Astrology in Harry Potter

Whether you believe in astrology or not, there is no denying that JK Rowling took birthdays and sun signs into consideration with her characterizations. It’s probably a safe generalization to make that everyone knows a few key terms or traits of their zodiac sign; I won’t go into massive detail about the workings of birth charts et al, but I’m sure everyone agrees that each sign has its own unique traits.

I always knew that Harry was a Leo, and Hermione a Virgo (her birthday is 5 days away from mine, and I’m a Libra). And I could see they each exhibited certain qualities about them that matches their sun sign. So, one day, I decided it would be fun to see what other character’s signs would be.

Before I get into things, I would like to point out one thing:

Harry: July 31st, Leo – Fire
Hermione: September 19th, Virgo – Earth
Ron: March 1st, Pisces – Water
Draco: June 5th, Gemini – Air

The golden trio, plus Malfoy, make up the 4 elements. I think that’s pretty darn cool :3

All zodiac profiles are taken from about.astrology

Harry, July 31st & Ginny, August 11th – Leo

Key words:
– Ambitious
– Generous
– Loyal
– Encouraging
– Pretentious
– Domineering
– Melodramatic
– Stubborn
– Vain

At first, it’s hard not to like those with the Sun in Leo with their open hearted, friendly ways. They often enter a room as a radiant presence that causes everyone to take notice, and are skilled at “working” a crowd for best effect. As a friend, they have a knack for mining a buried dream, polishing it to a shine again, and making anything seem possible.
There’s a public confidence with the Leo Sun that other signs only dream of, which gives them free reign to fully express their creative and social selves. Whether they end up in civil service or on a Broadway stage, chances are they’ll have an audience. When standing proudly before adoring fans (or co-workers), they’re casting out warmth that has a palpable power to win hearts and minds.

The Sun in Leo has a hard time with the mundane, and will be drawn to colorful careers and dramatic relationships. While some people shrink at the idea of dating around, the Leo considers it a time to play and enjoy the game of romance. And it’s not unusual for a Lion on the market to have a few kettles on the stove.

After getting to know a Leo, you might discover that they’re very loyal, but only to themselves. You can come up against severe resistance if trying to bend the will of a Leo for the sake of a relationship. Their pride leads to the reputation of having a super-sized Ego, and being a difficult Diva type. But in the end, their stubborn self-regard elicits widespread respect, since so many of them grab the gusto and achieve their loftiest goals.

Let’s see… both Harry and Ginny have a bit of a temper to them, are confident, popular in their own right, loyal, stubborn, determined and charismatic.

Hermione, September 19th – Virgo

– Analytical
– Observant
– Helpful
– Reliable
– Precise
– Fussy
– Responsible

Those with Sun in Virgo are constantly on the move, always trying to fine-tune their lives and relationships. They are filled with nervous energy, and a desire to make improvements, so they’re serene when fulfilling the steps toward a well-thought out goal.

Virgos are often compelled to serve others, and can find respect in fields where attention to detail and a responsible attitude are rewarded. They are natural healers, and are gifted at bringing an unhealthy situation back into balance. But they have to watch out for those that would take advantage of their natures and put them in subservient roles. Finding the courage to place the highest value on what they offer can take a lifetime for some Virgos.

There’s an emphasis on habit, and a Virgo that has established a wholesome daily routine is far easier to live with than one that hasn’t. There’s a physical sensitivity with Virgos that could be called high maintenance, and they need a lot of space to “purify” themselves in mind, body and spirit. They are known as loners, and even if established in coupledom, will need plenty of “me” time to maintain their sense of self.

You can set your clock by their punctuality, so if you’re going to be late, you’d better have a good reason. When trying to win the heart of a Virgo, try giving them something practical that enhances their daily life. And always make sure your clothes are free of unsightly stains or wrinkles, as this will be duly noted.

The self-contained nature of the Virgo Sun sometimes makes them all the more alluring. Here’s where the Virgin comes into play — someone who will always be whole and complete unto themselves. And this can make them seem unattainable.

In a relationship, the Sun in Virgo finds comfort in the routines of daily life. When they’ve found a worthy mate, they revel in the patterns and habits of togetherness, and can begin to relax into the beauty of the familiar.

A lot of this easily applies to Hermione. And, regarding “unattainability”, this could perhaps be a reflection of her relationship with Ron? Maybe ;)

Ron, March 1st – Pisces

– Compassionate
– Accepting
– Devoted
– Imaginative
– Indecisive
– Self-pitying
– Lazy
– Escapist

As the last of the twelve Zodiac signs, Pisces is said to contain aspects of them all. This makes the Pisces Sun so changeable as to appear not to have one singular identity. It’s as if they’re just touching down in this human reality, and light enough to try on a few personas.

Those with the Sun in Pisces can be so dreamy as to seem “somewhere else” half the time. They’re tuned into the spiritual side of things, and this gives them an otherworldly air. It can seem that they’re always sensing the emotional currents that run between people, as well as those connecting us to the great beyond.

The Pisces Sun leads with a compassionate heart, which can be both a blessing and a curse. Many are remarkably wise and self-sacrificing when it comes to helping the vulnerable or those down on their luck. But this noble trait can take them down a path of being used and abused before they learn to set strong boundaries.

This is the sign of the mystic poet, and a creative pursuit gives Pisces the motivation to be disciplined. And bringing structure to the vast imagination and shades of emotion flowing within the Pisces nature is a great achievement. Through art, they can bring a bit of heaven down to Earth for the benefit of everyone.

It’s important for Pisces Sun to find a sense of purpose to avoid just drifting. Their sensitivity makes them also a tad more vulnerable to escapism through addictions or personal dramas. Finding a sense of worth, self-definition and purpose seem to be some of their life lessons.

In romance, they fare well with a guiding hand-type that understands the liquid-y Piscean nature. Life with a Pisces means having a bridge to unseen worlds of the heart and imagination, and how could this be anything but awe-some.

Yes, a lot of these things could apply to Luna (her birthday is unknown, so I always assumed she was either Aquarius or Pisces, but she’s not as moody as the latter). If you’ve ever met a Pisces, you can probably recognize them by their dramatic Facebook statuses, or their self-pitying, whiny bullshit. They’re the type of people who can never accept the harshness of reality.

Ron is extremely sensitive, and emotionally unstable. His most notable tantrums are when Harry was chosen for the Triwizard tournament, Hermione dated Krum, and during Deathly Hallows.

Draco, June 5th – Gemini

– Energetic
– Clever
– Imaginative
– Witty
– Adaptable
– Superficial
– Impulsive
– Flaky
– Devious
– Indecisive

The Gemini Sun is a chameleon, which makes their personality hard to describe since it changes all the time. Those born under the sign of the “Twins” have at least two personalities, but often many more. Their insatiable curiosity keeps them learning new things, and this makes many of them like walking encyclopedias of knowledge.

You might hear the laughter of Gemini Suns before you see them, since they’re always finding something absurd to giggle over. They’re great wits and their interest in people often puts them in the role of social ice breaker.

Those with Sun in Gemini might be hard to pin down, but if you accept this shape-shifting quality, they’re excellent friends. This can even be true in a relationship, where they need an intellectual rapport with their mate. The ideal companions for them are those that think at their same speed of light, and don’t tie them up in one dull topic.

They need a certain kind of space to grow, and those close to them don’t try to hold on too tightly. The Gemini knows that the world is vast and full of endless fascinations to explore. If the door is open in a relationship for them to come and go at will, they’ll prove their own brand of loyalty over time.

The Gemini needs to be able to reinvent themselves many times and to follow the threads of inspiration wherever they lead. This can make them seem restless and inconsistent – another name for it is flaky. They’re always called the dilettante of the Zodiac because they’ll try anything once, and usually do! But once the Gemini finds a subject through that is worthy of that incredible kaleidoscopic mind, a deeper mastery can be sought and achieved.

The Gemini is a charmer and a clown. And often they wear a silly grin, as if they get the cosmic joke that all is well and it’s okay to sample everything from the smorgasbord of life.

Obviously, this is all somewhat positive. But, from my own experience with Gemini’s, they are self-motivated and socially-orientated. They’re the type of people who analyse their environment, decide where the most “desirable” place for them to be, and will put on whatever mask they think will get them into a higher status.
I think this reflects Draco’s journey quite well: he was an extension of his father’s prejudice, believed that aligning with Death Eaters was “the better option”, and despite knowing his actions were wrong/questionable, he did what he thought would lead him to a position of safety and power.

Ultimately, Draco is a dualist character, and Gemini is the sign of the Twins (two faces). He projects an aura of conceitedness, coldness and arrogance. But he’s also a scared and sensitive boy – he cried to Moaning Myrtle, made choices out of fear, and we know he didn’t want to kill Dumbledore. Draco is ambitious, self-involved, and incredibly smart. Not smart like Hermione – but he was able to come up with a plan with the Vanishing cabinet.

Fred and George Weasley, April 1st – Aries

– Independent
– Generous
– Optimistic
– Enthusiastic
– Courageous
– Short tempered
– Self-involved
– Impulsive
– Impatient

Those with the Sun in Aries are gifted with a direct, fiery nature that makes them one step ahead of the crowd. They take charge of a situation, and their sense of certainty usually makes others fall in line. This makes the Sun in Aries a born leader.

Often larger-than-life, they can light up a room with their charisma. If a gathering is dull, they’ll quickly move on – and they’re among the ones with the stamina to party ‘til dawn. The Sun in Aries craves excitement and their restless spirits seek out the next big thing.

Aries is the sign of the Warrior, and the Aries Sun can rise to the challenge of any battle. Sometimes they go too far and scorch those they love with hurtful words said in the heat of the moment. They quickly forgive and forget, but often deal with the fall out of their brusque demeanor.

Most of all, the Aries wants to achieve great things, and is propelled by an inner drive that is a force to be reckoned with. Their bright minds and ability to initiate can make them trailblazers in their careers.

At times, the rush to action can cause them to take unnecessary risks, or forge ahead without planning out crucial details. Some say the Sun in Aries learns the hard way, by leaping before looking. But being an active sign, the Aries learns through best through experience.

The Sun in Aries has a mind that filters out the non-essentials, and this clear sight helps them make speedy progress in life. Once fixed on a goal, they’ll blast forward with a power that leaves others in the dust. But if you’re a match for such an amped up spirit, you’ll never forget being pulled along by the power of this dynamic lifeforce.

Yes, Fred and George were born on April Fool’s Day; but there’s more to them than being jokesters.

And, I would just like to point out the irony that the twins are Aries; if you’re familiar with the Zodiac wheel, you know that Aries is the 1st sign, and at the top of the wheel. Aries is the opposite of Libra – a sign of balance, duality and partnerships. Aries, on the other hand, is usually all about ME.

Maybe that’s why Fred and George’s identities are so entwined… they’re becoming one, super mega being of awesome!

This post is getting a bit long, but I think I’ve made my point :)

For the record:
Arthur Weasley & Lily Evans – Aquarius
Molly Weasley – Scorpio
Voldemort and Snape – Capricorn (in Tarot, Capricorn is associated with The Devil)
Lupin – Pisces
Neville – Leo
James Potter – Aries

And many, many more :)


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