I am a huge fan of the books, but the Harry Potter movies have left me a little dissatisfied – not trying to be too nitpicky. I understand and accept that the books and movies are two separate entities and that the books contain scenes and information that the movies can only allude to and intended to provoke visual and audible stimulation.
However, there are a few moments in the Harry Potter books that could’ve been fleshed out a little bit better, that could’ve benefited greatly from being shown on screen, and that were treated with the same ambiguity when finally placed onto film.
1. The Weasley Twins Get Their Revenge – Order of the Phoenix
The moment in the fifth movie where the Weasley twins staged their last stand against Dolores Umbridge should’ve been a giant moment that rallied the crowd to cheers. Instead it was just a few seconds of lame fireworks and little fanfare.
2. Sirius’ Death – Order of the Phoenix
One of the least satisfactory parts of book #5 is when Harry’s godfather finally bites it in the Ministry of Magic. The scene, as written, is difficult to navigate, and I was looking forward to seeing this moment up on screen and hopefully gleaming more emotion from it. The scene in the film was just as ambiguous and unsatisfying.
3. Harry and Ginny Kiss – Half Blood Prince
The beauty of the sixth book is that it’s half a serious, hardcore exploration of dark magic and half a fluffy teenage sex comedy. The moment where Harry and Ginny finally smooch was great in the book, but a real letdown in the movie.
4. Dumbledore’s Death – Half Blood Prince
I couldn’t even find a picture of this moment (read: I didn’t look very hard), so that tells you how lackluster it was. Like Sirius’ death before it, this moment from the movie could’ve been enhanced by better direction and more time taken to set up the scene. Ultimately it was just kind of like, yeah, that happened.
5. Lupin Explains It All – Prisoner of Azkaban
One of the best things about the book ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ is all the new mythology and backstory. We don’t get enough of that in the movie, though I understand it would be difficult to put all of that on screen. I think what I’m trying to say is that we didn’t get enough Lupin. Because Lupin is foxy.
You might have noticed that most of the disappointing moments occurred in the 5th and 6th movies, both directed by David Yates, who has also directed Harry Potter: The Half Blood Prince. Though I haven’t watched it yet, and will be watching this weekend, if David Yates does something nasty on Severus Snape’s death…. I don’t know. T_____T