“Harry Potter” Dumped A Love Triangle

Stanislav Ianevski recently spoke with EW’s Binge podcast about his uncredited and ultimately cut appearance in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” an excise that also cut out a love triangle element.

Ianevski had a key role in the fourth film “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” as Quidditch star and Durmstrang champion Viktor Krum, a film in which he had an infatuation with Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). The actor reprised the role for a scene set at Fleur Delacour and Bill Weasley’s wedding in the seventh film.

Turns out his cameo in the seventh was more than just being a background extra with director David Yates going beyond even what J.K. Rowling did with the character in the book:

He [Yates] invented a new story that wasn’t in the books, a love triangle between Viktor Krum, Hermione, and Ron, but that was cut out of the film because it obviously didn’t fit with all the horrible things that happen in the last book.

We did a new dance scene, I sort of stole [Hermione] from Ron. She remembered our old times, Viktor was acting like a gentleman again, happy to see her, she was happy to see him. Ron was sitting on the side, was jealous, and then Viktor took her to the dance floor.

It’s a good idea and adds to the jealousy that we see Ron display later in the film. The franchise gets a prequel film series with the first “Fantastic Beasts” film launching in two weeks and a new featurette starring actor Ezra Miller which explains the new film’s tie-in with the previous films.