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The Top 10 Parts of the HP Books that Should Have Been in the Movies

Updated on May 5, 2014

The Top 10 Parts of the Harry Potter Books that Should Have Been Included in the Movies

How many times have your favorite books been absolutely desecrated when made into a movie? Unfortunately, this travesty happens all too often. The Harry Potter series was forced, like many other amazing book-to-movie franchises, to cut things from the book when making its way to the big screen. According to the numbers provided by “The Harry Potter Lexicon” website, there are 1,084,170 words between all seven of the Harry Potter novels. Sure, that is a lot of words, but true HP fans would be able to take it. I, for one, would be more than willing to watch a three to four, even five hour Harry Potter movie if it meant nothing was taken away from the story that I love.

So here it is, for you die-hard Harry Potter lovers, a list of the top 10 parts of the book that should’ve been included in the movies:

10. Peeves, our favorite poltergeist, makes one appearance in the very first movie, but that is all it is, an appearance. He flies by and laughs loudly when the ghosts all make their grand entrance in the Great Hall, and that is all. No one says his name, no one announces him, no one really even acknowledges him.

Peeves is, of course, the trickster poltergeist that spends his time tormenting students, teachers, and the caretaker Argus Filch, most specifically. He throws things at first years, he does not listen to Percy the Prefect, which infuriates Percy, and he plays tricks constantly. Probably the greatest Peeves moment, though, is when the Weasley twins tell him to “Giver her [Umbridge] hell for us” in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and he takes this command to heart, which is the first time he obeys a command, according to Harry Potter Wiki.

9. Hermione Granger creates S.P.E.W, also known as Society of the Promotion of Elfish Welfare. Thank goodness, she changed her cause’s name from her original idea: Stop the Outrageous Abuse of Our Fellow Magical Creatures and Campaign for a Change in Their Legal Status, or S.O.A.O.F.M.C.C.C.T.L.S ? Luckily, S.P.E.W fit better on her badges, unluckily, she wanted Ron and Harry to wear them.

Here is the thing, if you are not an avid Harry Potter fan who has read the books, you have no idea what I am talking about, or you simply think I am making it up. I promise, though, S.P.E.W. is a real creation by our beloved Hermione Granger, a natural philanthropist. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, she is appalled at the mistreatment of poor house elves. She was at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup when she witnessed this injustice. Barty Crouch made his little house elf go clear to the top of the stadium to sit, where he knew she was terrified to go, and then he never showed up (readers of the book will know why, and non-readers will find out later in this post). The whole idea of S.P.E.W. never made it to the big screen, which is a shame because watching Hermione try to free house elves that worked at Hogwarts, and them getting annoyed with her antics, would have been priceless.

8. In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Professor McGonagall mentions Harry’s goal of becoming an Auror, but how did she know? Well, in the book before, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the awful Delores Umbridge sat in on the 5th year advising sessions (Yes, also not shown in the movies). As Harry was trying to speak to Professor McGonagall about how he would like to become an Auror, Umbridge kept interrupting the conversation by explaining to Harry that this would never happen. Finally, McGonagall was fed up, and declared to Harry that she would help him anyway necessary for him to become an Auror. Take that, Umbridge!

7. In this corner, Arthur Weasley-father of seven, fascinated in muggles, all around nice guy, and in this corner, Lucius Malfoy-father of one spoiled brat, former Death Eater, and perfect example of villain. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, instead of the short exchange between the Malfoys and the Weasleys that the movie portrays, Mr. Weasley loses his cool and plunges at Lucius. During this fight, Malfoy is still able to slip Tom riddle’s old diary to Ginny without being detected, but the fight being taken out of the movie is just not fair. Arthur Weasley deserved to give Malfoy what he deserved.

6. Harry Potter is not as easily fooled as the movies would have you to believe. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoneix, Harry does see a vision of Sirius being tortured, and yes , it gets him upset. In the book, though, he does not instantly fly off to the rescue. He knows that Voldemort shares a portion of his mind. Before he believes everything he sees, he uses the Floo Network to check in at Grimmauld Place to see if Sirius is there. Kreacher lies to Harry, and now Harry makes the decision to travel to the Ministry of Magic to save his godfather from the horror he THINKS he is going through.

5. Hermione Granger and her feud with Rita Skeeter is a most memorable Hermione moment because it shows Hermione’s power is in her knowledge. If you just watch the movies, you don’t get more than an inkling into the villain that is Rita Skeeter. Sure, she’s no Voldemort, but she still has a devilish side.

With her hidden secret about being an unregistered Animagus (a witch/wizard that can transfigure into an animal) and her Quick Quotes Quill, Rita Skeeter wrote juicy article after juicy article throughout Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Hermione tried talking to Skeeter to get through, but it just made it worse. Rita painted Hermione as an attention seeker by playing with the emotions of Harry Potter and using Viktor Krum to do it. Hermione knew there was a way that Rita Skeeter was able to listen to private conversations, and she had finally discovered it. Hermione trapped Skeeter when she was transfigured into a beetle. She trapped her in a jar with an Unbreakable Charm.

Hermione Granger won this battle by giving Skeeter the decision of Hermione spilling her secret or stop writing in her horrible way. Rita Skeeter met with financial ruin, but she was forced to comply with Hermione’s standards of journalism.

4. When Ron Weasley finally gets his day and becomes a Prefect over Harry Potter. Ron has and most likely will forever live in the shadow of Harry Potter. In the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore makes Ron a prefect. Of course, Ron and everyone else is trying to figure out why Harry didn’t get the position because he is obviously Dumbledore’s golden boy. Very few times throughout the series is Ron given the opportunity to shine, but when he becomes a prefect, he is given a certain type of power that even the fabulous Harry Potter does not have.

3. Barty Crouch, Jr. was the son of the famous Barty Crouch, originally the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement but later was the Head of Department of International Magical Cooperation in the fourth book, but you knew this. Did you know, though, that there is so much more to his story than what is shown to movie-goers in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?

Yes, we saw that Barty Crouch, Jr. set the sky at the Quidditch World Cup with the Dark Mark, and we saw in Dumbledore’s Pensieve that Barty Crouch, Jr. was sentenced for being a Death Eater, and finally we know that Barty Crouch, Sr. was murdered in the forest, although this is not like the books either. How are all of these connected though? Well, here we go, Barty Crouch 101.

After Jr. was found guilty and sent to Azkaban, it destroyed Sr., but he was unwilling to vouch for his son. Later, we learn, when Jr.’s mom was getting ready to kick the bucket, she asked her husband to save him. So, when she was practically dead, they went to visit their son. She stayed and died and Sr. smuggled Jr. out. Dementors don’t really “see” much. All they know is there were two people who came in and two people who went out. Then, Crouch Sr. decided after being begged by their house elf, against his better judgement, to allow his son to go to the Quidditch World Cup in 1994, yes, that World Cup. When everyone thought the elf was saving a seat for Crouch Sr., Crouch Jr. was actually there, under an invisibility cloak, handcuffed to the elf. He is able to get none other than Harry Potter’s wand, stuns the elf, escapes, but not after setting loose the Dark Mark. To make a long story short, Jr. finds Lord Voldemort, or what’s left of him, vows to help, attacks the real Mad Eye, becomes a fake Mad Eye, gets HP thrown in the Tri-Wizard tournament, kills his dad, and ultimately helps bring back You Know Who. Pretty busy for a guy who died in Azkaban.

2. The movie was a real letdown when it came to the maze, or final event, in the Tri-Wizard tournament because the obstacles that Rowling devised for the champions to overcome were completely cut out. Magical tasks such as encountering a blast-ended skrewt, confronting a boggart, and dealing with a strange mist that turned everything upside down. Probably the most memorable obstacle was the sphinx and her riddle:

First think of the person who lives in disguise,

Who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies.

Next, tell me what’s always the last thing to mend,

The middle of middle and end of the end?

And finally give me the sound often heard,

During the search for a hard-to-find word.

Now string them together and answer me this,

Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?

The answer, of course, is spy-der, which is the next and final obstacle before the champion reaches the cup, an Acromantula.

Maybe there was not enough time allotted for all of these obstacles to be used, but it definitely would’ve added to the difficulty of the maze if one or two were included.

1. Obviously, the most important part of the books that should’ve made its way onto the big screen is when it is discovered that…wait for it…Harry Potter may not actually be the chosen one. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix the book, Albus Dumbledore reveals the prophecy made by Sybil Trelawney in 1980 about the one who will finally defeat Voldemort:

"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches ... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies ... and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not ... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives ... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies ..."

You may notice that this prophecy does not mention a name. Readers will know that Neville Longbottom was also born on July 30, 1980. His parents were the Aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom, who just happened to be members of the original Order of the Phoenix, meaning they defied Lord Voldemort probably as many times as the Potters. This next part of the prophecy, though, is where Voldemort decided his fate. Voldemort chose Harry Potter instead of Neville Longbottom, he went after Harry and marked him with the illustrious lightning bolt.

This could have changed the entire plot of the story, though. Instead, we all could have been out, waiting until midnight struck on November 15/16, 2001, awaiting our first look at Neville Longbottom and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or the Philosopher’s Stone, depending on your location.)

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    • Meisjunk profile image

      Jennifer Kessner 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Don't forget Kreacher's redemption!!! He's the one who led the house elves in the final fight! He screamed a battle cry in honor of Harry Potter!

      In the movies, they only show Harry being as cruel as Sirius himself was to the poor house elf. They don't share Harry's revelation of how he's acting and how he starts treating Kreacher with respect.

      The movie doesn't show how this respect completely transforms Kreacher's view of EVERYONE, but mostly Harry and his friends.

      The movie doesn't show the cute little soups and fires and breads and wonderful other foods that Kreacher makes for the three as they live in Grimmauld Place!

      I love Kreacher, and he will forever be on my top ten.

      Great list! =) Thanks so much for writing this.

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      Julie McFarland 3 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      I loved this hub. Thanks for listing all of these out. I loved the books and adore the movies as well, and I know they couldn't have included everything. I did miss seeing these scenes, however. Voted up and awesome.

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      Amanda 3 years ago from Michigan, United States

      LOVE this hub! To this day my mom and I still complain about scenes from Harry Potter that were left out of the movies. I realize they couldn't possibly do everything directly from the books - and I really do think the movies are pretty good - but leaving out Peeves is my biggest complaint! All the little added-in scenes they did and they didn't have time for everyone's favorite poltergeist?!

      I agree with Meisjunk that Kreacher's redemption, leading the elves into battle, is a HUGE missed scene.

      Your number 8 is also one of my favorites. I love McGonagall.

      Voted up and I'm not following you!

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      Jessie 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I could probably do this same article in a Part II and a Part III, and maybe even a Part IV!

      I enjoyed the movies very, very much. I am just bitter that they could not include everything single detail from the books. :P

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      Kristina Pitts 2 years ago from Greenville, SC, USA

      The books were better. Way better.

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