Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Differences between the book and the movie

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I think there is only a minority of people out there, in the world, that have yet to read or watch Harry Potter. I dug up some (not all) comparisons between the first book and the first movie.

Firstly, if we check the character list, we see that one of the most important characters from the book is missing in the movie. That someone is Peeves. Also known as “the most notorious and troublesome poltergeist in British history”. And he was exactly that. He was excluded from the movie, because it was (I believe), at the time, aimed at younger audience, like myself. Rude words on the blackboard during Professor McGonagall’s lectures just did not seem like a good idea to include in the movie. I must say, good call on this one. On a side note, Peeves was included in the first game.

Now, we will check the story. The first time Harry meets Draco in the book, he turns down his friendship offer after Draco insults Hagrid. In the movie, however, he turns down the offer after Draco puts down Ron, making fun of his clothes and family’s poor financial background.

We all know that Dudley was having a nice birthday party, which is portrayed in both the book and the movie. However, in the book, Dudley received all kinds of presents. Computer games, a new bike, video camera, you name it. In the movie, the presents are in the next room and we never actually find out what he got.

Remember when Dudley and Harry went to the zoo? I think the disappearing glass was my favorite part in the whole movie. In the book, Dudley brings a friend with them together, but that does not happen in the movie. Furthermore, in the book, uncle Vernon buys Dudley and Harry some snacks (chocolate candy bars and a lemon pop). That, again, does not happen in the movie.

I am going to finish off with a sleepy one. When our trio (consisting of Harry, Ron and Hermione), have to get past Fluffy to get to the trap door in the book adaptation, Harry plays a flute, given to him by Hagrid on christmas, to put Fluffy to sleep. In the movie, there is already a harp playing itself, left there by Quirrell. It stops playing and the trio barely make it to the trap door.

This is all for today. Remember to leave a like and a comment if you enjoyed this list, so I know, if you want me to write more. Do not forget to check back on friday, for the weekly review.

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9 thoughts on “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Differences between the book and the movie

    • vikingreviewsblog 27 Apr 2017 / 3:41 pm

      I know, right? He also caused a lot of gray hair for me in the game. Good old times.

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