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.
In the books, we don't actually see Hermione obliviate her parents.
We see her emotionally tell the boys about it. The movies actually show us her casting the spell. That’s kind of opposite of how it usually goes. However, it still makes for a pretty powerful scene that helps set the tone of the film.
Dudley's Goodbye is quite different as well.
When Harry says his final goodbyes to the awful family that raised him, we see a moment of remorse for Dudley. That perhaps he, too, was a product of his terrible, no good, very bad parents. He shakes Harry’s hand and wishes him luck. The movies denied us this moment and any nuance of character development for Dudley Dursley.
Peeves the Poltergeist was actually cast and filmed for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Sadly, he got cut in editing, and was therefore removed from the rest of the films. Not only is Peeves responsible for really amusing and charming moments, such as when McGonagall explains that it unscrews the other way. He’s as old as Hogwarts itself. It’s like they just left out part of the castle.
Neville could've been the Chosen One.
Okay, so in the movies Neville turns out pretty hot, and pretty kick-butt, but it’s really glossed over how Voldemort’s CHOICE to “mark” Harry is what makes Harry the “Chosen One” in the prophecy. The prophecy applies equally to Neville (Born as the 7th month closes, to parents who had defied Voldemort 3 times), until Voldy makes his choice on that fateful Halloween.
Dumbledore's reaction to Harry's name in the Goblet of Fire.
“HARRY DID YOU PUT YA NAME IN THE GARBLARAFAR!?!?! *roughly shakes 14-year-old’s shoulders*” is not at all (at ALL) like in the books. In fact, Dumbledore is pretty darn calm in that entire scene because that’s kind of his thing.
“Did you put your name into the Goblet of Fire, Harry?’ Dumbledore asked calmly” is what the book says.
It’s kind of important because a) it shows that Dumbledore is treating his student with respect instead of accusation (unlike movie Dumbledore), and b) it’s implied that possibly, Dumbledore was trying to read Harry’s mind to find the truth. (Dumbledore was known to use the art of Legilimency.)
But hey, let’s just yell at the kid and shake him up a bit, despite that being completely out of character for Dumbledore.
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