Most Important Harry Potter Characters

The Top Ten Most Important Harry Potter Characters

1 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.

Of course Harry Potter is the most important character. But his a bit vulnerable. He was the one who had to get the Philosopher's Stone in the dungeon whilst battling Quirrell. He was the one who slayed the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets and rescued Ginny from Tom Riddle. He was the one who was begin effected by the Dementors. He was the one who saw Cedric Diggory get killed and saw Voldemort return and had a duel with him. He was the one struggling when Voldemort was reading his mind. He was the one who led Dumbledore's Army into the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. He was the one who led the inferi in the cave away from him in Dumbledore. He was the one who watched Snape kill Dumbledore on the Astronomy tower. He was the one who had to camp out in the forest and watch one of his best friends abandoned him. He was the one who who faced Voldemort in the Forbidden Forrest and was killed but then survived. He was the one who finally defeated Voldemort once and for ...more

Of course Harry is the most important character the series is named after him he is the protagonist in fact without him the series would Probably not have the success it does now he's the chosen one he and the main antagonist Voldemort have a connection he was the only one to survive Avada Kedavra the killing curse he's went through a lot of emotional pain with his loved ones dying but he's still a nice person every single book has his name in the title and is about him he saved the philosophers stone when he was only 11 he saved Ginny Weasely from the chamber of secrets when he was 12 he made a patrounus so powerful he nearly took out Malfoy and his cronies when he was 13 he entered the goblet of fire even though he was only 14 and that was not considered old enough to compete he taught Dumbledore's army and was a great teacher despite being only 15 he fell in love with Ginny Weasely and made the slug club when he was 16 and when he was 17 in the final book he killed voldemort and ...more

He isn't my favorite character but he is the hero of the story and the literal title character.

Umm... the series can't be called Harry Potter without Harry Potter

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.

Snape. The most complicated character in the series. He played the most important role. Although Harry Potter was the one who defeated Voldemort and everything, it was Snape who lead to it. It was Snape’s decision to sacrifice his life which lead to Harry’s victory. Without the selflessness of Snape, Harry would have died a tragic death.

Now we all know that snape was the one who told harry the meaning of love faith and most of all faith he saved him in part one made him feel like a man in part 2 he helped harry in part 4 he saved his life in part 5 and he also told harry in part 6 that I'm sorry but I have to do this which he found out in deadly hallows part 2 that's how much he did according to me

How is snape number two! He should be in the top ten yes but not top 5 - Annabel154

I hate how he was the real hero all along, but he died not knowing if people will ever see him as one, if they'll still see him as the villain he faked at the end

3 Hermione Granger

She is not important character more like a bossy showoff and yelling at
people for no reason she should be number 12.

I think that Hermione should at LEAST be 2nd and that for her to be 5th is NOT tolerant. She helped Harry in EVERY story except she always stays behind to help the poorly. If only she could've come along to help Harry with his spells. If she had, she wouldn't've been as much use, I know that, but still.

No, there are more important characters like Voldemort and Snape. She's very useful and important though. - PopularStarfish

Hermione is amazing! I KNOW the books are Harry Potter, but without Hermione the end would have been the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's stone, because the books would have been Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley: Let's see how many times they fail! Hermoine taught us that life is about more than smarts, it's about friendship and Bravery. She's truly the most important character.

Hermione should be before Severus, Severus should switch places with Hermione, and Dumbledore comes after Hermione. Hermione's so important for being a ultimate role model and saving Harry and Ron countless times.

4 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.

Vote this up. Voldemort is the antagonist, Hermione is a sidekick. He deserves to be ahead of her. - al1070

Voldemort should be higher. Harry Potter would not be Harry Potter otherwise - Annabel154

Voldemort should be higher up I mean the entire plot of all the books basically revolves around him and Harry - astrobabe94

Voldemort is the important but not as much as harry potter

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

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore saved Harry multiple times and found the hallows and gave hints to Harry where they were and he did the same thing for the horcruxes. He had chosen his death so Voldemort wouldn't be the master of the elder wand Harry would be dead without him and Harry's at the top! That's confusing.

None of this could have happened without Dumbledore! He rules! Harry Potter is a little to full of himself and takes everything for granted. I think maybe at least Ron and Hermione should be a bit higher in the ranks though.

Dumbledore knows all... even old Voldy admits it. "You are as omniscient as ever." The whole series was literally his giant master plan (admittedly not all parts of it) to defeat Voldemort. A powerful man, with a couple of weaknesses. A strangely pleasing sense of humor as well.

Harry would be dead before book 2 if there was no dumbledore! His death makes him 3 times as important!

6 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.

Why in the world is Ron down here? He should be right up there with Harry and Hermione. So much wouldn't have happened if there was no Ron.

Without Ron, Hermione would have been killed by the troll and harry... he would have been dead a million times over if Ron hadn't had his back like the loyal, brave and loving friend he is.

You only need to read Goblet of Fire during the Second Task to find out that he's the most important person in the world to Harry. I think that is saying something

The series would've ended right there on the chess set without Ron! People don't appreciate him enough.

7 Sirius Black

After James and Lily's deaths, Sirius was the only remaining family for Harry before he got married. Plus he's my crush

Should be #1 not #7! It was so sad when he died in The Order Of The Phoenix!

Such an important character. He was the only family Harry had left and was like a father to him.

Amazing mustache

Oh come on let's be sirius guys, black's obviously the best!

8 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 books would be boring without his plots to get Harry expelled.

The character development is so GOOD. I love Draco Malfoy, definitely my favorite character. Not only does he prove that he has good in his heart, he also saves Harry's life. Twice, I guess. The reason he acted so cruel is because his father is cruel. To outside people. His father taught him to be intolerant. His mother, though, is kind. But he is number seven? MY FATHER WILL HEAR ABOUT THIS!

He is not number one! MY FATHER WILL HEAR ABOUT THIS! Without Draco, Harry would have had no real threat at school

Best character development
Goes from "stuck up rich pure blood" to "I actually have feelings and I do care about Potter in a way"

9 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. more.

First of all, Sirius would have died early if Hagrid hadn't had Buckbeak! Poor Norbert/Norbertta would have lived with Voldemort! Nobody would have gotten Harry Hedwig! Nobody would have accidentally told Harry and his friends about the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone and Voldemort would have got it!

HE SAVED HARRY FROM UTTER EMBARESSMENT Remember when Harry was going to buy that golden cauldron? Imagine if he walked into class with a golden cauldron while everyone else had normal ones. And Snape would have another thing to bully him about. Same with Malfoy.

Of course he's important! Hagrid was the first one to tell harry about wizardry. Without him, Hermione, Luna, Ron, Cho, Fleur, Ginny and other amazing characters would not have existed! Without Hagrid, the first book would've been called: Harry Potter and the Stupid Dursleys.

'Harry, yer a wizard.' Hagrid saves the day!

10 Neville Longbottom

Neville should be joint top with harry. Neville is the second chosen one I mean come on... 10th? It was Neville or harry... but jk Rowling decided Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone sounded better than neville longbottom and the philosopher's stone... let's be honest I understand why

He is the second most important character after Harry Potter! He's the one who killed Voldemort! (Because let's be honest after he killed Nagini Voldemort feels weak and dies, Harry didn't do anything apart from taking Voldemort's wand, and don't tell me that that's why he died) And it kills me because he did amazing things but he never got thé credits, it was only Harry "the chosen one" who did. But clearly, it's Neville the real hero.
You go champ!

Neville is important he started off as a Shy and Forgetful boy who had the lowest self esteem ever into a Hero He Killed Nagini Voldemort's snake he against the Carrows and led a rebellion at school he stood up to Voldemort and reassured everybody by saying that Harry will be in their hearts Harry was not really dead but that was still a heartwarming speech Neville is super important

Not to mention the fact that he stood up to Voldemort in the 7th movie and got everyone to their senses.

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11 Ginny Weasley

Ginny is important to the series if she wasn't then she would probably not be Harry's girlfriend she'd just be Ron's little sister Ginny had a crush on Harry ever since the 2nd book and she was only 11 she never actually gave up on him she just had to be herself around him she was a fierce quidditch player really popular she was really good at casting spells such as the bat bogey hex and the reductor hex she was important to the series if she and Harry never got together Harry would probably marry Cho chang

Ginny should be higher up. She's important. As much as I love all the others, Ginerva Molly Weasley is the best.

Look, non-Ginny lovers, she showed a lot of potential and brought out A LOT in Harry Hermione Ron and Luna so MY GINNY LOVING FRIENDS COME ON AND LETS GET OUR GIRL ON TOP OF THIS FLIPPING LIST

Exactly! It should go Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny

12 Dobby the House Elf

Dobby is the best, amazing and better than anyone else!
I hate Bellatrix Lestrange for killing Dobby.
I hate Harry Potter to! Dobby must be the new main character in the new movie, Dobby Is Free!
Vote Dobby and don't vote anyone else! - Go Dobby!

He is totally awesome

Dobby is a lad

Dobby warned Harry Potter not to go back. Dobby tried to seriously injure Bellatrix! He died a free elf, knowing that his friends were safe.
He can finally die happy.

13 Lily Potter

Uh Lily is really important without her, the series wouldn't exist because Harry would be dead, also Lily puts this protection on him AND WITHOUT IT VOLDEMORT WOULD HAVE KILLED HIM BY THE FIRST BOOK. Lily rules!

Lily potter and Voldemort are the most important characters in th series - Annabel154

Don't get me wrong I love Ginny Weasley but shouldn't she switch places with Lily? Ginny's a great character but she's less important. Wait no. Put her 2nd. After Harry. Or before Harry. Snape should be more down below, he barely contributed to the series. LILY EVANS POTTER IS THE REASON HARRYS ALIVE OKAY? Without Lily, Harry would be dead and oomf, Voldy would take over da world. Ok? You say you want that to happen? Now move Lily darling up! - WinterSky

What the hell if Lily hadn't died for Harry Voldemort would be alive and Harry dead

14 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.

Listen the nargles where what she believed infested mistletoe.
She appeared in the fifth book, she was most important when she was the most sane at the argument on getting to the department of mysteries and said to take the thestrals. If Harry hadn't been using his teenage anger on everyone he would've remembered to use the thestrals because he can also see them.
I think you're going by the movie Luna.
Because you seem to forget this quote "Mistletoe," said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed over Harry's head. He jumped out from under it. "Good thinking," said Luna very seriously. "It's often infested with Nargles." that's the only time she mentioned them.

Luna should be, like, number 2.

If she did come in there be no story...

She imaginative

15 Molly Weasley

She is a great one!


She showed Harry how you get on to nine3/4

She should be higher. if she wouldn't have killed bellatrax ginny would have died and so harry could not have kids and the cursed child would never of happened

16 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.

Honestly, Voldemort should be higher. Without him Harry Potter would not be our Harry Potter - Annabel154

This is already on the list - Ravenclaw12

Voldemort was actually the one starting IT he had the Death esters, he killed Lily and James and gives Harry hus scar making him the chosen one

Um,i don't think that the whole bloody series would have existed without voldermot

17 Minerva McGonagall

she cool

Very cool

18 Scorpius Malfoy
19 James Potter

If it hadn't been for them their would be no Harry Potter!

20 Remus Lupin

He was better than unbridgeable Lockhart Quirrell Carrow snape and moody all put together IN DADA

Remus was the greatest DADA professor shown in the books.He helped
Harry and his friends a few times.(lots of times actually)

21 Alastor Moody

Lol he's at twenty one lucky Wahts 9 + 10 = 21 21's a great number. because the answer to life is 42 and the half of 42 is 21

Why is he down here! you gotta be kidding

22 Sybill Trelawney

She made the prophecy so that's why old Voldemorts went to the potters

23 Peter Pettigrew
24 Dudley Dursley

He turned out good at the end... I guess he really does love Harry. - AnnaOfArendelle332

Shut up dudley is mixed


Fat, rude, stupid, lazy boy. Who likes him? HOW is he the best character?!? You people are idiots!

25 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.


Love you Bella e

26 Cedric Diggory

I hate Cedric he is annoying

How is he annoying?
Is it because he was played by Robert Pattinson.
He was only in two books because he was murdered in the fourth.
Are you going by the match in the third book, when Harry was attacked by dementors, Cedric wanted another game.
Fred and George only found him annoying because good looks, and Quidditch is important to them as well as their joke shop.
People make fun of Hufflepuffs and Cedric was one of the first Hufflepuffs that you can't make fun of
Anyway non-Hufflepuffs who try to get in Hufflepuff common room get sprayed with vinegar. (You have to tap the correct barrels in the rhythm of Helga Hufflepuff and the lid will swing open to a basement)

1. Without him he would make the Harry Potter movie "Goblet of fire" horrible huge part of it.
2. He died so come on give him respect
3. He was one of best or the best hufflepuffs that exist.

27 Salazar Slytherin

If Salazar Slytherin had not started all the pure-blood stuff, then the story wouldn't have even happened. People wouldn't have harmed and killed for blood purity. Voldemort wouldn't have gathered an army and killed lots of muggle borns. Harry Potter wouldn't have been the chosen one. Slytherin helped to create Hogwarts, so literally Hogwarts would not exist. THE WHOLE STORY HAPPENED BECAUSE OF SLYTHERIN. IT wouldn't HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT HIM.

28 James Sirius Potter
29 Charlie Weasley

I think they mean Charlie right well actually I know it is

W@it what?
How is he even important
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30 Narcissa Malfoy
31 Lily Luna Potter

Shes on here twice? Or is this like one of the daughters :I

32 Professor Horace Slughorn

Professor slug horn

33 Barty Crouch Jr.

Without him, the Goblet of Fire would have been a great flop.

34 Professor Quirrell


35 Griphook

Key please!

36 Albus Severus 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.
37 Regulus Black

Comment less idiot regulus

38 Kreacher
39 Merope Gaunt

She is the reason Voldemort was born how he was, unable to love as had been conceived on a love potion brewed by merope. Leading to him seeking immortality. Voldemort considered himself more important that other people so would kill anyone who threaten it. Without Voldemort harry would Still have his parents and the fact that he doesn’t is the whole plot of the story, yes you could say that Voldemort is the most important character but merope gaunt created Voldemort. Without her there would basically be no Harry Potter. - Annabel154

The whole story would not have happened if she hadn’t given Tom Riddle Sr. that love potion. Voldemort wouldn’t have been born, so the war wouldn’t have happened, so the prophecy wouldn’t have happened, so Harry and Neville wouldn’t have been singled out, so Alice and Frank wouldn’t have been tortured into insanity, so Neville would have had his parents, and Lily and James wouldn’t have died so harry wouldn’t have had to live with the Dursleys so the whole thing wouldn’t have happened! All because of a love potion.

40 Peeves

So funny! not so important though probably the best.

41 Kingsley Shacklebolt

He is so underrated some people don't even who he is

Love Kingsley!

Dumbledores got style

42 George Weasley

These brothers are amazing

43 Fred Weasley

He was super funny he was also good at
Quidicth he should be higher in the list the weasley s were like family to harry and he was like a brother to harry and he is al eats making jokes getting points taking away I love him

They bring fun into the story and open a joke shop. They distract Umbridge so Harry could talk to Sirius. Fred sacrifices himself. Obviously important.

An amazing character who is the reason there ever was a marauders map.

Why is he so low? Can anyone tell me that? I mean his death was one of the most sad and shocking deaths in the whole series. Plus they're Gred and Forge.

44 Moaning Myrtle

She proved that it was a basilisk that killed her.
She saw its eyes and then she died.
Oh and Tom Riddle was there but at the time she didn't know who the boy was.


45 Professor Binns
46 Garrick Ollivander
47 Ted Tonks

I added him because he connects the entire Weasley family to the Black Family. He marries Victoire Weasley who is Bill's daughter. - harrypotter1

48 Susan Bones

I think she only says like one or two lines in the whole series - severussnape

49 Buckbeak

Sirius would not have escaped without him

50 Hedwig

Hedwig is Harry's beloved owl. Spoiler Alert! When she died it was one of the most saddest
moments in the whole series.

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