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.

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!

Percy Weasley

“Excuse me, I’m a prefect!”

Percy is the third eldest Weasley son, and a bit of a misfit in his large family. He’s “a great believer in rigidly following rules”, which can’t have been easy growing up with Fred and George. Percy is very ambitious and a model student at Hogwarts, first becoming prefect and then Head Boy. Admittedly, these achievements do make him insufferably pompous at times.

Fred & George Weasley

– “We’ve always known where to draw the line.”
– “We might have put a toe across it occasionally.”

Fred and George Weasley are famous within Hogwarts as “Trouble Makers in Chief”. This frustrates some people – their mother, Percy, Argus Filch – but amuses and delights most of their fellow students. All this magical mischief is valuable research, as they have big plans of opening a joke shop together. The twins are “identical to the last freckle” and always inseparable. Even their family get the two confused sometimes.