No matter your experience with the Harry Potter franchise, you've undoubtedly heard - dozens of times - that "the books are better than the movies." Fans of the books mourn important scenes that were omitted or cut down in the films, and also lament their favorite missing Harry Potter characters. Leaving out truly great characters, mentioning them only briefly, or putting them only in a video game feels like a travesty. These characters were done dirty!
Enjoyable as the films may be, integral characters like Winky the house-elf and Peeves the poltergeist certainly did not get their fair share of the cinematic love. They deserved better.
Peeves, the trickster poltergeist of Hogwarts, brings all sorts of mischief and high jinks to the school's halls throughout the book series, but is nowhere to be seen in the films. He giddily plays pranks on everyone, especially Argus Filch, and only the Bloody Baron can control him.
Peeves's presence is especially important in Order of the Phoenix, when the ghost makes clear he does not approve of Dolores Umbridge's presence. He ramps up his troublemaking even further when Fred and George Weasley bequeath him their prankster crown upon their explosive exit from the school. Peeves also steps up in the final book, sowing chaos among Voldemort's minions who storm the castle.
Comedic actor Rik Mayall, who passed in 2014, was cast as Peeves in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but his scenes were cut after filming. Director Christopher Columbus told the BBC he wasn't happy with the character's look:
The reason he was cut is that none of us were happy with the design. [Producer] David [Heyman] and I looked at the design of Peeves and thought, "We can get it better."1,757111Done dirty?
Arguably the coolest Weasley in the books, Charlie is basically absent from the movies. Audiences hear his name mentioned, but never actually hear or see him, except in the family vacation photo shown here from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. A strapping Quidditch captain and prefect during his years at Hogwarts, the dragonologist goes to work with his favorite magical beasts in Romania soon after graduation, and becomes a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
The second eldest of the Weasley clan helps Harry extract Norbert from Hogwarts, and returns to his alma mater to care for the dragons brought in for the Triwizard Tournament. He also fights in the Battle of Hogwarts. He's not all brawn, however. In one chapter of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, he picks up a thread and needle in a scene at the Weasley's home: "Charlie was darning a fireproof balaclava."1,527138Done dirty?
Frank And Alice Longbottom
Neville Longbottom's parents, Frank and Alice Longbottom, are courageous Aurors and former members of the Order of the Phoenix. They receive a fair amount of attention in the books, but appear only briefly in the films as part of a photo of the original Order of the Phoenix. Around the time of the First Wizarding War, Frank and Alice are tortured into insanity by Death Eaters using the Cruciatus Curse. They spend the rest of their days in St. Mungo's Hospital, leaving their infant son in the care of his grandmother, Augusta.
The book version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix includes a heartbreaking scene in which Harry, Hermione, and Ron go to St. Mungo's and find Neville and his grandmother visiting Frank and Alice. Neville and Augusta come to see them every Christmas and summer holiday, and although neither parent recognizes their son, Alice walks over to Neville and presses a gum wrapper into his hand, which he places in his pocket.1,348208Done dirty?
Merope Gaunt (And Really, All The Gaunts)
Merope Gaunt, who dies just an hour after giving birth to her son, Tom Riddle Jr., later known as Voldemort, is never mentioned in the films. The pureblood witch and direct descendent of Salazar Slytherin has had a sad, difficult life. Living in squalor and abused by her father, Marvolo, and brother, Morfin, Merope finds herself completely alone after they are sent to Azkaban. Then, unaware of the true worth of Slytherin's locket, she sells it to Borgin and Burkes for just 10 Galleons.
Having always adored a handsome and wealthy Muggle boy in her neighborhood, she decides to use magic to make him fall in love with her. The two are married and Merope becomes pregnant, but Tom Riddle Sr. leaves when she removes the spell, thinking he has truly grown to love her. She perishes soon after, leaving her son in an orphanage with only his father's Muggle name (and middle name Marvolo) and her magical legacy.971238Done dirty?