Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Characters

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To search for a character by alphabetical reference, try the Index. If searching the Index is not desired, use the groups below. Within each group, characters are sorted alphabetically by last name.

The Trio[edit]

The three most prominently featured protagonists in the series; often referred to as "the Trio".

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry[edit]

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Regular occupants and students of Hogwarts.


  • Firenze
    • Divination professor (Harry's 5th - 7th Years)
  • Rubeus Hagrid
    • Care of Magical Creatures professor (Harry's 3rd - 7th Years)
    • Gamekeeper
  • Remus Lupin
    • Defence Against the Dark Arts professor (Harry's 3rd Year)
  • Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
    • Defence Against the Dark Arts professor (Harry's 4th Year) but see note below spoiler warning (bottom of page)
  • Horace Slughorn
    • Potions professor (Harry's 6th - 7th Years)
    • Slytherin Head of House (Harry's 7th Year)
  • Severus Snape
    • Slytherin Head of House (Harry's 1st - 6th Years)
    • Potions professor (Harry's 1st - 5th Years)
    • Defence Against the Dark Arts professor (Harry's 6th Year)
    • Headmaster (Harry's 7th Year)
  • Dolores Umbridge
    • Headmistress (Harry's 5th Year)
    • High Inquisitor (Harry's 5th Year)
    • Defence Against the Dark Arts professor (Harry's 5th Year)


Hogwarts students arranged into houses by the Sorting Hat: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin.

Gryffindor House[edit]

Current (during novels)[edit]
Past House members[edit]

Hufflepuff House[edit]

Ravenclaw House[edit]

Slytherin House[edit]

Other Residents[edit]




Other Schools[edit]

We note that the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in North America is mentioned in the recent film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. For reasons outlined here, this film is not canon for the Muggles' Guide, and so this school will not be included here.

Beauxbatons Academy of Magic[edit]

Durmstrang Institute[edit]


Characters arranged by family.

Black Family[edit]

See also: Black Family

Dumbledore Family[edit]

Dursley Family[edit]

Gaunt Family[edit]

See also: Gaunt Family

Malfoy Family[edit]

Potter Family[edit]

Snape Family[edit]

Weasley Family[edit]

See also: Weasley Family

Peverell Family[edit]

  • Antioch
  • Cadmus
  • Ignotus

Other Major Characters[edit]

Death Eaters[edit]

See also: Death Eaters

Dumbledore's Army[edit]

See also: Dumbledore's Army

Inquisitorial Squad[edit]

'A select group of students who are supportive of the Ministry of Magic, hand-picked by Professor Umbridge. Members have the power to dock points.' (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)


See also: Marauders

Ministry of Magic[edit]

See also: Ministry of Magic

Order of the Phoenix[edit]

Present and past members of the Order of the Phoenix listed.

Other Minor Characters[edit]

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Knight Bus[edit]




See also: Centaurs

House Elves[edit]

See also: House Elves


See also: Goblins


Greater Picture[edit]

Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

There are a few characters who are not what they seem, but who and what they actually are is a significant part of the story and should not be revealed, as it is something of a spoiler in some cases. A classic example of this is Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, who teaches Defence Against the Dark Arts in Harry's fourth year. A key point in the story is that Moody is, in fact, not Moody, but is Barty Crouch Jr., a Dark wizard, Death Eater, and escapee from Azkaban. Partly to avoid the spoiler, we list Harry's fourth year teacher as Moody; but we also note that Barty is at great pains, probably literal in the morning as he recasts himself in Moody's image once the Polyjuice Potion has worn off, to act like Alastor Moody. With very few exceptions, the class is taught as Moody would have taught it, which would also partially justify listing Moody rather than Barty as the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.