While J.K. Rowling doesn’t have the opportunity to share the birthdates of all her characters in her books, quite a few do come up during events, and quite a few characters happen to be Leos!
Courageous and confident, Leos are born between July 23 and August 22. It is no surprise that many of them find themselves in the Gryffindor house.
Harry Potter himself is a Leo, as is his birthday buddy Neville Longbottom and his love interest Ginny Weasley. Percy Weasley is another Leo, though with clear on the cusp of Virgo traits. Impressive American witch Tina Goldstein from Fantastic Beasts is also a Leo, as is famous witch singer Celestina Warbeck.
Leos are confident and charismatic. They attract attention and fall into leadership roles without much effort, and tend to enjoy the spotlight.
They are courageous and brave, and tend to succeed with pure energy and guts rather than through preparation and study. Leos also have big hearts and naturally want to defend their pack.
Let’s take a closer look at the six characters that we know are Leos and how their Leo traits manifest in J.K. Rowling’s books.
|Harry Potter||30 July 1980|
|Neville Longbottom||30 July 1980|
|Ginny Weasley||11 August 1981|
|Tina Goldstein||19 August 1901|
|Percy Weasley||22 August 1976|
|Celestine Warbeck||18 August 1917|
Harry Potter, 30 July, 1980
Harry Potter is a classic, confident, caring, and courageous Leo. He is always standing up for what is right and those who need his help, having the courage to take on some of the world’s darkest powers, but relying more on courage and luck than strategy and careful planning – for the latter, he has Dumbledore and Hermione.
Leos tend to have an air of “royalty” about them, regardless of their beginnings. We see this with Harry, who has a lot of confidence and charisma despite growing up in a closet.
While he isn’t arrogant, he is confident enough not to question his abilities, even when he doesn’t excel at his studies (unlike his friend Ron).
Plus, when his name emerges from the Triwizard cup, while he is understandably anxious, in his mind, he has just as good a chance as his more experienced competitors, despite his lack of preparation.
Read our complete Zodiac profile of Harry Potter.
Neville Longbottom, 30 July, 1980
Sharing a birthday with Harry, Neville Longbottom is also a Leo, though he takes longer to grow into the personality.
This is largely the result of the loss of his parents and the constant disappointment of his grandmother.
Leos need admiration and love from the people around them to thrive. But at least the sorting hat could see his potential, confidently placing him in Gryffindor house.
Neville’s innate Leo leadership skills finally come to the front in his final year at Hogwarts, when he leads the student resistance against the Death Eaters who have taken over the school. He also shows classic Leo courage when he confronts Voldemort in front of the two armies of wizards at the final battle of Hogwarts.
Over the course of the books, we see Neville transform from a timid boy with heart – Dumbledore rewarded him for standing up to his friends when he thought that they were in the wrong – to a lordly lion.
Neville went on to become an Auror before returning to Hogwarts as the Herbology professor.
Ginny Weasley, 11 August, 1981
Throughout most of the books, Ginny Weasley has the confidence and charisma common to Leos. This is why she attracts the attention of so many boys at Hogwarts.
But just like a lion, she never compromises on what is important to her for any of them. This makes her an excellent match for Harry, but why their relationship wasn’t easy.
There was no way that she would wait at home safely while he was off fighting Voldemort. Instead, she was instrumental in the student resistance at Hogwarts.
A lesser character than Ginny’s would have been completely overcome by the force of the spirit of Tom Riddle that she encountered in The Chamber of Secrets.
But if anything, the challenges to Ginny left her an even stronger person. After the fact, she was well known for her energetic and lively personality and quick wit.
Ginny, another Gryffindor, wasn’t afraid to defend those less fortunate than herself, such as Luna, or support others in their accomplishments, such as Harry and Hermione.
Leos don’t fear others dimming their light and so can be open and honest in their support.
Like most Leos, Ginny believed that she could accomplish anything. She demonstrated this when she mastered Quidditch at Hogwarts and then became a professional Quidditch player.
Tina Goldstein, 19 August, 1901
We meet Tina in Fantastic Beasts as a disgraced Auror who tries to bring Newt to justice. Of course, she ends up helping him in his cause and eventually falling in love with and marrying him.
Leos are well-suited to the life of an Auror, which requires confidence and a taste for adventure. The problems she encounters also reflect Leo’s arrogance and temper!
Leos like Tina Goldstein have big hearts and strong tempers, which is why she couldn’t stop herself from magically assaulting the no-maj Mary Lou Barebone when she discovered her abusing her adopted son Credence.
Her tendency to become bossy and forceful to take control of situations is a classic Leo trait. Leos like to be in command and will use their force of character to make it happen.
Tina attended the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the United States, where she was sorted into Thunderbird House, which is the equivalent of Gryffindor.
She had the sense of self and the willpower to resist the persuasive speeches of Gellert Grindelwald and eventually bring him to justice.
Percy Weasley, 22 August, 1976
We meet Percy as prefect of Gryffindor during the first of the Harry Potter books. From the beginning, he comes across as a studious high achiever, ambitious and arrogant, and a stickler for the rules.
When he leaves school, he joins the Ministry of Magic and turns his back on his family for a short period when they align with Dumbledore and Harry against the ministry. But he finds his way back eventually.
While Percy Weasley might not seem like a classic Leo, he displays many of the traits common to Leos on the cusp of Virgo, as he was born on the last day of the sign. Leo’s energy fuels his confidence and strong ego, while Virgo’s energy makes him studious and intelligent, but also a bit rigid in his way of thinking.
The combination of confidence and intelligence means that Percy is bound to excel, as he does as head boy and in the Ministry.
But while most Virgos suffer from self-criticism that keeps them grounded, Percy, as a Leo, knows just how good he is.
Celestine Warbeck, 18 Auguts, 1917
Leos often thrive as performers as they come alive in the spotlight. So it is no surprise that the wizarding world’s most famous singer, Celestine Warbeck, is a Leo. She was also a Gryffindor when she attended Hogwarts, suggesting that she possesses the courage and heart common to both Gryffindors and Leos.
Celestine is one of the less well-known characters in the Harry Potter universe. Also called the “Singing Sorceress”, she is a half-blood Welsh witch, and we hear about her often in the gossip columns of the Daily Prophet.
She is Mrs Weasley’s favorite singer, and she listens to her every Christmas, and she is also J.K. Rowling’s favorite “off-stage” character. She said that she imagined her to be like Shirley Bassey (who happens to be a Capricorn).
Celestine displays the fiery temper and “never back down” attitude of many Leos when she enters into a vocal disagreement with the Ministry of Magic about restrictions around the wizarding community celebrating Halloween.
She also has a big Leo heart, putting her talent to good cause raising funds for St Mungo’s Hospital of Magical Maladies and Injuries.
What do you think of the Leos of the wizarding world? How do they match up to the Leos that you have in your life?