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IGN and the Top 25 Harry Potter Characters

Posted by: sue
July 14, 2009, 06:54 PM

As a fun way to help build excitement before the release of Half-Blood Prince, IGN has created their Top 25 Harry Potter characters. Noting that they selected and listed the characters "based on overall fan reaction, impact on the franchise (novels and films weighed equally), character relevance to the best moments in the series, and significance in the Potter mythos." Starting at number 25 (Lockhart) to 12 Umbridge ( Steven King referred to Umbridge as "the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter.") the number one spot is held by none other than Harry Potter. The website writes:

It's a given, of course, that Harry Potter himself tops our list, but it's important to still reflect on why the character has been so universally accepted. He's a sympathetic figure... a kid plucked from unfortunate circumstances and thrust into a magical reality. He realizes he has been gifted with great power. And then he's pitted against the ultimate evil in the wizarding world, Lord Voldemort, who years ago killed his mother and father -- everybody loves an underdog story of good vs. evil. We've watched him grow up in this fantastic setting -- forming friendships, fighting foes, and finding love.

While Harry only partially realizes his deepest desire, to see his dead parents again, he is fathered and mothered by the care-taking adults who surround him -- Albus Dumbledore, Hagrid, Molly and Arthur Weasley, and Sirius Black to name a few. His faithful friends Ron and Hermione are an extension of this ad hoc family -- as close as any real brother and sister. And Harry has needed all the support he can get in his battle against those who would do him harm -- from school bully Draco Malfoy, to soul sucking Dementors, the terrible Death Eaters, and ultimately the Dark Lord himself.

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81 Points

Glad to see Snape at #5!

Posted by ljgljhghb on July 14, 2009, 06:59 PM report to moderator

Dumbledore is one of my favorite characters. I was astounded when more of his story was revealed in Deathly Hallows. You could truly tell how conflicted his life has been, with his blame for the death of his sister, his dreams of glory stalled by family, etc.

Posted by SwedishSkinJer on July 14, 2009, 07:12 PM report to moderator
271 Points

OoO i love what they said about Tonks

Posted by Amy Darlene on July 14, 2009, 07:15 PM report to moderator
337 Points

Good list

Posted by Mugglejeff on July 14, 2009, 07:19 PM report to moderator
28 Points

wow kind of a stupid list cho chang better than luna?? come on…

Posted by ShootingStar17 on July 14, 2009, 07:19 PM report to moderator
68 Points

I assume that this covers only the films up to the current one or I’m sure Snape would be higher. Let’s face it he should be No1!

Posted by taz_uk on July 14, 2009, 07:20 PM report to moderator
75566 Points

good – buy so many more good characters than 25

Posted by Girlraven1 on July 14, 2009, 07:33 PM report to moderator
3143 Points

That was a great list!! Minerva McGonagall is my favourite so it was good to see her on the list at #15 – although I personally think she’s way better than Umbridge. Regardless, thanks for posting!

Posted by Bella ~ROAR~ on July 14, 2009, 07:37 PM report to moderator
33 Points

Cho? Please. She hardly made an impact. that seemed more of a popularity thing than characters who made an impact. If that were the case then Cedric should have been there, because his death certainly made an impact on Harry and fans, and where are the Weasley parents, the first true family Harry ever knew!

Posted by Veelachanel on July 14, 2009, 07:39 PM report to moderator
87 Points

It seems more like they chose the first 25 characters that they could think of to me.

Posted by Pallargast on July 14, 2009, 07:40 PM report to moderator
121 Points

luna is a thousand times better than cho
she sucked
and ginny
gets on my nerves

Posted by Great Uncle Algie on July 14, 2009, 07:42 PM report to moderator
2105 Points

Luna should definitely be higher than Cho! But it’s cool to see someone other than us here at Leaky taking the characters so seriously that they’re ranking the characters. : )

Posted by Agrippa1 on July 14, 2009, 07:46 PM report to moderator
1242 Points

Why is McGonagall ranked lower than Umbridge? I must respectfully disagree!

Posted by Lucia Meadows on July 14, 2009, 07:52 PM report to moderator

Oh come on. That list is BS lol. You can’t say who the best characters are, there are no best, it’s a matter of prefference, and personally I think that Lupin should be number 1, McGonagall should be wayyyy higher. Luna should be higher. The list is just dumb.

Posted by nine9isfine on July 14, 2009, 07:54 PM report to moderator
6921 Points

Not really a very good list. Cho is higher up than Luna, who is only number 17?! Heck no. Luna should be way higher up. She’s one of the fandom’s most popular characters. And, obviously, this list is only based on the movies because it talks about Cho betraying the DA, ugh! If this list had been based on the books, it would have been quite different.

Posted by badger666 on July 14, 2009, 08:03 PM report to moderator
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