The creators of the Harry Potter movies had a much harder job than the people who are making Game of Thrones. They were producing the movies while J. K. Rowling was still releasing the books at a decent pace, so they were being confronted with inconsistencies as they were making the films. Meanwhile, the Game of Thrones people can do pretty much whatever they want, as we probably won’t be seeing a new A Song of Ice and Fire novel until after the show ends.
There were some instances where the Harry Potter movies made incredibly dumb mistakes, which has caused some fans to question whether or not the creators were interested in the story making sense. Some fans believe that they were just trying to pump the movies out before Daniel Radcliffe got too old to convincingly play Harry Potter.
We are here today to look at the plot holes that are exclusive to the Harry Potter movies– from the death of Quirrell that didn’t leave much of an impression to the questionable fate of one of the most significant characters in the series.
Here are the 15 Plot Holes In The Harry Potter Movies!
15. Why Wasn’t Harry Expelled At The Start Of Prisoner Of Azkaban?
One of the ways in which the existence of magic is kept hidden is through strict enforcement of laws relating to underage wizards. All wizards younger than seventeen have a Trace charm placed on them, which informs the Ministry whenever magic is used in the vicinity of the child. The underage wizards usually receive a couple of warnings, depending on the severity of the offense.
The creators of Prisoner of Azkaban seem to have totally forgotten about this rule, as Harry is seen repeatedly using the Lumos Maxima spell while still at Privet Drive. This inconsistency is made even more apparent by the fact that Harry gets in trouble for inflating Marge Dursley not long after the movie starts.
It also becomes a big deal in Order of the Phoenix, when the fact that Harry uses a Patronus to chase off some Dementors lands him in court. It would have saved everyone a lot of trouble if Harry had just bought a lamp.
14. The Curse On Voldemort’s Name
One scene that was deleted contains information about one of the most important changes to the world of Harry Potter that happened after Voldemort’s rise to power. The creators of the movie decided to remove the explanation behind the Taboo curse that had been placed on Voldemort’s name.
When Voldemort takes over the Ministry, he invokes a curse upon his name that reveals the location of anyone who speaks it out loud. This is relevant because there are several scenes where the Death Eaters find Harry because someone in the vicinity spoke Voldemort’s name, such as when Xenophilius Lovegood speaks the name in order to bring the Death Eaters to his home.
This is also how the Death Eaters track Harry when he is camping, which is how they capture him and take him to Malfoy Manor. Without the explanation as to the true nature of the Taboo, it makes it seem like the Death Eaters have incredibly good timing and tracking skills.
13. Why Does Snape Remember Lily’s Last Words To Harry When He Wasn’t There?
We never receive an explanation for how the Pensieve works in the Harry Potter universe. It allows the user to relive their own memories or the memories of others. When you actually relive the memory, you get to see everything that happened around the person, rather than just experiencing things through their eyes.
It seems that the movie version of the Pensieve has a rewind/fast-forward command, as Snape’s memories in Deathly Hallows: Part 2 contain moments that he shouldn’t have seen. When Harry uses the Pensieve to view Snape’s memories, he witnesses the events that happened on the night his parent’s died. Harry hears his mother’s last words to him and sees Voldemort killing her.
How did Snape come to possess these memories? He didn’t appear at Godric’s Hollow until after Voldemort’s attack had taken place, which means that he would have no way of knowing exactly what happened.
12. Lily’s Eyes Kept Changing Color
It seems that Snape’s memories might not be reliable. He might be the Tyler Durden of the Harry Potter world, as his Pensieve memories have all kinds of inconsistencies. This is especially true when it comes to Lily Evans, as Snape can’t even keep the color of her eyes straight.
Throughout the Harry Potter series, Harry is always running into associates of his parents who claim that he looks just like his father, except for his eyes, which look like his mother’s. In the books, Harry and his mother both had green eyes. Daniel Radcliffe has blue eyes, so the makers of the film hired a blue-eyed actress to portray his mother.
However, it seems that the producers stopped caring about continuity during the end of Deathly Hallows: Part 2. In Snape’s memories, the young version of Lily has brown eyes. This comes shortly after the scene where Snape tells Harry that he has his mother’s eyes.
11. Harry Should Have Seen The Thestrals At The End Of The First Movie
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it is revealed that there are animals called Thestrals that pull the carriages which take students from Hogsmeade station to Hogwarts. Only someone who has witnessed death firsthand can see them. Harry doesn’t see them until the start of Order of the Phoenix, due to the fact that he saw Cedric Diggory’s murder the year before.
These same events happen in the Harry Potter movies. The problem is that Harry had witnessed the death of Professor Quirrell during the climactic battle of the first movie. It was actually Harry who killed him with a death touch that was powered by the spell his mother imparted onto him. He passed out before he saw Quirrell die in the books.
This plot hole does have a legitimate explanation. The movie version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released before the book version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released. As such, the creators of the movies never even knew that Thestrals existed. The later movies just never bothered to address the inconsistency.
10. They Never Explained The Meaning Behind The Marauder’s Names
By far the biggest omission from the Harry Potter movies (at least according to the fans) is the backstory concerning the Marauders in Prisoner of Azkaban. The story of James Potter, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, and Remus Lupin’s time in Hogwarts is one of the most popular aspects of the series.
However, the details of this backstory were almost completely removed from the film. You can’t really blame the director, as he needed time to include the vitally important stereotypical shrunken talking head and tree fighting sequences.
The removal of the Marauder’s backstory wouldn’t be so much of an issue if Harry didn’t keep referring to it in later movies. He refers to both Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew as Padfoot and Wormtail without any explanation for what these terms mean. It might make sense to the people who have read the Harry Potter books, but those who have only seen the movies will be left out in the cold as to the true significance of the names.
9. How Did The Death Eaters Destroy The Millennium Bridge Before It Had Even Been Built?
At the start of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the servants of Lord Voldemort have begun acting publically. They openly attack wizards and muggles alike, which causes the Prime Minister of England to take notice of the strange natural disasters and catastrophic accidents that seem to be happening across the country.
One of the major incidents caused by the Death Eaters in Half-Blood Prince involves the destruction of the Millennium Bridge in London. This acts as a replacement for a similar scene in the books where the Brockdale Bridge collapsed. There is no such place as the Brockdale Bridge in London, so a real structure was chosen to replace it in the movies.
The problem with using the Millennium Bridge is that it hadn’t even been built yet. The Harry Potter movies use the same timeline as the books. We know this because James and Lily’s headstone uses the same death date as the one provided in the books.
8. The Magic Mirror Retcon
J. K. Rowling hadn’t planned out all of the events of the Harry Potter series in advance. She only had a few plot points worked out beforehand. One of these involved Kreacher, which is why she stopped the producers of the movies from leaving him out of the story.
One aspect of the books that did end up becoming important later on was the magic mirror that Sirius gave to Harry, which would allow the two of them to communicate with each other. Harry used the mirror in the final book in order to (accidentally) contact Abeforth, who sent Dobby to save Harry and his friends from Malfoy Manor.
The mirror had been left out of the movie adaptation of Order of the Phoenix. This meant that the producers of the film just had to retcon in that Sirius had given Harry a magical mirror at some point in the past. The fact that Harry never tried to use it to contact Sirius (especially when he needed to near the end of Order of the Phoenix) is never addressed.
7. The Reveal Of Harry’s Lie To The Dursleys
The first Harry Potter book and movie end with Harry assuring Hagrid that his aunt and uncle will start to behave themselves now, as they are unaware that he cannot use magic outside of Hogwarts.
This actually backfires on Harry in the books, as the Dursleys lock up all of his magical equipment, which prevents him from contacting his friends. They discover the truth about Harry not being able to use magic after the Ministry sends a warning letter to his house, due to Dobby making a cake fly around.
The letter never arrives in the movie adaptation of Chamber of Secrets, meaning that the Dursleys lock Harry up while he still has all of his magical equipment. In the book, Fred and George need pick locks in order to acquire all of Harry’s magical gear.
6. How Did Harry Know Remus & Tonks Had A Son?
Remus Lupin has a much larger role in the books than he does in the movies. There is a pivotal scene where he travels to Grimmauld Place and offers his services to Harry.
His help is refused, as Harry is aware that Lupin married Tonks and the two of them now have an infant son. Lupin believes that it would be better if he had no part in his son’s life, due to his status as a werewolf. However, Harry is able to convince Lupin to leave and return to his family.
In Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry uses the Ressurection Stone to see the ghosts of his family and friends one last time before he faces Voldemort. He sees the ghost of Lupin and talks about how he never got a chance to see his son.
So how did Harry know Lupin had a son? The story of Remus and Tonks was almost totally removed from the movies. Tonks was about to tell everyone before they left Privet Drive, but she was interrupted. Additionally, Harry never gets a chance to learn about the child’s existence because he spends the last two movies on the run.
5. The Missing Prize For The Triwizard Tournament
The Triwizard Tournament has some of the most bizarre inconsistencies in the Harry Potter series. For example, it’s never explained how Barty Crouch Jr was able to sign Harry to a binding magical contract without his consent. We also never learn what would have happened if Harry had just never shown up for any of the events.
One of the most important aspects of the Triwizard Tournament that was ignored in the movies involves the prize. The winner of the Triwizard Tournament would receive a thousand Galleons, which was a considerable amount of money. Harry ended up giving the prize to Fred and George Weasley so that they could get their business up and running.
The movies never bother to explain how two high school dropouts from an incredibly poor family managed to acquire the cash to buy a shop and fill it with goods. They were somehow able to buy property in one of the few places that wizards regularly gather, which is something that would require a great deal of money.
4. How Did Dumbledore Find The Locket & Ring Horcruxes?
Fans have often wondered about what exactly J. K. Rowling had planned ahead and what story elements were retconned in at a later point. Slytherin’s Locket being left in Grimmauld Place seems like it falls into the latter category, as no one seemed to notice that a piece of jewelry with Salazar Slytherin’s symbol on it was just lying around the house.
The Harry Potter movies neglected to mention where Slytherin’s Locket and Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring came from. We don’t even know how Dumbledore discovered the cave where the fake locket was being kept, as the scene where he learned of Tom Riddle’s trip to the cave as a boy was omitted from the film. The Marvolo family was totally ignored as well. Dumbledore just suddenly shows up with the destroyed Ring/Horcrux in the sixth movie.
The Locket and Ring did get a brief explanation as to their origins in Deathly Hallows: Part 1, but the scene wasn’t included in the movie. You would have to watch the DVD’s deleted scenes to get a one-sentence explanation about the identity of these two items.
3. Why Was Harry’s Expelliarmus So Powerful In the Shrieking Shack?
Harry Potter’s main go-to combat spell is Expelliarmus. This is the Disarming Charm, which knocks the wand from a wizard’s hand. The Death Eaters become aware of the fact that Harry loves to use this spell, which leads to his identity being revealed during the escape from Privet Drive.
There is a scene in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that makes no sense, due to an important change that was made from the books. When Snape is holding up Sirius and Lupin, Harry uses an Expelliarmus to knock Snape back, as if he had been hit by a cannonball.
This scene also happened in the book, but it was because Harry, Ron, and Hermione cast the Expelliarmus spell all at once. It was the combined effect of three Disarming Charms that was able to knock out Snape. Harry shouldn’t have been able to do it on his own.
2. The Forgotten Fate Of Barty Crouch Jr
The events of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire were orchestrated by Barty Crouch Jr. He was the one who put Harry Potter’s name in the Goblet and he planted the Portkey at the end of the maze.
The truth of Crouch’s involvement was made clear, yet few people heard his testimony, as a Dementor kissed him and removed his soul. Crouch was left in a vegetative state and we never learn what happened to his empty shell of a body.
We never see Barty Crouch Jr receiving a Dementor’s Kiss in the movie version of Goblet of Fire. The movies never bother to explain what happened to him. This is relevant because Crouch is one of the few people who could testify as to the fact that Voldemort has returned. No one believes Harry’s story in Order of the Phoenix, even though they have living proof of his existence because of Crouch.
1. Does Nick Cave Own A Time-Turner?
There is a moment in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 where all seems lost. Voldemort has taken over the Ministry and the Order of the Phoenix has been scattered.
Ron has abandoned Harry and Hermione, leaving the two of them alone to fend for themselves in the wilderness. Harry and Hermione put on the radio and dance to a song called “O Children”. This is the moment where a possible romance between the two characters could happen, yet it never does.
The problem with this scene is that “O Children” didn’t exist yet. The final Harry Potter movie takes place in 1997. The song “O Children” was made by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and was released on the album Abattoir Blues/ The Lyre of Orpheus… which wasn’t released until 2004.
It’s possible that Nick Cave somehow acquired a Time-Turner and used it to send songs to his past self, which would have made for a way better story than The Cursed Child.
What do you think? Are there any other massive plot holes that the Harry Potter movies created? Let us know in the comments.
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