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Appendix:Harry Potter/Characters

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There are various characters in the Harry Potter series.


Blood purityEdit

Since the ability to perform magic is an inborn attribute of certain people, groups of such characters are recognized by specific terms, based on whether they, and their family, have or not have magical abilities. Some of their terms imply context of prejudice related to the supposed superiority of the families believed to have only magical members.

blood purity[talk][citations]
(noun, uncountable) The status of having a magical family.
(noun, plural: Mudbloods, derogatory in-universe) A Muggle-born.
(noun, plural: Muggles) A person who is unable to perfom magic, and whose parents are unable to perfom magic as well.
(noun, plural: Muggleborns) A witch or wizard who has Muggle parents.
(noun, plural: Pure-bloods) A witch or wizard who descends only from witches and wizards.
(noun, plural: Squibs) Any person who is unable to perform magic but descends from witches and/or wizards.
(noun, plural: witches) A woman able to perfom magic.
(noun, plural: wizards) A man able to perfom magic.

People with specific magical abilitiesEdit

Few people are also recognized by possessing rare magical abilities.

(noun, plural: Animagi) A witch or wizard who is magically able to transform himself or herself into a certain animal, and transform back to human form, at will.
(noun, plural: Metamorphmagi) A witch or wizard who is magically able to change his or her appearance at will.
(noun, plural: Parselmouths) A witch or wizard who is magically able to understand snakes and talk with them, by speaking Parseltongue.
(noun, plural: Seers) A witch or wizard with the ability to divine the future and make prophecies.
(noun, plural: werewolves) A lycanthrope; a person who is magically transformed into a wolflike creature every full moon.

People and their jobsEdit

Aside from jobs well-known in English, such as teachers, some professions are privilege of the magical community of Harry Potter.

Curse Breaker[talk][citations]
(noun, plural: Curse Breakers) A witch or wizard whose job is breaking curses.
(noun, plural: gamekeepers) A witch or wizard whose job is guarding and maintaining the grounds of Hogwarts.
(noun, plural: Healers) A witch or wizard whose job is healing people with magic.


Death Eaters[talk][citations]
(proper noun) The followers of Voldemort.
Order of the Phoenix[talk][citations]
(proper noun) A fictional organization founded by the character Albus Dumbledore to fight Voldemort and his followers.

Non-human speciesEdit

A deer Patronus.

In the Harry Potter universe, there are magical versions of normal creatures, for instance rats and owls with unusual abilities. In addition, there are other magical creatures.

(noun, plural: Acromantula) Any member of a species of fictional spiders who are sentient and much bigger than human beings.
(noun, plural: Boggarts) A shape-shifter that assumes the form of whatever the person it encounters most fears.
(noun, plural: centaurs) A Centaur; a magical creature with a human torso connected to the body of a horse.
(noun, plural: Patronuses) A fictional creature that when summoned properly through the Patronus Charm takes the form of a ethereal and silvery animal made of positive feelings of the summoner, such as joy and hope.

Formal classificationsEdit

All fictional non-human species of magical creatures are described as officially organized into the following three groups.

(noun, plural: Beasts) Any creature who is formally classified as a "Beast", for possessing certain characteristics, such as lack of sentience.
(noun, plural: Beings) Any creature who is formally classified as a "Being", for possessing certain characteristics such as sentience.
(noun, plural: Spirits) A ghost.

Character namesEdit

There are hundreds of named characters in the Harry Potter series. Various of these names are common in English, including Harry, Ronald, George and James. Names of witches and wizards tend to be meaningful and display Greek and Latin characteristics, particularly the derivation from a mythology, a constellation or the ending -us: including Severus, Albus, Remus, Rubeus, Nymphadora, Draco, Scorpius, Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Minerva. There are occasional nicknames (Mad-Eye, Ron, Hermy, Ginny).

Various non-human creatures are named, including centaurs (Firenze), giants (Karkus, Golgomath), house-elves (Dobby, Winky), goblins (Griphook), a vampire (Sanguini), and a giant three-headed dog (Fluffy).

Citations for Fluffy: a fictional three-headed dogEdit

  • 2000 April 20, Justin Palmer <>, “Re: Which anime has been shown on TV?”, in, Usenet[1], message-ID <y8TVrHAnSz$>:
    Yes. Along with suffering from an unprecedented cold snap, it would appear the traditional three headed dog has gone missing. Apparently, it answers to the name of "Fluffy... " ^_^
  • 2002 August 12, Chani, “Re: Atheists and Lack of Faith”, in alt.atheism, Usenet[2]:
    Well then, you have never been to Hogworts[sic], I see!! :-) Of course, that three headed dog was names[sic] Fluffy.
  • 2004 May 29, Leda <>, “Re: The nerve!!!”, in alt.penpals.rejects, Usenet[3], message-ID <>:
    I thought Fluffy was a three headed dog.........
  • 2005 June 8, Cheeze <>, “Re: Renaming My Dog”, in soc.culture.filipino, Usenet[4], message-ID <>:
    Another good name for a three headed dog is Fluffy. :-)