Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is one of the most important books in terms of characters solely because it is the final installment of the book series and a lot of characters undergo great changes in this book. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ends up with a lot of characters getting killed and the epilogue of this book introduces us to a few new characters who eventually end up taking a center stage in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Furthermore, a lot of allegiances change in this book, especially towards the end because of how weak Voldemort becomes once the Horcruxes are destroyed.
Harry Potter is the major protagonist of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the whole book series. He is supposed to be in the seventh year at Hogwarts if he attended school, but instead, he decides to embark on a journey in search of the Horcruxes that Voldemort hid to protect parts of his soul.
Guided by Dumbledore till Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, at the end of which Dumbledore is killed by Snape, Harry sets out to find the Horcruxes and eventually finds all of them with the help of his friends Ron, Hermione, and the rest of Hogwarts. While Harry’s vendetta for Snape trumps that for Voldemort at the beginning of this book, he eventually realizes that Snape was asked by Dumbledore to kill him instead of Draco Malfoy. Harry finally ends up marrying Ginny Weasley and has three children as is shown in the epilogue of this book, 19 years later.
Lord Voldemort is the major antagonist of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as well as the entire book series. He is in pursuit of the Elder Wand from the very beginning of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows after Harry’s wand responds to Voldemort’s magic with a wand borrowed from Lucius Malfoy even when Harry is unconscious. He finds Ollivander, the wandmaker, then Gregorovitch, another wandmaker, and then Grindelwald, the Dark Wizard who was said to have stolen the Elder Wand from Gregorovitch, and finally, he gets the Elder Wand from its owner Dumbledore’s grave.
Furthermore, his efforts fail miserably even when he uses the Elder wand which is why he kills Snape thinking that this will finally make the Elder Wand allegiant to him. However, this fails too, and he also ends up weakening himself after he tries to kill Harry as Harry was one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes that Voldemort had no knowledge of. Finally, Harry kills Voldemort in battle, restoring peace to wizardkind.
Ron Weasley is Harry’s best friend and is present with Harry for most of the book except the short tussle he has with Harry and Hermione in the forest during their hunt for Horcruxes when Ron leaves them and goes home. Ron returns somewhere around Christmas with the help of the Deluminator that Dumbledore gave to him as an inheritance.
He saves Harry who is about to drown in the lake, he gets Harry out of the lake along with the Sword of Gryffindor and finally destroys the Horcrux that is housed in Slytherin’s locket. He also fights bravely alongside the other members of the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore’s Army, and Hogwarts, and ends up victorious. He gets married to Hermione and has two children with her as is shown in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Hermione Granger is the best friend of Ron and Harry. She is considered one of the best witches of her time by many and she proves her resourcefulness despite not attending school in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She constantly is the one giving ideas and planning the most accurate plots in this book. She is the one who figures out that the symbol of the Deathly Hallows must be connected to Dumbledore’s specific choice of book to give her as an inheritance.
Further, she also figures out all the protective charms and other hexes she has to use in several situations including their time in the Forest of Dean and their escape from Gringotts and the Ministry of Magic. Hermione ends up marrying Ron and they have two children together.
Albus Dumbledore used to be the headmaster of Hogwarts before his death in the previous year which occurred when Severus Snape shot the killing curse at him. While the circumstances of this death were very strange, it was later confirmed that both Dumbledore and Snape had planned this together and that Dumbledore specifically asked to be killed by Snape’s hand as he was already dying, and only then would Voldemort trust him completely.
Dumbledore appears in this book towards the end, in Harry’s dream where he and harry discuss the circumstances of all the events that led to that juncture and about the future choices that Harry could make.
Severus Snape is the Headmaster of Hogwarts. After the death of Albus Dumbledore in Snape’s hands, and the infiltration of the Ministry of Magic by the Death Eaters, Snape replaces Dumbledore as the headmaster of Hogwarts. Despite Voldemort’s belief that Snape is there on his orders, it is actually a well-plotted bluff by Snape and Dumbledore. At the beginning of the book, it is Snape who plants the plan of the ‘seven Potters’ to transport Harry Potter safely amidst the ambush by Death Eaters. Also, Snape accidentally ends up wounding George’s ear when he actually tries to aim at a Death Eater.
Snape takes decent care of Hogwarts in Dumbledore’s absence despite the presence of the Carrows who are really dangerous and very abusive to the students. Snape is eventually killed by Voldemort as the latter believes the former is the one the wand obeys. This is when he gives Harry his memories, which further reveal that Snape’s allegiance for Dumbledore resulted from his deep love for Lily Potter, Harry’s mother.
Alecto and Amycus Carrow
Alecto and Amycus Carrow are two Death Eaters and siblings who are newly appointed as professors at Hogwarts. Amycus teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts and Alecto teaches Muggle Studies, both of which are just ways to prevent the actual subjects being taught and to just further Voldemort’s propaganda.
When Harry enters the Ravenclaw common room with Luna to figure out where the Lost Diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw is, he is caught by the Carrows, but they are soon overpowered by the emergence of Professor McGonagall and she and Harry together neutralize them.
Bathilda Bagshot is a celebrated historian and is known for her wide research on the history of Magic. She is also popular for writing the major textbooks prescribed for Hogwarts students called the ‘History of Magic’. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Bathilda Bagshot is first mentioned by Aunt Muriel who claims that it is likely that Rita Skeeter’s ‘exposé’ on Albus Dumbledore must have a lot to do with Bagshot giving Rita Skeeter intimate details of Dumbledore’s childhood tragedy and his family s Bathilda Bagshot lives in Godric’s Hollow.
Later, she appears in Godric’s Hollow and Harry and Hermione follow her, only to realize that it is actually the snake Nagini, disguised as her.
Gellert Grindelwald is a dark wizard who was very active in the 20th century. He visited his great aunt, Bathilda Bagshot who lived next to Dumbledore’s house in Godric’s Hollow. He used to be close friends with Albus Dumbledore but they eventually had a falling out around the time of Dumbledore’s sister Ariana’s death.
Grindelwald went on to preach Pure-Blood superiority and started fighting against the Muggles until he was defeated in a duel by Albus Dumbledore. He spent the remainder of his days in the Nurmengard Castle where he previously kept his enemies until he was killed by Voldemort when the latter was searching for the Elder Wand.
Bloody Baron is a ghost in the Hogwarts Castle who belongs to the Slytherin House. It is found out in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that the Bloody Baron was sent by Rowena Ravenclaw to bring her daughter Helena Ravenclaw back, but when he went there she refused. So, out of rage, he killed her, and overcome by grief, as he loved her, he killed himself too.
Regulus Black (R.A.B.)
Regulus Arcturus Black was the younger brother of Sirius Black and a Death Eater. However, he left his Death Eater ways when Voldemort borrowed his house-elf Kreacher, tortured him by testing the contingencies he built around his Horcrux in the cave, and then left him for dead. Regulus went back to the cave, replaced Voldemort’s Horcrux with a fake, and left a note laughing about Voldemort’s imminent end, the same note that Harry found when he examined the locket he and Dumbledore retrieved from the cave in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Crabbe is one of the henchmen of Malfoy, always in his company with another henchman, Goyle. He is a seventh-year student at Hogwarts from the Slytherin house.
Dobby is a house-elf who once used to work for the Malfoys but was freed by Harry’s sock trick from the abusive Lucius Malfoy. Since then, Dobby has been very grateful and kind to Harry and has constantly been helping out Harry in whichever way he can. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dobby saves Harry and his friends by apparating them away from Malfoy Manor. However, Dobby dies in the process as a knife that is thrown by Bellatrix Lestrange during their apparition hits Dobby and fatally wounds him.
Abeforth Dumbledore is the brother of Albus Dumbledore. He owns the pub in Hogsmeade called the ‘Hog’s Head’. He is mentioned several times first in the ‘In Memoriam’ written by Elphias Doge in honor of Albus Dumbledore and later by Rita Skeeter in her book ‘The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore’ where she writes that the reason that Albus Dumbledore has a crooked nose is that Abeforth punched him in the nose during the funeral of Ariana, their sister. Harry, Ron, and Hermione meet Abeforth when he saves them from getting caught by Death Eaters in Hogsmeade.
Dudley Dursley is the cousin of Harry. He used to bully and sometimes even abuse Harry, but in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, he is very warm to Harry and also is a little concerned about leaving Harry alone when they are sent away from Privet Drive to hide from Voldemort.
Petunia (Evans) Dursley
Petunia Dursley is the sister of Harry’s mother Lily and the aunt of Harry. She is a little worried about leaving her house at Privet Drive and also shows her slight affection for her sister, Lily but never shows any sign of regret for treating Harry badly till the moment she leaves.
Vernon Dursley is the husband of Petunia Dursley and the uncle of Harry. He is a bit disconcerted to leave the house in Privet Drive but is otherwise nonchalant about how he treated Harry in the past and is his same old arrogant and rude self.
Seamus Finnigan is a seventh-year student at Hogwarts and is from the Gryffindor house. He is very active in the rebellion against the Carrows in Hogwarts and retains several bruises from punishment given by the Carrows. Along with Neville, Ginny, Luna and a few others, he plays a major role in protecting the people at Hogwarts during the year.
Mundungus Fletcher is a member of the Order of the phoenix and also a hustler and a less reliable and responsible person. He is the one who abandoned his post during the attack by dementors on Harry and Dudley in Little Whinging in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and he is the one who got scared and apparated mid-air when Voldemort made an appearance during the battle that occurred with the ‘seven Harrys’, something that resulted in the death of Mad-Eye Moody.
Mundungus also steals a lot of items from Sirius’s house after his death, including the locket of Salazar Slytherin which is a Horcrux.
Professor Filius Flitwick
Professor Filius Flitwick is a professor at Hogwarts. He teaches Charms and is also the head of the Ravenclaw house. His charms are crucial when the staff and the Order of the Phoenix create protective enchantments around the Hogwarts castle.
Goyle is one of the henchmen of Draco Malfoy, and along with Crabbe is constantly by Draco’s side supporting him while he bullies other students at Hogwarts. He is a seventh-year student and is from the Slytherin house.
The Gray Lady
The Gray Lady is a ghost in Hogwarts and is from the Ravenclaw house. She is actually the ghost of Helena Ravenclaw, who was the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw. She was killed by a baron, who is also a ghost in Hogwarts called Bloody Baron. She is the one who reveals the location of the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw to Harry.
Gregorovitch is a popular wandmaker from somewhere in Europe. Like Mr. Ollivander, he makes wands for wizards and made the wand of the Triwizard champion Viktor Krum. He is said to have possessed the Elder Wand which is why Voldemort tortures him. He admits that it was stolen from him by a young man, who turns out to be Gellert Grindelwald. Voldemort ends up killing him.
Fenrir Greyback is a werewolf who is responsible for the deaths and conversions of many wizards and witches. He was the one who bit Lupin in his childhood thereby transforming him into a werewolf. He also bit Bill Weasley during the fight in the passageway between the Death Eaters and the Order of the Phoenix at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Griphook is a goblin who works at Gringotts but was kidnapped by the Death Eaters after some snatchers brought him from the forest he was camping in. He is saved by Harry through Dobby, who takes them all back from the Malfoy Manor. He promises to help Harry, Ron and Hermione enter the Gringotts Bank but betrays them by leaving them there.
Rubeus Hagrid is the Gamekeeper and the Keeper of Keys at Hogwarts. He has constantly been the guardian angel of Harry ever since he brought the one-year-old Harry from the wreckage of Voldemort’s attack on his parents in Godric’s Hollow to Privet Drive. Poetically, Hagrid is the one who is entrusted with the task of ‘carrying’ the real Harry out of Privet Drive for the last time on his motorcycle lent by Sirius Black, the same one he got infant Harry in. Furthermore, Hagrid also carries the ‘apparently’ dead body of Harry from the Forbidden Forest to Hogwarts after Harry sacrifices himself for Voldemort to kill.
Kreacher is a house-elf that Harry ‘inherits’ from Sirius Black along with his house after his death. Kreacher helps Harry, Ron, and Hermione by first telling them about the locket of Slytherin that his master Regulus Black took out of the cave and by later tailing and forcibly bringing Mundungus Fletcher to them after he stole the locket and several other things from Sirius’s house after his death.
Bellatrix Lestrange is a Death Eater who is one of the most important people in Voldemort’s ranks. She killed Sirius Black and was also among the Death Eaters who tortured Neville’s parents with the Cruciatus Curse. She tortures Hermione when she realizes that Harry, Ron and her have the Sword of Gryffindor which was supposed to be hidden in her vault at Gringotts. She is finally killed in the war at Hogwarts by Molly Weasley when she tries to attack Ginny.
Neville Longbottom is a seventh-year student at Hogwarts. He belongs to the Gryffindor house. He is very active in opposing the Carrows and sustains a lot of bruises for his disobedience. He leads the former members of the Dumbledore’s Army and other Hogwarts students who have joined them, throughout the academic year in the absence of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. He also kills the pet snake of Voldemort, Nagini, which is his last Horcrux.
Luna Lovegood is a sixth-year student at Hogwarts from the Ravenclaw house. She meets Harry and introduces him to her father Xenophilius Lovegood at Bill and Fleur’s wedding. Later, she is rescued by Dobby from Malfoy Manor as the Death Eaters had kidnapped her to make her father suffer for his magazine which published articles against Dumbledore. Luna also helps Harry find the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw by accompanying him to the Ravenclaw common room.
Xenophilius Lovegood is the father of Luna Lovegood. He is first seen at Bill and Fleur’s wedding where Harry notices that he is wearing a necklace with a strange shape. Hermione later comes across this shape and they go to meet Xenophilius to find out what that shape is to which Xenophilius tells them about the Deathly Hallows. However, he also calls the Death Eaters to get Harry Potter in exchange for his daughter Luna, whom they had kidnapped earlier.
Molly Weasley is the mother of the Weasley siblings and the wife of Arthur Weasley. She is also a member of the Order of the Phoenix and kills Bellatrix Lestrange during the battle at Hogwarts after the latter tries to duel her daughter Ginny.
Arthur Weasley is the husband of Molly Weasley and the father of the Weasley siblings. He is a member of the Order of the Phoenix and plays a crucial role throughout Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, both in the battle of the ‘Seven Potters’ and the Battle of Hogwarts.
Fred Weasley is one of the Weasley twins. He, along with his brother George is the iconic duo that makes everybody around them laugh out loud. Fred is devastated when he sees that George lost his ear during the battle of the ‘seven Potters’. At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Fred dies during the Battle of Hogwarts.
George Weasley is the twin brother of Fred and a part of the iconic duo that makes a lot of funny jokes and is ingenious in so many ways. He loses his ear when Snape accidentally fires a curse at him during the Battle of the ‘Seven Potters’.
Ginny Weasley is a sixth-year student at Hogwarts from the Gryffindor house. She, along with Neville, Luna, Seamus, and a few others take the lead in rebelling against the Carrows at Hogwarts in the absence of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. She is also the love interest of Harry.
Bill Weasley is the eldest of the Weasley siblings. He is married to Fleur Delacour. He lets Harry stay in his cabin along with Ron and Hermione. He ends up having a daughter named Victoire Weasley as is shown in the epilogue.
Remus Lupin is one of the most important members of the Order of the Phoenix. He is married to Nymphadora Tonks and they both sacrifice their lives in the Battle of Hogwarts. He ends up having a son named Teddy Lupin as is shown in the epilogue.
Teddy Lupin is the son of Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin. He was named after his grandfather, Ted Tonks. He is seen in the epilogue making out with Victoire Weasley.
Draco Malfoy is the son of Lucius Malfoy and Narcissa Malfoy. He used to bully a lot of other Gryffindor students, but after his initiation as a Death Eater and his refusal to kill Dumbledore, a lot seems to have changed internally and he seems to be turning more into an antihero than the absolute villain he was pitted to be.
Lucius Malfoy is a Death Eater and father of Draco Malfoy who was disgraced after the fiasco in the Department of Mysteries where he could not retrieve the prophecy from Harry. He is ridiculed by Voldemort in front of his fellow Death Eaters. His wand is forcibly taken by Voldemort as a replacement for his own.
Narcissa Malfoy is the mother of Draco Malfoy. She is solely concerned about the well-being of her son Draco and even betrays Voldemort just so that she can go to Hogwarts and get Draco out of there safely.
Scorpius Malfoy is the son of Draco Malfoy. He is seen in the epilogue of the book.
Professor Minerva McGonagall
Professor Minerva McGonagall is the professor of Transfiguration at Hogwarts and the head of the Gryffindor house. She is a very powerful witch and helps Harry neutralize the Carrows when he goes to the Ravenclaw dormitory to enquire about the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw.
Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody
Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody is one of the strongest Aurors of his time. He is called Mad-Eye because of his perpetually moving magical eye that keeps surveilling his surroundings. He sadly dies during the Battle of the ‘Seven Potters’.
Mr. Garrick Ollivander is an esteemed wandmaker. He is kidnapped by Voldemort and kept captive in the Malfoy Manor and is later rescued by Dobby at Harry’s request.
Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail)
Peter Pettigrew, also known as Wormtail is a Death Eater who betrayed Harry’s parents to Voldemort. He gets killed in this book when his wand backfires at him for trying to kill Harry despite Harry sparing his life long ago.
James Potter is the father of Harry Potter who died at the hands of Voldemort trying to protect Harry. He appears in front of Harry when Harry uses the Resurrection Stone in the Forbidden Forest.
Lily (Evans) Potter
Lily Potter is the mother of Harry Potter who also died protecting Harry from Voldemort. She appears in the Forbidden Forest when Harry uses the Resurrection Stone.
James Potter (II)
James Potter II is the eldest son of Harry and Ginny, named after his father, and is seen in the epilogue boarding the Hogwarts Express.
Albus Severus Potter
Albus Severus Potter is the youngest son of Harry and Ginny and is named after Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape. He is a little concerned about being placed in Slytherin and has a discussion with Harry about it as seen in the epilogue. He becomes a major character in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Lily Potter (II)
Lily Potter is the daughter of Harry and Ginny. She is seen in the epilogue.
Rufus Scrimgeour is the Minister of Magic. He delivers the items left by Albus Dumbledore in his will to Harry, Ron, and Hermione but sadly dies shortly after.
Kingsley Shacklebolt is one of the strongest Aurors working for the Ministry of Magic. He is also a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
Rita Skeeter used to be a reporter for the Daily Prophet but after Hermione exposed her as an illegal Animagus, she didn’t have quite the power she once held. She reappears in the public eye after she writes the scandalous book titled ‘The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore’.
Professor Pomona Sprout
Professor Pomona Sprout is a professor at Hogwarts. She teaches Herbology and is also the head of the Hufflepuff house.
Pius Thicknesse is the Minister of Magic appointed by the Death Eaters and under the Imperius Curse, replacing Rufus Scrimgeour after they infiltrate the ministry.
Dean Thomas is a seventh-year student at Hogwarts from the Gryffindor house. He is also seen camping with Ted Tonks, Dirk Cresswell, and Griphook in the forest where Harry, Ron, and Hermione stay for a short while.
Nymphadora Tonks is a gifted witch and an Auror. She is also a member of the Order of the Phoenix and is married to Remus Lupin.
Ted Tonks is the father of Nymphadora Tonks and the husband of Andromeda. Sadly, he is killed by Death Eaters.
Andromeda Tonks is the mother of Nymphadora Tonks. She is very kind to Harry and nurses Hagrid and Harry when they land in their house after the Battle of the Seven Potters.
Professor Sibyll Trelawney
Professor Sibyll Trelawney is a professor of Divination at Hogwarts. However, she is more significant in this book and the series for being the seer who makes the prophecy about Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort which sets the events of this entire series in action.
Fleur Delacour (Weasley)
Fleur Delacour is the wife of Bill Weasley. She was a competitor for the prestigious Triwizard Cup from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic against Harry.
Who is the most underrated character in Harry Potter?
This is a very difficult question in that there are many contenders for this post. However, Sibyll Trelawney is definitely one of the most underrated characters in the Harry Potter series as a whole because, despite being shown as a phony throughout the series and despite her constantly boring classes making everyone feel like she doesn’t know what she is doing, it is true that the entire plot of the Harry Potter series rests upon a single prophecy she made to Dumbledore during her interview as a professor at Hogwarts. The prophecy claimed that “The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches”.
Who is J. K. Rowling’s favorite Harry Potter character?
J. K. Rowling has specifically claimed that her favorite character in the Harry Potter series is Albus Dumbledore. She has claimed that if given a choice to have dinner with, she’d pick Albus Dumbledore. It is not very far-fetched either because of how witty, emotionally intelligent, charming, and extremely gifted and skilled the Headmaster of Hogwarts is. It is mentioned that he is probably one of the most gifted wizards to have ever lived and is also one of the only wizards Voldemort really ever feared. Despite these mighty accolades, Dumbledore is still down to earth, humble, and extremely witty.
What happens if a boy tries to enter the Gryffindor girls’ dormitories?
It is said that despite girls being allowed to enter boys’ dormitories in Hogwarts, boys are not allowed to enter the girls’ dormitories due to an outdated rule. However, if a boy ever tried to climb the stairs of the girls’ dormitories, it is said that since it is enchanted, a screeching horn would suddenly go off and the stone staircases would immediately turn into a stone slide, and slide off the boy to the bottom of the stairs, preventing him from entering the dormitories.