Romilda Vane

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Name: Romilda Vane
Occupation: Student, witch
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: Portrayed by Anna Shaffer (films 6–8)
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Romilda Vane is a minor character in the Harry Potter series, introduced the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as a Hogwarts student who unsuccessfully tries to romance Harry.

In the films, she is portrayed by Anna Shaffer (who would later portray Triss Merigold in the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher). Romilda is sometimes considered a character of color because she is portrayed by a mixed-race actor.[1]

Fanworks focusing on Romilda usually involve consent issues due to Romilda's canonical use of love potions, which fans generally regard as deeply unethical.


Some have speculated that the name "Romilda Vane" is a deliberate anagram for "I'm a Dan lover", and her fangirl-y behaviour toward Harry a reference to real-life fans' behaviour toward Daniel Radcliffe.[2] Fernwithy noted in September 2005:

So people think the anagrammatic point of 'Romilda Vane' is 'I'm A Dan Lover.' Okay. I guess the letters work. But I kind of suspect, if there's any anagram point to it at all, it's 'A Random Evil,' which fits what she does. I mean, yes, she fangirls Harry (who is not Dan), but her function in the plot is to accidentally make Ron crazy, leading to his poisoning. A totally random bit of evil. I'm just sayin'.[3]

Romilda is usually paired with Harry Potter due to her interest in him in canon. Her other most common pairings are with Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, or Cormac McLaggen.[4] She also appears in a variety of femslash ships. Romilda Vane/Angelina Johnson was the "alternate pairing" featured at Daily Deviant in October 2009.[5]

Example Fanworks



Wizard Rock

Links and Resources


  1. ^ For example, Finite-whitewashing's "PoC characters in the Harry Potter books/films/games" (May 2012).
  2. ^ In mctabby's 2006 poll on LiveJournal, the most popular answer was that the anagram was "totally deliberate: JKR mocking the Radcliffe fangirls". "OMG, it's also an anagram of I am Lord Evan and she's the next Dark Lord!" and "mere coincidence: JKR wouldn't do that deliberately" were the next most popular choices. See bated/baited and Romilda poll, posted 23 January 2006.
  3. ^ A Random Evil by fernwithy on LiveJournal, posted 14 September 2005.
  4. ^ Archive of Our Own tag counts as of 21 February 2022: 26 Works in Harry Potter/Romilda Vane, 22 Works in Romilda Vane/Ron Weasley, 14 Works in Draco Malfoy/Romilda Vane, and 10 Works in Cormac McLaggen/Romilda Vane
  5. ^ Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2009 at daily_deviant on InsaneJournal, posted by dd_mods on 01 November 2009.
  6. ^ p: hannah abbott/romilda vane tag at crack_broom on LiveJournal. "A Temporary Solution to Exam Jitters" recced by sivullinen on 19 December 2006 and by el_em_en_oh_pee on 20 August 2007.