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Chris Riggi auditioned for a role
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Lily Collins was previously a fan of the books. When she found out that a film was being made, she made numerous phone calls to ensure her role as Clary.
Alex Pettyfer was first choice for the role of Jace Wayland, but turned it down. Alexander Ludwig, Xavier Samuel, Nico Tortorella, Leebo Freeman, Max Irons, Ed Speleers, Douglas Booth and Lucas Till, all auditioned for the role but lost to Jamie Campbell Bower
When Clary comes home to find her mother asleep, the background music is the song Jace shows Clary on the piano.
In real life, Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower dated in 2013 but broke up before the movie was released. In 2015, they came back together, but broke up soon after.
The studio planed for this to be a large franchise like The Hunger Games (2012) or Twilight (2008), but due to poor box office, critical reception and fans of the books being disappointed, the idea was scrapped and it was decided for the story to be rebooted for a television series.
Actor Matthew Daddario originally auditioned for the role of Alec Lightwood, but lost to Kevin Zegers. Daddario was later cast as Alec in the TV adaptation Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016).
Valentine had white-blond hair in the book. In the movie he has Dark hair and in Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016) he is Bald.
In the books, The Silent Brothers are described as having a much more gruesome look (eyes removed, mouth sewn shut and scars on each cheek), therefore they talk through minds. Although in the film you sense they are not talking like normal persons, it makes no reference to the fact they do not speak aloud as mouths are sewn shut.
The two lead roles, Clary Fray and Jace Wayland, are played by Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower. Jamie Campbell Bower starred in the 'Twilight Saga' franchise and Lily Collins auditioned for the role of Bella Swan before Kristen Stewart was cast.
In the novel, Isabelle is taller than Clary and than most boys, but in the film, Isabelle is shorter than Clary.
In the book, Jace has gold eyes. In the movie, he doesn't.
Warner Bros. originally had the rights to The Mortal Instruments. Kulzer speculates that they were looking for the next Harry Potter, but had trouble with the female lead character and eventually let the property go. Kulzer grabbed the rights and took the movie to Sony.
In the book, Luke's pack consists of many members both male and female. In the movie, Luke's pack is made of only a few men.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) is supposed to take place in 2007, which was the date of the first book's publication. In the movie, Clary has an iPhone 4, but the iPhone 4 wasn't released until 2010. The characters should have had first generation iPhones, as no other iPhone models had been released at the time.
Lily Collins didn't meet the author until a few days before filming began.
In the novel, Isabelle is described to have brown eyes and long jet-black hair, but in the film, she has blue eyes.
A Fire Inside, aka the band, Afi has a song in the movie in the club scene.
The beautiful song at the end of the movie is called "When The Darkness Comes" and is sung by Colbie Caillat.
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In the book, Clary has red/orange hair, but in the movie, it is a dark reddish brown.
At around 52 minutes a banner of Harald Zwarts favorite soccer team appears. Fredrikstad Fotball Klubb
Kirby Bliss Blanton auditioned for the role of Isabelle Lightwood.
In July 2013 The Hollywood Reporter announced that Sigourney Weaver was in talks to appear in the sequel 'Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes'. This proposed sequel was later scrapped.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When they are at Magnus Bane's party, Simon turns into a rat in the book. He is still human in the movie.
In the book, Valentine gets away with the mortal cup, but in the movie, he does not.
In the movie, Clary notices that Simon was bitten by vampires and he starts showing signs of turning (he doesn't need glasses). However, in the book, he swallows vampire blood while being a rat and, later in the series, he is bitten by the entire clan and is then turned.
In the book, Clary plans to go to pandemonium (the night club) with Simon and they get in because they act like they should be there. The demon boy who is killed, is lured into a closet by Isabelle and killed out of the way, but Clary walks in and sees what they're doing. In the film, the demon is killed in the middle of the club because no one can see them. This is where Clary finds out a lot of information about demons, given to her by Jace although Alec objects.
In the book, Valentine uses forsaken warriors to fight the werewolves, not demons as shown in the movie.
In the book, Jace and Clary are alone when they run into the vampires at the hotel. In the movie, Isabelle and Alec are with them.
In the book, Clary kills the demon in her apartment by herself using shadow hunter equipment from Jace after she meets him in the alleyway. In the film, Jace slays the demon with a seraph blade.
In the book, the final battle takes place at an abandoned hospital. In the movie, it takes place at the institute.
In the book, Hodge does not take part in the final battle. In the movie, he does.

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