However, as much the movies are revered, it's not easy for Potterheads to avoid ruminating over what went wrong. The faults of every book adaptation is open to interpretation. The cast may be perfect to some but mismatched for others. Colossal moments of the story can be entertaining while small details are entertaining but opened a can of plothole worms. Sometimes something just looks cool and it fits with what the movie is going for. And there are just some moments that need to be Bookslapped. For this list, there are ten to be exact:
The third installment of Harry Potter opens to the young wizard in his relative's home practicing magic on his bed. A glow warms from his wand and fades in and out as he chants "Lumos Maxima". It's a wonderful tribute to us muggles (non-magic folk) who have all sat in our beds way past our bedtime reading comic books, listening to music, or whatever.
BookSlapped: It breaks one big rule in the wizarding world: Wizards under the age of seventeen are prohibited from doing magic outside their training at Hogwarts. If you use it, the Ministry of Magic will know about it through a trace. There is some debate over whether this rule strictly means in front or involving muggles, however the guidelines are pretty clear: Magic formed accidentally through intense uncontrolled emotions are the exception; deliberate use can land you in pretty hot water. Minutes later when Harry blows up his aunt in front of his muggle relatives, he doesn't and won't get into trouble. His uncle cries out, "You can't do magic outside of school!" It's a little confusing when the rest of the movies then try to explain away that you can't purposefully use the smallest hint magic because Harry is underage and under the trace.
P.S. Could we have replaced this opening with an explanation as to who the Marauders are?
The Weasley family feels like our own kin with a majority of fans loving the jocular twins Fred and George. Their quips towards others and each other are fast-paced and clever, and they are pretty much attached to the hip.
Bookslapped: That didn't necessarily mean every time they spoke it had to be unison. It's like the script didn't have time to allow each twin to be their own person, so they were compiled to talk about everything at the same time. This could be argued that the always knew what the other one was going to say so that's why they joke collectively, but it's one of those small moments where you wish more of the twin's escapades were used instead of being so condensed down.
In Harry and the Goblet of Fire, the fourteen year old wizard is forced to partake in a deadly maze. Throughout this cinematic portion Harry spends most of his time spinning around corners of the maze while his opponents are bewitched. He inevitably reaches the end alongside fellow Hogwarts student Cedric Diggory, who together beckon each other to take the coveted victory cup.
Bookslapped: The maze is filled with obstacles; one of several includes Harry answering a riddle by a Sphinx blocking his path. A small hiccup within the movies is that Harry's actual intelligence wasn't exhibited that often. Answers sort fall into his lap or he's directed to a solution by another character. But this one scene among many reminds us that he could intellectually hold his own quite well.
Burrow on Fire
In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry stays with the Weasley family at the beloved Burrows residence over the Christmas holiday. During his stay, Bellatrix Lestrange and a host of other deatheaters swarm the house and set it on fire. It's mostly an action sequence showing that not only are these guys purely evil but that no one can hide from them...
Bookslapped: The whole sixth book humanizes Tom Riddle's background with understanding his past and then shreds that humanity into a million little pieces. Yeah, in the sixth movie we get that he was a little kid in an orphanage and a teenager digging around for dirt on horcruxes. But, his violently dysfunctional pureblood family and the years he spent ruthlessly making horcruxes is completely left out. Setting the Burrow on fire, or having Harry flirt with waitresses without protection at the beginning of the movie, just to reinforce the Harry/Ginny relationship, does not an interesting scene make. Neglect of what the horcruxes mean to Harry's well-being and defeat of Voldemort doesn't necessarily help the seventh and eighth movies be more easily understood for non-readers either.
The beloved high-in-the-sky competition takes up a very brief portion of the sixth movie. Ron's vision in the Mirror of Erised nearly comes trues: he comes to the rescue for the Gryffindor team, who were facing a huge uphill battle against Slytherin. Gaining a victory over the cunning and ambitious house, Weasley is a king. Luna, sporting her adorable lion hat in support of her friends, becomes the commentator for these series of games.
Bookslapped: This part was meant to take place in Order of the Phoenix. Facing High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge at Hogwarts, Harry, Fred and George get themselves kicked off the Slytherin team leaving (the completely deleted) Angela Johnson to find replacements. Not only does it show earlier on Ron's skills on the field but also Draco Malfoy's ruthless taunting and teasing. The really brief sports scenes in Half Blood Prince just seems inserts to what the movie could've covered.
P.S. Could we even replace the Burrow or Quidditch scene with the importance of Severus Snape's true identity as the Half Blood Prince?
When I was first told by an acquaintance that Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows book is entirely different from the movie, I didn't believe him. And, then I read it. There are a lot of scenes that could be listed here but I think the death of the big bad Voldy is number one.
Bookslapped: Harry just doesn't kill Voldemort quietly in the courtyard where no one witnesses the permanent death of the most evil wizard of all time. Nor does Voldemort flitter away into the air like sunburnt skin shedding itself. Nor does Harry use the Elder Wand to kill Voldemort; he actually uses his own wand and the Elder Wand is beckoned to Harry solidifying he is its one true owner. Nor does it show how Harry becomes the Master of Death by owning all three objects when he faces Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest...Nor - well, we'll just stop there.
There's no secret to Potterheads that J.K. Rowling had admitted she struggled with writing Ron Weasley throughout the series. So much so she considered killing him at one point during the sixth book - which thankfully she chose otherwise. However this doesn't stop the incessant scene-stealing created by scriptwriter Steve Kloves, who admitted to finding Hermione more interesting than Ron.
Bookslapped: For one exampkle in the big twist of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry's life is in danger against prisoner escapee Sirius Black and Hogwarts teacher Remus Lupin. Battered and bruised, Ron defends his friend by declaring, "If you want to kill Harry, you'll have to kill us too!" Instead the line goes to Hermione in the movie. In fact a lot of scenes where Ron comes to his friends' defense are toned down or deleted. Poor, Ron.
One of the biggest gripes about the franchise may be the unavoidable cast change from Richard Harris (who passed away between the second and third movie) to Michael Gambon who assumed the role of beloved headmaster Albues Dumbledore. Though personally I prefer Gambon's portrayal to Harris', the fervent disapproval by fans of this scene can't be ignored.
Bookslapped: In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, tween Harry is forcefully entered into the dangerous Triwizard Tournament. Only students under the age of seventeen were allowed to volunteer to compete. With an aging line and preventative spells cast around the goblet for which students entered their name, there is no way Harry could not have entered himself. So Dumbledore asks calmly: "Harry, did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire?". It is not: HARRY, DID YA PUT YA NAME IN DA GOBLET OF FIRE?!?!.