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Dean Thomas

Dean Thomas, copyright Tealin Raintree.A "half-blood" black boy from London in Harry's year at Hogwarts.
Note: British versions of Book 1 do not mention Dean Thomas's appearance, but the American one does (PS7). (offsite web linkJKR)

Born: circa 1980.

Family
Dean's parents are both Muggles and he has a number of brothers and sisters. The family is a happy and supportive one (offsite web linkJKR).

Ancestry
However, Dean's blood status is not quite what he believes it to be. His biological father was actually a wizard who walked out on the family when Dean was very young, then was killed by Death Eaters when he wouldn't join them. His "father" is really his stepfather and his siblings are stepbrothers and sisters. Dean's mother never knew the truth about Dean's father (offsite web linkJKR).

Hogwarts: Gryffindor, 1991 - 1998; substitute Quidditch team Chaser, 1996-1997 (HBP14, HBP24).
Joined Dumbledore's Army.
During his 6th year he dated Ginny Weasley until she broke up with him in May of 1997 (HBP24).

Skills
Dean is good at drawing (PS), and also "good with the quill" (i.e. can forge signatures) (PA).

Boggart
His greatest fear has something to do with a severed hand (PA7).

A classmate of Harry’s and best friends with Seamus Finnigan (GF7). He is a black Londoner who grew up as a Muggle, and thus has always been a fan of football (U.S.: soccer) (PS9). At Hogwarts, Dean and Seamus tend to goof around in class a bit (CS6), and both are quite friendly to Harry (PA8). Dean’s home life is kept fairly separate from Hogwarts, and he doesn’t tell his parents much about what goes on at school (OP11). He dated Ginny Weasley for a good portion of his sixth year (OP38), but they broke up over petty quibbling (HBP24).

When Harry began being attacked by the Ministry, Dean quietly sided with Harry, despite Seamus being an outspoken critic, and joined Dumbledore’s Army (OP16). He clearly admired Harry for publishing his story in the Quibbler (OP26), and later told other wizards that he firmly believed Harry to be the Chosen One (DH15).

Dean’s father was actually a wizard, though he never told his family this as he feared their safety; when Dean was a young boy, his father was recruited by Death Eaters and killed when he refused to join, though Dean always thought he had simply walked out (JKR). As a result, when the Ministry began rounding up Muggle-borns, Dean went on the run (DH15). He was captured by Snatchers, until Dobby, Harry, Ron, and Hermione helped him escape to Shell Cottage (DH23). He stayed there, becoming friends with Luna Lovegood (DH25), until returning to Hogwarts to join in the battle against Voldemort (DH29); in that battle, Dean dueled Antonin Dolohov and knocked out at least one Death Eater (DH32).

Dean Thomas, Luna Lovegood and (possibly) Ernie Macmillan.  Film still courtesy of Warner Brothers.In the Movies
The role of Dean Thomas is played by Alfred Enoch (offsite web linkIMDb).

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Original page date 21 October 2006; Last page update 13 January, 2008.