12 Bizarre Plot Points That Were Wisely Cut From The Harry Potter Books

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Upon its release, the fantastical world of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stole everyone's hearts. Years later, we're still finding out about ideas J.K. Rowling left out of Harry Potter books.

Part of the series' massive success stems from the wizarding world's wildly intricate rules and rich history; one that might have been quite different if J.K. Rowling didn't have a team of highly skilled editors by her side.

There are a number of Harry Potter plot points J.K. Rowling didn't use, and it's probably for the best. From a Sorting Hat that was little more than a lackluster collection of straws, to killing off the only admirable father figure in the whole series, these cut scenes from the Harry Potter books would have unarguably changed the wizarding world for the worse.

Thankfully, these abandoned Harry Potter ideas were cut more thoroughly than Nearly Headless Nick's neck.

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    Draco Malfoy's Name Was Actually Draco Spungen

    Draco Malfoy's Name Was Actually Draco Spungen
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    With white, slicked-back hair and that oh-so evil name, Draco Malfoy is a born villain. As it turns out, he may not have been so suave had J.K. Rowling gone with his original surname.

    Draco Malfoy was originally supposed to be called Draco Spungen. The writer also considered Draco Smart and Draco Spinks, none of which have quite the same ring. Draco's decided surname is actually pretty apt. It's derived from "mal foi," the French words for "bad faith."

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    Draco Malfoy Wasn't The Baddest Bully In Hogwarts

    Draco Malfoy Wasn't The Baddest Bully In Hogwarts
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    Draco Malfoy may be bad to the bone, but the original Harry Potter was supposed to have an even badder bully. Rowling intended for Theodore Nott, another pureblood son of a Death Eater, to be Draco's equal. If you don't remember Nott, he is briefly mentioned during the Sorting Hat ceremony in the first book, and mentioned again in the fifth book as a "stringy Slytherin boy" standing behind Draco.

    “…We rarely see Draco talking to anybody he considers a real equal, and he is forced to see Theodore as such because Theodore is just as pure-blooded as he is, and somewhat cleverer,” Rowling said. “Together these two Death Eaters’ sons discuss Dumbledore’s regime at Hogwarts and Harry Potter, with all sorts of stories that the Death Eaters tell about how this baby boy survived the Dark Lord’s attack."

    Somehow, Rowling ended up allowing us a speck of sympathy for Draco, so adding in this element would have made him either egregiously unlikable or far too sympathetic.

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    The Weasleys Had A Nasty Slytherin Cousin In "The Goblet of Fire"

    The Weasleys Had A Nasty Slytherin Cousin In "The Goblet of Fire"
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    The Weasleys are an especially earnest bunch of wizards. They're known for their red-haired kindness, but it turns out not every Weasley was supposed to be so sweet. 

    The clan originally had a second cousin named Mafalda Weasley who was a notoriously bad egg. She was supposed to be Hermione's rival in The Goblet of Fire, much like how Draco Malfoy adversely mirrors Harry throughout the series.

    Mafalda was in Slytherin, a show-off, and a massive eavesdropper; the kind who might accidentally spill enemy secrets to Harry while trying to impress the gang. Instead, her shoes were filled by Rita Skeeter.

    "I had to pull a character [in Goblet Of Fire]. There you go: the phantom character of Harry Potter. She was a Weasley cousin. She served the same function that Rita Skeeter now serves," Rowling admitted in a 2000 EW interview. "Rita was always going to be in the book, but I built her up, because I needed a kind of conduit for information outside the school. Originally, this girl fulfilled this purpose."

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    Hermione Had A Sister

    Hermione Had A Sister
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    Hermione's an only child, a detail that perfectly underscores her bookishness and tendency to be found reading in solitude. Given how well this all plays, it's surprising that J.K. Rowling originally intended to give Hermione a sister.

    In a 2004 BBC interview, the writer admitted, "I always planned that Hermione would have a younger sister but she's never made an appearance and somehow it feels like it might be too late now."

    She decided that Hermione's quiet, muggle background perfectly contrasted Ron's hectic family life.

    "You see so much of Ron’s family... so I thought that I would keep Hermione’s family, by contrast, quite ordinary. They are dentists, as you know. They are a bit bemused by their odd daughter but quite proud of her all the same."