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Anthony: "Hiya, Harry. I heard you'd found somewhere for the D.A. to meet."
Harry Potter: "What!? This is supposed to be secret."
Anthony: "It's all right. I heard it from Ernie, who heard it from Neville."
Harry Potter: "We'll see you there then, yeah?"
— Discussion of the D.A.'s meeting place[src]

Anthony Goldstein (b. c. 1980) was a half-blood[1] wizard who began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991. He was Sorted into Ravenclaw house. In his fifth year he was selected as one of his House's Prefects.[3] He also joined Dumbledore's Army, an organisation taught and lead by Harry Potter.[9]

He later fought in the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998.[10] Anthony survived the final battle of the Second Wizarding War and graduated from school.[11] He was most likely present for Harry Potter's final defeat of Lord Voldemort.


Early life

Anthony was born into the Goldstein family. He had at least one magical parent[1] and was distantly related to Porpentina and Queenie Goldstein.[5] He was also Jewish.[12]

Hogwarts years

The 1991 Sorting Ceremony in which Anthony was Sorted into Ravenclaw

In 1991, Anthony began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He was in the same class as the famous Harry Potter. He was sorted into Ravenclaw house, which values wit and creativity.

He befriended dorm-mates Terry Boot and Michael Corner, and was also on speaking terms with Ernest Macmillan.[13]

Fifth year

Hermione Granger: "I had the idea — that it might be good if people who wanted to study Defence Against the Dark Arts — and I mean, really study it, you know, not the rubbish that Umbridge is doing with us because nobody could call that Defence Against the Dark Arts— "
Anthony: "Hear, hear."
— Anthony agreeing that Umbridge was a horrible teacher[src]

The first D.A. meeting that Anthony attended in the Hog's Head

In his fifth year, Anthony was made one of Ravenclaw's new prefects, alongside Padma Patil.[3] He attended the meeting in the Hog's Head to discuss learning defensive and offensive magic from Harry Potter. Anthony vocally agreed with Hermione Granger that Dolores Umbridge's Defence Against the Dark Arts classes were useless. They were only being taught the theory, which is not enough.[4] He signed the Dumbledore's Army parchment and joined the group.[14]

Anthony speaking to Harry Potter about the location of the D.A

Hermione, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley met Anthony outside of the hospital wing and told him of the location of the D.A. meetings — in the Room of Requirement — and how to access it.[13] He and his friends Terry Boot, Michael Corner, and Ernie Macmillan participated in many of the meetings held. It can be assumed that Anthony enjoyed the meetings, as he never complained.

Anthony as a member of Dumbledore's Army

In order to practise the Disarming Charm, he was paired with Zacharias Smith in one sof the meetings. However, whenever Zacharias opened his mouth to cast the spell and disarm Anthony, Fred and George Weasley would slyly disarm him.[14] He learned how to cast new spells such as a the Patronus charm, but he only ever succeeded in casting a non-corporeal Patronus.[7]

Anthony took his practical Charms O.W.L.s at the same time as Gregory Goyle, Hermione and Daphne Greengrass.[15] He did well enough in his exams to stay on for N.E.W.T.s.

On the Hogwarts Express after the school year's conclusion, Anthony sat in a compartment with Terry, Michael, Hannah Abbott, Susan Bones, Justin Finch-Fletchley, and Ernie Macmillan. Gregory Goyle, Vincent Crabbe, and Draco Malfoy attempted to attack Harry on the train outside of their compartment, but the seven of them used a variety of jinxes and hexes that Harry had taught them, after which the Slytherins resembled three gigantic slugs.[16]

Seventh year

"Both Patil twins were there, as were Terry Boot, Ernie Macmillan, Anthony Goldstein, and Michael Corner."
— The D.A. members residing in the Room of Requirement[src]

D.A. members in 1998

In 1998, Hogwarts was under the control of Lord Voldemort and his followers, students were brutally punished and taught different subjects. For example, how to use dark magic instead of defending against it. Sensing the need for rebellion yet again, Anthony joined the reconstituted Dumbledore's Army. He and fellow D.A. members stood up against Death Eater control of Hogwarts.

Anthony may have participated in spray painting the walls or helping fellow students who were also suffering. He would hide in the Room of Requirement, as the room had become a sort of sanctuary for D.A. members.[17] He was in the room when Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger returned to Hogwarts.[17]

Battle of Hogwarts

Anthony and the other defenders of Hogwarts witnessing Harry Potter's final defeat of Voldemort

He bravely fought in the Battle of Hogwarts. It can be assumed that he survived the final battle, since he was not mentioned among the Fallen Fifty. He most likely witnessed Harry Potter's final defat of Lord Voldemort, thus ending the Second Wizarding War.

Later life

After the battle he most likely kept his D.A. coin as a badge of honour, as did other D.A. members. It can be assumed that he attended the 2014 reunion of Dumbledore's Army.

Personality and traits

Anthony was a very friendly and good-natured individual.[13] He was willing to disobey and risk being punished by Dolores Umbridge, in opposition to her tyranny over Hogwarts. He was a devoted member of Dumbledore's Army.

He was also very courageous and determined. He bravely fought against the Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts, along with most of his friends and fellow students to defend his school.[17]

Magical skills and abilities

  • Defence Against the Dark Arts: As a committed and loyal member of Dumbledore's Army, Anthony would have learnt how to cast multiple highly practical defensive and offensive spells, under the masterful teaching of Harry Potter.[14][16]
  • Duelling: Anthony was shown to be a skilled duellist with a high level talent in martial magic. Anthony and his friends at the end of the 1995–1996 school year were able to successfully duel and defeat Draco Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle after they tried to attack Harry Potter on the Hogwarts Express. They were able to successfully cast various unpleasant offensive spells on them, that they at the end of the duel resembled slugs.[16] Furthermore, Anthony bravely fought in the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998, along his D.A. comrades against the Death Eaters and presumably survived.
  • Charms: He was capable of producing a non-corporeal Patronus.[7] This was a mark of superior magical ability and talent, given the immense difficulty of casting such an advanced and powerful protective charm. He presumably learnt how to cast this charm with the help of Dumbledore's Army's Patronus lesson.


Anthony was an Egyptian ascetic monk considered to be the founder of Christian monasticism. Goldstein is a relatively common Jewish surname, which is a part of his Jewish heritage.[12]

Behind the scenes


The Harry Potter Wiki has 9 images related to Anthony Goldstein.

Anthony in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and Me (see this image)
  2. "World Exclusive Interview with J K Rowling," South West News Service, 8 July 2000 - "Hogwarts just serves Britain and Ireland."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10 (Luna Lovegood) - "‘And Anthony Goldstein and Padma Patil for Ravenclaw,’ said Hermione."
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 16 (In The Hog's Head)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Well, I think it's widely known that that characters of (Porpen)tina and Queenie are sisters, but not that their surname is Goldstein. posted by JKR on Twitter on 15 August 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 (any relation to Anthony Goldstein) Yes (but distant). posted by JKR on Twitter on 15 August 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10 (Luna Lovegood)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18 (Dumbledore's Army) - "Harry moved off into the middle of the room. Something very odd was happening to Zacharias Smith; every time he opened his mouth to disarm Anthony Goldstein, his own wand would fly out of his hand, yet Anthony did not seem to be making a sound."
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 J. K. Rowling on Twitter: ".@benjaminroffman Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw, Jewish wizard."
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18 (Dumbledore's Army)
  15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 29 (The Lost Diadem)
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