I had a hard time with this Top 5. There were so many choices that it was hard to narrow it down. I’m still not sure I picked correctly. Is there a “correctly” for this? All these characters are fabulous, as are the books they inhabit. And when you’re done with these, I have a few more for you. Just read more posts here on T Rex Reads.
Luna Lovegood – from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Luna is unapologetically weird. I love her perspective on the world around her. She believes in things that may or may not be real, she takes teasing from others with good humor. She knows she’s different, and instead of letting that upset her, she embraces it. In addition, she is a wise and loyal friend.
Grover – from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Grover is silly and awkward (and he loves enchiladas!), but he’s also fiercely loyal. If I could bring him out of the book and take him home, I would. He’s ridiculously endearing, and I love him.
Butler – from the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Butler is an unusual father figure for Artemis. His designated job is bodyguard, and he performs it admirably. But in the absence of Artemis’s father, Butler has become something more. He is keenly aware of his boundaries as bodyguard, but he’s also not afraid to overstep them when it seems necessary. When Artemis is not thinking things through, when he’s not taking care of himself, when he’s too confident. The scales of power may be tipped in a particular direction, but despite that, Butler and Artemis become strong friends.
Aunt Cleo – from A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.
Aunt Cleo is equal parts feisty, loving, cynical and sweet in this southern charmer. The main character, Felicity Pickle, sees words around people and things, and the words that consistently come up around her Aunt Cleo are “Patch it. Mend it. Stitch it back together.” This is just what Cleo does. She’s the glue, or the stitches, that hold the pieces of her family’s lives together.
Bartimaeus – from The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
Bartimaeus is a demon that the main character calls up. His footnotes are sprinkled liberally throughout the books. They are sarcastic and completely hilarious. I’m pretty sure Jonathan Stroud is a genius for having come up with him. You should go read it now. Seriously, right now. Go. Shoo.
So who are your favorite side characters? Tell us down below!
Also, don’t forget to check out Bronto Incognito’s and SuddenButInevitable’s lists!