Harry Potter – apart from technology, set pieces, and costumes, there are many things that might have been different if the Harry Potter films were made today. Even after their respective releases, from 2001 to 2011, the Potterheads were quick to comment on and question some of the things in the film.
The Harry Potter films are so popular almost 10 years after the last part was shown. Many can be appreciated because it is one of the best film adaptations ever.
However, as time goes by, some of the details in the film may feel very outdated in today’s eyes. So what are those? Here’s the description:
1. Plot holes
Every Potterhead must know that in the Harry Potter films there are plot holes or inconsistencies in a storyline or film that is usually against the flow of logic and is irrelevant. For example, when Vernon told Hagrid that they would not pay Harry to attend Hogwarts, the topic of whether the school charges tuition was never mentioned or clarified again. There were lots of other questions, especially about things like Time Turner or Hermione’s Animagus, but they remained unanswered.
2. Magicians may rule the world
Speaking of power, magicians from the wizarding world have the power to do whatever they want. As for Muggles, those who do not have the magic ability to cast magic.
In the first two films, Hermione chooses to fix Harry’s glasses instead of his eyesight, although there is definitely a spell that can do it. On a larger scale, the Minister for Magic claims to have connections with the British Prime Minister, but their world is different.
Given the current state of world politics, maybe Dumbledore wasn’t the best choice of leader for Hogwarts. He held all the strength in his hands and did whatever he liked, whenever he wanted.
It too reflects the kind of government and leaders that society currently rejects. Dumbledore is clearly biased, from making excuses to let Gryffindor win the House Cup over Slytherin, to his relationship with Harry. Dumbledore is also a very different character from the book. He is described as a tough, suspicious, and aggressive leader.
4. Crabbe and Goyle
Crabbe and Goyle have a minor role in the whole story. In fact, their roles were so insignificant despite their ubiquity that Crabbe was replaced in the Harry Potter films and the Deathly Hallows.
5. Hogwarts teacher
Regarding Quirrell, an important topic is raised at the end of the first film. Dumbledore explained why Quirrell was hesitant to touch him. In the present, the audience may question why students and teachers touch each other.
Perhaps because Hogwarts is a boarding school, its staff and students develop a closer bond, but still, their relationship is not completely professional.
6. Turban Quirrell
The film Harry Potter and the Sorceres’s Stone was released on November 4, 2001, a few months after the September 11 attacks. The main villain in the film is depicted wearing a turban.
What was even more worrying was that he used a turban to hide a bigger crime, Lord Voldemort. Quirrell claims to have obtained a turban during his long holiday as compensation for killing zombies, which means the turban has no spiritual or symbolic value to him.
The Harry Potter films are clearly male dominated and characters predominantly white. Later films tried to introduce characters from more diverse backgrounds, but as members of a minority group, their characters remained in the minority. For example, Dean Thomas had almost no lines, the Parvati twins were pushed aside, and Cho Chang’s role was minimal even though he was Harry’s first girlfriend.
Some female characters who hold authority are also often ridiculed, such as Umbridge, Trelawney, even Hermione. Although JK Rowling insisted that Dumbledore was gay, fans were unsure as there was no clue about this.
8. Fat Shaming
Today, the world is much more positive for different body shapes. But historically, pop culture has used fat characters for cheap humor. The film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a blatant example of this. In the Harry Potter films, many evil characters are depicted as being too indulgent and punished for this.
Crabbe and Goyle are captivated by two cupcakes bewitched in the second film. While Dudley was given a pig’s tail by Hagrid in the first film. Of course, Aunt Marge’s infamous inflation is another clear example. However, characters like Ron are shown to be obsessed with food (and themselves) but they are allowed to get away with it. These cheesy jokes cost both the character and the actor.
9. Death Eater Costume
The Potterheads were quick to point out that the Death Eater costume in the Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire films closely resembled the KKK uniform. The Ku Klux Klan is a white supremacist American hate group that originally formed in the South in the 1860s.
10. The boggart from Neville
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupine arrives to take over as the defense teacher against black magic. The students also liked the hands-on teaching method except for Malfoy and his friends.
When Lupine teaches the students how to beat the boggart, Neville turns Snape into his grandmother or rather, dresses like his grandmother. All the students laughed seeing that, but if a film was made this time the transformation wouldn’t be made fun of.