25 Harry Potter book moments that should have made the movies

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We love all eight Harry Potter films, but all Potter-heads know that they’re missing some of the best book moments! Here are 25 of the best Harry Potter book moments that should have made the movies.

From 2001 to 2011, eight Harry Potter movies were released that followed the journey of J.K. Rowling’s famous story of a young boy who learns he’s a famous wizard. In the early 2000s, when you couldn’t pre-order your movie ticket online, reserve a seat in the theater or stalk the progress of the film’s production on social media, you had to get an adult to drive you to the theater for tickets weeks before the premiere and line up hours before the movie started to make sure you would get a good seat.

Fans of the books rushed to theaters to see the films, but as all book-readers know, there are dozens of important scenes, moments and characters who are missing from the films. If you’re like me, you left the theater feeling conflicted. You were over-the-moon about just having watched your favorite books come to life, and yet you felt cheated because of all the special moments that were left out.

The movies also drew in fans who had never read the books before, and if you’re one of those people, chances are someone’s told you that you “have to read the books.” They’re not lying.

The movies fail to give the full depth of the story and choose to leave out crucial information about Harry’s life and the relationships he builds with people around him in the wizarding community. Along with the missing back story, the films also left characters, events, comedic moments, and symbolic items on the cutting room floor.

Here are 25 of the best Harry Potter book scenes, moments and characters that should have made it to the movies:

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25 – Peeves the Poltergeist

One of the biggest complaints from the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film was that Peeves the Poltergeist was completely MIA. It was the hot topic at the middle school cafeteria table when the first trailers were released in 2001 for the anticipated movie, and it’s still a common critique of the series.

In the first book, Peeves is the very reason that the trio even found the trap door that led to the Sorcerer’s Stone, something they just happened to stumble across in the movie.

Peeves is known for being the ultimate prankster, bully and general annoyance of Hogwarts Castle. He has thrown sticks at students, written foul language on classroom blackboards and tattled on Harry, Ron, Hermione and Neville when they were in the corridors after curfew (but then notably saved the day by redirecting Filch’s attention once they’d been caught).

He loves to antagonize anyone he can, create nicknames for students and professors alike and is infamously known for supporting the Weasley twins in their take down of Dolores Umbridge. And as the oldest resident of Hogwarts castle, Peeves also helped fight against Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts by causing chaos.

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24 – De-gnoming the Weasley garden

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets book when Harry visits the Weasley house over the summer (after being rescued by the boys and their flying car), he gets his first taste of how a wizarding family lives.

The Burrow is a unique wizarding family home, and in the films, we see Harry eating breakfast at the family table and enjoying his time examining all the magic in the home, delighted to be away from the Dursleys for the rest of summer. The movie does a mediocre job of depicting the original scene, but we can’t forgive filmmakers for leaving out the garden gnomes!

Getting a taste of what wizard kid chores are like, Harry was tasked with helping Ron and his brothers de-gnome the garden, which consisted of grabbing the live gnomes out of the ground, spinning them around until they’re dizzy and throwing them over the fence. It’s one of the most humorous scenes in the novel, and it’s a shame that it was left out of the second film.

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23 – Nearly Headless Nick’s 500th Deathday Party

All Harry Potter film fans remember the moment we first met Nearly Headless Nick (a.k.a. the ghost of Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington) on-screen. Following the sorting hat ceremony in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Nick popped up out of the dinner tray in the center of the Gryffindor House table to welcome all the new first years. After some skepticism from Hermione about being “nearly” headless, Nick promptly pulled his head to the side to prove it.

In the books, Nearly Headless Nick has a much more developed storyline, and one of the highlights is his 500th Deathday Party, celebrated on Halloween of Harry’s second year.

Harry, Ron and Hermione are the only living party guests, and find themselves celebrating Nick’s deathday among many ghosts from Hogwarts (and others who traveled from across the country) and Peeves the Poltergeist.

Taking over one of the Hogwarts dungeons, Nick provided decorations, a ghost orchestra,  a buffet of rotten food and a cake in the shape of his tombstone for his guests to enjoy.

We understand why the scene was cut from the movie, but it was a fan-favorite scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Nearly Headless Nick was ripped off (no pun intended).  

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22 – The “Potion Room” riddle protecting the sorcerer’s stone

In the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone book, each professor was tasked with helping create a riddle or challenge to help protect the real Sorcerer’s Stone. When Harry, Hermione and Ron get past Fluffy the Dog and go down the trap door, they fall into Devil’s Snare (courtesy of Professor Sprout), and continue to be tasked with a different obstacle in each room.

The movie actually does a pretty great job of depicting the wizard’s chess, flying keys and Mirror of Erised rooms, but the challenge created by Professor Snape is missing.

In the book, the trio walk into a room that has seven bottles of potions sitting on a table. It’s Hermione who takes charge, reading the poetic riddle and using logic to decide which potion they should drink to move into the next room.

The scene was likely cut from the screenplay because it’s not action-packed as the other rooms, but in the book, the stakes felt just as high. It was also the room that catered to Hermione’s strengths (similar to how Ron took charge during the chess game), but the movie choose to highlight Hermione’s academic knowledge via saving the boys from Devil’s Snare.

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21 – The Marauders’ back story

Mooney. Wormtail. Padfoot. Prongs. The four Marauders and the friendship they shared as students at Hogwarts is a highlight of the entire Harry Potter series for many fans. Just like Harry and many of the others students who attended Hogwarts in the 1990s, the Marauders were talented Gryffindor wizards who pretty great at causing trouble and finding creative solutions to solve their problems, including creating the Marauder’s Map.

What we don’t learn in the films however, is that the Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs nicknames are actually stand-ins for Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black and James Potter.

The audacity of not including the back story of the Marauders and allowing Harry to learn that his father played a major role in creating the map is just unforgivable. The film series also left out the story behind Pettigrew, Black and Potter all learning how to become animagi in order to help protect and comfort Remus during full moons.

We do see some sentimental and loving moments between Harry, Lupin and Black during movies No. 3-8, but it doesn’t hold up to the friendships and mentorships we see in the novels.

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20 – Neville could have been The Chosen One!

Neville Longbottom has a fairly well-developed story arc across the eight Harry Potter movies, but major pieces of his story — specifically his qualifications to be part of the famous prophecy — are missing from the films.

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore tells Harry about the prophecy, explaining that spoke of a child who would have the power to “vanquish the Dark Lord.” It was said that the “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…”

The seventh month being July, it was thought this referred to Harry Potter because of the July 31st birthday, but this date is also Neville Longbottom’s birthday. Voldemort likely chose Harry because of his half-blood status (seemingly less threatening or powerful in Voldemort’s mind) and because the prophecy also referred to someone who had thrice defied death.

Harry’s lineage coming from the Peverell brothers, that could identify him as the specific target. The films leave out this plot point entirely, not ever mentioning that Neville could have been the boy with the lightning scar.

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19 – Sirius Black living in a cave with Buckbeak

During The Triwizard Tournament, Sirius Black was living near Hogsmeade in a cave with our favorite magical creature, Buckbeak, but if you only watched the movies, you’d never know! Sirius would transform into a dog whenever he needed to go into town, taking newspapers for information about what was happening in the wizard world and getting food.

We do see Sirius talking to Harry via the Gryffindor Common Room fireplace, but in the books, they had lots more time to speculate and theorize about the happenings behind the scenes of the tournament.

Harry, Ron and Hermione also sent him food and treats, knowing that he was living in isolation and in hiding with Buckbeak. The same cave in the mountains was later used as a makeshift home for Hagrid after he was fired from Hogwarts, and the grounds keeper was open with Harry about living in the same cave that Sirius has retreated to.

Eventually, Sirius moved to his town home at Grimmauld Place after the tournament, but it would have been cool to see (or at least hear about) his time living caring for Buckbeak.

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18 – Ron “telling” Harry about the Triwizard Dragons 

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry is the center of attention once again when his name shoots out of the Triwizard Cup. His forced participation in the tournament causes a rift between Harry and Ron, something that isn’t a focus in the film.

The boys don’t even speak to each other for a long period of time in the books during their fourth year because of it. Hermione tries to get the boys to start talking to each other again, but her efforts prove to be unsuccessful.

But Ron is still a good enough friend to want Harry to stay safe during the tasks, so he finds other ways to tip off Harry about the dragon egg clue. When Ron has inside information that Harry needs to be successful in the task, Ron relays the message to Harry via other students, who then proceed to explain the clues to Harry.

Ron and Harry are both too stubborn to actually talk it out with one another, but even in their worst moments, Ron felt the responsibility to help. It’s a somewhat-comical sequence of conversations that happen throughout the middle of the book, and it’s greatly missed in the movies.

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17 – Dumbledore sending Petunia a howler

All Harry Potter fans are glad that the muggle world does not have howlers a.k.a. talking letters that scream their written contents at you regardless of who else may be able to hear.

A muggle comparison would be a voicemail message or some kind of embarrassing social media video, but howlers are a terrifying sight among Hogwarts students, especially ones from Mom.

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Petunia Dursley is sent a howler from Dumbledore, a scene that’s missing from the film. When the howler arrives at Privet Drive, Harry is a bit excited to see how the scene will unfold.

He immediately recognizes it as a howler and warns his aunt that the letter will be read/screamed aloud. When it starts smoking, she drops it to the floor of the kitchen, and Dumbledore’s voice yells, “Remember my last, Petunia.”

Once she processes what it means, Petunia tells Vernon that Harry needs to stay in their home. We don’t learn about the role Privet Drive played in keeping Harry safe during his childhood, but it’s clear in this scene that Petunia understands the spell in place, allowing Harry to stay for his safety and for the protection spell to stay intact.

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16 – Visiting St. Mungo’s Hospital

St .Mungo’s Hospital is mentioned once or twice in the Harry Potter films, but in the books, Harry, Hermione, Ginny and Ron visit the Mr. Weasley at the hospital and meet Neville’s parents, Frank and Alice Longbottom, as well as Gilderoy Lockhart.

Lockhart is under the impression that the teens are seeking his autographs, and they visit him for a short time before moving along. They spot Neville Longbottom and realize that he is there visiting family as well.

It’s Neville’s grandmother who does most of the talking, introducing herself to Neville’s classmates and sharing how she’s heard all about them. She’s surprised to learn however, that Neville hasn’t told them about his parents.

They had both been Aurors and members of the Order, but were driven insane by Voldemort’s torture. There’s a memorable moment when Neville’s mom wants to give her son a Christmas present and places a candy wrapped in his hand. He dismisses it to the others, but then safely tucks it into his pocket.

St. Mungo’s is cut entirely from the fifth film, but if you’d like to read the scene in its entirety, you can check it out on Pottermore.

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15 – Charlie and Norbert(a) the dragon

Charlie Weasley is arguably the coolest of all the Weasleys, so it’s a shame that he has the least amount of screen time in the whole film series. Charlie works in Romania as a dragon trainer, and from what we know about his time at Hogwarts, he was an athletic, popular, super-cool Gryffindor who chose a life of dragon-taming and research over playing professional Quidditch.

Such a hard life decision, right? We absolutely deserved more time — in the books and in the movies — with this under-appreciated character.

Though we do see Charlie for a brief time in the fourth book, he notably makes an appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone after the trio learns about Norbert (who is later known as Norberta) the dragon in Hagrid’s hut.

In order to save Norbert and give him a better life, Ron reaches out to Charlie in Romania, and arranges a plan for him to take the dragon to a reservation. Charlie and his friends fly into Hogwarts to get him from the top of the Astronomy Tower. We do see the dragon-hatching scene in the film, but the rescue scene with Charlie was omitted.

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14 – Harry and Hermione visiting the Potter Cottage

In the seventh film, Harry and Hermione travel to Godric’s Hollow in search of information and find the Potter Cottage, which had been made invisible to muggles. It is described as being in a ruined state, with ivy vines covering the structure that remained after Voldemort’s attack.

Visiting Harry’s parents’ home was very emotional in the books, mainly because it included a moment where Hermione and Harry read the messages left by visitors on a memorial plaque outside the cottage.

Some signed the memorial with everlasting ink, others left letters and some even carved their initials into it. Of course, Hermione is put off at first by people who would damage or graffiti the sign, but it’s a truly touching scene in the books that should have been kept in the film.

We did get a small scene of Harry and Hermione together at the Godric’s Hollow graveyard in the movie, but it’s not the same.

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13 – The S.P.E.W.!

S.P.E.W a.k.a. the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare was a huge part of Hermione Granger’s storyline in the books that was cut from the films. After she saw how house-elves were treated at the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, she takes it upon herself to found the organization in hopes of improving house-elf rights and questioning laws that require house-elves to be loyal despite mistreatment.

Hermione tried to recruit other Gryffindors to join S.P.E.W., but no one was interested, and her growing obsession with the group made people even more reluctant. She continued on her own though, making buttons and knitting hats and socks for others to (hopefully) wear, and for house-elves to be set free.

The whole situation was a catalyst for a fight between Hermione and Ron, which included him starting his own society to parody her’s. S.P.E.W. is mentioned all the way through to the end of the series, and Ron’s change of heart for house-elf safety leads to their first kiss (which is also much better than the scene from the films…).

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12 – Gryffindor winning the Quidditch Cup

Though it might seem that Gryffindor is typically victorious in quidditch matches at Hogwarts, fans of the books know that Gryffindor only won the Quidditch Cups while Harry was at Hogwarts during his third, fifth and sixth years.

The most memorable victory is in Harry’s third year when he made a remarkable comeback in the last game of the season after falling 50 feet to the ground because of dementors on the field earlier that year.

In the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film, the quidditch scene we do have in the film is infiltrated by dementors (which is similar to what happened in the books), but quidditch is never really mentioned again.

However in the book, the Gryffindor quidditch team in Harry’s third year is referred to as the strongest team the house has had since Charlie Weasley was there, especially because of the extra practices Oliver Wood schedules for the team.

In their final match of the season, Gryffindor needed to defeat Slytherin by over 210 points if they wanted to win the cup, and Harry rode on his newly gifted Firebolt broom (because his old broom flew itself into the Whomping Willow).

They went on to defeat the three other houses and win the cup! It was such an important moment in Harry’s life, that he used the victorious memory to help fuel his ability to create a patronus.

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11 – Fred and George Weasley’s portable swamp

A portable swamp? Why not? During their last year, Fred and George Weasley planted an actual swamp at Hogwarts while they were on their way up to Umbridge’s office.

At this point in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the twins (like many other Hogwarts students) were so incredibly angry at the woman’s uncontrollable power that they sought out new, next-level pranks to try to fight back.

Essentially what happens with a portable swamp is that it releases mucky water wherever it’s placed on the school grounds (including locations indoors).

After the Weasley twins’ memorable fireworks-filled exit from exams in the Great Hall, a scene that did make it into the films, they left the swamp behind at the castle with no instructions about how it could be removed.

It was their final gift to Umbridge and was eventually removed by Professor Flitwick, though he says in the book that he kept a small piece of it because he admired just how much thought and effort went into creating the prank. When Ron learned that a piece of the swamp was left untouched, he thought of it as a tribute to the twins’ time at the school.

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10 – Sir Cadogen from the Divination Tower portrait

In their third year, students at Hogwarts were able to choose elective classes to take, one of them being Divination. Walking to the new classroom, students had to pass by the portrait of Sir Cadogen, a knight of King Arthur’s round table, and he did not disappoint. He’s not mentioned in any of the muggle versions of King Arthur’s famous knights, though he thinks he’s a superstar.

In his portrait, which was done by an artist who wasn’t so great, his sword is too big, and the pony he sits upon is too fat. Harry and Ron think of the chatty knight as somewhat insane, especially since he referred to their simple question about the location of the Divination classroom as a great quest, and proceeded to follow the boys by jumping from portrait to portrait.

Another favorite moment is when he replaced the Fat Lady at the entrance to Gryffindor Tower, but instead of just doing his job and allowing students entranced, he preferred to challenge them to duels. His antics didn’t get him fired, but he was swiftly removed from the post after letting Sirius Black in the common room.

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9 – Wizarding government talking to muggle Prime Minister

One of the larger universe-building elements that’s missing from the Harry Potter films is how the Ministry of Magic communicates with the muggle government. Yes, the wizarding world remains as private as possible, but in the books, there is a tradition involving (a small amount of) communication between the Minister of Magic and the muggle Prime Minister.

On the night the Prime Minister is elected, he or she is told about the wizarding world. The Prime Minister also occasionally has meetings about current conflicts or issues in the wizarding world that could impact muggles.

In the books, Cornelius Fudge reaches out to the British Prime Minister on more than one occasion. First, he informs the Prime Minister of Sirius Black’s escape from Azkaban (which was a big deal seeing as how it was thought he killed 12 muggles).

A year later, he met with the Prime Minister to relay information about muggles who had been tortured by Death Eaters at the Quidditch World Cup. During the Triwizard Tournament, Fudge was courteous enough to explain that dragons and a sphinx would be brought into the country (no big deal).

And at the start of the Second Wizarding War, a somber conversation took place regarding how the return of Voldemort was causing destruction in the muggle world.

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8 – Visiting the Ravenclaw Common Room

In the movies, there are only two Hogwarts house common rooms that we see: Gryffindor and Slytherin. However in the books, Harry also visits the Ravenclaw common room. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Luna escorts Harry to the Ravenclaw common room during the Battle of Hogwarts in hopes of learning about the diadem from the ghost of Rowena Ravenclaw.

The twist is that we DO have this exact scene in the movie, but it takes place is a boring corridor near the Ravenclaw Tower, and not in the actual common room. We know that after using the eagle door-knocker, a voice will ask the student a riddle or question, and to gain entry, you must answer correctly.

The common room has mountain views, colorful silks hanging from the ceiling, which is painted and covered with stars. Fans on Pottermore and who play the various Harry Potter video games can visit the Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff common rooms to see what they might look like based on the descriptions we have.

But, it would have been much more fun to see the conversation between Rowena and Harry take place in the common room in the final film.

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7 – A summer at The Leaky Cauldron 

In many ways, The Leaky Cauldron pub is a gateway between the muggle world and the wizarding world. Book and movie fans alike know that the alley behind the pub provides entrance to Diagon Alley (and Knockturn Alley) but it also functions as an inn for wizards who need a place to stay while traveling.

In the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban book, Harry lives at the inn for most of the summer, but in the film we miss out of the big picture of why this stay is so important for Harry.

We do see Harry meeting Cornelius Fudge and getting his textbooks (particularly the Monster Book of Monsters), but in the books, this summer is his first true taste of freedom and independence.

Each day he gets to decide when he leaves his room, what he’s eating, where he wants to go, how to budget his money and he learns whether eating an ice cream sundae every 30 minutes is a bad idea (spoiler alert: it’s not). It’s the first time he’s free of schedules and the control of the Dursleys, and it’s a piece of character development missing from the movie.

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6 – Flashbacks with Ariana Dumbledore

A crucial part of Albus Dumbledore’s storyline across the Harry Potter series involves what we learn about his childhood and teenage years, including the relationships he has with his younger brother and sister.

Ariana Dumbledore was traumatized when she was six years old (in 1891) after a group of muggle boys saw her practicing magic and attacked her. Her father in turn, attacked them and was taken to Azkaban. Albus, Aberforth and Ariana then moved with their mother to Godric’s Hollow, but Ariana was kept inside, hidden away from townspeople.

She had trouble controlling her magic, making it explosive and dangerous at times, and when she was 14 years old, she caused an explosion that killed her mother. Albus became the guardian of his younger siblings and was accidentally killed by a curse when Albus and Aberforth were dueling Grindelwald in their home.

The movies are missing this huge piece of Albus Dumbledore’s character development and completely take away this background story from Albus Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship (something else that’s also lacking in the films).

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5 – Harry fixing his first wand with the Elder Wand

Book and movie fans alike know that Harry Potter’s original Ollivander’s wand is very special to him. Not only was it his first real tie to his wizard identity, but it also was a trusted consistent in his academic life.

We know that wands choose wizards, but the Elder Wand finds allegiance to the person who’s last killed its owner. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry eventually finds himself to be the proper owner of the famous and mysterious Elder Wand.

In the films, Harry is wary of the wand’s power and actually snaps it in half, throwing both pieces into the lake outside of Hogwarts. His actions in the book however, are much more meaningful and significant.

Once Harry has control of the Elder Wand, he uses it to repair HIS wand, the one he wants to continuing using through his adulthood. Rather than throw the Elder Wand into the water, he returns it to Dumbledore’s grave. That way, once Harry dies, its cycle of wand ownership will end naturally.

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4 – Dudley’s goodbye to Harry

It was very unfortunate that Uncle Vernon and Dudley’s goodbye to Harry in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was cut from the movie (though it was filmed and later released as a deleted scene you can watch here), because it finally shows some kind of dynamic character growth for Dudley (if you squint) and is a memorable moment of Harry departing from the Dursleys.

In the book, wizards from the Order of the Phoenix arrive to escort and transport the Dursleys. The wizards see how Harry is being treated and can’t believe that he isn’t bothered by their lack of affection and offensive language toward the wizard community.

Harry tells them that the Dursleys think of him as “a waste of space,” to which Dudley says, “I don’t think you’re a waste of space.”

Harry can’t believe that Dudley has muttered the words and Dudley credits it to the fact that Harry had saved his life from dementors. Aunt Petunia gets emotional about Dudley’s kind words, which Harry explains is like an equivalent to “I love you” coming from Dudley.

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3 – Rita Skeeter being an Animagus

Rita Skeeter, the tabloid journalist who loves to twist and create a front-page news story out of practically nothing, is first seen in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film, but her story in the films is very limited.

In the books however, we see how her work plays a role in the wizard community’s understanding of the return of Voldemort and the civil rights attacks on half-blood wizards and wizards with muggle parents.

Aside from being a new kind of natural enemy for Harry, Ron and Hermione, she’s also an example of how a corrupt tabloid writer (one that Dumbledore calls “enchantingly nasty”) could influence the public’s opinion.

One of the bigger pieces to her story that’s missing from the movies is that Rita Skeeter is in fact an animagus…an unregistered one. It’s Hermione who figures out that the woman can turn into a beetle, which is how she often heard conversations and spied on people to get information for her articles.

As the trio sits on the Hogwarts Express headed home for summer, Hermione shows them a jar with the beetle in it. We don’t know how Hermione was able to catch her, or how she knew that this specific beetle was Rita Skeeter, but it’s a moment that should have been kept in the movie.

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2 – Harry becoming Teddy Lupin’s godfather

Two of Harry’s father’s best friends, Remus Lupin and Sirius Black, became father-figures and mentors to Harry in his teenage years. Both men died fighting against Death Eaters and protecting Harry, but there’s a touching full-circle element to this that we’re missing in the films.

Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks had a son named Edward “Teddy” Lupin, and Harry Potter was his godfather. The familial connections in Harry’s life are so important, and this relationship between Harry and Teddy moves Harry into the mentorship role for Remus Lupin’s son.

In the epilogue for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we read about Teddy and his girlfriend, Victoire Weasley (Bill and Fleur’s daughter) on Platform 9 3/4. Teddy has already finished his time at Hogwarts, and young Lily Potter hopes that he’ll marry Victoire so that Teddy becomes part of their family.

Teddy is missing from the 19 Years Later epilogue scene in the eighth film, and though we do have several touching moments between Harry and his own children, we never learn that Harry is still connected to the Lupin family as well.

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1 – Harry’s eyes

The significance of his eyes thought the Harry Potter series (books and movies) plays a crucial role in his connection to his parents’ generation because his eyes remind many of his mother, Lily Potter.

So many characters reference how Harry’s eyes are identical to Lily’s, and it sometimes caused Harry to be treated differently by those who knew his mother. And it absolutely played a role in Harry’s relationship with Snape, and Snape’s decision to protect Harry during his time at Hogwarts (the rest of the negative attitude had more to do with the fact that Harry looked like James).

In the films, Harry’s eyes and Lily’s eyes look NOTHING alike. At all. It’s a terrible mistake that should have cause all kinds of red flags for producers and writers.

In the books, Harry’s eyes are green, and we know that Daniel Radcliffe couldn’t wear the green contacts, and so they made the decision to leave his actual eye color, which is fine. But then the actress who played Lily (the young girl and the woman) should have been cast based on their eye color and shape matching Daniel’s.

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