*Warning – contains spoilers if you haven’t seen all the films/read all the books*
5. Harry Potter
Although there were times when I was reading the books I’d wish he’d stop moaning and just get on with it (which is unfair of me considering his circumstances), Harry had to make the list. He is the protagonist and hero of the story and his loyalty to his friends and bravery throughout the franchise is outstanding. It takes an extremely strong and courageous person to go willingly to what they truly believe is their own death.
Dobby is possibly the most loveable character in the series. Popping up a lot more in the books, he shows his loyalty and devotion to Harry; always being there to help him out when he needed him. The selfless hero saves Harry and his friends multiple times throughout the series, which ultimately ends in his death in the final installment – a heartwrenching scene. The brave house-elf brings so much joy to the dark storyline.
3. Luna Lovegood
As a fellow Ravenclaw, I can really appreciate Luna’s quirkiness. Talking about Crumple-Horned Snorkacks and reading the magazine ‘The Quibbler’ upside down are just some of Luna’s unusual qualities. She is one of the more entertaining characters in the series and doesn’t let anyone knock her eccentric beliefs. However odd she may be, Luna steps up when her friends need her and is one of the strong and brave female characters in the series – well deserving of a place in the top five.
2. Bellatrix Lestrange
My favourite villain. Bellatrix Lestrange is an extraordinarily powerful and dangerous witch. She was extremely proud of her status as being Lord Voldemort’s most loyal follower and took her position very seriously. Bellatrix is a truly evil character and the way Helena Bonham Carter portrays her twisted personality is simply genius. The sadistic Death Eater would stop at nothing to follow her obsession with blood purity – even murdering her own cousin, Sirius Black. A simply hateful witch, but so brilliantly brought to life by one of my favourite actresses.
1. Severus Snape
There are many popular lines from the franchise, but this is up there with the best. Severus Snape spends almost the whole franchise as someone Harry hates and distrusts when in reality he is one of the greatest heroes in the story. Snape is an extremely deep, but mysterious character and the late Alan Rickman was perfect in portraying him. He brought layers of emotion to the character and gave an amazing performance. The eventual revelation of his unrequited love for Harry’s mother, Lily and all he has done to keep her son and other Hogwart’s students safe from Voldemort is nothing short of heroic. He deserves the number one spot!
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