Is there anything worse than when your favorite books get adapted as films and they practically ruin the whole thing? This has happened countless times and we know that we can get pretty frustrated with it.
Luckily, the Harry Potter films felt pretty faithful to the books (in some ways). Although there are definitely moments from the books that we’d love to have seen immortalized in film, such as Hermione’s campaign for the house-elves and Harry giving Fred and George his Triwizard winnings.
Now one YouTube channel has decided to comb through the Harry Potter films and books and highlight all the differences between the two and it’s making us feel things.
YouTube channel CineFix, has gone through the first five instalments in the boy wizard’s story and picked up all the moments where the films deviated from the books.
The first video focuses on the first three chapter, The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, and The Prisoner of Azkaban.
Issues like how Hagrid picks Harry up from the Dursley’s on his birthday, only to end up dropping him at Kings Cross to catch the train to Hogwarts thereby missing out THE WHOLE MONTH OF AUGUST and how Draco’s antagonistic nature is a little missing are both raised.
However, it’s the second video in the series that made us feel super emotional.
Obviously, in the book of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry and Sirius are in constant communication with each other via owls and the floo network. However, in the film Sirius’ role is reduced to just one brief appearance, something that CineFix argues actually makes it harder to believe that Harry and Sirius’ relationship is as deep as it is in the books.
It appears that as the books got longer (The Order of the Phoenix is a mighty tome that’s almost biblical in its size), more events from the novels are cut, including some of Tom Riddle’s backstory and the injustice of a lack of Sirius screen time.
Interestingly, the videos point out the important differences between films and books and why certain bits were cut short or condensed. There are some really important points made about how the films and books differ thematically, and showcase different elements of Harry’s development as a character and into adulthood.
We do actually feel that both the Harry Potter books and films compliment each other effortlessly. Yes some of the finer world-building that you find in the books is missing in the movie adaptations, but they sort of feel like companion pieces rather than stand alone series.
We can’t wait to see what the final part of CineFix’s Potter investigation will uncover…