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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
3,802 1,149
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Hermione Granger Emma Watson

2
3,834 1,263
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Severus Snape Alan Rickman

3
3,251 945
Sirius Black is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Sirius Black Gary Oldman

4
2,908 935
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Albus Dumbledore Michael Gambon, Richard Harris

5
2,697 654
Rubeus Hagrid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane

6
3,066 908
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe

7
2,782 590
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Remus Lupin David Thewlis

8
3,026 509
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Minerva McGonagall Maggie Smith

9
2,978 634
Luna Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Luna Lovegood Evanna Lynch

10
2,424 921
Ronald Weasley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Ronald Weasley Rupert Grint

11
2,398 564
Neville Longbottom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Neville Longbottom Matthew David Lewis

12
2,307 511
Fred Weasley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Fred Weasley James Phelps

13
2,274 504
George Weasley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
George Weasley Oliver Phelps

14
2,280 598
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
1,693 1,135
Bellatrix Lestrange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Bellatrix Lestrange Helena Bonham Carter

16
1,733 616
Molly Weasley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Molly Weasley Julie Walters

17
1,818 993
Draco Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Draco Malfoy Tom Felton

18
1,370 1,174
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Lord Voldemort Ralph Fiennes

19
1,344 797
Alastor Moody is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Alastor Moody Brendan Gleeson

20
1,882 691
Ginny Weasley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Ginny Weasley Bonnie Wright

21
1,779 558
Nymphadora Tonks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Nymphadora Tonks Natalia Tena

The Best Netflix Original Drama Movies

22
1,386 617
Arthur Weasley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Arthur Weasley Mark Williams

23
1,208 676
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
846 1,162
Lucius Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Lucius Malfoy Jason Isaacs

25
1,147 706
Cedric Diggory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Cedric Diggory Robert Pattinson

26
905 585
Professor Filius Flitwick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

27
775 883
Professor Horace Slughorn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

28
949 676
Kingsley Shacklebolt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Kingsley Shacklebolt George Harris

All Harry Potter Books, Ranked Best to Worst

29
929 833
Nearly Headless Nick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Nearly Headless Nick John Cleese

30
1,025 584
Oliver Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Oliver Wood Sean Biggerstaff

31
749 909
Sybill Trelawney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Sybill Trelawney Emma Thompson

32
1,006 673
Fleur Delacour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Fleur Delacour Clémence Poésy

33
879 693
Narcissa Malfoy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Narcissa Malfoy Helen McCrory

34
918 708
James Potter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
James Potter Adrian Rawlins, Robbie Jarvis

35
794 605
Seamus Finnigan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Seamus Finnigan Devon Murray

60+ of Your Greatest Childhood Fears

36
787 533
William Weasley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
William Weasley Richard Fish, Domhnall Gleeson

37
743 640
Lee Jordan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Lee Jordan Luke Youngblood

38
880 551
Aberforth Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Aberforth Dumbledore Ciarán Hinds

39
836 75
Hedwig is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
i.ha2602 added Hedwig

40
704 481
Charlie Weasley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Charlie Weasley Alex Crockford

41
720 573
Dean Thomas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Dean Thomas Alfred Enoch

42
610 673
Peeves is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Peeves

Harry Potter Plot Holes You Don't Need A Pensieve To See

43
711 676
Viktor Krum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Viktor Krum Stanislav Ianevski

44
454 1,100
Gilderoy Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Gilderoy Lockhart Kenneth Branagh

45
526 509
Angelina Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Angelina Johnson Danielle Tabor, Tiana Benjamin

46
540 675
Xenophilius Lovegood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked

47
501 453
Andromeda Tonks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Andromeda Tonks

48
498 761
Barty Crouch Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Barty Crouch Jr. David Tennant

49
576 769
Cho Chang is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Cho Chang Katie Leung

50
420 815
Argus Filch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Harry Potter Characters, Ranked
Argus Filch David Bradley