From characters that made brief and unsatisfying appearances to those that were completely cut, these are the wasted characters of Harry Potter.
As anyone who has either read or watched Harry Potter can attest, much of the series’ charm stems from its amazing cast of characters. Whether primary or secondary, wizard or witch or muggle, these characters manage to entertain and enchant audiences. While many of the most important characters made a significant contribution to the films’ narratives, there were quite a few from the books that were either left out or, if they did appear, didn’t do nearly as much as their written counterparts.
This is truly a shame, since some of these characters played a very important part in the events of the books – and fans were disappointed that they didn’t get more attention on the big screen.
10 Professor Binns
Professor Binns is one of the more amusing creations in the novel, the sort of professor that most people have encountered at one time or another in their studies. While he is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the history of magic, he’s not very adept at delivering this information to his students in a way that doesn’t bore them to tears. It’s really a shame that he didn’t make much of an influence on the films, because he would have been a very hilarious addition (and it’s not as if all of the professors make a lot of sense, anyway).
9 Charlie Weasley
Obviously, the Weasleys are some of the most important characters in the entire franchise, both because they are loyal allies of Harry’s and because they play a pivotal role in the ongoing war against Voldemort and his minions (and because they change in some important ways throughout the series). While many of them make appearances, one is conspicuously missing, and that is Charlie, the most adventurous of the Weasley children and the one who has a particular fascination with dragons. Given his work with them, it’s both surprising and disappointing that he doesn’t appear on-screen (not that he’s the only thing about the Weasleys the films leave out).
8 Marietta Edgecombe
Those who have only watched the films would be forgiven for being under the impression that it was Cho Chang that betrayed Dumbledore’s Army to the vicious Umbridge. In reality, however, it was Mariette Edgecombe, Cho’s friend, who did so.
While she can hardly be blamed for this action altogether (since she did it to protect her mother’s job), it was still a pretty terrible thing to do. It would have been nice to see her appear in the film, if only so Cho didn’t have to take the fall for it.
7 Ludo Bagman
Though he’s a relatively minor character in the novels, Ludo Bagman is still an important person, in part because he is one of those responsible for organizing the Triwizard Tournament. It’s made pretty clear that he’s something of a rascal, and that he’s not nearly as attentive to matters of security as he should be, particularly when it comes to making sure that wizards aren’t revealed to the muggle world. It would have been rather interesting to see him appear in the films, if only as a form of comic relief.
The house-elves occupy a particularly bad place in the society of the Harry Potter world. For one thing, they are basically little more than slaves, although they are portrayed as happier with their lot serving than they would be without it. That is the case with Winky, who really couldn’t adapt to the idea that she was to be no longer serving the Crouch family. She’s a rather tragic figure, and it would have been interesting to see her translated into her screen counterpart.
Everyone knows that there are numerous ghostly figures that wander the halls of Hogwarts. While they make many appearances in the first two films, thereafter they’re little more than an afterthought (even though this isn’t really true in the novel). Peeves has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the characters cut out of the films- although he’s in some deleted scenes. Perhaps, as a poltergeist, he would have been an unnecessary distraction, but it’s still a shame that he was cut out of the films altogether.
4 Neville’s Family
Neville is one of the great unsung heroes of the saga. From the very first movie and book, he showed that he had a core of strength that wasn’t always evident on the outside. As the reader learns through the books, this is in part because of his own family’s suffering, including his parents’ torture.
Though they make a brief appearance in the books and the films, one could have wished that they’d received more attention in the screen version, particularly since they were so important.
3 Nearly-Headless Nick
The viewer first meets Nearly-Headless Nick in the first film, and it’s hard not to be enchanted by him. After all, he’s played by none other than the great John Cleese, a giant comedic talent if there ever was one. He’s a bit of comic relief, certainly, but there’s also something a little tragic about him. While he played a lesser role in the later books, he disappeared entirely from the movies, and it’s really a shame, because who doesn’t want to see more of John Cleese? His Death Day party is also a phenomenal book scene that was completely cut from the films.
2 Madame Maxime
Madam Maxime is, of course, the headmistress of Beauxbatons, and it’s clear from the beginning that there’s something between her and Hagrid. She does make a few appearances in the films, but she’s largely sidelined (which makes sense, in a way, since there’s already so much going on). However, considering that she’s played by the formidable talent of Frances de la Tour, one could have wished that she would have gotten at least a little more screen time, especially when she worked with Hagrid to try and get the giants on-side in the books.
1 Madam Hooch
Madam Hooch is one of the best secondary characters to have appeared in the films, mostly because she was played by the divine Zoe Wanamaker. She brought just the right amount of bite and sensitivity to this role, showing the viewer that she was someone who wouldn’t put up with nonsense from her students but was nevertheless able to see that Harry had a formidable talent for flying that would make him an invaluable part of the Gryffindor quidditch team (a sport that doesn’t, frankly, make a. lot of sense). Not every professor would have done that, and it’s rather sad that she didn’t appear in the rest of the films and thus remains an underappreciated professor.
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