Can You Name All Of These Harry Potter Characters?

By: Valerie
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"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."

Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs were just four of more than 100 characters created in the Harry Potter universe. With a flash of red hair or a shot of bespectacled eyes, are you magical enough to pick out these Harry Potter characters from just one image?

In 1997, J.K. Rowling introduced us to her wizarding world of Harry Potter. There were feasts, cauldrons and Quidditch. While all of these added to the appeal of the story, where would it be without the witches and wizards? What about the paintings, familiars, and even the Sorting Hat?

"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" opened you up to Harry and the Dursleys. You got a chance to witness gentle half-giants on motorcycles and short goblins with glasses. You watched Harry befriend a freckled redhead and turn down a friendship with an arrogant blond. And this was just in the first movie!

With a complete archive of eight films, the Harry Potter series has shown us glimpses of the most popular characters from Hermione to Dumbledore and Lupin, to even the most obscure like Barty Crouch Jr. and Bathilda Bagshot. There are tons of wizards, witches, paintings, ghosts and pets running through your head. Can you remember all of them?

Let's hope you weren't caught on the end of Gilderoy Lockhart's "Obliviate"! Can you manage the mischief in this quiz? We'll see!

The son of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy, Draco Malfoy grew up as an only child at Malfoy Manor, the magnificent mansion that had been in his pure-blood wizard family’s possession for many centuries. Though he never sought fame, Harry was undoubtedly the most popular and admired person at school, and this naturally annoyed a boy who had been brought up to believe that he was special and deserved an almost royal position within the wizarding community.

The founder of the Order of the Phoenix with a fondness for sherbet lemon, Albus Dumbledore is considered by many to be one of the most powerful wizards of his time. One of the most popular and intriguing Harry Potter fan theories is the idea that legendary wizard Albus Dumbledore is none other than Ron Weasley, grown up and gone back in time. This bizarre idea first surfaced in 2004, known memorably as the “Knight2King theory,” in which the authors presented a truly impressive amount of circumstantial evidence that Ron/Dumbledore are two sides of the same person.

One of Harry Potter’s two best friends, fellow Gryffindor, and youngest Weasley son, Ron Weasley is one of the most ambiguous characters in the series. Within pages of meeting his character in Philosopher’s Stone, we quickly discover the main source of his angst: trying to stand out in a big family.

In the Muggle world, "Potter" is an occupational surname that simply means a man who creates pottery. The wizarding family of Potters descends from the 12th-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, an eccentric but well-beloved man whose nickname, "the Potterer," became with time just "Potter." The wizarding Potter family had illustrious beginnings, some of which was hinted at in Deathly Hallows.

Popular Hufflepuff Seeker and just as popular handsome student, Cedric Diggory competed in the Triwizard Tournament and was killed by Lord Voldemort. Cedric was the sort of guy to always lend a hand, and in the end, he sacrificed himself for all of wizard-kind.

Somewhat naive, but kind, honest and brave, Rubeus Hagrid loves all creatures, no matter how dangerous they might be. The Hogwarts gamekeeper is a tirelessly loyal friend to Harry and Dumbledore.

According to the article J.K. Rowling wrote for her website, Pottermore, Sir Nicholas lounged around the court of Henry VII in life, until his stupid attempt to beautify a lady by magic caused the unfortunate woman to sprout tusks. He was then was stripped of his wand and inexpertly executed, leaving his head hanging off by a single flap of skin. He retains a feeling of inadequacy, envying truly headless ghosts.

Severus Snape is an extremely skilled at potions and Occlumency. During all these years, Severus Snape was consumed by his love for Lily Potter and did not have any other close relationships. No one else knew him as a friend, son, husband, parent or mentor. He did not have any other close relationships and his life continued to revolve around his love for Lily, even after her death.

Remus Lupin was a member of the Order of the Phoenix, Hogwarts teacher and werewolf. Shortly before Lupin’s fifth birthday, Fenrir Greyback attacked him. The child survived; however, henceforth, Remus would be a full-fledged werewolf.

When asked how she came up with the name for Minerva McGonagall, J.K. Rowling explains that Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom but there was also William McGonagall, well-known for being the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to the author about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the ridiculous McGonagall.

The family of Ollivander has long been associated with the mysterious profession of wandcraft. They say that this name means "he who owns the olive wand."

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody is a highly accomplished Auror (dark wizard hunter) from a family of Aurors, and an outstanding duellist also skilled in nonverbal magic. Alastor was hired by Albus Dumbledore to be Defense Against the Dark Arts professor during Harry Potter's fourth year at Hogwarts.

Aragog, the scary giant spider from the Forbidden Forest, is only loyal to Rubeus Hagrid. Aragog has a black and grey hairy body, and eight milky white eyes.

One of best fan theories is that Neville Longbottom was the real chosen one and Lord Voldemort just made a mistake when he chose Harry. A lot of people think that perhaps the entire book series has been following the “wrong” person and here's why: Remember that moment in the end when Harry tried to kill Voldemort and failed? And just when all hope seemed lost, Neville rose from the dust and performed the heroic act. There is even a fan fiction that explores what the world of Harry Potter would've looked like if Voldemort had chosen to mark Neville as his opponent instead. This long, exciting story makes huge changes to each book.

Dolores's time at Hogwarts ended disastrously because she overreached the remit Fudge had given her, stepping outside the bounds of her own authority. Shaken, but still fanatic about her job after a catastrophic end to her Hogwarts career, she returned to the Ministry of Magic. According to J.K. Rowling, with the fall of Lord Voldemort, Dolores Umbridge was put on trial for her cooperation with his regime, and convicted of the torture, imprisonment and deaths of a few people (unfortunately, some of the innocent Muggle-borns she sentenced to Azkaban did not survive).

The Sorting Hat sings songs at the beginning of each school year. Legend has it that the enchanted hat once belonged to one of the four founders, Godric Gryffindor. The Sorting Hat is truly one of the cleverest enchanted objects you see in Hogwarts: It contains the intelligence of the four founders, can speak, and is skilled at Legilimency.

Vain, arrogant and selfish, Gilderoy Lockhart had never been a bad wizard, only a lazy one. After Hogwarts, he decided to hone his talents in one direction: Memory Charms. By perfecting this tricky spell, he succeeded in modifying the recollections of highly accomplished and brave witches and wizards, allowing him to take credit for their achievements.

The editor of "The Quibbler," Xenophilius Lovegood, is knowledgeable on a wide array of magical items and creatures that other witches and wizards don’t know a lot about (or just don’t believe exist).

A lot of HP fans believe that Bellatrix Lestrange was secretly in love with her master, or even was his mistress at some point. One of Voldemort's most devout followers, Bellatrix gets some of the scariest scenes in the books and movies. This attractive — but cruel and merciless — witch is obsessed with her master and blood purity.

Dobby the house elf is one of Harry Potter's most loyal friends, who supported him from his second year at Hogwarts and even saved his life. The clumsy and naive house elf may have been a bit of a nightmare at times — redecorating the Dursleys' kitchen with cake, hiding Harry’s personal mail and almost getting him expelled weren’t great — but you can’t say he was never a devoted friend.

Cornelius Fudge is a career politician who is overly fond of the old traditions. His persistent denial of the continuing threat of Lord Voldemort in the end cost him his job.

In the wizarding world, there are few people as kind as Luna Lovegood. A true Ravenclaw, Luna was always supporting Harry and his friends without expecting anything in return.

A lot of people thought that Sybill Trelawney's talents were not real, but Sybill had inherited even more than she knew herself, prophesying accurately at least twice. Even though she does experience very rare flashes of genuine clairvoyance, she can never remember them afterward.

One of the Lord Voldemort's most loyal servants and one of his Horcruxes, Nagini is an unusual snake. She murdered a lot of people including Severus Snape, and was killed by Neville Longbottom with the Sword of Gryffindor.

As Harry's father, James Potter has a big influence on all books, especially because Harry looks exactly like him — except for his eyes, of course. As a teenager, James was a bit cocky, arrogant and even cruel, but as he gets older, he gets wiser and more compassionate. Since he was the only child of an extremely wealthy pure-blood family, had a brilliant mind and was an excellent Quidditch player, it's not surprising that he had a remarkable ego as well.

According to the final book, Colin Creevey was killed by Death Eaters in the final Battle of Hogwarts. He was the youngest victim of the Battle at Hogwarts.

Lucius Malfoy achieved notoriety as one of Lord Voldemort's Death Eaters, though he successfully avoided prison twice after Lord Voldemort's attempted coups. On the first occasion, he claimed to have been acting under the Imperius Curse; on the second, he provided evidence against fellow Death Eaters and helped to find many of Lord Voldemort's followers who were hiding.

When Tonks was first introduced into the Harry Potter universe, she was portrayed as being a bubbly, friendly and clumsy Auror, who also happened to be a metamorphmagus. She was also the youngest member of the Order at that time.

Oliver Wood is fanatical about Quidditch. He captained the Gryffindor Quidditch team while playing Keeper during Harry's first three years. After his graduation, he signed with Puddlemere United Reserve team.

Mrs. Weasley is a remarkable character in the Harry Potter universe. She's the strong-willed, brave and caring mother of seven children who welcomes Harry into The Burrow as though he were one of her own kids.

Like his wife Petunia, Vernon Dursley detested magic and anything unusual or out of the ordinary. Naturally, he hated Harry, who was very much a symbol of both for him. In fact, Vernon's disdain for Harry was so great that Vernon prohibited his nephew from saying words such as "magic" or "wizard" in his house.

Loyal servant of Lord Voldemort, Barty Crouch Jr. was sent to Azkaban by his father, Ministry of Magic employee Bartemius Crouch Sr., for torturing the Longbottoms. Barty Crouch's escape from Azkaban was engineered by his father, who was acting at the request of his wife. Barty's escape remained undiscovered because Bartemius's wife took his place, very quickly dying in Azkaban.

Peter Pettigrew was a loyal follower of Voldemort and also an Animagus, being a rat in every sense of the word. This unpopular, weak and magically mediocre Hogwarts student was almost always referred to by his nickname, "Wormtail," and was a friend of James Potter at Hogwarts.

A talented Muggle-born witch, Lily Potter was murdered by Voldemort during the First Wizarding War while she was protecting her child. She is one of the most tragic characters in the Harry Potter series, as well as one of the most heroic.

Hermione Granger was always the ultimate female role model in the Harry Potter Universe. Everyone adored Hermione, but there's one character who deserves even more admiration: the fiery Ginny Weasley. At the beginning of the story, she is just a shy 10-year-old who’s dying to go to Hogwarts, and who has a crush on the Boy Who Lived. But by the end, she’s a hero in her own right: a stubborn, brave, smart, self-assured, sassy, strong woman who is the equal of Harry Potter himself.

Yaxley is one of the "Sacred Twenty-Eight": according to the author of the "Pure-Blood Directory," there are only 28 British families that were still "truly pure-blood." Death Eater Corban Yaxley is the former head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement who got there when Lord Voldemort was in control of the Ministry of Magic.

Slytherin is not all about snakes, snark and cynicism, because there also was Horace Slughorn. Slughorn was a complex character from the very beginning: You can never be quite sure what you are getting with the former Head of Slytherin.

Fenrir Greyback is a mean, cruel, savage werewolf and loyal Voldemort supporter who attacks children just for fun. A leader in his community, he tried to infect as many people as possible with lycanthropy, one day hoping to build an army strong enough to take over the wizarding world.

Dumbledore banned Rita Skeeter from Hogwarts' grounds, but she managed to find her way back in by changing into her illegal animagus form: that of a nasty little beetle. This form is perfect for a journalist who scuttles merrily over the misfortune of others and feeds on trash, writing stories based mostly on false information.

Argus Filch is one of those brilliant characters in "Harry Potter" who lost a lot in translation from page to screen. He is a devoted servant to the school, and a surprisingly sad character in many ways — lonely, unhappy and essentially a wizard-born Muggle who is looked upon with a degree of disdain by some witches and wizards, particularly pure-bloods.

Moaning Myrtle, an annoying, always-upset and unhappy Hogwarts ghost, primarily haunts the girls' bathroom in which she was killed by schoolmate Tom Riddle's basilisk. She whines, mopes and gets upset easily, but she can also be mean and often takes pleasure in others' discomfort.

The father to seven children, hardworking man, great husband, loyal friend and Blood Traitor, Arthur Weasley was always fascinated by — and with — Muggles and their inventions. His character provides humor in the books, a contrast to the politicians around him, and gives a glimpse of typical, "normal" family life in the wizarding world.

Sirius Black is an old friend of James and Lily Potter and Harry's Animagus godfather who escaped from Azkaban. Perhaps no students have ever explored Hogwarts as thoroughly as the four best friends, creators and contributors to the Marauder's Map: James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew.

Fred Weasley is played by actor James Phelps.

Firenze is a centaur with white-blond hair, palomino body and blue eyes. He trusts humans more than the rest of the centaurs; from 1996 to 1998, he was a Divination teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Before that, he lived with his colony in the Forbidden Forest, on the borders of Hogwarts in Scotland.

Tom Marvolo Riddle was always trouble. First in the asylum and later in Hogwarts, the troubled young wizard with an affinity for the Dark Arts and manipulation loved to hurt people. From a very young age, he thought he was special. He later became the most powerful Dark Wizard of all time.

Percy is two years older than Fred and George and sticks out like a sore thumb in the Weasley family. He is bookish and without the natural charisma of the siblings ahead or behind him.

Hermione Granger went from bookish, lonely and naive Muggle-born to one of Gryffindor's bravest during her years at Hogwarts. Even though she is a top-notch witch, a loyal friend and a strong advocate for good over evil, Hermione has broken the law so many times, she is lucky she never got arrested or sent to prison.

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