Top 10 Best Harry Potter Characters

Harry Potter is a bestselling series of seven fantasy novels that chronicle the lives of wizards Harry Potter and his friends as they attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fight Lord Voldemort. It was adapted into an equally successful film series.
The Top Ten
1 Hermione Granger

In my opinion, Hermione Granger is a complex character. Personally, I don't like her much. I think she's a walking encyclopedia and a "miss know-it-all," and she's kind of bossy. However, when you delve into all her "I know it all" actions, it's clear she wasn't perfect at everything. Her performance in Divination classes is a case in point. She was very insecure inside, particularly about her identity.

Despite that, everyone has to admit she is the rightful character lead in both the original work and the movie. She's intelligent and hardworking, so she deserves to be in first place.

Ok, I'm not surprised that Hermione is at number one, but I do like some other characters a bit more. I'm a little annoyed at how low they are on the list, but I still do love Hermione.

I love her. She is so brave and very pretty. They should have made a Harry Potter movie all about her. Sometimes she is a bit weird, but

I absolutely LOVE Hermione! She is so much like me and has inspired me to be fearless, hardworking, and cool. She is the girl all girls should follow, and I can't think of anyone more amazing! A person once called me a nerd, even though I was SO NOT! Well, that person was a sassy, bossy, rude diva, so I didn't really care. But Hermione showed me that it doesn't matter what other people think if they are just the sort of people who think the worst of everyone. I learned from Hermione that I should just care about my friends and not the people who hate everyone. Now, I work harder than ever to be even more like Hermione than I already am. In my opinion, Hermione Granger should be every girl's role model. Hermione rocks!

2 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.

He is the most relatable character in the series, showing us that even an ordinary-looking boy is capable of doing things that can change the world. It taught us not to judge by looks. Yes, Harry was not the best-looking character in the book, not the movies, but we should look within the heart. He had many flaws, and many good qualities too. The perfect blend of these made him one of the most complex and lifelike characters in the series.

Whenever I see Harry, I feel like I am seeing a mirror image of myself. Many people feel that he is a boring character not suitable as a hero. Guess what? The simplicity of Harry makes me think that he is the perfect hero of the series. I am sure many girls would have been happier to see Malfoy as a hero than Harry, which is a sorry state of affairs.

I know Hermione had her moments. I know all the characters are amazing. But none of them achieved what Harry did. None of them stared death in the face time and time again, suffered losses of such epic proportions, or fought so hard for people who had done so much to hurt him. Although he had help, he battled so much alone. Maybe Hermione would have been capable of the same things were she in his position, but she wasn't. Every single character in the series is amazingly complex and incredible in their own way, but Harry Potter leaves them all behind. He is brave, loyal, kind, resourceful, clever, determined, and relatable. He will always be my favorite character.

Harry is absolutely my favorite character! I hate it when people always focus on his bad qualities. I love that J.K. Rowling made him so complicated. It makes him more real. He's got tons of good qualities: he's brave, smart, kind, and completely badass. Plus, he's like the sass king. I love his sarcasm with Dudley, Draco, Umbridge, and other enemies. He always manages to win in a battle of wits.

Whenever there's a mystery, he doesn't care about rules. He'll just do whatever it takes to solve it. My favorite thing about Harry is his loyalty. Just because he's had so few people be nice to him before Hogwarts, he's fiercely protective of his friends. Like when he immediately defends Ron and Hagrid when Draco insults them. But the exact moment when I fell in love with Harry was when he freed Dobby from the evil Lucius Malfoy. If that isn't enough to make this kid lovable, well...

Um, he is the protagonist, not to mention he did everything. I can relate to him and Peter Parker because everything goes wrong for them, but they are able to pick themselves back up. I remember reading the books, and the first time I read them, I saw myself in Harry's shoes.

The perfect way J.K. Rowling uses Harry is that she makes everything go wrong for him. She keeps pounding him into the ground whenever something goes right. But this is awesome because if everything went well for him, it would never feel satisfying in the end. That's because, in the final movie, after beating Voldemort and gaining the respect of Hogwarts and the Ministry, it is just the feeling of satisfaction.

3 Albus Dumbledore Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

I see everything I want in a favorite character in Dumbledore.

He made it through a not-so-happy past and became the greatest wizard of all. His wisdom is unlike anyone else's. He always has the best advice and can cheer anyone up. Also, he is the bravest character in the books. Whereas Harry was always thrown into situations, forced to be brave, Dumbledore did everything without being forced, simply because he has such a good heart. He cares for other people, no matter who they are. He even cared for Tom Riddle before he realized how bad he truly was.

I just love him. He is such a thoroughly good soul.

I love Dumbledore because most of the most touching parts of Harry Potter revolve around him. His speeches at the end of books 4 and 5 are the best, and I've cried while reading about his death every time I've read book six. I do find it frustrating how much he forgot to tell Harry about his plans. It made sense when everyone thought he died unexpectedly, but he knew he was dying! It seems pretty foolish that he didn't even tell Harry how to destroy a Horcrux.

I hate it when it comes to mentioning Albus Dumbledore dying in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I almost burst into tears when he died. He drank the liquid that led to the locket and turned himself in for the DA members! Even if I have stopped reading the series non-stop (that's exactly what I'm doing), I wouldn't remove his name from my brain, and that is a promise!

Professor McGonagall: Could you do something about the scar, Dumbledore?
Dumbledore: Even if I could, I wouldn't. Scars can come in useful. I have one myself above my left knee, which is a perfect map of the London Underground. (From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)
Laugh out loud! Dumbledore is a priceless character who carries wisdom and weirdness everywhere he goes.

4 Severus Snape Severus Snape is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is characterised as a person of great complexity, whose coldly sarcastic and controlled exterior conceals deep emotions and anguish.

Honestly, I feel bad for Snape. People always say he was evil, but he was just heartbroken. Lily died. His best friend died. Sure, he got jealous because Lily got married to James, but you can't blame him. How would you feel if your best friend or crush ran off with someone else? He was good. He spied on Voldemort for Dumbledore. That was brave.

Sure, he made a lot of mistakes, but he learned from them. And he was also bullied his whole life. Getting bullied can change you, especially when your best friend or crush gets married to the person who was bullying you. He kind of reminds me of Lord Cassius from Keeper of the Lost Cities. If you love the Harry Potter books, you will love Keeper of the Lost Cities.

Snape was also very loyal to Lily, Dumbledore, and a lot of other people. Ever heard the saying "don't judge a book by its cover"? That was practically made for Severus Snape. He's probably the most amazing character in the world.

Personally, I think that Snape is the best Harry Potter character because he switched sides to fight the Dark Lord, who murdered his first love, Lily Potter. Snape was also extremely brave, and sometimes I feel that Snape shouldn't have been in Slytherin but in Gryffindor instead. He was also a really brave man to kill Dumbledore.

I also like Snape because he was a spy who was on Dumbledore's side after Voldemort murdered Lily. He made a lot of mistakes, and even when everyone thought that Snape was a bad guy, he eventually turned out to be an extremely good person. Caring for Harry truly showed that he loved Lily a lot.

James Potter, on the other hand, was a really bad guy because he bullied Snape in school. If he hadn't done that, maybe Snape would've been nice to Harry, and maybe Harry wouldn't have hated him at first.

Severus Snape is the man that every mother should teach her little boy to be. Yes, he made mistakes - a lot of them, actually. And yes, most of the time, you wanted to punch the living daylights out of him and watch him writhe in pain on the floor, but all that was a ruse. He was tough as nails and wasn't the most socially graced person to walk the Earth, but he was loyal to what he loved.

The only thing he loved, truly loved, was Lily Evans. His only friend and confidant. Until the day of his death, he lived his life in a manner that (he hoped) would make Lily proud of him. I kind of think that he did. He defended the last remnant of her flesh and blood and borderline cared for him with every last drop of blood in his body. He was fierce and fearless, and brilliant.

I could only wish that every man would do that for the woman they loved. I sure do hope that my kids do.

Severus Snape was far from a perfect man, but he was the bravest and most selfless man you could ever meet. Whatever the reason for his actions (guilt, unrequited love, maybe even some morality), he was willing to risk his life for Harry Potter. He was willing to take on and lose his life to the most powerful Dark Wizard ever known and die being known as one of the worst villains.

Many people question Snape's treatment of his students. However, keep in mind that he had to treat them poorly to be a believable spy, as Voldemort had loyal spies everywhere. He hated Neville because the prophecy could have been about him. If Voldemort had believed that, Lily would have likely lived. He hated Harry because James Potter was a horrendous bully to him. While James may have "grown up a bit," which is never shown, it doesn't excuse him for his actions. When Snape looked at Harry, all he could see was James and the loss of Lily. Despite this, he still protected Harry with his life, which ...more

5 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.

Wow, fifth place? I can't believe that people voted Snape above him. "Snape is the man that every mother should teach their boy to be." You mean a Death Eater who murdered and tortured until he became too cowardly because his crush was killed by his hero? And then begging his enemy for forgiveness before bullying and relentlessly being a biased and horrible teacher towards all his students, except the ones in his own house? Severus Snape is a horrible, horrible man who did improve himself in a way, but a good ending doesn't make up for a lifetime of torture and being horrible. For the person who said that, get some help.

Ron Weasley is my favorite character! He is the most underrated character! In the movies, it doesn't show him as much of a helpful friend, but in the book he is! He is sarcastic and can be a jerk sometimes, but people can relate since he is outshined most of the time. His best friends are Harry Potter, the boy who killed Voldemort, and Hermione Granger, the smartest person in their year!

And he has so many family members with outstanding accomplishments that it's hard to get attention sometimes. He is cute, funny, and loyal, and he's my favorite character. I don't care what people say about Ron. He will always be my favorite.

Ron is my favorite! I haven't read the books, only seen the movies. I feel like he was only jealous because he felt he wasn't good enough for Hermione. In the movie "The Deathly Hallows Part 1," he only left because he felt left out and thought that something was going on between Hermione and Harry.

When he came back, I understood why Hermione was mad, but I don't think Ron really deserved that. He left because he was upset! He had the strength to destroy the Horcruxes (sorry if that's spelled wrong) even when it showed his biggest fears and depicted Harry and Hermione saying rude things and then kissing. I know it was fake, but could any of you do that after seeing your best friend and crush kiss?

I just feel people don't "understand" him. We've all probably been jealous at some point. Ron doesn't really get recognized in the golden trio because Hermione is very smart, and Harry survived and killed Voldemort. But no one really acknowledges how brave Ron is for facing ...more

He's relatable and sweet. I can really relate to his insecurities of not being good enough and being overshadowed. He is a loyal friend and is brave, not afraid to fight for others. He and Hermione are meant for each other. They complete each other. Hermione is smart, driven, and an overachiever, while Ron is sweet, laid-back, and opinionated. He lets Hermione loosen up, and she makes Ron try to be better.

He has a great family that is very close. Of course, he has flaws, but that's a good thing. He's human and makes mistakes. When he messes up, he tries to fix it. He would be utterly boring if he didn't have those flaws. His strengths and weaknesses come together to make a deep, realistic character. He should be higher up on this list, but I guess that's a matter of opinion.

6 Sirius Black

The reason Sirius Black is the most important character is his journey. He was born into an evil family and still managed to become a loving, brave, funny, and loyal young man. What I possibly like most about him is that he arrived at Hogwarts, found three friends who were the first people he ever loved, and decided to live his life to the fullest. Yes, Sirius has done bad things, and he sometimes was a bad person. But I believe at the end of the day, he realized he would not be like his family and tried to be the best he could be.

What I love (love, love, love) about Sirius is that he wasn't perfect at all. His most famous quote was that everyone has a dark and a light side, but what matters is the part you choose to act on, and he did. He chose his light side and gave his life for the people he wanted to protect and those he loved. Like Harry and Snape, he didn't grow up with love, and it made him even stronger. So, Sirius is definitely one of the best, if not the best, ...more

Sirius is one of those characters that has many layers. At first, you think he's a mass murderer, and then you find out that he's actually innocent and a really nice person. He risked being caught just to watch Harry play Quidditch. The part where I started to really like him is when he asks Harry to live with him. They've only known each other for an hour, and Sirius is already trying to build a relationship. But I like him the best in Order of the Phoenix because he becomes a mix of father and brother to Harry, and he also has the best lines in the movie! He was a great character, and I was very upset when he died.

Honestly, Sirius is my favorite character in the series. The way he acted around Harry had a father-son-like bond. You can truly tell Sirius adored Harry. He was wrongly accused, and whenever I tell my friends who my favorite Harry Potter character is, they always ask, "Why?" He added a lighthearted and happy approach to Harry's upsetting past. Not only was he amazing to Harry, but he also turned himself into an Animagus (not sure if it's spelled that way) so that when Remus Lupin turned into a werewolf, Lupin wouldn't be alone and they could help him. That's my honest opinion.

Sirius is basically the biggest badass in the history of literature. He went through so much throughout the series and stayed strong. For instance, he stayed in Azkaban for 12 years, lost his best friend, and couldn't see his godson for most of his life. Additionally, in the Order of the Phoenix, he's stuck in Grimmauld Place when he wants to go help. He also dies, which can be incredibly difficult. However, he's always there for Harry before that happens, and even afterward when Harry uses the Resurrection Stone.

7 Luna Lovegood Luna Lovegood was a witch from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. She was the only child of Xenophilius and Pandora Lovegood. Her mother accidentally died while experimenting with spells when Luna was nine and Luna was raised by her father, who was the editor of the magazine The Quibbler, in a rook-like house near the village of Ottery St Catchpole in Devon. more.

Luna Lovegood is the best character in the whole series. I love Luna because she is not afraid to be herself, and she always helps Harry stay calm in times she knows are hard for him. Even though her mother died right in front of her at the age of 9, and she's bullied and called Loony Lovegood all the time, she remains unafraid and is always there for her friends. I just love her.

Tied with Bellatrix for my favorite Harry Potter character, Luna makes me laugh by just being herself. One of my favorite scenes in the Harry Potter movies is when she shows up in the lion hat in Half-Blood Prince. I feel like she was cut out of the movies a lot, which annoys me.

Okay, I love Luna, and I was bummed to find out how low she was on the list. She's such a sweet, kind, and unique character, and personally, I love everything about her.

I love Luna. She's so quirky and fun. Everyone makes fun of her, but she's actually one of the most intelligent, witty, kind, and skilled witches in Harry Potter, tied with Hermione and maybe Ginny.

8 Remus Lupin

Lupin is so underrated! If it weren't for him, Harry would have died. He taught Harry to cast the Patronus. He's a really good professor, and his death was so sad. Poor Lupin was a werewolf his whole life and was rejected everywhere just because of it. He is probably my favorite character in the whole series and deserves more credit.

I love Remus Lupin. He is always so kind to the trio and other people, and he cares more for others than himself. It's really sad that he dies. He and Tonks made such a lovely couple. He is extremely calm and quiet for a werewolf. He was the one who realized Sirius was innocent, and he saved Harry's life at the Department of Mysteries.

I was glad to see that he found some happiness with Tonks and Teddy. It was sweet to see him so excited at Shell Cottage. Most people think that Remus and Tonks's ending was really sad. However, aside from the fact that he is not with Teddy and other loved ones, it really means that he can eternally be with Tonks, Sirius, James, and Lily without fear of a second war. I just wish that he had gotten to spend more time with his family before he died.

Lupin was a great character and man. He held Harry back from chasing Bellatrix after Sirius's death, while also struggling to hold himself back. After the deaths of James and Lily and Peter's betrayal, Sirius was the only one of his childhood friends left. While others panicked, he was always the voice of reason. With James and Sirius being the little devils they were, someone had to be.

He wasn't perfect, however. Aside from his "condition," he had his fair share of regrets. While his friends took to bullying Snape, he wanted to speak up, but never did. In Deathly Hallows, he gets into an argument with Harry over wanting to join the trio on their hunt for Horcruxes, despite that meaning he would leave Tonks behind. Considering his "furry little problem," Lupin felt it would be the best thing for his family and the Order.

He's not a perfect little saint. He's human (and werewolf), and that's alright. In the end, he died with a woman who loved him for who he was.

Lupin's death made me cry the hardest. He was always my favorite, along with Tonks. I'm so disappointed and mad that Teddy wasn't in the movies, and that Lupin and Tonks' roles and stories were reduced so much. If anyone deserved a happily ever after, it was Remus.

Because of his condition, he was lonely and hated himself, thinking he wasn't worthy of Tonks. However, he couldn't see just how warm, brave, inspirational, selfless, thoughtful, and caring he was. He deserved so much more than what he got in the movies. It just shatters me every time I think of how he was ashamed to be around those he loved because he thought he wasn't good enough. Teddy will never get to know this great man, this legend, this hero who is his father.

9 George Weasley

He is very funny. I felt bad for him when he lost Fred. I like Fred more, but I still love George. I also felt bad when he got his ear taken off.

Fred and George are possibly my second and third favorite characters, right after Luna. They are like the comic relief of the whole series. During my visit to Universal Studios, I was able to visit their shop and buy my own purple Pygmy Puff! That was probably the happiest moment of my entire life.

Anyway, they are incredible characters. They stood up to Umbridge, a feat people would fear to attempt (I mean, she makes kids write with their own blood). They did their own thing, despite people warning them not to. I bawled my eyes out when Fred died. George must have been traumatized!

I think they should have had Umbridge die instead of this young man's twin. They aren't my favorite characters, but they're awesome nonetheless. Not as good as Harry Potter, but not as bad as Umbridge or Rita Skeeter. I would say I would put them around seventh or eighth best. The part that I liked the most is how they departed from Hogwarts during Umbridge's time at Hogwarts. It made me dab my eyes when I watched them separate for the first time.

Four reasons for liking them:

1. They are extremely funny (I often crack up because of them).
2. The fireworks and leaving scene in the movie, and the swamp and leaving Hogwarts in the books, were epic moments I will never forget.
3. Weasley's Wizard Wheezes: I've always wanted to go there.
4. They are idols, showing, as Ginny said, that you can "do anything, as long as you have enough nerve."

I love them with all my heart. One of the reasons I cried during Deathly Hallows was that I hated that they were separated at the end. But their legacy lives on.

10 Lord Voldemort Lord Voldemort is a fictional character and the central main antagonist in J. K. Rowling's series of Harry Potter novels. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was released in 1997.

I was going to vote for Harry Potter, Hermione, or Snape, but I chose Voldemort because without him, the storyline wouldn't exist! Yes, the action wouldn't be the same without him, just like it wouldn't be the same without Harry Potter.

A very interesting character. As Tom Riddle, he wasn't necessarily evil, but rather ambitious and devious enough to undergo a death-defying transformation. This transformation allowed his existing cruelty to manifest into an inhuman incarnation of evil. His discrimination against half-bloods is sophisticated, especially considering that he himself is half-blooded. When choosing to kill either Harry or Neville, he chose the half-blooded Harry.

A particularly fascinating part, in my opinion, was when Harry gave Voldemort the choice to become "a man" instead of remaining the shriveled baby at the platform of death. Go reread the very end of Deathly Hallows, especially Harry and Riddle's duel.

He might need a little plastic surgery, but he was one of the main characters. People thought he was amazing, and he was an incredible wizard. Not to mention, he was handsome as a teen. He earned a place in everyone's hearts because of his difficult childhood without parents.

The best villain ever in any fantasy series. His dark arts skills are simply wondrous. He should be among the top 5 characters, at least. Nobody can match You-Know-Who's powers, except for the great Harry Potter and Dumbledore, of course.

The Contenders
11 Neville Longbottom

Neville Longbottom is the most underrated Harry Potter character in the entire franchise. He went from zero to hero throughout the series. In the Philosopher's Stone, he was constantly bullied by Slytherins for no reason. Neville, we love him. I love him, and you love him. Neville is a character who is treated in a way that makes us all love him. He doesn't get enough credit because he is a very talented wizard.

He was constantly mistreated by his family. He was even dropped out of a window to prove he was a wizard. He has a constant bad luck streak! Severus Snape always scares him. Despite being the victim in the movies, he has the biggest heart and will fight alongside his friends and stand up to evil, such as Bellatrix Lestrange, Draco Malfoy, and even Voldemort. He is the one who stood up to Voldemort and gave the greatest speech in Harry Potter history!

Plus, Neville has changed throughout the years, going from shy, mistreated, and innocent to strong, independent, ...more

He is so cool! I'll be honest, Granger is still probably my favorite, but I love Neville! He is so kind and pure. He is clumsy and forgetful, but ends up being so brave. He is the one who continues Dumbledore's Army after Harry, Ron, and Hermione have to look for Horcruxes. During Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, he stands up to the Carrows. Even before then, in The Order of the Phoenix, he stands up to Bellatrix. He doesn't go looking for a fight but will stand up for what and who he believes in.

Neville is always willing to help, and he will always be there. He grows so much over the series, but he remains pure and willing to help. He might seem like a minor character, but he is so important and amazing that he really stands out, even among those who have more lines.

Neville is a very underrated character in the series! He is my absolute favorite! I have had a small crush on him for a while too. He helps Harry battle against the Death Eaters. He is actually a very important character because he could have been the Chosen One instead of Harry, and his parents were a special part of his backstory. He stood up to the Lestranges and was always risking his life for his friends!

He also killed Nagini! He killed that stupid snake to save Hermione and Ron from being eaten! He helped kill Voldemort. Speaking of Voldemort, this amazing kid stood up to him too! He gave one of the best speeches ever! He showed Voldemort that love is better than anything else! Neville is just amazing! He should at least be in the top 5!

What the heck? Draco? Bellatrix? Voldemort are higher up than Neville? Are you kidding me right now? Neville is amazing. He was bullied by Draco, Pansy, and basically all the Slytherins, not to mention Snape, who basically tortured him his whole life. He was treated so cruelly and viciously that Snape became his biggest fear. And Snape is higher than Neville? Sorry, but nothing Snape does will ever make up for his absolutely evil, cruel nature.

Neville took on Crabbe and Goyle by himself in their first year! He killed Nagini, which saved Harry's life. He loved his parents so much, even though they were mentally ill and didn't recognize him. He stood up to Bellatrix and risked his life many times to defend his parents. He gives hope to all the supposed "losers" out there. He proves that just because no one believes in you doesn't mean you can't achieve everything you want to do. Neville is made of completely, utterly pure goodness. There is not one unlikable trait about Neville, ...more

12 Ginny Weasley Ginny Weasley is a prominent character in the "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling. She is the youngest child and only daughter of the Weasley family. Initially introduced as a shy girl with a crush on Harry Potter, Ginny develops into a strong, independent young woman. Skilled in magic and Quidditch, she plays a pivotal role in the fight against Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

WHAT!? How is she so low? Ginny is by far my favorite Harry Potter character. She's literally the main love interest, and Harry and she are my favorite ship. But even without that, she's such an amazing character. She's brave, smart, and confident. She's not afraid to stand up and fight when everyone else is against her. She is so bold and I love that! It's no wonder Harry fell for her.

Ginny Weasley is definitely the best character! People say that she was totally nonexistent in the first few books and then suddenly turned into a magnificent, beautiful diva in the fifth and sixth books. That's wrong. If you read closely, you could see Ginny's progression. Being possessed at the age of 11? Honestly, that's difficult. She slowly went from a shy, nervous girl to becoming more confident and strong. She turned into an awesome young woman.

I absolutely love Hermione. She's my second favorite. But I loved Ginny more for another reason: she was so easy to laugh with. I'm more like Hermione, honestly - a bossy schoolgirl - and I utterly adored Ginny's sense of humor and bravery. I think the order should be Hermione first because, even if she's my second favorite, more people love her. Then it should be Ginny, followed by Luna, who's my third favorite. Stop shunning Ginny and realize how AMAZING she is!

Ginny is my all-time favorite character in the novels. For those who have only seen the movies and don't like Ginny as much as other characters, I get it completely. In the movies, Ginny seems to be a damsel in distress most of the time (notice I didn't say all the time), and her relationship with Harry just seems anti-climactic compared to the books. Honestly, this is the only real complaint I have about the series.

However, if you have read the books, then you know how much Ginny has grown as a person. She starts off as an extremely shy girl who is actually quite lonely. But then you find out she is this witty and strong woman who just hasn't had enough book time to be seen that way.

Last but not least, I understand if Ginny is not your favorite (as I am also quite fond of characters like Neville and Hermione), and this post was in no way supposed to be offensive. I know how defensive some people are about their opinions, so you should know that this was only mine.

MY SECOND FAVORITE CHARACTER, EVER! For the people who think she is pathetic, your logic is pathetic, and a little pitiful, not her. I hated Cho from the second she appeared. She was older than Harry and was just plain boring. Let's look at her character. *Looks at black sheet of paper* Oh, right. She doesn't HAVE any. Meanwhile, THIS gal is being as awesome as she can be, even without Harry! And she is SO much prettier than Cho!

13 Draco Malfoy Draco Lucius Malfoy is a character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is a student in Harry Potter's year belonging in the Slytherin house.

Underrated and overhated. I get it, he's a "bully," but James was way worse than he was. The only reason people forgive James is because James is a Gryffindor. Just give Draco a chance. Not all Slytherins are bad. I think Draco and Snape are awesome. Just because they were forced into being Death Eaters doesn't mean they're bad people. Honestly, "Order of the Phoenix" and "Death Eater" are just labels. They don't form your personality.

I support Draco because he didn't want to bully the Golden Trio or join the Death Eaters, but his parents forced him to do those things. Oh, and before you ask, no, I do not have a crush on him. Actually, I have a crush on Severus Snape, but that doesn't mean that I cannot enjoy Draco's character as well.

Okay, I know you all agree. He should've definitely been higher on the list. I feel like Draco is such a misunderstood character, and he's not trying to be mean. It's just how he was raised. Harry Potter makes him look like the bad guy, but he really is just scared. I feel bad for Draco and definitely think he deserves to be higher on the list.

Draco is one of my favorite characters, though he wasn't the best person. Even though that's the case, you can tell that in the last few books and movies, he feels bad about his actions and didn't want to be a Death Eater anymore. He clearly tells the Death Eaters that he doesn't recognize Harry, even though he clearly does, and he doesn't want to kill Dumbledore.

There is a deleted scene in the last Deathly Hallows movie that shows Draco running and throwing his wand to Harry so he can fight Voldemort. He didn't have great parents as role models, and although that doesn't excuse his behavior in the past, he still rocks, in my opinion.

Okay, first of all, Draco is not a villain, despite all the haters out there who dismiss him as a stupid villain and bully. When Draco is supposed to kill Dumbledore, he stalls for time. He also lets slip in the book that he didn't want the other Death Eaters to come to Hogwarts. Sure, he's a bully sometimes, but that doesn't make him a bad person.

His bullying comes from his mom and dad, and his mom only wants the best for Draco. She only threatens Harry and Ron because they were kind of being jerks to Draco. So that's where the good in him comes from. He's not exactly a hero or a villain. He's just trying to survive. I really understand Draco's storyline. But if you ask me, Draco is anything but a villain.

14 Dobby

Ok, how is he so low? Dobby is the sweetest character and house elf in Harry Potter, and his death is the most depressing. I've always loved Dobby, and I literally cried when he died. Put him higher on the list, y'all!

I like how he tried to save Harry's life and stayed loyal to Harry. Sure, he went about it the wrong way, but think about it: this poor elf was literally abused by Lucius and Narcissa and had very little time outside of serving them. Can you blame him? I couldn't. Plus, he's an elf and not a human, and even humans make mistakes.

Lots of people died for Harry, but Dobby has something special in him. Sure, only an elf could perform that kind of Apparition. Pitiful isn't the same as good, but surely we all pity the fact that Dobby gets death threats five times a day? Unlike Kreacher or Winky, who just sat there crying, Dobby defied his masters because they were cruel to him, which sets him apart. He seeks what an elf typically does not understand: revenge and justice.

Dobby defies Lucius, Narcissa, Bellatrix, and a few others, mostly his old masters, because he cares about elf rights and is angry about how they treated him. I like Hermione in this context, but back to Dobby. He's repaying Harry for freeing him by freeing Harry in return. Let's see, Severus Snape is on here too. Dobby was fair to those fair to him, sought revenge on those who were not, and was unafraid of death. Why aren't elves Sorted? He's a sure Gryffindor.

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I love Dobby! Where would Harry be if Dobby hadn't warned him about the Chamber of Secrets? When he died (I'm sure that 98 percent of people did this), I was SO SAD. I literally cried for about 19 minutes when I was reading the Deathly Hallows part where he died. He grew up with the Malfoys, who treated him horribly. He definitely should be higher on the list.

15 Rubeus Hagrid Rubeus Hagrid is a fictional character in the Harry Potter book series written by J. K. Rowling. Hagrid is introduced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as a half-giant and half-human who is the gamekeeper and Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts, the primary setting for the first six novels.

As a character, Hagrid provides comic relief and an uplifting side to an otherwise dark story. The way Rowling embedded his character into the story is fantastic, as the narrative called for a simple character who was there for Harry from the beginning to the end. With his parents having been killed and Sirius imprisoned, Harry still needed a character he could rely on, even if he didn't realize it until he was 13 years old.

Dumbledore and McGonagall are both far too busy and in positions of direct superiority in the school to allow for this kind of relationship. And Snape, although he did care for Harry more than once, had too many childhood issues with Harry's parents to warrant a comparable relationship. So Hagrid fills this void by being a groundskeeper who is simple-minded enough to be on the main three characters' mindset level, and still old enough to take care of them in times of need.

Hagrid?! Number 18?! Think, people! He brought Harry to Privet Drive, was always nice, brought Buckbeak, gave Harry a birthday cake, etc. How can Dobby be in front of this guy? Dobby is just a house elf who almost killed Harry with a Bludger in Quidditch. He's a little funny and cute. I know he saved Harry and all, but Hagrid was there from start to finish, always respecting the trio and Dumbledore. So, he should switch spots with Dobby! Dobby should be where Alastor Moody is! Hagrid is funny, loyal, kind, heartwarming, and mysterious at first. So, vote for Hagrid and at least get him in the top ten! Agree!

Rubeus Hagrid is my favorite Harry Potter character, next to Hermione Granger. Hagrid is totally the best and should at least be in the top ten, or switch places with Ginny, because she is just a Mary Sue dressed prettily.

Hagrid was always my favorite, ever since he set foot in the place where the Weasleys were on vacation. Especially when he meant to turn Dudley into a pig but ended up giving him a pigtail - that was hilarious. Hagrid is kind-hearted, warm, funny, loyal, dedicated, trustworthy, open-minded, brave, and protective.

He was the closest father figure Harry could get, even more so than Sirius Black, because of how kind and caring he was. Hagrid was much more helpful to Harry than Sirius ever was. If Hagrid were a father, he would be a wonderful one.

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Hagrid is my favorite character. When I told my friends this, they were shocked and said, "Genevieve, what about Hermione Granger?"

I love Hermione, but she can be a little too bossy or narrow-minded. Hagrid, on the other hand, is an extremely warm-hearted and fatherly figure. He was the first to tell Harry that he was a wizard, and I laughed incredibly hard when he put a little pigtail on Dudley. Hagrid has wonderful pets, and I love animals.

16 Minerva McGonagall

Ok, y'all, she and Dumbledore need to switch places. Like, Dumbledore may seem all sweet, but let's be for real. He's a perverted old man who takes an interest in little girls. But Professor McGonagall is my favorite professor at Hogwarts. She knows who's in charge and she will always stand up for what is right. She's honestly one of the best characters in Harry Potter, and that scene where she stands up to Snape and duels him is fire!

Harry Potter just wouldn't be the same without her. And I think her becoming the new headmaster is the perfect fit. She would be the first headmaster to actually care about her students and run Hogwarts with the perfect balance of structure and kindness. We love you, Professor McGonagall!

She is such an amazing character! I love how she stands up to Umbridge. I also love the line "Have a biscuit, Potter," when Harry gets sent to her office after he yells at Umbridge. Or even when she tells Harry (and indirectly Umbridge), "I will assist you to become an Auror if it is the last thing I do! If I have to coach you nightly, I will make sure you achieve the required results!"

She is a wonderful mentor to Harry, Ron, and Hermione, especially when Dumbledore wasn't there for them. Another passage I loved was, "I should have made my meaning plainer," said Professor McGonagall, turning at last to look Umbridge directly in the eyes. "He has achieved high marks in all Defense Against the Dark Arts tests set by a competent teacher."

McGonagall is a boss. She is smart and strong, and probably one of the most powerful witches/wizards besides Dumbledore, Grindelwald, and possibly Voldemort. She was brilliant and taught Transfiguration, one of the hardest subjects! Besides that, she was an Animagus, which is an achievement only the best can accomplish. She is so awesome!

McGonagall is by far the best character. She is head of Gryffindor house and hates Umbridge and the Death Eaters. In the last book, she was amazing. She fought the Death Eaters and even charged down the halls with desks in the Battle of Hogwarts. She cares deeply about her students and is very fair. She is also very loyal to Dumbledore and is Hermione's favorite teacher.

17 Bellatrix Lestrange A psychotic death eater who escaped from Azkaban, and is fiercely loyal to Voldemort. Murderer of many people such as Sirius Black, and also a sadist who drove the Longbottoms mad.

My absolute favorite, and the best. She's just sadistic and evil and absolutely loves it. On the other hand, she is insanely loyal to those she cares about. She stays loyal to the Dark Lord no matter what, and even more so with her family. She protects her sister with her life and would do anything for her. The reason she killed Sirius was that he left the family and turned his back on them. You can't change my mind on the fact that she's the best. She is totally crazy, but that's one of the reasons I love Bella!

Ok, I know she's technically a villain, but I honestly love her character. She's so fun, daring, adventurous, and has great character development. I feel like without her, Harry Potter would have been pretty bland. She's a very interesting character, and I never get bored watching her.

Ah, Bellatrix is my favorite. I swear, I used to have a crush on her, and I'm still obsessed. She has such a fun-loving personality. She's loyal, patient, and hardworking (even though it may not seem that way). She cracks me up sometimes. When all you see is rain, think of Bellatrix, who maintained her fun character after spending, what, 15 or so years in Azkaban surrounded by Dementors.

Bella is a character you love to hate. I don't know how to explain my feelings for her, but I loved her character, and yet I couldn't stop laughing when she died. Choosing Helena Bonham Carter to play her was perfect. She made Bellatrix so savage and quite sexy.

18 Nymphadora Tonks

I honestly just love her color-changing hair. But she and Lupin are an adorable couple, so I do wish she was a little higher on the list.

Tonks was a funny and badass Auror. She didn't care if Remus was a werewolf or not. She made him see the good inside of him. She definitely deserved to live and see her son grow up.

Tonks is the bravest, funniest, coolest, smartest, AND kindest character in the Harry Potter books! It's so sad that she died. She deserves to be alive! I'm a Hufflepuff and think that she is the BEST character in Harry Potter (Cedric is also really good).

She is by far my favorite, and I feel like she should have had more scenes in the movies and the books. Her personality is just amazing. She has flaws, of course, which is what I like about her. Unlike Harry, who thinks he has to do everything, I love her punk style. However, her death is so tragic, especially since it was after she had Teddy Lupin.

19 Molly Weasley

Harry. Sirius. Fred and George. Neville. Ginny. Hermione. These are all people whom I considered voting for first. But... Molly Weasley. Mrs. Weasley sent a boy she had met for half a minute a home-knitted sweater and fudge. Mrs. Weasley decided to spend the money her husband won on a trip to see family. Mrs. Weasley accepted Harry into the house when he walked in with no warning whatsoever. And Mrs. Weasley duels and defeats the greatest Death Eater of all time.

She is not only the mother of all the Weasley children, but she also takes in Harry as one of her own in every sense. She is very likable, has a great sense of humor, and is a brilliant wizard, being the person to finally kill Bellatrix Lestrange. She definitely belongs in the top ten.

Molly is really very nice. She was like a mother to Harry. I still remember that her boggart was her family being dead. It's also written that her boggart included Harry being dead. She was a very good mother who cared deeply for her children. Even when Percy left home, she started crying whenever someone mentioned Percy's name. I love Molly.

She's so much like how she's described in the books! She really brings out that doting-on-your-friends-but-yelling-at-you dynamic. It's annoying, but it's also so funny with Mrs. Weasley. No one can capture the essence of Mrs. Weasley better than Julie Walters. Not to mention, she can cook a mean dinner! (At least according to the books...)

20 Fred Weasley

I will admit he is not my favorite. However, he does not deserve to be this low on the list! I am going to be honest here. I didn't cry when Dumbledore died, or when Moody died, or when Hedwig died (though I almost did). I had never cried for any character death in any book, movie, or TV show. But then Fred died, and finally, I cried. It was only two tears, but that's more than any other character death. Fred was a hilarious and awesome character and didn't deserve to be this low down.

I was reading Deathly Hallows at school, and once I heard Percy say "No! Fred, no!" I knew it had happened. I sobbed uncontrollably at school, then went to the field to dig a grave for him. I couldn't believe this was happening. I couldn't even bear to think of George.

My stages of crying:

1. I just realized it and started softly crying.
2. I read on and started sobbing. My teacher asked me what was happening, and I blurted out, "NO, FRED DIED!" She read the page I was on and tried to calm me down.
3. Hysterics.

Fred is so fun! A troublemaker at all times, he has such a strong relationship with all his siblings and parents, especially George. The scene where he and George cheer up the small child who was punished by Umbridge is so heartwarming. It's so sad that he had to lose his life.

At least this time they didn't put them together, even though they are supposed to be. But after all, they are just different people with (even slightly) different personalities. However, I really expected him to be higher up, though.

21 Alastor Mad-Eye Moody

Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody is always a very cranky character. He is an extremely talented wizard, capable of performing non-verbal and wandless magic, as well as capturing dozens of dark wizards. Despite being cranky, Moody is a really bold Auror and is known as the most famous Auror of his time. Also, his extra "Magical Eye" makes him even more interesting. He can look through stuff and see all around without turning his head. Overall, I really like this character. His "crankiness," his magical abilities, his record of dark wizard captures, and also his extra eye make him one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter franchise.

I liked his character, and he was a good DADA (Defense Against the Dark Arts) teacher, even if that wasn't really him. I suppose I just really enjoyed his time at Hogwarts as a professor. (Yes, I know it wasn't him, but seriously, don't tell me you didn't think it was him!) And his magical eye is just so cool!

He was so funny, even when trying not to be! He was a focal point of the fourth book, and his death hit me really hard - so unexpected! Also, fun fact: my dad named his boat "Constant Vigilance" after him. He named his other boat "Azkaban."

Second-best professor, even if it wasn't really him. It definitely seems like the way he'd teach.

22 Horace Slughorn

He was so sweet, and I wish he was in more of the movies. It made me feel so bad for him when he quit his job because of Tom Riddle.

He should be higher. Definitely in the morally gray area.

23 Hedwig

The best owl in the whole series, I love Hedwig so much. She is adorable, brave, kind, and friendly. She may just be an owl, but she is not an ordinary one. She is a fantastic one. When Snape was chasing Harry and Hagrid, she was there for them. She protected them and sacrificed her life for them. Her death broke my heart. I was in tears. I miss Hedwig so much, but she is always in my heart.

Hedwig died to protect Harry! She's cute, amazing, smart, faithful, loyal, reliable, fantastic, and awesome - any other good attribute you can think of! Fabulous! Marvelous! Anything! She's the best!

I was so sad when she died, but she'd always been my number-one favorite owl in the series. She's also quite pretty. Go Hedwig! P.S.: I love her name.

It was so sad seeing Harry's beautiful, loyal owl die for him. It also happens so fast, and she is barely mentioned after she risked her life to save Harry and Hagrid.

24 Cho Chang

I LOVE HER! She deserves better than #27. She is my favorite. And stop hating on her for movie #5. In the book, her friend gets the DA caught. Think about the Yule Ball: it's not her fault she didn't go with Harry. Cedric asked her first, and why say no? He was her boyfriend at the time, and she couldn't say yes to Harry after that. Cho is underrated and hated on way too much. Harry liked Cho, so you should, too! Plus, Harry and Ginny weren't even thinking much about each other then.

I like Cho. I liked her throughout the whole fourth book, even though she didn't go with Harry to the Yule Ball. But in the fifth book, she started going crazy. She went on a date with Harry and sobbed about Cedric?! Oh, come on. Who does that normally?

Cho didn't get Dumbledore's Army caught. In the book, it was her friend, and all Cho did then was stick up for her best mate. Though yes, she is kind of sappy in the fifth book.

She was kind of annoying but misunderstood by Harry and readers, I think. Anyway, I'm glad Harry didn't end up with her.

25 Kreacher

He's not my favorite character (<3 Snivellus), but he deserves the top 20. He's so complex and underrated! That might be because of the movies, which completely eclipsed him from the main plot: getting the locket. But he, like Bellatrix, appeared only in the fifth book, and what an appearance for both of them! They both killed Sirius, but while Bella did it to "cut off the bad branches on her family tree," Kreacher actually had a good reason.

Not just that, his relationship with Regulus was so deep. Seeing Sirius say, "Yeah, my brother, total loser!" revealed so much compressed anger inside of him. You see him in Deathly Hallows, when they're planning the assault on the Ministry. He's so happy just because Harry, Ron, and Hermione treated him decently and gave him Regulus's locket. His motivations are really complex, which makes him a complex character that not so many people can enjoy.

Kreacher is one of the most complex characters in the entire series. At first, he puts on an evil or mean persona around others, but once the trio begins to spend more time with him in Deathly Hallows, he reveals what a flawed and emotionally damaged character he really is. Kreacher for top 20!

Funny how he hates Harry, then is kind to him. It teaches people a lesson: treat someone wrong, and they'll be wrong right back at you. But one kind word can change everything.

I was so sad when Harry, Hermione, and Ron had to leave him in the seventh book with the Death Eaters. I was so relieved when I knew he was okay later in the book.

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