I am a self confessed Harry Potter fan. I’m not going to lie I am truly obsessed and in love with every aspect of the magical world. I first read the books as a child and they helped me through some dark times. I also love the movies, however they’re some things that irritate me. After I re-read the books last year, I decided to put together this list on things I really wish they’d included in the movies. I understand they can’t put everything in, otherwise it’d be a 3 day long film (even though I would watch that long a film!)
*This post will include spoilers from the first 4 Harry Potter books*
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The logical riddle set by Professor Snape to protect the Philosopher Stone.
This annoyed me because I felt like it was Hermione’s time to shine. Ron had his moment with the game of Chess (pretty bloody brilliantly if you ask me!) and Harry who went on to battle Professor Quirrell and Voldemort. I know that Hermione was the one who remembered the Devil’s Snare hated sunlight, but I really enjoyed the logical riddle and I wish they’d included Hermione’s proper chance to shine.
I am so gutted that he wasn’t in the films. I loved this character in the books, I thought he really added something to the story. I have since found out that they did originally cast and filmed scenes with Peeves, but it was ultimately cut. I know he wasn’t a critical character but he added something great to the book.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
The denoming and ghost in the attic at the Burrow.
I would have loved to have seen the denoming process at the burrow! And even just the clank of the ghost in the attic. Another thing I would have love to have seen was the Quidditch match the twins, Ron, and Harry played on the hill.
The death day party.
I loved this chapter in the book. All the commotion about Nearly Headless Nick wanting desperately to be part of the Headless Hunt, the fact that the party was celebrating his death and all the added touches including the rotten food and the game of head hockey.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The Gryffindor vs Ravenclaw Quidditch match where we first meet Cho Chang.
In the books, Cho is a really big part of Harry’s life and it annoyed me that in the films she was hardly present. In the film, we don’t meet Cho until Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I also wish they would of shown when Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle dress up as dementors to scare Harry in one of the Quidditch games.
The Marauder’s Map backstory.
This could be one of the biggest thing that irritates me about the films. Where was the explanation on where the Marauder’s Map comes from? I personally think it was a massive mistake to completely miss this out of the films. It was a really important part of Harry’s journey to find out about who the Marauder’s were and that one of them was in fact his own father.
The Defence Against the Dark Arts exam that Lupin put together.
This was one of my favourite parts of the 3rd book. The obstacle course looked such a fun way to take an exam, and I loved all the different things they had to get across to pass, and even all the creatures Lupin used.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The Weasley’s arriving at Privet Drive in the fireplace.
At the beginning of the Goblet of Fire, Harry gets an invitation to join the Weasley’s at the Quidditch World Cup final. I was really disappointed when they cut out Mr Weasley, Fred, George and Ron arriving in Privet Drive via the Dursley’s fireplace. I love the Dursley’s reactions when they were stuck behind the wall, and Aunt Petunia’s horror when they destroyed her perfect living room. I also missed when Fred and George purposely dropped the sweet they’d knowingly put the engorgement charm on. I loved how they knew Dudley would eat it, getting him back for all the mean things he’d done to Harry whilst also having the added bonus of testing their newest invention.
In the 4th book, Sirius Black sends Ron an owl, as he felt guilty that he was partly responsible for him losing his rat. Ginny nicknamed him Pig, and although Ron tried to change it, the name stuck. In the books, Ron acted like Pig just annoyed him all the time but secretly, you can tell he became rather attached. He wasn’t featured in the films and I was so sad! I loved Pig, and I would have really have liked to see him brought to life in the films.
S.P.E.W (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare).
S.P.E.W is the organisation that Hermione sets up in her 4th year at Hogwarts. After seeing the way that Winky was treated at the Quidditch World Cup, Hermione is inspired to set it up. She is convinced that Elves should have the same rights as wizards. She discovers the Hogwarts kitchen and is disgusted that Dumbledore allows this to happen in his school. When she finds out that the elves in the kitchens are actually happy to work for free, Hermione calms down on the cause but is still strongly against elves working for nothing. I would have loved to have seen this played out in the films, I also would have loved to have seen Dobby more in the 4th film, and showed how happy he was now.
What scenes from the first 4 books would you have loved to have seen in the films? Also, look out for a part 2 coming really soon!