Peeves the Poltergeist. To the students and professors of Hogwarts, he’s one of the most frustrating characters around. To the fans of the books, he’s an amusing character who frequently provides comic relief. To the fans of the movies, they have no idea who he is.
While Peeves is frequently looked at as a nuisance or comedian, the truth of the matter is that his character served an important role in the series on more than one occasion. Here are ten times in which Peeves made a difference to the world of Harry Potter.
10 A Much Needed Distraction
One thing you can always count on with Peeves – he knows how to create mischief. Sometimes that means he’ll cause more problems for the students (and professors) than it’s worth. Other times that means he’ll be cheering those students up.
Think about how stressful it must be towards the end of the year, with O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s lingering over their heads. A well-aimed water balloon could bring a much-needed smile to a student’s face.
9 Respecting Certain Authority Figures
Peeves sure does love his mayhem, so when he actually respects somebody, it seriously says something about that character. Take Dumbledore and The Bloody Baron. Those are the only two listed characters that Peeves seemed to respect – or be afraid of.
While that doesn’t sound like a bit deal, that telegraphs quite a lot to the readers. In Dumbledore’s cause, it tells fans of the reaching effects of his authority. For the Bloody Baron, it shows how terrifying he can be.
8 Catching Students Sneaking Around
Okay, so this one doesn’t make him the hero for students, though Filch and the professors probably appreciated it. Peeves is a character full of chaos. As such, while he loves to create his own, he cannot be counted on to help a student with their own.
For example, if he catches a student out of bed at night, you better believe he’s going to have all the fun in the world making sure the entire school hears of it – and quickly. Who knows, maybe one-day Peeves will save a life with his announcements.
7 Breaking Cupboards to Save Students
Here’s an example of at least one time Peeves helped to save the day. Remember that time Harry was busted by Filch and dreading what was going to happen? Well, Nearly Headless Nick managed to talk Peeves into breaking something above Filch’s office as a distraction.
This actually goes one step further. The something he broke was a vanishing cabinet. The very one that Malfoy uses in Half-Blood Prince. Imagine how poorly things would have gotten if he had access to a working one for an entire school year.
6 Bringing Percy Down A Peg
Given how Percy behaves for several books in a row, this next item is going to be a satisfying one for many fans. Peeves constantly refused to recognize Percy’s authority. Granted, Percy always thought he had more than he actually did, but that just made it all the more entertaining.
Peeves refused to listen to Percy, even though he was a Prefect. Perhaps especially because he was a Prefect. Either way, it was always a bit of a laugh to see Percy be ignored by such an annoying little character.
5 ‘Give Her Hell From Us, Peeves’
Perhaps the most iconic moment in Peeves’ story; the time he actually took orders from Fred and George. Towards the end of Order of the Phoenix, Fred and George left the school in fantastic fashion, and they left a parting order.
‘Give her hell from Us, Peeves.’ A simple request really, for Peeves. The goal was to continue the reign of misery for Umbridge, as she had most certainly earned it. Peeves took great delight in this order and even saluted the twins.
4 Hours Tormenting Umbridge
Related to the above point is all of the time Peeves spent tormenting Umbridge. He went and did big things, of course, in order to make her time at Hogwarts horrible. But it’s really the smaller moments that sound so satisfying.
Take the hours and hours he spent following Umbridge around making rude and annoying noises. That’s what he did when he was bored and tired – imagine what he got up to when he was feeling even more mischievous.
3 Standing Up To Filch
One of the most entertaining moments from Peeves was the time he refused to respect Filch. At least, not without getting some proper respect in turn.
“Shan’t say nothing if you don’t say please!”
“NOTHING! I told you I wouldn’t say nothing if you didn’t say please! Ha ha! Haaaa!”
–Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
The idea of Filch hitting a point of pure frustration and rage…it sounds perfect. So this is one of those moments that fans will always cherish when thinking of Peeves. If only this scene had made it into the movies.
2 Cheering For Harry’s Success
After the Battle of Hogwarts, Peeves was seen actually cheering for Harry (as well as everyone else who won and survived). It’s the only time he cheered for the Hogwarts students, and it was a poignant moment.
“We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter’s the one, and Voldy’s gone moldy, so now let’s have fun!” –Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
1 Defending Hogwarts
Last, but certainly not least, there’s the time that Peeves joined in the Battle of Hogwarts. Fans who have only seen the movie won’t know this fact, sadly. During the biggest battle of the series, Peeves dove in headfirst, and he admittedly had a blast while doing so.
Peeves was witnessed dropping Snargaluff pods down unto the heads of Death Eaters, and it doesn’t sound like it was a pleasant experience for those involved. Well, except for Peeves and any students who witnessed it, that is.