10 Scenes From Books That Couldn’t Be Made Into Movies


Creators of book-to-movie adaptations are always under a lot of pressure from fans to create something that lives up to their very high expectations. People who have read a book over and over are often thrilled to see it hit the big screen, but are usually disappointed to see some of their favorite scenes changed or removed entirely.

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This is of course true for the very popular Harry Potter series, of which seven books have been turned into eight equally popular films. While the creators did their best to capture the magic of JK Rowling’s books, there were bound to be scenes that weren’t included. The absence of these scenes may have disappointed many fans, but some of them would have been downright impossible to include.


The story of the marauders

The Marauder's Map as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

The third movie was the first to leave out big chunks of information viewers thought were important. However, with so much going on in The Prisoner of Azkaban book, the creators had to make some tough decisions.

Fans were disappointed to see that the movie completely omitted any explanation of James and his friends being the Marauders. However, with much of this information being given verbally, the creators had the choice of giving the information through flashbacks (which would have required more casting) or verbal explanations (which would have diminished the climax of the film. with too much dialogue).

The Quidditch World Cup

harry potter quidditch world cup

Quidditch scenes, whether in the books or the movies, are some of the audience’s favorites. However, when it comes to filming, Quidditch can be downright expensive. Since theft is obviously impossible, movie producers are forced to do a lot of cinematic magic to make sure the sport looks convincing.

For this reason, Quidditch games are only shown in detail in films when absolutely necessary to the plot. While the Quidditch World Cup has plenty of significant moments in the books, the movie producers probably decided they could make adjustments to bring the important information to other scenes, allowing them to cut most of the match and stay within a realistic budget.

The Escape of Barty Crouch Jr.

Barty Crouch Jr. arrested at Karkarov trial in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

the Goblet of Fire The movie only explains that Barty Crouch Jr. is the son of a Ministry official who becomes a Death Eater and is imprisoned for it (much to his father’s shame). However, book fans know that Barty Crouch Jr.’s father helped him out of prison and kept him imprisoned at home under the Binding Curse for years until he was released at the World Cup. of Quidditch and returns to his master.

The details of Crouch Jr.’s escape are complicated and are explained to Harry and his friends by Crouch’s house-elf, Winky, who was also cut from the films. Going into those details would have required more CGI, more expensive casting, and a lot of talking that the movie really didn’t have time for.


Dobby talks to Harry Potter.

House-elves are frequent in all books after their introduction in Chamber of Secrets but they are very rarely shown in movies, probably due to the complicated CGI that puts them on screen.

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Because of this, moviegoers never learn about Hermione’s movement, known as SPEW, which aims to free all house-elves (even against their will). Hermione develops this move after she, Harry, and Ron visit the Hogwarts kitchen and talk with Dobby and Winky, as well as hundreds of other elves. The scene would have taken a lot of time and money to include, so it was cut, along with all subsequent scenes that include house-elves.

Harry’s anger over Sirius’ death

Sirius’ death was devastating in both the books and the movies, but the chapters that followed in the books really showed just how heartbroken Harry was.

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Unable to come to terms with Sirius’ death and his role in it, an enraged Harry begins destroying Dumbledore’s office, smashing instruments and trinkets. The inner dialogue that occurs as he destroys everything in sight really shows how broken Harry felt, but, without that peek into Harry’s mind, the scene on screen doesn’t might not have been translated the same way. While understandably the scene was impossible to adapt, cinema audiences really missed the inner workings of Harry’s grief.

All Horcrux Memories

Harry Potter Half Blood Prince Seven Horcruxes Foreshadow

In the books, Dumbledore takes Harry into thought many more times than is shown in the film. Harry sees memories of Voldemort’s mother (who previously owned the Slytherin locket), Voldemort discovering the Hufflepuff cup from an old collector, and Voldemort returning to Hogwarts to apply for the DADA post (which he curses after being turned down .)

Despite the clarity these memories bring to the search for Harry, the scenes were not included in the films. With so many memories to go through and so little time, the creators were probably forced to pick just a few of the most important memories to show the public, and ever since Harry Potter book fans often forget these details anyway, maybe it was the right choice.

Fred’s death

Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter film franchise.

the Deathly Hallows The book was already split into two films due to the vast amount of information they needed to convey to viewers in order to wrap up the series. However, there are still a few scenes that audiences expected to see.

In the books, Harry witnesses Fred’s death (which is one of the most shocking things to happen in the Harry Potter series). However, the film only shows Fred’s body after the fact, which greatly reduces the emotional impact of the situation. It felt like a bad choice for viewers, but realistically there are so many emotionally impactful moments spread across the final chapters of the book, that shoving them all into a much shorter amount of time in the movie would have been way too much. .

Harry goes alone in the forest

One of the benefits of a written story is that the audience can observe every thought, which can be difficult when it comes to adapting these scenes loaded with internal dialogue.

After Snape’s last words and a thought trip, Harry learns that he must sacrifice himself. The writers needed to find a way to communicate what Harry needed to do with the audience before heading into the forest. Because of this, instead of the silent scene where Harry walks alone into the forest without saying goodbye to any of his friends, Harry quickly explains to Hermione and Ron what needs to be done, and says goodbye,

Dumbledore’s explanations

Michael Gambon and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

At the end of all the Harry Potter books, except Half-Blood Prince, Harry receives a lengthy explanation of the mystery he’s been pondering all school year. Readers then get some of the best quotes from the Harry Potter wise director series. These scenes contained a lot of important information, but in every film adaptation the scenes are cut short.

However, at the end of Deathly Hallows part 2, the part of this scene in which Dumbledore revealed what happened between him, his siblings, and Grindelwald is not included. This explanation, which was a deeply vulnerable moment for Dumbledore, was simply too difficult to take in. But fans can expect the fantastic beasts movies to further explore Dumbledore’s story.

The final battle

Voldemort threatens Harry Potter.

The final battle between Harry and Voldemort in the book made readers’ hearts race all the time. The two enemies circled around the Great Hall as everyone watched in silence. Harry explains to Voldemort where he went wrong, and exactly why he was about to lose. But an arrogant Voldemort chose to attack anyway, which resulted in his death.

While this scene is perfect for the books, it may not have translated so well on screen. The scene was much more talking and much less action, which can make such a climactic film fall flat. Because of this, the scene from the book was impossible to recreate with the same effect.

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