If you’re a Harry Potter fan who’s only seen the movies but never read the books, you’re missing about 1/3 of the story. Sub-plots, characters, and really stinking cool scenes that add depth to both the Wizarding World and characters are quite often lost in translation. On the flip side, the movie adaptations have given us some scenes full of emotions that aren’t there in the books. While every book fan has their own list of things that got cut, here’s our list of 25 Crazy Differences Between The Harry Potter Movies And Books.
Nearly Headless Nick's "Deathday Party" is missing from the movie.
In the first book, the Gryffindor Ghost invites the trio (Hermione, Harry, and Ron) to his Deathday party. It’s completely dropped from the films for time, but it would have been very cool to see.
Where the heck was Winky?
The Crouch House Elf was REALLY IMPORTANT in the 4th book and then again in later parts of the story. She was just kinda…glossed over. We *barely* got Kreacher. Dobby wasn’t the only important house elf!
The most amusing game of Quidditch in the entire series is only found in the book.
Luna Lovegood is amazing for a few reasons, but book fans will not soon forget the Quidditch game she announces in Half-Blood Prince. She explains such important things like “Losers Lurgy” without all the dull…scoring..and things.
Peter Pettigrew lives in the movie.
Um, what? In the book, Pettigrew’s silver hand, given to him by The Dark Lord upon his resurrection, turns on him and strangles him to death. This doesn’t happen in the movie.
The start of the first movie is much different from the book.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone actually starts out with Vernon Dursley going to work and going about his day, noticing weird people in cloaks. The movies skip the entire first chapter of the first book, where people all across the country are meeting in secret, and raising glasses to “Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived!”
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