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  • J.K. Rowling's epic book series is so magical that it would be impossible to include it all on screen.

  • Welcome to WatchMojo.com,

  • and today we're counting down our picks for

  • the top 10 differences between the Harry Potter novels and movies.

  • Hmm...

  • Difficult, very difficult.

  • For this list we are looking at characters,

  • stories or pretty much anything that was left out when the Harry Potter books became movies.

  • Since we're talking about major plot points and characters,

  • you might want to put your extendable ears away.

  • And do some light reading and watching.

  • [Book opens]

  • This... is light?

  • Exspoilalarmus,

  • and by that we mean: Spoiler Alert.

  • Ron you've spoiled everything!

  • Number 10 - Book: There's a Sphinx in the maze. Movie: No Sphinx.

  • The Harry Potter novels offer some great riddle solving that unfortunately didn't make the final cut.

  • For example, in the Philosopher's stone,

  • Hermione has to solve a potions riddle to help Harry confront professor Quirrell.

  • Tell me...

  • What do you see?

  • J.K. Rowling once again threw a puzzle at her characters in the Goblet of Fire.

  • But here Harry has no help,

  • trapped alone in a hedge maze, during the Triwizard tournament.

  • While the movie version only has Harry escaping from some scary shrubbery,

  • the book's maze houses menacing creatures.

  • One such creature is a Sphinx that will only let Harry pass if he correctly answers a riddle.

  • This character inclusion reminded readers of Rowling's background in mythology,

  • while also suggesting that maybe Hermione rubbed off on Harry.

  • Me, books, and cleverness. There are more important things.

  • Friendship...

  • and bravery.

  • And Harry,

  • just be careful.

  • Number 9 - Book: Animagi are explained. Movie: Animagi are not really explained.

  • Please, sir...

  • An animagus is a wizard who elects to turn into an animal,

  • a werewolf has no choice.

  • Do you know the difference between a werewolf and an animagus?

  • If you've only seen the third Harry Potter movie,

  • Hermione's explanation is all you get.

  • However, the books go into greater detail about the process of turning into an animal

  • and the laws surrounding it.

  • We also learn that James Potter, Sirius Black, and Peter Pettigrew became unregistered animagi

  • to accompany Remus Lupin whenever he transformed into a werewolf.

  • And that they created the Marauder's map to help sneak out of Hogwarts.

  • Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs...

  • are proud to present...

  • the Marauder's map.

  • We owe them so much.

  • So, if you didn't read the books it might have been confusing when Pettigrew became a rat,

  • Sirius a dog,

  • and even McGonagall a cat.

  • Though you know she did it legally!

  • That was bloody brilliant!

  • Oh thank you for that assessment Mr. Weasley.

  • Understanding what an animagus is even gives significance to the Potter family's patronuses.

  • Since James became a stag.

  • No, my patronus is a stag.

  • Number 8 - Book: Peter Pettigrew is strangled to death by his silver hand. Movie: Peter Pettigrew does not die.

  • Thank you, master. Thank you!

  • Remember when Voldemort gives Peter Pettigrew a shiny new hand,

  • after he sacrifices his real one revive his master?

  • The books prove that this wasn't just a gift.

  • As Harry and company try to escape from Malfoy manor in the Deathly Hallows,

  • Pettigrew is all that stands in their way.

  • Let her go.

  • Shut up! Get back!

  • He briefly stops himself from killing son of his best friend.

  • But this proofs to be his downfall,

  • as he's then strangled to death by his own hand, since he defied his master Voldemort.

  • In the movie, Pettigrew was easily put out of commision by Dobby,

  • who only disarms him.

  • But does not kill him.

  • Guess some things are too dark for the silver screen, huh?

  • Who gets his wand?

  • Number 7 - Book: Harry replaces the elder wand in Dumbledore's tomb. Movie: Harry breaks the elder wand and throws it away.

  • He killed the wizard with whom he had once quarrelled.

  • Drunk, with the power that the Elder Wand had given him,

  • he bragged at his invincibility.

  • Here's a moment that made all Potter fans gasp,

  • in both the book and the film.

  • Harry is revealed as the Elder Wand's true master

  • after he disarms its previous master Draco Malfoy.

  • It's what he does with it in the movie that irks Potterheads to this day.

  • After the battle of Hogwarts in the final film,

  • Harry does what probably no one with an all-powerful wand would do:

  • He snaps it in two and throws it off a bridge.

  • In the book however,

  • Harry uses it to fix his own wand, which he always preferred,

  • then returns it to Dumbledore's grave, so that when Harry finally dies,

  • the wand will have no allegiance to anyone else.

  • Well, that makes more sense.

  • She thinks you're the chosen one.

  • But I am the chosen one.

  • Okay, sorry. Um.

  • Kidding.

  • Number 6 - Book: House-elves are mistreated, but play vital roles. Movie: House-elves are mostly unimportant, unseen.

  • Why do you wear that thing Dobby?

  • This uh...

  • it is a mark of the house-elf's enslavement.

  • Harry Potter deals with many issues.

  • But one that's glossed over in the movies is the mistreatment of house-elves.

  • We do see Dobby as a slave to the Malfoys...

  • I will deal with you later.

  • ...but he has much more purpose than the movies led on.

  • For example, he is the one who gives Harry the gillyweed in the Goblet of Fire,

  • not Neville.

  • You sure about this Neville?

  • Absolutely.

  • For an hour?

  • Most likely.

  • Something else the movies don't show is that Dobby and other house-elves

  • are given proper employment in the Hogwarts kitchens.

  • Plus, the films don't include the female house-elf Winky,

  • who cares for Barty Crouch Jr.,

  • gets fired and is then employed at Hogwarts.

  • Man, house-elves deserve more credit.

  • Just ask the creator of SPEW,

  • the Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare:

  • Hermione Granger.

  • That is the general idea.

  • It's brilliant.

  • Number 5 - Book: Harry & Hermione miss Ron. Movie: Harry & Hermione slow dance to cheer up.

  • [Music plays]

  • When Harry, Ron, and Hermione search for the deathly hallows,

  • their relationships slowly become strained.

  • Ron in particular is affected, as he has to wear the horcrux locket,

  • which forces his most negative feelings to surface.

  • You think I don't know how this feels.

  • No you don't know how it feels.

  • Your parents are dead. You have no family.

  • Ron soon can't deal with it and leaves his two friends alone.

  • In the Deathly Hallows part 1, Harry and Hermione are wallowing in despair while listening to the radio.

  • When a soothing song pops on, the two then begin to dance with each other,

  • sharing a brief moment of cheerfullnes they hadn't felt for quite some time.

  • [Music plays]

  • But, as the song finishes, it's back to reality.

  • This scene doesn't appear at all in the books but is a nice moment between friends.

  • Number 4 - Book: Voldemort dies like a human. Movie: Voldemort dies like a supernatural creature.

  • In both the books and the movies, Harry and Voldemort are having their final duel,

  • and their wands connect as they done in the Goblet of Fire.

  • Voldemort uses the Elder Wand, even though it doesn't have allegiance to him,

  • but doesn't realize that he's actually fighting its real master.

  • The Elder Wand refuses to harm Harry,

  • and rebounds Voldemort's killing curse back towards him.

  • The book does not afford Voldemort the grandiose death he wanted,

  • instead he dies like a human, in a purposefully anti-climactic way.

  • In the movie however, Voldemort just sort of breaks apart and fades away,

  • which is visually stunning, but doesn't have that same finality,

  • and affords him more power than he deserves.

  • [Music plays]

  • Number 3 - Book: Peeves, Ludo Bagman, Charlie Weasley & Teddy Lupin all exist. Movie: Peeves, Ludo Bagman, Charlie Weasley & Teddy Lupin don't appear.

  • Why, it's Potty Wee Potter!

  • I'm Peeves, Potter, and you better watch out for me!

  • When any book series is given the film treatment, some characters don't make the cut,

  • because they interfere with the pace, but we missed a few.

  • Peeves, the poltergeist, a pesky ghoul who pulls pranks on staff and students at Hogwarts

  • is a fan favourite.

  • The ministry of magic's head of the division for magical games, Ludo Bagman,

  • appears in the Goblet of Fire book,

  • but not the film.

  • On screen, the Weasley family second-eldest Charlie is only mentioned and shown in pictures.

  • My parents decided to go to Romania, to visit my brother Charlie.

  • He's studying dragons there!

  • But, an especially upsetting omission is Teddy Lupin,

  • son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks.

  • By the way, wait till you hear the news... Remus and I...

  • It can wait we have time for a cozy catch up later.

  • This book character represents the tragic cyclical nature of the series,

  • as he's orphaned in the battle of Hogwarts,

  • and essentially becomes his generation's Harry.

  • And Remus, your son.

  • Others will tell him what his mother and father died for.

  • One day, he'll understand.

  • They even cast the character.

  • You have this new life you know

  • doing your own thing and you're suddenly independent.

  • Number 2 - Book: Various characters visit St. Mungo's hospital for magical maladies. Movie: St. Mungo's never appears.

  • Yup, even a wizarding world needs a hospital.

  • In the books, several wizards are injured enough to be sent to St. Mungo's,

  • including Arthur Weasley after he is attacked by Nagini.

  • Some patients are there permanently, like Gilderoy Lockhart,

  • who suffers from a backfired memory charm.

  • Bet you forgot about him.

  • Who are you?

  • Ummh...

  • Ron Weasley.

  • Really?

  • And uhh..

  • Who, who am I?

  • Other long-term residents are Neville's parents,

  • who were tortured into insanity with the cruciatus curse by Voldemort's minions.

  • Neville's parents.

  • They suffered a fate worse than death if you ask me.

  • This scene not only shows the terrible effects of the first wizarding war.

  • It also fleshes out Neville's tragic backstory.

  • Highlighting the fact that the Longbottoms' history of defying the dark lord

  • may have made Neville the chosen one instead of Harry.

  • But it may have just been too hard to watch when the Longbottoms' don't recognize their own son.

  • I'm quite proud to be their son.

  • Before we unveil our number one pick, here are some honorable mentions.

  • Ah, there you are, Harry! Hermione and Ron are already at my Deathday party.

  • It's a Firebolt. It's the fastest broom in the world!

  • For me.. But who sent it?

  • No one knows.

  • This came with it.

  • [A Letter with Molly Weasley's voice] How dare you steal that car!

  • Number 1 - Book: Half-blood Tom Riddle was conceived thanks to a love potion. Movie: Voldemort's parentage is largely glossed over.

  • Bone of the father, unwillingly given.

  • When Dumbledore takes Harry through Voldemort's past in the movies,

  • we learn a little about how he went from orphan boy to the dark lord.

  • I can make things move without touching them.

  • I can make animals do what I want without training them.

  • I can make bad things happen to people who are mean to me.

  • The books, however, tell the full story.

  • Voldemort is the son of the witch Merope Gaunt and the muggle Tom Riddle.

  • Merope fell in love with Tom Riddle and with the help of a love potion, she married him.

  • And became pregnant.

  • Rowling has said it's important that Voldemort was conceived as a result of force rather than real love.

  • As it explains why he cannot feel love.

  • Merope eventually stopped using the potion,

  • hoping Riddle actually loved her.

  • Unfortunately, he abandoned both Merope and their unborn son.

  • This explains Voldemort's hatred of muggles, as well as half-bloods,

  • as he himself is one.

  • You're Voldemort.

  • Surely, you didn't think I was going to keep my filthy muggle father's name?

  • Do you agree with our list?

  • Were we put under a confundus charm when we made this?

  • Harry.

  • I protest!

  • Harry, did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire?

  • No sir!

  • You asked one of the older students to do it for you?

  • No sir.

  • You're absolutely sure?

  • Yes sir.

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  • I think it is clear. That we can expect great things from you.