When I was 11 I first discovered the magical world of Harry Potter and quickly fell in love with the boy wizard, becoming obsessed with the world and those that inhabited it. It was the book that helped me through a really difficult time in my life and helped me to find my love of reading.
There’s just something about the books that captivated me, left me longing for more and I always loved J K Rowling’s world. It’s the detail that has gone in the stories, the fact that you can almost believe the world to be real and the likeability of the characters.
I recently finished re-reading the seven books in the series, I’ve read them about 6 or 7 times and every time I find myself noticing different aspects. For me the books are absolutely timeless, they never lose their effect and I am still gripped and invested in the characters.
But I did notice thing sthat I’ve never really thought about before – the major differences between the books and the films.
Here are seven.
Missing – Peeves – last seen teasing the first years at Hogwarts //
The first time I read the Harry Potter books I was obsessed with the lovable roguish ghost and was really disappointed when he wasn’t in the movie. I understand that he doesn’t play a huge role in the overall plot but for me, he was one of the best characters. I know that harsh choices have to be made when transitioning a book to screen, but he would have added some extra Harry Potter humour.
The Gillyweed deed //
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which character helped Harry by providing him with gillyweed, so that he could breathe underwater? Hands up please.
How many of you said that it was Neville Longbottom? To some extent you are right because in the film, it was.
I mean it makes sense, he was the student who was most skilled at herbology. Yet in the books, it’s a more surprising character.
In the book, it’s actually Dobby that gives Harry the gillyweed.
Money, Wormtail, Padfot and Prongs –just the men who founded the marauders map? Or slightly more important characters?
The film has to feature the marauders map because it played a fairly big role in the plot of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Yet the film doesn’t even touch upon the backstory.
The names of the four founders of the marauders map are actually nicknames of four of the important characters from the series, can you guess who?
Money – Professor Lupin
Wormtail – Peter Pettigrew
Padfot – Sirius Black
Prongs – James Potter
Yup, it was Harry’s father and his father’s best friends that founded and created that map.
Perfect Potter not a prefect //
There’s a bit of awkwardness at one point in the book series, when Hermione and Ron find out that they have been made prefects. I loved this plot twist because Harry is always the centre of attention and it was nice to see Ron get some praise.
It could have been you //
In the later books the prophecy that Madam Trelawney gave to Dumbledore is a huge aspect of the story but in the film the prophecy is barely even touched upon. It was the first prophecy that Trelawney gave and is the main reason why she stayed at Hogwarts.
“The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches… born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies… and the Dark Lord will mark him as his equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not… and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives… the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies….”
Initially Dumbledore wasn’t sure if this prophecy linked to Harry Potter or Neville Longbottom, as both were born around the end of August. However, it later becomes apparent that it is Harry Potter. It is the reason that Dumbledore took Harry under his wing and knew that he had to be the one to defeat Voldemort. Interestingly, Neville still plays a huge part in the overall battle of Hogwarts.
Filch – the Squib //
The Hogwarts caretaker has a dark side that everyone can see but did you ever wonder why he doesn’t use magic to cleam? Well the answer is pretty simple, he can’t because he can’t do magic. A squib is essentially a magicless child of magical parents and Filch is one of these.
Hermione’s campaign to free the House Elf //
In the books Hermione has a passion for the rights of others and spends much time attempting to the free the House Elves. In the very last book during the Battle of Hogwarts, Ron suggests that she could go and help them get out of the kitchen and it is at this point she kisses him. This activism isn’t mentioned in the film and in the end they kiss in the Chamber of Secrets.