Five Comedic Moments the Movies Left Out
During my latest Prisoner of Azkaban reread, I noticed that there were several funny moments that the film left out. This got me thinking about the other scenes that didn’t make it to the screen because of time constraints. Below are my five favorite comedic scenes that didn’t make it into the films.
- Luna’s Quidditch commentary
[Luna] kept attempting to draw the crowd’s attention to such things as interestingly shaped clouds and the possibility that Zacharias Smith, who had so far failed to maintain possession of the Quaffle for longer than a minute, was suffering from something called ‘Loser’s Lurgy’” (Half-Blood Prince 415).
Luna’s unusual commentary is one of my favorite book moments from her in the books and would have been amazing on screen. Although it wasn’t necessary for the plot, it would have given the darker film a bit of comic relief.
- Ron’s predictions
I’ve got two Neptunes here,” said Harry after a while, frowning down at his piece of parchment. “That can’t be right, can it?”
“Aaaaah,” said Ron, imitating Professor Trelawney’s mystical whisper. “When two Neptunes appear in the sky, it is a sure sign that a midget in glasses is being born, Harry…” (Goblet of Fire 201).
Of course, Ron is more than just a funny character but he had several humorous moments that didn’t make it to the film. Ron’s ineptitude in Divination provided some great lines.
- Peeves’s final song
We did it, we bashed them, wee Potter’s the one,
And Voldy’s gone moldy, so now let’s have fun!” (Deathly Hallows 746).
Peeves is a fantastic character who had several hilarious moments throughout the series, including harassing Umbridge in Order of the Phoenix. However, my favorite Peeves moment is his song at the end of Deathly Hallows. It perfectly encapsulates the lightness and joy at the end, as well as his troublesome nature.
- Fred, George, and Percy the prefect
Harry!” said Fred, elbowing Percy out of the way and bowing deeply. “Simply splendid to see you, old boy —”
“Marvelous,” said George, pushing Fred aside and seizing Harry’s hand in turn. “Absolutely spiffing” (Prisoner of Azkaban 62).
“The Ministry’s providing a couple of cars,” said Mr. Weasley. Everyone looked up at him.
“Why?” said Percy curiously.
“It’s because of you, Perce,” said George seriously. “And there’ll be little flags on the hoods, with HB on them —”
“— for Humongous Bighead,” said Fred” (Prisoner of Azkaban 63).
Fred and George have some great moments, and the constant teasing of their siblings is one of them. I always crack up when I come across these parts of the books.
- Ron Weasley and the Deathly Hallows
Death’s got an Invisibility Cloak?” Harry interrupted again.
“So he can sneak up on people,” said Ron. “Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking ” (Deathly Hallows 408).
This was a brilliant lighter moment in the final book, which, once again, demonstrated the humorous side to Ron.
What did you think of these chosen moments? Are there any parts of the books you find funny? Let us know in the comments!