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Harry Potter: 5 Things that Didn't Happen in the Books

Updated on August 12, 2015

If you haven't heard of Harry Potter you must have been living under a rock for the past fifteen years. You may have read the books and seen the movies or you may have only seen the movies. If you have only seen the movies this article is for you.

An earlier article of mine covered some of the things in the books that were not included in the movies. This article is about the exact opposite. Because there were also some things that the movies included that were not in the books at all.

The first two movies (directed by Chris Columbus) were pretty much as identical to the books as they could be. Sure like with all book adaptions they had to cut stuff out but they didn't add any scenes that were never in the book. Things started changing after the second movie.

Below is a list of things that are not in the books.

1. The Choir

First introduced in "Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban" performing "Double Trouble" at the welcome feast in the great hall and then again seen in "Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix" at one of Umbridge's inspections. They are never seen again after that.

They are led by Professor Flitwick (played by Warwick Davis) and that's all there is to know about that because they were only in two scenes and mentioned again in the sixth movie.

In the books Hogwarts didn't have a choir.

2. McGonagall's Dance Lesson

Yes, it was hilarious. Who doesn't remember McGonagall asking Ron to put his arm around her waist. And Neville practicing the waltz in the boys' dormitory was adorable.

But neither of those things were in the books, although we wish they were.

3. Umbridge┬┤s Detention

After the DA has been discovered and Umbridge has been made headmistress of Hogwarts there is a scene where all the members of the DA, excluding Cho are given the same type of quill that Harry has to use in his detentions with Umbridge. It is unclear what Umbridge forced them to write but they all have words cut into the back of their hand.

This did not happen in the books, thankfully. But Dumbledore being sacked would be more than punishment enough.

4. Attack On The Burrow

In the sixth movie when Harry spends christmas at the Weasleys' a couple of death eaters appear, including Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback. Harry goes outside to face them and Ginny follows him. The death eaters end up setting fire to the Burrow but no one is harmed. This however did not happen in the books.

5. Neville And Luna

We're at the final battle in the last movie and Neville comes to Harry, asking him if he's seen Luna, which surprises Harry. Neville admits that he is "mad for her" and that he wants to tell her while he has the chance.

After the battle Neville and Luna are seen sitting closely together in the great hall, which suggests that she feels the same way about him.

This was not a part of the books, although never denied either. However J. K. Rowling released information regarding the lives of the characters after the books were done and Neville and Luna did not become a couple but married other people.

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