Smartest Harry Potter Characters

The Top Ten

Hermione Granger

Incredibly overrated! Dumbledore is ten times smarter than she is. People keep saying Harry and Ron would be dead without her. Well guess what? The same could be said of Harry and even Ron. Harry did so much more than she did and she almost lose her wits when she's stressed while Harry is usually the one who keeps his cool and take control. Ministry infiltration anyone? She is smart but definitely gets way more praise than she deserves.

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.

No need to say, she is brilliant. Her knowledge helped Harry Potter a lot.

Shes not overrated Dumbledore is much older not even in same generation

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

Above Hermione please! Hermione is just a book-smart, overrated Mary Sue.

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.

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.

I think Dumbledore should be first. Hermione may be smart, but she is dumb compared to Dumbledore. After all, it was he who discovered Voldemort's secret, and he who discovered the locket, things Hermione never did.

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.

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!

He was the best and most interesting character of the series.

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

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.

Luna was different but she wasn't afraid of being one even if that meant the whole school making fun of her.

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

Who got them to the Ministry? Who helped find the diadem? Luna. Oh and WHO IS THE MOST MENTIONED RAVENCLAW IN THE SERIES? Luna Lovegood.

She deserves more credit. She gets credit but not as much as she deserves. Hermione gets credit which Luna deserves more.

Remus Lupin

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

He is, like the smartest character.

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.

Lily Evans

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

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.

smartest of her class!

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.

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

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

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

smart enough to be in the top 10. That's all I'll say.

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

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)

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

Harry is sort of an idiot

Gellert Grindelwald

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.

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

Minerva McGonagall

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

As smart as Dumbledore, only younger.

Why is she so low?

Another dumbledore

The Contenders

Sirius Black

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

Sirius is really smart, escaping Azkaban and then being able to hide from the Dementors while also looking for Harry takes lot's of intelligence, it isn't as easy as it sounds

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.

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

Professor Horace Slughorn


Ginny Weasley

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


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.

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

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.

can be not smart, but I'll take it

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.

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

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 should have been higher

my angel

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


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

Alastor Moody

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

He is Amazing

Rowena Ravenclaw

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

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

She founded RAVENCLAW house. The SMART ones.

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

James Potter
Neville Longbottom

Hey ho the pigeons go!

Filius Flitwick

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

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

The Charms professor knew how to teach a class properly.

Regulus Black

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

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

Arthur Weasley
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.


Bellatrix Lestrange

Obviously one of the smartest characters, she could take on three brilliant students at once. Her pride killed her.

She’s easily top 10 maybe top 5
Rob Ginny neveille cleverer than her
Gimme a break

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