Pansy Parkinson Character Bio

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Pansy Parkinson is an insufferable pile of human garbage. She spends all of her time at Hogwarts making fun of everyone else, but usually only when they are particularly vulnerable. When she wasn’t shrieking and mocking others, she was fawning over Draco and simpering in a shudder-inducing way. She maintained a weird relationship with Draco until she tried to hand Harry Potter over to Voldemort and was excused from Hogwarts.  

Pansy Parkinson Quick Facts

Full NamePansy Parkinson
Birth DateBetween 1979-1980
Birth PlaceGreat Britain
Nick NameNone
Death Date [if applicable]
Age When Series Starts11 or 12
Zodiac SignUnknown
ChildrenNone (we hope)
Partner / SpouseNone
Most Memorable MomentBeing awful, just, all the time
Magical HeritagePure or halfblood
Hogwarts HouseSlytherin
Actors Who Played:Scarlett Byrne
Genevieve Gaunt
Lauren Shotton
Last Updated03/2023

Pansy Parkinson Birthplace

Pansy was born in Great Britain. 

Pansy Parkinson Parents

Nothing is known about Pansy’s parents, but since she was put in Slytherin, chances are they were pureblooded wizards who didn’t care about rules. 

Pansy Parkinson’s Physical Traits

Pansy Parkinson Character Bio
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Pansy was described as a hard-faced girl during their first flying lesson with Gryffindor and Slytherin.

At the start of their third year, Pansy was described as a Slytherin girl with a face like a pug.

Hermione Granger referred to her as a “cow,” “thicker than a concussed troll.” 

Pansy Parkinson Early Life

Pansy’s early life is all conjecture. There is nothing known about her early childhood, but I cannot imagine she had a lot of friends over for doll tea parties (unless she bullied them into it).

Pansy Parkinson Hogwarts Years

Pansy Parkinson Character Bio

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Parkinson was sorted into Slytherin’s house. 

After Neville broke his wrist and had to be escorted to the hospital during their first flying lesson, Parvati told Malfoy to shut up when Malfoy started making fun of Neville. Pansy stepped in, remarking that she never thought Parvati would like a fat little crying baby like Neville. So she makes it pretty clear to her classmates that she is somehow, at 11, already judgmental– well, we know what she is. And for being as ugly as she is described, maybe judgmental about the baby fat of others isn’t the way to go, Pansy. Just saying…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

She didn’t get any better the next year. She got more infantile. Pansy took great Delight in mocking Harry Potter for having fainted because of the Dementors. She regularly shrieked that the Dementors were coming, so he should lookout, and Draco Malfoy would pretend to faint with terror.

When Draco Malfoy insulted the hippogriff and was hurt, it was Pansy who screamed that Hagrid should be fired right away. Her face full of tears, she ran up the marble staircase to check on Draco as he was escorted to the hospital. Her desperation oozes from every pore, and it’s uncomfortable to witness. 

When Draco appeared in potions class later that week swaggering in with his right arm covered in bandages and bound in a sling, it was Pansy who simpered in his direction, asking how he was and whether it hurt a lot. Malfoy put on a fake brave grimace when he responded to Pansy that it did hurt but winked at his friends as soon as she looked away. I would almost feel sorry for her and how easily she is being manipulated by the boy she loves if she weren’t so truly sophomoric and mean to other girls. Pansy gives girls a bad name and represents everything that the third wave of feminism is trying to stop. 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Pansy Parkinson Character Bio

Pansy’s constant shrieking doesn’t indicate to me that she wasn’t hugged enough as a child or that she had older male siblings who bullied her. She just seems like a spoiled brat to whom nothing bad has ever happened. 

I believe she was the girl whose mother stood in whatever the Wizard-equivalent of Baskin-Robbins is, handed Pansy a chocolate ice cream cone with a smile. Then Pansy threw it on the floor, demanding vanilla, NOT chocolate, and her mom bent down, apologized for the mistake, cleaned the mess, and bought her vanilla. That’s how you make a teenage Pansy Parkinson. 

So after years of this behavior, Pansy goes back to school and decides to become truly insufferable, like a hyena at the zoo that just won’t stop making noise. 

She and her lemmings laughed the loudest at the Potter Stinks badges worn by just about everyone at Hogwarts after Harry was selected as a Triwizard competitor. 

Pansy showed her knack for nothing but childish behavior yet again when, while standing around waiting for a potions class, a curse rebounded and hit Hermione Granger, causing her teeth to continue growing. Pansy stood behind Snape, doubled up with silent giggles, pointing at her.

She continued to try and berate Hermione when the next Rita Skeeter article came out, calling Hermione “stunningly pretty.” Pansy shrieked that Skeeter must have been comparing Hermione to a chipmunk. Now, as a lover of chipmunks and arboreal rodents, I have to say that is very rude of Pansy. Moreover, what a stupid, childish remark to make. Once again, Pansy demonstrates to everyone her outstanding wit and intellect. 

Pansy attended the Yule ball with Malfoy wearing frilly robes of pale pink and clutching at his arm like a puppy. When Hermione walked by, all Pansy could do was stare. 

After insulting Rita and earning the next front-page “scoop,” Hermione was written about as a “scarlet woman” toying with the hearts of Harry and Viktor alike. Pansy threw Witch Weekly at Hermione, laughing among her lemmings and remarking that it might contain something interesting. Pansy and her crew watched Hermione for some sort of embarrassing display but got nothing save a wave and smile. Even when Snape snatched the editorial and read it aloud for the class, Hermione remained composed in the face of Pansy’s laughter. 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Pansy Parkinson Character Bio

At the start of their fifth year, Pansy Parkinson and Draco Malfoy were made prefects for Slytherin. 

She jumped right into mocking other students, like Angelina Johnson, who had braids in her hair. Pansy compared her hairstyle to worms coming out of the head. 

When Umbridge created the Inquisitorial Squad, Pansy jumped at the chance to further annoy and abuse her fellow students. Pansy shrieked with laughter every time Draco made fun of Hermione and made rude remarks about the difficulty students like herself had understanding Hagrid when Hagrid spoke. 

Pansy didn’t hide her immaturity either; during a match when the entire Slytherin team sang a made-up song mocking Ron Weasley, Pansy stood up and directed them like a choir director. 

When Dumbledore’s Army was infiltrated, it was Pansy who frantically searched the bathrooms for girls who were hiding but received a few jinxes from Fred and George. Unfortunately, she recovered quickly. 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Pansy Parkinson Character Bio

At this point, Pansy is old enough to get a steady boyfriend, but what she gets instead is Draco. I would almost say she deserves it, and they are meant for each other, but still, it is heartbreaking to read how she fawns over Draco and gets nothing in return. 

I would argue she might very well have been the girl who simpered after him all through high school, only to get midnight calls that started with “don’t tell anyone.” She was foolish enough to think she was somehow better than everyone else because of those calls. She would even justify her “privilege” when Draco later, in front of everyone and with no warning to her, walked into a party with a steady, straight-laced girlfriend (while still making those same midnight calls). 

So she sits on the Hogwarts Express and lets him lay his head in her lap while he hardly notices her hands brushing his face and running through his hair. He flicks her hand aside while sitting up abruptly and then “allows” her to resume. Ugg. Pansy, come on. Even you are better than that. 

When Draco was injured in his bathroom battle with Harry, Pansy rushed once more to the hospital wing to check on him. She vilified Harry to anyone who would listen. If only she could have seen just how unbalanced her affections were. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Pansy Parkinson Character Bio

Pansy achieved a new low when, during the Battle of Voldemort, Lord Voldemort asks that they hand over Harry Potter; Pansy screamed and pointed out Harry, demanding that everyone grab Harry to turn him over. Her utter and complete cowardice and selfishness (somehow worse than Draco, if you can believe it) were met with one of the most outstanding demonstrations of solidarity; the entire remainder of the three houses stood to physically block Harry immediately. 

Pansy was excused first, and she left. 

Pansy Parkinson After Hogwarts Years

Pansy Parkinson Character Bio

Unfortunately, Pansy survived the final battle. What happened to her after is unknown. No one seems interested in her future, and for a good reason. Draco marries someone else, so maybe she got tired of being the equivalent of the midnight girl, or maybe she found someone else.

Pansy Parkinson’s Magical Abilities and Special Skills

Pansy has enough brains to get through her academic requirements, but beyond that has no magical abilities or special skills–unless you count being insufferable as a special skill. I do. 

Pansy Parkinson Wand

She likely bought it at Ollivander’s before attending Hogwarts; nothing is known about her wand. 

Pansy Parkinson Trivial and Fun Facts

Pansy is (thankfully) recused from many of the films. Most of her character arcs are small, and her shrieking or mocking, which viewers didn’t need in order to appreciate just how annoying she was. 

A new actress portrayed Pansy in just about every film. There is no reason given for this other than she was a background character until the end. 

All of the scorn and loathing I felt toward Pansy (and I am sure I am not alone) was intentional. J.K. Rowling noted that even she loathed the character, and for a good reason, Pansy represented every female who ever made fun of J.K. Rowling or was otherwise awful in school. So she is intentionally everything good people can’t stand. 

Pansy Parkinson Appearances in Books 

Pansy Parkinson appears in the following books:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Pansy Parkinson Appearances in Films

Pansy Parkinson appears in the following films:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Pansy Parkinson Quotes 

Pansy mocking Johnson:

“Hey, Johnson, what’s with that hairstyle, anyway? Why would anyone want to look like they’ve got worms coming out of their head?”

Pansy teasing Blaise about the attractiveness of Ginny:

Pansy: “Even you think she’s good looking, don’t you, Blaise, and we all know how hard you are to please!”

Blaise Zabini: “I wouldn’t touch a filthy blood traitor like her whatever she looked like.”

Pansy immediately screaming to the crowd to catch Harry and turn him into Voldemort:

“Before Harry could speak, there was a massive movement. The Gryffindors in front of him had risen and stood facing, not Harry, but the Slytherins. Then the Hufflepuffs stood, and almost at the same moment, the Ravenclaws, all of them with their backs to Harry, all of them looking toward Pansy instead, and Harry, awestruck and overwhelmed, saw wands emerging everywhere, pulled from beneath cloaks and from under sleeves.”

Pansy speaking to Professor Umbridge about Hagrid as a teacher:

Dolores Umbridge: “Do you find, that you are able to understand Professor Hagrid when he talks?”

Pansy Parkinson: “No… because… well… it sounds… like grunting a lot of the time….”

Pansy mocking Harry Potter over the Rita Skeeter publication involving Hermione:

“Potter, have you split up with your girlfriend? Why was she so upset at breakfast?”


Question: Was Pansy Full Blood?

Answer: The books never actually confirm whether Pansy was pureblood. Her family tree is omitted from the books. I would, personally, love it if Pansy was half-blood. It seems most of the cockiest supporters of pure blood are oddly not pureblooded themselves. 

Question: Was Pansy a Voldemort Supporter?

Answer: Pansy was never a Voldemort supporter; she was just a selfish coward. She never actively supported him, nor did her parents supporters. She didn’t seem to care too much about pure bloodedness, except when Draco talked about it. I don’t think she picked aside; she just cared about herself. 

Question: Who did Pansy Parkinson Marry?

Answer: There is nothing about her life after the final battle or who she married. Honestly, I hope she was either riddled with overwhelming guilt as she went through years of therapy or that she never married. Can you imagine her reproducing? More ice-cream-throwing-kids. 

Research Citations

  • J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life,
  • IMDB. Harry Potter Full Cast.
  • Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York: Scholastic, 1999. Print.
  • Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2000.
  • Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 1999.
  • Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. New York: Scholastic, 2002.
  • Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. New York: Listening Library, 2003.
  • Rowling, J. K. (2010). Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. London: Bloomsbury. Chicago (Author-Date, 15th ed.) Rowling, J. K. 2010.
  • Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007

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