A “Harry Potter” fan has divided social media users by posting a sequence video that many claims they do not recall seeing.
A user called Kristina Marie Claire uploaded the video to TikTok during a Syfy broadcast of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Claire’s video depicts her reaction to an early sequence in the film that, according to her, “threw her for a loop.”
In the scene, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of Hogwarts are welcoming visitors from other wizarding institutions, whose students perform extravagant magic acts as they arrive. Following this, Claire’s moment of shared perplexity commences.
In her tape, she says, “Hogwarts then does this thing that I have no memory of occurring.”
This “thing” is just a musical number. The entire student body bursts into a Hogwarts-themed song, with headmaster Dumbledore leading the school through a series of magically generated lyrics.
Claire adds in the footage that she cannot recall the event or the song, which includes the lyrics “Hogwarts, Hogwarts, hoggy warty Hogwarts, teach us something please.”
It turns out that Claire was not alone in her reaction. Her video has been viewed nearly 500,000 times and has attracted several comments from similarly perplexed admirers.
“This is not on the DVDs!” I’ve seen movies a million times. Enormous Harry Potter enthusiast. “What the devil is going on?” one user commented.
“I… am so puzzled!” I have seen these films from beginning to end since I was eight years old, but I have never seen this.” Another was added.
“OMG! It never appeared in the film! “What the heck?” Another was added.
Some commenters speculated that the incident was an instance of the “Mandela Effect,” a phenomenon in which a group of people claims to share a false memory. The phenomenon is called after an early instance in which thousands of individuals claimed to recall South African leader Nelson Mandela’s death in the 1980s (he died in 2013).
Other “Harry Potter” enthusiasts suggested that the singalong was part of an extended version or a lost scene added for TV syndication. Several commenters supported this notion by stating that they remembered the song.
“On the Syfy channel, all deleted scenes were reinstated in the films. “Freeform did the same thing with the Twilight films,” stated one commenter.
“Removed scene. In another scene from one of the films, Ron and Hermione can be heard singing,” a third individual noted.
Several users have also noted that the Hogwarts anthem originated in the “Harry Potter” books. Students sing the music during the first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” Regardless of its origins, several fans believed that the removed sequence should have stayed unchanged.
One user joked, “There’s a reason they cut it.”