Most Memorable Secondary Characters


Jape Waltzer of Peace Like a River by Leif Enger | Most memorable?  Yes.  For being absolutely terrifying– the wolf to Davy’s squirrel.  I still can’t decide how I would answer his questions.

Severus Snape of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling | For the ambiguous role he plays throughout seven epic books, and especially for all his secrets.

Ben Cassidy of Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | At only 5’4″ this violinist sure has some guts.  Not to mention he is freakin’ hilarious.  I love that he is willing to go head-to-head with Jonah Griggs, even though Griggs is a tank.

Raffaela of Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta | “I can’t wait to tell him one day,” she says with a giggle. “‘Hey, Chaz, guess what? We knew where your precious car was all the time.’ I’d like to take a photo of his face. What do you think?” …

… “I reckon I’d smile really nicely in the photo,” Santangelo says behind me, yanking me out of the way, “knowing that you’ll be keeping it under your pillow for the rest of your life.” Gosh, I love the tension and hormones those two bring to the book.  | Chaz Santangelo of Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (noticing a trend here?) 


Thomas Mackee of Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (what can I say?  She creates amazing characters!) | A bit of a tool in that first book, I think Thomas needs saving, just like the rest of them.  And then in The Piper’s Son … oh Tom.

Jimmy Hailer of Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (last one, seriously) | I can’t get enough of Jimmy, the sort of stoner, intimidating, hilarious, mom-friendly, pushy mess-up.

Neville Longbottom of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling | What character transformation!  Zero to hero.

Mr. Tumnus of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis | Tumnus appears in three of the Narnia books, and he will always have a special place in my heart as Lucy’s first Narnian friend.

Max Vandenberg of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak | Is it fair to call Max a secondary character?  (He’s probably my favorite character of the whole marvelous book.)  I want a Jewish fist-fighter/writer friend.


This post is a re-mix of one that originally appeared in March 2013.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Picture credit from deviantArt:
Mr. Tumnus by MedicineDoll
Max by ElakuDark

21 thoughts on “Most Memorable Secondary Characters

  1. Thomas Mackee. How did I ever forget about his character? I read Saving Francesca and then The Piper’s son before I started blogging and I was so in love with his character, and somehow I just forgot about him. So thank you!!

    And then Ben Cassidy!! He was really funny, and I enjoyed his character. (:

    – Tabitha – My TTT

  2. I totally loved Snape and Neville! Definitely two of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series! Are you a Potterhead too? I’m really excited to know that there are a lot of them on WordPress!
    And Mr. Tumnus! I thought of including him on my list; he’s such a comforting, warm- hearted character! Sadly, other characters came to the forefront.
    Keep writing!

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