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3 Major Storyline Deviations Between ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Book And Films

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In Mockingjay is the third and final instalment of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy. Here we see Katniss become the Mockingjay with President Snow squarely in her sights. But here are 3 things that were never mentioned in the films…

Following on from ‘8 Shocking Differences Between The Hunger Games Book And Film’. And ‘5 Huge Things You Didn’t Know About The Hunger Games: Catching Fire If You’ve Only Seen The Film’ we look at the final instalment of the trilogy: Mockingjay.

Between them all, the films which shadow these books (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2) are probably the closest to their source material. In fact, there are only three major differences between the films and the book.

This is likely due to the fact that the final book was split into a two-part film, allowing for a greater exploration of all the book’s material. But although there were fewer differences here than in the first or second films, they are still pretty significant.

SPOILER WARNING: The next section contains spoilers and excerpts from the third book and films.

1. Prim never speaks to Peeta during his recovery

In the films, after Peeta attacks Katniss and is strapped to a bed in isolation, we see Prim sent into the room to speak with him. But in the books, it’s an entirely different character.

“They’re going to try something on Peeta,” he answers. “Send in the most innocuous person from Twelve they can come up with. Find someone Peeta might share childhood memories with, but nothing too close to you. They’re screening people now.”

I know this will be a difficult task, since anyone Peeta shares childhood memories with would most likely be from town, and almost none of those people escaped the flames. But when we reach the hospital room that has been turned into a work space for Peeta’s recovery team, there she sits chatting with Plutarch. Delly Cartwright. As always, she gives me a smile that suggests I’m her best friend in the world. She gives this smile to everyone.

Delly’s parents ran the shoe shop in town. Sadly, when District 12 was attacked by the Capitol, Delly’s parents didn’t survive. Only Delly and her brother made it to District 13.

2. Katniss’ prep team is kidnapped

In the books, Katniss and Cinna become extremely close. Their friendship is never fully explored on the big screen – and nor are the rest of Katniss’ prep team.

Consisting of Venia, Flavius and Octavia, these three were responsible for Katniss’ hair and makeup. All before every major engagement, and are mentioned several times throughout the books. But although they may appear once or twice briefly in the Hunger Games films, this sinister storyline isn’t featured at all in the Mockingjay movies.

The stink of unwashed bodies, stale urine, and infection breaks through the cloud of antiseptic. The three figures are only just recognizable by their most striking fashion choices: Venia’s gold facial tattoos. Flavius’s orange corkscrew curls. Octavia’s light evergreen skin, which now hangs too loosely, as if her body were a slowly deflating balloon.

On seeing me, Flavius and Octavia shrink back against the tiled walls like they’re anticipating an attack, even though I have never hurt them.

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“What happened, Venia?” I ask. “What are you doing here?”

“They took us. From the Capitol,” she says hoarsely.

Plutarch enters behind me. “What on earth is going on?”

“Who took you?” I press her.

“People,” she says vaguely. “The night you broke out.

Cinna wanted Katniss to have her regular team with her. He thought she would find it comforting. But Plutarch was only told they were being confined, not being punished. The guard in charge of watching the room claims they were restrained after an altercation over some bread.

Although seeing abused bodies doesn’t shock them (because they were daily fare in District 12). The realisation that this sort of thing went on in District 13 as well was the real shocker according to thehungergames.fandom.

3. Effie was never in District 13

Perhaps one of the biggest changes between the Hunger Games Mockingjay book and the films is Effie.

In the films, Cinna’s prep team trio – who should have been in District 13 – weren’t, and Effie – who shouldn’t have been in District 13 – was.

“At least he’s alive,” says Plutarch, as if he’s losing patience with the lot of us. “Snow executed Peeta’s stylist and his prep team on live television tonight. We’ve no idea what happened to Effie Trinket. Peeta’s damaged, but he’s here. With us. And that’s a definite improvement over his situation twelve hours ago. Let’s keep that in mind, all right?”

Although Effie was never in District 13 in the books, Elizabeth Banks’ portrayal of her was so good in the films. This may be one of the reasons why producers decided to make this huge change.

In the books though, Effie only really resurfaces once the rebelling is all over. She is much less of a presence than the scene-stealing Effie we see in the films.


And that’s our list on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below.


You can also check out our ‘8 Shocking Differences Between The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Book And Film’ article HERE.

Read IMDB information about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt1 movie HERE.

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Harry Potter: The Questions You Keep Asking, Answered

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It’s been over 24 years since the first instalment of the Harry Potter series was published. But regardless of the length of time passed, many questions are still left unanswered. Fansites still tear apart page upon page looking for the key to unlock J. K. Rowling’s extraordinary mind. Interviewers have fired question after question at the infamous author. Yet, when one question is answered, it seems to open the flood gates for many more.

J. K. Rowling has now moved onto crime fiction. But she still finds the odd spare moment to grace Potter fans with her virtual presence. Using Twitter to answer some of the endless questions’ fans have conjured.

Let’s take a look at some of the most valid Harry Potter questions asked on Twitter and how J.K. Rowling answered them.

What happened to Fluffy the three-headed dog?

Poor Fluffy wasn’t mentioned again after being set free in the Forbidden Forest. Never fear! Rowling is here to tell us of Fluffy’s fate.

Back in February 2015, Rowling replied to the question on Twitter. stating that ‘He was repatriated to Greece. Dumbledore liked to put Hagrid’s more foolish acquisitions back where they belong.’

Beyond the happily ever after

A snapshot of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s Happily Ever After is presented at the end of the final book. The three (and Ginny) complete the circle by walking their own children to the Hogwarts train.

But, their lives developed much more than having children. As Rowling revealed back in 2007. Hermione began her career within the Ministry of Magic. She worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Here, she became instrumental in the improvements for the treatment of house-elves. After this, she moved to the Dept. of Magical Law Enforcement, where she ensured the eradication of pro-pureblood laws.

Harry and Ron took different paths. Harry became an aura, a highly trained law enforcement officer. Ron went into the family business, helping his brother run Weasley’s Wizarding Wheels.

Did Harry, Ron and Hermione return to their schooling?

There’s a huge gap at the end of The Deathly Hallows. The pages seem to jump from the defeat of Voldemort to 19 years later. So did the famous trio return to school?

Rowling stated that Hermione returned to Hogwarts to complete her NEWT’s. But Harry and Ron did not, instead, they followed their career paths straight away. Although, I’m pretty sure defeating the source of all evil scores big points on a C.V.

Harry’s scar shape is important, right?

Well, no. Unfortunately, Rowling just thought ‘it looked cool’.

Potter super-fans have other ideas, though. One Tweet back in 2019 revealed that the scar could symbolise much more. @TodayYearsOld Tweeted:

‘Did you know Harry Potter’s scar isn’t a lightning bolt, but the hand motion to cast Avada Kedavra.’

Avada Kedavra is a killing curse used within the Dark Arts. The hand movement looks like a lightning bolt, but much softer. Not surprisingly, the Tweet went viral and caused shock waves through the Potter community.

What does Hufflepuff’s common room look like?

We are taken on a trip to Slytherin and Ravenclaw’s common room, and we spend a lot of time in Gryffindor’s. So, when fans asked Rowling for a description, she was only too happy to oblige.

‘The Hufflepuff common room is accessed through a portrait near the kitchens, as I am sure you have deduced. Sorry – I should say ‘painting’ rather than portrait because it is a still-life. It is a very cosy and welcoming place, as dissimilar as possible from Snape’s dungeon. Lots of yellow hangings, fat armchairs, and underground tunnels leading to the dormitories. All of which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops.’

Is there more than one Wizarding school?

If you are one of those people who watch the films before the books. You’ll have probably asked ‘Is Hogwarts the only school for wizards?’. In this instance, it’s the books that hold the key, and if you take notes in ‘The Goblet of Fire.’ Students from other schools arrive at Hogwarts to attend the Tri-Wizard Tournament.

The books reveal more about a couple of schools, such as the Palace of Beauxbatons. Beauxbatons is a beautiful chateau situated in the Pyrenees mountains of Southern France. Durmstrang is another, and one of the three largest in Europe. Durmstrang is situated in the northmost regions of Norway or Sweden and is known for its Dark Arts.

Rowling has since revealed more schools, including Castelobruxo, Mahoutokoro, Uagadou and Ilverymorny.

Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood end up together?

It’s a no, which has disappointed fans. But the two remained close friends as Luna followed a career in Wizarding Naturalism. She became famous for tracking rare creatures before marrying Rolf Scamander.

Neville married fellow Hogwarts student Hannah Abbot. Surprisingly, Neville became an aura before returning to Hogwarts as a Herbology Professor.

Did Draco Malfoy get his just desserts?

This is a big one for Potter fans who wished to see Draco pay for everything he subjugated Harry to. But, as The Deathly Hallows hints, it appears he went through a huge transformation.

Draco was a complex character, not only a member of Slytherin, but he was also a bully. But much of his behaviour came from his upbringing.

Draco tried to prove himself to the Dark Lord, only to be rescued by the three he often tormented. This caused him and his mother to neglect Voldemort once it was believed Harry was dead. The two avoided Azkaban, and he went into a very dark place, emotionally. But he emerged a changed man. He had a wife and a son, and a simple nod to the trio 29 years on seemed to solidify that he had changed.


Thanks for reading our article on unanswered Harry Potter questions now answered. Did you already know these? Did we miss any big ones? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out 5 Hidden Messages In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows That You Missed HERE.

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