Empire reveals the greatest Harry Potter characters

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by John Nugent |
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We asked, you voted. The polls have closed, the ballots are in, the Sorting Hat has tallied things up for us – now we can present, definitively and categorically, the greatest Harry Potter characters ever.

With Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them on Empire’s latest cover, we invited Potter fans around the world to vote, and we’ve now whittled down the many and various wizards, muggles, creatures and beasties from J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to a list of 30.

Here’s 30-11...

30 – The Sorting Hat

29 – Lily Potter

28 – Cedric Diggory

27 – Buckbeak

26 – Lucius Malfoy

25 – Dolores Umbridge

24 – Arthur Weasley

23 – Gilderoy Lockhart

22 – Hedwig

21 – Nymphadora Tonks

20 – Ginny Weasley

19 – Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody

18 – Draco Malfoy

17 - Molly Weasley

16 – Voldemort

15 – George Weasley

14 – Bellatrix Lestrange

13 – Fred Weasley

12 – Dobby

11 – Neville Longbottom

And here's the top 10:

10 – Minerva McGonagall

9 – Hagrid

8 – Luna Lovegood

7 – Ron Weasley

6 – Albus Dumbledore

5 – Harry Potter

4 – Remus Lupin

3 – Sirius Black

2 – Hermione Granger

1 – Severus Snape

Yep, Harry Potter, the guy whose name is in the title, only just scrapes the top 5 of the greatest Harry Potter characters. When we put this surprising outcome to the boy wizard himself, Daniel Radcliffe, he jokingly called it an "outrage", before magnanimously admitting: "I don't mind getting beaten by Snape... I'm very happy coming behind Alan Rickman."

Read the full feature – including more from Radcliffe and some tremendous Potter trivia – in the new issue of Empire. There's three Fantastic Beasts covers of the new issue available, including aworld-first moving cover. The issue goes on sale this Thursday, 27 October, but subscribers will have recieved their copies already.

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