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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone: Book Vs Movie

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A movie that came out in 2002 was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This movie was based off the best-selling novel, which was written in 1997 by J.K. Rowling, called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. If you were to read this book and watch the movie you would find many differences, but the main difference between the two is that the book gives more information to the reader than the movie gives to the viewer. If someone was to watch the movie instead of reading the book, that person would not be able to have an accurate perception of the book because so many things in the book are changed in the movie or parts are left out of the movie completely. This is mainly because the book has more characters and chapters, which are able to keep the reader informed and interested. Still, the movie is shorter so that people who want a quick summary of the storyline can get it,
The book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, had many characters that the movie didn’t. Some of these characters include: Peeves, Irma Prince, Piers Polkiss, Professor Binns, Augusta Longbottom, Hermes, Pomona Sprout, Madam Malkin, Ronan, Terry Boot, Padma Patil, Hannah Abbott, Narcissa Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, and Bane. Peeves is a poltergeist and in the book he had a very important role of being a nuisance to students and teachers by throwing water balloons at them and making rude comments towards them. By not including Peeves in the movie the story line was somewhat changed because there were many scenes in which Peeves played an important role. Some of these scenes include the part where Peeves yelled to Argus Filch (the caretaker) that students were out of bed and were supposed to be given a detention. When Argus shows up Peeves plays dumb and won’t tell Argus where the students went. Professor Binns, Pomona Sprout, and Irma Prince are important faculty members of Hogwarts (the wizard school) that were not included in the movie. The book uses these faculty members to give an exciting look at the school and how it is ran, but by not having them in the movie the storyline is able to give more information on more important teachers like Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall. Hermes is Percy’s, Harry’s friend, owl. The owl is another example of how the book gives more background on the characters than the movie does. At the beginning of classes many students’ names are called out in the book. For example, Terry Boot, Hannah Abbott, and many other students’ names were called at the Sorting Hat’s ceremony, but in the movie only a couple of students are called out because of time restraint.
The book is able to have a very profound way of keeping the reader entertained by having many exciting chapters like when Harry Potter battled Professor Quirrell, and the movie tries to keep the story exciting by deleting some chapters that the producer considered “not so important” to the storyline. On the other hand, the movie is shortened in a way of learning all the basics of...

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