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'''Dean Thomas''' was [[Hogwarts]] student in the same year as [[Harry Potter]]. Sorted into [[Gryffindor]] along with Harry and several of the other principal characters, Dean Thomas became friends with [[Seamus Finnigan]] and the [[Weasley twins]]. Dean was described by J.K Rowling as a "''Tall, black Londoner lad''."
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'''Dean Thomas''' was a [[Hogwarts]] student in the same year as [[Harry Potter]]. He is one character that [[J.K. Rowling]] has not been able to develop as fully in the books as she has in her imagination.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
[[Image:Dean_Thomas_2.jpg|left|thumb|200px|Dean Thomas supporting Gryffindor]]
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===Early life===
The son of 2 Muggles , Dean becomes very good friends with [[Seamus Finnigan]]. From the books themselves very little is revealed about Dean Thomas, other than that he is a supporter of the West Ham football team and he is good at drawing. However, Dean Thomas is one character that [[J.K. Rowling]] has not been able to develop as fully in the books as she has in her imagination. In her own [http://www.jkrowling.com website], the author reveals more about Dean's background, including the fact that he is being raised by his mother and his stepfather, his own natural father (who was a wizard) having been killed by [[Lord Voldemort]] or his supporters when he refused to join them. Dean Thomas is one of the first to arrive for the inaugural meeting of the group that became [[Dumbledore's Army]] in [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]] and his support for his friend does not appear to falter.
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Dean's background is not fully explored in the books, but [[J.K. Rowling]] revealed on her website that, although he is in fact the son of a [[wizard]] [[Dean Thomas's father|father]] and a [[Muggle]] [[Mrs. Thomas|mother]], Dean grew up thinking he was a [[Muggle-born]]. His father left when Dean was very young, never telling his wife that he was a wizard, out of the belief not knowing the truth would protect her. Dean's father was later killed by [[Death Eaters]] when he refused to join them. Dean's mother remarried a Muggle, [[Mr. Thomas]], who raised Dean as his own son after the death of Dean's natural father. Dean lived with several half-siblings in [[London]] and was stated by J.K. Rowling to have had a "very happy home life."<ref name="rowling1">[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=2 Dean Thomas's background at www.jkrowling.com]</ref>
   
Toward the end of [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]] and through the first part of [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]] Dean is linked romantically with [[Ginny Weasley]]. [[Harry Potter|Harry]] may have contributed to their split while under the influence of the good luck [[Felix Felicis]] potion, which caused Harry (who had developed an interest in Ginny himself) to bump into Ginny while under the [[invisibility cloak]]. Fortunately for Harry Potter, Ginny blamed Dean and the resulting squabble proved fatal to their already (according to Hermione) rocky relationship.
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===Hogwarts===
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[[Image:Dean_Thomas_2.jpg|left|thumb|200px|Dean Thomas supporting Gryffindor]]
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The arrival of a letter for Dean from [[Hogwarts]] caused [[Mrs. Thomas]] to suspect that [[Dean Thomas's father|Dean's father]] may have been a wizard.<ref name="rowling1" /> Dean started at Hogwarts on September 1, [[1991]] and was sorted into [[Gryffindor]], where he became friends with [[Seamus Finnigan]] and the [[Weasley twins]]. He was a supporter of the West Ham football team and was good at drawing.
   
Dean's role is expanded in [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]. Dean's presumed muggle-born status puts him on the run from the Ministry, which is rounding up [[Muggle-born]] wizards and witches upon Voldemort's orders. Harry, [[Ron Weasley|Ron]], and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] first come across him during their mission as they eavesdrop on his conversation with fellow runaways.
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[[Image:Dean_thomas.JPG |right|thumb|200px|Dean Thomas at Hogwarts]]
[[Image:Dean_thomas.JPG |left|thumb|200px|Dean Thomas at Hogwarts]]
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Dean Thomas was one of the first to arrive for the inaugural meeting of the group that became [[Dumbledore's Army]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' and his support for his friends does not appear to have faltered.
The group, consisting of Dean, [[Ted Tonks]], [[Dirk Cresswell]], and the goblins [[Griphook]] and [[Gornuk]], is later attacked by [[Snatchers]], with Dean and Griphook being the only survivors. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione also end up being captured, [[Fenrir Greyback]] brings Dean and Griphook along to the [[Malfoy Manor]]. However, they are eventually rescued by [[Dobby]] the house-elf, who is injured during the escape and dies shortly after transporting them to [[Bill Weasley]]'s cottage for protection. After Dean's rescue, he spends months with [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]], Griphook and the trio at Bill's cottage; Dean and Luna appear to get on all right, though as with Harry and the others, Dean appears bemused by some of her comments. They do, however, grow more comfortable with each other as evidenced by Dean pointedly taking Luna by the hand before heading out to prepare for The [[Battle of Hogwarts]] against Lord Voldemort and his [[Death Eaters]]. Though he loses his wand earlier in the book, Dean is able to obtain another one during the battle. He duels with [[Antonin Dolohov]] and uses a [[Stunning Spell]] on another Death Eater after the Death Eater is distracted by the presence of someone under a invisibility cloak - which was in fact Harry, Ron and Hermione. Dolohov attempts to retaliate but [[Parvati Patil]] uses a [[Body-Bind Curse]].
 
   
==Cut Chapters==
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Toward the end of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', and through the first part of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', Dean was linked romantically with [[Ginny Weasley]]. [[Harry Potter|Harry]] may have contributed to their split while under the influence of [[Felix Felicis]], a good luck potion, which caused Harry (who had developed an interest in Ginny himself) to bump into Ginny while under the [[invisibility cloak]]. Fortunately for Harry Potter, Ginny blamed Dean, and the resulting squabble proved fatal to their already (according to Hermione) rocky relationship.
   
'''From JK Rowling's website:'''
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===On the run===
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Dean's role is expanded in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''. Dean's presumed muggle-born status puts him on the run from the [[Ministry of Magic|Ministry]], which is rounding up [[Muggle-born]] wizards and witches upon Voldemort's orders. Harry, [[Ron Weasley|Ron]], and [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] first come across him during their mission as they eavesdrop on his conversation with fellow runaways.
   
'Anybody who has read both the American and British versions of 'Philosopher's Stone' (Sorcerer's Stone in America) will notice that Dean Thomas's appearance is not mentioned in the British book, whereas in the American one there is a line describing him (in the chapter 'The Sorting Hat').
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The group, consisting of Dean, [[Ted Tonks]], [[Dirk Cresswell]], and the goblins [[Griphook]] and [[Gornuk]], is later attacked by [[Snatchers]], with Dean and Griphook being the only survivors. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione also end up being captured, [[Fenrir Greyback]] brings Dean and Griphook along to the [[Malfoy Manor]]. However, they are eventually rescued by [[Dobby]] the house-elf, who is injured during the escape and dies shortly after transporting them to [[Bill Weasley]]'s [[Shell Cottage|cottage]] for protection. After Dean's rescue, he spends months with [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]], Griphook and the trio at Bill's cottage; Dean and Luna appear to get on all right, though as with Harry and the others, Dean appears bemused by some of her comments. They do, however, grow more comfortable with each other as evidenced by Dean pointedly taking Luna by the hand before heading out to prepare for The [[Battle of Hogwarts]] against Lord Voldemort and his [[Death Eaters]]. Though he loses his wand earlier in the book, Dean is able to obtain another one during the battle. He duels with [[Antonin Dolohov]] and uses a [[Stunning Spell]] on another Death Eater after the Death Eater is distracted by the presence of someone under a invisibility cloak - which was in fact Harry, Ron and Hermione. Dolohov attempts to retaliate but [[Parvati Patil]] uses a [[Body-Bind Curse]].
   
This was an editorial cut in the British version; my editor thought that chapter was too long and pruned everything that he thought was surplus to requirements. When it came to the casting on the film version of 'Philosopher's Stone', however, I told the director, Chris, that Dean was a black Londoner. In fact, I think Chris was slightly taken aback by the amount of information I had on this peripheral character. I had a lot of background on Dean, though I had never found the right place to use it. His story was included in an early draft of 'Chamber of Secrets' but then cut by me, because it felt like an unnecessary digression. Now I don't think his history will ever make it into the books.
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==Physical description==
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Dean was described in the American edition of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' as a black boy who was even taller than [[Ron Weasley]]. J.K. Rowling explained on her website that the reason this description was left out of the British edition of ''Philosopher's Stone'' was that her editor "thought that chapter was too long and pruned everything that he thought was surplus to requirements."<ref name="rowling1" />
   
Dean is from what he always thought was a pure Muggle background. He has been raised by his mother and his stepfather; his father walked out on the family when Dean was very young. He has a very happy home life, with a number of half-brothers and sisters.
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==Behind the scenes==
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*A drawing at one time posted on J.K. Rowling's website revealed that Dean's first name was "Gary" in early drafts of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone|Philosopher's Stone]]''.<ref>"[http://www.mugglenet.com/books/general_facts.shtml General Facts Not Disclosed in the Books" at Mugglenet.com]."</ref>
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*Rowling included information on Dean's background in an early draft of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', but ultimately cut it out, as she felt it was an "unnecessary digression." She stated that she had to a certain extent traded Dean's "voyage of discovery" for [[Neville Longbottom]]'s because the latter character's discoveries about his past were more relevant to the main story.<ref name="rowling1" />
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*Rowling said that when it came time for casting the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|film adaptation]] of ''Philosopher's Stone,'' she told director [[Chris Columbus]] about Dean, and that she thought he was "slightly taken aback" by how much she had developed the background of such a minor character.<ref name="rowling1" />
   
Naturally when the letter came from Hogwarts Dean's mother wondered whether his father might have been a wizard, but nobody has ever discovered the truth: that Dean's father, who had never told his wife what he was because he wanted to protect her, got himself killed by Death Eaters when he refused to join them. The projected story had Dean discovering all this during his school career. I suppose in some ways I sacrificed Dean's voyage of discovery for Neville's, which is more important to the central plot.'
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==References==
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Dean Thomas
Biographical information
Born

1980

Blood status

Half-blood

Physical information
Gender

Male

Hair colour

Black

Family information
Family members

Father
Mrs. Thomas (mother)
Mr. Thomas (step-father)
Several half-siblings

Magical characteristics
Boggart

A hand that moves by itself

Affiliation

Dean Thomas was a Hogwarts student in the same year as Harry Potter. He is one character that J.K. Rowling has not been able to develop as fully in the books as she has in her imagination.

Biography

Early life

Dean's background is not fully explored in the books, but J.K. Rowling revealed on her website that, although he is in fact the son of a wizard father and a Muggle mother, Dean grew up thinking he was a Muggle-born. His father left when Dean was very young, never telling his wife that he was a wizard, out of the belief not knowing the truth would protect her. Dean's father was later killed by Death Eaters when he refused to join them. Dean's mother remarried a Muggle, Mr. Thomas, who raised Dean as his own son after the death of Dean's natural father. Dean lived with several half-siblings in London and was stated by J.K. Rowling to have had a "very happy home life."[1]

Hogwarts

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The arrival of a letter for Dean from Hogwarts caused Mrs. Thomas to suspect that Dean's father may have been a wizard.[1] Dean started at Hogwarts on September 1, 1991 and was sorted into Gryffindor, where he became friends with Seamus Finnigan and the Weasley twins. He was a supporter of the West Ham football team and was good at drawing.

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Dean Thomas at Hogwarts

Dean Thomas was one of the first to arrive for the inaugural meeting of the group that became Dumbledore's Army in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and his support for his friends does not appear to have faltered.

Toward the end of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and through the first part of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dean was linked romantically with Ginny Weasley. Harry may have contributed to their split while under the influence of Felix Felicis, a good luck potion, which caused Harry (who had developed an interest in Ginny himself) to bump into Ginny while under the invisibility cloak. Fortunately for Harry Potter, Ginny blamed Dean, and the resulting squabble proved fatal to their already (according to Hermione) rocky relationship.

On the run

Dean's role is expanded in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Dean's presumed muggle-born status puts him on the run from the Ministry, which is rounding up Muggle-born wizards and witches upon Voldemort's orders. Harry, Ron, and Hermione first come across him during their mission as they eavesdrop on his conversation with fellow runaways.

The group, consisting of Dean, Ted Tonks, Dirk Cresswell, and the goblins Griphook and Gornuk, is later attacked by Snatchers, with Dean and Griphook being the only survivors. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione also end up being captured, Fenrir Greyback brings Dean and Griphook along to the Malfoy Manor. However, they are eventually rescued by Dobby the house-elf, who is injured during the escape and dies shortly after transporting them to Bill Weasley's cottage for protection. After Dean's rescue, he spends months with Luna, Griphook and the trio at Bill's cottage; Dean and Luna appear to get on all right, though as with Harry and the others, Dean appears bemused by some of her comments. They do, however, grow more comfortable with each other as evidenced by Dean pointedly taking Luna by the hand before heading out to prepare for The Battle of Hogwarts against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Though he loses his wand earlier in the book, Dean is able to obtain another one during the battle. He duels with Antonin Dolohov and uses a Stunning Spell on another Death Eater after the Death Eater is distracted by the presence of someone under a invisibility cloak - which was in fact Harry, Ron and Hermione. Dolohov attempts to retaliate but Parvati Patil uses a Body-Bind Curse.

Physical description

Dean was described in the American edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as a black boy who was even taller than Ron Weasley. J.K. Rowling explained on her website that the reason this description was left out of the British edition of Philosopher's Stone was that her editor "thought that chapter was too long and pruned everything that he thought was surplus to requirements."[1]

Behind the scenes

  • A drawing at one time posted on J.K. Rowling's website revealed that Dean's first name was "Gary" in early drafts of Philosopher's Stone.[2]
  • Rowling included information on Dean's background in an early draft of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but ultimately cut it out, as she felt it was an "unnecessary digression." She stated that she had to a certain extent traded Dean's "voyage of discovery" for Neville Longbottom's because the latter character's discoveries about his past were more relevant to the main story.[1]
  • Rowling said that when it came time for casting the film adaptation of Philosopher's Stone, she told director Chris Columbus about Dean, and that she thought he was "slightly taken aback" by how much she had developed the background of such a minor character.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Dean Thomas's background at www.jkrowling.com
  2. "General Facts Not Disclosed in the Books" at Mugglenet.com."
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