Nymphadora Tonks

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Nymphadora Tonks is an Auror who prefers to be known by her surname only. She went to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When she became an Auror, she was a favourite and protégée of Alastor Moody at the Ministry of Magic. She is a member of the Order of the Phoenix and married the werewolf Remus Lupin and had a son called Teddy Lupin. She fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, during which both she and her husband were killed.


Character development

Tonks first appears as a very happy and cheerful person. She never loses her cheerfulness completely, but during a small time during the sixth book, and at the end of the series, she becomes more serious.


Fifth book

We first see Tonks when she arrives at Privet Drive to rescue Harry Potter from the Dursleys in the school holidays. She is one of the unnecessarily large numbers of the recently recalled Order of the Phoenix to give Harry protection as they move him to Number 12, Grimmauld Place which is where they have their headquarters. She is introduced to Harry by Lupin, who to her irritation calls her by her first name. Tonks approves of Harry's messy behaviour when she goes to his room and helps him pack.

Sixth book

Tonks seems depressed and her hair color turns from pink to mousy brown. She is stationed in Hogsmeade for her job with the Minestry. At the end she begs Lupin to marry her saying that she doesn't care about his "health condition".

Final book

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Portrayals within films

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Outward appearance

Tonks has the magical ability to change her appearance at will. Her natural hair colour is brown, however she normally uses her talent to turn it into bright colours like violet and bubble-gum pink. She also uses a spiky style. She is first described as having a pale heart-shaped face and dark twinkling eyes.


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Magical accomplishments and skills

Tonks was a Metamorphmagus - someone who could change their appearance at will. Tonks mainly used it to make her naturally mousy brown hair different bright colours, but it came in very handy when as an Auror and for the Order of the Phoenix she needed to disguise herself.

Tonks is not very skilled at household spells and is clumsy, nearly failing a test on Stealth and Tracking when she trained to be an Auror. However she is good at duelling.



Tonks was the only daughter of Ted and Andromeda Tonks. She was the niece of Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy, and the cousin of Draco Malfoy. Tonks married Remus Lupin, and had a son, Teddy with him, shortly before she and her husband was killed.


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In popular culture

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Additional Canon

J. K. Rowling has said on her website that Tonks was Sorted into Hufflepuff House when she was at school.[1]

In a webchat on Bloomsbury's website in 2007 J. K. Rowling also said that Bellatrix Lestrange was the one to kill Tonks. Below is a section of the transcript:

Casey Kunze: Who killed remus and tonks I think if I knew this, I would get some closure over the very sad, but understandable, death of two of my favorite characters

J.K. Rowling: I’m so sorry! I met a couple on launch night who had come dressed as Lupin and Tonks, and I felt dreadfully guilty as I signed their books!

J.K. Rowling: Remus was killed by Dolohov and Tonks by Bellatrix.[2]


  1. J.K.Rowling Official Site, Section: F.A.Q. What houses were Tonks and Myrtle in?
  2. The Leaky Cauldron website, J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript of an web chat on Bloomsbury.com, J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript