Dolores Umbridge

“What Cornelius doesn’t know won’t hurt him.”

Dolores Jane Umbridge is a power-hungry Ministry of Magic official. Deeply prejudiced, controlling and sadistic, Umbridge is a nightmare in pink, bows frills and flounces. Her hobbies include collecting the ‘Frolicsome Feline’ ornamental plate range and inventing instruments of torture.

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.

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.