Harry Potter: 5 Things Only Book Readers Will Know About The Boy Who Lived

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is full of colourful, complex and wonderfully terrifying characters, with the author creating some of the most iconic heroes and villains that the fantasy genre has ever known. When it comes to the most iconic, beloved and memorable characters that the Wizarding World has to offer, it would be impossible to deny that Harry Potter himself is one of the greatest! As the central character of the series, the film franchise obviously spends a great deal of time with The Boy Who Lived, who is portrayed wonderfully by Daniel Radcliffe in all eight adaptations. Despite the immense amount of time that the movies spend with Harry Potter, it’s fair to say that there’s still a great deal of information that fans of the films won’t know about the iconic hero!


Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter is one of the most iconic film heroes in cinema history, but when you compare the film adaptations to the source material, it’s clear that a lot of information was left on the cutting room floor. For our latest post on The Blog That Must Not Be Named, we’re ranking five details that only fans of the Harry Potter books will know about The Boy Who Lived.

5 – Dumbledore Freezes Harry Beneath His Invisibility Cloak In The Astronomy Tower

In the film adaptation of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore instructs Harry to hide below the Astronomy Tower, moments before he is shockingly murdered by Severus Snape. In the book, however, Dumbledore’s heartbreaking death plays out very differently. Moments before Draco Malfoy and a handful of Death Eaters show up in the Astronomy Tower, Dumbledore freezes Harry beneath his invisibility cloak. This means that Harry is forced to watch Snape murder Dumbledore, with no way of intervening or helping the Hogwarts Headmaster.


4 – He Gave Rita Skeeter An Exclusive Interview

Following Voldemort’s return at the end of Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, the Ministry of Magic uses all of its extensive resources, including The Daily Prophet newspaper, to make Harry and Dumbledore look like liars. This causes a lot of tension between Harry and his school mates, but Hermione discovers a way for Harry to tell the truth to the Wizarding World. During one of their trips to Hogsmeade Village, Hermione arranges for Harry to have a sit-down interview with Rita Skeeter, which will be published in The Quibbler. Hoping that the interview will force people to understand the truth, Harry tells Rita Skeeter everything about the night that Cedric Diggory was killed.


3 – His Disastrous Date With Cho Chang

Harry’s relationship Cho Chang makes it into the Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix movie, but the film leaves out some of Harry and Cho’s greatest moments as a couple. In the book, Harry and Cho agree to spend Valentine’s Day together in Hogsmeade Village – but things don’t go exactly to plan. The pair go for a drink in Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, which is full of young couples holding hands, but things quickly fall apart when Harry mentions that he agreed to meet Hermione. As if things weren’t already awkward enough, Cho brings up Cedric Diggory and once again begins to cry. Harry and Cho get into a massive argument, which ends with Cho storming out of the tea shop.


2 – His Relationship With Ginny

Harry and Ginny’s relationship makes it into the Harry Potter movies, but the film adaptations never devote too much time to Harry’s first serious relationship. In the books, Harry’s feelings for Ginny are explored in much more depth, with Harry struggling with his feelings for Ron’s sister throughout the events of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. Harry and Ginny finally get together (in front of everyone in the Gryffindor common room, including Ron) following a monumental win for the Gryffindor quidditch team, and the pair are inseparable for the rest of the book.

While Harry and Ginny’s relationship is explored in both versions of Harry Potter, there’s no denying that Harry’s feelings for Ginny made a lot more sense in the books.


1 – He Fixes his Original Wand

At the end of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry snaps the Elder Wand into two pieces and throws it from the edge of a bridge. This is a great moment that shows Harry’s complete lack of interest when it comes to obtaining power. In the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows book, Harry returns to Dumbledore’s office and uses the Elder Wand to repair his original wand, which was destroyed earlier in the book. When Harry picked up his repaired wand, he felt a “sudden warmth in his fingers, as though wand and hand were rejoicing at their reunion.”


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One thought on “Harry Potter: 5 Things Only Book Readers Will Know About The Boy Who Lived

  1. This is very true- this is the only point I didn’t like in the movies. They missed many details and points which were there in the book, or else I am obsessed with Harry Potter.

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