Harry Potter: Book VS Movie | My first discussion post

Hey Guys! Welcome to my first discussion post!!

Okay, so I have been meaning to do a discussion post since like forever. I wanted a topic and suddenly, out of the blue, this idea popped into my head! And, I decided to do my first discussion post. This happened because of the idea and because of Aria @Book Nook Bits‘ post: How to Write a Discussion Post. I really needed such a post and I came across this one at just the right time. (Also, do check out her blog, it is epic.)

I am forever ranting about how the HP books are so much more better than the movies. And I am going to stick to that in this post as well. While all the actors acted quite well in the movies, it was really the script which brought me to the conclusion that books are much much greater than the movies.

Why are the books better?

Incidents not mentioned in the film:

I. The movies never mentioned that the motorbike that Hagrid rode in the first and last movie was Sirius’.

II. Draco and Harry never met in Diagon Alley in the first movie

III. The movies never clarify that Filch is a Squib.

IV. In the book, Sir Cadogan’s portrait replaces the Fat Lady’s after she’s attacked by Sirius Black. Now, all who have read the book know how Sir Cadogan is.

V. The film doesn’t explain the origin story of The Marauders—James Potter (Prongs), Sirius (Padfoot), Remus Lupin (Moony), and Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail)—or their Marauder’s Map and Lupin’s connection to the Shrieking Shack. Like how can you miss on that? Their friendship is like one of the most heartwarming things about the books.

VI. Dumbledore calmly confronted Harry about putting his name in the Goblet of Fire in the book, whereas in the movie, he was rather angry.

VII. In the books, journalist Rita Skeeter can turn into a beetle and is an unregistered animagus. The movies also do not explain how Hermione shut Skeeter up.

VIII. S.P.E.W. isn’t mentioned in the films.

IX. After Harry won the Triwizard Tournament, he gave his 1000 galleon winnings to Fred and George so they could start Weasleys Wizard Wheezes—which isn’t there in the film.

X. Quidditch is barely mentioned in the fifth film. The movie-watchers do not know that Harry, Fred and George were banned from playing Quidditch, nor do they know that Ron was the Keeper in his fifth year as well.

XI. It’s revealed in the books, but not the movies, that Professor Trelawney’s prophecy about The Chosen One who will defeat Voldemort—”born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies”—could have also been applied to Neville Longbottom.

XII. The movie-watchers also do not know that Harry inherited Grimmauld Place and Kreacher in the book after Sirius Black’s death.

XIII. Harry’s farewell with the Dursleys is omitted from the film, including Dudley thanking Harry for saving his life. And they should have put that!

XIV. Harry breaks the Elder Wand in half at the end of the film. But in the book, he uses it to fix his wand, and then returns it to Dumbledore’s grave.

Characters not mentioned in the film:

I. Peeves!: How could they not mention Peeves? He is literally one of the most interesting characters in the book. HOW COULD THEY NOT MENTION HIM??!!

II. Winky: Winky was another important character not mentioned in the book. None of the movie- watchers know of the struggles of Winky.

III. Teddy Lupin: Movie-watchers do not know that Remus and Tonks had had a baby and nor do they know that Harry was godfather to him.

IV. Charlie Weasley: I ask this question to all movie-watchers: Do you know who he is?

V. Professor Binns: Another question to the movie watchers: Did you know that a ghost taught at Hogwarts?

VI. Tonks’ parents: Tonks’ parents have also been omitted from the films


Okay, I will stop here. I have ranted quite a bit, but trust me I have restricted myself. There are so many incidents and so many characters more that the films have missed out on. If I would have gone on then the post would have been 10k words long!

Conclusion:

The movies, even though having excellent actors, could not live up to the books. There were just too many plotholes and any person who has read the books knows that the movies are just too bad.

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Thank you for reading my first discussion post!!

Share your thoughts on the topic with me in the comments!! Have you read the books and watched the movies or have done just one of the two?? Let me know in the comments!

Also, do you have any tips for discussion posts? How did you think this post was? Tell me in the comments! Also, Cherelle, you need to do your first discussion post now; I have done it!! Let me know in the comments!

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  1. RIDDHI YOU DID IT! That was breathtaking – the work of a true fan and extremely detailed! Kudos to you on your first one! Here are many many virtual trophies and shiny things for you: 🏆🏆🏆🏆💎💎🌟🌟

    Ahhhh now I am feeling the pressure! 🤪 (just kidding but it’s a good thing!) I’m definitely going to check out Aria’s post, thanks for the useful reference. I hope to write something by the time November is over haha but we’ll see how it goes! 😊

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    1. Thanks Cherelle! And I am sure that you will be able to do one ASAP! Also if u want I cud share a few discussion posts and a list of topics I found on WordPress before I did the post with you over email…?

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      1. Oh gosh I would be so grateful! That is super sweet ahh…❤ Thank you so much! 😊🥰

        (Shall I leave my email here or you can go to my site? 😊)

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    1. Whaaaaaaaaat?!?!! You have to read it right now! Also u aren’t the only person. Hayden, another blogger if you know her, hasn’t read them either, although I don’t like that at all. But you have to read it!!!!!!!

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  2. It’s hard for movie adaptations to capture the essence of the books, to be sure. I really wish that the Harry Potter
    movies gave more background on the Marauders too! I wish Rowling herself wrote a series about their lives, lol.

    All that being said, I agree that the actors performed well. There’s a few moments throughout that made me want to cry.

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  3. Yeah, I definitely agree with all of this. I don’t think it’s the fault of the filmmakers though. A 400, 500, or even 700-page book is just too long to be converted into a movie without losing a lot of content. Jane Austen fans can confirm this. In the case of the Harry Potter series, the books are so intricate, and all the details are important to mystery, the world building, and the development of each character.

    I am not a super HP fan, so perhaps I don’t get an opinion on his, but what I found “meh” about the movies was the way Hogwarts was portrayed as so dark and grim, with blue light everywhere. I know it’s full of witches, wizards, and ghosts, but in books, I experienced it as basically a homey, cozy place.

    Other than that, I think the filmmakers did a fantastic job considering the huge task that faced them. The casting was really good and the actors all did a great job. But yes, of course, a movie can never live up to a beloved book.

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  4. You summed this up excellently. I value the movies for the fact that they brought HP to a much wider audience, but there is so much lacking. The books are just so masterful in the world building. Thank you for putting words to this. Very well done!

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