When we think of strong female characters in Harry Potter, we typically think of the major characters like Hermione Granger or Luna Lovegood. But in this list, we’re going to take a look at some of the more overlooked female characters in the series. These five women show strength in a variety of different ways throughout the seven books.
1. Andromeda tonks
Much like her cousin Sirius, Andromeda defies the Black family by refusing to adhere to their prejudiced ways. She follows her heart by marrying Ted Tonks, a Muggle-born, and fights for the side of good in the war against Voldemort by allowing Harry to use her home as a safe house. It can be difficult to be shunned by one’s own family, but Andromeda accepts that reality and chooses to instead forge her own path.
2. Poppy Pomfrey
What would anyone do without Madam Pomfrey? This hardworking school matron has helped countless students over the years, including a certain boy wizard with a penchant for Quidditch injuries. Madam Pomfrey can do it all, from regrowing broken bones to tending to Petrified students. As you can see, she is a nurturer dedicated to helping those in her care, and that in itself is a very important (and often overlooked) type of strength.
3. Fleur Delacour
Now, Fleur might not seem all that impressive after reading The Half-Blood Prince, since this installment of the series tries to make the reader see her as someone not to be taken too seriously. However, she is definitely a worthy character. After all, despite her competitive nature during the Triwizard Tournament, Fleur is still able to see past her failure during the second task and instead focus on thanking Harry for saving her sister. She also takes in several fugitives during the war and helps nurse Ollivander and Griphook back to health. And she helps fight against Voldemort at the end of the series. Despite how negatively our protagonists view Fleur, it’s clear that she is a character who has a heart and fights for what she believes in.
4. Parvati Patil
Parvati is yet another overlooked character who demonstrates strength. For instance, in The Sorcerer’s Stone, she stands up for Harry when it seems like he’s about to get in trouble during their first Quidditch lesson. She also shows strength in a much smaller way by befriending Professor Trelawney, a professor who is quite disliked and shunned by students and staff. Parvati may be seen as annoying by Harry, but she is quite loyal and caring when it comes down to it.
5. Amelia Bones
Last but not least, we have Amelia Bones, Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Amelia is known for being fair and objective while presiding over court cases, and this is demonstrated in the scene where Harry is accused of using magic outside of school. In this scene, she is willing to hear Harry out and carefully consider his defense. After observing the admirable way she conducts herself in The Order of the Phoenix, it’s easy to see why her niece, Susan Bones, thinks of her so fondly.
Those were five notable female characters from the Harry Potter series. As can be seen from this list, strength doesn’t always have to be shown through battling – sometimes strength is shown through being kind, just, and respected.
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