Bloomsbury Poll to Find Favorite Harry Potter Character Open; Author J. K. Rowling Offers Her Choice

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May 16, 2011

Posted by EdwardTLC

Bloomsbury Publishing has launched a new poll to find out which Harry Potter characters fans would pick as their favorite via this link. Starting today, fans may pick from a list of forty characters which wizard, Muggle, or creature is their favorite character from throughout author J. K. Rowing’s series. Fans will also be able to write in your favorite if they are not listed. The Harry Potter author herself has offered her choice for favorite character, as well. Ms Rowling relates:

“Harry, although I believe I am unusual in this, Ron is generally more popular (I love him too, though) Now that I have finished writing the books, the character I would most like to meet for dinner is Dumbledore. We would have a lot to discuss, and I would love his advice; I think that everyone would like a Dumbledore in their lives.”

The poll opens on Monday, May 16, 2011 and runs until Friday, August 26 2011. The winning character will be announced on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 on the UK Harry Potter Facebook page.

Happy voting!





100 Responses to Bloomsbury Poll to Find Favorite Harry Potter Character Open; Author J. K. Rowling Offers Her Choice

Avatar ImageAbbyWeasley says: Great poll! Hermione is my favorite! I love the line in the movie where Harry says "Your brilliant Hermione, truly," and then Hermione gives him a whole thing about how she is! Hermione rocks! First Comment!Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: Harry's my favourite! Really awesome poll! :-)Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I voted for The Giant Squid... Sadly, it was a write in... Not enuff G.S. fans out there!Avatar Imagegexpert says: My judgement torn between Hermione and Lupin... holly what should I do? Okay Hermione! By the way, AWESOME PICTURE JO!!!Avatar ImageSmartHermione1799 says: I voted for Tonks, even though I like Hermione better. Not enough people like Tonks!Avatar Imagegexpert says: I like how Jo portray Hermione, she is so self possessed and doesn't need a man to protect her, what a role model of the age! She fights off with her gigantic brain power, and not beauty or anything!Avatar ImageLivi22 says: I voted for Hermione, I was on the verge of going for Luna but in the end I just had to go with the character who has inspired me and kept me going all of these years. I've said it time and time again, but I just have to thank Jo for this amazing world she has created and for the wonderful characters who have inspired me so much. I also have to thank her for my vision of myself as an author that has kept me dreaming all this time.Avatar ImageFresca says: I voted for Harry, becuase without him, there would be no story. I was tempted to vote for Voldie, because he is such a well written villain. Not as good as Richard the Third, but darn good nevertheless.Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: SEVERUS SNAPE FTW ! or Bella ? .. Dang !Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: Okay, voted for Severus .. He is absolutely amazing !! ..Avatar ImageLoki328 says: I'm gonna have to go with Lupin, but Luna's very close behind.Avatar Imagetrontech says: I'm going to have to vote for Luna because she's the person I'd be most likely to enjoy for a long time. Luna has just the right amount of silliness, and enough intellect to earn my respect. Rare combination.Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: Snape is absolutely my favorite. It completely shifted my view of the series with three little words. "Look...at...me..."Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Maybe not as a dinner date, but as a complex, ambiguous, completely fascinating literary character, it's got to be Severus Snape, hands-down.Avatar Imagefireboltfreak13 says: I would definitely say Dobby. He's the best around! Hermione is a close second, though.Avatar ImageI-MustNotTellLies says: Cool.. I'm going to vote for Sirius. I don't love why, but I absolutly love his character. :)Avatar Imagealexweasley12 says: i went for luna cause we really relate, im sooo weird and im a really big outcast with very few friends. she was the best part of books 5 and 6 <|:P really would love to meet her !Avatar ImageDeanna Malfoy Lovegood says: Luna, who could possibly say no to her?! Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: Harry, all the way. I adore him, and without him, as someone already said, there would have been no story. No world. No fandom. No anything that my life now revolves around 24/7. Long Live Harry Potter!Avatar Imagesiena says: Is it Rowling who wrote the commentaries for each selected character ?? They are a bit weird ... and so is the selection... Okay, Voldemort and Umbridge did of course serve their purposes well as villains of the story - but why on earth would you vote for them as your favourite characters ?? I think this voting is ludicrous without the possibility to comment on your choice ... and, furthermore, it is quite cruel not to be allowed to vote for more than one character ... there are a lot of characters I love for very different reasons ...Avatar ImageKoleda says: Choosing a favorite is always hard for me, Theres so many characters I love. Haha. Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: @siena, why couldn't a villain be one's favorite character? That doesn't imply that you'd like them as a person or want to have them as a friend if they were real - only that they are a great, vivid literary creation. Some of literature's most memorable, classic characters are bad guys.Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: Agreed with WeenyOwl .. I was torn .. Severus or Bellatrix, went for Severus though .. But I think Bellatrix is a fabulous creation .. The Love she has for The Dark Lord and the way she REALLY want's to do do everything for him. If she could she would chew his fricking food for him .. SEVERUS OR BELLATRIX FOR THE WIN!Avatar ImageGanduean-Vampiress says: i think i would chose snape but i must agree with rowling on one thing i would like to have dumbledore over for dinner!!!Avatar Imageiloveronweasley16 says: Such a hard choice. I love Ron, of course. But also Hermione, Harry, Dobby, Luna, Neville... heck i love them all!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: I voted for McGonagall!!! :) Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: That was so hard - I love the female characters in HP - yes, even Umbridge. ;-) Did vote for Hermione 'cause her intelligence just rocks. Avatar Imageowanalilypotter says: *looks meekly in* Looks like I'm the only one who voted for James Potter hehehe... May the best character win!Avatar Imagekiwimci says: I love when the good ol Bloomsbury publishing world pipes on the HP side of things. I miss the days of the book madness. It has to be Ron. I know how generic that sounds but from the very first book I loved him so much. How can you not adore Ron? Harry is a very very close second though, he's certainly the one I feel I can relate to the most... I really wanna reread the series now. I love these books (rather obvious but I haven't said that in a while)Avatar Imagekiwimci says: @siena, Umbridge is one of my absolute favourite characters. I don't I've felt such fury everytime she crops up! Such wonderful writing to make her so sweet and so repulsive. Such a fantastic character! I really loved Lockhart too, he made me laugh EVERYTIME he appeared in my 1st reading of COSAvatar ImageMrs.DevonMurray.com says: Sirius!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to marry Gary Oldman and I don't care how old he is! Sirius is my hero!!!Avatar ImageEve13 says: It was an extremely difficult decision; I had to think about it for a while, but in the end I chose Hermione.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: How can I pick my favourite?!! I have like 10 favourites!!Avatar Imagelowerwolf says: draco all the way. most like myself.Avatar Imagesiena says: @KiwiMcl - each his/her own I'd say ... Umbridge is too one-dimensional for me. But okay, "favourite" character is of course open to interpretation - and I interpreted it more in terms of "many-layered, three-dimensional" - and yes, I admit it - "close to my heart." (Basically, the way Rowling seemed to interpret it, judging by her choice :).Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: My favorite would have to be Hermione because without her Harry never would have gotten as far as he did. My very close second would be Luna.Avatar ImageRubeusHagrid says: It was a very tough decision-- I love McGonagall, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Dobby, Hedwig, Luna, Kreacher, Flitwick, Hagrid, Slughorn, Fred&George and Neville ALL so MUCH!! By the way...Where's Slughorn!!???! I love dear ole Horace.. And Aberforth, too.. Haaaha! Anyway, after much thought I did end up going with...Hagrid.. Shock, huh?Avatar Imagenakanj1 says: Fred Weasley, but Harry is next!Avatar Imagehalf-bloodprince says: Snape! I love him! He's someone that I hated until the Deathly Hallows... what an amazing story he has! :DAvatar ImageAceba says: I voted for Dobby!!! I love that guy!!!! <3Avatar Imagedobbyzgirl says: DOBBY! DOBBY! DOBBY! DOBBY! DOBBY! I <3 DOBBBBBBY!!!!Avatar Imagebellatrix15101 says: I voted for Neville, of course, he's just my adorable little hero!!! (see my avatar <----- lol) But I was a bit torn.... I wish I could have chosen a 2nd because then I could have voted for Lupin too! Avatar Imagehibou333 says: Harry is the one I voted for. This exceptional story revolves around him so it has to be him for me. Coming very close and so tempting, would be Severus Snape, whose brilliance and mystery kept me captivated throughout the books. Hermione is also very close as one of my favourites. All the characters are incredible in their own ways, love them all really!Avatar Imagejacket says: I voted! Luna Lovegood all the way!Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Umbridge is probably my favorite character. She is really a very horrible person but as a character, she is very juicy.Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: You know what, what's weird is that most people don't vote for Harry although he is the main star of the show! lOl. I vote for Hermione, because, I feel like she is like myself (but, I'm a little bit more relaxed), and she's showing girl power I admire mostly! HERMIONE GRANGER FOR THE WIN (FTW)!Avatar Imagelupintonksteddyfan99 says: 1. Remus lupin 2. Tonks 3. Teddy Lupin 4. Sirius Black 5. Hermione 6. Bellatrix Lestrange (only because she's insane) 7. Snape and it goes on and on and on.Avatar Imagepaskunia says: Hermione. Unlike a lot of guys, I like smart women. And, after all, she is the brains, Ron is the heart, and Harry is the soul of that Most Honored Triumvirate, though Harry takes on all three parts at the end.Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: I'm a Neville Fan and Always have been! GO NEVILLE!Avatar Imagepurplewitch_30 says: I can't decide between Harry and LunaAvatar Imagesuzyweasley says: I votes for George, I did have a bit of a moment where I didn't know if I should vote for Fred or George so I went with George lolAvatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: luna's my favourite! Really awesome poll!Avatar ImageGoldenGem says: Severus for me - what a brave guy.Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: @paskunius: You are so right. It is an awesome Triumvirate! Avatar ImagePWilly says: Although there are many great characters, there is only one Dobby...He went against his masters to help (in his own way), to save and eventually give his life for Harry...Avatar ImageTarana says: How many times can I vote ? ;o) I love so many of them: Hermione, Dumbledore, the Weasley twins, Lupin and so on. And then there are the Dementors. They are horrible, but they are so well-thought-out. Also, I have a weak spot for Hedwig and, of course, Fawkes, but I am going to vote for Harry. He is the hero, he is the glue that binds them all together in the battle against Voldemort (another great creation btw) because they believe he is the Chosen One (this sounds a bit Matrix, sorry about that) or simply just love him. And as a few people have said, without Harry the books wouldn't be here. Talking about the books, as KiwiMcl said, I also miss the book madness. I thought it was so brilliant that people were queueing (!) at midnight (!) to buy a book! I loved loved loved this. And still do, when I think about it, and I love seeing it again (occasionally in a documentary or something).Avatar Imagekbicprez says: Neville! I adore Hermione too, but Neville is just so special to me!Avatar Imagehg1 says: It doesn't work. When I wanted to vote for Neville, it chooses Lockhart instead.Avatar Imagetrontech says: I had a bit of a fuss, too. Had to click on Luna 3 times before the page would release Neville. Persistence paid off and I got my proper vote.Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Its definitely Hermione for me. Dumbledore hmmm maybe not for a dinner date :DAvatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: @kyrstalkris, I think it's understandable because in the books we are seeing events through Harry's eyes, rather than watching him as a character. But he is a splendid creation: brave, flawed, but really good at heart. But I confess I voted for Snape. Avatar ImageLove is the greatest magic says: I'm having problems I can seem to vote for anyone below Lockhart. Whenever I click on a character below him it just selects him. I really don't want to vote for him, I can't stand him!Avatar Imagelowerwolf says: Love is the greatest magic - that happened to me as well when i went to vote for draco. i had to rapidly double-or-even-triple-click on draco to get it to deselect lockhart and select the delectable malfoy.Avatar Imagehg1 says: I clicked about ten times for Neville, and it still didn't work. Avatar Imagesiena says: @hg1: Try typing Neville's name into the free space given at the bottom of the space named "other" - it works that way. LOL - it would be quite funny if Lockhart won this due to all the people who meant to vote for Neville .... but seriously - Bloomsbury should fix their poll if they are looking for serious results ... and they should also insure people can only vote once.Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: i voted for dumbledore based on the fact he is the one person i would love to meet most. i completely agree with jo, i would love to have dinner or coffee with him and just talk. lest us not forget all the amazing things he did that are sometimes overshadowed by harrys trials and talents. (as harry admits a bit too late in book 7) of course i do love harry too, how can you not?! but, i surely would enjoy a good sit down with albus. Avatar Imagecharissekin says: I voted for Harry as ultimately, his decisions will end Voldy's reign of terror. I love other characters too, Luna, Neville etc., but the story is pivotal on the choices that Harry makes.Avatar ImageFree Elf says: I voted for Sirius, but I sat there staring at the screen for fifteen minutes trying to figure out who to vote for! It's so hard to choose. By the way, am I the only one that likes Ginny? I think she's a great character; she's tough, gutsy, and yet sweet at the same time. She also has a great sense of humor. Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: @Free Elf You not the only one that likes Ginny, i do too! Infact i absolutely adore her! She's strong, brave, confident, independent and fiercely loyal. But she's also kind and compassionate to others. And she's quite cheeky and fun. She isn't afraid to express her own opinions, like in the fifth book, after Arthur's been atacked, when Hermione and Ron are afraid to say anything to Harry incase they make him even more angry, Ginny just comes straight out with it and tells Harry he's being an idiot. I love her. She's seems to be an underrated character, i have no idea why, i think she's awesome! :)Avatar Imagebricat says: Harry all the way. I thought this was an obvious choice, but apparently not. I also love voldy though - for the very fact that he's so narrow-minded. And lupin, and Luna . . . Oh I love them all - except Ron who I've disliked since he left in Deathly Hallows!Avatar Imagesessionka says: I had to vote for Dumbledore. I was absolutely devastated when he died. I mourned for a week.Avatar Imagesessionka says: BTW.... I voted for Dumbledore BEFORE I saw Jo's commentAvatar Imageginevra47 says: I tried to vote but it wouldn't let me vote for anyone past Lockhart....I tried several time.Avatar Image1HarryPotterFan123 says: Voted for Bellatrix, although Snape, Luna, Neville, Fred and Geroge were super close. SO MANY CHOICES!!!Avatar Image1HarryPotterFan123 says: Oops spelled George wrong sorry. Wow, I posted my last comment 4 minutes into my future!!! Does Leaky have the next divination teacher here? LolAvatar ImageSeidenschnabel says: Picking a favorite character is very difficult. Picking the character that I hate the most would be much easier. I absolutely detest Umbridge as I want to strangle her every time she opens her mouth. I also really dislike Ginny, but that is more for the reason that her romance with Harry seems more like an afterthought than a carefully developed story. Though, if I met a real life version of her, I would probably like her.Avatar Imagebellatrix1994 says: http://www.potterforthepeople.com/apps/blog/Avatar Imageiceymoon says: I voted for Hedwig mostly out of protest, because although I DO love her so much (she probably makes my list of top 5 characters), my top pick is Luna or Dumbledore.. or Hermione (lol, since I didn't vote for them I don't have to decide for sure xD). So my vote for Hedwig is my continuing silent vigil for her, because her death and particularly the manner of her death is the only decision I have EVER disagreed with JKR on. Hopefully a vote for Hedwig will highlight a little bit how much she was loved, and if she had to die then I at least it would have been appreciated if she got a moment like Dobby did. :<Avatar Imageiceymoon says: Ahhh, I forgot to mention my vote would totally have gone to Fred & George if they had been one option, because how could I possibly choose between the two?! xD The two of them together contributed greatly to what kept me reading the books after I had dismissed it as children's (my niece's are the ones that wanted me to get into the series).Avatar Imageteamtonks says: Had to be Remus, although I was torn between him and Tonks :)Avatar Image1HarryPotterFan123 says: Join the group "WE WANT A COUNTDOWN FOR HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2!" to get a DH2 countdown! If we get 100+ people to join this group, it will be sent to Melissa Anelli! Please Join! http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/myleaky/groups/10416 Avatar Imagerrm13 says: I just had to vote for Ginny, she's my alltime fav character and the person I would most want to be if I suddenley joined the wizarding world!Avatar Imagepotterheadforlife says: I voted for Hagrid! Love him!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: I voted for Luna. I just love her! The fact that she is her self and doesn't care what anyone says about her. Avatar Imagesboyer06 says: I voted for Tonks, I was close on Luna, but Tonks personality and humor won me over! Love her color changing hair and clumsiness ha haAvatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I have to agree! Dumbledore is one of those characters you wish were realAvatar ImageXyra44 says: Too hard to decide. I chose Harry - if I didn't meet him and like him none of the others would have come into my life. LOL Although, I'd like to know why Buckbeak and Sir Nicholas need to be write ins. :DAvatar ImageCharles.M.Roland says: Voted for Neville. I see a lot of myself in him, least of all his struggle from where he was in the beginning to who he became as a man.Avatar ImageethanHP says: I love all the characters, I guess that's because the writting is so good. But I think my favorite has to be Harry, because these books are his story so if I love the so much is because of him in the first place.Avatar ImageOxymoronic says: Neville, Neville, darling Neville!Avatar Imagemaddison says: HARRY forever!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagemencia says: i love most characters except the villains. i most favourite creature is Dobby i just love him, he's loyalty to harry and saving harry's life even when it poses a danger to himself, he was the true hero at malfoy manor. my second fav will be Harry followed by Hermione, Ron, Luna, Dumbledore not to forget Hagrid. the list goes on a just love them all each had a unique contribution to the books even the villains although i hate them Avatar Imagemencia says: sorry i didn't double check for spelling before posting my last commentAvatar ImageImmortal Phoenix says: I voted for Ron. He's always been my favourite ever since book one. :)Avatar Imageradishraven says: Neville Longbottom win ALL!!! Luna and hermione are close though.Avatar ImageHermelien says: Hermione, definitely! But Snape and Lupin were very close. Avatar Imageslytherinluver1 says: Draco Malfoy is the best :) For all who say he's evil i have something to tell you He was raised my Lucius Malfoy, think about it, if you were raised by Lucius how might u act around a person like harry potter, he was raised by evil and thats all he knows, he could b harry's best friend for all we know if Lucius wasn't evil. Keep that in mind :)Avatar ImageOldMrToad says: Neville. The most endearing... My vote. But THE KEY to it all is Severus Snape! So many good choices... OMT Avatar ImageMiss.Weasley says: It was tough! I love Harry, but Ron is just amazing, Hermione is like my soul-sister, and I'm definatley a Ginny, Fred & George thought me how to laugh, Snape gave me lots to think about, the marauders are incredible, I love and mourn Dobby, Luna is soooo fun to read about and so is Viktor Krum. Ultimately I choose Dumbledore :)Avatar ImageSophieMalfoy says: DRACO, DRACO, DRACO, DRACO!!! I <3 <3 <3 him! It was a hard choice between him and Luna Lovegood though. I love them equally, but as a huge fangirl, I had to vote for my favourite Slytherin! Ugh, I hate Ginny.

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