5 Coolest Minor Characters in Harry Potter

Monday, October 31 by Karen Lac

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The 5 coolest minor characters in "Harry Potter" include a handsome heartthrob, a moaning ghost and a woman who can turn herself into a beetle. With seven books in the "Harry Potter" series and eight movies adaptations, there are many cool minor characters but the following are notable for the roles they play in Harry's life and/or their funny magical abilities.

Cedric Diggory

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Before he captured hearts everywhere as Edward Cullen in the "Twilight," Robert Pattinson had a minor role in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" as Cedric Diggory. Exceptionally handsome, kind and fair, Cedric is a Hufflepuff student three years above Harry Potter. Showing his kind nature, Cedric tells his housemates not to wear "Support Cedric Diggory/Potter Stinks" badges after the two are chosen to take part in the Triwizard Tournament. Cedric's fairness is shown when he helps Harry with his task and refuses to take the Triwizard Cup without Harry Potter. Unfortunately, the Cup turns out to be a ruse; it transports them to Little Hangleton graveyard, where nemeses Peter Pettigrew and Voldemort are waiting. Poor Cedric gets killed on the spot by Peter. With his death, millions of readers' hearts are broken in an instant.

Cho Chang

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Cho Chang, a pretty and sweet girl, is Harry's love interest and provides him with his first kiss. In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," she accompanies Cedric Diggory to the Yule Ball, stirring great jealousy in Harry, who in turn ignores his own date. Despite his strong feelings toward her, Harry Potter winds up not getting the girl because of his awkwardness and Cho's heartbreak over Cedric's death.

Moaning Myrtle

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One of the coolest minor characters in the "Harry Potter" series is Moaning Myrtle, a ghost who haunts the girls' bathroom in Hogwarts. She provides a humorous element to the storyline, with her constant moaning, whining and voyeuristic tendencies toward Harry.

Rita Skeeter

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Another one of the series' coolest minor characters is Rita Skeeter. Rita Skeeter is a scheming reporter who constantly antagonizes Harry and his friends with her exaggerated stories about them. She isn't just any other reporter engaging in yellow journalism; she can turn herself into a beetle to better spy on her subjects.

Mr. Ollivander

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Mr. Ollivander, the eccentric owner of Ollivanders, supplies Harry Potter with his first wand. The poor old man is kidnapped and tortured by Lord Voldemort but is rescued by Harry and his friends in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." With his sage advice and belief in Harry's ability to do great things, he is a minor character in Harry Potter that makes a big difference.