What makes Harry Potter different from other books

Everything that was better in the "Harry Potter" films than in the books - and everything that was really bad

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Sometimes the film is BUT better than the book.

It has been 21 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released and 17 years since the first film premiered. Since then, many people have compared the books and films.

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Both have a very special place in my heart, so I can confidently say: Yes, sometimes the Harry Potter films are better than the books ... * pause to take a breath * uuuuuuuuu and sometimes not. Let's look at a few places to support my thesis. First:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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1. Better in the film: Der Spiegel Nerhegeb only shows Harry's parents.

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When Harry looks in the mirror in the books, Harry sees his entire extended family. In the films, however, he only sees his parents. By limiting yourself to the classic family photo here, you add even more meaning to Harry's desire for a life he can't get.

2. Worse in the movie: Shortening the Talking Hat's song.

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The song of the talking hat is not only important because it gives a brief overview of each individual house. It's also relevant because the song changes as the series progresses to show what is happening at Hogwarts. It would have been great to hear a different version of the song in each film.

3. Better in the film: omit the bottle puzzle on the way to the philosopher's stone.

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Leaving out the last bottle puzzle in the film was a good decision. Some might say now that this is why Hermione is less of a hero - and that's true. But it is not necessary for the overall story. We already know from the test with the devil's snare that she has it all.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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4. Better in the movie: Professor McGonagall tells the students about the Chamber of Secrets.

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In the book, Professor Binns, spirit and history teacher rolled into one, explained the Chamber of Secrets to nervous sophomores. But because he doesn't appear in the films, Professor McGonagall does it there instead. Since McGonagall doesn't give a shit about the Chamber of Secrets, the discovery that the Chamber was reopened is even crazier, after all, it's never wrong!

5. Worse in the movie: making Ginny's role smaller.

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Ginny is super tough in the books, but she's really crazy on the Quidditch pitch, throwing batweights at anyone who crosses her path. The role they envisioned for Ginny in the films, however, is a much quieter, somewhat more boring one that just doesn't live up to the character's idea.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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6. Better in the film: The song “Double Trouble” with the choir.

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The song with "Worse, worse than always" (double double toil and trouble) is really good! Setting Shakespeare's words to music is so damn clever. This also explains why, in Merlin's name, someone comes up with the idea of ​​bringing a toad to school and not a cat or an owl. No offense, Trevor.

7. Worse in the film: The marauders are not explained.

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For all the beautiful landscape shots and fun digressions that we get to see in the third part, something had to be deleted. It was an odd choice, however, to save on characters as important as the Marauders. There should have been at least one line explaining that James, Sirius, Remus, and Peter are indeed the marauders. Unfortunately, that really messes up the cool plot of the third book a bit. And no, for Lupine to say "mischief done" is just not enough. More marauder stuff doesn't hurt anyone, come on.

8. Worse in the movie: To leave out Gryffindor finally winning the Quidditch tournament in Harry's third year.

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Why didn't we see the Gryffindors win the Quidditch tournament? OLIVER WOOD DESERVED SOMETHING BETTER!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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9. Better in the film: The performances of the schools at the Triwizard Tournament.

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I'm all for the magical Durmstrang ship and the huge Beauxbatons carriage, but to top it off and make an even bigger appearance in the Great Hall is just great. This applies literally to Durmstrang.

10. Worse in the movie: Dumbledore yells at Harry after the goblet of fire spat out his name.

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The quote in the book reads: "Did you put your name in the goblet of fire, Harry?" He asked quietly. CALM. This scene is totally atypical of the Dumbledore we know and love. Who always remains level-headed and prefers to listen than to act violently. Why would he even attack Harry for it? If you're scared someone is after him, why are you pushing him against a damn closet? Absolutely illogical.

11. Better in the movie: The Dragon Trial in The Goblet of Fire.

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The entire implementation of the Triwizard Tournament in the films makes it even better - especially the first task with the dragons. I mean, sure, a kite would fly after someone on a broomstick. That was cool to see!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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12. Worse in the movie: omitting Neville's parents.

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When our trio and Ginny visit Mr. Weasley at St. Mungo's Hospital, they inadvertently run into not only Gilderoy Lockhart, but Neville's parents as well. It's such an important part of Neville's backstory that I wish we could have seen it in the movie too. We all need more Matthew Lewis.

13. Better in the movie: Sirius accidentally calls Harry James.

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Just before Sirius dies, he says to Harry, "That was good!" But in the movie they add a little word that makes a HUGE difference: "That was good, James!" By mistaking Harry for his father, Sirius added a lot of depth to their relationship and it makes me cry even more while looking at it.

14. Better in the movie: That Harry was possessed during the battle at the Ministry of Magic.

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There is a fight between Voldemort and Dumbledore at the Ministry of Magic that is very close to the book. Until the point when Harry is possessed by Voldemort. Basically, in the book, Harry asks for death when he is possessed because that is how he could be with Sirius. This death plea drives Voldemort out of him. In the film we see him defending himself a little longer and using the power of love and friendship to save himself. It's a subtle change; but seeing Harry struggle to stay alive instead of just wishing for death makes the scene a lot better.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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15. Better in the movie: The glow of the wands.

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Having everyone raise their wands when tragedy strikes has become so popular that it has practically become a rule. I almost forgot that it wasn't in the books! What a great addition to fight the darkness with light!

16. Worse in the movie: Burning down the burrow.

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It just doesn't make sense for the burrow to burn down. The whole sequence feels like a dream and it just sucks. We have long known that everyone and everything is in danger. An intact burrow would also be helpful to explain later that Ron is leaving Hermione and Harry - just as it was in the books.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

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17. Better in the movie: Hermione erasing her parents' memories.

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When Hermione clears her parents memories so they won't run after her or worry about her, it's a "feels so bad it's great" moment. It shows one aspect of Hermione's unique situation of having Muggle parents - which was never spelled out in the books.

18. Worse in the movie: omitting Dudley's change of heart.

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When we talk about Harry's family, it's a real nuisance that we can't see Dudley's change of heart in the movies (it's especially annoying because the deleted scene was so close to being included!). In the books, Dudley stands up for Harry in his own way, saying, "I don't think you are useless." With this, JK Rowling reiterates her point that people are not always what they seem and have the ability to change and grow. The change of heart is so great that Harry even makes sure that his family visits Dudley's every year. Well done Big D!

19. Better in the movie: The dance of Harry and Hermione.

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They added such a cute moment to the movies when Harry and Hermione are so dejected that Harry turns on a song so they can just dance. The whole scene - from the song to the acting - is the purest perfection. It's so cute to see their friendship without romance in any way to create more drama.

20. Worse in the movie: cutting out Pettigrew's death.

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There is an interesting twist in the books that Peter Pettigrew still owes Harry something because Harry saved him. So when he tries to kill Harry with his new, silver hand - a symbol of how much he has done for Voldemort - it attacks him and he strangles himself with it. So Peter P. dies by his own hand, what is quite a poetic form of justice. In the film he's just stunned - quite an anticlimax.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

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21. Better in the movie: Harry faces Snape in the Great Hall.

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A great addition to the films is that Harry reveals himself to Headmaster Snape in the Great Hall. "How dare you stand where it was?" That's such a great line of dialogue !! That moment makes Snape's memories of being Dumbledore's right-hand man, and thus a surprising ally of Harry throughout the series, an even more dramatic moment.

22. Worse in the movie: Treating the Slytherins like trash before the Battle of Hogwarts.

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One of the main points about HP is that not everyone is angry. This is why it's so shocking that McGonagall's offer that any student old enough can fight has been changed. Instead, all Slytherins are lumped together and sent to the dungeons by McGonagall.

23. Worse in the movie: The final fight between Voldemort and Harry

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First of all, can we talk about that weird near-kiss before they jump off the side of the building? It's so strange. Additionally, it's far more impressive in the books that Voldemort dies a normal death - mostly because it happens through his own curse. One of Voldemort's notorious quotes is: "There is nothing worse than death." Simply letting it evaporate into nothing robs the film of the fact that it was really human and not a mythical creature. Not to mention Harry reprimanding him for not understanding love. A simpler ending would have worked better.

24. Worse in the movie: breaking the elder wand.

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In the book, Harry repairs his old wand with the elder wand and then brings it back to Dumbledore's grave. In the film, HARRY BREAKS THE MOST POWERFUL MAGIC WAND LIKE A TOOTHPICK. Did he fix his other wand? You just toss something so powerful into a ravine? What's wrong with you Harry James Potter?

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