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Genderswapped Harry Potter Characters Will Make You Think All The Things

You’ve read all seven books. You’ve seen all eight movies. You know the characters of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter inside and out. Or do you? Take a look at what happens when DeviantArtist maaria decided to tweak your memories just a bit by laying good ‘ol Rule 63 on the cast of the books. 

Here’s part one of the series:

Ok, starting at the top left and going clockwise: Professor Snape, Harry, and Ron, then Lord Voldemort and Bellatrix, Fred and George, Hermione, Ron, and Harry running to class and in the center, Harry and Ginny having a moment.

Here’s part two:

Starting at the top again: Hermione and Ron, Ron and Hermione, Draco, then Neville, Ginny, and Luna, and finally (perhaps my favorite), Hagrid telling Harry/Harriet, she’s a witch.

And because it’s super adorable, here’s Luna and Neville.

Maria says she’s gotten a lot of great responses on the series so far and will try to do more when she’s got time. She says Hermione, Fred & George and Voldemort have been the favorites of viewers overall. Who’s your favorite?

(via Nub Life)

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  • Kate Lorimer

    Was Snape rule#63′d up there too? I cant be sure, either way I’m fanning myself, lol

  • Ryan ‘Quavey’ Havers

    I want to give rule 63′ed Neville a big hug. :3

  • Kaeli Gardner


  • Terence Ng

    These are cute, but it’s interesting to see how for these artists, “gender-swapped” also meant that gender roles got swapped as well. All the newly female characters are suddenly blushy and docile to the suave and newly male characters.

    Except for Voldemort and Draco…nia? She looks pretty bad ass, honestly.

  • Anna B

    LUNA/NEVILLE totally rules.  Like for real.  I’m so glad they played with that idea in the movies. :D

    This is probably the only time I’ll ever be a complete fan of Ron and Hermione.  This gender swap makes it work. I’ll never understand Harry and Ginny, though. Not even in this one, which is for fun.

  • Anna B

    You’re right, or course. But I identify with Hermione so much that even when she looks like a man in these images, I still think of her as a woman and think she’s being herself.  That probably doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I kind of feel that way.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t really see that in *all* the newly female characters. The Harriet and Gin (I have no idea how to switch that) picture? Absolutely. That one’s pure shojo. But Ron was always freaked out by spiders, and Neville (not even gonna try gender-swapping that name) would totally blush his adorable little head off if Luna gave him flowers.
    And Hermione’s a badass no matter what gender she is.

  • Clare McBride

    I love all of them, but genderswapped!Bellatrix and Herman Granger are my favorites. 

  • The Lewd Ood

    This is pretty awesome. And helllloooo Fred & George!  Grrowwll!

  • The Lewd Ood

    Oh, and oddly enough, I always thought Harry looked a bit like Rachel Maddow on the  books’ covers, so making him a witch may not have been too far a stretch, artistically.

  • Leah Miller

    Love this! Especially the twins, Voldemort and Belletrix, and Malfoy. 

  • Marie

    Loving Malfoy & the twins!

    The super short skirts are giving me high school flashbacks though, oi…

  • Terence Ng

    You’re right. I do think Hermoine is pretty consistent. :)

    I think the Harriet and Gin (?) image was the most noticeable. The Luno/Nevillene (?) image is weird to me because it looks like he’s being suave and charming while she’s swooning for him, when Luna and Neville were never those kinds of characters. Luna’s actions are always friendly and nice, not charming, and Neville’s always befuddled and pleased, but not head over heels. I’m sure the artist is really just going for Luna’s sleepy-eyed depiction, but I guess I’m just interpreting it differently.
    Thinking about how they would be if this situation was switched back, there’d be none of this charming suaveness resulting in swooning, lovestruck, blushiness.Plus, the dimorphism with the gender switch is pretty noticeable. What we have here are all the female characters suddenly shorter than the male characters once they’ve been gender-swapped. But a tall, lanky Ronnie (?) would be probable and a large and tall Nevillene (?) would likewise be probable. You can always mix it up (it’s art and gender swapping, so it’s all game), but it’s interesting that in these depictions it’s basically “all boys are bigger/taller than girls”.

  • Terence Ng

    I’m much more convinced by Harry/Draco than I ever was by Harry/Ginny.

  • Kifre

    Voldemorticia and Draco! Voldemorticia and Draco! Only it does give me a reason to pause and think of all the reasons I’m grateful that JKR wouldn’t devolve femDraco into a mean girls transplant.

    I want to take a crack at drawing Fred&George for myself.

  • Jessica Claire

    This is one of the cutest genderswaps I’ve seen!  I love it, especially Neville and Voldemort.

  • Travis Fischer

    This already sort of exists. It’s called Gunnerkrigg Court. 

  • Anonymous

    I think part of my brain just imploded…those are weird.

  • Anna B

    I’m also going to assume that you mean “witch” in the Potter-verse sense. :D

  • Corrie Byrne

    I don’t think the girls are all blushy; there’s that one where Harriet/Ron/Herman are charging forward, and Harriet being told she’s a wizard is totally appropriate. I agree, Harry/Ginny doesn’t make as much sense, because he’s always making her stay home while he goes off on adventures. Who wants to be the one staying home? not ginny. I love male/bellatrix, and lady voldemort. I think that would be super bad ass and we should get some fanfics up about that stat. Also, being female vs male does change the way a person operates in society, and how they react to situations. I think female neville would respond to male luna that way, in that situation. Not all the time, and she’d definetly be leading the warpath more often than luno–she’d be the one persuing luno, I think. 

  • Anonymous

    For us ‘old-enough-to-remember’ Brits, there was the original series called ‘The Worst Witch’, about a witch at boarding school, having broomstick lessons, with a not-sufficiently-kosher black cat, who always got into trouble with teachers & had adventures…

    This was the reason I refused to read HP for so long, as it just seemed a direct lift of the concept, and I liked my female hero. I gave in in the end & enjoyed the HP books, but still this piece reminds me how things come full circle as those books were illustrated and they seem very familiar!

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Love Gunnerkrigg, fantastic title from Archaia!

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I love The Worst Witch! Couldn’t be happier I found it on dvd a while back.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if “Voldemorticia” is your idea, but if it is – awesome! :D

  • The Lewd Ood

    Yikes — yeah!  Didn’t even realize it could be read any other way!  I actually love Maddow.  She’s the latest in a long line of lesbian crushes this male Ood has had over these many years.

  • Stephen Dudley McPherson

    Gender-swapped Snape looks like Noel Fielding.

  • DanCosgrove

    Oh god I suddenly understand everything any girl has ever said about the Weasley twins.

  • Emily Stack

    love the twins!
    “But we’re not stupid… we know we’re called Gred and Forge.”

  • Frodo Baggins

    And gender-swapped Bellatrix looks like Russel Brand. GOTH DETECTIVES!

  • Frodo Baggins

    Harriet just… does not look like a girl. It’s that Radcliffian jawline.

    And why is “Luna” like, six feet tall?

    Generally quite nice, though. Maaria draws clothing folds like nobody’s business. I particularly like She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, but I’m having trouble conceiving of a good name that anagrams to “I am Lady Voldemort.”

  • OliveWildly

    YES! I am thinking all the things!!! Mind Blown.

  • Anonymous

    You’ve broken my heart. Why is this not canon?

  • Zac David Schneider

    I gotta say… the Weasley Twins look a LOT more mischievous as girls.

    Also, Snape and Lady Voldemort are badass.  For some reason, I also really enjoy the inclusion of Ruby Hagrid.  And Neville of course.

  • Jeremy Sadler

    I would love to see the whole series like this in comic form. Be pure lawyer bait, but doesn’t stop me wanting to see it. :)

  • Anonymous

     I got bored, so:
    Matilde Moyra Vold?
    Moira Molly de Vadt?

    (her stripper name is Violet Maddy L’Amor)

  • Emily Hill


  • Cable Flame

    Am I the only one who’s totally loving Hagride? Yeah… Voldemorticia & Hagride are probably my favorites. Voldemorticia has a certain appeal as a woman, and Hagride is just so warm and amazing. (Draconia is pretty awesome, too.)

  • Sanjay Merchant

    My favorite is… let’s call him Leonard Lovegood?

    Frederica and Gerogianna Weasley come in a close second.

    Voldemorticia after that.

    Severa Snape? Awesome.

    Also, it wasn’t until I read the caption that I stopped wondering “Why does Patricia Pettigrew have facial hair?”

  • Natalie Blackburn

    I wonder how this changes the Weasley family dynamic? They now have six girls and a youngest son. Would Ginny be coddled and protected in the annoying way she was in real HP? Also, would Arthur be as good a cook as Molly is?

  • Frodo Baggins

    Romilda Dolmity Vane
    Mallory Moda Veidt

  • Adam Whitley

    the twins don’t look docile and blushy to me at all

  • Terence Ng

    “All the newly female characters are suddenly blushy and docile to the suave and newly male characters.”

  • Terence Ng

    Again, my statement about the female characters turning blushy in the presence of the suddenly suave male characters. It’s somewhat pointless to have female characters with agency if they lose it when the hot guy they’ve always wanted waltzes in with flowers or a shoulder rub.

    Realistically, yes, women inhabit a role in society that is different from men. But that’s only how we socialize men and women to engage in those roles. A key issue in gender swapping should be manifesting personality and identity that is at once true to the character and the character’s new gender but not one that heavily relies on tropes about how we men and women (falsely) have “always” behaved. The characters just “being one of the boys” as girls or vice versa would be similarly problematic, because gender matters.

    For example, while I think Hermoine/Herman and Draco/Draconia is a good example, Gin (?) and Luno aren’t. Neither of those two character exhibit the suave personality depicted here, but perhaps it isn’t being questioned because we expect positive characters to exhibit positive traits, and since Ginny and Luna were positive female characters, we expect them to embody what we consider to be positive male traits: suave, charming, etc. It adds stereotyped traits to male characters that make no sense regardless of gender, only those that make sense when considering positive or negative (in this case, positive) gender stereotypes.

    While male Neville may have reacted to kindness or affection with bumbling blushiness, female Neville will react to the same emotions by being lovestruck and dreamy eyed. What this could suggest is that men react to emotional stimuli differently than women, that women are more lovey dovey, while men have difficulty with their emotions. Is there a reason for why female Neville wouldn’t react the way male Neville would, if all things are the same otherwise? Why would airy, sleepy-eyed Luna be good-natured and unassuming while Luno is charming and intentional?

    I’m not saying that institutional sexism is necessarily at hand here, but I think it’s important to unpack the ways we perceive and assume gender roles when they are brought into question by fun experiments like this.

  • Terence Ng

    I like Romilda Dolmity Vane and Moira Molly deVadt.

    (I am also tickled by the idea of Violet Maddy L’Amor).

  • Anonymous

    You mean Fredericka and Georgina!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that “Harriet” is being submissive or blushy over “Gene.” At that point in the books, Harry had become slightly neurotic and Ginny was a steadying force on him, “Gene” is not being suave, he’s being comforting.

    Natalie Blackburn: I still think “Gene” would be coddled. The baby of the family – especially in a big family – is often coddled regardless of gender.

    I have to say I’m a little disappointed with male Luna. He should be much weirder – a naturally stoned kind of guy.

  • Anonymous

    One of the things I like most about genderswapping is how deftly it points out the disparities in development/dialogue/behavior/etc. between male and female characters. I love this set, but I’m with you: it would be way better if the Harry/Ginny and Luna/Neville dynamics had more closely mirrored the originals.

    Unrelatedly, where’s my genderswapped Remus and Sirius?

  • Terence Ng

    *brain hemorrhage* 


    Remala and Sirius. Blam.

  • Anonymous

    It would be SO AWESOME (and they would still be in love)!

  • Mina Stephanie Beavers

    What caught my eye with the second set of pictures was the spider scene. This seems entirely in character with Hermione and Ron, and isn’t it strange how with the gender reversed it came across as more stereotypical and sexist than the originals. To me, that not only makes the image interesting but earns J.K. Rowling some points.

    Perhaps the artist decided that she was going to do an actual gender swap, not just a sex-change. That would explain any changes in behavior, at least!

  • Anonymous

     And this, ladies, gentlemen and variations thereupon, is how slash fanfiction turns otherwise healthy brains into mush. ;)

  • Luna Lovegood

     Hmm, Georgina is cool, but I think Fredericka is better off as a Winifred

  • Life Lessons

    I love these. I want to read the books. Now.

  • Liz Enwright

    the twins!!!!!