Severus Snape voted favourite character from Harry Potter books

And Harry himself only came fourth!

Severus Snape, Potions master, Head of Slytherin, and Death Eater was voted the readers’ favourite character in the whole Potterverse, carried out by publisher Bloomsbury.

Snape snatched the top spot from Harry, J.K. Rowling’s personal favourite. When asked about her favourite character  J.K. Rowling said: ‘Harry, although I believe I am unusual in this, Ron is generally more popular (I love him too, though) Now that I have finished writing the books, the character I would most like to meet for dinner is Dumbledore.  We would have a lot to discuss, and I would love his advice; I think that everyone would like a Dumbledore in their lives.’

Sitting pretty at number two is Hermione Granger, which makes us wonder whether her film counterpart had anything to do with swaying votes. After all, in the books she was a know-it-all who wasn’t as witty as Ron or as integral to the plot as Harry. That’s not the only surprise on the list, as bit-part character Ginny Weasley scored higher than Dumbledore, Lord Voldemort, and Hagrid.

Here’s the Top 40 list (based on 70,000 votes). Tell us what your Top Ten would be…

1. Severus Snape (scooping 20% of the votes!)

2. Hermione Granger

3. Sirius Black

4. Harry Potter

5. Ron Weasley

6. Luna Lovegood

7. Ginny Weasley

8. Albus Dumbledore

9. Dobby

10. Draco Malfoy

11. Remus Lupin

12. Neville Longbottom

13. Fred Weasley

14. Bellatrix Lestrange

15. Minerva McGonagall

16. Rubeus Hagrid

17. Lord Voldemort

18. Nymphadora Tonks

19. Gilderoy Lockhart

20. George Weasley

21. James Potter

22. Hedwig

23. Lily Potter

24. Lucius Malfoy

25. Molly Weasley

26. Cedric Diggory

27. Alastor Moody

28. Arthur Weasley

29. Kreacher

30. Dementors

31. Dolores Umbridge

32. Moaning Myrtle

33. Sybill Trelawney

34. Rita Skeeter

35. Filius Flitwick

36. Argus Filch

37. Dudley Dursley

38. Vincent Crabbe

39. Gregory Goyle

40. Cornelius Fudge