This is a reblog of an excellent post by Allison Maruska on the uses of sidekicks. I know many of us get attached to our characters (I certainly do) and maybe don't think of 'using' them, but it can be productive to take a step back and consider how this type of character can fill a role in a story. It's certainly worth a long look to see if your supporting characters are doing everything they can to make your story shine. As an example, I read somewhere that JK Rowling said that Hermione was an incredibly useful character for exposition in Harry Potter. Nobody would be surprised at any information Hermione had to offer. They'd all just assume she read it in a book somewhere.
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