Friday, September 17, 2010

Books Made Into Movies: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
DVD Released: May 2002
Running Time: 152 Minutes
Rated: PG

Synopsis: Here's an event movie that holds up to being an event. This filmed version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, adapted from the wildly popular book by J.K. Rowling, stunningly brings to life Harry Potter's world of Hogwarts, the school for young witches and wizards. The greatest strength of the film comes from its faithfulness to the novel, and this new cinematic world is filled with all the details of Rowling's imagination, thanks to exuberant sets, elaborate costumes, clever makeup and visual effects, and a crème de la crème cast, including Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, and more. Especially fine is the interplay between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his schoolmates Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), as well as his protector, the looming Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). The second-half adventure--involving the titular sorcerer's stone--doesn't translate perfectly from page to screen, ultimately because of the film's fidelity to the novel; this is a case of making a movie for the book's fans, as opposed to a transcending film. Writer Steve Kloves and director Chris Columbus keep the spooks in check, making this a true family film, and with its resourceful hero wide-eyed and ready, one can't wait for Harry's return. Ages 8 and up. 

My Take: Now that I finally listened to the first book in the Harry Potter series I HAD to see the movie! I feel like these books and movies are so ingrained in the psyche of people the world over so I was excited to finally know what everyone was talking about. My boyfriend has been rolling his eyes because he saw the movie when it came out and really didn't have a desire to watch it with me again - I think he's probably seen it a half dozen times! So when he was out of town, I popped the dvd in and sat down to see what all of the hype was about!

Wow, how young was little Harry/Daniel Radcliffe? So cute! I think they did a really good job casting this movie. Naturally I knew, for the most part, who was who when I was listening to the audiobook in the movie, because while I hadn't been reading/watching them, I also don't live in a cave and you can't really avoid all of the hype everytime a new movie comes out so naturally I envisioned the main characters in the roles but the supporting cast I didn't really know. I thought they were great. Hagrid was probably one of my favorite characters in the 'Sorcerer's Stone'. He protected Harry and, well, he had a Scottish accent and was funny. In the movie, I absolutely loved him too!

The movie did a good job of not being super scary for the little kids that for sure would be wanting to see it but of course had that eerie edge because it's about wizards which I was grateful for because I have a very low tolerance for the scary! I am definitely looking forward to continuing to watch these movies after I listen to the audiobooks!


  1. I think my son was around 6 or 7 when this movie came out. I remember standing in line at the theater the day the movie opened with all the rabid Potter fans so my son could be one of the first to see it. I loved the book and thought the movie was really well done too.

  2. I really must watch the first ones, look at him, a little kid :)

  3. If the first one wasn't too scary for little kids, the second one definitely is... never did like that giant serpent.

  4. Harry Potter is just truly awesome. I nearly wet myself when I saw the preview for the 7th one!!

  5. They did do a good job with the movies, but the last one was my least favorite. I've read all of the books but I want to experience them as audiobooks.


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