Tier Ranking Harry Potter Characters

I’m tier ranking characters from Harry Potter. I have six tiers: The Best, Good, Love to Hate, Meh, Not Great, and Bad.

Bad: Bellatrix Lestrange, Cho Chang, Rita Skeeter, Fenrir Greyback, and Aunt Marge

These are characters I don’t like. The only reason I hate Bellatrix is because she kills my favorite character, and I will never forgive her for that. Cho is stereotyped, and I don’t like her character or her relationship with Harry. If she weren’t a walking stereotype, I might like her more. Rita, Greyback, and Marge are just terrible people. I hope I never meet anyone like them in real life.

Not Great: Percy Weasley, Albus Dumbledore, Lord Voldemort, Cornelius Fudge, Barty Crouch, Mundungus Fletcher, and Stan Shunpike

Percy, Fudge, Crouch, Mundungus, and Stan have questionable morals. They’re not quite as terrible as the characters in the Bad category, but they’re close. Voldemort is in this category because I feel like he isn’t very well developed, especially given that he’s the primary antagonist. I want to know more about his motives and why he does what he does. I know Dumbledore being in this category is an extremely unpopular opinion, but I personally have issues with most of what Dumbledore does. I understand why other people like him, and I also understand why he does what he does, but I don’t agree with it.

Meh: Bill Weasley, Mad Eye Moody, Cedric Diggory, Viktor Krum, Professor Trelawney, Fleur Delacour, Crabbe, Goyle, Dean Thomas, Oliver Wood, James Potter, Lily Potter, Seamus Finnigan, Igor Karkaroff, Madame Pomfrey, Rufeus Scrimgeour, Lavendar Brown, Professor Flitwick, Angelina Johnson, Griphook, the Patil twins, Ollivander, Katie Bell, Madame Maxime, Lee Jordan, Professor Sprout, Aberforth Dumbledore, Colin Creevey, Bathilda Bagshot, Amos Diggory, the Fat Lady, and Pansy Parkinson

These are characters who don’t show up much or I just don’t have an opinion on. That’s all there is to it.

Love to Hate: Professor Umbridge, Vernon Dursley, Petunia Dursley, Peter Pettigrew, Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Filch, Gilderoy Lockhart, Professor Quirrell

These are characters who are terrible people, and I love hating them. Harry Potter wouldn’t be Harry Potter without these loveable villains.

Good: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Molly Weasley, Arthur Weasley, Rubeus Hagrid, Professor McGonagall, Dobby, Dudley Dursley, Horace Slughorn, Luna Lovegood, Kreacher, Nymphadora Tonks, Moaning Myrtle, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Narcissa Malfoy, and Remus Lupin

There are so many characters in Harry Potter that I can’t put them all in the top tier. These are all characters I like and enjoy reading about, but they’re not my absolute favorites. I know it’s unpopular of me to put the main trio in this category, but I generally never like the protagonist of a story. I do want to explain why a few of the characters are in this tier. Dudley Dursley makes it into Good rather than Love to Hate because at the beginning of The Deathly Hallows he shows there’s hope that he will be better than his parents. Kreacher is in this tier because of how he behaves in The Deathly Hallows. I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it. Narcissa Malfoy isn’t in the series all that much, but she is pivotal to the ending, so I put her in this category.

Great: Severus Snape, Ginny Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, and Sirius Black

These are my absolute favorite characters in the series. I didn’t like Snape or Neville until my most recent read. I really love how deep Snape’s character is and how great Neville’s character arc is. Ginny is just a fun character, and I love watching her grow over the course of the series. The twins are really fun, and I will never forgive this series for what it does to them. Sirius Black is just an awesome guy, though I will admit he doesn’t have the best character development.

That’s my ranking of the Harry Potter characters. These are of course my opinions, and you are welcome to disagree with me. Were you surprised by any of my choices? Were any of them obvious? Let me know in the comments.

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