- Harry Potter
The name of the novel, the boy who survived, and also just a regular teenage wizard (if there is such thing as a regular teenage wizard). Born July 31st, Harry James Potter was the first person to ever survive Lord Voldemort’s killing curse, Avada Kedavra. However, not only did he survive, but also he caused the curse to almost kill Voldemort himself. Of course, as the series of books unfold we follow Harry as he defeats Voldemort properly.
As a teenage boy Harry has to deal with living with his terrible Aunt and Uncle, fighting against mean teachers (yes Snape that was directed at you) and dealing with his fame. He makes friends with Ron and Hermione, learns to become a wizard and falls in love. Plus his scar does all sorts of cool things.
- Ronald Weasley
Ronald Bilius Weasley, aka Ron, is the best friend of Harry Potter and one of many in the Weasley’s huge family. Ron was never special in the books for his looks (red headed, gangly and freckles), or his brains, but he was always the loyal sidekick that Harry needed. He helps out in all the quests, provides moral support, and even lets Harry into his family, something that he has never had. Ron’s biggest moment is probably when, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he becomes keeper for the Gryffindor Quidditch team, and ultimately wins them the Cup. Ron, after seven years, finally succeeds in courting Hermione.
- Hermione Granger
Ron and Harry didn’t choose to become friends with Hermione Jean Granger. She was nosy, a teacher’s pet and a know-it-all. But she also helped save their lives, and they hers, when a troll enters Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. She never stops being a brainiac, but instead of it being annoying (although, lets admit it, sometimes it is), it ends up helping Ron and Harry; with their quests, with defeating Voldemort, and with, of course, passing exams. Hermione is a muggle-born witch, which means she is often singled out among Slytherin wizards for being a “mud-blood.” She also briefly dates Quidditch star, Viktor Krum, and receives almost perfect marks in her OWLs.
- Albus Dumbledore
Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, is considered one of the smartest wizards ever to live, but he is also one of the closest friends that Harry has. He, unlike most wizards, doesn’t view muggles as lower than him, and despite being ridiculed by the government; he has always been the only man that Lord Voldemort has feared. In The Order of The Phoenix, Dumbledore is demoted from Chief warlock of the Wizengamot, but he states that he doesn’t care as long as he is still on a chocolate frog card. J K Rowling has said that Dumbledore is one of her favourite characters because “he is the epitome of good.” Although he appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we learn about his past, Dumbledore dies in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. We also learn that Dumbledore is gay and had a relationship with the evil wizard, Grindelward, when they were teenagers.
- Lord Voldemort
Lord Voldemort, who is born and dies as Tom Marvolo Riddle, is He Who Must Not Be Named, the greatest dark wizard of all time, and the wizard who is defeated by Harry Potter. An ancestor to Salazar Slytherin, Voldemort grows up in a muggle orphanage and does not know he is a wizard until Dumbledore visits him and tells him. Despite being evil, Voldemort has a lot of similarities with Harry, including his love for Hogwarts; which leads to him using three ancient artefacts of the house leaders for three of his Horcruxes. He, and his followers Death Eaters, use the three unforgiveable curses, which invariably leads to him being destroyed by Harry.
- Rubeus Hagrid
Rubeus Hagrid, who usually is known simply as Hagrid, introduces a world of wizardry to Harry that allows him to leave his unhappy life with his aunt and uncle. Hagrid is a half-giant who is the caretaker and keeper of the keys at Hogwarts, and from Prisoner of Azkaban the Care of Magical Creatures professor. Although he was expelled in his third year at Hogwarts he has also been close to Dumbledore, and throughout the Harry Potter series is a close friend to Harry, Ron and Hermione.
- Sirius Black
Sirius is Harry’s godfather and the best friend of his late father, James. We are introduced to Sirius in Prisoner of Azkaban as a crazed lunatic on the loose, but we soon learn that he is actually a good man who was wrongly charged. We learn that Sirius is good-looking, smart and brave, despite his family’s Slytherin background. However, as the series progresses and Sirius is forced to stay hidden in the Order’s hideout (his parents house), Sirius becomes more and more reckless and unhappy. He dies at the end of Order of The Phoenix when he duels against his cousin, Bellatrix Lestrange, while trying to save Harry.
- Remus Lupin
The aptly named Remus Lupin is another of the late James’ friend, and also a werewolf. Lupin is introduced as the professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts in Prisoner of Azkaban and he soon becomes close to Harry. He is a member of the Order and marries Tonks in Deathly Hallows and has a child, Teddy. Lupin dies in the seventh book during the last duel at Hogwarts.
- Severus Snape
Snape is Harry’s Potions and eventually Defence Against the Dark Arts professor and detests Harry upon site. While he appears to turn to the dark side at the end of Half-Blood Prince, Snape continues to work for Dumbledore. We learn that although Snape hated James Potter, which is why he hates Harry so much, he fell in love with Lily, Harry’s mother, when they were very young and continued to until he died. When he found out she died he vowed to look after Harry, and although he treated him badly, he always did.
- Neville Longbottom
What is interesting about Neville is that for the majority of the series he is considered as a bumbling, dorky character that doesn’t have much effect, his role becomes more and more significant. In Order of The Phoenix we found out that he has the same birthday as Harry, and therefore could have had Harry’s fate. We also learn that his parents were tortured to insanity fighting for good, and in the Deathly Hallows Neville realizes his full potential and leads a rogue group of students.