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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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4,235 1,348
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Hermione Granger Emma Watson

2
4,282 1,434
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Severus Snape Alan Rickman

3
3,655 1,082
Sirius Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Sirius Black Gary Oldman

4
3,493 1,014
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe

5
3,282 1,059
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Albus Dumbledore Michael Gambon, Richard Harris

6
3,044 743
Rubeus Hagrid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane

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3,128 677
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Remus Lupin David Thewlis

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3,427 567
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Minerva McGonagall Maggie Smith

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3,324 722
Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Luna Lovegood Evanna Lynch

10
2,701 1,051
Ronald Weasley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Ronald Weasley Rupert Grint

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2,695 646
Neville Longbottom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Neville Longbottom Matthew David Lewis

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2,579 581
Fred Weasley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Fred Weasley James Phelps

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2,547 574
George Weasley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
George Weasley Oliver Phelps

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2,575 663
Dobby the House Elf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Dobby the House Elf Toby Jones

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1,910 1,286
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Bellatrix Lestrange Helena Bonham Carter

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1,973 692
Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Molly Weasley Julie Walters

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2,053 1,098
Draco Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Draco Malfoy Tom Felton

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1,574 1,318
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Lord Voldemort Ralph Fiennes

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1,527 893
Alastor Moody is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Alastor Moody Brendan Gleeson

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2,011 625
Nymphadora Tonks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Nymphadora Tonks Natalia Tena

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2,122 779
Ginny Weasley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Ginny Weasley Bonnie Wright

The Cast of Harry Potter: Where Are They Now?

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1,549 693
Arthur Weasley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Arthur Weasley Mark Williams

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1,368 765
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

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936 1,323
Lucius Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Lucius Malfoy Jason Isaacs

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1,295 812
Cedric Diggory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Cedric Diggory Robert Pattinson

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1,028 669
Professor Filius Flitwick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

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1,038 915
Nearly Headless Nick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Nearly Headless Nick John Cleese

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1,149 656
Oliver Wood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Oliver Wood Sean Biggerstaff

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1,087 752
Kingsley Shacklebolt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Kingsley Shacklebolt George Harris

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859 985
Professor Horace Slughorn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

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834 1,016
Sybill Trelawney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Sybill Trelawney Emma Thompson

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1,130 754
Fleur Delacour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Fleur Delacour Clémence Poésy

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993 771
Narcissa Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Narcissa Malfoy Helen McCrory

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1,047 791
James Potter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
James Potter Adrian Rawlins, Robbie Jarvis

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881 690
Seamus Finnigan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Seamus Finnigan Devon Murray

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885 602
William Weasley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
William Weasley Richard Fish, Domhnall Gleeson

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834 708
Lee Jordan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Lee Jordan Luke Youngblood

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980 618
Aberforth Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Aberforth Dumbledore Ciarán Hinds

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786 550
Charlie Weasley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Charlie Weasley Alex Crockford

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802 641
Dean Thomas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Dean Thomas Alfred Enoch

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794 756
Viktor Krum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Viktor Krum Stanislav Ianevski

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688 766
Peeves is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Peeves

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

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603 573
Angelina Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Angelina Johnson Danielle Tabor, Tiana Benjamin

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606 775
Xenophilius Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

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645 872
Cho Chang is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Cho Chang Katie Leung

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585 513
Andromeda Tonks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Andromeda Tonks

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543 866
Barty Crouch Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Barty Crouch Jr. David Tennant

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467 912
Argus Filch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Argus Filch David Bradley

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520 723
Arabella Figg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Arabella Figg Kathryn Hunter