Born: c. 1979.
Hogwarts first year: 1990.
Quidditch: Seeker for Ravenclaw (1993-), but initially had problems with injuries.
Patronus: Swan (OP27).
Spouse: Cho Chang married a Muggle (OBT/NO).
Cho Chang is a popular, pretty Ravenclaw student who was Harry’s girlfriend for awhile. She loves Quidditch – she has been a fan of the Tutshill Tornados since she was six -- and was the Seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team (PA13, GF22, OP12).
Harry saw Cho for the first time his third year at Hogwarts when the Gryffindor team was about to play a match with Ravenclaw. His reaction, which surprised him a little, was that she was very pretty. As that school year went by, he developed a crush on her.
At the start of the 1994-95 school year, when the Triwizard Tournament was announced, he imagined himself winning and seeing her face shining with admiration for him. Later, when Harry found out that he was expected to ask a date to the Yule Ball He tried to work up the courage to ask Cho, but by the time he managed it, she had already accepted an invitation from Cedric Diggory, who was also one of Harry's rivals in the Tournament . She and Cedric became a couple after the Ball, much to Harry’s chagrin.
Harry's jealousy kept him from acting on the advice Cedric gave him about the golden egg until it was almost too late. In the second task, she served as hostage for Cedric to rescue, spending several hours deep under the lake in a bewitched sleep. When Cedric was killed at the end of that year, Cho was devastated.
In her sixth year, Cho joined Dumbledore’s Army along with her friend Marietta Edgecombe. Mutual interest between Cho and Harry deepened by Christmas time, when she and and Harry had their first kiss. Sadly, the relationship never took off. Harry was distracted by Dumbledore's Army and Occlumency lessons, and Cho was still grieving for Cedric. Harry took her on a date on Valentine’s Day but felt awkward and uncomfortable the whole time. A few months later, Marietta exposed the D.A. to Umbridge and Cho tried to excuse her actions to Harry (OP28). He was unimpressed with her attitude and his feelings toward her cooled considerably. Their relationship ended, and Cho dated Michael Corner for awhile (OP38).
On May 1, 1998, Cho returned to Hogwarts to fight in the battle against Voldemort and the Death Eaters (DH29).
Primary editor: Lisa Waite Bunker. Previous editor(s): Steve Vander Ark,
Original artwork of Cho ©2001 Lisa Rourke, used by permission.
Original artwork of Harry and Cho on Valentine's Day ©Laura Freeman, used by permission.
Original page date 17 February, 2002; Last page update 2 January, 2008.