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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Cast

  • Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)

    You know the drill: he's the young wizard with the iconic scar, John Lennon glasses, and Gryffindor pride. He's Harry Potter—humble, anxious, brave little Harry.

    The HP movies are pretty action-packed, so there's often less emphasis on the psychological lives of their characters. This film is no exception, but we definitely get some glimpses into the internal developments and struggles that these characters have to cope with.

    And no one has more coping to do than poor Harry, whose life only seems to be getting scarier and more difficult as the franchise goes on. And it's looking to get a lot worse before it gets better.

    On His Own

    Harry's always felt kind of alone. First off, he was an orphan—that's some serious loneliness to deal with right off the bat. Then, he grew up with the Dursleys, who treated him like a freak and stuffed him into a closet under the stairs.

    Then, even when he found a kind of home and some great friends and teachers/mentors at Hogwarts, he was still set apart from others by being the "Boy Who Lived" and the "Chosen One." As he's become increasingly aware, his fate is bound up with Voldemort's, and he is ultimately going to be responsible for wiping that monster off the planet.

    Or not.

    Really, it all depends on whether he can find all those Horcruxes that are protecting pieces of Voldemort's soul, destroy them, and then find a way to beat Voldemort himself. Harry can get help with the Horcrux part, but the whole "beating Voldemort" thing will be all up to him.

    No pressure, right?

    To make matters loads worse, Dumbledore, the man who started him on this whole Horcrux hunt, is now dead. And Harry doesn't really know where he's supposed to be looking for the rest of the Horcruxes or have a ton of insight into Dumbledore's overall plan for where to look, how to overpower Voldemort, etc.

    Harry is actually reeling in the early part of the film from just how little Dumbledore shared with him before departing this earth. In one big example: Dumbledore never told him that they were both from the same town (Godric's Hollow). He finds that out when Ron's Auntie Muriel is discussing Rita Skeeter's upcoming exposé on Dumbledore and his family:

    AUNTIE MURIEL: Oh, I'm sure Rita Skeeter thought it well worth a trip to Godric's Hollow to take a peek into that old bird's rattled cage.

    HARRY: Godric's Hollow? Bathilda Bagshot lives at Godric's Hollow?

    AUNTIE MURIEL: Well, that's where she first met Dumbledore.

    HARRY: You don't mean to say he lived there too?

    AUNTIE MURIEL: The family moved there after his father killed those three Muggles. Oh, it was quite the scandal. Honestly, my boy, are you sure you knew him at all?

    That's kind of a big thing to have in common and never mention. When Harry finds that out, he really seems to start doubting the closeness of his relationship with Dumbledore.

    And even setting that aside, he's really unsure about whether Dumbledore managed to leave him with all the tools and information he would need to succeed on this whole Horcrux mission.

    What if everything he thought he knew is wrong? Or just not enough to get the job done?

    Friendships Tested Like Never Before

    We have two layers of frustration happening here—a kind of frustration domino effect. Because Dumbledore kept his plans and thoughts pretty close to the vest, Harry is left bewildered and alone.

    And because of this, Ron becomes annoyed with Harry for appearing to think of this quest to find Horcruxes/kill Voldemort as "Harry against the world." Sure, Harry has a starring role, but this whole good vs. evil battle is so much bigger than one kid—even if that kid is Harry.

    Ron basically says as much when he catches Harry trying to storm off from the Burrow after Hedwig and Mad-Eye lose their lives trying to get Harry to safety:

    RON: Going somewhere?

    HARRY: Nobody else is going to die. Not for me.

    RON: For you? You think Mad-Eye died for you? You think George took that curse for you? You may be the chosen one, mate, but this is a whole lot bigger than that. It's always been bigger than that.

    HARRY: Come with me.

    RON: And leave Hermione? Are you mad? We wouldn't last two days without her. Don't tell her I said that.

    So, yeah, the fight against Voldemort is a team effort, but Harry sometimes seems to forget that. Sure, there are some really good motivations behind that attitude—he wants to take lots of responsibility so other people don't get hurt—but it totally ignores how invested everyone else is in what's happening.

    And we imagine that can be pretty frustrating to everyone who isn't Harry.

    Ron also gets pretty cranky with Harry for not sharing his plans for how to get all the Horcruxes. Now, the reason for that is that Harry doesn't have a clear plan—or, really, any concrete ideas for the best place to start—but Ron doesn't know that, and seems to think Harry might be holding out on him.

    RON: I just thought, after all this time, we would've actually achieved something. I thought you knew what you were doing. I thought Dumbledore would have told you something worthwhile. I thought you had a plan.

    HARRY: I told you everything Dumbledore told me! And in case you haven't noticed, we have found a Horcrux already.

    RON: Yeah, and we're about as close to getting rid of it as we are to finding the rest of them, aren't we? 

    Sure, it's a little crazy on Ron's part, but these are crazy times. The bottom line, though, is that Harry is now kind of doing a Dumbledore on Ron and Hermione: carting them along on the ride without giving them any real control over what's happening or insight into what the next steps might be.

    Of course, Harry isn't trying to be secretive. But, like Dumbledore, he's not necessarily super sensitive to how information about his plans (or lack thereof) is affecting others. And it causes big problems with Ron in this film.

    Learning to Lead…Harry's Way

    Things get so bad with Ron that our favorite ginger actually leaves the group after an epic tantrum. That decision is mostly on Ron himself—and we'll deal with that when we get to his character summary—but some good actually comes of it as far as Harry's concerned.

    Once everything is all patched up and Ron returns, Harry seems to have realized that he really does need to delegate some parts of this quest to others.

    Case in point: Ron returns to the group when he finds Harry in the woods trying to retrieve the sword of Gryffindor from an icy pond. Harry is struggling with that task because the Horcrux he's been wearing around his neck (for safekeeping) is trying to strangle him.

    Ron dives in and retrieves Harry and the sword—and afterwards, Harry doesn't even try to take responsibility for destroying the Horcrux. In his mind, Ron is "the chosen one" for this job.

    HARRY: Okay, Ron. Do it.

    Seems that Harry has realized that people other than him might have their own destiny in this whole drama, no? And that's a big change. Up to this point, he seemed to be feeling like the only one burdened by fate.

    We're glad to see the change, since we're pretty sure Harry is going to need all the help he can get to find the rest of the Horcruxes and take Voldemort down once and for all.

  • Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint)

    Remember Order of the Phoenix, when Harry was super angsty and moody about being left out of plans (as well as just generally being angsty and moody)?

    Well, in this movie, it's Ron's turn. And it's really no fun to watch, because he and Harry have some brutal drama.

    Hey Jealousy

    It seems that years of hanging out with the most famous boy wizard in the world (ever) have finally taken their toll on Ron in a big way.

    First off, he's pretty tired of Harry's whole attitude that he's somehow alone in his battle against Voldemort. "Boy Who Lived" and "Chosen One" realities aside, Harry has a whole bunch of people supporting him—and Ron is peeved when Harry seems to ignore that fact and tries to strike out on his own:

    RON: Going somewhere?

    HARRY: Nobody else is going to die. Not for me.

    RON: For you? You think Mad-Eye died for you? You think George took that curse for you? You may be the chosen one, mate, but this is a whole lot bigger than that. It's always been bigger than that. 

    Also, he seems to be increasingly territorial and sensitive about Hermione's relationship with Harry. Think it's crazy to think that Hermione has eyes for anyone but Ron? We do too, but Ron seems increasingly crazy these days, and he's super suspicious that Harry and Hermione are maybe more than friends.

    He finally admit as much when he storms out after a fight about the Horcruxes, and tries to make Hermione choose between him and Harry:

    RON: And you? Are you coming or you staying? Fine. I get it. I saw you two the other night.

    That really doesn't seem like the Ron we've come to know and love, does it? Well, as Hermione says herself, that Horcrux they haven't managed to destroy is a big factor in Ron's attitude. It definitely seems to darken the mood of whoever's wearing it, and Ron is no exception.

    HERMIONE: Ron. Please take—please take the Horcrux off. You wouldn't be saying any of this if you hadn't been wearing it all day.

    Ron does take the Horcrux off, but only as he's storming out the door. It's like a bad dream—how can Ron be abandoning his two best friends? Yet one more way that Voldemort manages to ruin things.

    Still Loyal…Just Gave Us A Scare

    We have good news for you, though: Ron's little tantrum doesn't last long. In fact, he's basically over it the minute he leaves the group, but then he has trouble finding them again (since they are in hiding and all).

    Luckily, Ron has this nifty thing called a Deluminator that Dumbledore left to him in his will, that gizmo somehow magically links Ron to Hermione and Harry and helps to lead him back to them.

    And not a moment too soon: When Ron returns, he immediately finds Harry in mortal danger. Ron basically makes up for all his bad behavior in one fell swoop by rescuing Harry, retrieving the sword, and then destroying the Horcrux.

    That last agenda item is no small feat, Shmoopers: when Harry has to open up the locket so Ron can destroy the evil within, the Horcrux releases all these horrible images that basically visualize all the fears and nasty thoughts that Ron has been having about his friends (including images of Harry and Hermione canoodling).

    Ron really has to overcome some serious demons to finish the job…but he does it. So, as far as Harry's concerned, all is forgiven.

    The Weakness of Ron Weasley

    This little hiccup in Ron's loyalty and friendship reveals that he was probably always a bit more susceptible to being frustrated, discouraged, and jealous. And as Ron says himself, the Horcrux really seemed to capitalize on that weakness:

    RON: […] that thing affects me more than it affects you and Hermione.

    Hey, at least he's aware of his shortcomings, right? Also, Ron admits that Dumbledore must have been aware of those possible failings on is part as well. After all, Dumbledore's Deluminator is how he found his way back to his friends, and the headmaster somehow knew he'd need something like that:

    RON: This is going to sound crazy, but I think that's why Dumbledore left it to me, the deluminator. I think he knew that somehow I'd need it to find my way back, and she'd lead me.

    Sure, Ron's probably not thrilled to learn that he's a little more prone to jealousy and being discouraged than Hermione and Harry, but let's look at the silver lining: he overcomes all that. And some might say that acknowledging and overcoming your weaknesses demonstrates pretty impressive strength, right?

  • Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)

    There has always been a boatload of fandom love for Hermione's smarts, and some people even like to argue that she (and not Harry) is the real hero of all the books/movies.

    And we have to say…this Hermione fan club definitely has a point. In this installment, she proves she's still the smartest kid in class even when she's not going to class.

    Always Three Steps Ahead

    Hermione's first heroic act: making sure that she, Harry, and Ron have all the stuff they need when they have to flee the Burrow with basically a moment's notice (almost literally). She's enchanted a bag so it appears to be a normal size but contains basically everything they would need for their Horcrux journey: books, clothes, etc.

    HERMIONE: We need to change.

    RON: How the ruddy . . .?

    HERMIONE: Undetectable Extension Charm.

    RON: You're amazing, you are.

    HERMIONE: Always the tone of surprise.

    Well, we're not surprised—but we are impressed. That magic bag full of supplies speaks to a whole bunch forethought—and definitely some serious magical skills.

    Grown Up Before Her Time

    In this film, Hermione also shows us that Harry hasn't cornered the market on making tough decisions or being way more mature than anyone has a right to be at her age. The film opens with Hermione basically wiping herself from her parents' memories, presumably to protect them if nasty Death Eater types come around looking for her.

    We're getting choked up just thinking about it. Imagine choosing to make sure your parents don't remember you. That takes some serious guts, if you ask us (and, again, some serious chops in the magic department).

    Will They/Won't They Continues

    Hermione's love life remains a focus in this film—and arguably, a pretty tired one. Seriously, are she and Ron ever just going to get together? Guess we'll have to wait for Part 2 for a full resolution to that question.

    Anyway, she and Ron are definitely still circling each other, romance-wise, but it's far from smooth sailing, especially when Ron seems to think that something is going on between Hermione and Harry. Even when they're having an innocent convo about (what else?) Horcruxes, he somehow sees an attempt to leave him out:

    RON: Yeah, I'm still here. But you two carry on. Don't let me spoil the fun.

    HARRY: What's wrong?

    RON: Wrong? Nothing's wrong. Not according to you, anyway.

    With that kind of behavior, it's a wonder Ron is still in the running with this amazing, powerful girl.

    Loyal and Steadfast—Always

    Hermione seems to understand where Ron's frustrations with Harry are coming from in this film, but she never loses faith in Harry or their friendship. Even when Ron peaces out for a little while (and expects his kinda-ladylove to follow), she sticks with Harry so they can keep moving toward their goal—however slowly.

    RON: And you? Are you coming or you staying? Fine. I get it. I saw you two the other night.

    HERMIONE: Ron, that's…that's nothing. Ron—Ron, where are you going? Please, come back. Ron. Ron!

    Don't get us wrong: she's devastated without Ron. But leave Harry? Not a chance. She's a true friend and super strong. We know Harry is the protagonist and all, but Hermione pretty much always shows herself to be a heroine.

  • Xenophilius Lovegood and Luna Lovegood (Rhys Ifans and Evanna Lynch)

    Xenophilius is an interesting dude—with a very interesting fashion sense. He and his daughter, Luna, are known for being a bit quirky and believing in stuff that other wizards don't—you know, certain magical creatures, secret conspiracies, etc.

    Sure, a lot of people think the Lovegoods are kooks because of all that, but the upside? They're extremely open-minded and independent people, and they so they're good at thinking for themselves, giving people and ideas the benefit of the doubt, and the like.

    So, for example, Xenophilius has been using his newspaper, the Quibbler (which is basically the National Inquirer of the Wizarding world) to drum up support for Harry and make sure the truth about Voldemort's return is out there. This is pretty important work, since the more mainstream Wizarding paper, the Daily Prophet, has increasingly become a propaganda arm for Voldemort/the Death Eaters.

    Unfortunately, Xenophilius is human, too—so when the Death Eaters kidnap Luna to punish him for his acts of journalistic resistance, he's so desperate to save her that he tries to turn Harry in in the hopes of getting his daughter back. You see, Harry and the gang go to Xenophilius to get some important intel about a symbol they keep seeing, and X is happy to get into tons of detail about the history of the symbol…so he can keep them there until the Death Eaters can arrive.

    When Harry tries to leave, he panics:

    XENOPHILIUS: You're my only hope. They were angry, you see, about what I'd been writing. So they took her. They took my Luna. My Luna. But it's really you they want.

    HARRY: Who took her, sir?

    XENOPHILIUS: Voldemort.

    Harry and his friends escape, but we have to say, we lost a little bit of respect for old Lovegood as a result (though, in fairness, we get that he was trying to save his kid—we have to cut him some slack on that front).

    Oh, and he did serve a very important role in the story: he gave Harry, Hermione, and Ron the skinny on the Deathly Hallows. Ron and Hermione had heard "The Tale of the Three Brothers" before, but what they didn't know is that some folks think it wasn't fiction. Xenophilius is among the believers, and he tells the kids that there are three objects out there that, when possessed together, make you the master of death.

    Now, the kids still think Xenophilius is a little bit, er, eccentric. And they don't necessarily believe that this children's tale could be real. But, as you'll see in the next film, the potential that these magical death-mastering objects could be real is a game changer. So, hat tip to Xenophilius for clueing everyone into their significance.

    (Oh, and Luna does escape the Death Eaters—Harry gets her out of Malfoy Manor when he accidentally gets trapped there.)

  • Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman)

    If you got to know the character of Snape from this movie alone, you'd be hard-pressed to find a single likable thing about him. He's a full-on Death Eater without a shred of sympathy for anyone not loyal to Voldemort.

    At least, that's what he appears to be.

    Exhibit A of Snape-as-villain: he spills the details of exactly when Harry Potter will be moved from his aunt and uncle's house:

    VOLDEMORT: Severus. I was beginning to worry you had lost your way. Come, we've saved you a seat. You bring news, I trust?

    SNAPE: It will happen Saturday next at nightfall.

    It's looking less and less likely that Snape is still playing at being a double agent. As far as this film is concerned, he's dead set on getting Harry killed.

  • Minister Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy)

    Scrimgeour is the Minister of Magic when the film opens, but he doesn't last long. He gets some screen time when he arrives to read Dumbledore's will and give the kids their bequests, but that's about it.

    He dies when the Ministry of Magic falls to the Death Eaters, which coincides with Bill and Fleur's wedding.

  • Molly Weasley (Julie Walters)

    Molly Weasley is basically just never going to be able to relax until Voldemort is gone, is she?

    The movie opens with her husband and all her children (except for Percy) helping to transfer Harry from his aunt and uncle's house to the Burrow, and so she's pretty stressed out until they all return safely.

    Then, once everyone is accounted for, she ends up fretting over George, since he's lost an ear. How does this woman sleep at night? Her kids and husband are always mixed up in something dangerous.

    We feel for her for sure—we spend the entire movie stressed about her kids (well, Ron), too.

  • Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright)

    Ginny doesn't get to come along with Harry, Hermione, and Ron on their adventures, so we don't see too very much of her. She has a flirty scene with Harry early on, in which she asks him to zip up her dress for Fleur and Bill's wedding, but that's pretty much the extent of her action in this film.

  • Charity Burbage (Carolyn Pickles)

    We don't spend much time with Charity in this film, but we quickly learn the details of her history from Voldemort while she has her imprisoned in Malfoy Manor:

    VOLDEMORT: To those of you who do not know, we are joined tonight by Miss Charity Burbage, who, until recently, taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Her specialty was Muggle Studies. It is Miss Burbage's belief that Muggles are not so different from us. She would, given her way, have us mate with them. To her, the mixture of magical and Muggle blood is not an abomination, but something to be encouraged.

    So, yeah, she loves Muggles. Clearly she must die?

    Well, as Muggles ourselves, we obviously don't agree, but we aren't calling the shots in her case, sadly. Voldemort kills her and then gives her body to his snake, Nagini, as a snack.

  • Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes)

    While Harry's off looking for Horcruxes (bits of Voldemort's soul), the Dark Lord is off on his own frustrating mission: He's traveling around the world looking for…a wand? Maybe?

    He's pursuing wand makers and wand thieves, so we're pretty sure an actual wand is the end goal. Harry sees as much when his weird connection to Voldemort's thoughts opens again:

    VOLDEMORT: Tell me, Grindelwald. Tell me where it is. Grindelwald, Grindelwald…

    GRINDELWALD: Hi, Tom. I knew you would come one day, but surely you must know I no longer have what you seek.

    VOLDEMORT: Tell me, Grindelwald. Tell me where it is. Tell me who possesses it.

    GRINDELWALD: The Elder Wand lies with him, of course. Buried in the earth. Dumbledore.

    Voldemort is 0 for 2 in trying to kill Harry with his wand, so that might explain his interest. And once we hear "The Tale of the Three Brothers," which a) might be more than fiction and b) mentions a wand that can beat all others, we're pretty sure that's what he's after: the tale's Elder Wand, which won't choke against Harry's (you know, like his own has been doing).

    And it's apparently in Dumbledore's tomb.

    Just in case you were holding out hope that there was some small shred of decency within Voldemort that would prevent from robbing a grave, guess again. Voldemort busts into Dumbledore's tomb at the end of the movie and snatches the Elder Wand. It's bad news for sure, but we'll have to wait until the next film to see if the wand is really as powerful Voldemort is hoping it is.

  • Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter)

    Bella is pretty much her old sadistic self in this film. She likes to think she's pretty important to the Dark Lord—and she's always very aggressive about trying to insert herself into or take on more importance in his evil plans (even when it's totally not welcomed):

    BELLATRIX: My Lord, I'd like to volunteer myself for this task. I want to kill the boy.

    Really, Bellatrix? If you'd actually been paying attention to what's been happening, you'd know that either Harry will kill Voldemort, or Voldemort will kill Harry. It has to be one or the other, according to that prophecy we learned about in Order of the Phoenix.

    But that's Bella: She never misses a chance to butt in and (in her view) prove her faithfulness to the Dark Lord.

    Bella manages to do some damage to poor Hermione toward the end of the film, when the kids end up imprisoned in Malfoy Manor. Bellatrix is totally enraged to realize the kids have the sword of Gryffindor, which is apparently supposed to be under lock and key in the vault at Gringotts, the wizarding bank.

    So she tortures Hermione for a little while trying to find out how they got it. Of course, Hermione has no idea, since the mysterious silver doe brought Harry to the sword, and they don't know anything about how it got there…but Bella just keeps on torturing her anyway. Because that is just who Bella is.

    Then she summons a goblin from Gringotts to torture him for more information, but luckily Harry gets him and everyone else out of Malfoy Manor before she can get too far with that plan.

  • Narcissa Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, and Draco Malfoy (Helen McCrory, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton)

    "Cissy" (as Bella likes to call her) and her husband are having kind of a rough time these days. Voldemort has taken over their house, and they seem to be in something other than the best standing with the Dark Lord.

    Voldemort seems to enjoy taunting Lucius at one point, suspicious that his "loyal servant" is not actually that eager to offer up his wand when Voldemort explains he needs it to kill Harry:

    VOLDEMORT: […] I face an unfortunate complication: that my wand and Potter's share the same core. They are, in some ways, twins. We can wound but not fatally harm one another. If I am to kill him, I must do it with another's wand. Come, surely one of you would like the honor, hmm? What about you, Lucius?

    LUCIUS: My lord?

    VOLDEMORT: [imitating Lucius] My lord? I require your wand. [Lucius reluctantly gives it to him.] Do I detect elm?

    LUCIUS: Yes, my lord.

    [Voldemort breaks the wand.]

    Later, when the Malfoys and other Death Eaters believe that they might have Harry Potter in custody, Lucius is elated because he's convinced that if Draco can confirm Harry's identity and the Dark Lord comes, all the Malfoys will be forgiven for whatever failings in loyalty/commitment the Dark Lord has accused them of.

    Unfortunately for old Lucius, Draco isn't playing ball. Remember how Draco basically refused to step over the line into murdering people in the last film? Anyway, he's still not into Death Eater ways, and he really seems to resist identifying Harry concretely.

    Sure, it might just be that he really doesn't want Voldemort to show up, but we're taking a more charitable view: We think he really just doesn't want to be responsible for Harry's death, no matter how much they hate each other. We said it in the last film, but it's worth repeating: Maybe this Malfoy kid really isn't all bad.

  • Dobby (Toby Jones)

    Dobby has a big moment in this film. When Harry asks for help by speaking into a mysterious shard of mirror that sometimes has a Dumbledore-esque blue eye in it, Dobby suddenly appears in Malfoy Manor to help.

    How can he do that? Well, the protective enchantments around the place don't cover house elves—you know, since Death Eaters don't really think much of anyone who's not a wizard. Big mistake, Death Eaters.

    Dobby transports Luna, Ollivander, and the rest of the gang imprisoned at Malfoy Manor out of captivity. And he sasses and disarms the Death Eaters in the process:

    BELLATRIX: How dare you take a witch's wand? How dare you defy your masters?

    DOBBY: Dobby has no master. Dobby is a free elf. And Dobby has come to save Harry Potter and his friends.

    We don't get much of a chance to celebrate his heroics, though. Bellatrix throws a knife at Dobby and the others as they're Disapparating away, and it catches Dobby before they've fully disappeared. He dies as a result of his wounds.

    It's super sad, since we've always had a soft spot for Dobby. But at least we know he died for a very worthy cause—we definitely need Harry and friends around to fight yet another day.

  • Elphias Doge (David Ryall)

    Elphias was an old friend of Dumbledore's. When we meet him at Bill and Fleur's wedding, he's just written a piece in the newspaper about the late headmaster, and so Harry tries to pick his brains/memories for insights, history, etc. about the dude.

    It couldn't hurt, since Harry really felt like their friendship was interrupted abruptly, and he's having a hard time figuring out what Dumbledore's larger plans for defeating Voldemort were.

    Unfortunately, the only thing Harry really ends up learning from Doge is that he knew even less about Dumbledore than he realized:

    HARRY: You obviously knew Dumbledore well.

    ELPHIAS: Well, I certainly knew him the longest. That is, if you don't count his brother, Aberforth, and somehow, people never do seem to count Aberforth. 

    HARRY: I didn't even know he had a brother.

    ELPHIAS: Ah, Well, Dumbledore was always very private, even as a boy.

    So, Elphias doesn't really do much to enhance Harry's knowledge or confidence that he's on the right path on this journey he started with the late headmaster but has to finish alone.

  • Wormtail (Timothy Spall)

    He's the dude responsible for this whole mess, really, since he helped Voldemort come back to life back in the fourth movie. And now he has to slink around in terror and try to keep Voldemort happy—not an easy job.

    When the Muggle Studies professor Voldemort has suspended above the dining table at Malfoy Manor starts to groan, for example, Voldemort expects quick action from his most loyal (read: sniveling) servant:

    VOLDEMORT: Wormtail! Have I not spoken to you about keeping our guest quiet?

    WORMTAIL: Yes, my lord. Right away, my lord.

    It doesn't seem like a very happy life, but he's definitely uber loyal to the Dark Lord.

  • Pius Thicknesse (Guy Henry)

    Pius is a Ministry employee that the Death Eaters have somehow brought under their command (from the books, we know that they did this through the Imperius Curse). He becomes Minister of Magic once the Death Eaters take over and kill Scrimgeour.

  • Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane)

    Hagrid only makes a brief appearance in this film, but it's an important one: he has to escort Harry away from the Dursleys and keep him safe. Which turns out to be no small feat, given that the Death Eaters had been tipped off about Harry's departure. Luckily, Hagrid manages to land Harry safely at the Burrow.

  • Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody (Brendan Gleeson)

    Well, this is the end of Mad-Eye's journey, Shmoopers: he dies while the Order of the Phoenix is trying to transport Harry away from his family home in advance of his 17th birthday.

    Mad-Eye is his typically gruff and business-like self to the end, though. As the kids and Order members embrace prepare to leave the Dursleys, Mad-Eye has no patience for their attempts to make introductions, catch up, or, really, do anything that wastes time while they need to be on the move:

    MAD-EYE: All right, we'll have time for the cozy catch-up later. We've got to get the hell out of here, and soon.

    So, no, he's not going to win any award for gentleness, but he was brave and committed to the cause. The others are definitely heartbroken when they learn he's gone.

  • Fred Weasley and George Weasley (James Phelps and Oliver Phelps)

    Fred and George are Ron's older twin brothers. We don't see too much of them in the film, but they're basically the same: always joking, and always looking to keep things light.

    When Mad-Eye gives them the Polyjuice Potion so they can all transform into Harry Potter's doubles, despite the gravity of everything that's happening, they can't help but crack wise:

    MAD-EYE: For those of you who haven't taken Polyjuice Potion before, fair warning, it tastes like goblin piss.

    FRED [OR IS IT GEORGE?]: Have a lot of experiences with that, do you, Mad-Eye? [He gets a withering look from Mad-Eye.] Just trying to diffuse the tension.

    Mad-Eye isn't amused…but the rest of us are, so it's okay.

    Despite their strong commitment to not taking anything too seriously, they do have some angst in this film: George loses his ear during Harry's transport. It's a heavy moment for the Weasleys, and Fred is certainly not laughing (for once) as he leans over his wounded brother.

    Believe it or not, though, George is still laughing. Or at least, playing around. When Fred asks him how he feels, we're not sure what kind of answer we're going to get, but it turns out you can't keep George down for long:

    FRED: How are you feeling, Georgie?

    GEORGE: Saint-like.

    FRED: Come again?

    GEORGE: Saint-like. I'm holey. I'm holey, Fred. Get it?

    FRED: The whole wide world of ear-related humor, and you go for "I'm holey"? That's pathetic.

    GEORGE: Reckon I'm still better looking than you.

    We think he's going to be just fine. For now, at least.

  • Arthur Weasley (Mark Williams)

    When we get to see him, Arthur is pretty stressed out, since he—and all of his children—are involved in trying to transport Harry safely from the Dursleys' house to the Weasley abode.

    Unfortunately, Arthur's son George ends up losing an ear, which is pretty devastating for all the Weasleys. But it could have been a lot worse, right?

    Trust us. #foreshadowing

  • Kingsley Shacklebolt (George Harris)

    Kingsley is a member of the Order of the Phoenix, and he helps with Harry's transport at the beginning. He seems like a nice guy? We don't get to know him too well here, but we'll go with that assumption.

  • Mundungus Fletcher (Andy Linden)

    Mundungus doesn't come off looking so good in this film. Yeah, yeah, we know he's a member of the Order of the Phoenix and all, but in this film he's notable for:

    • Not wanting to be involved in Harry's transport (he's the only one of the group who had to be forced/coerced)
    • Freaking out when the Death Eaters are getting close during the transport and apparating away, leaving Mad-Eye on his own to die.
    • Having stolen the Horcrux from Grimmauld Place and then selling it to Dolores Umbridge

    So yeah, he's cowardly and he steals.

    He does support the Order's mission, but he's pretty much a dishonest and weak dude at heart, and his actions throughout the film show that.

  • Bill Weasley (Domhnall Gleeson)

    Bill is one of the older Weasley brothers, and he's getting married to Fleur, who competed with Harry in the Triwizard Tournament back in the fourth movie. We don't see too much of him, but he seems to fit in with the whole Weasley family: He's nice, and he's brave.

    (Oh, and fun fact: In real life, the actor is the son of the guy who plays Mad-Eye.)

  • Fleur Delacour (Clémence Poésy)

    Remember Fleur from The Goblet of Fire? The Triwizard Champion from Beauxbatons, whose beauty seemed to turn men into blithering idiots? Well, she's about to become a Weasley. She's marrying Ron's brother, Bill.

    Unfortunately, a bunch of Death Eaters interrupt her wedding when the Ministry falls.

  • Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena)

    Tonks is still a member of the Order, and she seems to have some news for Harry when the meet up at the beginning of the movie:

    TONKS: By the way, wait 'til you hear the news. Remus and I…

    MAD-EYE: All right, we'll have time for the cozy catch-up later. We've got to get the hell out of here, and soon.

    Looks like we'll have to wait until the next film to find out more about that.

  • Remus Lupin (David Thewlis)

    Lupin makes it through the whole "transporting Harry" ordeal physically intact, but he's growing really suspicious of everyone around them.

    You see, he knows that the Order had to have been betrayed in order for the Death Eaters to show up when Harry was being moved, so he roughly interrogates Harry as a possible imposter when he gets to the meet up point (the Burrow):

    LUPIN: What creature sat in the corner the first time Harry Potter visited my office in Hogwarts?

    HARRY: Are you mad?

    LUPIN: What creature?

    HARRY: A Grindylow.

    LUPIN: We have been betrayed. Voldemort knew you were being moved tonight. I had to make sure you weren't an imposter.

    It seems a little unnecessarily aggressive, but we guess we understand: If you've lost a bunch of friends to Dark Wizards, and people like Snape turn spy and then turn back, it must be hard to trust that you're ever really safe.

  • Ollivander (John Hurt)

    This is the guy who used to own the wand shop in Diagon Alley. He was kidnapped at the beginning of the last movie, and (apparently) has been imprisoned in Malfoy Manor ever since. Harry has Dobby transport him to safety, so hopefully we'll learn more about why he was taken and what Voldemort wanted him for in the next film.

  • Auntie Muriel Weasley (Matyelok Gibbs)

    Auntie Muriel is a far cry from being a sweet old lady. When she, Harry, and Elphias are talking at the wedding, she's actually pretty antagonistic.

    When Harry realizes that he and Dumbledore were born in the same place—and Dumbledore had never told him—she doesn't miss the opportunity to make him feel even crummier about that realization than he already does:

    AUNTIE MURIEL: Oh, I'm sure Rita Skeeter thought it well worth a trip to Godric's Hollow to take a peek into that old bird's rattled cage.

    HARRY: Godric's Hollow? Bathilda Bagshot lives at Godric's Hollow?

    AUNTIE MURIEL: Well, that's where she first met Dumbledore.

    HARRY: You don't mean to say he lived there too?

    AUNTIE MURIEL: The family moved there after his father killed those three Muggles. Oh, it was quite the scandal. Honestly, my boy, are you sure you knew him at all?

    Luckily, we don't have to endure her for too long: The wedding breaks up when the Death Eaters conquer the Ministry and all you-know-what breaks loose.

  • Kreacher (Simon McBurney)

    Kreacher is the house elf who lives at 12 Grimmauld Place. We get way more backstory about him in the book but, for our purposes here, he's notable for finding the thief Mundungus and bringing him to Harry, Ron, and Hermione so they can find out where the Horcrux "RAB" stole is currently located.

  • Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton)

    Mercifully, we don't have to endure too much of Dolores's simpering sadism. Harry, Hermione, and Ron break into the Ministry to steal the Horcrux off of her, and that's that.

    From what we can tell, though, she's just as awful as she ever was. For example, she's keeping Mad-Eye's magical eye plugged into her door as a kind of half trophy, half surveillance piece. It's a gross thing to do with a leftover part from a fallen enemy, and it definitely speaks to her (lack of) character.