Most of us grew up with the magic of Harry Potter. It wasn’t just a series of books or movies, it was our entire childhood. The books by J.K. Rowling beautifully created an entire universe for us to live in and fantasize about. Even the movies, despite their obvious and astounding flaws, will forever be part of our lives.
You might wonder why we referred the movies as obviously flawed. Well, that is because the sheer number of interesting and important characters they missed out on. I mean, do the movie watchers even know why Voldemort became what he became? It could have been a hell of a better story than the Lavender Brown bullshit they peddled.
1. Frank and Alice Longbottom
Frank and Alice Longbottom were Aurors and two of the original members of the Order of the Phoenix during the first wizarding war. The prophecy that chose Harry Potter to be the chosen one could have also referred to Neville; their only son. For both Longbottoms had defied Voldemort thrice. However, they were tortured to insanity using the Cruciatus Curse by Bellatrix, Rodolphus, and Rabastan Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jr. They had to spend the rest of their lives at St. Mungo’s hospital.
The fact that Peeves was not included in any of the movies was a tragedy of the highest order. He was described as the most notorious poltergeist in British history. Unlike his counterparts, Peeves could attain a physical form and disappear at will. He, along with the Weasley twins caused mayhem throughout their time at the school. Peeves also fought in the rebellion of 1995 that drove Umbridge out of the school. He is also known to have fought in the 2nd Wizarding War that ended the reign of Lord Voldemort.
Winky was a freed house-elf who had been working for the Crouch family. She was given the responsibility of Barty Crouch Jr. after Barty Crouch Sr. had illegally freed him from Azkaban for the sake of his dying wife. But her fear of heights led to her losing Crouch Jr. from her sights at the Quidditch World Cup, where he shot the Dark Mark into the sky. After being freed, she spent the rest of her days working at Hogwarts kitchen and drinking heavily.
4. Marvolo, Merope and Morfin Gaunt
The Gaunts were the descendants of Salazar Slytherin and Cadmus Peverell. The Gaunts married with their cousins for generations to keep their bloodline pure and be able to speak Parseltongue. Marvolo Gaunt was an abusive father to Merope and Morfin Gaunt. While the abuses she suffered made Merope unable to use magic, Morfin often spoke in Parseltongue and was sent o Azkaban for terrorising muggles. Merope, however, seduced and married a muggle by the name of Tom Riddle Sr. after inflicting him with the love potion. After being released from the spell by Merope, Tom refused to acknowledge her and their child- Tom Marvolo Riddle otherwise known as Lord Voldemort.
5. Andromeda and Ted Tonks
Andromeda Black (Tonks) was the sister of Bellatrix Black (Lestrange) but was disowned by her family for marrying a Muggle-born wizard, Edward ‘Ted’ Tonks. Together, they had a daughter, Nymphadora Tonks. Ted Tonks was killed in 1998, while he was on the run during Lord Voldemort’s 2nd reign of terror.
6. Ludo Bagman
Bagman was an employee at the Ministry of Magic and was the head of Department of Magical Games & Sports during the 1994 Triwizard Tournament. Bagman had once been accused of passing on information to Deatheater Augustus Rookwood but had been acquited. A famous beater who had represented England in 1982, Bagman’s weakness was gambling. He, however, was in charge of the tournament, along with Barty Crouch Sr. and had offered Harry help to win the tournament as he had placed a large bet on him with the goblins.
7. Charlie Weasley
Charlie was the second son of Arthur and Bill Weasley. He was a Prefect and a Quidditch captain during his time at Hogwarts, following which he went to Romania to study dragons. He helped with the management of dragons during the Triwizard tournament. He was also an active participant in the 2nd Wizarding War at Hogwarts.
8. Hepzibah Smith
Hepzibah Smith was an old and wealthy woman with a fondness for ancient artefacts. In fact, she is known to have played an important role in the creation of Horcruxes and Tom Riddle’s transformation into Lord Voldemort. Smith also claimed to have been a descendant of Helga Hufflepuff. However, her interests in artefacts had led to her befriending Tom Riddle at Borgin & Burkes. But when she showed her two most prized possession to Riddle (Helga Hufflepuff’s cup and Salazar Slytherin’s locket), he killed her using an undetectable poison and framed her house-elf for it.
9. Augusta Longbottom
Augusta Longbottom was Neville’s grandmother. She is rumoured to have attended Hogwarts with Professor Minerva McGonagall under Headmaster Dippet. After the torture of her son Frank and his wife Alice led them to go insane, she took care of their son Neville. Neville admits that his grandmother had initially thought he was a squib and was pissed off when she thought he hadn’t told anyone about his parents because he was ashamed of them. But following his involvement in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, she seemed to be proud of him.
10. Professor Cuthbert Binns
Professor Binns was the history teacher at Hogwarts. He is described as an extremely old man, who bored his students to death. In the books, he dies in his sleep in the staff room but wakes up and goes on to teach the class as a ghost. He is the one who informs the class about the Chamber of Secrets.
11. Teddy Lupin
Edward Lupin was the son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. Although he was a metamorphmagus like his mother, he did not inherit lycanthropy from his father. His parents were killed in the Battle of Hogwarts, following which he was raised by his grandmother. Harry Potter was named his Godfather.
12. Regulus Arcturus Black
Regulus Black or as he was commonly known R.A.B was Sirius Black’s younger brother. He had given in to the Black family’s propaganda of blood purity and the hate of muggle-borns. He had joined the death eaters but later realised his mistake. In an act of redemption, he stole Salazar Slytherin’s locket and tried to destroy it. He had Kreacher replace the original locket but was killed by the Inferi in the cave.
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