What the “Harry Potter” Characters Would Look Like in D&D
Despite being full of witches and wizards, Harry Potter is still set in our world. It takes place on our planet, in countries we’ve heard of. This is in contrast to high fantasy, which typically takes place in an entirely different world, often loosely based on medieval Europe. But what would happen if we took the Harry Potter characters and placed them in a high fantasy world, such as the world of Dungeons & Dragons? What would they look like then?
Harry – Half-Elf Warlock
I chose the half-elf race because they’re a race that’s torn between two worlds and Harry’s life is split between two worlds, and it made a good analogy for his blood status. I chose to make him a warlock because in D&D, warlocks get their powers from pacts with powerful beings, but the warlock isn’t always aware of this. Given Harry’s existence as a Horcrux, something he didn’t originally know about, which granted him newfound abilities such as Parseltongue and the ability to survive the Killing Curse, it worked.
Hermione – Human Wizard
I chose to make her a human because they are the least fantastical race in D&D. This fits well with Hermione being Muggle-born. And just as Hermione doesn’t let anyone look down on her for her blood status, I doubt she’d let anyone look down at her for being human. The reason I made her a wizard is not just because Hermione is such a brilliant witch in canon. Unlike a warlock with their gifted powers, wizards learn magic through studying. With Hermione’s bookworm tendencies, nothing else fit so well.
Ron – Dragonborn Paladin
Dragonborn are a proud species and members often have a strong desire to prove themselves. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and are known for being exceptionally tall. As such, the image of a Ron as a red dragonborn fits well. As for the paladin part, Ron, despite his occasional fits of jealousy, is someone who will take a hit for his friends because it was the right thing to do. The chess scene comes to mind here. That desire to do good and protect fits the paladin class well.
Neville – Halfling Cleric
Halfings are known for being kind and loyal. They can seem somewhat unassuming but should not be underestimated. They are also renowned for their love of plants. Honestly, I don’t think there’s any race that would fit Neville better. I chose to make him a cleric for two reasons. The first is that clerics are healers and I see Neville as the kind of person who wants to take care of his friends. The second reason is that first level clerics can seem weaker in terms of how much damage they can deal out. However, that swiftly changes as they advance, and in my experience, most clerics end up being terrifying powerful. I thought this fit well with Neville’s own character arc.
Luna – Eladrin Druid
Given how unique Luna is as a character, I wanted her race to reflect that. Eladrin are similar to elves, often seen as a subsection of them. However, eladrin are more closely related to the fey, who tend to be mysterious and hard for others to understand. As for the druid part, one of Luna’s great loves seems to be magical creatures. Druids are a class that’s heavily tied to nature and animals and are even able to turn into animals at the higher levels. Luna would take great pleasure in turning into a Crumple-Horned Snorkack.
Dumbledore – Tiefling Enchanter
For those who aren’t aware, tieflings are the result of a joining between a human and a demonic being. They are remarkably similar to a cambion, the race that Merlin supposedly was in legend. Given that Dumbledore fits the Merlin archetype so well, I thought it was appropriate. Also, tieflings are known for being colorful, something Dumbledore would likely delight in. I chose to make him an enchanter because they are magic-users who are particularly good with social and political situations, as well as manipulating others. Given that Dumbledore’s manipulations drive much of the plot in Harry Potter, the class fit well.
Voldemort – Halfblood Yuan-Ti Lich Necromancer
Going into the halfblooded Yuan-Ti part first, Yuan-Ti are a race of snake-like people. Halfblood Yuan-Ti are humanoid in appearance but have distinctly snake-like features. Given Voldemort’s blood status and his canonical appearance, this race seemed the most apt. As for the lich necromancer, given Voldemort’s obsession with beating death, it’s hard to see him as anything except a necromancer. A lich is a necromancer who has stored their soul in a physical object called a phylactery in order to obtain immortality. The similarity is obvious.