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- Harry Potter
- Hermione Granger
- Ron Weasley
- Remus Lupin
- Sirius Black
- Peter Pettigrew (a.k.a. Wormtail)
- Severus Snape
- Professor Sibyll Trelawney
- Professor Minerva McGonagall
- Albus Dumbledore
- Rubeus Hagrid
- Sir Cadogan
- Cho Chang
- Penelope Clearwater
- Colin Creevey
- Cedric Diggory
- Aunt Marge Dursley
- Vernon and Petunia Dursley
- Dudley Dursley
- Argus Filch
- Professor Filius Flitwick
- Cornelius Fudge
- Angelina Johnson, Katie Bell, Alicia Spinnet
- Lee Jordan
- Neville Longbottom
- Draco Malfoy
- Parvati Patil and Lavender Brown
- Madame Pomfrey
- James and Lily Potter
- Ernie Prang
- Madame Rosmerta
- Stan Shunpike
- Slytherin Students
- Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnegan
- Fred and George Weasley
- Percy Weasley
- Arthur Weasley
- Molly Weasley
- Ginny Weasley
- Oliver Wood
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Meet the Cast
House: Gryffindor, 3rd YearQuidditch: SeekerPoor Harry never manages to have a quiet year at Hogwarts, does he? Aside from doing homework and playing sports and dealing with friendship drama, Harry...
House: Gryffindor, 3rd YearThis is really Hermione's novel in lots of ways, and it's fitting that first three books focus heavily on Harry's three closest childhood friends: the first is arguably H...
House: Gryffindor, 3rd YearRon is in this novel a fair amount. During the shunning of Hermione, we pretty much just get scenes with him and Harry. But it seems like Ron isn't actually doing very mu...
Professor: Defense Against the Dark ArtsIf Snape is like a student's worst nightmare, then Lupin is a dream come true. He's young, he's cool, he's actually a good teacher, he seems to have a never-...
Shape-ShifterAs the Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius is kind of the star of the show here. But we spend most of the book asking if the real Sirius Black will please stand up.It seems like every other ch...
Peter Pettigrew (a.k.a. Wormtail)
Rat of RatsWe think that Sirius sums up Peter best, so we'll let him kick things off here:"If you made a better rat than a human, it's not much to boast about, Peter," said Black harshly. (19.150)T...
Professor: PotionsHouse: Head of SlytherinWe really do love to hate Severus Snape. If Snape were in a real-world school, he'd probably either be sued, fired, or arrested for his near-abuse of his s...
Professor Sibyll Trelawney
Professor: DivinationSibyll Trelawney is named for a famous figure in Greek mythology – the sibyl, which is a term for a prophet, someone who predicts the future. The joke here is that Trelaw...
Professor Minerva McGonagall
Professor: Transfiguration; Deputy HeadmistressHouse: Head of GryffindorWhen we first met the Hogwarts Deputy Headmistress, she seemed completely no-nonsense and super strict. She's like a cross be...
Professor: HeadmasterLike Voldemort (didn't think we were going in that direction, did you?), Dumbledore's presence is felt throughout the book, even though he doesn't appear frequently in person....
Professor: Care of Magical CreaturesHagrid has kind of a rough year in this book. He becomes the new Care of Magical Creatures teacher, which really should be the perfect job for him. Unfortunately...
We only hear about the series' Super Villain second-hand in this novel. Voldemort appears in flashbacks where he's murdering Harry's parents, or as the topic of discussion among various groups in t...
Sir Cadogan is the rather demented portrait of a hapless knight who takes over as the guardian of Gryffindor Tower after the Fat Lady gets slashed up by Sirius Black. Sir Cadogan is eventually fire...
House: Ravenclaw, 4th YearQuidditch: SeekerCho is the cute Ravenclaw Seeker that definitely catches Harry's eye during a Quidditch match. Could there be a crush blooming there? Cho used her womanly...
House: Ravenclaw, 7th Year; PrefectPercy Weasley's girlfriend, who is in Ravenclaw. The two have a bet on the Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw Quidditch match. Luckily, the Gryffindors win, since Percy did...
House: Gryffindor, 2nd YearColin is an over-enthusiastic Harry Potter Super Fan, who borders on being a stalker (or a budding paparazzo with his ever-present camera). We only see Colin briefly in t...
House: Hufflepuff, 5th YearQuidditch: SeekerCedric is the handsome and upstanding Hufflepuff Seeker who is a truly decent guy – he genuinely felt bad about winning the match after Harry fell...
Aunt Marge Dursley
A rude and intolerant woman, Aunt Marge is like some sort of nightmare relative come to life. You know the one – the cheek pinchers, the ones who say really inappropriate things, the ones who...
Vernon and Petunia Dursley
Harry's horrible guardians alternately ignore him and verbally abuse him. Vernon is the worst offender in this book. He spends his time threatening Harry and does things like tell everyone that Har...
Dudley doesn't have much to do in this novel – Aunt Marge kind of steals the spotlight at the Dursley house. Dudley is his usual lazy, spoiled self, spending his days eating, watching TV, and...
The mean Hogwarts caretaker, Filch is always on the lookout for students to punish. He had the Marauder's Map in his office, having confiscated it at some point. Fred and George Weasley relieved hi...
Professor Filius Flitwick
Professor: CharmsHouse: Head of RavenclawFlitwick is the friendly and very tiny Charms professor who tells us about the Fidelius Charm, a major plot and thematic point. We hear about Flitwick in pa...
Though the Minister of Magic, Fudge comes off as downright inept at times. He's a politician and he can't even sell a convincing lie to a thirteen-year-old:"Okay," said Harry slowly, "but why ̵...
Angelina Johnson, Katie Bell, Alicia Spinnet
House: Gryffindor, 5th Year (Angelina & Alicia), 4th Year (Katie)Quidditch: ChasersThese three girls are the Chasers, and the only females, on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Overall, these ladies d...
House: Gryffindor, 5th YearQuidditch: AnnouncerLee is the fun-loving BFF of Fred and George Weasley. And since he's best friends with the twins, it makes sense that he is cool, popular, and has a k...
House: Gryffindor, 3rd YearPoor Neville has a rough time in this book – as usual. He's like a perpetual Charlie Brown character or something. Nothing seems to go his way and he's always getti...
House: Slytherin, 3rd YearQuidditch: SeekerDraco is not in this book a lot, aside from making some token appearances where he bullies the Gryffindors, especially Harry. In typical Draco fashion, he...
McNair is the big and angry would-be executioner of Buckbeak who causes a huge moment of panic for the trio when he swings his axe into Hagrid's fence in frustration, after his victim escapes with...
Parvati Patil and Lavender Brown
House: Gryffindor, 3rd YearParvati and Lavender are Gryffindor girls in Hermione's year. Though the three of them share a room, Parvati and Lavender don't appear to be friends with Hermione at all....
Madame Pomfrey is the always harried and often foul-tempered school nurse at Hogwarts. We can't really blame her for her bad mood – the woman has a rather thankless job.Just think of how many...
James and Lily Potter
The Potters, of course, only appear in flashback form or in passing conversation. They are, after all, dead. And it's their death that really drives not just this book, but the entire series. Harry...
Ernie is the gruff, quiet driver of the Knight Bus. And he probably needs to re-take his driver's license exam, given how he mans the Knight Bus. Though he's quiet, Ernie serves as a sort of emotio...
Madame Rosmerta is the crush-a-licious proprietor of the Three Broomsticks inn and pub who helpfully asks all the questions we want answered during the epic data-dump conversation about Sirius Blac...
Stan is the youthful conductor of the Knight Bus. Significantly, Stan is the first youth we've seen outside of a Hogwarts environment (well, besides Harry). If his speech is anything to go by (colo...
We get fairly limited Slytherin interaction in this book. The ones we hear about, Crabbe, Goyle, Pansy Parkinson, and various Quidditch team players like Marcus Flint, tend to just shadow after Mal...
Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnegan
House: Gryffindor, 3rd YearDean and Seamus are Gryffindor boys that share a dorm room with Harry, Ron, and Neville. We don't see much of these boys in this novel, though they crop up occasionally i...
Fred and George Weasley
House: Gryffindor, 5th YearQuidditch: BeatersWe adore the Weasley twins. If we could pick two people to hang out with in real life from the books, it would be those two. Though we'd keep Hermione o...
House: Gryffindor, 7th Year; Head Boy"P" stands for "Pompous" here. Percy is like a male version of Hermione in some ways – he's an over-achiever, he abides by the rules, he's (overly) proud...
Arthur Weasley is the ultimate paterfamilias, which makes sense given that his wife is the book's mother figure. Combined, the Weasley parents are the book's major parental figures. In fact, they'r...
Molly Weasley is the quintessential mother figure, which means that she's the perfect representative of a mom. But she's not some sort of Leave it to Beaver variety of mom. She's probably closer to...
House: Gryffindor, 2nd YearGinny isn't around much at all in this novel, and given her prominent role in Book 2, this lack is a bit noticeable. However, how many of you hang out with your younger s...
House: Gryffindor, 7th YearQuidditch: Keeper; CaptainOliver Wood is, to put it nicely, passionate about Quidditch."I was afraid you'd take it like this! We mustn't relax! We must keep our focus! Sl...