July 31 is Harry Potter's birthday, which he also shares with his creator, J.K. Rowling, which could hardly be an accident. The Boy Who Lived is a gifted wizard, sure, but Harry Potter is also a Leo, written by a Leo, and weirdly enough, played by a Leo by the name of Daniel Radcliffe.
Leo is the sign of the lion, and is represented by that symbol. They're known for their courage, heart, and their faithful determination to achieve their goals. This is eerily similar to the qualities of those in the Gryffindor house, known for their courage, bravery, and determination. Gryffindor house even shares the same logo as the sign of Leo — and that's just the beginning of Harry's many connections to the Leo of the zodiac.
Here are all the ways Harry Potter can be considered the ultimate fictional Leo, and all the ways I think Rowling used the qualities of her own zodiac sign to create her most famous character.
Leos have a natural, unshakeable confidence in their abilities. They often go after exactly what they want, shooting for the moon in everything they do without thinking too much about the risks involved.
Harry Potter was unafraid of Voldemort from the beginning. Even when other kids and adult wizards referred to him as "He Who Must Not Be Named," Harry was confident in who he was -- and confident he could kick some Voldemort butt. He also embodied the characteristic of not thinking about risks, perhaps a little too well. There were countless times when he charged into a situation unprepared and needed help from someone (usually Hermione) to get out of harm's way.
Leos are ruled by their heart, which they often wear on their sleeves without worrying too much about whether or not they'll be hurt in the process. They shower their friends with gifts, either material or spiritual, and they treat the gifts they've been given with reverence.
In the material way, Harry was always very generous. When he first met Ron, he bought the two of them an entire trolley's worth of snacks after seeing Ron sadly look at his packed lunch. Later, he showed the same generosity to Ron's brothers, Fred and George, by bequeathing them his Triwizard Cup winnings to start the joke shop of their dreams.
Harry was also generous on a much deeper, more significant level whenever he risked his own life to save others, most notably during the Battle of Hogwarts. Knowing that the only way to destroy the final horcrux inside of him was to let himself be killed, Harry surrendered himself to Voldemort and embraced death to save the wizarding world.
His Loyalty To His Friends & Family
Once you cross a Leo or anyone within their circle, they will never forget it, because they take friendships very seriously. They're loyal till the end, and will stand up and fight for the ones they love. That's something Harry did, oh, I don't know, every few chapters in all seven books. He would do anything for Ron and Hermione, and anyone else he cared about, and proved it time and time again.
On the opposite of the loyalty coin, however, is vengeance. Though Leos try not to be vengeful, sometimes their pride will get in the way, and it's possible that when they lose their temper, Leos will seek revenge.
Remember when Aunt Marge made a few nasty insults about his parents? Harry reacted to that with anger, inadvertently causing Marge to inflate and float into the air. Or how about every time Harry assumed Draco was behind the latest problem at Hogwarts, because of the past issues between them? Or when he tried to use the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix Lestrange? It doesn't come out as often as the positive side of loyalty, but Harry is certainly capable of revenge.
Ruled by the fifth house of children, Leos are natural teachers who have a natural patience with those around them who are still learning, and they take joy and pride in watching someone grow more confident as they learn more, and in learning themselves.
Harry's entire life changed when he got into Hogwarts, but once he got the hang of the whole being a wizard thing, he quickly became a role model for the other students at Hogwarts. This trait is also most prominent in Order of the Phoenix, when Harry starts Dumbledore's Army for the sole purpose of teaching other students how to defend themselves against dark wizards when Hogwarts failed to prepare them.
Every sign has a dark side, and Leo is no different. The flip side of their innate strength is their pride, their need to be the hero, which can get in the way of their own best intentions.
Harry's desire to prove himself comes from this sense of overdeveloped pride, making him want to stand out as the hero when he doesn't need to. It's this pride that made him force a rescue of the other contestants' underwater hostages in the Triwizard Tournament's second task, in spite of the fact that they didn't need to be rescued. He often lets his pride lead to arguments and more trouble than necessary, especially with Malfoy and Professor Snape.
Later on, Voldemort uses Harry's predictable pride to bait him in an ambush, resulting in Sirius Black's death.
These aren't the only comparisons that can be made between Harry Potter's characteristics and those of his zodiac sign. Considering just how deeply he embodies his sign, maybe J.K. Rowling is as big a fan of the zodiac as we all are of her books.
Happy Birthday Harry Potter, and a happy birthday to J.K. Rowling. You helped us all find our own inner-wizard, and our own inner-Leo.