Move aside, Harry...

Harry Potter’s timeless charm has had readers grabbing the books time and time again. With each read, fans can unravel the intricate world of Hogwarts and make themselves more familiar with each and every character.

While of course Hermione, Ron and Harry ruled the series, there are plenty of other brilliant characters who played an important, even if small, role. These characters helped Harry to shine so he could become the hero he is today.

1. Lily Potter

Many would argue that someone who had died before the first book even starts could never be a contesting figure in our pick of the top five unsung heroes. Nonetheless, Lily Potter gives us plenty of reason to disagree.

A Muggle-born wizard, Lily Evans had never had things easy, yet she found her way to the wizarding world. Lily touched many lives while she was alive, and she died in the name of love. Lily tragically offered herself as bait to Lord Voldemort so he would spare her son.

Lily Potter: a brave witch, a doting mother and a fiery person died too soon but not soon enough for us to forever cherish her ultimate sacrifice!

2. Crookshanks

When it comes to our pets, there are many things that remain a mystery to us! After all, how much can you understand from a ‘meow’ here and a ‘bark’ there? But in the magical world of Harry Potter, animals are far cleverer than we give them credit for, and that ordinary ‘meow’ could mean much more than a call for food!

Hermione’s cat, Crookshanks wasn’t given a warm welcome to start with. However, with time Crookshanks proved to be a feline-asset for the trio. Not only was Crookshanks the first one to identify the intruder in Hogwarts (cue: Peter Pettigrew), he was also the one to save Sirius Black from Harry’s murderous wrath before things had turned to Sirius’s favour.

“This cat isn’t mad. He’s the most intelligent of his kind I’ve ever met”, Black once said about the feline.

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3. Minerva McGonagall

With a stern outlook yet a heart of gold, McGonagall was a calm and composed protector of Hogwarts. McGonagall’s strength lay in her consistency and how, no matter what went wrong, she would stand firm and weather the storm.

With an impressive academic record, to having been a Quidditch player during her time at Hogwarts, McGonagall was certainly multi-talented. A brave wizard and loyal to the core, McGonagall fought against the Ministry’s takeover of Hogwarts, and didn’t hesitate to defend Hagrid when the Ministry officials were ready to drag him away under the orders of Professor Umbridge.

4. Filius Flitwick

The Charms professor at Hogwarts, Professor Filius Flitwick stood out from the rest for his cheerful demeanour and an unflinching love for his teaching job at Hogwarts. As Head of Ravelclaw, Flitwick was always unbiased toward his students, always eager to help them.

Behind his bubbly exterior lay a wizard who knew just the right charms: Flitwick protected Hogwarts when the need arose, and avenged Remus Lupin’s death by defeating Antonin Dolohov.

One of Flitwick’s biggest accomplishments was during the second wizarding war: he cast several protective charms around Hogwarts, ultimately buying time with the impending attack by the Death Eaters.

5. Neville Longbottom

Not a hero in the most conventional sense, Neville Longbottom was nevertheless the one student of Hogwarts who left a lasting impact on us readers. Longbottom defeated his initial fears to become an eager member Dumbledore’s Army, remaining steadfast in his fight against Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

Longbottom was definitely a Gryffindor in the truest sense, coming to Harry’s aid whenever and wherever possible, though he certainly doesn’t get enough credit for it… until now. Neville Longbottom has to be our favourite unsung hero of the Harry Potter series.

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