Most Morally Ambiguous Harry Potter Characters

There's so many characters in the series, but you get to know them over the course of each title that you might not realize there are both good and bad qualities of them.
The Top Ten
1 Albus Dumbledore Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

It should be pretty obvious why he's at the top. He initially refused to duel Grindelwald, had the Sorcerer's Stone at Hogwarts, and let Harry do most of the dirty work. To quote Snape, he was "raising him like a pig for slaughter." He is well-trusted and knowledgeable, but what do we really know?

2 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.

Almost as if on cue, Snape is next. A lot of people saw this coming. He is hated for much of the first half of Harry Potter but becomes loved as he was more of a secret keeper than Dumbledore ever was. Sure, he was the one who murdered Dumbledore, but it was all planned.

3 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.

This is also not a surprise. He has done enough to be considered controversial, whether it was breaking Hogwarts rules or doing something that angered the Ministry of Magic.

4 Nagini

This is the first surprising entry on this list, and it's almost entirely because of what kind of character she is in the second Fantastic Beasts film. In that film, she was originally human, a Maledictus who would later be permanently cursed to be in snake form. She was against the dark wizard Grindelwald and later joined forces with Dumbledore and Newt Scamander. Of course, casual Potter fans know her as the snake by Voldemort's side.

5 Cedric Diggory

Here's another entry that might seem confusing to casual fans who only knew him as a good contestant in the Triwizard Tournament who met a tragic end. While most people who only know him from Goblet of Fire see him as a friend of Harry's and a good guy, those familiar with the play The Cursed Child know that in the plot, the timeline where Cedric dies doesn't play out. Because of that, Cedric apparently becomes a Death Eater, murders Neville, and as a result, Nagini is never slain and Harry doesn't survive, leading to Voldemort winning the wizarding war.

6 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.

He may have been chosen to be a Death Eater, but he certainly lacked the stomach to carry out the Dark Lord's plans.

7 Peter Pettigrew

Well, duh. Peter was a guy with no real loyalties. While he was friends with James Potter, he was basically the reason they're dead. He is, of course, by Voldemort's side entirely out of fear.

8 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... read more

Hagrid's record usually works against him. He was expelled as a student from Hogwarts and always had dangerous creatures around him. Plus, he doesn't seem to mind putting young kids in danger. Sure, he's a lovable kind of guy with a pure heart, but he should be more careful.

9 Griphook
10 Percy Weasley

The least-liked Weasley by far. So least-liked, I nearly forgot about him. But if there are four words to describe this guy, it's "married to the job".

The Contenders
11 Cornelius Fudge
12 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... read more
13 Dolores Umbridge
14 Niffler
15 Nargle
16 Mountain Troll
17 Cho Chang
18 Narcissa Malfoy
19 Petunia Dursley
20 Dudley Dursley
21 Fleur Delacour Fleur Weasley, née Delacour, is a character in the "Harry Potter" series written by J.K. Rowling. She hails from France and initially comes to Hogwarts as a participant in the Triwizard Tournament. Fleur later marries Bill Weasley and becomes a part of the Weasley family. Known for her beauty and charisma,... read more
22 Hedwig
23 James Potter
24 Seamus Finnigan
25 Stan Shunpike
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