4. Leta Lestrange
The Fantastic Beasts movies have received a mixed reception. Whilst there are some distinctive personalities, the storylines are rather disappointing – The Crimes of Grindelwald is particularly problematic and difficult to follow.
As flawed as this movie is, it did introduce some interesting characters. Leta Lestrange became close friends with Newt Scamander whilst the pair of them were at Hogwarts. These young students – despite being in houses with conflicting values – were drawn together as they were both outsiders.
Yet the greatest example of Leta’s heroism came in her adult life. During the climax of The Crimes of Grindelwald, Leta sacrifices herself so that Newt and his brother Theseus (who is Leta’s fiancée) can escape with their lives. Such an act is much more in line with the characteristics of a Gryffindor than a Slytherin.
Given the convoluted nature of The Crimes of Grindelwald, Leta didn’t receive enough time to shine. But what we did see was an honest, brave woman who was willing to put her life on the line for others.