Hey again! It’s come to my attention that I haven’t done a T5W for the past three weeks! Oops. Let’s just ignore that. I guess I wasn’t into the topics, but this week is a good one, so I’m excited to get back to it. Today, I’ll be talking about my top 5 side characters that I think deserve their own series. Surprisingly, except for two of my picks, this was actually sort of difficult. But I think the picks I finally decided on are pretty good. T5W was created by Booktuber gingerreadslainey, and you can see the list of topics here. Now let’s do this!
1. Lily Evans/Potter (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
(Art by Viria.)
The marauders era is my favorite generation in the Harry Potter world. We get enough to sort of know who they were, but not enough for my marauder-loving heart. I chose Lily in particular because she’s one of my favorite HP characters. This might be weird considering she is dead for the entire series, but from the small glimpses we get of her through flashbacks and from other people who knew her, I just know I would have loved her. And who better to get a series about than Harry’s mum? This would be amazing because 1. We would get to see her and her earlier relationship with Petunia and her sister up close 2. We would see how she adjusted to the wizarding world/ meeting Snape (ew) 3. Her and Jamses’s relationship in full detail 4. Her being generally amazing during her Hogwarts years 5. Her early adulthood working for the Order of the Phoenix and living with James and having baby Harry and 6. A closer look at Sirius, James, Remus, and Peter in their younger years and Lily’s developing relationship with each of them. I’ve wanted a marauders-era series/prequel since the moment they were introduced. Still waiting over here, Jo!
2. Noah Czerny (The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater)
(Edit by thegirlalmighty.)
I’m about to talk about spoilers from the first Raven Cycle book, so if you haven’t read that and plan to eventually, do not proceed. Gone? Okay, I chose Noah because while he is one of the four main boys, he definitely gets the least amount of attention. This is slightly understandable considering he’s a ghost and comes and goes whenever he pleases. But I want to know more about sweet, childlike Noah. There are hints of his life before he died, but Stiefvater leaves much unsaid. What we do know is that he used to be more reckless and more like a regular teenage boy. I would love a series about his life before death and about the time before the other three boys discovered he was dead while Noah pretended like nothing was wrong. I’d also love to see what Noah was doing in the moments he wasn’t around in the books. I’m hoping The Raven King will give us more once it’s released, but a prequel or trilogy would be fun, and I know I’d be first in line to read it! Sidenote: The guy in this edit looks EXACTLY like I imagined Noah. If there’s ever a movie/show adaptation, he should definitely be cast (assuming he is a good actor).
3. Jaime Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin)
I know Jaime already has a perspective in the second half of the series, but I would love a series from Jaime’s perspective during the time when he was a member of the Kingsguard for Aerys II Targaryen. I have always been extremely interested in the time when Aerys ruled the Iron Throne as well as the story of how Jaime got his nickname “Kingslayer” after killing The Mad King. Jaime explains the truth about what happens during Robert’s Rebellion, but I want to see a detailed description of it actually taking place. Jaime is my second favorite character (behind Tyrion), so anything involving more of his history would be a great read for me. I’ve always thought Robert’s Rebellion, and both the lead up to it and aftermath of it, would also make an awesome movie. You heard it here first, folks!
4. Max Vandenburg (The Book Thief by Markus Zusak)
Oh, how I love The Book Thief so, so much. Max is one of my favorite characters of all time; he just makes me so happy to read about. He is such a complex, amazingly wonderful character. I would read about him all day, honestly. I would love a series that begins before The Book Thief starts, goes for the duration of that book, then continues with the rest of his life afterward. I know I’m probably not the only one who thinks a series about Max would be moving, insightful, and just beautiful. Getting inside of his head for a few books would probably just make me love him even more. I don’t have much else to say about this choice. It’s simple: Max is just captivating.
5. Teddy Lupin (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
(Art by Burdge.)
Yep, another hardly-known HP character. I think it was last summer when Jo released those Quidditch World Cup snippets on Pottermore that showed the Weasleys and Potters attending the game while Ginny and Rita Skeeter commentated. That is basically my favorite extra bit that Jo’s ever released (besides the marauder prequel short story) because it’s just sooo hilarious and perfect. One of the best parts about it was how Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley were literally making out while the Cup was happening in front of them and how Bill had to sit between them to separate them. After it was released, fanart and headcanons about Teddy blew up on Tumblr. And I LOVED it. I love how he is always depicted as kind of rebel/punk with piercings and tattoos to go along with his blue hair. I just enjoy the idea of Teddy being a rebellious teenager who took after his parents. While a prequel series from the marauders-era would be amazing, a series from Teddy’s POV depicting his school years and being brought up by Harry and his Gran would be amazing too. Even before the Pottermore stuff, Teddy was always a character I wanted to know better.
I really enjoyed doing this week’s T5W, and I hope you liked my picks! What characters would you like to see with their own series? Let me know below!
Until next time, keep reading and writing! – Veronica