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Zacharias Smith Character Analysis: Doubting Hufflepuff

Zacharias Smith Character Analysis: Doubting Hufflepuff

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Zacharias Smith is a young wizard who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry a year behind Harry Potter. A member of Hufflepuff, he played Chaser on their Quidditch Team and was also a member of Dumbledore’s Army. He did not participate in the Battle of Hogwarts.

About Zacharias Smith

Born1980/81
Blood StatusPure-blood of Half-blood
OccupationStudent Chaser DA Member
PatronusUnknown
HouseHufflepuff
WandUnknown
Zodiac SignCancer (speculative)

Zacharias Smith Biography

Zacharias Smith is a British wizard who started attending Hogwarts in 1992, the year after Harry Potter. He was sorted into Hufflepuff where he would have made friends.

In 1995, Zacharias was among the students interested in learning Defence Against the Dark Arts from Harry Potter, since the subject had been reduced to book learning by new professor and High Inquisitor of Hogwarts Dolores Umbridge.

However, when he turned up to the meeting at the Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade to learn about the group, he seemed mostly concerned with learning what had happened to his fellow Hufflepuff Cedric Diggory, who Harry reported had died at Lord Voldemort’s hand at the end of the Triwizard Tournament.

All Dumbledore told us last year was that Cedric Diggory got killed by You-Know-Who and that you brought Diggory’s body back to Hogwarts. He didn’t give us details, he didn’t tell us exactly how Diggory got murdered.

Zacharias Smith, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry responded to Zacharias that if he was only there for gossip, he would be disappointed. But Zacharias decided to stay and signed his name to the parchment for the group.

However, he became a bit of an irritation for the group as he was always criticizing things and questioning Harry’s leadership abilities. He openly mocked Harry when he thought he was doing remedial potions. Harry was in fact taking Occlumency lessons with Professor Snape.

Zacharias scoffed when Harry wanted to start the first class with Expelliarmus, but Harry pointed out that it had saved him in a duel against Lord Voldemort and that Zacharias was free to leave at any time.

After the announcement in the Daily Prophet that a group of Death Eaters had escaped from Azkaban, he became much more diligent in DA meetings.

The following year Zacharias pestered Ginny Weasley to tell him what had happened when Harry and some of the others had infiltrated the Department of Mysteries and fought Death Eaters in a battle that would eventually expose Lord Voldemort to the world.

She became so irritated with him that she hexed him with that Bat-Bogey Hex. Professor Horace Slughorn saw her handy work and was so impressed that he invited her to be part of the Slug Club.

In the same year, Zacharias took a turn commentating the Hogwarts Quidditch matches, since Lee Jordan had graduated. He irritated the Gryffindors by suggesting that Ron Weasley was only on the team because he was friends with Harry, who was captain.

When both Ron and Ginny proved themselves to be good players, he started criticizing the new Beaters instead. At the end of the match Ginny Weasley “accidentally” dive-bombed the commentary tower and slammed into him.

Zacharias was not among the students who attended Dumbledore’s funeral at the end of the year. He went home early with his haughty-looking father.

Zacharias returned to school in 1997/8 when it was under Death Eater control as it was a requirement for all underage wizards. However, when Lord Voldemort arrived with his Death Eaters, he was one of the first students to want to get out of the castle.

Harry saw Zacharias Smith bowling over first years to get to the front of the queue, here and there younger students were in tears, while older ones called desperately for friends or siblings.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Zacharias Smith Personality Type & Traits

Zacharias comes across as someone who always needs to question everything and tries to big himself up by putting others down. This is why he questioned Harry’s leadership abilities and criticized the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Luna Lovegood suggested that he had Loser’s Lurgy.

He likes to be “in the know” about things and is probably a bit of a gossip, gaining prestige by being someone “who knows”. But, while he is interested in other people, he puts himself first. He pushed younger students out of the way in order to escape from Hogwarts before the battle with Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

Zacharias Smith Zodiac Sign & Birthday

While Zacharias must have been born in 1980/1, we do not know his birthdate. His personality suggests that his zodiac sign may be Cancer. People born under this sign like to be at the center of things but can lack self-confidence. This can sometimes manifest in behaviors such as putting others down and excessive gossiping.

While Cancers are loving and caring people, they do know how to put themselves first. They also tend to hate conflict and avoid it at all costs.