The Harry Potter franchise introduced readers to some of the most iconic fiction characters of a generation, and while the main characters were all excellent, one of the best things about Harry Potter is that every character had so much personality and brought something to the story. While some important minor and supporting characters were limited or cut out completely when it came to the movies, others were just as fantastic as we wanted them to be. Fans of the Harry Potter books knew that these characters were going to be great, but in the movies these supporting characters were made even better by the actors and actresses in the roles, leading to these 11 supporting Harry Potter characters who stole the show:
In the books, Professor Sprout was a lovable, no nonsense type of woman who really didn’t get the credit she deserved as not only the head of the Herbology department but the Head of Hufflepuff House. When the character was brought to life by actress Miriam Margolyes in the films, audiences couldn’t help but be distracted by the professor because behind her sweet exterior was a woman who was not afraid of a fight and proved to be one of the most endearing on-screen characters. Everyone knew how great Professor McGonagall, Professor Dumbledore and Professor Snape were, so it was Sprout who pleasantly surprised everyone with how much she added to her scenes.
Everyone had no problem imagining just how amazing the Knight Bus was when reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and it certainly didn’t disappoint in real life. Rowling went into great detail when describing Stan Shunpike right down to every pimple and his Cockney accent, and while it was only a small part, Lee Ingleby made every scene his. While Stan was entertaining enough, the wonder of the Knight Bus continued with Jimmy Gardner as Ernie the erratic driver of the rather terrifying bus and of course Dre Head, the talking shrunken head. All three characters were very minor in terms of the scope of the movie and the series itself, but no one will ever forget them thanks to their strong yet small performances.
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