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The Harry Potter Canon

"I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me."
-- Harry Potter

"Oh, it's you, is it? I suppose you've been doing something dangerous again?"
-- Poppy Pomfrey to Harry Potter

"Listen to me, Harry. You happen to have many qualities Salazar Slytherin prized in his hand-picked students. His own very rare gift, Parseltongue -- resourcefulness -- determination -- a certain disregard for rules. Yet the Sorting Hat placed you in Gryffindor. You know why that was. Think ... It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
-- Albus Dumbledore

"Wow, I wonder what it'd be like to have a difficult life?"
-- Harry, sarcastically

Harry Potter

Harry Potter is the Boy Who Lived, the Chosen One, the hero of the Wizarding world. He grew up with Muggles, and then came to Hogwarts where he faced dangers and terrors beyond his years. He, along with his friends Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom, destroyed Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Harry faced Voldemort at the end of a climactic battle in Hogwarts castle and defeated him.

The Potter Family byby Clio Chiang.Early years: 1980-1981
Harry James Potter was born on July 31, 1980, in Godric’s Hollow (DH16, 35) to Lily and James Potter.James Potter’s best friend, Sirius Black, was named Harry’s godfather (PA10). Sirius, James, and Lily were all part of the Order of the Phoenix, a group of witches and wizards who were desperately fighting againstVoldemort. They were outnumbered and many of them were killed, but they fought on. James and Lily had narrowly escaped Voldemort three times during this time.

Before Harry was born, a prophecy had been made about a boy to be born at the end of July which indicated that this person would be able to defeat the Dark Lord (OP37). Lord Voldemort heard part of this prophecy because one of his Death Eaters, Severus Snape, was eavesdropping (DH33). The Dark Lord resolved to destroy the child. Both Harry and another child, Neville Longbottom, would have fit the prophecy, but Voldemort decided that Harry must be the one and went after him. James and Lily knew that Voldemort was trying to kill Harry, and by October of 1981, they had used the Fidelius Charm to hide themselves away. Unfortunately, the person they chose as Secret Keeper for the Charm, Peter Pettigrew, turned out to be a double agent who revealed their location to Voldemort (PA19).

On the evening of October 31, 1981, the Dark Lord came to Godric’s Hollow, the town where James and Lily were living as Muggles, and attacked. James tried to hold Voldemort off at the door but failed; he was killed there. Lily tried to run with Harry but Voldemort caught her (DH17). Because of a promise he’d made to Snape (DH33), he offered to spare her life, but she stood in his way and he killed her to get to Harry. This sacrifice turned out to be vitally important, for it was the ancient magic of this act that protected the child. When Voldemort’s Killing Curse hit Harry, the protection of Lily’s sacrifice made the curse rebound onto Voldemort, who was all but killed. The curse left a curse scar in the shape of a lightning bolt on Harry’s forehead (PS1).

The boy Who Lived, copyright Hala Zabaneh 2006.The battle between the Potters and Voldemort left the house in ruins. Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore dispatched Hagrid to go to Godric’s Hollow and retrieve Harry. Hagrid managed to rescue Harry before the Muggles had a chance to investigate and interfere. While he was there, Hagrid encountered Sirius Black, who asked that Harry be given to him, since he was the boy’s godfather. Hagrid refused, since he was following Dumbledore’s orders to retrieve the boy. Sirius lent Hagrid his flying motorcycle to fly Harry to safety.

It is unclear where Hagrid and Harry were for the next twenty-four hours. Dumbledore apparently spent the time arranging for Harry’s safe keeping in Privet Drive, but even McGonagall didn’t know what was going on. The next evening, she met Dumbledore in Privet Drive and shortly thereafter Hagrid arrived on the flying motorcycle with Harry. The three of them left Harry in a bundle of blankets on the doorstep of number four, the home of Harry’s last surviving blood relatives, theDursleys (PS1).

A Decade of Abuse (1981-1991)
For the next ten years, Harry lived a life of emotional abuse and physical deprivation. His Aunt Petunia, Lily’s sister, and his Uncle Vernonwere determined to squash any magic out of him. They never told him about his true identity. They told him that his parents had died in a car crash, which was also how he got the scar on his head (PS2). They doted on their son Dudley, who was a spoiled bully, while making Harry sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. The number one rule in the Dursley household was “Don’t ask questions.” Their goal was to keep him oppressed and downtrodden in the hopes that he wouldn’t develop what they considered to be abnormal tendencies toward magic. They sent him to the same school as Dudley, who picked on Harry mercilessly. The other kids at school tended to avoid Harry because they didn’t want to be nice to someone Dudley picked on or they’d attract his bullying on themselves. Harry was made to wear Dudley’s old clothes, which were much too large for Harry.

Harry in the Cupboard, a drawing by Hala Zabaneh.Despite the efforts of the Dursleys, Harry did exhibit some magic tendencies during his years at the Dursleys. At one point, when Aunt Petunia had become so frustrated with Harry’s untidy hair that he cut it all off, Harry turned up at the breakfast table the next morning with hair all grown back. Another time, Harry was being chased by Dudley and his gang when Harry found himself unexpectedly up on the school roof. Harry had turned a teacher’s wig blue and also shrunk a particularly ugly jumper of Dudley’s so that he wouldn’t have to wear it (PS2).

Periodically during these years, Uncle Vernon’s sister Marge would visit the Dursleys. She took great delight in tormenting Harry. She would give expensive presents to Dudley and either something horrible or nothing at all to Harry. She brought her pet bulldog, Ripper, to visit and when Harry was nine, she actually allowed the dog to chase Harry up a tree, where he had to remain until she called the dog off after midnight (PA2).

By the time he was ten years old, Harry had grown into a skinny, knobbly-kneed boy with untidy black hair and a narrow face. He wore glasses which were broken and taped from repeated blows aimed at him by Dudley. He was surprisingly quick, a skill developed over years of getting out of the way of his bullying cousin. He still lived in the cupboard under the stairs. His eyes, which were the same as his mother’s, were brilliant green (PS2, 4).

His life changed abruptly during the summer of 1991. Strange letters began arriving (PS3) which frightened his aunt and uncle into fleeing the house and running to hide in a hut on a rock out at sea. In the midst of a huge storm, with waves crashing on the rock, just after midnight, Hagrid arrived on the rock where he discovered that Harry had no idea that he was a wizard (PS4). Hagrid did his best to explain to the boy all about his past, and when morning came on July 31, 1991, Hagrid took Harry to Diagon Alley to shop for the things he would need for school (PS5). A few weeks later, on September 1, Harry boarded the Hogwarts Express and was taken to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry(PS6).

Harry arrives by boat at Hogwarts, copyright 2004 Hala Zabaneh.School years (1991-1997)
Harry’s years at Hogwarts were in some ways typical of any young wizard. He made friends with Ron Weasley while still on the train ride to school (PS6). It took a little longer for him and Ron to warm up to Hermione Granger, but after a shared experience with a troll over Halloween, the three became inseparable (PS10). This three-way friendship was destined to change the world for the better.

During his first year, Harry discovered that Voldemort had possessed Professor Quirrell and was trying to steal thePhilosopher’s Stone to attain immortality. Harry at first suspected another teacher, Professor Snape (PS11), who seemed to hate Harry for no reason at all. In the end, Harry defeated Voldemort and the Dark Lord fled (PS17).

Voldemort did not return in Harry’s second year, but a strange phantom version of the Dark Lord emerged from an old diary and almost killed Ron’s sister Ginny. Harry managed to save Ginny and destroy the diary (CS17). At the time, he didn’t understand what the implications of this were, but Dumbledore began to suspect that Voldemort had used the book as a Horcrux. Dumbledore began to investigate this possibility (HBP17).

The hatred aimed at him by Professor Snape was explained to some extent during Harry’s third year. His new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lupin, turned out to have been a close friend of James Potter. Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, was suspected of trying to kill Harry, but was in fact trying to protect him from Peter Pettigrew, in disguise as a rat. In a dramatic confrontation, Pettigrew was revealed and nearly executed by Lupin and Sirius, but Harry spared his life (PA18, 19). The story of his father’s friendship with Sirius and Lupin and his hatred of Snape came out. Snape, it appeared, had transferred his hatred of James to Harry.

In his fourth year, Harry found himself part of a nefarious plan aimed at getting him away from the protection of Dumbledore; Voldemort thought he needed Harry’s blood to regain his body. Harry was startled to find himself the unwilling fourth champion in the Triwizard tournament (GF16), the last prize of which had been transformed into a Portkey. He was whisked away to a lonely graveyard where he was tied up and his blood used in a ritual that resulted in Voldemort’s rebirth (GF32). The Dark Lord called his Death Eaters to him and then dueled Harry. Unexpectedly, Harry and Voldemort found that their wands, when used against each other, created a strange effect where phantom forms of the people Voldemort had killed appeared. These included James and Lily, and they gave Harry the strength he needed to break the effect and run. He managed to grab the Portkey and return to Hogwarts, where he revealed that Voldemort had returned (GF33, 34).

When he came back to Hogwarts for his fifth year, Harry discovered that no one believed him about Voldemort’s rebirth. In fact, the Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge was actively trying to discredit Harry by making it seem that he was mad or seeking glory. Fudge assigned his assistant, Dolores Umbridge, to Hogwarts (OP12) and Harry quickly ran afoul of her. She stopped him playing Quidditch, she tried to force him to admit that he was lying about Voldemort, and refused to allow students to learn to use offensive and defensive spells, preferring them to simply read about the theory. Harry gathered a group of students called Dumbledore’s Army and trained them himself (OP18). All through that year, Harry found that his scar was giving him a painful connection to Voldemort’s thoughts. Voldemort realized this as well, and used that connection to invade his dreams and draw Harry to the Ministry of Magic to retrieve a recording of the Prophecy about the two of them which was stored there (OP34). Voldemort had only heard part of it and wanted to know the rest to try to understand what went wrong in the graveyard battle. Harry went to the Ministry and fought with the Death Eaters there, but in the end it is Dumbledore who battled Voldemort, and the Dark Lord fled once again (OP37).

"Sunlit Days" copyright Marta T. 2005.Harry had to face the reality of his situation. Because of various circumstances, he and he alone could defeat Voldemort. He came out of his horrible fifth year determined to do whatever he had to do to make that happen. Dumbledore began to teach Harry more about Voldemort’s past (HBP9). Together they learned that Voldemort had created a series ofHorcruxes to split his soul into seven parts and thereby gain immortality. Harry would have to destroy the Horcruxes before he tried to kill Voldemort. Harry accompanied Dumbledore on a quest to find one of the Horcruxes and Dumbledore was seriously injured by a potion (HBP26). When they returned, the found a battle underway as Death Eaters had infiltrated the castle. Dumbledore flew to the topmost tower where a Dark Mark was burning and was killed there by Snape (HBP27). Harry prepared himself for what was to come.

The Horcrux hunt and the Deathly Hallows
Harry never returned to Hogwarts for his seventh year; the Ministry fell to Voldemort during the summer, and Dumbledore had told him that he urgently needed to find the four remaining Horcruxes. Ron and Hermione spent next nine months in hiding trying to locate and destroy the Horcruxes. First they found the locket Horcrux by infiltrating the Ministry (destroyed by Ron with Gryffindor’s Sword) (DH13, 19). The second, Hufflepuff’s cup, was obtained by breaking into a vault in Gringotts (DH26). The remaining Horcruxes were Voldemort’s snake Nagini, and some unknown object possibly associated with Ravenclaw. Along the way they learned about the Deathly Hallows, three powerful magic items which would supposedly make a person the master of death (DH21). The thought of all that power within reach threatened to distract Harry from the Horcrux quest, but after Dobby died, Harry was able to see what needed to be done more clearly. The trio left for Hogwarts.

But time was running out. Voldemort had finally discovered that Harry was seeking his Horcruxes, and decided to trap Harry at the school (DH31). As the battle began, Harry searched for and found the unknown Horcrux, the Diadem of Ravenclaw (DH30, 31). With Ron and Hermione’s help (and inadvertently Crabbe’s), he destroyed the Cup and the Diadem (DH31); only the snake was left. Harry sought Voldemort, knowing Nagini would be nearby, and arrived in time to witness Voldemort’s murder of Severus Snape and collect the memories Snape released to him. Snape’s memories were shocking. Harry learned of Snape’s unrequited love for his mother Lily, his reason for his loyalty to Dumbledore, and that he himself contained a Horcrux. Harry realized that he had to die if Voldemort was ever to be killed, and so willingly went into the Forest to sacrifice himself (DH34) where he stepped in front of Voldemort and was killed.

But he didn’t die (DH35), because of the blood they shared during Voldemort’s rebirthing three years ago. Voldemort had unknowingly protected the one person who could kill him. Voldemort also did not realize that his attempt to become the master of the Elder wand was still unsuccessful. Unbeknownst to the Dark Lord, it was Harry who was now the master of that wand.

Voldemort approached the castle with Harry’s supposedly dead body and demanded that all surrender. Not surprisingly, no one did. Neville Longbottom, who at one time it seemed the prophecy may have been referring to, stood boldly in front of Voldemort and defied him, then killed the snake. That was the last Horcrux to go. The battle raged into the Entrance Hall and from there to the Great Hall, where Harry finally faced Voldemort. Harry offered him one last chance, that he feel some remorse. Voldemort refused and tried once again to kill Harry. Harry cast a disarming charm and the Elder wand, recognizing its master, flew to him. Voldemort’s spell rebounded back on himself, and he was killed (DH35).

Harry married Ginny Weasley and they had three children; James, Albus Severus, and Lily (DH/e). Harry became an Auror at the age of 17 and eventually became head of the Auror Office in 2007 (BLC, JKR).

Harry Potter, Wizard of the Month for October 2007, copyright Lightmaker.BIRTHDATE & NAME MEANINGS
Birth name:
Harry James Potter.
First name: Harry, possibly named after Henry “Harry” Potter, a relative who served in the Wizengamot from 1913 to 1921 (Pm).
Middle name:
James, after his father (Sch2, OP8).
Other names: ‘The boy who lived;’ ‘Saint Potter, the Mudblood’s friend’ (–Draco, CS12); ‘the Chosen One’ (HBP3) ‘Parry Otter, the Chosen Boy’ (–Horace Slughorn, HBP22), ‘Undesirable Number One’ in 1997 and 1998 (DH16).
Birthdate: 31 July 1980, the same birthday (not year) as Rowling.
Citations: Harry is mentioned in Modern Magical History, The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts, and Great Wizarding Events of the Twentieth Century (PS6).
JKR’s Wizard of the Month for October 2007 (JKR).

Harry Potter, copyright Sebastien Teilig.APPEARANCE
Eye color:
Brilliant green, the same as his mother’s; his green eyes are all that keeps him from looking just like his father (OP3).
Hair color: Black; perpetually messy, sticks up in the back, same as his father’s.
Other characteristics: Round glasses; at the age of 11 he was short and thin, with knobbly knees. Lightning-bolt scar on forehead.
From the books: “Harry had always been small and skinny for his age. … Harry had a thin face, knobbly knees, black hair, and bright green eyes. He wore round glasses held together with a lot of Scotch tape …. The only thing Harry liked about his own appearance was a very thin scar on his forehead that was shaped like a bolt of lightning.” (PS2)
Tattoo? Nah. During Harry’s sixth year it was rumored that he had a Hippogriff tattooed on his chest. Ginny had a laugh on them by telling them it wasn’t a Hippogriff, it was a Hungarian Horntail (HBP25).

THE SCARS
“Never wondered how you got that mark on yer forehead? That was no ordinary cut. That’s what yeh get when a powerful, evil curse touches yeh — took care of yer mum an’ dad an’ yer house, even — but it didn’t work on you, an’ that’s why yer famous, Harry.” (PS4)

Dumbledore looked very intensely at Harry for a moment, and then said, “I have a theory, no more than that … It is my belief that your scar hurts both when Lord Voldemort is near you, and when he is feeling a particularly strong surge of hatred.”
“But … why?”
“Because you and he are connected by the curse that failed,” said Dumbledore. “That is no ordinary scar.” (GF30)

New scar: Ever since his fifth year, Harry has also had a self-inflicted scar: “I must not tell lies” is now permanently etched on the back of his right hand (HBP16).

HOGWARTS
First year: 1991.
House: Gryffindor.
Yule Ball date: Parvati Patil.
Earned 7 OWLs (9 attempted): Astronomy A; Care of Magical Creatures E; Charms E; Defense Against the Dark Arts O; Divination P;Herbology E; History of Magic D; Potions E; Transfiguration E. (HBP5). These grades qualified Harry for a career as an Auror.
Quidditch: Seeker for Gryffindor House team 1991 – 1997 (youngest player for a House team in a hundred years). Captain of the team during his sixth year (HBP6).
Awards, etc.: Quidditch Cup; Special Award for Services to the School (CS18); Triwizard Tournament Champion.
Other schools: Before he was admitted to Hogwarts, Harry was to attend Stonewall High, the local public school (PS3). Later, the Dursleys explain Harry’s absence during the school year away by telling people that he attends St. Brutus’s Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys, a “first-rate institution for hopeless cases.” (PA2, GF1).

Nooooo! [Lupin keeps Harry from going after Sirius], copyright Jenny Dolfen.SKILLS, MAGICAL DEVICES, ETC.
Wand: Holly and phoenix feather, eleven inches, nice and supple; an unusual combination. It is the “brother” to Lord Voldemort’s wand (PS5), in that both contain a feather from Dumbledore’s phoenix, Fawkes (GF36). This wand was broken during the escape from the Bathilda Bagshot’s house, and Harry was wandless until Ron returned with a blackthorn wand he had captured from snatchers. The blackthorn wand was noticeably clumsy and less powerful. Luckily Harry was able to win Draco’s, Bellatrix’s and Womtail’s wands during the escape from the Malfoy mansion. Of the three, Draco’s (hawthorn and unicorn hair, 10 inches, reasonably springy), was the friendliest (DH24) so Harry used this one until he could fix his original holly wand (DH36).
Broomstick: Nimbus 2000 (1991-3), Firebolt (1994-97).
Other devices: Invisibility cloak, Marauder’s Map, Pocket Sneakoscope, two-way mirror (OP), two-way mirror shard (DH), Sword of Gryffindor, Resurrection Stone, Elder Wand (DH). See also Christmas gifts chart below for other devices that Harry owns.
Socks: Socks with spiders on them (PS2) ; Dobby gave him red (with broomsticks) and green socks (with Snitches) for Christmas (GF23).
Organizations & affiliations: Gryffindor Quidditch Seeker and team captain; Dumbledore’s Army; Slug Club.
Career: While in school, Harry decided he wanted to be an Auror (OP), and his wish came true. After Voldemort was killed, new Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt asked Harry to become an Auror. Harry reformed the Auror Department and became its Head in 2007 (JKR).
Skills: A “natural” Quidditch player (PS); a Parselmouth until 1998 (CS, BLC); can cast spells without a wand; senses the presence of others;prescient dreams; particularly skilled in Defense against the Dark Arts; appears to be resistant to the Imperius Curse and Veelas. Had difficulty learning Occlumency, but finally figured it out in 1998.
Patronus: Stag, clearly referring to his father’s Animagus form.
Worst fear/memory: Harry relives the death of his parents when dementors are close by.
Boggart: A dementor.
Amortentia (love potion) smells: “treacle tart, the woody smell of a broomstick handle, and something flowery he thought he might have smelled at the Burrow” (HBP9).
Criminal? Harry was named “Undesirable Number One” by the Death Eater-controlled Ministry. A ten-thousand-Galleon reward was set for his capture (DH16).

 

Harry Potter, copyright Makani.PROPHECIES
“It Will Happen Tonight.”
“The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has been chained these twelve years. Tonight, before midnight … the Servant will break free and set out to rejoin his Master. The Dark Lord will rise again with his servant’s aid, greater and more terrible that ever he was. Tonight … before midnight … the servant will set out to rejoin his Master …” (Trelawney, PA16)

Harry will “live to a ripe old age, become Minister for Magic and have twelve children.” (Trelawney, OP26)

“The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches … Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies … And the Dark Lord will mark him as equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not … And either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives.” (Trelawney, OP37)

[More on Sybill Trelawney] [JKR on Prophecies (Madam Scoop’s Index)] [List of all Trelawney’s known predictions]

HARRY’S DREAMS [more on Harry’s dreams…]

  • A flying motorcycle (PS2).
  • Harry wears Quirrell’s turban which tells him he must transfer to Slytherin because it is his destiny. Malfoy, Snape and green light too (PS7).
  • On show in a zoo, labeled “Underage Wizard.” Wakes up from the dream to see Ron at the window in the Ford Anglia (CS2).
  • Quidditch dream where he is late to a game and the Slytherin team arrives riding dragons. He is flying at a high speed when he realizes that he forgot his Firebolt and falls through the air (PA15).
  • Mermaid from the bathroom torments Harry with his own broomstick (then Dobby wakes him up) (GF26).
  • Riding on an eagle owl soaring toward Riddle house to a room where there are two men speaking, and a snake. Overhears conversation between LV and Wormtail about someone being killed to cover up Wormtail’s blunder (GF29).
  • “Many-legged creatures” with cannons for heads cantering up and down the stairs at Weasley house. Hagrid tells him they’ll be studying weapons this term (OP6).
  • Dreams about the corridor in the MoM Department of Mysteries begin in August when he is staying at 12 Grimmauld Place. (OP6; hereafter referred to as “the corridor dream.”)
  • Mrs. Weasley sobs over Kreacher’s body watched by Ron and Hermione, who are wearing crowns (then corridor dream again) (OP10).
  • “He was not going to share his dreams with anyone. He knew perfectly well what his regular nightmare about a graveyard meant.” (OP12).
  • Harry dreamed he was back in the Room of Requirement. Cho was accusing him of luring her there under false pretenses; she said that he had promised her a hundred and fifty Chocolate Frog cards if she showed up. Then the dream changes when Harry dreams he is Nagini and “witnesses” the actual attack on Arthur Weasley (OP21).
  • Neville and Professor Sprout waltz around the Room of Requirement while Professor McGonagall plays the bagpipes. Turns into the corridor dream (OP).
  • Ron chases him with a Quidditch bat (HBP14).
  • Dreams of Ginny (HBP15, 22).
  • Malfoy turns into Slughorn, then Snape (HBP21).
  • Cups, lockets and other objects that are just out of reach; Dumbledore gives him a ladder but it turns to snakes (HBP30).
  • Harry initially thinks his visions of Voldemort are dreams (DH).
  • Nagini, the cracked stone in the Peverell ring, and a wreath of Christmas roses (DH19).

 

Family

Ancestry: Half-blood.
Mother: Lily (Evans) Potter; killed 31 Oct 1981 by Lord Voldemort at Godric’s Hollow.
Father: James Potter; killed 31 Oct 1981 by Lord Voldemort at Godric’s Hollow.
Grandparents: Fleamont and Euphemia Potter
Aunts, Uncles: Petunia Dursley, Vernon Dursley.
Cousins: Dudley Dursley.
Siblings: None.
Childhood: Raised by the Dursleys, his mother’s Muggle sister Petunia and her husband Vernon.
Location of childhood home: four Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey.
Spouse: Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley (DH/e).
Children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, Lily Luna (DH/e, YL), and godfather to Remus's son, Teddy Lupin.
Godfather: Sirius Black; he does not have a godmother (EBF2004).
Pet: Hedwig the owl, killed in the Battle of Seven Potters in July 1997 (DH4). He also owns Buckbeak (renamed 'Witherwings'), but the Hippogriff is cared for by Hagrid.
House-elf: Kreacher, who was inherited from Sirius Black (HBP3).

Skills

Broomstick: Nimbus 2000 (1991-3), Firebolt (1994-97).
Other devices: Invisibility cloak, Marauder’s Map, Pocket Sneakoscope, two-way mirror (OP), two-way mirror shard (DH), Sword of Gryffindor, Resurrection Stone, Elder Wand (DH). See also Christmas gifts chart below for other devices that Harry owns.
Socks: Socks with spiders on them (PS2) ; Dobby gave him red (with broomsticks) and green socks (with Snitches) for Christmas (GF23).
Organizations & affiliations: Gryffindor Quidditch Seeker and team captain; Dumbledore’s Army; Slug Club.
Career: While in school, Harry decided he wanted to be an Auror (OP), and his wish came true. After Voldemort was killed, new Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt asked Harry to become an Auror. Harry reformed the Auror Department and became its Head in 2007 (JKR).
Skills: A "natural" Quidditch player (PS); a Parselmouth until 1998 (CS, BLC); can cast spells without a wand; senses the presence of others;prescient dreams; particularly skilled in Defense against the Dark Arts; appears to be resistant to the Imperius Curse and Veelas. Had difficulty learning Occlumency, but finally figured it out in 1998.
Patronus: Stag, clearly referring to his father's Animagus form.
Worst fear/memory: Harry relives the death of his parents when dementors are close by.
Boggart: A dementor.
Amortentia (love potion) smells: "treacle tart, the woody smell of a broomstick handle, and something flowery he thought he might have smelled at the Burrow" (HBP9).  Note: Harry smelled honeysuckle at the Burrow when they ate outdoors (GF5)
Criminal? Harry was named "Undesirable Number One" by the Death Eater-controlled Ministry. A ten-thousand-Galleon reward was set for his capture (DH16).

Harry Potter
Gender Male
Birthday July 31, 1980
Species / Race Wizard
Blood Status Half-blood
Other Names 'The boy who lived;' 'Saint Potter, the Mudblood's friend' (Draco, CS12); 'the Chosen One' (HBP3) 'Parry Otter, the Chosen Boy' (Horace Slughorn, HBP22), 'Undesirable Number One' in 1997 and 1998 (DH16)
Hair black
Eyes green
Distinguishing Features lightning-shaped scar on forehead, untidy hair
Wand Holly and phoenix feather, eleven inches, nice and supple
Patronus stag
School Hogwarts - Gryffindor
Profession Auror
First Introduced PS1

Commentary

Etymology

JKR says "I got the name Potter from people who lived down the road from me in Winterbourne. [...] I liked the surname so I took it." (ITV) JKR also notes on her Website that someone named Harry Potter was a 19th century clockmaker (WEB LINKJKR).

Notes

Rowling on whether Harry is a good role-model:

I see Harry as someone who is struggling to do the right thing, who is not without faults, who acts impetuously as you would expect someone of his age to act, but who is ultimately a very loyal person, and a very very courageous person. So, in as much as he has qualities that I admire most I would say he is a good role model. That doesn't mean that he is saintly, but then frankly, who is? But I think you do see enough of Harry's inner life, the workings of his mind in the books to know that he is ultimately human, struggling to do the right thing, which I think is admirable (ITV).

HARRY IN THE FILMS

Movie scene: Ron and Harry arrive late for Transfiguration class."A talent for trouble" Movie still from Prisoner of Azkaban of Harry on the bridge with Lupin. Copyright Warner Brothers.
Harry is played by Daniel Radcliffe.

Radcliffe on Harry in Order of the Phoenix: I was fortunate enough to get to spend about an hour with [Potter author] JK Rowling on this film, and she said, “If people say, ‘I don’t like how angry Harry is in this book,’ then they haven’t been reading close enough.” If you look at what Harry’s been through, most people would be far more angry than Harry is, and far more outraged at the state of the world. Harry’s actually fairly well balanced, for everything that’s happened to him. It’s not petulance.
-- from "Harry Potter and the Frank and Far-Reaching Discussion," Newsweek, October 24, 2006.

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