Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 arrived at redbox on DVD and Blu-ray a few weeks ago, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware that Part 2 will hit theaters on July 15. New TV spots for the film are materializing at a rapid pace, and this week saw the release of character posters for the leading trio.
Now, there’s no denying that Harry, Ron, and Hermione are the stars of the series, but they were never the most intriguing characters to me. I know some of you are crying “Blasphemy!” right now, but just hear me out.
In my opinion, the characters who kept me guessing were the ones most responsible for my enjoyment of both the novels and the film adaptations. There was never any question that Harry, Ron, and Hermione were “good.” They had their squabbles and their moments of rebellion, but at no point did I suspect that one of them would turn on the others or do anything unexpected. Their personalities didn’t have any element of mystery, unlike the five characters below. So with that, here are…
The 5 Best Harry Potter Characters (Who Aren’t Harry, Ron, or Hermione)
5. Draco Malfoy - From the moment we’re introduced to Draco until the last pages of the final book, it’s never entirely clear where his head’s at. He’s the poster boy for trying to live down the sins of his parents, and has always oscillated between following their same (dark) path as is expected, or rising to the challenge of creating his own, more positive legacy. He’s a cocky, spoiled brat, to be sure, but there was always something endearingly pitiful about him at the same time.
4. Remus Lupin – One of the most tragic characters in the series, he’s a werewolf with a quiet disposition and a heart of gold (when he’s human). He tries his best to fill in as a father figure for Harry — having been best of friends with Harry’s parents back in the day — but can never quite escape the internal warning that because of his “furry little problem,” he’ll always be a danger to those around him. Which left readers and moviegoers wondering the same thing.
3. Rubeus Hagrid – Hagrid makes my list because throughout the entire series, he was the one I kept fearing would meet an untimely death. He was just too goodhearted, and so I assumed there was no way he’d go unpunished by the Death Eaters for his unwavering loyalty to Dumbledore and Harry. I also always loved the whole “gentle giant” paradox — here’s a man who looked like a beast, but literally couldn’t stop himself from caring for all creatures, great and small. There’s a scene involving Hagrid in the final Harry Potter book that, if executed the same way on the big screen, will probably leave me a sobbing mess.
2. Albus Dumbledore – I admittedly love ALL wizards of the Dumbledore variety — wise, old, gray-bearded, complete with pointy hats and flowing robes. But Dumbledore (like another favorite wizard of mine, Gandalf) isn’t content to just shout out spells, whip up potions, and age gracefully. He was always a step ahead of everyone else, pulling together a complex plan years in advance of Harry’s inevitable showdown with Voldemort — a plan that would (hopefully) ensure the ultimate triumph of Good over Evil. He took chances on who to trust, and wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty — or, in the end — sacrifice himself for the cause.
1. Severus Snape - In my mind, there’s no question that Snape is the best character of the Harry Potter franchise — and that would be my opinion even if we threw Harry, Ron, and Hermione back in the mix. The irony of Snape is that as much as he hated “mudbloods,” he probably acted the most human of all characters in the series. He wasn’t purely good, he wasn’t purely evil. He had complex motivations for his behavior, which will finally be revealed in Deathly Hallows Part 2, so I won’t spoil them here. But suffice it to say that I don’t think any Harry Potter fan would have enjoyed the world J.K. Rowling created a fraction as much if Snape hadn’t been there — constantly taunting Harry, testing Dumbledore, and keeping the rest of us on edge about what dark secrets he might have up his long black sleeves.
Who agrees with my list? Who would you switch out for another Harry Potter character? Sound off in the comments!
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