Top 10 Harry Potter Characters
Please be aware that this post has some spoilers for those who have not read all of the books in the series
Whether you get your Harry Potter fix from the page, the screen or both, I am sure you will agree that J K Rowling has served up an amazing cast of characters in the Harry Potter series. It’s a hard task to pick out the best so I am indebted to Ginger Snaps for her insightful assessment of which of them has had the most impact over the years.
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For the majority of the series, Dumbledore, Hogwarts Headmaster, seems to be all powerful, infallible and almost invincible. As the series progresses, we see that Dumbledore is not only human, but he makes mistakes. He lives a life of regrets and guilt over the events in his youth surrounding his friendship with Grindelwald and the death of his sister. He has the unique position of falling from grace in our eyes yet in spite of it, retaining our devotion to him as a character.
Hagrid is the half-giant, half-wizard Grounds Keeper at Hogwarts. His spellcasting is 3rd rate at best and he has a deep affection for dangerous creatures. His faithfulness and devotion to those he loves often puts himself and others in harms way, but he can always be counted on when needed. His capacity for love is as big as his stature, which makes it so easy to forgive his faults.
8. Draco Malfoy
Draco is the spoiled kid who has been raised to believe he is better than everyone else. He is the leader of the pack, who thrives on bullying and proving his superiority above others. Only toward the end of the series do we see a different side to Draco, where he has been bullied by his father and Voldemort. We see a vulnerability behind the bully facade. When he continues his evil ways out of fear, a few acts of mercy from Harry Potter eventually turn Draco around.
7. Hermione Granger
Hermione is the smarter than average girl, who excels at all her academic studies. She hides behind her knowledge to mask her poor self-image and confidence, initially coming across as a know-it-all. As the series progresses, Hermione matures as she learns to acknowledge her own shortcomings and accept help from others.
Dobby the House Elf first appears to be the source of all of Harry’s problems, when it is later revealed he is risking everything to protect Harry. Harry repays him by freeing him from his slavery, causing Dobby to devote his life to Harry. Initially irritating and seemingly unlikeable, Dobby’s devotion to Harry translates into giving his own life for Harry’s, which becomes one of the most touching and memorable parts in the series.
5. Ron Weasley
Ron is the likeable sidekick who befriends Harry on his way to Hogwarts. He isn’t particularly good at magic or sports, but his problem isn’t ability, but rather his confidence. His friendship with Harry is tested throughout the series and has its ups and downs, but in the end we see him transform into a confident and competent wizard who deserves the title of best friend to Harry Potter.
4. Severus Snape
Snape is one of the professors at Hogwarts who always seems to have it out for Harry. His unfair treatment of Harry earns our anger as we wonder throughout the series whether he is truly on the side of good or evil. As the series progresses, we find out the events that shaped Snape’s character and the reason he appears to hate Harry so much. In the end we find that despite his personal negative feelings for Harry, he risks his own life to keep him safe, out of devotion to Harry’s deceased mother. While he never comes around to liking Harry, his self-sacrifice earns our (and Harry’s) respect in the end.
3. Luna Lovegood
At first glance, Luna can be viewed as the ‘weird girl’ to be made fun of. But once you scratch the surface, you find a girl who refuses to let other’s opinions shape her sense of self, taste in clothes, or even her unwavering belief in imaginary creatures. Despite being picked on by many, she refuses to be bitter or vengeful toward her oppressors. Luna shines brightly in her faithfulness and devotion to her friends, showing true courage in the face of danger.
2. Neville Longbottom
Neville is a chubby but likeable kid in the beginning of the series who is always losing and forgetting things. At the end of the first book, he tests the waters of courage by standing up to his friends for what he believes is right. He is a steady companion and faithful friend for Harry and his friends. By the end of the series, we find a very different Neville. One who has stayed behind at Hogwarts under the rule of the Death Eaters, leading the rebellion. His courage leads to an integral part of the defeat of Voldemort, which would not have been possible without Neville slaying Nagini.
1. Harry Potter
Harry starts out as a young boy, who has been horribly treated and raised without love by his aunt and uncle who resent his very existence. He learns on his 11th birthday that everything he has been told about his parents death was a lie. Not only does magic exist, but he is a the most famous wizard that ever lived. Raised without magic, he finds himself behind his peers in magical knowledge as he arrives at Hogwarts.Â We see Harry face loss after loss, as he’s relentlessly pursued by Voldemort and forced to mature quickly in his confidence, character and magical ability. As Harry prepares himself to face Voldemort, he learns that only his self-sacrifice will lead to Voldemort’s defeat. Rather than running from his destiny, he accepts it and faces it head on, defeating Voldemort and saving the world. His self-sacrifice and extension of mercy to his enemies proves love trumps power and earns his place as the greatest wizard who ever lived.
Thanks so much for a well argued and detailed Top 10 Ginger. I am sure you will have your own thoughts so please share them with us and let us know who your favourites are!
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