Why The Harry Potter Books Are Way Better Than The Movies!

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10 Reasons Why The Harry Potter Books Are Way Better Than The Movies!

Dive into the magic on International Harry Potter Day!

Every year on May 2nd, Potterheads around the world celebrate International Harry Potter Day. This special day marks the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, the final showdown between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.  

It is a day to honour the bravery of the characters and the impact of the series. It’s also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic that began with the books and transformed children’s fiction forever. 

Reviving the magic 

J.K. Rowling, the brilliant mind behind the Harry Potter series, introduced us to a world of magic, friendship, and adventure. Since the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997, the series has sold over 500 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling book series in history. Rowling’s work has not only captivated children but also rejuvenated an entire genre, inspiring readers of all ages. 

Other special days 

Other notable dates in the Harry Potter calendar include Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31 and the anniversary of the first book’s publication on June 26. These days, like International Harry Potter Day, offer fans a chance to celebrate their love for the series in various ways.

Books versus Movies 

While the Harry Potter movies are credited for bringing the magical world to life, they are nothing more than abridged versions of the books. The books offer a depth and richness that can’t be captured on screen. Reading them provides a more immersive experience, with intricate details and subplots that enhance the story. Not convinced? 

Presenting to you the ten reasons why the Harry Potter books are better than the movies! 

1. The Complexity of Characters

1 The Complexity of Characters

Many characters are more nuanced in the books. For instance, Dobby the house-elf has a much larger role, showcasing his bravery and loyalty, which the movies only partially depict. 

2. The Marauders’ Backstory

2 The Marauders’ Backstory

The books delve into the rich history of the Marauders—James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew. Their backstory adds depth to the plot and explains many motivations, especially in The Prisoner of Azkaban. 

3. The House-Elf Subplot

Dobby- Harry Potter

Hermione’s campaign for house-elf rights through S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare) is entirely omitted in the films. This subplot highlights her character’s activism and the broader social issues within the wizarding world.

4. Tom Riddle’s History

4 Tom Riddle’s History

The books provide a detailed exploration of Voldemort’s past, his family, and the creation of Horcruxes. This backstory is essential to understanding his character and the dark magic he wields. 

5. The Quidditch World Cup

5 The Quidditch World Cup

The books provide an extensive and thrilling account of the Quidditch World Cup, particularly in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This event is a major highlight, offering detailed descriptions of the magical sporting event, the atmosphere, and the international wizarding community’s excitement. The movies, however, only briefly touch upon this spectacular event. 

6. Harry’s Internal Struggles

6 Harry’s Internal Struggles

The books give readers a deeper insight into Harry’s thoughts and feelings, particularly his internal struggles with fame, responsibility, and loss, which the movies often gloss over. 

7. Rita Skeeter’s Animagus Secret

7 Rita Skeeter’s Animagus Secret

In the books, the meddlesome reporter Rita Skeeter is revealed to be an unregistered Animagus who turns into a beetle to eavesdrop on conversations. This revelation adds a twist to her character and her invasive journalism. 

8. The True Nature of the Elder Wand

8 The True Nature of the Elder Wand

The intricacies of wand lore, especially the true nature of the Elder Wand and its allegiance, are more thoroughly explained in the books, adding complexity to the final showdown. 

9. Neville’s Heroic Journey

9 Neville’s Heroic Journey

While the movies show Neville’s bravery, the books give a fuller picture of his development from a timid boy to a courageous hero, particularly in The Deathly Hallows. 

10. Peeves the Poltergeist

10 Peeves the Poltergeist

One of the most glaring omissions in the movies is Peeves, the mischievous poltergeist who wreaks havoc at Hogwarts, much to Argus Filch’s chagrin. His chaos-causing antics and knack for name-calling add humour that are sorely missed in the film adaptations. 

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