The Harry Potter movies did an undeniably brilliant job of adapting J.K. Rowling’s book series and fitting Harry’s journey into just eight movies, but every book reader will tell you that some major sacrifices were made when it came to the films. From fan-favourite moments to entire sequences and even characters, the Harry Potter film franchise left a great deal from the books on the cutting room floor.
Of all the moments, characters and storylines that didn’t make it into the movies, however, I was most disappointed to see that The Marauders weren’t explored in more depth. While it’s easy to see why the Harry Potter movies decided not to delve too much into The Marauders and their time at Hogwarts, it would have been amazing to spend more time with Sirius Black (Padfoot), James Potter (Prongs), Remus Lupin (Moony) and Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail).
The Harry Potter movies didn’t completely ignore The Marauders, in fact, filmmakers went out of their way to include snippets of information throughout the series. Looking at the franchise as a while though, It’s fair to say that there’s a lot of information that Harry Potter fans who have only seen the movies still won’t know about The Marauders!
For my latest post on The Blog That Must Not Be Named, I thought it would be cool to discuss The Marauders and rank five things that movie fans won’t know about the iconic group of characters!
It Took Sirius, James & Peter 3 Years To Become Animagi
Fans of the movies will already know that Sirius, James and Peter have the ability to transform into animals, but they may not know that becoming an Animagi is extremely difficult and outrageously dangerous. It took the three young Marauders a total of three years to perfect the process, with James, Sirius and Peter completing the change in their fifth year at Hogwarts.
The Whomping Willow Was Planted For Lupin
The Whomping Willow is known to every Harry Potter fan, but only book readers will know why the tree was planted in the first place. The famously destructive tree was planted by Dumbledore in order to conceal a secret passageway leading to the Shrieking Shack. This gave a young Remus Lupin somewhere safe to transform, although his tortured screams made locals think the building was haunted.
Wormtail Was Redeemed…Kinda
One of the biggest moments to be left out of the film series was Wormtail’s last-minute decision to save Harry. In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Wormtail is knocked-out before Harry, Ron, and Dobby escape Malfoy Manor. In the book, however, Harry reminds Wormtail that he spared his life years before, convincing the dark wizard to let them go. Wormtail pays for this with his life, as the silver hand Voldemort gave him turns around and strangles him.
Sirius Tried To Kill Snape
This is a pretty big detail to leave out of the movies, but it’s easy to understand why filmmakers decided to leave it on the cutting room floor. During their time at Hogwarts, Sirius told Snape how to get past the Whomping Willow just in time for the young wizard to find Lupin in his werewolf form. Surprisingly, it was James who stepped in to save Severus, stopping his school nemesis from being torn apart.
They Became Animagi To Help Lupin
It is revealed in the Harry Potter books and movies that James, Peter and Sirius are all unregistered Animagi (wizards who can turn into animals at will), but only book fans will know why! While at Hogwarts, the three young wizards decided to become Animagi, which is an extremely dangerous and difficult process, to keep Lupin company during his transformations.
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