• Laura El Alam

Which Harry Potter Character are you in Quarantine?

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

Are you a Molly? A Sirius? Or maybe a Dobby?

By Laura El Alam

May 28, 2020

Molly Weasley: Even if your dirty dishes don’t magically wash themselves with the wave of a wand, are you channeling your inner Mrs. Weasley during the pandemic? If you’re the #1 nurturer in your Burrow and find yourself knitting sweaters (with or without initials), making homemade goodies like fudge and mince pies, or finding ways to encourage and support family, friends, and neighbors, you might be a Lockdown Molly. They may look harmless and pleasant, but don’t confuse Mollys’ warm nature for weakness. We all know Mrs. Weasley is a force to be reckoned with, equally capable of sending a Howler (RONALD WEASLEY, HOW DARE YOU WALK THROUGH HOGSMEADE WITHOUT A FACE MASK?!) and protecting her family with fearless courage.

Hermione Granger: If you’re taking full advantage of the lockdown by reading everything you can get your hands on, chances are you’re a Lockdown Hermione. Although most libraries are closed, true Hermiones are not panicked because they have their own collection of books at home -- probably enough to keep them reading and re-reading for months! As passionate about justice as they are about knowledge, Hermiones are also activists. If you have espoused a noble cause during the pandemic (hopefully with a better name than S.P.E.W.!) or have worked hard to improve the lives of others, you are likely a Hermione. Brilliant minds like yours are also the most likely to help find a cure for the virus. Please, accio an effective treatment, ASAP!

Harry Potter: Have you found yourself handling the lockdown with stoicism and courage? If so, you’re probably a Lockdown Harry. If anyone knows anything about isolation, it’s The Boy Who Lived. Years of loneliness at the Dursleys’ house trained Harry to endure long stretches of unwanted alone time. Remarkably, Harry’s bleak situation did not make him bitter or antisocial. Once free from his confinement, Harry flourished as a student, friend, and leader. Just wait until the quarantine is over! Your inner Harry will rejoice at being reunited with friends, and you can go forth and be a positive force in the world.

Dudley Dursley: Does this scenario sound familiar? “Dudley had spent most of the summer in the kitchen, his piggy little eyes fixed on the screen and his five chins wobbling as he ate continually?” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). If you’re the kind of person who has coped with the pandemic primarily by bingeing on food and TV, you might be a Lockdown Dudley. If the walk between the TV and the refrigerator is starting to feel a little too long, you might want to reconsider how many Knickerbocker Glories you’re eating. The good news is that Dudley eventually managed to convert all his bulk into muscle. Maybe post-quarantine bodybuilding is in your future?

Cornelius Fudge: Are you a person in a leadership position who refuses to listen to the advice of experts and colleagues who are wiser and more knowledgeable than you? Do you deny obvious dangers in an attempt to avoid panic, placate your constituents, and prevent the possible destabilization of your government and economy? Do you value power and ego more than the safety of your fellow human beings? If so, you are Lockdown Cornelius Fudge.

Severus Snape: Has the lockdown brought out your worst tendencies? If you find yourself constantly pining over an unrequited love (whether it’s a certain person or a trip to the mall) and/or constantly irritated and impatient, you might be a Lockdown Snape. Have you settled into a state of perpetual gloom and bitterness? ? Have you neglected to wash your greasy hair for weeks? If any of these apply, watch out for Snape-itis. While your lack of personal hygiene will probably keep others a safe six feet away from you during the pandemic, that is probably the only advantage you’ve got. My advice for a Lockdown Severus? Snape out of it!

Dobby: Of all the Harry Potter characters, Dobby has a loyalty that is unique and unparalleled. The noble House Elf faced his greatest fear, a trip back to Malfoy Manor, and risked his life to save his beloved friends. Dobby was willing to do what very few of us -- wizard or Muggle -- could summon up the courage to do. If you are a first responder, nurse, doctor, healthcare employee, or essential worker who is putting your life on the line every day to serve others, you are a Lockdown Dobby. May you be blessed with safety, good health, and as many socks as your noble heart desires.

Sirius Black: When the Ministry of Magic was hunting for Sirius Black, mistakenly thinking he was an escaped murderer, Black was supposed to be hiding out at Grimmauld Place. However, the restless wizard grew tired of his isolation and defied everyone to accompany Harry to Platform 9 3/4. Despite somber warnings that he should stay safely at home, Sirius broke the rules because he felt invincible. If you believe the pandemic is overblown and exaggerated, or that you yourself could not possibly get the virus, you might be a Lockdown Sirius Black. Are you ignoring social distancing recommendations? Refusing to wear a mask? Living life as if there is no pandemic? Lest you get too cocky, just remember how Sirius’ bravado ended. And unlike Sirius, you’ve got to think of more than your own life, so please be considerate of others who value their health and safety.

Luna Lovegood: Do you think that the coronavirus pandemic is a worldwide conspiracy? Have you been tempted to ingest random things like industrial-strength alcohol or disinfectant to rid yourself of the virus? (If so, please don’t do it, no matter what the president says!) Are you a Lockdown Luna? Although she's quirky and lovable, Luna Lovegood is not someone most people would want on their Quaranteam. While she finds the Rotfang Conspiracy (Aurors working to bring down the Ministry of Magic from within using a combination of Dark Magic and gum disease) to be completely reasonable, Luna would probably be skeptical of a global crisis caused by a deadly virus. We’ll leave her to her wrackspurts and take our advice from the infectious disease experts.

Albus Dumbledore: Although COVID-19 is apparently harder to defeat than Grindelwald and Voldemort combined, Dumbledore would undoubtedly do his best (or perhaps he’d just get Harry to do it for him). The Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards would surely want to remind us of one thing during the pandemic:

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

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