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Stan Shunpike Character Analysis: Knight Bus Conductor

Stan Shunpike Character Analysis: Knight Bus Conductor

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Stan Shunpike was one of the conductors of the Knight Bus that picks up wizards in need. He was arrested in 1996 for being a Death Eater when he was heard to say that he had inside information about the group, but he was probably just seeking attention. He escaped from Azkaban with a group of Death Eaters and joined their cause.

About Stan Shunpike

BornCirca 1975
Blood StatusPure-Blood or Half-Blood
OccupationConductor
PatronusUnknown
HouseUnknown
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignLibra (speculative)

Stan Shunpike Biography

Stan Shunpike was only a few years older than Harry Potter but was already working in 1993. He probably attended Hogwarts for his magical education.

Stan was working on the Knight Bus in 1993 when it picked up Harry Potter. Harry had just fled from the home of the Dursleys. He did not recognize the famous wizard and believed Harry when he claimed to be Neville Longbottom.

When he was showing Harry around the Knight Bus, Stan demonstrated that he loved to gossip and be the person with inside information. However, he was still shocked when Harry used Voldemort’s name, rather than saying “you know who”.

Harry’s true identity was revealed when they ran into Cornelius Fudge, but Stan still continued to call Harry “Neville”.

Like many in the wizarding world, Stan attended the Quidditch World Cup when it was held in England in 1994. He was as infatuated with the Veela as the other men at the event. Stan was heard to claim that he was about to be made the youngest Minister for Magic ever in order to impress them.

Stan met Harry on the Knight Bus again when he and the Weasleys used the bus to return to Hogwarts in January 1996. While Harry was trying to conceal his identity, Stan blurted it out for all to hear. Nymphadora Tonks, who was escorting Harry, threatened to curse Stan for his lack of discretion. Stan told Harry that he had seen him in the papers.

You keepin’ well, then, ‘Arry? I seen your name in the paper loads over the summer, but it weren’t never nuffink very nice. … I said to Ern, I said, ‘ ‘e didn’t seem like a nutter when we met ‘im, just goes to show, dunnit?

Stan Shunpike, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Was Stan Shunpike a Death Eater

Stan was trying to impress his friends at the pub in 1996 by saying that he had information about Death Eater plans. At this time, the Ministry was trying to show that they were being proactive against the Death Eaters. Stan was arrested and sent to Azkaban. However, interrogations revealed he had no Death Eater connections.

Nevertheless, Stan was held in Azkaban throughout 1996. He was freed from his cell during a Death Eater breakout in 1997. They seem to have decided to take Stan with them. Harry assumed that Stan was under the Imperius Curse rather than actively cooperating, but this is unconfirmed.

Stan was among the 30 Death Eaters who tried to capture Harry during the Battle of the Seven Potters. He was among the group who followed the real Harry, who was with Hagrid, rather than one of the other six decoy Harrys. Harry did not want to hurt him, so he disarmed Stan. This was considered a characteristic Harry move, so Lord Voldemort then descended on the pair.

Ron Weasley later tried to use Stan Shunpike’s identity when he was captured by Snatchers, but this failed since the head of the gang, Scabior, knew Stan personally.

While Harry did not want to believe that Stan was a Death Eater, it is unclear whether Stan joined the Death Eaters willingly or under compunction after his escape from Azkaban. It is not inconceivable that Stan, after spending time in the prison with the Death Eaters, was convinced to join them. The Ministry had treated him very badly.

Stan Shunpike Personality Type & Traits

Stan Shunpike comes across as not very bright, but with a love for gossip and being the center of attention. He had a tendency to brag, and this got him in trouble when he claimed to have information on the Death Eaters.

While Harry did not want to believe that Stan was a Death Eater, it is unclear whether he was under the Imperius Curse or joined them of his own volition. For someone who wanted power, respect, and to belong, the Death Eaters may have seemed like an attractive organization for someone mistreated and disrespected by the Ministry.

Stan Shunpike Zodiac Sign & Birthday

Stan Shunpike was 21 when he was sent to Azkaban, so he must have been born in 1975. His personality suggests that his zodiac sign could be Libra. People born under this sign are known to gossip and like to be the center of attention. They will often go to extremes to achieve popularity.