5 Important Details Missing from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie

Wednesday, March 07, 2018
5 Important Details Missing from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Movie
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of the most popular movies of the series. After Chris Columbus's directed Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets back-to-back, a new visionary Alfonso Cuaron came aboard the Warner Bros family to make an indelible mark for the franchise. The third installment begins the darker tone within the series as Harry comes across some new truths about his parent's past. As beloved as the adaptation is from the Potterhead community, it ease the fact that there are several can't-miss alterations from the book. Let's get down to some important details missing from the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. Which of your favorite moments from the books are missing from the movies? I'd love to know in the comments below!

All of the Quidditch Matches

Quidditch is more prevalent throughout the books. In the book, Gryffindor defeats against Slytherin to face off against Ravenclaw in the inter-house Quidditch final. The matches are full of memorable details that creates the atmosphere of Hogwarts and Harry's journey. The movie's only briefly adapt the Quidditch movies and misses out on some small details. Harry sees  Sirius in his Anigmaus form in the sky during a brutal thunderstorm instead of sitting in the stands before the match begins. Also, Draco and his friends taunt Harry before one of his matches by dressing in clothes similar to Dementors instead of teasing him during Hagrid's flight for a millisecond in the movie.

Hermione Was Shunned by Ron and Harry

In the book, Hermione and Ron argue a lot about Crookshanks and Scabbers. Their pets won't stop attacking each other, and it causes a real rift between the trio. So much so that Hermione ends up spending a lot of time at Hagrid's hut talking about how alone she feels and helping him in his case against Lucius Malfoy to save Buckbeak. Later, Ron ends up pitching in when Hagrid receives the initial verdict that Buckbeak is to be executed.

In the movie, they quarrel here and there but stick together no matter what. Unfortunately, nobody is truly seen helping Hagrid before Buckbeak's sentencing.

Neville Actually Loses The Passwords

In the book, Ron wakes up in the middle of the night to find a mysterious man hovering over him in the boys common room. His screams startles the man away (who turns out to be Peter Pettigrew changing in and out of his rat form). They all assume it's Sirius Black, and the commotion wakes up plenty of students and Professor McGonagall. While speaking with Sir Cadagon, who is given the Fat Lady's post to guard Gryffindor Tower, he says let a man into the tower because he had all of the passwords, reading them from a sheet of paper. Neville wrote the passwords down because he kept forgetting them. 

In the movie, Ron has a throwaway line, "I bet Neville's forgotten the password again", when commotion is gathering outside the Fat Lady's portrait from Gryffindor students. Everyone discovers she was attacked, supposedly by Sirius Black and moves to another portrait to be safe.

Harry's Firebolt

Despite all of the warnings from The Weasleys to his teachers about not go looking for trouble, somehow trouble always seems to find Harry. In the book, a mysterious benefactor (who turns out to be Sirius) sends Harry the Firebolt. The trio argue about what to do with it, with Hermione pushing for Harry to turn it in. Eventually McGonagall confiscates it to make sure that it's safe and isn't hexed.

In the movie, Harry receives the Firefolt after meeting and finding out Sirius Black is his godfather, along with one of Buckbeak's feathers.

Skips the Marauder's backstory

In the book, there's an entire backstory of the Marauders. When Harry encounters Sirius and Remus in the Shrieking Shack, they give him a detailed backstory on their friendship with his father, James Potter, the importance of the Shrieking Shack, and how they created the Marauder's map.

In the movie, Sirius and Remus try to prove Peter sold out Lily and James to Voldemort - which is true. Despite how powerful the scene is, none of the backstory is in the movie. We're simply meant to connect the dotes between the names from the Marauder's Map to the characters' Animagus counterparts (Moony - Lupin, Padfoot - Sirius, Wormtail - Peter, Harry's doe patronus - James). Mischief managed!

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