Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: A Definitive Ranking Of Harry Potter Villains

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is all about villains. I’ve decided to rank the villains of Harry Potter according to “interestingness,” with #1 being the most interesting. I know, super scientific, right? Let’s get started.

A Definitive Ranking Of Harry Potter Villains

10. Aragog & Offspring: Spiders are my archenemies. They’re disgusting, scary, and leave itchy bumps when they bite you. They shouldn’t exist. Aragog is a cautionary tale about why you should always squish spiders. You can’t trust them not to grow huge and have a zillion icky spider babies.

9. Lucius Malfoy: He claims he’s loyal to Voldemort, but he’s only loyal to himself. He’s the cowardly type who cares about appearances and reputations more than anything.

8. Bellatrix Lestrange: A psychopath who doesn’t hesitate to torture and murder people. You don’t want to make her mad. She’ll enjoy killing you slowly.

7. Peter Pettigrew: Another cowardly type who’ll do anything to save himself. He’s so good at hiding that Ron lives with him and doesn’t even know it.

6. Dolores Umbridge: The politician type of villain. She tries to use the government to bring her evil schemes to life. If you’re currently in the US, you know all about evil politicians . . .

5. Lord Voldemort: The series wouldn’t exist without him. He’s the ultimate, supremely-powerful supervillain.

4. Draco Malfoy: The school bully. He acts much tougher than he really is. Also, he has a giant real-life fan club that I don’t understand. He always seemed pretty smarmy to me.

3. Sirius Black: Some of the most interesting villains are the ones who might not actually be villains. Sirius is locked in prison for years because people think he’s a murderer. Harry spends the entire third book looking for bad guys in all the wrong places . . .

2. Albus Dumbledore: I know what you’re thinking: Um, Dumbledore isn’t a villain. Well, I’m here to tell you that he kinda is. He’s not a heinous villain, but he does make some dubious decisions. (Protip: If your job is to keep kids safe, you probably shouldn’t enter them in a deadly tournament. Just a suggestion.) Dumbledore doesn’t trust himself to be in a position of power, which is why he never became Minister of Magic. At least he’s aware of his villain-ness.

1. Severus Snape: One of the most interesting villains in literature. I put him firmly in the “villain” camp because he’s an adult who bullies children. That’s pretty messed up. He’s the most interesting villain in the series because the author keeps us guessing about his loyalty for 7 books.

It was hard to pick only 10. This series has so many great bad guys. Who is your favorite Harry Potter villain?


  1. Wow. I didn't know there were so many villains in HP.

  2. I love this post! I wanted to do today's TTT just to name Snape as the Villain of the HP series. You covered it! I wouldn't have thought of Dumbledore, but you're right. Great list. I'm sharing it with my followers since I didn't post today.

  3. Just another reminder for me that I need to read HP!!

  4. Draco and his daddy were nothing but pansies!
    Great Top Ten! :D My Top Ten Tuesday!

  5. Great list and how fun to do all HP characters!! For me I think Umbridge would be the #1 HP villain. Wow, I didn't realize there were so many though.

  6. I'm currently re-reading the HP series, so this was a fascinating post to read! I love seeing how you ranked the villains, and especially that you included Dumbledore as #2--some of my friends recently had a conversation about him being a terrible person.

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  7. I'm not really up on HP since I've only read the first book, but I got a kick out of Dumbledore. With so many scary teachers and child safety... yeah you can make an argument there! And Snape- I know of him, and yeah bullying kids- not cool. I would say villain too.

  8. This is such an awesome list! I love your take on it. Snape, Snape, Severus Snape! I love him! I'm totally down with Dumbledore being on this list too...

    Here are my Top Ten!

  9. I totally hated Umbridge more than Voldemort! I'm not sure if i'd completely agree with all of these, but interesting choices!

  10. Great list!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/top-ten-tuesday-77/

  11. I love this list, and the ranking. I was a little 'whaaaat??!' when I saw Dumbledore on your list, but your explanation totally makes sense! Umbridge creeps me out so much!

  12. Ugh I hate Snape so bad. My #1 hated character in Harry Potter is DEFINITELY Umbridge, but Snape comes next, because he bullies children so bad. Like Neville's worst fear was his teacher?!? THAT IS NO OKAY. I hate Dumbledore a bit for letting that happen too. *rages*
    But the Malfoy's at least have spectacular hair. :')

  13. The giant spiders in The Hobbit and HP make my physically ill during movies. I can actually handle normal spiders, but giant ones--no. Nope. And I think it's possible to respect Dumbledore and feel sympathy for Snape while still admitting they had some really negative qualities as well.

  14. I laughed so hard at your description of Aragog! I do agree though. Always squish them. I also love that you put Sirius on here. And Snape. While I do think that he's a very complex character, it is never okay to bully children. No matter how much bad shit has happened to you in life.

  15. Hmm I can't imagine Voldemort being anywhere less than the #1 spot, except maybe below Umbridge. I also agree with your logic on Dumbledore, though I would've put him much lower on the list!