The first two instalments of the Harry Potter series were relatively light-hearted and fun, with the three friends getting to know each other better. Harry, Ron and Hermione found some trouble every time, but Harry always managed to get away from the dark clouds and remained the “boy who lived”. But the next two movies wholly altered the entire mood that we were used to. The Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire were massive hits at the box office. The two were much gloomy and set the pace for what was in store. But here are some alterations that the movies could use if they were made today:
Opening of The Prisoner Of Azkaban
The wizards had a strict rule for the students that barred them from using any magic in the world of muggles. The intent of it was to avoid the risk of being exposed and to ensure immature wizards do not injure anyone. Both the books and novels ensured that the viewers knew how non negotiable the rule was. Yet, the very first scene of The Prisoner of Azkaban shows Harry practising the Luminous Maxima spell in his Uncle’s house. But the entire movie never addressed it. It was a significant mistake that the makers could have caught on during the edits.
The Quidditch World Cup in The Goblet Of Fire
The Quidditch world cup scene was a majestic depiction of the wizards’ love for the tournament. It showed people from all over the wizarding world swarming in to witness the game between teams of Ireland and Bulgaria, but sadly it was cut short by the army of Voldemort. Both the wizards and in the movie and the audience in the hall would have preferred to see Ireland win the cup and Viktor Krum catch the Golden Snitch that led to their victory. The scene was worthy of much more, but it may have been shortened so leave time for other scenes.
Draco as a Dementor in The Prisoner of Azkaban
In the book, when Draco Malfoy finds out about the incident Harry had with the Dementors, he finds this uncontrollable itch to make a practical joke out of it. The three Slytherin friends- Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle assumed the look of Dementors during Harry’s Quidditch match. In a reflex to defend himself, Harry cast a Patronus charm that startled the trio. Professor McGonagall was not very impressed with this attempt at humour and severely scolded the boys. But the movie only shows them teasing him during a class. It would have been a real relief to see the loathsome trio be at the receiving end of some harsh punishment.
Role of Reeta Skeeter in The Goblet of Fire
The fourth movie introduced the character of Reeta Skeeter. Depiction of her personality was as an immoral journalist who felt no shame in writing inaccurate stories and her misleading reports were usually the basis of all the wrong ideas that the wizards had about events. All in all, she was a horrible person.
Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs in The Prisoner of Azkaban
The biggest drawback of translating a vividly imaginative book series into movies is that a lot of material either gets lost in translation or has to be voluntarily left out because of lack of screen time. But the small information that can be conveyed by a couple of dialogues should be consciously incorporated. The movies did a fantastic job in explaining the affection between Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, James Potter and Peter Pettigrew. But it never spoke of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs and whether they even had any significance. But the movie fans would have been thrilled to discover that every full moon night when Lupin turned into a werewolf, his three friends also took animal avatars to be with him. Their animal names were Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs and they were the creators of the Marauder’s map. The story of these four could also make an interesting prequel for the movies.
The Maze in The Goblet of Fire
An author has no restriction of imagination when he writes a book, but when you try to create a movie franchise out of that book, the team can bring only so much to life. We witnessed this handicap when the tournament contestants entered the labyrinth for the final task. The movie only depicted wild hedges as the biggest threat for the young wizards. But in the book, the maze was riddled with horrendous creatures to harm and be a roadblock to victory.
Voldemort’s Speech in The Goblet of Fire
The speeches of Voldemort have always been a prominent part of the movies, but the Dark Lord officially returned in the fourth movie. When he gained all his powers and a body, all thanks to the joint efforts of Barty Crouch Jr. and Pettigrew, he gave a speech. But the speech in the book and movie were not similar. The speech in the movie should have been longer.
Even the best book to movie adaptations are often controversial among the fans of the original, and Harry Potter is no exception.
Source:- How Harry Potter Part 3 and 4