Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Series: Harry Potter Book 1
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Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
I honestly don’t know what I can say about Harry Potter that everyone else in the world doesn’t already know… but I will give it a shot. In case I need to say it, this review will contain an abundance of spoilers!!! But if this bothers you it probably means you haven’t yet read this book, in which case… what are you doing with your life?!?!
Did anyone else notice that the line actually is… “Harry, you’re a wizard.” Anyone?
The cast of Harry Potter is one of the greatest casts I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
Question: What is your favorite character? I think that mine changes based on whether I am reading the books or watching the movies.
While I was reading this, my favorite character was Neville. I don’t know if anyone else noticed but Neville was a more prominent character in the book than in the movie. For example, when they get detention with Hagrid in the Forbidden Forest, Neville was with them in the book. Neville knew about Malfoy trying to get Harry and Hermione caught when they were taking Norbert up to the tower. Ron had been bitten by Norbert and was in the infirmary so he didn’t get detention with the rest of them. Neville and Malfoy were assigned to stay together first but when Malfoy scared Neville enough to make him shoot up sparks, Hagrid separated them and put Malfoy with Harry. Also, Neville was with Ron and Harry when they first snuck down to see Hagrid and his dragon egg instead of Hermione. Also, Ron tells Neville that he shouldn’t let Malfoy pick on him because he was worth 12 of Malfoy and during the Quidditch match, Neville tells Malfoy this and they all get in a fight. Neville just played a more important role in the book and it made me fall in love with him more. These are just a few examples.
Another character that is different in the book is Hermione. She is much more annoying in the book, at least at the beginning. I can really understand why Harry and Ron didn’t like her at first. The movie doesn’t show how much of a show off, know-it-all, nagging, brat she is. In the book she is standing just around every corner to tell them what they are doing wrong or how they are breaking the rules, etc. Honestly if it was me, I would probably tell her to mind her own business a time or two myself. It wasn’t until after the troll scene that they really started to get along.
Those were really the main differences between the characters in the movie vs. the book. Most everyone else was pretty true to how they were written.
Oh yeah! Another thing I would have liked to see more of were Dumbledore’s little one liners. In the book, at the beginning Dumbledore asks Professor McGonagall if she would like a lemon drop and that it is a Muggle candy he has become quite fond of. Another is when Harry asks him what he sees in the Mirror of Erised. He responds with a pare of thick woolen socks. He didn’t get a single pair for Christmas because everyone assumes he prefers books. He’s got a few of these that I found way too funny.
For the most part, the major points in the book where played true in the movie, it was just little things here and there that were different. For example, Neville being replaced by Ron or Hermione in certain scenes. I would have loved to see Neville get into a fight with Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle.
I also would have loved to see the beginning of the movie be a little more drawn out like the book. I have the special edition dvd’s with the deleted scenes and I would have loved for them to include Aunt Petunia opening eggs and finding letters inside. I also would have loved to see Harry meet Malfoy in Diagon Alley when they are getting fitted for robes. That scene in the book really showed Malfoy’s hatred for Muggles.
Lastly, I would have loved to see Hermione shine in Snape’s potion challenge in the book. However, I do realize it wouldn’t have made for super exciting screen-time. Ron got his time to shine with the chess game and Harry got his time to shine… well with the entire rest of the movie.
Question: What is your favorite scene in the book/movie? Mine was probably the chess game. It was so action packed. I really liked how they did it in the movie, it was really intense. However, there were some aspects from the book that would have also been pretty awesome. In the book, Ron was not riding on a horse and when he sacrificed himself, the Queen knocked him out but hitting him on the head then shoved him off the board. Also, when Harry checkmated the King, he took off his crown and threw it down in front of Harry. I think that would have been humorous. The one thing that did didn’t quite make sense in the movie was that when they made it to the chess board, the spots the trio took were already empty. That wouldn’t make sense unless you had to have at least two people there to play the game… right? In the book the pieces that were already on the board left so the trio could take their place. But semantics.
That reminds me of something I thought was really funny in the book that happened differently in the movie. When they get caught in the Devil’s Snare, Hermione realizes what it is and jumps out of it’s hold before it can grab her. The poem she uses to figure out how to beat it is also different but whatever. She realizes she needs fire and… Harry says, “So light a fire!”
“Yes — of course — but there’s no wood!” Hermione cried, wringing her hands.
“HAVE YOU GONE MAD?” Ron bellowed. “ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT?”
“Oh right?” said Hermione.
(After they escape.)
“Lucky you pay attention in Herbology, Hermione.” said Harry.
“Yeah,” said Ron, “and lucky Harry doesn’t lose his head in a crisis — ‘there’s no wood’ — honestly.”
Lastly, for real this time, I really wanted to hear the Hogwarts song at the beginning of the book. Fred and George’s (I mean Gred and Forge) funeral march version would have been hilarious.
The endings of the Harry Potter books always make me sad, especially when we know that Harry has to go back to the Dursley’s. In the movie, Hagrid tells Harry to threaten his cousin with ears to match his tale and Harry reminds Hagrid that they are not allowed to use magic outside of school. Hagrid tells him that his cousin doesn’t know that. It gives Harry a more innocent light. While the book shows Harry’s mischievous side. In the book Harry tells Ron and Hermione that he plans on having a better summer because the Dursely’s don’t know that he isn’t allowed to use magic.
These are just a few of the differences that really stuck out to me and some of the things I would have loved to have seen in the movie. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the move, on the contrary, I absolutely love the Harry Potter movies. I could watch them over and over and over again. The differences just really stood out to me during the re-read/watch and I couldn’t help but talk about them to someone.
Question: What is the difference that stood out to you the most? What would you have liked to have seen in the movie?