Top Ten Harry Potter Characters with Wasted Potential

Characters who could or should have been better-handled.

The Top Ten

1 Ginny Weasley Ginny Weasley

She is a great character. Just made smaller appearances in books 1-4. People think of the Ginny who blushed around Harry but she was not really like that she was just a kid.

All I can say is that she is the best! Much better than perfect, snobby Hermione!

There should've been more build up between her character and Harry's if the author wanted her to be a love interest. We should've also seen more of her personality and it would've been nice to have her interact more with the trio after all she is Ron's sister so they would've been around her a lot. It's just disappointing that a character that we see grow up is so underutilized. - NerdBunny

I love ginny!

2 Nymphadora Tonks

Uh no you are think or what.
She wanted to be with Lupin who thought he was too old (age gap but she is an adult) and dangerous (werewolf) but they really liked each other.
So what if she married and had a child.
I guess this is just cry baby Remus/Sirius fans because they hugged like brothers in the third book.

I misspelled thick I put think instead of thick.
Go and read your Remus/Sirius fan fictions.

Bravo,Rowling! Good job on reducing a badass with potential to some clingey fangirl. - LunaFan

I loved her in OotP but she became pathetic in HBP moping over Lupin and she was never the same again. She could have been able to show off her badass auror abilities but JKR ruined her and made her get pregnant and be a wife. Terrible!

3 Cho Chang

Harry just had puppy love. A pretty, popular girl, who was a Quidditch Seeker and a Ravenclaw.
He had the worst first kiss.
Cho thought he was cheating on their first date.
In her sixth year most of her friends left her and she just had one friend hanging around with her and she was a traitor when they had to learn defense Against The Dark Arts (Ron's dad also does and Ron doesn't have sneak on his face. They knew very well not to make sure Umbridge found out so Hermione didn't need to tell them about the list. They could've been expelled)

She was Harry's dream girl for so many years then tragedy strikes her life. We mainly see her crying or flirting. A real waste. Harry also drops her almost immediately after he has a chance with her and that's about it for her character. Although Harry was trying to get with her right after her boyfriend died what was he expecting that she was going to get over it so quickly? He should've waited to make a move and try getting to know her better first because we barely see them interacting at all before they go to kiss. - NerdBunny

Rowling was kinda mean to her. Killed off her love,then made her more and more miserable. - LunaFan

Annoying - Cyclne

4 Ron Weasley Ron Weasley Ronald Bilius "Ron" Weasley is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. His first appearance was in the first book of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as the best friend of Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.

The movies SHOULDN'T have given all of his cool moments to Hermione!

Ron is underrated, but I think JKR did a good job with his character in the books. His potential was not wasted at all


5 Percy Weasley

His character just kinda drops outta existence only to be talked about once in a great while. - NerdBunny

YES! Finally, other Percy supporters! Siriusly, I understand Audrey


6 Viktor Krum

I think he was great and he was a better boyfriend than Ron

7 Astoria Greengrass
8 Dolores Umbridge Dolores Umbridge
9 Harry Potter Harry Potter Harry James Potter is the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard.

Er most of his enemies were Slytherins.
Whiny? What the hell..go read Barry Trotter.

No a fence he is a wimp!

He was okay but he really could've been better-handled. Maybe less whinier and less mean particularly toward Slytherin. - LunaFan

10 Neville Longbottom Neville Longbottom

The Contenders

11 Hermione Granger Hermione Granger


12 Angelina Johnson
13 Padma Patil
14 Katie Bell

I love Katie Bell, but I feel she wasn't explored enough by JK... I felt sorry for her when she is cursed and it should have shown more if her after that!

15 Gohan Gohan Son Gohan is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. Gohan is introduced as the first son of the protagonist Goku, and his wife Chi-Chi, in chapter #196 Kakarrot, first published in Weekly Sh┼Źnen Jump magazine on October 24, 1988. Chi-Chi is a strict and protective more.

People who think Harry is one of the worst characters should go to Dragon Ball.

He's not even a character

16 Luna Lovegood Luna Lovegood Luna Lovegood was a witch, the only child and daughter of Xenophilius and Pandora Lovegood. Her mother accidentally died while experimenting with spells when Luna was nine and Luna was raised by her father, editor of the magazine The Quibbler, in a rook-like house near the village of Ottery St Catchpole more.

She could've been put in the fourth book, her surname came up at The Quidditch World Cup.

She's my favorite character but we should have gotten to see more of her character and she should've displayed more emotions. - LunaFan

Yes, Luna should have not just acted angry and kind, but bossy, rude, thoughtful, logical... and more. And J.K should have least put her in the fourth book.

17 Arnold the Pygmy Puff


18 Fleur Delacour Fleur Delacour
19 Scorpius Malfoy Scorpius Malfoy
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