February 8, 2023
From Dumbledore's funeral to the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, these are the moments from Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince that should have been in the movie.

Whether you’re a fan of the Harry Potter movies or not, I’m sure that we can all agree that the various filmmakers had a monumentally difficult task when it came to delivering fun, exciting and faithful adaptations of the books. Each instalment of J.K. Rowling’s book series is filled with an incredible amount of detail, as well as a 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 each of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books that should have been included in the movies.

We’ve already discussed the moments that we wish had made it into the first five movies in the series, and now we’re moving onto the sixth instalment of the franchise, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.


Directed by David Yates, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince is yet another thrilling instalment of the Harry Potter franchise. The film continues to take the series in a darker direction, while still taking the time to develop the characters and set the stage for future instalments. Compared to previous instalments of the franchise, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince gives fans of J.K. Rowling’s book series a fairly faithful adaptation. With that said, however, there are still a great number of moments from the book that didn’t make it into the movie.

Here are five moments from Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince that we wish had made it into the movie:

5 – Kreacher and Dobby SPY ON MALFOY

It’s no secret that the Harry Potter movies cut a lot of fan-favourite moments, especially when it came to house-elves! In the Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince novel, we learn that Harry inherited Kreacher the house-elf from his godfather, Sirius Black. While Harry didn’t care much for Kreacher, as the house-elf played a major part in Sirius’ death, the house-elf proved to be more than useful! Desperate to find out what Draco Malfoy has been up to, Harry orders Kreacher and Dobby to follow him day and night – hoping that they’ll return with more information. Not long after, Kreacher and Dobby return to Harry and reveal that Malfoy has been using the Room of Requirement.

This is far from a major moment in the book, but it would have given us more time with Dobby and Kreacher before they return in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.


4 -Dumbledore Visiting The Dursley’s

One scene that is missing from the The Half-Blood Prince movie is Dumbledore’s hilarious visit to 4 Privet Drive. Before sweeping Harry away to meet Horace Slughorn, Dumbledore appears in Privet Drive and actually enters the Dursley’s home. This situation is just as outrageous as you might expect, but Dumbledore makes things infinitely more enjoyable by outright mocking the Dursley’s in their own home. It is clear that Dumbledore is extremely upset with the way that Harry has been treated by his aunt and uncle, and the Hogwarts Headmaster certainly isn’t afraid to make his feelings clear.

This is a small scene that doesn’t have a major impact on the overall story, but it would have been great to see Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore interact with the Dursley’s.


3 – Dumbledore’s Funeral

There are many great scenes that were left out of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, but we’re still gobsmacked that the movie decided not to show the funeral of Albus Dumbledore. Following Dumbledore’s shocking death during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, the Hogwarts staff arrange for the Headmaster to be buried on school grounds. Witches and wizards from around the world assemble to say one final goodbye to Hogwarts’ greatest Headmaster.

While Warner Bros. decided to cut Dumbledore’s funeral, believing it would go against the tone of the film, we believe it would have been the perfect way to leave the franchise before The Deathly Hallows. Dumbledore was one of the series’ greatest characters, and seeing his funeral on the big screen would have been an extremely poignant and satisfying experience.


2 – The Battle Of The Astronomy Tower

In both versions of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Harry and Dumbledore return to the Astronomy Tower after obtaining one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. In the film, Dumbledore asks Harry to hide below moments before Draco Malfoy reveals himself as an assassin. In the book, Harry and Dumbledore return to find that a massive battle has broken out between the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore’s Army and Voldemort’s Death Eaters. Following Dumbledore’s shocking death, Harry runs after Snape and Malfoy while an epic battle consumes Hogwarts.

It’s easy to see why David Yates decided to cut the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, as it would have been extremely similar to the Battle of Hogwarts in The Deathly Hallows. With that said, it would have been incredible to see Harry chase Snape through the grounds while his friends are battling for their lives!


1 – Harry And Dumbledore Explore Voldemort’s Past

Throughout the Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince novel, Harry has private lessons with Hogwarts Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore. The purpose of these lessons is to teach Harry more about Lord Voldemort’s past in an attempt to learn how he can be defeated. Using the pensieve, Harry and Dumbledore delve into a number of memories, all of which relate to Lord Voldemort’s birth, childhood, and his eventual rise to power. While the film adaptation of The Half-Blood Prince includes two of the most important flashback sequences, particularly Slughorn’s Horcrux memory, there are a number of flashbacks that didn’t make it into the movie.

While cutting these moments certainly didn’t ruin Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, these private lessons revealed a great deal about Lord Voldemort’s past and his overall motives as a villain. It would have been incredibly fun to see the Harry Potter movies delve further into Tom Riddle’s past, and explore his transformation into Lord Voldemort.


Is there a moment from Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince that you wish had made it into the movie? Let us know in the comments section below this post! You can also find The Blog That Must Not Be Named on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! If you enjoy this post stay tuned for more, as we will be discussing five moments from Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows that should have been in the movie!

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