The First Order of the Phoenix includes some of the most brave and famous witches and wizards in British history. Started by Dumbledore, it included the Marauders, the Nevilles, and the Potters – and was a powerful enough group that it was instrumental in defeating Voldemort in the First Wizarding War. When the Order was reformed with Voldemort’s return, many of the original members were gone, but the remaining members were added to with a new group of courageous young fighters.
Of these, witches and wizards who were only teenagers proved their mettle against the Dark Lord, and lived up to the Order’s name – but some did more than others. (Note: Only members who were only in the Second Order are included, not those who were in both First and Second Order.)
10 Hestia Jones
There is little to suggest that Hestia Jones wasn’t brave, however, she is a relatively minor character in the series and doesn’t get much of a chance to prove her courage. She is not mentioned as a member of the First Order, so she may have been too young at the time, or was simply recruited by Dumbledore between Wizarding Wars. Hestia only appears twice – to escort Harry to 12 Grimmauld Place, and later, to escort the Durselys to safety. While there’s no doubt that these were dangerous assignments, she has no particularly memorable moments to compare to the rest of the Second Order.
9 Charlie Weasley
Charlie Weasley is excluded almost entirely from the movies (except for the occasional mention), and even in the books, he is the Weasley family member who has the least involvement in the Second Order in Britain. During the events of the war, he is a member of the Second Order, but stays in Romania (where he was working with dragons) to recruit wizards there. He does later show up for the Battle of Hogwarts, but as everyone else in the Second Order does too, there is less of a focus on his bravery in the books.
8 Arthur Weasley
Arthur and Molly Weasley were of an age that they could have been in the First Order, but they were not in the photo or mentioned as members. This omission isn’t directly explained, but does make the point that good witches and wizards were not all in the Order, and that the First Order was a very small group!
In the Second Order, Arthur is involved in their efforts at the Ministry, and is attacked while guarding the Hall of Prophecy. He is clearly willing to put himself in danger for the cause, and fights in several battles during the Second Wizarding War. Compared to some others in the Order though, he does slightly less to show his courage.
7 Kingsley Shacklebolt
Like Arthur and Molly, Kingsley was not in the First Order, despite his age, but in the Second Order, he is usually front and center. He is involved in many of the major battles, including the Battle of Hogwarts, and spends much of the war protecting the Muggle Prime Minister (while posing as his secretary).
After the war, his bravery and abilities were rewarded, when he was named the new Minister for Magic, and there is no doubt that he was as brave as any member of the Order could be expected to be. However, compared to the fights that some took on, he isn’t the bravest.
6 Bill & Fleur
Bill & Fleur Weasley were core members of the Order, with Bill returning from Egypt to be of better use to them. They were also front and center for most of the major engagements of the Second Wizarding War, including at the Battle of Hogwarts. Unlike some members of the Order, though, Bill was severely injured in one of these fights, and they were brave enough to take on more risk to help the Golden Trio.
Bill was attacked by Fenrir Greyback, and left permanently scarred (and with some wolf-like tendencies), and yet he continued to actively fight as part of the Order. As the secret-keeper for Shell Cottage, he also helped to support the Golden Trio in their work, giving them a place to hide and rest, along with Griphook and Ollivander – despite the huge risk that came with this.
5 Molly Weasley
Molly, for most of the Harry Potter series, is a kindly mother figure, and is most ‘frightening’ when telling off her children for their various pranks and misadventures. However, in the Order of the Phoenix, a stronger, braver Molly is seen. From the start, she is a key part of the Order, and continues to fight and organize despite her almost overwhelming fear that her children will be killed (shown when she is struggling to deal with a Boggart in Grimmaul Place).
Persevering despite this very real fear is part of what makes her so brave… and the other part is her actions in the Battle of Hogwarts. Here, Molly is the one to take on (and take down) Bellatrix LeStrange, despite the fact that she has killed so many. This was a huge risk, and Molly’s willingness to leap forward to attack one of the strongest Dark Witches is incredible.
4 Minerva McGonagall
Professor McGonagall wasn’t a member of the original Order, but she was working against Voldemort in the First Wizarding War. She used her abilities as an animagus to spy on Voldemort’s followers and report back to the Aurors and the Ministry, and it’s no surprise that when Voldemort returned, she decided to join the Second Order.
In the series, Minerva shows her bravery time and time again – protecting the students, staying with the school, organizing the defense against the Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts, and taking on Umbridge (despite this leading to multiple Stunning Spells to the chest that put her in St Mungos). From the first installment of the series, Minerva is shown to be brave and willing to stand up to anyone, no matter if they are stronger, younger, or more powerful, she will do what’s right.
3 Nymphadora Tonks
Tonks is one of the younger members of the Second Order, and one who would not have been of age to join the Order during the First Wizarding War. However, in the Second Wizarding War, she wanted to do everything possible to help fight Voldemort.
Already an Auror, Tonks had devoted her life to fighting Dark Wizards – something that would prove her bravery even before the War. Beyond that, though, she was involved in every major conflict, in protecting Harry and the school, in every Battle, and she gave her life in the Battle of Hogwarts.
2 Fred & George
For much of the series, Fred and George were too young to join the Order, as they were underage – and as soon as they were old enough, they joined up. Their bravery is often underrated, because they are seen as the comic relief and the pranksters of the series. However, this is its own kind of bravery. When most of the Wizarding World was leaving Diagon Alley and struggling, the twins opened a joke shop, and worked hard to bring light and happiness to a dark time.
Beyond this, they were brave in the more obvious sense, too. They were always there in the thick of things; in Dumbledore’s Army as well as the Order, involved in major battles and protecting Harry, standing up to Umbridge and the Ministry. Fred, like Tonks, lost his life in the Battle of Hogwarts, but was brave to the end.
1 The Golden Trio
Technically, when the Order was being reformed and operating in secret out of Grimmauld Place, Harry, Ron, and Hermione were too young to join. However, the assumption is that they were inducted (at least, symbolically) by the time they went out searching for Horcruxes.
The bravery of these three cannot be in question – from the time that they were only children, they have been actively fighting against Voldemort, taking on battles and tasks that adult witches and wizards would have backed away from. They rush into danger to do what’s right, and routinely risk everything to try and win. Harry is even willing to give up his life to stop Voldemort, making him one of the bravest characters in the entire series.