Now that The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has officially begun filming, it is time to discuss which scenes are must-haves for the film. Below is a list of the five scenes that we here at Hypable feel are important to have in the film.

Please be warned if you have not read the books this post contains spoilers to the plot of the story.

1 Pandemonium Club

This is the opening scene in the book and almost has to be the opening scene in the film. This is our introduction not only to Clary and Simon, but the shadow hunting world. Clary spots Jace, Isabelle, and Alec as they handle a demon. It is our first look at Jace through Clary’s eyes and sets the entire tone of the story.

Jace raised his head and smiled. There was something fierce about the gesture, something that reminded Clary of documentaries she watched on the Discovery Channel, the way big cats would raise their heads and sniff the air for prey.

2 Brother Jeremiah and the Silent City (Bone City)

This is a critical scene for Clary as she discovers things about her past, specifically about her mother. There were secrets Jocelyn kept from Clary about who her father was and what Clary really is. Brother Jeremiah is our first look at the Silent Brothers, a group of archivists that keep all the records of reparations as well as information on all the members of the Clave. Brother Jeremiah is asked to help Clary retrieve her memories, but is unable to do so on his own. He takes Clary and Jace into the Silent City to have the other Silent Brothers help retrieve her memories. In the end the brothers are unable to retrieve anything except for a name.

Forgetting Jace, Clary fought the urge to cry out. The archivist’s head was bald, smooth and white as an egg, darkly indented where his eyes had once been. They were gone now. His lips were crisscrossed with a pattern of dark lines that resembled surgical stitches. She understood now what Isabelle had meant by mutilation.

3 Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn

This scene is our introduction to one of the most beloved characters in the series, Magnus Bane. The High Warlock of Brooklyn is throwing a party and Jace, Clary and the others attend in hopes of finding out what happened to Clary’s memories. Magnus is a unique character and you get a really good sense of who he is from this scene. You also get most of the backstory between Magnus and Clary, which is critical to who Clary is. There is also a whole host of downworlders present at the party that later play an important role in the story. This is easily one of the most important scenes in the entire book/film.

The man blocking the doorway was tall and thin as a rail, his hair a crown of dense black spikes. Clary guessed from the curve of his sleepy eyes and the gold tone of his skin that he was part Asian. He wore jeans and a black shirt covered with dozens of metal buckles. His eyes were crusted with a raccoon mask of charcoal colored glitter; his lips painted a dark shade of blue.

4 The Greenhouse

Need I say more? This scene is the moment everyone waits for between Jace and Clary and it has to be perfect. The midnight bloom, the stories that Clary and Jace share, and the kiss are all things that have to be perfectly executed. For the main characters, this is a critical moment that affects the plot moving forward. It also shows Jace in two distinctly different lights, which will be fun to see Jamie Campbell Bower portray on the screen.

5 Valentine’s Return

There are a lot of different parts of his return that are crucial to the storyline, but his initial appearance sets the tone for who Valentine has become since everyone thought he was dead. His appearance is shocking, considering it is part of a much larger betrayal by someone trusted by Jace. Valentine has a charisma that at times detracts from his cruel behavior. While his return seems to be for a single purpose at first, it quickly becomes so much more. All of this has to be embodied in the character, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers is going to be a brilliant Valentine.


There are so many scenes that fans want to see, so here are some honorable mentions:

– The moment when Jace tells Clary the story of the shadow hunting boy whose father gave him a falcon and the lesson he learned. It shows a softer side of Jace in a sense and it also gives an incredible insight into why he is the way he is. In the film it would be a great quiet moment between Jace and Clary.

– The Hotel Dumort is also another very important scene, especially considering its importance later in the story. This scene introduces us to the vampire coven as well as the werewolves. It also puts Clary and Jace in a great deal of danger. The execution of this scene is crucial to plot points later in the series.

What scenes are you most looking forward to in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones?

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