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 discussed the moments that should’ve been included in the first four movies, and now we’re moving onto the fifth film in the series, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix.
Directed by David Yates, who helmed every Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film moving forward, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix continues to take the Harry Potter franchise in a dark and gritty direction, with the threat of Voldemort’s rise looming large over the Wizarding World. Compared to previous instalments of the franchise, particularly Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, David Yates delivers a fairly accurate adaptation – although there are still some key moments missing from J.K. Rowling’s book.
Here are five moments from Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix that we wish had made it into the movie:
Firenze Teaches Divination
The movie adaptation of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix does show Dolores Umbridge sacking Professor Trelawney, but we never find out who replaces her as Hogwarts’ Divination teacher. In the book, Dumbledore hires the centaur Firenze to teach Divination in Trelawney’s absence, but this is something that we never see or learn in the film franchise.
Even when Professor Trelawney returned to teach Divination, Firenze continued to act as a Hogwarts Divination teacher as he was attacked and banished by his centaur colony.
Dobby Tells Harry About The Room Of Requirement
In the film adaptation of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Neville stumbles across the Room of Requirement while looking for somewhere that the DA (Dumbledore’s Army) can practive Defence Against the Dark Arts. In the book, however, it is Dobby that tells Harry about the Room of Requirement.
Dobby doesn’t appear in the film version of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, but in the book, Dobby tells Harry about the “come and go room” and reveals how it would be suitable for DA meetings. While the end outcome is the same, with Harry teaching Defence Against the Dark Arts, it would have been cool to see Dobby make an earlier return to the film series.
Harry, Fred & George Get Banned From Quidditch
Quidditch doesn’t make an appearance in the film version of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, but the book has some incredibly fun moments that take place on the Quidditch pitch. Not only does Ron finally make the Quidditch team in his fifth year, but there’s a major moment that leads to Harry and the Weasley twins being perminently banned from the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
Following their first Quidditch match against Slytherin, which Harry wins by beating Malfoy to the Golden Snitch, Harry, Fred and George get into a Muggle-style fight with Malfoy and pay the ultimate price. Professor Umbridge takes the opportunity to punish Harry and the Gryffindor team, and permanently bans Harry and the twins from playing Quidditch. This forces the team to replace Harry and the twins, and Ginny Weasley later makes her debut as the Gryffindor seeker.
Dumbledore Explains The Prophecy
We learn the basics of the prophecy in the film adaptation of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, but Dumbledore explains the meaning of the prophecy in much more detail in the book. In the book, Dumbledore’s explanation of the prophecy tells us why Harry is safer with the Dursley’s, and reveals how Neville Longbottom is connected to the prophecy.
While more information about the prophecy isn’t something that the film franchise NEEDED, it is certainly something that would have added more depth to the film and given us some interesting backstory when it comes to Neville and the Dursley’s.
The Department Of Mysteries
Compared to the movie, which only showed the Hall of Prophecy and the Death Chamber, the Department of Mysteries sequence at the end of The Order Of The Phoenix is infinitely more interesting. When they arrive at the Department of Mysteries in search of Sirius, Harry and his friends are shocked to find twelve doors, which each lead to a different chamber. Arguably the most interesting room they find is the Brain Room, which features an incredibly unusual tank with floating brains. The second room they enter is the Time Room, which is where the Ministry of Magic keeps all of the Time-Turners.
While these rooms might not have added anything major to the film adaptation, it would have been immensely enjoyable to see the Brain Room and Time Room brought to life.
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