Study Guide

Coraline Characters

By Neil Gaiman

Coraline Jones

It's hard to think about Coraline without comparing her to other famous young heroines like Lucy,...

The Other Mother (The Beldam)

The other mother, also known as the beldam (which means witch), is the book's super creepy...

Mr. Jones

Coraline's dad seems to be an okay dude. He tries his best to entertain his daughter (and to cook...

Mrs. Jones

Coraline's mom is a tricky character. We don't know much about her (including her name), which...

Miss Spink and Miss Forcible (April Spink and Miriam Forcible)

We're discussing these two characters together since they are sort of a package deal. In fact,...

The Ghost Children

The ghost children have been trapped by the other mother for a very long time. So long, in fact,...

The Black Cat

The Black Cat is kind of a snot. There, we said it. We love him, but he really does have an...

The Other Father

Coraline's other father is more pathetic than scary. We almost feel sorry for him, actually,...

The Other Miss Spink and The Other Miss Forcible

The beldam gets a lot of things wrong in her other world, but she seems to hit upon something...

Mr. Bobo (The Man Upstairs)

We only learn Mr. Bobo's name in the very last pages of the novel. And what a name it is –...

Other Mr. Bobo

In the other world, Mr. Bobo is really scary. Maybe because he isn't really even a...

The Police Officer

When Coraline calls the police to report that her parents are missing, the officer who answers...