I recently listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Audible while I was driving to California to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (fitting right?). I absolutely loved listening to it! I’ve read the first book twice but it had been at least 4 years since I read it last. I had definitely forgotten certain differences between the book and the movie. I thought I’d share the main differences for those of you that are either like me, or have only ever seen the movie and don’t know what you’re missing. I listed them in chronological order. WARNING: MOVIE/BOOK SPOILERS AHEAD!
MOVIE: Hagrid takes Harry away from the Dursleys, they go straight to Diagon Alley and from there Harry gets right on the train to Hogwarts
BOOK: Hagrid takes Harry to get all his supplies for Hogwarts, gives him his ticket and instructions to get on the train, then sends Harry back to the Dursleys for a month before going to Hogwarts.
MOVIE: Harry meets Draco on the stairs prior to entering the Great Hall and being sorted into Gryffindor.
BOOK: Draco is the first Hogwarts student Harry meets before even arriving at the school. They meet in a shop in Diagon Alley while Draco is trying on robes and complaining about muggle borns.
MOVIE: Harry’s broom get’s jinxed but he later catches the snitch by swallowing it and spitting it out all in the same match.
BOOK: The match in which Harry’s broom is jinxed and the one in which he swallows the snitch are two separate games. In fact, multiple games take place in the first book that are described.
MOVIE: Harry only sees his “mum” and dad in the Mirror of Erised
BOOK: Harry’s entire family (all relatives from both sides) are depicted standing behind him in the mirror, their similar characteristics to him are described and it is said that they are all dead and gone.
MOVIE: Harry meets the centaur Firenze while serving detention in the Forbidden Forest accompanied by Malfoy.
BOOK: Harry along with Hagrid and Hermione meet two centaurs Bane and Ronan prior to meeting Firenze and splitting up. The two centaurs proceed to chastise Firenze for saving Harry from Voldemort.
MOVIE: Harry, Ron, and Hermione go through the Devil’s Snare, the flying keys room, and play the chess game to get to Quirrel at the end.
BOOK: there is one additional obstacle that Harry and Hermione must face after the chess game. They encounter a room with multiple bottles (set up by Snape) in which they must determine which bottle will kill them, which will transport them backwards, or which will allow them to move forward. It’s a game of logic that Hermione solves in order for Harry to move on.
MOVIE: Dumbeldore arrives after Harry has already killed Quirrel just by touching him
BOOK: Dumbeldore pulls Quirrel off of Harry just in time before Quirrel kills Harry. Dumbeldore later explains to him that Quirrel will soon die from being Voldemorts vessel and from his wounds inflicted by Harry.
Alright well there ya have it, the main differences, overall making for a fantastic movie. I feel that all the details that were taken out of the film were fitting to allow for a reasonable time lenght. The first movie is already over two hours long. The fact that I could only come up with 7 major difference is a testament to how well done the adaptation is. However, feel free to let me know if there are any others I might have missed.