How J.K. Rowling Imagined the “Harry Potter” Characters vs. How They Were Portrayed in the Movies

J.K. Rowling brought us the world of Harry Potter and endowed it with an impressive number of secrets. Some she only revealed after the last book had been written, some are found by fans, and some aren’t hidden at all. For example, despite the fact that the movies are iconic to so many people, some characters don’t exactly match their descriptions from the books.

We are curious to see how different the book characters are from their movie counterparts. And you? Did you know that when the first book was written, Professor Snape was just over 30.

1. Harry Potter — disheveled and green-eyed

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Harry has his mother’s green eyes, and the wild hair that refuses to be styled came from his father. Unfortunately, these important aspects weren’t reflected in the film. However, Daniel Radcliffe has still done a great job playing the little wizard with his own eye color.

2. Hermione — lush hair and long front teeth

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Hermione is like an 11-year-old J.K. Rowling’s self-portrait. The author chose a thick bush of chestnut hair and large front teeth (which she reduced in her second year when Malfoy’s spell ricocheted into her) to be this little sweetheart’s distinguishing features. Nevertheless, Emma Watson has very nice teeth from the very first movie.

3. Ron — a long nose and covered in freckles

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Ron wasn’t spared either. He has a long nose and freckles that are nowhere to be found on Rupert Grint. Well, at least they got the hair right. Rupert played Ron perfectly, but why not add a few missing elements?

4. Severus Snape — 31 years old when he first met Harry

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Alan Rickman is a great Severus Snape. You can’t deny that. But we should not forget that he was supposed to be just a little older than 30 at the beginning of the first book. To our dismay, the whole franchise suffers from age overstatement, and there is nothing we can do about it.

5. Dumbledore — blue-eyed with half-glasses

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Richard Harris, who played the role of Dumbledore in the first 2 movies, was a better representation of the original character. Unfortunately, he didn’t live to star in the next movies and was replaced by Michael Gambon. And that is not a problem, but what happened to the blue eyes and half-glasses that made Dumbledore’s image complete?

6. Alastor Moody — disfigured and almost without a nose

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When “Mad-Eye” Alastor Moody appears in Goblet of Fire, he is described as a man with a badly disfigured face and tip of the nose. In the movie, however, he looks just fine apart from the eye and several lines on his face. Is a movie auror’s job as dangerous as that of the original character?

7. Krum — tall and slim with a hooked nose

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Viktor Krum was tall, slim, and had a hooked nose. He also had thick eyebrows and dark hair and looked awkward on the ground. None of these qualities are to be found in the movie (despite maybe a tiny bit of dark hair). That’s a pity.

8. Mrs. Dursley — a long-necked blonde

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The Mrs. Dursley in the book had a long neck that granted her the ability to spy on her neighbors. She also had blonde hair, which her son, Dudley, inherited. None of this is in the movies.

9. Minerva McGonagall — much younger

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The professor of transfiguration was 56 years old when Harry came to Hogwarts. And although Maggie Smith perfectly portrayed the image of Minerva, the book character is way younger.

10. Dolores Umbridge — frog-like

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Professor Umbridge certainly had some resemblance to a frog thanks to her round bulging eyes, large mouth, and pale loose skin. And, of course, the finishing stroke: a small black bow resembling a fly in her short mouse-colored hair.

11. Rufus Scrimgeour — lion-like

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In the book, Rufus resembled an old lion because of his “mane” of graying ginger hair and his style of clothing. He wore wire-rimmed glasses and limped. Despite his disagreements with Harry, Scrimgeour did resemble a lion: the symbol of Gryffindor. He’s got all the courage in the world.

12. Bill Weasley — a completely disfigured face

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He got huge scars in his fight with the werewolf Fenrir Greyback, which grotesquely disfigured his face (although Fleur Delacour didn’t love him less because of it). In the movie, however, we can see just some mere scratches.

13. Narcissa Malfoy — fair-haired

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Aristocratic Narcissa Malfoy had long white hair, which made her look like a drowned woman. It’s not quite clear why she was given 2-tone hair in the movie.

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