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Pansy Parkinson Character Analysis: Hogwarts Mean Girl

Pansy Parkinson Character Analysis: Hogwarts Mean Girl

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Pansy Parkinson was a British pure-blood witch who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the same year as Harry Potter. She was a member of Slytherin House and was known as a mean girl and a bully. She was at Hogwarts when Lord Voldemort descended with his army and suggested handing Harry Potter over to him to save the school.

About Pansy Parkinson

Blood StatusPure-blood
Inquisitorial Squad
Zodiac SignLibra (speculative)

Pansy Parkinson Early Life

Pansy Parkinson was born in 1979/80 into one of the British pure-blood wizarding families and is a descendant of the former Minister for Magic, Perseus Parkinson.

She started her education at Hogwarts in 1991 where she was sorted into Slytherin House along with Draco Malfoy. She quickly became a popular ringleader with the Slytherin girls in her year, including Millicent Bulstrode, Tracey Davis, and Daphne Greengrass.

Pansy Parkinson the Bully

Pansy used her popularity to bully other students. For example, when Parvati Patil defended Neville Longbottom after he was tormented by Draco Malfoy in their first flying class, Pansy taunted her saying that she did not know that Parvati liked “fat little cry-babies”. She teased Gryffindor Quidditch player Angelina Johnson for looking like she had worms coming out of her head because of her braided hairstyle.

Similarly, during the Triwizard Tournament, Pansy was one of the students who gave reporter Rita Skeeter disparaging interviews about Harry, Hagrid, and Hermione. She laughed maliciously when a stray hex left Hermione with oversized front teeth.

She showed a sycophantic admiration and affection for Draco Malfoy, who was a popular leader among the Slytherin boys. For example, when Malfoy was injured by the Hippogriff Buckbeak, due to his own carelessness, Pansy suggested that Hagrid, the teacher of the class, should be fired immediately.

She also supported Dolores Umbridge in her attempts to fire Hagrid. She pretended that she had difficulty understanding the part-giant teacher when he spoke.

Pansy Parkinson the Student

Despite her behavior, Pansy was made a Prefect in her fifth year, and she joined Professor Dolores Umbridge’s Inquisitorial Squad to police other students. She was part of the team that apprehended the members of the DA accessing Umbridge’s office fire. All the inquisitors were later overpowered by the DA members who made their way to the Department of Mysteries.

But Pansy must have been a fairly good student. She was one of the few who was able to continue with Defence Against the Dark Arts and Position at N.E.W.T. level, having received good grades in her O.W.L. exams.

Pansy Parkinson and Draco Malfoy

Pansy seems to have had a crush on Draco Malfoy throughout her time at school. Or she at least wanted to be closely associated with him due to his popularity and the prestige of his father.

In her fourth year, she attended the Yule Ball with Draco. She wore pink frilly robes and expressed outrage when Hermione Granger attended the ball with Triwizard Champion and International Quidditch player Viktor Krum. She was surely jealous.

In her sixth year, Pansy shared a carriage with Malfoy and the other Slytherins on their way to school. On the journey, Draco had his head in Pansy’s lap, and she was stroking his hair and smirking, clearly enjoying the attention. She was very upset when Draco suggested that he might not need to return to Hogwarts in his seventh year.

Pansy Parkinson also seemed impressed when Draco Malfoy implied that he had a dark mark and had joined the Death Eaters. However, there is no evidence that her family was associated with the Death Eaters.

When they left the train, Pansy held her hand out to Draco for the two to leave together. However, he told her to go ahead. Draco had realized that Harry was hiding in the cabin under his invisibility cloak and stayed behind to catch him.

When Harry injured Draco Malfoy with a Sectrumsempre curse, Pansy rushed to his bedside. She also vilified Harry far and wide for what he had done to Draco.

Pansy Parkinson and the Second Wizarding War

Pansy Parkinson returned to Hogwarts in her seventh year when the school had come under Death Eater control. It is not clear whether her family supported Lord Voldemort, but all pure-blood and half-blood witches and wizards of school age were obliged to attend Hogwarts in that year.

Her head of house Severus Snape took over as headmaster, and two new teachers, Amycus and Alecto Carrow joined the staff to teach Death Eater ideals and discipline students. While they were known to have tortured and beaten students, Pansy was probably spared harsh treatment as a member of Slytherin.

When Lord Voldemort descended on the castle with his Death Eater army, all students were gathered in the Great Hall. There they heard the voice of Lord Voldemort saying that they would all be spared if they simply handed over Harry Potter.

Pansy Parkinson was on the only person in the Great Hall who stood up and suggested that this was exactly what they should do – hand Harry over.

But, he’s there! Potter’s there! Someone grab him!

Pansy Parkinson, Harry Potter and teh Deathly Hallows

This caused students in all the other houses to draw their wands and turn on Pansy. As a consequence, Professor McGonagall ordered all Slytherin students evacuated from the castle before the battle began. The feeling was that they could not be trusted.

It seems unlikely that Pansy joined the Death Eater army when she left the school. She seemed terrified by the prospect of the Dark Lord attacking the school, and she does not seem to have been subsequently punished for her involvement in any way.

Pansy Parkinson Later Life

While many readers assumed that Pansy Parkinson would go on to marry Draco Malfoy, this is not what happened. Author J.K. Rowling said that she did not do this because she always hated Pansy. She gave Draco a redemption arc in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Pansy could not be part of that.

Fanfiction has Pansy marrying Blaise Zabini. She once expressed jealousy at the idea that Zabini might find Ginny Weasley attractive.

Pansy: “Even you think she’s good looking, don’t you, Blaise, and we all know how hard you are to please!”
Blaise Zabini: “I wouldn’t touch a filthy blood traitor like her whatever she looked like.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Pansy Parkinson Personality Type & Traits

Pansy Parkinson comes across as someone who needs the validation of others. Her social status is very important, and she puts other people down to boost her own self-esteem. While she may come across as confident, this is generally a sign of low self-esteem.

She seems very self-interested, thinking about her own needs before those of others. This is most clear in her willingness to hand over Harry Potter to save the school. But also apparent in her willingness to throw Hagrid under the bus to gain the respect of Draco Malfoy and Dolores Umbridge.

Pansy Parkinson Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know Pansy’s birthdate, but she must have been born in 1979/80 to have been in the same year at school as Harry Potter. Her personality suggests that her zodiac sign may be Libra. People born under this sign are intelligent, like Pansy clearly was to achieve such good grades at school.

However, they are also very socially minded and can become overly concerned with their social status in the wrong environments. Librans are also very good at reading people. While this makes them great friends, it means they also know exactly what to say to hurt someone.