Ron Weasley, Severus Snape, Neville Longbottom, Dolores Umbridge, are some of the favourite Harry Potter characters.
The nub of the story is on Harry's struggle against a dark wizard known as Lord Voldemort. It was the intention of the dark wizard to become immortal and to overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic. In addition to that, he wanted to subjugate all wizards and muggles, a reference term that means non-magical people.
1. Neville Longbottom
A perfect example of dimwit-turned-hero is the person of Neville Longbottom. As a matter of fact, those close to Neville quietly wondered if he might nearly be a Squib, someone born into a wizarding family without magic powers. He's lovable, sure, but his early misadventures don't explicitly foreshadow the valiant defender of Hogwarts that he would ultimately become.
"There isn't another character with such a beautiful portrayal through the entire series. Most of them ( Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dobby, Draco, Dumbledore, Voldemort ) were characters whose personalities were strong and well- known from the beginning, or others like Snape, Narcissa Malfoy whose personalities were a twist in the tale, only at the end.
But Neville , initially known to be the clumsy, shy, introvert who had suffered a tragic past and being constantly reminded of how didn't live up to the heroism and bravery of his parents, slowly began to show us that he had more than his tragic past in common with Harry, with his bravery and courage. He destroyed the seventh Horcrux Nagini, and also led the D.A during the absence of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, in opposition to the death eaters at Hogwarts."
- Krithika Sairam, Potterhead to the death
2. Severus Snape
The impact of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series cannot in any way be over emphasize. If you're Harry, Snape is a nightmare of a teacher – picking on the boy from the moment he stepped into Potions class and showing clear favoritism toward Draco Malfoy and other Slytherin students. Yet, when Harry and his friends thought Snape was the one trying to steal the Sorcerer's Stone, it turned out he was trying to protect it, and every now and again, Snape actually seemed like he was trying to help these kids.
"If you are talking best character as in which person has the most interesting or complex character I would agree with Snape. I think he is one of the most fascinating characters in the novels. The series starts off with him appearing rather one dimensional, holding a grudge against and basically abusing Harry for everything his father did during their school years. Over the years you learn more about his backstory and start to realize the deep hurt and humiliation he experienced through his interactions with James and start to feel more compassion for him. In the final book, you learn about his unending love for Lily Potter and the guilt he feels regarding his poor choices in isolating her from him and in passing along the prophecy to Voldemort. While he was initially at Hogwarts and for years after he was one of those hateful people that grew up with neglect and took on the prejudice of family and friends regarding muggles and muggle-borns. He finally saw the error of his ways but too late to recover the friendship of Lily or save her life. Part of his animosity towards Harry is a manifestation of the animosity he feels towards himself which he is reminded of through Harry's similarities in character and appearance to Lily. He also feels the need to cover any caring he has developed through watching and interacting with him throughout the years at Hogwarts in order to avoid suspicions from Voldemort."
- Jennifer Ostrowski, enthusiastic reader
3. Ron Weasley
Unlike most sidekicks, Ron isn't a coward or a simpleton, nor is he content to live in Harry's shadow. Of the three friends that make up the main cast of characters, Ron is the comic relief, not an uncommon trait for sidekicks of his ilk, a characteristic that makes him instantly endearing. And while he lacks Harry's natural magical talent or Hermione's smarts, Ron overcomes his shortcomings with faithfulness and perseverance.
"l pick Ronald 'Ron' Weasley. Sixth son of Arthur and Molly Weasley. Best friends with Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.
There are several occasions where I was rooting for Ron. The first instance where I liked the character was when he sacrificed himself in the chess board to win the game which allowed Harry to go to Quirrell and the sorcerer's stone (Yes. I was a kid then. Person who wins a chess game with giant pieces was a hero!). He goes into the Forbidden Forest to meet Aragog and the tarantulas in spite of his phobia for spiders like a true Griffindor. Ron is always the less appreciated of the trio as Harry and Hermione share most of the credit. The following statements by Hermione when Harry's name comes up in the goblet of fire as a champion for the Triwizard tournament and Ron is not particularly happy about it captures a lot about Ron's character."
- Sameer Kolhapur, Sleeper
4. Harry James Potter
Harry Potter who is a sympathetic figure, was also a kid plucked from unfortunate circumstances and thrust into a magical reality. He realizes he has been gifted with great power. And then he's pitted against the ultimate evil in the wizarding world, Lord Voldemort, who years ago killed his mother and father.
"When I saw this question, my mind went to Harry Potter. But then I thought it was too obvious, it should be someone else. I went from Hermione to Snape to Dumbledore to Ron to Fred and George to Sirius to Dobby. All great characters. All willing to sacrifice their lives for the ones they love.
However, in the entire series, there is only one person who has risked his life to save people who hate him, who have tormented him for his entire life, will probably continue to do so forever. That is *** drum roll *** Harry James Potter. It is not surprising because James Potter once saved Severus's life and Harry inherited his admirable quality.
Unlike Ron and Hermione who have had the privilege of a normal childhood, Harry's childhood has been horrible, worse than Tom Riddle's. It wouldn't have been surprising to see him grow into a cynical and sadistic person. Yet, he chose to be different."
- Ganesh Parameswaran, Potterhead
5. Dolores Umbridge
No doubt, Dolores Umbridge is one character whose personality emits hatred. It is, for this reason, she cannot be ignored with ease. Voldemort is a terrific villain to be sure but it could be argued that he never got under our skin like Umbridge did. Perhaps it's because Voldemort came in and out of Harry's life, and also he wasn't walking around the hallways of Hogwarts, maybe. But Umbridge? For one miserable year, she was a constant, miserable presence in Harry's life.
"Best is a loaded word. But few characters are more well-written than Dolores Umbridge. She is paranoid, willing to walk over bodies to get what she wants, she’s racist and speciesist, she is quite willing to torture minors, and she cannot tolerate criticism. All this wrapped up as a pink cat lady. Hem, hem. Those two words alone make my skin crawl.
She enjoys punishment. She loves power. She’s so convinced that she’s right that she tries to silence an opponent of the ministry (Harry, who’s spreading what is, according to her, a lie about Voldemort being back) by ordering a dementor attack (something that is, at best, an attempt to have Harry expelled and disarmed, and at worst an attempt on his life well, technically soul).
Helped by less than honest students, and her own blatant twisting of reality, she manages to make Hagrid stand out as an oafish, incompetent teacher who not only enjoys dangerous creatures (which he does), but also enjoys exposing his students to this danger on purpose (which he doesn't; he just is a "bit" careless when it comes to assessing risk)."
- David Weinehall, Love the series, read the books and watched the films numerous times.
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I rate 'Harry Potter' by J K Rowling 7/10.