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Characters

Meet the Cast

Harry Potter

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...

Ronald Weasley

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...

Hermione Granger

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...

Albus Dumbledore

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...

Voldemort

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...

Rubeus Hagrid

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...

Minerva McGonagall

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...

Severus Snape

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...

Professor Quirrell

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...

Draco Malfoy

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 Dursley

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

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.

Argus Filch

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 Finnigan

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 Flint

Marcus is an older student at Hogwarts who's one of the Slytherin Quidditch players.

Professor Flitwick

Prof. Flitwick teaches Charms at Hogwarts.

Fluffy

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

Griphook is a goblin who works at Gringotts bank.

Hedwig

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

Madam Hooch is the professor of Flying (on broomsticks) at Hogwarts.

Lee Jordan

Lee is an older Hogwarts student, a member of Gryffindor, and friends with the Weasley twins. He's also the Quidditch commentator.

Neville Longbottom

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

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

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

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

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

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 Polkiss

Piers is Dudley's equally horrible friend who accompanies the Dursleys to the zoo.

Madam Pomfrey

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

Scabbers is Ron's hand-me-down pet rat.

Dean Thomas

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

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 Weasley

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 Weasley

Ginny is the youngest Weasley child and the only girl. In this book she is still too young to attend Hogwarts.

Percy Weasley

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...

Oliver Wood

Wood is the Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team. He teaches Harry the rudiments of the game.
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