Before the 75th Hunger Games, Rory was too young to work and had not yet learned the art of hunting. During the food shortage when Gale and Hazelle were unable to work, he took out tesserae to help support the family, much to Gale's displeasure. Katniss wanted to try teaching Rory how to hunt, as Gale had no time to teach his brother himself.
Rory has the same olive skin tone, grey eyes, and dark hair like many other typical of residents of the Seam.
Rory has three siblings: Vick Hawthorne, Gale Hawthorne, and his only sister, Posy Hawthorne. His father died in a mine explosion along with Katniss Everdeen's father, five years prior to the start of The Hunger Games trilogy. During the 74th Hunger Games, the Hawthornes are referred to as cousins of the Everdeens in order to invalidate a relationship between Gale Hawthorne and Katniss Everdeen.
Rory's mother, Hazelle Hawthorne, raised her children by herself since her husband's death when Rory was six or seven.
- Catching Fire, Chapter 9
- Catching Fire, Chapter 1