Harry Potter has been the most loved book series for most of the kids from the late 1990s to the 2000s. His journey has been the ray of hope in the life of every kid that opened the first book or started seeing the movie. Although the saga came to an end two years ago, the fan following has only multiplied. Millions of fans have taken refuge in the world of Hogwarts and kept the fiction alive through various fan fictions and Head Canons. While Harry Potter and his close friends – the red head Ronald Weasley and muggle -born Hermione Granger were well known names to everyone throughout, there were various side characters that marked their presence and created huge fan following for themselves.
Neville Longbottom - The Other Chosen One
From a scared child who has come out of his grandmother’s shelter to the man who stood up and killed Nagini, Voldemort’s pet Snake, Neville Longbottom truly defines the transformation one can go through with just a willingness to fight for the good. He is the hero of the millions of under performers.
Sirius Black – The Mass Murderer
Harry Potter’s Godfather, Sirius Black, introduced in the third edition of the series - Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban is loved for his support to Harry and his passion for friendship. Wrongly convicted as the Mole who betrayed Harry’s parents to Voldemort, Black added the spice and twist in Harry’s life. He also filled the emptiness of a parent shortly before his gruesome murder at the hands of his cousin.
Cedric Diggory – Triwizard Champion
There can be only one word to define Cedric Diggory – Perfect. Yes, he earned titles of being the Quidditch Captain and Triwizard Champion. Pitted against Harry Potter to win the Triwizard Championship, he was supported by majority of the students. Definitely very famous for good looks and personality, his role came to an end when he was killed by Peter Pettigrew following the orders of Lord Voldemort.
Dobby – The Free House Elf
The audience felt an instant connection with this little house elf when introduced for first time in the Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. Call it sheer curiosity of such creatures or his unconditional love and care for Harry. Although his role in the movie was rather short, his longing for friendship and brave hearted death made audiences burst into tears. Dobby-The Free elf has been one of the most loved Harry Potter character. People love him as much as he loves socks.
Severus Snape – The Half-Blood Prince
Probably his character brought the real element of surprise in this series. In the role of a secret guardian angel of Harry, Severus Snape was known for his generosity. As a potions master in Hogwarts, he loathes Harry and humiliates him on every available occasion. However he is remembered as one of the bravest man, and is loved for his sheer loyalty. He did not mind taking the fall to save the protagonist and that too with no pompous.
Fred and George Weasley – The Weasley Twins
While Ron Weasley, Harry potter’s best friend has been appreciated and loved, Fred and George, brought the humour and fun. Equally loyal friends with a hint of mischief these twins have won millions of hearts in the wizarding world. Their charisma and sense of humour have definitely inspired many of us. Your heart goes to them when Fred Weasley dies in the final battle.
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore – Professor Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has been the most loved headmaster in many centuries, not only in the wizarding world but also in the heart of the fans. His support and love towards harry and his confidence in him was the main reason that shaped Harry Potter. His wit, flamboyance and chivalry in fighting the evil were the characteristics that strengthened his character.
Draco Malfoy – Pure Blood
Draco Malfoy, a pure blood displayed grey shades throughout the story. A proud member of Slytherine, the son of death eaters and staunch supporter of Voldermort. But all these do not hamper his popularity, at least among the female audience. One good deed that the Potter fans would like to reward him for would be for not killing Dumbledore.
Luna Lovegood – The Strange One
She truly represented being unique and totally proud of it. She would surely be a role model for all those girls who are different and do not believe in changing themselves to fit in the crowd. Luna Lovegood, is remembered for her strange likings and her courageous approach.
Ginevra ‘Ginny’ Weasely - Quintessential Girl
Strong, independent and beautiful, Ginny was the only girl born in the big Weasely family. The future wife and true love of Harry Potter, Ginny was not only a confident lady but also an important member of Dumbledore’s Army.
These were the beloved characters straight from the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Who is your favourite character?
Photos: Promotional stills, Facebook fan pages