The titular protagonist of the novel. Harry is a seventeen-year-old wizard who is prophecied to be the only person capable of killing the Dark Lord Voldemort as the one person capable of killing Voldemort. To… read analysis of Harry Potter
One of Harry's best friends and the second youngest Weasley child. Ron is tall with red hair, and he's extremely protective of the women in his life—he makes a number of gallant yet ultimately… read analysis of Ron Weasley
One of Harry's best friends. Hermione is extremely intelligent, relies heavily on books, and was an exceptional and overachieving student in school. Her intelligence and her magical capabilities are most often responsible for Harry… read analysis of Hermione Granger
The antagonist of the novel. Voldemort was born Tom Riddle and dedicated his life to the Dark Arts, world domination in the form of a wizard-centric pureblooded society, and the pursuit of immortality. The quest… read analysis of Lord Voldemort
Harry's beloved former headmaster of Hogwarts; Snape murdered him a month or so before the novel begins. The Dumbledore that Harry knew seemed to have always been old, always on the side of good… read analysis of Albus Dumbledore
Draco has been Harry's archenemy at Hogwarts since they met as first years. A small blond boy, Draco is in Slytherin House and his family openly supports Voldemort. Though Draco has parroted Voldemort's… read analysis of Draco Malfoy
One of Voldemort's most devoted followers. She's a tall and imposing witch with long black hair, and she's one of the most evil Death Eaters: she's responsible for Sirius's death, as well as… read analysis of Bellatrix Lestrange
Dumbledore's younger brother. They look much the same, but unlike Dumbledore, Aberforth never had a love for school and he's a relatively unambitious person. He and Dumbledore had an okay relationship as children, but… read analysis of Aberforth Dumbledore
The gamekeeper at Hogwarts. He's half giant and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. Hagrid and Harry have been close friends since Harry started at Hogwarts: Hagrid was the one tasked with introducing… read analysis of Hagrid
Dumbledore's youngest sister. Her existence is shrouded in mystery and rumor: many believe that she wasn't actually a witch and, to cover this up, her mother Kendra kept Ariana locked up like a prisoner… read analysis of Ariana Dumbledore
Formerly a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts, where he formed a close bond with Harry that has continued in the years since. Lupin was a close friend of James Potter and of… read analysis of Remus Lupin
The elderly house-elf whom Harry inherited from Sirius when Sirius died. At first, Kreacher is a horrifying being: he's dirty, he's cruel, and he uses foul language and often insults "Mudbloods" like Hermione. Two… read analysis of Kreacher
The matriarch of the Weasley family. She's short, plump, and has red hair like all of her children. Mrs. Weasley cares deeply for her family members and for their safety in particular, which is why… read analysis of Mrs. Weasley
A house-elf whom Harry freed from service to the Malfoys in his second year, and who has remained unwaveringly loyal to Harry and Harry's friends ever since. Unusually for a house-elf, Dobby loves freedom and… read analysis of Dobby
The youngest Weasley child. She and Harry had a brief romance at the end of last year, though Harry broke it off as to not put Ginny in danger when he decided to leave school… read analysis of Ginny Weasley
Regulus Arcturus Black
Sirius's younger brother. As a young man he was extremely proud of who he was and of who his family was, and he joined the Death Eaters because he truly believed in the cause… read analysis of Regulus Arcturus Black
Formerly a Hogwarts professor who, in the present, has aligned herself with Voldemort. Though Umbridge previously seemed to love power for power's sake more than she loved Voldemort's ideology, Voldemort does give her the… read analysis of Dolores Umbridge
An elderly magic historian who lived in Godric's Hollow, along with the Dumbledore family and the Potters. She was a generation or so older than Dumbledore himself and sought to make friends with the Dumbledore… read analysis of Bathilda Bagshot
An evil Eastern European wizard. He and Dumbledore met as young men, when Grindelwald visited Bathilda Bagshot in Godric's Hollow at the same time as Dumbledore was living there to care for Ariana. A… read analysis of Gellert Grindelwald
Draco's father. Though he began the series as a powerful and terrifying man, he's been increasingly dishonored at the start of the novel, and he is forced to allow Voldemort to use his house… read analysis of Lucius Malfoy
One of Harry's fellow Gryffindor students. He returned to Hogwarts at the beginning of the school year as, being a pureblooded wizard, he didn't have to fear for his life. At school, Neville bravely… read analysis of Neville Longbottom
Luna Lovegood's father and the editor of The Quibbler, which formerly was a laughable magazine that ran articles about beasts that don't exist, but has become the only reliable source for information about… read analysis of Xenophilius Lovegood
Harry's mother. She died at age twenty-one and sacrificed herself to protect baby Harry, giving Harry protection from Voldemort as long as Harry lives with Lily's sister, Petunia. Through old letters that Harry… read analysis of Lily Potter
As a teenager, Wormtail—Peter Pettigrew—was best friends with James, Sirius, and Lupin, but as a young adult, he began working for Voldemort and ultimately gave away James and Lily's location to… read analysis of Wormtail
A goblin whom Dobby helps Harry rescue from Malfoy Manor and, in the first Harry Potter novel, the goblin who showed Harry to his vault at Gringotts. Griphook is a hard individual for Harry to… read analysis of Griphook
One of Harry, Ron, and Hermione's friends at Hogwarts. She's a year younger, with long blond hair and eyes that seem to stare uncomfortably. Luna has a reputation as a crazy believer… read analysis of Luna Lovegood
The Minister of Magic at the beginning of the novel. Scrimgeour is a rough and imposing man who has never gotten along well with Harry, and this continues as Scrimgeour is forced to distribute… read analysis of Rufus Scrimgeour
One of the Weasley twins, who are two years older than Ron. Both Fred and George act and think very much alike, and they use the fact that they're identical in most ways to… read analysis of George Weasley
An elderly and acclaimed wandmaker; he used to have a shop in Diagon Alley and he made most British wizards' wands. He has a piercing stare and Harry often feels uncomfortable around him. Voldemort captures… read analysis of Ollivander
One of the Weasley twins, who are two years older than Ron. Both Fred and George act and think very much alike, and they use the fact that they're identical in most ways to… read analysis of Fred Weasley
One of Ron's older brothers. Two years ago, Percy took his love of rules, regulations, and order to the extreme by pledging his allegiance to the Ministry and disowning his family. When Harry sees… read analysis of Percy Weasley
A former Hogwarts headmaster who was widely disliked, and the last headmaster from Slytherin until Snape takes over the position at the beginning of the novel. Though long dead, Nigellus still exists in his portraits… read analysis of Phineas Nigellus
Harry's beloved godfather. He died two years ago and left Harry his house, number twelve Grimmauld Place, and the house-elf Kreacher, as well. Sirius was a fun-loving man and a protective godfather, though… read analysis of Sirius Black
A retired Auror and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. He's missing an eye and replaced it with a bright blue enchanted one that can spin in all directions and see through everything… read analysis of Mad-Eye Moody
The Gray Lady
Helena Ravenclaw was Rowena Ravenclaw's daughter. She was a greedy and selfish young woman, which led her to steal her mother's enchanted diadem. She hid it in a forest in Albania while trying to… read analysis of The Gray Lady
Ron's dad and a Ministry employee in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office. A lanky, redheaded man, he must carefully balance his love for his family and his desire to protect them with his… read analysis of Mr. Weasley
One of Ron's older brothers. A few months before the start of the novel, the werewolf Fenrir Greyback mauled Bill. Though Bill isn't a werewolf, he has some wolfish tendencies and his face is… read analysis of Bill Weasley
An elderly man and a contemporary of Dumbledore's. He and Dumbledore were best friends in their youth and remained good friends throughout their lives, and Doge writes a touching obituary for Dumbledore that runs… read analysis of Elphias Doge
Draco Malfoy's mother. She's pale and blond, like Draco and Lucius, and it becomes clear early on that while Narcissa may believe that Voldemort has the right idea when it comes to blood… read analysis of Narcissa Malfoy
Harry's father. Though James was a self-important and pompous young person, he grew up to be a beloved resistance fighter and sacrificed himself trying to protect Lily and baby Harry from Voldemort. His… read analysis of James Potter
A nasty sensationalist journalist who, a mere four weeks after Dumbledore's death, publishes her 900-page biography on him. Skeeter openly butted heads with Dumbledore in life, and the biography contains a number of "dirty… read analysis of Rita Skeeter
A young Auror and member of the Order of the Phoenix. She and Lupin marry not long before the novel starts. Tonks is bright and bubbly and though she's a very competent witch, she's extremely… read analysis of Tonks
One of Draco Malfoy's henchmen. Crabbe thrives in the environment at Hogwarts during his seventh year, as he gets to hone his cruel nature to torture other students as part of his classwork. He… read analysis of Crabbe
Though Mundungus is a member of the Order of the Phoenix, he's not especially brave or even all that committed to the cause—he's better known as a thief and a cheat, but he was brought… read analysis of Mundungus Fletcher
The Ministry employee whom Harry impersonates when the trio infiltrates the Ministry of Magic. They know nothing about him when they pull him off the street, but it soon becomes clear that Runcorn is a… read analysis of Albert Runcorn
Krum is an internationally acclaimed Quidditch player for the Bulgarian team; he attends Bill and Fleur's wedding. He's somewhat duck-footed and awkward, with a hooked nose that, in Ron and Harry's opinion, makes him… read analysis of Viktor Krum
A member of the Order of the Phoenix. He has a calming demeanor and can properly dress like a Muggle, which surprisingly earns him the respect of the Dursleys. Though he begins the novel by… read analysis of Kingsley Shacklebolt
A Magical Maintenance employee at the Ministry of Magic, whom Ron impersonates using Polyjuice Potion in order to infiltrate the Ministry. Reg appears to be on the side of good, given that none of the… read analysis of Reg Cattermole
Dumbledore's mother. She was a tall and austere woman who, by most accounts, ruled over her family with an iron fist. It's unclear if she was actually cruel or just afraid of losing her… read analysis of Kendra Dumbledore
The Transfiguration professor at Hogwarts and the Head of Gryffindor House. She remains at Hogwarts to teach and protect students even though the school falls under Voldemort's control. Though she's surprised to see Harry… read analysis of Professor McGonagall
Bill Weasley's French and part-Veela wife; the two marry early in the novel. Fleur is extremely beautiful and charming, all thanks to her Veela blood, but she's also kind and dedicated to the resistance… read analysis of Fleur Delacour
A greasy, nasty werewolf who aligns himself with Voldemort in exchange for victims. Though he runs with the Death Eaters, Greyback isn't officially one of them and doesn't have the Dark Mark. He's cruel and… read analysis of Fenrir Greyback
Harry's cousin. He's blond and hulking, and he and Harry have never had a good relationship—Dudley loved watching his parents abuse Harry throughout their childhood. However, Dudley shows that he has begun to change… read analysis of Dudley Dursley
The Weasley children's 107-year-old great-aunt. She's widely disliked as she's loud, obnoxious, and a gossip. Though it's implied that she's on the side of good, she also expresses clear disdain for Dumbledore—though this could… read analysis of Auntie Muriel
Neville's elderly grandmother; a self-sufficient, snappy, and loyal woman. She seems finally proud of Neville, now that he's bravely standing up to the people who tortured Neville's parents. An accomplished witch in her own… read analysis of Neville's Gran
Harry's maternal aunt. She's an unpleasant woman and doesn't like Harry, but she and Vernon agree to take Harry in because her sister and Harry's mother, Lily, sacrificed herself for Harry, which gives… read analysis of Aunt Petunia
Dumbledore's father. He was imprisoned in Azkaban when Dumbledore was a child for brutally attacking two Muggle boys, something that most people attributed to shocking anti-Muggle beliefs. However, Aberforth later explains that Percival didn't actually just hate Muggles: the boys tormented and abused his young daughter Ariana.
Harry's large, cantankerous, and cruel uncle. He both loathes and fears magic and magical people, and he hates Harry especially. However, he does agree to go into hiding from Voldemort when Dudley insists that he's going. Vernon cannot bring himself to shake Harry's hand.
Fred and George's best friend and classmate. As an adult, Lee helps the resistance movement by hosting and producing the radio show Potterwatch, which seeks to provide serious news as well as humorous political commentary to resistance fighters.
Remus Lupin and Tonks's son. He's born in the early spring and is a Metamorphmagus, like Tonks. Harry is Teddy's godfather, though it's never stated who goes on to raise him after his parents die in the final battle at Hogwarts.
A Death Eater whom Hermione, in disguise as Bellatrix Lestrange, runs into on her way to break into Gringotts. Travers is fooled by Hermione's acting, though Harry does place him under the Imperius Curse once they get into the bank.
A small and mousy witch whom Hermione impersonates using Polyjuice Potion when the trio infiltrate the Ministry. They know little about who Mafalda is, but her job is secretarial in nature.
One of Harry's fellow Gryffindor students who went into hiding in the Room of Requirement. A member of Dumbledore's Army, he stays to fight in the final battle.
The head of Hufflepuff House and the Herbology professor at Hogwarts. She doesn't hesitate to mobilize against Voldemort and gathers various nefarious or dangerous plants to use as weapons.
The Charms professor and the head of Ravenclaw House at Hogwarts. He's a tiny man, loyal to Dumbledore, and is thrilled to be able to stand up to Voldemort.
The Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, whom the Death Eaters place under the Imperius Curse. After the fall of the Ministry, Thicknesse then becomes the acting Minister of Magic.
The Bloody Baron
The ghost of Slytherin House. In life, he loved Helena Ravenclaw and sought to marry her, but he killed her and then himself when she refused. He wears shackles in his ghostly form in order to atone for this.
Albus Severus Potter
Harry and Ginny's younger son and middle child. He's a quieter and more anxious boy, and is the only child who inherited Harry's green eyes. Albus is extremely concerned about being sorted into Slytherin.
Hagrid's sixteen-foot-tall, giant half-brother. Though massive to Harry, Grawp is a small giant. He fights bravely and loyally on Hagrid's behalf, but struggles to emerge victorious because of his size.
One of Draco Malfoy's cronies. His seventh is presumably his best year at Hogwarts, as Voldemort's control of the school means that Goyle is able to draw on his cruel nature to torture other students.
One of Harry's fellow Gryffindor students who, because he's Muggle-born, spends his year on the run. He receives word of the coming battle at Hogwarts, however, and shows up to help Dumbledore's Army.
The Potionsmaster at Hogwarts. Though not an evil man, Slughorn is cowardly and considers not fighting in the final battle, though he does end up staying to fight.
Stan was formerly the conductor of the Knight Bus. While it's likely that Stan is under the Imperius Curse during the novel, he is a member of the Death Eaters and is involved in the attack on the seven Harrys.
An evil Death Eater who takes over the Muggle Studies position at Hogwarts following Voldemort's takeover of the school. She works closely with her brother, Amycus.
An evil Death Eater who becomes the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts after Voldemort takes over the school. He teaches students to perform the Cruciatus Curse on students who earn detention.
A wizard whom Albert Runcorn tried to put in Azkaban by exposing that Dirk faked his family tree to make him look pureblooded. He escapes and goes on the run with Ted Tonks, Dean, Griphook, and Gornuk.
Tonks's father; a jovial and round man. He goes on the run once Voldemort requires that all Muggle-born wizards register and dies at the hands of Death Eaters. Lupin and Tonks name their son after Ted.
Tonks's mother. She's a pureblooded witch and looks much like Bellatrix Lestrange, her sister.
A good-natured member of the Order of the Phoenix jointly in charge of hiding the Dursley family from Voldemort.
A member of the Order of the Phoenix tasked with hiding the Dursley family from Voldemort.
An Eastern European wandmaker. Though he once possessed the Elder Wand, Grindelwald stole it from him when he was a young man.
Reg Cattermole's wife. She's Muggle-born and Harry and Hermione witness her trial with Dolores Umbridge.
A goblin who works at Gringotts. Harry uses the Imperius Curse to force Bogrod to help the trio infiltrate Gringotts.
Voldemort's giant and extremely poisonous snake. She's his closest companion and is also a Horcrux. Neville kills her using the sword of Gryffindor.
The founder of Ravenclaw House. She created a diadem which her daughter, who later became the Gray Lady, stole from her.
A Slytherin student and one of Harry's peers. She suggests giving Harry over to Voldemort.
A goblin on the run with Dean, Ted Tonks, Dirk Cresswell, and fellow goblin Griphook.
Harry's beloved snowy owl. She dies while Harry is traveling away from Petunia and Vernon's house.
The Hogwarts Divination professor who joins the final battle by throwing crystal balls at Death Eaters.
A younger classmate of Harry's who sneaks back to Hogwarts and joins the fight against Voldemort. He dies.
Formerly the Muggle Studies professor at Hogwarts. Voldemort murders her.
An Auror who later, under the influence of the Imperius Curse, works for the Death Eaters.
One of Ron's older brothers. He studies dragons in Romania and is closely involved with the resistance effort against Voldemort.
James Potter Jr.
Harry and Ginny's oldest son. He's self-important, confident, and enjoys picking on his little brother.
Presumably the daughter of Bill and Fleur. She's romantically involved with Teddy Lupin.
Nearly Headless Nick
The Gryffindor House ghost.
A hulking blond Death Eater.
A Death Eater.
Ron and Hermione's daughter.
Ron and Hermione's son.
Fleur's younger sister.