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

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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.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Differences between the book and the movie

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Welcome to part two! This movie does not have that much differences as the first, so I will only include the ones I feel have the most impact.

In the movie, we can see uncle Vernon installing bars on Harry’s window. This does not happen in the book. Uncle Vernon actually pays, to have bars installed.

When Ron manages to free Harry from his room, we see uncle Vernon trying to stop Harry from leaving, ending up falling out of the window. In the book however, it was not just uncle Vernon trying to hold back Harry, but the whole Dursley family.

Before this, Harry was locked inside his room and left starving for weeks. Or so the book says. The movie was nicer to Harry and he was only left starving for one night.

The scene where Harry is hanging out of the car and Ron has to help him inside is actually not in the book.

The spell backfiring at Ron, causing him to spit up slugs is present in both the movie and the book, but with a small twist. In the book illustration, we can see that Ron filled his bucket with slugs and the bucket is actually overflowing with them. He is also in his regular clothes, not in his robe. In the movie however, Ron does not spit up that many slugs and he is also wearing his robe.

In the events that follow, Hermione’s ears meet the word Mudblood. In the book, Hermione does not know what that word means and Ron explains it while throwing up slugs. In the movie, Hermione knows full well what the word means and does not need an explanation.

There is a picture of Dobby in the book at the start of chapter 2. Dobby there looks quite friendlier with a little bit of black hair on his head. He also has big eye lashes, making him look more like a female rather than a male. Dobby in the movie looks like he is starving, he is dirty and quite scared most of the time. In the colored version of this chapter, Dobby has blue eyes. The movie version depicts his eyes as green.

If you know of any difference I did not include, feel free to leave it in the comments!

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.

6 Reading Benefits

 

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  • Stimulates your brain. Reading helps you delay or even prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.
  • Reduces stress. Reading can reduce stress 100% more than drinking a cup of tea and 600% more than playing a video game.
  • Improved vocabulary. People who read never seem to struggle when looking for words to use in their conversations.
  • Knowledge. Reading helps increase your knowledge of the world. That is why it is so important that you read to your children from a young age.
  • Good to others. Readers are 16% more likely to donate money to charity organizations than non-readers. They are also 17% more likely to help by volunteering.
  • Creativity. Those who do a lot of reading are more likely to have creative thinking and solve problems easily.

Book of the Dead

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Book of the Dead‘ or ‘Book of Coming Forth by Day‘ (translation) is part of ancient Egyptian religion. It contains all the information that a soul of someone who has passed away needs in order to get through the trials and arrive to their afterlife.

The soul of the person who has passed away enters the Hall of Two Truths. There he meets the Egyptian god called Anubis. Anubis would be waiting with a scale. One side of the scale has an ostrich feather and the other side is for the heart of the person. If the feather weighed more than the heart when Anubis put it on the scale, it would prove that the person led a good life and was allowed to go to the afterlife. Interestingly enoug, most of the ancient Egyptians seemed to be optimists. They believed that everyone would pass the test.

The book itself is actually a collection of ‘magical’ speeches and prayers that would be used by the person that died.It is written mostly on papyrus paper, but some chapters of the book are also found on coffins, tomb walls and other funeral objects.

The Egyptian civilization lasted around 3,000 years. That led to different versions of the Book of The Dead. The spells created by the priests depended upon the importance of a certain god or goddess of that time.

4 Literacy Facts

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1. Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out.

2. Of adults with the lowest literacy levels, 43 percent live in poverty, and 70% of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels. There is a clear correlation between more education and higher earnings, and between higher educational scores and higher earnings.

3. Seventy-five percent of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate. Ninety-five percent of those incarcerated are reintegrated into our communities. Research shows that inmates who are educated are 43 percent less likely to return to prison.

4. An excess of $230 billion a year in health care costs is linked to low adult literacy. Nearly half of American adults have difficulty understanding and using health information. Lack of understanding impedes adults’ abilities to make appropriate health decisions and increases the likelihood that they’ll incur higher health costs.

Source: https://proliteracy.org/resources/adult-literacy-facts

15 Odd Comic Book Facts

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1. Michael Jackson wanted to play Spider-Man so seriously he attempted to purchase Marvel Comics in the 1990’s.

2. The Incredible Hulk was initially dark however Marvel transformed him to green after issues with ink in their presses.

3. Adolf Hitler is fit as a fiddle in the Marvel universe. His awareness has been moved into a clone and he now goes by the name Hate-Monger.

4. Comic book letterers maintain a strategic distance from words like “clint” and “flick” in light of the fact that amid printing the letters can run together, making the words look like obscenity.

5. In Archie Comics, Jughead had a genuine name. His full name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones II. He has a sister named Forsythia “Jellybean” Jones.

6. “Brainiac” originates from a Superman antagonist of the same name.

7. There are more than 20 sorts of Kryptonite, including pink Kryptonite, which gives Superman gay inclinations.

8. For a period in the late 1960s to the mid ‘70s, Wonder Woman lost her forces. She didn’t wear her acclaimed outfit, but rather wore white mod garments, clearly inspired by Diana Rigg from TV’s version of The Avengers.

9. Elvis Presley cherished reading comic books as a kid. His most loved hero was Captain Marvel, Jr. It is rumoured he got the first motivation for his black hair, with the twist hanging down amidst his temple, from Captain Marvel, Jr.

10. When Joe DiMaggio was playing with the New York Yankees, he adored Superman comic books, however he was excessively embarrassed, making it impossible to purchase them himself; he thought it would harm his image. So he would send other Yankee players to go to the nearby magazine kiosk and purchase the most recent issues for him.

11. The 1940’s comic book superhero called Red Bee battled the Nazis by utilizing trained honey bees. His most loved honey bee was named Michael and lived in Red Bee’s belt clasp.

12. The Joker once served as the Iranian representative for the United Nations.

13. Superman once had his brain controlled by a scalawag named Sleez, who deceived him into recording a sex tape.

14. In another reality, Peter Parker was once nibbled by a radioactive sheep, transforming him into a hero named Sheep-Boy.

15. Nicolas Coppola took his stage name Nic (Nicolas) Cage from the Marvel character Luke Cage.