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The Astrology of Harry Potter

Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday the cosmic way!

by Madalyn Aslan

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter, you fiery Leo, you! Let's celebrate Harry Potter's July 31 birthday with a look into the Astrology of his fantastical world.

Divination is alive and well in our world, just as it is in J.K. Rowling's epic Harry Potter book series. Everywhere you turn in the Potter series, there are references to astrology and divination ... take a look!  

The Four Elements

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's four houses correspond to the four elements, just as horoscope signs do. Gryffindor isF ire, Hufflepuff is Earth, Ravenclaw is Air and Slytherin is Water. If you are familiar with Hogwarts, you will find its houses fit their elements perfectly. Harry, of course, is the fire sign of Leo, and in the Gryffindor House of fire. 

Birthdays Past & Present

My young wizards' guide What's Your Sign? paid homage to Leo Harry Potter when his series was born, and pre-birth was linked to him in a way that still tickles me today. Its original editor Tui Sutherland had the same birthday as Harry ... and the same as Harry's creator -- J.K. Rowling gave Harry her own birthday on July 31! (More evidence that we all revolve around the Sun and its sign Leo.)

Not coincidentally, Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry in the movies, is also a Leo. In fact, there are more Leos than any other sign in the Harry Potter series. 

Now find which character -- and its actor Muggle in the movies -- shares your same sign and birthday below!


Aries (March 21 - April 19)

Fred and George Weasley: Aries is the first horoscope sign and must always be first in everything. Fred and George Weasley were born the first of April and are inventors, making things exist for the first time ever and before anyone else does. They exemplify Aries pioneering boldness, drama and fun to a Tee, including their ambition to open a joke shop so as to sell their inventions. Frequent shenanigans get them into trouble and they are always at odds with authority.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Professor Pomona Sprout: Professor Pomona Sprout is the perfect earthy witch: born under the primary earth sign of Taurus. With her roots and fingers in the soil, she teaches class in the Hogwarts greenhouse. Taurus likes to be obvious and simple, on many complex levels! Just look at Tauruses Sigmund Freud, William Shakespeare and Karl Marx. Pomona is taken from the name of the Roman Goddess of fruit trees, and Sprout is exactly what it is. Taurus believes in reaping what you sow, both literally and figuratively. Taurus has a brilliant earthy sense of everything (including humor) and so has the actress who plays Professor Sprout, who was born on the same day as Professor Sprout in the book -- May 15. Who says astrology isn't sprouting its seeds here?

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

Draco Malfoy, born June 5, is a brilliant example of Gemini twin double-sidedness. Not only does he function as Harry Potter's "other" side and nemesis, but J.K. Rowling keeps us guessing which side Malfoy is truly on all the way through six of her seven books! He also has the looks of an angel -- the traditional blonde hair which none of the other characters have -- but behaves like an angel's opposing twin. Another example of the twin flip side of Gemini. Gemini's ruling planet is Mercury, the winged messenger who delights in stirring up mischief, and rules motion, speech, speed and change. Hence the word "mercurial" which is so true of Malfoy. Gemini is wicked fast and smart. Remember how fast Malfoy is on his broomstick?

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

House Elf Dobby: Cancer rules the home so naturally JK Rowling gave her one Cancerian birthday to the house elf, Dobby, whose birthday is June 28. Just like the Cancer crab with its shell of protection, Dobby is over-protective of Harry, worrying and fussing over him constantly. As I describe in my young wizards' guide What's Your Sign, Cancer can sometimes be the sign of Chicken Little, stressing over the sky falling down. Dobby is similarly annoying and endearing, loving and crabby too! Cancer's ruler is the Moon which rules all that is underneath -- our subconscious feelings. Dobby is emotional and gives into his subconscious fears, both of which worry Harry. At the same time, he rescues Harry from the abusive Muggle family and returns him to his deeper self and true home.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22)

Rules All Harry Potter: Leo is royal and courageous, represented by the lion, king of the animals -- so it is fitting that Harry Potter has more Leos in it than any other sign. Harry Potter is the most powerful wizard at Hogwarts ... and not only is he a Leo but so is his master creator, J.K. Rowling -- with the same birthday of July 31 -- and so is the actor who plays him, Daniel Radcliffe! The astrology doesn't stop here. Harry's first true girlfriend Ginny Weasley is also a Leo, as is Neville Longbottom -- both of whom, as befits Leo, have fought bravely to defeat the dark side. Leo's ruler is the Sun which rules the solar system and around which our universe revolves . . . and of course our entire universe does revolve around Harry Potter! Leo J.K. Rowling values courage above all other virtues and this shows in all the dynamics of the Harry Potter series.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

Get -it-Right Hermione: When a Virgo cares, they criticize. Virgo's primal urges are to improve and to make better ... and this includes their nearest and dearest. Hermione, the smartest and most critical girl at Hogwarts, exemplifies the traits of her September 19 birthday completely. Thus her constant haranguing of Ron over not being a "proper perfect." As we see in The Half-Blood Prince, she cares about Ron very much. And yes, like many Virgos, she's also modest ... coming from humble Muggle parentage. Virgin in the strictest sense means purist and Hermione's about as purist as one can get. Passionate about rules and about what is right, her Virgo self makes it impossible to slack off. Remember, the worker bee is the busiest, most useful insect of all. It pollinates.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22)

Professor Minerva McGonagall: Professor McGonagall is the Head of Gryffindor house and a Deputy Head of Hogwarts. Her sign of Libra is represented by the scales of justice found in every court of law in our Muggle-Land. Libra is famous for being fiercely fair and well-mannered, with charms galore. This October 4 born professor is so fair when it comes to the behavior of her students, she will punish those from her house even when it could mean losing the House Cup. As strict as she is, she is well-liked. Professor Filius Flitwick is the only other character that JK Rowling made a Libra, giving him the birthday of October 17. Of course, he is Professor of Charms at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

Molly Weasley: As is said about those born late October to mid-November, "Never underestimate a Scorpio." And this is precisely what must be said about Molly Weasley, born October 30. Even though she is a devoted mother (the name Molly suggests the expression "mollycoddle"), home schooling her seven children in addition to taking in Harry and Hermione, she is, like any Scorpio, never to be crossed. She will knit sweaters while enforcing rules, losing her temper and sending Howlers. Scorpio is the only horoscope sign that has not just one, but three, symbols to represent it! They are: Scorpion, eagle and phoenix. Powerful Scorpios can choose which they want to be. Take note -- Molly overcame her scorpion fears about her family dying by joining the Order of the Phoenix.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Hagrid: Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the most giant planet in our whole solar system. Jupiter is 1,300 times the size of Earth and weighs twice as much as all the other planets combined. Thus the half-giant Hagrid could only be Sagittarius! His birthday is December 6. Rowling has given him Sadge's other defining characteristics, too. He is kind, innocent, open and just a bit irresponsible. Plus, he has a yen for crossbreeds (Sagittarius itself is half horse, half-man), fun and ale. Sagittarius is a fire sign and thus impulsive. Like the centaur charging happily forward, Hagrid can be indiscreet and foolhardy -- trying to raise a baby dragon and illegally creating a dangerous crossbreed, the Blast-Ended Skrewt, are two examples -- but we can't help but love the jolly giant!

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

Professor Severus Snape: Professor Severus Snape's birthday is on January 9, and as you know, he had a very difficult childhood and worked for the dark side. Only 36, he seems older -- terse, unfeeling and sinister. Capricorn is famous for being born old and growing younger as they age, as well as for being excellent and exhaustive at work. Snape sacrifices, is a brilliant wizard and potion-maker and a tireless worker for the Order of the Phoenix. Also black is Capricorn's color and Snape has black eyes. Capricorn's ruling planet is Saturn, the fatalistic taskmaster and no-fun teacher... which is exactly what Snape is. He makes students' lives, particularly Harry's, a torture with his bullying and bitterness. I won't give away what he does in The Half-Blood Prince, but it ain't pretty.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Arthur Weasley: Arthur's birthday is February 9. He is the head of the pure-blood Weasley household and an officer at the Ministry of Magic. Just like a true Aquarian, he is visionary, open-minded, easy-going, individualistic, doesn't care what others think and is curious -- especially about Muggles! He reveals his humanitarian side best by supporting everyone in an environment where everyone takes sides. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the spirited born-free planet. It is definitely the rebellious oddball of the solar system. It is the only planet that lies on its side instead of standing straight up. Probably to get a totally different world view -- like Arthur has! He doesn't care about being poor at all.

Pisces (Feb 19 - March 20)

Ron Weasley: Ron Weasley, who, along with Hermione, is Harry's best friend, was born March 1. Pisces is represented by the two fish which live completely underwater and find it impossible to keep their feet on the ground -- as they don't have feet, they have fins! Ron's eyes in the book are a beautiful shade of Pisces water-blue and everything he has is secondhand, including his wand. This makes it difficult for him to succeed as a wizard although he is a wonderful friend. Pisces' ruling planet is Neptune which rules dreams and illusions. Water symbolizes feelings and the subconscious and, again, Ron has a hard time keeping his straight. He hides his feelings about Hermione for so long that we're all relieved when they finally get together in Book Six.

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3 Comments to "The Astrology of Harry Potter"
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jackman10 says:
Tue, 04/12/2016 - 23:28

curtain when we want. (If my editor looks on his Blackberry today, he'll see my dot blinking in snowy Montclair. Why suffer two monster commutes to New York just to write? At least that's my excuse.)Same day dry cleaning knightsbridge

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j says:
Mon, 08/08/2011 - 23:29

Dobby..!!!!!!!!!!! x33 that's why your cute, your a Cancy! nyaahaha.. btw.. my favorite character is HAGRID!!!!!

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Mel Drake says:
Mon, 08/01/2011 - 17:03

I am a sagittarius so I was glad to find out that Hagrid is too!

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