He is the first character in the series of novel from Thomas Harris who first introduced the character of Hannibal Lecter in his novel written in 1981 Red Dragon. Lecter is a serial Killer not like the others because he eats his victims he is a cannibal. In the two first novels Lecter is seen as an antagonist but in the third one he becomes a protagonist and in the last novel called Hannibal rising we learn how he became a serial killer. All his novels about Lecter were adapted in films, the first film was called Manhunt (it was based on his first novel Red Dragon) the film was released in 1986 and featured Brian cox but isn’t considered as part of the tetralogy. In 1991 it is Anthony Hopkins who plays the role of the serial Killer in The Silence of the Lambs He even wins an award for this role. he will also play the role of Lecter in the three other movies to come which are Hannibal released in 2001, the prequel of The silence of the lambs and Hannibal called like the first novel of the serie Red Dragon released in 2002 it was not considered as a remake of the first film Manhunt and finally Hannibal Rising released in 2006. Dr. Hannibal Lecter is someone who is Characterized by a certain class and great Knowledge. When you see him he seems to be a respectable man: cultured, intelligent a man with manners but this mask hides a dangerous murderer.
Here there is a video in which we can see Anthony Hopkins speaking about the character Hannibal Lecter.