Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Differences between the book and the movie


Hey all! Judging from the feedback I received, you really seem to enjoy these. Because of that, I decided to make one for all the movies. This means that we will have a Harry Potter marathon on Wednesdays for the next few weeks. This week it is about the third and my favorite part. Enjoy!

Let us start from the beginning. Aunt Merge brought her dog Ripper to their dinner. She offers him some tea and this is where the first difference happens. In the book, Ripper drinks the tea from a saucer, but in the movie, Aunt Merge allows him to drink the tea straight out of her glass.

As we are used, Peeves does not appear in any of the movies, although he always had some kind of a role in the books. Here we, yet again, stumble upon just that. In the book Peeves is the one who tells those gathered about Sirius attacking the portrait of the fat lady. In the movie, we get that information from the fat lady herself, as she is hiding in one of the other frames.

During the stormy Quidditch match, Harry sees the Grim watching him from the stands. In the movie, however, he sees clouds that take shape of a Grim while he is flying towards them. After that, the book says that Harry fell off his broom, leaving Cedric to capture the snitch. In the movie, Harry is actually struck by lightning and Cedric does not capture the snitch.

The book has Harry go to Hogsmeade on two separate occasions, in the movie he only goes there once. The book says that on one of those two trips, he threw mud balls at Draco and his companions. Due to the fact that in the movie, he goes there only once (during winter), he throws snowballs instead. During his visit to Hogsmeade, he overhears a conversation and goes inside Three Broomsticks Inn. He then proceeds to eavesdrop on Fudge’s conversation while hiding under his invisibility cloak. In the book, Harry, Ron and Hermione all listen to the conversation and Harry is hiding under the table.

When our trio have a confrontation with Malfoy, Hermione pulls out her wand and then punches him on his nose. In the book, Hermione does not pull out her wand and only slaps Malfoy. It just sucks to be the movie version of Malfoy. 

During the climax of the movie, when our trio meets Sirius and Lupin, Harry jinxed Snape. In the book it was Harry, Hermione and Ron who all jinxed him at the same time. Snape is then unconscious when Lupin turns into a wolf, but the movie had other, more heroic plans for Snape, as he woke up and protected the trio.

When they go to the tower to save Sirius, Hermione uses Bombarda to unlock the door. In the book, she uses the simple Alohomora. This is also due to the fact that in the book, Sirius is not actually locked up in the tower but in Flitwick’s office.

This is all for this one. As always, I have included the ones I find the most interesting, but there are many more. If you feel like you want to share another one, feel free to post it in the comments below.

Remember to check back in on Friday, for the weekly review.


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