Harry Potter Characters Excluded From Movies:
Harry Potter movies are one of the biggest franchises with world-wide recognition. They were adapted from the iconic novel by J.K Rowling with the same titles that are still enjoyed by fans. The movies did a great job by staying as true to the adaptation as possible. But putting every detail for hundreds of pages in a 2-3hr movie is next to impossible. Hence the makers had to chuck out the following book characters from the movies.
1. Frank and Alice Longbottom
Not much light was shed upon Neville’s parents in the movies. Their pictures were shown in Order of Phoenix but nothing was explicitly said about their fate. According to the books, Neville’s parents, Frank and Alice met a fate that was worse than death. They were attacked with the forbidden Cruciatus Curse by Bellatrix Lestrange which tortures its victims until they lose their minds with piercing pain. They landed up in the St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries. Even though Neville’s parents were alive, they lost their memories and never recognized their son. That’s why Neville was brought up by his grandmother.
2. Charley Weasley
While we know the popular 5 Weasley siblings, Arthur and Molly had 7 children. Bill and Charlie were the oldest brothers of Ron who had a short role in the story. Bill did make it to the movies in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 but Charlie was confined to the books. Charlie was first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where he helped in the escape of Norbert, the baby dragon harbored by Hagrid. He was researching dragons in Romania and later re-appeared in Goblet of Fire for the 1st task involving dragons.
Winky was an integral part of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She was a house-elf to Barty Crouch Sr., Head of Department of Magical Law Enforcement. She knew the darkest secrets of the family and looked after Barty Crouch Jr. after he was surreptitiously freed from Azkaban by his father. Winky was freed/ fired from her job by Crouch Sr. after she was wrongfully accused of using Harry’s wand to cast the Dark Mark in the sky. Dedicated to her master, Winky was devastated on being free and ended up drinking butterbeer all day at Hogwarts’ kitchen, drowning in her sorrows.
4. Crabbe and Goyle’s fathers
We know the evil and sycophant friends of Draco Malfoy, namely Crabbe and Goyle. They appeared in most of the movies as Draco’s minions who supported him in his bullies. But the movie-watchers wouldn’t know that like Draco’s father, even Crabbe and Goyle’s father were Death-Eaters.
Peeves was an entertaining character that we were keen to watch in the movies. He was the most mischievous ghost to roam within the walls of Hogwarts. Peeves the Poltergeist got into everyone’s nerves, including Filch, with his pranks and mischiefs. He brought a fun element during grave moments and even managed to irritate Harry by constantly calling him “Potty Potter”. The late actor Rik Mayall was almost cast to play Peeves in the movie but that never happened.
6. Ludo Bagman
Ludo Badman was the Head of the Department of Magical Games and Sports at the Ministry of Magic who was behind organizing and hosting the Triwizard Tournament and Quidditch World Cup. Despite having an important role in the books, he wasn’t included in the movies. Ludo was a nonchalant character who never take the matter seriously. He destroyed his career with his gambling problem and a pile of debts.
7. Lord Voldemort’s Family
The Half-Blood Prince dug very little into Voldemort’s past when he was Tom Riddle. The books went into details about Voldemort’s family, especially his wizard mother and his muggle-father. Riddle was the grandson of Marvolo from the maternal side who was a descendant of Salazar Slytherin. Marvolo was a pure-blood who despised humans. However, his daughter Merope married a muggle who left her after Tom Riddle’s birth. The history of the Gaunt family played a big role in Voldemort’s life.
8. Professor Binns
Apart from the other ghost residents of Hogwarts like Sir Nicholas, the school also housed a ghost professor. Professor Cuthbert Binns taught the History of Magic at Hogwarts. He was described as the most boring professor who had the ability to make his students snooze unintentionally. He was a very old professor who never realized when he died and continued with his classes the next morning.
Some honorable mentions are Andromeda and Ted Tonks, Marietta Edgecombe, Dennis Creevey, and Hepzibah Smith.