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Old 05-18-2015, 09:31 PM
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Who is your favorite Harry Potter character?


I have a huge soft spot for Neville Longbottom. He spends much of the books being a source of pity and incompetence. During the last three books he finally comes into his own, shaking off his shyness and fear to serve as a valued member of those fighting Voldemort. He's just as hurt by the followers of the dark lord as Harry yet Rowling doesn't initially hit us over the head with his back story. She slowly shows us what shaped him as a child and then invites readers to applaud as he overcomes such obstacles and emerges into maturity. I thought that was one of her most appealing stories.
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I always had a soft spot for the sadly misunderstood and unkindly abused Dementors.
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If I had to pick an absolute favorite, it'd be Snape.

I do have a soft spot for Neville and Hermione, though.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:31 PM
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Tonks. Tonks is who I always wanted to be when I grew up. Or Luna. Independent minded women who lived and looked as they liked without worrying what others thought of them.

In reality, I'm much more a Hermione.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:37 PM
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Mad-Eye Moody, fake or real. If I were a crusty, crippled, middle-aged wizard, that's who I'd be. I was also fond of Luna Lovegood (I had a suspicion she was sneaking the catnip). Hermione is closest to my personality, though, and her older counterpart would be McGonagall.
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This is going to be an unusual choice, I know, but my favourite character in the Harry Potter series is Harry Potter.
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Old 05-19-2015, 04:11 AM
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Sorry, there are too many good characters and they all play off each other so I can't pick a favourite.
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Old 05-19-2015, 06:22 AM
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Luna Lovegood. She just doesn't seem to give a rat's ass what other people think of what she thinks.
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:24 AM
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Neville Longbottom is the true hero of the stories.
Like Harry, his family is murdered, but Neville doesn't have powerful allies (and even a whole secret society) looking out for him.
Instead Neville conquers his fears and plays a decisive role in the defeat of you-know-who.
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:29 AM
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I'm fond of Sirius, myself. I hated when he got killed off - I'd really been looking forward to seeing his relationship with Harry grow.

Truthfully, I was not convinced that he really WAS dead, until the final book. I was sure JKR would pull a rabbit out of a hat somehow and bring him back. :-)
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Yeah, I'm going with Neville for the above reasons. That point in the last book where he pulls out the sword is a bona fide Crowning Moment of Awesome.
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Yeah, I'm going with Neville for the above reasons. That point in the last book where he pulls out the sword is a bona fide Crowning Moment of Awesome.
And I forgot to mention that he did this WHILE ON FIRE.
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Harry hating Snape got tiresome.

I agree with everything said about Luna and Neville, so I will go with Mrs. Weasley.
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:04 AM
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Honest answer is Neville.

Fun answer is Charlie because he is the only character that I still have my own image of in my head since he doesn't appear in the movies.
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:24 AM
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Normally I tend to go with the old, respected wizards, so normally I would say Dumbledore.
But he keeps too much information from Harry, and endangers the students of Hogwarts too often.

Severus Snape.
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Luna is my favorite. Her flighty personality overlays a core of sharp intelligence and bad-ass magical fighting ability.
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Old 05-19-2015, 09:32 AM
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I agree with everything said about Luna and Neville, so I will go with Mrs. Weasley.
She's also one of my favorites. She's been through quite a lot for a long time. Rowling tells us she lost both of her brothers to Voldemort. She gave Harry a watch one of them owned for his seventeenth birthday and you can almost hear the whole story of her life in it. I thought one of the best moments in the books is her fight with Bellatrix after she sees that Bellatrix is trying to murder Ginny. She calls her a bitch right before cursing her. It's the only time any of the characters use profanity and it is perfect.
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Fred and George. They are the only two that seem to realize that they have magic and can use it to do all kinds of cool things. Everyone else is just copying what was done by previous generations of Freds and Georges.

Hermione would be next. Harry is persistent and figures out a few things on his own but Hermione carries him and Ron, who would otherwise just be dumb jocks getting by by lucking out.

I also like Luna's father, Xenophilius Lovegood. He's a total crackpot. Even for a community where the most acceptable answer to questions is "a wizard did it" he's too far out there. He's living in a fantasy land of a fantasy land. Although he did have that moment of weakness.

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Old 05-19-2015, 11:18 AM
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Hermione, competent, composed and clear-headed. How could you not love her. To bad she got stuck with Ron. Good thing she didn't get stuck with Harry.

I also have a strange love for Bellatrix. I would NOT want to run into a real person like her, but I liked the character. Insane and gives no f**ks.
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I don't want to repeat any of the names mentioned above, which severely limits my pool. Anyway, this is what I got:

Dobby. A Free Elf. One of the most loyal followers of Harry. His death was really sad.

Runner up: Hagrid.

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Neville is the one sticking my mind right now. He's everything a hero needs to be. He easily could have been the chosen one and from some points of view, he almost was.

Let's list his facts:

1. Parents tortured into insanity

2. Raised by an awesome Gran who taught him to take no crap.

3. Stood up for what was right multiple times

4. Brave. Maybe the bravest in the book along with Harry Potter. He held up Hogwarts during the 7th year, dealing with torture and making sure the D.A. kept going. The sword of Gryffindor even appeared to him. Pretty tough tough.

5. He stood up to Voldemort when things were very bleak and scary.

6. Killed a Horcrux, maybe one of the riskiest to kill.

7. In a way, I think he would have fought of Voldemort had Harry permadied instead of coming back.

He should really have grown up to be headmaster.
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Professor Lupin. Still bummed out about the last book
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My favorite is Snape - he's the most complex character in the entire series.

I liked Sirius in the books, but I had a hard time getting past Gary Oldman's 'creepy uncle' portrayal (complete with righteous porn-stache) in the movies.

I normally like villains, but I didn't like Voldemort. He was too one-dimensional EEVIL. Lucius Malfoy was a much better villain (and I liked how he finally realized in the end that he valued his family more than he did supporting Voldy).
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:19 PM
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It's very hard for me to pick. While I enjoyed the Harry Potter series and thought most of the characters were reasonably complete and well-written, there's simply no one in the series that particularly resonates with me.

Probably my favorite is Prof McGonagall. She's far enough removed from the Dumbledore/Snape conspiracy that she's not tainted by it, and she seems like the most reasonable and competent adult in the entire series. It certainly doesn't hurt that I like Maggie Smith as an actress, so the character in the book was made even better by the performance in the movies.

I would very much like to like Dumbledore, but I just don't approve of how he handles things. The book does not provide enough evidence to convince me he is anything other than dishonest, manipulative and reckless. The movies make me think he's senile on top of it.
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I adore Neville. In addition to his big, showy bravery towards the end, he was always quietly brave from the beginning. Standing up to his friends at the end of the first book, yes, but also just the way he did his own thing every day. The Gryffindor boy's dorm was split...Harry and Ron best friends on one side, Sean and Dean besties on the other, and poor Neville in the middle without anyone to hang out with. He could have become like Peter Pettigrew, forcing himself on to one of the other groups, a pathetic hanger-on, just in desperation not to be left out. But he didn't...he just went about his business of getting through life as best he could, not feeling sorry for himself or being bitter. I think that takes an enormous amount of courage.

Not to mention having to go to Snape's class every day. Talk about terrifying!
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A Maggie Smith Downton Abbey Harry Potter thingy would be awesome.

"Fifty points from Gryffindor for Lady Edith for setting the house on fire! Ooops. Nevermind."

I saw Smith on Broadway in Lettice and Lovage years ago. She was fabulous.
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My favorite is Snape - he's the most complex character in the entire series.

I liked Sirius in the books, but I had a hard time getting past Gary Oldman's 'creepy uncle' portrayal (complete with righteous porn-stache) in the movies.

I normally like villains, but I didn't like Voldemort. He was too one-dimensional EEVIL. Lucius Malfoy was a much better villain (and I liked how he finally realized in the end that he valued his family more than he did supporting Voldy).

I agree with you about [strike]Volde[/strike] He Who Must Not Be Named but Lucious was a terrible villian IMO, a small, cowardly bully. His heart wasn't even in it. A punch-clock villain, basically Peter Pettigrew with a silver spoon
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Sure, Neville was pretty bad-assed, but (surprisingly, I'm sure, to everyone who knows me), I'm going to have to go with the nerd. Hermione for me.
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i liked hermione from the first. she did a lot of what i would do.

then luna lovegood was introduced. i adore luna. i'm most like hermione, with a tiny pinch of luna. i love luna's sense of whimsy.

luna is just the best.
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Luna does rock. Her poster with the word "friends" intertwined together is awesome and touching.

Luna believes Harry no matter what and I respect that.
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Favorite major character is Molly Weasley, the world's greatest mom. 'Nuff said,

Minor character is Tonks. She reeks of
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Hermione. I just can't put the reasons why any better than Aquadementia already did upthread

Snape is a tremendous character as a work of art. He is a complete asshole in petty ways but a selfless hero in important ways. JKR toys with her readership's views on him with a deftness of touch that is just masterful. But like him? Nope. Can't. JKR just does too good of a job of making him unlikable for me to be able to get over it.
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4. Brave. Maybe the bravest in the book along with Harry Potter.
In some ways I think Neville's path was as hard as Harry's - he didn't have to deal with the weight of the "Boy Who Lived" reputation or the expectations of everyone that he'd save the day, but neither did he have as much support and guidance as Harry did. Harry was virtually trapped in his role as the saviour of wizardkind; Neville had no pressure whatsoever to be a hero but he did it anyway, without complaint or self-aggrandizement, and did it awesomely.

And I'm with Princhester on Snape - he's a complete tragic figure and one can admire his courage and fortitude, but he's still an asshole.
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Professor McGonagall. My favorite scene in the series is the one in which she's counseling Harry about his post-Hogwarts plans.
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I also like Luna's father, Xenophilius Lovegood. He's a total crackpot. Even for a community where the most acceptable answer to questions is "a wizard did it" he's too far out there. He's living in a fantasy land of a fantasy land. Although he did have that moment of weakness.
I’m a sucker for cryptozoological stuff, so was much taken from the first with the Lovegoods, père et fille. Luna is, overall, my favourite character in the books, and I could wish that she had come on the scene earlier. She’s gentle and thoroughly benign, but, as PPs have described it, with steel in her – a staunch ally when circumstances require. At the same time, she’s wondrously and entertainingly eccentric and “off up her own tree” over sundry issues.

I love Luna’s beautifully wacky and missing-the-point commentary on the Quidditch match. I have a theory that Rowling dislikes sport and the extremes of obsessive partisanship which people go to over same; and that she conceived Quidditch (a wildly impractical sport which in the view of many readers, simply does not work – even given people’s ability to fly on broomsticks) and all its attendant flapdoodle, in mockery of that whole scene.
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Nearly Headless Nick, probably.

Filmwise, I enjoyed all of the main characters, and the actors did a great job of making them sympathetic. I haven't read the books in about 10 years, but just recently re-watched all of the films, with my wife and 12 year old son.

I liked Professor Lupin the most, probably.
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Hermione for me, hands down - plucky, smart, capable, and both driven and adorable. A runner-up: Gilderoy Lockhart was so shamelessly self-promoting and funny, I always liked him.

And for those who'd like a Hogwarts fountain pen: https://www.fahrneyspens.com/ItemLis...Potter--m-3240
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Umm!? No. Don't think I need a fountain pen.

I like Dobby the most.
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Gotta give it to Neville. He's basically Harry without the magic, charisma, accolades, or money. The story was determined to marginalize and make a squib of him and he was having none of it.

Snape was basically a Darth Vader character. We were set up to judge him, and then given a backstory to essentially recast everything he did and said so in the end he was just a chronically broken guy with a bigtime crush that Dumbledore used to leverage him into protecting Harry and betraying Voldemort. The guy is just drowning tragic irony. I can't say whether I think he was particularly redeeming and heroic, or if he just endured his shitty life.

Dumbledore was a selfish ass who had no problem using children as live bait. I sometimes wonder how many students he wound up getting killed before he got to Harry.
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I got the most entertainment out of Fred and George Weasley. Honorable mention to Luna.
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...Dumbledore was a selfish ass who had no problem using children as live bait. I sometimes wonder how many students he wound up getting killed before he got to Harry.
It also always irritated me, when he was sent away or exiled from Hogwarts, how his allies kept saying he had to return to protect the students. Plenty of students were hurt or killed while he was there and actually on the job.
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Gotta give it to Neville. He's basically Harry without the magic, charisma, accolades, or money. The story was determined to marginalize and make a squib of him and he was having none of it.

Snape was basically a Darth Vader character. We were set up to judge him, and then given a backstory to essentially recast everything he did and said so in the end he was just a chronically broken guy with a bigtime crush that Dumbledore used to leverage him into protecting Harry and betraying Voldemort. The guy is just drowning tragic irony. I can't say whether I think he was particularly redeeming and heroic, or if he just endured his shitty life.

Dumbledore was a selfish ass who had no problem using children as live bait. I sometimes wonder how many students he wound up getting killed before he got to Harry.
The historical record shows that from 1942 to 1995, exactly two Hogwarts students died on campus: Moaning Myrtle and Cedric Diggory (and technically, Cedric died in a cemetery in Little Hangleton).

ETA: Also, Neville turns forty this year. He might make Headmaster yet.

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Lupin. Though I don't find his relationship with Tonks plausible since I believe they're both gay.
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ETA: Also, Neville turns forty this year. He might make Headmaster yet.
Go Neville!
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Dumbledore was a selfish ass who had no problem using children as live bait. I sometimes wonder how many students he wound up getting killed before he got to Harry.
In Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore as good as allowed Draco to nearly kill Katie Bell without the slightest concern for her life.
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There are lots of great names above that can't be argued with. But what about the poor Hufflepuffs? Nary a word has been said about them and let's face it, most of us would probably *be* Hufflepuffs! Therefore I nominate Cedric Diggory! Despite not being "brave", "brainy", or "cunning" he still won the Triwizard Cup, and was willing to share information proving collaboration is better than competition. In the end he was just the spare.
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