J.K. Rowling really outdid herself when she created the award-winning magical world of Harry Potter. Between the mysteries, the different creatures, the unique characters, and the different magical spells, it really was an amazing tale that readers were sucked into.
The biggest aspect of the series though was the secrets. Many of these secrets were revealed once the books were finished, then some fans were able to figure out, and some were right in front of our eyes, we just had to pay closer attention. A good example of some was how the characters looked. How although the movies are iconic to many people, the characters we all love did not match up with their counterparts in the books.
Well, we have the answer to that secret. Here are 20 characters from the Harry Potter series and what they really should have looked like based on the iconic books.
20 Harry Potter
There are two iconic features that Harry Potter was known for, his mother’s green eyes and his wild disheveled appearance, which he inherited from his father.
According to Brightside.me though, these features weren’t reflected in the film. This does not take away from Daniel Radcliffe’s acting abilities though. He did an amazing job portraying the boy who lived.
19 Ginny Weasley
Bonnie Wright is a beautiful woman and she did an amazing job playing the youngest of the Weasley clan, Ginny Weasley. Unfortunately, she didn’t quite match up with the image J.K. Rowling wanted Ginny to look like.
According to dorkly.com, Ginny was meant to have bright brown eyes, a face full of freckles and vivid, flaming red hair that she wore as a long mane.
18 Hermione Granger
When J.K Rowling first introduced the character Hermione Granger in her first book, she chose to portray her with thick, bushy chestnut hair and large front teeth, which she reduced in size in the second book after Draco Malfoy’s spell hit her.
According to Brightside.me, while Emma Watson made an amazing Hermione, her hair was a little flat and she had perfect teeth from the start.
17 Luna Lovegood
Evanna Lynch truly did an amazing job playing the strange and unusual Luna Lovegood.
According to dorkly.com, when it comes to how she looked in books vs the movies, there was a bit of a difference. In the books, Luna is described as having straggly, dirty blonde hair that fell to her waist, pale eyebrows, and protuberant eyes that always gave her the appearance of always looking surprised.
16 Ron Weasley
Ron was another main character of the books that didn’t quite match up to his movie part.
According to Brightside.me, Ron was supposed to have a long nose and a face covered in freckles. Although those are two aspects that Rupert Grint was lacking, he did have the bright red Weasley hair.
15 Remus Lupin
David Thewlis really did an awesome job portraying the werewolf Remus Lupin. Sadly though, he didn’t quite get the full worn outlook down.
According to dorkly.com, the book version of Lupin was described as being extremely shabby with a patchy, beaten up robe. He was also always ill-looking and extremely exhausted with grey flecks in his hair, even though he was quite young.
14 Severus Snape
Alan Rickman played his part of Severus Snape perfectly. There is no denying that.
According to Brightside.me though, he didn’t quite match up to his book’s counterpart. When Harry first meets Professor Snape in the book, he is only 31 years old.
Unfortunately, Snape isn’t the only one who was portrayed by an actor who is older than the character in the books.
13 Nymphadora Tonks
Nymphadora Tonks is known in the series as being a quirky witch who also has the ability to change her appearance at will.
Although the actress Natalia Tena was a great choice for the movie role of Tonks, she didn’t quite live up to her book appearance.
According to dorkly.com, the book version of Tonks was known for having dark, twinkling eyes and vibrant pink hair.
12 Minerva McGonagall
When Maggie Smith was first introduced as Minerva McGonagall in the movie series, she was 56 years old.
According to Brightside.me though, the character of Minerva in the book was a lot younger, making Maggie an inaccurate representation of the character, just like the character of Severus Snape.
Age is just a number though and Maggie did an amazing job portraying her.
11 Bellatrix Lestrange
There is no better actress that could have played the deranged Bellatrix Lestrange than Helena Bonham Carter. She truly embodied the craziness that is Bellatrix.
Unfortunately, according to dorkly.com, she didn’t quite nail the appearance that J.K. Rowling described in the books. The book version of Bellatrix was known for having long, black hair, darky, heavy-lidded eyes, and an air of arrogance for her full-blooded legacy.
10 Dolores Umbridge
While Imelda Staunton did an amazing job playing her character of Dolores Umbridge, she didn’t quite match the look her book character had.
According to Brightside.me, the book character of Professor Umbridge is described as resembling a frog with her round bulging eyes, largemouth, pale loose skin and the small black bow that resembled a fly that she wore in her mouse-colored hair.
There is no denying that the makeup team did an amazing job at trying to change Ralph Fiennes into J.K. Rowling’s vision of what Lord Voldemort looked like. They really nailed it at making him into an evil, warped wizard.
According to dorkly.com though, the book version of Voldemort was a lot more snakelike in the face and had scarlet red eyes.
8 Albus Dumbledore
The part of Dumbledore was played by two different actors: Richard Harris for the first two movies and Michael Gambon for the rest.
According to Brightside.me, Richard was an amazing representation of the great Dumbledore, sadly he passed away after the second movie though. Michael Gambon, although an amazing actor, was missing some key aspects for the character, the half-moon glasses, and blue eyes.
7 Sirius Black
The character of Sirius Black was known for having a tough life after his best friend James Potter passed away. Because of this, he had a sick, almost corpse-like appearance.
According to dorkly.com, Gary Oldman nailed the disheveled part of Sirius, but he lacked the mass of filthy, matted hair, sunken eyes, waxy skin and corpse-like appearance that the book version was described at having.
6 Bill Weasley
During a fight with the werewolf Fenrir Greyback, Bill Weasley suffered many injuries that left his face scared up and grotesquely disfigured.
According to Brightside.me though, his movie character played by Domhnall Gleeson definitely looked like he had been to battle, he nowhere resembled someone who had gotten into a fight with a vicious werewolf.
5 Neville Longbottom
Mathew Lewis made an adorable Neville Longbottom. He was shy, nervous and clumsy, three traits that both the movie and the book version of Neville had.
There were just three things the movie version of Neville did differently than the books
According to dorkly.com, the book version of Neville was described as a blonde-haired, round-faced boy, as well as being short and plump.
4 Narcissa Malfoy
Helen McCrory did an amazing job playing the pureblooded witch, Narcissa Malfoy. Unfortunately, though her acting skills were great, she didn’t quite live up to her book counterpart’s image.
According to Brightside.me, in the books, Narcissa was described as not only being younger but also having long white hair that made her resemble a drowned woman.
3 Fleur Delacour
Clemence Poesy played a very sophisticated, very beautiful Fleur Delacour. She didn’t quite nail the look that J.K. Rowling described in the books though.
According to dorkly.com, the book version of Fleur Delacour was known for not only being very beautiful but at having long, wavy, silver-blonde hair that almost floated behind her as she walked.
2 Alastor Moody
The character of Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody is first introduced in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. When he first enters the picture, he is introduced as having a badly disfigured face with the tip of his nose missing.
However, according to Brightside.me, in the movie he looks normal, well except for his eye and few scar lines on his face.
Viktor Krum was another character who was introduced in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.
According to Brightside.me, the book character of Viktor was described as tall, slim, had a hooked nose, thick eyebrows and long dark hair who was awkward on the ground. All qualities that the movie character was missing.
Sources: brightside.me & dorkly.com