Rowan Khanna (December[1] 19721990[5]) was a British-Indian wizard or witch who began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1984. Their family owned a farm that supplied high-quality wood for the manufacture of wands and broomsticks.


Early life

Rowan was born into a British-Indian wizarding family in Great Britain in December 1972. Their family owned a farm that supplied high-quality wood for the manufacture of wands and broomsticks.

Rowan was interested in reading from a young age. They were considered nerdy and weird by the age of eleven and had never made any friends.

While shopping for school supplies in Diagon Alley, Rowan met and befriended future fellow student and housemate, Jacob's sibling, to whom Rowan advised starting with Flourish and Blotts. When the shopping concluded, Rowan and Jacob's sibling promised to see each other again on the train.[6]

Hogwarts years (1984-1990)

First year

Rowan began attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1984 and was sorted into the same House as Jacob's sibling.[7]

Before the start of their first Potions class, Jacob's sibling found Merula Snyde, a Slytherin, trying to bully Rowan into admitting her as the most powerful witch to ever attend Hogwarts. Rowan tried to reason with Merula by listing out other factors, but Merula wouldn't budge, which prompted Jacob's sibling to intervene. Professor Severus Snape ordered them to get into the classroom before the argument could escalate further. Rowan later thanked Jacob's sibling for standing up to Merula.[8]

Later on in the year, Rowan accompanied Jacob's sibling to find the first cursed vault.

Second year

Upon realising Ben Copper's disappearance during the Start-of-Term Feast of the 1985–1986 school year, Rowan and Jacob's sibling proceeded to search for their friend.[9] When finding a clue that only led to another, one claiming to be found in another common room, they devised a plan for Jacob's sibling to sneak into the said common room during the Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin, with Rowan keeping watch.[10]

Jacob's sibling felt the need to return to the Icy Corridor after witnessing Professors McGonagall and Snape rescuing Ben. Accompanied by Rowan, with the use of Revelio, they discovered the Vanished Stairs, and the door to the Vault of Ice, which attacked them, subsequently injuring Rowan.[11] When visiting Rowan at the Hospital Wing, Jacob's sibling brought a book about Wendelin the Weird, much to Rowan's delight. Rowan confessed being quite shaken up by the incident in the Icy Corridor and suggested Jacob's sibling seeking help from someone more powerful, namely Bill Weasley, who Rowan held in great admiration.[12]

Third year

Fourth year

Fifth year

Sixth year and Death

Rowan Death

Rowan's death at the hands of Rakepick

During a confrontation in the Forbidden Forest between the dark wizard Patricia Rakepick, Jacob's sibling, Ben Copper, and Merula Snyde, the four got into a duel which resulted in Rakepick casting a Killing Curse at Ben Copper. However, Rowan suddenly came and jumped in front of their friends, which instantaneously killed them.[citation needed]


Rowan Tribute

Hogwarts Students and staff raise their wand as a tribute to Rowan.

Rowan's death struck the entire Hogwarts as an extremely painful event, especially Jacob's sibling, Ben Copper, and Merula Snyde, all of which had watched him die. A memorial service took place in the great hall, where all of the students and staff raised their wands as a tribute to Rowan.[13]

Physical description

Rowan had black hair, brown skin, and wore glasses.

Personality and traits

Rowan Khanna was a voracious reader and aspired to be the youngest professor at Hogwarts. They once said the only thing they enjoy more than reading is planning. Their favourite professor was Albus Dumbledore and their favourite game was Gobstones. Their favourite sweet was Sugar Quills.

Rowan was an incredibly brave, loyal, and selfless individual, shown by their loyalty towards his friends, mostly their best friend, Jacob's sibling. Ultimately, Rowan sacrificed their own life to protect Ben Copper from the Killing Curse cast by Patricia Rakepick at the Forbidden Forest during their sixth year.[citation needed]

Magical abilities and skills

  • Wandlore: Having grown up on a wand-tree farm, Rowan had an impressive knowledge of wand woods, being able to recognise them at first sight.
  • History of Magic: In preparation for their first year at school, Rowan read Hogwarts: A History, showing they were well-versed in magical history from a young age.


  • Wand: Rowan likely purchased their wand before attending Hogwarts.


The word "Rowan" comes from the Irish word "Ruadháin", which means "red-haired" or in this instance might be a British derivative for 'Rohan' - a common Indian first name. "Rowan" is also an epicene name which fits either gender. "Khanna" is a surname of members or descendants of members of the Khatri clan from the Indian Dhai Ghar community.

Rowan is also a type of wood used for wands.

Behind the scenes

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  • Rowan owns a male cat named Fuzzclaw. They said that they missed him, so it's likely that he is a family cat, and therefore wasn't brought to Hogwarts.
  • Given their appearance and surname, Rowan is likely of Indian descent.
  • Rowan's scent is old parchment and ink, with a hint of fresh-swan lumber.
  • In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery:
    • Rowan has no set gender or House. Their gender and House are programmed to be the same as the options the player selects for their character.
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      Unlocking Rowan's Clothing Item

    • Upon reaching maximum friendship at level 10 with Rowan, a unique clothing item is gifted to the player: Rowan's glasses.
    • When venturing into the Vault of Ice, Rowan was one of the characters that could have been chosen to accompany Jacob's sibling and Bill Weasley.
    • Following Year 6, Chapter 18, Rowan becomes unavailable for friendship activities and their class appearances are deleted due to their death.
  • Notably, Rowan is extremely similar to Hermione Granger, the best friend of the protagonist of the original series (whereas Ben Copper is quite similar to Neville Longbottom). Both of them are highly intelligent, loyal, and extremely nerdy, and they both accompany the protagonist on their adventures, such as the one in their first year, the Cursed Vaults and the Philosopher's Stone, respectively.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Side Quest "Tis the Season"
  2. As the Khanna family supplied wand and broom wood, it is unlikely that they were Muggle-born.
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "Wizarding World Famous" - mentioned if option "It's amazing" is chosen when asked about the contest.
  4. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 9 (The Vault of Fear)
  5. hogwarts mystery year 6 chapter 19
  6. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Chapter 1 (Your Journey Begins)
  7. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Chapter 2 (Welcome To Hogwarts)
  8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, Chapter 2 (Welcome To Hogwarts) - Potions Lesson "Cure for Boils Potion"
  9. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 1 (Year Two Begins)
  10. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 2 (Growing and Shrinking)
  11. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 4 (Revelio)
  12. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 5 (Rowan's Recovery)
  13. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 19 (A Farewell To A Friend)
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