10 Plot Points That Make No Sense Unless You’ve Read The Books

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Despite its most recent movie being the third installment in the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them series, Harry Potter is still one of the biggest and most popular franchises. Though it’s unclear in what capacity the franchise will continue, there’s no doubt the story will continue.


The movies did a decent job of adapting the major plot points of the books, ensuring audiences understood what was happening and why. However, there were a few plot points and events that made no sense in the films due to cutting book details out, making them understandable only to readers.

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10/10 Harry Staying With The DursleysThe Dursley family

A major thread through the entire Harry Potter saga is Harry staying with the Dursleys every summer between years at Hogwarts. Given how wretched his life is there, it leaves many to wonder why he has to go back every year, especially when he has better options in later books like Ron or Sirius.

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The book series explains that staying with the Dursleys is vital to Harry’s survival. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, reveals that the protection curse that Lilly Potter placed on Harry upon her death would stay up only as long as he lived with the Dursleys, his only blood relatives. However, this detail isn’t in the movies, leaving viewers wondering why Harry must put up with the poor living conditions thrust upon him by his bratty, sniveling relatives.

9/10 Snape Is The Half-Blood PrinceClose-up of Severus Snape looking sad in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Snape is a complicated character with plenty of great quotes. He is also the titular half-blood prince, as revealed in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. But why he holds this title is not revealed in the movie.

In fact, much of Snape’s backstory in the book was cut from the movie. The book reveals that Snape’s mother’s maiden name was Prince, and she married a Muggle, making Snape a half-blood and thus earning the name he made for himself: the Half-Blood Prince. Unfortunately, movie watchers who hadn’t read the books yet were left in the dark about this, forced to simply accept that Snape was the Half-Blood Prince without any explanation.

8/10 The Mirror ShardHarry Potter looking at a mirror

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Harry is seen with a magical mirror shard that eventually leads him to Aberforth. Movie watchers are left wondering what the shard is and how Harry got it unless they read the books.

In the books, Harry receives a mirror from Sirius that allows him to see him through the use of another mirror that his godfather possessed. Harry breaks his mirror when it won’t let him see Sirius after he died, but he kept the shard, which saves his life after the Malfoys capture him, Ron and Hermione. None of this is seen in the movies, making Sirius’s death a Harry Potter plotline that didn’t get closure.

7/10 Fleur’s Relationship With BillFleur and Bill Get Married Attack

Fleur’s relationship with Bill is something that is barely touched on in the movies, as Bill isn’t even introduced in the movie universe until the seventh film. As such, moviegoers without knowledge of the books are left in the dark about how their relationship developed.

The relationship between Fleur and Bill is explained in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where readers meet Bill and are reintroduced to Fleur. Not only that, but it’s shown that none of the other Weasleys (other than Ron) or Hermione are fond of Fleur. Ginny even nicknames her “Phlegm.” None of this background and relationship building is in the movies, leaving it up to fans to read the books if they want to understand how the relationship came to be.

6/10 Barty Crouch Jr.’s Escape From AzkabanBarty Crouch Jr looking up in Harry Potter

A big mystery for everyone to ponder in the movies is how exactly Barty Crouch Jr. managed to escape from the seemingly inescapable prison of Azkaban in Goblet of Fire. The movie didn’t any details, but the book certainly does.

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In the book, Dumbledore interrogates Barty Crouch Jr., who reveals that he and his mother tricked the Dementors in Azkaban by switching places, as Dementors don’t see like normal creatures. Thus, Barty was able to escape while his mother died looking like him in Azkaban. None of this is addressed in the film, leaving all who didn’t read the books to wonder how Barty got out without anyone noticing.

5/10 The MaraudersThe young Marauders, Remus, Sirius, James and Peter, from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

One of the most annoying discrepancies between the Harry Potter books and the movies was the removal of the revelation of who the Marauders were. As such, moviegoers are forced to use context clues to figure this out.

Book readers learn the Marauders are Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black, and James Potter, otherwise known as Mooney, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs. None of this information is conveyed to Harry in the movie, although it’s hinted at profusely by Lupin. Peter is referred to by Wormtail for the rest of the movies and Sirius is called Padfoot a few times, the nicknames don’t really come into play and Harry doesn’t learn who they all are.

4/10 Harry’s Intention Of Being An AurorDaniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter Casting a Spell

Harry Potter made many dumb decisions in the series, but one that was right was his decision to study to become an Auror, as shown in the Half-Blood Prince movie. Unfortunately, movie watchers don’t know when Harry developed this desire or why.

To understand that, fans must read Order of the Phoenix, in which Harry reveals his intention to Professor McGonagall during a career advice meeting. Despite the hilarity of the scene in the book, which winds up turning into a bickering match between McGonagall and Umbridge, it doesn’t make it into the movie, leaving Harry’s desire to be an Auror something completely ignored and shoved into Half-Blood Prince due to its significance to the plot.

3/10 Rita SkeeterRita Skeeter Hermione Harry

Inquisitive reporter Rita Skeeter seemed to appear whenever there was a hot story going on during the events of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. There was a very specific reason for how she was able to get around so fast and learn so much so easily, but it was cut from the movies.

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In the book, Rita Skeeter was secretly and Animagus with the ability to transform into a beetle, allowing her to get the scoop on the latest gossip. Hermione learns this and captures her by the end of the book, blackmailing Rita to help Harry get the word out about Voldemort in the next book. However, this important point in the plot, as well as Rita’s significance, was cut from the movie, making her a basic character that had little real impact.

2/10 Kreacher Serving HarryKreacher looking at Slytherin's locket in Harry Potter 7

Kreacher is portrayed as a bitter house elf forced to work for Sirius. After Sirius’ death in the movies, Kreacher doesn’t appear again until the seventh film, when he instantly follows Harry’s orders. But unless viewers have read the books, they won’t understand why that is.

It’s shown in the books that, following Sirius’s death, his will left everything to Harry, including Kreacher. Harry, still blaming Kreacher for his godfather’s death, sends him off to the Hogwarts kitchen rather than deal with him. Kreacher serves Harry anyway because he has no choice. It is only later, after Harry gives him Regulus’ locket, that he serves willingly. None of these details are in the movie, so viewers are simply told to accept that Kreacher serves Harry now.

1/10 Snape Finding Harry In The Forest Of DeanAlan Rickman as Severus Snape in Harry Potter

In the seventh film, Snape sneaks the Sword of Gryffindor into a frozen lake for Harry to find, yet it is unknown to viewers who didn’t read the books how Snape knew where Harry was.

The answer is in the books. Phineas Nigellus Black, a painting with the ability to travel from one of his paintings in Harry’s possession to another in Dumbledore’s office, was responsible for telling Snape of his whereabouts. However, this character was cut out of the movie, leaving the question of Snape finding the heroes in the Forest of Dean up in the air.

Next: 10 Memes That Sum Up Snape And Harry’s Relationship



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