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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Review

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

          Harry potter, an orphaned child who lives with his late mother’s sister (Aunt Petunia), discovers on his 11th birthday that he is the son of two very powerful wizards. He is invited to enroll to a school of witchcraft and wizardry, called Hogwarts, to control and develop his powers. He becomes friends with a boy named Ron Weasley, who is one of the youngest in his large magical family. He also meets a young know-it-all, Hermione Granger, who is the daughter of two muggles, or non-magical people. Together, the three of them enter Hogwarts, and prepare to be sorted into their houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin.

          This is the beginning of the common plot line in both the movie and the book (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone). I read the book before I saw the movie, mostly because my dad had me read the book first. After seeing the movie and reading the book, I have recognized a few differences and similarities.

           First, some similarities: in both the movie and the book, the characters are very relatable. The casting was done very tediously, even down to the last detail matching almost exactly as written by J.K. Rowling. In the end, Daniel Radcliffe ended up with the role as Harry Potter, Emma Watson with Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ronald Weasley. Together, the three portray their characters as if they were actually in the wizarding school, making the movie come to life. Another way that the movie stayed true to the book was by adding all of the details that were tactfully wrote into the book. One example would be all of the moving photographs and paintings hanging throughout the halls of Hogwarts.

           But there was one thing that did stick out in the movie. One of the major changes that were made in the movie would be the description of the scenes by attitude: something you can’t express in words. The Harry Potter books were written in 3rd person centering around Harry himself, but not quite 1st person. In the movies, they were able to capture the feelings of all of the involved characters by the amazing actors and how well they portrayed their characters. They also added a few scenes in to clear up what somebody who hadn’t read the book would not understand. While reading the book, one might have had trouble really seeing the scenes, or a certain character’s expressions. Another person may have no trouble at all. Either way it is so refreshing to see a movie that accurately represents the book, even down to the last detail.

           Reading the books before seeing the movie has always been a goal of mine for books made into “major motion pictures”. However, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was one of the only books (along with all of its sequels) that would be a good movie to see before reading the book.      

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