J. K Rowling has amazed the world with her Harry Potter Series. The way she has created fictional characters in her novels, Harry Potter Series, is commendable. Harry Potter, a series of seven fantasy novels, chronicles the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends. The books introduce us to the imaginative wizardry world and acclimatize us to supernatural occurrences in that world. To leave a phenomenal impact on her audience, the writer has created a series of fictional characters who tend to amaze us in every book. Revisiting Harry Potter Characters in this article will equip the readers with a better understanding of the writer’s ideas, emotions, and feelings.

Some of the Major Characters of Harry Potter are as follows.

1.      Harry Potter

Harry Potter is the protagonist of the novel. Orphanage and dividend, he lives with his aunt and uncle, Dursleys. There, he faces maltreatment of the Dursleys and gets tormented by their obnoxious son, Dudley. Unaware of his abilities, Harry grows up to be a timid boy. Unwillingly, he accepted this miserable plight, but fate has decided something else for him. All books revolve around his gradual transformation from weak to a mighty hero. The lightning-shaped scar on his forehead withstands the confrontation between good and bad magic that created that scar. In addition, the story revolves around his vengeance for his parent’s wrongful death, who died to save their son. Throughout, Harry learns many things while confronting dangers, defeats, and enemies before he can finally catch up with the peaceful life’s track.

2.      Lord Voldemort

Lord Voldemort, an epitome of evil, is yet another significant character of the novel. He was a great wizard who chose evil and disastrous ways to become lord of the wizarding world. Using one of the forbidden and fatal curses, Voldemort tried to kill Harry during his childhood. But his parents, James and Lily, lost their lives while protecting their son from Voldemort’s killing curse. Throughout the text, Voldemort tries to defeat death using his high-flying magic and deceit. But, the dark lord’s death was destined on the hands of Harry Potter as per prophecy revealed even before the birth of Harry.

3.      Professor Albus Dumbledor

Professor Albus Dumbledore was kind, clever and witty man. He was a master of the Hogwarts School. Although he was a famous wizard, yet he was humble and kind, as his name suggests. As the order of backstory, the writer unfolds that he designed the order of Phoenix, an organization designed to kill Voldemort. Moreover, he played a crucial role in Harry Potter’s life as he was the one sharing the burden of knowing. His teachings and advice not only shaped Harry Potter’s life but also helped him discover the purpose of his life. He allows Harry to practice things that other students would not perform. Moreover, he also makes Harry confront with his great fears. Thus, he plays a crucial role in shaping and reshaping Harry Potter’s character.

4.      Hermione Granger

Hermione Granger is another important character in the novel. Her character also develops significantly over the course of the text. Initially, she appears to be an annoying perfectionist, a kind of bookworm who finishes all the books for her class in advance. Her knowledge and actual understanding of witchcraft proved to be a boon for Harry when he confronts danger. When she first meets Harry on their way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, she tries to impress him using his philosophical ideas, whereas Harry only needs good company. As the story develops, we find that he showcases good behavior to outcast her feelings of inferiority. She belonged to a Muggle family and, unlike Harry, possesses little knowledge about witchcraft. However, her profound studies, mental resilience, strong personality win accolades for the writer.

5.      Draco Malfoy

Draco Malfoy is the son of logline Wizards, Malfoy. Draco was also a student in Harry’s year belonging to Slytherin’s house. He appears to be an arrogant, rude and snobbish character. He belongs to pureblood, and this sacred belonging makes him feel special all the time. He is characterized as a mischievous and cowardly bully who enjoys hurting others along with his henchmen, Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe. During the initial stages of Harry’s academic years, his presence unfolds the rude awakening to the world of wizards. Moreover, his presence at Hogwarts symbolizes meanness, cruelty, and evil. Like Voldemort, he is a caricature of evilness. His presence at Hogwarts continues to remind us that the struggle of good and evil is lasting. Every generation has its heroes and villains, and so is this series.

6.      Professor Severus Snape

Professor Severus Snape holds a significant position at Hogwarts. The truth about his personality remains a mystery till his demise. Initially,  Snape hates Harry Potter and appears to be an evil character for most of the text. His bad intentions and intended harmful action toward Harry grapple the minds of the readers. Moreover, his secret meetings with Voldemort further add negative quality to his character. However, in the end, he appeared to be a brave man. The writer unfolds that he deceived Voldemort to protect Harry. Also, he kept his everlasting love for Harry’s mother a secret and continued to protect Harry till his last breath.


Besides the above-stated characters, the novel has many other characters who play a significant role in plot development. Some other notable characters are Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell, Vernon Dursley, Ron Weasley, Rubeus Hagrid, and many more. In fact, every character of Harry Potter is important in one way or another. The writer has wisely connected them to provide a delightful treat to his readers. For those who are in love with Harry Potter, the sequence of the books and movies is as follows.

  1. Harry Potter and the Soccer’s Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow
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