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Film Friday: Most underrated Harry Potter characters of all time

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Earlier this week, Momma Holland called me on her way to the movies and asked me to explain Harry Potter's first movie, The Sorcerer's Stone, because she was on her way to see The Chamber of Secrets (the second movie in the series). Confused and upset I was a mudblood like Hermione Granger, I set my pride aside and began to describe the story of a boy who learned he was the son of two powerful wizards and possessed magical powers of his own. I know my mom is sitting here trying to understand what the term mudblood means, so just for reference, it's a term used by us wizards who have non-magical parents.

After giving an outstanding synopsis of one of the best movies ever made, I started to think about the characters I left out of my description. Most were members of House Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw (lets be real, no one wants to be in these houses anyways). For those of you wondering, I took the Pottermore quiz and the sorting hat placed me in house Gryffindor. I'd like to think I'd be best friends with the golden trio and help them take down the Dark Lord, but they were a little before my time at Hogwarts. Anyway, there are a lot of characters in the storyline that deserve more credit for their parts in the movie. Six characters in particular made life-changing decisions that kept Harry Potter and the rest of the golden trio alive. Here are those characters.

For all the Diagon Alley shoppin', quidditch and butterbeer lovin' wizards out there having a hard time living in the muggle world, this one is for you.

6. Barty Crouch Jr.

He’s a big villain guy, however also a crazy talented wizard, amirite? I mean he fooled the goblet of fire by using the Confundus Charm, was able to hide his true identity from Dumbledore for months (probably really good at occlumency) and was able to shake an imperious curse. Oh, and how could I forget, he was able to actually kidnap Madeye Moody, who is one of the most badass aurors ever. The guy is unreal. Do I wish he helped Harry Potter instead of rigging the Triwizard Tournament so he would reach the Triwizard Cup first and face the Dark Lord? Sure, of course. But you gotta give credit where credit is due.

Friendly tip: Aurors are the Wizarding World's best defense against the practitioners of the Dark Arts.

5. Kreacher

While Dobby is my favorite house-elf in the Harry Potter series, Kreacher is a close second. This little guy was force-fed a terrible potion by Voldemort in hopes he would hide and protect the locket Horcrux. However, the most important quality to remember about these house-elves is they are loyal to people who are kind to them. Not too sure about you, but I wouldn't want to be fed dangerous potions by the Dark Lord and that doesn't sound very kind to me. Spoiler: Kreacher didn't think so either. So, when Harry gifted him with the fake locket, a Black family heirloom, to thank him for outting Mundungus Fletcher as the thief of the real one, Kreacher quickly changed his tune about serving Harry. In the last movie, Kreacher lead the house-elves into the battle against Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts, ultimately ending the reign of the Dark Lord. What a change of events, and shoutout to Kreacher (and Dobby) for being loyal ones.

4. Narcissa Malfoy

While Narcissa might be associated with Voldermont due to her husband and sister's status as Death Eaters, she never actually became one herself. The only thing she truly cared about was keeping her son, Draco, safe. It was the love she had for her son that led her to seek Severus Snape's help when Draco was tasked with killing Dumbledore. Ultimately, she was the one who made it possible for Harry to defeat Voldemort by lying about Harry being dead. I will even go as far as saying Harry Potter would be dead without her help and the Dark Lord would have taken over Hogwarts. A woman who sacrificed everything to keep her son safe. Just goes to show a mother's love for her child is like no other.

3. Professor Filius Flitwick

Head of the Raveclaw house at Hogwarts, people seem to underestimate his abilities as a wizard because he is part-goblin and part-wizard with a slightly squeaky voice. However, Fitwick was the dueling champion when he was younger and is known as the best Charms master in Hogwarts history. We also can't talk about Professor Flitwick without mentioning his part in casting a complex protective spell around the school to keep the Death Eaters and Voldemort out during the Battle of Hogwarts. I mean he really helped protect hundreds of students and professors with this. He also single-handedly battled some of the cruelest Death Eaters, defeating Antonin Dolohov, who was responsible for killing Remus Lupin.

2. Dumbledore's Brother, Aberforth Dumbledore

While Albus Dumbledore was busy being the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts, his younger brother, Aberforth Dumbledore, was busy saving the golden trio on multiple occasions during their hunt for the remaining horcruxes in The Deathly Hallows. When the Death Eaters caught wind of the golden trio in Hogsmead by setting off a Caterwauling Charm, Aberforth was the one who hid them inside the Hog's Head and smuggled them back to Hogwarts. Can we also talk about how he showed up wand blazing and ready to put his life on the line during the Battle of Hogwarts? I mean, the guy has been living in Albus shadow his entire life and was largely underestimated by his family. But buddy showed up ready to fight when it mattered the most.

1. Hedwig

Hedwig is a snow owl that was gifted to Harry from Hagrid on his 11th birthday. In addition to delivering Harry his mail, she quickly became a loyal and affectionate companion. While Harry was stuck at home with the Dursleys, Hedwig was one of the few things that gave him hope and the desire to keep going. Can't forget to mention she flew to France to get Hermione's birthday present to Harry while she was on holiday with her family. Doesn't get more loyal than that. Probably the most gut-wrenching part of the Harry Potter series was her death during the Battle of the Seven Potters at the height of the Second Wizarding War. RIP Hedwig. You were one heck of a friend to our guy Harry.

If you're reading through this wondering who the heck any of these people are, it is in your personal interest to pop some popcorn and take a magical dive into the Harry Potter series this weekend!

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