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Meet the Cast
House: Gryffindor, 6th YearQuidditch: Seeker, Team CaptainHarry Potter's got a secret weapon, and it's not his Marauder's Map, his Invisibility Cloak, or his Nimbus 2000. This weapon is way more po...
Professor: Hogwarts HeadmasterAffiliation: Order of the Phoenix"I think it has been demonstrated, particularly in Books 5 and 6 that immense brainpower does not protect you from emotional mistakes,...
Wishing you could spend some more time getting to know the Dark Lord? Well, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the book for you. Book 6 lets us get to know Voldemort inside and out. By visit...
House: Gryffindor, 6th Year, PrefectI have often said that Hermione is a bit like me when I was younger. I think I was seen by other people as a right little know-it-all, but I hope that it is clea...
House: Gryffindor, 6th Year, PrefectQuidditch: KeeperRon, or Won-Won, as we like to call him, has quite a year at Hogwarts. Why? Well, for starters, he gets his first girlfriend, Lavender Brown. He...
Professor: Defense Against the Dark Arts, Slytherin Head of HouseAffiliation: Order of the Phoenix? Death Eater?Oh, Snape. There aren't enough words in the world that can adequately express how we...
House: Slytherin, 6th Year, PrefectQuidditch: SeekerAffiliation: Death EaterDraco becomes a very interesting little dude in Book 6. Yes, he's mean as ever, and (surprise) he's also working for Vo...
Professor: Potions, former Slytherin Head of HouseSlughorn is the newest Potions teacher at Hogwarts (though this is his second time teaching there), and, boy, does he love famous people. We think...
House: Gryffindor, 7th YearQuidditch: ChaserKatie is a superstar Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. During an outing to Hogsmeade one day during her last year at Hogwarts, Katie hangs out at...
Affiliation: Order of the PhoenixSirius is Harry's godfather, murdered in Book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by Bellatrix Lestrange. Once upon a time, Sirius was in Gryffindor House...
House: Gryffindor, 6th YearLavender is Ron's first girlfriend, and she has a knack for coming up with the most awesome nicknames for him. Our favorite is "Won-Won" (think baby talk). She and Ron ge...
Burke is the founder of a specialty shop in Knockturn Alley called Borgin and Burkes. Dumbledore procures a memory from him, one that tells the story of the day Merope Riddle sold the precious Slyt...
Mrs. Cole is the head of the orphanage where Dumbledore finds Tom Riddle, Jr. She is wary of Dumbledore at first, uncertain of why anyone would willingly take responsibility for such a troubled, st...
House: GryffindorQuidditch: BeaterRitchie is one of the new Beaters on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. He "looked weedy but aimed well" (11.56).
Crabbe and Goyle
House: Slytherin, 6th YearCrabbe and Goyle are Draco's not-too-bright henchmen. In this story, Draco disguises them as young girls (using Polyjuice Potion) so that they can keep watch outside of th...
Dawlish, Proudfoot, and Savage
Aurors who protect Hogwarts alongside of Tonks.
"The Death Eaters can't all be pure-blood, there aren't enough pure-blood wizards left," said Hermione. "I expect most of them are half-bloods pretending to be pure. It's only Muggle-borns they hat...
Dobby is a former house elf who Harry freed once upon a time. He now is loyal to Harry and does his best to help Harry in any way he can. When Harry orders Kreacher, his new house elf, to tail Drac...
Ginny calls her "a cow" (5.136), and we have to agree that Fleur does get on our nerves. Engaged to Bill Weasley, Fleur attended Beauxbatons School in France and participated with Harry in the Tri-...
Dementors are beings that can suck the life, soul, and happiness out of a person. They answer to Voldemort. In the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin describes Dementors to...
Fawkes is Dumbledore's pet phoenix. He lives in Dumbledore's office in Hogwarts, and he has often been called into battle in the past and has helped to save the day. In Book 2, Harry Potter and the...
Filch is the Hogwarts castle caretaker and watchman. He has a cat named Mrs. Norris and the two like to go roaming the corridors, looking for misbehaving students. He knows Hogwarts like the back o...
House: Gryffindor, 6th YearSeamus is a Gryffindor who is good friends with Dean Thomas. He was also a member of Dumbledore's Army (found in Book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).
Affiliation: Ministry of MagicWe only meet Cornelius Fudge once in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In Chapter 1, a frazzled Mr. Fudge requests a meeting with the Prime Minister (and by requ...
Marvolo Gaunt is Voldemort's grandfather and a mean old man. He prides himself on being a pureblood wizard, particularly his Slytherin connection. He can even speak Parseltongue. He lives in a run-...
Merope is Voldemort's mother. Merope suffers much in life, the likes of which we see with the help of memories that Dumbledore has procured. In her young years, she lives with her father, Marvolo,...
Voldemort's uncle (his mother's brother), Morfin is a seedy, malicious man who takes after his father. After hexing Tom Riddle, Sr. (the Gaunts hate Muggles), he is sentenced to three years in Azka...
Hagrid's half brother who is "a vicious giant with a talent for ripping up trees by the roots, his vocabulary had comprised five words, two of which he was unable to pronounce properly" (8.127). He...
Affiliation: Death EaterThe leader of the werewolf community, and a close and long-time ally of Voldemort, Fenrir is one mean wolf. He is the werewolf who bit Lupin once upon a time, making him bec...
Professor: Care of Magical CreaturesAffiliation: Order of the PhoenixHagrid has a difficult year at Hogwarts. First, his three favorite students and Hogwarts friends have dropped his class (Care of...
The Half-Blood Prince
See Severus Snape's "Character Analysis."
Dumbledore describes the Inferi in the following way:"They are corpses," said Dumbledore calmly. "Dead bodies that have been bewitched to do a Dark wizard's bidding. Inferi have not been seen for a...
Kreacher is the house elf that Harry inherits after Sirius Black leaves him Grimmauld Place. Though Kreacher must serve Harry, he still holds allegiance to the Black family. He doesn't enjoy servin...
Affiliation: Death Eater"The eldest of Sirius's living relatives" (3.54), Bellatrix is mean as a snake and lives only to please the Dark Lord. She's a devoted Death Eater who seriously doesn't trus...
House: Gryffindor, 6th YearNeville shares the same birthday as Harry Potter, and, as a result, for a while Dumbledore believed that Professor Trelawney might apply to either Harry or Neville, consi...
House: Ravenclaw, 5th YearQuidditch: temporary CommentatorLuna has "a knack for embarrassing honesty" (7.107), and she likes to spout the conspiracy theories that she's garnered from The Quibbler,...
Affiliation: Order of the PhoenixLupin is a werewolf working as a kind of undercover cop in the werewolf community. You see, the werewolves are, for the most part, on Voldemort's side, and they are...
House: Hufflepuff, 6th YearOne of the few 6th years progressing to the N.E.W.T. level of Potions. Harry likes him in spite of his "rather pompous manner" (9.94).
Draco Malfoy's mother is not the most loveable creature around. But there's something very human and moving about her love for her son and her plea to Snape to take care of him. She implores Snape...
Affiliation: Death EaterDraco's father is a Death Eater. As a result of the big battle in the Ministry of Magic in Book 5 and as a result of failing to steal the prophecy of Harry from the Ministry...
Madam Malkin owns a popular clothing store in Diagon Alley called Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions. It is interesting to note that while many stores have shut down in Diagon Alley, hers remai...
Professor: Transfiguration, Gryffindor Head of House, Deputy HeadmistressAffiliation: Order of the PhoenixProfessor McGonagall is the rather strict, stern, but, nonetheless caring head of Gryffin...
House: Gryffindor, 7th YearQuidditch: temporary KeeperCormac is a fiery tempered 7th year who tries out for the position of Keeper on the Gryffindor Quidditch team; when Ron beats him in tryouts (t...
Moaning Myrtle is the ghost of a Ravenclaw student who was killed by the Slytherin Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets in 1943. She likes to moan and cry and wallow in self-pity in the girls' bathro...
Nearly Headless Nick
Nearly Headless Nick is a gossip-loving Gryffindor ghost who seems to always know the news and rumors way before anyone else does. In a draft of Book 2, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Row...
An officer employed by the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, he encounters the Gaunt family when he is sent to investigate an incident in which Morfin Gaunt used magic against a Muggle, Tom Ri...
House: Slytherin, 6th Year, PrefectPansy is in Draco's close circle of friends. Judging from the way she looks at Mr. Malfoy, we'd say she has a big crush on him. She's not very nice.
House: Gryffindor, 3rd YearQuidditch: BeaterJimmy is one of the new Beaters on the Gryffindor Quidditch team, helping to fill the shoes of Fred and George Weasley.
Madam Pince is the unhelpful librarian at Hogwarts. Of her, J.K. Rowling has said:"I would like to apologize for you and any other librarians present here today and my get-out clause is always if t...
The Prime Minister is the first character we meet in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in a chapter that J.K. Rowling has attempted to fit into nearly every other book that precedes this one (...
Tom Riddle, Sr.
Tom Riddle, Sr. happens to be Voldemort's father. He is a handsome Muggle who lives in the manor house near Merope Gaunt's family home. Amid the bitterness of her lonely existence living with her a...
House: Gryffindor, 6th Year Quidditch: ChaserDemelza is a key player on the Quidditch team. In Chapter 14, Ron accidentally punches her in the face during practice right before their game against...
The proprietress of the Three Broomsticks pub in Hogsmeade, Madam Rosmerta is a pretty and kind lady. She falls under the Imperius Curse during Book 6 (thanks to Draco) and, as a result, helps Deat...
Affiliation: Ministry of MagicAt the beginning of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Rufus Scrimgeour has succeeded Cornelius Fudge as the Minister of Magic. The Daily Prophet tells us, "the a...
In Chapter 11, we learn the following about Stan from the Daily Prophet:"Stanley Shunpike, conductor on the popular Wizarding conveyance the Knight Bus, has been arrested on suspicion of Death Eate...
We meet Hepzibah via a memory which Dumbledore and Harry travel into via the Pensieve. She is a rich old witch who shows a young Voldemort (who, at the time of the memory, works for Borgin and Burk...
House: Hufflepuff, 6th YearZacharias is on the Hufflepuff Quidditch team. His rude and obnoxious commentary during the Gryffindor vs. Slytherin Quidditch game incites much ill will from Gryffindor,...
House: Gryffindor, 6th YearQuidditch: temporary ChaserGinny Weasley's boyfriend, Dean becomes the substitute Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team after Katie Bell's accident. He and Ginny split...
Affiliation: Order of the PhoenixTonks is an Auror who always seems to come to Harry's aid right when he needs her most. She appears distraught throughout much of Book 6. We learn that Tonks fought...
Professor: DivinationProfessor Trelawney, the often tipsy Divination teacher who is furious that she must share her course load this year with the centaur Firenze, is credited with providing the fa...
Affiliation: Ministry of MagicProfessor Umbridge was a special assistant to the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, in the previous year. She infiltrated Hogwarts as the Defense Against the Dark Ar...
House: Gryffindor, 4th YearRomilda has a HUGE crush on Harry Potter, the likes of which compel her to give him some chocolates that are infused with a love potion (procured at Fred and George Weasl...
Arthur and Molly Weasley
Affiliation: Order of the PhoenixMolly and Arthur Weasley endure much in Book 6. Not only is Arthur's job as an administrator at the Ministry of Magic highly dangerous, but the two endure Ron's mys...
Affiliation: Order of the Phoenix"But Bill's not that down-to-earth. He's a Curse-Breaker, isn't he, he likes a bit of adventure, a bit of glamour….I expect that's why he's gone for Phlegm."...
Fred and George Weasley
The twins Fred and George are the pranksters in the Weasley family. They are often up to no good. Having dropped out of Hogwarts, Fred and George have co-founded a joke shop in Diagon Alley called...
House: Gryffindor, 5th YearQuidditch: ChaserJ.K. Rowling tells us that Ginny's full name is Ginevra, not Virginia, and she definitely lives up to this awesome first name (source). She's also the fi...
Affiliation: Death Eater, former member of the Order of the PhoenixA servant of Voldemort's sent to serve and assist Snape in Chapter 2. Wormtail used to be known as Peter Pettigrew, a traitorous f...
House: Slytherin, 6th YearBlaise is a Slytherin who, like Draco, holds contempt for Muggle-born wizards and witches like Hermione. He is one of Slughorn's favorites:Zabini, who was interrogated aft...