‘Harry Potter’: What The Movies Changed About Harry

Every Harry Potter fan knows and loves the protagonist. Yet there are some things that movie fans may have missed out on when it comes to Harry’s character. Of course, that’s to be expected since no movie can fit everything. However, there are some things that fans would have enjoyed if they had been left in the movies.

Some of these differences fundamentally change Harry’s character and mean that book fans see a side to Harry that movie fans don’t. So if fans really want to get a full picture of the protagonist, they’ll have to read the Harry Potter books. Yet what are these changes? Find out, ahead.

What is Harry like in the ‘Harry Potter’ books?

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) of Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) of Harry Potter at the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere | Debra L Rothenberg/FilmMagic

According to Screen Rant, Harry is a lot more sarcastic in the books than he is in the movies. Though there are some moments when his sarcasm comes through, for the most part, in the movies, it’s not really there. In the books, however, readers see everything through Harry’s eyes and are therefore privy to all of his inner thoughts, including the snarky ones.

Though the movies may not have wanted to truly show Harry’s thoughts, his sarcasm could have been more of a part of his character. Movie fans would have likely enjoyed that, as it would’ve given the character a bit more of an edge. And that’s often a good thing, especially for characters who are seen as too good to be true like Harry.

Did the movies leave out Harry’s big heart?

The movies didn’t completely leave out this aspect of Harry’s character, but they didn’t show it as often as they could have. Harry not only helps Dobby once in Chamber of Secrets, the two actually become friends. Dobby helps Harry out many times and Harry gives him gifts. This is one example of Harry’s kindness.

Another, perhaps even more important, example of Harry’s big heart is how he saves Peter Pettigrew from Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Sirius and Remus want to kill Peter but Harry doesn’t let them. This is shown in the movies but plays a bigger role in the books. Peter owes Harry for saving his life and this becomes important in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows especially.

What else did the movies change and why?

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There are a couple of key moments that are changed for the Deathly Hallows movie. The first is that Harry does not say goodbye to Ron and Hermione before going to sacrifice himself in the book, whereas he does in the movie. In the book, he goes alone, without telling anyone. The second moment that is changed is with the Elder Wand.

In the movie, Harry breaks the Elder Wand. While that does somewhat make sense for his character, it isn’t what happens in the book. In the book, he first uses it to fix his own wand, which was broken, and then places it in Dumbledore’s tomb.

Many fans may wonder why these changes were made in the first place. In the case of Harry’s sarcasm, it is probably because the movies decided to use Ron for all of their humorous needs. For the moments that showcased Harry’s kindness further, they were probably cut because of time constraints. As for the moments in Deathly Hallows, they may have been changed due to time as well.

In the end, Harry’s character is not completely different in the movies compared to the books. Yet the books do give a fuller picture of who Harry is as a person.