The first Harry Potter book came out over two decades ago and it was a huge hit among children. A magical world full off interesting characters, magical creatures, and storylines that sucked you in and were so descriptive that you could see them played out in your head as you read, something a lot of the newer generation will never experience.
Not everyone likes to read, and a lot of people feel that there is no need to read the book when you can just watch the movies, which is sad because it's impossible to take everything from a book and put it into a movie. Some great characters and stories were axed when the movies were made.
Here are 25 things that were in the books but left out of the movies.
25 Hermione's S.P.E.W Club (The Society For The Promotion Of Elfish Welfare)
One thing that the movies didn’t have from the books is Hermione’s S.P.E.W club.
Around the gang’s fourth year, Hermione started the “The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare” club to fight for fair wages and working conditions for house-elves.
Unfortunately, only Harry and Ron signed up, out of pity, and Dobby was the only one to take her poorly made garments.
24 Hogwarts' Trickster, Peeves
There were a lot of ghosts haunting the halls of Hogwarts. The movies left one hilarious poltergeist out though, Peeves.
Peeves was a hilarious character in the book that loved to cause chaos and mischief and drive the inhabitants crazy, especially Finch.
Peeves also helped fight in the Battle of Hogwarts and pranked Dolores Umbridge until she left the school.
23 Winky, The Intoxicated Elf
Winky was a house-elf that was devoted to elder Barty Crouch Senior.
Winky was released From Crouch’s service after she was found holding a wand in a suspicious circumstance, which was a dark mark on him and his family. Once she was freed, she fell into a depressed state and started drinking heavily.
Dobby later gets her a job at Hogwarts and she fights in the Battle of Hogwarts.
22 The Hospital Scene With Neville's Parents
Alice and Frank Longbottom were the parents of Neville Longbottom, who were tortured to insanity during the first Wizarding War by Death Eaters and then sent to live at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.
In Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, Harry sees Neville visiting his parents. It’s heartbreaking to read and would have made for a great scene in the movies.
21 Percy's Betrayal
Percy Weasley was Molly and Arthur Weasley’s third child. He was a big rule follower and wanted nothing more than to not follow in his parent’s footsteps.
After Voldemort’s return, Percy sided with the Minister and refused to believe that he was back. He then turned his back on his family and condemned them for supporting Albus Dumbledore and Harry.
In the movies, they mention his betrayal briefly, but not in detail like the books.
20 Dumbledore's Threatening Howler That He Sent To The Dursleys
In the book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Vernon Dursley is adamant about throwing Harry out because he is putting them in danger with Voldemort being back.
Before this can happen though, Petunia receives a Howler that states, “Remember my last, Petunia.” It’s later learned that Dumbledore sent it and that he was reminding her of the oath she made to give Harry a home.
19 What Happened To Teddy?
Those who have never read the books will have no clue who Teddy is.
Edward Remus “Teddy” Lupin was the only child of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. Shortly after he was born, his parents, who met their end during the Battle of Hogwarts, named Harry Teddy’s Godfather.
After his parent’s demise, he was raised by his grandmother Andromeda, with the help of Harry.
18 Fred's Tragic Demise
After the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, fans were left heartbroken when they learned that some of their favorite characters didn’t make it, including Fred Weasly.
Fred’s demise happened off-camera, which was an injustice to those watching. In the books, his demise led to a huge family plotline and Percy’s redemption with his family.
17 The Emotional Reunions Before The Big Battle
True Harry Potter fans will agree that when some of our favorite wizards and witches appear to help in the Battle of Hogwarts, it gave us goosebumps and had our hearts racing with excitement.
However, although they got our blood pumping seeing them gear up for a fight, it wasn’t half as good as the emotional reunions we experienced in the books.
16 The Deathday Party
Nearly Headless Nick never gets his moment in the movies like he did in the books.
In the books, we get to experience Nick’s 500th Deathday Party, an event thrown by ghosts to celebrate their demise. During this event, we get to see the friendship between Harry and Nick.
It would have been an awesome experience to see a variety of different ghosts partying it up.
15 The Quidditch Cup
Quidditch was a big thing in the Harry Potter books. We got to fly with Harry as he flew through the skies on his broom, dodging other players and bludgers, all while looking for the snitch.
The movies had a match here and there, but nowhere near as many as were in the book. They didn’t even have Ron’s Keeper story or the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup in it.
14 Dudley's Emotional Goodbye
One of the biggest moments that the movies cut out, was Dudley’s emotional to goodbye to Harry.
Dudley had always been a mean little brat to Harry. He was spoiled, a bully, and selfish, but he made up for all that in the last scene we see him in. It’s a touching moment that reveals that he actually thought of Harry as his brother.
13 The Backstory Of The Maurder's Map
The Marauder’s Map was a magical document that showed all of Hogwarts, its residents, even if they were an animagi, on Polyjuice, or using an invisibility cloak, and where they were.
What the movies left out is how it was created by Remus Lupin, (Moony), Peter Pettigrew, (Wormtail), Sirius Black, (Padfoot), and James Potter, (Prongs) while they were attending Hogwarts.
12 The Backstory Of Filch, Mrs. Figgs & Squibbs
In the books, we get to learn in detail what squibs are, wizards or witches born without powers.
The movies skip this plot though, which stinks because it would have been an amazing edition to learn more about Filch and Mrs. Figg’s backstory like it was told in the books.
11 Molly's Bogart
One thing we learned during the Battle of Hogwarts is that no one messed with Molly Weasley’s children and got away with it.
In the books though, we learn that the thing she fears most is her children’s demise when she goes face-to-face with a Bogart and it changes into her lifeless children.
10 Voldemort's Backstory
One thing the movies left out is a more in depth look into Voldemort’s backstory.
Those who haven’t read the books, will never know that Voldemort’s mother, Merope Gaunt, was a witch that fell in love with a muggle named Tom Riddle. After she became pregnant though, Tom abandoned her and his unborn child. Merope passed away soon after that, which is why Tom was sent to live in the orphanage that he met Dumbledore in.
9 Rita Skeeter & How Hermione Captures Her
Taking out Rita Skeeter’s story in the movies wasn’t a big loss. What was a bummer though is that we never got to see Hermione’s great detective skills.
See, Rita is an unregistered animagus, so she can turn into a bug, which is how she gets all her secret scoops. Hermione learns this and traps her in a jar to teach her a lesson.
8 The Prophecy, Neville & Trelawney
Although the movies give us a tidbit of the prophecy that was foretold before Harry’s birth, they don’t really do it justice like the books do.
They never explain the true depth of the prophecy, how Trelawney is important to Dumbledore and Harry, or how there were two boys that the prophecy could have been meant for, Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom.
7 Sirius' Mirror
The Harry Potter movies are lacking a lot of stuff that the books go into detail.
One main thing is the relationship Harry and Sirius had. They leave out a lot of details, including the scene where Sirius gives Harry the magical mirrors so that they can keep in contact with one another in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
6 Harry's Investment Into Fred & George's Store
Ever wonder how Fred and George, two boys that come from a very poor family, were able to open their joke shop, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, in Diagon Alley?
Well, anyone who didn’t read the books is wondering the same thing.
It all is explained in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry takes his winnings from the Triwizard Tournament and donates 1,000 galleons to the twins to help them out.
5 The Full Dramatic Exit By The Weasley Twins As They Leave Hogwarts
The scene where Fred and George drop out of school is an iconic moment.
The thing is though, the book version is even more iconic because a lot more happens, like a very large, very gross swamp that they place right outside Umbridge’s office. Flitwick evens leaves a little of the swamp there as a memento to the boys, as well to irritate the toad-like woman.
4 The Dursley's Fireplace & The Floo Network
In the books, the Weasleys show up to Harry’s house to take him to the Quidditch World Cup via the Floo Network.
Thing is though, the Dursleys blocked their chimney to prevent Harry from getting any letters via Owl, so when they arrive, they get stuck inside. Between what Arthur does to get them out and what the twins do to a terrified Dudley, it would have been a hilarious scene to put in the movie.
3 The Weasley's Garden Gnomes
Ron is embarrassed when Harry first arrives at his house. Harry, on the other hand, is in awe and thinks it’s the greatest thing he has ever seen, even with the poltergeist and pests.
One type of pest, in particular, are the gnomes, which Harry must help to yank out of the Weasley’s garden and then hurl them out of sight. These creatures are seen several times throughout the books. It's odd they never made the movies.
2 Dumbledore Scalding The Dursleys
During one of the books, Dumbledore visits the Dursley residence and as a kind gesture, conjures them each a goblet of mead, which they refuse and the goblets just float there, bonking them on the head.
While there, he also schools them for the way they treat Harry, makes them fall over their own sofa, and freaks them out when he brings Kreacher in.
All things that would have been hilarious to watch in the movie.
1 The True Hogwarts Battle
The Battle of Hogwarts was an epic battle that had everyone on edge.
Thing is, the movies didn’t do the battle justice. They left out so much than just the emotional reunions between all our favorite characters. For example, they left out the house elves fighting, Sibyll Trelawney throwing crystal balls, Hagrid’s half-brother fighting side-by-side with the centaurs, and Percy fighting alongside his family.
They also watered down the fight between Molly and Bellatrix.
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