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|“||You're a wizard, Harry.||„|
|~ Rubeus Hagrid to Harry Potter.|
|“||Facing this stuff in real life... is not like school. In school, if you make a mistake, you can just try again tomorrow, but out there... when you're a second away from being murdered, or watching a friend die right before your eyes... you don't know what that's like.||„|
|~ Harry Potter to DA in Hog's Head.|
|“||Come on Tom, let's finish this the way we started it... TOGETHER!||„|
|~ Harry Potter to Voldemort in Deathly Hallows Part 2.|
Harry James Potter (born July 31, 1980) is the titular main protagonist of the series of books and films of the same name.
He is a wizard who survived an attempted murder by an evil dark-wizard named Lord Voldemort as an infant — leaving him with a distinctive lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. Harry's survival, coupled with the prophecy that surrounded him and Voldemort as revealed by Sybil Trelawney, led him revered as one of legendary figures by many in wizarding world (the other being Dumbledore and Voldemort himself) where in his case, as the Chosen One who is prophesied to defeat the Dark Lord. He is the son of James Potter I and Lily Potter, the godson of Sirius Black and the best friend of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
He was portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe in all eight films, who also portrayed Ignatius "Ig" Perrish in Horns.
Personality and Traits
Harry Potter was an extremely brave, loyal, and selfless person who possessed tremendous strength of character. He willingly went to what he truly believed to be his death because he believed that this was the only way to defeat the Dark Lord. Harry was also marked by what Lord Voldemort once deemed a "weakness for heroics" — he would go to great lengths and take great risks in order to help others, particularly his loved ones. Notably, this was taken advantage of by Voldemort in 1996, when he lured Harry to the Department of Mysteries by making him believe that his godfather was in danger. Harry was also very strong-willed and unafraid to stand up for himself.
The fact that he was capable of repelling the Imperius Curse suggests that he had an unusually strong sense of himself and his morals. Dumbledore once made parallels between Harry's traits and qualities that Salazar Slytherin looked for in his own hand-picked students, but noted that Harry's choice not to draw on those qualities really defined who he was rather than the simple fact that he had them. Harry was perfectly prepared to put his friends' needs and best interests first, shown by how he ended his relationship with Ginny Weasley, due to his concern for her well being (even though being with her was one of the best things that ever happened to him).
The amount of trust that Harry put into his friends was so strong that he absolutely refused to consider that any of them would betray him to Voldemort. Considering that Harry knew a person who had betrayed all of his closest friends to Voldemort, his closest friends being Harry's parents, godfather, and Remus Lupin who was there when Harry declared his trust in him, proves Harry's ability to love so unequivocally. The closeness that Harry felt for many was great enough for him to behave violently if any of them were harmed. When his godfather, Sirius Black was murdered by Bellatrix Lestrange, Harry attacked her in a grief-stricken rage of righteous anger and attempted to use the Cruciatus Curse on her.
He also attacked Severus Snape after the latter murdered Albus Dumbledore. Ironically, the only people with whom Harry ever initiated a duel were Snape and Bellatrix and he only desired to do so right after they killed someone he loved. This highlights Harry's bravery even further because Harry was fully aware that Snape and Bellatrix were two very skilled and experienced duelists, but did not hesitate to harm them as soon as he was pushed into it. However, Harry was also accused of being arrogant, in particular by Severus Snape (although in fairness, Snape was extremely biased, and Harry often found being famous and admired very difficult), and could be hot-tempered and impulsive.
This could sometimes make him rude to authority figures such as Professor Snape and Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour. In contrast, Dumbledore stated that "many teachers report that [Harry's] modest, likeable, and reasonably talented". Harry was prone to moodiness during his adolescence, though this is likely the result of the great emotional stress and trials he endured during this period. An example of when Harry showed something close to arrogance was when in his fifth year, Ron became a prefect instead of him. As mentioned earlier, Harry is not a flawless individual. Anger became a serious problem around his fifth year. After being cut off by Dumbledore, then later Ron and Hermione he was extremely agitated to the point where he viciously screamed at his friends at Grimmauld Place.
This bad-tempered nature only worsened after discovering the Prophet and Fudge were calling him a liar about Voldemort's return. Harry lashed out on many authority figures in his life because of this, specifically the Dursley family. He embarrassed Dudley in front of his gang then came close to attacking him with magic after he brought up Cedric, and came close to doing the same with Vernon when he thought he was expelled from Hogwarts. Harry's anger normally gets the better of him, specifically around Dolores Umbridge, who after lashing out during her class she had him endure torturous detentions with the Black Quill, to the point where he had an emotional breakdown after Sirius' death but was able to calm down with the help of Dumbledore.
Harry possessed an instinctual, intuitive intelligence that allowed him to make intellectual leaps, as opposed to the logical intelligence of Hermione. For example, Harry divined the truth about the Deathly Hallows, well before Hermione would accept it. And although he was clever, Harry lacked intellectual curiosity, rarely putting forth effort into school work; for example, he relied on the notes of the Half-Blood Prince to get ahead in his sixth year Potions class rather than devoting time to studying (although he did study reasonably hard for his Ordinary Wizarding Levels, the only set of wizarding qualifications he sat at Hogwarts), and generally did his best magical work when tackling practical exams rather than theoretical ones. This could be a result of the lack of confidence that Harry developed from growing up with the Dursleys.
Barty Crouch Jr. (disguised as Alastor Moody) remarked that Harry possessed a streak of pride and independence that almost cost him the Triwizard Tournament. His pride didn't allow him to ask for help regarding the problem of breathing underwater for an hour, which was required for the Second task that took place in the Black Lake, was what almost cost him the competition. Harry was also known for wanting to tackle challenges and obstacles on his own, without the aid or intererence of others. His friends had to frequently remind him that he needed their assistance and that he "did not always have to go it alone". Harry also seemed to have a bit of an obsessive personality, a trait he shared with his arch enemy Lord Voldemort.
He could be somewhat nosy and was known for sleuthing around and getting involved in things that did not concern him. For instance, during his sixth year Harry became intensely preoccupied with finding out what Malfoy was doing in his free time(which unfortunately led him to nearly killed him by using Sectusempra without thinking twice). He also developed on unhealthy obsession with the Deathly Hallows, to the point where he was listless with longing for the three artefacts. This period of listlessness lasted for many weeks during the hunt for Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes. Harry's greatest strength was his ability to feel love, despite having a miserable childhood of neglect.
Harry was extremely loyal to and protective of his loved ones and that love was what allowed him to overcome Voldemort. Dumbledore noted that Harry's strength of will at resisting the temptation of the Dark Arts, even when granted a direct insight into Voldemort's mind and methods was due to Harry's ability to love. Harry even claimed that he felt sorry for Voldemort because of his inability to feel or understand love. Albus Dumbledore noted that Harry was unfailingly kind and compassionate. This is shown by how he freed Dobby from the Malfoys and by standing up for Muggle-borns, half-bloods, and half-breeds (like Hagrid). This is likely attributable to his childhood, during which the Dursleys deprived him of compassion and discriminated against him due to his magical abilities.
Also, Harry was not a cruel person and he never wished anyone harm. He rarely initiated duels, instead fighting in self-defence. Even after Bellatrix Lestrange had murdered his godfather, Harry failed to cast the Cruciatus Curse on her. Bellatrix noted the he had failed to cast the curse properly because he had cast it out of righteous anger and not malicious intent. However, he did use the Cruciatus Curse more effectively on Amycus Carrow after he spat at and insulted Minerva McGonagall. In addition, he saved Peter Pettigrew from being killed by his (Pettigrew's) former friends Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, though this was not done for humanitarian reasons but for the memory of his father.
Remus Lupin once noted that Harry had very good and nearly always right instincts. Harry had a strong awareness of the incalculable power of certain acts, which is never more apparent than when he refused to allow Lupin to accompany him and leave his wife and child at home and realised that Ron Weasley was meant to destroy Slytherin's locket. In some ways, Harry can become extremely intimidating toward people such as Gilderoy Lockhart, Mundungus Fletcher, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. It is seen that Harry can become extremely frightening when pushed to the point of anger or extreme annoyance. When in a bad mood and argumentative, even Harry's closest friends have been shown to be wary of him, usually replying to his angry tone in a calm and appeasing voice.
The only person who does not appear to be afraid of him when he is angry (other than his teachers and other authority figures in his life) is Ginny Weasley. Harry seems to have good and long memory, as he remember the motorbike ride to Privet Drive with Hagrid when he was eleven and could remember the deaths of his mother and Voldemort's laughter when the events occurred ten years earlier. Harry possessed a tremendous eyesight as well, he was able to locate the Golden Snitch (which was approximately the size of a golf ball) in a massive Quidditch field. Harry also cared very much for his children. He comforted his daughter, Lily Potter when she was upset about not going to Hogwarts.
He also made sure his younger son Albus Potter would not be teased a lot by Harry's older son, James Potter. Although never as given to sarcasm or humor as his best friend Ron, Harry often displayed a dry wit. For instance, on finding out that Hermione Granger intended to take twelve O.W.Ls, he asked her if she planned to eat or sleep at all that year. This humor often became more cutting when applied to people Harry disliked.
When threatened by Draco Malfoy and his cronies after the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Harry remarked that he supposed that "Lord Voldemort's just a warm-up act compared to you three", responding to Malfoy's threat that he was dead by casually commenting "Funny, you'd think I'd have stopped walking around". Harry also displayed wittiness on the occasion when he first encountered Crookshanks, remarking that he was either "a very large cat or quite a small tiger". He was also known to apply his cutting wit to Severus Snape as well. During his first Potions lesson, Snape antagonized Harry with question after question, until Harry responded with "I don't know. I think Hermione does, though, why don't you try her?"
Although he never sought power himself and would be content with a normal life, when a situation required him to step up he would do so. Such as when he, Ron, and Hermione discovered Voldemort and Quirrell's attempt to steal the Philosopher's Stone and his time as teacher/leader of Dumbledore's Army. Harry has shown not-inconsiderable leadership abilities, to the point that Dumbledore reflected that Harry was a better leader than him as he never sought power for himself but simply had to assume the mantle of leadership due to circumstances beyond his control and found in the process that he did it well.
During his youth, Harry tended to see things in a rather stark, absolute manner, particularly when it came to the Hogwarts' Houses. Harry generally regarded members of Slytherin House as evil and therefore his enemies, while Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, and Hufflepuffs were allies. The former part could be due to his own status as a Gryffindor and that many of the Slytherins he encountered, such as Lord Voldemort, Draco Malfoy, and Severus Snape, were significant enemies of his during this period. In addition, many of his friends and allies, such as Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, and Hagrid, were fellow Gryffindors. However, this mentality eroded as he aged, since he encountered both allies among Slytherin, such as Horace Slughorn (and later, Snape), and enemies among the other three Houses, such as Peter Pettigrew (a fellow Gryffindor) and Quirinus Quirrell (a Ravenclaw).
By 2017, Harry had adopted a more moderate attitude on the Houses, telling his younger son Albus Potter that "it doesn't matter to us" if Albus was Sorted in Slytherin or Gryffindor. In addition, Harry named that same son after Severus Snape, whom he recounted as "the bravest man [he] ever knew".
Powers and Abilities
|“||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 his 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... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies...||„|
|~ Sybill Trelawney's prophecy about Harry's would-be destiny and status as the Chosen One, foreshadowing his unmistakable potential as the only one among his people that could destroy Voldemort.|
|“||You are protected, in short, by your ability to love! The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort's! 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? Voldemort should have known then what he was dealing with, but he did not! But he knows it now. You have flitted into Lord Voldemort's mind without damage to yourself, but he cannot possess you without enduring mortal agony, as he discovered in the Ministry. I do not think he understands why, Harry, but then, he was in such a hurry to mutilate his own soul, he never paused to understand the incomparable power of a soul that is untarnished and whole.||„|
|~ Albus Dumbledore confirming Harry's greatest ability as well as advantage over Voldemort, a power the Dark Lord incapable to comprehend as mentioned in Sybill Trelawney's prophecy which entwined their fates.|
Legendary Wizard/Half-Blood Wizardkind Physiology: In stark contrast to the Dursleys, his muggle relatives, Harry is a wizardkind (a sub-species of human race distinguished by their ability to use magic and greater lifespan) of half-blood lineage born through a loving union between the pure-blood father James Potter and the muggle-born mother Lily Evans. In addition of being the youngest Seeker of Quidditch in a century, what set him apart from his brethren is his fame as the Boy Who Lived through miraculous survival during Voldemort's attempt to kill him when he was a baby and importantly, the Chosen One, a mythical figure that possessed the power to challenge and ultimately destroy Voldemort as prophesied by Sybill Trelawney herself, one which Dumbledore confirmed to be his ability to feel and be empowered by love — an aspect the Dark Lord incapable to grasp. His trademark wand is made of hawthorn, which one should only ever consider placing in the hands of a witch or wizard of natural talent.
- Magic: After discovering his magical gifts and honing them during his time in Hogwarts, Harry became one of the most accomplished wizards who is capable of using magic even non-verbally or without a wand, a feat that only a selected few of his fellow wizards and witches can perform. Harry mastered his magic powers in the following fields:
- Defense Against the Dark Arts: Harry is extremely adept at Defense Against the Dark Arts, having mastered all kinds of spells related to the subject, including the Stunning Spell, Disarming Charm, Impediment Jinx, Full Body-Bind Curse, and Reductor Curse. He is also skilled at defending himself against Dark creatures such as Grindylows, Red Caps, Hinkypunks, Boggarts, Erklings, and Dementors. 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 Defense Against the Dark Arts tests", having beaten Hermione in two of the three Defense 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". Because of his skills in this field, when the Ministry of Magic attempted to suspend the subject at Hogwarts during his fifth year as part of Fudge's smear campaign against him and Dumbledore to no avail, Harry was able to teach his peers Defense Against the Dark Arts himself instead.
- Dark Arts: Being one of non-Dark Wizards who is highly proficient in the Dark Arts at all levels, Harry mastered simple dark charms like the Leg-Locker Curse, Full Body-Bind Curse, Reductor Curse, Pimple Jinx, Knockback Jinx, Revulsion Jinx, and Melofors Jinx as well as more powerful dark spells such as the Blasting Curse. He was also shown to flawlessly performed jinxes, hexes and curses written in the Severus Snape aka. Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making, such as the Toenail-growing hex and the extremely dangerous curse Sectumsempra, which he cast at Draco Malfoy in 1997, severely slashing and wounding him. However, while he proved to have sufficient ability to use even the Unforgivable Curses, his good heart prevents him from making full advantage of it: He may or may not have been capable of using the Killing Curse but his morality effectively ensured he would never cast it. He could use the Cruciatus Curse but at first it was only able to cause temporary shock and pain to Belatrix, who lectured him for not being sufficiently dark enough to want to hurt her in revenge, although he later learned from this and used it against Amycus Carrows effectively, knocking her out and making her scream in pain, suggesting he used a variant that could cause enough pain to knock out but not over-torture her. However, he had little trouble using the Imperius Curse effectively on Borgod.
- Broomstick Flight: Harry inherited his father's proficiency with broomstick. This is shown during his very first flying lesson, as he is shown easily commanding a broomstick both at land and air in his first attempt, which made him a naturally good Seeker as well as the youngest one in the century. As a Seeker, Harry was capable of surpassing even far more experienced Seekers, almost always winning the Quidditch matches for Gryffindor, and was considered to be even better than Charlie Weasley, with the only time he ever lost to Cedric Diggory being due to the presence of Dementors. Sirius Black also mentions that Harry's Quidditch skills are equal to the skills of his father James. His extraordinary flying skills also aided him when pursuing the Winged Keys enchanted by Professor Flitwick in the Philosopher's Stone Chambers, with him being the primary leader while the trio chased for the Keys, and the one who noticed and captured the right Key needed to unlock the door. His skills also helped him in the Triwizard Tournament, when he had to steal a golden egg from a Hungarian Horntail and he managed to successfully irritate the dragon into chasing him by dodging all her flame attacks and then outraced her to grab the egg, a display that highly impressed all of the witnesses and earned him the first place during the First Task. During the Battle of Hogwarts, he also managed to escape a Fiendfyre inferno in the Room of Requirement, via broomstick.
- Potion Brewing: Harry Potter revealed to have inherited his mother's Potion Brewing talent despite his strong dislike toward Snape made the subject he least to look forward to. Snape himself begrudgingly acknowledged his skill on it through not pestering him about his brewing a reasonably adequate Strengthening Solution and Harry even concocted an Invigoration Draught good enough that he would have earned an Exceeds Expectations had Hermione not vanished it. His ability to effectively use potion and understand their effects to overcome situations that demand it further highlighted in the games. Indeed, he achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam — proof of his proficiency in the subject and was one of only twelve students able to reach the required level to take the N.E.W.T. potions, although he wouldn't have if Snape had kept teaching Potions. He managed to briefly improve his skill in it with aid of the copy of the Advanced Potion-Making which belonged to the Half-Blood Prince (Severus Snape) as it contained revised instructions and notes from Snape to the point of surpassing Hermione before eventually stopped relying on the book due to the accident with Malfoy and Sectumsempra spell, but nevertheless maintain his competence so as not to raise Slughorn's suspicions. He later improved this skill during his Auror career, at least becoming proficient enough in Poisons and Antidotes as required.
- 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 can 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 1991 he possibly used it to vanish the glass of a snake tank at the Zoo. He is also skilled in Transforming Spells such as 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, when he succeeded in turning his eyebrow bright yellow. Minerva McGonagall herself complimented him on his talents in transfiguration.
- Charms: Harry achieved an 'Exceeds Expectations' on his O.W.L. exam and advanced to N.E.W.T.-level in terms of Charms usage, able to master Summoning Charm in only one day and often used it successfully, occasionally casted the protective enchantments that Hermione used during the Horcrux hunt, performing Confundus Charm at its fullest, using Shield Charm with mastery beyond majorities of Ministry employees to the point of able to deflect some of Voldemort's curses, levitating a side-car with himself in it for a long stretch of time during the Battle of the Seven Potters, and remarkable prowess in simpler charms such as Wand-Lighting Charm, Levitation Charm, Color Change Charm, Banishing Charm, Refilling Charm, Freezing Spell, and various others. Under the teaching of Remus Lupin, Harry was able to conjure an extremely powerful corporeal stag Patronus in his third year, a remarkable feat and yet another proof of his talent, given that many adult witches and wizards are often unable to cast this extremely difficult charm successfully. As an Auror, Harry displayed the ability to use Charms in combat, especially incapacitating ones, using Obscuro and Brachiabindo when dueling Draco.
- 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 could also perform a healing spell for clearing up dried blood from a bleeding wound.
- Apparition: Harry had not earned a license 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.
- Light Smoke Apparition: In film adaptations, Harry displayed a variant of apparition which, instead of teleporting from one place to another, transmogrify himself into a jet of smoke of light as opposed of Voldemort and Death Eaters' jet smoke of darkness.
- Master of Death: Harry mastered all three Deathly Hallows and accepted his own death. 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.
- Horcrux Abilities (formerly): As the result of Voldemort's ill-attempt to kill him when he was a baby thanks to Lily's heroic sacrifice, Harry accidentally became the Dark Lord's 7th Horcrux. Up until he disposed Voldemort's soul fragment within his scar through sacrificing himself to protect his friends and allies during the Battle at Hogwarts and later revival, he was granted following abilities:
- Parseltongue: Harry gains Voldemort's ability to speak with snakes and other serpentine creatures as he discovered during his second year at Hogwarts, much to his peers' horror that they mistook him as the Heir of Salazar Slytherin until he discovered the title belonged to the Dark Lord all along. Though it appears he lost this ability after the aforementioned sacrifice, Harry later managed to perform it once again during the events of The Cursed Child, as it was merely repressed by the destruction of its source, Voldemort's soul fragment.
- Insight into Voldemort's Mind: Harry was able to look into Voldemort's mind and see through his senses from time to time thanks to the same soul fragment, sometimes using it to monitor what the Dark Lord was doing. This proved to be a dangerous double-edged asset for him, however; 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. Additionally, because of their connection, Harry felt a burning pain in his scar whenever he and Voldemort were in close proximity or the latter experiencing 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, allowing him 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. This ability serves as the greater plot point in the films, as he, Ron, and Hermione relied on it more to track down Horcruxes with minimal clues at hand.
- Longevity: As wizardkinds have longer lifespans than muggles, the same goes to Harry himself provided that he's not die a violent death.
- Love Empowerment: Out of assets Voldemort unknowingly provided to the Boy Who Lived through his ill-attempt to kill him when he was a baby, the greatest one was his ability to feel strong love, something that empowered Harry's magic as much as his nemesis defiantly refused to comprehend. By indirectly ensured him to be raised by obnoxious relatives who treated him with anything but affection through the aforementioned murder attempt, Harry learned to appreciate bonds he made with the others starting from the day he began his enrollment at Hogwarts, which only more and more apparent through experiencing the loss of some of his loved one who fought to protect him. For the same reason, Harry felt compassion and pity for his enemies as shown through his attempt to reason with Voldemort to no avail. When he sacrificed himself to Voldemort for the sake of his allies during Battle at Hogwarts in addition of to destroy the fragment of the Dark Lord's soul within him, the protection he placed on them allows the resistance to quickly shrug off spells Voldemort threw at them. Other testaments of how love empowered him were conjuring a corporeal Patronus strong enough to repel even hundreds of Dementors away, exorcizing Voldemort who possessed him out of his body and shutting down his connection with his nemesis.
- Indomitable Willpower: Harry appeared to possess an unbreakable spirit, never truly gave up on any mission even while depressed. He had been shown to rise from defeat and loss, such as the deaths of many loved ones, even stronger than before. Harry's indomitable will was exemplified by his ability to resist the Imperius Curse and possibly, on the other hand, by his ability to cast powerful Patronus. It was also exemplified by the fact that he had never begged for mercy (even in life-and-death situations), he would fight back in defiance of himself, as well as perform non-verbal spells flawlessly. His aforementioned willpower also strong enough to compensate his inability to perform Occulumency due to inability to keep his emotions under control.
- 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 un-transfigure 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.
- Dueling Skills: Harry is an accomplished duelist at the young age whose signature spell was Disarming Charm (Expelliarmus), enabling him to best even Voldemort from time to time culminating to him defeated the latter despite the Dark Lord was armed with Elder Wand albeit unable to use the legendary wand at its fullest since Dumbledore and Snape arranged so it sided with the Boy Who Lived. He has defeated many powerful Death Eaters and had even been able to hold his own against some of the most powerful like Antonin Dolohov, Fenrir Greyback, and Belatrix Lestrange. He was known to be very quick off the draw and had an aggressive dueling style, even incorporating Unforgivable Curses despite lacking necessary malice and power to use them as much as Dark Wizards do. His combat tactics also include taunting and talking to his opponent to mentally throw them off-balance so as to buy himself time to strategize or to lull them into lowering their guard.
- 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 recognize a Snargaluff plant at the Lovegood House and knew to give 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, Severing Charm and the 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: Wand-Lighting Charm, Shield Charm, and 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.
- Detective skills: Harry was a formidably talented investigator. While in school, he and his friends 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 and understand how the Basilisk's victims were attacked and why they did not die, but more importantly he located the entrance of the Chamber and rightly supposed that the victim of the first opening of the Chamber was Moaning Myrtle; understand, with almost no clues, what Dumbledore wanted he and Hermione to do after spinning the Time Turner; find the truth about the prophecy; hunt down and destroy all of Voldemort's Horcruxes using his amazing deductive skills. During his sixth year, he also observed Dumbledore's memories about Voldemort and noticed things which would help him later. 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 skeptical 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. He also had an eye for details and a very good memory: for instance, even in a highly stressful situation, such as the Battle of Hogwarts, he was able to remember objects he saw over a year before in the Room of Hidden Things.
- 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 fourth year, he managed to escape from Voldemort and all the Death Eaters, taking Cedric Diggory's dead body with him. 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 Slytherin house.
- 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 him 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 Hogwarts headmaster — 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 demonstrated Harry's natural talent as a commander.
- Teaching skills: Harry demonstrated tremendous skill in teaching others. Having mastered many spells at a young age, Harry successfully taught them to 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 (but highly incompetent) teacher Dolores Umbridge. He even returned to Hogwarts to give occasional Defense Against the Dark Arts lectures as an adult and professional Auror. He kept his teaching aptitude in his later years and successfully instructed the members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force in the use of several formidable spells.
Harry Potter was featured in the following main seven books:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Additionally, Harry was featured in following media:
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
- Pottermore (Online website)
- Harry is similar to Tom Clarke as both are wizards and both lost one or both of their parents at a young age on Halloween day (Harry was one year old when his parents James and Lily were killed by Lord Voldemort on Halloween 1981, whilst Tom was at the age of ten when his mother Helen was killed by a Nekross probe on Halloween 2006). There a two differences between the two: first, Harry has unlimited magic, whilst Tom can only cast three spells a day. The second difference between them is Harry attends Hogwarts to learn magic whilst Tom attends a normal school and is taught magic by his grandmother Ursula and possibly Helen before her death.
- Though capable of using 2 of 3 Unforgivable Curses (namely Cruciatus and Imperius), Harry lacks necessary malice and strength to inflict damage as worse as the Dark Wizards are able to, due to his purer heart, let alone performing the third;
- When he casted the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix, all he could do was simply knocking her to her knees as it was fueled with righteous fury, much to her amusement. With Amycus Carrow, on the other hand, though he had enough fury to cast the curse on him for spitting at McGonagall, the pain he inflicted was only enough to knock him unconscious instead.
- When Harry uses the Imperius Curse on the Gringgots staff while he, Hermione, and Ron searched for the Hufflepuff's cup, his influence over them proved not to be as strong as Voldemort's Death Eaters', which is further attributed to his little experience in performing it.
- In Deathly Hallows: Part 1, however, Harry managed to cast Killing Curse to Salazar's Locket in his attempt to destroy it along with a fragment of Voldemort's soul within but to stay true in the book, all he could do with the Curse is harmlessly knocking the locket around since he lacked Voldemort's murderous intentions.
- Harry is similar to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Both have special talents (Rudolph has a red nose that can glow and Harry is a wizard that can perform magic, which has greater strength than even his nemesis Voldemort thanks to his ability to understand love). Both are cousins of an antagonist (Dudley Dursley and Arrow). Both were disliked by these antagonists (Dudley disliked Harry, seeing him as a nuisance in the family and became scared of him after knowing that he is a wizard, while Arrow disliked Rudolph because he has red nose). But, in both cases, they later end in good terms with them.
- After Harry Potter saga, Daniel Radcliffe went to play the villainous Walter Tressler Mabry appearing in the magic heist film, Now You See Me 2 from 2016, starring the American actor Jesse Eisenberg.
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry and Voldemort are similar as much as they are opposites to each other:
- Harry and Voldemort have blood relations with Salazar Slytherin, but...
- Harry is very distantly related to Salazar Slytherin, but is not a descendant of him since he is related more to the third Peverell brother.
- Voldemort is directly descended from Salazar Slytherin through the second Peverell brother.
- Both are orphaned half-blood wizards whose one of their parents happened to be a pure-blood member of the wizardkind, but...
- Harry's mother and father, the pure-blood James and muggle-born Lily, were a genuinely loving couple and parents for baby Harry, in addition of being willing to give their lives to protect their only child.
- Voldemort's parents, the snobbish noble muggle Tom Riddle and pure-blood Merope Gaunt, were united by a coerced love and marriage that led to catastrophic consequences to the wizarding world; whereas Tom eventually left his wife as soon as the bewitchment placed on him (an Imperious Curse as theorized by Harry or a Love Potion by Dumbledore) lifted off and was later butchered (alongside the rest of his family) by Voldemort himself, Merope lived a miserable life and died in depression after giving birth to their baby son, unable to provide love to Voldemort and thus leading to his future rise as both an abomination and Dark Lord.
- Both have developed their magic in the equal age, but...
- Harry was skeptical about being a wizard even after unknowingly using his magic before eventually able to master it through his study at Hogwarts.
- Voldemort has fully mastered his magic before receiving his proper education in the same school and even used it to harm others.
- Both are known for making a significant number of friends, but...
- Harry deeply trusts his allies and friends as the bonds he made with them filled the void the Dursleys refused to fill following the death of his parents (although Harry later reconciles with Dudley and in a lesser extent, with Petunia) .
- Voldemort feels no affection towards his allies and friends and only sees them as expendable pawns at best.
- Both are one of the notable students of Hogwarts, but...
- Harry is already famous through his status as the Chosen One and is a kind individual despite having records in breaking rules, sometimes to stop Voldemort.
- Voldemort was a model student who exploits his reputation as a mask to hide his malicious nature.
- Harry and Voldemort have blood relations with Salazar Slytherin, but...
- Following the shocking introduction of Obscurial (a wizardkind who consciously repressed his/her powers through enduring abuse to the point of warped into a destructive, out-of-control force) in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, many fans became curious and wonder how Harry didn't became one due to Dursleys' mistreatments on him. Thus, J.K. Rowling assured them by explained: "An Obscurus is developed under very specific conditions: trauma associated with the use of magic, internalised hatred of one’s own magic and a conscious attempt to suppress it. The Dursleys were too frightened of magic ever to acknowledge its existence to Harry. While Vernon and Petunia had a confused hope that if they were nasty enough to Harry his strange abilities might somehow evaporate, they never taught him to be ashamed or afraid of magic. Even when he was scolded for ‘making things happen’, he didn’t make any attempt to suppress his true nature, nor did he ever imagine that he had the power to do so." As such, Dursleys were EXTREMELY lucky not to create one out of the Boy Who Lived, more so since Harry's very ability to feel and be empowered by love practically made his overall magic grew close to match Voldemort and Dumbledore's own.