The Worst Book to Film Harry Potter Characters
After writing The Best Book to Film Harry Potter Characters, it only seemed natural to add a list of the worst ones, too. Out of the many great things about the movies, a handful of the characters were nothing short of disappointing for fans of the books. Here's a list of them.
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Number 4: Barty Crouch, Jr.
Although people were excited that David Tennant appeared in a Harry Potter movie, Barty Crouch, Jr.'s character was completely different in the movie to how it was in the book. His character isn't explored, really, and is more talked about than shown, but the few minutes he does get on the screen are quite bizarre.
Barty Crouch, Jr. was sent to Azkaban Prison by his father when found guilty of being a follower of Voldemort. He then broke out of prison (how he did it was explained in the books but skipped over in the movie), disguised himself as an ex-Auror and taught at Hogwarts for nearly a full year before he was caught. In the book, he is undoubtedly clever, obsessed with Voldemort and obeying his command, and a great actor, as he was able to fool everyone, including Dumbledore himself, that he was Mad-Eye Moody.
The few minutes he gets on screen, Tennant made Barty Crouch, Jr. look jittery and mad. If this were true, he wouldn't have been able to play Mad-Eye so well. And he has a weird, snake-like twitch in his tongue - what's with that?
Number 3: Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon)
Dumbledore is one of the best characters in the Harry Potter series. As well as being an extremely powerful wizard, J.K. Rowling portrayed him as nothing short of lovable. He loves knitting patterns, he wears a bonnet he got from a cracker at a Christmas party, and he cares deeply for Harry. In the movies, portrayed from the third movie by Michael Gambon, he is given very few lines to portray the eccentric side of Dumbledore's character, and is a lot more strict and intimidating than he was supposed to be. I didn't like Dumbledore in the movies half as much as I liked him in the books, and I suspect that Gambon hadn't read the book series.
In the first two movies where Dumbledore was played by Richard Harris before he passed away, he was a lot more likeable - smiled more, and even wore half-moon spectacles as described in the book. I much preferred his version.
Number 2: Horace Slughorn
We're first introduced to Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He likes the powerful, the influential and the talented, and even has a selection of students with these qualities close to him, named the 'Slug Club'. In the sixth book, Slughorn 'collects' students again when he resumes his old post of Potions Master. He's extremely important to the story because he has an old memory. When Voldemort was a student, Slughorn unknowingly gave him access to terrible dark magic that he later used to make himself almost immortal. Harry is given the task to extract this memory from Slughorn, as Dumbledore says it will be essential to defeating Voldemort.
In the books, Slughorn is described as portly, with a silvery walrus-like moustache. He often bellows "Harry, m'boy!" when the protagonist is around, and has a likeable but greedy nature.
Jim Broadbent played Slughorn, and honestly looked like he'd wandered onto the set by accident. He looks nothing like Slughorn - he didn't need to grow a moustache for the part, but he doesn't have the portly stomach, the power-loving demeanor or even a bellowing voice when greeting Harry. He was a huge disappointment to me, adding to an already poor movie (the Half-Blood Prince is my least favourite of all the films for several reasons, but I won't bore you with them now.) If I was given a role to play, I'd make sure I'd done as much research into the character as possible to know what they were like. There was really no excuse for the character to be so far from accurate when there was a novel to make reference to.
Number 1: Ginny Weasley
In the books, Ginny was extremely popular with the boys, fiery, fearless and talented. She's likeable because she gets on well with her mischievous older brothers, Fred and George, she's brave (not putting up with Harry snapping at her in Book 5, and bravely fighting with Dumbledore's Army). In the films, she barely gets any screentime until the director probably thought, "oh crap, Ginny's actually important in the sixth book, we'd better make her relevant."
In the movies, Harry suddenly likes Ginny for almost no reason at all. She doesn't have many lines, and what she does say doesn't strike any particular likeableness about her. She doesn't possess any of the fire or personality that she did in the books. This isn't really the actress' fault, but it was disappointing, and made Harry's relationship with Ginny (which, in the book, was a full-blown, official relationship, and in the movie was a quick peck on the lips in the Room of Requirement) quite mundane.
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