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The 25 Greatest Harry Potter Characters
You voted, we counted - and here are JK Rowling's most memorable creations

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Lord Voldemort
Books: All of them (sort of) except Prisoner Of Azkaban

Films: All of them (sort of) except Prisoner Of Azkaban

Played by: Ralph Fiennes, Richard Bremmer, Ian Hart (voice), Christian Coulson, Frank Dillane, Hero Fiennes

It would be hard to argue that Voldemort is anyone's favourite character - except maybe for Bellatrix - but he's certainly one of the best. Through flashbacks and memories, we see him grow from lonely orphan to the monster he becomes, psychotic and loveless. Voldemort's obsessed with living forever - and ensuring that whatever steps he takes to do are invulnerable to interference from outside - but it's hard to see what he has to live for, since his existence seems to be either miserable or fixated on the aforementioned mission. If he'd focused his life on keeping his nose and hair, and maybe not sparking two Wizarding Wars, he might've been happier. Then again, if he had done that, we would have been deprived of one of the great villains, who announced his rebirth by ordering the death of Him From Twilight and went on to terrorise a nation.
Trivia: JK Rowling wrote much of the early Potter books in the Elephant Café in Edinburgh, near Greyfriars churchyard, where there is a tombstone with the name Tom Riddle. Rowling has acknowledged that this may have inspired Voldemort's name.

Memorable Quote: "Only I can live forever."

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Posted on Friday March 15, 2013, 18:02 by Ryanjae29
for me: 3.ron 2.harry 1.severus Read More

2 Favourite quote for Draco? I don't think so...
Posted on Wednesday August 22, 2012, 18:04 by LLawliet101
I can't believe Draco's memorable quote was put down as 'Nice face, Potter'. Surely it was 'My father will hear about this'? Read More

Posted on Thursday April 19, 2012, 16:44 by jackknows
I think draco should be MUCH higher Read More

Posted on Friday March 23, 2012, 23:57 by missyreah
Ron's my favourite but he's always underrated. Great to see him at the top for once. Love Arthur Weasley too - he's brilliant in the books. Read More

5 Mad-eye!
Posted on Saturday January 7, 2012, 10:29 by dannyfletch
My personal favourite is professor Mad-Eye followed by Sirius Black, Hagrid and then Dumbledore. I must admit that Harry is probably near the bottom of my list Read More

Posted on Thursday November 10, 2011, 14:38 by Everest95
Hermione has to be number one, shes hot in the films Read More

Posted on Thursday October 27, 2011, 16:28 by OpenMindedMovieFan
This list has all the right characters in the wrong order, but the number 1 was dead right. my top 3 3. Remus Lupin 2.Albus Dumbledore 1.Severus Snape Read More

Posted on Thursday October 13, 2011, 23:26 by Cyberleader
You don't think Voldy can be described as anyone's 'favourite'? I beg to differ. I know loads of people with a genuine affection for the dark lord. Like The Joker, he's got a bit of a fan club out there... Read More

9 Severus Snape
Posted on Friday September 16, 2011, 15:28 by angel503
i love snape you always think that he is the bad guy and than it shocks you that he loved lilly and liked harry a little lol sooo sad that he died in the books he will be missed but i feel so sorry for him though he truly is the best character :) Read More

10 RE: Re
Posted on Friday August 12, 2011, 14:10 by Antcav
my favourites for the fact they start off a bit annoying, become great rebels and then become strong characters in the final two films must the weasley twins.... fantastic guys - kept smiling, laughing and (sorry i know it's sad) crying..... Read More

11 RE: Re
Posted on Thursday August 11, 2011, 15:37 by snazzy_sophie
After seeing the final film...McGonagall is deservedly one of the best characters! Read More

12 Re
Posted on Saturday August 6, 2011, 19:01 by Lindea
@Moviekid I'm guessing that a lot of the Harry/Ron/Hermione votes might come from people who haven't read the books. Though he might not be the "best" character, my personal favourite is and will always be Remus. I think that Snape's first place is well deserved, but how his "memorable quote" wasn't "Always" is a mystery to me. That is probably my favourite quote from the whole series. Read More

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Posted on Monday July 18, 2011, 00:04 by MovieKid
Im schocked anyone voted for harry, ron or hermione. Easily the worst characters. I would have liked people to make more obscure votes for characters they like it would have been a more interesting list. Read More

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Posted on Friday July 15, 2011, 21:24 by directorscut
RON? RON?  BLOODY RON?  The writer is out of his/her tree.  The heart of the three?  More like the moaning, useless pillock of the three. They seem to have a hard-on for the Weasleys when even wet towels like Ginny get onto the list. Madeye Moody, Lockheart and Umbridge the three best characters, are deplorably low. Read More

15 RE: Underrated Guilderoy
Posted on Thursday July 14, 2011, 20:39 by Drone
Ron in first for me personally, and Mr Weasley a close second!  Great characters.  Snape is still a good choice however; I remember all the discussions about his motives when the books were being released; many pages of hardcore Snape fans desperate for the truth.  I can't think of many ficitonal characters so wicked that fans have wanted to be so good. Read More

16 RE: Spoilers
Posted on Thursday July 14, 2011, 15:06 by brucejackiejet
n the trailer is hardly an excuse. I've managed to avoid the trailer so I wouldn't have known until your article.p; Get over it mate, if you were so worried that you avoided the trailers, then reading a big Empire feature on the Potter universe before seeing the film was a bit of daft thing to do really. And to say that the film has been 'spoiled' because you now know one line of dialogue is perhaps overreacting a little wouldn't you say? My suggestion - Go see the film, then read articles about it. Read More

17 RE: Sorry for being a real pedant
Posted on Thursday July 14, 2011, 12:52 by pauljthomas
Based on the films so far I would say Ron at number 1, but it's Snape's revelation that we know from the book that has bagged this number 1 slot!!!   On another note, how can giving away details of the final film be spoilers??, they're in the book if you cared to read it!!! Read More

18 RE: Spoilers
Posted on Wednesday July 13, 2011, 19:12 by Vadersville
Being in the trailer is hardly an excuse. I've managed to avoid the trailer so I wouldn't have known until your article. Read More

19 RE: Spoilers
Posted on Wednesday July 13, 2011, 18:04 by Helen OHara
Both the quote, and most of the description, are given away in the trailer. Abbsalah and Enzino, those two have been corrected. Read More

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