This will be a shorter list. To their great credit, the Harry Potter movies didn’t add a lot of their own stuff to the stories. But there were a few things I would have liked to see…less of.
1) Every kiss scene between Harry and Ginny. I was never a huge fan of their relationship in the books either (Why did Harry even need a love interest? And in a series with so many strong female characters, why choose the most boring one?), but at least they sometimes talked and did stuff together. In the movies, their relationship consists of a few scenes in which they stare awkwardly at each other, have a short and awkward make-out session, maybe say one or two awkward lines, and then part ways with almost visible relief. Why not just cut those scenes out and spare us some pain?
2) The Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire. It’s not that I have anything against the Yule Ball scene. It was in the book, after all, and it’s quite funny in the movie, even if the wizard rock band and some of the teachers’ slow dances did go a little over the top. My problem with it is that it’s so long. The movie spends at least ten or fifteen minutes on dance lessons, Ron’s wardrobe problems, and all the high school prom-like drama. But there are so many other things that could have filled that space! If they had cut the Yule Ball short, we could have had S.P.E.W., more of the Crouch family history, or at least the scene with Hermione’s revenge on Rita Skeeter. I would have preferred any of those scenes to another minute of teenagers dancing to cheesy music.
3) The destruction of the Burrow. I’ve never understood the part in Half-Blood Prince where Bellatrix and Greyback suddenly appear at the Burrow, lead everyone on a chase through the wheat field, and then burn the poor Weasleys’ house to the ground. The whole scene seems totally random and out of sync with the rest of the movie. I mean, what were the Death Eaters trying to accomplish? They didn’t even try to do anything useful, like kill Harry or the other Order of the Phoenix members. It’s almost like they came just to break up Harry and Ginny’s kiss (which would be understandable). Also, the Burrow appears completely intact in the next movie, with no sign of fire damage. I know wizards clean up well, but that’s impressive even for Mrs. Weasley.
And…those are pretty much all the problems I have with the movies. I’ll post something nice about them tomorrow. Namarie!