We examine 30 of the biggest changes the Harry Potter series underwent from book to screen, and whether or not those scenes deserved to be left on the cutting room floor.
Like the rest of the fandom, I have my sore spots where the Harry Potter film franchise is concerned, many of which I didn’t care about when the movies came out, but rather manifested over time. Now, I understand that no movie adaptation is perfect and, indeed, when any entertainment is adapted into another media outlet, you often have to observe them as two separate beings.
I don’t tend to be one of those people who say, “Oh, read the book. It’s so much better than the movie,” because that’s usually pretentious. I’ve tried to watch the movies with this in mind, but in my experience, objective viewing really takes away a lot of the emotional impact of the series. So in this case, I have to make my concessions, because I can’t watch the movies without either scowling or snorting derisively when the occasion arises. Here are 30 of those occasions, ranging from mildly disappointing to nonsensical to “For the love of god, why?”