Harry Potter star reveals why Dumbledore's funeral wasn't in the films

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From Cosmopolitan

While the films are widely regarded as brilliant adaptations of the books by the Harry Potter fandom, there are some details from the novels that didn't make the cut on screen.

One of the biggest of all involving Dumbledore's death, which occurs in Harry Potter And The Half Blood-Prince. In the novels and per the plan, Dumbledore is killed by Snape during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower.

In the following days, a funeral is held for the Hogwarts headteacher down by the lake, attended by all students and teachers (excluding Snape). Lessons and exams are also postponed, to allow a period of grieving.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture
Photo credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

In the films, meanwhile, the students and teachers pay their respects to Professor Dumbledore in a poignant moment, where they raise their wands to the sky in tribute.

It's an iconic moment from the films, but many fans were left wondering why Dumbledore wasn't given a funeral like in the books. Now, Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the series, has explained why.

Speaking on her podcast Normal Not Normal to co-stars James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley, she explained, "You want to honour the characters that so many people love and have been on this huge journey with. That's why I was so upset that they didn't have a funeral for Dumbledore after all he did, all he meant to Harry, all he gave."

Photo credit: Giphy
Photo credit: Giphy

She continued, "[When he died] we all had to put our wands up and they CGI'd tears onto me because the scene wasn't sad enough, but we didn't have a memorial.

"I even went to [producer] David Heyman's office, as a fan. I thought, 'Right. I've got to speak up for my community'. I told him, 'Dumbledore really needs to have a funeral. In the books he has mermaids, he has centaurs. The whole wizarding community unites and gives him a send off.

"And David Heyman was like, 'It's just too expensive.' And I actually said, 'Take some of my paycheck, because I think it's worth it.' And he was like, 'Evanna, it wouldn't cover it!'"

Previously, Half-Blood Prince director David Yates said to include a funeral "rhythmically felt wrong" (via Hypable), adding that his send off is "a beautiful scene in the book, but it felt wrong in the movie."

Fair enough.

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