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Justin Finch-Fletchely Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Justin Finch-Fletchely Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Justin Finch-Fletchely is a muggle-born wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the same year as Harry Potter but as a member of Hufflepuff House. Justin was one of the students petrified by Slytherin’s monster in his second year. He later became a member of the DA and learned defence against the dark arts with Harry Potter.

About Justin Finch-Fletchley

Blood StatusMuggle Born
OccupationHogwarts Student Member of the DA
Zodiac SignSagittarius (speculative)

Justin Finch-Fletchely must have been born into a relatively wealthy and upper-class muggle family in England, as before receiving his Hogwarts letter and discovering that he was a wizard, his parents had already enrolled him in the prestigious private school Eton.

My name was down for Eton, you know. I can’t tell you how glad I am I came here instead. Of course, mother was slightly disappointed, but since I made her read Lockhart’s books, I think she’s begun to see how useful it’ll be to have a fully trained wizard in the family…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

When he arrived at Hogwarts, he was sorted into Hufflepuff House. He soon became good friends with some of the fellow Hufflepuffs in his year, most notable Ernie Macmillan and Hannah Abbott.

During his first year or so at Hogwarts Justin seems to have been quite impressed by the idea of fame. He had his mother read Gilderoy Lockhart’s books, and in one Herbology class, he congratulated Harry on his fame.

Justin Finch Fletchely and Slytherin’s Monster

When Slytherin’s monster began to petrify people at Hogwarts, Justin, as a Muggle-born, was understandably scared. He also believed initially, like many, that Harry Potter may be the one behind the attacks. On one occasion he actually ran away from Harry in the halls in fear.

Later, at Lockhart’s dueling club, Justin was paired with Neville Longbottom to practice the Expelliarmus spell, which neither of them managed to master in the poorly organized class. When Lockhart decided to switch to defensive moves, he asked Justin and Neville to demonstrate, but they were saved from doing so by Professor Snape, who thought Harry and Draco Malfoy would be a better choice.

As the two boys dueled, Draco conjured a snake, which went flying when Lockhart tried to vanish it. The snake ended up slithering towards Justin. Harry instinctively commanded the snake to stop in parseltongue, unaware at the time that he could do so and that this was an uncommon wizarding talent.

Justin, like many others there, thought that Harry was egging in the snake and demanded “What are you playing at?” This reinforced for Justin, and many others, the idea that Harry might be Slytherin’s heir.

Shortly after, Justin encountered the Basilisk, seeing the serpent through the ghost Nearly Headless Nick. Both Justin and Nick were petrified. Naturally, this only increased suspicion around Harry, who had also been looking for Justin earlier that day to explain what had happened with the snake.

Fortunately, Justin and the others who had been petrified were restored and the true culprit caught. Justin apologized to Harry for suspecting him.

Justin Finch-Fletchley petrified

Justin Finch-Fletchley in Dumbledore’s Army

Justin got on well with Harry Potter over the next few years, though they were never close friends. He was also not too happy when Harry was chosen as a Triwizard champion, presumably because he was supporting Cedric Diggory, who was also a member of Hufflepuff House.

But in October 1995, Justin was one of the first students interested in learning defense against the dark arts from Harry and attended the first meeting at the Hog’s Head to hear about the proposal. He was particularly impressed when he heard that Harry had killed the Basilisk with Gryffindor’s sword.

Justin attended DA meetings regularly. How exactly he progressed is unclear. But he was partnered with Luna Lovegood on at least one occasion, and her performance was erratic, making his hair stand on end and his robes fly up over his head.

At the end of the year, on the train home from Hogwarts, Justin was among the DA members who helped defend Harry against Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle when they tried to jump him. Justin, with the help of Ernie, hoisted the trio into a luggage rack as retribution for their unlawful deduction of points from Hufflepuff during the year.

Justin Finch-Fletchley during Second Wizarding War

As a muggle-born, Justin was unable to return to Hogwarts in 1997-1998 when the Ministry, and the school, were under the control of Lord Voldemort.

It is unknown if he went into hiding with his family, if he returned to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts, or if he survived the Second Wizarding War.

Justin Finch-Fletchley Personality Type & Traits

Justin clearly came from a privileged background, which gave him a healthy ego and sense of entitlement. He seems to have been less intimidated by Hogwarts than many other muggle-born students. Nevertheless, he clearly had some misgivings about being different and fitting in, as reflected in his particular fear of Slytherin’s monster.

Justin was not afraid to apologize to Harry when he saw that he was in the wrong and also was not afraid to break the rules and join the DA when he saw what was happening at Hogwarts under Dolores Umbridge.

Justin Finch-Fletchley Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We don’t know when Justin was born, but he must have been born in 1979/80 to have been in the same year as Harry. His personality suggests that his zodiac sign might be Sagittarius. People born under this sign often have a quiet confidence and they aren’t overly worried about fitting in or being judged.

Sagittarians also tend to like adventure and excitement, as Justin’s interest in Gryffindor’s sword reflects. People born under this sign tend to be brave and charismatic, but less overwhelmingly than people born under the other fire signs.