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I love movie/TV adaptations– there is the whole buzz around the story again and you get to see characters you love on screen. It’s great (they have the problem of not living up to expectation and can be done badly though). The Harry Potter series is probably one of my favourite adaptations but I did watch the movies first but even after reading the books, I still think it is a great adaptation.
I know adaptations are that– an adaptation so they change certain stuff but these are certain things I would have loved to have seen in the movies from the books. I have only read the books once though so if I have left something out please let me know in the comments.
Spoilers are everywhere in the post for the all the Harry Potter books. Enter at your own risk. This post really relies on knowledge of the books.
What I would have love to have been in the movies?
- Ravenclaw– the animal should have stayed an eagle. Nothing wrong with a raven but I like consistency, the same with the colour is should have been blue and bronze instead blue and silver. Why did they change Ravenclaw so much and now all the merchandise is done for the movie— it’s very annoying.
- Percy Weasley– in the book he was mentioned a lot more and I think it was great at adding the fact that a close, loving family can have troubles with relationships. His career with the ministry of magic caused a rift with his family as his family believed Voldemort was back (rightly so) and the ministry didn’t so Percy pulled away from his family. I didn’t necessarily like Percy but I thought it was a good detail in the books. But in the last book he finally came around to help in the battle of Hogwarts which I thought was a great read.
- Hermione and the house elves– *gets S.P.E.W banner out* Being a person who saw the movies first, reading the books it was great to see this side to Hermione and to the wizarding world as it showed it had flaws and injustice beyond Death Eaters etc. It was good at showing how Hermione cared and stood up for things that went against the consensus—it wouldn’t make her popular or anything but she was willing to stand up for what she believed was right.
- Speaking of house elves, Winky and her struggling with herself and freedom added to the house elves and SPEW movement. And more Dobby scenes in the book as he didn’t just disappear through 3-6. Finally Kreacher (my favourite house elf story), his backstory to the locket and RAB was great. And how he treated Harry after he gave him the RAB locket was really good— it enforces the idea that people respond to how you treat them and kindness gets you are long way and is rewarding. It was great addition to the story and would have loved to see it.
- Ron and Hermione interactions with Snape in ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ when she answered the question—this scene in the books was great. Go Ron. Book scene- Snape “You insufferable know-it-all” Ron- “You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask it if you don’t want to be told?!” Instead of in the movies when Ron kind of agreed with Snape.
- Peeves— he was great. The movies missed out by not including him at all. If you don’t know who he is, I really recommend reading the books. He added a lot of mischievous fun to the stories. He helped to get Umbridge to leave the school through elaborate pranks and fought in the battle of Hogwarts. Great character to read about and he should have been in the movies.
- Calmly—– Someone clearly forgot what this meant because calmly didn’t happen (Dumbledore in the Goblet of fire if you didn’t know)
- Ron friendship traits meaning underplayed- Movie Ron missed out a lot of Ron’s traits which was a shame because I loved Ron. I saw this pin on Pinterest which covered it in details so I will leave the link here if you want to see it. But summed up Ron was loyal, funny and more developed with deeper flaws etc. in the books.
- Ginny’s character– Ginny still wasn’t one of my favourite characters in the book but she had more going for her in the books and I think it should have been included in the movies considering she was the main characters love interest and it added more to his school experience.
- Neville Longbottom– learning the past about his parents– it was such a tragic and meaningful backstory that deserved to be in the movies. Also it said that Neville would be the chosen one if not Harry with thickens the plot and the ideas of prophecy which would have been great to see it the movies.
- Dumbledore in deathly hallows– I loved the exploration of Dumbledore’s past (his sister, Grindelwald etc,), he was held in high regard and I think the past allowed him to be seen as not perfect and it made me like Dumbledore more and I thought it was a great read. It would have been great to add this character dimension to the Dumbledore in the movies– I know it was touched on slightly but I would have loved to have seen more.
- Remus and Tonks– Their relationship was much more in the books and I really liked it. The troubles they went through, particularly Lupin’s doubts. Also Teddy Lupin, their son made the story full circle with an orphan boy who’s parents died due to Voldemort’s actions— it’s sad but I do like a full circle plot but it had the difference that Teddy was growing up in a safe, death-eater free world which showed that ‘all was well’.
- Fleur and Bill- You get to see how their relationship journey more in the books and knew Bill before he got attacked. I like the dimension that Molly didn’t like Fleur for Bill as it explored the troubles of a close knit family. I also liked reading how they overcame this. Also how it made Remus and Tonks get together which was great.
- Harry’s sass– He had some in the movies particularly in goblet of fire but I can always have more sass. Harry’s responses to some stuff that was said to him were great so it would have been fabulous to have seen them in the movie. Some of my favourite are…. “There’s no need to call me ‘sir,’ Professor” and “Listening to the news! Again?” “Well, it changes everyday, you see,”
- Peter Pettigrew’s silver hand– it was a fail-safe for ‘he who must not be named’ if Pettigrew disobeyed/betrayed Voldemort the hand would kill him. It was an interesting object and definitely a villain’s tool. In the last book it was used to strangle himself after he showed a moment of weakness in sympathy with Harry Potter. It was good to read as he betrayed his friends causing the death of Lily and James Potter then his undoing was betraying ‘he who must not be named’ who he originally betrayed his friends to. It was a nice, full circle link I thought.
- The Dursley’s– I like the addition to Petunia in regard to her sister, Lily Evans. The fact that the cause for her distaste of the wizarding world was jealousy, it was shown in a deeper way in the book. How her parents praised Lily– she felt left out and that she sent a letter to Hogwarts to attend to it herself I thought was so sad. It doesn’t condone what she did to Harry all those years but I thought it was an interesting character development. And Dudley, her son, who had always gone out of his way to make Harry’s life miserable– the last words he said to Harry were “I don’t think your a waste of space”– this was really good as shown how he had grown over time. It’s a good lesson and definitely should have been in the movies.
- Draco– in the book he was quite creative and smart with what he did to antagonise Harry and his friends. But in the movies he comes across as quite cowardly when in the books he isn’t like that. Draco is a great complex character and deserves all the love. I like the endearing details about him you learn about in the later books too like talking to Moaning Myrtle so I think it would have been nicer to see more in the films.
Have you seen my other Harry Potter posts….. if not check them out here…..
What do you think should have been in the movies from the books if anything? Which was your favourite movie?