There are some characters that stay in our minds long after the read is done. That’s true for every book almost, not just the fantasy, magical world of Harry Potter. I have read and re-read each book maybe twenty times, so some of them are quite firmly set in my mind. And coincidentally, just like the words I wrote on for B, the first time these two characters I write on today for C were also first seen in the third book, The Prisoner of Azkaban. There’s also an additional third character I like, which begins with a C and also first found in this third book. Crazy, I know. Quidditch, the magical sport similar to basketball, but played on broomsticks and such, is the common ground that links the two characters.
Cedric Diggory was a Hogwarts senior from the Hufflepuff House. We first meet him in the world of Harry Potter when he captains the Hufflepuff Quidditch team against Harry Potter and the Gryffindor Quidditch team in the opening match. Neither the match nor the book Prisoner of Azkaban has Cedric featured prominently, but I get an inkling of his character when it’s told that after the match, which Hufflepuff won after Harry collapsed from his broom, he tried to call the match off. It showed that he was a fair player. In Goblet of Fire, that is shown further when he helps Harry by giving him a clue how to work out his Golden Egg clue (Harry had earlier helped Cedric out). He also argues with Harry in the finals maze, before agreeing to call it a draw and take the Triwizard Trophy together. Unfortunately, that is the last we see of him, when he is killed at the Little Hangleton graveyard once Voldemort rises back. It is one of the things I hated about the book, that Cedric was killed too early into the series. As a character, I wanted to read more about him. It broke me to see Amos Diggory’s emotions in the movie too. Nothing is more perfect to describe the character than the quote, “We’ll celebrate a boy who was, kind and honest, and brave, and true right to the very end.”
Cho Chang is also a senior at Hogwarts, junior to Cedric and in the Ravenclaw House. When Ravenclaw meet Gryffindor in the match that we first see the Firebolt broom, she’s the seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team. She’s portrayed as a pretty girl who Harry has a crush on when he sees her. He goes to the extent of playing like a gentleman in that match, which leads to the Gryffindor captain Oliver Wood chastising him. Her character is another I like, but dislike how it has been changed in the movie. The book doesn’t portray Cho as a villain, though she supports her friend Marietta Edgecombe, but the movie version portrayed her in the role Marietta had had. Cho also dates both Cedric and Harry. The relationship with Cedric is more of a background story, known because of Cho being Cedric’s date to the Yule Ball. But the one with Harry is more prominent in the 5th book, especially after the DA is formed. It makes me wonder if the only reason Cho dated Harry was to know more about Cedric. There is also a glitch to the character in the movies, I feel, though it may be brushed off.
In a world where there are lots of magical creatures, characters, spells and such, these two characters stood out for me under C. Other than the most obvious C, the Chamber of Secrets, what C first comes to mind when you think of the world of Harry Potter?
(© 4th April 2016)