As a die-hard Potterphile, I freely admit that I am just a little bit outraged that this scene was cut from the movie.
Just under a minute in length, the scene shows viewers a different side to Petunia Dursley, one that book readers have had a brief glimpse of in the book version but one movie watchers have never seen until now. Personally, I think this one scene is one of the best filmed, and hope that in some future DVD release we’ll be able to see this – along with other deleted scenes – in an extended release of the film (hint, hint, Warner Bros.)
The scene may not resonate as important enough for fans who have only watched the films, but for fans of the original written work, the brief scene is a powerful reminder of how a few sentences of dialogue can change your whole outlook on who you think a character is. It also shows how much the omission of a simple scene could possibly have changed the whole tone of a film.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 will be released on DVD April 15.