Harry Potter

The hero and protagonist, Harry is a twelve-year-old boy with messy hair and glasses who became famous within the wizard community by surviving the curse of a powerful wizard. Harry frequently finds himself entangled in dangerous adventures but he always lives to tell the tale. Harry's character represents good intentions, innocence, and the fantasies of childhood.

Read an in-depth analysis of Harry Potter

Ron Weasley

Ron is tall, red-haired, and from a respected but poor family. Ron is one of Harry's two best friends at Hogwarts. He is loyal to Harry, and belligerent to their enemy, Malfoy. Ron uses experience and a process of trial-and-error to solve most mysteries. Ron's character is often overshadowed by Harry's, but Ron always manages to succeed.

Read an in-depth analysis of Ron Weasley

Hermione Granger

Hermione is always the top student in her class. She is clever and well-read. Most spells come easily to her and remain in her encyclopedic mind. Her insight leads her to discover that the monster within the Chamber is a basilisk and that Polyjuice potion will allow the group of friends to spy on Malfoy. Principled and fond of rules, Hermione unwillingly follows the boys on their illicit adventures in order to unravel the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets.

Read an in-depth analysis of Hermione Granger


Once a student named Tom Riddle who attended Hogwarts fifty years before Harry, Voldemort became the most powerful dark wizard ever. When Harry was a baby, Voldemort killed Harry's parents and tried to kill Harry, only to have his curse backfire and render him powerless. He is an embodiment of pure evil.

Tom Riddle

Tom's past and appearance resemble Harry's. Tom, who grew up to become Voldemort, is the last remaining descendent of Salazar Slytherin. Through his old diary he enchants Ginny Weasley to perform his dark tasks.


The gamekeeper at Hogwarts and a good friend of Harry's. Hagrid is a giant, hairy man with a strong accent and a great liking for strange and dangerous creatures. Tom Riddle frames him as responsible for the monster within the Chamber of Secrets.

Albus Dumbledore

The headmaster of Hogwarts. Dumbledore is a wise, powerful, elderly man with a long silver beard. He is one of the most impressive characters Harry has ever met. He has a calm, secretive demeanor and is extremely intuitive and trustworthy. He also is an egalitarian wizard, believing that all wizards, whatever their blood, have the same potential for greatness. This notion infuriates Lucius Malfoy, who tries to get Dumbledore fired from the position of headmaster.

Draco Malfoy

Slimy, smirking, and snobby, Draco is Harry's greatest Hogwarts nemesis. Because his family is very wealthy, he is able to buy himself a position on the Slytherin House Quidditch team, but even though he has the fastest broomstick, he cannot play the game well.

Lucius Malfoy

Draco Malfoy's father, a mean, hissing man who mistreats Dobby, his house-elf, and encourages meanness and bigotry in his son. He is the head of the school governing board, and he uses his power to (temporarily) remove Dumbledore from power. Lucius is responsible for having slipped Riddle's diary into Ginny Weasley's books at the beginning of the story.

Ginny Weasley

Ron's younger sister. Ginny is a shy red-haired girl with an enormous crush on Harry. She finds Tom Riddle's diary. The magic diary manipulates her into opening the Chamber of Secrets and releasing the basilisk.

Percy Weasley

Ron's brother. Percy is a prefect who is in charge of a group of younger students. He is annoying, nagging, and pompous, but has good intentions.

Fred Weasley

One of Ron's older brothers, Fred is a beater for the Gryffindor House Quidditch team. Fred and his twin brother George are troublemakers. Fred has a louder sense of humor than George, but they are almost identical and usually inseparable.

George Weasley

One of Ron's older brothers, George is a beater for the Gryffindor House Quidditch team. He and his twin brother Fred are troublemakers. George is subtler and more tongue-in-cheek than his twin. Together, the Weasley twins are an infamous, amusing, and charming pair.

Molly Weasley

Ron's mother. Molly is very maternal and protective, but also quite strict.

Arthur Weasley

Ron's father, who works in the Misuse of Muggles Artifacts Office within the Ministry of Magic. He Muggle artifacts, and has a buoyant, childlike enthusiasm.

Vernon Dursley

Harry's stuffy, nasty-tempered Muggle uncle.

Petunia Dursley

Harry's unpleasant Muggle aunt.

Dudley Dursley

Harry's spoiled, overweight Muggle cousin.

Minerva McGonagall

The head of Gryffindor House, a stern but deeply concerned witch, and a great aficionado of Quidditch.

Severus Snape

The Potions teacher, and a slimy, ill-tempered man, Snape is the head of Slytherin House and gets great pleasure out of trying to get Harry into trouble.

Gilderoy Lockhart

The teacher of the class called "Defense Against the Dark Arts." Lockhart is the author of many magical books, and the five-time winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award. An incompetent, astonishingly vain man, Lockhart offers much of the comic relief in this story.

Professor Sprout

The Herbology teacher who is in the process of growing Mandrakes to save the petrified victims.

Argus Filch

The Hogwarts caretaker, who is grouchy and adores nothing but his cat.

Mrs. Norris

Filch's beloved cat, petrified by the basilisk.

Cornelius Fudge

The Minister of Magic, who visits to apologetically remove Hagrid.

Oliver Wood

The Gryffindor Quidditch captain and keeper.

Colin Creevey

A first year boy who follows Harry around, taking his photographs and embarrassing him tremendously; The first person to be petrified.

Neville Longbottom

A sweet, pudgy, and very clumsy Gryffindor boy; a friend of Harry.


One of Draco Malfoy's unintelligent, lumbering cronies; Harry uses Polyjuice potion to transform himself into Goyle.


The other of Draco Malfoy's unintelligent, lumbering cronies; Ron uses Polyjuice potion to transform into him.

Millicent Bulstrode

A belligerent Slytherin girl who has to duel with Hermione during the dueling club meeting. Hermione tries to transform into her, but becomes her cat instead.

Justin Finch-Fletchley

A Muggle-born boy in Hufflepuff House who is petrified.

Penelope Clearwater

Percy's girlfriend, a Ravenclaw prefect who is petrified.


The Malfoy house-elf. Dobby tries to get Harry out of Hogwarts to keep him away from the danger that lurks there. he almost kills Harry by trying to save his life so many times.

Ernie Macmillan

Justin's friend, who suspects Harry to be responsible for the suspicious occurrences at Hogwarts.

Nearly-Headless Nick

The friendly Gryffindor ghost whose Deathday party Ron, Harry, and Hermione attend.

Moaning Myrtle

A ghost who haunts the girls' toilet. Myrtle was killed by the Chamber of Secrets basilisk fifty years earlier.


A poltergeist that causes harmless trouble at Hogwarts.


Harry's pet owl.


A giant spider raised in captivity by Hagrid.


Hagrid's large but friendly dog.