Top 10 Deleted Harry Potter Scenes That Should Have Been in the Movies
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Top 10 Deleted Harry Potter Scenes That Should Have Been in the Movies

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If you can't get enough of the Wizarding World, check out these deleted scenes in Harry Potter. For this list, we'll be looking at our favorite scenes that were cut from the films as well as extended versions of scenes that did make it into theaters. Our countdown includes Harry grieving Sirius Black, Draco Malfoy throwing Harry his wand, the Dursleys' departure, and more!
We’ll never get enough of the wizarding world. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Deleted Scenes in Harry Potter.

For this list, we’ll be looking at our favorite scenes that were cut from the films as well as extended versions of scenes that did make it into theaters.

#10: Sir Cadogan
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004)

We all know that there are paintings that talk and move at Hogwarts (like Gryffindor Tower’s Fat Lady), but one of these characters was tragically left on the cutting room floor despite the levity that he brings to the “Prisoner of Azkaban” book. Sir Cadogan is a valiant knight who replaces the Fat Lady as the guardian of the Gryffindor common room and unfortunately decides to let Sirius Black in, because he has the passwords. His daft demeanor and obliviousness would have been a bright point in a movie that is filled with darkness. This scene also lets us see McGonagall lecture Neville in her PJs.

#9: Sybill Trelawney Listening to Dolores Umbridge’s Speech
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007)

In “Order of the Phoenix”, it’s an understatement to say that Professor Trelawney and Professor Umbridge do not get along. For instance, in the book, Umbridge terrorizes the seer when Hogwarts High Inquisitor audits one of her classes. While this scene was filmed, it didn’t make the theatrical cut. But the focus of this entry is another instance: while Umbridge’s treatment of the Divination teacher is upsetting, there’s a deleted scene that lets us see Trelawney’s reaction to her welcome speech before things start to go downhill. Trelawney eats and drinks and shows how clearly unimpressed she is with the thinly veiled propaganda that Umbridge is trying to spread.

#8: Leg-Locker Curse
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone” (2001)

In the first movie, we get plenty of iconic scenes of Hermione badgering Harry and Ron to study and follow the rules. In this scene set in the Great Hall, she lectures them about how they should be studying for their exams rather than playing with cards, when Neville hops in having suffered from a leg locker curse. In a moment of foreshadowing, Ron tells him he needs to learn to stand up for himself. Also, interestingly, this scene shows Harry finding a mention of Nicholas Flamel on a card (like he does in the book) rather than in a book, which is what made it into the final cut.

#7: Is Harry the Heir?
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002)

The ambiance in the book version of “Chamber of Secrets” is a dark one, with Harry feeling isolated from his peers because they believe that he’s the one opening the Chamber of Secrets and harming the students of Hogwarts. While some of this comes across in the film, this deleted scene lets us in on what the other students are saying about Harry when they think he can’t hear them. They even speculate that Voldemort knew that Harry had darkness in him, and that’s why he tried to kill him in the first place.

#6: “You Need Us, Harry.”
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009)

Fans of the books will remember that at the end of “Half-Blood Prince”, Harry announces that he will not be going back to Hogwarts for his seventh and final year of schooling, but will rather go hunting for Voldemort’s horcruxes. While he initially proposes this plan as though he’s going to go alone, Ron and Hermione are having none of it and assure him that they’ll go with him. In this deleted scene, we see Hermione telling Harry that he needs them, and Harry responding cheekily that the two of them will have to keep their burgeoning romance under wraps while they’re trying to save the world.

#5: Ron Trying to Express His Feelings
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (2011)

Many fans were disappointed that Ron and Hermione’s first kiss was completely different in the movies than it was in the books. In the books, Hermione finally goes for it after Ron expresses concern about the Hogwarts house elves. But since SPEW isn’t in the movies, they went another direction. Viewers can take solace in this scene that didn’t make the cut though: in it, Ron and Hermione are running from Nagini during the Battle of Hogwarts and Ron tries to use the moment of peril to tell Hermione something, but she insists that he wait for when they’re not being chased by a giant snake. Another sweet Romione scene deleted from Part 1 of the “Deathly Hallows” is one where they’re skipping rocks together.

#4: Harry Grieving Sirius Black
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007)

For many Potter fans, Sirius Black’s death in “Order of the Phoenix” was one of the most shocking and devastating things that J.K. Rowling ever wrote. But in the movie, the producers were clearly short on time by the end of the action and didn’t leave much room for us to see Harry grieving his godfather. This scene is a simple and quiet one, but it shows Ron checking in on Harry and asking if he wants to come to the feast as he’s packing his things. Harry isn’t up for it, and when Ron sees Hermione in the common room, he gives her a look that says it all when it comes to how his friend is faring.

#3: Draco Malfoy Throwing Harry His Wand
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (2011)

This one may come as a bit of a shock, because if you’ve only seen the movies, this will change your opinion of Draco Malfoy forever. After Voldemort thinks he has killed Harry and brings his body to show the Order and the students of Hogwarts, he’s shocked when Harry actually leaps up, alive. In a blink and you’ll miss it moment though, which is markedly different than the final cut of the film, Malfoy shows his true colors when he runs forward and throws Harry his wand. We can’t be sure why the filmmakers decided not to redeem Malfoy when they had the chance, and maybe we’ll always be left wondering.

#2: The Dursleys’ Departure
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” (2010)

We get it, we get it, there was a lot going on in “Deathly Hallows” and they couldn’t possibly fit everything into the movie. But they did split the story into two full length films, so we’re still a bit peeved that this was cut. In this scene, we see Harry saying goodbye to the Dursleys and it gives us much more insight into both Petunia and Dudley’s characters. Petunia reveals what she suffered when Harry’s mother was killed by Voldemort, giving us a glimpse at her humanity and feelings. But perhaps even more notably is Dudley taking the time to say goodbye to Harry, and letting him know that he doesn’t think he’s a waste of space. Grab the tissues!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Fireplace Talks
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005)

Extended Potions Class
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone” (2001)

Luna's Wise Words
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (2011)

Troll Aftermath
“Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone” (2001)

Dumbledore’s Trust for Harry
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009)

#1: Remus Lupin & Nymphadora Tonks’ Reunion
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (2011)

J.K. Rowling broke all of our hearts when she killed both Lupin and Tonks during the Battle of Hogwarts. It was a blow we were unprepared for, and we could barely read through our tears when it was revealed. In the movie, there’s so much going on that we don’t have much time to process their demise. If this scene had made the final cut, the entire thing only would have been more devastating as we see Tonks run to Lupin and hear him tell her she should have stayed home with their son. Seeing this tender moment is almost too much for us to bear.