The Harry Potter movies have been nothing short of box office hits. It is no surprise that the Harry Potter film franchise has been so popular. After all, the films are based on the already enormously popular Harry Potter book series created by the very successful JK Rowling. When it was first announced that the Harry Potter books would be turned into feature films, many fans grew anxious about their favorite books being turned into movies.
While excitement among fans prevailed, the feeling of anxiety still lingered as they worried about whether their favorite books would be ruined on the silver screen. There was a small measure of controversy when the Harry Potter books were first in development for the big screen. There was a bit of controversy over find the right director, with Steven Spielberg expressing interest but ultimately dropping out of sight from the project (apparently, Spielberg hoped to make an animated version of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but this idea was eventually nixed). But the fans excitement blossomed as the movie release date neared. When the first Harry-based film was finally released, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, most fans rejoiced that the film version was basically very faithful to the book version.
However, even the well-crafted film is apt to contain mistakes and film errors, and the Harry Potter film versions are no exception. Many of the films contain numerous small discrepancies, but this is mostly a byproduct of the book to film adaptation process. Here are some of the most noticeable discrepancies that dedicated readers and filmgoers have located. The movie that has been most closely examined by readers and critics appears to be Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This was the second book and film to be released from the Harry Potter series, and so it was relatively easy to compare the second version with the first. First, many careful viewers noted that the layout of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry had changed from the first film version.
In fact, most viewers recognize that the Hogwarts Castle has changed subtly in each subsequent film adaptation. Some of the changes that fans have noticed include the way the entrance hall looks. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there is a new courtyard and clock tower that were not present in the previous version. Other changes include a new Owlery that has been added to the Hogwarts grounds on top of a stone hill. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, two new valleys have also been added to the school grounds. In fact, many fans have noticed that the location of the different valleys change in each film versions. Also, the design of the bell towers has changed various times in the different film versions.
Many watchful Harry Potter fans have also noted discrepancies between the book and film versions. One such scene occurs when Padma Patil and her sister Parvati are shown to be in the Gryffindor common room. However, as all dedicated readers of the Harry Potter books know, Padma is actually a Ravenclaw and she would not be in the Gryffindor common room. For instance, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there is short scene in which Harry receives a letter from Sirius Black in which Black asks Harry to meet him in the common room. The Sirius Black voiceover intones, “P.S., the bird bites.” But the letter actually reads, “By the way, the bird bites.” For the most part, fans are capable of easily looking past such errors.