In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets there is a relatively important minor character called Millicent Bulstrode.
It is Millicent Bulstrode who Snape pairs with Hermione in the duelling club and it is she who gets Hermione in a headlock:
[...] [B]ut Hermione and Millicent Bulstrode were still moving; Millicent had Hermione in a headlock and Hermione was whimpering in pain. Both their wands lay forgotten on the floor. Harry leapt forward and pulled Millicent off. It was difficult; she was a lot bigger than he was.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - p.144 - Bloomsbury - Chapter 11, The Duelling Club
Millicent is the one who Hermione then tries to impersonate, using the Polyjuice Potion and a hair that ended up on her robes during the scuffle, accidentally turning herself into a cat:
'I've already got mine!' said Hermione brightly, pulling a tiny bottle out of her pocket and showing them the single hair inside it. 'Remember Millicent Bulstrode wrestling with me at the Duelling Club? She left this on my robes when she was trying to strangle me! And she's gone home for Christmas - so I'll just have to tell the Slytherins I've decided to come back.'
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - p.160 - Bloomsbury - Chapter 12, The Polyjuice Potion
The scene in The Chamber of Secrets is the first we really see of her. She is sorted "on-screen" (in other words, we see her being sorted) but I can't remember her ever being important before, and she basically disappears after that. As far as I can remember, the only real mention of her is as one of the members of the Inquisitorial Squad. Fittingly, she again has Hermione restrained, after she's been caught when Harry was using Umbridge's fire:
Now he could see Hermione pinioned against the wall by Millicent Bulstrode.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - p.654 - Bloomsbury - Chapter 32, Out of the Fire
And I believe that's all folks. Presumably she is one of Pansy Parkinson's gang of Slytherin girls, but this is about the extent of her screen time.
This has always struck me as odd. She was apparently an important enough Slytherin for Hermione to feel that Malfoy would be comfortable talking about the Chamber of Secrets in front of her and it seems like Rowling must once have thought about making more of this character, giving her such a role in the Chamber of Secrets.
But no, she is "replaced" by the until-then obscure Pansy Parkinson in The Prisoner of Azkaban.
Until The Prisoner of Azkaban we see Parkinson sorted (although we aren't told then where she ends up) and she taunts Parvati in The Philosopher's Stone:
'Ooh, sticking up for Longbottom?' said Pansy Parkinson, a hard-faced Slytherin girl. 'Never thought you'd like fat little cry babies, Parvati.'
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - p.110 - Bloomsbury - Chapter 9, The Midnight Duel
As far as I'm aware, she is then absent until The Prisoner of Azkaban and doesn't appear in The Chamber of Secrets, even though she would seem the natural choice for Millicent's role in retrospect.
But from The Prisoner of Azkaban onwards, it is the character of Parkinson that is developed, at Millicent's expense. For example, it is she who comes to the fore after Malfoy is scratched by Buckbeak.
'They should sack him straight away!' said Pansy Parkinson, who was in tears.
'It was Malfoy's fault!' snapped Dean Thomas. Crabbe and Goyle flexed their muscles threateningly.
They all climbed the stone steps into the deserted Entrance Hall.
'I'm going to see if he's OK!' said Pansy, and they all watched her run up the marble staircase.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - p.91 - Bloomsbury - Chapter 6, Talons and Tea Leaves
As a child, these two characters merged into one in my brain and now I wonder why Rowling began developing the interesting character of Millicent Bulstrode in The Chamber of Secrets, only to cast her aside and, instead, focus on the similar character of Pansy Parkinson instead, who was, at that point, an obscurity.
Did Rowling ever talk more about Millicent and/or the reasons for her decision?
And do we know anything else about Miss Bulstrode and what happened to her and what role she played?