Professor McGonagall: "Why is it, when something happens, it is always you three?"
Ron Weasley: "Believe me, Professor. I've been asking myself the same question for six years."
Professor McGonagall referring to the trio's talent for trouble[src]

The Trio, sometimes known as the Golden Trio, is a popular name for the three main characters of the Harry Potter series. The Trio, hence the name, holds three members, being Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. The trio is often allied with the Order of the Phoenix and Albus Dumbledore.


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Behind the scenes

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A short clip of the trio in their first year at Hogwarts

  • Steve Kloves often used "the trio" when writing the screenplays when referring to Harry, Ron, and Hermione while J. K. Rowling would use HRH for short in her writing.[1]
  • The term has been widely adopted by fans and is used for the title of "The Trio theme" heard in the films of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry Potter series author J. K. Rowling also once used the term in a 2007 interview.[2]
  • Interestingly, the members of the Golden Trio have all three of the blood statuses of the wizarding world as Harry is a half-blood, Ron is a pure-blood, and Hermione is a Muggle-born.
  • The Trio also differ from each other in appearance. They each have different eye colours. Harry has green eyes (although portrayed as blue in the films), Ron has blue eyes (although often portrayed as green or brown), and Hermione has brown eyes.
  • They not only have differing eye colours, but also various hair colours. Harry has black hair (although portrayed as brown in the films), Ron has red hair, and Hermione has brown hair (although portrayed as dirty blonde in the films).
  • All three members are related or blood related to the Weasleys, as Ron is a Weasley, Hermione married Ron making her a Weasley by marriage, and Harry married into the Weasley family through Ginny making him an in-law to the Weasley family, as well.
  • Each of their wand cores is a core of the wands made in Ollivanders: Hermione's wand's core is dragon heartstring, Ron's first and second wand cores are unicorn hair, and Harry's is phoenix tail feather.
  • Interestingly, despite Harry being the leader of the Trio he is actually the youngest of the Trio. Whereas Hermione is the oldest and Ron is the second oldest.
  • The three bring different parts to the Trio, Harry brings leadership and power, Ron brings muscle and comedy, and Hermione brings intelligence and reason.
  • The Trio is an example of a Freudian Trio.
  • In addition to referring to Harry, Ron, and Hermione as the "Golden Trio", some fandom members consider Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom, and Luna Lovegood to comprise a second "Silver Trio".

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