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I’m extremely nostalgic for Harry Potter and really love the books. I also love the movies but always felt they could be improved. I made a set of movie edits a while back, but they weren’t very polished so I’ve gone back to upgrade the quality of each one, and have done tons more work to make them my definitive versions of these movies.

A few highlights:

  • Added in many deleted scenes, but not all of them. Just the ones that I thought enhanced the story.
  • Made Hagrid not appear to be so dumb, especially in the first couple movies.
  • Cut around Harry holding the sword of Gryffindor by the blade in the second movie. I always cringe when I see it.
  • Cut out so much bad writing in Goblet of Fire, and I took out the entire plotline of Ron not talking to Harry. It was done so poorly in the movie.
  • Fixed up Ginny and Harry’s awkward scenes. It’s not completely fixed, as I don’t think it can be, but they are a lot better in these edits. No more “shoelaces” scene.
  • During Snape’s memories I changed young Lily’s eyes to blue to match adult Lily and Harry.

My main goals:

  • Create light edits that don’t try to reimagine or create anything new, but rather just enhance the original movies
  • Remove small annoyances and some poor performances (Harry shushing Ron, Barty Crouch Jr tongue flicks, dumbing down Hagrid, etc)
  • Retain as much world building as possible (Clock in the Weasley’s home, monster roar at housekeeping in PoA, etc)
  • Tighten up action wherever I could
  • A callout to Anjohan (Andreas), and JJPotter. I took a lot of inspiration, and some exact cuts from their edits to make my own.

If you are interested in watching, PM me.

Full list of edits:


Sorcerer’s Stone:

Original - 2:24 (2:32 with credits) Edit - 2:20 (2:28 with credits)

My main goals for this edit were to - Make Hagrid not appear to be so dumb, cut out a lot of Harry’s unnecessary one-liners, and trim up some of the dated CGI.

  • Starting with the Ultimate Extended Edition as a base, I kept some extended scenes, but cut others
  • Trimmed Dumbledore turning out the streetlights so many times
  • Trimmed Dudley jumping down the stairs on top of Harry’s room
  • Cut extended scene - Dudley’s suit
  • Trimmed Hagrid breaking down the door
  • Kept extended scene - Hagrid and Harry’s train ride but trimmed a bit of the end
  • Trimmed Harry meeting Quirrell
  • Cut Hagrid fumbling for Harry’s key to the vault
  • Added some ominous music when Harry is asking about Voldemort, and also cut Hagrid not being able to write his name
  • Cut Hagrid saying that Voldemort is still out there instead of dead
  • Added apparate sound effect when Hagrid leaves Harry at the station
  • Cut Malfoy trying to extend a hand to Harry. He just bullies them a bit and it’s over. This scene always felt too “in your face”. I opted to remove it
  • Mixed Snape’s extended potions class with the original
  • Trimmed the first flying lesson a bit for the bad CGI and unnecessarily long scenes
  • Added a tiny bit of music when the trio first meet Fluffy and escape. Also trim it so they don’t overpower a giant dog while pushing the door closed
  • Harry doesn’t say “I like this ball” when Oliver is teaching him Quidditch
  • Cut Harry’s one liner saying they need another feather after the explosion
  • Cut Hermione telling Ron how to swish and flick when he saves Harry from the troll. It made the mood too casual for this scene, and it also elevates Ron more if he’s doing it on his own
  • Cut Quirrell freaking out about the Troll roaring after being knocked out
  • Cut Snape telling Harry good luck in Quidditch. This scene felt out of place for me for some reason
  • Cut most of Harry doing nothing during the first half of the Quidditch match. He just sits in the air most watching the others most of the time…
  • Cut Hagrid saying Harry’s gonna be sick after he catches the snitch. I don’t know why but I hated this line. Just a personal annoyance
  • Trimmed Hagrid talking about Nicolas Flammel so he doesn’t sound so dumb all the time
  • Cut Ron going to see the mirror completely. Harry’s emotional scene at the mirror along with the extended scene with Ron trying to comfort him just don’t work as well with Ron’s mirror scene in there. Now there is no comedic bit to pull you out of Harry’s emotional struggle
  • Kept Neville’s leg lock curse but trimmed the end
  • Cut Harry shushing Ron while Hermione tells them about Flammel
  • Cut Hagrid talking like an idiot again just before the dragon hatches
  • Cut Voldemort walking through the forest before the group splits up. Doesn’t make sense for him to be walking around in view of the others
  • Heavily trimmed up Voldemort trying to attack Harry in the forest and removed a lot of the bad effects here. Much better now
  • Cut half of Firenze’s talk about Voldemort. This was too much exposition
  • Completely cut the trio going to see Hagrid to ask him about the dragon seller and Hagrid being an idiot again telling them how to get past Fluffy. This is unnecessary as they don’t use this knowledge to get past Fluffy, it’s already done for them, and it’s yet another scene of making Hagrid look dumb
  • Cut Snape talking to them just after seeing McGonagal to try to tell Dumbledore about the stone. Because I cut the scene with Hagrid explaining Fluffy this scene had to be cut because they are talking about Snape knowing how to get past the dog
  • Added a bit of music to when Neville confronts the trio, and cut Ron saying it’s for his own good after they leave him on the floor
  • Trimmed them getting past Fluffy so he doesn’t wait so long to bite them, and doesn’t bite the door
  • Trimmed up the next few rooms just slightly for pacing
  • Other minor edits throughout

Chamber of Secrets:

Original - 2:32 (2:41 with credits) Edit - 2:28 (2:37 with credits)

My main goals for this edit were to - Trim down the movie a bit to make it more in line with the lengths of the other movies, cut out some of the one liners and poorly written lines and scenes (Harry shushing Ron a couple times, and Harry always needing to get a final word in), and reduce some of the more over the top stuff (Harry almost falling out of the car, Harry holding the sword by the bloody blade in Dumbledore’s office, Lucius trying to Avada Kedavra Harry)

  • Used the extended edition as a base
  • Cut the Dursleys rehearsing their plan for the evening to get to the night faster
  • Added music to Dobby’s arrival
  • Slight trims throughout Dobby’s arrival and the dinner party for pacing
  • Added a very slight music cue to Ginny seeing Harry arrive and then running away, and trimmed it to fit nicer and have less awkward acting from Ginny
  • Cut the questioning of a rubber duck
  • Cut the Malfoy’s in Knockturn Alley and most of Harry in the shop
  • Cut Draco getting his last word in at the bookstore. The scene ends with Lucius as he is the main focus of the scene
  • Cut Harry almost falling out of the car while flying from the train. There is still some action here, just no ridiculous almost death of falling out of the car
  • Trimmed them running into the Whomping Willow in many spots for pacing
  • Cut extended scene - Filch’s magic pamphlet
  • Harry doesn’t say “Spooky” at the end of Lockhart’s detention
  • No awkward interaction with Dumbledore about Hermione almost telling him that Harry was hearing voices
  • Trimmed the Quidditch match a lot for pacing. No Colin almost dying on the field
  • Cut extended version’s Justin’s intro before Lockhart’s dueling club
  • Snape attacks Lockhart immediately during the duel instead of waiting forever after the countdown
  • Cut quips between Malfoy and Harry before their duel
  • Cut Harry looking over the lake asking who he is
  • Trimmed Harry being stared at in the study room
  • Cut extended scene of the kids wondering if Harry is the Heir of Slytherin
  • Cut extended scene of Harry seeing Hagrid right after the study room
  • Cut Harry talking to the hat before he sees Dumbledore
  • Trimmed up the Polyjuice gathering scenes
  • Trimmed up the whole scene of Harry writing in the book and saying everything he writes as slowly as possible
  • Cut Hagrid talking to the trio right before Neville comes to get them
  • Cut extended scene of Ron and Harry pulling the cloak out. They just go straight to Hagrid’s hut
  • Harry doesn’t shush Ron in the forest. Cut out both shushes
  • Cut extended scene of them finding the car in the forest before it rescues them
  • Small trims for pacing in the spider attack
  • Cut them knowing that Ginny is in the chamber. This only gets revealed now when Harry finds her
  • Trimmed just a bit of Harry talking to Tom
  • Cut Tom explaining that the Basilisk got blinded by Fawkes. Unnecessary exposition for the action scene
  • Trimmed some of the Basilisk attack, mainly where Harry is flailing a sword like an idiot and not hitting anything
  • Cut them ridiculously flying out of the Chamber of secrets with Fawkes
  • Cut Harry picking up the sword in Dumbledore’s office. I cringe when he grabs the blade. The only time you see the sword in Harry’s hand is a brief moment where he is in the background.
  • Cut Harry saying he’ll always be around to save the day
  • Cut Mr. Malfoy trying to use Avada Kedavra. It’s just a normal spell now
  • Trimmed Dobby and Harry’s final scene with a bit of music added over it. Cut Harry telling Dobby to never try to save his life again. So corny
  • Lots of other minor edits throughout

Prisoner of Azkaban:

Original - 2:10 (2:22 with credits) Edit - 2:08 (2:20 with credits)

My main goals for this edit were to - Trim some of the poor performances (Hermione’s laughing, some of Harry’s acting), cut out some of the one liners and poorly written lines and scenes (Neville’s “I’m okay” joke, Hermione mocking Trelawney, and Harry always needing to get a final word in), and reduce some of the more over the top stuff (Trim the whole whomping willow scene)

  • Trimmed some of Harry’s awkward delivery after Marge asks if he gets hit with canes at school
  • Cut one of the two button attacks on Dudley in the beginning. It was just a bit too goofy for me having a second button knock him down
  • Cut the old lady crossing the street during the Knight Bus along with the first of Harry slamming into the window. I absolutely hated Harry slamming into the window. I tried cutting around the old lady but it worked better to just cut her out entirely
  • Right after Harry asks Mr. Weasley why would he go looking for Sirius, the shot lingers on Harry’s face way too long. Shortened it just a bit
  • Took out Hermione shouting at Ron for stepping on her foot when the dementor is coming in on the train. It was a weird moment that Ron doesn’t even react to
  • Trimmed just a bit of Ron holding onto the window as the dementor is coming. He holds it there for so long. Just felt a little forced
  • Cut Hermione’s cringe delivery as she mocks Trelawney on the way to Hagrid’s class
  • Cut Neville getting knocked down by the monster book and the awful joke - “I’m okay!” It’s one of my most hated “jokes” in film for a character to fall down and then get back up saying “I’m okay”
  • Cut back a bit on Hermione’s over the top laughing after Harry’s snowball fight with Malfoy & gang
  • Slight trims to Harry’s Patronus lesson. I took out Harry’s line “just do it” to Lupin. Felt weirdly aggressive in the scene
  • Very slight trims when Harry is crying in the snow. Lots of bad acting here with the fake cries and yells. I tried to cut out most of the crying but I could only turn it down a bit because it is on every channel in the audio mix. I also trimmed a bit of his intense breathing after he yells. I just can’t take him seriously. Sadly I couldn’t get rid of all the bad acting, but these very tiny trims make this scene better
  • A few quick trims for pacing as Harry and Hermione are getting Buckbeak out of the pumpkin patch. Wanted to speed this up so it was more realistic to match the timing of when the trio are originally running up the hill
  • Trimmed up the Whomping Willow fight. At first I tried cutting the whole thing out, but ended up keeping most of it in. Hermione still flies around but I tried to tone it down a lot so it isn’t so ridiculous
  • Trimmed a bit of Harry’s first encounter with Sirius for pacing
  • Cut Sirius gasping at the Dementors because the very next shot he’s knocked out again. Weird jump cut
  • Cut Harry and Hermione seeing Snape walk into the Whomping Willow right after Lupin when he should’ve arrived a short while later. The timing on this one always bugged me.
  • Trimmed a bit of when Harry and Hermione see the bats fly by so Harry doesn’t have to have the last word on everything
  • Cut Harry’s nonchalant line when the Werewolf starts running at them
  • Cut Harry saying Lupin is having a bad night right after they get saved by Buckbeak in the forest
  • Straight to black right before credits instead of the freeze frame

Goblet of Fire:

Original - 2:08 (2:27 with credits) Edit - 2:34 (2:37 with credits)

My main goals for this edit were to - Remove the Ron and Harry’s broken friendship subplot, cut out as much bad acting, dialog and writing as I could , and take out all instances of the Crouch Jr tongue flicks

  • Slight trims for pacing in the intro with the old man
  • HP4 Title now pops out right after the old man dies, along with the Harry Potter theme behind it
  • Cut Hermione angrily waking the two up. It now starts with the group walking towards the portkey
  • Cut the stupid walking on air as they come down from the portkey
  • Cut Harry in the tent saying “I love magic”
  • Cut the Malfoys talking to them before the game
  • Tightened the Death Eater attack
  • Cut all instances of Barty Crouch Jr and fake Moody doing the weird tongue thing
  • Removed Filch awkwardly running into the hall and added some music behind Dumbledore talking about the new guests and tournament
  • Cut Karkaroff doing shady stuff to the goblet of fire
  • Cut the entire Ron not talking to Harry plot. Though this is a decent plotline in the books I think it was done extremely poorly in the movie. I used some of the rearranging from Anjohan
  • Rearranged Moody’s lesson to go after the names are chosen from the goblet rather than before. This works as a good transition from Dumbledore telling Moody to keep an eye on Harry after his name is chosen, and also it is a scene with Harry and Ron together so it doesn’t feel so weird that there is a chunk of the movie where they aren’t together.
  • Cut Hermione’s “It’s not going to wo-ork” line when Fred and George try to get past the age line
  • Cut Dumbledore shouting at Harry after his name comes up
  • Trimmed Harry’s interview with Rita Skeeter a bit
  • Cut the owl biting Harry “joke”
  • Cut the mini dragon reveals just before they fight the dragons. It feels like a tease for these cool fights with the other champions but then you don’t get to see them.
  • Cut Hermione yelling at Harry to use his wand at the start of the 1st task
  • Tightened up the entire dragon fight
  • Cut Harry pompously asking the Gryffindors if they want him to open the egg
  • Trimmed and cut some forced jokes with the twins while talking about the Yule ball
  • During the Yule ball, cut the big lady nastily picking a thing off Hagrid’s beard and eating it
  • Cut the pop music section during the ball
  • Added the deleted scene of Karkaroff and Snape in the courtyard. This adds just a bit more depth and mystery with Karkaroff and Snape, and also bridges the gap in the theatrical where Harry is suddenly not with Ron and Hermione at the Yule Ball
  • Trimmed some of Hermione’s overacting as she talks to Harry on the bridge
  • Trimmed underwater egg scene with Moaning Myrtle
  • Cut Hermione pronouncing “Grindylow” in a French accent
  • Trimmed some overacting of Barty Crouch Jr in the memory of his trial
  • Cut the awkward dialog and performance just after Harry saves Cedric from the vines
  • Cut excessive moaning Voldemort when he touches Harry’s scar
  • Trimmed some of Harry’s bad acting when he comes back with Cedric’s body
  • Cut the awkward dialog between the trio at the very end. They don’t share any last words now. They just watch as everyone leaves
  • Lots of other minor trims throughout

Order of the Phoenix:

Original - 2:08 (2:18 with credits) Edit - 2:10 (2:20 with credits)

My main goals for this edit were to - Incorporate most of the deleted scenes, and cut out as much bad acting, dialog and writing as I could

  • Tightened up the Dementor attack for better pacing
  • Added HP Theme when Moody opens up the Headquarters building
  • Tightened up a bit of the hearing to remove Mrs Figg hand raising joke and her describing the boys rather than the dementors. I don’t think that translated so well to the movie
  • Added the deleted scene of the kids in Gryffindor Tower. Followed JJPotter’s audio editing and adjusted further to get the audio matching better. Slight color correction
  • Added the deleted scene of Trelawney getting evaluated, and followed how JJPotter removed her original scenes, but adjusted the audio differently to blend better. Again more adjustments to color
  • Cut Harry telling Hermione that the others came to listen because he is a freak. He just tells her that they should go now
  • Cut Ron saying “Who are you and what have you done with Hermione”. It was really forced
  • Cut out a bit of the Filch ridiculousness while he tries to get into the room of requirement
  • Cut the “I’m okay” bit when the kid gets dropped in the room of requirement training
  • Trimmed some of Hermione’s long pause and then awkward laughing with Ron and Harry after the “emotional range of a teaspoon” bit
  • Cut Sirius toasting “Harry!” That line always bothered me for some reason
  • Trimmed the trio walking down the stairs because there is an awkward pause in Ron and Hermione’s dialog
  • Cut some of Harry talking to Sirius about being the snake in his dreams because of some awkward dialog
  • Added some heroic Neville music when he is talking about how his parents died
  • Cut the bit about Dumbledore having style right after he teleports away with Fawkes. Another forced and unnatural joke that is better left in the book
  • Trimmed Grawp’s intro and cut some unnecessary stuff like him picking up Hermione and Ron hitting him with a stick
  • Added the deleted scene in the forest with Umbridge and did a lot of color correcting to get this matching
  • Trimmed up the kids running from death eaters in the department of mysteries for better pacing
  • Adjusted a shot of Harry as he’s possessed by Voldemort to make it look less awkward
  • Cut another shot of Harry as he’s possessed when he stretches up like a snake but doesn’t move his legs. It looks really dumb
  • Added the deleted scene of Harry walking into Dumbledore’s office. Followed JJPotter’s color correcting some but had to adjust further to get it how I wanted
  • Added the deleted scene of Ron asking Harry to go eat with them and color corrected
  • Trimmed the very last line when Harry says that they have something worth fighting for. The pause between his words was really long so I just cut it down
  • A few other minor trims throughout

Half Blood Prince:

Original - 2:24 (2:33 with credits) Edit - 2:23 (2:32 with credits)

My main goals for this edit were to - Incorporate most of the deleted scenes, try to establish Harry and Ginny’s connection better, and cut out as much bad acting, dialog and writing as I could

  • Added all extended scenes in except the ending one with Harry asking Hermione and Ron to keep the snogging to a minimum
  • Right after Harry and Dumbledore are hit with all the camera flashes I added a new intro, bringing Snape’s unbreakable vow here. I felt that this is a better intro to the movie
  • When Harry first shows up at the Weasley’s house there is an awkward reflection on Harry’s glasses and I can’t ever look at anything but it when he walks up. I tried to tone it way down by darkening the shine.
  • Adjusted when Harry hugs Ginny when he arrives at their house. Slight rotation to the frame so it appears that Ginny isn’t towering over him. I know it’s dumb but I always felt weird that she was so much taller than him
  • Cut Ron pointing out Hermione has toothpaste on her. It’s so awkward
  • Heavily trimmed the trio overly laughing at Ron’s joke about Dumbledore’s age
  • Cut Ginny asking why Harry is always covered in blood. Her delivery is so stiff
  • Cut Dumbledore asking if Harry is into Hermione
  • Trimmed Dumbledore and Tom’s first meeting for pacing
  • Cut Ron pointing out Hermione’s butterbeer mustache. Again another really awkward scene. Didn’t feel cute or funny, just really awkward
  • When McGonagall asks why whenever something bad happens why is it always you three, I cut Ron’s response because the question really felt more rhetorical
  • Added a bit of playful music behind Ron and Harry talking about Ginny
  • After Hermione asks Harry how it feels to see Ginny with someone else they see Ron walk in. Way later Harry finally says “like this.” I cut this line
  • When Ginny feeds Harry I adjusted it so you don’t see Harry bite it out of her hand, and I also added some music this scene. I felt like this scene needed to stay, but I tried really hard to make it less cringey
  • Color corrected Harry talking to Mr. Weasley in the garage
  • Cut the shoelaces scene. We already have Harry and Ginny’s interaction just before this to show that they like each other. Now it goes straight to the attack without this awful scene. I know a lot of people don’t like the burning of the burrow but I’m okay with keeping it in. I think it further bonds Harry with Ginny, and we definitely need more from them.
  • Added deleted scene of Harry talking to Hermione about Malfoy in the corridor. Had to color correct and blend with the previous scene as it cuts in during the middle of the original shot
  • Added deleted scene of Harry talking to Hermione in Gryffindor tower
  • Cut just a bit back on Lavender’s “Won Wons”. Only one spot
  • Did more rotations to the frame as Harry and Ginny hide the book in the Room of Requirement. Slight rotations to make Harry look taller.
  • Cut when Harry and Ginny both say “What was that?” together
  • Replaced the music when Harry and Ginny kiss with the song Ron Returns from Deathly Hallows pt1. This music and scene is still bittersweet because of the circumstances, but now it feels like there is a more romantic connection
  • Fade out on their kiss. Feels a lot less awkward now
  • Cut Slughorn taking the spider venom. It was an unnecessary break right here
  • Cut Harry saying “Poof”
  • Trimmed a bit of Harry convincing Slughorn to give him the memory. He ends with him saying that if Slughorn doesn’t give him the memory then his mother died in vane, rather than continuing a bit more
  • Cut Dumbledore noticing Harry needs a shave when his face is as smooth as can be
  • Added deleted scene of Dumbledore at the cave entrance talking about the kids Tom damaged there. Added ominous music over it, and heavily color corrected to match the scene
  • Cut Harry using Sectum Sempra on the water zombies. He now only uses it on Malfoy and tries to on Snape. I think it gives just slight more impact to his final moment with Snape in this movie
  • Added deleted scene of them escaping the cave and Dumbledore saying he’s not worried because he’s with Harry
  • Blended into the alternate deleted scene of the sad music montage before the Death Eaters get let in
  • Added deleted scene of Harry alone in his bedroom mourning Dumbledore
  • Minor trim, the last line is now Hermione telling Harry that he needs them, rather than Harry looking out over the lake saying that he never realized how beautiful the place is. I feel like it’s a better line to end on

Deathly Hallows Part 1:

Original - 2:15 (2:26 with credits) Edit - 2:17 (2:29 with credits)

My main goals for this edit were to - Incorporate a select few deleted scenes, and fix bad writing and acting wherever possible

  • Added the intro deleted scenes for Petunia talking to Harry, and Mr. Weasley making the radio, but left out the Dudley scene. It required way too much work and I don’t think I could fix it well enough in high enough quality
  • Color corrected some of the darker scenes like Snape’s intro as he’s traveling to Malfoy manor
  • Cut the short scene in the tunnel where Harry runs across the top of the bus while Hagrid spins them around the tunnel. It was a really goofy scene in the middle of the battle
  • Slight tweak to the timing when Lupin is questioning Harry to make sure he isn’t an imposter
  • Did the same thing I did in HBP where I did some slight rotations to the frame to make it appear that Ginny isn’t so much taller than Harry. Only in the scene when they are all arriving at the Weasley house after the initial sky battle and then in the Zip me up scene. I know it’s superficial but I prefer it changed like this
  • Really tiny cut, when Ron convinces Harry not to leave the burrow alone, as they are walking back Ron is saying “Where are the horcruxes?”. I cut the line because it felt so forced
  • Kept the “Zip me up” scene with Ginny, but changed the music to be more intimate for them and less somber
  • First time Harry is looking at the broken glass I trimmed seeing Aberforth so it doesn’t linger quite so long. Only cut a few frames
  • Added the deleted scene for Ron telling them that Voldemort’s name is taboo
  • Cut Hermione telling Harry that they could stay out in the forest and grow old together. It was a weird line from her
  • At the Lovegood house, when Mr Lovegood says “Deathly Hallows” the trio all say “What?” but staggered. Cut that awkward delivery
  • Another minor trim of the broken glass at the end when Harry asks for help
  • Trimmed Dobby’s last words. Instead of ending saying “Harry Potter”, his last words are now “Dobby is happy to be with his friend”. It felt better to me like this

Deathly Hallows Part 2:

Original - 1:58 (2:10 with credits) Edit - 2:01 (2:13 with credits)

My main goals for this edit were to - Incorporate a select few deleted scenes, change young Lily’s eye color to match adult Lily and Harry, and fix bad writing and acting wherever possible

  • Color corrected many darker scenes throughout the entire movie for just a bit more visibility
  • Added the deleted cottage scene with Bill talking about the goblin, and the scene right after with Luna talking to Harry at Dobby’s grave. Color corrected both to match. Added On the Rocks song from Deathly Hallows Pt1 behind the first deleted scene
  • Trimmed up the timing as the dragon burns the goblin alive
  • Added music behind when Ginny first sees Harry return to Hogwarts. Used the same track I added to the previous movie with her scene with Harry for continuity
  • Added in the deleted scene with Harry holding Ginny’s hand as they walk to Snape (Credit to JJPotter for the footage without greenscreen)
  • Added in the deleted scene with Tonks and Lupin before the battle (Again credit to JJPotter for the footage without greenscreen)
  • Cut back on just a bit of Snape being bitten by the snake so many times
  • Changed all shots of young Lily’s eyes to be blue instead of brown to match adult Lily and Harry’s eyes
  • Shortened the shot of mini, bloody Voldemort in King’s Cross station. It just lingered on him for way too long
  • When Neville pulls the sword out of the hat he stands in a really goofy position. I just removed that shot
  • Cut Voldemort slapping Harry during their fight a little before they jump off the tower. It was a little too goofy for the scene
  • Cut the shots of Voldemort and Harry merging into one while flying around Hogwarts
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Harry Potter Immersed - The Jim Dale Audiobook Collection (Released)
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First off just wanted to give a huge shoutout to Master Lawdog and his excellent Enhanced Editions - https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/harry-potter-enhanced-editions-audiobooks-released/id/79659

For the past couple years I’ve basically been doing the same thing, but with the Jim Dale versions of the audiobooks instead of the Stephen Fry ones. Now you can have a choice between the two versions. I’ve just finished the final book so the whole series is now complete!

I’ve gone through each Harry Potter audiobook and placed music from the movies throughout each chapter, enhancing scenes and highlighting key moments. I’ve used music from all of the movies across each book, but mainly focusing on each individual books’ music to bridge the gap between the movies and books as best I could. As the books got longer there were many scenes that were not present in the movies, so I started using music from the official video games to fill in those sections, and they matched beautifully with the rest of the music. Alongside the music I also added a light touch of sound effects, nothing too overbearing, and ambient tracks that really help to immerse you in the stories.

Here is a preview of The Prisoner of Azkaban:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov7KfL3I_Zo

And here is a preview of The Goblet of Fire:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJa1_lGNk0w

PM me for a link

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Harry Potter and the Magical Touch of Editing (Released)
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I think that particular scene does break some of the serious tension happening, but with how it plays out and leads into McGonagall talking to Harry I don’t know how I’d remove it. I guess I don’t really mind that scene though.

The only thing I really wanted to change, and I might go back and try again, was the Harry flying through the air with Voldemort during their fight, and blending into each other. I liked most everything else about the movie though.

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Harry Potter and the Magical Touch of Editing (Released)
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I’ve always loved the Harry Potter books, but the movies have been pretty hit or miss for me. I watched Anjohan’s Revisited edits and found the tighter pacing so much more immersive, but they weren’t exactly what I was hoping for. I want to emphasize how fantastic his edits are!

The Revisited edits are excellent for what they are trying to be - more consistent darker tone for each movie, using music from the whole series throughout, adding more emotion through the music, keeping locations consistent, and tightening the pacing. But I wanted to make a new set of edits for a few reasons. I think a lot of the music doesn’t blend too well between movies, and I personally like how the earlier movies are a lot brighter and then darken as the years go on. Another issue I had was removing world-building magic to tighten the pacing. This kept the movie times shorter but I think it lost some of the fun.

So with all of that out of the way, I used Anjohan’s edits as heavy inspiration (often taking exact edits, especially with GoF), took some deleted scenes straight from JJPotters Extended Editions, and made a new series of edits.

My main goals:

  • Create light edits that don’t try to reimagine or create anything new, but rather just enhance the original movies
  • Remove small annoyances and some poor performances (Harry shushing Ron, Barty Crouch Jr tongue flicks, dumbing down Hagrid, etc)
  • Retain as much world building as possible (Clock in the Weasley’s home, monster roar at housekeeping in PoA, etc)
  • Keep the original music to their own movies, except for a few rare occasions
  • Tighten up action wherever I could
  • One last callout to Anjohan(Andreas), and JJPotter. I took a lot from their edits to make my own

If you are interested in watching, PM me.


Full list of edits:

Sorcerer’s Stone:

Original - 2:24 (2:32 with credits)
Edit - 2:20 (2:27 with credits)

  • Used the extended edition as a base
  • Trimmed Dumbledore turning out the streetlights so many times
  • Trimmed Dudley jumping down the stairs on top of Harry’s room
  • Trimmed some of the mail arriving section so it’s not so long
  • Trimmed Hagrid breaking down the door
  • Cut Hagrid thinking Dudley was Harry
  • Kept Hagrid and Harry’s train ride but trimmed a bit of the end
  • Trimmed Harry meeting Quirrell
  • Cut Hagrid fumbling for Harry’s key to the vault
  • Added some music to Harry asking about Voldemort and also cut Hagrid not being able to write it
  • Cut Hagrid saying that Voldemort is still out there instead of dead
  • Added Apparate sound effect when Hagrid leaves Harry at the station
  • Cut Malfoy trying to extend a hand to Harry. He just bullies them a bit and it’s over
  • Kept Snape’s alternate potions class but trimmed the end
  • Trimmed the first flying lesson a bit for the bad CGI and unnecessarily long scenes
  • Added a tiny bit of music when the trio meet Fluffy and escape. Also trim it so they don’t push the door closed with the dog pushing against them
  • Harry doesn’t say “I like this ball”
  • Cut Harry saying they need another feather
  • Cut Hermione telling Ron how to swish and flick when he saves Harry from the troll
  • Cut Quirrell freaking out about the Troll roaring after being knocked out
  • Cut Snape telling Harry good luck in Quidditch
  • Cut most of Harry doing nothing during the first half of the Quidditch match. He just sits in the air most watching the others most of the time…
  • Cut Hagrid saying Harry’s gonna be sick after he catches the snitch
  • Trimmed Hagrid talking about Nicolas Flammel so he doesn’t sound so dumb all the time
  • Cut Ron going to see the mirror completely
  • Kept Neville’s leg lock curse but trimmed the end
  • Cut Harry shushing Ron while Hermione tells them about Flammel
  • Cut Hagrid talking like an idiot again just before the dragon hatches
  • Cut Voldemort walking through the forest before the group splits up
  • Heavily trimmed up Voldemort trying to attack Harry in the forest. Much better now
  • Cut half of Firenze’s talk about Voldemort
  • Completely cut the trio going to see Hagrid to ask him about the dragon seller and Hagrid being an idiot again telling them how to get past Fluffy
  • Cut Snape talking to them just after seeing McGonagal
  • Added a bit of music to when Neville confronts the trio, and cut Ron saying it’s for his own good
  • Trimmed them getting past Fluffy so he doesn’t wait so long to bite them, and doesn’t bite the door
  • Trimmed up the next few rooms just slightly for pacing
  • Ending is untouched
  • Other minor trims throughout

Chamber of Secrets:

Original - 2:32 (2:41 with credits)
Edit - 2:25 (2:35 with credits)

  • Used the extended edition as a base
  • Cut the Dursleys rehearsing their plan for the evening
  • Added music to Dobby’s arrival with slight trims
  • Dobby doesn’t show Harry the letters. Harry just chases him downstairs
  • Added a very slight music cue to Ginny seeing Harry arrive, and trimmed it to fit nicer
  • Cut the questioning of a rubber duck
  • Cut the Malfoy’s in Knockturn Alley
  • Cut Harry almost falling out of the car while flying from the train
  • Heavily trimmed them running into the Whomping Willow
  • Trimmed the pixie fight
  • Harry doesn’t say “Spooky”
  • Trimmed the Quidditch match a lot for pacing
  • Snape attacks Lockhart immediately instead of waiting forever after the countdown
  • No quips between Malfoy and Harry before their duel
  • Cut Harry looking over the lake asking who he is
  • Trimmed Harry being stared at in the study room
  • Cut Harry seeing Hagrid right after the study room
  • Cut Harry talking to the hat before he sees Dumbledore
  • Trimmed up the polyjuice gathering scenes
  • Trimmed up the whole scene of Harry writing in the book and saying everything he writes as slowly as possible
  • Cut Hagrid talking to the trio right before Neville comes to get them
  • Cut Ron and Harry pulling the cloak out. They just go straight to Hagrids
  • Harry doesn’t shush Ron in the forest
  • Small trims for pacing in the spider attack
  • Cut them knowing that Ginny is in the chamber
  • Cut Ron slamming a rock into Lockhart’s head
  • Trimmed some of the Baselisk attack, especially where Harry is flailing a sword like an idiot and not hitting anything
  • Cut them flying out of the Chamber of secrets with Fawkes
  • Cut Harry picking up the sword in Dumbeldore’s office. I cringe when he grabs the blade
  • Cut Harry saying he’ll always be around to save the day
  • Cut Mr Malfoy trying to use Avada Kedavra
  • Trimmed Dobby and Harry’s final scene with a bit of music added over it
  • Trimmed some of Hagrid coming back and making a big scene in the hall
  • Lots of other minor trims throughout

Prisoner of Azkaban:

Original - 2:10 (2:22 with credits)
Edit - 2:08 (2:20 with credits)

  • Cut one of the two button attacks on Dudley
  • Cut the old lady crossing the street during the Knight Bus along with the first of Harry slamming into the window
  • Cut Neville getting knocked down by the monster book and saying “I’m okay”
  • Slight trims to Harry’s Patronus lesson
  • Cut most of the ridiculous Whomping Willow attack with Hermione and Harry flying around
  • Trimmed a bit of Harry’s first encounter with Sirius
  • Trimmed Ron’s bit about needing to remove his leg while Harry and Sirius talk
  • Cut Sirius gasping at the Dementors and then the next scene being knocked out again. Weird jump cut.
  • Cut Harry and Hermione seeing Snape walk into the Whomping Willow right after Lupin when he should’ve arrived a short while later
  • Trimmed a bit of when Harry and Hermione see the bats fly by
  • Cut Harry’s nonchalant line when the Werewolf starts running at them.
  • Straight to black right before credits instead of the freeze frame

Goblet of Fire:

Original - 2:34 (2:37 with credits)
Edit - 2:07 (2:21 with credits)

  • Used the regular movie as a base but took a lot of edits straight from Anjohan’s Revisited version
  • Intro Title now pops out right after the old man dies, along with the Harry Potter theme behind it
  • Cut Hermione angrily waking the two up
  • Cut the weird effects of the portkey
  • Cut the Malfoys talking to them before the game
  • Tightened up some of the Death Eater attack
  • Cut all instances of Barty Crouch Jr doing the weird tongue thing
  • Cut the aurors shooting at the trio
  • Removed Filch awkwardly running into the hall and added some music behind Dumbeldore talking about the new guests and tournament
  • Cut Karkaroff doing shady stuff to the goblet of fire
  • Cut the entire Ron not talking to Harry plot. I used most of the rearranging from Anjohan
  • Cut Dumbledore shouting at Harry
  • Trimmed Harry’s interview
  • Cut the owl biting Harry
  • Cut the mini dragon reveals just before they fight the dragons
  • Tightened up the dragon fight
  • Trimmed McGonagal talking about the Yule Ball
  • Cut the pop music section during the ball
  • Trimmed underwater egg scene with Moaning Myrtle
  • Trimmed some awkward dialog and performance just after Harry saves Cedric from the vines
  • Cut moaning Voldemort when he touches Harry’s scar
  • Cut awkward dialog between the trio at the very end
  • Lots of other minor trims throughout

Order of the Phoenix:

Original - 2:08 (2:18 with credits)
Edit - 2:10 (2:20 with credits)

  • Used some of JJPotters Extended Edition as a base
  • Tightened up the Dementor attack
  • Added HP Theme where Moody opens up the Headquarters building
  • Tightened up a bit of the hearing
  • Cut out a bit of the Filch ridiculousness while he tries to get into the room of requirement
  • Cut the “I’m okay” bit when the kid gets dropped
  • Cut Sirius toasting “Harry!” That line always bothered me for some reason
  • Cut some of Harry talking to Sirius about being the snake in his dreams
  • Added Neville music when he is talking about how his parents died
  • Cut the bit right after Dumbledore teleports away with Fawkes
  • Trimmed Grawp’s intro and cut some unnecessary stuff
  • Color corrected the extended scene in the forest with Umbridge
  • Color corrected the extended scene at the end with Ron asking Harry to go eat with them
  • A few other minor trims throughout

Half Blood Prince:

Original - 2:24 (2:33 with credits)
Edit - 2:25 (2:34 with credits)

  • Used some of JJPotters Extended Edition as a base
  • All extended scenes in except the ending one with Harry asking Hermione and Ron to keep the snogging to a minimum
  • Brought Snape’s unbreakable vow to the intro
  • Cut Dumbledore asking if Harry is into Hermione
  • Cut weird interaction with Hermione’s butterbeer mustache
  • Added a bit of music behind Ron and Harry talking about Ginny
  • Added a bit of music behind Harry and Ginny before Ron sits in between them
  • Color corrected Harry talking to Mr Weasley
  • Cut just a bit back on Lavender’s “Won Wons”. Only one spot
  • Fade out on Ginny and Harry’s kiss. Feels a lot less awkward now
  • Cut Slughorn taking the spider venom
  • Trimmed a bit of Harry convincing Slughorn to give him the memory
  • Cut Dumbledore noticing Harry needs a shave when his face is as smooth as can be
  • Cut Harry using Sectum sempra on the water zombies. He now only uses it on Malfoy and tries to on Snape. I think it gives just slight more impact to his final moment with Snape in this movie
  • Trimmed the ending a bit

Deathly Hallows Part 1:

Original - 2:15 (2:26 with credits)
Edit - 2:17 (2:29 with credits)

  • Used the regular movie as a base and took three scenes from JJPotters Extended Edition
  • Kept the intro deleted scenes for Petunia talking to Harry, and Mr. Weasley making the radio from JJPotters version, but left out the Dudley scene as I felt it wasn’t complete enough to fit.
  • Cut the scene in the tunnel where Harry runs across the top of the bus while Hagrid spins them around the tunnel. It was a really goofy scene in the middle of the battle
  • Kept the “Zip me up” scene with Ginny, but changed the music to be more intimate for them and less somber
  • Kept the deleted scene for Ron telling them that Voldemort’s name is taboo
  • Removed all other the deleted scenes including the rabbit hunt and skipping stones
  • The rest of the movie is the same

Deathly Hallows Part 2:

Original - 1:58 (2:10 with credits)
Edit - 2:01 (2:13 with credits)

  • Used the regular movie as a base and took a few scenes from JJPotters Extended Edition
  • Added the cottage scene with Bill talking about the goblin, and the scene right after with Luna talking to Harry at Dobby’s grave. Color corrected the beach.
  • Added music behind when Ginny first sees Harry return to Hogwarts. Used the same track I added to the previous movie with her scene with Harry.
  • Added in the deleted scene with Harry holding Ginny’s hand as they walk to Snape
  • Added in the deleted scene with Tonks and Lupin before the battle
  • This is basically JJPotters Extended Edition except without the extra deleted scene with Filch towards the end, and with the added music over Ginny meeting Harry again
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Idea Wanted... for solving Game of Thrones: The Ending Chapters
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I’m glad you’re taking on this task! I had done my own version that is very similar with the NK killing Arya and then Bran warging into her to deliver the final blow. I don’t know how difficult it is going to be to do convincing VFX on her face when he kills her. If you did maybe a blood splatter on the NK’s face that might be easier to pull off.

I’m very excited that you are doing this one with the original score as well!

Just curious on your last point, why do you have Bran warging into the future during the Battle of Winterfell? Why have him warging then and not just in the moment while Dany is at Kings Landing?

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Game of Thrones Redeemed (Released)
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@Booshman
Thanks for the critiques! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll try to answer your thoughts below:

I made the choice to split some episodes from beyond the wall and the battle at winterfell because I felt it gave an illusion of longer time for one thing, and also it helped a bit with some of the fast travel. I agree that the 30 minute episodes were too short, but after playing around with them I felt like this was the best choice for what I had.

I tried really hard to make each scene change have different people for a natural flow, but there were a few times where it just wasn’t working.

The biggest change I’d like to make if I ever go back to this would be to fix the Bran VO. Some people were okay with the volume, and others obviously weren’t. Audio editing is the most challenging part to me, but hopefully I can fix it up.

Glad the visual effects worked! Only thing was at the end I wanted more dead in the funeral, but I could only manage a few characters because of the footage.

Dialogue for Jon is difficult. I actually went through two voice over actors. One didn’t work out and I just wasted time and money, but the one I had was a guy from youtube who was one of the better ones out there. I think if it was a normal scene with Jon talking like he usually does it would have fit better, but because it was a quieter scene he didn’t know how to impersonate it as well.

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Game of Thrones Redeemed (Released)
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Hello All,

Update 10.19.2021 - Added subtitles! Also I adjusted one vfx shot with poor tracking, and made an updated ending. The Jon voiceover is mostly removed now save two lines because the voice just didn’t match well enough, and then the last couple minutes were updated because the original Bran open ended-ending just wasn’t working.

Update 4.12.2020 - I made a few adjustments to some audio transitions, fixed some of the funeral and added one more character, and made a few adjustments to the ending to include more characters in the montage.

I’ve edited together an 11 episode finale for Game of Thrones combining seasons 7 and 8. I’ve rearranged the episodes, cut out a ton of the garbage, did a ton of editing, minor visual effects and a few lines of voiceover, and made a much more satisfying conclusion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1OcIZbrl60&feature=youtu.be
Game of Thrones Redeemed Trailer

PM me for a link.

My main fixes:

  • Dany’s character arc
  • Jaime’s character arc
  • The Night King having substance
  • Bran having substance
  • Several plotlines that didn’t have a payoff like Jon’s heritage
  • Removed or toned down the fast travel
  • Fakeout deaths, especially in the battle for Winterfell
  • and tons of other changes

Detailed changes:

Cersei’s Downfall Arc (Episodes 1-6)

Dany still arrives in Westeros and plans her conquest. I tried to take out as much as I could of Tyrion looking at Dany as a monster. There is still a bit of tension when some of Tyrion’s plans fail, but it does not build to the Mad Dany plotline.

Sadly, Varys has no story in the final seasons other than plotting against Dany, so he is mostly gone now except for being a background character.

I completely removed Tyrion trying to reason with Cersei. He no longer goes to King’s Landing to talk to Jaime or Cersei. After Dany destroys the Tarlys on the Road and nearly kills Jaime and Bronn, she goes straight to Kings Landing. She no longer loses one of her dragons either, she goes right in and destroys Euron’s fleet and him in the process. She then takes out the Golden company, and then everyone surrenders. But she isn’t done yet. She doesn’t go crazy, but instead heads straight for the castle and burns Cersei to death.

This fixes a lot. Cersei still mostly just drinks wine, but there is a lot less so it doesn’t feel like she’s a useless character anymore. And of course, Dany doesn’t go mad which was so against her character this whole time.

Onto Jon. He still visits Dany in dragonstone and she still wants him to bend the knee, but his reason for leaving for the wall changes. He now gets a vision through Bran of the Night King. Bran wants to guide him past the wall, behind the Night King’s army to assassinate him before he can make it to the Wall. Jon leaves Dragonstone before Dany goes on the Road to attack Cersei’s armies. I hated the capture a zombie plotline, but I’ll get into that in the next section. One big fix here was Jon fast traveling up to the wall within the same episode as he left. He now arrives 3 episodes later. Not perfect obviously, but the best I could do.

There are two character problems in this section. 1st is Jorah. In the original season 7 he arrives at Dragonstone after being cured, he hears about the mission to capture a wight and asks to join, and then leaves instantly. I couldn’t keep his line in that justified him leaving so now he just arrives in Dragonstone and then leaves with Jon without any reasoning. It goes against his character which I assume he would stay with Dany. Couldn’t fix it though. 2nd is Gendry. Since Tyrion no longer goes to Kings Landing to talk to Cersei there is no reason for Davos to go there either. In this edit Gendry just appears with Davos to go talk to Jon. He doesn’t get his proper introduction but I don’t think it’s super important as this scene serves as his intro enough.


Night King Arc (Episodes 7-11)

Before I get to all the Night King stuff some explanation of a lot of what was removed. Littlefinger’s plot was only getting Sansa and Arya to go against each other, which made them looks like idiots, so I removed this completely making him hardly more than a backing character, same as Varys. He also doesn’t get outsmarted by them and killed. I really like both him and Varys but there just wasn’t footage I could use to make a decent story for them. All of Sansa being against Dany is also removed. It doesn’t make any sense in this edit.

Onto the edit: Jon arrives at the wall and the plot continues as normal except for some additions of Bran talking to Jon in visions. All the capturing a zombie plot are gone. Now once they get further in it appears that the Night King knew what was happening and wanted Jon to come North. Bran is confused as to why he would draw Jon up there just to kill him off. Then Bran realizes that the Night King was using Jon and Bran to draw Dany North to capture her dragon to get past the wall.

This provides much more depth to the Night King. He has some actual tactics. It also gives more character to Bran who lost basically all substance in the final seasons.

Rather than two episodes of “before the battle for Winterfell” I condensed them into one, cutting out a lot that I thought was unnecessary including the whole Gendry/Arya relationship. I focused instead on her relationship with the Hound and left it at that. Jaime’s arc is done now after he knights Brienne. No more sex scene or going back to Cersei. I think it ends perfectly with the knighting, and then he can die in battle.

The battle for Winterfell is split into two episodes. This gives some illusion of a longer battle, but also the way I arranged it just works better as two parts. The battle starts the same with the Dothraki charging out and all dying. This makes a lot more sense when they don’t respawn the next episode. I took some of the main characters out of the first fight outside the wall. I hated having every major character on the front line. Ned’s death also gets pushed to be later when the army breaks into the castle since he’s no longer in the first fight. The calling for the trenches to be lit is removed. Now Melisandre just goes straight out to light it. There was no need for that dumb little plotline. The first battle episode ends when the Night King raises the dead.

The second episode starts with Arya sneaking through the castle. I actually liked this section but it was so out of place in the original episode, going from heavy battle to this really quiet section. It works much better now. The fight continues and has Sam, Jaime, Pod, and Brienne all dying to the horde. The Night King’s end is much different now. The NK brings Bran back to where he was created and Bran gets stuck in the NK as he is being transformed by the Children of the Forest. This is how the NK gets his powers to control the dead, from Bran’s powers. Back in the present, Arya jumps on the Night King, but doesn’t immediately kill him. The Night King snaps her neck and kills her instantly. Bran wargs into her and uses the knife to end the Night King. After he dies then it shows all the walkers die and ends with Jorah and Melisandre dying. This was changed a few times because other versions were really confusing. I’m hoping this is the most clear version.

All the deaths give a lot more weight to this episode, especially with Arya. And the changes with the Night King give him an actual story. Also, this technically makes it Bran who kills the Night King who, aside from Jon, feels like the most important character to kill him given how tied his story is with the Night King (especially in my edit). Afterwards there is a short funeral, and I removed Jon’s speech, and I brought in the unused track - Stay a Thousand Years. I thought it fit nicely over this. The funeral adds several of the killed characters that I added with some VFX. I couldn’t fit in everyone though.

The end of the show has Dany in the throne room. Jon knows now that he is the rightful heir. He doesn’t want her to rule. But he doesn’t want it either. Instead of them ruling he calls on the dragon to burn the throne down. He and Dany then fly away afterwards and there is a short montage of all the characters still alive. Then it goes to Dany and Jon at the waterfall, falling in love basically. And the final shots are Sansa being crowned at Winterfell, and then Jon heading out beyond the Wall with Dany flying above him. (I removed the open ended shot of Bran being the new Night King. It didn’t work so well and this new ending is better)

Jon and Dany’s arcs are complete. Sansa has a decent ending. Both Varys and Littlefinger will be lurking at the end giving them open ended endings. The Hound’s arc ends nicely with him overcoming his fears to save Arya once more. He doesn’t need to go back for revenge after all of this. Jorah and Theon already had good ends I thought.

Thanks,
AC