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J.K Rowling's Harry Potter named most inspirational children's book character

Deepika Rajani
Harry Potter has been named most inspirational children's book character (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Harry Potter has been named the most inspirational children’s book character.

J.K Rowling’s character won the hearts of readers throughout the seven book instalments.

After discovering his magical powers at the age of 11, Potter went on to fend off Dementors, trolls and giant spiders alongside pals Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

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The young wizard fought off stiff competition to top the poll commissioned by The Works.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda followed in second place with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s Charlie Bucket coming in third place.

Hermione came in fourth place beating Mary Poppins and Winnie The Pooh who came in fifth and sixth place respectively.

Peter Pan, Paddington Bear, Willy Wonka and Peter Rabbit completed the top ten.

The list of 50 characters also included Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracey Beaker, The very Hungry Caterpillar, Topsy and Tim, Babe and Stuart Little.

J.K Rowling's other character Hermione Granger also featured in the top ten (Photo: Foto de Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, Archivo)

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Explaining the importance of books, Dr Jane Murray, who specialises in early childhood education, said on behalf of The Works: “The research shows how books are as important as ever and the positive impact they have on a child’s development and relationship with their parents and other carers

“At the heart of every story there is a good character and the research shows how nostalgic and classic characters continue to inspire parents and children throughout life.

“It’s great to see how adults are helping their children to embrace reading and discover fictional worlds and characters who can influence their child’s behaviour and outlook.”