Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Empire readers vote Severus Snape most popular character!

Film fans have voted for their best-loved Harry Potter character as the eighth and final instalment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, opens in cinemas.

Over 8,000 EMPIRE ONLINE www.empireonline.com readers voted for their favourite Potter characters choosing from all the teachers and students of Hogwarts as well as the animals and enemies that the Harry and his friends encounter along the way.

In a shock result the series’ most popular character – by a margin of nearly 500 votes – was the bullying Potions Master Severus Snape, played by actor Alan Rickman.

EMPIRE’s Deputy Online Editor, Helen O’Hara, commented, “Snape is a truly great character, multi-layered and surprisingly complicated under that straggly black haircut. He’s especially good in the film because of the way that Alan Rickman infuses him with malice and menace. He seems capable of anything – and indeed he is, in the end, but in a way you never expected. While Harry, Ron and Hermione may seem more heroic, Snape is definitely JK Rowling’s most important and complex character.”

Harry Potter himself only manages third in the poll, with best pal Ron Weasley in second place, just ahead of Hermione Granger in fourth.

Loveable Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore is seventh most popular while his arch enemy Lord Voldemort ranked 12th, one spot ahead of Harry’s giant confidant Rubeus Hagrid played by Robbie Coltrane.

Even the Potter animals got a look in: Dobby The Elf edged in to the top 10 at number nine and Harry’s beloved loyal owl Hedwig took 25th spot. Sadly Hedwig was killed in 1997 during the Battle over Little Whinging.

The 25 Best Potter Characters List

1. Severus Snape

2. Ron Weasley

3. Harry Potter

4. Hermione Granger

5. Sirius Black

6. Remus Lupin

7. Albus Dumbledore

8. Neville Longbottom

9. Dobby The Elf

10. Luna Lovegood

11. Fred Weasley

12. Lord Voldemort

13. Rubeus Hagrid

14. Bellatrix Lestrange

15. George Weasley

16. Draco Malfoy

17. Lucius Malfoy

18. Ginny Weasley

19. Professor Minerva McGonagall

20. Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody

21. Molly Weasley

22. Nymphodora Tonks

23. Gilderoy Lockhart

24. Dolores Umbridge

25. Hedwig