10 Points to Gryffindor if You Noticed These!
Harry Potter Week is nearing its end over on WatchMojo, MsMojo and WatchMojoUK, so we figured it was time to continue what we started last year with our list of the Top 10 Shocking Differences Between the Harry Potter Movies and Books because let’s be honest, there really are too many to count in one video! For this list, we’ll be looking at three more staggering differences between the movie adaptations and the novels. These differences can come from any facet, whether they altered character motivations or backgrounds, changed story developments, omitted scenes, and anything in between. If you don’t see something you think should have been on this list, be sure to check out the full video linked HERE and our original video of the Top 10 Differences Between the Harry Potter Movies and Books right here:
#3: Book: Dumbledore Is Given a Dark and Evil Background VS Movie: Dumbledore’s Background Is Barely Mentioned
The “Harry Potter” series began with a rather black and white outlook on the Wizarding World, but the lines were increasingly blurred as the series progressed. Throughout the final novel, we learn that the otherwise pure and noble Dumbledore had some rather supremacist ideals regarding wizards. He partnered with an extremely dark and powerful wizard named Grindelwald, and the two planned to make Muggles submissive to the superior wizarding race. He also resented his reclusive sister Ariana and may have accidentally murdered her in a duel with his own brother. These events are quickly glossed over, or omitted entirely, in the film, and it significantly cheapens and purifies the otherwise complex character of Dumbledore.
#2: Book: The Prophecy May Have Been About Neville VS Movie: This Is Never Explained
Chalk Neville up as another casualty of the significant cuts to character development, as one of the most tantalizing aspects of his backstory is completely absent from the films. In the books, it’s explained that Neville may have been the subject of Trelawney’s prophecy, which instigated Voldemort’s attack on Harry. Trelawney drops various clues throughout her prophecy to which Neville fits, including his parents thrice defying Voldemort, and Neville being born at the end of July. While the two boys fit the description, Voldemort chose to attack Harry as he, like Voldemort, was a half-blood. But who needs that kind of information, right?
#1: Book: Ron Is Intelligent and Brave VS Movie: Ron is Spineless
The Weasleys really get the short end of the stick in the movies. Not only is Percy’s character arc completely omitted, but most of Ron’s redeeming qualities are either cut or given to other characters, leaving him a whimpering, goofy mess. For example, rather than defending Hermione when Snape calls her an “insufferable know-it-all,” he agrees with him. Another notable example is the Devil’s Snare scene. In the book, he tells Hermione to use magic against the Snare, whereas in the movie he simply screams like a cowardly buffoon. We suppose somebody involved wanted Ron to serve as the comic relief, because that’s really all he is in the movies, and it’s a damn shame.
These are three of the biggest differences between the Harry Potter books and films, but you can find out the rest of the list in our Another Top 10 Shocking Differences Between the Harry Potter Movies and Books video below! Harry Potter Week is almost over so don’t forget to vote on our Top 10 Harry Potter Moments HERE before the videos come out this Sunday!