The Harry Potter films, for the most part, do a brilliant job of keeping the original material written by JK Rowling. However, Warner Bros chose to alter some things in the books to further improve things for those who are learning about the Boy who lived and his battle against Lord Voldemort through the big screen.
That means that even the deaths of some characters were altered in some way. Some fans disagreed with this, but others could appreciate the creativity shown from behind the scenes. Now we take a look at the 10 characters with whom their deaths were manipulated in the eight films of the franchise.
10 Professor Quirrell
During the sorcerer's stone, leads you to believe that Severus Snape is working on behalf of Lord Voldemort, helping the Dark Lord in his mission to return to his full power. However, in a surprising twist, it is revealed that he is the not-so-nervous professor Quirrell.
Quirrell's death in the movie is brutal, with his whole body burning with Harry's touch. It is similar in the book but slightly different, with its body intact. We imagine that Warner Bros didn't want to scare too many people by showing a badly burned corpse, and we don't blame them.
9 9 Frank Bryce
At the beginning of the goblet of fire movie and book, a muggle man named Frank Bryce sees strange and flickering lights inside Riddle Manor, long since abandoned. He decides to go take a look and then is killed by Lord Voldemort.
Two things are different here. First, in the movie, Voldemort and Peter Pettigrew join Barty Crouch Jr, which is not the case in the source material. Second, Frank fights in the book, appearing as brave instead of simply looking fragile and lost as he does on the big screen.
8 Barty Crouch Sr.
Harry, Ron and Hermione stagger in the goblet of fire movie when, on a walk with Hagrid, they run into the body of the head of the Ministry of Magic, Barty Crouch Sr. At this point, there is nothing they can do, and the culprit is gone when they find him.
In the book of the same name, however, it is much more dramatic. Crouch surprises Harry and Viktor Krum chattering, talking about Lord Voldemort and doing something terrible. Harry leaves the scene to go for help, but when he returns, Krum is unconscious and Crouch is gone. It was later revealed that Barty Crouch Jr, under the appearance of Alastor Moody, murdered his father and transformed his body into a bone.
7 7 Sirius Black
The death of Sirius Black in the Order of the Phoenix It is one of the most heartbreaking moments of the entire franchise. And it is slightly modified for the film version of the story.
In the movie, Sirius is beaten by Bellatrix Lestrange with the murderous curse Avada Kedavra. However, in the book, it is a standard curse that hits him in the heart and puts an end to his life in the process. Bellatrix is also much more celebratory in the source material, while in the book she * initially * seems to show some regret.
6 6 Crazy Eyed Moody
In the Deathly Hallows: Part 1The death of Alastor Moody is announced to the group by Bill Weasley after his successful attempts to move Harry away from private unit number 4 and take her to the Burrow. It is the only time that is mentioned in the blockbuster and we do not learn much about how it developed.
But, while the book is equally vague and mysterious, at least we discover a little more. It is explained that Moody was killed by Lord Voldemort himself, whose presence had forced Mundungus Fletcher, a member of the Order of the Phoenix, to flee. To be fair, if the Dark Lord himself is flying behind you, who can really blame him?
5 5 Peter Pettigrew
Peter Pettigrew, despite being a fairly important character in the grand scheme of things, his role in the Harry Potter films is greatly reduced as time passes. His death hardly occurs on the screen, with the last thing we see of him when Harry and Ron Weasley escape from prison inside Malfoy Manor.
The book, of course, gives the character a much greater death. Pettigrew's own silver hand, which was given as a reward for his loyalty to Lord Voldemort, turns to him when he hesitates to prevent Harry and Ron from escaping. The duo is helpless and horrified, while the silver hand clings to Pettigrew's throat and tenses until he can no longer breathe.
4 4 Fred Weasley
We can't help feeling that Warner Bros should have spent a couple more minutes giving Fred Weasley a good death, particularly since he's one of the most popular characters. You see Fred screaming when a Death Eater approaches him at the Battle of Hogwarts, and the next time you see him, his body lies in the Great Hall with his family mourning.
As expected, it is much sadder in the book. Fred dies with a smile on his face and with brother Percy at his side. There is a big bang, just when the twin Weasley is in the middle of a final joke, and Percy is devastated when the dust settles and his brother leaves.
3 Severus Snape
The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 The movie certainly did a good job of giving Severus Snape a satisfying final scene. In a rather violent movement, Lord Voldemort cuts Snape's throat and then orders Nagini to finish it.
But in the source material, it is only Nagini. Voldemort places his snake on his favorite Death Eater and does not stop biting him until it is clear that he will not survive. We imagine that Warner Bros wanted to show Snape dying and not horrify millions of young children in the process, so the slight change is understandable.
two Bellatrix Lestrange
The Deathly Hallows book sees Bellatrix Lestrange face Mrs. Weasley, mocking her for Fred's death and laughing at her resistance to Lord Voldemort. However, she dies on exactly the same stage as Cousin Sirius Black, with a curse that hit her in the heart and made her fall to the ground.
It would have been nice to see him, especially when Voldemort tries to get Mrs. Weasley out of the Battle of Hogwarts. Instead, the film causes Molly to perform a strange spell that forces Bellatrix to swell before exploding. A completely unnecessary change, if you ask us …
Lord Voldemort's vision turning to dust, almost as if Thanos had taken him out of the MCU, is iconic. It is a good and appropriate ending for such an unpleasant character and there were no complaints when this happened towards the end of the movie.
However, in the book, the Dark Lord remains intact. It actually has a body to bury and moves to a separate location as cleaning begins after the Battle of Hogwarts. We don't want to be the person who puts THAT on the floor …
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