Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Way Back Wednesday - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - aka Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the UK - is a 2001 fantasy/adventure film based on the novel by J. K. Rowling. Directed by Chris Columbus, it is the first in the popular Harry Potter films series.

The story follows Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), a boy who discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard, and is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his magical education. He meets his two best friends, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), and the trio works together to solve the mystery of the Sorcerer's Stone. I'm not going into much detail on this movie because most people have either seen it, or read the book. To date, the Harry Potter 7 book series is the largest selling book series in history.

The film also stars Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore), Maggie Smith (Prof. McGonagall,), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Alan Rickman (Prof. Snape), Richard Bremmer (Lord Voldemort), and Ian Hart (Prof. Quirrell).

I love this book series, and although I think this movie was a good first installment for the movie series, I still think the book is better. Things I didn't like about the movie:
  • Peeves the poltergist was left out entirely.
  • The Sorting Hat song! I was so looking forward to this, but it was left out.
  • Mrs. Figg was also left out and she ends up playing a large role in The Order of the Phoenix
  • The detention scene was changed from the book, but it worked out okay for the movie.
  • And, the fate of Norbert the dragon was changed.

3 comments:

mrsb said...

I love the books and the movies. My daughter fully expected to get her letter to Hogwarts when she turned 11 this week, lol!

r4i said...

Hi,
I like this article but..
last night i went to the midnight premiere of harry potter and the half blood prince! I was honestly so disappointed! was it just me or did it seem very choppy and for some reason didn't feel like it was a harry potter movie. Don't get me wrong some of the parts in it were either really funny or somewhat scary but i really was not satisfied. I don't know, what did you think?? Am i wrong? Give me your opinions..

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