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

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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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94 Comments

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I think the top 3 things they should have kept in the film (out of that list) were Kreacher, because he plays a vital role in the 7th book. Also, it would have been hilarious to keep Peeves in, especailly for OOTP. and lastly…QUIDDITCH! that was great in OOTP, but they left it out of the film. BOOOO!

Posted by StefanM94[WBM!] on June 20, 2009, 09:27 AM report to moderator
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oh my god, jk rowling insisted that kreacher be kept. i hope this means that they are going to do all the scenes about regalus black and then harry finally forgiving and sorta befriending Kreacher in DH.

Posted by iheartpink(ROAR) on June 20, 2009, 09:35 AM report to moderator
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oh my god, jk rowling insisted that kreacher be kept. i hope this means that they are going to do all the scenes about regalus black and then harry finally forgiving and sorta befriending Kreacher in DH.

Posted by iheartpink(ROAR) on June 20, 2009, 09:35 AM report to moderator
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I agree about Percy, but at the same time I understand why it was cut :(

Posted by Kamidee {ROAR!} [TZS] on June 20, 2009, 09:41 AM report to moderator
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I agree that the films should have retained all the twelve things that they listed. All of these elements either enriched the Potterverse greatly or contributed significantly to the development of the plot or themes of the series.

Posted by Kirk on June 20, 2009, 09:53 AM report to moderator
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Yup, they were pretty much accurate with all the things that should have been kept. I wish SPEW had been in it and then that ties in nicely with Kreacher…
hmmph.

Posted by BewareoftheNargles {WBM} on June 20, 2009, 10:00 AM report to moderator
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Oh I agree with so many! Especially the origins of the marauder’s map, and SPEW!

Posted by Serpensortia [FTC!] on June 20, 2009, 10:01 AM report to moderator
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Agreed!! They should have kept ALOT in but i understand why..

Posted by Grey Wolf ღRöARღ on June 20, 2009, 10:04 AM report to moderator
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I love the second gnome joke.
They should have left in Quidditch and SPEW.

Posted by LunaLovesPudding on June 20, 2009, 10:24 AM report to moderator
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Couldn’t agree more with the marauders one – that seriously needed explaining

Posted by Juine on June 20, 2009, 11:15 AM report to moderator
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I think that several of the things on the list were a disappointment to lose but understandable considering the amount of condensing they needed to do. From that list, I definitely agree that S.P.E.W., Percy’s defection, and more on Kreacher should’ve been left in.

Above all, the colossal ball dropping of the Marauder’s Map rankles me every time I watch Azkaban, especially as the viewers never get that wonderful moment when Harry connects his Patronus to Prongs.

I also agree wholeheartedly with Marietta Edgecombe. While Cho being the betrayer might have been more satisfying dramatically, Harry discovering that she did it unwillingly makes it a plot problem. In the book, their relationship finally dies from their irreconcilable loyalties to their friends (Marietta vs. Hermione). In the movie, it’s left unresolved, and doesn’t it make Harry look like a jerk that he just forgets about her when the betrayal wasn’t her fault? Bad decision by the movie makers.

Posted by Chreechree on June 20, 2009, 11:29 AM report to moderator
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I agree that the 3 mentioned above should have been in the films

Posted by saffran { roar } on June 20, 2009, 11:45 AM report to moderator
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Hmm. I don’t really see how Peeves, Marietta Edgecomb, Sir Patrick, or Ludo Bagman are all that necessary to keep in the movies. Sorry everyone! I was thinking some things should be included such as Kreacher being deceptive in OotP, Neville seeing his parents in St. Mungo’s and the explanation of what happened to them, St. Mungo’s in general, explanation of the Maraduers and more details on Wormtail’s betrayal and SPEW. I think SPEW is critical for the R/Hr kiss! Makes me wonder how they’re gonna handle that in the movie!

Posted by AubNoelle on June 20, 2009, 12:28 PM report to moderator
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they should have just made every movie 2 films to fit everything i doubt anybody would have a problem with it, and they would still make a lot of money

Posted by Sirius17 -ROAR_ on June 20, 2009, 12:30 PM report to moderator
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RIDICULOUS list. None of those are integral to the plot. A book is a book and a movie is a movie.

Posted by LargeBlondDeathEater on June 20, 2009, 12:36 PM report to moderator
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