Supporting Harry Potter characters


Supporting Harry Potter characters

The following are supporting characters in the "Harry Potter" series written by J. K. Rowling.

Bathilda Bagshot

HP character
name = Bathilda Bagshot
appearance = "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

Bathilda Bagshot is a noted historian, and author of the book "A History of Magic". She lives in Godric's Hollow, and is an old family friend of Albus Dumbledore, and also James and Lily Potter's neighbour. Gellert Grindelwald is her great-nephew, which is why he comes to live in Godric's Hollow after being expelled from Durmstrang. Bathilda is a major source of information for Rita Skeeter's biography of Dumbledore, who extracts this information under the influence of Veritaserum; it is possible her memory is also modified following the "interview". [In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", Chapter 18, it is revealed that Bathilda Bagshot was sent a copy of "The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore" accompanied by a note: "Dear Batty, Thanks for your help. Here's a copy of the book, hope you like it. You said everything, even if you don't remember it. Rita."] Harry decides to go to Godric's Hollow in order to get information from Bathilda, and because he thinks that Dumbledore entrusted her with Gryffindor's Sword. She dies before Harry's arrival in Godric's Hollow, possibly at the hand of Lord Voldemort, who enchants her decaying body to use as a disguise for his snake, Nagini to wait for Harry. The snake is then instructed to subdue Harry when he arrives in Bathilda's house looking for the sword until Voldemort himself can get there to finish him off.

Bathilda is one of the people who gave "Quidditch Through the Ages" praise.

Frank Bryce

HP character
name=Frank Bryce
portrayer=Eric Sykes
appearance="Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

Frank Bryce is a reclusive World War II veteran who worked as the caretaker of the Riddle family mansion in Little Hangleton. In 1943 the Riddles were murdered by Tom Marvolo Riddle (later to become Lord Voldemort), and since Bryce had the keys to the large house where the deaths occurred, he was arrested by the local police and questioned in connection with the murders of the Riddle family. As there was lack of evidence (because the bodies were unmarked as the Killing Curse leaves no sign of violence or damage on the victims) the police could not prove that the Riddles had been murdered, and were forced to release Bryce. However, the community of Little Hangleton still believed Bryce to be guilty. As a result, he lived out the rest of his life as a pariah, isolated and living on the grounds of the Riddles' estate.

In the beginning of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" Voldemort secretly returns to the Riddle house. Bryce inadvertently finds himself overhearing Voldemort's plan to kill Harry Potter, but the snake Nagini finds him and reveals his presence to Voldemort, who kills him almost immediately with the Avada Kedavra curse. He appears once more in the same book, during Harry and Voldemort's graveyard duel. "Priori Incantatem," also known as the "reverse spell effect", brings back an image of Bryce from the tip of Voldemort's wand. Upon appearing, Bryce's echo encourages Harry to keep fighting.

Dumbledore states his belief in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" that the murder of Bryce was used to create Voldemort's presumably sixth and final Horcrux, implanted in Nagini. However, Rowling later said Voldemort used the earlier murder of Bertha Jorkins for this. [http://bloomsbury.com/jkrevent/content.asp?sec=3&sec2=1 Harry Potter at Bloomsbury] ]

Crabbe and Goyle

HP character
name = Crabbe and Goyle


house = Slytherin
portrayer=Jamie Waylett (Crabbe)
Joshua Herdman (Goyle)
appearance="Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle are Slytherin students in Harry's year; both of their fathers, Crabbe Sr and Goyle Sr are Death Eaters. Due to their size and strength, the pair act as Draco Malfoy's minions and serve to intimidate fellow students. Crabbe and Goyle are both brawn-over-brains type; they are entirely lacking in introspection or inquisitiveness. They seem unable to make up their own minds or to see things their own way. Nonetheless, Crabbe is depicted as slightly more intelligent than Goyle; in "Philosopher's Stone," he is handpicked by Malfoy as his second in the Midnight Duel with Harry that never takes place.

Crabbe and Goyle make their first and only appearance as new Slytherin Quidditch Beaters in the opening match against Gryffindor in their fifth year; after Harry catches the Snitch, Crabbe vents his frustration by purposely hitting a Bludger into Harry's back and knocking him off his broom, but receives the light punishment of writing lines. They do not return to the team the following term, as they regularly serve as Malfoy's lookouts during his forays into the Room of Requirement. After Malfoy leaves the school following the death of Dumbledore just before the end of the term, Crabbe and Goyle are left in a state of loneliness.

The three of them are reunited in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". Both of them speak for the first time, Crabbe's voice being described as "oddly soft for someone with his huge frame" and Goyle's simply as a grunt. Crabbe has sided with the Death Eaters with more conviction than either Goyle or Malfoy, and becomes increasingly independent of Malfoy, well aware of the Malfoy family's falling out of favour with Voldemort. The pair have developed into surprisingly powerful wizards. Crabbe and Goyle are mentioned as having excelled in inflicting the Cruciatus Curse on other pupils who had received detentions under Amycus Carrow's direction: according to Neville Longbottom, it was "the first time they were the best in anything." During the fight for one of the Horcrux diadem with Harry, Ron and Hermione in the Room of Requirement, Crabbe defies Malfoy's order to not kill Harry and casually throws around the Avada Kedavra curse. Finally, he summons Fiendfyre and turns the room into a blazing inferno, but it quickly rages beyond his control and ultimately leads to his demise. Crabbe's spell, ironically, destroys the Horcrux. Goyle is knocked unconscious during the ensuing fight, but is rescued along with Malfoy by Harry, Ron and Hermione. Goyle and Malfoy are left mourning Crabbe's death.

Cedric Diggory

HP character
name = Cedric Diggory
house = Hufflepuff
portrayer = Robert Pattinson
appearance = "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" [cite book|last=Rowling|first=J.K.|title=Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban|publisher=Bloomsbury|date=8 July 1999|series=Harry Potter|chapter=Chapter 9: Grim Defeat|isbn=0-7475-4629-0|accessdate=June 1, 2008|language=English]

Cedric Diggory is a Hufflepuff student two years above Harry. In addition to being a Hufflepuff prefect, he is the house Quidditch captain and Seeker. His father is Amos Diggory, who works at the Ministry of Magic. Cedric is first mentioned in "Prisoner of Azkaban" when he is described by the female Gryffindor Chasers as "strong and silent" amid giggles prior to the Hufflepuff-Gryffindor match, and shows a notable streak of modesty and fairness; when he catches the Snitch and wins the match after Harry falls off his broomstick following an encounter with the Dementors, he wants the end result nullified and the match replayed.

In "Goblet of Fire", Cedric is selected as the Hogwarts champion for the Triwizard Tournament. After Harry is also picked to compete, Malfoy makes "Support Cedric Diggory/Potter Stinks" badges, which Cedric tries to discourage his housemates from wearing. For the First Task, Cedric transfigures a rock into a dog in order to distract his dragon and successfully retrieves his golden egg, but he receives a burn on his cheek in the process. He is later Cho Chang's date for the Yule Ball. As compensation for Harry's warning about the dragons before the First Task, Cedric assists Harry in solving the clue of the Second Task by telling him to take a bath with the egg in the prefects' bathroom, and just "mull things over in the hot water." Cedric is the second of the four champions to reach the village of the merpeople and rescue his hostage, using a Bubble-Head Charm, but surfaced one minute over the one-hour time limit.

During the Third Task, Harry saves Cedric's life twice while in the maze, and when they reach the Triwizard Cup, Cedric refuses to take it without Harry, so they grab hold of it together. The cup turns out to be a Portkey which transports them to the Little Hangleton graveyard, where Voldemort and Peter Pettigrew await Harry's arrival; Pettigrew murders Cedric on the spot upon Voldemort's order to "kill the spare." In the midst of the "Priori Incantatem" effect during Harry's duel with Voldemort, Cedric's spirit appears and asks Harry to take his body back to his parents. Despite an attempted cover-up of the incident by the Ministry, Dumbledore candidly reveals the true nature of Cedric's demise to the students at the end-of-term feast, stating that to attribute it to an accident would be "an insult to his memory."

Gellert Grindelwald

HP character


name=Gellert Grindelwald
portrayer=
appearance="Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

Gellert Grindelwald (IPAEng|'gʁɪntɛlvalt is a Dark wizard who, in a list of "Most Dangerous Dark Wizards of All Time", would be second only to Voldemort, according to Rita Skeeter's book "The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore". His name is first mentioned on Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog card, which notes that Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald in 1945.

Grindelwald attended the wizarding school Durmstrang, from which he was expelled in his sixth year for his dangerous and evil experiments that nearly resulted in the deaths of some of his fellow students. He left the symbol of the Deathly Hallows on one of the walls in Durmstrang before departing. After Durmstrang, he went to live with his great-aunt Bathilda Bagshot in Godric's Hollow, where he met a young Dumbledore. In "Deathly Hallows," it was revealed that Grindelwald had gone to Godric's Hollow to investigate the grave of the Peverell brothers (the original owners of the Hallows), but struck up a close friendship with Dumbledore, and the two planned to establish a new world order, where wizards would rule over Muggles "for the greater good" (the phrase later became Grindelwald's excuse for the atrocities he committed in his reign of terror). They also planned to work together in their quest for the Hallows. It was revealed by Rowling in an interview that Dumbledore was once in love with Grindelwald, but did not say whether those feelings were returned.Citation |last= |first= |title= Rowling dubs Dumbledore of 'Harry Potter' books as gay |url=http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2007/10/19/2007-10-19_rowling_dubs_dumbledore_of_harry_potter_.html |accessdate=2007-10-20] cite news |url = http://www.365gay.com/Newscon07/10/102007potter.htm |title = J.K. Rowling outs Hogwarts character |publisher = Associated Press |date= 2007-10-20 |accessdate = 2007-10-22]

However, Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus's younger brother, argued against these plans, because he feared their grand ambitions would leave his disabled, traumatised sister, Ariana, abandoned. The argument culminated in a three-way battle between Albus, Aberforth, and Grindelwald. Ariana was inadvertently killed by one of them. Grindelwald fled, fearing retribution. Henceforth, Albus Dumbledore ended his friendship with him. Grindelwald successfully became master one of the Deathly Hallows, the Elder Wand, by stealing it from the previous owner, the wand-maker Gregorovitch. Gaining the Elder Wand's immense power, he subsequently committed many terrible acts, although these seem to have been restricted to Central and Eastern Europe. It is revealed that Grindelwald's actions have caused many deaths that have greatly affected the students of Durmstrang, including Viktor Krum, whose grandfather was murdered by Grindelwald.

After Grindelwald's rise to power, Dumbledore delayed meeting him again for several years due to his fear of being confronted with his sister's death and the fact that he himself might have been the one who accidentally killed her. Both wizards were highly intelligent and skilled in battle, and those who witnessed the battle say that no other wizarding duel ever matched it. Grindelwald, who at the time possessed the supposedly unbeatable Elder Wand, lost to Dumbledore. Since Dumbledore won the duel over Grindelwald, the Elder Wand transferred its allegiance to Dumbledore. After Dumbledore triumphed over Grindelwald, the defeated dark wizard was imprisoned in the top-most cell of Nurmengard. He remained there until the events of "Deathly Hallows" when Voldemort arrives, seeking the Elder Wand. Grindelwald, showing no fear of Voldemort and welcoming death, tells him that he never owned the wand, and Voldemort kills him in rage. In the chapter "King's Cross", Harry suggests to Dumbledore that Grindelwald lied to Voldemort in order to prevent him from breaking into Dumbledore's tomb, where he knew the Elder Wand lay. Dumbledore suggests that in his later years Grindelwald had felt remorse for his evil actions.

Viktor Krum

HP character
name=Viktor Krum
portrayer=Stanislav Ianevski
appearance="Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

Viktor Krum (Bulgarian: "Виктор Крум") is a Seeker for the Bulgarian Quidditch team. Many consider him a prodigy, having entered the International Quidditch League at an early age. Despite his success and fame, Krum appeared to be unhappy and lonely, and was further characterised as being very quiet and reserved, though Hermione Granger says he is a genuinely nice person beneath the sullen exterior. In the Quidditch World Cup title game between Bulgaria and Ireland, he suffers a severe bloody nose during the match and catches the Snitch as quickly as he can to end the match, which hands victory to Ireland because Bulgaria was trailing by 160 points at the time.

Krum is named Durmstrang champion upon entering his name for the prestigious Triwizard Tournament. He is often viewed with suspicion by his peers due to Durmstrang's reputation for teaching the Dark Arts, while looked upon with admiration for his feats, mainly by giggling Hogwarts girls. Whilst competing in the Triwizard Tournament, he takes to visiting the Hogwarts library in order to try and talk to Hermione. Krum has to rescue her from the merpeople in the Great Lake for the Second Task. His relationship with Hermione, and taking her to the Yule Ball, provokes jealousy from Ron, who was, ironically, a fan of Krum's from his Quidditch days. In the climax of the book, Krum, under the influence of a Imperius Curse casted by Barty Crouch Jr, uses the Cruciatus Curse on Cedric Diggory to eliminate any oppositon for Harry to win the tournament, but is not arrested nor punished for this.

Krum briefly returns in "Deathly Hallows," as a wedding guest of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour. He has a heated discussion with Xenophilius Lovegood, after he recognises a symbol that Xenophilius wears around his neck as the mark of Grindelwald, which is engraved into a wall at his alma mater Durmstrang; the symbol is later discovered to actually be the mark of the Deathly Hallows. Krum eventually finds love in his native Bulgaria. [Citation |last= |first= |title=J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat, Bloomsbury.com, July 30, 2007 (2.00-3.00pm BST). |url=http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2007/0730-bloomsbury-chat.html |accessdate=2007-10-09]

Xenophilius Lovegood

HP character
name = Xenophilius Lovegood
appearance = "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

Xenophilius "Xeno" Lovegood is Luna Lovegood's father and the editor-in-chief of "The Quibbler", a magazine that often publishes stories about wild conspiracy theories or research on seemingly non-existent creatures. He is introduced as a friend of the Weasleys in "Deathly Hallows", when he attends the wedding of Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley, described as eccentric looking; he is slightly cross-eyed, with shoulder-length white hair the texture of candyfloss. Xenophilius wears the symbol of the Deathly Hallows around his neck as a way of symbolising his willingness to help other believers of the Hallows in their quest to obtain them.

Later in the story, he explains to Harry, Ron, and Hermione the significance of the Deathly Hallows. Although initially one of the staunchest supporters of the anti-Voldemort movement through his magazine, Xenophilius later betrays the trio's location to the then-Death Eater-controlled Ministry of Magic in a bid to ensure the safe return of his kidnapped daughter. After an ensuing battle with Xenophilius and the Death Eaters, the trio escape and the Death Eaters arrest Xenophilius, which saves his reputation, as he is mentioned on the clandestine "Potterwatch" radio broadcast as a persecuted anti-Voldemort dissident, and the new issue of "The Quibbler" in which he attacks Harry is buried under the ruins and never distributed. Harry, Ron, and Hermione never reveal his attempted betrayal, which was only motivated by fear for his daughter's life.

Teddy Lupin

HP character
name =Ted Remus Lupin
appearance = "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

Ted Remus "Teddy" Lupin is the orphaned only son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks and godson of Harry Potter. He is named after Tonks' late father, Ted Tonks, and his own father, Remus. Teddy is a Metamorphmagus like his mother Nymphadora, and is not affected by his father's werewolf status. [cite news | title=TIME Person of The Year Runner-up: J.K. Rowling | publisher=Time Magazine| date=2007-12-23 | url=http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/personoftheyear/article/0,28804,1690753_1695388_1695569,00.html |accessdate=2007-12-23] cite news|url=http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript|title=J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript|date=2007-07-30|accessdate=2007-07-30|publisher=The Leaky Cauldron] Later, in the epilogue, he is announced by Harry's elder son James as being on the Hogwarts Express train and snogging Victoire Weasley, the daughter of Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley. At nineteen, according to the series timeline, Teddy is too old to be attending Hogwarts, so he is present at the station only to see Victoire off to school. Rowling stated that Teddy was raised by his maternal grandmother, Andromeda Tonks, and not by his godfather, Harry.

Narcissa Malfoy

HP character
name=Narcissa Malfoy
house=Slytherin
appearance="Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
portrayer= Helen McCrory

Narcissa "Cissy" Malfoy, born Narcissa Black to Cygnus Black and Druella Rosier, is the youngest of three sisters, Bellatrix Lestrange and Andromeda Tonks being her older siblings. She is a cousin of Sirius and Regulus Black and an aunt to Nymphadora Tonks, daughter of her sister Andromeda. Narcissa attended Hogwarts, where she was in Slytherin House. She later married Lucius Malfoy, with whom she has one son, Draco. Although never a Death Eater herself, Narcissa shares her husband's views on blood purity. She is first described as a tall, slim blonde who would have been attractive had it not been for "a look that suggested there was a nasty smell under her nose."

Although Narcissa makes her first, very brief appearance in "Goblet of Fire," where she attends the Quidditch World Cup with her husband and son, her role in the series first becomes important in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". Near the beginning of the book, Narcissa and Bellatrix arrive suddenly at Snape's home. Narcissa is distraught, almost hysterical, with her husband imprisoned in Azkaban and her son forced to accept a difficult and dangerous assignment by Voldemort. She begs Snape to help Draco and asks him to make an Unbreakable Vow, to which he agrees. Later in the novel, Narcissa appears shopping with Draco for his new robes at Madam Malkin's. She and Draco mock Harry when he enters the shop with his friends, Ron and Hermione. Harry, Ron, and Draco nearly start a duel, but Narcissa defuses the situation by leaving with her son.

In "Deathly Hallows," Narcissa's home is being used (against her will) as the Headquarters for Voldemort and his Death Eaters and for confining several prisoners, including eventually, Harry, Ron, and Hermione. When this group escapes with the help of the house-elf Dobby, Voldemort places Narcissa and her family under house arrest. In the climax of the book, the Malfoys are brought with the other Death Eaters to Hogwarts, when Voldemort invades the castle. After Voldemort casts a Killing Curse on Harry and after the boy returns to consciousness but is still pretending to be dead, Narcissa is ordered by Voldemort to confirm his death. Realising that Harry is not dead after feeling his heart beating, she quietly asks him whether Draco is still alive at Hogwarts; Harry confirms that Draco is alive. Knowing that she will not be free to search for her child unless she can return with the Death Eaters as part of a "conquering army", Narcissa lies to Voldemort, claiming that Harry is indeed dead. She is later seen at the end of the book, with her husband and son, unsure what to do and how to behave amidst the celebration of Voldemort's death. However, thanks to her lie to Voldemort, the Malfoys manage to "weasel their way" out of imprisonment in Azkaban.

Olympe Maxime

HP character
name=Olympe Maxime
portrayer=Frances de la Tour
appearance="Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

Madame Olympe Maxime is the headmistress of Beauxbatons, the French wizarding school. She is described being elegant and wearing black satin robes, and having olive skin and handsome features, but being extremely tall. It is revealed that Madame Maxime's huge size is due to her half-giant background. She fiercely denies this, although she is around the same height as fellow half-giant Rubeus Hagrid. Upon first sight, Hagrid immediately takes a crush on Madame Maxime, which he shows by attempting to groom himself properly. The character is introduced in "Goblet of Fire" when her school is invited to the Triwizard Tournament, with Fleur Delacour being elected as Beauxbaton's champion. When Harry is chosen as the fourth champion and second Hogwarts champion, she is angered and is about to leave the tournament, but she eventually agrees to stay.

In "Order of the Phoenix," Hagrid tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione that he and Madame Maxime visited the giants during that summer in order to get them into the Order of the Phoenix's side. Unfortunately, they failed in their mission as Voldemort also sent a group of Death Eaters to address the giants. When giants attack Hagrid, Madame Maxime defended him by using a conjunctivitis curse. Hagrid describes her spell work as "brilliant." She separates from Hagrid during the return journey, however, because he would not abandon his giant half-brother Grawp, who proves to be a highly taxing travelling companion. She returns to Beauxbatons alone. In "Half-Blood Prince", Madame Maxime is among those paying respects at Dumbledore's funeral.

Cormac McLaggen

HP Character
name=Cormac McLaggen
house = Gryffindor
portrayer= Freddie Stroma
appearance="Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" |

Cormac McLaggen is a Gryffindor student one year above Harry. He is introduced for the first time during the train journey to Hogwarts in "Half-Blood Prince" as a member of Horace Slughorn's Slug Club, due to his uncle's close ties with the Ministry of Magic. Cormac is shown as an unsympathetic Gryffindor character, and his Gryffindor bravery is both a strength and a flaw: he is and proud, bordering on arrogant. Cormac tries out for the position of Keeper when Harry becomes captain; however, Hermione secretly jinxes him with the Confundus Charm, causing him to miss his last save and thus helping Ron retain his spot on the team. Cormac does not take his loss well, accusing Ginny of favouritism by giving Ron easy shots to block.

Cormac fills in during Gryffindor's match against Hufflepuff as Keeper when Ron is unable to play due to poisoning, but his debut is disastrous, as he orders the team about instead of focusing on his own position, knocks Harry unconscious with a Beater's bat, and contributes to Gryffindor's lopsided 320-60 loss, thus earning him universal dislike among his housemates. Cormac also briefly becomes a pawn in the escalating tensions between Ron and Hermione, as he is Hermione's date at Slughorn's Christmas party in retaliation for Ron's relationship with Lavender Brown. The plan backfires when she becomes exasperated with McLaggen's arrogant behaviour, and she leaves him stranded under the mistletoe and avoids him for the remainder of the party.

Moaning Myrtle

HP character
name=Moaning Myrtle
house=Ravenclaw
portrayer=Shirley Henderson
appearance="Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"

Moaning Myrtle is a ghost who haunts the second floor girls' lavatory at Hogwarts. True to her nickname, she has a tendency to sob, whine, wail and complain, especially when death is referred to. Her constant moping and wailing causes plumbing problems in the lavatory she haunts. It was revealed by Rowling on her website that Myrtle was in Ravenclaw House. [ [http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/faq_view.cfm?id=117 What House was Tonks In?] ]

In "Chamber of Secrets", it is established that the character is the ghost of a Muggle-born witch who died while a student at Hogwarts, fifty years before the events in the book. It is revealed that Myrtle was hiding in the second floor girls' lavatory to elude Olive Hornby, a classmate of hers who perpetually tormented her with teasing, when the Chamber of Secrets was opened and the basilisk emerged and killed her. Tom Riddle used her death to create his second Horcrux: his diary. [http://bloomsbury.com/jkrevent/content.asp?sec=3&sec2=1 Harry Potter at Bloomsbury] ] After death, Myrtle haunted Olive everywhere she went, until Olive complained to the Ministry of Magic, who ordered Myrtle to return to Hogwarts. Ever since then, Myrtle has haunted the same lavatory where she died.

Myrtle also helps Harry with his second task in the Triwizard Tournament, in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". Myrtle tells Harry how to solve the puzzle of the golden egg that he retrieved in the first task, by opening the egg underwater. She is shown to be a lot less miserable, and enjoys having Harry briefly to herself to boss around. In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", she appears to comfort Draco, who is worried about the task given to him by Voldemort. After Harry injures Malfoy using Sectumsempra, Myrtle is not hesitant to spread the news throughout the school, screaming that Harry had murdered him.

Mr Ollivander

HP character| name= Mr Ollivander
portrayer=John Hurt
appearance="Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

Mr Ollivander (first name unrevealed) runs "Ollivander's", a prestigious shop which sells magical wands in Diagon Alley. Despite the popularity of his wares, he has shown that he can easily name the materials and attributes of every wand he has ever sold over the years. In "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", Mr Ollivander assists a young Harry in selecting his first wand. Finding Harry a particularly difficult customer to match, Mr Ollivander finally selects an eleven-inch-long wand made of holly containing a phoenix feather (later revealed to be that of Dumbledore's companion, Fawkes), which is perfectly suited to Harry. Mr Ollivander seems very thoughtful that the two should be matched, revealing that the phoenix gave one other feather, and that the wand containing the other feather now belongs to Voldemort.

Ollivander's appearance in "Goblet of Fire" is during the preliminary ceremonies of the Triwizard Tournament, where he appears as an expert judge for the "Weighing of the Wands". In "Half-Blood Prince", it is mentioned that his shop has closed and boarded up, and that Ollivander himself is missing. In "Deathly Hallows", Ollivander is revealed to have been captured by Voldemort and imprisoned at Malfoy Manor with Luna, with whom he develops an affectionate relationship as the two strive to keep each other's spirits up. He is among those rescued from the manor by Dobby, after which, at Shell Cottage, he provides Harry and his friends with some useful information about the Elder Wand. He later goes into hiding at the home of Auntie Muriel and sends Luna a new wand as a gift.

Pansy Parkinson

HP character
name=Pansy Parkinson
house=Slytherin
portrayer=Genevieve Gaunt [Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)| [HP3]
Scarlett Byrne [Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)| [HP6] | appearance="Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

Pansy Parkinson is a Slytherin student who is described as pug-faced and frequently seen with an unnamed gang of Slytherin girls, acting as leader or at least as spokeswoman of them. She is also Draco Malfoy's female counterpart and apparent love interest. She is first mentioned in the Sorting in "Philosopher's Stone", and makes her first appearance in Madam Hooch's flying class, during which she teases Parvati Patil for defending Neville Longbottom after Draco steals Longbottom's Remembrall. In "Prisoner of Azkaban," she cries and follows Malfoy to the hospital wing after he is attacked by Buckbeak, and continues to fawn over him despite his deliberate exaggeration of the extent of his injury. They attended the Yule Ball together in "Goblet of Fire," and on the train ride to Hogwarts at the start of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", she is seen stroking Malfoy's hair while his head lay in her lap, visibly impressed by his bold claims concerning his job for Voldemort.

Throughout the series, Pansy regularly mocks Harry and his companions. She gives false information on Harry, Hermione, and Hagrid to Rita Skeeter, and openly voices criticisms of Hagrid to Umbridge about the displeasure of his Care of Magical Creatures class and the difficulty of understanding his voice. She and other Slytherins also taunt the Gryffindor Quidditch players from the stands during a morning practice, notably teasing Angelina Johnson about her braided hair. During a Gryffindor-Slytherin match, which is also Ron's debut as the new Gryffindor Keeper, she conducts the Slytherin students as they sing a demeaning song titled "Weasley is our King."

Pansy has a moderately increased role in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". She is made a Slytherin prefect along with Malfoy, and later joins Dolores Umbridge's Inquisitorial Squad. When Dumbledore's Army flees the Room of Requirement following Dobby's revelation of an informant, Pansy searches the girls' bathrooms for escaped members and seizes Hermione's list of names as evidence. However, the Inquisitorial Squad members are jinxed in the midst of a student rebellion following Fred and George Weasley's departure from Hogwarts; she is hospitalised and misses a day's worth of lessons after sprouting a pair of antlers. Near the conclusion of "Deathly Hallows," when Voldemort demands Harry's surrender in order to prevent the Death Eaters from attacking Hogwarts, Pansy urges Minerva McGonagall to comply, and the Gryffindors, Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs collectively respond by standing up and flashing their wands at her. She eventually evacuates with the other Slytherins rather than staying to fight.

Rowling has stated that she loathes Pansy, saying that she was based on girls who had teased her during her school days. [ [http://www.accio-quote.org/ Jo loathes Pansy Parkinson who represents every girl who ever teased her] ]

Madam Rosmerta

HP character
name=Madam Rosmerta
portrayer=Julie Christie
appearance="Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"

Madam Rosmerta is the landlady of The Three Broomsticks pub. She is described in the books as "a curvy sort of woman"; several pupils, including Ron, therefore have a crush on her. In "Prisoner of Azkaban", Madam Rosmerta is angered when Dementors were in Hogsmeade because their presence is scaring away many of her customers. Apart from hosting an informal meeting between McGonagall, Cornelius Fudge, Filius Flitwick, and Hagrid, and being the object of Ron's infatuation, she does not play a major role in the early part of the "Harry Potter" series.

In "Half-Blood Prince", however, it emerges that, in order to fulfil his mission to assassinate Dumbledore, Draco has managed to place Rosmerta under the Imperius Curse. He uses her to pass on a cursed necklace to Hogwarts student Katie Bell, who accidentally touches the necklace and is herself subjected to the very harmful curse intended for the Headmaster. He also commands her to send a bottle of poisoned mead to Horace Slughorn intending it to be a Christmas present for Dumbledore after overhearing Hermione mentioning that the security on the school would not recognise something put in the wrong bottle and knowing that a package from Rosmerta would not be checked. Malfoy communicates with Rosmerta through enchanted fake Galleons. After Harry and Dumbledore had been to the cave to retrieve a locket they believed to be one of Voldemort's Horcruxes, they Apparated to Hogsmeade, where Madam Rosmerta alerts them to the presence of the Dark Mark above the school and gives them brooms on which they could travel rapidly back to Hogwarts, where Draco's plan could be brought to completion. Rosmerta is among those paying respects at Dumbledore's funeral.

tan Shunpike

HP character
name=Stanley Shunpike
portrayer=Lee Ingleby
appearance="Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"

Stan Shunpike is the young, pimply conductor of the Knight Bus. He speaks with a Cockney accent, and converses with Harry as he travels to London in the first part of "Prisoner of Azkaban". He also appears briefly in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" at the Quidditch World Cup, boasting to a group of Veela, the Bulgarian team's official mascot, of his ambitious plans to become the next Minister for Magic. In "Order of the Phoenix," he conducts the Knight Bus when Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred, George, Ginny, Lupin, and Tonks take it to return to Hogwarts after the Christmas holidays. Stan mentions that he does not believe the media rumours about Harry being insane, though Harry interprets Stan's actions as not caring how insane someone is as long as they are famous enough to get into the papers.

In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", Stan is arrested on suspicion of Death Eater activity. Harry and Dumbledore, however, believe that he is almost certainly not guilty. Even so, Stan is kept in Azkaban in order for the Ministry of Magic to give the pretence that progress is being made in the capturing of Death Eaters. When the new Minister of Magic asks Harry to be a sort of mascot for the Ministry, Harry refuses on the grounds of the Ministry's actions at the time - namely holding Stan under arrest. In "Deathly Hallows", a "strangely blank" looking Stan is among the Death Eaters who pursue Harry during his escape from Privet Drive. Harry gives himself away to his attackers by attempting to only Disarm Stan, as Harry believes him to be under the Imperius Curse.

Rita Skeeter

HP character
name=Rita Skeeter


portrayer=Miranda_Richardson
appearance="Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

Rita Skeeter is a reporter for the "Daily Prophet" and a correspondent for the "Witch Weekly", who specialises in yellow journalism, for which she is armed with such magical devices as the Quick-Quotes Quill. Rita is an unregistered Animagus, capable of transforming into a beetle to spy on unsuspecting victims for her stories. As a reporter who fabricated information in order to write an appealing story, she is an antagonist to Harry and his friends throughout "Goblet of Fire".

It has been speculated that the fraught relationship between Rowling and the press was the inspiration for the author to develop the character. However, Rowling noted in 2000 that the character actually predates her rise to fame: "People have asked me whether Rita Skeeter was invented [to reflect "Harry Potter"'s popularity] , but in fact she was always planned." [cite web|title="About the Books: transcript of J. K. Rowling's live interview on Scholastic.com"|url=http://www.scholastic.com/harrypotter/books/author/interview2.htm| 16 October 2000. Accessed 30 October 2007.] Rita was intended to be in "Philosopher's Stone", as Rowling revealed in an interview: "you know when Harry walks into the Leaky Cauldron for the first time and everyone says, "Mr Potter you're back!", I wanted to put a journalist in there. She wasn't called Rita then but she was a woman. And then I thought, as I looked at the plot overall, I thought, that's not really where she fits best, she fits best in Four when Harry's supposed to come to terms with his fame." [ [http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/fall00-bbc-newsround.html Transcript of interview with J.K. Rowling] . "BBC Newsround". 2000. Accessed 25 October 2007.]

Harry first encounters Rita when she interviews the Triwizard Tournament contestants for an article in the "Daily Prophet", which turns out to be a highly falsified story of Harry himself. During the situations where Rita overhears information, the book subtly refers to her presence: Viktor Krum mentions that Hermione has a water beetle in her hair, and during the Yule Ball, she overhears Hagrid telling Madame Maxime that he is half-giant, Harry having noticed a beetle on a nearby statue. Rita prints an article that portrays Hagrid as dangerous, prompting letters from parents frightened by the idea of having a "ferocious" giant teach their children. When Rita encounters Harry, Ron, and Hermione in Hogsmeade, Hermione insults her. Rita, in revenge, then writes a nasty story about Hermione based on false rumours provided by Pansy Parkinson, making her out to be an ugly but skilled witch who uses love potions to "satisfy her taste for celebrity wizards," including Harry and Krum. Rita's last defaming article states that Harry is "disturbed and dangerous," and uses comments from Draco and his Slytherin cronies as its basis. Ultimately, Hermione discovers the means by which Rita spies on others and forces her to "keep her quill to herself for a full year", threatening to report her to the authorities as an illegal Animagus.

In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" Hermione blackmails Rita, using the above threat, to interview Harry about Voldemort returning and to submit the true story to "The Quibbler". Rita later makes a brief cameo in "Half-Blood Prince", where Harry is infuriated to notice her clutching a notebook at Dumbledore's funeral. Although Rita does not make a physical appearance in "Deathly Hallows," she is mentioned on numerous occasions throughout the novel, generally in a negative light in relation to her unauthorised biography of Dumbledore entitled "The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore". The book depicts the former headmaster in an extremely negative light. Harry, who on the basis of the previous experiences with Rita assumes all she wrote about Dumbledore to be a vicious lie, is shocked to discover that some of her statements are rooted in truth, and throughout the book struggles to reconcile with his late teacher.

When asked on a web chat if Rita was still reporting, Rowling answered; "Naturally, what could stop Rita? I imagine she immediately dashed off a biography of Harry after he defeated Voldemort. One quarter truth to three quarters rubbish", along with "Snape: Scoundrel or Saint?"cite news|url=http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript|title=J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript|date=2007-07-30|accessdate=2007-07-30|publisher=The Leaky Cauldron]

Hepzibah Smith

HP character
name=Hepzibah Smith
portrayer=
appearance="Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

Hepzibah Smith is introduced within Dumbledore's Pensieve, as part of a series of memories shown to Harry by his headmaster probing into Voldemort's past. She is described as having been an extremely wealthy, well-born old witch who enjoyed collecting antiques and collectibles. In the memory, Hepzibah wears long robes and gowns of pink, and when sitting upon her throne-like chair, she is described as giving the impression of a large "melting iced cake". She wears a large, elaborate, ginger wig upon her head and dabs her red cheeks with rouge.

Tom Riddle, fresh out of Hogwarts and working for Borgin and Burkes, visits Hepzibah to make an offer for some goblin-made armour which she owns. He presents her with flowers and charms and flatters her. Enamoured with Riddle, Hepzibah shows him her most prized possessions – a cup, owned by her ancestor Helga Hufflepuff, and a locket which once belonged to Salazar Slytherin, that she had purchased from Borgin and Burkes. Only a few days after the events of the memory occurred, Hepzibah died, and Hufflepuff's cup and Slytherin's locket were never found. Dumbledore theorizes that Riddle had killed Hepzibah and tampered with the memory of her house-elf, Hokey, so that she thought she had accidentally poisoned her mistress. Hufflepuff's cup and Slytherin's locket would go on to become two of Voldemort's Horcruxes. Rowling has confirmed that Hepzibah's death was used by the Dark Lord to create a Horcrux using the cup.

Andromeda Tonks

HP character
name=Andromeda Tonks
house=Slytherin [HP6ref, Chapter 4] [HP7ref, Chapter 33 "My whole family have been in Slytherin", he [Sirius Black] said."]
portrayer=
appearance="Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

Andromeda "Dromeda" Tonks is the mother of Nymphadora Tonks. Born Andromeda Black, she is a pure-blood witch, daughter of Cygnus Black and Druella Rosier and sister of Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy. The middle sister, she was burned off the family tapestry in Number 12, Grimmauld Place by her aunt Walburga and estranged from the family because she married Ted Tonks, a Muggle-born wizard. She was Sirius Black's favourite cousin. Not much is known of her personality, except that she apparently has a talent for household spells and cleanliness, lacked by her husband and daughter, and that she is responsible for giving her daughter the name "Nymphadora" [HP5ref, Chapter 3] , a name like those typical to Andromeda's family.

She is not physically introduced until the beginning of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". She greatly resembles her sister Bellatrix, so much so that Harry thinks she is Bellatrix upon first meeting her, but is kind looking and has soft brown, rather than black hair. She and Ted are later tortured for information on Harry's whereabouts. Nymphadora apparently lives with her parents for at least part of her pregnancy and gives birth to Andromeda's grandson, Teddy Lupin, in her mother's home. For someone who is not a member of the Order of the Phoenix, the war with Voldemort and his followers exacts a very heavy toll on Andromeda: her husband, her daughter, and her son-in-law are all killed. Rowling stated in an interview that after the war, Andromeda raises her grandson, though he regularly visits the home of his godfather, Harry.

Ted Tonks

HP character
name=Ted Tonks
portrayer=
appearance="Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

Ted Tonks is a Muggle-born wizard who is described as a "fair-haired, big bellied man". He married Andromeda Black. Their marriage led to his wife's disownment by the rest of her strict pure-blood family. Ted and Andromeda are the parents of Nymphadora Tonks. Ted plays an active role in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". Near the beginning of the novel, his home is a hideout for Harry and Hagrid, as the two are on the run from Voldemort. His home holds the portkey that helps Harry escape to The Burrow. Later due to Ted's refusal to register as a Muggle-born, he is one of the Muggle-born wizards to flee the Ministry's new oppressive regime after the Death Eaters take over. During his flight, he meets the goblins Griphook and Gornuk, as well as Dean Thomas and Dirk Cresswell. Soon after, Ted is murdered by snatchers who also kill Gornuk and Cresswell. [HP7ref, Chapter 22] When Tonks gives birth to her and Lupin's son, they name him Teddy in honour of her father.

Oliver Wood

HP Character
name=Oliver Wood
house=Gryffindor
portrayer=Sean Biggerstaff
appearance="Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

Oliver Wood is Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team in the first three novels. Wood is a talented and keen player and a born leader as captain, but also tends to act as a taskmaster due to his obsession with the game; he never cancels practices, poor weather conditions notwithstanding, and holds training sessions in early morning hours. In his seventh year, before the Quidditch Cup final, he constantly Harry to catch the Golden Snitch only when Gryffindor is fifty points ahead of Slytherin during the match. Oliver appears briefly in "Goblet of Fire", when he excitedly introduces Harry to his parents at the Quidditch World Cup and announces that he joined the Puddlemere United reserve team. He is one of many Hogwarts students, past and present, who takes part in the Battle of Hogwarts in "Deathly Hallows", and is among the survivors; Harry sees him assisting Neville Longbottom in carrying the body of Colin Creevey.

The Muggle Prime Minister

HP character
name =Prime Minister
appearance = "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
This fictional character, equivalent to the real Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, receives a visit from Cornelius Fudge and Rufus Scrimgeour in the opening chapter of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". Using a series of flashbacks, Rowling describes how the Prime Minister is aware of the existence of the wizarding world, through several meetings with Fudge that include his first night as Prime Minister, the night in which Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban, the notification of the incident in the Quidditch World Cup and the announcement of the importation of dragons and a sphinx for the Triwizard Tournament, and finally the Azkaban mass breakout from the fifth book. Rowling intended to include the Prime Minister scene in earlier books, but she thought that it could not properly fit until the sixth book. [ [http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=6 J.K.Rowling Official Site ] ]

On the first page of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", the Prime Minister recalls his day, during which one of his political opponents had been criticising him and his government for several catastrophes that have recently happened in Britain. Readers discover a little later during the discussion with Fudge, that these catastrophes are, in fact, the doings of Voldemort and his followers. He also discovers that he is protected by an Auror who now works in his office, Kingsley Shacklebolt.

The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters are a fictional rock band in the "Harry Potter" series. Their instruments include guitars, bass, flute, cello, bagpipes and drums. They were booked by Dumbledore to play at Hogwarts during the Yule Ball. In the book version of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" they are described as "all extremely hairy and dressed in black robes that had been artfully ripped and torn." A full music video of the band playing at the Yule Ball is included as a extended scene on the "Goblet of Fire" film 2-disc DVD. In 2005, Warner Bros., the international distributor of "Goblet of Fire" was sued for trademark violations by members of a Canadian folk-rock band named The Wyrd Sisters. [cite news|url=http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2005/11/04/Arts/wyrdlawsuit_051104.html|title='Wyrd Sisters' cannot stop Harry Potter| publisher=Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] [ [http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1510896/10042005/story.jhtml Canadian Group Sues Radiohead, Warner Bros. Over Use Of Name In 'Harry Potter' Flick] Long-running folk group claims trademark infringement.]

The members of the band according to Wizards of the Coast Famous Wizard cards are::*Heathcote Barbary (b. 1974) - rhythm guitar:*Gideon Crumb (b. 1975) - bagpipes:*Kirley Duke (born Kirley McCormack) (b. 1971) - lead guitar:*Merton Graves (b. 1978) - cello:*Orsino Thruston (b. 1976) - drums:*Donaghan Tremlett (b. 1972) - bass:*Myron Wagtail (b. 1970) - lead singer:*Herman Wintringham (b. 1974) - lute

They appear as a conventional band in the film version "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". The members were::*Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp) - vocals:*Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) - lead guitar:*Jason Buckle (of All Seeing I) - rhythm guitar:*Steve Mackey (of Pulp) - bass:*Steven Claydon (of Add N to (X)) - keyboards and bagpipes:*Phil Selway (of Radiohead) - drums

They performed three songs (all composed by Cocker), entitled "Do the Hippogriff", "This Is the Night" and "Magic Works" during the Yule Ball. The band was originally to be played by Franz Ferdinand. [Citation |last=Perez |first=Rodrigo |title=Franz Ferdinand To Play Ugly Sisters In Next 'Harry Potter' Flick? |url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1492215/20041012/franz_ferdinand.jhtml |publisher="MTV" |date=2004-10-12 |accessdate=2008-01-27]

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