15 Harry Potter Characters That Never Made The Movies

November 30, 2011 by  
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It’s almost exactly a decade since Harry Potter & Co arrived in cinemas for the first time in The Philosopher’s Stone, but since the first film the cast of characters in JK Rowling’s wizarding world has multiplied faster than the treasure in that Gringotts safe. Yet while the books grew as the series progressed, unfortunately the films still had to come in under the three hour mark (boo!) and more characters were given the chop as we reached the series’ climax. Here are fifteen characters who didn’t make it on to the screen. But have we missed your favourites?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 releases on Blu-ray Triple Play, DVD and Digital Download on December 2nd.

Winky
Up until HP4, various directors had managed to fit most characters from the Potterverse into the film adaptations, but with the tome-like Goblet Of Fire rocking up in 2000, Mike Newell was faced with the unenviable task of swinging the axe. As the intricate side-plot involving Winky and her master Barty Crouch Sr was slashed, the lady house-elf was cut from HP4. Here she can be seen swigging Butterbeer (for which she developed an proclivity) after being sacked by Crouch for letting his son escape and rejoin the Dark Lord. Unlike Dobby, she neither wanted nor enjoyed freedom. Possibly the only alcoholic in the series…

Karkus
When Hagrid and Madame Maxime set out on a diplomatic mission to recruit the giants in the quite frankly ginormous HP5, it’s Karkus with whom they start negotiating. As the Gurg (Leader) of the world’s last giant colony, he basically just lies about waiting for dinner, yet after he’s killed by a rival (Golgomath) the giants, are less willing to discuss Dumbledore’s proposals. It seems likely that Hagrid got some action while he was out in Russia though…

Neville’s Gran (Augusta Longbottom)
The journey of Neville Longbottom from the clumsy, shy, toad-loving youth of HP1 to the sword-weilding hero of HP7.2 is one of the most satisfying character arcs of the whole series. Just ask his gran. After Voldemort’s supporters tortured his Auror parents to insanity, Neville was left with his gran who always seemed disappointed in him. But that disappointment turned to pride when he led the resistance in Harry’s absence. Ninette Finch played Augusta in the final film, but her scenes were left on the cutting room floor. There was also a touching exchange at St Mungos in HP5 that didn’t make the grade.

Twenty-something Tom Riddle
Despite being the only film he didn’t make a real-time appearance in (with the exception of HP3) HP6 was undoubtedly Lord Voldemort’s book. In the text we discovered much about how history’s most dangerous dark wizard spent his childhood and came to power, but it most of it was left out of the film (for shame!) A couple of the most menacing scenes came when Riddle came to visit Hepzibah Smith (above) but even more crucial to the series was the scene in which Riddle returned to Hogwarts to ask Dumbledore for a teaching position. The increasingly snake-like antagonist used the meeting to hide one of his many horcruxes in the Room of Requirement. “Only I have discovered.. D’oh!”

Merope Gaunt
Another vital character left out of HP6 was Lord Voldemort’s mother, who probably would have been very disappointed in her son if she’d lived past childbirth. The down-trodden Merope Gaunt was despised by her father Marvolo Gaunt, who often called her a squib (although as Caroline points out below, she could perform magic). The poor girl did have a massive crush on local toff Tom Riddle though and after her old man was whisked off to Azkaban, she drugged him with a love potion, got herself pregnant and stumbled off to an orphanage in London to have her baby – selling Marvolo’s priceless locket on the way. Incidentally, Dumbledore reasoned that the absence of love in Voldemort’s conception was one of the main causes for his failure to understand the power of it as a concept later in life. Wise man..

Ludo Bagman
Like Winky, Bagman was considered surplus to requirement in HP4, yet anyone who has read the book will know that he played quite an extensive part in the Tri-Wizard Tournament – namely, refereeing the damn thing. His well-known gambling problem could have been the root of Yates’ edit and after failing to pay-up after losing a bet to Fred & George Wesley, he went on the run from the goblins to whom he also owed cash. Formerly a fine Quidditch player.

Professor Binns
It’s not difficult to see why every director who turned his camera to Potter didn’t bother with Professor Cuthbert Binns, as he is widely known as the most boring individual of the series. The one time the ghostly teacher did have something of interest to say was in HP2, but although he reluctantly recounted the tale of the Chamber of Secrets at the behest of Harry’s class (despite believing it of ‘no importance’) his scene was stolen by McGonagall in the film. Students traditionally dozed during his classes and it was after a snooze in the staff-room that he passed away. Apparently he simply woke up, left his body behind and went off to his first lesson of the morning.

Marvolo Gaunt
Lord Voldemort’s maternal grandfather was a foul-tempered old bastard who treated his children (and pretty much everyone else) with utter contempt. We find him living in a squalid shack just down the road from the Riddle House in HP6, clinging to his last remaining treasure, Slytherin’s Locket. He went to Azkaban for attacking a ministry official PP (Pre Potter) and died there some years later. Many fans were disappointed when his Voldemort Origins scene was cut from ..Prince, especially with all that hormonal carping that made it in.

The Muggle Prime Minister
Also axed from HP6 was the opening scene in which Cornelius Fudge popped in to No.10 to inform his Muggle counterpart that he’d been replaced as Minister of Magic and explain the fact that the wizarding world was now at war. David Yates decided to replace the exchange with scenes depicting the fallen bridge Fudge describes and one in which Harry tries to chat up a cafe worker. Why? We don’t know, because apparently this was one of Rowling’s favourite scenes from the series. According to the HP timeline, the scene took place at some point in the summer of 1996, meaning that John Major was head of the government. Maybe they couldn’t get him to appear in the movie?

Charlie Weasley
Fred & George started a joke shop, Percy was seduced by the ministry before returning to his family and Bill got it on with Fleur, but what the hell happened to Charlie Weasley? Well he’s still working with dragons out in Romania. He cropped up briefly in HP4 and returned for the battle of Hogwarts in HP7.2 but only appeared fleetingly in a postcard of the Weasleys in Egypt circa HP3 (right). According to Rowling he wasn’t gay, he just “preferred dragons to women”. Weirdo..

Morfin Gaunt
Yet another character bumped from HP6, Voldemort’s uncle appeared in a couple scenes, firstly cursing a ministry official and later in an exchange with the young Tom Riddle. Morfin, who loved snakes (but was almost certainly a virgin) was sent to Azkaban after cursing Tom Riddle snr and a nice ministry chap called Ogden (see left). Some years later, Riddle Jr came to visit and flew into a rage when he heard the tale of his parentage. He killed his father and their family and confounded Morfin to make him believe he had committed the crime. After breaking through the memory charm to get to the truth, Dumbledore tried to have Morfin exonerated but he died soon afterwards.

Ted Tonks
Ted Tonks crops up a couple of times in HP7 and he’s cut on both occasions. First up, the “big-bellied fair haired man” was on hand to rescue Harry after the Battle of Seven Potters in the early stages of the book and then he showed up on a river-bank with co-outlaws Dean Thomas, Griphook, some other goblins and Dirk Cresswell. Not only was Tonks’ dad still fully supporting Harry (whom he didn’t know was listening in to his conversation) but he and his friends revealed crucial information about the location of Gryffindor’s sword. Unfortunately he was killed by Snatchers later in the book.. :(

Blast-Ended Skrewts
Few animals summed up Hagrid’s love for weird and dangerous creatures more than the infamously horrid Blast-Ended Skrewts of HP4. The Care of Magical Creatures teacher and country bumpkin stumbled across the nasty animals which had a penchant for fire, destruction and cannibalism by crossing Manticores with Fire Crabs. Armed with suckers and shooting sparks, they appeared to be a massive violation on the Ban On Experimental Breeding. Thankfully they killed each other off, apart from one who was placed in the maze at the end of HP4. And on that note, what happened to our Sphinx Newell?!

Hepzibah Smith
The lusty old witch from HP6 developed quite a crush on the young Tom Riddle in a scene which provided a crucial part of Voldemort’s backstory. An descendant* of Helga Hufflepuff, the wealthy witch was robbed and then murdered by the Dark Lord after blabbing about her heirlooms. Smith showed Riddle Hufflepuff’s cup and Slytherin’s locket, which had originally belonged to Voldemort’s folks, while he was visiting her on behalf of Mr Borgin. Like many of the flashback scenes from HP6, hers was ditched by Yates.

Mr Borgin
The co-owner of the imaginatively-titled dark magic shop Borgin & Burke’s on Knockturn Alley, Borgin was described in less than favourable terms by Rowling and even had a scene in HP2. Unfortunately for Edward Tudor-Pole (left), he only featured in the extended edition. Borgin comes perilously close to a cameo in HP6, but director David Yates decided to show the kids watching Malfoy buy the vanishing cabinet through the shop window. See below..

*Ammended

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Comments

  1. Jenny says:

    David Yates did not Direct Goblet of Fire That was Mike Newell, David Yates did not Direct a Harry Potter Film until Order of the Phoenix.

  2. admin says:

    You are of course correct Jenny. Corrected now! :)

  3. Jack says:

    Great list, but where is Peeves?!?!

  4. Diana says:

    PEEVES!!!!

  5. Andy says:

    dont forgoet peeves!! he was one of the best charecters ever

  6. Monika says:

    WHAT ABOUT PEEVES? :O he was one of the best characters in the books.

  7. Caroline says:

    “The down-trodden Merope Gaunt was almost certainly a squib, which led her father Marvolo to despise her.”
    Actually, as is seen from one of the memories that Dumbledore shows Harry, Merope fixes a broken pot using the spell “Reparo”. Even such a simple spell would require a witch’s handling. Just something I, as a very avid fan, noticed.

  8. frezb says:

    Hepzibah Smith was a descendant of Helga Hufflepuff and not the ancestor.

  9. Sian says:

    Winky was obviously not the only alocoholic since Trelawney has many (cut from the movies) moments where she is drunk of cooking sherry!

    And what about Peeves, surely the first and most obvious cut from the film. And he had been casted for the First Film too. But I do miss dear old Charlie in the films

  10. Kim says:

    Peeves!! and I would’ve liked to have seen more of the teen Marauders, Lily Evans and Snape

  11. Rachel says:

    I could seriously almost cry, thinking about the memories that were left out of HBP. Yates really, truly messed up that movie. Harry Potter is NOT about romance, or teen angst. Both are in the series, but they’re never, ever the focus. He made these aspects much too prominent at the cost of actual substance.

  12. Jez Sands says:

    Personally, I blame the screenplay writer Steve Kloves, not the director…

  13. Sara says:

    yea. I miss Peeves, too. I think it would’ve been great to have him in HP5, in the scene where Fred & George leave. Now I’m all nostalgia. I think I’ll go re-read the books (again).

  14. Rebecca says:

    I also think there shoud have been more of Mundungus Fletcher. He was only in a few scenes in the 7th movie but he should have been in the 5th one as well

  15. Brandon says:

    Very interesting article. I’m surprised that Peeves isn’t on the list, as he is probably the most well-known character cut from the series. The absense of the characters from the “Half Blood Prince” flashbacks was a big part of why I was not a fan of that movie (not to mention the unnecessary additions of the cafe and The Burrow scenes and the deletion of the battle inside Hogwarts and Dumbledore’s funeral).

  16. Duane Cunningham says:

    Great article, but you should really credit and/or link to the the illustrators! Just a quick copy/paste at the end would be nice, since those thumbnails are the first thing people see when this gets shared on Facebook, then the headline, then they follow the link back here. Just a thought.

  17. Harry Potter says:

    what about teddy tonks! they never even mention him. or bill and fluers kid, or zacharis smith

  18. Lillian Cole says:

    I was devastated that the teenaged Lily Evans was left out of the Order of the Phoenix movie. The “Snape’s Worst Memory” scene was all about his relationship with her and his life-changing failure in calling Lily a mudblood.

  19. anna says:

    ALSO not appearing throughout the movies:

    *) Peeves
    *) The Bloody Baron (only for like 5 seconds in HP1, plus his relation ship with the gray lady was never explored!)
    *) Teddy Tonks !!!(they only mention him but up to this point nobody even knew lupin had a son)

    and some more less important people like
    *) Dennis Creevy
    *) Madam Pince
    *) Professor Sinistra
    *) Professor Grubbly-Prank
    *) Grindelwald (in his relationship with Dumbledore when they were young)
    *) Marietta Edgecombe
    *) Ernie McMillan
    *) Dedalus Diggle
    *) Dirk Cresswell

  20. awkward... says:

    What about PEEVES!!!!??!?!??!?!?!?!? and DENNIS CREEVY <3

  21. Rebbeca says:

    I would have added peeves to this list

  22. Samantha says:

    Peeves was an extremely important character in the books and I think missing him was my biggest dissapointment. Which leads me to the movies, although great in they’re own way, also dissapointed me. There were so many missing characters and scenes and added in stuff it was like watching some sort of rip-off of the books and not the books in movie form. If I hadn’t read the books before hand I honestly wouldn’t of known wth was going on! The actual story was cut short and filled with uneccesary extras of love and romance which weren’t in the books. While both of those are very nice it is not what Harry Potter is about. They should’ve left the ridiculous romancing to Twilight and kept Harry Potter the way it was first written.

  23. Devon says:

    Peeves Scenes were filmed a few times for Philosopher’s Stones. He was played by Rik Mayall, but apparently the cast kept on laughing so hard that they couldn’t film a scene properly.

  24. bernardo triana says:

    Im Really happy they didnt include PEEVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is very annoying and would siply ruin the movie!

  25. Enrico Dc says:

    Winky, Kreacher’s Tale in HP7, The Gaunt family, the story of Percy Weasley are the contributing factors why i became a Fan of the Harry Potter series. I was also dissapointed when the film makers ommited them.

  26. WiseacreWerds says:

    I think Dedalus Diggle was one of the people in the Leaky Cauldron (HP1) who said ‘Nice to meet you, Mr. Potter!’ or something along those lines. Not Doris Crockford, but another. Ernie Macmillan was in Chamber of Secrets (extended) and was briefly seen in HP7Pt2 when Neville blows up the bridge, and I think next to Cedric in Goblet of Fire when his name is called.

    I thought the whole bit about Cho ‘accidentally’ betraying the DA was stupid though in Order of the Phoenix. It made her seem more innocent, and not the stupid person she is for defending Marietta. That, and I agree about all the missing memories. And Peeves, even if he was a jerk.

  27. Rachel says:

    This mentions Ted Tonks, but fails to discuss his wife Andromeda Tonks(Black). I was quite sad when the cut the whole original shell cottage scene and replaced it with burning down the Burrow.

    I wish they had also included more of Harry and Dumbledore’s adventures into the pensive. Backstory is always good.

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  29. Dramaking2012 says:

    Charlie Weasley is actually in the background during the wedding reception, Dennis Creevy was replaced by Nigel when they couldn’t include Colin due to Hugh Mitchell being over 6 feet tall. Madame Pince is seen in the library in Chamber of Secrets and sitting next to Trelawney in the Great Hall in Order of the Phoenix, Sinistra was the black witch next to Dumbledore in the opening feast in Sorcerer’s Stone, and Grubbly-Plank was the short witch next to Dumbledore during the opening feast in Order of the Phoenix. Grindlewald is mentioned multiple times if you pause Deathly Hallows, Part 1 during close up shots of Rita Skeeter’s book. And as for Ted Tonks, in the book of Sorcerer’s Stone, the weather man at the beginning is named Ted. Therefore, it stands to reason that the weather man in Order of the Phoenix shown when Petunia is watching T.V. could possibly be Ted Tonks.

  30. Anthony Murphy says:

    Fully agree that HBP suffered from NOT keeping to the book. Missed the Prime Minister, the Gaunt family, Ministry official Ogden. I don’t think Demelza Robins got in either, unfortunately. A pity Also that Susan Bones’ line about knowing that Harry’s Patronus was given to Luna; how would Luna have known that? Susan obviously got the information from her aunt Amelia.
    While Luna is a very nice and attractive girl, she goes more than she is entitled to. In HBP having Luna rescuing Harry in the train carriage – rather that Tonks – because she could see things that nobody really thinks existed, spoils HBP in other ways.

  31. Alexandra says:

    I defiantly agree with Charlie Weasley and Winky…and with everyone else in wondering where the hell Peeves was on this list. I would have loved to see Charlie, because he seemed like the most bad ass Weasley of them all….I mean dragons!!! I also agree with the Gaunt family. I think that having Voldemort’s family back story would have helped us to better understand the villain.

  32. joseph says:

    Some noteables for me are andromeda and ted tonks, winky and speaking parts for the carrows

  33. potions master says:

    and this is why they should have split books 4, 5 and 6 into two movies aswell. not only would the characters be included, but the story would have made so much more sence. its all david heymans wife’s fault

  34. Harry frikin Potter says:

    don’t forget the painting of that screaming lady in sirius’s house

  35. IIRC, Chris Columbus had wanted to start splitting the Potter books into two films starting with Prizoner of Azkaban, which is what had led to him leaving the project after WB didn’t want to commit to making a total of 12 films.

    And I always thought that Rowan Aktinson would have made a wonderful Peeves.

  36. Jax says:

    Why are people saying that romance isn’t a part of this book? The kids grow up. They are not kids anymore. HP5 left out Ginny’s feelings for Harry. HP6 downplayed the triangle b/t Ginny, Dean and Harry (sad face) It IS a part of it. HP6 (if you read the books) was a disaster for many reasons. I like that there WAS Romance, but it could have been done A LOT better, and especially not at the expense of some of the flash backs and important details.

  37. Gryffindormom5 says:

    Actually, Merope didn’t fix the pot. The ministry official did. Also, she was able to cast a love spell/potion on Tom Riddle Sr. So I don’t believe she was a squib just a terrorized witch who didn’t come into her real power until she was free from her father and brother

  38. Hermione Wanna Be says:

    I agree that Peeves should most definently been in the movies because he adds so much character. I also think the Burrow scene should have not been in there but instead gone with the books way. While I’m on my soapbox I would like to say that I didn’t like the way the werewolf looked in Prisoner of Azkaban. I think it looked more like a oversized, hairless rat than a werewolf! I think that the last battle in the 8th movie between was way too different! A) the battle took place in one room with two spells B)Neville plays his role at the edge of the forbidden forest when the victory ‘parade’ comes out C)After the defeat (Peeves is missing to sing his happy song) Harry just walks through the crowd and there is nothing mentioned about Blibbering Humdingers and the such by Luna!

  39. Mark says:

    Starting with Goblet of Fire, EVERY book should have been two movies! It seriously sucks that they didn’t give in to the demand of the fans until the 7th book. As a result, HP 7.1 and 7.2 were among the best in the series. Had they started doing this earlier on, the entire series could have been as good. *sigh*

  40. gravatar says:

    PEEVES??????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. gibby says:

    WE want Peeves! We want Peeves!

  42. michaela says:

    I think part of the butchering of HBP was a hollywood thing. We rarely get to see the villain’s backstory. But that was what made 6 so good, Voldemort’s history was really interesting. WB & Yates probably thought that the general public would be a lot more interested in teen romance rather than a villain’s depressing childhood. And I agree, Peeves was too important to cut out. He may have been annoying, but he was still a big part of the books.

  43. Katie says:

    Merope does not fix the pot with the “reparo” spell. Bob Ogden from the ministry does. Dumbledore does say that he doubts Merope was a squib and that she was just too frightened of her father which hindered her talents.
    Voldemort’s father, grandparents, and Bob Ogden didn’t make the movie cut either.

  44. Lucy says:

    I’ve always been really disappointed that the films didn’t provide Voldemort’s back-story. I found his origins to be one of the most haunting and interesting parts of the books. Reading about his family and parentage sent chills down my spine! Surely it wouldn’t have taken too long to include an account of it, perhaps in the flashback sequence at the start of HP6? It explains hıs hatred of muggles and obsession with his Slytherin heritage and without it he’s too 2-dimensional. I know it’s only a book but I would have loved to have seen those events on screen.

  45. Dana says:

    I respect every character that didn’t make it to the movie. But also, I wanted Peeves to be part of the movie so bad. Why isn’t Peeves in the list? :s

  46. ashleighjay says:

    so angry Peeves and Winky were cut out they were my favourtie characters! <3