Top 10 Shocking Differences Between the Harry Potter Movies and Books

Top 10 Shocking Differences Between the Harry Potter Movies and Books


[WatchMojo Intro Music] [Host]: J.K. Rowling’s epic book series is so magical that it would be impossible to include it all on screen. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 differences between the Harry Potter novels and movies. [The Sorting Hat]: Hmm… Difficult, very difficult. [Host]: For this list we are looking at characters, stories or pretty much anything that was left out when the Harry Potter books became movies. Since we’re talking about mature plot points and characters, you might want to put your extendable ears away. And do some light reading and watching. [Book opens] [Ron Weasley]: This… is light? [Host]: Exspoilalarmus, and by that we mean: Spoiler Alert. [Hermione Granger]: Ron you’ve spoiled, everything! [Host]: Number 10 – Book: There’s a Sphinx in the Maze,
Movie: No Sphinx The Harry Potter novels offer some great riddle solving that unfortunately didn’t make the final cut. For example, in the Philosopher’s stone, Hermione has to solve a potions riddle to help Harry confront professor Quirrell. [Professor Quirrell]: Tell me… What do you see? [Host]: J.K. Rowling once again threw a puzzle at her characters in the Goblet of Fire. But here Harry has no help, traooed alone in a hedge maze, during the Triwizard tournament. While the movie version only has Harry escaping from some scary shrubbery, the book’s maze houses menacing creatures. One such creature is a Sphinx that will only let Harry pass if he correctly answers a riddle. This character inclusion reminded readers of Rowling’s background in mythology, while also suggesting that maybe Hermione rubbed off on Harry. ]Hermione]: Me. Books and cleverness. There are more important things. Friendship… and bravery. And Harry. Just be careful. [Host]: Number 9 – Book: Animagi are explained
Movie: Animagi are not really explained [Hermione]: Please, sir… An animagus is a wizard who elects to turn into an animal, a werewolf has no choice. [Host]: Do you know the difference between a werewolf and an animagus? If you’ve only seen the third Harry Potter movie, Hermione’s explanation is all you get. However, the books go into greater detail about the process of turning into an animal and the laws surrounding it. We also learn that James Potter, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew became unregistered animagi to accompany Remus Lupin whenever he transformed into a werewolf. And that they created the Marauder’s map to help sneak out of Hogwarts. [Harry Potter]: Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs… are proud to present… the Marauder’s map. [George Weasley]: We owe them so much. [Host]: So, if you didn’t read the books it might have been confusing when Pettigrew became a rat, Sirius a dog, and even McGonagall a cat. Though you know she did it legally! [Ron]: That was bloody brilliant! [Minerva McGonagall]: Oh thank you for that assessment Mr. Weasley. [Host]: Understanding what an animagus is even gives significance to the Potter family’s patronuses. Since James became a stag. [Harry]: No, my patronus is a stag. [Host]: Number 8 – Book: Peter Pettigrew Is Strangled to Death by His Silver hand
Movie: Peter Pettigrew Does Not Die [Peter Pettigrew]: Thank you, master. Thank you! [Host]: Remember when Voldemort gives Peter Pettigrew a shiny new hand, after he sacrifices his real one revive his master? The books prove that this wasn’t just a gift. As Harry and company try to escape from Malfoy mannor in the Deathly Hallows, Pettigrew is all that stands in their way. [Ron]: Let her go. [Peter]: Shut up! Get back! [Host]: He briefly stops himself from killing son of his best friend. But this proofs to be his downfall, as he’s then strangled to death by his own hand, since he defined his master Voldemort. In the movie, Pettigrew was easily put out of commision by Dobby, who only disarms him. But does not kill him. Guess some things are too dark for the silver screen, huh? [Dobby]: Who gets his wand? [Host]: Number 7 – Books: Harry Replaces the Elder Wand in Dumbledore’s Tomb
Movie: Harry Breaks the Elder Wand and Throws It Away [Hermione]: He killed the wizard with whom he had once quarrelled. Drunk, with the power that the Elder Wand had given him, he bragged at his invisibility. [Host]: Here’s a moment that made all Potter fans gasp, in both the book and the film. Harry is revealed as the Elder Wand’s true master after he disarms its previous master Draco Malfoy. It’s what he does with it in the movie that erks Potterheads to this day. After the battle of Hogwarts in the final film, Harry does what probably no one with an all-powerful wand would do: He snaps it in two and throws it off a bridge. In the book however, Harry uses it to fix his own wand, which he always preferred, then returns it to Dumbledore’s grave, so that when Harry finally dies, the wand will have no allegiance to anyone else. Well, that makes more sense. [Hermione]: She thinks you’re the chosen one. [Harry]: But I am the chosen one. Okay, sorry. Um. Kidding. [Host]: Number 6 – Book: House-elves Are Mistreated, But Play Vital Roles
Movie: House-elves Are Mostly Unimportant, Unseen [Harry]: Why do you wear that thing Dobby? [Dobby]: This uh… it is a mark of the house-elf’s enslavement. [Host]: Harry Potter deals with many issues. But one that’s lost over in the movies is the mistreatment of house-elves. We do see Dobby as a slave to the Malfoys… [Lucius Malfoy]: I will deal with you later. [Host]: …but he has much more purpose than the movies led on. For example, he is the one who gives Harry the gillyweed in the Goblet of Fire, not Neville. [Harry]: You sure about this Neville? [Neville Longbottom]: Absolutely. [Harry]: For an hour? [Neville]: Most likely. [Host]: Something else the movies don’t show is that Dobby and other house-elves are given proper employment in the Hogwarts kitchens. Plus, the films don’t include the female house-elf Winky, who cares for Barty Crouch Jr., gets fired and is then employed at Hogwarts. Man, house-elves deserve more credit. Just ask the creator of SPEW, the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare: Hermione Granger. [Hermione]: That is the general idea. [Harry]: It’s brilliant. [Host]: Number 5: Book – Harry & Hermione Miss Ron
Movie – Harry & Hermione Slow Dance to Cheer Up [Music plays] When Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for the deathly hallows, their relationships slowly become strained. Ron in particular is affected, as he has to wear the horcrux locket, which forces his most negative feelings to surface. [Harry]: You think I don’t know how this feels. [Ron]: No you don’t know how it feels. Your parents are dead. You have no family. [Host]: Ron soon can’t deal with it and leaves his two friends alone. In the Deathly Hallows part 1, Harry and Hermione are wallowing in despair while listening to the radio. When a shooting song pops on, the two then begin to dance with each other, sharing a brief moment of cheerfullnes they hadn’t felt for quite some time. [Music plays] But, as the song finishes, it’s back to reality. This scene doesn’t appear at all in the books but is a nice moment between friends. Number 4: Book – Voldemort Dies Like a Human
Movie – Voldemort Dies Like a Supernatural Creature In both the books and the movies, Harry and Voldemort are having their final duel, and their wands connect as they done in the Goblet of Fire. Voldemort uses the Elder Wand, even though it doesn’t have allegiance to him, but doesn’t realize that he’s actually fighting its real master. The Elder Wand refuses to harm Harry, and rebounds Voldemort’s killing curse back towards him. The book does not afford Voldemort the grandiose death he wanted, instead he dies like a human, in a purposefully anti-climactic way. In the movie however, Voldemort just sort of breaks apart and fades away, which is visually stunning, but doesn’t have that same finality, and affords him more power than he deserves. [Music plays] Number 3: Book – Peeves, Ludo Bagman, Charlie Weasley & Teddy Lupin All Exist
Movie: Peeves, Ludo Bagman, Charlie Weasley & Teddy Lupin Don’t Appear [Peeves]: Why, it’s Potty Wee Potter! I’m Peeves, Potter, and you better watch out for me! [Host]: When any book series is given the film treatment, some characters don’t make the cut, because they interfere with the pace, but we missed a few. Peeves the poltergeist, a pesky ghoul who pulls pranks on staff and students at Hogwarts is a fan favourite. The ministry of magic’s head of the division for magical games, Ludo Bagman, appears in the Goblet of Fire book, but not the film. On screen, the Weasley family second-eldest Charlie is only mentioned and shown in pictures. [Ron]: My parents decided to go to Romania, to visit my brother Charlie. He’s studying dragons there! [Host]: But, an especially upsetting omission is Teddy Lupin, son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. [Nymphadora Tonks]: By the way, wait till you hear the news… Remus and I… [Alastor Moody]: It can wait we have time for a cozy catch up later. [Host]: This book character represents the tragic cyclical nature of the series, as he’s orphaned in the battle of Hogwarts, and essentially becomes his generation’s Harry. [Harry]: And Remus, your son. [Remus]: Others won’t tell him what his mother and father died for. One day, he’ll understand. [Host]: They even cast the character. [Luke Newberry]: You have this new life you know doing your own thing and you’re suddenly independent. [Host]: Number 2: Book – Various Characters visit St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies
Movie – St. Mungo’s Never Appears Yup, even a wizarding world needs a hospital. In the books, several wizards are injured enough to be sent to St. Mungo’s, including Arthur Weasley after he is attacked by Nagini. Some patients are there permanently, like Gilderoy Lockhart, who suffers from a backfired memory charm. Bet you forgot about him. [Gilderoy Lockhart]: Who are you? [Ron]: Ummh… Ron Weasley. [Gilderoy]: Really? And uhh.. Who, who am I? [Host]: Other longterm residents are Neville’s parents, who were tortured into insanity with the cruciatus curse by Voldemort’s minions. [Sirius]: Neville’s parents. They suffered a fate worse than death if you ask me. [Host]: This scene not only shows the terrible effects of the first wizarding war. It also fleshes out Neville’s tragic backstory. Highlighting the fact that the Longbottoms’ history of defying the dark lord may have made Neville the chosen one instead of Harry. But it may have just been too hard to watch when the Longbottoms’ don’t recognize their own son. [Neville]: I’m quite proud to be their son. [Host]: Before we unveil our number one pick, here are some honorable mentions. [Headless Nick]: Ah, there you are, Harry! Hermione and Ron are already at my Deathday party. [Ron]: It’s a Firebolt. It’s the fastest broom in the world! [Harry]: For me.. But who sent it? [Ron]: No one knows. [Hermione]: This came with it. [A Letter with Molly Weasley’s voice]: How dare you steal that car! [Host]: Number 1: Book – Half-Blood Tom Riddle Was Conceived Thanks to a Love Potion
Movie – Voldemort’s Parentage is Largely Glossed Over [Peter]: Bone of the father, unwillingly given. [Host]: When Dumbledore takes Harry through Voldemort’s past in the movies, we learn a little about how he went from orphan boy to the dark lord. [Voldemort]: I can make things move without touching them. I can make animals do what I want without training them. I can make bad things happen to people who are mean to me. [Host]: The books, however, tell the full story. Voldemort is the son of the witch Merope Gaunt and the muggle Tom Riddle. Merope fell in love with Tom Riddle and with the help of a love potion, she married him. And became pregnant. Rowling has said it’s important that Voldemort was conceived as a result of force rather than real love. As it explains why he cannot feel love. Merope eventually stopped using the potion, hoping Riddle actually loved her. Unfortunately, he abandoned both Merope and their unborn son. This explains Voldemort’s hatred of muggles, as well as half-bloods, as he himself is one. [Harry]: You’re Voldemort. [Voldemort]: Surely, you didn’t think I was going to keep my filthy muggle father’s name? [Host]: Do you agree with our list? Were we put under a confundus charm when we made this? [Albus Dumbledore]: Harry. [Barty Crouch]: I protest! [Dumbledore]: Harry, did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire? [Harry]: No sir! [Dumbledore]: You asked one of the older students to do it for you? [Harry]: No sir. [Dumbledore]: You’re absolutely sure? [Harry]: Yes sir. [Host]: For more magical top tens published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com! [Ollivanders]: I think it is clear. That we can expect great things from you. After all, he-who-must-not-be-named did great things.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Shocking Differences Between the Harry Potter Movies and Books

  1. Missed a big one and a huge part of the Goblet of Fire: Book: Dobby gave Harry Gillyweed Movie: Neville gave Harry Gillyweed

  2. You forgot the most important one…
    Movie: Harry kills the Wicked Witch of the West by throwing water on her.
    Book: Said witch isn't mentioned…
    (Ooops! My bad! That happened in Lord of the Rings)

  3. sirius relationship with harry it's what i missed the most in the movies. i read the books before watching the movies and it was kinda desapointing.

  4. The only thing I find worthwhile about the movies now, apart from kickstarting careers for some actors and a small handful of characters being done justice, is how the movies make it slightly easier to imagine what's going on when re-reading the books. Images on Pottermore handle the rest.

  5. In deathly hallows part 2
    The whole battle Hogwarts is wrong and Voldemort disapparates in Hogwarts grounds

  6. In the book when Harry is burying Dobby he does it naturally with no magic, which makes the mythical creatures see he respects them and pushes them to join the Battle of Hogwarts. In the movie he does the same thing but the creatures don't witness this and never join the fight, which was a tad disappointing.

  7. I do like the films, but I’ve never forgiven them for omitting Neville’s parents at St Mungo’s, or omitting Teddy Lupin at the end ☹️

  8. Watching Neville with his parents in St. Mungos would’ve been so hard to watch I would’ve cried my eyes out

  9. I mean on the real none of that matters after she copped out on the ending – she spent like what a decade getting us ready for Harry to die just to drop a macguffin..

  10. For number 7 it’s better that he broke it because if he would have put it in Dumbledore’s grave then if Harry is disarmed which would probably happen because he is a dark wizard hunter and so who ever disarmed him would be the owner of the elder wand so by breaking it no one could use it and he probably fixed his own wand off screen

  11. The Prisoner of Azkaban in the Leaky Couldron
    In the book: He can only go to Diagon Ally
    In the film: He has to stay in

  12. I actually hate the movies and love the hell out of the books. The biggest reason for this is that the movies introduced the fourth unforgivable curse……………..NO PEEVES!

  13. Book: When Harry Potter killed Voldemort, he was being watched by hundreds of people
    Movie: When he's killing Voldemort he's only with Ron and Hermione (as I can remember)

  14. I really missed Harry revealing to Voldemort Snape’s true loyalty to Lily at the end of DH part 2. I think they should’ve kept that in, and had the fight happen in front of everyone else, like in the book.

  15. – Griffindor winning at Quidditch
    – The quidditch world cup
    – Hermione's buck teeth
    – Hermione's nerdier appearance and nerdier attitude in general (always following rules, always telling the boys they're doing stupid shit.)
    – Hermione not being a straight up mary sue. (She's still extremely impressive at magic way above her level, but she isn't a fucking deus ex machina that bails everyone out of situations every single time like in the movie.)
    – Ron's freckles.
    – Ron's angst at being keeper.
    – "Weasley was born in a bin, he always let's the quaffle in."
    – Then later: "Weasley is our king, he didn't let the quaffle in, weasley can save anything"
    – Hermione and Ron's obvious sexual tension in book 5.
    – Harry's crush on Cho is fleshed out soooooo much more.
    – Krum's crush on Hermione is fleshed out sooooo much more.
    – Harry resisting the imperious curse by fake moody, and by Voldemort, like an absolute boss. This pisses off Voldemort so much.
    – Harry, Ron, Hermione, Fred, and George all cursing Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle at the same time on the train back from Hogwarts after Malfoy insults Diggory.
    – Hermione's revenge on Rita Skeeter.
    – Magical racism against Hagrid for being half giant.
    I could go on but these are the ones I remember.

  16. How about bad casting? Daniel Radcliffe didn't look like Harry Potter and his acting was shoddy. Also, in part 3 when Hermione punched Draco instead of slapping him. I don't know about you guys, but I felt a slap would have been more dramatic and a punch was a bit too Disney.

  17. you forgot to say that maugrey is not the real one in the movie and the book 4 but it has a greeat and complete explanation while the movie just skips it

  18. Book: "Did you put your name into the Goblet of Fire, Harry?", Dumbledore asked calmly
    Movie: "HARRYDIDYAHPUTYAHNAMEINDAGOBLETOFFIYAH?!?"

  19. Books: Harry owns and uses his Invisibility Cloak often
    Movies: Harry forgets he owns an Invisibility Cloak 3/4 of the time.

  20. Maybe I'm remember it wrong but the biggest difference for me is, in the book Harry comes across as a whiny punk that feels everyone is picking on him and Ron protects Harry. but in the Movies Ron is just comedy relief and Harry is this Bad A$$ that gets in everyone's business.

  21. Teddy pupin doesn't become the next harry potter, he becomes something between Harry, Tonks, Lupin and Neville. A metamorphosis major raised by grandmother Andromeda and Harry the godfather. His personality is not shown directly in the books.

  22. I don't understand the big deal about Teddy Lupin. He was only mentioned in the book and he was referenced in the movie.

  23. I hate how in the the movie Harry never had the argument with Voldemort about how Harry living was a accident or how Voldemort never learns you can’t bet love. Also about how since Harry “died” to save the lives of the people at Hogwarts they can’t be harmed by Voldemort and finally the crowd watching Harry and Voldemort’s duel

  24. the one about Harry and Hermione dancing is the silliest entry . and it should've been replaced by the Deathday party from honorable mentions .

  25. Movies missing so much scenes to say, that they just "cannot take everything"!! They destroyed things, that wouldn't take any time to fix.. Harry, when he gives his money to twins, Dumbledore shouting at Harry and many more differences

  26. 10:05 till this day only 5% of the harry potter community ulitmate potter fans knows that harry potter 2 has an credit scene lol.
    With that teacher lockhord in the end…

  27. The movies completely butchered ginny and Ron’s characters. In the books Ginny was this cool girl who was actually smart and useful, while in the movies she does absolutely nothing and is just Harry’s love interest. In the books Ron was a good friend who was a crucial part of the golden trio but in the movies they made him a useless rude person who always fought with his 2 best friends.

  28. In the book Harry meets malfoy first time in a shop where they were getting their robes
    In movie they met while waitng for Prof. Macgonagall

  29. Would you watch a 12 hour Harry Potter movie if it had every detail from the books
    My answer is below

    yes yes YES

  30. Book: Hermione and Ron kiss in the room of requirement.

    Movie: Hermione and Ron kiss in the chamber of secrets.

    I’m I the only one asking?

  31. The whole ending of The Order of the Phoenix, the death room in the Department of Mysteries , and the fight within the DOM altogether being missing in the movies

  32. Books: Non-verbal spells are extremely hard to master, and Harry doesn't yet know how to do it at the end of The Half-Blood Prince.
    Films: Non-verbal spells are used really early on, and nobody seems to care.
    Small thing, I guess, but this always bothered me.

  33. But no one is talking about how attractive Tom Riddle was before he turned into 70 something year old snake lookin ass

  34. Although it is undoubtedly a nice scene, I've always been cynical of the inclusion of the slow dance shared between Harry and Hermione in the first part of Deathly Hallows. Whatever they say to the contrary, I can't help but think that they (the script writers) included it in order to appease those who felt that Harry should have ended up with Hermione romantically. In the book, although there's a radio in their possession, it's only mentioned that Ron uses it so as not to hear any members of his family mentioned, not to have music to break the supposed monotony of their situation

  35. It slowly started to feel like a Twilight movie after part 3. It forgot that the characters are in school uniform under a wizard school…

  36. I don't know why but the way Ron says:
    "My parents decided to go to Romania to visit my brother Charlie," sounds like:
    "Ma parents decided ta go ta Romania to visit ma brudder Charlie"
    It sounds like he's trying to rap or something

  37. Actually, Peeves was cut from the movie because the actor was making all of the kids laugh too much and they couldn't say their lines properly

  38. It's true indeed … I read the novel and watch the movie… Its really confusing because some events are not in the movie… But ist nice

  39. I am really upset by the way made the characters of Ron and Harry in the movies of course sure Dan and Rupert have done a great job playing them but they made sassy and brilliant harry a loser and a really loyal Ron was like a joker in the movies
    In the prisoner of Azhkaban injured Ron said the line :- "If you want to kill Harry you need to kill as to" while in the movies Hermione said this and like this there are several situations were the movies give Hermione much more inportants than Harry In the movies "Bloody hell" was the only line of Ron I think
    And what about Ginny where the book Ginny was brave confidenta awesome and movie ginny was made to kiss boys and as a die hard book potter head I am totally disgusted
    And my dream is that in some time someone will remake the Harry potter movies with the characters and personalities this movie missed
    P.S sorry for my bad english I was really provoked to comment this

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  41. I hate how Voldemort dies in the movie. His book death shows how under all of that power, he is still just a mortal man, whereas the movies tried to make him seem supernatural, which he isn’t.

  42. 1) Harry broke the Elder Wand, dropped the Resurrection Stone in the Dark Forrest, and whatever happened to the Invisibility Cloak, I have no idea.

    2) Teddy Lupin was the son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks and the Godson of Harry Potter. He is able to be seen at the very end of Harry Potter 7 part 2 with his trunk going to Hogwarts.

  43. Lol no.1 should be the fact tht the good guys were losing the battle of hogwarts up until the point all the creatures like elves,centaurs and nagas gave them a helping hand, just reading those pages in the book gave me goosebumps, and i was utterly tilted when the movie completely missed out on it. Funny how later on avatar basically stole the idea and implemented it.

  44. Things from each book that I would've really wanted to see in the films
    Philosopher stone
    1. The troll left on the floor already destroyed by Quirrel
    2. The potion riddle
    3. When they go to the hotel
    4. When Harry says he dreamed of being in a flying motorcycle (he says "like if it was an act of magic) and tells it to Dudley, dudley's friend, petunia and vernon, and vernon replies furiously " there is not such thing as magic".
    5. It is not a thing, but is something Harry thinks. Petunia frequently said, Dudley was a cute angel. Harry used to think he looked like a fat pink pig. Not exactly that, but kind of.
    6. The story of who Ms. Figg was
    7. Dudley's friend
    8. Kids actually being called in order to the sorting hat
    9. All quidditch games
    10. Harry and Draco meet

    Chamber of secrets:
    1. Enchanted elfs dressed as cupido running around in Valentines day
    2. Fred and George messing with Harry cause of the song someone (ginny) composed him
    3. Professor bins telling the story of the chamber of secrets
    4. How Ron, Hermione and Harry encounter
    5. When he sees Draco and Lucius in the Knockturm alley
    Prisioner of Azkaban:
    1. When Fred and George steal Percy's prefect badge
    2. What actually happens with Marge
    3. When Harry listens to Mrs. And. Mr. Weasley talking about Sirius Black
    4. Harry hanging in the Diagon Alley
    5. Hermione buying crookshanks
    6. That they are actually allowed to drink butter beer
    7. Their first time going to hogsmeade when harry stays
    8. Harry under invisibility cloak in hogsmeade
    Ugh. I got bored. Just EVERYTHING

  45. what irks me more about Voldemort's Death, both in the book and the movie, is that the whole series he's built up as this powerful Dark Wizard, it's going to be this huge Duel to bring him down, as we get what is essentially a do-over of the Graveyard Duel. I know, there's a lot of factors at play, but really instead of getting a real Duel, we get the most powerful Dark Wizard being killed by a disarming charm? I'd have been fine if they'd gone with almost any other Spell as long as it was lethal to some degree, but the disarming charm is a non-lethal spell.

    I swear, if Dumbledore v Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 5 is the same deal… that Duel is supposed to be legendary according to HP lore. It better not disappoint.

  46. I think I prefer the movie death of Voldemort, just cause of that soundtrack but also cause it was visually amazing….

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