by Cherszy (@cherszy)
Welcome back Harry Potter fans!
Either welcome back or welcome, but either way, I hope you’ll find this last part of my character tribute series to my favorite characters from 10 years of Harry Potter fandom interesting and hopefully make you appreciate some of the best characters from the sequels more.
I know you have appreciated them and being a great fan yourself, you’re probably grateful for such characters who have been filling your imagination with spells, curses, and their unique personalities. So, join me as we look back at some of those wonderful characters who have made our last 10 years more or less magical.
So, without further ado, the last 4 characters to which I give my tribute:
Being a wizard is cool. Being a giant is insanely interesting. Being a half-wizard giant? Now, that’s way too awesome!
A trustworthy keeper of the Forbidden Forest and a man with a heart as large as his pets, Hagrid is one great character worthy of our love. He’s been the kindest, warmest, and most protective character around. Well, definitely not the best at keeping secrets and finding the perfect girl but he is nevertheless memorable for all his great efforts and loyalty as a friend and as a protector.
He will be best missed for his laugh, his bulky body, his sensitivity, his humor, his love and care for Dumbledore, Harry and his friends, and all those whom he loved dearly, and most especially for his exotic, magical, and dangerous pets. I loved Norbert (or Norberta)! Such a lovely dragon for a pet, don’t you think?
Thank you Robbie Coltrane for playing Rubeus Hagrid for us! It’s been really a pleasure to have witnessed your character’s adventures through the years, and you did such a great job in making us fall in love with the man who guarded the Forbidden Forest.
Ah, well, people can be stupid abou’ their pets. (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Need I say why I love this particular ginger? With a great sense of humor and a large appetite, I think it is impossible to overlook the specialty of this character. A very interesting boy indeed. No wonder even a Hermione Granger fell in love with him. Can you blame her? He’s just too adorable!
Always on the lookout for good food (or just lots of food actually) and for some bickering sessions with Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley is definitely one of the more fun and crazy characters around. He’s just so childish, immature, and sensitive that one has no other way of responding to him but to laugh out loud. His insecurity and his lack of direction just make him one character we’re thankful to see on screen as he always lightens up the mood in the stories. Looks like it’s not only robes and school stuff are handed down to him by his equally hilarious twin brothers, Fred and George, but also the great sense of humor.
While he may be lacking knowledge in a couple of things here and there, Ron was clearly not lacking in one: loyalty. Though fearful of the dark side, he never shifted his allegiance from Harry, Hermione, and from those he loved. He was always there with them in every step of the way.
Despite his cowardly, frustrating, and immature personality at the beginning, Ron has shown extreme growth, like Neville, as the story progressed. He became someone protective, courageous, and capable of being a great leader. He has transformed from a little boy who loves to talk with his mouth full to a young man who is willing to take Hermione’s place as the subject of the Cruciatus Curse in order to protect her.
What I particularly love about this character is that despite the growth, Ron didn’t lose his funny side. He’s still as lovable, only more mature.
Therefore, I only have these words for both Ron Weasley and Rupert Grint:
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
He will surely be missed. Just look at that face, at the way he stares at Hermione as she played the piano, at the way he tries to cry, at the way he’s angered, and at the way he tries to be a defendant of Hogwarts and his friends.
How can I not be moved to tears, knowing that it’s his last year on the silver screen? Oh, how can I not miss him? It’s impossible! Thank you Ron Weasley for being such a wonderful character. And thank you Rupert Grint for being such a fine young lad gifted with such a brilliant talent! 🙂
Hermione, you are honestly the most wonderful person I have ever met. If I’m ever rude to you again –
Hermione: I’ll know you’re back to normal.
(Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
That’s my girlfriend, you numpties! (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
You never get anything new, either, with five brothers. I’ve got Bill’s old robes, Charlie’s old wand, and Percy’s old rat. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
The many faces of evil that haunted us through the sequels, who can ever forget such a character who is as dark as the setting?
A sadistic psychopath whose ultimate dream is to crush the world with his evilness and become the only eternal being, the Dark Lord is indeed the embodiment of the devil in flesh – merciless, cold, and hostile. Despite that, he was able to recruit many followers who have willingly carried out his evil works.
As a selfish being, Lord Voldemort has no other care in the world but his desires for ultimate evil and immortality, even risking his own followers to gain his own personal interests. He knows no such thing as love or friendship and is therefore as soulless as a corpse. He treats these followers of his as merely his instruments to achieve his goal of conquering the wizard world along with the death of his prophesized killer, Harry Potter.
Considered to be the most talented young wizard that Hogwarts has ever had, the boy who was once upon a time called Tom Riddle has used those skills and knowledge to spread horror and death. From Hogwarts’ most prized student to the biggest monster that Hogwarts has ever created, Voldemort has truly left the wizarding world a legacy that cannot simply be deleted from memory, no matter how hard anybody tries.
An interestingly brilliant wizard. A determined leader. A heartless and cruel creature. A narcissistic man who thought he was all-powerful and unbeatable. An evil force who was thought to be impossible to defeat but was brought down by his own arrogance, indifference, and the power of the united good led by Harry Potter.
And finally, a man whose weird-looking nose still bothers me up until the end of the last installment (even until now actually as I look at these photos).
It seems like that Voldemort will be a name that will forever ring not only in the ears and hearts of the wizards and witches but also in those of the moviegoers and fans. This character has truly imprinted something in us that we will bring with us as we grow older. He has shown us that being evil may bring us temporary joy and power but will eventually be the cause of our downfall. By then, it will be too late to turn back and to realize our mistakes. His character has reflected through a contrast the fact that being emotionless is never a good thing and that love is what will defeat the darkness around us.
Voldy (or You-Know-Who), while you may be the most miserable character who has tortured many, if not all, of our other favorite characters, you will be terribly missed, especially for that nose. Gosh, seriously, that nose disturbs me every time. You have truly made each of us a horcrux (and I seriously hope we can speak Parseltongue as well).
Thank you to Ralph Fiennes for being such a fantastic Lord Voldemort! You are very convincing and very evil indeed. I hope you had a good time tormenting the other characters as much as we had a good time watching you have fun while being He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Now that you’ve shared your “inner thigh joke”, I don’t think anybody will think of Voldemort the same way ever again.
Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
Only I can live forever. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1)
What would Harry Potter be without, of course, Harry Potter himself!
A brave young man who has repeatedly survived the Killing Curse and other curses that were very difficult to survive and who was willing to sacrifice his own life for the sake of others, Harry Potter is truly someone to be admired. Truly worthy of the second chances at life!
Although sometimes a stubborn and a self-important boy (due to his fame), Harry never failed to think only for the best of the situation. He would go out of his way to save people, partly believing that he was the savior that everyone needed and partly out of love. Whatever the reason for his ‘saving’ personality, I think Hogwarts is lucky and happy to have him around.
Harry was a bright boy, learning through intuition and learning spells quicker than most his age. But not only was he a talented wizard, he was also a powerful one as he was believed to be the one to defeat Voldemort (and he did). He had the ability to cast more advanced spells at a very young age, proving his excellence. In addition, as a horcrux, he also possessed the ability to speak and understand Parseltongue, which set him apart from the rest of the wizards and witches. Furthermore, he was equipped with the skills of playing Quidditch and being great at it! Truly an exceptional student!
Apart from his brilliant skills as a wizard, Harry was also gifted with a heart of extreme loyalty, selflessness, and strength. He stood by his friends and those he loved. He protected them and made sure they weren’t sacrificing for his sake. He just wanted them safe despite the fact that he might be risking his very life in the battle against the Dark Lord and his evil forces.
I guess what really endeared Harry Potter to us was his ability to give so much love, even to people who have betrayed him. He showed so much compassion to those around him that it is quite impossible not to love a person like that. He was willing to forgive those who have caused him pain although he is admittedly short-tempered and impulsive when angered. But, he has always been the embodiment of love in the sequels, something that Voldemort couldn’t destroy and defeat because he didn’t understand it as he was filled with hatred, anger, and selfishness.
Praiseworthy for being strong-willed, witty, brilliant, brave, compassionate, and selfless, Harry Potter would definitely be one of those fictional characters who we will remember for the rest of our lives, especially by us, the Harry Potter generation. He has truly developed into one of our model characters who have given us so much to learn and reflect from. Following his adventures through 7 books, 8 films, and 10 years was worth it! I cannot express how thankful I am for this character and for his adventures through a world of magic and imagination. It has been an amazing experience, being a fan and all.
You will be missed Harry Potter! Your scar will be missed as well!
Thank you to Daniel Radcliffe for lending Harry Potter your great talent and for bringing him to life on screen for us! You have been incredible, and what a way to see you grow.
Facing this stuff in real life is not like school. In school, if you make a mistake, you can just try again tomorrow, but out there, when you’re a second away from being murdered or watching a friend die right before your eyes, you don’t know what it’s like. (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
I never wanted any of you to die for me. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself. (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
And… that concludes the tribute series! Thank you, whoever you are, for joining me in that ride! It was fun sharing my thoughts about each of those characters. I would surely, definitely, and absolutely miss them! I know many fans out there will too!
The sequels have just been so overwhelming that it would be difficult to just forget about them, even after some time. It has taught me a lot of things, and the personalities of the characters have given inspiration.
I think the Harry Potter series has been deeply engraved in our memories and in our hearts, so I guess we have no choice but to bring them with us as we grow.
I’m still of course in denial that it has come to an end. Sort of in denial. Are you?
Well, at the end of it all, I’m just happy that I can get to say that I’m proud to be a part of the Harry Potter generation.
Anyway, I’ve shared my favorites and my thoughts on them as well as what I would miss about each of them. Now it’s your turn. Who are your favorites? Who will you miss most? How has the Harry Potter series affected or changed you? Sound off! I’d really love to hear from you!