflepuff.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Her English is poor, though it does improve a lot during the course of the story.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mercy — if you encounter one of them, the other is generally not too far away.
- Hidden Depths: At first she appears to be aloof and unwilling to listen to anyone, until it's revealed that the reason she isn't listening is because she doesn't understand what they're saying. After this revelation she seems more like a shy and insecure girl who often clings to Mercy for comfort, but when crisis strikes she proves to be the more level-headed and positive of the two, and is the one to comfort Mercy.
- Nice Girl: Somewhat shy and introverted, which at first makes her seem aloof — but she really is a kind person, just hampered by her poor language skills.
- The Quiet One: In the early parts of the story she barely speaks at all. Later on, when her language improves, she speaks a little more, but often she doesn't.
- You No Take Candle: Given English is not her first language, when she does speak it sounds like this.