I know that, as a generation, we can all relate to the fact that we can name at least 50 Harry Potter characters off the top of our heads, if not more. I mean, half of them are Weasley’s, so it’s pretty easy. We all know the main characters, of course, but there are a LOT of characters in J.K. Rowling’s universe that are kind of easy to forget. Supposedly, the number is somewhere around 800, but I’m not going to count for myself since I don’t have that kind of patience. I’m sure you could name at LEAST a hundred of those, right? Maybe 200? If you’re curious, you can test your luck here. But anyway, back to the topic of today’s post: forgotten HP characters.
I know there are the ~side characters~ like Percy Weasley and Cho Chang that are often overlooked, but still given a lot of book and screen time. But there are hundreds of other characters who are actually important, but rarely ever get mentioned in a casual Harry Potter conversation. I mean, we all have those, right? I decided to dig a little deeper into the HP universe and find the little known characters what we all, at one point, knew, but might have forgotten over the years. See if you can recognize them!
Penelope ClearwaterPenelope Clearwater was a Ravenclaw prefect and, in the book, known as Percy Weasley's girlfriend. She was barely mentioned, besides in the seventh book when Hermione impersonated her to get away from some snatchers. Penelope made a very brief appearance in the movie, but that's it, hence the very low-resolution picture.
PeevesI think Peeves is a pretty well-known character, but for some reason, the movie producers liked to pretend he didn't exist. He was a cool character: a poltergeist who loved to pull pranks, much like the Weasley twins. He was, however, featured in the video games (as you can see from the photo) and honestly, he was annoying AF, so I guess I understand why they kept him out of the movies.
Charlie WeasleyYes, there are a lot of Weasleys so it's hard to keep track, but Charlie's life was pretty freaking cool. He basically lived with dragons and got to train them and such, which sounds like a pretty cool tie-in to Fantastic Beasts, IMO. He also helped out Harry in the fourth book when he was prepping for the first Triwizard Task. Charlie wasn't in the movies at all (only seen in photos) which makes him the only Weasley sibling who wasn't in any Potter film.
ScabiorTo be perfectly honest, I had a huge crush on this character for some reason and I can't really explain why. His role in the books was pretty small, but he actually did get a decent amount of screentime in the last two movies, playing the leader of the Snatchers, AKA the bad guys who went after the Trio when they were camping. Supposedly, he had more scenes in the movie, but they were cut since they were too "violent and perverse."
Colin CreeveyPoor little Colin Creevey had a rough life that ended during the Battle of Hogwarts. He was Harry's biggest fan, and loved to take pictures on an old-fashioned camera. In the books, they explored a little bit more of his backstory, which includes information about his family life and muggle parents.
Teddy LupinRemember when the Harry Potter movies completely ignored the fact that Tonks and Lupin were going to have a baby? I do! His name was Teddy and even though he was only a baby at the end of the series, he was a pretty important character, since his live mimicked Harry's. They were both orphaned, with parents killed in the war. Teddy Lupin was only in the books briefly, but it would have been nice to know more about him. He wasn't even in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Can we place have a little justice for Teddy Lupin? He was nowhere to be seen in the movies and was only mentioned once or twice in the books.
Frank BryceCan you imagine being the caretaker at the Riddle household? I would love to know more about Frank's backstory, TBH. He was one of the first people we read about in the fourth Harry Potter book, but he quickly died (RIP) so we didn't learn more. I'm sure he has some great stories about dark magic, though.
Irma PrinceThis was the Hogwarts librarian who had a very, very tiny role, but in the summer of 2005 before Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out, many people believed that she was going to be some sort of important figure because of her name. It was speculated that she could be Snape's mother, bit was never confirmed. She did, however, tell Harry to be quiet in the library a bunch of times.
Which is your favorite lesser-known character? Tell us in the comments!