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The Luckiest Characters In The ‘Harry Potter’ Film Franchise

Updated February 9, 2021 13.8k votes 2.0k voters 218.9k views17 items

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Harry Potter may be one of the most beloved series of young adult novels ever written. J.K. Rowling was the first author to earn over $1 billion from book sales, and fans continue to clamor for more of her wonderful wizarding world. This is extra astounding considering Harry Potter was Rowling’s first published work - how many authors can say their first books were a wild success?

When fans are immersed in Harry’s world, Rowling’s reasons for popularity become self-evident. From scraps of ideas drafted on the backs of napkins, Rowling crafted a world full of identifiable, memorable, cherishable characters, set in a world close enough to our own to be familiar, yet exotic enough to make readers long to step inside its magical walls. To top it off, the movies adapted from the books are beautifully cast and crafted - ones that can be watched over and over again. 

Many of the characters in Harry Potter undergo hardships that bring readers to tears, but they also experience incredibly fortuitous circumstances that allow readers a sigh of (comic) relief. From Quidditch players to Dark Arts practitioners to magical creatures, here are some of the luckiest Harry Potter characters.

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    Who He Is: A Hippogriff who goes from regal Care of Magical Creatures subject to conflict-hardened survivor. 

    Why Is He So Lucky? Buckbeak may be the luckiest character in the Harry Potter series because he is the only one saved by time-manipulating wizards. Out of all the characters that could have been saved by the Time-Turner (like Harry’s parents, for starters), he is the only one. Not only does he avoid an execution sentence, he also escapes Hogwarts afterwards without being captured - and ironically - later returns to Hogwarts to live with Hagrid under the pseudonym “Witherwings.”  

    Luckiest Moment: When he avoids execution from the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures, thanks to Dumbledore allowing Hermione to use the Time-Turner.

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  • Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros.

    Who He Is: The youngest of the Weasley brothers, Harry's best friend, and devoted Chudley Cannons fan. 

    Why Is He So Lucky? Five older brothers in a humble family has its downsides, but Ron is lucky to come from a loving and healthy family. He gets to be best friends with Harry and go on adventures with him, without having the burden of being the Chosen One. He qualifies to join the Quidditch team, and to everyone’s surprise - including his own - Ron is made a prefect in his fifth year. He survives the Battle of Hogwarts, as well as helps Harry and Hermione destroy Voldemort’s Horcruxes. As an adult, he winds up marrying and having a family with the talented and brilliant Hermione.  

    Luckiest Moment: When their dad stops the twins from tricking their baby brother Ron into participating in an unbreakable curse.

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  • Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros.

    Who She Is: The youngest of the Weasley siblings, member of Dumbledore’s Army, talented Quidditch player, and, later on, Harry’s wife.  

    Why Is She So Lucky? The baby sister of the Weasley family, Ginny is one of the luckiest Harry Potter characters because she survives her encounter with Voldemort and the Chamber of Secrets during her first year at Hogwarts. In her fourth year, she qualifies to join the Hogwarts Quidditch team like her brothers Ron and Charlie. And she gets to marry the guy she had a crush on for years, Harry, and have three kids with him - whose names make fans everywhere swoon. 

    Luckiest Moment: When Harry saves her life in the Chamber of Secrets.

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    Who She Is: The mother of Draco Malfoy, wife of Lucius, and only sister of Bellatrix Lestrange. 

    Why Is She So Lucky? Narcissa is vain, cruel, a supporter of the Dark Arts, and an enabler of her husband’s vicious behavior. This makes all she gets away with in the Harry Potter movies that much more lucky. She convinces Severus Snape to conduct an Unbreakable Vow protecting her son, a feat her sister Bellatrix didn’t think he’d ever do. She also gets away with telling a convincing lie to Voldemort, who's a master of Occlumency and could almost always tell when someone was lying to him. As a result, she is able to save her son’s life (and Harry’s) as a result. Her entire immediate family survives the Battle of Hogwarts and are forgiven for their former wrongdoings after Voldemort is defeated. 

    Luckiest Moment: When she tells Lord Voldemort that Harry has perished, and he believes her.

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