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Harry Potter expert has her pet Peeves

Melissa Anelli runs the fan website the Leaky Cauldron.

Special to the Times

Melissa Anelli runs the fan website the Leaky Cauldron.

As webmaster of the hugely popular fan site the Leaky Cauldron, Melissa Anelli is an expert on all things Harry Potter.

Anelli, who appeared Tuesday at the University of South Florida to talk about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, her own book, Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon, and other topics, said in a phone interview that she thinks the movies based on J.K. Rowling's novels truly capture the vivid world the author created.

But any film based on a full-length book must leave things out. What character or event does Anelli miss most? "This is so silly, but I wish they'd done Peeves," the poltergeist of Hogwarts. "It would have been an element of whimsy."

The always sarcastic Peeves appears in all seven novels. Actor Rik Mayall (Drop Dead Fred) was cast to play him, Anelli says, but the part was cut.

She says she'll miss Peeves especially in the final movie, Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which will be released in July.

Near the end of the book Deathly Hallows, "People are lying dead and injured all over the place" while Peeves flies around singing a cheerfully rude song whose lyrics include "Voldy's gone moldy."

Anelli says, "Ron has this fantastic line: 'Really gives a feeling for the scope and tragedy of the thing, doesn't it?'

"But they can't use the line without Peeves."

Harry Potter expert has her pet Peeves 11/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 12:28pm]

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