Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone Film And Book Differences

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The Boy Who Lived Of The Chapter And Scene

  • The film begins with Harry’s arrival at Privet Drive. As a result, everything that precedes this point in the book is omitted in the film, which includes:
    • Vernon Dursley’s day at Grunnings and his encounter with the wizards during his lunch break on the day before Harry arrived.
    • Vernon Dursley noticing Minerva McGonagall in her Animagus form earlier in the day, thinking she was reading a map.
    • The existence of Ted and Jim McGuffin.
  • At the start of the novel, Minerva McGonagall in her Animagus form had been observing Vernon Dursley prior to her meeting with Dumbledore and Hagrid. While this scene was omitted from the film, it was referenced when McGonagall voiced her objections to leaving Harry in the Dursley’s care when she said she had “watched them all day”.
  • In the film, when Albus Dumbledore leaves Harry Potter on the doorstep of the Dursleys’ house, he says, “Good luck, Harry Potter.” In the book, he just says, “Good luck, Harry.” This is likely because of the aforementioned omissions.

The Letters From No One Chapter and Scene

  • Dudley appears to know about Hogwarts, as he stares worriedly at Harry like his parents do. In the books, Dudley does not know about magic when Harry gets his letter.
  • The scene when Harry gets Dudley’s second bedroom is omitted. He does get the room in the second film, with the latter film implying that the Dursleys supplied Harry with the room after the First Year.
  • The scene where Harry and the Dursleys go to a random hotel to get away from the letters was omitted from the movie, so instead, they went straight to the hut. Because of this, Dudley’s line of “Daddy’s gone mad, hasn’t he?!” was moved to immediately after Uncle Vernon declares that they are going to move far enough away to ensure that the owls can’t find them. In the book, Dudley says this line only after Vernon pauses driving long enough to do a glance around to see if any owls are following them on a bridge.
  • The scene with Harry and the Dursleys using the rowboat of the toothless old man to get to the hut is omitted; Therefore, the old man is also omitted from the film, but he appears in concept artwork only.

The Keeper Of The Keys Chapter And Scene

  • In the book, when Hagrid first met Harry on the island he knew who he was right away, while in the film Hagrid initially mistook Dudley for Harry until Dudley corrected him.
  • In the book, Vernon Dursley warns Dudley not to receive or eat anything that Hagrid gives him when he was making sausages for Harry. In the film, Vernon doesn’t mention this to Dudley, as Dudley is later seen eating some of Harry’s birthday cake, which Hagrid makes him stop by giving him the pig’s tail.

Diagon Alley Chapter And Scene.

  • In the book, Quirrell does not have his turban until after his failed attempt to steal the Philosopher’s Stone from Gringotts. In the film, however, Quirrell has his turban before the robbery. This change is indicated by the fact that he shakes Harry’s hand at the Leaky Cauldron in the novel, but does not wish to in the film. However, not wanting to shake Harry’s hand cannot be due to Voldemort sharing Quirrell’s body because as Quirrell dies, he does not understand what is happening to him (he yells, “What is this magic?!”).
  • In the book, Harry names Hedwig from a History of Magic book. In the film, it is not mentioned where the name was chosen from. Hedwig’s name isn’t even mentioned in the film.

The Platform 9 and 3 Quarters Chapter and Scene

  • In the book, Harry first learns about the connection between Dumbledore and Flamel on the back of his chocolate frogs card. In the movie, it is Hermione who comes across the name in a book she picked up for ‘light reading’. In a deleted scene however you see Harry finding the name on a chocolate frog card after which the trio runs off to the library, so it only appears as a “mistake”.
  • In the book, Neville comes into the compartment where Harry and Ron are sitting asking if they have seen his toad, which was omitted. Later Hermione shows up again with Neville asking the same question. In the film, Hermione shows up by herself asking if anyone has seen a toad, and that a boy named Neville has lost one.

The Sorting Hat Chapter and Scene

  • In the book, before the sorting begins, the Sorting Hat sings a song, but this does not happen in the film.
  • In the novel, after the sorting, Dumbledore stands to say a few words and comically utters a few random words at which point supper begins. This is omitted in the film, with Dumbledore giving the start of term notices instead.
  • Harry learns that only Slytherins go bad from Hagrid in Diagon Alley. In the film, he learns it from Ron during the Sorting ceremony.
  • Hedwig’s name is never mentioned, except in a deleted scene. The same goes for Mrs. Norris. Both names are mentioned in later films.

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