comparison between the movie and the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone I have been asked to write an essay about the differences in the book and the movie version of Harry Potter and the...

comparison between the movie and the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I have been asked to write an essay about the differences in the book and the movie version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I would appreciate some guidance and suggestions to help me focus my essay.

 

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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There are some interesting characters missing from the film which would be worth exploring (I was looking forward to the garden gnomes, for example). My starting point would be the title - the novel is called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in its original form. Why was there a change for the US audience?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that since this was the first book and movie in the series, there was a great deal of exposition that needed to happen.  The entire world had to be created in a way that made sense to a viewer.  Movies have to carry the substance of the book, without focusing on every little detail.  For this reason, I would focus on where events differ from the book and ask yourself why the movie included these or changed them.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If you're going to write a whole essay on this rather than just listing differences, I would say that you should base it around the question of why the differences occur.  That would give you a real theme for your essay.  I would look at the ways in which the differences (like leaving out Hermione's logic puzzle at the end) are driven by the need for the movie to be exciting.  Things that lend themselves to special effects and stunts get left in, those that don't get taken out.

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seamushogan | (Level 1) eNoter

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If you're going to write a whole essay on this rather than just listing differences, I would say that you should base it around the question of why the differences occur.  That would give you a real theme for your essay.  I would look at the ways in which the differences (like leaving out Hermione's logic puzzle at the end) are driven by the need for the movie to be exciting.  Things that lend themselves to special effects and stunts get left in, those that don't get taken out.

Actually it is a research paper on the differences between the movie and the book version and how these differences may affect some of the central thematic issues in the origional text.

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