The Harry Potter Movies Ignore Harry and Cho Chang’s Tragic Breakup

During their run, the Harry Potter movies covered a lot of ground—over 4,000 pages’ worth, to be exact. That’s a lot of material from the “Harry Potter” books to fit into just eight movies and 20 hours. That means, of course, that a lot of storylines got lost as the characters went from the script to the screen.

In the “Harry Potter” movies, characters like Madam Hooch only showed up in one movie, while characters like Professor Binns who were important in the books never showed up at all. At one point, it looked like Harry stopped going to school altogether.

Notably, some of the romances were cut short in the movies. For instance, after the two broke up in “Goblet of Fire,” Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Viktor Krum (Stanislav Ianevski) never discussed their romance again, despite the fact that the two remained pen buddies in the book series.

But the shortened relationship between Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Cho Chang (Katie Leung) seemed to be the most obvious change from the book.

Harry and Cho’s Relationship Ended

Harry Potter‘s relationship with Cho Chang doesn’t seem to get as much attention or discussion as Ron Weasley’s (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger’s (Emma Watson) romance or the cringe-worthy scene at the end of the series. It’s neither the worst nor the best. It’s not really a big deal.

Even Cho’s actress, Katie Leung, feels bad about how her on-screen relationship was shown (via People). Also, her kiss with Daniel Radcliffe is listed as the second most cringe-worthy scene in the “Harry Potter” movies by Buzzfeed.

Harry Potter Movies Ignore Harry and Cho Chang's Tragic Breakup

But in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” Cho’s story was changed in a big way. Even though they dated briefly in the movie, Cho’s relationship with Professor Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), who is evil, ends when Cho tells her about Dumbledore’s Army while under the influence of truth serum.

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When Harry finds out this, he gives Cho the cold shoulder right away and basically cuts her out of his life. It’s a harsh move, given that Cho didn’t volunteer the information. Even more important, this turn of events is much less dramatic than what happened in the books.

Cho and Harry’s Relationship Goes Bad After Their First Date

In the book version of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” Cho and Harry’s relationship goes bad almost as soon as they kiss for the first time. During their first official date, which took place at Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop in Hogsmeade, Cho started talking about her ex-boyfriend Cedric Diggory, who had died not long before.

Harry Potter Movies Ignore Harry and Cho Chang's Tragic Breakup

It made Harry angry. On the other hand, Cho gets very angry when Harry talks about one of his best friends, Hermione. In the end, the couple’s fate is sealed when Cho’s best friend, Marietta Edgecombe, willingly tells Professor Umbridge about Dumbledore’s Army, ending the meetings of the group. It’s a much more dramatic end to Harry and Cho’s relationship and a much better reason for them to stop seeing each other.

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Of course, fans already know that none of this is important. In both the movies and the books, Harry’s relationship with Cho is just a sideshow to his much more important romance with Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), who becomes his wife in the end. That’s one relationship that made it to the movies without too much trouble.


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