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Colin Creevey Character Analysis: Enthusiastic Gryffindor Photographer

Colin Creevey Character Analysis: Enthusiastic Gryffindor Photographer

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Colin Creevey was a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He was a member of Gryffindor house and a year below Harry. A muggle-born wizard, Colin was fascinated by everything in the magical world and was always taking photographs, often inappropriately.

Colin joined the DA in his fourth year and learned various magical charms. He was not able to return to Hogwarts in his sixth year as muggles were banned from the school. But he returned to Hogwarts with other members of the DA for the final battle, during which he sadly died.

About Colin Creevey

Born1981 – 2 May 1998
Blood StatusMuggle Born
OccupationHogwarts Student
Zodiac SignGemini (speculative)

Colin Creevey at Hogwarts – First Year and the Chamber of Secrets

Colin Creevey discovered that his strange abilities were because he was a wizard not long before starting at Hogwarts in 1992. He was sorted into Gryffindor house and soon learned about the famous Harry Potter. He became a great fan and would always try and photograph Harry.

While Colin explained that he was mostly interested in creating moving photographs, he was clearly very impressed by Harry. He did succeed in making a moving photo of Harry and Gilderoy Lockhart. Though photographic Harry refused to stay in the frame with their fame-hungry professor.

Colin tended to make a nuisance of himself, following Harry around and constantly asking him questions about things such as Quidditch. When Ron tried to curse Malfoy and accidentally cursed himself so that he ended up vomiting slugs, again Colin was there with camera ready. When Harry was injured in a Quidditch match and Gilderoy Lockhart accidentally removed all the bones from his arm, Colin was again there taking photos.

It seems that Colin thought better of his actions and decided to visit the hospital wing and bring him some grapes. However, at the time the Chamber of Secrets was open, and as a muggle-born, he was targeted by the Basilisk. Luckily for Colin, he only saw the Basilisk through his camera, and he was petrified rather than killed. He was later cured with a draught of mandrake along with the other petrified victims.

In his second year, Colin continued to be keenly interested in Harry Potter. He invited Harry to sit with him when Harry was not allowed to go into Hogsmeade with his friends. Uncle Vernon had not signed the form, and Professor McGonagall would not authorize him to go due to fear of Sirius Black.

Colin Creevey at Hogwarts – Third Year & the Triwizard Tournament

In his third year, Colin was joined at Hogwarts by his younger brother Dennis. It is quite unusual to have to muggle-born wizards in the same family. Dennis wasn’t quite as excited about the wizarding world as Colin. He was delighted when he fell into the Lake on his way to Hogwarts, only to be saved by the giant squid. Dennis also joined Gryffindor.

When Harry was selected as another Triwizard Champion alongside Cedric Diggory, Colin and Dennis gave him their support. They even got their hands on some “Support Cedric Diggory/Potter Stinks” badges and tried to bewitch them to say “Support Harry Potter”. But they only succeeded in making the badges say “Potter Really Stinks”.

When Rita Skeeter was poking around the school, she got to Colin. He seems to have innocently told her that Harry is rarely seen without Hermione. This was the start of Rita’s idea that the two were dating.

Colin Creevey at Hogwarts – Fourth Year and the DA

In his fourth year, Dolores Umbridge brought her regime to the school and stopped the active teaching of defensive magic. Colin, and his brother Dennis, were among the students who signed up to the DA to be taught by Harry Potter.

He was still keenly interested in photography at this time so he asked Harry if he could bring his camera to the meeting. But he quickly realized for himself that was a silly idea, as they would not want photos of secret meetings.

Both Colin and Dennis were generally considered erratic in the DA meetings. They would often miss and send books flying off the shelf. But by the end of three meetings, he had mastered the Impediment Jinx and the Full Body-Bind Curse.

Despite his loyalty to the DA, Colin was not among the students who came to help when Death Eaters invaded the school the following year. Presumably, he no longer kept his DA coin on him now that meetings were no longer held.

Colin Creevey After Hogwarts and Death

Colin was not able to return to Hogwarts in his fifth year. At the time, the Ministry had fallen into the hands of Lord Voldemort and his supporters. They banned muggle-born students from the school.

It is very likely that during this year Colin and his family went into hiding to avoid the Muggle-Born Registration Committee headed by Dolores Umbridge. She refused to accept that there were any muggle-born wizards and accused them of stealing their wands from real wizards.

Nevertheless, Colin received the message that Neville Longbottom sent to the DA and others when Harry, Ron, and Hermione turned up at the school looking for the Ravenclaw Diadem Horcrux. Colin returned to the school to fight alongside his friends. While his age meant that he was probably “sent home” with the underage students, Colin seems to have snuck back to join the battle.

He was active in the first half of the battle, probably outside the castle, as his body was recovered outside the Great Hall by Neville Longbottom and Oliver Wood. Harry saw them retrieving the body as he was making his way to the Forbidden Forest to encounter Lord Voldemort and sacrifice his own life.

Colin Creevey Personality Type & Traits

Colin Creevey was a happy and curious person who had a natural wonder and excitement for everything in life. His enthusiasm meant that he sometimes crossed lines, and on various occasions, he was snapping photos when someone else was hurt. He was also not good at understanding when his attention was not wanted. But everybody seems to have liked him for his natural exuberance and positivity.

Colin Creevey Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Colin Creevey must have been born between 3 May and 31 August 1981, as he was 16 years old when he died on 2 May 1998 at the Battle of Hogwarts. Fans suggest that he may have been born at the start of the period and have Gemini as his Zodiac sign. People born under this sign tend to be naturally positive and fun-loving and have an uncanny ability to look on the Brightside.

Colin Creevey Magical Abilities

While Colin Creevey was no Hermione Granger, he seems to have been a talented muggle-born wizard. In his first year, he figured out how to make moving photographs. He must have also done his reading before attending Hogwarts, as he knew everything about Harry Potter.

Despite being one of the youngest members of the DA, after only three meetings he had mastered the impediment charm and the full body-bind curse. While he was present at lessons where Harry taught the Patronus charm, we are not told whether Colin was successful at conjuring a Patronus.

How did Colin Creevey die?

Despite being an underage wizard, Colin decided to return to Hogwarts when the call to stand up to the Death Eaters came. He also decided to stay and fight when Lord Voldemort laid siege to the school.

Although a talented boy, he could not stand up to adult Death Eaters. He was killed in the first half of the battle outside the Great Hall. His body was retrieved by Neville Longbottom and Oliver Wood. They placed him with the other fallen comrades of the battle.