by Michael Ford
Everybody who has read the Harry Potter books has loved it to some degree or another, so when Warner Brothers started making the movies, everyone was super exited to finally see their favorite books come to life on the big screen. They were great movies, but hardcore fans noticed some things were different, or missing in comparison to the books. I am one of those fans, so you probably don’t want to watch one of them with me, as I’ll be complaining the whole time. I should start off by saying that I am strongly opinionated in this matter, being an avid fan of the Harry Potter books. Please know that this is just my opinion, and I won’t destroy you if you don’t agree. I also might let my passion get the better of me during this article, possibly causing me to go off topic on long rants.
Please bear with me during these times. So, without further adieu, the Top Ten Things that the Harry Potter movies got wrong.
WARNING: SUPER SPOILERS
10. Rictusempra Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Okay, I’m just going to get this out of the way now. I don’t know why, but this spell makes me so mad. In the dueling club, Harry uses Rictusempra on Draco Malfoy. Now this is where it changes. In the book, Draco Malfoy doubles over laughing when struck. That’s because Rictusmepra IS THE STINKIN’ TICKLING CHARM!!! Then in the movies Harry Potter uses Rictusempra and Malfoy FLIES ACROSS THE ROOM!!! Just..Just… Why?!??! Why would you change that? THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH IT!!! IT’S THE TICKLING CHARM!!! NOT THE SEND-YOU-FLYING-ACROSS-THE-ROOM CHARM! It just…It just…Ugh.
9. The Story of Ariana Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2)
This immensely tragic and important story was Dumbledore’s big secret, and was behind much of his motivation and back story.
However, in the movie, it gets no recognition whatsoever. The only time we even see Ariana is in a painting, and that’s it. Dumbledore’s back story in general was underdeveloped in the movies. In the books, it was one of the major internal conflicts, causing Harry to doubt everything he thought he knew about Dumbledore.
8. Mundungus Fletcher (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1)
While Mundungus is probably nobody’s favorite character, he still should have been brought up at least once in Order of the Phoenix or Half Blood Prince. Instead, we got absolutely nothing in movies 5 and 6, and had him thrown in during Deathly Hallows Part:1 just so he can steal the locket and get Moody killed.For anyone who hasn’t read the books, it must have been quite confusing, introducing a character so far into the story, giving him a crucial role in the plot, and having him disappear just as quickly.
7. Ginny Weasly (movies 2-8)
Ginny Weasly, in my opinion was absolutely nothing like she was in the books. The books portrayed Ginny Weasly as a powerful and strong female character: courageous, smart, and independent. The movies represented little of that, and instead turned her character into little more than a damsel in distress whose only purpose was to kiss Harry. What ever happened to her awesome Bat Bogey Hex? What happened to her amazing aim with spells? Whatever happened to her epic jinxing abilities?
6. The Harry and Hermione dance scene(Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1)
Again…Just…Why? Why would you add this scene into the movie? It wasn’t even in the book! I understand leaving something out because it won’t fit the run time, but adding a 5 minute scene?!?! There was no reason. In the books, you pretty much knew by book four that Harry and Hermione were JFF’s(Just friends forever). However, for reasons unbeknownst to me, the movies decided to play with the idea of a partial love triangle between the three. This dance scene was awkward, boring, and had no impact on the plot what so ever. The worst thing is that despite the fact that they split the movie into two parts, they still didn’t get all the details from the book. But they have time for this?!?!?!?!?!?
5. Dumbledore and the GABLETAFAR (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Many a Potterhead will recognize what I’m talking about when I bring this up. For those who don’t, let me fill you in. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry is chosen for the Triwizard tournament, and afterwards, Dumbledore asks Harry if he is the one who put his name in. Now here’s where it changes. In the books, it clearly states that Dumbledore asks the question calmly. In the movies, however…
4. Dobby (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1)
Oh Dobby, Dobby, Dobby. How poorly handled he was in the movies. The books portrayed Dobby as a cute, loveable creature with big green eyes. In the movies, he looks like a cross between E.T. and Yoda. He’s still kind of cute, but nowhere near the adorable creature we were given in the books. Everything Dobby does in the books after Chamber of Secrets is done by Neville in the movies. The gillyweed? The Room of Requirement? That was all Dobby, not Neville. The movies completely ignored him until Deathly Hallows, where they stuck him in a scene where he was never wanted just so they could kill him later on.
3. S.P.E.W. (Movies 4-8)
Yep, that’s right the movies have committed yet another major crime against house elves. The Society for the protection of Elfish Welfare was completely omitted from the movies, and everything associated with it as well. Winky was never even mentioned, along with everything else that house elves did at Hogwarts. It was a major character trait for Hermione, and leaving it out detracts from her character in a way. It showed how she was willing to fight for what she believed in, she was willing to go against the rules. It was a point of conflict between her and Ron, and the movie lost that as well. They even had to change the kiss scene in Deathly Hallows since S.P.E.W. was the reason she even kissed Ron in the first place!
2. Voldemort’s death(Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1)
Like Dumbledore and the GABLETAFAR, this change caused an uproar among fans. I hate it as well. In the books, during the final battle of Hogwarts, Harry manages to kill Voldemort, and his dead body falls to the ground. Just like that. No flash of light, no loud bang, Voldemort simply dies. However, in the movie, the special effects department took this opportunity to show off their skills. Instead of simply dying, Voldemort…transforms into butterflies? I have asked it before, I will ask it once more. WHY!?!! Bellatrix gets the same treatment, but it doesn’t make any sense that she dissolves and no other death eaters do. The fact that Voldemort dies like a mortal in the books is incredibly symbolic! It proves that despite everything he tried, despite all his horcruxes, despite all his power, despite all his evil, he was still mortal. That is powerful, that is symbolic, that is profound! But NOOOOOOO! Let’s just have him dissolve into butterflies!
1. The Final Battle (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2)
The “Battle of Hogwarts” was, without a doubt, my favorite chapter from the Harry Potter series, and as a result, I read it over countless times. And in my reading, I practically memorized the epic sequence of events that occurred during that awesome chapter. And when they brought that scene to film, I was absolutely brimming with excitement at finally seeing something I had been reliving in my head over and over again on the big screen. But it was nothing like I imagined it would be. Don’t get me wrong. It was still awesome! But it was still completely different. Where were the house Elves? Where were the Centaurs? Where were the hippogriffs? So many of the most amazing scenes from the book were completely dropped from the movie. I loved the battle in the book because everyone had their moment to shine. Neville and proffesor sprout used their Herbology skills to entangle the death eaters in vines! Firenze and Bane brought an army of Centaurs to fight the Death eaters! Buckbeak flew around the Giant’s heads to keep them from destroying the castle! professor Trelawney hurled crystal balls across the great hall! Grawp went against a giant twice his size in hand-to-hand combat! Peeves dive-bombed the death eaters with snarglepuff pods! The headless hunters bravely charged into battle! Aragog’s descendants stormed the castle in swarms! ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THAT WAS IN THE MOVIE!!!!! WHY NOT!?!?! We had time for an extra long Nagini chase through the castle but no time for any of that other awesome stuff!?!?! Fred didn’t even get a proper death scene!!! Harry just sees his body and is just like: “Oh, that’s sad” and that’s it! Fred was such an amazing character, and to give his death such an insignificant role irritates me. I’ll say it again, I still thought the Final Battle was good, but I’m just disappointed that my favorite part of the entire series wasn’t represented the way I had dreamed it would be ever since I read Deathly Hallows.
What changes from page to screen left you in a steaming rage? Please leave your opinion in the comments, and don’t forget to give me some ideas for other articles I could write, because I’m all out of ideas.