When adapting a beloved book series for the big screen, it can be difficult to decide what to include, what to leave out, and when to make changes to characters and scenes. Fans are often critical of the results, and nowhere is that more true than with the movie adaptations of the Harry Potter novels.

The earlier books in the series were short enough that most plot points and characters were transferred fairly accurately to the movies, but later in the series, it became harder for screenwriters to adapt the increasingly lengthy books faithfully to the big screen. While screenwriters have ...

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