Harry Potter is one of those franchises that inspires fans to obsessively learn about it. Thanks to Pottermore, seven books, eight movies, an amusement park, and all kinda of other media spin offs, there’s plenty of content to absorb.
It’s so popular, even if you’d never read a Harry Potter book in your life, you’d probably be able to name the main trio of characters. But what about the less well-known characters – beyond the Luna Lovegoods and Madame Pomfreys, all the way down to some of the very least remembered? Those names are some of the hardest pieces of trivia to remember, but after this article you’ll have a little bit of backstory to help light the way.
The data for this post is sourced from the Harry Potter Top 200 quiz on Sporcle. Characters mentioned fewer than 12 times are excluded from the data as a result.
The Most Forgotten Harry Potter Characters • Percentage of Sporcle Users Who Correctly Answered
Scabior • 19.5%
For a character that shows up in the books, movies, and even video games, Scabior is surprisingly obscure. His scenes primarily revolve around his role as a Snatcher in the Second Wizarding War, where he captures the Golden Trio and delivers them to Malfoy Manor. Snatchers were bounty hunters of a sort, capturing Muggle-born wizards and “blood traitors” for gold rewards. Scabior is one of the most prominent Snatchers we see.
Wilkie Twycross • 18.9%
The ninth most forgotten character is Wilkie Twycross. He appears in only one book – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – and is mentioned 13 times. Wilkie is the Ministry of Magic’s apparition instructor. He teaches the students the three ‘D’s of apparition: Destination, Determination and Deliberation.
Demelza Robins • 18.8%
Demelza Robins was a Gryffindor student during Harry’s school years. In fact, in The Half-Blood Prince she joins the Gryffindor Quidditch team as a chaser. Harry notes that she is good at dodging bludgers, but Ron makes her cry at practice with his criticisms. She’s mentioned in the books 16 times, but we don’t see what happens to her during or after the Battle of Hogwarts.
Aidan Lynch • 18.7%
Aidan Lynch shows up in just one book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He’s the seeker for the Irish National Quidditch team, and his 16 mentions involve discussions of the World Cup match against Bulgaria. His team ultimately wins, though his opponent Viktor Krum catches the snitch.
Bogrod • 18.6%
Bogrod was a goblin employee at Gringotts. He appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when the Golden Trio break into Bellatrix LeStrange’s vault to retrieve one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Harry uses the Imperius curse on him to force him to lead them to the vault, and the security dragon at Gringotts blows fire at the group as they escape. In the books, Bogrod’s fate is unclear – in the movies and the video game, however, he is confirmed to have died in the dragonfire.
Griselda Marchbanks • 18.2%
Griselda Marchbanks is a character that does not appear in the movie adaptations at all. In the books, she is the governor of the OWL, NEWT, and WOMBAT exams taken at Hogwarts. She mentions having presided over Dumbledore’s exams as well, putting estimates of her age in the 130s.
Warrington • 17.5%
Warrington is mentioned the most out of any of the bottom 10 in our data, at 22 mentions. But his first name, Cassius, isn’t even included in the books themselves. That information comes a special edition release of the movies. Warrington is a Slytherin student at Hogwarts at the time of the books, and a Chaser for the Slytherin Quidditch team for several years. In The Goblet of Fire, rumors spread that he has put his name in the goblet for the Triwizard Tournament, but he is not chosen.
Hassan Mostafa • 16.9%
Hassan Mostafa is another character that appears only for the Quidditch World Cup in The Goblet of Fire. An Egyptian wizard and a referee for the World Cup, he’s only mentioned 13 times.
Karkus • 16.7%
Karkus is one of the few non-human characters on this list, as Gurg (leader) of the last giant colony. He appears in The Order of the Phoenix when Hagrid and Olympe Maxime try to persuade the giants to join their cause in the Second Wizarding War. After several days of persuasion and gifts, Karkus seems likely to listen to Hagrid and Olympe, but is killed in a battle among the giants. His successor is less sympathetic to the cause and later supports the Death Eaters.
Adrian Pucey • 16.5%
Adrian Pucey is the most forgotten character to make the Harry Potter Top 200. He is another Slytherin quidditch player, a Chaser. But he is not portrayed as a cheater at Quidditch, the way many of the Slytherin players are. Adrian appears in multiple books and movies, and The Chamber of Secrets video game as well. Even so, not much is known about him as a character, and that’s probably the main contributor to his low guess rate.
The next five least-guessed, in order of lowest-guessed to highest: Sturgis Podmore, Dirk Cresswell, Jimmy Peakes, Mrs. Cole, and Moran.
The two least-mentioned characters to make the top 200 don’t appear in the bottom 10 least guessed. With twelve mentions each, Augusta Longbottom and Troy both manage to stay relatively highly-guessed. Augusta probably gets a pretty decent boost from those typing “Longbottom” for Neville, but Troy doesn’t even have a surname.
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