5 Of The Biggest Changes From The 'Harry Potter' Books To The Screen

5 Of The Biggest Changes From The 'Harry Potter' Books To The Screen

Every film adaption changes things from the source material, these are the biggest ones from Harry Potter.

Every hardcore Harry Potter fan knows that the films are not perfect. There are several things left out or changed in the process of bringing the books to the big screen. If I listed every one of them it would take forever to read so I'm shortening the list to the five biggest.

1. Peeves the Poltergeist

Peeves the Poltergeist was by far one of the best characters in the books. Causing mayhem long before Harry and company arrive at Hogwarts and former Headmasters even tried to oust him from the castle, unsuccessfully. Though he normally does not listen to anyone, he respects the teachers enough to not wreak havoc in their classrooms while they are teaching, he also respects students Fred and George Weasley, troublemakers in their own right, and the one person who he is truly afraid of is the Bloody Baron, the Slytherin House ghost. He is mostly just a menace throughout the entire series, he was instrumental in Umbridge's departure and in the Battle of Hogwarts.

2. Charlie Weasley

Charlie was the only Weasley sibling not shown on screen in any of the eight films, though he is mentioned by name on several occasions. In the Sorcerer's Stone, Charlie, along with his friends, come and take Norbert, Hagrid's pet dragon, after Hagrid is caught with it by Draco Malfoy. Charlie shows up again in the Goblet of Fire when he delivers the dragons first task of the Triwizard Tournament. He was a member of the Second Order of the Phoenix and fought alongside everyone else in the Battle of Hogwarts.

3. The Elder Wand

One of the Deathly Hallows, Warner Bros. got lore surrounding the wand correct. But at the end of Deathly Hallows - Part 2, after Voldemort was defeated and "all was well," the film shows Harry, now the rightful owner of the wand, use it only once to fix his wand, then snapping the Elder Wand in half making it no longer useful. But that's not how it went down in the book. After Harry fixes his broken wand, he returns it to Albus Dumbledore's tomb, where it would stay.

4. Frank and Alice Longbottom

Believed to be dead for most of the series, it came to light in the Order of the Phoenix, that Neville's parents, Frank and Alice Longbottom, were in fact not dead, but permanent residents of St. Mungo's, the wizarding hospital. His parents suffered at the hands of Bellatrix Lestrange in the First Wizarding War, tortured by way of the Cruciatus Curse, which caused permanent damage to both his parents.

5. S.P.E.W.

The Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, established by Hermione Granger in the Goblet of Fire, after witnessing their awful treatment at the Quidditch World Cup. Though it may not be that big of a deal, but it was because of this organization that Ron and Hermione first kiss. In Deathly Hallows - Part 2, they first kiss after they destroy a Horcrux in the Chamber of Secrets, but in the book they first kiss after Ron suggest they free the Elves from the Hogwarts kitchens so that they don't get hurt in battle... even though they end up running into battle anyway (which is one part of the book I wish was featured in the movie).

Honorable Mention

It may not be one of the biggest changes from book to screen, but in my opinion, it is the most infamous. After Harry's name shoots out of the Goblet of Fire, in the book Dumbledore calmly asks Harry if he put his name in the Goblet. In the movie, it was not like that...

As you can see, in the film he was not calm.

Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

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