With the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hitting theaters this weekend, it feels as if we're being reunited with old friends that we've bonded with over spells and butterbeer.
We all love Harry Potter, no doubt. We learned about the magical world along with him, and, well, he's pretty much the only hope for wizards. But what makes this franchise so fantastic is that the secondary characters are just as complex and lovable as the main character -- if not more so.
In fact, very few die-hard Potter fans will claim Harry as their favorite. These characters, however, are much more interesting than the Boy Who Lived (*spoiler warning*):
Ron Weasley: When it was rumored that a "main character will die" in the fourth book, I was terrified that it was Ron. In fact, this was the only book that I cheated, in that as soon as I bought it, I went straight to the back to see if Ron was alive (I know, so bad!). I couldn't bear the thought of my favorite ginger not returning. Even though he's constantly being overshadowed -- not just by Harry, but in his own huge family as well -- he loyally stands by his friend throughout the series (except for those glitches in Goblet of Fire and Deathly Hallows). How can you not love that?
Hagrid: The half-giant may look terrifying, but he's really just a big ol' softie -- even with his weird obsession with turning dangerous creatures into pets. However, think of how many times that's come in handy (Buckbeak, Aragog, Grawp ... )
Ginny: Younger sister of Ron, and Harry's love interest at the end of the series, Ginny is actually one helluva witch on her own. She holds up where Harry left off at Hogwarts by reinstating Dumbledore's Army while the trio is searching for Horcruxes, which, considering the dangerous times, was incredibly brave.
Luna Lovegood: The kooky character (who is perfectly played by Evanna Lynch) is exceptionally loyal to Harry, even if she's usually in her own fantasy world battling Nargles.
Fred & George Weasley: The twins play the comic relief in the majority of the series, but towards the end, they really step up to the plate when needed. Plus, their firework show attacking Umbridge as they permanently depart from Hogwarts is epic.
Tonks: The colorful wizard who's married to fellow Order member Remus Lupin is an overly ambitious Auror. Though her job is serious, she still takes time to have fun, whether it's making duck faces at the dinner table or changing her hair color to a hot pink.
Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody: This guy has seen it all, and even though he's completely nuts, I always knew Harry would be safe when he had Mad-Eye around to protect him.
Hermione Granger: She may have been a bit annoying in the first book -- an over-achieving brown noser is an appropriate description -- but let's face it, Harry would not be alive today if it wasn't for her quick thinking. Through their adventures, she becomes Harry and Ron's best friend (and even more so with Ron).
Neville Longbottom: Neville was thisclose to being the Chosen One, and who knows where the story would have gone if that had happened. He may not the best wizard talent-wise, but he's incredibly brave, which more than makes up for it.
Dobby: Oh, who doesn't love Dobby with his outrageous (and sometimes ironically deadly) attempts at saving Harry Potter? Even when he was the house elf to the Malfoys, he supported Harry and was loyal to him until the end.
Severus Snape: If you've read the books, you know why I'm listing him -- that's all I'll say.
Who's your favorite Harry Potter character?
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