Whether you’re a fan of the Harry Potter movies or not, I’m sure we can all agree that the filmmakers had a monumentally difficult task when it came to delivering faithful adaptations of the books. Each instalment of J.K. Rowling’s book series is filled with a massive amount of detail, an endless number of beloved characters and moments that would be impossible to cram into a feature-length movie. With that said, there are undoubtedly moments from the Harry Potter books that should have been included in the movies!
We’ve already ranked the five moments that should have made it into the film version of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, and now we’re moving on to the second instalment of the series!
Following the massive success of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, Warner Bros. moved forward with the second film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s work, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets. With Chris Columbus returning to direct the sequel, the film adaptation of Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets clocked-in at a whopping 161 minutes, however, there were still a number of beloved moments from the book that didn’t make the final cut.
Here are five moments from Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets that we wish had made it into the movie:
5. Arthur & Lucius’ Brawl
We got a taste of the rivalry between Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy in the film, but the book delivered so much more for fans to enjoy! Following Lockhart’s book signing at Flourish & Blotts in Diagon Alley, Harry, Hermione and the Weasley family run into Draco Malfoy and his father, Lucius. In the book. Lucius’ constant insults push Arthur to the edge and the usually sensible wizard resorts to punching Lucius in the face. This leads to an all-out brawl in the book store, which is eventually broken-up by Hagrid.
4. Summer at the burrow
The filmmakers did a good enough job of capturing the warm and loving feel of The Burrow, even though Harry only spent a short time there in the movie. In the book, however, Harry spends an entire month at The Burrow before heading back to Hogwarts, and J.K. Rowling does a magical job of showing why the young wizard loves his time with the Weasley family. From de-gnoming the garden to Quidditch with Ron, Fred and George, Harry’s summer with the Weasley family is one of the most memorable sequences in the second book.
3. Lockhart’s Over-The-Top Valentines Breakfast
Lockhart was quite easily one of the best parts of both the book and the movie, but it’s fair to say that the self-obsessed wizard had a much bigger presence in the book. While the filmmakers did an amazing job of taking what made Lockhart great and transferring it to the big screen, the movie left out perhaps his most ridiculous and over-the-top moment. Lockhart’s Valentines Day celebration, for which he turned the Hogwarts Great Hall pink, would have been a magical addition to the film adaptation.
2. Lucius & Draco In Borgin and Burke’s
In the movies, we first meet Draco Malfoy’s father, Lucius Malfoy, in the Flourish & Blotts book shop. In the book, however, Harry’s first run-in with Lucius is much different and far more revealing! After accidentally landing in Borgin and Burke’s fireplace, Harry witnesses Lucius attempting to sell various dark objects to avoid trouble with the ministry. This moment would have been great to see in the movie, especially because it reveals a lot about the relationship between Draco and his father. Lucius shames his son for being constantly outshined by Hermione Granger, a Muggleborn witch.
1. The Death-Day Party
Of all the moments that we wish had made it into the Harry Potter movies, Nearly-Headless Nick’s Death-Day party is one of the biggest. In what is easily one of the series’ most peculiar and entertaining sequences, Harry, Ron and Hermione attend the Death-Day party of the Gryffindor house ghost, Nearly-Headless Nick. While the moment would have probably cost more than it was worth to shoot and edit, it’s a wonderfully strange sequence that would have been great to see on the big screen.
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