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What Element Would the ‘Harry Potter’ Characters Bend?

Imagine if your favorite ‘Harry Potter’ character was actually a bender from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’. Which nation would they call home?
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I already sorted the Avatar: The Last Airbender characters into their Hogwarts houses, but what if I flipped the script? I decided to figure out what element some of the Harry Potter characters would bend. Ironically, there’s only one airbender on this list. And you’ll never guess who the Avatar is from this universe!

Bellatrix Lestrange: Water

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Two of the scariest villains from the Avatar series were both waterbenders. Hama was a bloodbender driven crazy by her power and isolation, while Ming-Hua was an armless waterbender who used water arms to get what she wanted.

Because Bellatrix reminds me of a combination of the two characters, it made the most sense to make Bellatrix a waterbender. I think Bellatrix would specialize in bloodbending, especially during her time in Azkaban.

Luna Lovegood: Air

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As the only Ravenclaw on this list, as well as the character who constantly has her mind all over the place, it makes sense Luna would be the only airbender here. She’s able to flow with whatever situation she’s in. And she’s very peaceful, much like the pacifistic Air Nomads.

She seriously reminds me of Ikki from Legend of Korra. She’s creative, strong, and fun-loving, which is exactly what we see Air Nomads be when they’re not actively fighting in a war. She’d definitely master the element early on just because it comes easy to her.

Neville Longbottom: Earth

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I’ve seen some people say he’d be a waterbender from the swamp tribe, but I just don’t see it. He’s not that resourceful and sneaky. He’s much more grounded and stubborn than waterbenders are known to be. That’s why Neville would be an earthbender.

He also loves herbology, so it just fits that he’d be more at home in the Earth Kingdom. As someone who sticks up for and to his friends when it counts, Neville’s courage and strength are what would make him a powerful earthbender. He’d also master metalbending later in life.

Ginny Weasley: Fire

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This fierce redhead couldn’t be anything but a firebender. Just in Order of the Phoenix, we saw Ginny master both offensive and defensive spells quickly. That would translate to her mastering firebending at a young age and adapting her styles to match other element bending styles.

In addition, she has a temper that I see in some firebenders. However, she’d also be a bit more grounded than the other firebenders in this list because she learned from her mother. Ginny would definitely be able to bend lightning, too. Honestly, she could be as powerful as Iroh if she wanted to be.

Fred and George Weasley: Fire

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You can’t tell me the twins that made enchanted fireworks wouldn’t be firebenders. They’d be quick learners but would use their bending abilities more for fun than fighting. But when they do fight, they fight in sync with each other. I would have loved to see this type of fighting in the Avatar shows.

In the Avatar universe, the twins would be traveling merchants and put on shows wherever they go to bring in new clientele. They’d honestly have a lot better luck than the Cabbage Man and his cart that’s constantly being destroyed by Aang and his friends.

Molly Weasley: Earth

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Molly is an earthbender, unlike many of her children. She is one of the most stable and strong characters pushed to the sidelines for most of the series. We don’t see enough of her using magic in the books, so I went off what we know about her.

She was always responsible with her magic, and she was also part of both Order of the Phoenix iterations. So while Molly’s good at defensive magic, she has some remarkable feats on the offense, like when she killed Bellatrix. I think she’d also be able to metalbend.

And since I didn’t include some of her children and husband, here’s what they would be: Arthur would be a nonbender from the Fire Nation. Charlie would obviously be a firebender who studies the original dragons. Percy and Bill would also be earthbenders, but Bill would be able to lavabend.

Severus Snape: Earth

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To be honest, I wanted to make Snape a nonbender just because I’m petty. But I’m putting my bias aside and acknowledging he’s an earthbender. He’s very grounded as a person, stubborn like I imagine many earthbenders are, and also tends to stick to defensive spells and abilities.

I’ve only seen him use a few offensive spells, specifically his creation Sectumsempra, but he’s pretty lethal with them. And that’s something I’ve noticed with earthbenders on the offense. Snape is also skilled at occlumency, a defensive ability that blocks his mind from legilimency.

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Sirius Black: Water

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Sirius is one of the most resourceful characters in the Harry Potter books. He uses his unknown Animagus ability to escape an “inescapable” prison and go unnoticed for years. Tell me that’s not resourceful and sneaky like the swamp waterbenders.

Now, I’m not saying he’d be from the swamp tribe, but he’d fit in with them. And just like many waterbenders, he’s able to switch from defensive to offensive and back to defensive quickly and adapt well to many different situations. He’d also be great at healing but only out of necessity.

Voldemort: Fire

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I almost put Voldemort as a waterbender only because he’d take advantage of bloodbending if he was able to. However, he has more of a stereotypical firebender’s personality. Voldemort also seems like the Ozai of the Harry Potter universe, being willing to kill a child to keep his power.

Voldemort is definitely a more offensive fighter, which is why he’d fit in in the Fire Nation. Firebending moves are usually for the offense, as it’s tough to be defensive with such a destructive element. They can also use fire to keep themselves from freezing, which Voldemort would definitely do.

Albus Dumbledore: Water

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It was a little hard to figure out where Dumbledore would be from, but I landed on one of the water tribes. North or South, I still haven’t decided. But Dumbledore is a waterbender through and through for many reasons, including his resourcefulness.

Dumbledore would be a quick learner when it comes to bending, and it would bore him after a while. He’d dabble in bloodbending every once in a while but would prefer staying away from it because of its psychological effects. He’d also spend a few years traveling and meeting other water tribes.

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Draco Malfoy: Fire

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I see Draco coming from a prominent firebending family and living up to that with his own bending styles. He’d follow a similar path to Zuko in the Avatar: The Last Airbender, as we see Draco battle with his own family’s expectations for him around Half-Blood Prince.

Draco would be one of the best firebenders of his year, but he’d still try to do better just to prove he could. He’d study and train hard, but he would also still disappoint his father (much like Zuko). I think he’d do everything he could to lightning-bend and would eventually master it as an adult.

Ron Weasley: Nonbender from Fire Nation

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Don’t hate me, but I don’t think Ron would actually be able to bend any element. That’s not a bad thing, though. As we saw with Sokka, he’s a great friend and brother, a good fighter and strategist, and will do anything for those he cares about.

So while his siblings are firebenders, he’d be a nonbender cheering them on. He’d also take after his earthbending mother in her stability and grounded nature. Still, he would also have some of that fierce firebender side to him when he’s angered.

Hermione Granger: Water

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Waterbenders are known to be resourceful. They also use defensive and offensive moves back to back, which Hermione does throughout the series. I have to add that Hermione is also good at healing, just like many waterbenders.

I honestly think Hermione is the Katara of the Harry Potter books. She’s always there for her friends, goes off on a journey with them, and is willing to do almost anything to save them. And much like Katara, she motivates those around her to be better.

Harry Potter: Earth

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It would be way too easy (and kind of a cop-out) to say Harry is the Avatar just because he’s the “Chosen One” from his books. But I’ll get to the real Avatar next. That said, Harry would be an earthbender for the way he uses more defensive spells in his series.

From what we’ve seen from earthbenders in both Avatar series, they tend to use more defensive maneuvers than offensive. And from Harry’s schooling, we see he does much better with those types of spells, specifically expelliarmus. I honestly think he’d also not master metalbending or lavabending.

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Minerva McGonagall: Avatar from the Earth Kingdom

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Every time I see people wonder who the Avatar would be from Harry Potter, they go with the obvious choice of Harry himself. But that’s too easy. To me, Minerva McGonagall encompasses what the Avatar should be. That’s why she’d be the bender of all the elements in this crossover event.

As for where she’d come from, she’d be from the Earth Kingdom. She’s a stable character with a grounded personality. She’s also one of the strongest witches we see in the Harry Potter universe, but we don’t give her enough of that recognition. That’s another reason she’s the Avatar.

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She’d find it hardest to bend water on her journey because it requires more flowing movements when she’s used to earthbending styles. However, once she’d mastered water, she’d tend to use it more for healing. She’d also find it easy to bend lava.