I got involved in the Harry Potter fandom late in the game, when pretty much all the books and some of the movies were out. However, when I finally did start reading it I fell in love with the characters and the world J.K.Rowling created. So here is the first of my Harry Potter month prompts; my favourite characters 🙂
I was quite literally Hermione when I was at school, right down to the wavy hair with a mind of its own, and so it’s no surprise that I bonded with her straight away. I saw her point of view, could remember being in that situation and having people urging me to just break the rule. Rules were meant to be broken, right? I will always admire Hermione for standing up for what she believed in, doing what she thought was right (and usually was right) and following it through to the end. This is one girl that never backed down, never let anyone stop her and of course, who can forget the epic moment when she punched Draco on the nose? She’s smart and kicks ass.
Professor Minerva McGonagall
The thing that makes this character special to me is that she’s always one step ahead of the same. Sure, she’s a teacher and therefore has to punish the Trio from time to time, but she is also well aware that there is much more to it. I read the books as a young adult, and now at 30 I can see a lot of things from her perspective. She couldn’t actively get involved in things, despite knowing what was happening with Voldemort, but she could ‘adjust’ things to help the Trio out without seeming like she was actually helping. It was McGonagall that introduced Harry to quidditch instead of expelling him for using a broomstick without proper supervision. Little moments like that helped define Harry as a person, giving him the independence he needed while gently steering him in the right direction.
A minor character compared to the rest, Arabella makes this list because of her testimony to the Ministry of Magic in regards to the Dementors. Despite being born without magic, Arabella still has a foot in the wizarding world and shows sarcasm and tenacity when interviewed by the ministry.
As a cat lover I fell in love with this character straight away, but it was the events of The Prisoner of Azkaban that sold him further. Crookshanks was the only one who realised who Peter Pettigrew really was, and made a point of trying to catch hold of him every chance he got. At first it looked like a typical cat and mouse animosity, but as time went on it became obvious that Crookshanks was above such petty squabbles. He even managed to steal a list of passwords for Gryffindor Tower and pass them onto Sirius so he could get in to talk to Harry.
I couldn’t decide on one Weasley because all of them are amazing and fascinating characters in their own right. The whole Potter universe would not be the same without this wizarding family, whether it be the twins and their tricks, Ron at Harry’s side, Ginny as the awkward young girl and later love interest of Harry, the mothering of Mrs Weasley and Mr Weasley’s obsession with all things muggle. The lesser known Weasleys, Bill, Percy and Charlie were also characters that had a unique roll to play in Harry’s story.