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Gryffindors

Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis)

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A socially awkward, forgetful boy who hides a painful past: his parents were tortured by Death Eaters to the point of permanent insanity and don't recognize him anymore. He is the usual Butt Monkey of Harry's group. Like the protagonists, Neville appears in all seven of the books, with varying importance to the plot. When not at Hogwarts, he lives with an extremely outspoken (and frightening) grandmother, whom he often talks about. Eventually becomes one of Harry's closest friends, and goes through a lot of great Character Development to become truly awesome.

Nineteen Years Later, he's married to Hannah Abbott, and he's the herbology professor at Hogwarts.

  • Anti-Hero: Type I, until he Took a Level In Badass, when he becomes a straight hero.
  • All Up to You: He gets deputized by Harry during the Battle of Hogwarts to kill the last Horcrux.
  • As Long as There Is One Man
  • Belated Backstory: A little bit, mostly regarding his parents.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning his parents or anything related to them in a disparaging way. The first time it's pressed (by Malfoy), it takes Ron, Harry, Dean and Seamus to hold him back from beating him into the ground. The last time we see it he's being detained of a full grown death eater, who ends up having to call for help to hold him back.
  • Butt Monkey: "Why is it always me?"
  • Call to Agriculture: He worked briefly as an Auror, but by the epilogue he's instead Professor of Herbology at Hogwarts.
  • Cool House: Lives in the Leaky Cauldron pub in the epilogue. Apparently, Rowling added that detail in because she knew people would think that was a cool and fitting abode for such a badass.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Later on.
  • Die or Fly: How his magic was revealed.
  • Dork Knight: Somewhere between the noble-hearted but awkward kid he starts out as and the Memetic Badass he grows up to be, he winds up here.
  • Happily Married: With Hannah Abbott in the epilogue of the books.
  • Heroic Resolve: Lots of it, but as he's out of focus we only get hints of it. A notable instance is during Order Of The Phoenix, where it's greatly implied that his increasing devotion (and thus increasing skill) to Dumbledore's Army is tied to a sense of resolve after the person who tortured his parents had escaped from prison.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Depends on whether you find his Uncle Algie's attempts to "scare" the magic out of him funny or not. The book had it Played for Laughs, anyway. See Die or Fly above.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Slays the Dark Lord's pet and kills a portion of his soul - while on fire.
  • Inept Mage: Up until book five, his only good subject was herbology.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Luna in part 2 of The Deathly Hallows. He told Harry that he was going to make a love confession to her, but whether he did or not is left a little vague. Whether he's with Luna or Hannah in the film epilogue is also unclear.
    • Matthew Lewis, for one, believes he dated Luna for the summer following his seventh year, but they broke up and he eventually married Hannah.
  • Missed the Call: The prophecy that predicted The Chosen One who would defeat Voldemort pointed to two possible candidates -- Neville and Harry. Voldemort chose to go after Harry, thereby (accidentally) collapsing the waveform and cementing Harry as the subject of the prophecy.
  • Nice Guy
  • Parental Abandonment: The most tragic case in the series: Alice and Frank Longbottom were tortured into insanity by Death Eaters and are now locked away in St. Mungo, and they're so damaged that they can barely recognize their son. The fact that his mother doesn't know who he is but knows that she wants to give him presents just makes it worse.
  • Rebel Leader: One of them in Deathly Hallows. With Harry on the run, he steps in at Hogwarts.
  • Supporting Leader: he leads Dumbledore's Army in resistance to the Carrows' regime in Deathly Hallows
  • Take Up My Sword: Twice. He continues to lead the rebellion after Harry doesn't return to Hogwarts during the hunt for the Horcruxes, and then when Harry seemingly dies, Neville continues the fight against Voldemort, literally taking up a Sword (of Gryffindor) in the process. Dude has balls of steel.
  • Took a Level In Badass: Twice in the series. Once in Book 5 with the news of Bellatrix's escape from Azkaban, and then Up to Eleven in Book 7.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Harry. The 5th book and the 7th book shows us this in spades
  • Why Did It Have To Be Snape
  • World of Cardboard Speech: Gives one hell of a speech during the eighth movie. And then caps things off by pulling out the Sword of Gryffindor!
  • Worthy Opponent: In a culmination of his Badass credentials, Voldemort himself considers him this in the climax of the last battle and even gives him We Can Rule Together speech, which Neville, of course, doesn't hesitate to refuse.
  • You Are Not Alone: “HE'S NOT ALONE! HE'S STILL GOT ME!"

Ginevra Molly "Ginny" Weasley (Bonnie Wright)

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The youngest child of the Weasley family and the first daughter born to that line in several generations. Ginny has something of a childhood crush on The Boy Who Lived, and has almost no dialogue during the first four books (because whenever the Sympathetic POV is near, she's struck dumb by his presence). In the second book, Ginny finally gets to go to Hogwarts... but as she has trouble making friends and feels quite lonely, she's an easy prey for Voldemort's Brainwashing through his diary.

From the fifth book onward, she starts displaying an actual and more open personality, revealing a variety of talents no one had ever suspected, and starts being popular with guys. By the sixth book, the situation has reversed: now it's Harry pining away in silence for Ginny. Word of God is that her Character Development made her Harry's perfect match, but since most of it had to take place where the narrator couldn't see it, fans are... divided on the issue.

Nineteen years later, she is married to Harry, with whom she has has two sons and a daughter.

  • Accidental Kiss: With Harry, toward the end of book six. Not entirely accidental, but not entirely intentional, either.
  • Action Girl: Of the Magical Girl type. She accompanies Harry to the Department of Mysteries in the fifth book, re-grouped Dumbledore's Army in Deathly Hallows along with Neville and Luna, fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, and even took on Bellatrix Lestrange with Luna and Hermione.
  • Animal Motifs: Her patronus is a horse.
  • Babies Ever After: Has three children with Harry in the epilogue.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Her famous "Bat Bogey Hex" sounds outright Lovecraftian.
  • Badass Long Hair
  • Big No: In the Eighth film when Voldemort announces Harry is dead.
  • Book Ends: The first time we see her, she's whining to her mother that she wants to go to Hogwarts with her brothers now, not next year. The last time we see her, she's being whined at by her daughter, who wants to go to Hogwarts with her brothers now, not next year. (Well, actually in TWO years.)
  • Bully Hunter: Plays this role while looking after Luna (it's all but stated that she was her only friend for years) and eagerly (and violently) jumps to Harry’s defence whenever someone badmouths him in Half-Blood Prince.
  • Cute Witch: As a youngster.
  • Damsel in Distress: In Chamber of Secrets. Understandable, since she was also the Naive Newcomer and, well, just 11 years old.
  • Demoted to Extra: the films.
    • To a certain (and metafictional) extent, the books as well. She has a tongue-tying crush on Harry Potter... In a Harry Potter book. Of course she can't contribute much!
    • Unless you count her Chekhov's Gunman cameo in the first book, Ginny has her smallest role in Prisoner of Azkaban. In the film, she had only a Mandatory Line and she didn't fare much better in the book version. Her last mention is in the thirteenth chapter of a twenty-two chapter book. She scolds Fred for being insensitive about Scabbers' death in one line and then disappears until Goblet of Fire.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Ginevra. See also Only Known by Their Nickname.
    • Her name is made even more embarrassing when one realizes how eerily similar Ginevra and Minerva are.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • First Girl Wins: She's the "first girl" in the books and also in the movies.
  • Girl Notices First: Harry Potter finally likes her back in the sixth book.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • Hot Scoop: She becomes a Quidditch correspondent after her career as a Quidditch star.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover
  • Mailer Daemon: She finds Voldemort's Diary, and he uses it to sap her Life Energy.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The only person who actually calls Ginny "Ginevra" (her first name) is an elderly relative we only meet at Bill and Fleur's wedding. Even Professor McGonagall refers to her as "Ginny Weasley" (as seen when she was taken into the Chamber of Secrets).
  • Out of Focus: Ginny pretty much becomes a background character during book 3 and 4. This changes come Order of the Phoenix.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Rescue Romance: It takes a few books to take off, but her and Harry's first major interaction is Harry taking on a giant snake and a Soul Fragment of Voldemort to save her.
  • Shrinking Violet: Played with. Throughout the first few books, Ginny appears to be a Shrinking Violet, but only around Harry, and only because of her huge crush on him. Her brothers state that she's pretty normal when he's not around. Moreover, she has overcome her shyness completely by the beginning of book five.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: In the books, she has Brown Eyes, just like her mother Molly. In the films, she has Blue Eyes, which make her look even more like Harry's mother Lily.

Fred and George Weasley (James and Oliver Phelps)

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Ron's mischievous next-older brothers, Fred and George stick out for their constant wisecracking, penchant for practical jokes, and lack of educational excellence. They have been friends with Harry for almost as long as Ron has, since they are on the Gryffindor Quidditch team as Beaters. In the grand tradition of Einstein, their poor grades do not stop them from opening a successful business selling joke/novelty items of their own invention.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Percy. They constantly poke fun at him for his stuck-up personality.
  • Anti-Hero: Type III--> Type II
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: George.
  • Black Best Friend: Lee Jordan.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While the Twins are lighthearted even when it comes to their pranks, if you ever harm a child or Hogwarts in any way, they will focus the butt of their pranks on you. Just ask Professor Umbridge.
  • Book Dumb: They only manage to pass three OWLs apiece, whereas all their brothers each managed more than both of them combined.
  • Break The Comedian: For most of the series, the twins are almost always in a lighthearted and jovial mood. That is, until Book 7, when Fred is visibly shaken by George's very ugly injury and later on, George is devastated by Fred's death, which Word of God states he never fully got over.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Despite the above, they managed to invent Weasley's Wizard Wheezes and made a decent bit of cash off of it. They simply no longer cared about school by the time of the OWL examinations and were busy crafting their products. Ron mentions that their grades were usually very good before then.
    • During their rebellion against Umbridge, they turned part of the castle into a swamp. Flitwick was so impressed with their skill that he decided to leave a section roped off in tribute to them.
  • Deadpan Snarkers
  • Fan Nickname: Gred and Forge, due to how interchangeable they were before the seventh book/film.
    • The nickname actually originated from a joke in the first book. When receiving their Christmas Homemade Sweater From Hell from Molly Weasley, the twins comment on how Harry's doesn't have his initials sewn on it like theirs.

  George Weasley: I suppose she thinks you don't forget your name. But we're not stupid - we know we're called Gred and Forge.

Dean Thomas (Alfred Enoch)

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Dean Thomas is a boy in Harry's year who is popular and likes drawing. His friendship with Harry is strained in Harry Potter, in which Harry feels insanely jealous because Dean dates Ginny. But after Harry and Ginny end up together, Dean is not bitter, and helps them in Harry Potter. He is a member of Dumbledore's Army and participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Seamus Finnigan (Devon Murray)

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Another boy in Harry's year who is close friends with Dean Thomas. He does not initially believe Harry's claims that Voldemort has returned, instead opting to consider Harry insane, but he eventually comes around, apologizes, and joins Dumbledore's Army. He participates in the Battle of Hogwarts. His role in the battle is expanded in the final film, where he blows up the covered bridge.

Lee Jordan (Luke Youngblood)

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Colin Creevey (Hugh Mitchell)

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Colin Creevey is a boy in the year below Harry's who is a self-professed fan. He is always walking around with his camera, and wants to get Harry's autograph. He is targeted in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets for being a Muggle-born wizard, and joins Dumbledore's Army. He is killed in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Colin and his brother Dennis are replaced in the films by:

Nigel Wespurt (William Melling)

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Nigel Wespurt is a small Gryffindor boy who joined Hogwarts in 1994 and first appeared in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. He is a big fan of Harry's, and tries to get his autograph. Later on, he joins Dumbledore's Army and participates in the battle of Hogwarts.

His character is an amalgamation of the Creevey brothers, of whom only Colin appeared in a film.

Parvati Patil (Sitara Shah and Shefali Chowdhury)

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Parvati Patil is a girl in Harry's year whose twin sister Padma is in Ravenclaw. She is usually seen with Padma and her friend Lavender Brown. She is popular, and considered one of the best-looking girls in the year, but does not seem that intelligent, being usually more concerned with fashion - though she tends to be more sensible and centered than Lavender. Despite sharing a room with Hermione, the two girls are not close. She is Harry's date to the Yule Ball, which goes nowhere fast. She later joins Dumbledore's Army, and participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave)

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Lavender is a Gryffindor in Harry's year who shares her room with Hermione and Parvati, but is closer to Parvati. She is frivolous and emotional, and does not seem to know magic very well. However, she becomes very interested in Divination, and also joins Dumbledore's Army. She remains peripheral until sixth year, where she manifests interest in Ron, who begins going out with her to spite Hermione. Their relationship declined after Christmas, and ended when Lavender realized that Ron would always be closer to Hermione. At the Battle of Hogwarts, she was attacked by Fenrir Greyback, but saved by Hermione and Professor Trelawney. She survives, but her future is not known. In the eighth movie, she's not so lucky.

Oliver Wood (Sean Biggerstaff)

The Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team for the first three books. He returns in Deathly Hallows to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts.

 Harry Potter: Where is Wood?

Fred Weasley: Still in the showers. We think he's trying to drown himself.

Angelina Johnson (Danielle Tabor, Tiana Benjamin)

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A Chaser on the Quidditch team and Oliver Wood's successor as captain. She returns to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts and later marries George Weasley.

Katie Bell (Georgina Leonidas)

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Katie Bell is another Gryffindor Chaser. She joins Dumbledore's Army. During Harry's sixth year, she is incapacitated by a cursed opal necklace that keeps her out of Hogwarts for several months. She graduates, but returns for the Battle of Hogwarts, which she survives. By the time of Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince, she and Harry are the two most senior members of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.

Alicia Spinnet

The third of the three Gryffindor Chasers in the earlier books.

Romilda Vane (Anna Shaffer)

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Romilda is a Gryffindor girl in a lower year than Harry's. She has a strong crush on him, and when she is introduced to the readers in Harry Potter, she tries to get Harry to join her on the Hogwarts Express, but offends him by insulting his friends. At Christmas, she gives Harry some Chocolate Cauldrons spiked with love potion, which Ron eats, leading to his poisoning. She is a gossip, and does not think about things seriously.

  • Abhorrent Admirer
  • Alpha Bitch
  • Brainless Beauty
  • Fan Girl
  • Foil: To Lavender Brown. Both Romilda and Lavender are the Abhorrent Admirer to Harry and Ron, respectively. The difference between them is that Lavender is a silly ditz who doesn't realize how annoying she is while Romilda is a snobby bitch who doesn't care how annoying she is. You can feel sorry for Lavender getting her heart broken, but with Romilda, you know her heart was never involved in the first place.
    • She could also be seen as a foil to Ginny. Both crushed on Harry from afar, but only Romilda acted like a stalker. Come to think of it, you could take almost any bad Harry/Hermione fanfic featuring slut!Ginny, replace all instances of "Ginny" with "Romilda", and the result would be a perfectly in-character Romilda.
  • Girl Posse: Leads one.
  • Informed Attribute: She apparently contains enough chivalry and courage to have been sorted in Gryffindor despite being a Jerkass.
    • It could be argued that Romilda represents the negative aspects of the Gryffindor house. She is clearly reckless and persistent in her pursuit of Harry and isn't afraid of bad-mouthing Neville and Luna even when they are standing right next to her.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl
  • Stage Whisper: Uses one to insult Neville and Luna.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Tries to dominate Harry with a love potion at the same time that Harry learns Merope Gaunt did the same to Tom Riddle Sr., which led to the birth of Voldemort. No wonder Harry is reluctant to pursue her.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom

Cormac McLaggen (Freddie Stroma)

A Gryffindor boy one year above Harry. He is one of the few examples of a bad Gryffindor and embodies some of the worst aspects of the house, namely being a pushy, arrogant Jerkass.

Slytherins

Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton)

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Hogwarts' resident bully, despite being smaller than most other Slytherins. Is the son of an influential and filthy rich man, who used to be a Death Eater. Merely bullies Harry throughout the first few books, occasionally setting off a major plot point. Usually seen hanging around with his cronies, Crabbe and Goyle.

By the sixth book, things have taken a major turn: the newly-resurrected Lord Voldemort demands that Draco assassinate Albus Dumbledore, or die in the process (which is what he's probably hoping for, according to Draco's mother). Draco's mother, in desperation, goes to the Reverse Mole Snape and begs him to forge an Unbreakable Vow so that he would kill Dumbledore if Draco could not. Sure enough, Snape is the one who does the deed.

By the last book, he appears in the Room of Requirement with his cronies to stop Harry, Ron, and Hermione from... whatever it is they're doing (The Trio is finding the last Horcrux, but Draco and company don't know it). One of his cronies turns on him and unleashes a Fiendfyre that ends up incinerating the whole room and killing himself. Harry goes and saves Draco anyhow, which in turn saves his own ass later on. Nineteen years later, Draco is married (but to Astoria Greengrass, not to his marginal school love interest Pansy Parkinson) and has a son, Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy.

Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle (Jamie Waylett and Joshua Herdman)

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Draco's friends/underlings/bodyguards. They are nowhere near intelligent, and are both very large and brutish. They follow Draco everywhere, and when Draco joins the Death Eaters, they follow suit. Crabbe dies in the Battle of Hogwarts when he sets fire to the Room of Requirement and is trapped inside.

Pansy Parkinson (Genevieve Gaunt, Lauren Shotton, and Scarlett Byrne)

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Pansy Parkinson is a Slytherin in Harry's year, described as arrogant and always insulting anyone she pleases to. She is Draco Malfoy's girlfriend for most of the series, and is in many ways the female version of Draco. But just before the battle of Hogwarts, she suggests the Hogwarts students betray Harry Potter to Voldemort, so she is the first student to be evacuated. Draco does not marry her in the future.

Blaise Zabini (Louis Cordice)

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Blaise Zabini is a Slytherin student in Harry's year and an associate of Draco Malfoy. He's left unseen for the first five books, but finally gets a physical description and role in Harry Potter. Although he doesn't take part in bullying like his peers, he shares their same prejudiced views.

  • Ascended Extra: Since Crabbe's actor was fired before the filming of the final movie, Blaise's character becomes his replacement in the Terrible Trio.
  • Black Widow: His mother is a famous witch who married and widowed 7 times, with all her dead husbands leaving her mountains and mountains of gold.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Sort of. He was mentioned as the last person sorted in the first book, but wasn't important, let alone mentioned, until the sixth book, when he suddenly became a supporting player.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Blaise is mentioned as the last new Hogwarts student to be sorted in 1991.
  • Fantastic Racism
  • Jerkass: To everyone, even Draco.
  • OC Stand In: Until Half Blood Prince was released. Even after, he's still arguably the most frequent target of this.
  • The Quiet One
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Insults everyone, prompting Ginny to insult him back with "You're so talented...at posing."
  • Smug Snake
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • The Unseen: For the first 5 books. This led to an interesting case of Fanon considering both his personality and Gender. He was later described as being black in the sixth book.
  • Villainous Cheekbones

Theodore Nott (Bronson Webb?)

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  • The Aloner: According to Word of God, he is this by choice, seeing no reason whatsoever to be a part of Draco's group.
  • I See Them, Too: During a Care of Magical Creatures lesson in his fifth year, he was one of only three students present who could see Thestrals, suggesting that he may have witnessed his mother's death firsthand. He found the creatures rather distasteful as he watched one eating, judging by his face.
  • Missing Mom
  • OC Stand In: Not as much as Blaise, but he is actually quite popular in Fanfiction.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Slytherin boy in the third film looks like him, but unlike him, is in Draco Malfoy's gang, and in the credits is not identified as Theodore Nott.
  • What Could Have Been: A subplot that Rowling eventually cut from the series storyline was to have featured Theodore and Draco Malfoy talking in the garden of Malfoy Manor, which would have been one of the few times that Draco would be seen conversing with someone he regarded as an equal, as Rowling said that Theodore was just as pure-blooded as him (and even somewhat cleverer). Rowling stated that she liked the scene so much that she tried to use it twice: first in Chamber of Secrets and second in Goblet of Fire.

Millicent Bulstrode (Helen Stuart)

Another bullying Slytherin, not part of Draco's gang per se but apparently quite intimidating in her own right.

  • Brawn Hilda
  • Combat Pragmatist: She's paired with Hermione in the Dueling Club scene in Chamber of Secrets, and when the dust settles after the first round, she's forgone magic and has Hermione in a headlock.
  • Huge Schoolgirl
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She's part of the Inquisitorial Squad in Order of the Phoenix, but doesn't feature in the Death-Eater-fication of Slytherin in the last two books.

Marcus Flint (Jamie Yeates)

Captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team when Harry arrives at Hogwarts (he's a Chaser).

  • British Teeth
  • Dumb Muscle: Described as troll-like.
  • Jerk Jock
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: He's still at Hogwarts in the third book even though he should have left at the end of the second. When asked about this, JKR said that either she'd made a mistake or he'd had to repeat his last year, and that she preferred the latter.

Flora and Hestia Carrow (Amber and Ruby Evans)

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These girls only appear in the films. They are young Slytherin girls who are members of the Slug Club, and were seen at Slughorn's Christmas party. In the final film, they and the other Slytherins are evacuated to the dungeons.

Ravenclaws

Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch)

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A Cloudcuckoolander of staggering proportions, probably because her father edits the Wizarding version of the "Weekly World News." Word of God claims that she's the anti-Hermione, in that she thinks entirely by faith whereas Hermione thinks entirely by logic. Though an oddball primarily used for comic relief, she is also one of Harry's most loyal supporters, forming a secondary Power Trio with Neville and Ginny that leads Dumbledore's Army in Harry's absence. Has an uncanny ability to speak aloud what others are only thinking.

Nineteen years later, she is married to Rolf Scamander, grandson of the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, becomes a wizard naturalist and discovers new species of magical beasts (but not the Crumple-Horned Snorkack), and has twin sons named Lorcan and Lysander.

  • Action Girl: Participates in the Ministry fight during the fifth book and fights in the end fight in the last book.
  • Adorkable: She isn't really a nerd, but she sure is socially awkward...in a good way.
  • Agent Mulder: Again, an inversion of the trope. Agent Mulders tend to prevail, but most of Luna's wackier beliefs end up wrong, and Word of God says she learns to be a little bit more skeptical in her adulthood.
  • Alliterative Name
    • Stealthily Punny Name: 'Luna' = 'Moon'. 'Moony' = 'Dreamy'. 'Lunacy' = 'Fullmoon-triggered insanity'. Those are obvious, with the right vocabulary. What takes the cake is 'Moon-eyed'. Not only are her eyes constantly wide, bulging, and unblinking in quasi-surprise, pointing to the usual definition, but they are described as "pale" and "silvery".
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Has a wide variety of symptoms of all sorts of disorders. Theories on exactly what abound.
  • Animal Motifs: Her Patronus is a hare. Like a Moon Rabbit!
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Not her herself, but how most Hogwarts students see her claims. "Yeah right, Luna. Nargles don't exist, now if you'll excuse me I have to go take care of my griffin."
    • Of course, in magical Britain, there are as many witnesses and books written about griffins as there are for say, tigers in real life Britain, justifying that belief. In contrast, Nargle claims are as poorly supported as the Loch Ness Monster to muggles.
  • Attention Deficit Ooh Shiny: When being a Quidditch commentator.
  • Badass Adorable
  • Brutal Honesty: "I liked the D.A. It was like having friends."
    • (on Ron) "He's not very nice sometimes, is he?"
    • "People expect you to have cooler friends than us."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: As a Charm Point.
    • Cuckoolander Commentator: In Half-Blood Prince.
    • Somewhat a case of Deconstructed Trope, as it is brought up that Luna faces the treatment that many real life Cloud Cuckoolanders face during the educational years. She has, for example, always been an easy target of teasing by other students, and before her 4th year, her only friend was Ginny. Neither of these facts seem to bother her especially much, though.
    • Though the mural on her bedroom wall may imply that it bothers her more than she lets on.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Has a variety of both ridiculous and seemingly credible conspiracy theories. While the Arbitrary Skepticism for her imaginary animals might be justified, the skeptism for the conspiracies is...not. The Wizarding world is just so riddled with secret plots that the only reason the stuff Luna believes seems silly is that is sounds silly. And silly they do sound:
    • She thinks that the Aurors are part of the 'rotfang' conspiracy which trying to bring down the Ministry of Magic by a combination of dark magic and gum disease.
    • Rufus Scrimgeour is a vampire, and that the Ministry has an army of heliopaths, which do not really exist.
    • Voldemort had just spent the previous year helping Harry win the Triwizard Tournament.
    • People in the government are trying to kill Harry.
    • Someone will try to secretly overthrow the Ministry of Magic. [1]
  • Creepy Good: She is a mild version of this, in that she spouts horrific conspiracy theories and seems to be attuned to whole levels of magic the other characters can't access. She even gets stuck with the nickname "Loony Lovegood" because everyone else thinks she's crazy.
  • Cute Witch
  • The Cutie
  • Foot Focus: In the Order of the Phoenix, she goes barefoot on account of all her shoes being stolen.
  • Friendless Background
  • Genki Girl: A borderline example. She's usually quite serene, but you should see how hard she laughs at Ron's joke about Goyle.
  • Hyper Awareness
  • Loners Are Freaks: Or rather the reverse of that; freaks are lonely. She got better by the 5th book, though.
  • Mad Dreamer
  • Making a Spectacle of Yourself: Her Spectrespecs.
  • Missing Mom: Luna's mother had an accident while she was experimenting with magic. Luna was nine.
  • Mysterious Waif
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: J.K. confirmed that, as a Magizoologist, Luna discovers a great deal of creatures nobody else thought existed, including some mentioned in The Quibbler. However, she never discovers a Crumple-Horned Snorkack.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: "HARRY POTTER! YOU LISTEN TO ME RIGHT NOW!"
  • Oracular Urchin - Especially how her actress looks and portrays her. Lampshaded in that a future son is named Lysander, from the fairy-filled play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
  • Plucky Girl
  • Poster Gallery Bedroom
  • Promoted Fangirl: Her actress, Evanna Lynch.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: To Neville in the eighth movie, but even then it apparently doesn't last long according to the actors.
  • Sixth Ranger: Literally no. 6; counting the main Power Trio and first two members of her secondary trio (Neville and Ginny), Luna doesn't even get a name-drop until Book 5.
    • Actually, in true Rowling style, the Lovegoods are mentioned in passing as attending the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter.
      • However, one wonders if Jo actually had the Lovegoods completely fleshed out at that point. It's implied that the Lovegoods are interested in Quidditch, which is emphatically not the case during Harry Potter, when Luna spends most of the game looking at the clouds instead of commenting.
        • On the other hand, the fact that she wanted to commentate could indicate that she's interested, just easily distracted. One can imagine the Lovegoods attending the Quidditch World Cup and spending the whole time counting nargles and talking about the secret loves of leprechauns.
  • Strange Girl: Possibly the queen of this trope.
  • Teen Genius: Word of God says that she's just as smart as Hermione, but they think in different ways.
  • We Need a Distraction: After the Battle of Hogwarts, Luna graciously distracts the crowd so that Harry, Ron, and Hermione can make a break for the Headmaster's office in peace.

Padma Patil (Sharon Sandhu and Afshan Azad)

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Padma Patil is Parvati's more studious, but less gregarious, twin. She is Ron's date to the Yule Ball, but he does not want to dance with her, so Parvati and Padma dance with other people. She becomes a prefect, joins Dumbledore's Army, and participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Note: In the film, she is depicted as being a Gryffindor.

Cho Chang (Katie Leung)

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Harry's first crush, Cho is a popular, attractive girl and his opposite number on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. A Love Triangle forms when she starts dating Cedric. She is torn up after Cedric's death and seems to become less popular as a result. She begins showing an interest in Harry because of his connection with Cedric's death, and he has his First Kiss with her. However, he lacks the emotional maturity to help her deal with her grief over Cedric, and she is unable to move forward herself, so they split up on bad terms. She participates in the Battle of Hogwarts. In the future, she marries a Muggle.

Marcus Belby (Robert Knox)

A thin, nervous Ravenclaw whom Slughorn considers recruiting into the Slug Club, as his uncle Damocles invented the Wolfsbane Potion. Belby blows the interview, though, and does not appear in the club meetings. This is changed in the films, where he is seen at the Christmas party. Though it was only as a waiter, and not as a guest.

Terry Boot

Ravenclaw student. Member of Lockhart's Duelling Club. Joins Dumbledore's Army and, at the end of the fifth book, saves Harry from an attack by Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle. In the seventh book, he hears about the Trio's raid on Gringotts and escape on the dragon, and is beaten up by the Carrows for yelling about it in the Great Hall. He later participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Michael Corner (Ryan Nelson, Jack Read)

Ravenclaw student who joined Dumbledore's Army and in that school year dated Ginny Weasley. They broke up at the end of that year. Michael Corner later dated Cho Chang and participated in the Battle of Hogwarts. He is described as having dark hair, and is credited in the films as "Slightly Creepy Boy." He is skilled at Potions.

Anthony Goldstein

Ravenclaw student, and later on a prefect. He joined Dumbledore's Army, and later on particpated in the Battle of Hogwarts.

Roger Davies (Henry Lloyd-Hughes)

Chaser and captain of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. Very popular with the ladies.

  • Big Man on Campus
  • Estrogen Brigade Bait
  • Kendo Team Captain
  • Kidanova: He's described as handsome and seems to be a ladies' man: he snags Fleur as his date to the Yule Ball and later canoodles with her in one of the rosebushes. In the fifth book, he's at Madam Puddifoot's, once again conspicuously kissing a girlfriend, and Cho informs Harry that he asked her out after Cedric died.

Marietta Edgecombe

A member of Cho's Girl Posse and apparently the only one to stick with her after Cedric's death. Cho dragged Marietta along to join Dumbledore's Army with her. However, Marietta was part of the crowd which believed Harry to be a liar due to the fact that her mother worked for the Ministry. After six months of keeping her silence, Marietta betrayed the D.A. to Umbridge, but ended up getting the word "SNEAK" written across her face in pimples due to a jinx Hermione placed on the parchment they signed. Word of God says the pimples eventually faded, but left a few scars.

In the film, Marietta is cut. Instead, the D.A. is betrayed by Cho herself, though not of her own free will.

Hufflepuffs

Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson)

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Hogwarts Triwizard Tournament champion (In reader's POV, the other Hogwarts Champion), Cedric is an intelligent and talented Hufflepuff student. He believes in fair play and is very gentlemanly.

For more character analysis, go here.

  • The Ace
  • Always Someone Better: The only Seeker in the series to ever defeat Harry in a Quidditch match, though that was also due to Dementors flooding the field. He manages to make Cho, the girl Harry was pining for, his girlfriend, and the students by a great majority favored him over Harry as their Champion. And to top it all off, Cedric was just too nice of a guy for Harry to actually despise him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In the movie, but it fits his character.
  • Big Man on Campus
  • Chick Magnet
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: Not that it works out for Harry anyway.
  • Honor Before Reason: When Hufflepuff won a Quidditch match against Gryffindor, Cedric offered a rematch, since Harry fell of his broom because of Dementors. Despite this being Hufflepuffs first victory against Griffindor in ages and a fair one at that. An even worse example is when he practically won the Triwizard tournament, he wanted to give the victory to Harry because Harry helped him a few times during said tournament.
  • I Feel Guilty You Take It: Tries to let Harry take the Triwizard Cup in his stead, arguing that he wouldn't be there if it weren't for his help. Harry counters with the exact same point and amusingly wonders at the fact that they're actually arguing about this. Finally, they decide to grab it together and the rest is history..
  • Jerk Jock: Averted since he's actually a pretty good guy, but when he dates Cho, the reader can definitely sympathize with Harry.
  • Killed Off for Real: A series first.
  • The Mario: Magical abilities across the board were very good.
  • Nice Guy
  • Sacrificial Lion: Formerly the Trope Namer.
  • Shout-Out: He's named for the main character in The Magicians Nephew.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Harry often refers to him as handsome.

Ernie Macmillan (Louis Doyle, Jamie Marks)

A pompous and dramatic pure-blood Hufflepuff student in Harry's year. First appears in Book 2. He is loyal to his friends and later becomes a fairly prominent supporting character.

Zacharias Smith (Nick Shirm)

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A member of the D.A. in the fifth book, Zacharias basically exists to complain, usually in a rude manner, about everything Harry does in teaching them. In the next two books, he makes scattered appearance and continues to act like a jerk.

  • All There in the Manual: In the film, Nick Shirm is credited as "Somewhat Doubtful Boy", but he has Zacharias's attitude. In the video game version, Shirm voices his character and there he is explicitly identified as Zacharias Smith.
  • Butt Monkey: Most of his appearances boil down to him insulting Harry only for a Weasley sibling to get him to shut up in increasingly violent ways. Ron simply insults him. Fred and George covertly suggest sodomizing him. Ginny outright rams him with her broom mid-flight.
  • Commander Contrarian: He apparently only comes to the D.A. meetings to complain about the way Harry teaches them.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong
  • Dirty Coward: The very last time we see him he's pushing first-year students out of his way while fleeing from what is soon to become Hogwarts' final stand. My hero.
  • Informed Attribute: The Hufflepuff loyalty never once shows itself in this guy. He could be one of "the rest" that simply didn't fit into any house.
  • Jerkass: His entire character is more or less just being a prick.
  • Meaningful Name: In The Bible, Zacharias was a man who was temporarily struck dumb for doubting the word of the Lord. In Harry Potter, Zacharias is a boy who is temporarily shocked into silence by Fred and George for doubting the word of Harry.
    • In the sixth book Hepzibah Smith is mentioned to be a descendent of Helga Hufflepuff. If Zacharias is Smith's descendent then that might explain why he's in Hufflepuff House despite not showing the usual qualities.
  • Name's the Same: Not to be confused with a more lovable dirty coward who is a Doctor. Doctor Zachary Smith.

Hannah Abbott (Charlotte Skeoch)

Hannah is a Hufflepuff girl who hangs out with Justin Finch-Fletchley, Susan Bones, and Ernie Macmillan. She is very interested in Herbology, and speculates a lot on the weird things that always happen at Hogwarts. She joins Dumbledore's Army in her fifth year. In her sixth year, she is removed from school because her mother is murdered. She later returns to participate in the Battle of Hogwarts. In the future, she marries Neville Longbottom and becomes the landlady at the Leaky Cauldron.

  • Greek Chorus
  • I Warned You: Hannah insists in Prisoner of Azkaban that Sirius Black is evading the manhunt by turning himself into a flowering shrub. It turned out she was mostly right, except that he was turning into a dog, not a plant. However, the trope ends up subverted because she not only does NOT get to say "I warned you" to anyone, she never even finds out how close she was to the truth.
  • Miss Exposition
  • Missing Mom
  • Nervous Wreck: She completely falls apart under the pressure of O.W.L. exams. First she has a mental breakdown in the days leading up to the exams and needs a magical tranquilizer from the school nurse, and then she loses her head again in the middle of the transfiguration portion of the exams, multiplying her ferret into a flock of flamingos.
  • Regular Character: She is the only Hogwarts student from Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw who appears at least once in all seven books.

Susan Bones (Eleanor Columbus)

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Susan Bones is another member of the Hufflepuff clique, and was one of the first students to be Sorted. Her aunt Amelia is a senior Ministry official, but she is killed by Lord Voldemort, as were many of Susan's other relatives. At Hogwarts, Susan is friends with Hermione Granger, and later joins Dumbledore's Army. At the first meeting, she asks Harry if he can produce a corporeal Patronus. Later on, she participates in the Battle of Hogwarts.

  • The Cameo: She's played in the first two films by Chris Columbus's daughter Eleanor and thus disappears from the movies when Columbus stopped directing.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the first four books, Susan was just a random student mentioned in the Sorting. In the fifth and sixth books, she comes slightly into focus and is shown to be particularly distressed about Voldemort's return as most of her family was killed in the previous war against him. Harry's trial includes Amelia Bones, who takes his side, and she's later revealed to be Susan's aunt. This is how Susan finds out that Harry can make a Patronus and comes to ask him about it when the D.A. first meets in the Hog's Head. Although Susan doesn't appear in the movie version of Phoenix, Amelia still does.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She is not seen in the films after the second one, and her line about a Patronus was given to Luna in the fifth film.
  • Fake Brit: Eleanor is American, being Chris Colombus's daughter. Not that it matters since she didn't have lines anyway.

Justin Finch-Fletchley (Edward Randell)

The boy who causes Harry to out himself as a Parselmouth in Chamber of Secrets and then gets Petrified by the basilisk, fueling Ernie MacMillan & Co.'s suspicions that Harry is the Heir of Slytherin. Later a member of Dumbledore's Army. He is a Muggleborn, and we don't know what became of him after Voldemort came back.

  • Mouthy Kid: Ernie thinks Justin is putting himself in danger by shooting his mouth off to Harry.
  • Name's the Same: No, the actor is not the governor of Pennsylvania. That gentleman is Ed Rendell.
  • Upperclass Twit: Implied by several factors including his double-barreled Preppy Name and the fact that he says he was headed to Eton until his Hogwarts letter arrived, and generally seeming a little hapless and naive. Ernie considers him Too Dumb to Live for running his mouth about his Muggle blood with the Heir of Slytherin making attacks, but of course Ernie's barking up the wrong tree.

Notes

  1. Notice how the last three sound credible In-Universe...
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