I’m going to have to say Chamber of Secrets for both. I don’t hate either, but I have a sincerely hard time trying to watch the film. Branagh’s a rough choice for Lockhart, Dobby’s fairly intolerable, and just in general the style of the movie neither suits nor impresses me. The book would be better if she rewrote it today, without a doubt, for certain- it’s just one of those things that could be improved in hindsight. I”ll also be honest- the fact that it is so short in comparison to the others also doesn’t sit well with me. I’m not saying “Cut the Creeveys and plant an earlier cutemeet with Luna”, but… could it hurt? (See also: the Trace/inconsistency, etc.)
Least Favorite male character: Under some consideration, this would definitively be Grawp. Outside of just grating on me to begin with (and the problems of logistics he brings significantly outweighing the personality or interactions he brings to the table), he also is known as one of the worst vandals on Wikipedia in the english[sic]language.
(also: How the hell did he stand a chance, much less BEAT the giants the Death Eaters brought? He’s a HALF-giant, and even if true-giants have only the most rudimentary of consciousnesses, Grawp’s limited sensibility would be unlikely to produce tactics outwitting their strict animal fervor.)
Favorite male character: Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was everything I could aspire to. A beautiful melange of ambition, intelligence, foresight, insight, understanding, compassion, genius and humanity, he provides inspiration and example for anyone looking to improve themselves and the world around them. If only I could be so brilliant- and if I only I made such use of the talents I have. Between dragon blood and the Order of the Phoenix, he’s undoubtedly an “explorer in comprehensive anticipatory design science”, like some of the greatest muggles of our day (Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk, et al.) I can think of no paragon quite so worthy of our inspection as our eternal Headmaster. (rabbi, much?)
Day Three- Your least and most favorite female character.
Tonks. Thrown in after the fact, an awkward retconning attempt at bridging gender disparity, and a measure bit weirder in comprehensible transfiguration all leads me to generally find that I couldn’t care less for this hufflepuff. I know many women like her- and I can appreciate why. I just think Jo would’ve and could’ve done a better job if she hadn’t been so rushed. We may say “Oh, metamorphagi, cool!” but honestly, who was all that sad when she died? (Feel free to disagree/let me know.)
Hermione Granger is not just my favorite female character from the Harry Potter continuum; she may very well be one of my favorite characters across all works of fiction. She’s in the top three females, no question, and has a very secure place in the top standings overall. It doesn’t hurt that Emma Watson is, to me, inextricably beautiful, but even that aside- there’s an emotional resonance in the character that’s hit me for nearly a decade, and left me the better for it.