I’ve been re-reading the Harry Potter book series and was reminded of so many great details I loved while reading the novels. Unfortunately not all of them made it to the adaptations. Here’s what they missed!
#1 – Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare:
In the books Hermione starts this little movement after she finds out that elves are practically slaves. She tries to get others to join, has a programme and begins knitting hats for the elves.
#2 – Dudley’s Goodbye:
In the movie adaptation the farewell between Harry and his family is rather cold (just like the relationship was in general). But in the novel the goodbye between Harry and Dudley was so wonderful it warmed my heart. The two finally make up and Dudley even thanks him for saving his life. It almost broke my heart that this scene wasn’t in the film!
#3 – Kreacher and Winky:
I am aware that this particular house elves made it to the adaptations but basically in cameo appearances. In the books we actually get to know them better and both of their story are so sad! Winky for example goes on to work at Hogwarts after Crouch disposes of her and she even becomes an alcohol as she was so ashamed!
#4 – The Portraits:
There’s a bunch of talking portraits in the films but two of my favorites never made it. First of all, there is a portrait of Walburga Black at 12 Grimmauld Place. The funny part? She’s constantly insulting everyone who walks by and it’s hilarious.
The second portrait also shows a member of the Black family: Phineas Nigellus Black, a former headmaster at Hogwarts. Therefore, one of his portraits is at Hogwarts, one at 12 Grimmauld Place. When Harry, Ron and Hermione go looking for the Hocruxes, they take one of the portraits with them, having the other one at Hogwarts watching what’s going on and giving them info.
What are your favorite things from the Harry Potter books that never made it to the adaptations? Let me know in the comments!