What do you choose?- Harry potter books or movies!

Imagination is more powerful than a movie

When you read the Harry Potter books, you can picture the characters looking and behaving in the exact way that makes the most sense to you. However, in the movies, the directors and actors force their interpretations onto you.

Stuff is left out of the movies

It’s inevitable that, for time’s sake, the movies can’t include the full range of parallels and references that make the books so fabulous. But the parts that are cut out aren’t irrelevant. For example, the movies leave out the sassy strength of Ginny Weasley’s character and what was in Dumbledore’s last letter to Petunia Dursley. Most drastically, the entire plotline with Dobby and the other house-elves is dropped from all the movies. Also, in the movies, we do not get to hear what Harry – or anyone else – is thinking. Perhaps viewers are meant to deduce his thoughts from the music, framing and expression on the actor’s face. However, that scene is a lot more accessible when thoughts are written out on the page.

Movies grow old but books never do

No matter how many years pass, when you read the books, the characters, scenes and action that you see in your imagination will be relevant to your time period. In contrast, the movies get dated, and their special effects eventually look old-fashioned. Plus, the images of the characters you create in your head remain unchanged, keeping the stories timeless. The actors in all of the Harry Potter movies, however, inevitably age and move on to other roles. Seeing a grown-up Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in other movies or entertainment takes away part of the charm of their original roles when we go back to view them again. 

My star ratings for books is :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The characters come to life

When you read the books, it takes time to learn each character’s traits and features until they appear in your mind. When you watch the movies, however, you get the full force of each character’s personality the first time they appear on screen. Plus, while not all characters are fully developed in the book, the actors’ personalities shine through in each movie, no matter how minor their parts. Not to mention the inspired casting for the movies. Gilderoy Lockhart in book two, for example, makes more of the phony teacher than Rowling could. Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort gave more menance to the part than the print villain. And Julie Walters made Molly Weasley into everyone’s dream mother.

Background music and special effects provide new depth

The movies’ music and special effects are among their added value. The soundtrack to each movie enhances the drama, comedy and pathos of the storyline in a way which a book can’t convey. John Williams’ iconic “ Hedwig’s Theme” became the starlight of all the Harry Potter movies; his magical music set the tone for movies one through three. Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat deliberately wrote darker music for the darker Harry Potter movies four to eight.

Let’s not forget that Harry Potter is all about magic, and isn’t magic meant to be seen, not just read? This is where the movies’ special effects enhance the books’ magic scenes, action and mystical creatures. While the Quidditch matches are fun in the books, they are downright exhilarating when you watch Harry soar around the goals in the movies. Similarly, Dumbledore’s duel with Voldemort in Harry Potter five heightens the plot’s tension. Plus, the stories’ creatures, such as Hippogriffs, house elves and dragons, are more spellbinding in the movies!

Some changes are for the better

By adapting certain parts of the storyline, the changes in the Harry Potter movies make the series more intense. One example is the death of Hedwig. In the book, she accidentally dies, and no one gets any opportunity to mourn her, especially not Harry. In the movie, Hedwig sacririces herself to protect Harry when he’s ambushed by Death Eaters. It gives a non-human character the ending that she deserves and lets Harry – and all the viewers – mourn her properly. And the movie’s decision to show the torture of Hermoine by Bellatrix Lestrange adds to the tension of the cinematic moment.

My star ratings for movies is :

Rating: 3 out of 5.



Read this post and write what is your choice – Harry Potter Books OR Harry Potter Movies in the comments below!

Feel free to share your opinion to me and the viewers!

I am keenly waiting for some replies from crazy potterheads!!

53 thoughts on “What do you choose?- Harry potter books or movies!”

  1. Harry Potter Books! Most of the time I will choose books over movie adaptations, and this one is no exception! This is because with books, 1) you get a better insight of character emotions and thoughts, 2) you can describe so much more, 3) there’s no limit to the pages, and with movies, I think there’s a maximum length, so they will have to cut some things out. In this case, the Harry Potter Books provide the whole experience for audiences. But the movies are pretty good, too!

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    1. Yeah, so true..I am glad you liked my post..the pointers you have mentioned are really very useful and helpful..
      I am sure it will aid the other people who read my posts..thanks a lot for expressing your opinion in such a thoughtful and effective manner😘😘

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    1. Yeah, i totally agree with you..there really is nothing better than movies..thanks for visiting this blog, hope you like it..do read my other posts too!

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  2. It’s books obviously!!! I was reading HP but had to dump it because of Jk Rowling’s crazy tweet on trans people. My friends pressurized me to dump it but it is still and will always be books. 💖✌😊

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    1. Yeah, even I love Harry Potter books a lot..I am happy you liked the books tooo…yep, there has been a lot of offence against J.K Rowling lately because of her abnormal tweet…anyways, I am glad you liked my post😃😃

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    1. Of course!! I just loved reading as well as re – reading the series…I mean the movies were also just as good but then at the end of the day, nothing can beat the books !!
      Nevertheless, thanks a lot 😙😙

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  3. I always choose books over films! I love to imagine the book for myself. In my head when I read a book I picture it in abstract colours and emotion rather than definite images of places (buildings etc) and faces (apparently this is unusual lol!). Also I’ve never read Harry
    Potter… nor watched the films…. 😅😅😅🙈🙈 Great post Krisha 💜💙🧡

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      1. It is fine..no problem..I am glad you liked my post..I am actually the co – author of my friends blog…do visit my other posts too! Hope you like them as much as this one😊😊

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    1. Even me!!…I would choose books over movies anyday..
      Yep, as I mentioned in my post that books improve your imagination power as well as stimulate you creativity…
      No problem, but I will surely recommend the series to you it is totally worth reading as well are the movies worth watching! I am if you don’t already know, a crazy potterhead!!
      Anyways, thanks a lot😙😙

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    1. Oh ok..no problem..but I hope my review motivated you to read the books and see the movies..
      Also, I really hope that you liked my posts..
      And if you carefully observe the points that I mentioned, they can be valid for any book and any movie, so basically they can be considered in general too..

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  4. I can’t decide! But I choose books😉 but, in some changes in the movies make it hard to decide. Like in the 5th movie, Sirius calls Harry “James” (Do you know in which part?).😉

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    1. Yeah…even I choose books but as I have mentioned in my post that some changes made in the movies are for the better..
      Also, I think that Sirius said that in the starting part of the Order Of Phoenix!!
      Am I right??

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      1. Oh ok…I think he even said it in the starting..
        Anyways, I agree that it was a very sad moment when Sirius died 😭😭

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  5. Of course!..both of us like books..great minds think alike!!

    Yep..totally agree with you…they leave the most interesting parts though they are really needed for the viewers to know the backstory!!

    Anyways, thanks a lot for sharing the views with me!

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