4. Luna Lovegood,The Order of the Phoenix onward
What? Most of the side characters (Neville, Ginny, Dean…) have their roles reduced in the movies, but Luna Lovegood has a pretty major presence throughout the second half of the franchise, after she is introduced in Order of the Phoenix.
Why? Another performance-related one. I like Luna in the books, but Evanna Lynch’s ethereal, otherworldly portrayal makes her the best student character outside of the main three. The Neville/Luna thing comes out of nowhere but it is kind of sweet.
3. The Tale of the Three Brothers, The Deathly Hallows
What? Hermione reads out the old wizarding fairy tale ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’ in both the book and the film. In the movie, however, we get an amazing animation to go along with it.
Why? An unexpected and brilliant bit of visual imagination is this scene, with a gothic tone that makes it feel like it’s been ripped from a Tim Burton movie. I really wish they had animated all of Beedle the Bard’s tales like this and put them on the DVD as extras.
2. The Humour, The Half-Blood Prince
What? The film adaptation of The Half-Blood Prince might pair down on the plot, but in its place it adds in a lot of humour – for instance, the Felix Felicis scene – which makes it feel like a high school comedy for a lot of its runtime (until the sad conclusion, of course).
Why? There’s jokes spread throughout the franchise, of course, but The Half-Blood Prince is particularly funny thanks to some neat additions which give Daniel Radcliffe, in particular, the chance to flex his comedy muscles more.
1. Voldemort’s Death, The Deathly Hallows
What? In the books, Voldemort dies a human death, but in the film he meets his fate like the horrible unnatural creature that he is – by flaking away into nothing.
Why? This is a bit of a controversial one, as Voldemort’s death in the novels is his final punishment – after everything he has done to avoid it, he eventually succumbs to a completely ordinary demise. On the other hand, you have to admit the film’s version is cooler and more memorable.
N.B. There’s a lot of Deathly Hallows on here, which suggests I don’t like the book. That’s really not true – it’s actually my favourite!