From bad CGI to re-casting and missed plots, Harry Potter fans keep ignoring these issues with the beloved franchise.
While the Harry Potter franchise may be undeniably wildly successful, launching a theme park, video games, an exhibition, and now a new movie franchise in the form of Fantastic Beasts (despite the issues that franchise has faced) - but that doesn't mean it's perfect. From dodgy CGI (that was considered good at the time, but hasn't aged well), to controversy surrounding the author (who also hasn't aged well), to plot holes and more, there are plenty of problems with Harry Potter.
Of course, some of these the fandom choose not to ignore - like the issues with Rowling's transphobia, and the author has now been left out of the upcoming cast reunion special. Others, however, fans will happily look past to revisit the magical wizarding world.
Throughout the Harry Potter movies, especially the earlier installments, there are problems with atrocious CGI and effects. From the mountain troll to Quidditch games, the earlier effects just don't hold up, but it's easy to see why fans are happy to let this go.
At the time that the films were released, the CGI used was effective and appropriate - so it doesn't make sense to hold it against the franchise that twenty years later, technology has moved on. Should the series be re-made, this would be one of the first things to be addressed, but for the original films, there is simply no easy fix for dated technology.
Becuase the books are so detailed, many characters were cut in order to condense the story for the big screen. Some of these are fairly minor characters who have no real impact on the plot by their absence, but others are a bigger problem. The loss of Winky and other Hogwarts House Elves was one issue, but fans are most upset at not seeing Peeves the Poltergeist on the big screen.
For the most part, these missing characters do not detract too much from the plot - Peeves has no impact beyond making Hogwarts a richer (and funnier) environment, and Winky was successfully written out, but it does create a world that is lacking in the richness of the original stories.
While the core story remains unchanged, the films are littered with plot holes - some small, some surprisingly big. And while fans have definitely called out the series for major plot holes - like Harry having a different eye color to his mother - many of the smaller issues have gone overlooked, or even become memes or running jokes (like the Slytherin common room being in the dungeon, yet the students being sent there when there's a Troll in the dungeon).
In many cases, plot holes are addressed in the books, which may explain why fans can overlook these - they know what the original explanation for the issue was. For example, when Harry talks about Hagrid telling him about wanting a dragon, this scene doesn't actually happen in the movies. However, in the books, it's a full conversation. Others may simply be overlooked because in such a complex world, fans accept that discrepancies can pop up.
A surprising number of characters were re-cast over the course of the franchise - made more surprising when the intention from the start was to finish the entire seven books. Dumbledore, Lavender Brown, and even Crabbe changed over the course of the films.
For the most part, these are overlooked because the changes were made for reasons out of the studio's control. The sad passing of original Dumbledore actor Richard Harris led to his replacement by Michael Gambon, while Crabbe was technically not re-cast, but replaced with Blaise Zabini - a change that came about because actor Jaime Waylett was arrested for drug offenses. However, fans are less happy with the replacement for Lavendar Brown, originally played by Black actresses Kathleen Cauley and Jennifer Smith, before being replaced by Jessie Cave. This led to accusations of whitewashing, as Cave took on the role when it became a major part, but as Brown was never referred to by name before that point, others have suggested that the name was previously just used to differentiate background characters, and was never intended to be the 'real' Brown.
One of the bigger head-scratchers in the series is the fact that Voldemort seems to always plan his attacks and nefarious deeds around the school calendar - so that Harry is always able to defeat him right at the end of the school year, conveniently earning Gryffindor enough points to win the House Cup.
The simple reason for this is, of course, to facilitate structured storytelling! And while there is no reason that this has to happen, there is also no real reason why it wouldn't, so it's not too difficult to look past. Fans may wish to see the Wizarding World explained as much as possible, but they are also understanding about the practical limitations of a book series.
While much of the casting in the Harry Potter films is recognized as inspired (and it would be difficult to imagine anyone else as the Golden Trio), it isn't always accurate to the book descriptions. From Hagrid being significantly smaller than he is described, to Hermione being significantly more conventionally attractive, Neville having the wrong hair color, and many of the original Order and Professors appearing to be older than they are in the books, there are many characters that just don't fit the original descriptions.
Once again, practicality is the driving factor behind these changes, and the fact that fans are comfortable with them. Casting child actors means not knowing if they will grow up to be as tall as a book character, and dealing with giant characters like Hagrid is always going to be limited by the practicalities of filming. When most of these don't detract from the story itself, the changes bother only the book purists.
This issue has been increasingly called out by fans, who are frustrated by the overwhelming whiteness of the Wizarding world, thankfully - but it's still a major flaw that fans have to overlook to enjoy rewatching the movies. While there are a couple of characters - like Cho Chang or Angelica Johnson - who are played by POC actors, the vast majority are white, as are the Golden Trio.
This has actually been addressed, to some degree, by the casting of a Black actress to play Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which led to Rowling stating that she never specified race, and supported this change. If the films were remade, undoubtedly many more main characters would be played by POC actors.
While many details of the Wizarding World were carefully thought out by Rowling, other aspects just don't make sense! From the lack of Wizarding universities, to the economics and prices of magical items, to the decision to use things like quills despite more modern and easier alternatives being available, there are some pretty large issues with the magical world Rowling describes.
Some of these can easily be put down to aesthetic choices, made to create the magical ambiance of Hogwarts, which is definitely forgivable by fans! Others, of course, may not make sense - but don't impact the plot itself to a huge degree.
Two of the most controversial characters in the series are Dumbledore and Snape - one set up to be a hero, but who actually behaves more like a villain, and one who is set up as a villain, but given a redemption arc. These could be fantastic aspects to the story, of course, but they cause problems because Dumbledore isn't meant to be a villain, and Snape's redemption simply doesn't land with many fans.
Of course, many of Dumbledore's worst actions were necessary for the plot to make sense, so that is more easily forgiven. However, Snape remains deeply disliked by many, who believe that his big reveal at the end simply wasn't enough to make up for years of treating Harry terribly. Add to that the fact that Snape's 'tragedy' comes down to simply not having his affections returned by a woman, and fans definitely struggle to look past this one.
Definitely one of the biggest issues with the adaptations is the sheer amount that was dropped from the books. The core plot, of course, remains the same, but other subplots and entire storylines are missing from the films - from Peeves and Death Day Party to SPEW and Hermione's fight for the House Elves.
Like so many things, these can be overlooked because they don't take away from the central story, or the magic of the world - they just make it a little bit less. And of course, fans who miss them can always return to the books!