When Professor McGonagall hears Ms. Parkinson say that Harry Potter should be surrendered to Voldemort, she orders that the Slytherins must be sent into dungeons. Why did she send all of those Slytherin to the dungeons? We are told many times that Slytherin is not evil.

I know this scene is not in the books. But I would like to know why Warner Bros and Company decided to change this scene. I mean why would they change it into a nonsense scenario.

And by the way, how did J.K. Rowling approve this change, considering she's the producer of the films?

  • Breaking the Elder Wand physically by hand was one of the movie quirks that didn't make sense to me.This seems similar to that.So...maybe they just wanted the movie to have some unique moments?
    – Simpleton
    May 5 '18 at 16:28
  • Possible duplicate of Why didn't McGonagall send only Parkinson to the dungeons?
    – Au101
    May 5 '18 at 16:52
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    @Au101 I was about to agree with you and close, but it seems like the questions are subtly different: the older one is asking for an in-universe explanation while this one is asking why the film makers changed this scene.
    – Rand al'Thor
    May 5 '18 at 17:21
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    Per the script: Instinctively, Ginny steps in front of Harry, wand drawn.Then, as one, the Gryffindors assemble in a line and face towards the Slytherins, shielding Harry. Moments later, the Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs do the same. Harry’s eyes glitter at the sight, moved. Ginny lowers her wand. The Slytherin weren't for Harry which makes them against him.
    – Valorum
    May 5 '18 at 22:45
  • I think the answer here is simply the Movies are nonsense. May 6 '18 at 20:03

The dungeons are where the Slytherin common rooms are.

Gryffindor and Ravenclaw have towers. The Hufflepuffs have a basement near the kitchens.

Professor McGonagall is not punishing the Slytherins, just trying to keep them safe by sending them to their common room. Slytherin is the only house that will show Voldemort any favour and, as such, they are in immediate danger from the other pupils, who would likely side with Harry. In the book, after Pansy Parkinson suggests handing him over:

Before Harry could speak, there was a massive movement. The Gryffindors in front of him had risen and stood facing, not Harry, but the Slytherins. Then the Hufflepuffs stood and, almost at the same moment, the Ravenclaws, all of them with their backs to Harry, all of them looking towards Pansy instead, and Harry, awestruck and overwhelmed, saw wands emerging everywhere, pulled from beneath cloaks and from under sleeves.

"Thank you, Miss Parkinson," said Professor McGonagall in a clipped voice. "You will leave the Hall first with Mr Filch. If the rest of your house could follow."

The Slytherins are evacuated first in the book to segregate them and prevent trouble. No one is evacuated in the film, but the Slytherins still need segregated, and their common room seems the obvious choice.

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    But why in the book they were evacuated. Whereas in the film they were send into the Dungeons. I'm asking about the change. May 5 '18 at 16:10
  • In the films, there’s a sense of a "last stand". Hogwarts seems surrounded and it doesn’t seem likely a large number of minors could be evacuated. Particularly Slytherins, whose parents might already be in the Death Eater army.
    – Pam
    May 5 '18 at 20:40
  • I don't think whose Slytherin's parents are Death Eaters. I mean, Really, every single one of them has in league with Voldemort. May 6 '18 at 20:02

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