Smartest Harry Potter Characters

The Top Ten
1 Hermione Granger

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

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.

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 my favourite character because she is smart. If it wasn't for her, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley would be dead in the first book.
In book 1 she was the one who solved the Snape's obstacle. In the second book she found out what the monster in the chamber of secrets was and that helped Harry defeat the Basilisk and save Ginny Weasley. In the third book she used a timeturner just so she could attend extra classes, then she realised that their defense Against the Dark arts teacher Remus Lupin was a werewolf and then used the timeturner with Harry to save Sirius Black and Buckbeak the Hippogriff. In the fourth book she wants to free all the house elves in Hogwarts kitchen the goes to the Yule Ball with Dumstrang Triwzard Champion Viktor Krum and at the end she figures out that Rita Skeeter is a unregistered Animigi. In the fifth book she helps Harry run Dumbledore's Army once Umbidge don't allow them to do proper defense Against the Dark Arts then takes part in the ...more

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

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.

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.

To defeat a dark wizard that threatens the whole world and to be the only one feared by the most powerful wizard who walked on Earth makes him the best.

Hermione is smart but not as smart as Dumbledore, Snape, Voldemort, and Lupin. Hermione may have good grades but other people are just way smarter.

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.

Sev's IQ is rumored to be between 139 and 150. Besides he's the best character in the whole series and he's a fellow INTJ.
Sev is smarter than hermione, bc Sev is more than just book smart. He's life smart, street smart, book smart, and he created his own spells.

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.

Snape should have been FIRST! How is Hermione smarter than him?! She had so much to learn from Professor Snape!

Snape should be higher on the list. He created his own spells!

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 ...read more.

She is so sweet everything she does is likable she is a lot better than other witches her ability to see through polyjuice she is so smart.

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.

Much smarter than Hermione, Hermione is book smart. Luna is wise and very overlooked and thought as lacking intelligence and intellectual.

She is sooooo much smarter than hermione. I hated hermione in book five because she was not letting her believe what she wants. I believve in nargles

5 Lily Evans

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.

smartest of her class!

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.

He may not a Ravenclaw but he is smart. He is one of my favorite characters.

7 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.

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.

He is cruel and manipulative, but is right a lot of the time.

He is not smart and he never will be

8 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.

Harry potter is not an idiot Ok? He is fantastic. not an intelligent but u know only smartness doesn't matter what a person truly is? We got to see many things besides cleverness and please don't underestimate harry...if u don't like harry then be quiet no need to blame him,for me he is a good,loyal,brave and kind hearted person who always tries to save people at first place, though he isn't smart, he isn't even stupid to learn...he is just an average guy

He is not the brightest person but he has skill and he is brave

9 Minerva McGonagall

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

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.

As smart as Dumbledore, only younger.

Why is she so low?

10 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.

Grindelwald had as much magical knowledge as Dumbledore. That about says it all.

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?

He was smart enough to be an Animagi and escape Azkaban.

12 Professor Horace Slughorn

One of THE SMARTEST TEACHERS AT HOGWARTS.

13 Ginny Weasley

Ginny is smarter than Ron. Hands down.

Smart as she is pretty

Are you sure she is 13th, she is as good as 1rst!

Ginny is smarter than ron in many ways! ggrrr

14 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.

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

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.

Hermione should get some of the credit for Ron's rare smarts. She taught him wingardium leviosa and some other things. Normally, he's just an idiot.

15 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.

Draco should have been higher

16 Scorpius Malfoy

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

He is the new Hermione.

I don’t really know him, but I can tell he’s smart by the way everyone voted for him

WHY IS HE ALL THE WAY DOWN HERE? I AM SHOCKED!

Scorpius is REALLY REALLY SMART! Smart as Hermione is. Or maybe he is smarter than her. HE SHOULD'VE BEEN 1st,2nd or 3rd.

VOTE FOR SCORPIUS PLEASE. I love you, Scorpius ;Don't worry you are smart. XOXO

17 Rowena Ravenclaw

The creator of Ravenclaw deserves a better position in the smartest characters in Harry Potter

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

#1 #1 #1 #1 #1 #1 She deserves #1! She created Ravenclaw! The Smart people! #1 #1 # #1 #1!

I am in Revenclaw best house!

18 Alastor Moody

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

19 James Potter
20 Neville Longbottom

Hey ho the pigeons go!

21 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.

22 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...

Love that he saved Kreacher

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.

24 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.

25 Arthur Weasley
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