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Harry Potter Character Analysis: Blood Status, Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Harry Potter Character Analysis: Blood Status, Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Harry Potter is the titular character in J.K. Rowling’s first series of books about the wizarding world.

Harry was marked out for a different life from a young age when Lord Voldemort, the Dark Lord at the center of the first Wizarding War, overheard part of a prophecy about a newly born wizard with the power to defeat him. Voldemort interpreted the prophecy to refer to Harry and attempted to kill him when he was just a year old.

Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter, sacrificed themselves to protect their son. Their act of selfless love protected Harry and almost destroyed Lord Voldemort, ending the First Wizarding War.

The now orphaned Harry grew up with his mother’s muggle sister Petunia. She, and the rest of her family, were very suspicious of wizards and did not treat Harry well. But Harry was forced to stay with them as Albus Dumbledore placed a Blood Bond spell on Harry, which meant that he would be safe as long as he could call his aunt’s house home.

At the age of eleven, Harry discovered that he was a wizard. This was hidden from him by his muggle family. He started attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a member of Gryffindor house. However, the Sorting Hat also thought he would do well in Slytherin.

He spent six years at Hogwarts, where he was best friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Career Timeline

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Harry’s Hogwarts career was highly eventful.

In his first year, he saved the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone from Lord Voldemort. He was in a diminished state and feeding off Professor Quirrell. In this year, he also became the youngest Quidditch Seeker in over a century.

During his second year, Harry discovered the Chamber of Secrets. He killed the Basilisk left there by Salazar Slytherin to kill muggle-born students.

In his third year, he discovered the whereabouts of the infamous Death Easter and Azkaban escapee Sirius Black. Sirius was also his Godfather and turned out to be innocent, and Harry helped him evade recapture.

In his fourth year, Harry won the Triwizard Cup tournament, despite being too young to participate. However, the competition ended in the death of his fellow Hogwarts student Cedric Diggory and the corporeal return of Lord Voldemort.

In his fifth year, Harry taught defense against the dark arts to a group of students known as Dumbledore’s Army when Dolores Umbridge took over the school. He also led a group of students to the Department of Mystery to retrieve the prophecy about himself and Voldemort, where they battled numerous Death Easter.

In his sixth year, Harry became Gryffindor’s Quidditch captain. He began to hunt down and destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes with Professor Dumbledore.

Harry also tried to discover a plot to sneak a group of Death Eaters into the school. However, they did successfully penetrate the grounds, resulting in the death of Professor Dumbledore.

After Hogwarts

Harry did not return to school for his final year. Instead, he set out with his colleagues Ron and Hermione to destroy the rest of Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes so that the Dark Lord could finally be destroyed.

This culminated in the Battle of Hogwarts, where Harry was forced to face off against Voldemort personally and let Lord Voldemort kill him since Harry himself was the final Horcrux. This sent Harry to Limbo, where he was able to choose whether to pass on or return. Harry decided to return and fight on with his friends, and Lord Voldemort was finally destroyed.

After school, Harry became an Auror. Later he became Head of the Auror Office, and eventually the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. He also married his childhood sweetheart Ginny Weasley. Together they had three children, James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna.

Harry was known as “the boy who lived” as he is the only wizard known to have survived the killing curse. Lord Voldemort cast the curse upon him when he was a child, leaving him with a lightning scar on his forehead.

He is also known as the Master of Death, as he is the only wizard known to have united the three Deathly Hallows.

About Harry Potter

Born31 July 1980, Godric’s Hollow, West County, England
Blood StatusHalf-Blood
OccupationStudent, Auror
WandHolly wood & Phoenix feather, also the Elder Wand
Zodiac SignLeo

Harry Potter Personality Type & Traits

Harry Potter’s personality is best summarized as brave and selfless. While he is not without ambition, he generally seems to seek happiness and try to protect the people he cares about. He can tend to be untrusting and assume that he can see things that others can’t. But this is perhaps expected from his difficult upbringing as an orphan.

When J.K. Rowling herself sums up Harry’s personality, she says that:

“I see Harry as someone who is struggling to do the right things, who is not without faults, who acts impetuously as you would expect from someone of his age, but who is ultimately a very loyal person, and a very very courageous person.”

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter Zodiac Sign & Birthday?

Leo Zodiac Sign Symbol with Dates

Harry Potter’s birthday is 31 July 1980. This is integral to linking him with the Lord Voldemort prophecy that Sybill Trelawney received. It also means that Harry is a brave and charismatic Leo.

Harry shares a birthday with Neville Longbottom, but Voldemort assumed that the prophecy referred to Harry. But as with many prophecies that tend to be self-fulfilling, Voldemort gave Harry the power to defeat him in his attempt to kill the baby, Harry.

The prophecy states explicitly:

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 his 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… the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies….”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry displays many of the typical characteristics of a classic Leo. Despite his humble upbringing, he is confident, courageous, and caring and has an “air of royalty” about him.

He is generous and loyal to the people that he loves and capable of tremendous courage. He is also very confident and assumes that he will be alright when thrown in at the deep end.

For example, he thinks he has a decent chance in the Triwizard cup, despite being much less experienced than his competitors.

Learn more about Harry’s birth chart and zodiac sign.

How did Harry Potter get his Scar?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter got his lightning scar when Lord Voldemort tried to kill him with the killing curse. But, since Harry’s mother Lily selflessly and lovingly sacrificed her own life to protect Harry, she protected him with a shield of love. This causes the curse to rebound off Harry onto Lord Voldemort.

As a result, Lord Voldemort was almost completely destroyed by his own killing curse. He was only saved by the existence of his Horcruxes, which preserve pieces of his soul elsewhere.

In this act, he also unwittingly left a piece of his soul in Harry, making him a living Horcrux. This also explains why Harry picked up some of Lord Voldemort’s traits, such as the ability to speak parseltongue, and could often sense what the Dark Lord was thinking or feeling.

Harry Potter Patronus

A Patronus is a non-corporeal shield that some wizards can generate and will usually take the form of an animal.

Professor Lupin teaches Harry how to cast a Patronus in his third year at Hogwarts to give him a defense against the Death Eaters that were scouring the world of Sirius Black.

Harry’s Patronus takes the form of a stag. This is the same form as the Patronus of his father, James Potter. James was also an unregistered Animagi who could take the form of a stag and was affectionately known as Prongs.

Who did Harry Potter Marry?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)

In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, we learn that Harry married his childhood sweetheart Ginny Weasley. While Ginny always had feelings for Harry, he only noticed her in his sixth year at Hogwarts. The two were able to admit their feelings for one another near the end of that year.

But when Harry decided not to return to Hogwarts and instead hunt Horcruxes, he left Ginny behind, something she was not pleased about. They only resumed their romance after the defeat of Lord Voldemort at the Battle of Hogwarts.

Harry Potter Descendants & Family Tree

While Harry Potter is considered a half-blood wizard because his mother was Muggle-born. He nevertheless seems to have an impressive family tree. He was a descendent of one of the Peverell brothers, the three brothers who received the deathly hallows from Death himself. With his wife Ginny, he had three children of his own.

Harry’s parents were Lily Evans, a muggle-born witch, and James Potter. After the death of his parents, Harry lives with his mother’s muggle sister Petunia, her husband Vernon Dursley, and their son Dudley Dursley.

Though it is never explicitly stated, Harry’s father, James Potter, must be a descendant of the Peverell brothers. This is because it is James who owns the invisibility cloak and passes it on to Harry. Presumably, he inherited it from his own father.

Harry and Ginny named their children after many of the important people in their lives.

They called their first James Sirius for Harrys’ father, James Potter, and his godfather Sirius Black.

Harry and Ginny named their second son Albus Severus for their beloved principal, Professor Dumbledore, and their hated teacher Severus Snape who turned out to be making great sacrifices to protect Harry.

They called their daughter Lily Luna after Harry’s mother Lily and Ginny and Harry’s close friend Luna Lovegood.

Is Harry Potter a Pure Blood?

Harry is not a pure-blood wizard because his mother, Lily Evans, was muggle-born. While this makes Harry a half-blood, the term half-blood is not only used for wizards who have one muggle-born parent. Any wizard with identifiable muggle-born parents is called half-blood. So, Harry’s children were also considered half-blood, even though they were only one-quarter descendants from a muggle-born wizard.

Muggle-born wizards are often referred to by the derogatory term mud blood. While the term pure blood applies to those who only have wizarding ancestors, it is questionable in the current age whether there are any wizards that don’t have some muggle blood in their family.

Who gave Harry Potter the Invisibility Cloak?

Harry Potter was bequeathed the invisibility cloak by his father, James Potter. But at the time of James’ death, the cloak was in the hands of Albus Dumbledore, who had asked for the cloak to examine it. He is the one who secretly gifted the cloak to Harry during his first year at Hogwarts, fulfilling James’ wishes.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Elder Wand

The invisibility cloak is one of the three deathly hallows given to the Peverell brothers when they encountered Death. The other two hallows are the Elder Wand, considered unbeatable, and the Resurrection Stone, which allowed the user to speak with the dead.

According to legend, whoever could unite all of these hallows would become the master of death. Harry did this prior to the Battle of Hogwarts.

Professor Dumbledore was in possession of the Elder Wand when he died. Voldemort killed Snape since he was the one who killed Dumbledore, so Voldemort assumed that the loyalty of the wand passed to him. But it was in fact Draco Malfoy who disarmed Dumbledore, and Harry later disarmed him. This meant that Harry was the master of the wand and was able to thwart Voldemort when he used it.

When Voldemort was defeated, Harry came into possession of the wand. Harry chose not to wield the wand. Instead, Harry used the Elder Wand to repair his own holly wood and phoenix feather wand.

The Resurrection Stone seems to have been an heirloom of Voldemort’s own family, suggesting that he too was related to the Peverell brothers. It was on a ring worn by Lord Voldemort’s grandfather Marvolo Gaunt.

Voldemort turned this ring into a Horcrux, which Professor Dumbledore later retrieved and destroyed. He then hid the stone in a snitch for Harry to have it at the end when he faced Lord Voldemort. Harry uses the stone to call on the support of his past loved ones before he sacrifices himself to defeat the Dark Lord.

So, while Dumbledore was in possession of all three hallows at one time or another, Harry seems to have been the first wizard to be in possession of all three hallows at the same time following the defeat of Lord Voldemort.

Who killed Harry Potter?

Harry Potter is alive and well today. However, he was actually killed by Lord Voldemort with the killing curse at the Battle of Hogwarts.

But because Lord Voldemort had inadvertently made Harry one of his Horcruxes when he tried to kill baby Harry, the killing curse killed the portion of his soul that he left within Harry but did not necessarily kill Harry himself.

Harry instead was thrown into limbo where he could choose whether to live or die. He chose life.