Harry James Potter

born July 31, 1980 to James & Lily Potter
Gryffindor 1991-1997
defeated Voldemort October 31, 1981 & May 2, 1998
Triwizard Champion; founder of Dumbledore’s Army;
member of Slug Club and Gryffindor Quidditch Team (Seeker)
married to Ginny Weasley; children James, Albus, & Lily
Head of Auror Dept under Minister Kingsley Shacklebolt

The Boy Who Lived, by Drew Graham

Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways…. (PA1)

Little Harry, by mneomosyne

When he had been younger, Harry had dreamed and dreamed of some unknown relation coming to take him away. (PS2)

Harry and His Cloak, by Alicia M.B

“Hmmm,” said a small voice in his ear. “Difficult. Very difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind either. There’s talent, oh my goodness yes — and a nice thirst to prove yourself, now that’s interesting….” (PS7)

Watching, by Chantelle

“And [Harry] goes to Hogwarts. Yeah. When his adventures really start, predictably. And then… really, he has to start facing his past. He starts finding out what really happened. And he has to start facing what that means, because he’s been born to shoulder a certain burden.”

–J.K. Rowling (October 1999)


Trio, by pojypojy

“He makes two great friends, Ron and Hermione.”

–J.K. Rowling (October 1999)


Hedwig's Flight, by Hala Zabaneh

“You see what you expect to see, Severus. Other teachers report that the boy is modest, likable, and reasonably talented. Personally, I find him an engaging child.” (DH33)

Harry, by bluefooted

“Well, yeh might’ve bent a few rules. Harry, bu’ yeh’re all righ’ really, aren’ you?” (GF22)

HARRY POTTER, by Maria Abagnale

Harry then did something that was both very brave and very stupid…. (PS10)

“Oh, it’s you, is it?” said Madam Pomfrey… bending down to stare closely at him. “I suppose you’ve been doing something dangerous again?” (PA5)

Thinking Harry, by LMRourke

“I don’t go looking for trouble,” said Harry, nettled. “Trouble usually finds me.” (PA5)

Quidditch Feet, by Chantelle

“Harry is someone who is forced for such a young person to make his own choices…. Children who have loving parents… have a safety net; Harry doesn’t have that, so he is more alone than most children are. And therefore his choices are revealing him as someone who is brave – someone who is trying to do the right thing, [though] who occasionally slips up, as we all do.”

–J.K. Rowling (October 1999)


Mountainous Ponderings, by Beeeb

(by Beeeb)

Harry watched Dumbledore striding up and down in front of him, and thought. He thought of his mother, his father, and Sirius. He thought of Cedric Diggory. He thought of all the terrible deeds he knew Lord Voldemort had done. A flame seemed to leap inside his chest, searing his throat.
“I’d want him finished,” said Harry quietly. “And I’d want to do it.”

Harry and Ginny, by LMRourke

“The plan was, which I really hope I fulfilled, is that the reader, like Harry, would gradually discover Ginny as pretty much the ideal girl for Harry. She’s tough, not in an unpleasant way, but she’s gutsy. He needs to be with someone who can stand the demands of being with Harry Potter, because he’s a scary boyfriend in a lot of ways. He’s a marked man. I think she’s funny, and I think that she’s very warm and compassionate. These are all things that Harry requires in his ideal woman.”

–J.K. Rowling (July 2005)


by reallycorking

“Smart girl, that Hermione,” said Harry, trying to smile. “I just wish I’d asked you sooner. We could’ve had ages… months… years maybe….”
“But you’ve been too busy saving the Wizarding world,” said Ginny, half laughing. “Well… I can’t say I’m surprised. I knew this would happen in the end. I knew you wouldn’t be happy unless you were hunting Voldemort. Maybe that’s why I like you so much.”

The Trio, by Caladan

(by Caladan)

A warmth was spreading through him that had nothing to do with the sunlight; a tight obstruction in his chest seemed to be dissolivng. He knew that Ron and Hermione were more shocked than they were letting on, but the mere fact that they were still there on either side of him, speaking bracing words of comfort, not shrinking from him as though he were contaminated or dangerous, was worth more than he could ever tell them. (HBP5)

Harry, by Abigail Larson

“‘Harry is the best hope we have. Trust him,’” said Lupin calmly. (DH5)

Felix Felicis, by Fox Estacado Arts

“If there was a wizard of whom I would believe that they did not seek personal gain,” said Griphook finally, “it would be you, Harry Potter. Goblins and elves are not used to the protection or the respect that you have shown this night.” (DH24)

Prongs, by TomScribble

“In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart, just as pure as you were at the age of eleven, when you stared into a mirror that reflected your heart’s desire, and it showed you only the way to thwart Lord Voldemort, and not immortality or riches. Harry, have you any idea how few wizards could have seen what you saw in that mirror?”” (HBP23)

Had Enough, Seen Enough, by reallycorking

“Your brother knew how to finish You-Know-Who and he passed the knowledge on to me. I’m going to keep going until I succeed – or I die. Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.” (DH28)

Fireside, by reallycorking

“You are the true master of death, [Harry], because the true master does not seek to run away from Death. He accepts that he must die, and understands that there are far, far worse things in the living world than dying.” (DH35)

Nuzzle, by Nat Dai

(by Nat Dai)

“I see Harry as someone who is struggling to do the right thing, who is not without faults, who acts impetuously as you would expect someone of his age to act, but who is ultimately a very loyal person, and a very very courageous person. So, in as much as he has qualities that I admire most I would say he is a good role model. That doesn’t mean that he is saintly, but then frankly, who is? But I think you do see enough of Harry’s inner life, the workings of his mind in the books to know that he is ultimately human, struggling to do the right thing, which I think is admirable.”

–J.K. Rowling (July 2005)


Auror Potter, by Cambryn

(by Cambryn)

“Harry has an extraordinary instinct for the right thing to do. That’s what would make him, in due course, a phenomenal Auror…. Naturally [Kingsley] wanted Harry to head up his new Auror department.  Harry did so (just because Voldemort was gone, it didn’t mean that there would not be other Dark witches and wizards in the coming years).”

–J.K. Rowling (December 2007 & July 2007)


Good Morning, by Pen-umbra

“”It’s a bittersweet ending, but that’s perfect, because that is what happens to our heroes. We’re human. I kept arguing that ‘love is the most important force, love is the most important force.’ So I wanted to show [Harry] loving. Sometimes it’s dramatic: it means you lay down your life. But sometimes it means making sure someone’s trunk is packed and hoping they’ll be O.K. at school.””

–J.K. Rowling (December 2007)


Harry - A Hero, by Cambryn

(by Cambryn)

“Quite honestly, I’ve had enough trouble for a lifetime.” (DH36)

30 Responses to “Harry James Potter”

  1. This is one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever seen about the books. I’ve always admired Harry for all his faults and his good qualities alike. If JK had written Harry as a saint and as someone who always did the smartest thing, the books wouldn’t have been nearly as good or inspiring. The reason we love Harry is because he is stupid sometimes and he makes many mistakes. He doesn’t trust people that he should or when he should and he makes assumptions that lead to disastrous results. But he’s going through all these terrible situations while he’s growing up and learning who he is and what the world is like. He didn’t start the books knowing all this. He’s a believably admirable person. And what you, Josi, have done to show this in him is amazing. This whole site goes beyond what any other Harry Potter site that I have seen. Most only try to pick apart details and try to find mistakes and such. What you’ve done here is to honor JK and all she has done. I just recently found this site and am now on the fifth book reading along with your chapter analysis’ and I can’t wait to read your essays and your other character profiles, as well. Thank you so much for everything!!

  2. Love the pix- esp the one of Harry with his little girl at the end. And I love JK’s quote there about love- a very good take on love!

  3. Thanks for including the quotes about Harry not seeking trouble, doing something “both brave and stupid,” and being up to “something dangerous.” Those are some of my favorite descriptions of Harry.

    Love Nat Dai’s portrait–it’s so bright and happy (and I’ve missed seeing Hedwig!).

    And mneomosyne’s water color had me tearing up a little. Such a sweet, innocent child, longing for a family. She captures the spirit of that so well.

    Thanks again, Josie!

  4. The drawing of Harry and Ginny by LMRourke has to be one of my favourite HP drawings and I’m so glad you included it here. It really shows the love between them. Harry had an extremely tough start to life and I agree with JKR, living a life afterwards, one in which he can love others, is half the battle. That’s why I like the epilogue, it shows us Harry conquered his demons and finally managed to have the family he dreamed of from such a young age.

    I agree with Ari, I wouldn’t want a perfect hero. The fact Harry makes mistakes is what makes him human. He does so many extraordinary things but it’s the mistakes and the self-doubt that allow us to relate.

  5. I also like reallycorking’s portait of Harry & Ginny, and the one of him with young Lily.

    It’s also interesting that he marries a redhead, since his mom was one. Of course, if you are going to marry a Weasley, you don’t have a choice on that front. :)

  6. I like Chantelle’s picture of Harry toying with the snitch. There’s a thoughtfulness about his pose that appeals. The snitch ends up, for me, symbolizing death and the conclusions the books come to about how Harry should ultimately deal with death, so that adds another level to the picture for me.

  7. I particularly love Nat Dai’s portrait of Harry with Hedwig. In it Harry looks so happy and carefree. Because I’m not much of a pet person, I tend to forget that Hedwig was Harry’s second friend in the wizarding world, but this serves as a wonderful reminder.

  8. I think that the quote “Harry then did something that was both very brave and very stupid” is the defining description of why Harry appeals to young people. He is very brave and very stupid. He doesn’t always make the right choices, but he does make choices. In the end, he does do the right thing. But getting to that end means he had to make some dumb choices. It’s how he learns. It’s how we all learn. Harry Potter is the epitome of a relate-able character. We all strive to be like him because it’s possible. He’s a regular kid who is put in circumstances that teach him about himself while also teaching the readers about themselves.

  9. “Very brave and very stupid”, I really do relate to that.
    I think the most I related to Harry’s character was when he rushed to the ministry when he believed that Sirius was held there, but especially afterwards, all the remorse and guilt for being tricked, for finding the two-way mirror in his trunk, for not listening to Hermione.
    Rowling makes him so real, not an idealistic hero, but a true person, that any of us could have become if faced with the circumstances, except maybe he has more than an average person, which makes him so spectacular!

  10. I love this page – it’s such a perfect portrait of Harry! I actually had a friend come up to me yesterday and ask me, “Don’t you find Harry annoying?” I contemplated it for a second, and answered that no I don’t. Am I sometimes frustrated by him? Yes, terribly. But considering everything that poor boy has been through, all as a teenager, it really speaks to what a good person he is that he isn’t either evil or insane. He is believably flawed, yes, but he is still someone we can look up to.

    Also, the portrait of Dumbledore and Harry by reallycorking is absolutely gorgeous, I love it so much!

  11. I read somewhere that “He then did something both incredibly brave and incredibly stupid” pretty much summarises what it means to be a Griffindor :P

  12. reallycorking’s picture of Harry by a fire – what scene from the books is that? I can’t quite place it…

  13. Billie, it’s not a specific scene. Believe me, I tried over and over again to make it fit. :) The combination of the invisibility cloak, his holding the parchment, and (I assume) Colin Creevey in the background just makes it not really fit anywhere.

  14. I adore the picture of Harry and Hedgwig by Nat Dai… It’s perfect. Actually, all of the artwork was fantastic! Great job!

  15. Such a wonderful selection of quotes and fan art! Just reading some of these quotes reminds me why I love Harry Potter (Jo really is an amazing writer) – and the art reminds me why I love this fandom.


  16. Re Harry winding up with a “normal”, loving life: I think it is a nice ending. I just finished watching Lord of Rings again, and the ending has a sadness, as Frodo is not able to enjoy the world he saved, due to his injuries and experiences.

    “We set out to save the Shire, Sam and it has been saved – but not for me. ”
    — J.R.R. Tolkien (The Return of the King)

  17. LOVE this :)
    This page reminds me of what drove me to read the books in the first place.
    Thanks, Josie. For this, for the Chapter by Chapters, for all you’ve done to create this website :))

    Although, one thing. I thought Harry was born in 1979? Because the Deathly Hallows is from 96-97, which means he turned 17 in 1996. 1996-17=1979 :)

  18. Berit, Deathly Hallows was 1997-98. Book one starts in 1991, book two in 1992, etc. So your math is right, but your starting point is a year off.

  19. Ah, yes. You’re right Josie. Now I remember, 1998, not 97. Haha, I’m not thinking right. :)

  20. Wow. This is all so incredible. I love how JK Rowling sums Harry up. She created the ideal character that only a few others have been able to pull off.
    I (as a reader) like a character whom I can relate to, if not totally, but more of understand. Harry is a kid, who was thrown into a world, the big scary adult world. It could be the Wizarding World or maybe just our own. At first glance, this world is amazing and wonderful. But then we see how flawed this world is. It’s a hard world to make your way in, so hard to survive in. The child within you dies, and you harden. You become the person you are. For some of us, sadly, we never grow up. (that’s beside the point.)
    Harry has to deal with the sudden revelation of being ripped from his childhood, and thrown into a world where all laws of physics are denied, he’s incredibly famous, and….oh yeah, there’s this evil mass murder who’s obsessed with killing him all because of a prophecy. Just a little chaos here and there. No biggie….
    I love watching Harry grow up into an adult. He preservers through so much, he loses so much, and yet he gains so much in return.
    Love, friendship, loyalty, family….
    These where things Harry grew up without. I enjoy watching him grow up, and gradually learn to love, make friends, be true, and have a family.
    I love this series. There’s just something about them that makes it so….spectacular.

  21. Hold on here. A few hours before the Midnight premire, I am course, going through everything Harry Potter. In the documentary “A Year in the Life” Jo clearly wrote out the Weasley Family Tree. She says that “Poor Fred died in 1997.” Which means the Battle of Hogwarts was in 1997, not 98.


  22. Berit, Rowling is wrong about these dates more often than she is right. I’ve read a couple of careful analyses of the Black Family Tree, for example, and it contradicts canon all the heck over the place. So I wouldn’t put too much stock in that quote; I’d guess she was thinking that he died in the book that started in 1997, and misspoke.

  23. Also, when Harry visits his parents’ graves in the 7th book, it says that they died in 1981, meaning that Harry had to have been born in 1980.

  24. amazing images and good quotes.

  25. no doubt its the best Harry Potter page, for its the true essence of his life and of those around him……..well done and thanks for making this page for us Harry Potter Fans! :)

  26. Just another thank you, Josie, for your incredible devotion and hard work.

  27. If I were to tell you what sort of work has gone into these pieces of artwork, it would be impossible for me to do so. They are unique and fabulous, each in their own way-and a lot of them look like the real thing! After being on the same set, wow! Daniel will be laughing when he sees some of them though! What a collection, you should copyright some of these…

  28. I love Pen-umbra’s pic of Harry with little Lily. The #1 Dad mug was a nice touch.

  29. As usual, the images & annotations are great.

  30. In regards to the dates of the events of the books, and of Harry’s age, here is one instance of Ms Rowling actually making numbers work. Harry was born in summer, 1980. He was one year old when his parents were killed, and he got is scar. One year old, 1981. He was eleven years old when he went to Hogwarts, 1991. This is the first book, which events take place 1991-1992. Just use the sequential number of the book added to 1990 and you have the year in which the book begins. Just add the number of the book to 10 and you have Harry’s age for the course of that book. (Each book begins on or after his birthday, and ends before his next one, so he has the same age throughout the course of the book.)

    Using this formula, it becomes quite easy to determine that he met Hagrid, discovered he was a wizard, that his parents were killed by a dark wizard, and he started Hogwarts at the age of 11. He also found he already could fly (we learn much later he was already doing that at the age of 1!). He was all of 12 when he used Gryffindor’s Sword to kill a basilisk. He was 13 when he learned to make a Patronus and rescued his godfather. He was 14 when he had to deal with the trials of the Triwizard Tournament (making it sort of a Quadriwizard Tourney) and faced down Voldemort with his wand, he was 15 when he led Dumbledore’s Army and taught his fellow students to defend themselves against dark wizards. He lost his godfather at that age, as well. At 16 he lost his mentor. At 17 he and his closest friends dropped out of school, lived on the run for the entire school year, found three of Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes, and Harry faced Voldemort twice on the same day, finally ending his reign of evil for good and all. I may be wrong about Hermione’s age in the last book, as her birthday is later in September, she might have been 18 when those things occurred.

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