Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs Movie

It’s that time again, I finally finished listening and reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire since once again, I wasn’t able to listen to all of the book on overdrive before it expired so I finished reading it with my physical copy.



Movie: The movie begins with Harry waking up in the Weasley’s home in preparedness for the world cup.


Book: Mr. Weasley, Fred, George, and Ron arrive at the Dursley’s house to pick up Harry. They blow up the Dursley’s fireplace using the floo network. The twins purposely drop a toffee on the floor for Dudley to find and eat to which he grows an insanely long tongue, terrifying the Dursleys. (This scene was seriously wonderful!!)


Movie: Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys go to the top of the stands to watch the game. Harry sees Barty Crouch Jr. (a dark shape to him then) shoot off the Dark Mark.


Book: The gang meets the house elf Winky at the top of the stands at the World Cup who happens to be the house elf of Barty Crouch who works at the Ministry. She is then found knocked out after the Dark Mark shows up and is then blamed for casting it. 


Movie: Hermione cares about creatures more than the rest of the gang. Her care for elves is implied but the organization SPEW does not exist. 


Book: After witnessing how terribly Winky is treated by her masters and seeing the kitchens in which the house elves work at Hogwarts, Hermione is compelled to create the Society for the Promotion of elfish Welfare (SPEW). Ron gives her grief for it the entire book. 


Movie: Neville is a herbology nerd who is told by Mad Eye about gillyweed and proceeds to give it to Harry to use in the second triwizard task. 


Book: Dobby gives Harry the gillyweed, we later find out that Mad Eye planned for Dobby to overhear him talking about the plant so that he would give it to Harry.


Movie: Harry finds Barty Crouch dead in the forest while walking through it with Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid.


Book: Harry finds Mr. Crouch with Victor Krum after being briefed about the final task. Mr. Crouch is alive at the time and he is rambling about needing to see Dumbledore. You later find out that he was under the imperious curse the whole time and was starting to come off of the spell when Harry found him. We later discover that Crouch is killed.


Movie: Rita Skeeter is slimy and conniving and writes a false article about Harry and another false article about his relationship with Harry. That’s the last we hear from her.


Book: Rita Skeeter writes multiple articles on topics that she can’t possibly know any information about. Including the exposure of Hagrid as a half giant to the world. Hermione is continually humiliated by her stories about stealing Harry romantically, to which she receives many nasty letters from fans. Hermione is determined to figure out how Rita is finding out all these secrets and eventually captures Rita who is an undocumented animagus posing as a beetle.


Movie: Barty Crouch Jr. is revealed to be the man behind Mad Eye Moody and admits his guilt after taking the veritaserum. Not much detail is revealed past that.



Book: Barty Crouch Jr reveals his entire story: how his father broke him out of Azkaban using polyjuice potion and kept his son under the imperious curse for months under the supervision of the house elf Winky. Jr finally broke out of the spell and turned the tables on his father, Voldemort found him shortly after and they set to work on their plan.


Movie:Harry is never shown explaining the full account of his experience in the graveyard with Voldemort. It is implied that he spoke only to Dumbledore about it.


Book: Harry tells his story to both Dumbledore and Sirius who is on the school grounds as a dog. In fact, Harry keeps Sirius updated constantly about the triwizard tournament because he is staying near Hogsmeade. Dumbledore tells Mrs. Weasley, Bill Weasley, Ron, Hermione, and Snape that Voldemort has returned when Harry is in the hospital wing after the third task. He then has Sirius reveal himself to the group and Dumbledore forces Sirius and Snape to call a truce. 


Movie: Dumbledore tells the school that Voldemort is back, and the fate of Barty Crouch Jr is never revealed. Though he is proof of Voldemort’s return, Fudge doesn’t except it in the next film. 


Book: Barty Crouch Jr is kissed by a Dementor and has his soul sucked out because Cornelius Fudge is too stupid to stop it, believing him to be a terrible criminal. Crouch Jr is worse than dead and no good to anyone in proving the return of Voldemort. Dumbledore is livid over this fact, he was the key to Fudge seeing reason. (This seriously enlightened me so much as to why Fudge would be in such denial. I had completely forgotten about this part in the books)


Well there ya have it folks, I hope I was able to refresh your memories of the fourth book, I know I sure needed a refresher! Rereading these books has been such a lovely experience, and I hope to use these posts to never forget the little but so important details in these fantastic stories!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie

I listened to the first half of Prisoner of Azkaban on audio that I had checked out through Overdrive. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish listening to it before it expired. Hence why it took me three months to have the chance to finish it by reading my own copy! I had forgotten how much I absolutely love the third book in this beloved series!! SO MUCH LOVE! So I’m very pleased to bring you the third edition of Harry Potter movie comparison post!



Movie: Harry meets and rides Buckbeak for the first time during his very first class of Care of Magical Creatures with Hagrid. Harry is the only one who really interacts with a hippogriff as Buckbeak is the only one present.


Book: Hagrid has multiple hippogriff grazing and multiple students get to interact with them.

sirius_black_wanted_gif_by_nightgrowler-d3443e2Movie: Mr. Weasley takes Harry aside in the Leaky Cauldron to tell him that Sirius Black is coming after him.


Book: Harry overhears a conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Weasley at the Leaky Cauldron about Black being after Harry. Mr Weasley never approaches Harry personally. 



Movie: Harry steps up to bogart in Professor Lupin’s class and it turns into a dementor in which Lupin jumps in front of Harry to block. 


Book:Harry never gets a chance to approach the bogart, Lupin stops the class right before Harry can step up to it.



Movie: Harry, Ron, and Hermione find their own to their first class of Divinations.


Book: A knight Sir Cadogan who is quite buffoon leads them to their class. He is only briefly shown once in the movies and is noticeable only to those who have read the book. He replaces the Fat Lady as the password keeper for Gryffindor after she gets attacked by Sirius.



Movie: Harry receives the Firebolt from Sirius at the very last scene that arrives with a hippogriff feather.


Book: Harry mysteriously receives a Firebolt as a Christmas present. Nobody can figure out who its from. Hermione suspects its from Sirius whom she believes to be a criminal still at the time. She turns it in to Professor McGonagall who proceeds to have it thoroughly checked for jinxes before returning it back to Harry to use to win the Quidditch Cup, which they do in fact win.



Movie: Harry uses the memory of his parents “just talking” to defeat the dementor bogart when he is training with Lupin. 


Book: Harry meets with Lupin multiple times in order to finally achieve a patronus. The memory he uses to do so is of him being told he is a wizard and that he will be leaving the Dursleys. 


Movie: Sirius attacks the fat lady and is not seen in human form again on the grounds.


Book: Ron gets attacked in the middle of the night in the boys dormitory. His bed curtains are slashed and McGonagall comes out in her dressing gown to see whats going on. There is actually a deleted freeze frame (seen above) that I think is from this scene but we never actually see it in the movie.


Movie: Harry sneaks out to Hogsmeade under the invisibility  cloak, and throws snowballs at Malfoy and depants Crabbe and gets away with it.


Book: Harry throws mud at Malfoy but his cloak slips in the process and Malfoy sees his head. He then runs off and tells Snape who confiscates the Marauders Map from him. The map proceeds to insult him in more than one way. Snape then summons Lupin to read the map who takes it from there. 


Movie: The whomping willow is on Hogwarts grounds and it just so happens to be located on top of the secret entrance to the shrieking shack.


Book:Lupin reveals to Harry, Ron, and Hermione whilst they’re all in the shrieking shack that the unique tree was planted specifically for Lupin to use as a form of protection from others when he transformed into a werewolf. 


Movie: Hermione howls to distract Lupin from attacking them causing him to run after her and Harry. Lupin as a werewolf then comes after them and almost kills them when Buckbeak fends him off. 


Book: No suspenseful werewolf forrest scene takes place and the book is no less exciting for it! 


Movie: As stated previously–at the end of the film, Sirius flys off on Buckbeak after having a heartfelt goodbye with Harry and Hermione. That is the last we see or hear from him until the next film.


Book: Sirius sends a letter to Harry with a tiny cute owl while Harry is on the Hogwarts Express heading back to the Dursleys for the Summer. This is the point in time when he reveals to Harry that it was him that sent him the Firebolt at Christmas. He also tells Ron to keep the owl who had sent the letter so that he would have a new pet to replace Scabbers. 



Pottermore Presents Ebooks Review

Due to each story corresponding with one another, and the fact that they are so short, I decided it would be best to review all three as one.


Goodreads Summary:

‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way. 


Goodreads Summary:

No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): “their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”’ – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle. 


Goodreads Summary:

‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

My Review

Ok so it’s kind of hard to make this an actual review seeing as these books were more of Harry Potter encyclopedias. So there is no real story to review upon. All I can tell you is how they made me feel. Any die hard Potter fan is gonna absolutely adore learning everything there is to know about the Wizarding World! J.K. Rowling inspired all the feels , and her chapter on Remus Lupin had me tearing up all over again. I truly felt like I was being educated on a topic that I sincerely cared about (unlike most my college courses).

The most unique part about the way these books are written is that after each section there is a section titled: “J.K. Rowling’s Thoughts.” You basically get a glimpse inside of her head as she was brainstorming/writing the Harry Potter books. You discover where her inspiration came from and how she thought up the names of characters. She even talks about ideas that she decided not to go with. If anything, reading these books increased my appreciation of her as an author even more! She did so much research, and put so so much thought into constructing the Harry Potter books; it’s absolutely amazing!! Even minor characters (ones I had completely forgotten existed until reading these) were given extensive backgrounds.

Though Rowling does touch on a lot of details I had been wondering about, I can’t help but feel that she could still tell us so much more, and give us spin off books on characters (wishful thinking I know). My inner fangirl would love to see a series written on the Marauders! Oh well, I most definitely enjoyed reading these lovely little ebooks, it made my heart happy and made me what to reread all the books now that I have a greater understanding.

I most definitely recommend any Harry Potter fan read these three books! Buy book the series on Amazon here!

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ( Harry Potter #8) by JK Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne


Goodreads Summary:

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

**Side Note:  I was that adult-child that went to the Barnes & Noble midnight release party to get this book! My fangirl heart was so freaking ecstatic!**

My Review

Ok, bare with me folks, I have so much to say and sort through in this jumbled emotional heart/mind of mine. I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads, but it was most definitely a hesitant 5 stars! I’m going to do my best to write this review without giving away spoilers.

I was both extremely excited and super nervous to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Harry Potter is the epitome of my childhood; it will forever have a special place in my heart. Therefore, I tried to go into this book with an open mind, but it was so hard to keep that mindset as the super fan that I am. So naturally I had to restrain myself from picking it apart. I knew that it wasn’t going to be written by JK Rowling, or at least not entirely, and I knew that it was a script written for the stage. I honestly got used to the script format fast, so that was definitely not an issue.

The book picks up directly from the “Nineteen Years Later” epilogue from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows right from there. The time absolutely flies by; skipping from year to year, but for the most part it follows the lives of Albus (Harry’s middle child) and Scorpius (Draco’s only child). I absolutely loved reading about Harry’s children and seeing my beloved characters as adults. The entire plot/concept was so unexpected and had me completely riveted from beginning to end.

However, there were so many times that I found myself thinking “he would never say that” or “that just doesn’t seem like it would happen that way; this isn’t JK Rowling speaking through her characters.” So to put it plainly, I could really tell that it wasn’t the same author. Any fan who knows the books well enough will be able to as well. There were just many questionable lines of dialogue throughout that had me going “um…what?!” hell there were even super cheesy lines that I just couldn’t fathom how they fit into the story. On the other hand, there were some parts that had me tearing up at how happy it made my heart to see things play out the way that they did. So of course there was plenty of awesome mixed in with the not so awesome.

I am torn between viewing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as an actual 8th installment to the series, or just as an entirely separate entity that may or may not be considered as “factual” in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Don’t get me wrong, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I mean it‘s Harry Potter, I’m gonna kind of love it by default, but that doesn’t mean that my stickler true-fan heart won’t argue the differences, and how they take away from the sanctity of the world and its characters’ legacies. Nevertheless, the story of Harry Potter will go down in infamy, and that is a seed that was planted long before there was ever talk of an 8th book. To me, my heart lies with the original 7, The “Magnificent Seven.” I would still recommend any fan read this story, it definitely satisfies that burning need to delve back into the world. I’m honestly dying to reread them all again now, or at least finish listening to them on audio.

Buy Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Amazon here, or essentially anywhere else that sells anything on this planet (they’re literally everywhere).

If you have read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, check out this awesome Buzzfeed article: 96 Thoughts I Had While Reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Movie Vs Book

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.