A fellow Gryffindor who becomes a fixture at Slughorn’s parties and suppers as a result of his prestigious family and connections to Rufus Scrimgeour. Blustering and arrogant, Cormac tries out for Ron’s position on the Quidditch team but fails because Hermione discreetly Confunds him. Cormac’s self-confidence and status with Slughorn exacerbate Ron’s feelings of inferiority, since he’s a nervous Quidditch player and never attracts the professor’s attention. Accordingly, to get back at Ron for dating Lavender, Hermione briefly dates Cormac; but, disgusted with his self-centeredness, she soon abandons this enterprise. By the end of the novel Cormac emerges as a foil to Ron, showing that wealth and social status don’t compensate for genuine loyalty and the ability to work as part of a team.
Cormac McLaggen Character Timeline in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The timeline below shows where the character Cormac McLaggen appears in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Seven: The Slug Club
Chapter Eleven: Hermione’s Helping Hand
...house, Ron recounts all his saves to Hermione’s increasing amusement. However, when he remarks that Cormac looked like he’d been Confounded on his last shot, Hermione looks pink and embarrassed. When... (full context)
...trio hurry up to the Great Hall for dinner. On the way in they see Cormac, who seems unusually clumsy and stumbles against the doorframe. Pulling Hermione aside, Harry quietly points... (full context)
Chapter Fourteen: Felix Felicis
Chapter Fifteen: The Unbreakable Vow
...a bright conversation with Parvati and happens to mention that she’s attending Slughorn’s party with Cormac McLaggen, whom she’s now dating. Ron looks after her as she leaves and Harry muses... (full context)
Extricating himself, Harry drags Luna towards a very disheveled Hermione, who’s just escaped Cormac’s embrace. She admits that she just picked him because she knew Ron would be jealous.... (full context)
Chapter Sixteen: A Very Frosty Christmas
Chapter Nineteen: Elf Tails