Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Minor Characters Who Play Major Roles

Minor characters are, by definition, minor, but that's never stopped us from loving (or hating) them. Here are some of my favorite minor characters who still played a big role in the plot. *Please, to avoid all spoilers, do not read the write-up about any character from a series you've not completed. *

Luna Lovegood - Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Luna Lovegood has always been one of my favorite characters. She's bold, intelligent, easy-going, and fearless when it comes to being herself. Sure, she's only a minor character, but where would Harry Potter be if Luna hadn't led him into the Ravenclaw common room to search for the lost diadem. (Let's be realistic- Harry isn't smart enough to get into the common room on his own). On top of that, she fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, and again in the Department of Mysteries when she was only 14.

Peter Pettigrew - Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Before you freak out, Peter Pettigrew is not one of my favorite characters. However, he played an enormous role in the rise of the Dark Lord. He was the flesh of the servant, willingly sacrificed. He revived his master. If it hadn't been for him, the resurrection of Voldemort could have been prolonged, and Cedric might have lived, for it was Pettigrew who cast the killing curse upon Cedric- Voldemort merely ordered him to do it.

Magnus Bane - The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Magnus Bane definitely makes it onto my list of favorite characters. Not only is he a fun character to read about, but he definitely had a large role in the plot of TMI. He was called upon in numerous occasions to help out the institute, and if he hadn't been there to help, there's no doubt that the Lightwoods & Co. would've failed at whatever crazy venture they were up to. 

Raphael Santiago - The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Raphael was the Institute's strongest tie to the Children of the Night, and he served to be one of great help in the end. Plus he sired Simon when Simon turned into a vampire. If it hadn't been for him, there, helping Simon "learn the ropes", Simon might have not successfully turned. 

Celeste Newsome - The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
Celeste Newsome has always been one of my favorite characters. My personal weakness is bad (whether that be actually bad, or bad in relation to the main character) characters who turn good. I'd list a few others, but I'd hate to spoil anyone. Anyway, Celeste was such a complex, but amazing character, and I couldn't help but sympathize for her. (Unfortunately, there is no on screen adaptation for me to pull an actor from, and I feel uncomfortable using fan art). 

Gale Hawthorne - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Maybe I should start this off by saying that I 100% ship Gale with Katniss over Peeta, but I personally think that Gale was a really important character that we tend to overlook. He was Katniss' childhood friend, which very well means that he helped shape Katniss' personality. Plus, he was there for her family while she was off in the Hunger Games. When she got back, he was still there for her, her faithful friend.

Jessamine Lovelace - The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Jessamine Lovelace is another character you have to sympathize. All she wanted was to be normal- mundane. She was sick of the nonsense and informality of the Shadowhunter world, and jumped at the first chance she got to be freed. And let's not forget that she did have a pretty big role in the movement of the plot, even if she was on the wrong side of things. 

Rachel Elizabeth Dare - Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Oh how I do hate the official character art.... Anyway, R.E.D is such a spirited, creative, awesome character, and she just deserves much more admiration. She's an oracle- she prophesied the Prophecy of Seven. I'd call that pretty major.

Thanks for reading! Who are some of your favorite minor characters? 

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