Top Ten Tuesday {14}

Tuesday, August 16, 2011






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I've been waiting for this one for a while. It's time I honour my all-time favourite series with a full post, and thus, I'm doing my top ten favourite characters from Harry Potter!

1. Albus Dumbledore - He will always be at the top of my list. Whether he was giving silly speeches (nitwit, blubber, oddment, tweak?), consoling and guiding Harry, or leading good wizards on a path of good magic and decency, he was a hero. I've never cried so hard about a character before in my life, but Dumbledore was it. He was the epitome of perfection for me.

2. Sirius Black - We never really got to know James Potter, so what I can figure is that Sirius is as close to a father as Harry ever really had. Despite his demons and his tragic past, Sirius loved Harry for all he was worth. His character made Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for me.

3. Severus Snape - So sue me...his bark was far worse than his bite. Even though he was pretty much a greasy, slimy little douchebag rat for most of the book, he redeemed himself in the end. Plus, the depth of his character was fantastic.

4. Dobby - He wasn't the biggest character in stature, perhaps, but his role was more powerful than some of the biggest and baddest in the entire series. One little house elf changed Harry's life and many more, plus his heart and spirit was far bigger than he was. I want to keep him for myself.

5. Bellatrix Lestrange - Now, before you kill me or call me a Death Eater, allow me to clarify. She's one nasty b*tch, but good Lord is she a crazy good character. I mean, she's psycho, for sure, but without her, the final installments of Harry Potter would be lacking their token freak.

6. Ron Weasley - Oh, Ronald. How I love thee. Perhaps it's because he's so unsure of himself and self-deprecating, or perhaps it's because he's nearly always there for Harry, or even perhaps it's because he's just a kind, good person. Ron is faithful and true, and without him, Harry would be missing half of who he was.

7. Voldemort - No, I do not love Voldemort, but I love his characterization, for sure. Think of evil incarnate, and he's right up there with the devil, himself. It's not that his physical appearance matches how evil I would imagine him to be, but rather than he's that heinous. Just when I thought he couldn't get worse, he did.

8. Neville Longbottom - He's so cooky. I mean, c'mon. The poor guy was a blathering fool for a good bit, but he had a heart of gold. To watch him transform into the hero he so desperately wanted to be was a real treat.

9. Luna Lovegood - While we're talking about cooky characters, allow me to say how much I stinkin' love this girl! She's so strange! There was absolutely nothing normal about her which made her that much more intriguing, plus she didn't give a crap what anyone thought about her.

10. Hagrid - He's got a heart as big as he is - perhaps even bigger, if that's possible. I remember thinking he was like a big, doofus teddy-bear when I first read about him, but watching him grow from friend, to mentor, to ally to Harry was incredible, and I loved him every moment.

26 comments:

  1. Great picks! My favorites are Snape and Hermione

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  2. What?!!!? Fred and George didn't make the list but Snape did?!!? We need to talk!

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  3. I still need to read the books. Seen all the movies and read the last one. Just wondering if the books are better? Great picks though.

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  4. Oh, good for you! I'd probably ponder my top ten favourite HP characters forever and still not be able to come up with a sufficient answer.

    I love your list though! And I love how all of the characters on this list, and indeed the entire series, are so well developed and complex. I love how Jo leads us readers to believe certain things about a character (like James or Dumbledore or Snape) only to throw us for a loop as she reveals a certain aspect from their pasts that completely changes the way you feel about them!

    I love that you put bad guys on your list too. Jo knows how to write some good baddies. For that reason, I think if I did have a list, Umbridge would make it onto mine. If it's possible, I think I hated her even more than Bellatrix and Voldemort! At least they weren't acting under the guise of goodness which is what I found so absolutely frustrating about Umbridge.

    Shout out to cooky characters! Neville with his nimbulus mimbletonia, Luna with her Spectrespecs, and Trelawney with her sherry bottles. Love them all!

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  5. This is my favorite top ten thus far! Snape is probably one of my favorite characters now that I think of it. Rowling really outdid herself with him. Up until the end you didn't know which side he was on. He has so many layers.

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  6. ~whispers~ I still haven't read HP. So sad :(

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  7. Snape and Sirius are my favs :D Awwww I love them

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  8. Fabulous list! A real testament to characters who literally jump off the page and into our hearts. I am so glad you included Luna too as she is one of my favs mainly because of her kookiness.

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  9. Luna! She'd be on my list too. And of course Dobby and Ron (Ron is just amazing in every way). I think Fred would probably be on my list - but Dumbledore, of course, HAS to be there. Most of my favourite quotes from the book are from him. And he rocked those half-moon spectacles ;).

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  10. Love your pics!! Luna is one of my top three, I think, and I swear someday I will name a pet "Dobby" -- probably a cat, though, because they are their own masters. (heehee) And to answer a question posted somewhere above: YES! THE BOOKS ARE BETTER!--SOOOOOO MUCH BETTER!!!!!

    And to pose a question of my own: Did anyone else think Crookshanks was going to turn out to be Regulus Black (as an animagous) before book 7? It made sense to me (chased the Rat, Pettigrew, etc.) And speaking of Pettigrew -- I just love how JKR says so much with her character name choices!

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  11. These characters are all great! And I enjoyed the bad ones you have mentioned as well, as they were so well drawn. The kind you love to hate. :) And Luna! She is really on the top of my list too. lol. Wonderful list!

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  12. Ahem. I cannot believe Ron is so far down your list. AND WHERE IS HERMOINE?! (C'mon, you knew that would be controversial) :-)

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  13. I love your list and I agree with every one of them. I also get the thing about Bellatrix and Voldy BUT Hermione isn't a favorite?

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  14. After watching the last movie, I have to put Snape first. My heart broke for the guy. It change my pov about him.

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  15. Is it just me or is Harry Potter himself missing from the list!? :P
    Also I am glad you had Sirius Black at the top. He is my favorite character! :D
    Check out my TOP 10

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  16. I agree with you about Bellatrix. There's something so fascinating about those totally insane characters. It's one of the reasons that I think Bellatrix and Umbridge were scarier villains than Voldemort... he just didn't have the absolutely nuts factor.

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  17. I love the fact that Harry isn't even on the list! There are SO many great characters in this series. <3 Great list! :)

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  18. Great idea for the freebie Top Ten! I happen to love Bellatrix, though that's probably partly due to Helena Bonham Carter playing her in the movies. I love Sirius and Snape, too, though Hermione will always be my favorite. And Dumbledore... of course. :)

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  20. Don't shoot me! I still haven't read HP! I know, but I have watched the movies. Okay, that doesn't help at all. But I like Luna Lovegood! She's strange and just weird. Which I love. ;) lol.

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  21. Awesome post! I like Hermione and Dumbledore... and Professor McGonagal (is that how you spell it?), hehe. And I haven't read past half of the fifth book, I know, I know, I'm crazy, lol.

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  22. Snape is my favorite, followed by Hermoine and the Weasley twins. Great list of characters!

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  23. Great picks! Snape is my fav. I agree with what you said about Bellatrix. I also think Dudley is interesting given his slight maturity over the series.

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  24. I love that Dumbledore tops your list! I think my favorite HP character is Hermione. This was such a creative way to answer this prompt. Great job, love!

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  25. Yay for Dobby, Neville, and Sirius making the list! JK Rowling is incredible at writing such amazing characters,

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