The Book vs the Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone



Book written by J.K. Rowling, 1997
Movie directed by Chris Columbus, 2001

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Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.



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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Both, honestly.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More details concerning Harry’s life with the Dursley’s and at school.

Things the Movie Did Better: Extra scenes such as Hermoine’s famous expelled line/Prof. McGonagall transforming into a cat/Neville-Draco-Harry Quidditch scene/etc, Hermione and Neville have more of a role in the movie/character is stronger, brought the original story “to life” for me.

Verdict?: Both.

Why?: It’s impossible to choose between either for the first film. Reading the book and watching the movie for the first time were both magical experiences. The book does some things better. The movie does some things better. Both are always fun to revisit. The cast in the movie was perfect, as was the setting. The book started it all but I feel the movie really brought certain aspects to life.

Should the movie be re-made?: No way!

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!




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