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


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


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.