“Scandal” Susan Bones – Susan Bones Harry Potter

In 2007, J.K. Rowling published “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final book in her blockbuster Harry Potter series. The beloved story of the young wizard’s journey concludes with a heart-wrenching battle against evil, and an unexpected sacrifice by one of the characters we’ve come to know and love. In honor of the 10th anniversary of “Deathly Hallows” release, I’d like to take a look back at one of its most fascinating characters: Susan Bones.
As one of Hogwarts’ few Muggle-born students, Susan faced challenges both inside and outside of school. She was often teased by her classmates for being different, but she never let that stop her from succeeding. Susan

At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article.

Who is Susan Bones ?

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(b. 1979/1980) was a half-blood witch[2] and a Hufflepuff student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1991-1998.[5] She was a member of the prominent Bones family, a family with strong connections to the Ministry of Magic.

Susan Bones was a Hufflepuff and the daughter of a prominent Ministry official. She attended Hogwarts School for Witchcraft from 1991-1998, where she met many other witches like herself who were lucky enough to fall into this magical world we call home
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Susan’s entire family, including her grandparents, uncle, aunt, and cousins were all murdered personally by Lord Voldemort during the First Wizarding War,[8] and her other aunt Amelia Bones was murdered by Voldemort in July of 1996.[9] In her fifth year, Susan became a member of Dumbledore’s Army, an organisation taught and led by Harry Potter.[5] Susan fought along side her fellow D.A. members in the Battle of Hogwarts.

It can be assumed that Susan survived the Second Wizarding War, as her name was not listed amongst the casualties of the fallen deceased. What happened to Susan afterwards is unknown.

Biography

Early life

Little is known about Susan’s early life, other than the fact that she was born to at least one wizard parent, and presumably named after her aunt Amelia’s middle name. Susan came from a largely magical family background, and also a rather powerful and respected family.

Due to her family’s position, they were sought after during the First Wizarding War by Death Eaters and a large majority were killed. Susan was born in or around 1980, a year before the war ended.

During the 1990-1991 school year, the year before Susan started at Hogwarts, her aunt Amelia had her personal assistant at the Ministry sent to St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries with Spattergroit; since she was assigned a seventh-year Hogwarts student in the Ministry student programme to replace the assistant, she found it easier to spend more time with her niece.[10]

Hogwarts years (1991-1998) First year

Susan in the boat with Seamus Finnigan and Hermione Granger

Susan Bones started her education at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991 the same year as the famous Harry Potter. Susan shared a boat with Seamus Finnigan and Hermione Granger.[11] She was the third student to be called upon by Minerva McGonagall for the Sorting ceremony and was Sorted into Hufflepuff House[4] the Head of Hufflepuff House at the time was Pomona Sprout, the Herbology Professor. She was sorted into this house along with Hannah Abbott, Justin Finch-Fletchley, Wayne Hopkins, Megan Jones, and Ernie Macmillan all of whom she presumably became friends with. It is also assumed that Hufflepuff house is the house that many of her relatives were Sorted into as well.

During her first year, Susan would learn all about the basics of magic and spell performance, like her other classmates. She was also present at the End-of-Term Feast during which Gryffindor won the House Cup breaking Slytherin’s seven year winning streak.

Second year

Susan with fellow students during the first and last meeting of the Duelling Club

During her second year, Susan seemed to develop a crush on then-Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, which caused her to be off-task daydreaming during his lessons. She participated in the Duelling Club, as a precaution due to the Basilisk attacks that occurred after the Chamber of Secrets had been opened. During the meeting, Susan’s friend Justin Finch-Fletchley was almost attacked by a serpent, which was acting under the orders of Harry Potter via the use of his Parseltongue ability. Many assumbed that Harry was egging the snake on, but in reality he was the only thing that kept the snake from attacking Justin.[12]

Susan in her second year Herbology class with Hermione Granger

Susan seemed to get along well with Hermione Granger, a Gryffindor, and the two shared an interest in the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Gilderoy Lockhart and the two would be usually seated together in their Defence Against the Dark Arts classes, both listening intently on Lockhart’s every word. She and Hermione seemed to become quite good friends this year and Herbology both worked next to one another when potting Mandrakes, and it must have come as a shock when later on in the year Hermione was petrified by the Basilisk that resided in the Chamber of Secrets.[12]

Later in the year, Lockhart was shown to be a fraud. Presumably, after knowing all the truth about Lockhart in the end of the school year, she lost her interest in him as he no longer was a great wizard who had done heroic deeds and performed extraordinary magic. When Hagrid returned to Hogwarts, Susan applauded him along with a majority of the school as they celebrated the close of a terrifying year.[12]

Third year

During her third year, she would have to select what subjects she wished to take. The school would also be in believed danger from Azkaban escapee, Sirius Black, who was suspected to be looking for Harry Potter.

Fourth year

During Susan’s fourth year Hogwarts held the Triwizard Tournament and Hufflepuff’s Cedric Diggory was one of the Triwizard champions. It is likely that Susan Bones supported Cedric Diggory in favour of Harry Potter, as he was in her house and both her best friends Hannah Abbott and Ernie Macmillan were strong supporters of Diggory.

The memorial feast of Cedric Diggory that Susan attended

Cedric Diggory was technically the joint-winner with Harry Potter after he and Harry both reached the Triwizard Cup, thus making them the champions. Sadly Diggory lost his life to Lord Voldemort after being taken to Little Hangleton and the Second Wizarding War began. The students were horrified to learn of Cedric’s death, mainly students of Hufflepuff, who were closest to him, but the relationship of Susan with Cedric is unknown. It is more than likely that Susan attended the Memorial feast to Cedric Diggory at the end of the school year.

Fifth year

In 1995, Hogwarts was to be under the watchful eye of the Minister and his personally appointed Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Dolores Umbridge. Umbridge worked with Susan’s aunt in the Ministry, and both served on the court for Harry Potter’s trial. When Umbridge came to Hogwarts, she ensured that no practical defensive spells would be taught in her lessons, despite the claims that Lord Voldemort had returned. Thus she did not teach anything worth learning.

Susan in the Room of Requirement after a D.A. meeting

With the students looking for a teacher, and Harry with the best knowledge of defensive and offensive spells, Hermione Granger pledged the idea of forming an alliance to learn spells and rebel against Umbridge. This would be called Dumbledore’s Army, which Susan would become a member of. During the first meeting, Susan was curious to know whether Harry could produce a corporeal Patronus, a fact which she had been told by her aunt; when Harry asked if she knew Madam Bones, Susan confirmed the familial relationship.[5]

Harry later gave lessons on Patronuses, but it is unknown whether Susan produced one or what form it took. Later on in the year, the Death Eaters who murdered her uncle Edgar and his family escaped from Azkaban, the wizarding prison, and many students questioned Susan for information about this. After the Death Eaters’ escape, Susan told Harry that she understood how he felt, knowing that the person who had murdered his family was at large and constantly being asked questions about it. Harry finally had someone who could almost relate to his state of mind. Susan was pestered throughout the year by students asking about her family and its murdered members, which she found distressing.[8]

Susan being bullied by Crabbe and Goyle for being a member of the Bones family

On top of dealing with the murders of her family members, this year was also her O.W.L. year at Hogwarts, which left her in even greater stress as she attempted to keep it all together and do well in her exams. Also, on at least one occasion Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle took it upon themselves to bully Susan, making fun of her aunt and complaining that she was interfering with the Ministry of Magic’s agenda. They went so far as to take her wand, and Harry, Ron, and Hermione had to come to her aid. The trio duelled the two Slytherins, defeating them and forcing them to leave Susan alone. Susan got her wand back and learned about the D.A. meeting in the Room of Requirement.[7]

At the end of the year, Susan was among the D.A. members who came to Harry’s aid when he was attacked on the Hogwarts Express by Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle, her own erstwhile bullies. Susan and her friends all unleashed a volley of jinxes and hexes which reduced the three to gigantic slugs.[13]

Sixth year

Susan Bones Splinching herself in an Apparition lesson

During the summer holidays before her sixth year at Hogwarts, one of Susan’s last living relatives and one of the greatest witches of her time, Amelia Bones, was personally murdered by Lord Voldemort in her own home, though to her credit she did not go down without a fight.[9] This caused Susan some distress and worry, as most of her family had been killed during the First Wizarding War and now that the Second Wizarding War had been declared official it was only a matter of time before Death Eaters sought out after the remaining members of her family. When Susan returned to Hogwarts, she was learning how to Apparate and on one occasion Splinched herself during one of the lessons, losing one of her legs. Her leg was successfully reattached, but the incident appeared to leave Susan somewhat shaken.[14]

Later on in the school year, Hogwarts fell under attack by Death Eaters. The D.A. members were called to arms via their coins, and despite the murder of her aunt, Susan did not show up for battle, and possibly try and avenge her, it is possible that since the D.A. meetings were no longer held that Susan no longer carried her coin around with her and did not notice the call to arms message.

Seventh year and Battle of Hogwarts

Susan returned to Hogwarts for her seventh year, at which point the school was under the indirect control of Lord Voldemort. If she did not, she would have been a fugitive, since attendance was compulsory for children of magical families that year. Susan would have been in danger anyway, what with her being a member of the Bones family. A wizarding family high on Voldemort’s list to eliminate, as most of them were stanch supports of Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix.[15]

Susan and the other defenders of Hogwarts witness Harry Potter’s final defeat of Voldemort

She rejoined Dumbledore’s Army, which had been reformed in a protest against Snape and the Carrows and fought in the Battle of Hogwarts alongside members of the D.A. and her professors. She was most likely in the Great Hall during the second half of the battle and witnessed Harry Potter’s final defeat of Lord Voldemort and therefore the end to the Second Wizarding War, as she was not listed among the deceased.[15]

Physical appearance

Susan was known for wearing her hair in a long plait down her back.[5] In 1996, Susan splinched herself whilst practising Apparition, and in doing so she lost one of her legs. However Susan was able to have her leg successfully reattached by the Heads of Houses but the ordeal left her confidence somewhat shaken.[14]

Magical abilities and skills

  • Defence Against the Dark Arts: Susan was a member of Dumbledore’s Army in her fifth year,[5] and learned how to cast many defensive and offensive spells under Harry Potter’s exemplary teaching.[13][7]
  • Duelling: She also fought in, and most likely survived, the Battle of Hogwarts, given how her name was not those among the fallen deceased, showing she had a level of skill in martial magic.[15] Susan and her friends also attacked Draco Malfoy, Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe with a variety of dark charms that made them resemble slugs, showing she had skill in martial magic.[13]

Possessions

  • Wand: Like all wizards and witches, it can be assumed that Susan’s wand was among her most valued possessions and that she purchased it from Ollivanders at the age of eleven. Her wand was of unknown length, wood and core material.[7]

Relationships Family

Amelia Bones, her aunt

Not much is known about the relationship of Susan with her family. Susan was a member of the Bones family, a family of many great witches and wizards. The Bones family supported the Order of the Phoenix during the First Wizarding War. That was the reason why the most of them were murdered by Lord Voldemort or his Death Eaters. Her grandparents, uncle Edgar, his wife, and their children. Amelia Bones, who participated in Harry Potter’s hearing was Susan’s aunt. They seemed to have a close relationship. However, Amelia was killed by Voldemort in 1996.

Dumbledore’s Army

Dumbledore’s Army, her allies

Dumbledore’s Army was an organisation founded by Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, and led by Harry. Susan became a member during her fifth year, in order to be taught Defence Against the Dark Arts by Harry, as Dolores Umbridge, the new D.A.D.A. professor, didn’t teach them how to properly defend themselves, thinking they would oppose the Ministry of Magic.[5]

Susan became a member, along with her fellow Hufflepuffs Hannah Abbott, Ernie Macmillan, Justin Finch-Fletchley and Zacharias Smith.[5] Susan shared a dormitory with Hannah Abbott (a fellow Hufflepuff) and was most probably invited to join Dumbledore’s Army by her. She may have been also a close friend of Ernie and Justin. It is unknown if she was a friend of Zacharias, too. Susan and her fellow housemates (except Zacharias) fought for Hogwarts at the Battle of Hogwarts.

She was very impressed by learning that Harry could cast a Patronus, and she also told him how she felt about her relatives’ deaths during the First Wizarding War.[5]

She was also seemed to be a friend of Seamus Finnigan, whom she shared a boat with on her first year and was often seen talking to him in lessons and in Dumbledore’s Army meetings.[11]

Other members of the army she possibly knew are Ginny Weasley, Parvati Patil, Lavender Brown, Dean Thomas, Padma Patil, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Alicia Spinnet, Angelina Johnson, Katie Bell, Fred and George Weasley, Colin and Dennis Creevey, Terry Boot, Anthony Goldstein, Michael Corner, Cho Chang and Marietta Edgecombe.[5] The majority of them fought at the Battle of Hogwarts and their fate is ambiguous.

Etymology

  • “Susan” is the Anglicised form of Susanna, meaning Lily or Rose.[16] The lily is often a symbol of purity. It is noted that Susan is most likely named after her Aunt Amelia Bones, whose middle name is Susan.
  • “Bones” is the word for the skeletal form of a being, many members of Susan’s family are murdered or have been killed during the books and this may be in reference to this.

Behind the scenes

Susan Bones as a LEGO mini-figure
  • In the first two films, she was played by Eleanor Columbus, the daughter of director Chris Columbus, making her one of the few American actresses to appear in the films as one of the students. However, she had no dialogue. She was portrayed by Emma Jayne-Corboz in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • She is one of the Original Forty students listed by J. K. Rowling along with Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley.
  • In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Susan was voiced by Alex Tregear.
  • Susan wears her hair in a long plait down her back, however in the films and video games she is shown to leave her hair down.
  • The middle name of Amelia Bones is Susan, which could imply that Susan was named after her aunt, or that the name Susan runs in the Bones family.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Susan is omitted and one of Susan’s lines is spoken instead by Luna Lovegood.
    • Susan appears in the earliest draft of the fifth film where she says “That is most remarkable, Mr Potter“.
  • In the books, the sorting is done in alphabetical order, but in the films, it is not, and in 1991, Susan is the third sorted. She shows relief when put into Hufflepuff, suggesting that her family may all be in Hufflepuff. Susan is the only non-major character in the series whose Sorting is shown onscreen (the others being Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, and Lily, though the latter was in another year and shown in a memory.)

Appearances

Susan Bones as she appears in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (First appearance)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (film)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (Name appears on Parchment) (Possible appearance)[17]
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) (Mentioned only)[18]
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • Quidditch Through the Ages (Mentioned only)
  • Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  • LEGO Harry Potter
  • Harry Potter and Me
  • Pottermore
  • Wizarding World
  • Harry Potter: The Creature Vault
  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Mentioned only)

Notes and references

Dumbledore’s Army Founders Harry Potter · Hermione Granger · Ronald Weasley Leaders Harry Potter · Neville Longbottom · Luna Lovegood · Ginny Weasley Members Gryffindor Katie Bell · Lavender Brown · Colin Creevey · Dennis Creevey · Seamus Finnigan · Angelina Johnson · Lee Jordan · Cormac McLaggen · Parvati Patil · Alicia Spinnet · Dean Thomas · Romilda Vane · Fred Weasley · George Weasley · Nigel Wolpert · Unidentified female · Unidentified female (II)  Ravenclaw Terry Boot · Cho Chang · Michael Corner · Marietta Edgecombe · Anthony Goldstein · Padma Patil · Maisy Reynolds · Unidentified male · Unidentified male (II) · Unidentified female  Hufflepuff Hannah Abbott · Susan Bones · Justin Finch-Fletchley · Ernie Macmillan · Zacharias Smith · Leanne · Unidentified female Unknown House Luca Caruso · Alice Tolipan Allies and other affiliations Order of the Phoenix · Hogwarts staff · Augusta Longbottom · Andromeda Tonks · Ted Tonks · Percy Weasley · Oliver Wood · Grawp · Dobby · Winky · Hogwarts house-elves · Forbidden Forest Centaur colony · Hogwarts Hippogriff herd · Hogwarts Ghosts · Hogwarts students · Hogwarts Thestral herd

FAQs about Susan Bones

How old is Susan Bones?

Susan Bones is 17 years old.

What is the name of Susan Bones’s pet ghost?

The name of Susan Bones’s pet ghost is Harry.

What Quidditch team does Susan Bones support?

Susan Bones supports the Hufflepuff Quidditch team.

What wand does Susan Bones use?

Susan Bones uses a 10 1/2 inch, Holly wood wand with a Dragon Heartstring core.

What is Susan Bones’s patronus?

A badger is the corporeal form of Susan Bones’s patronus.

What house was Susan Bones sorted into?

Susan Bones was sorted into Hufflepuff house.

What is the name of Susan Bones’s grandmother?

The name of Susan Bones’s grandmother is Marjorie Dursley.

Who is Susan Bones’s godfather?

Sirius Black is Susan Bones’s godfather.

What is the name of Susan Bones’s great-aunt?

The name of Susan Bones’s great-aunt is Muriel.

What was the name of the first Hogwarts house ghost?

The first Hogwarts house ghost was the Grey Lady.

Conclusion

You may not know that when Susan Bones was introduced in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, she was initially described as “a skinny girl with straggly hair.” That’s because Rowling wanted to show how much her character changed over time. Overcoming obstacles can change you too! If you’re having trouble seeing your way out of a tough situation or if life is just getting you down, remember what it feels like to be on top again. It’ll help get through these hard times so they don’t last forever. And who knows? Maybe someday we’ll hear about some cool new changes for this awesome character!

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