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Posted by: Rosi
June 22, 2011, 06:25 PM

For day two of Leaky's Dear Mr. Potter Daily Giveaway leave the answer to the following question in the comments: who was your favourite character when you first started the Harry Potter series and how has that changed (if it has) over the years? A quick reminder that this contest is open to registered Leaky members who can be contacted via their MyLeaky profiles, are over age of 13, and who are resident in the United States. Over the next four days we'll be giving away one copy of Dear Mr. Potter: Letters of Love, Loss, and Magic each day to a lucky commenter.

Leave your answers below, and good luck!

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I loved Sirius at first, always thinking he was the most badass Marauder. As the series went on, and I grew up and reread it, I began to have way more love/respect for Remus. Sirius was the bad-boy, but he often took unnecessary risks. Not to say that they weren’t to genuinely good characters.

Posted by RemusRox on June 22, 2011, 07:48 PM report to moderator
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I have been a hardcore Fred/George fan since the beginning. No amount of the ever emotionally challenged Harry could make sympathy stir within my heart. Any attempts at relating to the brilliantly brainy Hermione was out of the question. And dearest Ronald was quite the whiner in his day, plus he just reminds me of my younger brother. Lovely Snape was always a winner to me, I rooted for him even when he killed Dumbledore (not to mention his whole tragic past that made him such a complex character appealed to my dramatic side). Countless other characters appeal to me, and I still have problems deciding who goes where on my top ten lists, but still, since the beginning, it has always been Fred and George. Their comedy at times brought me to tears, even more than the dramatic death of that awful house elf (I know you secretly loathed him too, don’t deny it!). But yes, always and forever, the Weasley twins will remain in my heart as the most epic, brilliant, amazing, and awesome dynamic duo to grace the wizarding world.

Posted by gozkwaby on June 22, 2011, 07:53 PM report to moderator
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When I first started reading the series my favorite character was Hermione, because she was very intelligent. Although this caused many people to not like her she showed the bravery the Sorting Hat saw in her when she was sorted into Gryffindor, and pulled through. Later in the series though I found that I liked Luna just as well because she also faced the same negativity from other people due to her uniqueness. Overall, I like both Hermione and Luna because they’re intelligent and are both brave and are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in!

Posted by Kblackwell7 on June 22, 2011, 07:54 PM report to moderator
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I can’t remember starting out who my favorite character was. Actually, that’s a lie. It wasn’t until the 5th book did I discover someone who was akin to a kindred spirit for me: Nymphadora Tonks. She was cool, funny, sassy, smart, brave, ab…normal in the best way, cheery… everything I loved about her was everything I ever wanted to be.
And then she flaked out. She let A GUY get her down. Granted, it was a good intentioned, if very confused, and well-liked male character already established in the book. BUT STILL.
So ever since then, Luna Lovegood has become my favorite character. I’ve always loved her from the moment she stepped on the the scene. What personality, what pizazz! Such a delightful quirky individual! A breath of fresh air, nargle free. And the way she maintains her cool in desperate times? THAT is a female figure to look up to.
I still like Tonks, I even named my late cat after her, but for me it’s now Luna who takes the #1 spot in my Faves list.

Posted by SiriusHPfanatic {*SQUEE!*} on June 22, 2011, 07:54 PM report to moderator
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My favorite character from day one, and who still has a very special place in my heart today, was Harry. Even though I have many favorite characters since I first read Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry still holds a spot in my heart that I honestly believe no one will ever be able to replace. He became like a brother to me when I was little, someone who could always help me out of a problem and let me escape with him- if only for a while. He later became a best friend who was always there to help me through a move to a new town or state; he always got me through. Now, that I’m almost 21 years old and trying to prepare myself for the finale in a few weeks, I feel like I need him now more than ever. He’s gotten me through so much and I know he’ll help me get through this, and the rest of my life, too.

Posted by Katie_Potter09 on June 22, 2011, 07:59 PM report to moderator
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For the first two books I was in love with Harry most and that love carried over to Ron and Hermione. Then book three came out and I fell hard for Lupin. He has remained my all time favorite character for the remainder of the series and I was torn apart by his death. Even more so, because it was only momentarily mentioned and then it was like “on to the next!” There was just something about him and I can’t even put it into words. Despite him being a werewolf I always felt like he was comforting and safe. It is really funny to feel so attached to such a minor character, but I am. Maybe some day Ms. Rowling will find it in her heart to write a series of books about the Marauders and their adventures.

Posted by TrendHater73 on June 22, 2011, 08:00 PM report to moderator
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Snape and Draco Malfoy have been my favorites since book one and that hasn’t changed. I always knew there was a lot to their characters even then and got into many arguements with my friends about it. Snape turned out to be one of the good guys after all and Draco was just trying to make his dad approve of him, like a lot of kids do.

Posted by yannie22 on June 22, 2011, 08:12 PM report to moderator
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Well, when I first started reading the books my favorite character was Dumbledore. As a ten year old fourth grader, it was very easy for me to look up to Dumbledore and see him as a father figure to all the characters, and readers like me! I saw him as a flawless person who was always there to save the day (like he does in books 1 and 5 especially), which is what lead me to feel safe as a reader when the trio was at Hogwarts. I respected him beyond belief too. But then, like the trio, I grew up and saw him in a different light. Especially after the Deathly Hallows, I saw him as a very flawed character, who made a lot of mistakes and was always willing to sacrifice people he loved ‘for the greater good.’ Like Snape, I really disliked that fact, and that was when I grew slightly disenchanted with Dumbledore. Unfortunately, I stopped looking up at him because I was no longer the nieve ten year old that I had been when I started the series (It’s funny how we all grew up with the characters). Thus, after Deathly Hallows, my favorite character became Severus Snape. I am so unbelievably fascinated with the way that he was written. He is so flawed, but for some reason that made me like him way more. Unlike Dumbledore, Snape wasn’t flawed because of many definitive mistakes, he was flawed because of his emotions. He had such a love for Lily, yet such a hate for James: what a contrast! And after what both those characters did to poor young Snape, for him to grow up and end up making it possible for Harry to defeat Voldemort makes him admirable beyond belief; much more admirable than Dumbledore giving safety to a ten year old reader. So I am still constantly drawn to the beautiful way he was written by Jo, that’s the main reason I love him, I like to see his struggle; his dichotomy! But I also love the fact that he embodies all of the characteristics of each house! He is loyal to Dumbledore and Harry (like a Hufflepuff), he is so cunning and intelligent (like a Slytherin and Ravenclaw), yet he is also perhaps one of the bravest characters in the whole series (like a Gryffindor). He did so many great things in his life, how couldn’t you love him! What a great character!

Posted by Alex246 on June 22, 2011, 08:16 PM report to moderator
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From the very start, Neville Longbottom’s sweet innocence and surprising bravery made me adore him. As he grew, I wanted to shield him from all the bad things that would happen to him, but as I saw him deal with what came and especially in The Deathly Hallows, re-starting the DA and killing Nagini, my heart swelled with pride. People loved watching Harry, Hermione and Ron grow up, but for me, it’s always been Neville.

Posted by rbhudson on June 22, 2011, 08:21 PM report to moderator
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Whenever I first started to read the series, my favorite character was the main one, Harry. Of course that’s how most eight-year-olds think. However, over the years my favorite character took shape into Hermione and then to Luna. Luna remains the most interesting character for me because we are so alike. Strange and outcasts from most of society, but still accepted by the best of friends.

Posted by readhp1008 on June 22, 2011, 08:22 PM report to moderator
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My favourite character from the beginning has been Professor Severus Snape.

At the beginning, when I first read the books in 4th grade before the films came out, I was so intrigued by how Snape was. I wanted to know more about him. I wanted to know why he was the way he was with Harry. Why did he treat him as an incompetent idiot? I wanted to also know why he was part of Voldemort’s alliance afterwards and why he was at Hogwarts. Why was he a death eater and why was he at Hogwarts ? I felt as though he must’ve been a secret agent for one or the other. My liking in Snape grew even more in the order of the phoenix but, more in the Half Blood Prince because I got to know his side of the story and who exactly he was as a person and why he hated James Potter. I love how the books actually morphed him into this great person that was always helping Harry and was always there. I felt so horrible when he died. :( but was so happy to hear Harry named one of his children after him. What an honor.

Posted by camiwamicat on June 22, 2011, 08:22 PM report to moderator
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Whenever I first started to read the series, my favorite character was the main one, Harry. Of course that’s how most eight-year-olds think. However, over the years my favorite character took shape into Hermione and then to Luna. Luna remains the most interesting character for me because we are so alike. Strange and outcasts from most of society, but still accepted by the best of friends.

Posted by readhp1008 on June 22, 2011, 08:22 PM report to moderator
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My favourite character from the beginning has been Professor Severus Snape.

At the beginning, when I first read the books in 4th grade before the films came out, I was so intrigued by how Snape was. I wanted to know more about him. I wanted to know why he was the way he was with Harry. Why did he treat him as an incompetent idiot? I wanted to also know why he was part of Voldemort’s alliance afterwards and why he was at Hogwarts. Why was he a death eater and why was he at Hogwarts ? I felt as though he must’ve been a secret agent for one or the other. My liking in Snape grew even more in the order of the phoenix but, more in the Half Blood Prince because I got to know his side of the story and who exactly he was as a person and why he hated James Potter. I love how the books actually morphed him into this great person that was always helping Harry and was always there. I felt so horrible when he died. :( but was so happy to hear Harry named one of his children after him. What an honor.

Posted by camiwamicat on June 22, 2011, 08:23 PM report to moderator
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In the beginning, after reading the first four books, Hedwig was my favorite character. There seemed to be a lot going on it that owl. She seemed to be some kind of female part of Harry. She never took any crap from him. And she obviously did not consider herself to be a pet, but some kind of guardian, or at least a watchful presence. Last year I felt really insulted when someone told me that Hedwig had been “a faithful pet”. Even though normally I love the word “pet”, in referring to Hedwig it seemed so demeaning.

Hedwig is still one of my favorites, but I see her as someone I admire, not someone I relate to. The character I love the most, because I understand her, is Luna. She is my husband’s favorite too because she reminds him of me. There have been a lot of times, especially lately at work, when I feel like people see me as flakey and out-there, and I feel so misunderstood and upset, and then I remember how Luna accepted all of those judgments so serenely. I love her for that, and for just being happy being Luna.

Posted by Gwynog'srabbit on June 22, 2011, 08:41 PM report to moderator
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My favorite is Hagrid. I love how he was always there for Harry, Ron and Hermione. Plus his amusing fanatic love of odd creatures. Hagrid was there for everyone. His loving heart for the school and the students. Hagrid will always be a hero forever !!!!

Posted by djembe300 on June 22, 2011, 08:43 PM report to moderator
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