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.

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The Key To Ending Your First Draft Blues

Or at least getting through the next chapter with your hair intact

Ah, the first draft. We’ve all been there as writers. The day we decide to turn a blank word document into a 70,000 word (or more) masterpiece. Or, at least, that’s always the aim. Often as first-time writers, we go into the experience blind, learning as we go, and never really knowing whether what we’re doing is right or wrong.

It can be frustrating at times, as most first drafts are a test of sanity. As somebody who had written ten first draft books (nearing eleven) in six years, I have had my fair share of ups and downs when it comes to first drafts.

My first book ever took me four years just to write it, I started at the age of sixteen and finished by the time I was twenty. A year later I had written another. I then wrote one in thirty days, and nowadays I write about three to four books a year.

My point is, there is no science to writing. It is all about learning how to do it, and finding the methods that suit you best. I just wish I could have had someone to tell me all of that when I started.

With that in mind, here are my five pieces of advice on how to write your first draft:

#5 Embrace the Terribleness

The first draft is always the worst version of any story. The sooner you accept it, the easier it is to move forward with your work. So you misspell a few words so bad that even Word can't help you. That shouldn't stop you from going with the flow. Your dialogue will feel hammier than a "Star Wars" film, but you'll clean it up the second time around. You're not expected to create a masterpiece on the first go, so just enjoy the ride.

#4 Suffer for your Art

Writing can be hard. I've said it enough times already, but it's true. You have to be prepared to suffer for it. The reason my first book took four years to write was because I didn't commit to it. The reason I wrote 80,000 words in thirty days was because I committed myself to write at least 1,000 words a day. Now I average 3,000 daily. Is it painful to force 3,000 words to the page every day? Yes, but that's what you have to do to get the draft finished.

#3 Take your Time

Now I know this goes against what I just said, but it's important that you go at the pace you want to. I was happier writing 1,000 words a day, but I was eighteen then. At twenty-three, I'll never get everything done going at 1,000 words a day. Commit yourself to writing every day, even if its only 200 words. Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. You'll get to the finishing line quicker if you jog a steady pace rather than adopting a sprint and rest mentality.

#2 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Yes, it's important to remember what colour your character's hair is, which one is taller, and what weapon they are carrying. Although with that said, it is important to keep going forward. In my editing, I go over everything with a fine comb, often with a character profile at my side. Don't get bogged down giving every little detail the first time around, you'll have time for that later. The hardest thing is getting it down the first time.

#1 Keep the Story Going at All Costs

This kind of goes without saying, but it is by far the most important step for me. You have to keep moving forward. It doesn't matter if you have to use the biggest Deus ex machina to get your plot going again, you can always edit it away in the re-draft. I use a technique called automatic writing, which means that I don't plan every detail of a chapter. I simply write it as I go. This allows me to give my characters natural reactions as events often come as a surprise to me too.

Obviously it is good to have a rough idea of what is meant to happen, but as long as you can get your characters from A to B, then you are half way there. The other half will be polishing it to the point you can see your reflection.

Good luck, and happy writing.

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4 Steps To Writing a Haiku

It's Fun I Promise

You've probably had to write a haiku for English sometime in your school career. You most likely found it boring, or difficult, or just plain stupid. I am going to try and show you a more fun way to write a haiku.

1. The Basics: What You Should Know

In case you don't know, a haiku is a Japanese poem that is only three lines long. It is usually taught that the syllables in each line should go 5-7-5. But really, as long as there are 17 syllables or less in the three lines, it's a haiku.

2. Write to Get a Reaction

When you write a haiku, you are aiming to get one of three reactions: Aaaahhh, aha!, or ha ha! For example...

Aaahhh: Laying in bed/dog next to me under blanket/my furry heater

Aha!: Life is too short to love people/who do not deserve/your whole heart

Ha ha!: I'm on the toilet/and my stomach drops/the roll is empty

3. Create an Image

In your writing, you want to create a new image in your readers mind with each line. Take my first haiku for example. I first talk about laying in bed. Then, I say there is a dog next to me under the blanket, so you picture a lump under the covers. In my last line, I call him a furry heater so you imagine a heater covered in fur. The image you create is more important than the syllables.

4. Performing

Lastly, you need to think about performing your haiku. As always, when you're speaking in front of a room of people, you need to project so the whole room can hear you and you need to make eye contact. Another thing to remember is the tone of your voice while you are saying your poem. Dramatic pauses can keep people on the edge of their seat, waiting for what you're going to say next. You also have to remember to be confident! And if you're not confident, fake it till you make it!

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