Harry Potter: Book Scenes That Did Not Make It In The Films

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There are many film adaptations from books that end up not including everything for the sake of keeping an average running time and to avoid over-complicating plots or characters. Harry Potter is one of them, in which the books offer a lot of in-depth exploration for each character and plot, whereas the film cut some scenes or concepts out entirely. Read on to go through the top scenes that unfortunately did not make it in the films.

Peeves, the poltergeist

This character from the books did not appear in any of the eight films at all; his was cut out from the story in the films completely. Although in the second film ‘Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets’, Rik Mayal was set to play the poltergeist Peeves, but this was cut at the last minute.

Winky the house-elf

Most fans of the books would agree that Winky the house-elf was a very important character in the fourth book ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, but the film showed no sign of the house-elf, thus altering the plot too.

Rita Skeeter the unregistered Animagus

The reason Rita Skeeter managed to get a hold of so much information was because she was an Animagus, which, as a journalist, she used to her advantage, especially being unregistered.


Hermione’s entire S.P.E.W. story line was cut out from the films, which would have been amazing to see how she started a civil rights movement for house-elves.

Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes

Non-book readers will never know how the Weasley twins truly started their business with no money, because the truth is, Harry Potter is the one who gave them 1,000 galleons after winning the Triwizard Tournament. 

Dumbledore sends a Howler to Petunia

In ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, Dumbledore sends Aunt Petunia a Howler that arrives when the Dursleys discuss leaving Harry. The message terrified her as it spoke in Dumbledore’s voice. This would have been interesting to see on the big screen.