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Continuity mistake: After Greg accidentally drops the bait in the lake because he was shocked that the bait was actually a worm, he puts his hands down but in the next shot his hand was at the same level of his chest. (00:18:45)

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Question: Why does this movie have so many differences than the book? Why don't they want to follow the actual story line according to the book?

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Chosen answer: Any book-to-film adaptation will require changes, because what works on the page will not always work cinematically, for any number of reasons. Given the length of some books (the Order of the Phoenix clocks in at well over 700 pages), there's no realistic way that everything could possibly be fitted into the length of a movie, and thus it regularly becomes necessary to eject certain subplots entirely, condense certain events, combine characters or whatever else might be necessary to tell the basic story successfully within a two hour timeframe. As a result, many cinematic adaptations can contain significant deviations from the original book, but ultimately tell what amounts to the same core story. This happens with most of the Potter films, particularly those based on the longer books, but ultimately the main storyline remains intact, even if they take a slightly different route along the way.

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