Smartest Harry Potter Characters

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

Albums Dumbledore was, indeed, a clever, clever, man, not unlike Mr. Snape himself. Although my personal opinion of Professor Snape himself is divided, one may seem fit to say that he was loyal to Dumbledore in the end. Well of course! Albus Dumbledore planned his own death, aided the Trio in many ways, and served as an aid even in death. He may have made huge mistakes, but that just proves how amazing he is, and wholesome.

I do think that Dumbledore is much smarter than Hermione. Don't get me wrong-Hermione is one of my favourite characters and is definitely the most intelligent out of her year-but Dumbledore has a deeper understanding of a wider range of subjects not found in library books, and therefore should be at the top.

No doubt, he is the smartest of them all. The real mastermind behind a lot. Only one weakness: his own love for life has killed him (with the ring). After that last attempt he was wise enough to give them all to the real master of death.

2 Hermione Granger

Hermione is a bit of an atheist witch, even if atheists don't believe in magic. She solved Snape's logic potion puzzle. No offense to the Luna Lovegood fan club, she was irritated with Luna in the fifth book talking about the imaginary creatures and called the Quibbler rubbish. The only time its read is when its about Harry, the Wizarding War, and Ginny doing a quiz in it at the end of the fifth book on the train.

HERMIONE GRANGER is definitely the smartest. She is top of the class at everything and always tries her best. Later on in the books and movies she starts to like breaking the rules like Harry and Ron. In the beginning she is totally bossy and and against it. Dumbledore is smarter but after all he is like a hundred and fifty years older than her so what can you say.

She is so smart and talented . But come one she is an idiot to. She cares only about herself and doesent think about others. I like luna. Kind sweet caring and loving she is the smartest and the best harry potter character

3 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.

Severus is smarter than Hermione. Both emotionally smart and even book smart. When Snape first entered Hogwarts, he knew more spells than half the kids in their seventh year, and even modified a textbook to make it better. Not only that, but Snape spent his whole life as Harry's protector, and kept it all to himself, which proves how mentally strong this character is. Dumbledore is still better though. At least Dumbledore's kind.

Hermione and Albus might be smart, but Snape wins the award because he's book smart, but also just completely life smart. He can be manipulative and he LIED to the dark lord for YEARS without most people noticing it.

Quite underestimated in the books in smartness. His weakness is his instinct though. Jumping on to wrong conclusions after many thoughts. That makes him not a number 1.

4 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... read more

People seem to focus more on the movie Luna.
Luna in the books was more dotty. With her beliefs in imaginary creatures like the Crumple-Horned Snorkack.
Her lion hat was really a like a head of a lion which roared like a lion. But they changed it in the movies.
The nargles she believed in were actually what she believed was something that mistletoe was infested with.
But no Luna isn't dumb or she wouldn't be a Ravenclaw she can answer the questions to enter the common room and she made a hat with a lions head which roared like one and her mother used to experiment and the experiment probably just exploded maybe a dangerous potion I don't know.

Luna is supes smart and is loyal to everyone. It is right for her to be put ravenclaw. I mean she knows what festrals are, she can read books upside down and somehow she knew where to find the grey lady. She is also very brave and helpful. Harry could not have found the last horcrux without luna And she is an amazing painter. #ravenclaw_for_life#

5 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.

Voldemort isn't actually smart, who could have realized that he couldn't kill Harry in the first book instead of trying to kill him till the end of the Harry Potter series if he wouldn't be talking for so long and just get to the killing part.

Tom Riddle aka Voldemort was known as the smartest student at his time at Hogwarts and everybody knew it.

He was though, even if he is a villain, he was smartest at his time.

6 Remus Lupin

Being, 'smart,' doesn't necessarily mean Ravenclaw- worthy. He was indeed smart, but there is more to Ravenclaw. Does he love learning? Does he value knowledge above all? Does he think outside the box? If so, maybe he just values bravery more,

He was the brains of the marauders. He was the brains of the Order of Phoenix. Belonged in Ravenclaw but put in Gryffindor for plot reasons.

He was smartest of the Marauders.
And sort of acted like Hermione Granger of Marauders.

7 Lily Potter

As per the pensieve memories and Horace Slughorn, Lily was a brilliant student with a knack in potions and apparently charms as well. Plus she was cheeky, had a smart answer at the tip of the tongue. She 'earned' the slug club spot without any familial connection. This must mean something. She was a 'full time fighter' in the Order as well. And she thrice defied Voldemort alongwith James. She was definitely smart and kind.

Of course she's smart! from what I've heard, she's a master at potions.

8 Gellert Grindelwald

He was also a seer. Dumbledore and Grindelwald's knowledge was equal. He was also the only man ever to manipulate Dumbledore.

He was the strongest villain when there was no Voldemort. He must have had lots of plan in his head.

Dumbledore is on his level, he was helped by Dumbledore, and was smart enough to outsmart him.

9 Minerva McGonagall

McGonagall should be 2nd or 3rd! She is so wise and is Dumbledore's right hand. Hermione is just book smart, McGonagall is book smart and wise.

Gives lessons in the toughest subject on Hogwarts. That makes you smart, hands down.

She was talented in every subject, including the Defense Against the Dark Art .

10 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.

Should be higher than 8! Sure he can be a little thick sometimes but... He still deserves 4! (1.Rowena Ravenclaw 2. Hermione Granger 3. Albus Dumbledore 4. Harry Potter)

He is not booksmart, but has quick-thinking and is always capable of keeping his cool and take advantage of a dangerous situation.

Only haters of the Harry Potter books think he is an idiot.

The Contenders
11 Sirius Black

You should be smart to escape Azkaban without any help. He was even an animagus in just his 5th year. McGonagall described him as one of the cleverest students (along with James). He was even had a bit of detective skill in him.

Always had the smartest quotes. He would've shown more of that if J.K Rowling hadn't killed him.

Yep agreed but why isn't he in the top 10?

12 Rowena Ravenclaw

Doesn't get enough credits. Founder of Ravenclaw, you have to be pretty clever for it.

How is Hermione smarter than Rowena? Literally the founder of Ravenclaw? Wisdom and intelligence? Just-

She was the wisest person ever. We just didn't see her enough in the books.

13 Professor Horace Slughorn
14 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.

She is smarter than hermione! It is said in the books that hermione can't produce a patroni

Ginny is smarter than Ron. Hands down.

Smart as she is pretty

15 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.

Its like people want to ignore everything that happened in deathly hallows. During the battle, he figured out things that most people could not even understand (including hermione granger, who is the brightest witch of her age). It is obvious that he is extremely clever but only when it comes to the things he is interested in, like chess. He is not great at studies because he doesn't care enough. If he did, he'd be one of the best in his year.

If it wasn't for Ron, the Hufflepuff cup wouldn't have even been destroyed because he is the one who came up with the idea to use the basilisk's fang in the first place.

Just because of appearances doesn't mean you underestimate people, plus this guy has great potential only lacking confidence.

16 Scorpius Malfoy

I don't know much about him, But he probably thinks Muggleborns are dumb so I don't like him.

Why is he all the way down here? Scorpius is SMART!

He is the new Hermione.

17 Alastor Moody

He is one of Dumbledore's most trusted Auror, which means that he was smart enough to become an auror.

18 Filius Flitwick

He is the charms master and also the head of Ravenclaw, where only wise ones can get in.

Head of Ravenclaw house. Knows a million helpful charms. Enough said.

The Charms professor knew how to teach a class properly.

19 Barty Crouch Jr.

Well, he was the impostor of Alastor Moody in the 4th book(and movie :)) So, it was actually him, who knew everything for the three tasks.

20 James Potter

He is brave when coming to protect Lily and Harry from Voldemort.

21 Kingsley Shacklebolt

Later became the Minister of the Magic, and also the auror. No more explanation needed.

22 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.

The thing that keeps him down on this list is the fact that he doesn't know how to contain his anger and easily gets insulted, especially in the goblet of fire when Harry says, "I don't give a damn what your father thinks, Malfoy! He's vile and cruel, and you're just pathetic."

Why is he all the way down here? He must have been smart to figure out the vanishing cabinets, and he was able to figure out that Harry was spying on him. Hermione is still the smartest though.

Draco was always smart he was just afraid of showing his true colors.

23 Cedric Diggory

Little was known about him but he is not stupid. If it had been the three champions we would've seen more of Cedric's smartness.

He's very smart and Hot

24 Regulus Black

He discovered Voldemort's horcruxus when he was 18 and stealed one. He deserves a place on the list.

Yes... he was the first person to ever discover Voldemort's secret and he was smart enough to find the locket... although he didn't live to see it destroyed...

25 Nymphadora Tonks

Overlooked as smart, though she is in the Order of the Phoenix.

She was the youngest auror who took the official path to become the auror. She was smart enough for that.

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