‘Harry Potter’: Enemies Harry Made Besides Voldemort

Harry Potter is the much-beloved main character of the series that bears his name. Yet not everyone within the world of Harry Potter loves Harry himself. He does have some enemies, besides just Voldemort. Unfortunately, Harry is not always loved by everyone within the Wizarding World.

Though he has his friends, he’s also made some enemies. And some of these enemies are powerful people. So who are these people and why do they dislike Harry so much? Find out, ahead.

Who are Harry’s non-Voldemort enemies in ‘Harry Potter’?

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere
Daniel Radcliffe at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere | Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic

Who else, besides Voldemort, could dislike Harry Potter? Well, it turns out there are quite a few people who don’t like him. Perhaps the biggest one besides Voldemort himself is his right-hand woman Bellatrix Lestrange.

Bellatrix’s reasons for disliking Harry are simple: he’s in the way of her master Voldemort getting what he wants. Though Voldemort perhaps doesn’t deserve it, Bellatrix is intensely loyal to the Dark Lord. She seems to be just as evil as Voldemort himself, killing off Harry’s godfather Sirius, her own cousin, and laughing hysterically while doing so.

Who else dislikes Harry?

When mentioning Harry’s enemies in Harry Potter, you can’t forget Draco Malfoy. Draco is a Slytherin student who comes to Hogwarts the same year as Harry and initially wants to be friends with the other boy. Harry, however, rejects him in favor of Ron Weasley. Draco, from that moment on, dislikes Harry and does his best to make Hogwarts horrible for him.

No one likes rejection. So it does make some kind of sense that Draco dislikes Harry. Yet he probably doesn’t have to view the other boy as an enemy. There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, but Draco takes things too far.

In the end, Draco ends up not being such a bad person as he gets older and he and Harry are on civil terms. However, the damage was already done during their years at Hogwarts and the two will probably never be close friends.

Harry Potter and the enemies he made

During Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry makes two very powerful enemies: Cornelius Fudge and Dolores Umbridge. Cornelius Fudge is the Minister of Magic who refuses to admit, during Harry’s fifth year of Hogwarts, that Voldemort is back. He accuses Harry of lying and making up stories, which is something that Harry would not do, especially where Voldemort is concerned.

Worried about the situation at Hogwarts, Fudge sends Dolores Umbridge to the school to be his eyes and ears. And she takes her job a little too seriously. She also accuses Harry of lying about Voldemort and punishes him for it by making him write “I must not tell lies” over and over. The line then becomes etched onto his skin.

Fudge seems to dislike Harry because he doesn’t want to admit to himself or to the rest of the Wizarding World that Voldemort is back. Umbridge, on the other hand, is quite sadistic and doesn’t seem to really like anyone. She’s almost as bad as Voldemort in that she doesn’t seem to care about others, only about her own power.