Harry Potter: 5 Things The Films Got Right About Harry (& 5 They Got Wrong)
The character of Harry Potter is who the titular series revolves around, but in some ways, he is portrayed differently in the films than in the books.
Readers fell in love with the Harry Potter books when they were released, finding much to adore about the wizarding world and its vast array of characters. Harry Potter is the central character in the books, meaning he is the center point in the movie adaptations. Harry’s journey is the main arc in every installment. His life at Hogwarts, his journey as he learns magic, and his relationships are vital aspects of the novels and films.
However, the film adaptations only captured part of who Harry is. While certain features of Harry’s character appeared in his on-screen portrayal, others were left out. Although the movies did stay true to parts of who Harry is, they failed in showing his real character, and there is a noticeable difference in the book and movie counterparts.
10 Right: Deepest Desire
Being so young when James and Lily died, Harry did not have any memories of them. In both versions of Harry Potter’s first installment, Harry sees his parents when he looks in the Mirror Of Erised. He became obsessed with the mirror, as it was the only time Harry could see his parents.
Harry had heard that he had his mother’s eyes and his father’s looks. In Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire, He saw ghosts of his parents when their spirits appeared during Harry’s duel with Voldemort and he later interacted with their spirits again through the Resurrection Stone before walking to his death.
9 Wrong: Sarcasm/Sense Of Humor
In the novels, Harry has a very prominent sense of humor. He has sass, sarcasm, and wit in his perspective and dialogue. Unfortunately, this part of Harry’s personality is left out during the movies. Many of Harry’s funniest lines or humorous pieces of dialogue were ignored, leaving Harry’s angst to be his central characteristic.
Instead, Ron’s movie counterpart was the main comedic relief. While Ron is also funny in the books, removing this aspect of Harry’s personality hurts his film portrayal.
8 Right: Loves Quidditch
Like Ron, Harry loves playing and watching Quidditch. Harry is the youngest Seeker in a century at Hogwarts and is excited to join his friends at the Quidditch World Cup. Harry gets deeply involved in the Gryffindor Quidditch Team, eventually becoming captain. The movies also acknowledge Harry’s love of the game.
While it may not be as central in the film as it appears in the books, Quidditch is included enough in the movies to tell that Harry loves the sport.
7 Wrong: Harry Fights With Hermione
While Harry’s relationship with Hermione appears nearly unbreakable in the films, there is a lot that gets missed. In the books, Harry and Hermione do have a solid friendship, but they also have fights. Their relationship is not always perfect, but they always come back together. However, the movies ignore plenty of their arguments. During “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” Harry gets a Firebolt for Christmas. At this point, Sirius Black is on the run, and everyone suspects that he is out to kill Harry.
Hermione, thinking Sirius is guilty and aware that the gift does not have a name attached to it, believes the gift came from Sirius and reports it to Professor McGonagall. Harry and Ron are livid that Hermione had the Firebolt taken away and confiscated to ensure it was safe. In the movie, Harry does not get the Firebolt until the last minutes of the film, and Hermione is supportive, knowing that Sirius was innocent. The Half-Blood Prince’s book in the sixth installment, as well as Harry’s suspicions about Draco being a Death Eater, also create rifts in Harry and Hermione’s friendship.
6 Right: Desperate To Save Sirius
Harry only has a few reliable parental figures in his life, and he is unwilling to lose any of them. Unfortunately, he can’t save everyone. Sirius was Harry’s godfather and one of the most influential people in his life. However, when Voldemort puts visions in Harry’s head showing Sirius to be in trouble, Harry decides to save him. In both versions, Hermione begs Harry to try to get in touch with Sirius first to make sure that he is in trouble.
In the end, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny, and Luna rush to the Ministry of Magic to save Sirius, only to discover Sirius wasn’t there at all. The most unfortunate part of the entire event is that running to the Ministry is the event that leads to Sirius’s death when he goes to save Harry and he ends up dying at Bellatrix Lestrange’s hand.
5 Wrong: Relationship With Remus
In the movies, it is made to look like Sirius is the central adult and parental figure in Harry’s life. While Remus does appear, his relationship with Harry is sidelined to show how significant Sirius is. This does a lot of disservice to Remus’s character, making it look like Harry had fewer people to count on than he did.
In the films, Remus bonds with Harry during his third year, telling Harry a bit about his mother and then he disappears until Harry’s fifth year, where he is briefly seen. In the books, Remus was more involved with Harry, and even though their relationship is not as prominent as Harry’s is with Sirius, Remus is still an integral part of Harry’s life.
4 Right: Cares About His Friends
One of the essential parts of Harry’s character is how much he cares about his friends. Ron and Hermione are the two most crucial people in Harry’s life, and he needs them more than anyone else.
In both mediums, Harry desperately needs Ron and Hermione in his daily life and the most dangerous parts. Harry cares about them so much he wanted to leave them behind on the Horcrux Hunt to keep them safe. There is not one part of the franchise that suggests that Harry’s friends are not vital to his life and what he does.
3 Wrong: Harry’s Relationship With Ginny
Harry’s relationship with Ginny appears rather abruptly in the books and movies. Harry went from seeing Ginny as a friend to having a crush on her in the blink of an eye. However, the book handles the relationship better. In the novels, Harry and Ginny interact a lot more, and the audience can notice the moments where Harry’s feelings for Ginny grow.
In the movies, the relationship appears far more out of nowhere. Ginny has far less to do in the films than in the books, and Harry’s feelings for her seem to stem from a welcoming hug, more than anything she said or did.
2 Right: Master Of Death
When one holds the Invisibility Cloak, Resurrection Stone, and Elder Wand, they become the master of death. In both portrayals of the story, Harry inevitably holds the title. The Invisibility Cloak is a gift from Albus Dumbledore, which had been given to him by James Potter. Harry became the master of the Elder Wand after he disarmed Draco at Malfoy Manor because Draco had already disarmed Dumbledore on the Astronomy Tower.
It isn’t until just before Harry dies that he holds the Resurrection Stone, using it to speak with the ghosts of his parents, Sirius and Remus.
1 Wrong: Harry’s Goodbye
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Harry shares an emotional goodbye with Hermione and Ron. Knowing that he must die for Voldemort to be defeated, Harry informs Hermione and Ron that he is a Horcrux. Harry’s goodbye includes Hermione offering to walk with Harry to his death.
As emotional of a scene as it is, the book shows the moment being vastly different. In the novel, Harry doesn’t share an emotional goodbye with his two best friends. Instead, Harry tells Neville that Nagini needs to die and then slips away, not telling Ron or Hermione of his departure.