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Viktor Krum Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

Viktor Krum Character Analysis: Personality Traits, Family & Patronus

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Viktor Krum is a Bulgarian wizard who attended Durmstrang Institute and became the Seeker on the Bulgarian National Quidditch team at the age of just 18. He went on to represent his school in the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts in 1994-1995.

About Viktor Krum

Blood StatusPure Blood or Half Blood
OccupationSeeker on Bulgarian Quidditch Team Student at Durmstrang
Zodiac SignVirgo (speculative)

Viktor Krum Early Life

Viktor Krum was born into a wizarding family in Bulgaria in 1976 and went to Durmstrang Institute, like many European wizards. He was one of the last people to purchase a wand from Gregorvitch before his retirement.

At Durmstrang he encountered the symbol of the Deathly Hallows, which Gellert Grindelwald had adopted for himself and his wizard supremacy view. While many other students at the school took on the symbol for themselves, Krum did not as Grindelwald had murdered his grandfather.

He seems to have been studious and enjoyed spending time in the library. He also showed an early talent for Quidditch. While still at school, he won the position of Seeker on the Bulgarian national team.

Krum at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup

In 1994 the Bulgarian team made it to the final of the Quidditch World Cup, so Krum went to England to play in the final. His talent was immediately apparent. He was such an exciting player to watch that even the supporters of the opposing Irish team cheered him on.

Harry had never seen anyone fly like that; Krum hardly looked as though he was using a broomstick at all; he moved so easily through the air that he looked unsupported and weightless.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Krum played extremely well, even performing the Wrinsky Feint, which caused his opposing Seeker to plough into the ground. But overall the Irish team outclassed the Bulgarians and pulled far ahead on points.

Despite being behind on points, and therefore losing the game, Krum caught the Snitch. During his pursuit he was hit in the face by a Bludger that left him with a broken nose and two black eyes.

Krum at the Quidditch World Cup

Krum in the Triwizard Tournament

In the 1994-1995 school year Krum was among the delegation from Durmstrang Institute that arrived at Hogwarts to compete. His celebrity status meant that he raised quite a stir! He was almost always followed by a group of adoring, mostly female, fans.

Krum placed his name in the Goblet of Fire and was selected as his school champion. He remained quite calm when Harry’s name was chosen as a second champion for Hogwarts. He was focussed on the tasks before him and believed in his ability to win.

Before the first task of the Tournament, Krum spent a lot of time in the library. There Hermione Granger caught his eye. It took him a while to strike up the courage to talk to her, and Hermione became irritated by the giggling girls that followed him to the library.

First Task

On the first task, each of the champions was to face a dragon and retrieve a golden egg that it was defending. Viktor was placed against a Chinese Fireball. He used a Conjunctivitis Curse to blind the dragon and retrieve the egg. However, he lost points because the dragon trampled some of its own real eggs in its confusion. Nevertheless, he tied with Harry in first place.

Yule Ball

At the Yule Ball, Krum surprised everyone by inviting Hermione Granger as his guest. The two danced together, and she tried to teach him how to pronounce his name correctly, all while Ron became increasingly jealous.

Krum and Hermione at the Yule Ball

Second Task

For the second task, the merpeople living in the great lake took people that mattered to the champions and held them hostage at the bottom of the lake. For Krum, they took Hermione. Krum used partial human transfiguration to give himself the head and lungs of a shark.

Krum arrived in the merpeople village shortly after Harry and began to gnaw on the ropes holding Hermione. Worried that Krum would hurt her with his teeth, Harry, who was waiting to see that all the hostages got away safely, gave him a rock. Krum freed Hermione and took her to the surface. He was the second to arrive but was also well outside the time.

Back on dry land, Krum, more concerned with Hermione than the competition, told her that he had never felt this way about a girl and that he wanted her to visit him in Bulgaria in the summer. This private conversation was overheard by the illegal Animagus and reporter Rita Skeeter.

Forest Attack

Prior to the third task, the champions were taken to see the maze that had been set up on the Hogwarts Quidditch pitch. On their way back up to the castle, Krum pulled Harry aside to talk about Hermione and ensure that Harry and Hermione were just friends.

Their conversation was interrupted when a confused Barty Crouch Snr ran into the two boys begging for help and to be taken to Dumbledore. He was struggling to throw off an Imperius Curse and wanted to warn Dumbledore of Lord Voldemort’s plans to kidnap Harry.

Harry left Crouch with Krum and ran to the castle to get Professor Dumbledore. But when Harry left, Barty Crouch Jnr, disguised as Alastor Moody, stunned Krum. He then killed his father and hid him by transfiguring him into a bone and burying him in Hagrid’s garden. Once revived, Krum assumed that Crouch Snr had stunned him and run off.

Krum and Karkaroff before the third task

Third Task

Based on points, Krum was the third to enter the maze, behind Harry and Cedric Diggory, and before Fleur Delacour. During the task, Crouch Jnr placed an Imperius Curse on Krum. The Bulgarian then unknowingly incapacitated Fleur and tried to use the Crutiatus Curse on Cedric Diggory.

Fortunately, Harry was in the vicinity at the time and was able to stun Krum. He also realized that he must be under someone else’s control. The pair sent up red sparks to show the judges where Viktor was, and went on to retrieve the cup.

End of the Tournament

Despite the fact that his headmaster Karkaroff fled before the end of the third task, Krum stayed at Hogwarts for Cedric’s memorial service. The two seem to have struck up a friendship and mutual respect during the tournament. He also had a private goodbye with Hermione.

Krum’s Later Life

While Hermione never visited Krum in Bulgaria, the two corresponded by letter for several years after meeting. Krum continued to play Quidditch for Bulgaria, and even appeared on a Chocolate Frog Card as a bona fide wizarding celebrity.

Fleur Delacour invited Krum to her wedding to Bill Weasley on 1 August 1997. There he was able to see Hermione again, but also saw that there was something between Hermione and Ron Weasley. While he danced with Hermione, he also respected their relationship.

At the wedding he saw Xenophilius Lovegood wearing the symbol of the Deathly Hallows. This angered him since he associated the symbol with Gellert Grindelwald. He told Harry, who was disguised using Polyjuice Potion, about this. It would later be an important clue for the trio.

Krum was still at the wedding when it was raided by the Death Eaters who had infiltrated the Ministry of Magic. Krum stood his ground and defended the other guests. As he was not a person of interest, he was probably allowed to leave.

Krum continued playing Quidditch for Bulgaria until 2002, when he suffered an agonizing loss. In the final he was beaten to the snitch by the Egyptian Seeker. The tearful Krum then announced his retirement.

However, he came out of retirement in 2014 to play for Bulgaria in the Quidditch World Cup final again, determined to win once before his death. He went on to deliver a thrilling win for his team, beating Egypt mostly down to his energy and performance.

Viktor eventually found love with a witch from Bulgaria, but he always maintained his friendship with Hermione.

Viktor Krum Personality Type & Traits

While Viktor Krum might come across as surly and moody on the outside, but people who know him would describe him as intelligent, thoughtful, and loyal. Hermione even said that he was good company once he let his guard down. Being a celebrity probably taught him to keep people at arm’s length.

He seems to have been a quietly confident person. Krum was one of the few champions not angered by Harry’s entrance in the Triwizard Tournament, and he really just wanted to get on and do his best.

While Krum no doubt wanted to win glory for himself and his school in the Triwizard Tournament, this was not all consuming for him. He never abused his celebrity, and he was often more concerned about his budding friendship with Hermione than the details of the competition.

Krum seems to have formed friendships with all the other champions, more so than Harry. He was genuinely saddened by Cedric Diggory’s death and was close enough to Fleur Delacour that she invited him to her wedding.

Viktor Krum Zodiac Sign & Birthday

We do not know Viktor Krum’s birthday, though he must have been born in 1976 to have been 18 at the time of the Triwizard Tournament. His personality suggests that his zodiac sign may be Virgo. Virgos are often quietly confident and believe in working hard to get what they want. They often take a while to let people in, but once they do they are great friends.