20 years after the first Harry Potter movie was released being a diehard fan of the saga remains complicated, why? Because there are a number of chunky plot holes in the Harry Potter stories between the books and the movies.
These are ones which no fan after years of analysis of the films, books, author’s comments, fan fiction, videos of theories on YouTube and other resources, has managed to give satisfactory answers.
Lovers of J. K. Rowling’s magic world accept that when the author let her imagination run wild she had moments of doubt. Ones in which she didn’t know how to resolve the functioning of that magical universe she presented to the world. After all, she built what is probably the best fantasy story in literature, that’s no small task.
From the logic of Quidditch’s games to the effects of some spells and potions. The misinterpretation of some parts of the books in the movies and holes in the plot that can be found if you stop to look carefully. There are many. The worst thing of all is that even after reading all the books from beginning to end over and over can you give them a solution that explains why they exist.
J. K. Rowling is a fantastic writer. The directors and scriptwriters of the films are great professionals. Between them, they managed to create a film universe as special and effective as the one the author designed on paper. The problem is that they’re also human and they make mistakes. Often letting themselves be carried away by the force of cinema and by wanting to always seek a more surprising visual effect over logic.
Does this make Harry Potter stop being cool? Does it make us fans less likely to recognize that there are things that don’t make sense? Of course not. But it’s worthwhile to look into these questions and see the reality of everything that didn’t work well within the magic of this story.
That’s what we’re going to do: explain in detail 9 scandalous holes in the plot that nobody has managed to explain.
If you’re prepared to know the clumsier side of the magic world then read on.
1. No international help in the final battle at Hogwarts
The first of our Harry Potter plot holes occurs both in the last book of the saga ‘The Deathly Hallows’ and the film. Where were the other magic schools when Hogwarts was being besieged by Voldemort’s army? No one knows.
In the Goblet of Fire, there was an expansion of the magic world. It was revealed to us that the universe of wizards was not limited to Hogwarts and Great Britain. But that in the rest of the planet there were magic institutions with people with the same powers as our protagonists.
During the Tri-Wizard Tournament teachers and students from Bulgaria and France arrived at Hogwarts as guests. Their leaders made clear their position against Voldemort. Plus their unconditional support for Hogwarts and its then Headteacher Albus Dumbledore. Now, where were they all when the school was under attack? Was there no one left to give a secret warning to alert them to what was happening? The truth is that there was a very important gap that the author didn’t fill.
For months Harry, Ron and Hermione were searching for Horcruxes. Those who stayed at Hogwarts had plenty of time to look for new allies overseas while Voldemort did the same for himself. But, that never happened. It’s a failure we will have to live with. Unless in the future the author tries to clarify it and provide us with relevant information to help us understand it. Who knows.
2. Memory spells, just as dangerous as the unforgivable curses?
The fourth film and book also explain the three unforgivable curses. Ones that no magician can use on another magician or Muggle. These would mean the violation of the most sacred of the magical laws that protect the integrity of people and you would end up inside an Azkaban cell.
But, the mind-reading and memory-erasing spells that Hermione and Harry use in the sixth and last movie are not penalised. Aren’t these spells just as dangerous and an attack on people’s freedom and integrity?
Hermione needed to protect her family from what was going on in the magical universe. And Harry needed to find Voldemort to know his every move. So it could be said that these were natural demands of the script. Where the good guys in the story use invalid resources to confront their worst enemies. Does that make it any more ethical or logical?
3. Why didn’t Voldemort subject his followers to an unbreakable vow?
During ‘The Half-Bood Prince’ we saw Snape, with Draco’s mother, perform a spell that was unknown to fans until that moment: The Unbreakable Vow. Through this binding oath, the magicians committed themselves to fulfil what they had sworn in that pact. To break it they would end up paying with their own lives.
So, why didn’t Voldemort submit all his followers to this oath during the last great magic war?
One of Voldemort’s main concerns was that he never really knew who his loyal followers were. Compared to those who were following him for fear of dying and waiting for the best moment to betray him. It would have been logical for him to use this oath to make sure. But he didn’t.
4. The number of wands equals strength
In ‘The Deathly Hallows: Part One’ film we see Harry use up to three different wands at once to disarm GreyBack in the Malfoy house. According to the OWL, the strength of a spell depends on the conviction of the wizard who conjures it and not on the number of wands he uses for it. This leaves us in doubt about whether a wizard can have more strength when the number of wands is greater than his opponent’s. Or if it is something that will always depend on the mental strength of each wizard.
In the movie, the effect is that it is the wands that give Harry that extra strength. Although in the books it said the opposite. Another adaptation fault where the logic is blurred to give way to the action for Hollywood.
5. The inconsistency of the trace law
This is one of the plot holes that follows Harry Potter over the series. Even to be on trial for it in ‘The Order of the Phoenix’. Using magic as a minor or using it in front of a Muggle.
The law of magical tracing detects if someone has used magic, but it cannot detect exactly who has carried out the spell.
So, did the Ministry really have the information necessary to take Harry to court for casting a Patronus in front of a Muggle as a minor?
In the movies, it is not clear and in the books, it’s presented as an inaccurate system where magicians could find a legal vacuum to act in an improper way.
6. The personality of Hogwarts’ portraits
Throughout the years, J. K. Rowling has made an effort to explain in detail that all the portraits of the magical universe.
All the portraits that appear in the movies seem to have their own ideas and the ability to have rational conversations with their owners. Giving rise to all sorts of gaps that have hardly any logical explanation. How much memory to they contain, are they like ghosts or like an A.I?
7. The Thestral dilemma
Why can’t Harry see the Thestrals in ‘The Goblet of Fire’?
According to J. K. Rowling’s own theory, the Thestrals are creatures that can only be seen by those who have seen “death”, to see someone die.
Yet, Harry, despite having seen his parents die, Harry isn’t able to see them until the fifth instalment of the saga. When he shares the scene with Luna Lovegood.
J. K. Rowling said he couldn’t see them because he didn’t really understand what it meant to die as a baby. That’s why it wasn’t until the fifth instalment that he was able to see them after Cedric died. Although most fans still see this explanation as insufficient. The creatures weren’t mentioned on the journey away from Hogwarts at the end of the school year.
8. Criminal records
Currently, any country can find out who we are and whether we have a criminal record. How is it possible that in a place where magic governs everything, there is no mechanism for tracking undercover criminals? This would have been really useful when Professor Quirrell snuck into the school with Voldemort in his turban.
It’s a necessary mistake so that Hogwarts has no control over its staff. Obviously, it allows the plot to happen. But it takes all security credibility away from a first-rate magic institution.
9. Is divination a reliable discipline or mere superstition?
It seems ironic that in a universe where people are able to keep their memories in glass jars, divination is still a questionable discipline. One that many describe as superstitious and deceptive. Not even Professor Dumbledore, who admits that Voldemort and Harry’s prophecy was fulfilled, as Professor Trelawney predicted, believes that divination is an exact art.
Thanks for reading our article on 9 plot holes from the Harry Potter films. Did we miss anything? Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon
It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.
1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021
You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022
This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.
3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022
The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.
4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022
Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022
Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.
6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022
Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.
7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022
The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.
8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022
AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.
10. Ninth House – TBD
Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.
11. They Both Die at the End – TBD
When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.
12. The Selection – TBD
A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.
13. The Red Queen – TBD
Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.
14. Blackout – TBD
Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.
15. Long Way Down – TBD
Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.
That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.
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