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If Harry Potter Characters Played ‘Dungeons and Dragons’

The residents of Hogwarts are headed to the Forgotten Realms! How would your favorite Harry Potter characters fare in a game of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’?
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Harry Potter is already a magical fantasy world—but what if they formed an adventuring party for a tabletop RPG campaign?

We’ve already explored what would happen if they crossed over to the Avatar universe, but now our favorite witches and wizards are going to play some Dungeons and Dragons.

Note: this post uses Fifth Edition terminology. We’ll also be dealing with both heroes and villains in this imaginary campaign.

Lucius Malfoy

Alignment: Lawful Evil

Class: Bard

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I wouldn’t usually expect a bard to be evil, but Lucius Malfoy is an exception. He’d play a College of Swords Bard, a subclass that has a bit of a swashbuckler vibe. Given that the elder Malfoy conceals his wand in a walking stick, like a Victorian gentleman with a sword cane, it just felt right. Bards also rely on Charisma to navigate the world, which lined up with Lucius Malfoy’s considerable political and social influence.

Obviously, he’s evil—specifically, Lawful Evil. Lucius Malfoy wants to preserve the rigid class structure of the Wizarding World so that he can continue to exploit it for his own gain.

Minerva McGonagall

Alignment: Lawful Neutral

Class: Wizard

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Minerva McGonagall is highly intelligent and adept at magic, making her the first true Wizard of our Harry Potter D&D campaign. Her Animagus ability might seem like a Druid Wild Shape at first, but I think she’s using Shapechange, a 9th level transmutation spell. Obviously, her subclass would be School of Transmutation.

As a school administrator, McGonagall is fair and (mostly) neutral. She’s willing to dock points from her own house when the Gryffindors are out of line, and her goal is primarily to maintain order at Hogwarts.

Bellatrix Lestrange

Alignment: Chaotic Evil

Class: Sorcerer + 2 Levels of Warlock

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As one of the most chaotic characters in the Harry Potter universe, as well as one of the evilest, Bellatrix Lestrange’s alignment was a no-brainer. But what class would she play?

Ultimately, I felt that she’d be a Wild Magic Sorcerer—the most chaotic and potentially destructive subclass. However, she also dipped into Warlock for two levels. Voldemort would be her Undying Patron; after all, he’s basically a lich.

Ginny Weasley

Alignment: Chaotic Good

Class: Barbarian

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Let’s be clear: we’re talking about Ginny Weasley from the books, not the movies. Bonnie Wright did a great job with the material she was given, but the book version of the character is a lot more dynamic.

With her natural athleticism and fiery temper, I feel like Ginny would play a Barbarian. Specifically, she’d be a Totem Warrior with the Spirit of the Eagle. However, she’d also pick up the Magic Initiate feat to access a couple of Wizard cantrips like Fire Bolt (see what I did there?) and Feather Fall.

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Sirius Black

Alignment: Chaotic Good

Class: Ranger + 2 Levels of Druid

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Our man Sirius Black definitely picked up two levels of Circle of the Moon Druid in order to Wild Shape alongside his friends. However, his primary class would be a Ranger from the Gloom Stalker Conclave. This subclass has the flavor of a Rogue without needing additional multiclassing. Gloom Stalkers rely on stealth, which tracks with Sirius’s approach toward escaping Azkaban and seeking out Harry.

As someone who rebelled against his upbringing to fight on the side of the heroes, Sirius would be Chaotic Good.

Rubeus Hagrid

Alignment: Chaotic Neutral

Class: Druid

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Hagrid isn’t the most magically gifted man in the Wizarding World, but his outsized heart makes up for it. As the gamekeeper and later Care of Magical Creatures professor, Hagrid loves animals and goes to great lengths to protect them. He’s the epitome of a Circle of the Shepherd Druid.

As for his moral alignment, while Hagrid is a good guy, I think he’s Chaotic Neutral. His motivations are always to follow his heart, even when it breaks the rules. We see that from the first moment we meet him when he repeatedly tells Harry that’s not really supposed to do magic—but keeps using it anyway.

Fred and George Weasley

Alignment: Chaotic Good

Class: Rogue

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For the sake of space, we’re going to treat Gred and Forge—no, I mean Fred and George—as one entry on our list. If any characters were ever Arcane Trickster Rogues, it’d be the Weasley twins. Blending magic and stealth, this subclass of Rogue can cast Mage Hand along with a variety of enchantment and illusion Wizard spells. The twins also picked up the Artificer Initiate feat, which helps them craft their Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes products.

Our boys are very much Chaotic Good, causing an equal amount of mayhem and joy during their time at Hogwarts.

Neville Longbottom

Alignment: Lawful Good

Class: Cleric + 3 Levels of Fighter

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Although Neville Longbottom’s affinity for plants might make him seem like a Druid at first glance, I think he’s a better fit for the Nature Domain Cleric class. But we’re not done yet with Neville! After Harry, Ron, and Hermione leave Hogwarts to hunt down the Horcruxes, Neville becomes one of the main protectors of Hogwarts. At that point, he starts taking levels of Fighter until he reaches the Champion Martial Archetype. He also picks up the Great Weapon Master feat, which we see him use when he wields the Sword of Gryffindor to defeat Nagini.

Neville is a Lawful Good character who believes in following rules and upholding order. After all, he was willing to stand up to the cool kids when they tried to sneak out—and his decision earned Gryffindor the final points they needed to win the House Cup at the end of the first book.

Draco Malfoy

Alignment: Lawful Neutral

Class: Bard

Draco Malfoy
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Draco Malfoy spent most of the Harry Potter series as a self-centered bully. You can’t really blame him, once you meet his parents. Although he eventually turns his back on the Death Eaters, I don’t think he’s earned a spot on the Good axis. Instead, he’s Lawful Neutral at best.

Like his father, I think Draco would play a Bard in our D&D campaign. However, he’d be drawn to the College of Whispers, a sinister and tricksy subclass that delves into some morally questionable abilities. He’d also take the Eldritch Adept feat in order to use Warlock invocations.

Severus Snape

Alignment: Chaotic Neutral

Class: Artificer

Severus Snape
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Snape is a tricky character to pin down into a moral alignment. While I will never agree that he’s the “bravest man” Harry ever met, he does sacrifice himself to fight on the side of the heroes in the end. Ultimately, Snape is motivated by one thing—and one thing only: his pride. What, you thought I was going to say Lily Potter? Nah, Snape is basically a Wizard Libertarian, and he’ll do whatever he thinks is right regardless of whether it’s seen as Good or Evil by the rest of the world.

He’d play as an Alchemist, the subclass of Artificer that focuses on creating potions and elixirs. However, he’d also grab a feat or two along the way to improve his spellcasting abilities. Like Draco, he’d take Eldritch Adept feat, specifically to cast Agonizing Blast—which sounds a lot like Sectumsempra or Crucio.  

Luna Lovegood

Alignment: Chaotic Good

Class: Druid

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Luna Lovegood would certainly play something related to the Feywild in a game of Dungeons & Dragons. I debated for a while before settling on a Circle of Dreams Druid. It’s not the most powerful subclass, but the description from Xanathar’s Guide to Everything felt like a perfect match for Luna: “These druids seek to fill the world with dreamy wonder. Their magic mends wounds and brings joy to downcast hearts, and the realms they protect are gleaming, fruitful places, where dream and reality blur together and where the weary can find rest.”

Is there any debate that Luna is a Chaotic Good character? She believes in freedom from society’s constrictive conventions above all else—even when it brings her considerable grief from her peers.

Ron Weasley

Alignment: Neutral Good

Class: Paladin

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Ron does the right thing when he can, but he’s not a strict, law-abiding character. His willingness to break rules is guided by his moral compass, which is pointed directly toward Good.

What class would Ron play in a D&D campaign? I had to go with a classic Oath of Devotion Paladin. It’s not the most exciting class—but let’s be real, Ron is not the most exciting guy. I don’t think he’d be especially gifted at playing a tabletop RPG; he seems like the kind of player who would waste a lot of turns making Dexterity checks even though his Dex is -1.

Albus Dumbledore

Alignment: True Neutral

Class: Wizard + 3 Levels of Warlock

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Dumbledore is the most wizardy of Wizards. I mean, have you seen that beard? We see him use Legilimency, which looks a lot like the Wizard spell Encode Thoughts. As for his subclass, I’m leaning toward the School of Abjuration. However, I think you can make an argument that he also dipped into a few levels of Warlock with the Elder Wand as his Pact Boon. Given that the wand was allegedly created by Death himself, I’d say his Warlock Patron is The Undying.

Dumbledore treats people like chess pieces throughout the series, manipulating them in order to achieve what he sees as the greater good. He doesn’t care about rules or even traditional concepts of morality, placing him in the rare True Neutral camp.

Hermione Granger

Alignment: Lawful Good

Class: Wizard

Hermione Granger
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Hermione Granger is a classic Wizard, following in the footsteps of Professors McGonagall and Dumbledore. She’d play a Chronomancy wizard—that’s the magic of time. She’d also pick up the War Caster feat, making her more formidable in battle.

More than any of her friends, Hermione believes in fairness, equality, and the rule of law. However, if she believes a law is unjust—such as the treatment of House Elves—she’ll fight to change the system. You can see why this Lawful Good character would make an excellent Minister of Magic.

Lord Voldemort

Alignment: Lawful Evil

Class: Paladin + 3 Levels of Warlock

Lord Voldemort
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Before you jump all over me about Voldemort being a Paladin, hear me out. He’d be an Oathbreaker Paladin, a subclass that allows for an Evil alignment. Voldemort couldn’t resist multiclassing in Warlock as he creates his Horcruxes, essentially turning himself into a lich. With an Undying Patron, he can pop back up with hit points after being succeeding on his death-saving throws. I think Voldemort would also pick up the Mage Slayer feat at some point. The man does like to kill casters—even though he is one.

Clearly, the guy is Lawful Evil. He’s basically Wizard Hitler.

Harry Potter

Alignment: Neutral Good

Class: Sorcerer

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That’s right—the most famous wizard in the world is not playing one in this D&D campaign. Harry Potter has way too many innate powers to be a Wizard. Instead, he’s a Sorcerer. Specifically, I think he’d be an Aberrant Mind Sorcerer since Voldemort left a splinter of his consciousness and power in Harry’s brain. He really should have tried harder at his Occlumency lessons.

Harry isn’t particularly lawful or chaotic, but he is one of the good guys. His moral alignment most closely matches Neutral Good. He’s much more interested in helping his friends and doing the right thing than following rules, but he doesn’t have the free-spirited energy of a chaotic character. As an Auror, his Neutral Good alignment will be an asset.