In honor of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book June 26th, Mashable is reminiscing about the series. Enjoy.
If you grew up with Harry Potter, there are certain things you know about yourself — like that you never got over not receiving a Hogwarts letter, that midnight book releases are the most lit parties of all, or that one should exercise caution when dating a Slytherin.
And of course, like so much fiction, Harry Potter probably ruined dating for many of us. At a surface level, I can never be with anyone who doesn’t like it (don’t @ me), but if I’m being honest, it goes deeper than that. Without further ado, Mashable presents: The top 10 ultra-specific, most dateable Harry Potter characters — complete with the book in which they are at their most desirable.
10. Gilderoy Lockhart, book 2 (post-memory loss)
After he loses his memory, Lockhart also loses his narcissism (it grows back, but in a benign, charming fashion). He becomes lovable comic relief, and he’s still super handsome! No wonder Gladys Gudgeon keeps writing him weekly fan mail.
9. Rosmerta the bartender, book 3
We don’t get enough of Rosmerta in the books or films, but we know that 13-year-old Ron has a crush on her and he’s probably not alone. She’s serious about her job, but relaxed enough to join the Hogwarts teachers for a quick drink when they stop by the Three Broomsticks. She did get a wee bit Imperiused in the later books, but that’s why we love her in Prisoner of Azkaban.
8. Oliver Wood, book 1
Obviously this has a lot to do with Sean Biggerstaff, but let us attempt for a moment to separate his handsome face from this character. Wood is always a bit manic when it comes to Quidditch, but he hasn’t truly strained the Gryffindor team in book one. He saves Harry from expulsion and trains him into a fine Seeker — and a future Quidditch captain (more on that later).
7. Cho Chang, book 4
Fight me, Cho Chang deserves justice. She’s the seeker who almost beat Harry Potter a year earlier (with her skill on the field, not her feminine wiles), and by Goblet of Fire her airborne milkshake brings Harry, Cedric, and who knows how many other Seekers to the yard (looking at you, Draco). She went to the Yule Ball with Hogwarts’ most eligible bachelor and Triwizard champion (even Moaning Myrtle sees the appeal) and was living her best life, ready to become the school’s most formidable power couple. Sadly, Lord Voldemort, as he often does, had other plans.
6. Sirius Black, book 4
Free of Azkaban and of years of guilt and vengeful vindication (of which he still has an appropriate amount left), Sirius lives free while on the run from wizarding law officials. Sure, he’s a fugitive without substantial proof of innocence, but just being away from the dementors and eating (semi) regularly lifts Sirius’s spirits. Plus he’s got one of his best friends back (Lupin) and a close proxy to the other in Harry. Who needs his name cleared when you’ve got stolen Great Hall chicken legs and Harry Potter’s undying trust?
5. Fred and George Weasley, book 5
It feels impolite to lump the twins together here (Fred is the obvious winner, sorry), but if you had a chance to date one of Hogwarts’ leading rebels against the Ministry machine, you probably wouldn’t be too picky about which one. They’re loyal to each other, to their family, to Dumbledore and Harry, but the mischief they make to undermine Dolores Umbridge is something no one else could achieve. Class clowns are always likable, but Fred and George prove they have the smarts to lead the resistance while making some extra Galleons on the side.
4. Nymphadora Tonks, book 5
Did everyone peak in Order of the Phoenix? All signs point to yes. Tonks shows up at Privet Drive, and she’s a klutz but she’s also a bona fide badass. She’s the Auror mentee of freaking Mad-Eye Moody, and we know he’s not one to suffer fools. She can change her appearance at will and uses it for espionage, and she’s easily the youngest and coolest adult Harry has ever met (sorry, older Weasley brothers).
3. Harry Potter, book 6
At the beginning of book five, Harry is embarrassed to be seen with Luna and Neville; at the beginning of book six, he coolly shuts down Romilda Vane by calling them his friends. After a year of libel and slander at the hands of the wizarding government while covertly fighting Voldemort’s forces, Harry develops a tough armor — not to mention the fresh loss of father-figure Sirius, which he chooses to use as fuel for his fight instead of dwelling in the pain. Book six Harry is famous for the right reasons, and finally at grips with his destiny and ready to see the prophecy to its end. “And it does help that you’ve grown about a foot over the summer too,” Hermione points out. No wonder Romilda tried to sneak him that love potion.
2. Ginny Weasley, book 5
Book Ginny will always be a literary hero, and homegirl brings her A-game in Order of the Phoenix. Now that she’s legitimately over her tween crush on the famous Harry Potter, her Bat Bogey Hex brings all the boys to the yard (Michael Corner and Dean Thomas, to be specific). She’s a vocal supporter of the anti-Voldemort movement, plays Quidditch for Gryffindor after her brothers and Harry get banned, and kicks Death Eater butt at the Ministry with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, and Neville. She also gives zero fucks about the latter two’s arbitrary social standing at Hogwarts — remember that it’s Ginny who introduces Harry to Luna in the first place, and she ends up becoming one of their best friends.
1. Neville Longbottom, book 7
This actually has nothing to do with Matthew Lewis getting hot. Neville’s slow-burn character development is one of the most satisfying things about Harry Potter upon every reread. As a child, he’s nothing but nerves and self-doubt, but a little faith and finding his strengths (Herbology! Loyalty!) takes him far. Bolstered by Dumbledore’s Army and by the resurgence of the Death Eaters who tortured his parents, Neville becomes a leader in Deathly Hallows, urging Harry’s remaining supporters at Hogwarts to keep up the fight and never back down. Super hot.