By Andie Wells
It’s no secret that I absolutely love Harry Potter. When I play geek comedy spoof character, Harmony Gringer, I have such a fun time immersing myself in the world; it’s almost like LARPing for me. Today, I am going to share my top five favourite characters from the Harry Potter series. Some of my choices may surprise you.
Geek Comedy Performer Andie Wells present her Top Five favourite Harry Potter characters
Mrs. Molly Weasley is probably an angel in disguise. She’s also likely the unsung hero of the series. Not only does she immediately take on Harry Potter as one of the family and make him his first Christmas presents, but she also ardently defends her many red-headed children leading her to kill the evil Bellatrix Lestrange when she threatens Molly’s daughter. Mrs. Weasley is the most badass mom of all time.
Bellatrix Lestrange is even more evil than Voldemort in my opinion. She absolutely embodies chaotic evil and derives major pleasure in the pain of others. Unlike Voldemort, Bellatrix has no true plan except chaos behind her killings. It’s only her loyalty to Voldemort that keeps her from berserking on the world. But, yeah, in the good-focused world of Harry Potter, Bellatrix fully deserves to die by Molly Weasley’s wand.
Tonks is such a cool character. Her only downfall is that she doesn’t appear enough in the series to satisfy me! If J.K. Rowling is reading this, we need more Tonks! I’m all for her backstory. Tonks is one of few metamorphmaguses in the magical world. A metamorphmagus can change their appearance at will rather than using polyjuice potion, which carries many risks (see cat Hermione in Chamber of Secrets). Not only that but Tonks is a fantastic auror, trained by (Mad-Eye) Alastor Moody himself.
For people who know me, they know how much I adore Luna Lovegood. She’s the eccentric character who has an uncanny ability to always know the unconventional answers of the world. Where Hermione is book-smart, Luna has supernatural-smarts. She’s bullied throughout the series for her inability to connect with the material world but she takes everything in stride. Luna is fearless; she joins Dumbledore’s Army and leaps into action whenever she is needed. And her style is top-notch; she literally makes radish jewelry a thing.
Okay it’s no surprise that Hermione Granger is my number one favourite Harry Potter character. As a kid, I was a big book nerd and was never included with the cool kids. These days, I embrace that geeky background. Hermione makes that inner book nerd so happy. She is smart, quick to learn, and a natural at most magical things in spite of growing up in the Muggle world. She often has the answer or will help you find it. Her research abilities are top notch. Not only that, she’s a contender in a fight, fast with her wand, and incredibly brave. She’s also a loyal friend. The series could easily be renamed to: “Hermione Granger and the time she found the answer.” When choosing my geek comedy character for Hogwarts Follies, I knew I needed to base it off Hermione Granger.
Come see geek comedy improv show, Hogwarts Follies at Toronto Comicon in March!
Now I am getting really excited about Toronto Comicon in March. I’ll get to do geek comedy improv in a magical universe and pretend to be a version of my favourite character! What more could I ask for?