There are so many characters in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter universe. All have their legions of fans. Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Sirius Black, Luna Lovegood, Remus Lupin and Draco Malfoy seem to be particular favourites with many people. But how about Harry himself?
We see most of the stories from Harry’s point of view. His experiences are our gateway into the wizarding world. He’s the character we’re closest to and the one we’re supposed to empathise with. While he’s not outstandingly clever or memorably eccentric, ‘the boy who lived’ has many good qualities: courage, loyalty, a strong sense of justice, curiosity, a sense of humour and modesty. Sometimes he has a tendency to anger and he can be a little judgemental. Well, he’s human. The point is, he’s an ordinary person to whom extraordinary things happen. He’s not perfect in any way. It can be difficult now to separate our concept of Harry from his portrayal in the films or in various artwork. He’s a brand, a moneymaking machine, a Halloween costume. Separate all of that from the original character in the books and you’ll find that he’s easier to like.