One of his ten favorite rodents in children's fiction, as shared at the Guardian:
Scabbers the rat in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter booksRead about another entry on the list.
I’m nervous writing anything about Harry Potter because my knowledge of this genius canon is a piecemeal agglomeration of reading aloud to my children, reading silently to myself, watching the films and simple absorption - so forgive me if I get this wrong. Scabbers belongs to Harry’s pal Ron Weasley, but turns out to be the animal form of the wizard Peter Pettigrew, formerly a friend of Harry’s dad James, whom he betrays. He takes the form of a rat when he becomes a spy for the evil Lord Voldemort. (There’s much more to it, obviously – but is that about right?) Scabbers occupies the number one slot on the grounds of sheer popularity. I’ll bet more children will know Scabbers than the remaining nine rodents combined, which are in no particular order.
The Harry Potter books made Anna Bradley's list of the ten best literary quotes in a crisis, Nicole Hill's list of seven of the best literary wedding themes, Tina Connolly's top five list of books where the girl saves the boy, Ginni Chen's list of the eight grinchiest characters in literature, Molly Schoemann-McCann's top five list of fictional workplaces more dysfunctional than yours, Sophie McKenzie's top ten list of mothers in children's books, Nicole Hill's list of five of the best fictional bookstores, Sara Jonsson's list of the six most memorable pets in fiction, Melissa Albert's list of more than eight top fictional misfits, Cressida Cowell's list of ten notable mythical creatures, and Alison Flood's list of the top 10 most frequently stolen books.
Professor Snape is among Sophie Cleverly's ten top terrifying teachers in children’s books.
Hermione Granger is among Brooke Johnson top five geeky heroes in literature, Nicole Hill's nine best witches in literature, and Melissa Albert's top six distractible book lovers in pop culture.
Neville Longbottom is one of Ellie Irving's top ten quiet heroes and heroines.
Mr. Weasley is one of Melissa Albert's five weirdest fictional crushes.
Hedwig (Harry's owl) is among Django Wexler's top ten animal companions in children's fiction.
Butterbeer is among Leah Hyslop's six best fictional drinks.
Albus Dumbledore is one of Rachel Thompson's ten greatest deaths in fiction.
Lucius Malfoy is among Jeff Somers's five best evil lieutenants (or "dragons") in SF/F.
Dolores Umbridge is among Melissa Albert's six more notorious teachers in fiction, Emerald Fennell's top ten villainesses in literature, and Derek Landy's top 10 villains in children's books. The Burrow is one of Elizabeth Wilhide's nine most memorable manors in literature.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban appears on Amanda Yesilbas and Katharine Trendacosta's list ot twenty great insults from science fiction & fantasy and Charlie Jane Anders's list of the ten greatest prison breaks in science fiction and fantasy.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone also appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best owls in literature, ten of the best scars in fiction and ten of the best motorbikes in literature, and Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders's list of the ten greatest personality tests in sci-fi & fantasy, Charlie Higson's top 10 list of fantasy books for children, Justin Scroggie's top ten list of books with secret signs as well as Charlie Jane Anders and Michael Ann Dobbs's list of well-known and beloved science fiction and fantasy novels that publishers didn't want to touch. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire made Chrissie Gruebel's list of six top fictional holiday parties and John Mullan's list of ten best graveyard scenes in fiction.