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Harry James Potter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.jpg
Series Harry Potter (series)
Age 17 (After the Battle of Hogwarts), 36 (In the epilogue)
Birthday 31 July, 1980
Sex Male
Species Human
Height 4'7 (the philosopher' s stone) 4'8-4'9 (the secret room) 5'2-5'3 (The Prisoner of Azkaban) 5'4-5'5 (the goblet of fire) 5'7-5'8 (The Order of the Phoenix) 5'10-5'11 (The Halfblood Prince) 6'0-6'2 (the deathly hollows)
Weight Unknown (Described to be "skinny)
Alignment Lawful Good
Working hard is important, but there's something that matters even more. Believing in yourself. Think of it this way: Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than we are now. Students. If they can do it, why not us?
~ Harry Potter to Dumbledore's Army

Harry James Potter is the titular main protagonist from the Harry Potter franchise.

Background

At the age of one, Harry's parents are killed by Lord Voldemort, who then attempts to kill him with the Killing Curse. Due to The Power of Love from his mother's self-sacrifice, however, he survives and rebounds the curse upon Voldemort, getting a lightning bolt-shaped scar as a souvenir. The series' resident Eccentric Mentor, Dumbledore, then arranges to have his Muggle aunt and uncle take him in or else. For ten long years, they grudgingly comply, forcing Harry to live in the cupboard under the stairs and being both cruel and neglectful of him. Harry's bullying cousin, Dudley, doesn't make things any easier.

Then, shortly before his eleventh birthday, everything changes. Letters (from "no one") begin arriving in Harry's "home", growing by the number each day. Harry's aunt and uncle, acting suspiciously, refuse to allow him to read even one, and after several days, leave the house and go to a tiny house in a cliff in the middle of a storm. Unfortunately (for the Dursleys), the ones who sent the letters are not deterred by such means, and Harry is eventually told of his past, and the wizarding world.

Thus, Harry's adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry begin, growing darker in nature each year, as he learns of his destiny, and matures.

Nineteen years after he defeats Voldemort for good, he's married to Ginny Weasley and is the father of three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna Potter.

Appearance

Harry was a near-spitting image of his father, having inherited his untidy jet-black hair. However, his almond-shaped startlingly green eyes were identical to those of his mother. Harry's physique as a boy was described as "small and skinny", with a thin face and knobbly knees. This skinniness was due to his poor quality of life in his childhood. Despite the neglect he suffered, Harry seems to have grown at the same rate as James. When he was fifteen he was within an inch of James at the same age, and when he was seventeen he was exactly the same height his father was, and James was often described as tall.

Harry wore round-rimmed glasses, peculiarly similar to his father's glasses. During his time hunting Voldemort's Horcruxes, Harry's black hair grew shoulder length as was described when he saw his reflection in Malfoy Manor. This was due to his preoccupation with the hunt for the Horcruxes and his lack of interest in his physical appearance, it is the longest his hair has ever been.

Upon Harry's forehead, covered by his unruly black hair, was a scar shaped like a lightning bolt. The scar was a result of the failed (and famed) Killing Curse cast on him by Lord Voldemort when he was an infant. It burned painfully whenever Voldemort was near Harry or feeling particularly strong emotions, but this stopped after Voldemort's death and was reduced into an ordinary scar.

Harry also had a faint scar on the back of his right hand which said, "I must not tell lies". This scar was caused while Harry spent detentions with Dolores Umbridge, who forced him to use the Black Quill that carved the words into the back of his hand. In addition, Harry has an oval-shaped scar over his heart where the locket-Horcrux seared his skin during the confrontation with Nagini in Bathilda Bagshot's house, Godric's Hollow.

When possessed by Lord Voldemort at the end of the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Harry's eyes became somewhat glassy green in appearance, and his voice became a mixture of his own and Voldemort's.

Powers & Abilities

  • Talented Wizard: Harry was seen and had proven himself to be a very powerful and talented wizard. His power was evident from the start: he demonstrated immediate command of a broomstick, was able to conjure a corporeal Patronus at an exceptionally young age (a mark of superior magical ability), and even survived numerous encounters with Lord Voldemort. He mastered a wand made of hawthorn, which one should only ever consider placing in the hands of a witch or wizard of proven talent. Harry was also a very gifted flyer and Quidditch player, the youngest Seeker in a century.
    • Love: Harry's greatest power of all was his ability to love. In spite of being raised by a family that treated him with anything but affection, Harry remarkably turned out capable of very strong love. For example, Harry's love for his friends caused him to sacrifice himself to Lord Voldemort. This loving sacrifice conferred a certain amount of protectiononto his allies, making it so that spells Voldemort tried to place on them quickly wore off. Harry's ability to love has also protected and helped him on several occasions. Those occasions are: when he produced a Patronus that could drive hundreds of Dementors away, repelled Voldemort when he possessed him, and the times he was able to close the connection between himself and Voldemort. His love was strongest when directed at Ginny Weasley, who was the driving force that kept him going until Voldemort was defeated. Harry also felt strong love toward his three children, such as when he deliberately placed himself between his son Albus and a Killing Curse. Harry even felt compassion and pity for his enemies, offering Voldemort a chance to feel remorse for his actions.
    • Auror Skills: Harry was extremely young for an Auror, which spoke highly of his magical abilities. He became Head of the Auror Office at the age of 26, presumably the youngest Head appointed. During his time in the department, he gained skills in various areas of magic such as: Concealment and Disguise, Stealth and Tracking, and poisons and antidotes. Being a fully qualified Auror meant three additional years of study, all of these areas of magic were essential. He also had high skill in Transfiguration, as Aurors had to frequently transfigure and untransfigure things in their line of work. Harry also possessed a great instinct for the right thing to do, especially when faced with stressful and difficult situations. This instinct contributed to him becoming a fantastic Auror. Harry has also been stated as being a consummate expert in his line of work.
    • Defence Against the Dark Arts: Harry was extremely adept at Defence Against the Dark Arts, having mastered all manners of spells. Some of the spells include: Stunning Spell, Disarming Charm, Impediment Jinx, Full Body-Bind Curse, and Reductor Curse. In fact, his Stunning Spell was so strong that opponents would get knocked out if they were hit directly. He was also skilled at defending himself against Dark creatures such as: Grindylows, Red Caps, Hinkypunks, Boggarts, Erklings, and Dementors. In his third year, he was the only student who flawlessly made it through the end-of-the-year exam (an obstacle course containing some of the said creatures.) In his fifth year, Professor McGonagall stated that Professor Lupin said he showed a "pronounced aptitude" for the subject and that he had "achieved high marks on all his Defence Against the Dark Arts tests". In fact, Harry had beaten Hermione in two of the three Defence Against the Dark Arts exams they had taken together. The only exam she beat him in was their first year exam and Hermione later reflected that it did not count, as Quirrell "wasn't a particularly good teacher". During his O.W.L. examination, Professor Tofty (Wizarding Examinations Authority) expressed pleasure at Harry's performance of Defence Against the Dark Arts, calling it "excellent". This statement was later proven true when he achieved an 'Outstanding' Defence Against the Dark Arts O.W.L.(something that not even Hermione achieved), a testament of his extraordinary talent in defensive magic. In 1996, Ron stated that it came as no surprise that Harry was top of the class at Defence Against the Dark Arts. Indeed, Harry was so good at DADA that when the Ministry of Magic prevented the subject from being taught effectively in 1995, he set up his own DADA club and successfully taught members how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts. He immediately became an Auror after the Second Wizarding War, which also required considerable skill in both defensive and offensive magic. Harry also developed a high level of resistance towards the Imperius Curse, demonstrated when it was cast upon him by Barty Crouch Jr (disguised as Alastor Moody) in 1994 and by Lord Voldemort himself in 1995.
    • Duelling: Despite his young age, Harry was an accomplished and skilful duellist. He was able to single-handedly defeat some of the most formidable Death Eaters and even survive numerous encounters with Lord Voldemort himself. He eventually defeated Voldemort by becoming the master of the Elder Wand. In many battles of the Second Wizarding War, he was able to incapacitate much more experienced Death Eaters. During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries; he, Albus Dumbledore, and Remus Lupin were the only fighters on the Order's side to emerge from the battle physically unscathed. In that time, he had held off Lucius Malfoy and Antonin Dolohov twice and was able to hold his own against the extremely powerful Bellatrix Lestrange. In 1997 Harry defeated Yaxley, Fenrir Greyback, and one of the two Carrows. He fought off several Death Eaters in the Battle of the Seven Potters. During the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor he overpowered Lucius Malfoy, Draco Malfoy, and Fenrir Greyback and avoided direct conflict damage all throughout the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry was known to be very quick off the draw and had an aggressive duelling style, even incorporating Unforgivable Curses. He was also known to taunt his opponents and would get them to talk at length, angering them and throwing them mentally off-balance. He did this in order to buy himself time to strategise or to lull them into lowering their guard. Harry was especially skilled in the Disarming Charm and used it so much that it was seen as his "signature spell" by many Death Eaters. His most notable uses of the Disarming Charm were when he formed Priori Incantatem with Voldemort and when he finally killed the Dark Lord. At the remarkably young age of seventeen, Harry became an Auror and was promoted to Head of the Auror Office at the age of 26. He defeated a skilled Theodore Nott in a duel during a raid on Nott's home and was able to duel Draco to a standstill. Harry was even able to hold is own against Delphini for a short while, they "fired bolts mercilessly at each other" during their church duel.
    • Dark Arts: Harry was one of the few non-Dark Wizards who was highly proficient in the Dark Arts at all levels. On top of being able to cast simple curses and jinxes like the Leg-Locker Curse, Furnunculus Curse, Knockback Jinx, Revulsion Jinx, and Melofors Jinx, he could cast more powerful spells such as the Blasting Curse. He was also able to flawlessly cast the jinxes and curses in the Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making. Harry even used two of the three Unforgivable Curses, the Imperius Curse on Travers and a goblin called Bogrod during the 1998 Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank, as well as the Cruciatus Curse on several occasions. However, his first successful attempt was in 1998 against Amycus Carrow, but it did not result in the prolonged, excruciating pain that the curse was famous for — instead, Carrow screamed and was incapacitated. He has never used the Killing Curse for obvious reasons, even in his final battle with Voldemort.
    • Flying: Harry had inherited his father's talent for flying and for Quidditch. Harry showed immediate command of a broomstickin his first year, which made him a naturally good Seeker. This was the first magical skill for which he discovered an aptitude, as he found in 1991. In fact, at the mere age of eleven, Harry became the youngest Seeker in a century. His extraordinary flying skills aided him when he had to capture Winged Keys, to get past Professor Flitwick's challenge in the Philosopher's Stone Chambers. It also helped him in the Triwizard Tournament (where he had to steal a golden egg from a Hungarian Horntail). During the Battle of Hogwarts he also managed to escape a Fiendfyre inferno in the Room of Requirement, via broomstick.
    • Parselmouth: Because he carried a piece of Voldemort's soul within himself, Harry was able to speak and understand Parseltongue from 1981 to 1998. After that soul fragment was destroyed, Harry lost this ability. However, in 2020, Harry had somehow regained the ability to speak Parseltongue again, although it was possible he never lost to begin with or that the ability simply became temporarily suppressed after the Horcrux was destroyed.
    • Insight into Voldemort's Mind: Also due to the piece of Voldemort's soul, Harry was able to look into Voldemort's mind and see through his senses from time to time. He sometimes used this ability to monitor what Voldemort was doing. However, it was a dangerous ability to have as well; Voldemort once used it, along with Legilimency, to plant a false vision in Harry's mind of Sirius Black being tortured, which he used to lure Harry to the Department of Mysteries.[128] Additionally, because of their connection, Harry felt a burning pain in his scar whenever he and Voldemort were in close proximity or whenever Voldemort felt strong negative emotions. Harry lost this ability as well when the soul fragment within him was destroyed. Harry also possessed a non-magical insight into Voldemort's mind from the information Dumbledore shared with him during their lessons. This insight allowed Harry to figure out that a Horcrux was stored at Gringotts Wizarding Bank after which Ron and Hermoine noted Harry's understanding of Voldemort causing to Harry admit that he did understand parts of Voldemort.
    • Master of Death: Harry mastered all three Deathly Hallows and accepted his own death.[45] First, he inherited the Cloak of Invisibility from his father, James. Then, he inherited the Resurrection Stone from Dumbledore, which was inside a snitch. Finally, he won the Elder Wand from Draco Malfoy during the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor. All three were directly or indirectly employed by Harry in the Forbidden Forest: he was wearing the Cloak, using the Stone, and was preparing to be killed by the Wand, which he had already won. The only Hallow he choose to keep was the cloak as it was a priceless family heirloom; the stone was lost in the forest and the wand returned to Dumbledore's tomb.
    • Potions: Harry's Potions ability was apparently better than it appeared. He achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam — proof of his proficiency in the subject. He was one of only twelve students able to reach the required level to take N.E.W.T. potions. He improved greatly during his sixth year when he came into possession of the Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making, that had revised versions of potions curtsey of the Half-Blood Prince (Severus Snape). However, the usage of this textbook was noted by both Hermione and Snape to be cheating. When forced to hide the book Harry's potion skills suffered. But it was revealed, that even without the Prince's book, Harry was still able to do a decent enough job at potion-making that Slughorn's suspicions were not raised. Apparently Harry had no problems with potions at all as long as Snape was not around.
    • Transfiguration: Harry achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam, showing proficiency in the subject and advanced to N.E.W.T.-level. He was able to perform Conjuration, an advanced type of Transfiguration. Harry demonstrated this at various points by conjuring ropes, water, and fire. He could also vanish objects, which is one of the most complicated spells taught at Ordinary Wizarding Level. In 1996, Harry vanished the whole of an iguana and in 1997 a snake that crossed his path. He could also transform objects into other objects, for example he can cast the Avifors Spell. Harry is also skilled enough to perform human Transfiguration, which is noted to be "immensely difficult". He accomplished this during a 1996 Transfiguration lesson, were he succeeded in turning his eyebrow bright yellow. Minerva McGonagall herself complimented him on his Transfiguration ability.
    • Charms: Harry achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam and advanced to N.E.W.T.-level. He proved to be particularly talented in this subject. Harry frequently used the Summoning Charm successfully, would occasionally cast the protective enchantments that Hermione used during the Horcrux hunt, and was able to cast the Confundus Charm. He displayed an impressive mastery of the Shield Charm, surpassing that of many Ministry employees: his Shield Charms were so powerful that they were able to deflect curses from Lord Voldemort himself. During the Battle of the Seven Potters, he was able to levitate a side-car with himself in it for a long stretch of time. He could also cast simpler charms such as the: Wand-Lighting Charm, Colour Change Charm, Banishing Charm, Refilling Charm, Freezing Charm, and various others. Under the teaching of Remus Lupin, Harry was able to conjure an extremely powerful corporeal stag Patronus in his third year. This was a remarkable feat and yet another proof of his talent, given that many adult witches and wizards were unable to cast the difficult charm successfully.
    • Healing Magic: Harry was able to effectively cast healing spells. He could perform the Reparifors spell in his third year. After he saw Nymphadora Tonks perform Episkey on his own broken nose he fixed Demelza Robins' broken lip in 1996 with the same spell, which is used to treat mild to moderate injuries. He can also perform the healing spell for clearing up dried blood from a bleeding wound.
    • Apparition: Harry had not earned a licence to apparate, but he used the ability frequently during 1997 and 1998 to great success, even when forced to apparate with only a few seconds' notice or while guiding others. He also used apparition in his sixth year to a very impressive degree, to get himself and a weakened Albus Dumbledore over an incredibly vast distance even though he was inexperienced.
    • Nonverbal Magic: During 1997 and 1998, Harry began using spells nonverbally and became quite proficient at it when Snape was not harassing him. On July 31, 1997 Harry was able to light a lamb in the Weasley's sitting room with no words and a flick of his wand. As an adult, Harry displays the ability to consciously use nonverbal magic; shown when he straightened his work-space with the simple wave of his wand. He also demonstrated the use of nonverbal magic during his church duel with Delphini, the two were mercilessly firing spells at each other.
    • Wandless Magic: In 1995 when Dementors attacked in Little Whinging, Dudley had knocked Harry's wandout of his hand when he punched him moments before. In desperation, Harry called out "Lumos!" Although his wand was not in his hand, the wand tip lit up. When enraged he was able to inflate his Aunt Mrage without a wand, possibly though unconscious use of an Inflating Charm. Few other wizards have exhibited this power, although Dumbledore and Voldemort were among them. This further testifies to Harry's skill, as only some of the most powerful wizards of his time were able to do so.
    • Care of Magical Creatures: Harry achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam and has shown on more than one occasion to have good skill in handling numerous sorts of magical creatures. For example, he was the first in his class to tame a hippogriff, which he did very excellently. He befriended the hippogriff, to such an extent that Buckbeak defended him when he was in danger. Harry has also shown on three occasions that he is quite competent at dealing with dragons. This is shown when he was able to help Hagrid take care of baby Norbert the dragon, outsmart the Hungarian Horntail in the Triwizard Tournament, and tame a half-blind dragon into helping the trio escape Gringotts by flying out on its back. He was also one of very few in his class who was able to see Thestrals, and had no trouble mounting his in June 1996. Harry was also good with House-elves, befriending the house-elf Dobby and eventually freeing him. This act of kindness made the little elf so loyal to him that he gave his life to save him. He also earned the respect and loyalty of Kreacher, a very difficult task.
    • Herbology: Harry attended N.E.W.T. Herbology classes. He achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam, showing aptitude in the subject. In 1998, Harry was able to recognise a Snargaluff plant at the Lovegood House and knew to gave it a wide berth of space. He also had knowledge of plants such as: Devil's Snare, Gillyweed, Venomous Tentacula, and Fanged Geranium from hands on experience. He could cast plant-related spells such as the Fire-Making Spell and Herbivicus Charm.
    • Astronomy: Though not excellent at Astronomy, Harry was able to pass his O.W.L. exam with an 'Acceptable'. Although it was stated that he didn't finish his exam. This was due to the fact that he was distracted by Dolores Umbridge's attempt to arrest Hagrid, during the time the exam was being taken. It is not known if he was able to advance to the N.E.W.T class or not, seeing as he did not apply for advancement.
    • Wand Versatility: Harry was able to use Hermione's wand after his was broken during the Attack at Godric's Hollow in 1997. He was able to use spells such as: the Wand-Lighting Charm, the Shield Charm, and the Severing Charm at full strength, despite not having won the wand's allegiance. He also gained the allegiance of Draco Malfoy's wand, the Elder Wand, and quite possibly Voldemort's wand by defeating the previous masters.
    • Expert Detective Skills: Harry was also a formidably talented investigator. While in school, the trio had a knack for solving difficult mysteries and discovering the truth despite all attempts by others to conceal it. Hermione generally finding the background information, while Harry put the pieces together to make a coherent picture. In his first year, Harry uncovered the truth about the Philosopher's Stone and saved it from Voldemort. Over the next six years, he would solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets, find the truth about the prophecy, and hunt down and destroy all of Voldemort's Horcruxes using his amazing deductive skills. Harry's deductive skills also allowed him to uncover the mystery of the Deathly Hallows. He discovered that he mastered the three of them, when even Ron and Hermione were initially sceptical of their existence. Harry also had a knack for spotting things that others did not, and had a sharp eye for details. He was able to tell that Luna Lovegood had not been home in weeks by the state of her room, and he became suspicious when Dobby revealed that he had known that Harry was not getting any letters in 1992. His intelligence also allowed him to intuitively know that Draco Malfoy had been branded with the Dark Mark despite no solid proof, that Malfoy was using the Room of Requirement as a work shop, and that he was having Crabbe and Goyle use Polyjuice Potion in order to disguise themselves as girls while keeping watch outside the room.
    • Resourcefulness: Harry showed resourcefulness in many different situations. In his first year he impersonated the Bloody Baron. Harry did this in order to warn Peeves to stay away from the third floor that night so he wouldn't inconvenience the trio on their quest to save the Philosopher's Stone. In his second year, when encountering Professor McGonagall after hours, he lied and said that he and Ron were on their way to see Hermione in the hospital wing. Also in his second year, he used a basilisk fang to destroy Riddle's Diary. In his fifth year, while under interrogation from Umbridge, he relayed a coded message to Snape. He did this in an attempt to warn Snape and by extension the Order, that Voldemort had Sirius. In the same year, while surrounded by Death Eaters Harry came up with the plan to smash the shelves in the Hall of Prophecy. This was a distraction so that he and the D.A. could try and escape. During the hunt for Horcruxes, he used the Godric Gryffindor's Sword as a way of retrieving Helga Hufflepuff's cup from the mounds of burning treasure and used a half-blind dragon as a means to escape from Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Harry was also cunning enough that the Sorting Hat heavily considered Sorting him into Slytherinhouse.
    • Leadership Skills: While Harry never deliberately set out to be a leader to others, he had often taken charge when the situation required it. This began with his impulsive decision to find and warn Hermione about the presence of a troll in the school during the 1991 Hallowe'en feast. It progressed to the point where over thirty students, some of them in their sixth and seventh years — respect him as a teacher in Dumbledore's Army, despite his being younger than they were. Dumbledore later noted that Harry was a superior leader to him. Dumbledore had deliberately sought power in his youth, and subsequently avoided anything more demanding than his role as Hogwartsheadmaster — while Harry had leadership thrust upon. Harry accepted the burden of command, acknowledging his responsibilities towards those who "followed" him. He did this regardless of how uncomfortable he might feel about the prospect and coordinating his efforts against his enemies well, when left with no other option but to take control. Harry's natural talents later served the rest of the wizarding community of Great Britain. In 2007 he was promoted to the Head of the Auror Office at age 26 and was later made the Head of Magical Law Enforcement. His promotion to these positions of power at relatively young ages demonstrate Harry's natural talent as a commander.
    • Indomitable Will: Harry appears to possess an unbreakable spirit and though not above depression, he has never truly given up on any mission. He's been shown to rise from defeat and loss, such as the deaths of many loved ones, even stronger than before. Harry's indomitable will is exemplified by his ability to resist the Imperius Curse. It is also exemplified by the fact that he had never begged for mercy (even in life-and-death situations), he would fought back in defiance of himself, as well as perform non-verbal spellsflawlessly. His inability to perform Occlumency (despite possessing the required willpower) is due to his inability to keep his emotions under control.
    • Teaching Skills: Harry has shown tremendous skill in teaching others. Having mastered many spells at a young age, Harry successfully passed them onto others even when he was still a student himself. He would give proper instructions and corrections on how to perform many fields of magic, ranging from the relatively simplistic Disarming Charm to the highly advanced Patronus Charm. Harry's effectiveness as a teacher led many, some even older than him, to choose him over the Ministry-installed professional Dolores Umbridge. He even returned to Hogwarts to give occasional Defence Against the Dark Arts lectures.
  • Magic Spells:
    • Accio: Summoning Charm. This charm can be applied in a variety of ways, not so much directly in battle but if Harry somehow gets separated from his sword, or broomstick or even wand he can use this to summon objects towards him, a utility spell at the best but its something to consider. A possible use for this is if Harry is bloodlusted, he can potentially summon vital organs out of a person's body, though he has never done so.
    • Apparition: Not really a spell per say, but with this one can transport instantly anywhere. Harry has shown skill in this and is quite competent. One example can be shown below. However, please note that one can be tagged/grabbed before using this (as seen by a Death Eater grabbing Hermione before they could teleport out of the Ministry of Magic in DH). Example below from HBP.
    • Avada Kedavra: The big one. This is a killing curse that will one shot almost anyone (certainly all humans). It cant be blocked by any kind of magic however it can be dodged and blocked by physical objects. If a physical object is hit, there will be a small explosion where the spell hit.
    • Banishing Charm: This will allow Harry to push back whatever is coming at him. Its the opposite of the summoning charm (Accio).
    • Bat Bogey Hex: Causes the bogeys in one's nose to turn to bats and attack the victim. Ginny Weasley is particularly good at this.
    • Configurio: A blasting charm, pretty much causes an explosion at whatever its aimed at. It can be very useful in battle if used right. The most impressive feat for this is Peter Pettigrew (a far weaker wizard) using it to destroy a street and kill 12 muggles. (PoA)
    • Confundo: Causes the target to lose focus and prone to error. Hermione used this to confuse Cormac McLaggen.
    • Conjunctivitis Curse: Causes extreme pain to the user in the eye. Effects are unknown but Krum used it to take out a dragon in the 4th book so its very powerful.
    • Crucio: Another huge one. The torture curse, it causes extreme pain to the victim. Almost no one can resist its effects. The only person who has is Harry and that's because the elder wand refused to hurt its true master. Examples below from GoF and DH respectively.
    • Defodio: Spell that can cut through solid objects like steel and metal, this is the extent of its power. (DH)
    • Diffindo: Severing charm. It can cut through human flesh also.
    • Disillusionment Charm: Makes the user invisible. Not as effective as an invisibility cloak however. Example below from OOTP.
    • Entail Expelling Curse: Causes all of the entrails (like the intenseness) of a body to be violently ejected from the body. Not much else is known but its mentioned briefly in OOTP.
    • Espikey: Healing charm that Harry can use to fix injuries like broken bones or bruises. Below is a small feat of it (HBP).
    • Expelliarmus: Harry's signature spell. It not only causes disarming, but it can push an opponent back.
    • Expulso: Again another exploding charm, but this one seems more powerful (almost knocked harry out cold from just splash damage alone). A direct hit could be fatal.
    • Fiendfyre: Very powerful dark magic. Can destroy a horcrux. It causes an uncontrollable fire that will attack anyone and anything, cant be put out by conventional means, if at all
    • Impedeminta: Halts the progress of the victim through ropes, tripping, or binds. (OOTP feat below)
    • Imperio: Mind control essentially, allows one to bend another person to their will. Here is a description from GoF.
    • Incarcerous: Binds a target with ropes, similar to impedeminata.
    • Incedio: Hurls flames towards a target.
    • Jellyfingers/Jelly Legs Curse: Causes a target's legs or fingers to be incredibly unstable and jelly like.
    • Langlock: Glues tongue to the roof of the mouth, can stop anyone who needs to talk to use their powers.
    • Levicorpus: Dangles a person by one leg in midair, transmutes through objects as well. (HBP)
    • Locomotor Mortis: Causes a person's legs to freeze.
    • Muffliato: Blocks hearing. Example below in HBP.
    • Obscuro: Causes a blindfold to be put over the person's eyes.
    • Petrificus Totalus: Causes the entire body to be frozen and binded up, a person cant move after this. Below is a showing from HBP.
    • Protego: Shield charm, it can be used to shield Harry from attacks. Also works on physical attacks. Examples below from DH and OOTP respectively.
    • Reducto: Causes solid objects to explode.
    • Rictusempra: Tickling charm, hilarious distraction but not really viable, who knows though.
    • Sectumsempra: Causes deep gashes and cuts on a person's body. Draco got one shotted by this spell and its incredibly dark magic. Can decapitate almost anyone. Here is Harry using it against Malfoy (HBP).
    • Serpentsornia: Causes serpents to come out of a caster's wand.
    • Stinging Hex: Causes large welts to appear on a person's body.
    • Stupefy: Stunning spell. Knocks someone out cold if a hit lands.
    • Trip Jinx: causes a person to trip.
    • Wingardium Leviosa: Can take objects from the environment and throw them at foes.

Equipment

  • Potter Legacy: When Harry's parents were murdered by Lord Voldemort, they left behind a small fortune in Vault 687 of Gringotts Wizarding Bank. This inheritance became Harry's source of funding for all his Hogwarts textbooks, wizarding clothes, and other expenses
  • Wand: As is the case with most wizards and witches, Harry's wand is among his most valued magical possessions. His wand is made of holly, a wood with the powers to repel evil. The wand is in deliberate contrast to the wand of Lord Voldemort, which is yew: a wood with the powers of evil. Harry's wand shared a twin core with Voldemort's wand, as both contained phoenix feathers from the same phoenix, Fawkes. Harry's wand broke in 1997 during a skirmish with Nagini in Bathilda Bagshot's house due to a stray spell cast by Hermione Granger. Later he used the Elder Wand to repair it.
  • Draco Malfoy's Wand: In 1998 Harry won the hawthorn wand's allegiance after overpowering Draco Malfoy during the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor. This wand was carried by him for the remainder of the Second Wizarding War; seeing action in the break-in at Gringotts, as well as during the final climactic Battle of Hogwarts. It is unknown what happened to the wand after Harry repaired his wand.
  • Photo Album: In June of 1992 Hagrid gave this album as a gift to Harry. The album contained pictures of his parents, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and himself.
  • Marauder's Map: One of Harry's most treasured possessions. In his third year, Fred Weasley and George Weasley gave it to Harry while he was trying to sneak into Hogsmeade. It was confiscated by Remus Lupin, but later returned when Lupin quit his job. Harry kept it with him for a long period of time, keeping it in the mokeskin wallet he had gotten from Hagrid, until it was finally stolen from his desk by his son, James.
  • Cloak of Invisibility: Another valued and useful possession is Harry's Cloak of Invisibility. In his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he received it as an anonymous Christmas gift. He later learned the gift came from Albus Dumbledore, who obtained it in turn from Harry's father, James Potter. It was later revealed to be a family heirloom as well as one of the three Deathly Hallows. From this Harry realises he is a direct descendant of Ignotus Peverell, one of the three brothers who created the Deathly Hallows. Harry later gave the Cloak to his eldest son, James Sirius.
  • Hedwig: Harry's animal companion, Hedwig was vitally helpful in delivering messages and packages for Harry, especially while Sirius was in hiding from the Ministry. Hedwig loved Harry dearly, showing signs by nibbling his ear or fingers, and loyally obeyed his every command (even pecking Ron and Hermione until they answer back). Harry loved her as much as she loved him. Hedwig was killed during the Battle of the Seven Potters by a stray Killing Curse that was most likely meant for Hagrid. Harry was overcome with grief over Hedwig's death.
  • Deathly Hallows: For a brief time, Harry was master of all three Deathly Hallows: the Cloak of Invisibility, the Resurrection Stone, and the Elder Wand (though he was not in physical possession of the Elder Wand until after losing the Resurrection Stone). These three artefacts are the most powerful magical items in all of the wizarding world and were so ancient that they were only the subject of fairy tales. When Harry lost the Resurrection Stone inside the Forbidden Forest, he decided to leave it there. Harry also interred the Elder Wand in Albus Dumbledore's grave, so the power of the wand would be extinguished after Harry's eventual death. However, the portrait of Dumbledore that hangs in the Headmaster's office advised Harry to keep the Invisibility cloak, since it was his father's.
  • Godric Gryffindor's Sword: A relic of the founder of Harry's house, the goblin-made sword of Godric Gryffindor was left to Harry by his former Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in his will. However, the Ministry of Magic claimed that it was not Dumbledore's to give, and that it truly belonged to Hogwarts. Although the Ministry confiscated a replica of the sword, the true sword found its way into Harry's possession still through the machinations of Severus Snape. Soon after, Ron Weasley used it to destroy Slytherin's Locket, one of Voldemort's Horcruxes. Harry lost the sword to Griphook when he, Ron and Hermione Granger stole Hufflepuff's Cup from the Lestrange Vault at Gringotts. However, the sword reappeared in the hands of Neville Longbottom during the Battle of Hogwarts; he used it to kill Nagini, and thus destroyed the last of the Horcruxes. Neville was seen sitting beside the sword after the battle, but it is likely that it was returned to Hogwarts as a relic of the Founders, along with the remains of the other Founders' relics.
  • Enchanted Knife: This magical knife, with the power to open most mechanical locks and magical seals and which Harry received for Christmas from Sirius Black, was melted when Harry tried it on a locked door at the Department of Mysteries. The protective enchantments on the door were far stronger than the magic of the enchanted knife.
  • Firebolt: During Harry's third year at Hogwarts, the Nimbus 2000 broomstick he'd been riding since his first year was destroyed by the Whomping Willow, and Sirius Black replaced it by giving Harry the finest broom available as an anonymous gift. The broom was one of Harry's most prized possessions for years. It was lost during the Battle of the Seven Potters. It is not known if Harry ever recovered or replaced it.
  • Nimbus 2000: This broomstick was gifted to him from Professor McGonagall after agreeing to join the Gryffindor Quidditch team in 1991. He used it during his first and second years at Hogwarts. In his third year it blew into the Whomping Willow and was smashed to bits, breaking it beyond repair.
  • Communication Mirror: Harry also owns one in a pair of two-way mirrors, given to him by his godfather Sirius Black. The mirror was intended to be a means covert communication, but Harry broke it out of anger over Sirius' death. Harry did not realise the mirror could still work, although he kept a shard out of sentimentality. When Harry and several friends are captured at Malfoy Manor, at the time being used as a headquarters for Voldemort, Harry used the shard of mirror to communicate with Aberforth Dumbledore, who had the other mirror. Aberforth sent Dobby to rescue Harry and the other prisoners.
  • Schoolbag: A schoolbag was used by Harry Potter to carry around textbooks, quills, and other items throughout his six years attending Hogwarts. It is possible that this bag was used even in his Muggle education before attending Hogwarts.
  • Weasley Jumpers: Harry received a homemade jumper every Christmas from Mrs Weasley. His were said to be much more extravagant, as Mrs Weasley "made much more effort" when her presents were not made for actual family members. The known jumpers he has include an emerald green one, a scarlet one, a green one with a Hungarian Horntail on the front, and one with a Golden Snitch on the front.
  • Sneakoscope: Hermione Granger gave Harry a Sneakoscope as a gift for his seventeenth birthday at breakfast, the trio would later take it on their hunt for Horcruxes.
  • Alarm Clock: In the summer of 1991, Harry found and repaired the alarm clock and in the summer of 1996, this alarm clock ticked on Harry's windowsill as he slept on the night that Albus Dumbledore came to collect him.
  • Golden Snitch: This Snitch was caught by Harry during the 1991-1992 school year. It was later left to him in Albus Dumbledore's will, to posthumously ensure that Marvolo Gaunt's Ring would be safely delivered to him.
  • Watch: This watch was used by Harry until it was destroyed in the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament, since it was not waterproof and by May of 1995, he had discarded the watch entirely.
  • Dress Robes: Harry wore dress robes to the Yule Ball for the 1994 Triwizard Tournament, they were bottle green that matched his eyes. He also wore dress robes to Bill and Fleur's wedding in 1997. He also wore a set of dress robes to Slughorn's Christmas Party in 1996.
  • Fabian Prewett's Watch: Molly Weasley gave Harry the watch of her late brother Fabian Prewett for his seventeenth birthday. It has a dent in it, but Harry kept the watch, even into his thirties. The watch does not have arms; rather, it has stars.
  • Mokeskin Pouch: A birthday present from Hagrid. Harry kept it with him throughout the Deathly Hallows, and kept in it his treasures that were of no use to his search; the Snitch, the broken mirror, his broken wand, his mother's letter and the fake Horcrux. Harry also received a photo album, from Hagrid, which had photos of his parents and other family members.
  • Rucksack: This rucksack was owned by Harry during the 1997-1998 school year. He packed it with everything he felt he would need during the hunt for Horcruxes. He almost lost it during the Battle of the Seven Potters, but managed to keep hold of it.
  • Enchanted Razor: In 1997, Harry received an enchanted razor on his seventeenth birthday from Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour. It is not known whether he used it at any point or if he still owns it.
  • Practical Defensive Magic and Its Use Against the Dark Arts: This book had moving colour illustrations of all the counter-jinxes and hexes it described. Harry received a set of these books in 1995 as a Christmas present from Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Harry planned to put them to good use in his lessons for Dumbledore's Army.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Harry owned a copy of this book, as was mandatory for any student of Hogwarts studying Care of Magical Creatures. He shared it with Ron Weasley after the latter lost his. The trio doodled and wrote messages to each other throughout the book.
  • Flying with the Cannons: Harry received a copy of this from Ron Weasley in 1992 as a Christmas present.
  • Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland: Hermione Granger gave this book to Harry in 1994, as a Christmas gift.
  • Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches: This book is a sophomoric manual on dating and flirting with girls. A copy was given to Harry on his seventeenth birthday from Ron Weasley. Harry speculated that there might be an entire chapter devoted to compliments.
  • Notebook: This notebook was owned by Harry from at least 1997. It was used to keep his notes and other writings, such as things he wanted to remember.
  • Toy Broomstick: this was a gift to him from Sirius Black, it was the first broomstick he had ridden. It's unknown what happened to it after the 1981 attack at Godric's Hollow.
  • Car: This car was used by Harry to drive his family to King's Cross Station on 1 September, 2017. On Platform 9¾, Ron Weasley asked Harry if he had parked the vehicle alright, then told him he had managed to park his own car.
  • Family Home: Sometime following the war, Harry acquired his own house and raised his three children there alongside his wife, Ginny. This can be assumed due to Harry denying James' request to have Teddy move in with them in exchange for sharing a room with his younger brother. Harry replied that he would only allow the two Potter brothers to share a room when "[he wanted] the house demolished." After Sirius Black died, all of his remaining possessions were passed along to Harry. This included: Kreacher
  • Black inheritance: Located at 12 Grimmauld Place, it and all the contents and furnishings of the house, including Kreacher (the family house-elf) became Harry's. Mundungus Fletcher would later try to steal many of Harry's inherited possessions, including Slytherin's Locket. Harry also inherited the remainder of Sirius' wealth in wizard's gold at Gringotts. Since Sirius was disowned at the age of sixteen, it is likely that this wealth was limited to the gold left to him by his uncle Alphard Black. However, that is open to debate because although Sirius Black was disinherited by his family, he ended up inheriting the 12 Grimmauld Place after their death, which might lead us to believe in the existence of forms of inheritance from his family other than what his uncle left him.
  • Motorbike: As one of Sirius's possessions, it was left to Harry, presumably in his will. Despite the severe damage done to it in the Battle of the Seven Potters, Arthur Weasley managed to repair the bike and returned it to Harry. Harry presumably learned to ride it sometime after the war. Given the ease with which he learned to fly a broomstick, ride animals such as hippogriffs and thestrals, and even a dragon, Harry likely learned how to ride with very little trouble at all.

Feats

Strength

Speed

  • Faster than Lucius Malfoy. (OOTP)
  • Faster than Bellatrix. (OOTP)
  • Reacts to a killing curse. (OOTP)
  • Manages to block most of a non-verbal spell from Dolohov after its fired.

Durability

  • Takes a full blown Cruciatias Curse from Voldemort.
  • Cracks his skull and falls off his broom from a very high distance in Quidditch but is fine. (HBP)
  • Hit by a bludger in the back of the head but is still fine. (HBP)
  • Hit by a strong counter-curse from Snape. (HBP)
  • Falls from the luggage rack in a train without any way to cushion himself and has his nose broken. (HBP)
  • Slammed hard into the wall by a Basilisk. (CoS)
  • Fell 50 feet off his broom and lived though some help from Dumbledore, still had a serious fall. (PoA).
  • Maybe his most impressive pain feat, takes a Basilisk fan to his arm, so deep that it probably broke his bone and was infected with the venom, and still manages to stay conscious when he was only 12 years old. (CoS)
  • Regrew his bones in his arm in one night after he had previously broken it, and Lockhart had removed the bones. (CoS)

Skill

  • Survived a point blank blast of the Avada Kedavra from Voldemort as a baby.
  • Excellent Quidditch player
  • Killed the Basilisk
  • Won the Triwizard Tournament... at the cost of Cedric Diggory's life.
  • Bested many Death Eaters
  • Possesses one of the most powerful Patronus charms.
  • Came into possession of all three Deathly Hallows and became the Master of Death.
  • Defeated Voldemort without resorting to the killing curse.
  • Became head of the Dark Wizard Hunting Aura Office, despite being a high school dropout.
  • Married Ginny, obliterating the hearts and dreams of all the Harry/Draco fangirls.

Weaknesses

  • Gets pains in his head when near Voldemort due to him being a Horcrux
    • Albeit this was averted when Voldemort died
  • Most of his spells require his wand. If his wand is broken or missing; Harry is handicapped.
  • No superhuman strength, durability or running speed (without the aid of potions or magic).
  • Not designed for close combat.
  • Some spells require Harry to speak them outloud.
  • Can be extremely impulsive, reckless or hot-heated.
  • Spells require concentration and emotion to cast. For example; Harry struggles to caste the Unforgiving Curses because they require the user to be cruel and sadistic; which Harry normally isn't.
  • Needs glasses.
  • Since Harry was raised by Muggles; he lacks common knowledge of the Wizard World. However he does learn Wizard culture during his years in Hogwarts.

Fun Facts

  • Harry is the Middle English form of the name Henry, derived from the Germanic name Heinrich,from the words heim, meaning "home", and ric, meaning "power, ruler". It has been a very popular name in the English-speaking world for centuries.
  • Harry can also be a diminutive form of the name Harold, from the Old English name Hereweald, meaning "leader of the army". It has been the name of five kings of Norway, three kings of Denmark, and two kings of England.
  • In an interview J. K. Rowling stated that 'Harry' had always been one of her favourite boy's names and that if her daughter had been a son she would have named him 'Harry', although then she would have to have come up with a different name for the books as it "would have been too cruel to name him after my own son".
  • James is derived from the same Hebrew name as Jacob, meaning “holds the heel” (in the Genesis narrative, Jacob was born grasping Esau′s heel and later bought his birthright).
  • The name came into English language from the French variation of the Late Latin name Iacomus, a dialect variant of Iacobus, from the New Testament Greek Ἰάκωβος (Iakōbos), from Hebrew word יעקב (Yaʻaqov). James is Harry's middle name, James was the name of his father and is also the name of his first son.
  • Potter is a very common surname of English origin. It traditionally refers to the occupation of making pottery. Beatrix Potter was a well-known English children's author. Potter's Field is the name for a burial ground for the unknown or unclaimed dead, particularly soldiers and orphans; the Potter family had many members that fit that description. The Potter Box is a model for making ethical decisions developed at Harvard University.
  • J. K. Rowlinghas also commented that she has liked the name since childhood, as a family that had lived near her carried this surname.
  • The last name "Potter" was also carried by the first successful magician in 1811 in America named Richard Potter whom also happened to be African-American, the land that was bought by the magician and where Potter lived was called "Potter Place".
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