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National Book Tokens asked readers for their favourite heroes and villains – did your vote make the list?


A few week ago, the National Book Tokens team polled thousands of readers across the UK about their favourite heroes and villains from children’s literature and the books they think will become future classics  in honour of World Book Day on March 3rd.

It was a close race, but here are the winners:

Top 10 Heroes

NBT Heroes Poll

1. Harry Potter (‘Harry Potter’ series)
2. Matilda Wormwood (‘Matilda)
3. Hermione Granger (‘Harry Potter’ series)
4. Bilbo Baggins (‘The Hobbit’)
5. Lyra Belacqua (‘His Dark Materials’ series)
6. Jo March (‘Little Women’)
7. Katniss Everdeen (‘The Hunger Games’ series)
8. Winnie-the-Pooh (‘Winnie-the-Pooh’)
9. Anne Shirley (‘Anne of Green Gables’)
10. Paddington Bear (‘A Bear Called Paddington’)

Top 10 Villains

NBT Villains

1. Lord Voldemort (‘Harry Potter’ series)
2. Dolores Umbridge (‘Harry Potter’ series)
3. Cruella de Vil (‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians’)
4. The White Witch (‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’)
5. Miss Trunchbull (‘Matilda’)
6. Bellatrix Lestrange (‘Harry Potter’ series)
7. Bill Sikes (‘Oliver Twist’)
8. The Grand High Witch (‘The Witches’)
9. Count Olaf (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’)
10. Mrs Coulter (‘His Dark Materials’ series)

Top 10 Future Classics

NBT Future Classics

1. ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne (2006)
2. ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon (2003)
3. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ by J.K. Rowling (2007)
4. ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ by J.K. Rowling (2003)
5. ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler (2004)
6. ‘The Amber Spyglass’ by Philip Pullman (2000)
7. ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ by J.K. Rowling (2005)
8. ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo (2003)
9. ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman (2001)
10. ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell (2003)

You are your favourite heroes and villains of children’s literature? Share your thoughts at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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