What's the Difference between Matilda the Book and Matilda the Movie?

Comedy

Matilda

11%
Released: 1988
Author: Roald Dahl

Matilda

89%
Released: 1996
Director: Danny DeVito
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In the Book In the Movie
Matilda Wormwood
Matilda Wormwood
Portrayed by: Mara Wilson
Mrs. Wormwood
Zinnia Wormwood
Portrayed by: Rhea Perlman
Harry Wormwood
Harry Wormwood
Portrayed by: Danny DeVito
Michael Wormwood
Michael Wormwood
Portrayed by: Brian Levinson
Miss Trunchbull
Miss Trunchbull
Portrayed by: Pam Ferris
Miss Honey
Portrayed by: Embeth Davidtz
Miss Honey
Matilda Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Matilda's older brother Michael is a perfectly normal boy in the novel. In the film Michael is a bullying, fat idiot like his father.
   Mrs. Wormwood's first name is never mentioned or said directly. In the film, Mrs. Wormwood's name is Zinnia.
   After Bruce Bogtrotter is able to eat an entire chocolate cake, Miss Trunchbull tells everyone to leave the assembly room. After Bruce Bogtrotter is able to eat an entire chocolate cake, Miss Trunchbull forces everyone to stay five extra hours after school and copy from the dictionary
   The message on the chalkboard makes Miss Trunchbull angry at first, but she then becomes scared when she sees it's from Magnus, Miss Honey's late father, and faints. The message on the chalkboard is different from the one in the novel, and says, "Agatha, this is Magnus. Give my little bumblebee her house and her money. Then get out of town. If you don’t, I will get you. I will get you like you got me. That is a promise."
   At the end of the novel, the Wormwoods are moving to Spain. At the end of the movie, the Wormwoods are moving to Guam.
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