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VenomBDP October 13th, 2007 5:09 am

Best little-used characters
 
I thought this would be a good place to talk about some of the little-known, little-mentioned characters that we've taken a liking to, and why. For instance...

1. Hannah Abbott - She was only mentioned a few times, and usually in a brief way, but for some reason I took a real liking to her, and had a real longing to know more about her.

2. Angelina Johnson - Again, she had a very bit part in the series, but she was obviously a strong, likable girl, plus, to be captain of Team Gryffindor? She must have been pretty hardcore cool.

3. Lee Jordan - The one I most wanted to see more of. He was obviously the best friend and fellow prankster to the Weasley twins, and seemed to be pretty hilarious from the little we got of him.

leah49 October 13th, 2007 7:17 am

Re: Best little-used characters?
 
Dean Thomas -- I've always kind of been interested in him. Rowling has a backstory for him that she put on the back burner in favor of Neville. I find it interesting that he dated Ginny and then happened to be the supposed Muggle-born on the run in Deathly Hallows.

I agree with Angelina Johnson and Lee Jordan. I love the image in Goblet of Fire of Fred and Angelina dancing so wildly at the Yule Ball that everyone else had moved away to not get hurt.

Holey October 13th, 2007 8:45 am

Re: Best little-used characters?
 
Sounds like a good thread.

Stan Shunpike - I loved how he kept endlessly (and brainlessly) chattering away, not noticing his own stupidity, let alone being ashamed of it.
"Why didn' ya say you're Harry Potter, Neville? -- Goodbye, Neville!"
We should have heard more of this.

phoenixcloud October 13th, 2007 9:13 am

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I'd probably say Angelina. She's a great character really. And oh, Oliver Wood too! Too bad he had to leave Hogwarts early. :(

LoonyMagic October 13th, 2007 9:23 am

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An awesome question :D

Hannah Abbott - Her name came up quite a bit within the books, and was disappointed that nothing came from it (not that I expected it to), and we only actually saw her a couple of times within the series. However, in my own little backstory in my head, I can imagine that her family were quite involved in fighting against Voldemort :)

Oliver Wood - He was awesome and taught Harry Quidditch...why did he have to leave school earlier than Harry? :( Also, it helps that the guy who played him in the film was hot...:blush:

Charlie Weasley - We hear a few things about him an see him a few times, but we - as an audience - hardly ever see him and Harry barely speaks to him. It's a shame - I would have liked to have found out more about Romania and dragons :)

wickedwickedboy October 13th, 2007 10:48 am

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Blaise Zabini - I had so much in mind for what he would do throughout HBP and DH based on the beginning of HBP. Alas, barely a whisper about him in HBP and he seems to have flown off to the Americas during DH - he was completely MIA from the book. I thought his little back story and his refusal to toady to Draco was great - and I liked the ambivalence introduced over his 'liking Ginny'. I thought we'd have a nice blow out between he and Harry about that. But all of it turned out to be qa build up for nothing. :grumble:

JJFinch October 13th, 2007 10:58 am

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Originally Posted by LoonyMagic (Post 4810412)
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Charlie Weasley - We hear a few things about him an see him a few times, but we - as an audience - hardly ever see him and Harry barely speaks to him. It's a shame - I would have liked to have found out more about Egypt and dragons :)

Charlie was in Romania not Egypt - that was Bill, curse-breaking for Gringotts.

But yes I agree. I would have liked to see more Charlie. As for Angelina and Oliver: I would have said that Angelina and Fred would get married, but...*sob*...that's never going to happen. The thing with Angelina and Oliver is that they were there to fill in positions; there had to be captains and players in the quidditch team. Anyway, they were in the final battle, and I think that's sufficient involvement for me.

I would have liked to see more of Florean Fortescue - seeing as he gave Harry free Sundaes and helped him with his homework, and then went missing, I really expected him to have a larger part in DH.

LoonyMagic October 13th, 2007 11:02 am

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Originally Posted by JJFinch (Post 4810468)
Charlie was in Romania not Egypt - that was Bill, curse-breaking for Gringotts.

Of course. I'll go back and edit that - you can tell I wrote this early in the morning...:sigh:

JJFinch October 13th, 2007 11:25 am

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Originally Posted by LoonyMagic (Post 4810472)
Of course. I'll go back and edit that - you can tell I wrote this early in the morning...:sigh:

:lol: Btw, how often do you change your sig and avatar?? It seems like it's a different one every five minutes!!:huh:

LoonyMagic October 13th, 2007 11:36 am

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Originally Posted by JJFinch (Post 4810483)
:lol: Btw, how often do you change your sig and avatar?? It seems like it's a different one every five minutes!!:huh:

:lol: More like every five seconds. It seems to change with my mood :D

Anyway, back on topic :). I always liked Hestia Jones. I've no idea why, but from the first moment we met her (albeit briefly) in OotP, I had wanted to know more about her. I'm glad she had a chance to speak in DH :)

JJFinch October 13th, 2007 11:41 am

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Originally Posted by LoonyMagic (Post 4810490)
:lol: More like every five seconds. It seems to change with my mood :D

A cat with a melon on its head is indicative of your mood? Oooookaaaaay...:p

Yeah Hestia Jones seemed to be a bit of a nonentity if that's the word - she was introduced and only used rather pointlessly for transporting the Dursleys to safety. It seems a bit pointless her being a character at all, really, with such an insignificant involvement.

IMissPadfoot October 13th, 2007 11:49 am

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Mrs Figg! I thought it was brilliant when it turned out that Harry's old cat loving neighbour turned out to be a Squib!

SusanBones October 13th, 2007 1:53 pm

Re: Best little-used characters?
 
I was hoping that Susan Bones would get a bigger role :lol: She gets mentioned in most of the books and was part of the D.A. And her aunt Amelia was a high ranking Ministry offical.

YellowRose October 13th, 2007 4:27 pm

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Hogwarts Express trolley lady, I was sure she was working under cover for the Order, keeping an eye on Harry during those long train rides.

DeathlyH October 13th, 2007 4:37 pm

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Originally Posted by YellowRose (Post 4810616)
Hogwarts Express trolley lady, I was sure she was working under cover for the Order, keeping an eye on Harry during those long train rides.

Ha! That would be great!

I wonder who this little tufty-haired wizard is; he speaks at Dumbledore's funeral, and at the wedding! Apparently, he is very good at magic because he pretty much changed the entire wedding tent with a wave of the wand.

Another one: Theodore Nott. Jo has said that he has a rather interesting history, and there used to be a good scene with him and Draco talking to each other at the Malfoy Manor, but she had to take it out. At the end of OotP, it looked as though he may have a little part in the next two books, but alas, he was not even mentioned...

blhendless October 13th, 2007 4:58 pm

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That Harper kid, who was a substitute seeker, while Draco wasn't feeling well. Don't know why, really.

truthheart October 13th, 2007 7:27 pm

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Kingsley. I know he ended up getting used alot later but I really wish they had introduced him earlier, he is so cool.

skrewtmaster October 13th, 2007 7:35 pm

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I would have liked to have heard more about Dennis Creevey. It seemed like he would have been a great edition to the Harry Potter fan club.

SeverusSnapeHBP October 13th, 2007 7:36 pm

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PEEVES!
My fav character in the series (besides Snape and Dumbledore)

LikeLuna October 13th, 2007 8:12 pm

Re: Best little-used characters?
 
Wow - pretty much everyone mentioned here!

I was so excited when Lee's his Quidditch-commentator skills were put to the use of resisting Voldemort...how awesome is he?! But yeah, I would like to know more about him and his future. He seems a bit shunted to the side next to the Weasley twins.

Angelina seems like a very strong, assertive person (similar to Ginny, I guess) and it would have been great to see her as an adult (and maybe married to either George or Lee). ;)

Oliver Wood is so funny as Quidditch capitan and I'm really glad he came back for the battle.

STAN SHUNPIKE is hilarious. Thank you Harry, for not Stunning him and sending him spiraling toward the earth at a thousand million feet up. He's great in the films too. :lol:

I wish Harry had gotten to know Susan Bones better. She's lost family to the war just like he has and she was at the DA's first meeting.

From what we get to see of Charlie (maybe 10 lines in the whole series?), he seems really funny. I would like to see him with Hagrid some more; apparently they were good friends.

I don't know if Percy counts as a little-used character, but I REALLY liked him before OotP. His reunion with the Weasley family in DH was perfect. ;) Oh, and I've always wondered about Penelope Clearwater...kissing Percy in all his Head Boy glory. :D I don't think she even got to say anything.


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