From various illustrations by Rowling herself, we have at least some idea of how she imagined most of her major characters to look. For instance, here's a piece of concept art she drew in relation to the first book:


But what do we know, if anything, about how she imagined them to sound?

What canon info is there on the voices of the major characters in the Harry Potter series?

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    I suggest you ask JK Rowling. Perhaps she imagined they all had lisp. Maybe they were all Swiss, Actually, if I recall correctly, they all had a Russian accent. – yoozer8 Jan 16 '16 at 3:10
  • What does the writing say? The right-most one looks like it says "Gary" - who is Gary? – RedCaio Jan 16 '16 at 4:22
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    @RedCaio Don't worry man, Gary's cool. – Misha R Jan 16 '16 at 9:43
  • @RedCaio, does. Gary was Dean Thomas' beta name :) – Mac Cooper Jan 16 '16 at 10:26

In this interview with JK Rowling, she describes how she imagines the voices of some of her characters (Hagrid, McGonagall, Dumbledore, and Harry):

Lydon: Now I want to hear J.K. Rowling herself do ...

JKR: Do Dumble-, er - not Dumbledore - Hagrid!

Lydon: Either one ...

JKR: Well, Hagrid's sort of West-country - yokel - which is where I grew up - the part of Britain where I grew up, I didn't grow up in Scotland, I grew up on the border with Wales. So Hagrid's kind of ... 'Yes Harry Potter, sir' - like that - very slurred words - it's the accent English people always put on to sound stupid ... [laughs] Hagrid isn't stupid, but he's got that kind of very country - you know, way of speaking ...

Lydon: And how about Minerva McGonagall?

JKR: Very clipped, and very, very - quite upper-class and very brisk - like a governess [Lydon laughs] I - I - I can't do it, but I kind of see Dumbledore more as a John Gielgud type, you know, quite elderly and - and quite stately.

Lydon: And Harry himself?

JKR: I suppose he sounds like me. I always do my voice for Harry, when I'm reading to my daughter.

The audio of this section of the interview, including a minute or two of JKR reading aloud from her own book, is available here (Internet Archive; sadly the original link has gone dead).

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  • I'm almost certain she said something separate re: Luna but don't remember if it was the voice. There's a quote elsewhere on the site about that – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 16 '16 at 2:36
  • @rand Your link is now working. I verified a copy available through the Internet Archive. – Matt Gutting Jan 16 '16 at 3:46
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    @DVK I'm hoping for one of your awesome character-limit-approaching answers to this one... – Rand al'Thor Jan 16 '16 at 10:39
  • @DVK-in-exile After casting, Evanna Lynch's voice was in JKR's head while writing. – Darrick Herwehe Jan 26 '16 at 21:33

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