Harry Potter and his adventures have become the stuff of legend that will be passed down to newer generations through J.K. Rowling’s books and the Harry Potter franchise. Consisting of eight films, the franchise has raked in billions.
Although raking in billions, the movies have had their fair share of errors throughout the franchise. From continuity errors to accidentally showing crew members in the film, here are 10 mistakes that eagle-eyed fans of the Harry Potter franchise have spotted so far.
1) Harry Potter’s Favorite Spell: Expelliarmus
Expelliarmus is the spell that Potter uses mostly to disarm his enemies. Although the spell literally translates to “expel weapons”, there seems to be a loophole while using the spell. Fans have spotted several times that the Expelliarmus spell expels the wand from the wizard’s hand and can sometimes also throw a wizard away like the force of the wind.
There has been no clarity given regarding how the Expelliarmus spell affects both the wand and the wizard and what difference causes the reaction. Suffice it to say, it is simply an empty space that was left unanswered.
2) Harry Potter Doesn’t Like Ron?
In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Boy Who Lived gets chosen into Gryffindor and starts to feast on the dinner at the table. During the initial scene, Harry is seen sitting with Ron who recently became his best friend.
After a cut, Harry is seen sitting between Hermione and Percy. The logical explanation would be that he got up and walked the length of the table to sit between Hermione and Percy but…why would he leave Ron hanging like that?
3) Professor Quirrell Was Bald
In 2001, children around the world were terrified when Professor Quirrell removed his turban to reveal that the Dark Lord had been behind his head all this time. Although the hints were present throughout the movie, there was one scene when the filmmakers forgot about the Dark Lord’s presence.
Throughout the first film, Ian Hart, the actor who portrays Professor Quirrell has sideburns. When he removes his turban, however, during the finale of Philosopher’s Stone, the sideburns magically disappear.
4) Harry Doesn’t Care About His Wand
Harry’s wand literally snaps in two when they escape from the Ministry of Magic in Deathly Hallows. Using Hermione’s wand temporarily, Potter gets the ownership of the Elder Wand at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Well, in the books, before Potter snaps the Elder Wand in two, he uses the Elder Wand to repair his own wand and then throws it away. In the movie, however, it has never been shown what happened to his wand or did he repair it at all?
5) A Cameraman Studying At Hogwarts
Yes, throughout the eight movie franchise, there was a moment when a cameraman was caught in one of the scenes in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. When Professor Gilderoy Lockhart teaches the kids how to fight, Harry and Draco enter into a duel.
During this duel, a cameraman can be seen in the audience shooting the scene from stage level. Could be a Hogwarts student learning cinematography through magic or could be just a big blunder they forgot to remove in the editing room!
6) Those Eyes
Harry has his mother’s eyes. With Daniel Radcliffe having a set of blue eyes, it was indeed difficult to find an actress who would have blue eyes. Eventually, the filmmakers decided to give neither of the actors any sort of contact lenses.
Given that this was such an important plot point, it seems that the filmmakers didn’t forget but was an active decision for reasons unknown. The youngest actress to portray Lily Potter had brown eyes instead of Green like in the books.
7) Snape Remembers Lily After All This Time
One of the most emotional scenes of the entire franchise was Harry seeing Snape remembering Lily through his memories. The moment when Snape cradles Lily’s dead body is both spine-chilling and emotional at the same time.
There are two scenes during the memory sequence that do not add up. First off, a scene showing Lily protecting baby Harry is seen. Snape was not present during that moment so he couldn’t have seen it. Another thing to mention is that when Lily was protecting Harry, she was wearing a red sweater. When Snape goes into Lily’s house and sees his love, she’s wearing a blue top.
8) “Did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire?”
One of the most iconic scenes in the franchise is Dumbledore rushing towards Harry and grabbing him by his shoulders. In the books, Dumbledore’s character has been shown to be an old and senile person who doesn’t want to shout. When the headmaster realizes that Harry’s name is in the Goblet of Fire, he calmly asks him in the books the above question.
In the movie, Dumbledore is seen rushing toward Harry, grabbing him by the shoulders, and yelling at him whether he put his name in the Goblet of Fire or not. Although the filmmakers decided to use creative freedom, the scene has often been quoted as being wrong and untrue to the source material.
9) It’s Vol-de-More Not Voldemort
Throughout the films, He Who Shall Not Be Named has always been referred to as “Vol-de-Mort”. Author J.K. Rowling herself admitted to the mistake in the films and clarified that the “Mort” suffix was from the French language.
Since it is in French, the pronunciation of Voldy’s name becomes “Vol-de-More” instead of pronouncing the “T” in Voldemort.
10) The Polyjuice Potion
During the earlier films when Harry, Ron, and, Hermione use the Polyjuice potion, their voices remain the same. Although their facial and physical features change drastically to imitate the person whose hair they took, their voice remains the same.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Barty Crouch Jr. uses the Polyjuice potion to disguise himself as Professor Alastor Moody. In his transformation, however, the voice doesn’t seem to be a problem as Barty Crouch Jr. impersonates Moody’s voice perfectly (which is not logically possible considering the difference in their voices).