The 2014 Quidditch World Cup Final (and what we learned from it)

Yesterday, the Quidditch World Cup Final was finally upon us, and with it, a long promised update with full coverage of the event by no others than Rita Skeeter and Ginny Potter!!! J.K. Rowling published the whole coverage of the match on Pottermore.

Amazingly, the coverage from Rita’s part focused entirely on the VIP box, and we learned so much about our favorite wizards and witches! Albus Potter doesn’t mind supporting a different team than his family; Rose has Ron’s hair, but Hugo took after Hermione; Luna married in “rainbows, spangles and a tiara made of silver unicorn horn.”; Neville is Albus godfather (I cried on this one…); Ron and Hermione show some PDA; Ron roots for Brazil – he doesn’t want Krum to win, given that he dated Hermione and all…; Rolf Scamander and Charlie Weasley are totally bros, also, Charlie never married; Teddy Lupin and Victoire can’t take their hands off each other… Billy had to intervene; Albus almost falls off the booth and Ron catches him, while Harry just gives him the sweets that Luna baked; Harry and Neville are close; Hermione kept her maiden name; George is wealthy; Harry who?! Ginny is my new hero… maybe because she just jinxed Rita Skeeter…

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Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix: Book vs. Movie (part 2)

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix has a lot (a lot a lot) of differences between the movie and the book… this is the second part…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix: Book vs. Movie (part 1)

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  • During Care of Magical Creatures class, Hagrid tells the class about Threstrals. There Harry and Neville both see the Threstrals. In the movie, Luna’s the one who show’s Harry the animals and Neville never acknowledges them.
  • In the book, Harry witness the attack on Arthur Weasley and when he wakes up, Neville goes to get McGonagall, who takes him and Ron to Dumbledore’s office. There, the Weasleys’ and Harry all take the Portkey back to Grimmauld Place. In the movie, however, Harry has his first Occlumency lesson with Snape right after the attack, while in the novel he learns about the lessons during Christmas break, with Sirius. Sirius and Snape exchange words…

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  • In the movie, all scenes regarding St. Mungo’s are omitted. The re-appearance of Gilderoy Lockhart and appearance of Neville’s parents are also omitted. In the book, Harry finds out about the condition of Neville’s parents from Albus Dumbledore significantly before Neville’s other friends learn of it. In the film, Sirius tells Harry how they suffered a fate worse than death, and Neville later tells Harry more in the Room of Requirement.
  • After Christmas, the Weasleys, Harry and Hermione return to the school on The Knight Bus, which is not featured in the film.

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  • Harry’s date with Cho Chang in Hogsmeade is omitted and their relationship is largely played down.
  • Rita Skeeter was also omitted from the film. In the book, Hermione blackmails her into writing articles that support Harry as the rest of the Wizarding world denies his claims, as well as him being sent dozens of mail.

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  • In the film, Hagrid mentioned that the reason for the Centaur’s anger towards humans was because the Ministry of Magic was taking away their lands. In truth, it was because Firenze had taken up the post of Divination teacher, and the centaurs were angry that he was giving away their secrets to his students, combined with the fact that Grawp was living in the forest and was disturbing their habitat.
  • In the book, Dobby goes to the room of requirement to tell Harry that Umbridge and her Inquisitorial Squad are coming, while in the movie they find out when they are breaking the wall.
  • In the novel, Dumbledore’s Army is discovered because Marietta Edgecombe, a member and a friend of Cho Chang, tattled to Umbridge. In the film, Cho is duped into revealing the truth via Veritaserum, and Umbridge and the Inquisitorial Squad break into the Room of Requirement. Also, in the film, this is used as a reason for her and Harry’s break-up.

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  • Dumbledore’s escape is slightly different. He is aided by Kingsley, who alters Marietta’s memories, and knocks out everyone in the room out except for Harry and McGonagall. The line: “You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on several points, but you can’t deny, he’s got style.” is said by Phineas Nigellus Black.
  • In the book, Harry sees Snape being harassed by James and Sirius via Snape’s Pensieve, while in the film, Harry casts a shield against Snape’s Legilimency spell and sees Snape’s memories. Also, in the film, it is only James that bullies Snape while Sirius just watches amusedly.
  • In the book, members of the Inquisitorial Squad had additional powers such as docking points even from Prefects.
  • Dolores Umbridge tries to slip Veritaserum into Harry Potter’s drink and asks him in turn where Albus Dumbledore and Sirius Black are. This is where he learns that her fireplace is the only one not being watched.

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  • Harry’s career advice session is omitted. This would contradict the next film, as Harry mentions being told he needed an O in his Potions O.W.L. to continue.
  • In the book, Umbridge and McGonagall row about how she punishes students during Harry’s career guidance meeting and also have a minor disagreement during class inspections. In the film, McGonagall’s class inspection is sadly completely omitted.
  • The Weasley twins’ prank last a lot longer, with a lot of things going on all around the school (and they’re never on their broomsticks, which are locked in Umbridge’s office) and they started it to allow Harry to use the Floo network to talk to Sirius and Lupin. They only flee when cornered by Umbridge.  Fred and George Weasley’s famous Portable Swamp is omitted from the film.

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  • Grawp is portrayed as very gentle, whilst in the book he is very violent and even strikes his half-brother Hagrid in the face during his appearance.
  • In the book Harry and Hermione were introduced to Grawp by Hagrid while the school was distracted by the Quidditch final of Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw, in which Ron was playing.
  • In the book, Cornelius Fudge’s Aurors and Dolores Umbridge try to take Hagrid away, and as a result, Professor McGonagall gets hit by four stunning spells and gets taken to St Mungos.

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  • In the book, several weeks elapse between the Weasley twins leaving, and the O.W.L. Exams where Harry sees the vision of Sirius being tortured at the Ministry of Magic during the exams. In the film, these occur one after the other, on the same day, along with Harry, Ron, and Hermione getting caught by Umbridge trying to use her Floo Network connection.
  • Kreacher tricks Harry into thinking that Sirius is in the Ministry, propping Harry to get there.
  • Umbridge reveals to Harry and his friends that she is the one who sent the Dementors to Harry discreetly without Fudge’s knowledge as a way to discredit him.
  • They fly in pairs on the threstals, given that only Harry, Luna and Neville can see them.
  • In the Department of Mysteries, they go through a lot of rooms before getting to the Hall of Prophecy which were omitted in the movie. Also, Death Eaters Apparition is different. During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Hermione gets critically injured by a curse from Antonin Dolohov, Ron is attacked by disembodied brains in the Thought Chamber, Ginny Weasley’s ankle is broken, Neville Longbottom’s nose and wand are broken, Luna Lovegood gets knocked out while attempting to perform Colloportus, and Tonks, Moody, and Kingsley Shacklebolt are injured in duels.

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  • The Levicorpus spell is only introduced in the next book… so was the non-verbal spells for the golden trio.
  • Bellatrix doesn’t kill Sirius with the killing curse, she hits him with some other curse and his body falls through the veil in the Death Chamber.
  • Sirius never calls Harry by the name “James”. It’s only implied earlier that he views Harry in the same way he saw James.
  • In the book, Dumbledore uses the Fountain of Magical Brethren to protect Harry while dueling Voldemort, and Fawkes takes a Killing Curse for him. Bellatrix is trapped under a statue from the fountain until Voldemort Disapparates with her.

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  • In the book, Harry frees himself from Voldemort’s possession due to his grief over his godfather’s death, but in the film, he frees himself from Voldemort’s possession due to the strong love he feels for his friends and Sirius.
  • After Voldemort flees, Dumbledore shouts at Fudge for not believing in him for a year.
  • In the book, Harry Potter loses his temper with Dumbledore after Sirius Black’s death and smashes his possessions, which did not happen in the film. Dumbledore also explains about the prophecy and shows Harry his memory of Trelawney making the prophecy.
  • After Sirius death, Harry asks Nearly Headless Nick if he could came back, and Nick explains that not all wizards can come back as ghosts, and most wouldn’t want to.

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  • Draco Malfoy’s new found hatred for Harry Potter due to his father’s arrest has been omitted , so the scene where Harry tries to curse Malfoy, Snape takes 10 points from Gryffindor and McGonagall returns to Hogwarts and awards Gryffindor 250 points and Ravenclaw 50 points for the battle in the Department of Mysteries is also omitted. Draco’s attempt to attack Harry Potter on the Hogwarts Express with Crabbe and Goyle to get revenge for their fathers’ arrests, only to be stopped by the members of Dumbledore’s Army is omitted.
  • When they get to King’s Cross, the members of the Order of Phoenix have a talk to the Dursleys about Harry… this, unfortunately, never happens in the movie.

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix: Book vs. Movie (part 1)

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix has a lot (a lot a lot) of differences between the movie and the book… as the books grew larger and the movies were still under 3 hours, a lot of compromises were done and a lot of stories were shaved off…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs. Movie

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  • In the book, Dudley’s gang of friends is not with him when Harry confronts Dudley, they had left to go home.
  • After the Dementor’s attack,  Mrs. Figg explains to Harry that Mundungus Fletcher was supposed to be on watch duty, making this the first mention, and later the first appearance, of Mundungus in the series.
  • In the book, after Harry explains how Dudley was attacked by a Dementor, and Vernon asks what that is, Petunia blurts out the explanation, leading both Harry and Vernon to wonder how she knows this and her explaining that a long time ago, “that horrible boy” (a.k.a. Severus Snape) explained about them.

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  • In the book, Harry receives several letters:
      • 1st, from Mafalda Hopkirk about his use magic in front of a Muggle and being expelled from Hogwarts, informing that he’ll attend a hearing and that his wand would be destroyed shortly by Ministry representatives.
      • 2nd, from Arthur Weasley telling Harry that Dumbledore arrived at the Ministry and is trying to sort everything out and to not leave his aunt and uncle’s house, to not do anymore magic and not to surrender his wand.
      • 3rd, a second letter from Mafalda Hopkirk telling Harry that the Ministry had instead decided Harry may retain his wand until his hearing, at which time an official decision would be taken and that the Ministry has agreed that the question of his expulsion would also be decided at that time and he should therefore consider himself suspended from school pending further enquiries.
      • 4th, from Sirius Black saying that Arthur Weasley has informed him and everyone else of what had happened and that whatever Harry does, he should not leave the house.
  • Petunia receives a howler saying “REMEMBER MY LAST, PETUNIA” – from Albus Dumbledore remembering her of the letter he wrote to her about Harry 14 year prior.

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  • The Advanced Guard arrives to remove Harry from Little Whinging several days after the Dementor’s attack, unlike the movie, where they arrive soon after. Tonks creates a fake competition to get the Dursleys out of the house.
  • Tonks’ status as a Metamorphmagus is never mentioned in the film, despite her clear ability to change hair colour and physiognomic traits, her powers are never given a name. She also has a much more close relationship with Harry and his friends in the books, given that she’s just a few years older than them. Also, in the book, her main colour of hair is bubble-gum pink, but in the film it is switched to purple and it stays that way throughout the film. In the book, she uses her ability to go undetected as a protection to Harry and the gang.

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  • Remus Lupin, Dedalus Diggle, Sturgis Podmore, and Hestia Jones are omitted from the Advance Guard, reducing it to Alastor Moody, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Nymphadora Tonks, Elphias Doge and Emmeline Vance, the latter two who have no lines.
  • The storyline about Bill Weasley moving back to England to be closer to his family with his new position in Gringotts and in the Order of the Phoenix, and Charlie Weasley being in charge of recruiting foreign wizards to the Order has been omitted from the movie. Bill only appears in the Deathly Hallows pt1 and 2, and Charlie is never in the films.
  • Percy Weasley’s standing with the Ministry of Magic is sudden and unexplained, and there is no mention of him disowning his family when he chose to support the Ministry. This creates a large plot hole in the film due to his disposition towards Harry being unexplained, making it confusing for the viewers who did not read the book.
  • In the novel, Harry yells at Ron and Hermione about everything he has done when they mention what Dumbledore told them about not telling Harry anything. He mentions saving the Philosopher’s Stone, killing the Basilisk, fighting the dementors in the third year, getting through the maze, and fighting off Voldemort. In the film, he does not yell, and his rant is restricted to one single line: “I’m the one who saw Voldemort return, I’m the one who fought him, I’m the one who saw Cedric Diggory get killed.”

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  • Like the previous movie, Dobby is not featured. Neville serves as a substitute for Dobby in most of his interactions.
  • Kreacher’s role is largely diminished, only appearing in two scenes. It is also never mentioned that he gave informations to Narcissa Malfoy and misinformed Harry, which eventually lead to the battle of the Department of Mysteries.
  • In the book, Sirius tells Harry about his family’s history and him being disowned shortly after Harry arrived at Grimmauld Place, before his hearing, while in the movie this takes place during Christmas.

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  • When Mr Weasley takes Harry to the Ministry of Magic, he first takes him to his office in the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office, which is omitted from the film.
  • During the hearing, Albus Dumbledore produces a chintz armchair out of air for him to sit on, and then another for Arabella Figg. There’s also no mention about Mrs Figg’s history and about her being a squib.

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  • In the book is clearly stated that Amelia Bones, related to Susan Bones from Harry’s year, is impressed by Harry’s ability to conjure a Patronus, again omitted from the movie, although she still votes in clearing him of all charges.
  • The film does not show Harry dumping his bag of Galleons into the Fountain of Magical Brethren following the positive results of his trial.
  • In the book, Mad-Eye Moody shows Harry a picture of the original Order of the Phoenix in Nº 12 Grimmauld Place, to which Harry does not react well. In the film, Sirius shows him the picture in a back room at King’s Cross and Harry is shown being somehow happy about seeing them.

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  • Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the others spend most of the Summer at Grimmauld Place, in which time their job is to clean the house to make it more welcoming. In the movie, harry’s hearing happens the day after he gets to the house and after that they are shown at King’s Cross to go back to Hogwarts. During the time they spend cleaning, Slytherin’s locket (the horcrux) is mentioned.
  • Mrs Weasley tries, unsuccessfully, to excise a Boggart from a dresser in an upstairs floor. Harry finds her confronting her worst fears: that all her family and Harry will die.
  • Hermione and Ron become Prefects this year! This is a big deal in the book, since Harry does not understand why Ron was chosen by Dumbledore to be Prefect and not him. This also meant that on the Hogwarts Express Ron and Hermione went to the Prefects carriage and Harry rode with Neville, Ginny and Luna, and that’s where Ginny introduces Luna to them, because they are both in the same year.

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  • Besides Ron and Hermione, Draco Malfoy, Pansy Parkinson, Ernie Macmillan, Hannah Abbott, Anthony Goldstein and Padma Patil also became Prefects.
  • In the movie, Harry is with Ron, Hermione and Neville when he sees the Thestral and Neville gives no indication that he can see it. In the book, however, it’s made very clear that Neville was always able to see the animals.
  • In the book, Harry and Seamus have their argument in the Gryffindor boys’ dormitory in front of Dean Thomas and Neville before Ron enters and tells Seamus off (because he’s a Prefect and has authority to do so). In the film, Harry and Seamus argue in the Gryffindor Common Room in front of everyone instead.
  • In the novel, the textbook the students use in Defense against the Dark Arts with Professor Umbridge is called Defensive Magical Theory (written by Wilbert Slinkhard), but in the film, the textbooks are called Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners (and they resemble the “for Dummies” collection). Also, the class reading their textbooks is omitted from the film.

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  • In the film, the arguments between Umbridge, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dean Thomas and Parvati Patil in class are shorter than in the book:
  • Hermione only briefly argues about the textbook having nothing about using defensive spells while her other argument lines are omitted.
  • Ron says his exact line from the book “We’re not gonna use magic?” but is not told off by Umbridge.
  • Dean Thomas does not argue at all and neither does Parvati Patil.
  • Harry argues about Lord Voldemort having returned and about the class not going to be risk-free, but does not stand up from his seat when he talks about Cedric Diggory.
  • Professor Grubbly-Plank’s Care of Magical Creatures class is omitted from the film and so is Draco Malfoy insulting Hagrid.
  • Harry is seen only in one detention, even though he had detention for a whole week, the rest of his detentions are omitted.

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  • The Quidditch season is removed entirely from the film, as well as Ron joining the team as Keeper, Umbridge removing Harry, Fred, and George from the team, and Ginny joining the team to replace Harry. This later creates a bit of a plot hole, as while Ron tries out for the team in the next film, Ginny doesn’t, but still appears to hold a position of some seniority. Because of the omission, Angelina Johnson, the new team captain, and her fellow chasers Katie Bell and Alicia Spinnet are also cut.
  • Due to the omission of Percy defecting from his family, him sending Hermes to deliver to Ron the letter to stop associating with Harry is omitted.
  • As in the previous two films, Ginny’s role is diminished, and nothing of her relationship with Michael Corner is ever talked about though they are seen together at the meeting in the Hog’s Head where Harry, Ron, and Hermione form Dumbledore’s Army (whose name is Ginny’s idea).

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  • Harry taking Hedwig to see Professor Grubbly-Plank to mend her wing, including finding Sirius’ letter attached to Hedwig’s leg was not in the film. Sirius visiting the trio through the fire in the Gryffindor Common Room, when Umbridge’s hand comes through was also cut from the film. The exclusion of these two scenes don’t make it as clear that Umbridge was surveilling all forms of communications from early on.
  • Dobby is the only house elf cleaning the Gryffindor common room, given that Hermione is leaving hats and socks lying all around and the other house elves refuse to pick anything up, afraid of getting a piece of clothing. Therefor, he talks to Harry and Ron a  few times and is him who tells Harry about the Room of Requirement. In the movie, Neville finds the room by chance. In the book, Hermione has never heard of the Room of Requirement, while in the movie she has heard of it before.

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  • Padma Patil is again portrayed as being in Gryffindor, even though she’s a Ravenclaw.
  • After the kiss between Cho and Harry, Hermione says that Cho is worried about failing her O.W.L.s, but Cho in the books is stated as a year ahead of Harry, so she should have taken her O.W.L.s already.

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  • Harry and George’s assault on Draco Malfoy after he insulted Lily Potter and Arthur and Molly Weasley is omitted. Is after this altercation that both twins and Harry get banned for live from playing Quidditch.
  • Hagrid’s talk to Harry, Ron and Hermione about his vacation with Olympe Maxime is also omitted.

My Top 15 Movie Couples: 5 to 1

Here are the first 5 couples in My Top 15 Movie Couples. Numbers 15 to 11 and 10 to 6 were posted already.

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5. Tony Stark & Pepper Potts (Robert Downey Jr. & Gwyneth Paltrow) – Iron Man (1, 2 and 3) and The Avengers

They have been though a lot in the past couple of movies… he almost died, then he got PTSD, she moved in and his suit almost killed her, then their house went down and she thought he had died… again…, then she almost died and he destroyed all his suits. Now he’s fixed and she’s fixed and I can’t wait to see them again, whether in the Avengers or another Iron Man movie… I’m fine with either.

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“Things are different now, I have to protect the one thing that I can’t live without. That’s you.”

   

4. Elizabeth Swann & Will Turner (Keira Knightley & Orlando Bloom) – Pirates of the Caribbean (1, 2 and 3)

Even though she always flirted with Jack Sparrow, Elizabeth’s true love was always  Will. She chooses him over her family, becomes a pirate with him, marries him and waits 10 years for him to return while guarding his heart. That’s love!

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“It’s always belonged to you. Will you keep it safe?”

  

3. Juliet & Mark (Keira Knightley & Andrew Lincoln) – Love Actually

I know I’m cheating here, because Juliet was married to Mark’s best friend, and they were never a couple. He was in love with her and she loved his best friend. Still, they have one of my all time favorite on screen moments, when he professes his love for her…

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2. Peeta & Katniss (Josh Hutcherson & Jennifer Lawrence) – The Hunger Games

I’m team Peeta all the way! And I’m with Haymitch, when he says that not in a million years Katniss will ever deserve Peeta… Hey, the guy loves her to bits and still, he cares for her boyfriend, stands by his side while he’s hurt and tells her that she’s gotta live for her family and Gale… I absolutely love the moment in this last movie when Katniss thinks Peeta is dead, and in that moment she knows that she can’t live without him…

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““No one really needs me,” he says, and there’s no self pity in his voice. It’s true his family doesn’t need him. They will mourn him, as will a handful of friends. But they will get on. Even Haymitch, with the help of a lot of white liquor, will get on. I realize only one person will be damaged beyond repair if Peeta dies. Me.

“I do,” I say. “I need you.” he looks upset, takes a deep breath as if to begin a long argument, and that’s no good, no good at all, because he’ll start going on about Prim and my mother and everything and I’ll just get confused. So before he can talk, i stop his lips with a kiss.”

― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

   

1. Ron Weasley & Hermione Granger (Rupert Grint & Emma Watson) – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I don’t care what JK came out saying, that Hermione should have ended up with Harry and stuff, and that Ron and Hermione’s marriage would always be in trouble and so on. It’s no good for me! I think Hermione and Ron are perfect because they are different and they balance each other out! He learns so much from her and she gets out of her comfort zone mostly because of him. If she starts to laugh in the face on danger, is mostly because he was always so cold minded in the most dangerous situations and it rubbed off on her. They are perfect!

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““Hang on a moment!” said Ron sharply. “We’ve forgotten someone!”
“Who?” asked Hermione.
“The house-elves, they’ll all be down in the kitchen, won’t they?”
“You mean we ought to get them fighting?” asked Harry.
“No,” said Ron seriously, “I mean, we should tell them to get out. We don’t want any more Dobbies, do we? We can’t order them to die for us -”
There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.
“Is this the moment?” Harry asked weakly, and when nothing happened except that Ron and Hermione gripped each other still more firmly and swayed on the spot, he raised his voice. “OI! There’s a war going on here!”
Ron and Hermione broke apart, their arms still around each other.
“I know mate,” said Ron, who looked as though he had recently been hit on the back of the head with a bludger, “so its now or never, isn’t it?””

– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

London: Day 4 – Harry Potter Day!

My fourth day in London, Thursday 21st November, was my Harry Potter day, that is, it was the day I made the journey to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter and saw Hogwarts!

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To my surprise, the whole entrance in the studio and everything is extremely well organized. I hardly waited in any lines. I got there, went to retrieve my entrance ticket, and proceeded to the hall with access to the shop and bar, to wait my time of entrance. I got into the shop and immediatly realized that I was in big trouble, because I wanted to buy everything… =/ Also had time to try another amazing latte from Starbucks: Gingerbread Latte (this and eggnog are the flavours we don’t get around here). The entrance was decorated with an amazing Christmas tree, covered in snow and photos of all the characters around the walls. There was also a Ford Anglia hanging from the ceiling and a giant Time-Turner.

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Getting in, we are first led to a room where we hear the story of how the first book was brought to screen and then we go to a theatre where the three main characters explain to us that this studio was their home for 10 years, how they were a family and the most important people in this “world” are the ones we never get to see. Finally, the screen comes up to reveal the doors to the Great Hall!

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Smaller than it appears on the movies, but still huge for a movie set, the Great Hall is amazing, with all it’s details, stone floor, fireplaces and Christmas decorations. At the end of the Great Hall, we can see the clothes worn by the main Professors. Snape is the only professor who never changes his wardrobe throughout the 8 movies (except for the side of his cape, for the dramatic effect of HP & the Deathly Hallows pt 2), given that Alan Rickman felt that his character would maintain his clothes unchanged.

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After leaving the Great Hall, we go to the sound studios, where the rest of the sets and props are. Amazing to see how they accomplished to film such a variety of scenes on back to back sets of completely different places. All sets were decorated for Christmas.

Just a small guide to the picture below (from left to right, top to bottom): Ron’s bed in the boy’s dormitory, Leaky Cauldron’s inn corridor, The Burrow, several articles os WW and other printed stuff from the art department, several props such as the golden snitch or the deluminator, notices from Umbridge’s reign over Hogwarts, Magic is Might statue from the Ministry of Magic, access to Dumbledore’s office.

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When I say the Magic is Might monument, I almost teared up… so sad! But the display of the wands has to be my favourite piece in there (if you see the full size picture, you can read all the names)! Also, when I “grow up” I want to own all the wands and display them like this…

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After we see a lot of sets, clothes, wigs, props, brooms and how they work, the Ministry fireplaces and all that, we are then taken outside to see the exterior sets. There we see nº4 Privet Drive, the Potter’s destroyed house, Hogwarts bridge, the 3 decker Knight bus, the chest pieces from HP1, Tom Riddle’s grave and statue featured in HP4 and we have Butterbeer. I had read a lot of things about butterbeer, mainly that it wasn’t good, but I loved it. True that it’s a bit sweet, but it’s unlike anything I ever tasted before… although, several hours later and three meals after, I still had that sweet taste in my mouth.

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Then, we enter the exposition of the mechanics and prosthetics and so on, where we see a lot of creatures used in the movies as well as the prosthetics of all the goblins, etc. I had no idea that they used a mechanical head for some shots of Hagrid (given his size), or that Lupin’s werewolf was not totally CGI, or that all the creatures such as the dragons, basilisk, etc, were at least partially built and they moved! Mandrakes, Mer people, giant’s heads, Buckbeak, Dobby, Goblins and dying Voldemort, amongst other things.

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Then we take a few steps and we’re on Diagon Alley (full of Muggles)!

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Ollivander’s, Flourish and Blotts, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Eeylops Owl Emporium and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes shops are some amongst many others that we can see.

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From then, we enter the world of architecture, art and models. It’s amazing the amount of planning and time that went to the planning and building of the amazing and fantastic world of Harry Potter.

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And then we finally get to Hogwarts! And I was loving the studio tour so far, bur this, well… this is something else! It’s Hogwarts!

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Words cannot really express how amazing this is, it’s totally magical!

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Just before we reach the shop, we go through the “inside of Ollivander’s shop”, with some Easter Eggs. You’re supposed to find the names of the actors and so on, on the boxes of wands! I found: Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, JK Rowling, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Evanna Lynch, Matt Lewis, Natalia Tena, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Mark Williams and Ralph Fiennes.

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Off we go to the gift shop! So, remember my problem of not knowing which wand to choose? I ended up buying four wands… yes, four!!! But just one for me =(. My eldest niece asked me for the Harry Potter wand and my youngest niece just wanted a wand… so, if I was bringing wands for both of them, I had to get one for my nephew…

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Hermione’s is mine, is just so gorgeous! Harry Potter’s for my niece, Bellatrix’s for my other niece (she sometimes reminds me of Bella… and the wand is just beautiful). For my nephew I picked up Voldemort’s because I honestly fell in love with the wand and I’m secretly hoping that he won’t want it…

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I also bought a box of bertie botts every flavor beans and a chocolate frog, for Christmas =)

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I got back to London relatively early, so I went for the complete HP package and went to Kings Cross, but platform 9 3/4 was packed with people and I could get a decent shot without anyone in it.

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That was it! My Harry Potter day =D!!!! AMAZING!!!!! So happy I went to the studios, I honestly think I will be back there each time I go to London… also, I now have a goal of owning every wand that is on sale… they’re precious!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie

This is probably one of my favorite book of the series, loosing, obviously, to the Half Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs. Movie

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Let’s start from the beginning: Harry Potter, aware of the Restrictions of Underage Wizards for the Use of Magic, does not preform the Lumos or Lumos Maxima spell while reading and doing his homework. Instead, he uses a simple torch to do his homework without his uncle knowing and hides all his stuff under a floorboard.

On his birthday, Harry receives a Pocket Sneakoscope from Ron, a Broomstick Servicing Kit from Hermione and The Monster Book of Monsters from Hagrid. Ron’s letter also informs him that Mr Weasley got a money prize, allowing him to have a new wand, and that they all went to Egypt to visit Bill: “Harry scanned the moving photograph, and a grin spread across his face as he saw all nine of the Weasleys waving furiously at him…Right in the middle of the picture was Ron, tall and gangling, with his pet rat, Scabbers, on his shoulder…“.

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Aunt Marge comes to Privet Drive to stay for a few days. During this time, Harry promises he’ll be on his best behavior, in order to get his uncle to sign the permissions form that allows him to visit Hogsmeade during the school year. He blows her up after she’s already been there for a few days and after enduring her treatment and horrible manners for a while. After being blown up, she doesn’t wander off, instead she floats up to the ceiling.

After boarding the Knight Bus, Harry claims to be Neville Longbottom, thinking that if the Ministry finds him, they might arrest him for performing magic outside of school.

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Harry spends a good amount of time in The Leaky Cauldron! He visits Diagon Alley daily, where he sits eating ice cream and doing his homework. When he finally meets up with Ron and Hermione, the three of them go to the Magical Menagerie, in order for Ron to get a “Rat Tonic”, given that Scabbers isn’t looking that well, and Hermione has her mind set on getting an owl, ending up buying Crookshanks instead.

During the Dementor’s attack in the Hogwarts Express, Ginny and Neville are in the same compartment as Harry, Ron, Hermione and Lupin.

When they get to the Castle, Professor McGonagall calls Harry and Hermione, so that Harry can be examined by Madam Pomfrey and so that Hermione can receive her Time-Turner in private. This causes both of them to miss the sorting ceremony.

During their first class of Care of Magical Creatures, there are a lot of Hippogriffs around, the movie however, only shows Buckbeak. Also, when Harry rides on Buckbeak, they only fly once around the paddock.

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Given Malfoy’s injury, Snape makes Ron and Harry assist Malfoy in the preparation of his potion during class.

In the book, Peeves describe Sirius Black’s attack on the Fat Lady’s portrait after learning about this from her when he saw her in a portrait on the fourth floor, in the film it was the Fat Lady herself that described the attack from a nearby portrait.

After the attack, the Fat Lady portrait in the Gryffindor house entrance is replaced by one of Sir Cadogan.

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During the Gryffindor-Hufflepuff Quidditch match, Hermione casts the Impervious spell on Harry’s glasses in order for him to able to see. Harry falls from his broom and Cedric catches the Snitch, after which he wants a rematch, saying that he did not see Harry fall and for this their victory isn’t fair, but everyone agrees that they won fairly.

Such a pity that they didn’t explain the Marauder’s Map origin properly on the film! They didn’t explain that they all became Animagus or why they did it or the writing of the map… pity!

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Harry actually goes to Hogsmeade twice through the secret passage. The first time he goes there, without his Invisibility Cloak, he listens to the conversation between Fudge, Madame Rosmerta, Hagrid and McGonagall about Sirius Black, by hiding under Ron and Hermione’s table (so all three of them listen to the story). After learning that Sirius is his Godfather, Harry becomes angry and depressed, also due to many people knowing it and not telling him.

Harry receives his new Firebolt for Christmas, right after his Nimbus 2000 was destroyed. Not knowing who sent it, Hermione tells Professor McGonagall, who confiscates the broom for a long time in order to make sure that it’s not jinxed. Eventually, Sirius reveals that he’s the one who sent the broom, to make up for 13 years of gifts that he wasn’t able to send.

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The Christmas feast was held with only 13 people.

When Buckbeak’s trial is settled, Hermione and Ron help Hagrid with his defense.

Ron and Harry stop talking to Hermione for a long time, Ron believes that her cat killed Scabbers and Harry is mad because she told on him about the Firebolt. Hagrid is the one who sets them straight and then they all make up.

In the book, during his first anti-dementor lesson, Harry has two failed attempts to ward off the Boggart/Dementor. Also, the memory that he uses to make the Patronus work is the memory of how happy he was that he would be leaving the Dursleys, not one of his parents like in the movie.

Sirius gets in the Gryffindor dorms at night and tries to kill Wormtail, who’s sleeping in Ron’s bed. He manages to get in because Neville loses the paper he has of the passwords to the common room.

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During the Gryffindor-Ravenclaw Quidditch game, Marcus Flint, Crabbe, Goyle and Malfoy dress up as Dementors do throw off Harry, but he produces a Patronus and makes them fall of. Also, this game introduces Cho Chang and Harry is immediately attracted to her.

In his second trip to Hogsmeade, Harry takes his Invisibility Cloak and throws mud-balls to Draco and his friends. During this, however, Harry’s cloak slips and Draco sees his head floating midair, learning about Harry’s unauthorized visit to the village. When this happens, Harry and Ron are alone, given that they weren’t on speaking terms with Hermione.

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Snape catches Harry with the map in the hall right after he climbed up the One-Eyed Witch’s hump after being seen by Malfoy in Hogsmeade. When Snape is insulted by the Marauder’s Map, each Marauder says something different: “Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business. Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git. Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a Professor. Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slime-ball.

Also, Harry never sees Peter Pettigrew’s name on the map!

In the book Hermione slaps Malfoy (the punch in the nose in the movie works fine as well =)).

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The Gryffindor-Slytherin Quidditch match where Gryffindor defeats Slytherin and wins the Quidditch Cup was omitted.

Professor Trelawney’s Prediction happens during Harry’s examination and long after Hermione has left the class.

Crookshanks’ role is almost entirely removed. His friendship with Padfoot, him stealing the passwords and giving them to Sirius and his role in the Shrieking Shack were completely cut.

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Let’s make something very clear: in the books, Ron is generally depicted as being cool headed, brave and heroic under stress, while Hermione was depicted as being nervous, terrified and frightened. Somehow, in the movies, their roles got reversed.

Sirius, a.k.a. Padfoot, grabs Ron by the arm and Ron’s leg is broken by the Whomping Willow.

The story regarding the origin of the Shrieking Shack and the planting of the Whomping Willow at Hogwarts is omitted, as is most of the Marauder’s story.

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In the book, Snape holds a grudge against all the Marauders, given that Sirius almost killed him on a prank and James saved his life. Given this, when Snape confronts Sirius and Lupin he’s agitated, angry, even bounding and gagging Lupin and threatening Hermione with expulsion. After this, Ron, Hermione and Harry try to disarm Snape, causing him to hit against the wall and go unconscious (in the movie only Harry disarms Snape, and Ron and Hermione are rather shocked by this).

Snape had to be suspended in mid-air by magic to be brought out of the Shrieking Shack and he was not there to protect the trio when Lupin transformed into a werewolf. Snape gains consciousness only after Sirius and Harry become unconscious because of the Dementors.

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Hermione is with Harry and Sirius when they are attacked by the Dementors.

In the film, when Harry and Hermione go back in time, Hermione throws an ammonites fossil at Harry to get his attention, so he can see Fudge and Macnair coming to Hagrid’s hut. Hermione later howls like a wolf to call Lupin away from fighting Padfoot, in turn causing him to come after them instead, at which point they are rescued by Buckbeak. In the novel, neither of these two events occurs.

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In the book, Harry is alone when saving himself, Hermione, and Sirius from the Dementors due to Hermione and Buckbeak being in Hagrid’s empty cabin when they went there to hide after Lupin transformed to avoid being attacked and Harry went out to scout ahead.

Sirius sends a letter to Harry through a little owl, in which he gives Harry permission for his Hogsmeade visits the following year. He also informs that the little owl is for Ron, to replace Scabbers.

When Harry gets out of the Hogwarts Express and meets his uncle, he tells him that he has a Godfather, who’s a convicted criminal and has escaped prison.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Book vs. Movie

Even with small changes to the story, this one is perhaps the movie with the least differences from the book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs. Movie

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  • The book begins in the morning of Harry’s birthday; the movie begins in the evening of the day the Masons visit. And when Harry enters his room, Dobby is sitting quietly on the bed. Latter, Dobby drops a pudding in the kitchen floor that explodes all over Harry. The reason why the Masons leave is not because of this incident, but because Mr. Mason dislikes birds and an owl has just swoops into the living room with the warning from the Ministry of Magic about the illegal use of the Hover Charm.
  • When Dobby disapparates the usual loud crack is heard, contrary to the film.

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  • In the book, all of Harry’s school things are locked in the cupboard under the stairs. When the Weasleys go to rescue Harry, Fred and George get into the house, picklock (muggle style) the lock on Harry’s room and get downstairs to get his things.
  • After arriving at the Burrow, Mrs. Weasley makes her sons de-gnome the garden as a punishment for them sneaking out of the house and flying the car to get Harry. She wants them to de-gnome according to one of Lockhart’s books, but they claim they know how to de-gnome already.

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  • When using the floo-network for the first time, Harry gets to Borgin’s store, where he witness Lucius Malfoy selling dark objects, given the new raids going on in the Ministry, latter he passes the information to Mr. Weasley in order for him to raid his house.
  • Hermione DOES NOT repair Harry’s glasses in Diagon Alley, as that would be against the law! Mr. Weasley is the one who repairs them.
  • After getting his free books from Gilderoy Lockhart, Harry gives the books to Ginny.
  • Arthur Weasley and Lucius Malfoy fight in Flourish and Blotts.

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  • While flying the Ford Anglia to Hogwarts, Harry does not fall out of the car, and they are never in the line of getting hit by the train. It’s a long, very long and very boring journey.
  • When finally getting to the school, Professor Snape is the one who finds them and takes them directly to his office. After Professor McGonagall talks to them, she makes them have dinner in Snape’s office and after Ron’s enquires, informs him that Ginny was sorted in Gryffindor just like the rest of her family.
  • The howler is much longer… and after it’s done, it burst itself into flames.

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  • Lockhart’s conversation with Professor Sprout before the first Herbology lesson of the year, in which he implied that he knew more about caring for Whooping Willows than she did, is omitted. Also absent from the movie is the lecture Gilderoy Lockhart gives Harry about giving autographs.
  • In the book, Gryffindors have Herbology with Hufflepuffs and Defense Against the Dark Arts with the Slytherins.
  • Once again, no Peeves or Professor Binns in the movie.
  • In the first Defense Against the Dark Arts class, Lockhart gives a test to access who had read his books, with questions that consist on his likes and dislikes, ambitions and so forth.

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  • Contrary to the film, Hermione doesn’t know the meaning of the term “Mudblood” when Malfoy calls her that. It’s Ron who explains the meaning of the term.
  • Nearly Headless Nick invited Harry, Ron and Hermione for his Deathday Party, on the same day as the Halloween feast. They attend and get very unpleasant memories from it… after leaving and on their way to the Gryffindor common room, they find the petrified Mrs. Norris. After this, the three of them are taken to Lockhart’s office and the teachers’ question them about what happened.
  • Mr Filch says that the reason for the attack was the fact that Harry found out that he’s a squib (Harry had previously found a Kwikspell letter on Filch’s office).

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  • Ron recognizes Tom Riddle’s name from an award he received for special services to the school, that he cleaned (several times) on the night he served his detention.
  • To get access to the Moste Potente Potions book, where the recipe for the Polyjuice Potion is, Hermione has to get a signed note from Lockhart, has the book is in the restricted section of the library. Lockhart signs the paper without even looking at it!
  • During the Quidditch match Gryffindor versus Slytherin, Draco never sees the Snitch. He’s so busy messing with Harry, that Harry catches it fairly quickly. Also, Fred and George go through most of the game protecting Harry against the rogue bludger.

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  • In order to steal the ingredients they need for the Polyjuice Potion, Harry and Ron cause a disturbance in Potions class and Hermione steals what they need.
  • In the Dueling Club, a lot of other people, aside from Harry and Draco, are dueling.
  • The Polyjuice Potion changes color as the part of whichever person they are assuming is added. The Potion causes the person to completely transform into the other person, including the voice, eyesight, etc…

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  • Hermione spends a lot of time in the Hospital Wing after taking the Polyjuice Potion with the cat hair, even getting a Get Well Soon card from Gilderoy Lockhart.
  • Is Professor Binns who explains to his students about the Chamber of Secrets during History of Magic class, contrary to the film, where it’s Professor McGonagall who explains it to them.
  • There’s a Valentine’s Day breakfast in the Great Hall, arranged by Professor Lockhart. Harry gets a Singing Valentine (His eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad, His hair is as dark as a blackboard. I wish he was mine, he’s really divine, The hero who conquered the Dark Lord – supposedly from Ginny) and Lockhart receives a lot of cards, including one from Hermione.
  • When Harry gets sucked into Tom Riddle’s diary, he enters it through the Headmaster’s office, where he sees Professor Dippet for the first time, reading a letter tom Tom Riddle. After that, Headmaster Dippet informs Riddle that Hogwarts will be closing do to the attacks.

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  • Ginny shows several signs of emotional stress and even tries to tell Ron and Harry about the diary in the book.
  • Penelope Clearwater is attacked by the Basilisk, along with Hermione. This leaves Percy extremely blue (give that she’s his girlfriend, although no one knows…).
  • All of Hagrid’s roosters are killed in the book, given that “the crowing of the rooster is fatal to the Basilisk”.
  • Ron explains to Harry why he’s afraid of spiders: “If you must know, when I was three, Fred turned my – my teddy bear into a great big filthy spider because I broke his toybroomstick… You wouldn’t like it either if you’d been holding your bear and suddenly it had too many legs and… 
  • Harry and Ron follow the spiders after a lot of time has passed since Hagrid’s arrest, and they find the Ford Anglia before they meet Aragog.

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  • The fight between Harry and he Basilisk is fairly quick, Harry puts on the Sorting Hat and the sword hits him in the head and Fawkes uses his tears to heal Harry while Riddle is still alive.
  • After the defeat of the Basilisk, Harry’s conversation with Dumbledore takes place in McGonagall’s office and Arthur and Molly Weasley, as well as McGonagall are present.
  • Ginny tells her brothers, Harry and Hermione that Percy’s consisting writing over the previous summer and his worries during the school year were because he has a girlfriend, Penelope Clearwater