Why Peeves? | As Your Poets Have Said
Let's face it, as good as JK is, Peeves just isn't that funny. If he had been in the movies, he might have stirred up a Jar Jar level of hatred, though that's a tall order. So why include him in the books? On the surface it seems like comic relief, but all the scenes with Peeves essentially recycle the same jokes over and over and over and over for seven books. He occasionally serves a plot purpose in a scene, to cause a needed distraction away from Harry's wrongdoings, or frequently to make a bad situation worse. However, his antics serve a deeper purpose as well. While Filch laments that he wishes Dumbledore would get rid of Peeves, kick him out of the castle, Peeves remains. Even though Dumbledore seems to have the ability to, he chooses to allow a source of chaos to remain. Why? Peeves presence at Hogwarts creates a sharp contrast between Harry's life at school and his life with the Dursleys. His aunt and uncle do not tolerate anything unusual or unexpected. During his first