Eight Harry Potter Characters Who Deserved Way More Screen Time

You can bet your wand Remus Lupin is on this list.
You can bet your wand Remus Lupin is on this list.
Warner Bros.

It's officially Harry Potter Week. And, as you may have guessed, we're totally celebrating.

For those of us who have waited in line for countless hours to receive our copy of the latest Harry Potter book, wore our favorite house colors to a midnight movie premiere and even plastered a Harry Potter something to a wall somewhere, to say we're dedicated is an understatement.

Now that David Yates has gifted us, finally, opening day of Deathly Hallows: Part 2, (unless you were fortunate enough to see it early) we've decided to take a look back at the characters who rocked hard in the books, but who didn't receive the street/screen cred they deserved in spite of casting perfection. Well, except Cedric Diggory pre-Twilight -- he should have stupefied himself before he grew the fangs.

Oh, sure, sure. We get there's a time restriction when it comes to film. They can't all be five hours long -- although as Potter die-hards, we can safely say we wouldn't really complain provided there were ample bathroom breaks. We're just saying that we agree with the decision to cinematically nix the SPEW, but we would've been more than happy to see the exploration of other storylines.

Thus, the list you are about to read excludes ever-present Hogwarts faculty/staff members (Alan Rickman's Snape is worthy of a Wizarding Oscar) and the main witches and wizards who have been there since day one. We based our picks off those whose written characters made a huge impact, and could have made as big an impact on screen given the actor portraying them.

If you haven't read or seen books/films one through seven, there are teeny, tiny spoilers to come. But you know what? You should have read and seen them.

Eight Harry Potter Characters Who Deserved Way More Screen Time
All photos: Warner Bros.

8. Narcissa "Cissy" Malfoy Draco Malfoy, Harry's school-aged nemesis, comes from quite the Death Eating family: Of note, his aunt is Bellatrix Lestrange and his father is Lucius Malfoy. But his saving grace -- quite literally -- is his quick-thinking mother, Narcissa.

Helen McCrory expresses Cissy's dueling personalities -- caring mother and aggressive supporter of blood purity -- with such brilliance that those recognizable and symbolic two-toned tresses aren't really even necessary (but damn, they're perfection). Earlier on, her character, who was never officially a Death Eater despite her family's alliance, is given more movement in the books than in the films; until the last few we'd really only seen her shuffling behind her creepy husband or in the midst of her asshole offspring.

Oh sure, we've gotten more of Narcissa in the final three movies, but with the drama she brings to the screen in just a glance or a wetting of the eye -- not to mention the demand of an unbreakable vow, she deserves so much more.

Eight Harry Potter Characters Who Deserved Way More Screen Time

7. Hedwig Harry's infamous owl (and only friend through those grueling summers at the Dursley's) was his only connection at some points to the Wizarding World.

We're pretty sure that damn bird could've captivated us with her own tale of letter-carrying adventures. Hedwig was the only way he kept in touch with Sirius and even gave up her own life for Harry in Deathly Hallows Part 1. And yes, we cried, and no we're not ashamed of it, though, why her death was changed from the written version and given less screen time than deserved was equally as sad. Sure they're "kids'" movies, but come on.

In real life the snow owl's name is Gizmo and don't worry, she's still alive. As consideration went to ace casting, we gotta give credit for finding a FREAKING OWL that lived up to the written Hedwig right down to every little cock of the head or worm nibble.

Eight Harry Potter Characters Who Deserved Way More Screen Time

6. Luna Lovegood Quirky and eccentric Luna with her curly sun-dipped hair was not introduced to the series until Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

She was one of the only people who could understand Harry's pain on a personal level because of her mother's death. She became a big contributor to Dumbledore's Army and one of Harry's best friends and yet, we only see glimpses of her (as portrayed with appropriate quirk and old-soul wisdom by Evanna Lynch) throughout the last three movies. No good reason for that far as we can tell.

Eight Harry Potter Characters Who Deserved Way More Screen Time

5. Sirius Black Hot dog! Harry Potter's godfather was the only Black to be sorted in to Gryffindor and he was banned from the family because of it. We were introduced to Sirius in the Prisoner of Azkaban (after a very brief shout-out in the Sorcerer's Stone, just so we're clear), after some dynamic confusion, Sirius gives Harry 12 Grimmauld Place and the family love he's always wanted, and shows us all some badass action skills along the way. Why wouldn't we want to see more of any and all parts of that?

Gary Oldman was cast perfectly for this role since he has that misunderstood serial-killer way about him ... and the charismatic hotness. As he was another one of James Potter's BFFs, Sirius would be perfect for a tragic spin-off with James and Lupin (you hear that, Rowling?). It would also make up for the tragically lame way his death was handled in Order of the Phoenix.

Upcoming Events

Sponsor Content


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >