Nevermoor Wiki
Nevermoor Wiki

Hawthorne Swift is a member of Unit 919, finishing six or seventh in the trials, and Morrigan Crow's best friend. They met at the Wundrous Welcome garden party where Hawthorne looped Morrigan into a prank consisting of a barrel of toads. Soon, Morrigan invited him round to the Deucalion, as he was constantly surprised that she lived in a hotel. Throughout the book, they grow closer. In Wundersmith, Hawthorne supports Morrigan when the rest of their unit will not.

Click here to see quotes from Hawthorne Swift


Early Life

Little is known at this time of Hawthorne's life prior to joining the Wundrous Society. He was born into the Swift family, the younger brother of Helena and Homer. Around the age of three he began dragonriding. Sometime between then and when he entered the Wundrous Society Entrance Trials Hawthorne met dragonriding champion Nancy Dawson who would become his patron.

Wundrous Society Trials

This section requires expansion.

Wundrous Society Years

Year One (Wundersmith)

This section requires expansion.

Physical Appearance

"Same blue eyes, same splotchy freckles, same gangly limbs"
―Morrigan observing Hawthorne and his mother[src]

Hawthorne is described as tall and gangly-limbed with curly hair, often described as having a mischievous smile.

This section requires expansion.

Personality and Traits

"Hawthorne was giving his friendship as if it meant nothing. He couldn't know that it meant everything"
―Nevermoor (novel)

Mischievous, fun and energetic.

He is a very loyal person and is quite trustworthy, having kept Morrigan's secrets and telling her that he's never broken a pinky promise. He doesn't seem to care about rules or formalities to a high degree, yet does appear to care about the values or people behind the rules. This was seen in the second book when he opposed the scholars who raised the idea of revealing Morrigan's secret, and was angry at the idea that they would be willing to betray Morrigan or go against the Wundrous Society's values.

Hawthorne can become squeamish and nervous at times, especially when the topic of Ezra Squall comes to focus. In situations like these, or when he is wary of the information being brought up, Hawthorne can become rather flustered.

Hawthorne also can be quite imaginative, and has a good sense of humor. He seems to enjoy coming up with ideas, especially when it comes to pranks, and can become rather animated or dramatic. Hawthorne has the potential to become very enthusiastic about various ideas or topics which he's interested in. He also has an adventurous side, and can become disappointed at situations which he think may be boring.

Abilities and Skills

This section requires expansion.


Hawthorne’s "knack" is that he is a skilled dragonrider. He has been dragonriding since he was three, and his patron was a dragonriding champion. For the Show Trial, he performed a long and complicated routine of dragonriding, full of turns and twists, and the dragon even spelled his initials out into the sky in fire at the end. Morrigan, and the rest of the crowd, were very impressed, and he was put in first place.


This section requires expansion.

The dragons

In the earlier books Hawthorne is said to have a one sided connection with dragons that he is currently working to improve through dragontongue classes.


Hawthorne comes from the English and Scottish surname. From the Old English haguþorn, hægþorn for the thorn used to make hedges and enclosures, usually given to someone who lived near a bush or hedge of hawthorn. The 'hawthorne' (as opposed to 'hawthorn') spelling is now found primarily in Northern Ireland.[1]

Swift comes from the English surname, originally a nickname for a swift/fast runner from the Old English swift "swift, fleet, quick." It also can be from an Irish surname that is the Anglicized form of Ó Fuada "descendant of Fuada." Fuada is derived from fuadach which means "wind-blown, pulsating, plundering."[2] Notable people with this surname include Jonathan Swift (essayist/satirist) and Taylor Swift (country and pop music star). Considering Hawthorne is a very 'swift' dragonrider, this is not only a play on words, but also a very apt name.





Notes and References

Unit 919

Anah Kahlo · Archan Tate · Cadence Blackburn · Francis Fitzwilliam · Hawthorne Swift · Lambeth Amara · Mahir Ibrahim · Morrigan Crow · Thaddea Macleod


Sumati Mishra · Arch's Patron · Baz Charlton · Hester Fitzwilliam · Nancy Dawson · Lambeth's Patron · Miss Mulryan · Jupiter North · Thaddea's Patron


Miss Cheery