Book vs. Movie: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Finally, after so many years, I got started on the Harry Potter series. While I saw most of the movies in theatres, I never read the books. It’s time to catch up!


The Plot:
Harry Potter appears to be a normal boy, but he has a secret he doesn’t even know about himself.
…Until a letter arrives. As it turns out, Harry is a wizard and not just an ordinary one. He is the most famous kid in the entire magic world. When he was little he survived an attacked of the most evil wizard of all time, while his parents died. It’s time to embrace his heritage and he starts his first school year at Hogwarts, School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Many adventures await…


Book vs. Movie:
I have no idea why it took me so long to read the books, but once I got started, I fell in love instantly. The Philosopher’s Stone is written magnificently. It’s a lovely read full of amiable (and also odious) characters. J. K. Rowling filled her novel with many smart ideas and created an entire world that appears so real you almost start to wonder why you never got a letter from Hogwarts. She weaves an intriguing tale that will fascinate you. It’s composed so cleverly, you will be surprised ever other chapter.
Having such an amazing book at hand, it’s difficult to create movie that lives up to it. But Chris Columbus managed to direct a lovely little film that is almost as charming as the book. Especially the casting was done perfectly. I couldn’t imagine anyone being a better fit for the roles of Ron, Hermione or Harry. Seeing all of J. K. Rowling’s ideas brought to life is simply fascinating.
Although the movie was very well made, the book was even better. I really love Hagrid in the novel version. Favourite character ever!
Dumbledore, however, doesn’t feel 100 % right. The feeling he gave me while reading the books isn’t captured in the film.

Nevertheless, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a great adaptation of an outstanding book.
But believe me, everyone should have read Harry Potter at least once in their life. I consider it to be a book even those who usually don’t like to read will love. You don’t know what you are missing!


What do you think? Let me know in the comments!


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  14. I recently completed the 8 Harry Potter films, and I think it’s Philosopher’s Stone I appreciate the most, because that’s where we see the magical world of Hogwarts for the first time. Hagrid is one of my favorite characters as well. I’m guilty of never reading the books though /:

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