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Harry Potter Film vs. Book Quiz
by Staff
You think you know your Harry Potter, but do you know the changes — subtle and big — made in the films? Test your knowledge of both wizarding worlds with this quiz.

In the film of "The Sorcerer's Stone," Harry meets Draco at the Great Hall. Where does he meet him in the book?

  • the Hogwarts Express
  • London
  • Diagon Alley

What ghostly ghoul is not in the movies at all?

  • The Fat Lady
  • Peeves the poltergeist
  • Helena Ravenclaw

In the books, Harry's Nimbus 2000 is a secret kept by McGonagall. How about the films?

  • The secret is kept by Dumbledore.
  • Harry gets the package with tons of folks around.
  • Hagrid gives Harry the Nimbus.

In "The Chamber of Secrets," Harry's glasses get broken. Who fixes them in the book?

  • Harry
  • Hermione
  • Mr. Weasley

What festive event didn't make the films?

  • The Yule Ball
  • Sir Nicholas' Deathday party
  • The Sorting Social

What minor character introduces the story of the Chamber of Secrets in the books?

  • Gilderoy Lockhart
  • Sybill Trelawney
  • Cuthbert Binns

What does the books make clear about Argus Filch?

  • He hates potatoes.
  • He's a Squib.
  • His cat is actually his mother.

What romance blossomed through a couple of books but came up rather suddenly with a wedding in "The Deathly Hallows" film?

  • Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour
  • Ron and Hermione
  • Dumbledore and McGonagall

Who is killed by his own hand in the books?

  • Kreacher
  • Lord Voldemort
  • Peter Pettigrew

What comic character wasn't in the books at all?

  • Crookshanks
  • Dobby
  • the Shrunken Head on the Knight Bus

What professor did NOT appear in the films?

  • Gilderoy Lockhart
  • Cuthbert Binns
  • Septima Vector

What cause did Hermione champion in the book (but not the film) "Goblet of Fire" with an organization called S.P.E.W.?

  • the living conditions in the Owlery
  • the treatment of Squibs
  • the rights of house-elves

What talking item did Hermione bring with her in the book of "The Deathly Hallows" to keep track of what's happening at Hogwarts?

  • a mirror
  • the portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black
  • a shoe

What mischievous group's history was cut out of the film adaptation of "The Prisoner of Azkaban"?

  • The Slug Club
  • Dumbledore's Army
  • The Marauders

What creature was absent from the Third Task in the film version of "The Goblet of Fire"?

  • Sphinx
  • centaur
  • merpeople

What Weasley's weaselly support of the Ministry of Magic was not explained in "The Order of the Phoenix" film?

  • Percy
  • Ron
  • George

What sweet moment between Harry and Hermione was added to the film of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One"?

  • a short dance
  • a secret handshake
  • a night of passion

In the book, there's a lot more explanation around the Half-Blood Prince. What about the film?

  • Nobody ever finds out who it is.
  • Snape simply says "I'm the Half-Blood Prince."
  • Everyone already knows that Snape is the Half-Blood Prince.

Harry takes a ride on Buckbeak in "The Prisoner of Azkaban." What's the difference between the movie and book version of the event?

  • The book has Hermione joining him.
  • Harry rides Buckbeakwithout permission in the film.
  • The film shows a delighted Harry enjoying the ride, while Harry was not fond of it in the book.

When taking Polyjuice Potion in the film, what is one thing that remains after transformation?

  • the drinker's hair color
  • the drinker's voice
  • the drinker's eye color

Who got the short shrift in the film of "Sorcerer's Stone" after the potions puzzle was cut?

  • Hermione
  • Ron
  • Harry

When looking in the Mirror of Erised, Harry sees who else besides his parents in the book?

  • Hedwig
  • his extended family
  • Ginny

What drunk house-elf had no place in the films?

  • Kreacher
  • Winky
  • Dobby

What students get no credit (or mention) for becoming prefects in the films?

  • Seamus and Ron
  • Harry and Seamus
  • Ron and Hermione

In "The Order of the Phoenix" book, where do Ron, Harry and Hermione bump into Neville Longbottom — and learn a little more about his past?

  • Hogsmeade
  • London
  • St. Mungo's hospital

What dragonologist was pretty much absent from the films?

  • Gilderoy Lockhart
  • Charlie Weasley
  • Reginald Tragg

What great victory was left out of "The Prisoner of Azkaban" film?

  • Hermione's perfect grades on twelve O.W.L.s
  • Gryffindor's Quidditch Cup win
  • Ron's finally learning how to do the Patronus charm

Whose mother's backstory was cut from the films?

  • Ron's
  • Voldemort's
  • James Potter's

In "The Order of the Phoenix" book, Ron had a triumphant moment doing what?

  • playing Quidditch keeper
  • winning the Perfect Prefect competition
  • kissing Fleur

What amazing hex did the books demonstrate Ginny Weasley was adept at, but were left out of the films?

  • Vomit Hex
  • Bald Hex
  • Bat-bogey Hex