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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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3703 Points

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 :)

Posted by Christine on July 14, 2009, 08:04 PM report to moderator
16258 Points

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.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on July 14, 2009, 08:34 PM report to moderator
7475 Points

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!

Posted by Luce-Lupin !~ROAR~! on July 14, 2009, 08:59 PM report to moderator
35 Points

I c wut u did there, IGN. Voldemort number seven.

Posted by HuffleBee on July 14, 2009, 09:02 PM report to moderator
459 Points

Is this based on the movies or books?

Posted by lupinwandcaster on July 14, 2009, 09:38 PM report to moderator
192 Points

Cho really shouldn’t be on the list at all….neither should umbridge or wormatil. 3 least fave characters.

Posted by PadfootLover4ever on July 14, 2009, 09:38 PM report to moderator
459 Points

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.

Posted by lupinwandcaster on July 14, 2009, 09:43 PM report to moderator
459 Points

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.

Posted by lupinwandcaster on July 14, 2009, 09:47 PM report to moderator
184 Points

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.

Posted by Bookwormjules on July 14, 2009, 10:30 PM report to moderator
459 Points


Posted by lupinwandcaster on July 14, 2009, 10:40 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Worthless tripe…

Posted by Won_Two on July 14, 2009, 11:44 PM report to moderator

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??!!!!!

Posted by pottershrink on July 15, 2009, 12:48 AM report to moderator

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.

Posted by Fan123 on July 15, 2009, 02:34 AM report to moderator
38 Points

Luna should definitely be higher than Cho! And this really should have been based on the books.

Posted by Elizabeth Taylor on July 15, 2009, 03:57 AM report to moderator
38 Points

I almost forgot… how can they not include Mr. and Mrs. Weasley or Dobby?

Posted by Elizabeth Taylor on July 15, 2009, 04:00 AM report to moderator
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