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The 20 most metal Harry Potter characters – ranked

Giant spiders, fighting trees and wizards who shall not be named… these are the most metal characters to grace the Harry Potter universe.

Magic and metal have a lot in common: pointing at shit dramatically, wearing cloaks, having big-ass pictures of the moon, burning down churches – all kinds of stuff. But who in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the metallest of metal?

20+. The Weasley family

The Weasleys have a few metal elements to them: the copper-coloured hair of Dave Mustaine, the inherent evil of twins, the endearing clumsiness of Spinal Tap. Ron also says bloody” a lot, which is the Potterverse equivalent of when a band goes, Fuckin’ London! Fuckin’ make some fuckin’ noise! Fuck yeah! Fuck!”

19. Bartemius ‘Barty’ Crouch Junior

He might have a name that sounds like a particularly tricky doing a shit’ manoeuvre, but BCJ is also a swooping-fringed, leather-jacketed angst-filled tearaway prone to making big pronouncements about Dark Lords. He’s a dork, but he’s also the kind of dork who ends up as the sole constant member of a band that is pretty much a glorified solo act, a revolving door of jobbing musicians that he thinks he’s better than.

18. Grawp

Hagrid’s half-brother Grawp is part-giant, a colossal drooling dumbass, and basically the guy that insists on standing in front of you at every show he goes to. What a dick.

17. Fenrir Greyback

On the one hand, Fenrir Greyback is a stupid werewolf who is rubbish (don’t write in), but on the other he looks like he’s in a Five Finger Death Punch tribute act.

16. Aragog

Aragog is a big spider, and spiders, as any fan of the early-2000s nu-metal band Cold knows, are extremely metal.

15. Neville Longbottom

Holding a sword makes you look cool whatever you’re wearing. Neville Longbottom proved this going into battle in a smart cardigan, but Bruce Dickinson paved the way when he decided to stick loads of dangly flappy bits on his trousers and still looked completely badass.

14. Moaning Myrtle

Moaning Myrtle’s two key traits are that she is grumpy and spends a lot of time in really manky toilets. Replace the manky second-floor girl’s toilet at Hogwarts with the toilets behind a petrol station on a motorway near Antwerp, and she has a lot in common with a band eight months into a never-ending tour, sick of the sight of one another and rendered perma-ill by eating appallingly. Also Myrtle’ sounds a bit like metal, so there’s that.

13. The Whomping Willow

A tree that fights? That’s some real Mastodon shit.

12. Kingsley Shacklebolt

Shacklebolt’ is about as metal a surname as it gets. It sounds like a band comprised entirely of blacksmiths.

11. Professor Severus Snape

Black-clad and better at seething than most, you can totally see Severus Snape returning to his chambers and doing dramatic I Am Brooding’ type poses while blasting a Now That’s What I Call Symphonic Metal Soundscapes compilation.

10. Lucius Malfoy

With his vampiric good looks and appalling/amazing hair, you could absolutely buy Lucius Malfoy as the lead singer of a European band you’ve never heard of that have somehow been going since 1985, sold 18 million records and are third from the top at Hellfest.

9. Professor Minerva McGonagall

Making incredibly difficult stuff that has taken ages to learn look easy is an infuriating but impressive trait. In the metal world it’s casually performing a mind-blowing solo without breaking a sweat, while in the magic world it’s effortlessly turning into a cat for a bit.

8. Tonks

Nymphadora Tonks – who goes by her surname only, because Nymphadora’ is silly and there’s nothing at all daft about a surname that sounds like you dropped a flask – is a fan of wacky hair (which she can change the colour of at will) and werewolves, and (spoiler alert) ends up getting killed by her aunt. All pretty metal.

7. Hagrid

A great big hairy bearded bastard (yes), who lives in the woods (yes), and is friends with a spider and a dragon (yes)? And he looks all massive and scary but is actually the most solid dude in the world and enjoys a cuddle? Metal.

6. Hermione Granger

Hermione Granger spends the majority of her time reading books, smashing things up, wearing hoodies and rolling her eyes at everyone less intelligent than her. If she were a band, her first album would be great and her fifth would be completely impenetrable.

5. Lord Voldemort / Tom Marvolo Riddle

There are some pretty big names in the rock world who only have luck to thank for the fact they still have noses – if Tom Riddle had avoided magic entirely and spent the 1980s touring with Mötley Crüe he’d probably have come out looking just about the same. There’s also something undeniably Ozzy-esque about his smile, that cheerful Hello, I am a complete maniac” vibe.

4. Professor Quirinus Quirrell

Professor Quirrell doesn’t seem very metal, until you learn about that bonkers Voldemort face on the back of his head. You know who else has a gnarly face on the back of his head? Kerry-fucking-King. Swap Quirrell’s turban for some camo shorts and a needlessly large chain and everyone’s going to have a lovely time.

3. Dre Head

Has dreadlocks, lives in a bus. Metal.

2. Sirius Black

Black is the most metal colour (silver at two, red at three, purple at four… again, don’t write in), so that’s a pretty good start. Then there’s Sirius – first, it sounds like Serious Black’, which could be the name of a paint colour Dulux keep in a special cupboard because it’s too powerful. Then there’s the meaning of Sirius – it’s a star 8.6 light years away (metal) also known as the Dog Star (metal). Dogstar was also a band featuring Keanu Reeves on bass (metal) who played show with both Rancid (punk) and Weezer (a hard band to categorise but one that are very much on Harry Potter’s boat spectacles-wise). Plus he’s played by Gary Oldman, who won an Oscar for playing Winston Churchill, whose speeches are beloved of Iron Maiden. He pent a bunch of time in prison (metal), survived a few duels (metal) and has a good scruffy-suit-long-hair-tidy-beard thing going on (metal).

1. Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black)

It’s like, how much more goth could she be? And the answer is none. None more goth.

Posted on March 29th 2021, 2:00p.m.
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