Why watch when you can read?

“I am sorry too. Sorry I will never know my son…but he will know why I died, and I hope he will understand I was trying to make a world in which he could live a better life.” – Remus Lupin “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.

That quote is the perfect example of why it baffles me when people all over the world choose to watch a TV show or a movie instead of reading a book. Harry Potter is an industry that has taken over the world, for lack of a better term. There are theme parks, and movies, and t-shirts, and toys, and calendars, and tons of other paraphernalia. But people tend to forget about the books.

I know it is said, with regularity, that “the book is always better than the movie”! It is said with regularity because it is true. With the Harry Potter series as my example, the character development in the movies versus the books is pathetically limited. I understand that there is a time limit, and in all honesty, the directors, producers, and the actors did a phenomenal job in the time that they had. But to compare it to the books, there is just no contest. In the movies Remus Lupin is a teacher first and foremost, with a few appearances in later movies as a friend. Remus Lupin in the books is a heavily developed character, that shows his fear of passing his “problem” to his son, and his fear of harming his family. It shows Remus Lupin being there for Harry in every way he could. It ends with Lupin declaring Harry the godfather to his newborn son, before he fights in the battle of Hogwarts and is killed alongside his wife, Tonks. There is so much more to Remus Lupin than a werewolf teacher that was friends with Harry’s father. And this is just one character that is limited by the movies. Ginny Weasley, Charlie Weasley, and Bill Weasley were woefully underdeveloped in the movies, and Charlie was actually never introduced at all.

My rants purpose is this — you will always receive more of a reward for time spent reading than watching. For the people that say they just don’t have time to read, my questions are these. How much time do you spend on facebook, twitter, instagram, vine, youtube, and pinterest a day? Because I know I spend a giant chunk of mine on these. How many TV shows do you watch a week that you just cannot live without? If you have time to do all of these things, you have time to read. You just have to make it a priority.

The Harry Potter series has so much to offer, adults and children alike. Knowing the general story line from the movies does not detract from the books in any way, because there is still so much to be discovered. While it is often viewed as a childrens series, it is much more than that. It deals with issues such as bigotry, and slavery. And above all, it shows that strong friendships can never be overrated, and that the answers you are looking for can probably be found in a book.

 

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