Changes from the Book
major characters and events from the book not included in the film:
Vernon Dursley's day, as
the wizarding world is more apparent in
their celebration of the disappearance of
Mention of Mrs. Figg.
presence during the trip to the
appearance as a character at all.
Parts of Uncle Vernon's
madness. Major snippets of his attempts to avoid the letters have been left
out, including a jaunt to a hotel and to the middle of a forest.
Harry's trip to
Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions,
with consequent changes to his first meeting with
The details of James' and
wands. Somewhat minor but nice facts
about their size and composition.
The month between Harry's birthday
(31 July) and his arrival at
King's Cross Station
on 1 September (see Serpensortia).
The Sorting Hat's song.
The entire exchange between Harry
and Draco on the
Peeves the Poltergeist!
(Reportedly was filmed, and a voice actor hired, but was cut for time.)
Draco's challenge to a duel and
Harry's attempt to meet with
him at night.
The "secret" arrival of
Harry's Nimbus 2000.
McGonagall covers up the
broomstick that is delivered to
Harry in the book, to keep his
Quidditch playing a secret
until the first game, but it is quite obvious and dramatically done in the
The rest of Harry's family, aside
from his mother and father, in the
Mirror of Erised.
Mentioned in a scene that later appeared on the DVD, he is hardly mentioned
in the theatrical version, and his mention on
Chocolate Frog card doesn't
get its proper place, even in the cut scene.
The unconscious troll
chambers of the stone.
Task:" the potion riddle
Hermione solves to get
Harry to the
was cut, perhaps because it is not nearly as cinematic as
Ron's chess task.
plotlines that were twisted in the transition to the screen:
Hagrid's conversation with
Voldemort takes place after
their shopping expedition rather than in the
Draco's first meeting, in
Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions
in the book, now takes place at
Hogwarts just before the
Sorting; their second conversation in the book is moved to this point.
Consequently, Scabbers never
bites Goyle and has a much less
visible role than in the book.
King's Cross Station
in such a way that it appears to be on the same day as
rather than just over a month later.
Rather than speaking inside the mind of the wearer, the
Sorting Hat speaks aloud
and quite openly while evaluating the wearer's suitability for a particular
and the subsequent
detentions in the
Forbidden Forest. Though
Hermione go to great
lengths in the book to get
Norbert sent off
with Charlie Weasley,
Dumbledore simplifies matters
in the film and sends him himself. (In fact, the entire
Norbert sequence in
the film is compressed so that the kids are caught out of bounds on the night
of the hatching, rather than later. Consequently,
Ron in the film is never bitten by
Norbert and isn't
sent to the
The fourth person to get
Hermione changes from
Neville in the book to
Ron in the film, to suit this
McGonagall performs an
for her class in the first film, but in the books, the students first see it
in their third year.
The first-year Gryffindors
do not share Transfiguration
lessons with any other House in
the books, as far as we can tell, but both
(e.g., Susan Bones) and
(e.g., Draco Malfoy)
in the film.
In fact, the latter is definitely incorrect, because in
PS9, we are told that the
and Slytherins only
have Potions and
classes together, nothing else.
The snake is from
Brazil in the
book, but bred in captivity but native to Burma in the film. (However, the
appearance of the snake in the film seems consistent with the variety that
would be found in
Aunt Petunia are
described in the books as blond, but are dark-haired in the film.
Draco's initial offer of
friendship to Harry takes place on
the Hogwarts Express
in the book - an encounter during which
Scabbers' great moment of
biting Goyle's finger occurs - but
occurs outside the
before the Sorting in the film, sans
Harry's parents look quite a bit
older than they should. They were about 22 when they died, but in the film
they look like they're in their mid-thirties at least.
white-blond with a palomino body in the book, but appears to be
dark-haired in the film.
additions to the film without direct canon backing:
The full-out depiction of Voldemort's
attack on Harry and
Lily Potter is only in the book in
Hagrid's dialogue, but becomes a
first-hand depiction of the flashback in the film.
Though there is no real description of the
Hogwarts uniforms or
obvious differentiation in house appearances in the books, the films have
added house crests, ties, and prep-school-inspired clothing under the cloaks.
Oliver Wood's anecdote
that during his first
Quidditch match, he took a
Bludger to the
head two minutes into the game and woke up a week later in the
The plaque that proclaims
James Potter to be a
and the non-canon characters R.J.H. King and M.G. McGonagall on it.
(The latter cannot be
who far from being a teammate of
James Potter was one of his
teachers.) See PS/f errors for more
about this plaque.
student at Hogwarts in the late 60s/early 70s. He or she played Quidditch
for Gryffindor, and in 1969 won a small plaque which is now part of
a trophy in the trophy room.
NOTE: King's name appears on a wooden shield in the trophy room in
PS/f only. Other information
on that shield is problematic since it contradicts JKR's statement that
James Potter was a Chaser. Therefore
King cannot be considered part of the official canon.
portraits present in the film but not in the books
picture of a little girl who curtsies to the first years on their way
up to their common room after the welcoming feast
picture of a woman who walks into a room and sits by a bed, in the
Among the portraits on the shifting staircase is a painting of
Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second wife and the mother of
Queen Elizabeth I. One of the charges against her when Henry VIII
had her tried and executed was that she was a witch.