What I Wish Made It Into the Harry Potter Films

Over the weekend I finally finished re-reading the Harry Potter books and I didn’t realise how much information and how many storylines were left out of the films. Because some things were left out of the films, there are some things that don’t make sense to me so today I’m going to tell you what I wish made it into the Harry Potter films (in no particular order). Before I start, I just wanted to let you know that this post will 100% contain A LOT of spoilers.

S.P.E.W – Goblet of Fire

The Society for the Protection of Elfish Welfare is a society that was set up by Hermione in The Goblet of Fire and basically one of the things that make her Hermione. It would have been brilliant for this to be in the films because it shows that girls can stand up for what they believe in.

House Elves (Winky, kitchens etc)

So S.P.E.W brings us nicely to House Elves. They are SERIOUSLY lacking from the films. Dobby appears in only two films, Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows part 1 (I think) but he’s in four of the books, Chamber of Secrets, Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows. They completely missed him out of The Goblet of Fire film. In the books, it’s Dobby that gives Harry the Gillyweed to be able to compete in the 2nd task in the Triwizard tournament but in the films it’s Neville. Another elf that was left out of the films is Winky:

Winky was a freed female house-elf who neither wanted freedom nor took to being a free elf. She was employed at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry when released from the Crouch family where for years, Winky had been devoted to Barty Crouch Snr The elder Barty Crouch sacked Winky when she was found holding a wand in suspicious circumstances, which not only publicly associated him with Dark magic – Harry Potter Wiki

After Winky is freed, she gets depressed and starts drinking so Dobby got her a job at Hogwarts. In Order of the Phoenix, it’s Dobby that tells Harry about the Room of Requirement for Dumbledore’s Army. Dobby knew about the room because he hides Winky there when she’s been drinking.

Remus and Tonks

In the films, I never understood this relationship because I feel like the only time it’s mentioned is in Deathly Hallows part 1 when Tonks tries to tell them she’s pregnant. It isn’t mentioned again until Harry sees Remus’ ghost in the Forbidden Forest before he goes to Voldemort and he says something about his son to which Remus replies others will tell him what his parents died for (or something like that). In the books, there’s a lot more to the story. Tonks is depressed in The Half-Blood Prince because Remus won’t marry her because he feels she deserves someone who wasn’t old, poor and a werewolf. Eventually, they do get married and shortly afterwards they find out she’s pregnant and Lupin tries to leave her because he’s afraid he’s passed on his werewolf qualities to the baby. Harry called him a coward for leaving his wife and unborn child and didn’t understand why a parent would choose to leave their child when his parents were killed so were forced to leave him.

Bill and Fleur

This is another relationship that doesn’t make sense in the films. In the books, Bill and Mrs Weasley come to watch Harry in the Triwizard Tournament which is where Bill meets Fleur for the first time. Fleur then stays in the UK and takes a job at Gringotts bank to improve her English which is when she and Bill start dating. In the films, none of this is mentioned so how would they meet?

Harry and Dumbledore’s Lessons – Half-Blood Prince

In the Half-Blood Prince book, Harry and Dumbledore have lessons where Dumbledore teaches Harry a lot of Voldemort’s past to try and defeat him. These lessons were one of my favourite parts of the book and they are part of the reason why this is my favourite book. This may be controversial but Voldemort is one of my favourite characters (which is a lot to do with how Ralph Fiennes plays the part) so I loved seeing more into his backstory and learning why he is how he is and all about his family and I feel like this should have been a bigger part of the film.

Peeves

I just want Peeves for entertainment reasons really…

Quidditch – The Order of the Phoenix

I’m not that bothered by Quidditch, I feel like it plays too big a part in some of the films but in the Order of the Phoenix, it’s not featured at all. It’s supposed to be Ron’s year, that’s when he joins the Quidditch team, not in Half-Blood Prince like the films suggest. Ron wins the House Cup for Gryffindor in Order of the Phoenix and it’s just missed out entirely. Another thing I wish was in this film again, purely for entertainment reasons is Weasley Is Our King. It’s a song that the Slytherins makeup and sing at the Quidditch match:

Weasley cannot save a thing,
He cannot block a single ring,
That’s why Slytherins all sing:
Weasley is our King.

Weasley was born in a bin
He always lets the Quaffle in
Weasley will make sure we win
Weasley is our King.

Weasley is our King,
Weasley is our King,
He always lets the Quaffle in
Weasley is our King.

The Gryffindors then flip the song when Gryffindor win:

Weasley is our King,
Weasley is our King,
He didn’t let the Quaffle in
Weasley is our King.

Weasley can save anything,
He never leaves a single ring,
That’s why Gryffindors all sing:
Weasley is our King.

The History of the Dumbledores – Deathly Hallows

In the Deathly Hallows book, we learn a lot about Dumbledore’s family, how his mother died and Albus was left to take care of his sister, Ariana and how he could possibly (it could have been Aberforth or Grindelwald too) have killed her. In the films, we don’t get much of this at all.

St Mungos

After Mr Weasley is attacked in Order of the Phoenix, he’s taken to St Mungo’s, the wizarding world hospital and while the Weasley’s, Harry and Hermione are visiting, they run into Neville and his grandmother who are visiting his parents. In the films, Neville’s parents being ill is mentioned sort of in passing after a DA session. While at the hospital, they also see Gilderoy Lockhart again after he loses his memory in the Chamber of Secrets.

Apparition

In the Half-Blood Prince, we see Harry’s year have Apparition lessons and although it’s not a major part of the story (well it kind of is because how would they have learned?) I think it would have been quite funny watching them try to apparate/disapparate into hoops.

The Aftermath of Dumbledore’s Death – Half-Blood Prince

There’s so much that happens in the book after Dumbledore is killed like the battle of the astronomy tower between some of Dumbledore’s Army, some of the Order of the Phoenix and the Death Eaters where Bill is attacked by Greyback, Snape and Malfoy escaping and Harry trying to stop them, Harry finding out Snape is the Half-Blood Prince during all of this and Hagrid’s hut gets set on fire. We also see Dumbledore’s funeral which I think would have been a lovely scene for the films.

There are some things I’m glad didn’t make it into the films like Fred’s death (you actually read how it happens in the book) and Percy Weasley’s argument with the other Weasleys (I wouldn’t want to see Molly and Arthur upset). Is there anything you would have liked in the films that were only in the books? Let me know in the comments! If you want to read some of my other Harry Potter posts, you can find them here.

Thanks for reading, Em xo

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