Harry Potter: The 10 most heroic secondary characters

Last April, fans of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets have been introduces a few new characters to the ever-expanding universe. These new characters, while not titular, were critical to the success of Albus Dumbledores’ mission to stop Gellert Grindlewald. Without the heroic deeds of these characters, the end of the film would not have been the same.

Supporting characters performing heroic feats aren’t a new theme in any film, but it’s something audiences see abundantly in the original. Harry Potter universe. Heroic deeds manifest from many character traits like loyalty, bravery, fearlessness, honor and even love. Secondary characters, in one form or another, rise up and fight for what is right, regardless of the personal cost. They help or, in some cases, save Harry Potter in hopes of defeating Lord Voldemort.



Harry holding Hedwig.

Hedwig cannot be ignored when talking about heroism. Hedwig has arguably been Harry’s most constant companion since his first year at Hogwarts. Although she is the only member of Harry’s immediate circle who cannot speak in words, her actions speak volumes. For proof, look Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. Hedwig is struck by the Killing Curse as she tries to defend Harry and Hagrid.

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Hedwig, no more than a snowy owl in a wizarding war, refuses to let anything happen to Harry. It flies into the face of even the wizard who would dare draw his wand against Harry. She is loyal and unwavering, and these traits lead her to become a heroine. Hedwig dies to protect Harry, someone she loves, so he can get to safety.

Alastor Moody

Mad-Eye Moody Polyjuice Potion

Alastor Moody, known as Mad-Eye Moody, introduced himself through a technicality in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Due to a batch of Polyjuice Potion and a Bartimeus Crouch Jr., fans unfortunately didn’t meet the real Mad-Eye until the end of the film.

Mad-Eye possesses a down-to-earth, gruff attitude regarding his mission. He has no qualms about becoming leader of the Order of the Phoenix. Mad-Eye knows what needs to be done to keep Harry safe, and he does. He is naturally brave. Without that bravery, without Mad-Eye, the mission to transport Harry safely from the Dursley home to the Burrow would have been a failure.

Fred and George Weasley

The Wesley twins

The two Weasley twins are by far the most notorious troublemakers in the Harry Potter universe. They’ve regularly pranked each character since we were first introduced to the pair in Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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While their true nature is clear, these beloved jokes often overshadow their moments of heroism. Fred and George are two fearless individuals. They jump headfirst into a lot of difficult situations. The couple even drink polyjuice potion to look like Harry in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This paints a target directly on their backs but they risk giving Harry a chance to escape the Death Eaters. If Fred and George hadn’t taken the risk, Harry might not have run away at all.

Rubeus Hagrid

Known as the Keeper of the Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts, Hagrid is a fan favorite. The adorable half-human, half-giant has been with the public for Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone. Hagrid’s name may not be synonymous with the word heroic, but these are his actions from start to finish.

Hagrid’s particular brand of heroism lies in his love for Harry. He places Harry in the sidecar of his motorbike and they ride out of the Dursleys’ house together. Hagrid knowingly puts himself in the most dangerous position because protecting someone he loves is of the utmost importance.

Ginny Weasley

Ginny Weasley

She may be the youngest of the Weasley family, but Ginny Weasley makes her presence known. While her initial storylines consisted of a crush on Harry, her loyalty and bravery throughout the series is heroic in its own right.

During Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry rushes after Bellatrix Lestrange when she taunts him at the Weasley burrow. Ginny immediately follows Harry. For friendship and love, Ginny is fearless. Harry needs help, someone to stand back to back with and Ginny comes to his aid. She takes on Death Eaters twice her age with twice the power, but she still doesn’t hesitate. Without Ginny, Harry would have dueled alone, and not succeeded.

Arthur Weasley

The Weasley clan father has made several appearances in the Harry Potter films. During his introduction to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Arthur establishes his character as one who believes in equality between muggles and wizards. That’s a dismissive belief given the show’s climate.

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Although he was attacked by Nagini in Harry Potter the Order of the Phoenix, Arthur does not lose his temper. He continues to look out for Harry’s well-being. He longs for a better world for all muggles and wizards. Without the honor of Arthur Weasley, Harry would have lacked a confidant, a father figure who always points Harry in the right direction.

Molly Weasley

Molly Weasley, wand pointing, with the Weasley family in the background

Molly Weasley, the matriarch of the Weasley clan, is a witch in the Harry Potter universe known for her loving and caring nature. She even extends this love to Harry despite the danger Harry brings wherever he travels.

Molly has one of the most heroic feats in film. She, without hesitation, duels and kills Bellatrix Lestrange, one of the Death Eaters’ most feared witches. It’s not dueling Bellatrix that makes Molly heroic. That’s why Molly does it, to protect those she loves from harm. It’s a fearless and selfless act to raise your wand against someone so infamous. If Molly hadn’t done it, would anyone else have?

Minerva McGonagall

Minerva McGonagall, head of Gryffindor and the Transfiguration, is a sensible character. This teacher is one of the few who have been with Harry since he was dropped off at Privet Drive.

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Professor McGonagall has made one thing very clear, she has a moral compass that only points north and has no problem letting it be known. She airs her issues with Dolores Umbridge, confronts Professor Severus Snape, and defends her students during the Battle of Hogwarts. McGonagall seeks to protect her students and cohorts. The safety and well-being of the people she cares for is always her first priority in turbulent times.

Neville Longbottom

Neville Longbottom during the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Known from the start as a nervous, somewhat unlucky, and forgetful student at Hogwarts, Neville made great leaps in growth and development from the first to the last episode. The character had many memorable moments. He stood up to Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they sneaked out of Gryffindor and shocked to chop Nagini’s head off with the Gryffindor sword.

Neville has a constant. He stands up for what is right in the face of adversity, whether that face is friend or foe. The quintessence of his heroism is his courage. If that courage had failed for a moment, Nagini would have escaped. If not for Neville’s efforts against Voldemort, Harry Potter would have had a much different ending than fans know now.


Dobby talks to Harry Potter.

Dobby, the house-elf, has only made two appearances in the films. His original introduction to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets provided fans with a perfect detail of his determination and skill in stopping Harry Potter from getting to Hogwarts.

Really, this is Dobby’s last appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, who exhibits his heroic traits. He is brave, fearless and loyal. He strives to do what is right in the name of saving his friend, Harry Potter. If not for Dobby’s efforts, Harry, Hermione and Ron would have come face to face with Lord Voldemort much sooner.

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