Today’s Top Ten Topic is technically “Top Ten Favorite Characters in ______ Genre” but I decided I didn’t want to do a single genre, and instead would like to do Harry Potter. Last year, at this time, I was in Harry Potter World down in Orlando, Florida. And I’m feeling quite homesick. I need some HP in my life right now…
These are in order. With my number 1 being my MOST FAVORITE.
I was so worried that Hagrid might die in the last book, and was so relieved that he didn’t. Hagrid loved Harry so much. It was a genuine, total, complete kind of love. Between his dialect and his distinctive appearance and quirks, Hagrid was such a memorable character from the series.
9. Mrs. Weasley
We all loved Mrs. Weasley’s shining moment against Bellatrix in the last book. I both laughed and cheered. But Mrs. Weasley was also that perfect mom. Stern but loving. Held the family together. I have a super wonderful mom, but if I had to have a wizard mother… I’d want Molly Weasley.
8. Fred and George
This series wouldn’t have been as fun without the Weasley twins. From their epic departure from Hogwarts in Order of the Phoenix to their “Holey” jokes, they provided comedic relief when we needed it most. They showcased Rowling’s brilliant sense of humor, and I adore them.
7. Minerva McGonagall
Do I have a soft spot for McGonagall because she’s played by Maggie Smith in the movies? Very likely. But when she commands the knights and gargoyles to defend Hogwarts in the last book, I couldn’t help but cheer. McGonagall was such an image of strength and loyalty throughout the series.
6. Severus Snape
The complex character. The double agent. I predicted early on that Snape was a good guy and connected to Harry’s mother. Rowling did a lovely job of leaving us hints about Snape throughout the series, and his backstory was so beautifully revealed.
5. Albus Dumbledore
I loved everything about Dumbledore. He is everything you want in a classic wizard: long beard, swirling robes, wise words, powerful magic. But it was the twinkle in his eye, his love of lemon drops, and his wish for new socks that bumped him to near the top of my list. I loved that he was a great and powerful wizard, but also so very human, too.
I cried harder for Dobby than I did any other character in the series. And he’s a house elf?!?! Am I crazy? No, I don’t think I am. I loved Dobby for three reasons. He had ambition. He refused to aid evil. He was loyal. And as I’ve said before on my blog, sacrifice is one of those things that really gets to me. Giving your life for another person is something that is sure to make me bawl.
3. Hermione Granger
I love Hermione, probably because I completely understand her. I’ve had people get annoyed with me because I’ve come off as a know-it-all. I love books and would be more than happy to spend all my time in the library. And my solution to most problems would be to do research. Bonus points for Hermione for also being brave, strong, loyal, and loving.
2. Luna Lovegood
I have Luna’s wand! It’s shaped like a tulip!
Luna made me laugh and I loved her quirky personality. Luna is another character who is exceptionally loyal. She is a great example of someone who is brave by going against the crowd and believing in something even if it’s not popular. I admire that.
1. Sirius Black
What wouldn’t I give for a seven book series about the Marauders, preferably from Sirius’ point-of-view? J.K. Rowling, that would make me the happiest girl in the world. I wrote some Sirius Black fanfiction back in the day because I was so fascinated by Sirius’ rebellious backstory. Being put in Gryffindor when his entire family was Slytherin. Him running away from home. His flying motorbike. Everything about Sirius fascinates me, and I loved visiting Grimmauld Place or his visits with Harry. Was not a huge fan of Gary Oldman though… pictured Sirius as more devilishly handsome. But I do think Gary Oldman had the godfather role down. And Sirius was a great godfather.
And as a side note… Did you hear about the 15th Anniversary covers? I heard Kazu Kibuishi speak at the 2011 National Book Festival (writer and illustrator of the Amulet graphic novels) and I think his covers are GORGEOUS. I love the detail, and I think he picked such a iconic, memorable moment to feature on the cover of Sorcerer’s Stone.
|Kazu at the 2011 National Book Festival|
|The 15th Anniversary Cover|
I know I left out some lovely characters from Harry Potter… (Neville, Ginny, Lupin, Tonks, Mad-Eye, Arthur Weasley, Kreacher, Dudley) It was so hard! Who would have been your top picks? What do you think of the 15th Anniversary cover for Sorcerer’s Stone?