Ever new stories don’t come up easily. There always arrives a point of a writer’s block for every writer. And the first refugee which a writer would seek at that point would be towards the existing literature, so that one can give one’s touch to the existing version and can arrive at a personalized one. When it comes to cinema, visualizing existing novels is a common practice performed. And visuals ever sound deceiving as the film world is all within the three hour limits, whereas the book is open to infinity, devoid of time constraints.
So movie replications of existing novels cannot contain the entire essence of the book they adapt, and hence sound ambiguous at many points, when a reader, who has read the book version, watches the film. Only two films have successfully gripped any viewers who has read the book versions of the film. One being “The Godfather trilogy” and the other bring “The Lord of the Rings trilogy”. And there was one film, which managed to grip the viewers to an extent owing to the magical element in it. And that is the JK Rowling penned “The Harry Potter Series”. But there were few missing elements which any reader would have come out with whilst watching the film. Let’s take a look of some of those:-
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. J.K. Rowling once again threw a puzzle at her characters in the Goblet of Fire. But here Harry has no help, trapped 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.
09) Book: Animagi are explained
Movie: Animagi are not really explained
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.
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! Understanding what an animagus is even gives significance to the Potter family’s patronuses. Since James became a stag.
08) Book: Peter Pettigrew Is Strangled to Death by His Silver hand
Movie: Peter Pettigrew Does Not Die
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 manor in the Deathly Hallows, Pettigrew is all that stands in their way. He briefly stops himself from killing son of his best friend. But this proves 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!
07) Books: Harry Replaces the Elder Wand in Dumbledore’s Tomb
Movie: Harry Breaks the Elder Wand and Throws It Away
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.
06) Book: House-elves Are Mistreated, But Play Vital Roles
Movie: House-elves Are Mostly Unimportant, Unseen
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, 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 as shown in the film. 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.
05) Book – Harry & Hermione Miss Ron
Movie – Harry & Hermione Slow Dance to Cheer Up
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. 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 cheerfulness they hadn’t felt for quite some time. 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.
04) 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.
03) Book – Peeves, Ludo Bagman, Charlie Weasley & Teddy Lupin All Exist
Movie: Peeves, Ludo Bagman, Charlie Weasley & Teddy Lupin Don’t Appear
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. But, an especially upsetting omission is Teddy Lupin, son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks. 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.
02) Book – Various Characters visit St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies
Movie – St. Mungo’s Never Appears
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 many forgot about him. Other longterm residents are Neville’s parents, who were tortured into insanity with the cruciatus curse by Voldemort’s minions. 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.
01) Book – Half-Blood Tom Riddle Was Conceived, thanks to a Love Potion
Movie – Voldemort’s Parentage is Largely Glossed Over
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. 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.
There are plenty of other details missing in the filmy versions, for movies can’t match the true essence of the book version. And no wonder, that people visit the book version to get the full backend details of a visual for visuals can be deceiving and ambiguous!