Harry Potter books gifted us a whole new world that every reader could connect to. Although it was always fiction but J. K. Rowling made us all believe through her writing that such world actually exists. And till date, we’ve all been waiting for our Hogwarts letter to arrive! Likewise, the books have given a number of brilliant characters who portray various aspects of living and good human values. So today, we’re going to discuss some of the most amazing side characters presented by the masterpiece that is Harry Potter.
1. Molly Weasley
An incarnation of a wonderful, caring and rather strict mother, all these traits that made her perfect for not only the Weasley family but Harry, Hermione and even the readers. Always proficient in household magic, her bravery was also always commendable. Always knowing the threat of letting her family members and kids out in the battlefield, she never held them back but herself stepped in the battlefield. She was the mother that Harry deserved but was deprived if since always.Throughout Goblet of Fire, where Harry needed family more than ever to get him through the tournament, it was Molly who turned up to support Harry through the final task, when Harry was expecting no one. She gave him the parental affection that Harry so desperately craved. Also, in the Deathly Hallows, by defeating Bellatrix, she perfectly portrayed the invincible strength that motherly love beholds.
2. Luna Lovegood
‘Loony’, as the students at Hogwarts called her, (we have to admit) was one of our favourite characters of Harry Potter. She was weird in her own way but she always presented a different way of looking at the world. She had an unusual knack of speaking uncomfortable truths. She talked of very absurd things like they were very obvious. Believing in Nargals, defining cloud shapes during Quidditch commentary, stating that Zacharias Smith was suffering from ‘Loser’s Lurgy’ and believing everything her father published in Quibbler are some of her weird traits. She is a friend that most of us don’t even deserve but she always had very few friends. Her commendable portrayal of bravery and loyalty towards her friends is very evident in the books. Even her father betrayed Harry in the Deathly Hallows but she didn’t. She stood her ground and made her choices clear.
3. Neville Longbottom
The one who could have been the chosen one.
“Why is it always me?”, quite evident that Neville, round faced boy, was the one who always attracted trouble. In the beginning of the books, he was timid, away from spotlight and shy kind of a boy who kept on losing his toad. Through the books, we have witnessed continuous growth and improvement in the character. From not being able to use a spell to killing one of Voldemort’s most important horcrux, Neville has shown tremendous growth which could not have been possible if he were not determined and took failure as a stepping stone to success. Like Luna, he was also a loyal friend and always chose the right side. Even after believing that Harry was dead, he continued to fight for what is right. He never let the evil rule his mind. In the absence of Harry, he , along with Luna and Ginny, carried forward Dumbledore’s Army. Neville’s character can be summed up in the words of Dumbledore as “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
4. Ginny Weasley
We take a look at Ginny Weasley’s journey from blushing youngster to amazing Quidditch player and Hogwarts Hero. While many Harry Potter characters went on extreme journeys during the seven books, Ginny, arguably, grew the most. From the little girl who so desperately wanted to go to Hogwarts in Philosopher’s Stone, to the fierce dueller and wisecracking Quidditch hero she became, Ginny really shone with every new page we flipped. Being the brilliant caster of the Bat Bogey Hexes, she was the only member of SlugClub, other than Hermione, who was not a member because of Slughorn’s links but because of her abilities. In her own lines “Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve”. People who have only seen the movies quite haven’t got the right picture of Ginny’s character but it is evident even in the movies that Ginny is another brave character who time and again proved her loyalty and determination.Ginny was always a highly capable witch, used by her brother George as evidence that ‘size is no guarantee of power’.
5. Remus Lupin
In the film Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus told Harry that his mother Lily was ‘uncommonly kind’ – but the same could be said of him, too. Remus was pretty much good at everything. He received excellent grades during his time at Hogwarts, was made a prefect, helped create the incredibly detailed and magical Marauder’s Map, and could effortlessly cast a Patronus. But beyond being a talented wizard, one of Remus’s greatest skills was helping others to realise their potential. He was considered by the students in Harry’s year at Hogwarts to be the best Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher they’d ever had. By the time Lupin left Hogwarts, Harry was casting advanced protective spells. Would Harry have ever become an Auror without Remus as a teacher? When Remus left his wife, Nymphadora Tonks, and their newborn son Teddy to fight at the Battle of Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows, it was because he wanted to create a better future for his family. He wanted to protect his son from a world in which Voldemort was in power. Not only was he an inspiring and compassionate teacher but also a father figure for Harry.
6. Dobby, The Free Elf
Harry, Ron and Hermione were helped on the path to fight Voldemort by a gaggle of loyal friends but arguably none more devoted than Dobby. The plucky house-elf may have been a bit of a nightmare at times – redecorating the Dursleys’ kitchen with cake, hiding Harry’s personal post and almost getting him expelled weren’t ideal – but you can’t say he was never a great friend. Agreeing with your friends and backing them up is all well and good, but sometimes what they want is not what they need. Dobby’s methods of keeping Harry out of Hogwarts in Chamber of Secrets maybe weren’t such a good idea but he had great intention. Dobby was so committed to defending Harry that he stood up to the intimidating Lucius Malfoy just moments after being freed from servitude. He was the only paid house elf in Hogwarts, which is quite the evidence that he always stood up for his rights. None of us ever want our pals to be hurt, but Dobby was even willing to put himself in danger to save his friends. In Deathly Hallows, Dobby threw himself between Bellatrix Lestrange and Harry, announcing: ‘Dobby has come to save Harry Potter and his friends.’
7. Minerva McGonagall
Professor McGonagall has been a mother figure to Harry throughout the books. Even in the beginning when Harry was left at the doorsteps of Dursley family, she was worried about him and had developed a connection with him since then. This connection was afterall mutual since Harry also respected her, and when she was deeply insulted by one of the death eaters in The Deathly Hallows, he felt so revolted that he was able to perform an unforgivable curse for the first time. We’ve always enjoyed the subtle wink of Professor McGonagall, that wink that told us she wasn’t all strict – and despite her resolute veneer, she was actually one of the most supportive and considerate teachers in Hogwarts. When Neville Longbottom was dismayed with his O.W.L. results, McGonagall, in her very matter-of-fact way, supported him. When Harry Potter yelled at Professor Umbridge vowing Lord Voldemort had returned, McGonagall reacted to a student waging war with a fellow teacher by offering him a biscuit. We must also commend McGonagall for being the rock that Professor Dumbledore needed. On the terrible night of Lily and James Potter’s deaths, for example, it was she who was by his side to deliver a baby Harry on to his new life. After all, the steely Head of Gryffindor house had always been a winning combination of no-nonsense and compassion: she was a character carefully crafted with light and shade all wrapped up in a neat, tight bun.
Summing up the article, Harry Potter books have presented to us a range of character who embodied the most important values that we ought to bring into our lives and ourselves. These characters will certainly be with the readers throughout their lives.
About the Author:
Chhaya Thakur (PGGCG 11)