Top 25 Harry Potter Characters

In honor of the first book's 20th anniversary, we've sorted the Wizarding World's greatest heroes and villains.

This list originally appeared in July 2014 in honor of J.K. Rowling launching a new short story.

Happy birthday, Harry! Today, June 26, marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling's first novel in the beloved series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. And to mark the occasion, we've decided to take another look at the wonderful characters in the series with our Top 25 favorites.

Before we reveal our picks, a quick word about the selection process... We've made these choices 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. If you're surprised that your own faves didn't make the list, that's what the comments are for!

Now, join us in the Great Hall for this special assembly on IGN's Top 25 Harry Potter characters.


Nymphadora Tonks

Most of the wizards we see in Harry Potter are either experienced adults – often professors of course – or the underage students who are the focus of the series. This helps make Tonks a refreshing change of pace, as she represents a young adult wizard – someone who's completed all of her training, but still has the brash, energetic attitude of youth.

Nymphadora Tonks

A Metamorphmagus, Tonks can change her appearance, and uses that ability to constantly change her hair color into dramatic colors, including everything from pink to purple. In the books, she's known to wear jeans and band t-shirts, and brings a fun, punkish attitude to the Harry Potter universe – while also functioning as a loyal, brave member of the Order of the Phoenix, who's quick to take up the fight against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. The story of how she and the older Remus Lupin came to be together unfortunately was mostly left off screen in the films, but their dedication to fighting the good fight was still conveyed as they made the ultimate sacrifice in The Deathly Hallows Part 2.



"Such a beautiful place... to be with friends." It's difficult to not get a bit misty-eyed recalling the moment when Dobby the house-elf said those words in Deathly Hallows Part 1, which were among his last. When we met Dobby, admittedly, he was pretty annoying. He was a strange, little creature with a habit of hurting himself, who made things very difficult for Harry Potter as he began his second year at Hogwarts. But Dobby's intentions were always noble, and his determination to help Harry, despite the short term consequences, was commendable.

Dobby's role in the film series is far smaller than in the books, where he made frequent appearances in-between Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows. In the books, we saw more of how kind-hearted and loyal Dobby was, particularly towards Harry Potter, to whom he was indebted for his freedom. But even those who only knew Dobby from The Chamber of Secrets film were probably affected by his sacrifice in The Deathly Hallows Part 1, where he proved crucial in freeing Harry and his friends from a horrific scenario, only to fall victim to Bellatrix Lestrange in the process. The fact that Dobby, in his dying moments, clearly had no regrets about literally giving his all for his friend Harry resulted in one of the most touching moments in the series.


Sybill Trelawney

Sybill Trelawney is the professor of Divination at Hogwarts. And to say she's an odd bird is a bit of an understatement. Her thick glasses and gaudy dress make for a strange appearance, and Trelawney's habit of speaking in a hushed, ethereal tone don't help matters.

She's a seer known for making vague predictions that sometimes come true. And much like many real-life psychics, there's plenty of skepticism surrounding Trelawney's abilities -- particularly from Hermoine Granger. But Trelawney's the one who prophesied about the Chosen One: "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not..." It's Harry Potter, of course, who ultimately becomes the subject of the prophesy. And it's Trelawney's mysterious power, coupled with her bizarre behavior, that make the character fascinating and fun.


Ginny Weasley

On hand in Chamber of Secrets as a lovesick little girl/vessel for Tom Riddle's madness (following her cameo in The Sorcerer's Stone), Ginny and Harry's eventual romance captivated us. It seemed to both spring up out of nowhere and feel like it was meant to be all along. It was only natural that Harry should wind up finding love in the same family where he found…well, family. It was refreshing to finally see someone in Hogwarts see Harry as the proud and pensive catch that he was.

While it wasn't really captured in the films, Ginny becomes a true leader of rebel forces like no other. She's a strong, determined and alluring young woman who always there to fight the forces of evil as a member of Dumbledore's Army. Ginny is the quintessential "girl who got her guy" – and we wouldn't have it any other way.


Gilderoy Lockhart

Gilderoy Lockhart is a real charmer. It's through sheer charisma (and the occasional memory charm) that he established himself in society as one of the most accomplished wizards of all time, without actually performing any of the heroic acts he claims to have done in numerous best-selling books.

The vain and self-aggrandizing Lockhart's habit of exaggerating his own deeds would backfire when he was hired as the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He would at first relish the position as yet another avenue of self-promotion, but his buffoonery and incompetence soon get the best of Lockhart. His false claims are revealed by Harry Potter and his friends after Lockhart cowardly attempted to flee the school upon being ordered to confront the monster in the Chamber of Secrets.