When the first Harry Potter movie was being developed, only four books in the series had been released. In the following years, three massive tomes were added to the series. The brains behind the films were already struggling to fit Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire into one movie. They managed to alleviate this with the final book, by turning it into two movies. But when it came to the rest of the series, a lot of cutting had to be done.
No matter what was cut, the fans were never going to be completely happy. There is always going to be someone out there who is a big fan of one minor scene that would have added nothing to the movie. With that being said, there are a lot of important scenes that most fans agree should have been in the films.
We’re here today to make a case for scenes that should have been in the Harry Potter movies. We’re also here to condemn some of the unnecessary changes to established scenes, as well as the terrible new scenes that took screen time away from something from the books.
Here are the 20 Worst Changes From The Harry Potter Books To The Movies
20. The Arthur & Lucius Fist Fight
In the movie adaption of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry joins the Weasley kids as they go to Flourish & Blotts to buy new books for the school year. It is there that they encounter Draco Malfoy, who is being escorted by his father, Lucius Malfoy. Lucius gets into a very subdued verbal tennis match with Arthur Weasley. Lucius rags on Arthur for his low-paying job, Arthur retorts by saying that Malfoy is a disgrace to the name of wizards. The whole thing comes off like a British version of one of the arguments from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
This scene plays out very differently in the book. When Lucius makes a reference to how the Weasley family has sunk low due to them hanging out with Muggles, Arthur takes Lucius down to the ground like they are in a UFC match. The two actually get into a full-on fist fight in Flourish & Blotts and it takes an intervention from Hagrid to break them up.
Legend of Zelda method of protection. He decided to come up with a series of puzzles involving things that may come up during a Hogwarts student’s first year classes. With any luck, they should also relate to the character traits of the three main characters.
Alright, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone wasn’t the best-written of the books. It can be forgiven, though, by virtue of the fact that it was the first in the series and a lot of the rules of the Harry Potter universe hadn’t been established yet.
In the film adaptation of Sorcerer‘s Stone, two of the tests required to reach the Stone were never filmed. The first involves a Troll that Harry and Hermione have to get past. They end up trapping it within a hole, in order to proceed.
The second test was created by Snape. It was a potion puzzle based around a riddle that needed to be solved. It revolved around using logic, rather than magical knowledge to succeed, and Hermione was able to work it out so that Harry could proceed to his final confrontation with Professor Quirrell.
enter the Great Hall by making the same noise that a lady in a shampoo commercial makes. Then they expel butterflies from their body like they just cast a Disney Princess spell. They run in formation towards the end of the hall, while one student (who is dressed like Ziggy Stardust taking a Gymnastics class) does backflips towards Dumbledore.
Next, come the Durmstrang students. They enter with large sticks, that they use for a brief percussive introduction song before they all run down the hall and start breakdancing. There is actual breakdancing in a Harry Potter movie. One student blows a giant burning phoenix out of his wand before we can continue with the movie.
It seems that foreign magic schools place a larger emphasis on dance classes than Hogwarts does.
foot away from them. Then Neville just runs up and kills Nagini.
grabs Harry by the shoulders and almost pushes him on top of a table full of glass objects. He then yells at Harry, asking him if he put his name in the Goblet of Fire, before sticking his finger in his face and asking if he was sure. Dumbledore is so pissed off that he looks like he is one step away from power-bombing Harry right through the table.
cringe-worthy interview that the three main actors did with the head is the worst thing about the Harry Potter movies. The shrunken head was voiced by comedian Lenny Henry, who is from Worcestershire in England, not Jamaica (though his parents are Jamaican immigrants). He almost killed the movie with his horrible accent and corny jokes.
It may come as a surprise to learn that J.K. Rowling actually loves this scene and has said that she wishes she had come up with it herself. What is she smoking exactly? We’re guessing it was the same stuff that she was smoking when she came up with the plot for Cursed Child.
Star Wars or the Fonz from Happy Days would become so popular?
In the Harry Potter franchise, the fanbase took a special liking to the Marauders. This is the name given to the group composed of James Potter, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, and Remus Lupin, when they were students at Hogwarts. From what we learn during Prison of Azkaban, the boys discovered the truth of Lupin’s lycanthropy and all became Animagi in order to be with him during his time spent as a wolf. Together, they created the Marauder’s Map and discovered many of the secrets that Hogwarts holds.
To the disappointment of many fans, the backstory of the Marauders was barely touched upon in the film version of Prisoner of Azkaban. Apparently, he filmmakers needed more time to include the fight scene with the Whomping Willow. (The shrunken head doesn’t come cheap either.) They are also featured prominently in a flashback chapter from The Half-Blood Prince, but are only seen in brief flashes in the movie. This has prompted many fans to make Marauders fan films, in order to fill in the gaps themselves.
What are your least favorite changes from the Harry Potter books to the movies? Let us know in the comments.
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