Hey guys! A while back I wrote about how the Harry Potter franchise would benefit from being adapted into a Netflix series (or Amazon Prime, I don’t mind). I just wanted to go over some scenes or moments that would be hugely beneficial to the series, which were missed or truncated in the films.
Of course, I have my views on J.K. Rowling, but I’m not going to reference them here. Just note that transphobia sucks.
The Quidditch World Cup
The Quidditch World Cup was received so poorly in the Goblet of Fire film, and rightly so. There was originally so much build-up to the match itself in the book, from Arthur pointing out and talking to various Ministry officials, to wanting to build his tent the Muggle way, and even the different trinkets and souvenirs that could be bought. Introduced was Ludo Bagman, while not hugely pivotal, had a great personality as a character, and influenced Fred and George in a huge way in that book.
The mascots seemed very entertaining in the books – the leprechauns versus the Veela. Of course, the allure of the Veela weren’t touched upon in the films, even going as far as to remove that part of lore from Fleur Delacour, who is part-Veela herself. On top of that, you also had Winky, who was basically pivotal to the plot of the entire story.
As for the match itself…what match? It would have been amazing to see the match as it was happening in the film, but we were kinda left with blue-balls when the scene transitioned from the start of the match to the celebration in the tent.
The Marauder’s Back-Story / Snape’s Back-Story
The Marauders were more than just the creators of the map! They had their huge exposition-dump in Prisoner of Azkaban, but this was completely missing in the film adaptation, apart from the bare minimum. We only got glimpses of their back-story, with little personality behind them, and no identifiers to show just how Peter Pettigrew was two steps behind James, Sirius and Remus.
Even in Half-Blood Prince, Snape’s identity as the titular character was just glanced over, because the entire book glanced over it. I would have liked to have seen more focus on the one thing that the book is named after. Even his back-story focusing his adoration for Lily, as well as their divide, was barely touched on in the Deathly Hallows adaptation, and I would have loved to have seen a full 20-30 minute episode just dedicated to their bond, just to make it feel more authentic to watch.
The Gaunts and the Horcruxes
The Gaunts were a huge part in Voldemort’s history, and the memories of them portrayed in Half-Blood Prince were so integral to the origin of the Horcruxes, as well as how Voldemort became the way he was. In the film adaptation, however, no mention of them was made, and instead Voldemort’s back-story started at the orphanage that he stayed in in his younger days.
After all, knowledge is power!
Harry’s Firebolt Confiscation
I feel that the Prisoner of Azkaban had a lot in the way of fall-outs between the main trio, and one of them involved the confiscation of Harry’s newly-acquired Firebolt. It showed more layers and depth to the friendship, and I feel that the film failed to capitalise on it.
It’s just a small circumstance in the grand scheme of things, but it could have instilled more fear in the series that Sirius Black could be plotting to kill Harry via a broomstick that he’d been enamoured by since that previous summer, especially as his Nimbus 2000 broke.
There are a lot of different species in the books, and I am including Hermione’s S.P.E.W. campaign in this as well. It was a huge factor in her school career in the later books, and also provided the pivotal moment where she kissed Ron when he suggested evacuating the house elves.
As I mentioned before, even the Veela aren’t mentioned at all, and Goblins are only just slightly touched upon. Giants…we didn’t even get the fall-out of Rita Skeeter spreading around that Hagrid is half-giant!
I can’t discuss the entire series without discussing Peeves. While we won’t get the talent that is Rik Mayall (may he rest in peace), it was sad to realise that Peeves the Poltergeist was completely removed from the film series, despite his comical (if not irritating) songs and disruptions.
And then there’s Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday party, which would have provided a great insight into how ghosts function in day-to-day life, as well as whether or not Sirius Black would have chosen to become a ghost in Order of the Phoenix.
So what did you think of my series adaptation wishlist, in terms of scenes and events? I’d like to know what you would include too! Honestly, there are just so many that I could add in here that we’d be here all day! And I have more projects to work on!