While the main characters in the series – Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore and Voldemort – receive the most attention, the ones who are in the background bring so much more to the story. In no particular order:
1. Draco Malfoy – In the sixth book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Malfoy, very briefly, shows his true colors. He’s on the good side. He doesn’t have the same passion to kill like the rest of the Death Eaters and Voldemort do, but he can’t fully reveal that because of his family’s alliance to Voldemort.
2. Luna Lovegood – Her breathy voice and quirky characteristics can’t help but make you smile. You never know what she is going to say next. Starting early in the fifth book, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” she proves her alliance to Harry, and for the rest of the series, is someone he can rely on.
3. Severus Snape – Good or Evil? There are many times throughout the series where it can go either way. But where will he stand in the final battle? Only time will tell.
4. Remus Lupin – When he first appeared in the third book, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” he was someone Harry could trust. He mentored Harry not only because he was James’ son, but also because he truly loved him. He especially helped Harry after the death of his godfather, Sirius Black.
5. Dobby – He is arguably the most underrated character in the whole series. While I might have been extremely upset with him in the second book, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” he is such a lovable creature who is committed to his friendship with Harry and will do anything to keep him alive.
6. Fred and George Weasley – The entire Weasley family is wonderful, but the twins bring the best comic relief to the series. They are the brothers everyone wishes to have.
7. Neville Longbottom – His character grows so much through the whole series. He is always worried he is a disappointment to Gram, but he turns out to be the greatest fighter when most needed.
8. Sybill Trelawney – She is definitely an odd character, but she created the prophecy, and without her, there would be no Harry Potter series. It’s only right that she is on the list.
9. Dolores Umbridge – While Voldemort was the main villain in the series, Umbridge was a close second. I don’t think a character has ever made me so furious. Her voice, clothing and the “hem, hem” she always did just dug right under my skin. But yet, I still love the character.
10. Rubeus Hagrid – He is like a big, cuddly teddy bear. He shows nothing but love for Hogwarts, the students, and of course, the magical creatures. He may cause some trouble, but he means well in everything he does.
Mataloni is a sophomore news/Internet journalism and music major and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org