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- Major secondary characters: These are the ones we think of when we say secondary characters. These characters are nearly as important as the primary character(s) and may have their own backstories and subplots. In Harry Potter, some major secondary characters would be Ron, Hermione, Malfoy, Dumbledore, and Snape.
- Minor secondary characters: These characters are less well-developed but are still distinctive enough to possibly be memorable. In Harry Potter, this would be the Weasley twins, Professor McGonagall, and Neville.
- Filler characters: In a movie, these characters would basically be extras. They are the folks you need to fill out a scene or the world, but they are generally stock characters with no real distinctive features. In Harry Potter, most of the student body falls in this category.
Finally, secondary characters can act as a foil to the primary characters. For example Malfoy is the foil to Harry Potter in school. He is what Harry could have been had he been raised by an important wizarding family aware of his heritage instead of by the fiercely muggle Dursleys.