What is the purpose of Harry Potter being retold in a different media (film)? I am looking for a few points regarding the adaptation of the Harry Potter books into film so that I can understand the role it plays within changing childhood and young readers' needs  Thank you. 

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I personally enjoyed all of the Harry Potter books and when the movies came out I was very excited. For me, the books being made into movies brought the book to life in a whole new way. I had visualized what the characters looked like before the movies were made but the movies made it more real.

One problem I see with the book being made into movies is that a lot of information is left out of the movie version. It is impossible to include everything into a 2 hour movie. The school that I work for has a reading program that all students must participate in. They have to take a test on a book every so often and they receive a grade for it. I have seen students who think they can pass a test because they watched the movie version but did not read the book. Needless to say, they fail miserably.

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Personally, my opinion is that the only real reason that the Harry Potter books (or any books, really) are made into films is to make money.  The books were so popular that it was obvious that movies of them would make a lot of money.

To me, adapting books like this into film helps change childhood and young readers' needs by commercializing them.  The adaptation encourages kids to consume more products (buy the DVD, buy the action figures, etc) instead of having the books live in their minds.

So I think that this is done for money and one of its effects is to make kids into consumers instead of thinkers.

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