Why Harry Potter Movies Did Not Show Dumbledore’s Funeral But they Should Have

The funeral of Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was a very delicate scene in J.K. Rowling’s book, but it was omitted from the film for a variety of reasons. As a whole, the eight-film series remained faithful to Rowling’s novels, with producer David Heyman even splitting the final Harry Potter book into two films in order to adequately depict the book’s dense plot. Although the Harry Potter films included many important book moments. Such as the Order of the Phoenix Quidditch season and all of Peeves the Poltergeist’s scenes.

“An extraordinary assortment of people” gathers to pay their respects to the great wizard. As described in the novel The Half-Blood Prince. At the event, Olympe Maxime, Rufus Scrimgeour, Cornelius Fudge, Ernie Prang (the Knight Bus driver), Tom (the landlord of The Leaky Cauldron), Aberforth Dumbledore, members of the Order of the Phoenix, the Weasleys and Grawp as well as centaurs, Merpeople, and even the evil Dolores Umbridge can be found.

In the ceremony the Merpeople rose from the lake and sang, and that “a little tufty-haired man” delivered a speech that Harry thought was inappropriately bland. When the white flames surround Dumbledore’s body and transform the simple wooden table beneath him into a white marble tomb, the centaurs unleash a hail of arrows into the air, scaring some of the guests.

However, instead of showing this lengthy sequence, the Half-Blood Prince film shows the scene in which everyone surrounds Dumbledore’s body and increases their wands in unison to clear the Dark Mark from the sky.

Simply put, David Heyman decided not to go ahead with Dumbledore’s funeral scene in the sixth Harry Potter film. Because the production was “just too expensive”. In response to Heyman’s decision, actress Evanna Lynch expressed her displeasure by offering to give up her paycheck. If it meant paying off Dumbledore the appropriate amount of respect. However, Heyman maintained his position. Because the scene wasn’t sad enough in her opinion (as reported by Digital Spy). “You want to honor the characters that so many people love and have been on this enormous journey with”. Even if it was only to give a proper send-off to one of the greatest wizards of all time. The movie should have included footage from Dumbledore’s funeral.

There was another reason, according to David Heyman (as reported by Hypable), for not showing Dumbledore’s funeral on television. “When you got to Dumbledore’s death, it felt like a climax that was both moving and dramatic. So, when you got to this grand funeral, you realized it was less about the man and more about the pomp and circumstance of the occasion. And you realised it was strangely less connected. So just in terms of rhythm, it didn’t feel right… The scene was beautiful in the book, but it didn’t feel right in the film adaptation”. While the book version of the funeral was highly emotional and served as a fitting conclusion to Dumbledore’s character arc.

Dumbledore and Harry apparate at the top of the Astronomy Tower. The Dark Mark has not yet appeared in the sky. Harry has not been frozen by Dumbledore, and there is no Order of the Phoenix vs. Death Eaters battle, as director David Yates wished to avoid repetition with the Battle of Hogwarts. These changes do not necessarily detract from Dumbledore’s character development. But the absence of an appropriate funeral does. When it comes to the Wizarding World, Dumbledore is one of the most important characters.

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