Friday Favorites: Quirky Characters

By: Jenny Gardner

Sometimes, the best characters have quirky personalities, which make them intriguing, real, and relatable. These types of characters always endear and bring an extra special quality to great novels. For this Friday Favorites post, I’m going to describe my top four favorite quirky characters.

My first quirky favorite was destined to be odd, as the daughter of the publisher of the off-the-wall magazine, The Quibbler. Even in a world with thestrals and pixies, she stands out. The theories and myths in which she believes may be considered fantasy, but they prove useful to defeating evil.

Oh, I’ve interrupted a deep thought, haven’t I? I can see it growing smaller in your eyes.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by JK Rowling

That’s right. I’m talking about Luna Lovegood. Nicknamed Loony by her peers, this doesn’t stop her from exhibiting fierce loyalty to her friends and the fight against the dark arts. Her skills as a witch are superior, but her friendship is held above all else. Luna’s best quality is wearing her quirkiness as a badge of honor, not allowing anyone to dim a fantastic personality.

My second favorite quirky character has a small appearance in the accompanying expansive world of Middle Earth, but it is a memorable one. Fans who have read the Tolkien series agree that his absence from the film series is notable.

Some say that he is a bear descended from the great and ancient bears of the mountains that lived there before the giants came. Others say that he is a man descended from the first man who lived before Smaug or the other dragons came into this part of the world, and before the goblins came into the hills out of the North. I cannot say, but I fancy the last is the true tale.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

With the ability to speak to and shift into animals, Beorn is this unique quirky character. His burly appearance doesn’t belie his exuberance or kindness. He is gruff and his growling animal conversations would seem to make Beorn approachable, but that is far from the truth. His willingness to support Bilbo’s quest and provide housing, even through his past negative experiences with dwarfs, show just that. What makes Beorn most fantastic is the unexpected nature of his character, a loner in the woods with a heart that shines above all.

My third favorite character is one with an obsession to which most book lovers can relate–the need for adventure and beauty. A twelve year old decides she just must visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, her guardians are not on board with this adventure. She decides to run away to live at the museum with her little brother in tow.

Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Konisberg

Third quirky favorite, Claire Kincaid in From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, has the quirkiest attitude of all, stemming from the determination of a child. What I love about Claire is that she follows through on her dreams, with an up front delivery and direct action.

Lastly, one can never forget quirky character number four, House-elf Dobby, the free elf. His questionable attempts to ‘save’ Harry from peril over the years endeared the characters, as well as readers. Some may have found him daft at first, but he proved to be a true hero throughout. He was an oddity, collecting odds and ends of clothing previously withheld, while finding new ways to help the main trio throughout the books. That help ranged from foods to gifts to saving their lives. All he wanted was to help, in his own weird ways. My favorite quirky parts of Dobby’s story were those bits of levity he brought to everyone’s lives.

“Socks are Dobby’s favorite, favorite clothes, sir!” he said, ripping off his odd ones and pulling on Uncle Vernon’s. “I has seven now, sir… But sir…” he said, his eyes widening, having pulled both socks up to their highest extent, so that they reached to the bottom of his shorts, “they has made a mistake in the shop, Harry Potter, they is giving you two the same!”

Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

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