Can You Name Every Harry Potter Character?

By: Valerie
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"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs were just four of more than 100 characters created in the Harry Potter universe. With a flash of red hair or a shot of bespectacled eyes, are you magical enough to pick out these Harry Potter characters from just one image?

In 1997, J.K. Rowling introduced us to her wizarding world of Harry Potter. There were feasts, cauldrons and Quidditch. While all of these added to the appeal of the story, where would it be without thewitches and wizards? What about the paintings, familiars, and even the Sorting Hat?

"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" opened you up to Harry and the Dursleys. You got a chance to witness gentle half-giants on motorcycles and short goblins with glasses. You watched Harry befriend a freckled redhead and turn down a friendship with an
arrogant blond. And this was just in the first movie!

With a complete archive of eight films, the Harry Potter series has shown us glimpses of the most popular characters from Hermione to Dumbledore and Lupin, to even the most obscure like Barty Crouch Jr. and Bathilda Bagshot. There are tons of wizards, witches, paintings, ghosts and pets running through your head. Can you remember all of them?

Let's hope you weren't caught on the end of Gilderoy Lockhart's "Obliviate"! Can you manage the mischief in this quiz? We'll see!

The son of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy, Draco Malfoy grew up as an only child at Malfoy Manor, the magnificent mansion that had been in his pure blood wizard family’s possession for many centuries. From his first day at Hogwarts, Draco always envied Harry Potter. Though he never sought fame, Harry was undoubtedly the most popular and admired person at school, and this naturally jarred with a boy who had been brought up to believe that he was special and deserved an almost royal position within the wizarding community.

The founder of the Order of the Phoenix with a fondness for sherbet lemon, Albus Dumbledore is considered by many to be one of the most powerful wizards of his time. The Hogwarts headmaster played a crucial role in all Harry Potter books. One of the most popular and intriguing Harry Potter fan theories is the idea that legendary wizard Albus Dumbledore is none other than Ron Weasley, grown up and gone back in time. This bizarre idea first surfaced in 2004, known memorably as the “Knight2King theory,” in which the authors presented a truly impressive amount of circumstantial evidence that Ron/Dumbledore are two sides of the same person.

One of Harry Potter’s two best friends, fellow Gryffindor, and youngest Weasley son, Ron Weasley is one of the most ambiguous characters in the series. Within pages of meeting his character in Philosopher’s Stone, we quickly discover the main source of his angst: trying to stand out in a big family.

Harry Potter, singled out by Lord Voldemort at birth, quickly became his greatest rival and the real hero of the wizarding world. In the Muggle world, "Potter" is an occupational surname that simply means a man who creates pottery. The wizarding family of Potters descends from the 12th-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, an eccentric but well-beloved man whose nickname, "the Potterer," became with time just "Potter." The wizarding Potter family had illustrious beginnings, some of which was hinted at in Deathly Hallows.

Popular Hufflepuff Seeker and just as popular handsome student, Cedric Diggory competed in the Triwizard Tournament and was killed by Lord Voldemort. Cedric was the sort of guy to always lend a hand, and in the end, he sacrificed himself for all of wizard-kind.

Somewhat naive, but kind, honest and brave, Rubeus Hagrid loves all creatures, no matter how dangerous they might be. The Hogwarts gamekeeper is a tirelessly loyal friend to Harry and Dumbledore.

Hermione Granger went from bookish, lonely and naive Muggle-born to one of Gryffindor's bravest during her years at Hogwarts. Even though she is a top-notch witch, a loyal friend and a strong advocate for good over evil, Hermione has broken the law so many times, she is lucky she never got arrested or sent to prison.

Gryffindor house is home to Nearly Headless Nick, the Hogwarts ghost who in life was Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington. According to the article J.K. Rowling wrote for her website, Pottermore, Sir Nicholas lounged around the court of Henry VII in life, until his stupid attempt to beautify a lady by magic caused the unfortunate woman to sprout tusks. He was then was stripped of his wand and inexpertly executed, leaving his head hanging off by a single flap of skin. He retains a feeling of inadequacy, envying truly headless ghosts.

Hogwarts Potions master Severus Snape is the son of Tobias Snape (Muggle) and Eileen Snape (witch, née Prince). He is extremely skilled at potions and Occlumency. During all these years, Severus Snape was consumed by his love for Lily Potter and did not have any other close relationships. No one else knew him as a friend, son, husband, parent or mentor. He did not have any other close relationships and his life continued to revolve around his love for Lily, even after her death.

Remus Lupin was a member of the Order of the Phoenix, Hogwarts teacher and a werewolf. Shortly before Remus Lupin’s fifth birthday, Fenrir Greyback attacked him. The child survived; however, henceforth, Remus would be a full-fledged werewolf.

When asked how she came up with the name for Minerva McGonagall, J.K. Rowling explains that Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom but there was also William McGonagall, well-known for being the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to the author about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the ridiculous McGonagall.

The family of Ollivander has long been associated with the mysterious profession of wandcraft. They say that this name means "he who owns the olive wand."

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody is a highly accomplished Auror (dark wizard hunter) from a family of Aurors and an outstanding duellist also skilled in nonverbal magic. Alastor was hired by Albus Dumbledore to be Defense Against the Dark Arts professor during Harry Potter's fourth year at Hogwarts.

Aragog, the scary giant spider from the Forbidden Forest, is only loyal to Rubeus Hagrid. Aragog has a black and grey hairy body, and eight milky white eyes.

One of the best fan theories is that Neville Longbottom was the real chosen one and Lord Voldemort just made a mistake when he chose Harry. A lot of people think that perhaps the entire book series has been following the “wrong” person and here's why: Remember that moment in the end when Harry tried to kill Voldemort and fails? And just when all hope seemed lost, Neville rose from the dust and performed the heroic act. There is even a fan fiction that explores what the world of Harry Potter would've looked like if Voldemort had chosen to mark Neville as his opponent instead. This long, exciting story makes huge changes to each book.

Dolores's time at Hogwarts ended disastrously because she overreached the remit Fudge had given her, stepping outside the bounds of her own authority. Shaken, but still fanatic about her job after a catastrophic end to her Hogwarts career, she returned to the Ministry of Magic. According to J.K. Rowling, with the fall of Lord Voldemort, Dolores Umbridge was put on trial for her cooperation with his regime, and convicted of the torture, imprisonment and deaths of a few people (unfortunately, some of the innocent Muggle-borns she sentenced to Azkaban did not survive).

The Sorting Hat sings songs at the beginning of each school year. Legend has it that the enchanted hat once belonged to one of the four founders, Godric Gryffindor. The Sorting Hat is truly one of the cleverest enchanted objects you see in Hogwarts: It contains the intelligence of the four founders, can speak, and is skilled at Legilimency.

Vain, arrogant and selfish, Gilderoy Lockhart had never been a bad wizard, only a lazy one. After Hogwarts, he decided to hone his talents in one direction: Memory Charms. By perfecting this tricky spell, he succeeded in modifying the recollections of highly accomplished and brave witches and wizards, allowing him to take credit for their achievements.

The editor of "The Quibbler," Xenophilius Lovegood, is knowledgeable on a wide array of magical items and creatures that other witches and wizards don’t know a lot about (or just don’t believe exist).

A lot of HP fans believe that Bellatrix Lestrange was secretly in love with her master, or even was his mistress at some point. One of Voldemort's most devout followers, Bellatrix gets some of the scariest scenes in the books and movies. This attractive — but cruel and merciless — witch is obsessed with her master and blood purity.

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