“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: 10 Things The Movie Changed From The Book”
It was always going to be difficult for Warner Bros to cram in every little detail for the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie, which was released back in the summer of 2007. With JK Rowling’s book spanning a gargantuan 766 pages, it’s easily the biggest novel of the entire franchise, easily longer than the Goblet of Fire, Half-Blood Prince, and Deathly Hallows entries.
So, naturally, not every detail was going to make the movie. There’s a lot that’s been left out. So, we’re now going to take a look at the 10 biggest plot points that didn’t make it into the blockbuster, and the changes made instead.
10 Life At Grimmauld Place
Grimmauld Place is the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, the group of wizards and witches leading the fight against Lord Voldemort and his loyal Death Eaters. In the movie, not much goes on there besides an intense meal over dinner where Sirius Black reveals to Harry Potter his fears about the Dark Lord trying to obtain a weapon he didn’t have last time.
But, in the books, they actually spend loads of time cleaning the place. We understand why this didn’t make it into the movie, but it would have been cool to see Salazar Slytherin’s old Locket before it pops up in the Deathly Hallows. It definitely would have added a sense of foreboding for what’s to come…
9 No Percy Weasley Storyline
He’s not a main character, but Percy Weasley is involved in the first three Harry Potter movies. He then leaves to work at the Ministry of Magic—but that’s all movie-goers get to see.
In the books, it’s established that Percy has turned his back on his family following their decision to accept Harry’s word on Lord Voldemort’s return. This causes Mrs. Weasley, in particular, a great deal of anguish. The rest of the family are furious with him, and it would have made Percy’s appearance to arrest Albus Dumbledore later in the movie make a whole lot more sense.
Another little titbit left out of the Order of the Phoenix movie is when Ron and Hermione Granger become Prefects. Harry is left somewhat glum when the duo gets their shiny new badges and Mrs. Weasley puts on a whole spread for everybody to celebrate their achievement.
If it had been included in the movie, it would have made us sympathize with Harry even more. Definitely, it would have made us understand his feelings of anger towards Albus Dumbledore, who shuns him for the most part. However, despite that, we still feel the blockbuster did a good job of making us feel infuriated by the Hogwarts headmaster.
7 No Quidditch
Quidditch is a central part of the first two Harry Potter movies. Its role is greatly reduced in the Prisoner of Azkaban, however, while the return of the Triwizard Tournament in The Goblet of Fire means it’s put on hold for another year.
Yet, while Quidditch is back at Hogwarts for Harry’s fifth year at Hogwarts, it doesn’t make it into the movie version. That means we don’t get to see chants of ‘Weasley is our King,’ don’t get to see Harry, Fred and George banned from the sport following a confrontation with Draco Malfoy, and also don’t get to see Ginny Weasley guide Gryffindor to Quidditch glory. In our opinion, that was a big missed opportunity.
6 Harry and Cho’s Breakup
In the movie, Harry Potter and Cho Chang share a kiss under some Mistletoe in the Room of Requirement. However, they then break up after Cho snitches on Dumbledore’s Army to Professor Umbridge while under the influence of Veritaserum, the truth potion.
But, in the source material, things are different. Cho’s friend, Marietta, is the snitch, and Harry and the Ravenclaw student then break up after a disastrous date in Hogsmeade where the Boy Who Lived is unable to hide his frustrations at her mourning over Cedric Diggory so much. A bit insensitive, but it paved the way for Harry to get with Ginny down the line—so, we’re not shedding any tears over this romance.
5 No St. Mungo’s
Harry witnesses Arthur Weasley being attacked at the Ministry of Magic while asleep, viewing the attack from Nagini’s own personal viewpoint. In the movie, Arthur is seen recovering at Grimmauld Place on Christmas Day. But, in the book, he instead spends the festive period at St. Mungo’s Hospital.
There are two major scenes that should have made it into the cinematic version of the story. Firstly, Gilderoy Lockhart is there, still brain-damaged from his own memory charm that backfired on him during the closing stages of The Chamber of Secrets. Secondly, there’s a scene with Neville Longbottom and his parents, Frank and Alice, who were tortured into insanity many years ago. That second moment, in particular, would have been lovely to see.
4 Snape’s Memories
Severus Snape starts to give Harry Occlumency lessons in order to help the Boy Who Lived in his mental battle with Lord Voldemort. Things never really get going, however, and the lessons are brought to an end where Harry stumbles across Snape’s Pensieve, watching an old memory involving his Professor.
It’s brief in the movie, showing Snape being bullied and hung upside down by James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew. In the book, however, there’s far more details. It’s the first time we see Snape and Lily Potter interact, with the Slytherin student labeling his friend a ‘Mudblood.’ Given how their romance plays a key role later in the franchise, this should have been included.
3 No Trickery From Kreacher
Both the book and movie show Voldemort tricking Harry into going to the Ministry of Magic to save Sirius Black, who he believes to be in danger. What the latter doesn’t show, however, is Kreacher’s involvement.
In the source material, the house-elf insists Sirius isn’t at Number 4 Grimmauld Place. The truth is, however, that Kreacher had injured Buckbeak so that Harry’s godfather would have to tend to his wounds. This meant that, when Harry touched base with the Order of the Phoenix headquarters, he assumes Sirius is gone. That Kreacher, what a swine…
2 The Centaurs
The Centaurs make just a fleeting appearance in the movie, charging off with Dolores Umbridge after she’d insulted them one time too far.
But they’re semi-prominent throughout the course of the book of the same name. Firstly, they make things difficult for Firenze when he becomes the Divination teacher, something that isn’t showed or touched on in the blockbuster. They’re also involved in heated debates with Hagrid as he battles to keep them happy while keeping Grawp in the Forbidden Forest at the same time.
1 Prophecy Details
Near the end of the movie, after Harry and his friends had fended off Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters’ attempts to obtain the prophecy from the Department of Mysteries, the Boy Who Lived is informed by Albus Dumbledore that yes, neither he nor the Dark Lord can live while the other survives.
But so many details are left out, and the conversation drastically shortened. There’s no reference to Sybill Trelawney creating the prophecy, nor any mention of Severus Snape overhearing it. It would have made the character of Trelawney that bit more purposeful and further paved the way for Snape’s big twist at the end of the second Deathly Hallows movie. Again, in our eyes, it’s a big missed opportunity.
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