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Antonia Thomas as Donna Shacklebolt

Donna "Shack" Shacklebolt was a Gryffindor student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1970 to 1977, who shared a dorm with Lily Evans, Carlotta Meloni, Marlene Price, Mary Macdonald and Shelley Mumps. She is also the sister of auror Kingsley Shacklebolt, a canon character who first appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Donna is a Chaser on the Gryffindor Quidditch team.

She is the older sister of three siblings: her brother Isaiah, her eleven year old sister Bridget Cecelia, and six year old brother Brice. Her parents were Aurors and passionate protesters against Lord Voldemort, leading to their deaths when Donna was fourteen years old.  

Physical DescriptionEdit

Donna is described to be a tall, athletically built black witch, with unruly, curly dark hair and large, amber-coloured eyes. She is said to be beautiful, described as "really quite striking" by Adam McKinnon.

Many of the younger Hogwarts students seem to see her as scary, while the older students just see Donna as 'a bitch'.


Donna doesn't have a lot of friends, a fact that she often claims to not mind. However, she is occasionally portrayed as lonely, in several scenes she seems unhappy with her lack of friends. She confesses to not having any friends until third year, a fact that shocks her younger sister.

Lily Evans Edit

Lily is the only one out of the four girls (Lily, Donna, Mary and Marlene) who Donna openly refers to as her friend. Lily and Donna became friends in their third year, when Lily fearlessly told Donna off and asked her to 'play nice'. They did have a fall out after a fight, which made Donna realise how much she depended on Lily. The pair eventually made up and continued their friendship.

Marlene Price Edit

One of Donna's roommates, Marlene and Donna do not appear to be friends at first. However, when Marlene winds up in the hospital wing after being attacked by Severus Snape, Donna is clearly shaken and upset, indicating that their friendship may go deeper than Donna claims.

Mary Macdonald Edit

Mary is also one of Donna's roommates and a fellow Gryffindor. Donna does not openly state that Mary is her friend, but it is apparent that the two are closer than it seems as Mary knows about Donna's affair with Charlie Plex before any of the others.

Charlie Plex Edit

In her sixth year, Donna had a drunken one night stand with fellow Hogwarts student Charlie Plex, and despite the fact that he had a girlfriend, the affair became a regular occurrence. She told Charlie that she did not particularly care for him on an emotional level. The affair ended once Donna realised Charlie was developing feelings for her and a rejected Charlie attempted to exact revenge by confessing his infidelity to his girlfriend at the time, Cassidy Gamp. Cassidy attacked Donna from behind, landing her in the hospital wing. Charlie has since held a grudge against Donna, and his attempts to get back at her included him telling Donna's younger sister, Bridget, about Donna's actions.

Jack Lathe Edit

It is heavily implied that she has a crush on Jack Lathe, the Auror temporarily stationed at Hogwarts in her sixth year due to the attempted suicides. She meets him again that summer at the Leaky Cauldron, where she appears to further bond with him. She is also seen to be annoyed when she finds out the rumours of his engagement to Delia Greengrass.

The Marauders Edit

Donna has a friendship with James Potter, who was her Quidditch captain and fellow Chaser.

She also developed a friendship with Sirius Black over the summer before their seventh year, when they both began to work at the Leaky Cauldron together.

Family Edit

Donna is very over-protective of her younger siblings, which is shown when her sister Bridget starts at Hogwarts in "The Worst Day Ever".

She also doesn't like it when her brother Kingsley works too much and is seen trying to help pay for Bridget's Hogwarts supplies.


"Donna Shacklebolt," said the redhead firmly, "What did I tell you about being a bitch around people who don't understand that you're always a bitch?"
— Lily Evans in "Good Girls Say I Love You".

Donna Shacklebolt is a straight-forward girl, who is not likely to be formal or nice to anyone but Lily Evans. Although a good person, most people seem to avoid her, due to the fact that she 'scares them away'. She is extremely intelligent, and aims to get O's on all her N.E.W.T. level subjects. She wanted the position of Head Girl until she realised it was Lily who had received the badge, at which stage she came to the conclusion that Lily deserved it more.

She does not display romantic attraction to anyone other than Lathe throughout the course of The Life and Times.

After "The Life and Times"Edit

Donna Shacklebolt is a non-canon character, so her future is unknown.