IGN and the Top 25 Harry Potter Characters

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Jul 14, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

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.





54 Responses to IGN and the Top 25 Harry Potter Characters

Avatar Imagethecoze88 says: Glad to see Snape at #5!Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: 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.Avatar ImageAmy Darlene says: OoO i love what they said about TonksAvatar ImageMugglejeff says: Good list Avatar ImageShootingStar17 says: wow kind of a stupid list cho chang better than luna?? come on...Avatar Imagetaz_uk says: 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!Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: good - buy so many more good characters than 25Avatar Imagebellyrox says: 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!Avatar ImageVeelachanel says: 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!Avatar ImagePallargast says: It seems more like they chose the first 25 characters that they could think of to me.Avatar ImageGreat Uncle Algie says: luna is a thousand times better than cho she sucked and ginny gets on my nervesAvatar ImageAgrippa1 says: 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. : )Avatar ImageLucia Meadows says: Why is McGonagall ranked lower than Umbridge? I must respectfully disagree!Avatar Imagenine9isfine says: 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. Avatar Imagebadger666 says: 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.Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Yeah really, Cho beat Luna? A lot more people like Luna than Cho. That's probably a fact too. The top five is correct for me though :)Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Im glad Lockhart is last I hate him. Im glad Luna, Mad Eye, Remus, Tonks, Neville, McGonagall and Lucius Malfoy all mad the list along with everyone else. Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: That's a pretty sucky list! I mean bellatrix above Tonks...Umbridg even above Tonks?? Lupin should have been around Sirius and Snape. Ginny Luna and Neville should have have done way better!Avatar ImageHuffleBee says: I c wut u did there, IGN. Voldemort number seven.Avatar Imagelupinwandcaster says: Is this based on the movies or books?Avatar ImagePadfootLover4ever says: Cho really shouldn't be on the list at all....neither should umbridge or wormatil. 3 least fave characters.Avatar Imagelupinwandcaster says: It was a decent list, Luna was 10x than Cho Chang (I don't even think she should be on the list). Lupin was a little too low for me, and I think the Weasley parents should have been there. This must be based on the movie because neither the parents nor Lupin got too much face time.Avatar Imagelupinwandcaster says: I actually think Umbridge deserved the list. Maybe not that high of a position, but all in all she was a great character. I've never loathed someone in a book more than Umbridge. JKR did a great job of creating her.Avatar ImageBookwormjules says: No Aurthur and Molly? Why is Cho Chang on there and not the the loveable Molly and Arthur? And Peter Pettigrew is a slimey snake and doesn't have much importance, to be on the top 25 list. And Trewlawny, although she adds something extra to the books, just isn''t the best at times. Umbridge is rotten, but she should be on the list, maybe at 25. Lucius, Beletrix, Tonks and Lupin should be in the top ten with the twins and Snape. Avatar Imagelupinwandcaster says: DOBBY IS MISSING.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Worthless tripe...Avatar Imagepottershrink says: what a dreadful list - obviously not compiled by true fans! Cho above Luna?? Tonks higher than Trelawney??? Peter Pettigrew above Gilderoy???? Neville below Sirius - What the heck?????? No Dobby??!!!!!Avatar ImageFan123 says: Cho deserves to be quite up high on the list. She may not be a popular character, but she was Harry's first crush throughout books three to five. She was the only love interest for Harry through three books. Love plays a big role in the Harry Potter books I think. Young Harry was smitten with her. And well, Katie has more press time than Evanna thus far. I like Cho actually, she's a nice change adding a bit of exoticism in between the mostly all white casts/characters.Avatar Imagebethtaylor4 says: Luna should definitely be higher than Cho! And this really should have been based on the books.Avatar Imagebethtaylor4 says: I almost forgot... how can they not include Mr. and Mrs. Weasley or Dobby?Avatar ImageGryfindorprincess09 says: Awesome.Avatar Imageblue4t says: It kills me that Ron comes in at #3. He should be above Hermione. Please.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: why is cho higher than luna :( !!!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i <3 ron!!Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: So I'm repeating what a lot of people have already said but, why is Cho ranked higher than Luna? Why is Cho in there but Dobby is not? Lupin ranks way down on the list, this is someone that's had a huge impact on Harry ... he taught Harry advanced magic *and* he's been a link to the past, having known James & Lily. It's good to see Snape way up the list though.Avatar Imagefriendofblob says: Sorry to say this list is all wrong. I have lots and lots of promblems with it. They did not rank it well, I sounds like someone who only watched the movies once made this list. A lot of horrible people who weren't even powerful made it on that list over beloved characters. (two key examples: Cho and Luna, plus Umbridge and McGonagall)Avatar ImageNymphadoraMae says: Snapes number 5? and Cho beat Luna? Cho has no personality. Grrrr!Avatar ImageSpitFyre says: Okay, um, Luna should have been up higher than Cho and Draco should have been right behind Snape, who should have been in front of Serius! And what was with Ginny? She should have been at least in the top ten! I must disagree with this list.Avatar Imagegot2lovme says: I completly disagree with the list, but at least Sirius is on top.Avatar Imagecauldronjane says: No surprise about Potter topping the list. Umbridge made number 12? The portrayal of Umbridge in the movies was amazing. Her manner of speaking in particular - wow.Avatar ImageCameo says: Harry deserves the first place, indeed ^^ One thing that bothers me a lot is that he has blue eyes in the movie... don't know why, but it bothers me a lot...Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: And how is Cho higher then Luna? This list is horrible.Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: It could be better.Avatar ImageFloridianFlounder95 says: Luna is a million times better than CHO! What did Cho do aside from keep Harry away from Ginny?! I agree with the top spot! :DAvatar ImageLisaTurpin says: I think Lupin and Luna should have been higher, but I like the top 10 anyway.Avatar Imagejediofthelost says: Why is Lockhart even on the list for top 25. He should be on the top 30 list.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: interestingAvatar ImageRemus Greyback says: Cho Chang cant be better than LUNA.Avatar ImageRemus Greyback says: And Horace Slughorn 24th.What is wrong with these people.Avatar Imagejacket says: Luna should be in the top ten! Who in their right mind would put Cho higher up than Luna! Avatar Imagejacket says: This list is totaly bogus!!Avatar ImageAudreyLouiseLovegood says: Luna and Lupin deserve better than 17 and 14... AAAAAAND Fered and George are NOT on person!!!Avatar ImageAudreyLouiseLovegood says: LAMENESS!!!Avatar ImageSeviately says: Imo Luna should be way higher up than Cho. I also think McGonagall is way better than Umbridge....siriusly....But honestly I'm pretty happy that Snape snatched #5.

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