I’ve had a lot of downtime at work this past week, and managed to knock out the fifth novel in the Harry Potter series. I know I mentioned that I was skipping the fourth since I had read it earlier this year in my last review. So without further ado:

  • Things progress in the novel relatively accurate as in movie for the first two hundred pages, but then as we get introduced to Luna Lovegood, we see some major differences. First off, Luna is a Ravenclaw, not a Gryffindor. Second, Ginny introduces her with the gentleness that Hermione in the movie portrays. In the novel, Hermione (unlike the movie) is rather rude to Luna, and they butt heads many times. Their first non-abrasive moment happens at the end of the novel.
  • Ron tries out for the Gryffindor quidditch team in their fifth year, not sixth. At this time, Harry is not captain- in fact, he’s in detention for Professor Umbridge and doesn’t really see Ron’s tryout. The confundus charm movie Hermione does, didn’t happen in the book. Also, Ginny isn’t on the team yet. Fast forward a few hundred pages, Harry, Fred and George are banned from playing quidditch at Hogwarts, and Ginny becomes a substitute for Harry (though eventually she wants to become a chaser.) And, because it isn’t mentioned, Gryffindor wins the quidditch cup that year.
  • The formation of Dumbledore’s Army and Harry teaching students defense against the dark arts is a little different than the movie. The movie does a decent job on summarizing it, but initially Hermione brings it up to Harry, and he goes off on them, and he sits on the idea for a while. Then they decide to hold the meeting in the Hog’s Head. Hermione gets students to sign their name like a contract, and then charms it to know if they tell anyone about it. And Dobby, not Neville, tells Harry about the Room of Requirement.
  • I’d have to rewatch the movie to double check, but I believe they don’t mention that Umbridge was watching the Floo network, intercepting owls, or had her make the confession about the dementors that attacked Harry and Dudley.
  • I felt that this was brilliant:

…said Ginny angrily “Seeing as you don’t know anyone but me who’s been possessed by You-Know-Who, and I can tell you how it feels.” Harry remained quite still as the impact of those words hit him. Then he wheeled around. “I forgot,” he said. “Lucky you,” said Ginny coolly.’

As everyone in the potter fandom knows, Ginny is so tough- she had to be, with so many brothers. So when Harry is having his nobody-understands-me moment, she is the perfect character to snap him out of it. The movies needed more Ginny to balance out the emo-Potter.

  • The Quibbler Article- unmentioned in the movies, this is really what starts to change people’s perception of Harry. Although the publication was typically a laughing stock, Harry’s account of what happened when Voldemort returned make those in denial or unsure understand that his story was unwavering.
  • The removal of Hagrid from Hogwarts. The book describes such a horrible scene. I’m surprised that kind of action didn’t make it into the movie. But then again, I probably would’ve cried seeing McGonagall get hit like that.
  • I had forgotten how emotional Order of the Phoenix is towards the end. I always hated that Sirius dies, but I apparently blocked out how much anger and emotion Harry lets out afterwards, especially while talking with Dumbledore about the prophesy.

Alright, that’s all for now. I definitely won’t be squeezing in book 6 (Half Blood Prince) before the holidays. So again, thank you to the followers who have stuck with me this year, and I hope you all have a festive season and a Happy New Year!