Ten Consecutive Life Sentences In Azkaban Followed By Eternal Damnation. Dolores Umbridge
Between torturing children, dr*gging them, being the most blatant example of a bigot we see in the Harry Potter universe, starting a government-led mutiny at Hogwarts, sending dementors after a child, and being head of the muggle-born registration commission which doesn’t exactly take a history expert to know what they were referencing with one; Dolores Umbridge doesn’t even deserve a number next to her name.
20. Argus Filch
If he weren’t the Hogwarts caretaker, he would find another way to harass children.
19. The Entire Dursley Family
Oh, your sister and brother-in-law were murdered by an evil wizard and you need to watch over their son? Better abuse him for the first seventeen years of his life for no reason. In Dudley’s defense, he had his parents’ example to follow during his formative but MIGHT have been turning the corner to be a decent human being.
18. Cornelius Fudge
Voldemort would have still killed a bunch of people but acknowledging he was back probably would have saved quite a few. This character didn’t age very well. Also, he tried to destroy a child’s life for telling the truth.
17. Peter Pettigrew
The human embodiment of spineless. He literally spent years as a child’s pet rat to avoid responsibility for his actions. The only reason he’s above the other three entries on our list is that he at least contributed SOMETHING to the story, although it was all for evil.
16. Gilderoy Lockhart
That man cared about one thing and one thing only, getting paid. He didn’t care how much he had to lie and deceive to do it. The ultimate example of “fake it til you make it.” Also, accidentally removing all of the bones in Harry’s arm was hilarious.
15. Rita Skeeter
Similar to Gilderoy Lockhart, she just wanted to make it in the world and she didn’t care how much lying she had to do to make it happen. It just got a little weird when she started lying about children.
14. Percy Weasley
You had all of the right genetics to be cool. Every single one of your siblings and both of your parents were cool. Percy Weasley simply just chose not to be cool. He was a try-hard in school and chose his government job over his family. Yes, he redeemed himself in the end but he never should have allowed himself down that path in the first place.
13. Lucius Malfoy
Was he almost purely evil? Yes. Did he most likely teach his son to call his classmates slurs? Yes. Were his fits insane? You’re lying if you say they weren’t. Did he have the most perfect head of hair in the entire wizarding world? Absolutely. Who is the only person who can pull off a cane as a wand-holder? Lucius MF Malfoy.
12. Mad-Eye Moody
Do you mean to tell me with all of the magic in the world there wasn’t a single better way to replace that eye? If we’re being honest, he probably chose it to intimidate people which would be very on-brand for Mad-Eye Moody.
11. Luna Lovegood
Name a more wholesome human character in the Harry Potter universe, you can’t. She was a little eccentric, to say the least, but one of the most genuinely good people Harry encounters.
10. Cedric Diggory
Although it wasn’t his fault, Harry completely stole Cedric’s thunder of being the Hogwarts Champion in the Triwizard Tournament. Regardless, he was cool to Harry through the entire process. Ron wasn’t even cool about Harry being one of the champions at first. Cedric deserved better.
9. Bellatrix Lestrange
A completely horrendous person. Pure evil. With that being said, I can’t think of a single other character who absolutely BRINGS IT every time they make an appearance. Basically, if Bellatrix Lestrange is present, chaos is going to ensue.
8. Fred and George Weasley
They were at Hogwarts for a good time, not a long time. Their dropout from Hogwarts will forever be one of my favorite moments in the series. Harry clearly saw their potential as joke shop owners from the very start.
Although it wasn’t always obvious, Dobby only ever wanted the best for Harry. I still don’t think I’m emotionally okay from his death but there wasn’t a character who deserved to go out a hero more than Dobby.
6. Sirius Black
Sirius Black going from “mass-murderer” to the fun uncle of the Harry Potter universe is the first plot twist I can remember shaking me to my core. He was the father figure for Harry when he needed one the most. Also, anyone who is an animagus and uses it for good is cool in my eyes.
5. Remus Lupin
Being the coolest Defense Against The Dark Arts professor gets you very high up on this list. Lupin is basically Sirius Black if he wasn’t framed for murder and got to properly transition into society. Oh, and if he were a werewolf.
4. Arthur and Molly Weasley
Arthur and Molly Weasley are the parents Harry deserved all along. Between Arthur being fascinated with muggle items and Molly being an all-time great mother, it really doesn’t get more wholesome than them. Of all the in-laws Harry could have ended up with, it really doesn’t get better than them.
3. Professor McGonagall
We all had a teacher like Professor McGonagall. They were respected by everyone without even trying. She was strict with nonsense in the classroom but knew when the situation called to be thoughtful and understanding. She was cool no matter how hard she tried not to be.
Hagrid is Professor McGonagall if she let the kids break all of the rules. The flying motorcycle and expertise in magical creatures were bound to land him high up on this list. He was the one adult our main trio could always go to without judgment during their entire tenure at Hogwarts.
1. Neville Longbottom
Fire name alert! Similar to Harry, Neville could have turned out so bad given his circumstances but instead, he went from comedic relief to a full-blown hero by the end of the series. You could always tell he had a good moral compass when he stood up to Harry, Ron, and Hermione in their first year (although they were breaking the rules for the greater good.)