A fourteen-year-old wizard who attends Hogwarts. As a baby, the Dark Lord Voldemort tried to kill Harry but because Harry's mother Lily sacrificed herself, the curse backfired and almost entirely destroyed Voldemort instead. Because of… read analysis of Harry Potter
Harry's best friend. Ron is the second youngest Weasley child and because of this, he struggles to define himself and stand out in his family, given that all of his older brothers are accomplished (even… read analysis of Ron Weasley
One of Harry's best friends at Hogwarts and the smartest witch in Harry's year. It's a nasty shock for Hermione when she discovers that there are around 100 house-elves at Hogwarts. This is most shocking… read analysis of Hermione Granger
The Head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation. Mr. Crouch is an uptight and exacting individual who's very caught up in his own importance. Though the novel initially plays this for laughs--though Mr. Crouch… read analysis of Mr. Crouch
The villain of the novel, the Dark Lord Voldemort is a snakelike human obsessed with conquering death and creating a world in which pureblood wizards are the only people with power. He especially hates Muggles… read analysis of Lord Voldemort
Mr. Crouch's son. As a young man Barty Crouch got involved with the Death Eaters. This tarnished his father's reputation, especially since Barty Crouch was allegedly involved in torturing Frank Longbottom and his wife with… read analysis of Barty Crouch
Harry's godfather. Until a year before the start of the novel, Sirius was imprisoned in Azkaban for a crime he didn't commit. Because Harry wasn't able to provide evidence of Sirius's innocence, Sirius is on… read analysis of Sirius Black
The Head of Magical Games and Sports and a former Beater for the Wimbourne Wasps Quidditch team. Harry observes that Bagman looks like a once-powerful man who's begun to go to seed; he often wears… read analysis of Ludo Bagman
The gamekeeper at Hogwarts. Hagrid is a tall and wild-looking man who, despite his potentially terrifying appearance, is one of the kindest, gentlest, and most supportive people Harry knows. Hagrid adores scary and violent animals… read analysis of Hagrid
The headmaster of Hogwarts; an old and wizened wizard who, according to nearly everyone, is one of the most accomplished wizards of the age. He takes his students' safety and their education seriously by putting… read analysis of Professor Dumbledore
A notorious journalist for the Daily Prophet. She's known for writing sensationalist news articles that do nothing but stir up trouble. Skeeter always wears robes in shocking colors and is usually accompanied by her… read analysis of Rita Skeeter
The Seeker for the Bulgarian Quidditch Team and, later, the Triwizard champion from the Wizarding school Durmstrang. Harry and Hermione's first introduction to Krum happens at the Quidditch World Cup, when Hermione notes that in… read analysis of Viktor Krum
The first Hogwarts champion; a sixth-year student in Hufflepuff House. Harry and most of his fellow Gryffindors believe that Cedric is brainless, if handsome, and they don't believe that he's a truly worthy person to… read analysis of Cedric Diggory
Accounts differ in regards to the kind of person that Bertha Jorkins was, but it's known to the reader from the beginning of the novel that Voldemort murdered her not long before the story starts… read analysis of Bertha Jorkins
The potions master; he loathes Harry in particular and Gryffindor students in general. He's also the head of Slytherin House. Snape is especially cruel to Neville, his least favorite student, and spends much of… read analysis of Professor Snape
The Minister of Magic. He's a short and portly man who, at the beginning of the novel, Harry believes is a kindly if bumbling sort of man. He greets Harry warmly at the Quidditch World… read analysis of Cornelius Fudge
One of Ron's older brothers. Percy has always loved rules and being successful, and so he feels very important when he gets a job working for Mr. Crouch at the Ministry of Magic after Hogwarts… read analysis of Percy Weasley
The champion from Beauxbatons. She's a beautiful young woman whose beauty shocks many boys, including Ron. Harry later learns that this isn't the fault of the boys; her grandmother was a veela and the… read analysis of Fleur Delacour
Ron's mother. She's a short and plump witch who, more than anything, wants her seven children to grow up to be successful. However, it becomes clear when Harry arrives at the Burrow that Mrs. Weasley… read analysis of Mrs. Weasley
The headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy; a beautiful olive-skinned witch who's as tall as Hagrid. Though she denies it at first, Maxime is half giant. She keeps this a secret because, like Hagrid, she knows… read analysis of Madame Maxime
At the beginning of the novel, Winky is Mr. Crouch's house-elf. She takes her job seriously and lectures Harry on the proper way for a house-elf to behave--a house-elf, in her opinion, does as they're… read analysis of Winky
One of Harry's fourth-year Gryffindor classmates. Neville is kind, though he's generally considered to be a hopeless student: he's often the only one assigned extra homework, and Potions is his worst subject. This is because… read analysis of Neville Longbottom
A house-elf whom Harry freed two years ago. Dobby used to work for the Malfoys, who abused him. Dobby wants to work for pay, get time off, and wear clothes, all things that other house-elves… read analysis of Dobby
Harry's archenemy at Hogwarts; a wealthy blond Slytherin student in the fourth year. Malfoy is a privileged boy who understands that, because of his father's wealth and prestige, he can in many cases get whatever… read analysis of Draco Malfoy
The headmaster of Durmstrang, a school of magic in Eastern Europe. Karkaroff wears sleek furs and openly favors Viktor Krum over all of his other students. Harry describes Karkaroff as "fruity" and as having an… read analysis of Professor Karkaroff
One of the Weasley twins. As far as anyone else is concerned, he and George are middling students and don't take their education seriously--they did poorly on their O.W.L.s last year, which proves this to… read analysis of Fred Weasley
One of the Weasley twins. As far as anyone else is concerned, he and Fred are middling students and don't take their education seriously--they did poorly on their O.W.L.s last year, which proves this to… read analysis of George Weasley
Ron's father; a Ministry employee in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts office. He loves Muggles and Muggle culture, especially the technology they use to replace magic, like electricity. A kind man, Mr. Weasley insists that… read analysis of Mr. Weasley
Cedric Diggory's father and the head of the Department for the Control and Regulation of Magical Creatures. He's proud of Cedric and expresses it in a way that embarrasses Cedric; the few times that Harry… read analysis of Amos Diggory
The Muggle who owns one of the campsites used for the Quidditch World Cup. He gives Ministry officials a lot of grief before the Cup and he requires multiple Memory Charms every day to keep… read analysis of Mr. Roberts
A small, rodent-like man who, in June of the last school year, came out of hiding as a rat and left to rejoin Voldemort. Though his real name is Peter Pettigrew, most people refer… read analysis of Peter Pettigrew/Wormtail
Draco Malfoy's father. Mr. Malfoy is extremely powerful and well-respected in the Wizarding community and at the Ministry, though this is mostly because he donates money to a number of causes. Harry, Ron… read analysis of Lucius Malfoy
Head of Gryffindor House and the Transfiguration teacher. McGonagall is a stern and often curt witch who demands excellence and good behavior from all of her students. Harry begins to see a more caring side… read analysis of Professor McGonagall
An old Muggle man who's been the caretaker at the Riddle House for decades. He fought in World War II and because of this, he has a limp. He was accused and arrested when the… read analysis of Frank Bryce
Harry's Muggle uncle. He loves making Harry unhappy but because he hates having Harry around even more, he allows Harry to attend the Quidditch World Cup and leave his home early. He also lives in… read analysis of Uncle Vernon
The Hogwarts Divination professor. She wears shawls and lots of jewelry that makes her look like an insect, and she works hard to make herself sound mysterious and all-knowing. Though Harry doesn't take most of… read analysis of Professor Trelawney
A Hogwarts ghost; she was a student who died in a bathroom because she saw a basilisk while Tom Riddle (later Voldemort) was at school. She spends most of her time in the bathroom… read analysis of Moaning Myrtle
The oldest Weasley brother. He works for Gringotts Bank as a treasure hunter, which means he has a great deal of freedom in terms of how he dresses--he has a long ponytail and an earring… read analysis of Bill Weasley
A wand-maker based in Diagon Alley. He attends and presides over the Weighing of the Wands ceremony for the Triwizard Tournament, in which he checks the Champions' wands to make sure they're in good working… read analysis of Ollivander
A Care of Magical Creatures professor who takes over Hagrid's class when he removes himself from teaching. She's curt and refuses to tell students where Hagrid is. However, her lessons are far more enjoyable than… read analysis of Professor Grubbly-Plank
Harry's aunt. Though she's spent most of her life insisting that her son Dudley is big-boned and a gentle giant, this summer forces her to confront the truth: Dudley's school nurse insists that he needs… read analysis of Aunt Petunia
Harry's cousin. When his marks come from school, the nurse includes a note saying that Dudley is overweight and must lose weight so that he can fit into his uniform, which results in Petunia enforcing… read analysis of Dudley Dursley
Ron's younger sister; she's a third-year in Gryffindor. She's had a crush on Harry since she first met him three years ago and blushes every time she sees him. She agrees to go to the… read analysis of Ginny Weasley
A pretty Ravenclaw student in the fifth year. Harry has a crush on her for most of the novel, though he only acts on it around Christmastime when he asks her to the Yule Ball… read analysis of Cho Chang
The Weasley twins' friend and business partner. Like Fred and George Lee is a jokester, and he participates in the twins' development of joke products. Fred and George later share with Harry that Lee's father has had dealings with Ludo Bagman that didn't end well.
A fourth-year Gryffindor student who attends the Yule Ball with Harry. She isn't kind to Hermione and seems personally offended that Hermione can make herself look pretty. Parvati is especially upset when Harry doesn't pay her much attention at the ball.
Harry's mother. She died rather than let Voldemort kill Harry and Harry meets her when her shadow comes out of Voldemort's wand during the duel in the graveyard. Her sacrifice meant that Voldemort couldn't touch Harry, an obstacle that Voldemort sidesteps by using Harry's blood to resurrect himself.
Harry's father. He died trying to protect Lily and Harry when Harry was a year old. Harry meets him when his shadow comes out of Voldemort's wand during the duel in the graveyard.
One of Ron's oldest brothers. He works with dragons in Romania and is one of the dragon-tamers for the first task. Like Bill, Charlie has a sense of humor and doesn't take Percy seriously.
The Sorting Hat
The sentient hat that sorts new students into the four Hogwarts Houses. It writes a new song every year to sing to the school before it sorts students.
The Hogwarts caretaker. He and his cat, Mrs. Norris, love to catch students out of bed and punish them. His goal in life is to find some reason to convince Dumbledore to evict Peeves from the castle.
Parvati's twin sister in Ravenclaw. She accompanies Ron to the Yule Ball, though she doesn't decide that Ron is interesting or attractive until after Ron's moment of fame due to his participation in the second task.
Dumbledore's phoenix. He gave two tail feathers to Ollivander many years ago. Though Harry knew already that his wand shared a core with Voldemort's, he learns this year that Fawkes's tail feathers are the ones in his wand and Voldemort's wand.
The Charms professor. He's thrilled when Harry uses a charm from his curriculum, the Summoning Charm, during the first challenge of the Triwizard Tournament.
Voldemort's giant snake. He and Wormtail use Nagini's venom to feed Voldemort when he's in his small humanoid form.
The Hogwarts nurse. She takes great offense to the Triwizard Tournament out of concern for students' health, especially after the dementors last year.
The History of Magic professor at Hogwarts. He's a ghost and his lessons are exceedingly boring.
The owner and bartender at the Three Broomsticks pub in Hogsmeade.
Fleur's little sister. Harry rescues her from the lake when Fleur doesn't arrive to save her herself.
The Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher last year. He sends Moody a letter detailing what material the students have covered already.
Nearly Headless Nick
The Gryffindor ghost. He often wears a ruff that keeps his head straight on his neck, as his beheading wasn't entirely successful.
Colin Creevy's little brother. He's a first-year and, like Colin, admires Harry.
One of Harry and Ron's fellow fourth-year Gryffindor classmates.
One of Harry and Ron's fellow fourth-year Gryffindor classmates.
A small third-year boy in Gryffindor who admires Harry.
The Herbology professor and the head of Hufflepuff.
Parvati Patil's friend, a fellow fourth-year Gryffindor.
The Fat Lady
The lady whose portrait guards Gryffindor Tower.
Ron's owl. He's the size of a tennis ball and very excitable.
One of Malfoy's cronies.
One of Malfoy's cronies.
The Hogwarts poltergeist.
Hermione's fluffy orange cat.
Voldemort's father and namesake.
A Hogwarts student in Gryffindor. She plays on the house quidditch team.
A student in Slytherin house.
A tough, no-nonsense woman, who raised Neville after his parents were tortured into insanity by Death Eaters.