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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
4,462 1,501
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Alan Rickman

2
4,413 1,417
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Emma Watson

3
3,828 1,121
Sirius Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Gary Oldman

4
3,422 1,104
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Michael Gambon, Richard Harris

5
3,624 1,069
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Daniel Radcliffe

6
3,176 773
Rubeus Hagrid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Robbie Coltrane

7
3,271 701
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
David Thewlis

8
3,583 584
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Maggie Smith

9
3,466 750
Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Evanna Lynch

10
2,805 1,096
Ronald Weasley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Rupert Grint

11
2,803 675
Neville Longbottom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Matthew David Lewis

12
2,694 608
Fred Weasley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
James Phelps

13
2,653 597
George Weasley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Oliver Phelps

14
2,680 693
Dobby the House Elf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Toby Jones

15
2,073 713
Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Julie Walters

16
2,000 1,345
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Helena Bonham Carter

17
2,152 1,141
Draco Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Tom Felton

18
1,644 1,387
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Ralph Fiennes

19
1,602 929
Alastor Moody is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Brendan Gleeson

20
2,099 658
Nymphadora Tonks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Natalia Tena

21
2,210 817
Ginny Weasley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Bonnie Wright

22
1,620 718
Arthur Weasley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Mark Williams

23
1,432 796
Lily Evans Potter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Geraldine Somerville, Ellie Darcey-Alden

24
974 1,385
Lucius Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Jason Isaacs

25
1,350 859
Cedric Diggory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Robert Pattinson

26
1,082 699
Professor Filius Flitwick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

27
1,087 943
Nearly Headless Nick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
John Cleese

28
1,147 773
Kingsley Shacklebolt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Kingsley Shacklebolt George Harris

29
1,196 678
Oliver Wood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Sean Biggerstaff

30
897 1,018
Professor Horace Slughorn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

31
870 1,061
Sybill Trelawney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Emma Thompson

32
1,179 786
Fleur Delacour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Clémence Poésy

33
1,032 808
Narcissa Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Helen McCrory

34
1,097 822
James Potter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Adrian Rawlins, Robbie Jarvis

35
914 721
Seamus Finnigan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Devon Murray

36
931 623
William Weasley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Richard Fish, Domhnall Gleeson

37
866 739
Lee Jordan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Luke Youngblood

38
1,017 641
Aberforth Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Ciarán Hinds

39
825 568
Charlie Weasley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Alex Crockford

40
836 667
Dean Thomas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Alfred Enoch

41
828 784
Viktor Krum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Stanislav Ianevski

42
714 805
Peeves is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Peeves

43
506 1,300
Gilderoy Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Kenneth Branagh

44
630 599
Angelina Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Danielle Tabor, Tiana Benjamin

45
638 796
Xenophilius Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

46
617 533
Andromeda Tonks is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Andromeda Tonks

47
672 907
Cho Chang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Katie Leung

48
490 944
Argus Filch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
David Bradley

49
542 746
Arabella Figg is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Kathryn Hunter

50
558 904
Barty Crouch Jr. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
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