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Hermione Granger has been voted the favourite character from the Harry Potter novels 

Vote for your favourite Harry Potter character


As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, National Book Tokens and Bloomsbury Publishing launched a massive search to find the nation’s favourite character from the Harry Potter books. We selected 20 key characters and asked you to vote for the one you thought was the best.

Now, 20 years to the day that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published on 26th June 1997, we can announce that Hermione Granger snatched the top spot.

More than 10,000 magical votes were cast over two weeks and Hermione gained 15% of the overall vote, putting her in first place. Hermione appeared in all seven of the Harry Potter novels and came to be an integral part in Harry Potter’s legacy as well as one of his closest friends.

The top 20 characters, as voted for by you, are:

  1. Hermione Granger
  2. Severus Snape
  3. Luna Lovegood
  4. Sirius Black
  5. Dobby
  6. Harry Potter
  7. Ron Weasley
  8. Albus Dumbledore
  9. Remus LupinPersonalised Harry Potter House gift cards
  10. Minerva McGonagall
  11. Neville Longbottom
  12. Rubeus Hagrid
  13. Draco Malfoy
  14. Ginny Weasley
  15. Bellatrix Lestrange
  16. Nymphadora Tonks
  17. Fred Weasley
  18. Lord Voldemort
  19. George Weasley
  20. Gilderoy Lockhart

Voters could also suggest other favourite characters not on the list and of these, Molly Weasely received the most votes. Some characters only received single votes including Pomona Sprout, Moaning Myrtle and Neville Longbottom’s toad Trevor!

Four lucky voters each won a £20 National Book Token, personalised with their chosen Hogwarts House from our exclusive new range of gift cards. Find out more about these magical gifts here.


Find out more about the 20 characters

Sirius Black

Harry's godfather. Imprisoned for mass murder, but subsequently escaped from Azkaban.


House-elf. Idolises Harry but gets him into lots of trouble.

Albus Dumbledore

Headmaster of Hogwarts. Also Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards and Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot.

Hermione Granger

Clever Gryffindor student at Hogwarts. Harry's next-best friend after Ron Weasley. Her parents are Muggle dentists. 

Rubeus Hagrid

Keeper of Keys and Grounds and teacher of Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts. Son of a giantess and a wizard. Has a liking for strange and dangerous creatures, especially dragons.

Bellatrix Lestrange

Sirius Black's cousin. Married to Rodolphus Lestrange, a pure-blood wizard and Death Eater.

Gilderoy Lockhart

Teacher of Defence Against the Dark Arts in Harry's second year. Author of numerous autobiographical travel books.

Neville Longbottom

Forgetful and accident-prone friend of Harry's. He comes from a magical family but thinks he is not very good at magic.

Luna Lovegood

A Ravenclaw student with a dreamy voice and large misty eyes. In the year below Harry at Hogwarts. Her father, Xenophilius, is the editor of The Quibbler.

Remus Lupin

Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher in Harry's third year at Hogwarts. Member of the Order of the Phoenix.

Minerva McGonagall

Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts. Professor McGonagall is Head of Gryffindor house and is the Transfiguration teacher.

Draco Malfoy

Harry's arch-enemy at Hogwarts. Malfoy believes himself to be superior to Harry and hates Harry and all his friends.

Harry Potter

Student at Hogwarts. Famous for having survived an attack by Lord Voldemort in infancy.

Severus Snape

Potions master at Hogwarts. Head of Slytherin house. He hates Harry Potter.

Nymphadora Tonks

A young and clumsy witch who is a Metamorphmagus, an Auror, and a member of the Order of the Phoenix. Prefers to be called by her surname, Tonks.

Lord Voldemort

Son of a witch and a Muggle. Feared by the wizarding community, most of whom only dare to refer to him as 'He Who Must Not Be Named' or 'You-Know-Who'.

Fred Weasley

One of Ron Weasley's older brothers. Twin to George. In Gryffindor house.

George Weasley

One of Ron Weasley's older brothers. Twin to Fred. In Gryffindor house.

Ginny Weasley

Ron's younger sister. One year below Ron and Harry at Hogwarts. She plays for the Gryffindor Quidditch team.

Ron Weasley

Harry's best friend at Hogwarts. In Gryffindor house. Ron has flaming red hair and freckles, like all his brothers.


Terms and Conditions

The poll has now closed and winners have been selected and contacted.

4 entrants will be selected at random to each receive a £20 Harry Potter Hogwarts House personalised National Book Token (House of their choice) (if UK) or €20 Harry Potter standard National Book Token (if Ireland).

Harry Potter Houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, subject to availability. 

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
  • Closing date 11:00am, Friday 23rd June 2017.
  • In the event of a winner not responding when contacted via email after 14 days, we reserve the right to allocate the prize to another winner.
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents except employees of the Booksellers Association, Book Tokens Ltd and employees of participating bookshops.
  • By entering, entrants acknowledge that this competition is a game of chance, which does not involve exercising any skill or judgement.
  • Entrants agree to Book Tokens Ltd using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified.
  • The promoters’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.


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