Harry Potter: 10 Characters That Are Mentioned But Never Seen

The Harry Potter movies feature a large range of magical and captivating characters. From the titular character, to his friends, professors and enemies, the series has created some of the most memorable and well-loved characters in fiction.
Within the movies, several characters are name dropped or referred to as part of backstories but are never seen in the flesh. Some of these characters actually appeared in the books so die hard fans will know exactly who they are; however, others are only ever mentioned on both the page and the screen.

Rowena Ravenclaw

As one of the four founders of Hogwarts, Rowena is an important character in the history of Harry Potter. When the Chamber of Secrets opens in the second movie, Rowena is mentioned when McGonagall tells her class about the history of Hogwarts.

Helga Hufflepuff

Helga is another one of the four founders of Hogwarts and the namesake for Hufflepuff house. Helga isn’t mentioned much during the course of the movies and fans have been left with a lot of unanswered questions about the Hogwarts founders. That being said, Helga has left a clear legacy at Hogwarts; tragic Cedric Diggory is of course a Hufflepuff and possesses many of the traits Helga found so important.

Alice And Frank Longbottom

Neville often refers to his grandmother in the movies but it’s not until later in the series that his parents are mentioned. The two are mentioned in passing during a flashback in The Goblet of Fire and Neville later explains their history in The Order of the Phoenix. Sadly, Frank and Alice were tortured to the point of insanity by Deatheaters, including Bellatrix Lestrange.

Great Aunt Tessie

The Weasley’s are a large family so it’s not surprising fans didn’t get to meet them all. One member of the family who little is known about about is Great Aunt Tessie. Her one mention comes when Ron receives his dress robes for the Yule Ball, and Harry tries to reassure him that they aren’t as bad as he thinks. However, Ron remarks that he looks (and smells) like his Great Aunt Tessie.

Charlie Weasley

Another Weasley who never made it into the movies is Ron’s older brother, Charlie. Charlie does appear in the books but unfortunately became one of the book characters the Harry Potter films left out. However, eagle-eyed fans might notice him in a photograph in the third movie and Ron does mention him several times in the first movie.

Ariana Dumbledore

Ariana is the deceased sister of Albus and Aberforth Dumbledore and in the books, she plays an important part of the former’s backstory. Ariana does appear as a portrait in the final movie but her story is only touched on slightly. In the books, fans learn that Ariana was killed during a three-way duel between Albus, Aberforth and Gellert Grindelwald, with the three wizards unaware as to who directly caused her death.

Regulus Black

At the end of the sixth movie, Harry finds a note signed by R.A.B. in the fake Horcrux locket. In the following movie, R.A.B. is revealed to be Sirius’ deceased brother, Regulus. Although Regulus was a Deatheater at one point, he did turn against Voldemort before his death.

Professor Kettleburn

Kettleburn is Hagrid’s predecessor in the role of Care of Magical Creatures Professor. He is only mentioned once in the movies, but it is still a fairly memorable scene. When announcing that Hagrid has joined the teaching staff, Dumbledore states that Kettleburn has “retired to spend time with his remaining limbs.”

Salazar Slytherin

Salazar Slytherin is the founder of Slytherin House and while he might not appear in the movies, he still has a fairly large role to play (particularly in the second movie). Slytherin was responsible for creating The Chamber of Secrets in his mission to purge Hogwarts of Muggle born students.

Godric Gryffindor

Godric Gryffindor is the final Hogwarts founder and also has a lasting legacy at the school. Many notable and powerful Harry Potter characters are Gryffindors including all three of the golden trio. The Sorting Hat famously had some difficulty placing Harry in a house but Harry’s bravery shone through and allowed him to speak up and choose Gryffindor for himself.


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