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Total Film Opinion Article on 12 Things They Should Have Kept in the Harry Potter Films

Posted by: sue
June 20, 2009, 09:13 AM

UK magazine Total Film has an interesting opinion piece/feature online where they lament twelve things that should have been kept in the Harry Potter films. Echoing many sentiments we fans have expressed written and discussed over the years, the list includes some of the following:

*PEEVES: The omission of the pesky poltergeist of Hogwarts has long been a source of the discussion in the fandom. Total Film adds to the chorus as it notes Peeves should have been included for OotP, noting: Pesky prankster Peeves is an anarchic poltergeist whose only goal is to create chaos. His sworn enemy is Argus Filch, the school caretaker, who has to clear up after him. Rumours that he could be the ghost of Jeremy Beadle remain unfounded. Rik Mayall did film a scene as Peeves for Philosopher’s Stone, but it got chopped.

*The Origins of the Marauders Map in Prisoner of Azkaban: If you’ve never read the book, the magic map given to Harry in Prisoner Of Azkaban seems to have ‘lazy plot device’ written all over it.In fact, what it actually had written all over it is ‘Messrs Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs’, which is a clue as to its origins and a whole subplot about Harry’s dad, Sirius Black and the other map creators being animagii – those with the ability to turn into animals.

*Percy Weasley, Traitor: The magazine discusses the cutting of this subplot to Order of the Phoenix, as they describe the role played by Chris Rankin in the films as follows:  In the film, elder Weasley sprog Percy – now working for the Ministry of Magic – comes across as a slimy yes-man. In the books he’s an all-out traitor, disowning his family and sending Christmas presents back unopened. The film could have run with the idea of Percy going really evil – fiddling his expenses and claiming on a second Gnome or something.

You can read the entire list, which also includes SPEW, Professor Binns, hoarding by Kreacher,  the Headless Hunt and more here via this link. Thanks Kiwi!

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44049 Points

It’s a good list but there are so many more.

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on June 22, 2009, 11:05 PM report to moderator
6690 Points

a few of those are VERY important but i reaaallly missed ron playing quidditch in ootp and the whole percy thing things i missed that were not on the list: the whole thing with neville’s parents in ootp as well as extended dept of mysteries scene…they gypped that movie waaay too much

3271 Points

I agre about Percy not beeing much in the movies… but they are strict on time so it makes sense why he’s not mentioned much. I also wish the TriWizard Tournament was shown but that also cuts into the time of the movie and the plot. You gotta remember that these are movies, and the more there is, the more it costs.

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on June 25, 2009, 02:19 PM report to moderator
586 Points

I agree with all of them (though some I totally understand as they are uneeded just interesting / funny) the ones I REALLY believe should have been kept though are: Kreacher’s hoarding, Percy Weasley, S.P.E.W, and Marauder’s Map (they did kind of say this as he reads "Messers Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs. Then later they call Sirius Padfoot and Petigrew Wormtail. However, they should have done it much more specifically, I doubt many non-book readers caught on)

Posted by HermioneRon4ever on June 26, 2009, 06:44 AM report to moderator
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