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List Rules Only characters from the Harry Potter books and films.

The top Harry Potter characters come from a rich universe crafted on the page and adapted to the screen, giving us some of the best movie adaptations from books of all time. Since the Harry Potter universe is one where there are 75 (75!) main characters in the Harry Potter movies and books, there's little surprise that they are some of the most beloved (and hated) characters of all time.

That said, the question in front of us is "who are the best Harry Potter characters?" and it is a tough one to answer. Do you go for the obvious and choose Harry the hero, or pay respect to Voldemort, one of the best movie villains of all time? Do you go for brains with Hermione or charm with George & Fred? These are the questions we're confronted with when attempting to name the greatest Harry Potter characters ever.

Since both the Harry Potter books and movies can be taken into account, it's up to you to decide if you want to vote for the popular Harry Potter characters as you imagined them or as they were portrayed on screen. Since the books are among the best selling series of all time, there's a good chance you've read them and can compare notes with the movies. Your choice is yours, though; nobody's breaking out the Imperius curse so cast your vote for your favorite characters and make vote down the ones you don't like. And if there's a supporting Harry Potter character you feel belongs on the list, make sure to add them to this list of the top Harry Potter characters.
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1
4,055 1,256
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Hermione Granger Emma Watson

2
4,109 1,350
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Severus Snape Alan Rickman

3
3,496 1,011
Sirius Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Sirius Black Gary Oldman

4
3,327 959
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe

5
3,137 1,010
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Albus Dumbledore Michael Gambon, Richard Harris

6
2,904 698
Rubeus Hagrid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane

7
2,981 641
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Remus Lupin David Thewlis

8
3,270 542
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Minerva McGonagall Maggie Smith

9
3,178 686
Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Luna Lovegood Evanna Lynch

10
2,581 1,006
Ronald Weasley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Ronald Weasley Rupert Grint

11
2,569 617
Neville Longbottom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Neville Longbottom Matthew David Lewis

12
2,465 551
Fred Weasley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Fred Weasley James Phelps

13
2,430 545
George Weasley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
George Weasley Oliver Phelps

14
2,461 634
Dobby the House Elf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Dobby the House Elf Toby Jones

All Harry Potter Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

15
1,829 1,217
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Bellatrix Lestrange Helena Bonham Carter

16
1,873 657
Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Molly Weasley Julie Walters

17
1,950 1,056
Draco Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Draco Malfoy Tom Felton

18
1,477 1,270
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Lord Voldemort Ralph Fiennes

19
1,441 856
Alastor Moody is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Alastor Moody Brendan Gleeson

20
1,925 595
Nymphadora Tonks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Nymphadora Tonks Natalia Tena

21
2,019 744
Ginny Weasley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Ginny Weasley Bonnie Wright

The Best Michael B. Jordan Movies

22
1,486 662
Arthur Weasley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Arthur Weasley Mark Williams

23
1,302 728
Lily Evans Potter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Lily Evans Potter Geraldine Somerville, Ellie Darcey-Alden

24
893 1,259
Lucius Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Lucius Malfoy Jason Isaacs

25
1,230 770
Cedric Diggory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Cedric Diggory Robert Pattinson

26
1,029 724
Kingsley Shacklebolt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Kingsley Shacklebolt George Harris

27
995 878
Nearly Headless Nick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Nearly Headless Nick John Cleese

28
974 635
Professor Filius Flitwick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

All Harry Potter Books, Ranked Best to Worst

29
822 947
Professor Horace Slughorn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

30
1,094 631
Oliver Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Oliver Wood Sean Biggerstaff

31
804 968
Sybill Trelawney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Sybill Trelawney Emma Thompson

32
1,080 719
Fleur Delacour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Fleur Delacour Clémence Poésy

33
946 744
Narcissa Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Narcissa Malfoy Helen McCrory

34
993 754
James Potter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
James Potter Adrian Rawlins, Robbie Jarvis

35
850 653
Seamus Finnigan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Seamus Finnigan Devon Murray

15 Amazing Roles Almost Played by Nicolas Cage

36
842 576
William Weasley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
William Weasley Richard Fish, Domhnall Gleeson

37
800 678
Lee Jordan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Lee Jordan Luke Youngblood

38
942 589
Aberforth Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Aberforth Dumbledore Ciarán Hinds

39
978 82
Hedwig is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
i.ha2602 added Hedwig

40
752 522
Charlie Weasley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Charlie Weasley Alex Crockford

41
767 616
Dean Thomas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Dean Thomas Alfred Enoch

42
757 722
Viktor Krum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Viktor Krum Stanislav Ianevski

The Best Insults from Harry Potter

43
653 727
Peeves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Peeves

44
477 1,185
Gilderoy Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Gilderoy Lockhart Kenneth Branagh

45
576 544
Angelina Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Angelina Johnson Danielle Tabor, Tiana Benjamin

46
583 735
Xenophilius Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

47
550 489
Andromeda Tonks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Andromeda Tonks

48
527 823
Barty Crouch Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Barty Crouch Jr. David Tennant

49
498 692
Arabella Figg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Arabella Figg Kathryn Hunter

50
613 832
Cho Chang is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Cho Chang Katie Leung