When I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1998,1 was nine years old, and it was my favourite book. I had many exciting images in my mind of the characters, of Hogwarts school, but most of all of Quidditch, the game that witches and wizards play. After you read the book, it’s hard to imagine how the game is played. Sure you can picture the game in your mind, but after you see the movie you have such a better idea of how this game works. Quidditch is a fast-paced game that is really dangerous.
When I saw the sneak preview of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, lots of the characters looked different than I imagined. Even though the book implies that Draco Malfoy is a blond, I saw him as a black-haired guy. But he still was a jerk. Hagrid the kind giant and headmaster Dumbledore looked almost the same to me in my mind as they did in the movie. The movie makes the magic spells look pretty real, but the broom flying looks really fake. The Harry Potter in the book seemed more real than he did in the movie. Daniel Radcliffe seemed to be just a kid pretending to be a wizard.
At the start, when the first-year Hogwarts students come up to be sorted into their houseseither Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin -the talking sorting hat that makes the choices
was terrific. The Hogwarts school looks huge but very nice (it looks like a giant castle). The game of wizard’s chess is cool because if you attack a player on the chess board the chess pieces actually take out a weapon and destroy the opponent. In the movie the props and buildings at Hogwarts are awesome. The special effects are really great for the moving paintings, the moving staircases and the magic spells.
If you don’t think you have the best image in your mind of this book and the characters, the magic spells or Quidditch, you should definitely see this movie. But I still think the book is better. Now I am 12.1 feel like I am a little too old for this movie, but I can hardly wait to read the rest of the Harry Potter series.
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