- Study Questions
- Harry Potter
- Ronald Weasley
- Hermione Granger
- Albus Dumbledore
- Rubeus Hagrid
- Minerva McGonagall
- Severus Snape
- Professor Quirrell
- Draco Malfoy
- Mr. Vernon Dursley
- Mrs. Petunia Dursley
- Dudley Dursley
- The Bloody Baron
- Crabbe and Goyle
- Mrs. Figg
- Argus Filch
- Seamus Finnigan
- Nicolas Flamel and Perenelle
- Marcus Flint
- Professor Flitwick
- Madam Hooch
- Lee Jordan
- Neville Longbottom
- Madame Malkin
- Nearly Headless Nick
- Mrs. Norris
- Mr. Ollivander
- Piers Polkiss
- Madam Pomfrey
- James and Lily Potter
- Ronan, Bane, and Firenze
- Dean Thomas
- Mrs. Weasley
- Charlie Weasley
- Fred and George Weasley
- Ginny Weasley
- Percy Weasley
- Oliver Wood
- Best of the Web
Meet the Cast
Like most of the greatest heroes in the world, Harry is both ordinary and extraordinary. He's an eleven-year-old skinny kid, with unruly black hair and a weird scar on his forehead. He's also an or...
Ron is Harry's first and best friend at Hogwarts (not counting Hagrid). They are BFFs from the get-go. Ron spends much of his time being overshadowed by his friends and family. Ron's closest friend...
When we first meet Hermione, Harry and Ron think she's super annoying. She's loud and bossy and butts in all the time. She's your typical know-it-all, does-her-homework-perfectly-all-the-time, and...
Dumbledore is the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and pretty much the coolest wizard around. In this first book of the series, we see him as a friendly, but distant authori...
At the beginning of the book, wizards all over the land are celebrating because Voldemort has been defeated. So, we learn from the start that he is one unpopular wizard. Voldemort's reign of terror...
Hagrid is the groundskeeper at Hogwarts, but, man, he's so much more than that. He's pretty much the friendliest, most trustworthy, and most loving authority figure at Hogwarts. He previously atten...
McGonagall welcomes students to Hogwarts both literally and figuratively – she writes the admission letters and also greets them when they enter to be Sorted. She is the Transfiguration instr...
Snape. It rhymes with grape, tape, scrape, and drape. And it sounds a bit like "snake." Professor Snape teaches Potions at Hogwarts. He doesn't like Harry, and Harry doesn't like him. Snape is supe...
Quirrell is new to Hogwarts. He's the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. And he seems like kind of an oddball. He always wears a turban, he smells funny, and he stutters. He seems too weak...
Like Dudley Dursley, Malfoy is a bully – except Malfoy is way more dangerous. He's your typical Slytherin – cunning and devious, with a tendency to use magic for cruel reasons. He sees...
Mr. Vernon Dursley
Harry's Muggle uncle, Mr. Dursley, is described right out of the gate as "a big, beefy man with hardly any neck, although he did have a very large mustache" (1.2). He and his wife Petunia obsess ov...
Mrs. Petunia Dursley
Harry's Muggle aunt, Mrs. Dursley, is "thin and blonde and ha[s] nearly twice the usual amount of neck" (1.2). Her first name is Petunia, which seems like a cruel joke by fate. According to ThinkBa...
Dudley is the annoying, spoiled son of Mr. and Mrs. Dursley. He's Harry's cousin, but the two couldn't be more different:Dudley was very fat and hated exercise – unless of course it involved...
The Bloody Baron
The Bloody Baron is one of the ghosts who live at Hogwarts. He's associated with Slytherin. The other ghosts, including Peeves, are scared of him.
Crabbe and Goyle
Crabbe and Goyle are Malfoy's two Slytherin henchmen and definitely not the sharpest first-years at Hogwarts. They're virtually indistinguishable, always acting as a pair, and notable mainly for th...
Mrs. Figg is the Dursleys' next-door neighbor. She babysits Harry every time the Dursleys want to go out. She keeps cats and smells weird.
Filch is the caretaker of Hogwarts. Most of the students, including the Gryffindors, don't like him because he's weird and creepy. He's always looking to catch kids breaking the rules and get them...
Seamus is a first-year Gryffindor from a mixed-blood (that is, half-Muggle) family.
Nicolas Flamel and Perenelle
Nicolas Flamel and his wife Perenelle are the keepers of the Sorcerer's Stone and the only makers of the Elixir of Life. They are really, really old – like, in their six hundreds. Flamel is a...
Marcus is an older student at Hogwarts who's one of the Slytherin Quidditch players.
Prof. Flitwick teaches Charms at Hogwarts.
Fluffy is the three-headed monster dog that Hagrid uses to guard the trapdoor hiding the mysterious package Dumbledore so wants to protect. Fluffy is extremely ferocious, but will fall asleep if yo...
Griphook is a goblin who works at Gringotts bank.
Hedwig is Harry's owl. Hagrid buys her for Harry as an eleventh birthday present – the first and best present Harry's ever had. She's a white snowy owl, and one of her tasks is to fetch and c...
Madam Hooch is the professor of Flying (on broomsticks) at Hogwarts.
Lee is an older Hogwarts student, a member of Gryffindor, and friends with the Weasley twins. He's also the Quidditch commentator.
At first it seems like Neville is an unlikely candidate for Gryffindor even though, like Harry, he's a lonely orphan who's excited to make friends at Hogwarts. He's timid, forgetful, and an easy ta...
Madame Malkin owns the robe shop where Harry gets his clothes for Hogwarts.
Nearly Headless Nick
Nearly Headless Nick is one of the ghosts who live at Hogwarts; he is affiliated with Gryffindor.
Norbert is a baby Norwegian Ridgeback dragon. He's also illegal in England. A mysterious stranger trades him (as an egg) to Hagrid for some very important information. Hagrid falls in love with Nor...
Mrs. Norris is Filch the caretaker's creepy cat. The students regard her with dread and disdain. Harry wonders, for example, if she can see through his invisibility cloak when he's trying to travel...
Mr. Ollivander is the owner of the wand store, Ollivanders, in Diagon Alley. It's not clear how old Mr. Ollivander is; his shop's been open since 382 B.C. He's described as "an old man… [whos...
Peeves is one of the ghosts who reside at Hogwarts. This annoying poltergeist is a destructive tattletale and gets on pretty much everybody's nerves.
Piers is Dudley's equally horrible friend who accompanies the Dursleys to the zoo.
Madam Pomfrey is the head nurse at the Hogwarts infirmary. She takes care of Ron when he's bitten by Fang, for example. She also takes care of Harry after Quirrell attacks him.
James and Lily Potter
The Potters are Harry's deceased parents. When they were young, both attended Hogwarts and were Gryffindors. Voldemort killed them when Harry was a baby, but Harry grows up thinking they died in a...
Ronan, Bane, and Firenze
These three figures are centaurs who Harry meets in the forest during detention. Centaurs can foresee the future in the stars and they know of Voldemort's planned return. But while Ronan and Bane w...
Scabbers is Ron's hand-me-down pet rat.
Dean is another first-year Gryffindor. Like Hermione, he's from a Muggle family and has never heard of Quidditch either. He's a big soccer fan, though.
Mrs. Weasley is the mother of the Weasley children and also acts motherly towards Harry. She helps him find platform nine and three-quarters when he's lost at the train station, and sends him Chris...
Charlie is the older brother of Percy, Fred, George, and Ron. He's out of school and lives in Romania, where he works with wild dragons.
Fred and George Weasley
Fred and George are the youngest of Ron Weasley's older brothers. They are Gryffindors and both play on their house's Quidditch team. Even though they're only a few years ahead of Ron and Harry, th...
Ginny is the youngest Weasley child and the only girl. In this book she is still too young to attend Hogwarts.
In book one, Percy is the oldest of the Weasley children still attending Hogwarts. More stuck up than Fred and George and more established at Hogwarts than Ron, he enjoys being a Prefect and rubs h...
Wood is the Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. He teaches Harry the rudiments of the game.