Study Guide

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Characters

By J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter

House: Gryffindor, 6th YearQuidditch: Seeker, Team CaptainHarry Potter's got a secret weapon, and...

Albus Dumbledore

Professor: Hogwarts HeadmasterAffiliation: Order of the Phoenix"I think it has been demonstrated,...

Voldemort

Wishing you could spend some more time getting to know the Dark Lord? Well, Harry Potter and the...

Hermione Granger

House: Gryffindor, 6th Year, PrefectI have often said that Hermione is a bit like me when I was...

Ronald Weasley

House: Gryffindor, 6th Year, PrefectQuidditch: KeeperRon, or Won-Won, as we like to call him, has...

Severus Snape

Professor: Defense Against the Dark Arts, Slytherin Head of HouseAffiliation: Order of the...

Draco Malfoy

House: Slytherin, 6th Year, PrefectQuidditch: SeekerAffiliation: Death EaterDraco becomes a...

Horace Slughorn

Another point in Sluggy's favor is that he really liked and respected Harry's mom. We feel that...

Katie Bell

House: Gryffindor, 7th YearQuidditch: ChaserKatie is a superstar Chaser on the Gryffindor...

Sirius Black

Affiliation: Order of the PhoenixSirius is Harry's godfather, murdered in Book 5, Harry Potter...

Lavender Brown

House: Gryffindor, 6th YearLavender is Ron's first girlfriend, and she has a knack for coming up...

Caratacus Burke

Burke is the founder of a specialty shop in Knockturn Alley called Borgin and Burkes. Dumbledore...

Mrs. Cole

Mrs. Cole is the head of the orphanage where Dumbledore finds Tom Riddle, Jr. She is wary of...

Ritchie Coote

House: GryffindorQuidditch: BeaterRitchie is one of the new Beaters on the Gryffindor Quidditch...

Crabbe and Goyle

House: Slytherin, 6th YearCrabbe and Goyle are Draco's not-too-bright henchmen. In this story,...

Dawlish, Proudfoot, and Savage

Aurors who protect Hogwarts alongside of Tonks.

Death Eaters

"The Death Eaters can't all be pure-blood, there aren't enough pure-blood wizards left," said...

Dobby

Fleur Delacour

Ginny calls her "a cow" (5.136), and we have to agree that Fleur does get on our nerves. Engaged...

Dementors

Dementors are beings that can suck the life, soul, and happiness out of a person. They answer to...

Fawkes

Fawkes is Dumbledore's pet phoenix. He lives in Dumbledore's office in Hogwarts, and he has often...

Argus Filch

Filch is the Hogwarts castle caretaker and watchman. He has a cat named Mrs. Norris and the two...

Seamus Finnigan

House: Gryffindor, 6th YearSeamus is a Gryffindor who is good friends with Dean Thomas. He was...

Cornelius Fudge

Affiliation: Ministry of MagicWe only meet Cornelius Fudge once in Harry Potter and the...

Marvolo Gaunt

Marvolo Gaunt is Voldemort's grandfather and a mean old man. He prides himself on being a...

Merope Gaunt

Merope is Voldemort's mother. Merope suffers much in life, the likes of which we see with the...

Morfin Gaunt

Voldemort's uncle (his mother's brother), Morfin is a seedy, malicious man who takes after his...

Grawp

Hagrid's half brother who is "a vicious giant with a talent for ripping up trees by the roots,...

Fenrir Greyback

Affiliation: Death EaterThe leader of the werewolf community, and a close and long-time ally of...

Rubeus Hagrid

Professor: Care of Magical CreaturesAffiliation: Order of the PhoenixHagrid has a difficult year...

The Half-Blood Prince

See Severus Snape's "Character Analysis."

The Inferi

Dumbledore describes the Inferi in the following way:"They are corpses," said Dumbledore calmly....

Kreacher

Kreacher is the house elf that Harry inherits after Sirius Black leaves him Grimmauld Place....

Bellatrix Lestrange

Affiliation: Death Eater"The eldest of Sirius's living relatives" (3.54), Bellatrix is mean as a...

Neville Longbottom

House: Gryffindor, 6th YearNeville shares the same birthday as Harry Potter, and, as a result,...

Luna Lovegood

House: Ravenclaw, 5th YearQuidditch: temporary CommentatorLuna has "a knack for embarrassing...

Remus Lupin

Affiliation: Order of the PhoenixLupin is a werewolf working as a kind of undercover cop in the...

Ernie MacMillan

House: Hufflepuff, 6th YearOne of the few 6th years progressing to the N.E.W.T. level of Potions....

Narcissa Malfoy

Draco Malfoy's mother is not the most loveable creature around. But there's something very human...

Lucius Malfoy

Affiliation: Death EaterDraco's father is a Death Eater. As a result of the big battle in the...

Madam Malkin

Minerva McGonagall

Professor: Transfiguration, Gryffindor Head of House, Deputy HeadmistressAffiliation: Order of...

Cormac McLaggen

House: Gryffindor, 7th YearQuidditch: temporary KeeperCormac is a fiery tempered 7th year who...

Moaning Myrtle

Moaning Myrtle is the ghost of a Ravenclaw student who was killed by the Slytherin Basilisk in...

Nearly Headless Nick

Nearly Headless Nick is a gossip-loving Gryffindor ghost who seems to always know the news and...

Bob Ogden

An officer employed by the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, he encounters the Gaunt family...

Pansy Parkinson

House: Slytherin, 6th Year, PrefectPansy is in Draco's close circle of friends. Judging from the...

Jimmy Peakes

House: Gryffindor, 3rd YearQuidditch: BeaterJimmy is one of the new Beaters on the Gryffindor...

Madam Pince

Madam Pince is the unhelpful librarian at Hogwarts. Of her, J.K. Rowling has said:"I would like...

Prime Minister

The Prime Minister is the first character we meet in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in a...

Tom Riddle, Sr.

Tom Riddle, Sr. happens to be Voldemort's father. He is a handsome Muggle who lives in the manor...

Demelza Robins

House: Gryffindor, 6th Year Quidditch: ChaserDemelza is a key player on the Quidditch team. In...

Madam Rosmerta

Rufus Scrimgeour

Affiliation: Ministry of MagicAt the beginning of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Rufus...

Stan Shunpike

In Chapter 11, we learn the following about Stan from the Daily Prophet:"Stanley Shunpike,...

Hepzibah Smith

We meet Hepzibah via a memory which Dumbledore and Harry travel into via the Pensieve. She is a...

Zacharias Smith

House: Hufflepuff, 6th YearZacharias is on the Hufflepuff Quidditch team. His rude and obnoxious...

Dean Thomas

House: Gryffindor, 6th YearQuidditch: temporary ChaserGinny Weasley's boyfriend, Dean becomes the...

Nymphadora Tonks

Affiliation: Order of the PhoenixTonks is an Auror who always seems to come to Harry's aid right...

Sybill Trelawney

Professor: DivinationProfessor Trelawney, the often tipsy Divination teacher who is furious that...

Dolores Umbridge

Affiliation: Ministry of MagicProfessor Umbridge was a special assistant to the Minister of...

Romilda Vane

House: Gryffindor, 4th YearRomilda has a HUGE crush on Harry Potter, the likes of which compel...

Arthur and Molly Weasley

She turned to look at a large clock that was perched awkwardly on top of a pile of sheets in the...

Bill Weasley

Affiliation: Order of the Phoenix"But Bill's not that down-to-earth. He's a Curse-Breaker, isn't...

Fred and George Weasley

The twins Fred and George are the pranksters in the Weasley family. They are often up to no good....

Ginny Weasley

House: Gryffindor, 5th YearQuidditch: ChaserJ.K. Rowling tells us that Ginny's full name is...

Wormtail

Affiliation: Death Eater, former member of the Order of the PhoenixA servant of Voldemort's sent...

Blaise Zabini

House: Slytherin, 6th YearBlaise is a Slytherin who, like Draco, holds contempt for Muggle-born...