There are many differences between the book and the movie. The main difference is the way Ichabod is portrayed in the movie versus the way he is portrayed in the story. In the movie, he seems more manly, good looking, and stronger (more Johnny Depp-ish). The character in the story is described as awkward looking and not very attractive, and loses the "competition" for Katrina's affection. In the movie, Ichabod is sent to Sleepy Hollow as a detective to get to the bottom of the mystery, and essentially save the lives of everyone there. As he does this, he falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel, and contrary to the story, wins her affection. The most prominent difference between the story and the movie is the ending, while in the movie Ichabod is seen as a hero, but in the story, he disappears.