Harry Potter: Which are better, the books or movies?

Nov 19, 2010

Celebritology blogger Jen Chaney and Blog Post blogger Melissa Bell weigh in on the Harry Potter series. What do you think? Which is the better of the two?

I'm just curious . . . am I the last human being alive who ISN'T a Harry Potter fan?

The movies are excellent, but I think the books are better. The movies leave out several important plot points; these omissions would confuse anyone who hadn't read the books. "Azkaban" left out Lupin's connection with the Marauders' Map. "Goblet of Fire" failed to answer the logical question of how Crouch got out of prison. There are others, but those are the most glaring in my opinion.

What was was one thing that was in the book, but was left out of the movie, that you wish hadn't been left out?

I think one of the things wrong with the movies (and I love them) is that they were made too soon. If they were made after all the books came out their would be scenes made (i.e. in goblet of fire- the scene where Ron says to Harry-- you can take Ginny to the Dance) that was not in the movies. So I expect that BBC in 10 to 20 years will make a series of mini-series of the books.

Was awful! Dumbledore died before imparting any knowledge onto Harry about what the Horcruxes were or really any relevant info about Voldermort's past. It'll be interesting to see how the 7th movie rectifies this because right now, Harry knows bupkis.

The movie was great, but I felt 2 penultimate scenes from the book were missing. One where Harry tells Ron that Hemoine has always been like sister and the second is the one where Harry marks Dobby's grave with 'Here lies Dobby, a free elf' These were powerful points in the book and I wish they were not excluded.

Hi - I have a third grader who has finished books (mostly read together and some independent reading) 1-3 and seen those movies. He would like to continue, but I wonder if the books get darker & more advanced from here. Any thoughts?

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Melissa Bell
Jen Chaney
Also an accredited Celebritologist, Jen focuses on pop culture news and trends in the entertainment world.

In addition to overseeing movie content for the Post's Web site, she also writes regularly about film, DVDs and stars of screens large and small.

When she isn't blogging or at the movies, she's ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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