The Harry Potter books and movies have some amazing and memorable moments. While there are many things that are in the books that aren’t in the movies, there are also additions and changes in the movies that are sometimes even better or add a lot. Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was split into two parts, these movies were able to get a bit more in-depth and include more details from the book.
However, there are still some moments that don’t make much sense if you haven’t already read the book when watching the film. Here are ten things from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 that won’t make a lot of sense if you haven’t read the books.
10 WHY HERMIONE HAD TO OBLIVIATE HER PARENTS' MEMORIES
In the movie version, we get to see quite a striking scene that isn’t actually in the books. While Hermione in the book talks about having to obliviate her parents’ memories, we don’t see the scene actually happen.
cThis is an emotional moment and seeing it play out was a great addition. However, there isn’t a lot of explanations as to why she had to do so. The books make it a lot clearer what was actually happening and why Hermione planned this out.
9 WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THE MINISTRY BREAK-IN
In the book version of Deathly Hallows, the trio spends a lot of time planning their break-in into the Ministry to try and get the locket. Of course, even with all of their careful planning, things don’t turn out that well.
In the movies, however, this break-in seems to happen almost out of nowhere. There isn’t much explanation in the movie that this was foreplanned, and it just seems like they go in there and fly off the seat of their pants.
8 IF HERMIONE AND HARRY HAVE A THING
One of the main differences in this movie compared to the books is the seeming chemistry that Harry and Hermione seem to have. While in the books they very much come off as siblings or as good friends, the movie scene with the two of them dancing in the tent makes it seem like they are romantically interested in one another.
This is mostly something in the movies as the two actors seem to have a nice chemistry together. However, there is never any canon in the books that shows a romantic link between these two.
7 WHAT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INVISIBILITY CLOAK IS
This is something in the Harry Potter movies that can almost be seen as a plot hole. While in the book version of Deathly Hallows the trio uses the Invisibility Cloak often, it’s not much of a factor in the movies. This is mostly because it’s hard to use this device in storytelling on screen.
But, because of this, the trio is often out in the open even around enemies, and it just makes them seem a lot more reckless and at risk. The cloak in the books is a very important tool that they use.
6 WHAT HAPPENS TO PETER PETTIGREW
In the Malfoy Manor scene, there are many things that are the same as they are in the books. However, the movies leave Pettigrew’s fate up in the air and what happens to him isn’t made known. While in the book he kills himself with his magic hand, this would have been somewhat complicated to explain.
However, the significance of the hand and Harry saving Pettigrew’s life is completely lost in the film. So, all of these details plus Pettigrew’s fate are confusing for people who haven’t read the books.
5 WHY HARRY ISN’T MORE SECRETIVE ABOUT THE HORCRUXES
In the books, Harry’s quest to destroy the Horcruxes is meant to be kept secret. Dumbledore instructs him to only tell Hermione and Ron. However, in the movies, he tells a lot of people such as Neville and Aberforth.
This really doesn’t make much sense because telling people makes it more likely that Voldemort would figure out what Harry was up to. Plus, if Harry could just tell anyone, it doesn’t make sense that he didn’t enlist the help of more people.
4 TONKS AND LUPIN
The relationship between Tonks and Lupin isn’t explored very much in the movies. While it’s not a big point in the books either, it is talked about so that readers know what’s going on. The fact that Tonks and Lupin get married isn’t even mentioned.
Tonks pregnancy is also not talked about. This means that later in the next installment that their deaths and the fact they have a son seems to come out of nowhere.
3 HOW RON IS ABLE TO ESCAPE SUSPICION WHEN HE LEAVES WITH HARRY
While the movie version of Deathly Hallows does show the scene of Hermione obliviating her parents, there is no indication that Ron does anything to plan leaving with Harry. In the books, we learn that he has put spells on the family ghoul to make it seem like Ron with a bad sickness.
This is what is used to explain his disappearance from Hogwarts. While this might not be a great cover-up, it at least gives an explanation for what the Weasleys say when Ron is gone. In the movies, however, there’s no explanation of any of this.
2 WHY HERMIONE IS MEAN TO KREACHER
In the books, Hermione is never mean to Kreacher, even when he is quite mean to her. Given that Hermione cares so much about the rights of house-elves, her being mean to him wouldn't make any sense.
But, since that whole storyline was also cut from past movies, it’s not as inconsistent. However, it still seems rather out of character for movie Hermione to be mean or indifferent to him.
1 THE IMPORTANCE OF RITA SKEETER’S BOOK ABOUT DUMBLEDORE
The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore is a book that gets a lot of focus in the actual Deathly Hallows book. Harry’s confusion about Dumbledore and his anger with him post-death is something he struggles with throughout the book.
However, only a couple of points from Rita Skeeter’s book make it into the film.