Tina Goldstein

“Mr. Scamander, do you know anything about the wizarding community in America?”

A self-styled super sleuth and sometime auror, Tina gets embroiled in adventures with Newt Scamander. Tina works in the magical law enforcement branch of MACUSA. Even when she’s suspended from the investigative team, she can’t resist doing a little bit of undercover work of her own…

Jacob Kowalski

“I’m the only one like me.”

Let’s all give a very warm welcome to the first non-magical person to make it on to the blog! Jacob is a No-Maj who has a bit of a history of getting inadvertently swept into the magical world. He’s friendly, big-hearted (and just big), with pie in the sky dreams of opening his own bakery in Brooklyn, NYC.

Queenie Goldstein

“Aw, don’t worry, honey. Most guys think what you was thinking, first time they see me.”

Queenie is the younger of the two Goldstein sisters. Although she works at MACUSA along with Tina, she admits she’s not much of a career girl. Queenie is beautiful, vivacious, and a highly accomplished Legilimens… yes, she knows what you’re thinking.

Newt Scamander

“I’m more of a chaser really.”

Newton “Newt” Scamander is best known as the author of academic textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A slightly careless, misfit magizoologist, Newt seems an unlikely hero. However a visit to New York City flung him into the heart of an adventure with consequences for the entire international wizarding community.

Teddy & Victoire

“Our Teddy! Teddy Lupin! Snogging our Victoire! Our cousin!”

Teddy, “a lanky half-werewolf with bright blue hair” and “beautiful, blonde” Victoire set tongues wagging when they got together in their teens. It’s hard to tell who was more nosey – Victoire’s younger cousin James or Rita Skeeter in her infamous gossip column. The Weasley/Potter clan remain on tenterhooks to see whether they’ll make it official and Teddy “really will be part of the family”.

James Potter

“Your dad was the best friend I’ve ever had and he was a good person. A lot of people are idiots at fifteen. He grew out of it.”

James Potter was Harry’s father. At Hogwarts he was a talented pupil and gifted Chaser, but also a rebellious trouble maker. James became an Animagus illegally, and created the Marauders map along with his best friends. James fought in the original Order of the Phoenix during the First Wizarding War. He managed to evade Voldemort three times, but was betrayed and killed on 31st October 1981. A monument remains to James and Lily in their hometown of Godric’s Hollow.

Lily Potter

“I don’t imagine anyone who met her wouldn’t have liked her.”

Lily Potter was kind, charming and vivacious. She was the object of both James and Severus Snape’s affections. Lily fought in the Order of the Phoenix during the First Wizarding War. She was a talented witch, and managed to evade Voldemort three times, but was eventually killed trying to protect Harry. Her sacrifice protected Harry for all of his childhood and helped lead to Voldemort’s downfall. A monument remains to Lily and James in their hometown of Godric’s Hollow.

Professor Sprout

“Be careful of the Venomous Tentacula, it’s teething.”

Professor Sprout is the Hogwarts Herbology professor and head of Hufflepuff house. She will usually be found in the Hogwarts greenhouses, taming wild magical plants such as Bubotubers, Venomous Tentacula or Devil’s Snare.

Lee Jordan

“Alright, alright. Flint nearly kills the Gryffindor Seeker, which could happen to anyone, I’m sure…”

Everyone’s favourite straight-talking quidditch commentator. Lee provides colourful commentary (too colourful, if you ask Professor McGonagall!) at Hogwarts quidditch matches. He’s the best friend of the Weasley twins and an active member of Dumbledore’s Army. Lee is always a fierce member of the resistance – whether levitating nifflers into Umbridge’s office or hosting the undercover radio programme Potterwatch at the height of the Wizarding War.

Hagrid & Fang

“Ah, go boil yer heads, both of yeh. Harry – yer a wizard.”

Care of Magical Creatures teacher and Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts. Despite his intimidating size and slightly wild appearance, Hagrid is a very kind and fiercely loyal friend. Unfortunately, his nurturing instincts also include a bit of a “monster fixation” – who else would sing a lullaby to a dragon or hatch an acromantula in a cupboard?

Gilderoy Lockhart

“I didn’t get rid of the Bandon Banshee by smiling at her!”

Fame-hungry, vain and utterly inept Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. Lockhart achieved his fame through a combination of relentless self-promotion and stealing credit for the deeds of other (less photogenic) wizards by obliterating their memories. His days of (allegedly) travelling with trolls, holidaying with hags and gadding with ghouls come to an end when Lockhart accidentally wipes his own memories, and he ends up a long-term resident of St Mungo’s Hospital. But he can do joined-up writing now, you know!

Madam Hooch

“Penalty! Penalty to Gryffindor! I’ve never seen such tactics!”

Madam Hooch is the flying instructor and Quidditch referee at Hogwarts. She has to deal with rogue bludgers, underhanded tactics, fiercely competitive house competitions, bouts of “Muggle duelling” and even a dementor pitch invasion. Nevertheless, Madam Hooch has been devoted to the game ever since she learned to fly on her first Silver Arrow broomstick.