The 10 best performances in the Harry Potter movies, according to Reddit

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said Ralph Finnes variety that if he was asked to portray Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise in the future, that would be great. The actor said: “Sure, of course. There’s no doubt about it.” This is fun news for fans, as the cast of the beloved film franchise has done an amazing job bringing these popular and meaningful book characters to life.

Redditors have talked about their favorite performances in the Harry Potter movies, from a great portrayal of one of Harry Potter’s best friends to a fun moment with Helena Bonham Carter that audiences still talk about fondly.


Gary Oldman as Sirius Black

Sirius Black sitting and watching intently as he smiled softly at Harry Potter

While Harry Potter The movies change Sirius Black’s character in some way, he is still unforgettable and makes the same impression. When replying in a thread discussing the most impressive performances in the popular franchise, Redditor marshmallow2312 wrote, “Gary Oldman was great as Sirius Black!”

Since Sirius is Harry’s godfather and was so close to his father James, he means a lot to the franchise and Oldman fits the role perfectly, ensuring that the character is strong and tough, but also compassionate.

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Harry Potter Hermione Ron Sorcerers Stone

The young cast of Harry Potter wowed audiences with his talent in the first film and continued to do a perfect job with these characters that mean so much to fans. The Redditor posting today shared, “I remember Rupert being pretty solid, especially for his age.”

Ron Weasley is a sweet, charming, vulnerable and sensitive character in the books and tries to help others and do what is right. Grint always played him with the innocence and kindness needed for the role.

Julie Walters as Molly Weasley

Molly Weasley looks sad in Harry Potter.

Part of the fun of watching Ron al Harry Potter movies his family is watching, including his mother. Redditor kkpears shared that in his opinion, “Julie Walters matched the image of Molly Weasley in my head from the books. The ultimate mother.”

Since Harry misses his parents and lived in such a terrible house before he came to Hogwarts, Ron’s family is even more important to the story, and Molly is always compassionate and special. It’s hard not to cry watching Harry visit Ron’s family for the first time as he feels like he’s found another place where he can feel safe and like he belongs.

Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange

Bellatrix Lestrange holding her wand and smiling at Harry Potter.

Redditor Dianayelii mentioned how fun and entertaining the scene is to watch Deathly Hallows, Part II with “Helena Bonham Carter as Hermione as Bellatrix was top comedy for the spectacular nailing of Emma Watson’s mannerisms”.

While Hermione Harry Potter The quotes are clever and the movies always focus on her brilliance and confidence, it’s nice to see a more humorous scene with the character. Bonham Carter excels in this complicated and peculiar scene.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Harry picks up his wand in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

A super talented actor was needed for Harry Potter as he is a young character who has lost his parents and hopes to learn how to use his magic. He is excited about this next phase of his life as he has fought so hard and Daniel Radcliffe brought so much to the role.

Redditor ClassyDesigns praised Radcliffe’s performance in one particular scene, writing, “Daniel Radcliffe’s performance when Sirius dies” is impressive. The character has shaped Harry in so many ways and it’s a difficult time.

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape

Snape holding Lily's body after Voldemort killed her in Harry Potter.

When we think of the most memorable Harry Potter actors, besides the main young cast, Alan Rickman definitely comes to mind. Redditor TheReadingBadger said that “Alan Rickman’s performance as Snape is hands down” one of the best. The fan wrote: “He shaped the Snape we all know and love.”

Whether it’s seeing scenes of him as a terrifying teacher or learning about his bonds with Harry, Snape is a layered character and Rickman makes him as mysterious and dark as he should be. It’s hard to think that anyone else will take on this role after what Rickman did.

Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall

Professor Minerva McGonagall at Hogwarts in Harry Potter.

Redditor conniebeingconnie shared that Maggie Smith’s turn as Professor McGonagall is great because “When I reread the books I don’t see anyone else playing McGonagall.”

The most intelligent of McGonagall Harry Potter the quotes show that he’s brilliant at what he does, and the other characters are a little afraid of him, but they definitely know he has a lot to teach them. Smith gives the character an air of elegance.

Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge

Dolores Umbridge seems satisfied with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Since Dolores Umbridge works for the Ministry of Magic, it was clear as soon as she was introduced that she is incredibly tough, and fans knew that an actor would have to bring her to life in a convincing way. The character treats the students terribly and is always unfair.

One Redditor posted that Imelda Staunton did an incredible job with this character, writing that the actor “bravely took on the role of shudder Delores Umbridge. Staunton literally made me hate her when she took on the character of Umbridge.”

Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood

Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter

For many fans, Luna Lovegood is the best Harry Potter character as he is kind to Harry and becomes an important part of Harry’s group of friends.

Redditor Woodsbooger praised Evanna Lynch’s performance in the films, writing, “My reasoning is that while Luna was an amazing character in the book, Evanna REALLY brought the character to life.” Luna is full of charm and instantly endears herself to fans, all thanks to Lynch.

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy

Draco Malfoy looks angry in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

For Redditor firebyte1, Tom Felton is amazing as Draco Malfoy because fans don’t like the character and can still appreciate his performance. The fan wrote, “It’s my first interaction with a character I hate so much that I thought the actor was doing a great job… and he really does a great job playing a spoiled brat.”

While it’s hard to like Malfoy because of how he treats Harry and his friends, Felton gives him some layers and makes him an engaging character to watch throughout the franchise. It’s also fun to watch Malofy and root for Harry.

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