... but was initially a legitimately terrifying monster that could only be stopped by Keanu Reeves after a lengthy hunt.
Warner Bros. PicturesThank sweet Baby Harry Potter no one showed this to Disney before the Beauty And The Beast remake.
And it wasn't only the villains who originally looked like they were metal cover art come to life. Remus Lupin, whose name means "Wolf Reference Wolf Reference," made it into the films as a kindly if perpetually exhausted uncle with faint hints of werewolf ...
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But he was drafted as someone whose first lines of dialogue would be "Hello, look at me, I'm a man with a mysterious past and a dark secret! I like the full moon and blood! Crap, pretend I didn't say that! You look delicious!"
Warner Bros. PicturesActually, "werewolf" is the least-scary thing you imagine when you look at this guy.
And Sirius Black, the innocent prisoner with a heart of gold by way of Johnny Depp impersonation ...
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... was going to look like the wizard version of a neo-Nazi gang member.
Warner Bros. PicturesAnd like many actual convicts, he'd have a tattoo that says "I LOVE HARRY POTTER."
Finally, there's Voldemort. While the Big V had a creepy look in the movies, they decided to skip over the part where he's shown suckling from some, uh, disconcertingly pert snake bosoms.
Warner Bros. PicturesThank sweet Baby Harry Potter that Rian Johnson didn't see this before ... dammit.
They're getting the book (and also basic biology) wrong there. Snakes don't have breasts, since they're not mammals, and when Goblet Of Fire talks about Voldemort "milking" his snake, it's referring either to venom being taken from the snake's fangs or Voldemort jerking off. So a concept artist at Warner Bros. either thinks snakes have breasts or really hoped that the writers would come up with a magical excuse to add some. And that's how movies are made!
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