Harry Potter is one of the most famous book series ever, constantly described as brilliant, and of course, magical. With his dearest friends Hermione Granger, the smartest witch of their age, and Ron Weasley, a brave wizard; Harry Potter, "the boy who lived," must fight against Voldemort to save the day. This series introduces us to a greatly described magical world written by Joanne Kathleen Rowling, most commonly known as JK Rowling. Here is a review and comparison between the Sorcerer's Stone book and movie.
“It is a sensational series that is very famous and popular for great reasons: friendship, family, self-growth, imagination, and creativity," said an anonymous source.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Fun Facts and Blurb (*No Spoilers*)
The first book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was written by the British author JK Rowling and published in the year 1997.
One of the most interesting things about this book is that JK Rowling first had this idea on a train traveling from Manchester to London Kings Cross, the same train station that appears in the books and movies.
“I have read all the Harry Potter books several times because I fell in love with the fictional world that J.K. Rowling brought to life in her books,” said an anonymous student.
The first movie of the Harry Potter series was directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros in 2001. Daniel Radcliffe stars in this movie as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley.
This first Harry Potter book starts with Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall delivering baby Harry to the Dursley’s house with his uncle, aunt and cousin. He grows up as a strange kid with strange dreams, hoping that one day he may run away as far as he can from his abusive family. The rest of his family, including his parents James Potter and Lily Evans, died because of a terrible car accident. Right? Everything suddenly changes, however, when a huge man with a colorful umbrella appears on his eleventh birthday and changes his entire life by delivering Harry a simple message: "you're a wizard, Harry."
“I wish I hadn't read it already so I could read it for the first time. It is one of the best series I have ever read,” said an anonymous source.
Main Differences Between the Book and Movie
Warning: **Contains Spoilers**
Although Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is one of the most accurate movie adaptations of the books (just because of how short it is), it still differs from the book in many ways. Here are the most significant differences between the first book and the first movie.
“I think the movies are a good summary of the books, but they miss out on a lot of key details,” said an anonymous source.
1. Harry’s eyes and other characters’ appearances
In the books, the crucial physical characteristic of Harry Potter is his inherited green eyes, which along with the book series, are constantly compared with Lily’s ones. It is mentioned later in the series that Snape hates Harry so much because he reminds him of Lily, but retains many of James' traits. However, in the film we can see that Daniel Radcliffe still has his baby blue eyes. It has been revealed that the cause of this is that Daniel Radcliffe had an allergic reaction to the contact lenses, something that is not common; however, green-eyed Harry appears one time on screen in this first movie.
Harry’s eyes are just one of the physical characteristics that were changed in the movies. Hermione's hair in the books is described many times as very curly and frizzy which is not as highlighted in the movie, as well as her imperfect teeth. Also, Ron has many freckles and Harry’s hair is always messy in the book, something that is omitted too in the movie.
Peeves, is an annoying poltergeist (ghost) that is always making pranks to students or even teachers. He first appears in the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when the new students are visiting Hogwarts for the first time. He welcomes them by throwing water balloons at them. He provides the Harry Potter books a humoristic tint that many times cheers up the main characters’ mood, but he is absent in the films.
3. The Potions challenge
When the golden trio: Harry, Ron and Hermione, realize that the philosopher's stone is in real danger, they have to go through some hard obstacles. These obstacles had been constructed by some of the staff members such as McGonagall, Snape and Hagrid. The movie omits some of them: the troll and the potion challenge. The troll is not crucial, however, in the books. On the other hand, one of the last obstacles is a potion puzzle. As you can see on the image above, it consists of seven potions and a riddle. Guessing the riddle is the only way to continue forward for just one person. Another potion is the only way to get back to another person. The other potions are poisonous or benign. Hermione solves the riddle and she comes back with Ron. Harry is the one that continues and finally fights against Quirrell/Voldemort.
4. Quirrell’s death
Last but not least, Quirrell's death was also changed in the movie. In the book, wherever Quirrell’s/Voldemort’s skin contacted Harry's, it blistered. It is explained it is because of the protection spell Lily put on him just before Voldemort killed both Lily and James.
Dumbledore tells Harry that Lily used a very powerful type of magic that still protected him: love. It made Quirrell weaker. In the movie when Harry touches Quirrell, he turns into stone and breaks, causing his death. Quirrell’s death in the books is caused because Voldemort leaves his body.
Also, Harry does not see Quirrell’s death in the book (he passes out), while in the film he watches him die. That is a hole in the movie’s plot because Harry not watching him die in the books explains why he can not see thestrals until Sirius’ death.
I highly encourage everyone to read at least one time in their lives the Harry Potter books. As a person that reads a lot of fantasy books because I love to live thousands of adventures in a few pages, I can say that this is one of the best series of books I have ever read: it is by far the richest and most developed fictional world. After reading a few pages, you feel part of this crazy world and you lose all sense of time. The characters are fully developed and well described as well as the creatures which are based in mythology from many different cultures. It is an easy read that in my opinion you can start at the age of ten and still read them at the age of seventy. Although some books are pretty long, they are completely worth it and a life-changing experience for many people.
“I would recommend not giving up to someone who wants to start the Harry Potter Saga," said an anonymous source. "While I disagree, I have heard that the beginning is a bit slow. However, I can promise that the series gets better and better with each page that is flipped,” said the source.
You can watch the trailer of this film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNgwNXKBEW0
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