As everyone knows, the Harry Potter novels are a beloved series later adapted into popular high-grossing films. The biggest obstacle the film conversions had to overcome was finding room for the lengthy content of the novels in a feature-length film. Due to this time constraint, the series had to be shrunk down and several key scenes were omitted. Many of these cut scenes detract from the charm of the series but in addition, the omission of several details actually turn the films into somewhat of a confusing mess for those that didn’t previously read the books. The following are the 10 most impactful moments from the novels that should have found their way into the films. It should go without saying but heavy SPOILERS to follow.
10. The Order of the Phoenix Quidditch Season
The Quidditch season is removed entirely from the fifth film, which is a shame since it plays a very prominent role in the novel. The main appeal was Ron Weasley joining the team as a keeper, replacing departed captain Oliver Wood. This was a tremendous growth opportunity for Ron, one in which the character really develops and steps out of Harry’s shadow. When Gryffindor wins the Quidditch Cup this year, Harry has been suspended from the team and it is Ron that carries them to victory. This triumphant character arc was sadly omitted due to time constraints, which is a real shame because it leaves Ron with less to do in the film adaptation. His growth was important for the novel and while Quidditch would return in the sixth film with Ron auditioning for the role at that point, it feels like too little, too late for his character development.