This post is part of the 30 Day Book Challenge.
Ok, teeeeny cheat on day two (for shame) because I don’t have one favourite side character. I have tonnes. So, in no particular order, I present to you the Pretty Purple Polka Dots Top Four Side Characters: An Appreciation.
(I know it’s usually five, but five is an odd number, so let’s indulge me here.)
Lily Moscovitz- The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
Every princess needs an outspoken best friend, and Lily more than filled this role. She was feisty, she was clever, but she was there for Mia whenever she needed her. Whenever they weren’t fighting, of course. I always felt like Mia and Lily mirrored my best friend and I, with her being Lily and I taking Mia’s human form.
Hans Hubermann- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Moving to a new foster family is a stressful enough time (I can imagine) without it taking place in wartime Germany. Luckily, Liesl Meminger had Hans in her life to make the transition easier. He was the kind and gentle parent, stark contrast to his wife, and taught Liesl more than she would ever be able to thank him for.
Molly Weasley- The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
No literary mother will ever best Molly. Not only was she a stellar matriarch to her own seven children, she also took Harry and Hermione under her protection. Plus, she killed Bellatrix for aiming a Killing Curse at Ginny, proving you do not mess with a mother. Especially if it’s Molly.
Ginny Weasley- The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Book Ginny. We don’t speak of Movie Ginny.
A near death experience changes us all, so it was clear that after her run in with Voldemort in the Chamber of Secrets, Ginny wasn’t going to be the meek teenager we met in the previous book.
After Harry destroyed the diary, Ginny became completely sure of herself, supremely confident in her abilities, because the insecurities and petty problems she suffered from were written into that horcrux. When the horcrux was destroyed, so were her insecurities. Also, she was well able to hold her own when it came to each of her brothers. And she would never tie her boyfriend’s shoes. She’d probably have thrown the shoe at him.
Ginny Weasley. What a woman.