This is posted as part of Top Ten Tuesday, a blog feature where That Artsy Reader Girl provides weekly prompts for top ten lists.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.–That Artsy Reader Girl
Today’s topic is a Halloween Freebie. I have chosen to list my top ten magical characters.
1) Elsa from Frozen (2013)
Let it go! This movie came out while I was at uni. I love it so much. Elsa grows so much over the course of the movie, from someone who suppresses her nature to a Queen who embraces her powers. She gets to reconnect with her sister as her true self. It’s a great film.
2) Sophie Hatter from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones
Sophie does not believe that she is in anyway special at the beginning of the story but as the novel goes on her powers are shown to us subtly. I love how slowly and naturally her powers flourish as her self confidence blossoms.
3) Ginny Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I had to have a Harry Potter character on this list. I went for Ginny because she’s a strong person who stands by Harry and her family through thick and thin. She’s a clever and loyal witch.
4) Sabrina from Sabrina the Teenage Witch (TV series)
I have done a few posts discussing how Sabrina was a big part of my childhood. She is one of the first magical characters that really grabbed my imagination.
5) Kell Maresh from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Kell is such a cool character. He’s a powerful magician who can travel between worlds. I think one of the reasons I love him so much is because he gives me Ariel from The Little Mermaid vibes. Hear me out, in the first book of the series he loves to collect trinkets from different London’s- just like how Ariel likes to collect things from the human world! Kind of. Anyway, I’m super fond of Kell and how he’s sometimes the serious friend but at other times he’s just a lost young person who enjoys simple, innocent pleasures (like his trinket collection).
6) Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunters novels by Cassandra Clare
Magnus Bane is a tremendously fun character. He’s an old soul with a trunk full of history. I like how he’s a character who we are introduced to as an experienced warlock, rather than as someone who is new to their powers and only just learning how to use them.
7) Dorian Havilliard from the Throne of Glass series by S.J. Maas
Dorian gives me strong Frozen vibes. In the second novel in the series he is shown to have hidden powers that, if found out, could ruin his relationship with his family. But over the course of the series he takes greater ownership of his powers and makes them part of his identity.
8) Merlin from BBC’s Merlin TV series
Merlin was a massive part of my life for a while. I once went to Comic Con and met a few of the actors who played the knights. I was so happy!
Merlin himself is such a lovable character. He’s always getting into trouble and using his magic to find a way out.
9) Cardan Greenbriar from The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black
I am obsessed with this series and part of the reason for that is Cardan’s character development. I could write a whole essay about him, I swear. He is a complex and really interesting Faerie King.
10) Cala Athmaza from The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Cala is one of Maia’s original dedicated guards. We don’t see him use his magic very much but when he does it’s certainly dramatic. He literally puts his life on the line for Maia and he cares about Maia on a personal level, not just because he’s the Emperor.
Who are your favourite magical characters?