Questions about differences in plot/characters/details between a movie based on a book and the source book, and vice versa.

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Has JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the Movies

The Harry Potter books are pretty different than the movies. This can be seen in depth over here. My question however, is whether JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the movies with later books in ...
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Is Deadpool as “R-rated” in the comics as he is in the Deadpool movie?

From what I understand of the Deadpool movie, it involves lots of language, violence, and graphic nudity. I've read a lot of Deadpool comics, and I only remember the violence. I don't remember any ...
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Does the Planet Of The Apes book end like the movie series?

I've watched the Planet Of The Apes movies before, the 1960s-1970s ones. And I thought the series ending wasn't very good. I'm thinking about reading the book, but if it ends in the same terrible way, ...
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Which characters have a different appearance in the Harry Potter films compared to the books?

The Harry Potter films weren't always so careful to cast according to the books. Sometimes the movies have directly contradicted the character descriptions from the books. (For example Daniel ...
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Is there a movie that is based on or very similar to Robert Heinlein's “Tunnel in the Sky”? [closed]

One book that I've always wished there was a good movie for, was Robert Heinlein's "Tunnel in the Sky". I really loved that book when I read it as a teen. I was just wondering if there was ever a ...
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Stardust book to film differences?

Stardust can refer to: a novel by Neil Gaiman; the 2007 film adaptation of this novel. Although the underlying storyline is the same in both the book and the film, there are numerous differences ...
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Were the sizes of the armies in Peter Jacksons' LOTR movies true to the books?

In the books, Tolkien often mentions specific numbers of warriors/units when describing the armies. In Peter Jackson's movies, he uses dramatic camera sweeps and large overviews to show the size and ...
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Which names (besides for Voldemort) do the movies pronounce wrong?

JK Rowling has said the Voldemort is pronounced Voldemor (with a slient t). In the movies they always pronounce it Voldemort. Are there any other names which the movies pronounce incorrectly?
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What are the significant “Scenes missing from the film” in the official novelization for The Force Awakens?

inspired by DVK's comment on this question. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received an official novelization from Alan Dean Foster. What significant scenes are there in the novelization that are ...
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What are the significant discrepancies between the official novelization by Foster and the movie for The Force Awakens

Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens has received an official novelization from Alan Dean Foster. What significant differences to plot points, characters, etc, are there between the ...
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Is Brutus's fate ever covered in film canon?

In the book Catching Fire, during the frantic last half hour or so of the Quarter Quell, Katniss hears two cannons, and knows that two of Chaff, Brutus, and Johanna are dead. When the hovercrafts have ...
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Why did Voldemort hide two horcruxes in Hogwarts?

In the Harry Potter movies, Voldemort made the horcruxes and hid them in different locations, but he hid two of them in the same place: Hogwarts. Tom Riddle's diary in the Chamber of Secrets; ...
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Why give Effie Trinket such a major role in Mockingjay?

In the Mockingjay book, Effie Trinket has only a tiny bit part at the end, where she appears as a rather unconvincing 'rebel' to help Katniss with her costume and preparation for the In the ...
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What's with the Nigel character?

In the book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets we are first introduced to Colin Creevey, an excitable, faintly annoying fan of Harry Potter: 'All right, Harry? I'm - I'm Colin Creevey,' he ...
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Do the Grievers in the movie match the description of them in the book?

I have not read any of the Maze Runner books and I really liked the Grievers in the first film. But do the Grievers in the film match the description of them from the books?
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Why did they change the London street from Deathly Hallows book to film?

In the book HP and the Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron, and Hermione Apparate away from Bill and Fleur's wedding to Tottenham Court Road in London, where they go to a cafe and end up duelling with a pair ...
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How many Hogwarts students changed year from book to film?

As requested by rand al'thor, a follow-up question to How many Hogwarts students changed House from book to film?: How many Hogwarts students changed year from book to film? In the book series, we ...
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How many Hogwarts students changed House from book to film?

The only example I can think of is Padma Patil: Ravenclaw in the books, Gryffindor in the films. Were there any other Hogwarts students who were in one House in the books but in a different one in ...
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Why didn't anyone notice the Formic queen?

This part really confused me, so I was wondering if it was better explained in the original book or something. Earlier in the movie, Colonel Graff said that they cleared out all the aliens from the ...
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Watchmen book ending versus movie ending [duplicate]

So if it wasn't obvious, pretty big spoilers ahead. At the end of the book... At the end of the movie... Is there an out of universe reason the ending was so different in the movie? Did anyone ...
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Does Lucius Malfoy have a wand inside his cane in the books?

In the Harry Potter films, Lucius Malfoy bears his wand inside his walking stick: Does he also do this in the books? Is there any description of him doing so, or of either his wand or his stick, ...
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Are the Uruk-hai in the LOTR books the same as the Orc-Men cross-breeds Saruman created?

This question is similar to, but different from Were Uruks (as a breed) created by Sauron or Saruman in LOTR books?. In the Peter Jackson movies, the Uruks are portrayed as the same as the Orc-Men ...
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Do fighters in the Game Of Thrones books not wear helmets?

I just watched Game of Thrones HBO Season 4, and after the trial by combat (where one duelist wears a helmet, and the outcome might've been different if they both had), I noticed that later combats ...
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In the Jacksonverse, how does Gandalf come to learn Sméagol's story?

In the Fellowship of the Ring movie, Gandalf has a brief conversation with Frodo where he sets up the Sméagol plot arc (emphasis mine): Frodo (disbelieving) He escaped the dungeons of Barad-dur? ...
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Are there any orc names mentioned in LOTR movie trilogy?

There are a lot of orcs that are mentioned by name in the Lord of the Rings books; Ugluk, Grishnakh, Mauhur, Gothmog, etc. But are there any mentions of their names in Peter Jackson's movie trilogy?
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Does the book version of *Divergent* do the main characters face off in a one-on-one contest without interference?

(I'm wording this to avoid giving movie spoilers, but I'm asking for an answer with a book spoiler of sorts, so reader beware.) In the book version of Divergent, do the main characters have a ...
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Is there an “I Am Legend” movie that actually preserves the original ending?

Is there any movie based on the "I Am Legend" novel by Richard Matheson that shares the same ending to the book? I only know two, but could be more: (1) Will Smith's "I Am Legend", (2) and Vincent ...
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What is Aragorn's age when Bilbo stops adventuring? [duplicate]

In the LOTR movies, Gandalf remarks that Bilbo's adventures ended 60 years before his eleventyfirst birthday. Aragorn tells Eowyn that he is 87, so would that place him at 27 during the events of The ...
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Is Gandalf's origin discussed in the books but just excluded from the movies?

Solely from reading questions and answers here, I've learned a lot about the lore of Middle Earth, mainly to do with Maia, Valinor, Aman, Eldar, etc... According to this answer, Gandalf is a 11,000+ ...
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What disaster befell the earth in “The City of Ember”?

Having only just watched the movie "City of Ember" and not having read the book, was there any mention of what disaster befell the earth that forced the creation of the City of Ember? The city ...
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Does Legolas perform such deft feats in the novel as he does in the movies?

In the movies, we see Legolas performing some skillful displays of balance. Here are just a few I remember at the moment: Walking on snow when the fellowship were travelling through Caradhras ...
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Why did the movie depart from the book when Harry broke the Elder Wand? [duplicate]

Looking for an out-of-universe answer. The Elder Wand is such a significant artifact, in that it is an extremely powerful object as well as being one of the Deathly Hallows, and so central to the ...
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Is the legend of the Ghost Rider in the film's opening based on comics?

At the opening intro to Ghost Rider film, they tell a legend of a Ghost Rider (presumably, Out West ~100 years ago) who had a powerful contract worth 1000 souls, and decided to not give it to the ...
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Was Aragorn perfect? [closed]

A charged levelled at Tolkien is that his characters are sometime a bit too perfect. Was Aragorn designed by Tolkien to be a perfect man? Did he ever make any mistakes? Was he even tempted by the ...
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What portions of the book are in each Hobbit movie?

My friend's review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Well, considering that they took about 25 pages of the book and turned it into a 2 hour movie, not terrible. But it was like one ...
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Why didn't Severus save this character?

In the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 film adaptation we see Severus Snape crying over the dead body of Lily Potter. In this scene we can see that Harry is in the same room. In the ...
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Any basis for the Solanum virus in classic zombie movies?

Max Brooks's The Zombie Survival Guide (2003) says that zombies are caused by the Solanum virus. Did Max Brooks completely make that up, or did any of the classic zombie movies (such as the Romero ...
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Where will the break be in the Mockingjay films? (spoilers) [closed]

Is there any info on where in the Mockingjay book is going to correspond to the break between the two films? I always thought the book had far too much material crammed into too short a space, ...
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How does Claire travel through the standing stones in Outlander?

In Outlander the book by Diana Gabaldon, I recall (although it has been several years) Claire falling into the stones and accidentally back in time. In the new television adaptation, however, the ...
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Why were the Elven cloak's abilities not utilized more?

Nature of Elvish Cloaks This wiki article appears to list all the main points that elven cloaks came into play in Tolkien's works. It seems clear that both in the books and the movie that the idea ...
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which “The Fly” movie is more accurate to the short story?

I have seen both the '58 and '86 movies of The Fly. I have yet to read the short story and am curious as to which is more accurate. How do the two movies diverge from the short story? Which one is the ...
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What are the differences between the book and the film version of Smaug and Bilbo's conversation?

I have read in several places that the movie scene differs quite a bit from the book scene. Sadly I haven't read the books. I just want some major highlights as to how the 2 scenes differed, and what ...
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What symbol does Gandalf put on Bilbo's door?

Do we know what the symbol is that Gandalf puts on the door of Bag End? I mean the one in the novel. Is it the same as the one in the movie?
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Why was the 21st chapter in the early American publications of A Clockwork Orange omitted?

Most Americans were unaware of the missing last chapter; the movie even follows the American novelization. Why in America was the 21st chapter removed when it first came to the US? In Europe the ...
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Why did Dorian Gray react like this to his portrait?

In "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, Dorian could look upon his portrait as much as he liked until it eventually drove him mad and he killed the painter; Basil Hallward He didn't die or ...
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In the movie version of Ender's Game, Col. Graff's computer shows a very short time until the end of Ender's training [duplicate]

In the movie version of Ender's Game, there is a scene where Col. Graff is in his office, and they show a big HUD with all sorts of data - including This implies a much more rapid and accelerated ...
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What deviations from the book did the movie “The Desolation of Smaug” have?

As far as I can tell that the hobbit movies don't seem to be necessarily true to the book. For instance I have heard that duel between Sauron and Gandalf didn't happen, and that the dwarves didn't ...
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Why tell Rosmerta about Sirius' relation to Harry?

In the movie version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, there is a scene where Professor McGonagall and Cornelius Fudge meet with Rosmerta, the bartender at The Three Broomsticks, to talk ...
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Are there any meaningful differences between Star Wars prequels and their novelizations?

Are there any meaningful differences between Star Wars prequels and their novelizations? I mean differences more in the "contradictions" meaning, and not those that are of the "this detail was ...
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Are there any differences between the Catching Fire movie and book?

So I recently watched Catching Fire. I thought it was pretty faithful in some parts with gaping holes in another. Is there a list of the differences between the two? The scene with Joanna in the lift ...