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Harry Potter, Wizard of the Month for October 2007, copyright Lightmaker.BIRTHDATE & NAME MEANINGS
Birth name:
Harry James Potter.
Name meaning: JKR says "I got the name Potter from people who lived down the road from me in Winterbourne. [...] I liked the surname so I took it." (ITV) JKR also notes on her Website that someone named Harry Potter was a 19th century clockmaker (WEB LINKJKR).
Middle name:
James, after his father (Sch2, OP8).
Other names: 'The boy who lived;' 'Saint Potter, the Mudblood's friend' (--Draco, CS12); 'the Chosen One' (HBP3) 'Parry Otter, the Chosen Boy' (--Horace Slughorn, HBP22), 'Undesirable Number One' in 1997 and 1998 (DH16).
Birthdate: 31 July 1980, the same birthday (not year) as Rowling.
Citations: Harry is mentioned in Modern Magical History, The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts, and Great Wizarding Events of the Twentieth Century (PS6).
JKR's Wizard of the Month for October 2007 (JKR).

Ancestry: Half-blood.
Mother: Lily (Evans) Potter; killed 31 Oct 1981 by Lord Voldemort at Godric’s Hollow.
Father: James Potter; killed 31 Oct 1981 by Lord Voldemort at Godric’s Hollow.
Grandparents: ?
Aunts, Uncles: Petunia Dursley, Vernon Dursley.
Cousins: Dudley Dursley.
Siblings: None.
Childhood: Raised by the Dursleys, his mother’s Muggle sister Petunia and her husband Vernon.
Location of childhood home: four Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey.
Spouse: Ginevra "Ginny" Weasley (DH/e).
Children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, Lily Luna (DH/e, YL), and godfather to Remus's son, Teddy Lupin.
Godfather: Sirius Black; he does not have a godmother (EBF2004).
Pet: Hedwig the owl, killed in the Battle of Seven Potters in July 1997 (DH4). He also owns Buckbeak (renamed 'Witherwings'), but the Hippogriff is cared for by Hagrid.
House-elf: Kreacher, who was inherited from Sirius Black (HBP3).

Harry Potter, copyright Sebastien Teilig.APPEARANCE
Eye color:
Brilliant green, the same as his mother’s; his green eyes are all that keeps him from looking just like his father (OP3).
Hair color: Black; perpetually messy, sticks up in the back, same as his father's.
Other characteristics: Round glasses; at the age of 11 he was short and thin, with knobbly knees. Lightning-bolt scar on forehead.
From the books: "Harry had always been small and skinny for his age. … Harry had a thin face, knobbly knees, black hair, and bright green eyes. He wore round glasses held together with a lot of Scotch tape .... The only thing Harry liked about his own appearance was a very thin scar on his forehead that was shaped like a bolt of lightning." (PS2)
Tattoo? Nah. During Harry's sixth year it was rumored that he had a Hippogriff tattooed on his chest. Ginny had a laugh on them by telling them it wasn't a Hippogriff, it was a Hungarian Horntail (HBP25).

"Never wondered how you got that mark on yer forehead? That was no ordinary cut. That's what yeh get when a powerful, evil curse touches yeh -- took care of yer mum an' dad an' yer house, even -- but it didn't work on you, an' that's why yer famous, Harry." (PS4)

Dumbledore looked very intensely at Harry for a moment, and then said, "I have a theory, no more than that ... It is my belief that your scar hurts both when Lord Voldemort is near you, and when he is feeling a particularly strong surge of hatred."
"But ... why?"
"Because you and he are connected by the curse that failed," said Dumbledore. "That is no ordinary scar." (GF30)

New scar: Ever since his fifth year, Harry has also had a self-inflicted scar: "I must not tell lies" is now permanently etched on the back of his right hand (HBP16).

First year: 1991.
House: Gryffindor.
Yule Ball date: Parvati Patil.
Earned 7 OWLs (9 attempted): Astronomy A; Care of Magical Creatures E; Charms E; Defense Against the Dark Arts O; Divination P; Herbology E; History of Magic D; Potions E; Transfiguration E. (HBP5). These grades qualified Harry for a career as an Auror.
Quidditch: Seeker for Gryffindor House team 1991 - 1997 (youngest player for a House team in a hundred years). Captain of the team during his sixth year (HBP6).
Awards, etc.: Quidditch Cup; Special Award for Services to the School (CS18); Triwizard Tournament Champion.
Other schools: Before he was admitted to Hogwarts, Harry was to attend Stonewall High, the local public school (PS3). Later, the Dursleys explain Harry's absence during the school year away by telling people that he attends St. Brutus's Secure Center for Incurably Criminal Boys, a "first-rate institution for hopeless cases." (PA2, GF1).

Nooooo! [Lupin keeps Harry from going after Sirius], copyright Jenny Dolfen.SKILLS, MAGICAL DEVICES, ETC.
Wand: Holly and phoenix feather, eleven inches, nice and supple; an unusual combination. It is the "brother" to Lord Voldemort’s wand (PS5), in that both contain a feather from Dumbledore's phoenix, Fawkes (GF36). This wand was broken during the escape from the Bathilda Bagshot's house, and Harry was wandless until Ron returned with a blackthorn wand he had captured from snatchers. The blackthorn wand was noticeably clumsy and less powerful. Luckily Harry was able to win Draco's, Bellatrix's and Womtail's wands during the escape from the Malfoy mansion. Of the three, Draco's (hawthorn and unicorn hair, 10 inches, reasonably springy), was the friendliest (DH24) so Harry used this one until he could fix his original holly wand (DH36).
Broomstick: Nimbus 2000 (1991-3), Firebolt (1994-97).
Other devices: Invisibility cloak, Marauder’s Map, Pocket Sneakoscope, two-way mirror (OP), two-way mirror shard (DH), Sword of Gryffindor, Resurrection Stone, Elder Wand (DH). See also Christmas gifts chart below for other devices that Harry owns.
Socks: Socks with spiders on them (PS2) ; Dobby gave him red (with broomsticks) and green socks (with Snitches) for Christmas (GF23).
Organizations & affiliations: Gryffindor Quidditch Seeker and team captain; Dumbledore’s Army; Slug Club.
Career: While in school, Harry decided he wanted to be an Auror (OP), and his wish came true. After Voldemort was killed, new Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt asked Harry to become an Auror. Harry reformed the Auror Department and became its Head in 2007 (JKR).
Skills: A "natural" Quidditch player (PS); a Parselmouth until 1998 (CS, BLC); can cast spells without a wand; senses the presence of others; prescient dreams; particularly skilled in Defense against the Dark Arts; appears to be resistant to the Imperius Curse and Veelas. Had difficulty learning Occlumency, but finally figured it out in 1998.
Patronus: Stag, clearly referring to his father's Animagus form.
Worst fear/memory: Harry relives the death of his parents when dementors are close by.
Boggart: A dementor.
Amortentia (love potion) smells: "treacle tart, the woody smell of a broomstick handle, and something flowery he thought he might have smelled at the Burrow" (HBP9).
Criminal? Harry was named "Undesirable Number One" by the Death Eater-controlled Ministry. A ten-thousand-Galleon reward was set for his capture (DH16).

See also the essay Harry's Gifts by Morag Traynor (2004).

  Birthday presents Christmas presents Other gifts
From the Dursleys

10th: a coat hanger and a pair of Uncle Vernon's old socks (PS3)
12th: ignored (CS1)
13th: ignored (PA1)
14th: ignored (GF2)

book 1: A fifty-pence piece (PS12)
book 2: a toothpick (CS12)
book 3: and a single tissue (GF23)
From Aunt Marge   A box of dog biscuits when he was about 7 or 8 years old (PA2)  
From Hagrid

11th: a large, sticky chocolate cake with "Happy Birthday Harry" written on it in green icing (PS4), and Hedwig the Owl (PS5)
13th: The Monster Book of Monsters (PA1)
14th: cake (GF2)
17th: Mokeskin pouch (DH7)

book 1: A hand-whittled wooden flute (PS12)
book 2: a large tin of treacle fudge (CS12)
book 4: a box of sweets including all Harry's favorites:  Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate Frogs, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum, and Fizzing Whizbees (GF23)
book 5: a furry brown wallet with fangs (OP23)
book 1: Wizard photo album of his parents (PS17)
Book 3: a bunch of earwiggy flowers that looked like yellow cabbages (PA10)
book 4: rock cakes (GF3)
From Hermione

13th: card, letter and a Broomstick Servicing Kit (a jar of Fleetwood's High-Finish Handle Polish, a pair of gleaming silver Tall-Twig Clippers, a tiny brass compass to clip on your broom for long journeys, and a Handbook of Do-It-Yourself Broomcare) (PA1)
14th: cake, card (GF2)
15th: card, a box of Honeydukes chocolates (Harry threw it away unopened and later regretted it) (OP1)
17th: Sneakoscope (DH7)

book 1: A large box of Chocolate Frogs (PS12)
book 2: a luxury eagle-feather quill (CS12)
book 4: Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland (GF23)
book 5: a talking homework diary (OP23)
Book 4: Sugar-free snacks (GF3)
From Ron

13th: his first-ever birthday card, a letter, and a Pocket Sneakoscope (PA1)
14th: cake, card (GF2)
15th: box of Honeydukes chocolates (Harry threw it away unopened and later regretted it) (OP1)
17th: the book Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches (DH7)

book 2: Flying with the Cannons (CS12)
book 4: a bulging bag of Dungbombs (GF23)
book 5: an enormous box of Every-Flavour Beans (OP23)

From Ginny 17th: a kiss as potent as firewhisky (DH7)   Book 2: singing valentine (CS13, TLC)
Book 3: a get-well card she had made herself, which sang shrilly unless Harry kept it shut under his bowl of fruit (PA10)
From McGonagall     Book 1: Nimbus 2000 (PS9)
From Mrs. Weasley 16th: Birthday cake at a celebration at the Burrow (marred by fresh news of dementor attacks) (HBP6)
17th: Molly's brother Fabian's gold watch and a birthday cake shaped like a golden snitch (DH7)
book 1: An emerald green sweater and a large box of fudge (PS12)
book 2: a sweater and a large plum cake (CS12)
book 3: a scarlet sweater with the Gryffindor lion, a dozen mince pies, some Christmas cake, and a box of nut brittle (PA11)
book 4: a green sweater with a picture of a dragon and a large quantity of mince pies (GF23)
book 5: a sweater and some mince pies (OP23)
book 6: a sweater with a large Golden Snitch (HBP16)
Book 4: Fruitcake and assorted meat pies (GF3)
From Bill & Fleur 17th: an enchanted razor (DH7)    
From Dumbledore 17th: the snitch Harry caught in his first Quidditch match and the sword of Gryffindor (DH7) [these were actually bequests left in Dumbledore's will] book 1: James's invisibility cloak (PS12).  
From Dobby   book 4: A homemade pair of socks (left one bright red with broomsticks, right one green with a pattern of Snitches) (GF23)
book 5: a "dreadful" painted portrait of Harry (OP23)
From Fred & George 17th: Enormous box of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes merchandise (DH7) book 3: Marauder's Map (PA11), an early Christmas present
book 6: a large box of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes products (HBP16)
book 1: toilet seat (confiscated by Madam Pomfrey) (PS17)
book 6: Decoy Detonator (HBP6)
From Sirius

13th: A Firebolt (PA11); "Please consider it as thirteen birthdays' worth of presents from your godfather." (PA22)
14th: cake (GF3)

book 4: A handy penknife with attachments to unlock any lock and undo any knot (GF23)
book 5: Practical Defensive Magic and its Use Against the Dark Arts (from Sirius and Lupin) (OP23)
book 5: two-way mirror (OP38)
book 6: everything he owned (money and Sirius's personal possessions) (HBP3)
From Tonks   book 5: A small, working model of a Firebolt (OP23)  
From Flitwick     book 5: Box of squeaking sugar mice (OP26)
From the Delacours 17th: A box of chocolates (DH7)    
From Romilda Vane     book 6: Chocolate Cauldrons containing firewhiskey tainted by love potion (HBP15)
From Kreacher   book 6: A box of maggots (HBP16)  
From Christmas crackers at Hogwarts   book 1: nonexplodable, luminous balloons, a Grow-Your-Own-Warts kit, and a wizard chess set (PS12)  
Unnamed friends and admirers     Book 1: "half the candy shop" (PS17)

Gifts Harry has given:

  • To Hermione: Omnioculars (GF7) and New Theory of Numerology (OP23).
  • To Ron: sweets on the train (PS), Omnioculars (GF7), New dress robes (by way of the twins) (GF, OP9), Keeper's gloves (??), and -- unintentionally -- Romilda Vane's poisoned chocolates (see above).
    For Christmas, Harry has given Ron the Dursley's fifty-pence piece (PS12), a Broom Compass (OP23), and a Chudley Cannons hat (GF23).
  • To Dobby: for Christmas, Uncle Vernon's "knobbly" pair of mustard yellow socks (GF23).
  • To Fred and George: His 1,000 Galleon Triwizard Tournament earnings (GF36).
  • To Ginny: Lockhart's book set (CS4).

Harry Potter, copyright Makani.PROPHECIES
"It Will Happen Tonight."
"The Dark Lord lies alone and friendless, abandoned by his followers. His servant has been chained these twelve years. Tonight, before midnight ... the Servant will break free and set out to rejoin his Master. The Dark Lord will rise again with his servant's aid, greater and more terrible that ever he was. Tonight ... before midnight ... the servant will set out to rejoin his Master ..." (--Trelawney, PA16)

Harry will "live to a ripe old age, become Minister for Magic and have twelve children." (--Trelawney, OP26)

"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches ... Born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies ... And the Dark Lord will mark him as equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not ... And either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives." (--Trelawney, OP37)

[More on Sybill Trelawney] [WEB LINKJKR on Prophecies (Madam Scoop's Index)] [WEB LINKList of all Trelawney's known predictions]

HARRY'S DREAMS [more on Harry's dreams...]

  • A flying motorcycle (PS2).
  • Harry wears Quirrell's turban which tells him he must transfer to Slytherin because it is his destiny. Malfoy, Snape and green light too (PS7).
  • On show in a zoo, labeled "Underage Wizard." Wakes up from the dream to see Ron at the window in the Ford Anglia (CS2).
  • Quidditch dream where he is late to a game and the Slytherin team arrives riding dragons. He is flying at a high speed when he realizes that he forgot his Firebolt and falls through the air (PA15).
  • Mermaid from the bathroom torments Harry with his own broomstick (then Dobby wakes him up) (GF26).
  • Riding on an eagle owl soaring toward Riddle house to a room where there are two men speaking, and a snake. Overhears conversation between LV and Wormtail about someone being killed to cover up Wormtail's blunder (GF29).
  • "Many-legged creatures" with cannons for heads cantering up and down the stairs at Weasley house. Hagrid tells him they'll be studying weapons this term (OP6).
  • Dreams about the corridor in the MoM Department of Mysteries begin in August when he is staying at 12 Grimmauld Place. (OP6; hereafter referred to as "the corridor dream.")
  • Mrs. Weasley sobs over Kreacher's body watched by Ron and Hermione, who are wearing crowns (then corridor dream again) (OP10).
  • "He was not going to share his dreams with anyone. He knew perfectly well what his regular nightmare about a graveyard meant." (OP12).
  • Harry dreamed he was back in the Room of Requirement. Cho was accusing him of luring her there under false pretenses; she said that he had promised her a hundred and fifty Chocolate Frog cards if she showed up. Then the dream changes when Harry dreams he is Nagini and "witnesses" the actual attack on Arthur Weasley (OP21).
  • Neville and Professor Sprout waltz around the Room of Requirement while Professor McGonagall plays the bagpipes. Turns into the corridor dream (OP).
  • Ron chases him with a Quidditch bat (HBP14).
  • Dreams of Ginny (HBP15, 22).
  • Malfoy turns into Slughorn, then Snape (HBP21).
  • Cups, lockets and other objects that are just out of reach; Dumbledore gives him a ladder but it turns to snakes (HBP30).
  • Harry initially thinks his visions of Voldemort are dreams (DH).
  • Nagini, the cracked stone in the Peverell ring, and a wreath of Christmas roses (DH19).


Movie scene: Ron and Harry arrive late for Transfiguration class."A talent for trouble" Movie still from Prisoner of Azkaban of Harry on the bridge with Lupin. Copyright Warner Brothers.

Harry is played by Daniel Radcliffe.

Radcliffe on Harry in Order of the Phoenix: I was fortunate enough to get to spend about an hour with [Potter author] JK Rowling on this film, and she said, “If people say, ‘I don’t like how angry Harry is in this book,’ then they haven’t been reading close enough.” If you look at what Harry’s been through, most people would be far more angry than Harry is, and far more outraged at the state of the world. Harry’s actually fairly well balanced, for everything that’s happened to him. It’s not petulance.
-- from "Harry Potter and the Frank and Far-Reaching Discussion," Newsweek, October 24, 2006.

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Primary editor: Lisa Waite Bunker. Previous editor(s): Steve Vander Ark, Michele Worley.
Original artwork of Harry from JKRowling.com ©2007 Lightmaker.
Original artwork of Harry Thinking in the Shadows ©2003 Lisa M. Rourke, used by permission.
Original artwork of Harry ©2005 Sebastian Theilig, used by permission.
Original artwork of Harry and Lupin ©2005 Jenny Dolfen, used by permission.
Original artwork of Harry ©2006 Makani, used by permission.
Original page date 16 June, 2005; Last page update 2 January, 2008.